Student government approves transit pilot program, lecture series; bids good-bye to long-time member
Four hundred UNO students can take advantage of free bus rides to campus through a new Pass to Class pilot program during the spring and fall 2011 semesters next year.
Sen. Gerard Wellman authored the $40,000 proposal, approximately half of which will be paid for by the UNO Student Government. Metro Area Transit will pay for the other half. The program doesn't currently include the summer semester and will last through the end of the fall semester, or until the funds have been used.
More than 500 people attended the 11th annual Heartland Latino Leadership Conference and Expo last weekend, an event aimed to strengthen the community through education, communication and engagement.
The conference was held over a two-day period at the Embassy Suites in LaVista, the Kroc Center and the First National Bank Tower Winter Garden downtown. The event included prominent speakers such as NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez, business leader and entrepreneur Deborah Rosado Shaw and motivational speaker Gabe Salazar.
UNO celebrated Native American Heritage Month with a lecture titled "If REDSKINS are illegal...why not these mascots?" pointing out the racism of team mascots named after Native Americans, supposedly in their honor.
Publisher and Human R ights Watch founder Robert Bernstein presented his lecture "Are Human Rights Organizations Helping or Hurting Relations Between Israel, Palestine and the Arabs?" on Nov. 10 at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center.
Friday, Nov. 12
The UNO Gerontology Interest Group will feature speaker Kim Haney. The event will be held in CPACS room 109A. Haney is the executive director of Life Chronicles in Omaha, a non-profit that produces videos of people with chronic illnesses.
It's 2010. We live in an era congested with Facebook, instant text messaging and on-demand Internet. I know many students spend more class time checking their friend's Facebook wall or watching "The Office" on Hulu.com than paying attention to their professors. In a technologically-savvy world, this trend is only increasing.
Monday, Nov. 1
1:45 a.m. Campus Security witnessed a vehicle run a stop sign on University Drive West. They later discovered an alcohol violation near Maverick Village and Omaha Police responded. One individual was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
2:45 p.m. A visitor reported theft of money from a vending machine at the Peter Kiewit Institute. The theft occurred between Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 1 at 2:30 p.m.
Music theory professor Ken Bales is currently over 6,000 miles away on a trip to China with the UNO Jazz Ensemble. On the trip, Bales is discussing and discovering with students the concepts of art and music.
Though he's visiting a country with a very different culture, Bales is content. After all, there he can find music and his students, the two most meaningful things in his life.