Chancellor’s punk band evokes zeal for education

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***All stories published in this week’s Gateway are satirical and should be treated as such. None of the stories printed are factual and do not represent the actual intentions, feelings, or actions of any of the people mentioned.***

Kelly Langin
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

Local punk band Maverick Mayhem played their first show at Lookout Lounge on Friday. Sonically, the band was on par with touring punk bands We Hate You Go Away and Ska Band with Spiky Hair.

Physically, there was something very special about Maverick Mayhem. University of Nebraska at Omaha’s chancellor John Christensen, Ph.D., emerged as the vocalist for the band. He wore a giant red M34N STR33T patch on the back of his suit jacket, celebrating the local hip hop group that played at UNO in 2014.

Christensen started Maverick Mayhem in 2007 after he was named chancellor of UNO and his old band, Higher Education, disbanded. It was a solo project until he picked up a few UNO alumni to play the instruments.

“Good evening,” Christensen said. “We are Maverick Mayhem, and we would be honored to rock for you today.”

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The stage banter between songs felt more like a ceremonial commencement speech, but the eagerness in Christensen’s words tied in with the message that education is important, but community and collaboration is even more vital.

“I would like to thank my bassist, Jerry, for whom this musical performance would not be possible,” Christensen said before the drummer pounded the opening beats for their hit single, “You Can’t Park Here.”

In the middle of the set, Christensen removed his suit jacket to the cheers of the audience. He took a handkerchief from his pocket, wiped the sweat from his forehead and immediately screamed, “Construction will cease soon!” These were the opening lyrics to a new song he’s been working on for a while, Christensen said.

The song “20,000 by 2020” reached a climax toward the end with a heavy, distorted guitar as Christensen screamed, “Strategic plans! Committee meetings! Task forces!” The entire song was an ode to positivity and creating growth in a commuter campus.

Local punks who seemed wary of Maverick Mayhem at first seemed to bang their heads by the end of the set and violently put their arms around others, shaking from Christensen’s zeal for education. Some were even found to be enrolling for fall semester via MavLink on their cell phones.

“Thank you for coming to Look-out Lounge,” Christensen said. “I got a ride down here from a student on his way to working a shift at Jimmy John’s. I heard the parking here wasn’t so great.”

Christensen said the inspiration for most of his songs came from reading his own emails to the UNO students and faculty.

As the set closed out and the band members began to put away their instruments, Christensen took a moment to smile and thank the crowd for honoring him with their presence.

“I am more proud of this moment than when President Obama chose to come to our campus over Lincoln’s,” Christensen shouted with tears in his eyes. “We are al-ways striving for a better community. Omaha is our campus!”

***All stories published in this week’s Gateway are satirical and should be treated as such. None of the stories printed are factual and do not represent the actual intentions, feelings, or actions of any of the people mentioned.***

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