Feb. 19: Campus visits set for UNL chancellor candidates

Want to sound smarter to friends, professors and parents?  We harvested the cream of the crop of the past week’s news and handpicked what to keep an eye on next week.

Candidates announced for next UNL chancellor

Perlman to step down June 30


A nationwide search yielded four finalists for the role of UNL chancellor.  (Image via UNL Today)

University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds Tuesday announced the names of four finalists for the job of University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor after current Chancellor Harvey Perlman steps down at the end of June.

Starting Monday, Nebraska residents, students, faculty and staff will be given the opportunity to meet with the candidates via a series of forums. (UNL Today)




Alicia Garza spoke to more than 300 UNL students Wednesday. (Photo by The Daily Nebraskan)

#BlackLivesMatter co-founder speaks at UNL

Alicia Garza, who co-founded the #BlackLivesMatter movement after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, spoke about the importance of Black History Month, as well as her involvement in the movement and how she responds to its critics. (The Daily Nebraskan)

Antonin Scalia’s death leads to feud on Capitol Hill

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death has triggered a political battle in Washington over President Obama’s constitutional right to appoint a new justice in an election year.  The GOP is concerned that Obama’s nomination will tilt the Supreme Court in a more liberal direction. (CNN)

Nebraska plus-size model featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

Ashley Graham, who started modeling at 12-years-old after she was discovered at Omaha’s Oak View Mall in 2000, will grace one of three covers of the magazine, which will hit newsstands Monday. (Livewell Nebraska)

A closer look at Deadpool’s record-breaking weekend

Deadpool’s stunning opening weekend success has changed the financial expectations for R-rated films as well as the superhero genre altogether. Deadpool outgrossed the other top nine movies combined on opening weekend, breaking nine different box office records in the process. (Forbes)

UNL Committee for Fees Allocation approves student fee increases

The Association of Students of the University of Nebraska subcommittee finalized its recommendations for Fund-A-Fee users Tuesday after ASUN sent Fund B recommendations to the Board of Regents on Jan. 28. Overall, university program and facilities fees are set to increase by almost $7 per student, per semester. (The Daily Nebraskan)

NBA’s All-Star Weekend highlighted by sensational dunk contest

The NBA’s annual All-Star Weekend was held in Toronto from Feb. 12 through Feb. 14.  In a pleasant surprise, the dunk contest stole the show Saturday evening with a flurry of incredible dunks by Minnesota’s Zach Lavine and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon.  (The Detroit News)

US President Barack Obama and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres are seen during a break in the taping of The Ellen DeGeneres show at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California on February 11, 2016. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama taped an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres” show at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California, on Feb. 11, 2016. (Photo credit MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama sends special message to wife on Valentine’s Day

President Barack Obama was in California for Valentine’s Day, but that didn’t stop him from sending love to the first lady in a way that will make your heart melt.  During an appearance on “The Ellen Show,” Obama recorded a special message for Michelle in front of a live audience. (TIME)

Pope Francis calls for governments to ‘open hearts’ to those affected by migration crisis

On Wednesday, Pope Francis prayed on Mexico’s northern border for the thousands of migrants who had perished trying to reach the U.S. Pope Francis implored governments around the world to recognize those fleeing prosecution.  (ABC News)

Facing felony charges, FarmHouse fraternity brothers plead to lesser offenses

Three University of Nebraska-Lincoln FarmHouse fraternity brothers pleaded no contest Wednesday to misdemeanor alcohol procurement charges after prosecutors charged them in connection with the fatal alcohol overdose of freshman Clayton Real in September of 2014. (Lincoln Journal Star)

U.S. Secretary of State expects ‘very serious conversation’ with China over missile deployment

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the U.S. expects a “very serious conversation” with China in the near future regarding China’s apparent increased military presence near the South China Sea.  (TIME)

UNL law professor weighs in on Apple’s FBI fight

Apple is opposing a judge’s order to hack into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters on grounds that the unprecedented action threatens the security of customers. A University of Nebraska-Lincoln assistant professor in the Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law program sides with the FBI on this incident. (UNL Today)



Why March Madness will be as unpredictable as ever (Pittsburgh Magazine)

Pulitzer Prize winner to wrap up E.N. Thompson Forum (UNL Today)

Chancellor finalist forums continue through March 4 (UNL Today)



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