The Weekly Grind: March 25-31

Drink in the week’s most important stories — all in one place. In the time it takes to drink your first cup of coffee, we’ll help you get caught up.

Student Court restores Daily Nebraskan’s funding

The Student Court ruled ASUN president’s veto unconstitutional.  (Photo by Jacy Lewis, Daily Nebraskan)

The Student Court voted to reinstate the Daily Nebraskan’s funding from students Wednesday morning. While the majority of students voted to support the publication, ASUN president Spencer Hartman vetoed the decision earlier this month. The council unanimously declared Hartman’s veto unconstitutional, allowing the Daily Nebraskan to receive the more than $20,000 in funding that Hartman wanted to cut. Editor-in-Chief Lani Hanson said she is thankful for the publication to be able to run without having to cut any necessary expenses, wages or staff. (Daily Nebraskan)

Trump signs order to nullify Obama’s climate change policies, plans to revive coal industry

President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to dismantle Barack Obama’s “Clean Power Plan.” The plan would have closed hundreds of coal-fired power plants and replace them with wind and solar farms. Trump hopes this nullification will help revive the coal industry, recreating thousands of jobs. (New York Times)

United Airlines under fire after misunderstanding of leggings ban for pass riders

United Airlines responded to the social media allegations that three passengers were not allowed to board their flight because the girls were wearing leggings. The allegations made by activist Shannon Watts didn’t explain that the girls were riding on an employee pass. Employees of United Airlines are offered passes for their family members to fly on, but these passes also come with strict dress codes, as the pass users are seen to represent the company. (USA Today)

Phi Gamma Delta fights suspension, challenges UNL’s investigation procedures

Fiji was suspended by the university earlier this month.  (Photo by the Daily Nebraskan)

Phi Gamma Delta, also known as Fiji, claims that the university didn’t follow its own policy for investigating sexual conduct. UNL suspended Fiji March 21 for inappropriate alcohol usage, hazing and other sexual misconduct. Many fraternity members also allegedly yelled “no means yes” at participants in the Women’s March in January. These accusations sparked the investigation into the fraternity. Members of the Lambda Nu House Corp. said that the fraternity didn’t violate any of the Students Codes of Conduct in relation to the Women’s March. Fiji’s attorney also claims that the university didn’t notify the student organization of the formal hearing, which didn’t allow the members to prepare a letter or represent themselves. (Daily Nebraskan)

White House officials give intelligence reports to Nunes

Two White House officials played a role in providing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes with intelligence reports that reportedly showed officials in the Trump administration were under incidental surveillance by American spy agencies. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer would neither confirm nor deny the reports. (New York Times)

Burr and Warner select 20 people to be questioned in Russia investigation

The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee Richard Burr said the committee is seeking to question 20 people in its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “This one is one of the biggest investigations the Hill has seen in my time here,” Burr said. The vice-chairman of the Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and Burr believe that they know how to handle the Russian investigation better than Devin Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee Chairman. (CNN)

Lincoln Children’s Zoo announces $16 million expansion plan, will add tigers and giraffes

The expansion of the Lincoln Children’s Zoo includes a new entrance.  (Photo by Lincoln Children’s Zoo)

Lincoln Children’s Zoo plans to double in size by 2019, which will add many new attractions. The zoo announced its $16 million expansion plan Wednesday. Tigers, spider monkeys and giraffes will join the zoo’s attractions. CEO John Chapo said the zoo will remain a “hands-on, interactive zoo that you will love.” The expansion also comes with the goal of becoming a year-round zoo. Patrons will have the opportunity to feed the giraffes. (Omaha World Herald)

Final Four semi-finals Saturday to feature Oregon vs. North Carolina, Gonzaga vs. South Carolina

The March Madness basketball tournament continues Saturday, April 1, with the Final Four semi-finals. The semi-finals kick off with the South Carolina Gamecocks playing the Gonzaga Bulldogs at 5:09 p.m. on CBS. At 7:49 p.m., the Oregon Ducks will compete against the North Carolina Tar Heels, which will also air on CBS. The winners of these two games will play against each other at the National Championship Game on April 3. (NCAA)

AlunaGeorge, Skizzy Mars to perform at annual UPC spring concert in April


AlunaGeorge consists of Aluna Francis and producer and George Reid (Photo by Red Bull Studios)

London’s electric duo AlunaGeorge will headline University Program Council’s spring concert Friday, April 21.The group is best known for a remix of its 2015 song “You Know You Like It,” which was mixed by DJ Snake. Skizzy Mars, a rapper from New York will open for AlunaGeorge. This year’s spring concert will be held at the Ice Box for the first time. Student tickets cost $6 and tickets to the public cost $25. All tickets are available now. (Daily Nebraskan)

UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green, Chief Communication & Marketing Officer Teresa Paulsen named 4-H Luminaries

The Luminaries, an exclusive group of accomplished and influential 4-H alumni who help raise awareness of 4-H’s life-changing impact and generate support for bringing 4-H to more youth, have chosen Ronnie Green and Teresa Paulsen to be a part of their organization. (Nebraska Today)

New UNL law clinic opened this week

The UNL College of Law opened the new Marvin and Virginia Schmid Clinic Building at McCollum Hall with a public dedication at 4 p.m. March 31. This clinic will give access for clients who are searching for legal assistance. It will stress the importance of skills training and experiential learning for UNL law students. (Nebraska Today)

Alec Baldwin resigns as president

The actor said this week that he will stop impersonating Trump on SNL

Baldwin has acted in skits about the president in 11 episodes.  (Photo CNN)

Baldwin, who has impersonated President Trump on Saturday Night Live since October, said he doesn’t know how much longer people can take it.  (Today)

March Madness National Championship Game: Monday, April 3, at 9 p.m. on CBS. (NCAA)

Daniel Tosh’s on campus: Friday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. Pinnacle Bank Arena. (Ticketmaster)

Red-White Spring Game: Saturday, April 15, at Memorial Stadium. (

UNL Spring Concert: Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice Box. (Daily Nebraskan)


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