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 reporter Hanna Christensen here to tell us about some big changes coming to the Selleck Dining Center for the 2020-21 school year. Hanna?
Hanna Christensen: Hi. So, I talked with Dave Annis, who’s the director of [University Dining Service] here at UNL, and he told me that Selleck is next on the list for renovations. And it will be being renovated starting this May 2020 and then it should be finished, hopefully, around the middle of October 2020. They’re planning to make it more kind of like the union so it’s a food court style. There’re going to be six different areas, with a variety of choices. You’re going to be able to use your Dining Dollars at all of them, and some of the areas are going to be open later than normal dining hall hours.
Gorenflo: Awesome. Thank you, Hanna.
Now reporter Zach Wendling is going to give us a breakdown on some potential salary changes for the University of Nebraska’s next president. So Zach, what sort of salary increases are we looking at?
Zach Wendling: Right now, the Board of Regents is looking at $800k to $1.2 million as a potential salary for the next NU system president, as recommended by the consulting higher [education] search firm. This salary is an increase of up to 122% from former president Hanks Bounds’s salary of $540,000 when he left office earlier this year.
Walter “Ted” Carter has been selected as the priority candidate for the next president position. His 30-day public review period ends on Nov. 24, this Sunday, at which time a salary will be proposed from there. Compared with the other 13 Big Ten schools, the salary is higher than most, but still less than some others.
Jim Pillen, chair of the President Search Advisory Committee, said the decision to increase the salary was in the interest of all of Nebraska and one that represented the interest of all constituents.
Tim Clare, the Board of Regents chairman, said the landscape for higher education has changed, and, thus, the price tag for a system president has gone up. He said, “To have a great leader, you’ve got to be willing to pay them. If we don’t, somebody else will.”
Gorenflo: Awesome. Thank you, Zach.
Lastly reporter Ben Lampman will talk to us about a new addition to the LGBTQA+ Center. Ben, what is the Lavender Closet?
Ben Lampman: The Lavender Closet is a resource for students on campus who are looking for outfits that reflect their gender identity and allow them to express themselves. JD McCown, the center assistant director, said that the resource is free so students who have to rehaul an entire wardrobe don’t have to put themselves in debt in order to be able to have outfits that reflect their, like, identity.
The project rolled out last Monday, Nov. 4, once there were enough donations from the Nebraska or Lincoln community to keep it running. The project runs on donations, when people can bring in any clothing articles that they want, as long as they’re clean and in good condition, excluding undergarments. And all students are able to have access to this resource. Non-students can also access this resource, but are requested to essentially bring in one object per one object taken. Any objects that aren’t taken after a certain time frame are donated to LGBTQA+ friendly homeless shelters in the Lincoln area.
Gorenflo: Awesome. Thank you, Ben.
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.