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.


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.


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.


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.


Happy Veterans’ Day

On Nov. 11, 1918 at 11:00, the guns of World War I fell silent. This moment marked the end of the first great war of the 20th century. It wasn't the longest, but it was one of the bloodiest and most brutal. At the time, its inhumanity was legendary. Millions of young men marched off to war; the casualties numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Entire cities were reduced to rubble as the armies of Europe beat each other to bloody ruin.


California rejects pot legalization by vote

One of the hot-button issues for the last few elections has been the legalization of marijuana, especially in California. The state already has a law allowing the use of medical marijuana. If Proposition 19 would have passed it would have allowed for the legal use of pot under recreational circumstances. Fifty-three percent of the electorate voted against the proposition.