Grace Gorenflo: Hello and welcome to The Daily Nebraskan’s weekly news podcast. Here we take you through our top three stories of the week in case you missed them. My name is Grace Gorenflo, assistant news editor, and this is Your Week on Campus.
First we have University Housing and Dining Services reporter Hanna Christensen here to tell us about an update to student meal plans. Hanna, what’s the change?
Hanna Christensen: The dinner meal plan has now been extended to 1 a.m., so even after the dining halls are closed, students who have not used their dinner meal swipe can use them at Abel Husker Heroes or any Herbie’s Market that’s open. The director of Dining Services Dave Annis said he’s excited about the dinner meal plan being extended because it adds value to the plan for students who are missing out on their dinner meal.
Gorenflo: Awesome. Thank you, Hanna.
Next reporter Zach Wendling is here to discuss an advancement the Nebraska Legislature made in a bill regarding campus sexual assault and dating violence. First, explain to us what LB534 is.
Zach Wendling: Well, the bill was first introduced last year and was brought up again by Omaha Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh and would require public colleges and universities in Nebraska to report information on campus sexual assault and dating violence to the Nebraska Legislature and its Education Committee. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln would be required to administer campus climate surveys on sexual assault every two years and would include information on results regarding sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. Any information about training provided to Title IX coordinators and others would also be provided.
Gorenflo: And what does Sen. Cavanaugh hope to accomplish with the bill?
Wendling: Overall, the bill works toward more transparency in dealing with this subject matter on college campuses, and it keeps Nebraska legislators up-to-date. Sen. Cavanaugh said this is a struggle we deal with and “ensuring lawmakers have the most up-to-date and accurate information possible can only help us make better decisions.”
So, Grace, the Nebraska Legislature is looking to increase information that may help student survivors of this violence in the future.
Gorenflo: Alright, great. And, lastly, Zach will also give us a run down on a story he co-wrote with reporter Jolie Peal last week about a student memorial for the victims of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752.
Wendling: Yeah. So, Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 was shot down unintentionally by the Iranian regime military on Jan. 8, and all 176 people on board died in the crash. Many of the victims were students who had left Iran for a better education, and Iranian students at UNL wanted to honor that and bring the tragedy to light. So, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, a group of students huddled up outside the Nebraska Union with a memorial decorated with pictures and mementos from their culture to grieve the victims of the plane crash. It was a solemn moment where students could cry and grieve in their own ways.
One of the students who organized the memorial told Jolie and myself that “They were students. They were people. They were like me, like others. The only difference was they were born in Iran.” The memorial was a testament to the tensions between the United States and Iran, and how when tensions rise, it’s usually the citizens that pay the price.
Gorenflo: Thank you for your reporting, Zach.
Wendling: Thank you, Grace.
Gorenflo: Alright, thank you everyone for tuning in to this week’s podcast. Be sure to check out dailynebraskan.com for more on these stories and even more UNL news. Tune in next time and enjoy Your Week on Campus.