Fighting the stigma of AlDS

In recognition of World AIDS Day, hundreds of students and city residents lined Dodge Street for a candlelight vigil Wednesday. Each candle represented someone who died from AIDS. The vigil began at 4:30 p.m. and followed a health fair with STD testing from the Douglas County Health Department and HIV testing by UNO Student Health Services. After the vigil, "One Week," a film about the AIDS epidemic, was screened in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.


Local independent film festival to highlight petroleum crisis

The power of the film "A Crude Awakening - The Oil Crash" is fueled by the visions of director Basil Gelpke and producer Ray McCormack as they explore the global peak in petroleum production through data, predictions and key historical facts. From producing clean tap water to driving to work, petroleum is seen as the fuel of the modern human race. It's a relevant film, considering the recent BP oil spill that ravished much of the Gulf of Mexico and the world's dependency on petroleum.


UNMC’s ice rink opens for winter with added festivity

The University of Nebraska Medical Center's outdoor ice skating rink has a new attraction this season. Open to the public since Nov. 27, the rink has added concessions, music and seasonal decorations. "The additions "make the atmosphere even more festive and help draw attention to the rink and make the site more visible," said UNMC's Media Relations coordinator Vicky Cerino.


Marathon dance raises funds for AIDS, HIV prevention

UNO seniors Kevin McKenna and Kelly Robinson felt sweat drip down their cheeks as they danced through the early morning hours. In a throng of hundreds of other dancers, the two busted a move in hopes of busting HIV and AIDS. 


Student wins dean’s money in essay writing contest

UNO senior Andrew Lescelius received $200 cash from Arts and Sciences Dean Joseph Boocker's pocket last week just in time for the holiday break. 

Lescelius won the money as the first-place award in the Dean Boocker's October essay contest, "Why Should I Sit in on Your Class?"


Innocence Project students said to have used hidden wire during interviews

Student journalists for Northwestern University's Medill Innocence Project wore hidden tape recorders during an investigation into an alleged wrongful conviction, prosecutors told a Cook County judge Wednesday. 


Economic development official visits NU

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Economic Development John Fernandez gave a lecture Nov. 23 on the University of Nebraska's contribution to national innovation and entrepreneurship at the Embassy Suites in LaVista. More than 100 people from private and public sectors, including state politicians and members of the NU system, attended. 


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.