April 1: Candidate drops out of UNL chancellor race

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.


Randhawa exits race to be next UNL chancellor



The UNL chancellor finalists drop to three after Sabah Randhawa exits the race. (Photo by Craig Chandler University Communications)

Goodbye, Lincoln. Hello, Bellingham.

Sabah Randhawa, withdrew from the race to become Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln’s next chancellor this week after he was named the sole finalist to become the next president of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. (Omaha World-Herald)

Randawa was one of four finalists in UNL’s search for a new chancellor. The remaining three finalists are Ronnie Green from the University of Nebraska, Daniel Reed from the University of Iowa and April Mason from Kansas State University. (UNL Today)

Harvey Perlman, the current UNL chancellor will step down on June 30, 2016. (Lincoln Journal Star)




Carli Lloyd, and Megan Rapinoe are two of the five soccer stars accusing USSF of wage-discrimination. (Photo by NPR)

Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe are two of the five soccer stars accusing USSF of wage-discrimination. (Photo by NPR.org)

U.S. women’s soccer players fight the wage gap

Five members of the U.S. women’s soccer team have filed a wage-discrimination action. Figures from the United States Soccer Federation’s 2015 financial report showed the men’s national team made four times more than the women’s even though the women’s team brings in more money. The USSF released a statement saying they are willing to negotiate a deal for next year. (ESPN)

Huston boxes through knockout round of The Voice

Hannah Huston, a Grand Island native, is gaining more local support after knocking out fellow contestant Malik Heard with  her rendition of The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun.”

“Well, it’s nice to see somebody represent Grand Island, Nebraska nationally in a national contest,” said John Snipes of Grand Island.(NBC Nebraska)

Huston will advance to the live shows beginning on April 11. 

Watch her performance here:

Man hijacks EgyptAir plane to reunite with wife

On Tuesday, Seif Eldin Mustafa hijacked an EgyptAir plane in hopes of rekindling his relationship with his estranged wife in Cyprus. Mustafa threatened to blow himself up, but his demeanor was not that of a terrorist. He took selfies with passengers, including Ben Innes from Britain. After the plane landed safely, it was discovered that the bomb was a fake.

“He’s not a terrorist, he’s an idiot,” said a spokesman for Egypt’s Foreign Ministry. (The Telegraph)

UNL halts proposed Nike store negotiations 

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced Tuesday that it was ending negotiations with TFL Development Inc. to bring a Nike store to the old Nebraska Bookstore location. Negotiations were stopped because UNL and TFL officials were not able to agree on the terms of the arrangement. (The Daily Nebraskan)

FDA relaxes guidelines for abortion pill

The FDA’s new guidelines allow women to take Mifepristone, a drug that induces abortion, further along in pregnancy with fewer doctor visits. The FDA said it based the decision on medical science. Since the decision, many states have passed laws to restrict the drug’s use.  (New York Times)

Lincoln man’s ‘Scooby Doo’ impressions go viral

Brandon Olderbak, a former Walmart employee in Lincoln, gained national attention after a video of him doing impressions of “Scooby Doo” characters went viral.

Olderbak uses his impressions of “Shaggy” and “Scooby Doo” to brighten up people’s days. 

Currently, his video has reached 4 million views. (ABC News)

Threats lead military families to evacuate Turkey

The Pentagon removed military families located in southern Turkey after concerns of possible ISIS attacks. Families were asked to leave the bases of Incirlik, Izmir and Mugla. The Incrilik Air base in Turkey has been under the highest level of protection for weeks, but officials don’t want to risk any American’s safety and advised for family members to return to the U.S. (CNN)

Nebraska’s new license plates stir up controversy

Nebraskans want a do over. Some residents are concerned that the design of Nebraska’s 2017 license plates mirrors that of University of Michigan’s Sower as well as their colors. (1011Now.com)

Other residents and comedian Chris Hardwick criticized the “sexual nature” of the design. (ComedyCentral)

Trump campaign manager charged with battery

The charges against Corey Lewandoski, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, stemmed from a report filed by former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields after an incident involving Lewandowski at a Trump rally. The Jupiter, Florida, Police Department released a video they reviewed before charging Lewandoski. The video shows Lewandoski grabbing Fields during a Trump rally.

Trump has continued to stand by Lewandoski. (VOX)

Terrorists target Christians on Easter in Pakistan

A Taliban group bombed an amusement park on Easter Sunday killing 70 and injuring 300 people. The terrorist group wanted to target Christians who were celebrating Easter, but Muslims were also wounded in the attack. Witnesses recounted the rush to save the many women and children who were injured.  (CBS News)

New Instagram algorithm shakes up bloggers

This week, bloggers and businesses on Instagram have been asking their followers to turn on notifications for their posts. These “turn on notifications” posts have flooded Instagram feeds after the company announced they would be using a new algorithm. Instagram will no longer be chronological, making many users upset. Instead it will be similar to Facebook where posts are determined by what a user has liked or commented on in the past. (Forbes)




Huskers women’s gymnastic team vies for a spot in the NCAA Championships (Huskers.com)

Clinton and Sanders face off in Wisconsin and Wyoming.  (Newsweek

Flo Rida Performs at Baxter Arena in Omaha (UNOmaha.edu)


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