Last Friday, the flag at UNO was flown at half-staff to mark the loss of a bright young student. Vedant Patel had a promising future. His charismatic personality and his love of people made an impression on everyone he encountered. Patel was an ambassador for the Peter Kiewit Foundation and worked for the College of Engineering recruiting and mentoring incoming students. He was on both the Honor Roll and the Dean's List. Highly regarded by his professor Bing Chen, Patel touched the lives of more than just his peers. Chen said in an interview with KETV about Patel, "I think he is one of these magnetic, radiant, full of joy type of people who continually outreach to others."
What was once the home to the Aksarben racetrack is now occupied by a variety of entertainment, dining, shopping and residential units, all united under the name of Aksarben Village. Dining options at the Aksarben Village include Wohlner's, Godfather's Pizza and Jones Bros. Cupcakes. If students wish to grab a drink to go, they can also visit Juice Stop.