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The April 17 episode of The Daily Nebraskan's daily news podcast, Your Morning on Campus. 


John Grinvalds: Good morning and welcome to The Daily Nebraskan’s daily news podcast. It is Wednesday, April 17. Your weather for today includes scattered thunderstorms with a high of 75 and a low of 43.

I am assistant news editor John Grinvalds, and this is Your Morning on Campus.

In today’s news, we’ll hear about Big Snap Daddy’s journey from East Campus, Linda Schwartzkopf’s retirement and the fall 2019 semester’s later start.

Here to guide us through the day’s top stories is news reporter Grace Gorenflo. First, tell me about Big Snap Daddy.

Grace Gorenflo: UNL hosted the largest known common snapping turtle for two years, aka Big Snap Daddy while its home in the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium at Schramm Park in Gretna underwent renovations. The roughly 90-pound, 80-year old snapping turtle moved to his new 600-gallon tank on April 5. A fisherman discovered the turtle at the Missouri River 25 years ago and donated it to the park, according to Tony Korth, aquarium director for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Korth said he asked UNL herpetology professor Dennis Ferraro to house the turtle in the herpetology lab on East Campus until renovations were complete, which Ferraro said he agreed to. Korth said he thinks Big Snap Daddy is very special and deserves to be well-taken care of.

Grinvalds: Next, tell me about Linda Schwartzkopf and her retirement plans.

Gorenflo: The current director of UNL’s office of fraternity and sorority life Linda Schwartzkopf will retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year. According to Assistant Vice Chancellor of student affairs Jake Johnson, UNL is in the process of deciding between three potential new directors of fraternity and sorority life, but Schwartzkopf is a “hard act to follow.” Johnson said that the new director will be hired before next school year. Students can attend public presentations from the candidates on Thursday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 22, at 1 p.m. in the Nebraska Union and on Friday, April 19 at 10:30 in Red Cloud in Willa Cather Dining Hall.

Grinvalds: Lastly, let’s hear about the later start date of the upcoming fall semester.

Gorenflo: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s fall 2019 semester will start on Monday, Aug. 26. Although UNL started on Monday, Aug. 20 last year, university registrar Steve Booton said starting on Aug. 26 is not abnormal. The start date usually stays between Aug. 20 and Aug. 28, according to Booton. Booton said UNL is starting on Aug. 26 this year to ensure that UNL does not start too early.

Grinvalds: Alright, thank you to everyone for tuning in to today’s podcast on Wednesday, April 17. Be sure to check out for more on these stories and even more UNL news. While you’re there, you can also check out our 9-month investigation into Title IX that we published yesterday. Tune in tomorrow, and enjoy your morning on campus.