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Lincoln Journal Star

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is extending its mask mandate as virus cases soar across the state, and all returning students and faculty will be required to take a COVID-19 test at the start of the spring semester. Masks will be required indoors throughout the university’s campuses, including at sporting events. Separately, Omaha police and fire officials announced Wednesday that they will require masks after a virus outbreak among their departments.

Republicans Call For Green's Resignation

Nov 30, 2021
News Channel Nebraska

Two Nebraska senators are calling for University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green to resign.   Senators Steve Erdman and Steve Halloran made the request following the release of the university's Journey for Anti Racism and Racial Equity diversity plan.  Erdman and Halloran's letter stated that Nebraska's state colleges and universities are devolving at an alarming rate.  Governor Pete Ricketts has also spoken out against the diversity proposal and noted that he believes it includes critical race theory.

KETV

Gov. Pete Ricketts is railing against the chancellor of the University of Nebraska’s flagship campus in Lincoln, saying he was misled about a plan designed to address racial disparities on campus, even as the university system’s president tried to de-escalate the situation. Ricketts says he has “lost all faith” in University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green, who has endorsed the plan as a way to make the campus more diverse and inclusive.

Olean Times Herald

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has announced a 5-year ban on Phi Gamma Delta fraternity for student conduct code violations following a report of a sexual assault at the fraternity's house in August. The report led to a massive protest outside the fraternity house and sparked similar protests on college campuses around the country. The university said Tuesday in a news release that Phi Gamma Delta — better known as Fiji — is no longer recognized by the university and is suspended from the Lincoln campus through 2026.

Michigan State University

Lincoln police are investigating after an organization that supports survivors of sexual assault was defrauded out of more than $10,000. The organizers of the “kNOw More” campaign reported the fraud to police on Wednesday. The group raised $10,960 selling T-shirts after an alleged sexual assault at the Nebraska-Lincoln campus in August. Officer Erin Spilker said someone claiming to be a member of the advocacy group Voices of Hope emailed the shop where the T-shirts were printed. The money was then wired to an account mentioned in the email.

KOLN

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green is promising changes to help prevent sexual assaults on campus. Green on Wednesday told leaders of the university's student government the changes will include better and mandated training for students and adding a director of education on sexual misconduct to the Center for Advocacy Response & Education. He also said the university is considering adding more mental health support and resources for students. Students have protested since Aug.

Lincoln Journal Star

Six state senators are asking for more transparency into the sexual assault investigation at a University of Nebraska-Lincoln fraternity house. The group of lawmakers expressed their concern of repeated safety issues at the university in a letter to Chancellor Ronnie Green. The senators warned that University leadership has lost the trust of many students on campus and asked the chancellor to support increased accountability in UNL's Title Nine office. Protesters have gathered this week in front of the university's Phi Gamma Delta house, where the alleged sexual assault took place.

Fremont Tribune

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is getting a new administrator to oversee its day-to-day operations and its response to state and federal emergencies. The agency announced that Plattsmouth City Administrator Ervin Portis will become its next assistant director. Portis will replace Bryan Tuma, who is retiring at the end of September. Portis has served as Plattsmouth’s city administrator since 2007. The Walton native previously worked as a police officer and lieutenant for the Lincoln Police Department and chief of police in Papillion.

KHGI

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is offering incentives to faculty, staff and students who voluntarily sign up for a registry showing they are vaccinated against COVID-19. The incentives include five prizes worth a total of $9,872 — equal to one year of in-state tuition and fees — or a trip to Ireland to watch the Huskers play football in August 2022. The university announced the initiative in a letter to students and staff on Wednesday. Anyone who registers by Aug. 15 will be eligible for the incentives.

UNL

Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday has marked the 150th anniversary of the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln. Ricketts proclaimed “State Museum Day” and the acknowledged the contribution of the museum and others throughout Nebraska. The University of Nebraska State Museum is a staple of the university’s flagship campus, with displays of history, wildlife and geology, among other features. This year also marks the 60-year anniversary of the Trailside Museum in the Panhandle and the 30-year anniversary of Ashfall Fossil Beds in northeast Nebraska. 

UNL Will Require Spring Graduates To Be Tested For Covid

Apr 23, 2021
UNL

 The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is requiring graduates to get tested for COVID-19. Officials said each grad must test negative one-to-three days before the ceremony, even if they have already been vaccinated. Commencement will take place on May Seventh and Eighth at Memorial Stadium and Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

NASA To Launch UNL Satellite

Apr 23, 2021

A satellite built by students at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln is set for a NASA launch this weekend. The Nebraska Big Red Satellite Team's project is among 14 research satellites being sent into space to learn more about solar power. The team is testing a new type of solar cell to see how it generates power with and without direct sunlight, as well as learn more about its lifespan in space.

UNL COVID Vaccine Clinic Next Week

Apr 16, 2021

(Lincoln, NE)  --  The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is holding a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for students, faculty and staff who still need the shot next Tuesday.  Appointments can be made by visiting UNL.edu, but walk-ins will also be accepted.  The clinic will be utilizing the Pfizer vaccine, which requires a second dose about three weeks after the first.

Investor Warren Buffett says he would gladly trade places with any of today’s college graduates even with the uncertain times because of the opportunity they have ahead of them. Buffett recently recorded a graduation speech that will be aired this weekend at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In the talk, Buffett said graduates should feel lucky to get the education they did and to have the chance to start their careers in the United States today.

A quilted map of the Arizona Sonoran Desert covered in 3200 orange and manila toe tags
Courtesy of Hostile Terrain 94 Nebraska

The Sonoran Desert is 100,000 square miles of punishing terrain stretching from Northwestern Mexico into Arizona and California. Since 1994, it has been the graveyard of thousands of migrants making their way to the United States. The exact number of casualties may never be known.

There are now more than 32-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  As of yesterday, there had been 32-thousand-47 cases and 383 coronavirus-related deaths reported across the state since the start of the pandemic.  Douglas County has seen the most cases in the state with 12-thousand-715. Officials at Bellevue East High School announced a positive Covid case in their student body yesterday evening.  The case involves a senior student at the school, and school district officials and the Sarpy/Cass Health Department are conducting contact tracing.

There are now more than 19-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  As of yesterday, there were 19-thousand-42 COVID-19 cases and 269 deaths reported across the state since the pandemic started.  Douglas County has seen seven-thousand-19 cases.  There have been 741 coronavirus cases in Pottawattamie County during the pandemic, and 17-hundred in Lancaster County.

UNL students Called Home from South Korea

Feb 28, 2020

Four University of Nebraska-Lincoln students currently studying abroad in South Korea are being recalled due to the coronavirus. The university says the decision comes after the CDC elevated its travel advisory to Level Three in the country, and that the students are expected to come back this week. UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green says the school is also monitoring the study abroad programs in other affected countries including Italy and Japan.

Fans of the Missouri River can learn about its importance to the Great Plains at an upcoming lecture in Lincoln.

 The University of Nebraska’s Center for Great Plains Studies will host the lecture Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at its office in downtown Lincoln. The lecture will feature two speakers: Daniel Peterson, chief of interpretation, education and outreach for the National Park Service; and Jarrett C. Bies, a writer and kayaker. The presentation will include a short documentary film about conservation efforts on the Missouri River. The event is free and open to the public.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln police say the death of a 22-year-old University of Nebraska-Lincoln student appears to be accidental. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that police found the body of Dane LeClair in downtown Lincoln around 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Officer Angela Sands says LeClair, of Pittsford, New York, died after falling from the fourth floor of a parking garage. She says that based on video surveillance footage, LeClair fell at around 3:40 a.m. and his death appeared to be accidental.

Vandalism Charge Dropped Against Researcher

Sep 24, 2019

(Lincoln, NE)  --  A vandalism charge is being dropped against a University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher.  Thirty-nine-year-old Patricia Wonch Hill appeared in Lancaster County Court where one of her two charges was dismissed yesterday.  The Omaha World Herald reports Hill is accused of defacing Nebraska First District Congressman Jeff Fortenberry's campaign signs by placing "googly eyes" on them, and placing stickers on Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer's office in Lincoln.  The charge concerning the Fortenberry signs was dropped because the Republican congressman declined to show up for the

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has revoked an honorary admiralship from a University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate professor and lecturer who were involved in a protest against a conservative student group.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will continue to train state child welfare workers under a renewed agreement with a state agency.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — University of Nebraska administrators have assured the Board of Regents that they can straddle the chasm between opposing political views following an incident that sparked concerns about the political climate at the Lincoln campus.