Conference encourages Latino leadership, scholastic success

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.


Mascots come under fire in Native American lecture

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.


Dance exhibition brings culture to UNO

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, UNO hosted "Culture: Indian Style, Dance Exhibition" on Nov. 17.

The event began half an hour late at 12:30 p.m. and lasted until about 1 p.m.

Following Native American tradition, the event began with a prayer before kicking off the dance exhibition.

The first dance was a fancy shawl dance performed by Meredith Schramm. Before performing, she explained the dance as a more modern Native American dance that depicts the movement of the butterfly, as well as coming into womanhood.


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.


UNO receives high marks in evaluation

"Military Times," an independent news source for active-duty personnel, has named UNO one of the nation's best colleges for military veterans. More than 4,000 universities were evaluated based on financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture and support services. UNO was ranked number 19.

This is the first year UNO has received a ranking from "Military Times," but it has been honored by several military-focused publications and organizations in recent years.


Human Rights Watch founder questions mission

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.


Buffet portrait on display at Mammel Hall

Mammel Hall's atrium was bustling Friday as members of the UNO and Omaha communities gathered to witness the unveiling of a 6-by-6-foot portrait of billionaire Warren Buffet.


Technology infringes on students’ sleep

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.