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Andrew D. Bartholet
CONTRIBUTOR

The selection of a major is one of the most difficult things to get through when first starting college, and there are a lot of misconceptions on what a major should be and how it should be selected.

First off, students who pick a major that sounds closest to the career they have in mind do so for the wrong reasons. I am entering my third year in college, and my career ambitions now are way different from what they were when I was a freshman.

While there are some students who stick with their original plan all the way through college, it is overwhelmingly common for students to change their major as they figure out what they really want to do. Students should pick majors that align well with their relevant passions, because passions do not really change like career interests do.

For example, a student who is passionate about art and language and who wishes to work in a business setting should pick language as his or her major. It is much easier for a linguist to find a job in business than an artist. Furthermore, it is easy for someone who is passionate about language to study language, and, perhaps, less easy for someone who is not passionate about “hard business” to study business administration.

An interesting fact about majors that many students overlook is that it is possible to get into various fields with many different degrees. Not all doctors majored in pre-med; many of them studied biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and other majors. Many times, pre-meds make up fewer MD students than other majors. In business industries, employers look for talented individuals who can offer diverse skills that come
from many areas outside of business administration and other “hard business” majors.

While there are many good specific majors out there, know that they are not the only way to specific career goals. Students will be much more motivated and enjoy greater success in school if they follow their passions. When students try and match the major to the job, they limit themselves and fail to discover new careers that they may have overlooked

College is a place to figure out what you want to do. No one is expected to know their future career when they enter college.

If you find early on that your major is not right for you, you should change it as soon as possible to avoid wasting too much money and time on unneeded classes. College is expensive, and while we are here to figure it out, we must also be diligent and efficient in our work. I changed my major twice in my first two years of school, and I was not put behind at all. If I decided to change my major now, I might have more difficulty finishing in a reasonable amount of time. I have no need to change my major again because I kept an open mind and followed my passions. I wish you all the same success.

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Madeline Miller
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The beginning of college also marks the beginning of an unprecedented amount of unscheduled leisure time. Especially living on campus, it can be difficult for freshmen to know how to fill their time.
Every dorm needs at least one television. No one wants to setup a laptop on a TV stand and pretend they can all hear and see the movie.
Smart TVs have become relatively inexpensive, barely costing more than their non-smart counterparts. If you already have a TV that is not a smart TV, you can upgrade it simply and easily by purchasing a streaming device like a Roku or an Amazon Firestick for a one-time cost. Many smart TVs have such devices built in, and these can be much easier to use and more reliable than other brands.
Cut costs by staying on your parent’s Netflix and Hulu accounts. If this is not an option, splitting up streaming service costs between roommates is a great way to make sure everyone can watch whatever they want and no one is stuck with a huge bill for it at the end of the month.
Leave your gaming consoles at home, at least for the first semester. Having an Xbox or a Play Station around can get you into trouble if you tend to neglect homework and socializing in favor of playing video games. Wiis tend to be more social, with many games being much more fun with a full roster.
However, it is still a good idea to hold off for at least a few months until you know how well you will handle your brand-new workload with no parents around to dictate how you spend your time. Call of Duty can wait until you are sure you are going to pass all your classes.
Board games and card games, on the other hand, are almost exclusively played with others and can be a great excuse to invite people over and make friends. The friends you make freshman year often end up being the friends you will have for the rest of your college career, so make use of this time by reaching out to as many different people as possible.
Noise canceling headphones. Even though you will want to make as many friends as possible your freshman year, there will inevitably be times when you will want to be alone. Whether it is finishing a paper or just getting away from all the noise and excitement, a good pair of noise canceling headphones and
an MP3 player will make all the difference.
You will not have to splurge too much to drown out the world,just about any decent pair of headphones or earbuds will do the trick. They also help cut down on noise complaints from your roommates. Despite what you may think about your musical taste, not everyone is going to like the same tunes and not everyone is going to want to listen to music at the same time.
With just a few entertainment essentials, filling unscheduled freetime in the dorms will be much easier to manage, and you will have a place both to entertain guests and unwind after a long week.

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Sophie Ford
Editor-in-Chief

University of Nebraska leadership announced today the first phase of recommendations from the Budget Response Teams. The response teams were created to address reductions in state funding for the University of Nebraska school system. The teams, made up of hundreds of employees across the NU system, have been working since January to tackle the issues created by the $49 million budget shortfall.

The announced phase I changes include consolidation of several small teams across the separate universities into one, university-wide team. Separate small cyber-security teams across the NU system will be consolidated into a single university- wide team of 25. Energy and facilities teams across campuses will also be consolidated to one team. A university-wide procurement function will also be created, which NU leadership said “will integrate our procurement resources, talent and practices to provide more effective supplier management and cost savings.” A new university-wide HR team will also be put in place. Many of these consolidations may involve job cuts.

We will be thoughtful with these changes, but some new realities will not be convenient or easy. Job reductions will impact real people, with real livelihoods, though we will capture personnel savings through attrition wherever possible. —NU Leadership

In addition to several university-wide consolidations, the NU system will also reduce mileage reimbursements for employees using personal vehicles for university travel from 53.5 cents per mile to 25 cents per mile. Next week, NU leadership will bring a proposal to the Board of Regents to contract with travel expense reimbursement system Concur.

University-wide policies will be put in place to cut copying and printing costs, by keeping jobs in-house and reducing individual printing by employees.

Future strategies nearing finalization and announcement include printing and copying; financial operations and accounting; public relations, marketing and communications; and travel.

The University of Nebraska is as important to the state’s economy and quality of life as it has ever been. So as we do the difficult work of making cuts during a period of remarkable momentum, we’ll all need to be creative in finding ways to do more with less so that we can continue to serve the state effectively. —NU Leadership

More information can be found on the Budget Response Team website.

 

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Chancellor Gold walks along UNO campus with former student body president Patrick Davlin
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Charlotte Reilly
News Editor

Chancellor Jeffery Gold began his first day as the interim chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha on May 8, 2017.

UNO staff and students received an email on April 27, 2017 stating Chancellor Gold was selected to replace UNO Chancellor John Christenson as the interim chancellor of UNO. Chancellor Gold has been the chancellor at The University of Nebraska Medical Center since 2014.

“UNO’s student-focused, metropolitan university mission will remain the bedrock of everything we build together,” Chancellor Gold said in a speech during his first day as the UNO chancellor. “Together, we will continue UNO’s rich history of prioritizing not just excellence in education, but also access and opportunity.”

Chancellor Gold listed some of the accomplishments of UNO and UNMC, including education programs that lead to research and health professions, dual degree programs, expanded outreach and advances in biomedical technology programs.

On May 11, 2017, University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds announced that the Nebraska Legislature might be conducting a study to determine if combining the UNMC and UNO campuses is possible and advantageous. The university did not know of or request the study, Bounds explained.

“We’ll be pleased to have conversations with interested senators about the reasoning behind our decision to name Dr. Gold to lead both UNMC and UNO,” Bounds said. “We will make the same points we have shared with all of you: That this appointment opens exciting opportunities for student and faculty collaborations, that we think can find additional fiscal efficiencies, and that while it makes sense for our Omaha-based campuses to work more closely together, UNO and UNMC also each have distinct and important missions to serve our state.”

If the study proceeds, Bounds says he will use the opportunity to show the legislators the role each campus plays in Nebraska communities and explain the decision behind the leadership transition.

 

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After nearly four decades on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus, the NET broadcast tower next to the College of Public Affairs and Community Service building and Allwine Hall was taken down.

Workers have finished the removal of the NET broadcast tower on the Dodge Campus.

Several surrounding buildings and offices were closed during the tower removal. Now that the tower is down, campus operations are back up and running as normal this week.

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Will Patterson
A&E EDITOR

Clark & Company, a band whose four core members are all University of Nebraska at Omaha sophomores, released its third album, Josephine Had a Dream.

For those who don’t know, Clark & Company is made up of four members, three of which happen to be triplets: Sophie, Simon and Cooper Clark. The fourth member is Cameron Thelander, hence the “company” in Clark & Company.

Sophie plays the keyboard, sings and does the songwriting for the group, while Simon plays drums and other percussion instruments. Cooper plays the acoustic and electric base, and Thelander adds the tenor saxophone that helps give the band it’s unique sound.

The group’s sound is something that is alive and evolving. Since the Clarks began playing, they have witnessed their music go through a series of changes. So-phie said that today the music re-sembles that of the singer-songwriter genre with influences from the world of jazz and blues.

Josephine Had a Dream was officially released with a performance by Clark & Company at Reverb Lounge Friday. The concert gave audience members a live performance by the band and a chance to purchase the latest album.

The latest installment of the Clark & Company album collection features a series of different musicians. Listeners will hear collaborations with several local artists.

“We really wanted to promote this album because I feel like we finally found our sound,” Sophie said. “I think we’ve always had a sound while playing live, but I think this album has really hit home.”

Simon and Sophie partially credit their latest musical development to the opportunity to record at Warehouse Productions in downtown Omaha. With the expertise of Tom Ware, they were able to craft recordings with a more professional edge.

Clark & Company’s latest album is a new adventure for the band.

In addition to making new music, the band has created its first music videos. Currently three lyric videos and three classic style music videos are available online. Currently the songs with music videos are “I’ll Be Fine,” “Something” and “To Rule the World.”

Simon and few friends currently operate an audio and video production company. The production of the band’s first music videos gave him a chance to utilize his knowledge in the matter.

“It’s really cool to be working together and getting to have some creative control,” Simon said.

In addition to Josephine Had a Dream being available online and in CD, Clark & Company will also be selling their latest album on vinyl for the first time.

Those interested in listening to Clark & Company can find their music on SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes and Pandora. The band also maintains active social media and can be found on their website, clarkcoband.com.

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Adam Abou Nasr
CONTRIBUTOR

Scott Café on the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s south campus is introducing updated meal plans for the fall 2017 semester and retiring the old ones.

The retiring meal plans included an unlimited meal plan for $1499 a semester, 10 meals per week for $999 a semester and three meal card packages that did not expire.

The four new plans are an unlimited plan for $1699 a semester, a 160-meal plan for $1079 a semester, a 120-meal plan for $849 a semester and an 80-meal plan for $599 a semester.

Retiring the meal cards was a necessity, said Darrin Dukart, food service director for Scott Residence Hall & Conference Center.

“We’ve grown so much over the last ten years that it’s just no longer feasible for us to offer a plan that doesn’t expire every semester, from a budgeting standpoint and an operations standpoint,” Dukart said. “If you look at other universities, almost everybody offers the type of plan we’ve moved to.”

Scott Café’s budget comes exclusively from those dining there, and budgeting for outstanding meal cards that won’t expire gets harder every semester, Dukart said.

“We’ve sold so many it’s becoming somewhat unmanageable for us,” he said.

Meal cards are still available at their old price until July 1st. Sophomore Shannon Spulik bought one even though she lives on Dodge Campus.

“Sometimes I just want a nice meal where I can get unlimited buffet and I don’t want to make any food, so then I’ll go over there,” Spulik said. “I thought the price that it was at was reasonable, but I also stocked up on it because the price was going up.”

Cutting the meal cards protects students from a “drastic price increase,” Dukart said. This marks the fourth price increase in ten years for Scott Café. Price increases haven’t kept up with rising food costs. The new meal plans are designed to fit better with students’ schedules and the university’s future plans.

“A large percentage of people on 100 meals, either it was not enough for a semester or too many,” Dukart said. “So we picked an 80 or a 120 to kind of match a lot of people.”

The 120-meal plan costs the same per meal as the old 100-meal plan, and the 80-meal plan costs the same per meal as the 50-meal card. The 160-meal plan costs $.50 more per meal, but meals no longer expire each week.

Scott Café serves 1000 to 1300 guests a day, and about a third of them do not live on south campus, Dukart said.

They anticipate an increase of 300 guests per day when Scott Crossing opens this fall. The new plans should accommodate for the increased traffic without a price increase for at least two academic years and may evolve into something broader.

“This style of meal plan could be combined with MavMoney where, if they have the 80 meal plan, they have five meals at Scott Café,” Dukart said, “and maybe they have $500 on their Mav Card to use on North Campus.”

Scott Café’s new meal plans are “still under the lowest average” for the Midwest, Dukart said. The University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s and Creighton University’s unlimited meal plans are both more than $2000 a semester, according to their websites.

“There are a lot of major changes going on here, so it seemed like the right time to make the transition,” Dukart said. “It’s our goal to keep the costs down, and this is one way we thought we could do it.”

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Ray Koch
CONTRIBUTOR

Razvan Grigorescu. If you don’t know his name now, you will by the time his tennis career is finished at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

It’s been a rocky season for the UNO men’s tennis team, as they finished the regular season with an overall record of 8-13. But even with an average record, UNO tennis has caught the eye of many local sports fans. That’s because of a particular freshman that is impossible to ignore.

From Constanta, Romania, Razvan Grigorescu stands 6 foot 3 inches tall, and has already made an impact on campus. He’s also ranked 66th nationally. Did I mention he’s just a freshman?

Yes, a 19-year-old from half-way across the world has taken scouts, and the entire Summit League by surprise.

Grigorescu uses his length to get to any ball on the surface. Couple that with tremendous power and precision, and you may start to question if you’re watching Andy Murray playing. Moving effortlessly all over the court, Grigorescu displays footwork and court awareness of a player far beyond his years.

Though tennis in college is a team sport, it’s hard not to get caught up in the individual accomplishments one can achieve. Grigorescu has an opportunity to go deep in the Summit League Conference Tournament and beyond. Even if the team as a whole is not able to progress far into the tournament, Grigorescu can still bring the Mavs success.

That doesn’t constitute, however, that the ultimate determiner of success for UNO’s season doesn’t lie in the racket of Grigorescu. No matter what happens the rest of the season, the Mavs will settle for a different victory–keeping Razvan Grigorescu for three more years. Being the face of the program for the duration of his stay at UNO may seem like it’s asking a lot for someone that is still a teenager. Then again, not many teenagers strike this much attention in their first college season in a foreign country.

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