Grace Gorenflo: Hello and welcome to The Daily Nebraskan’s weekly news podcast. Here we take you through our top 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 reporter Ben Lampman here to tell us about the Collegiate Recovery Community. Ben?
Ben Lampman: Hello. I spoke to Connie Boehm, who’s the director of Student Resilience for Big Red Resilience and Well-Being. And she told me about the Collegiate Recovery Community rolled out last Monday, starting with Alcoholics Anonymous. And, further, she said that the program is going to have an advisory board, which will be made up of students, faculty, staff and hopefully a couple of parents. And their jobs will be to decide the qualifications of students required to participate and set up social events.
She also said that they’re going to implement an ally training, which will allow for people who aren’t in recovery to be able to understand what people in recovery are going through, learn the language and attitudes required for helping and dealing with friends who might need help and other things in that area. And she also said, this fall, they’re planning on implementing housing for students in recovery. And she said that the reason they’re doing this is to create an isolated community away from other social pressures that could lead to recidivism.
I also spoke with Timothy Anderson, who’s a law student in recovery, and he told me his story of recovery and how the CRC will, hopefully, be able to benefit students in recovery. He said, “When people decide to recover, it’s already at the point where substance abuse is such an integral part of their lives that it isn’t possible to simply remove it from their lives without a serious lifestyle change. And so the recovery community can help you form new habits in a positive direction.”
Him and Connie Boehm both told me that the goal of the CRC is to provide students in recovery with a community of like minded peers, so they can all work together on getting rid of substance abuse issues as a community.
Gorenflo: That’s awesome. Thank you, Ben.
Next, reporter Zach Wendling will give us details from Saturday’s 46th annual Nebraska Walk for Life at the State Capitol. Zach, how did that event play out?
Zach Wendling: Well, Grace, despite freezing temperatures, the 46th annual Nebraska Walk for Life took place at the north steps of the capitol, as Nebraskans from around the state gathered to express their views on abortion. The event coincides with the anniversary of U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, as other marches and protests will be held in the coming week.
Marchers supporting an end to abortion held signs depicting how a fetus looks on day one of conception, while counter protests gathered at the northeast corner of the marchers in opposition.
Marchers sharing anti-abortion sentiments applauded Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts who declared the anniversary a statewide day of prayer, urging all individuals to pray for an end to abortion. Sister Mary Gabriel of the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln said that the statewide day of prayer is an opportunity to bring people together for the better. She said, “There’s so much division in both the country and the state right now that to have a day that can bring everybody together and work for something good and also for unity is a beautiful thing.”
Protestor Ann Fintel of Lincoln, however, felt Ricketts only wants to tell women what they can or cannot do with their healthcare and urged the Nebraska Republican Party to remove religion from the debate as it violates the separation of church and state. She said, “If they want to go to church, fine, go to church, but don’t force it on the people. Don’t use my tax dollars to fund your religion.”
The day was cold, Grace, and tense, but protestors demonstrated that this is an issue legislators should take a look at from both sides of the debate.
Gorenflo: Great reporting, Zach. Thank you.
Wendling: Thank you.
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.