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 Zach Wendling here to chat with us about how debt for UNL graduates compares to those from Big Ten other schools. Take it away, Zach.
Zach Wendling: Alright. So, this question was from one of our readers, part of our Curious Cornhusker initiative that was, “For someone graduating from UNL, with average student debt and making an average salary, how does Lincoln compare to the rest of the [United States]?” And, using data collected from The Institute for College Access and Success, UNL, for the class of 2018, had an average debt of $22,676. While that is a very high number, it was [the] second least compared to the rest of the Big Ten schools — less than the University of Minnesota and just a little bit more than Northwestern University.
With that, we talked to Husker Hub, which has trained employees that offer advice and recommendations for saving money both in and out of college. Jessica Van Buskirk and Pete Haslett, who are both student services specialists, helped us at The Daily Nebraskan know ways to minimize debt both in and out of college. They said that applying early and applying often is one of the ways that students who are both coming in admission and [those who] are in college can minimize debt. They also said that you need to minimize interest and pay off those principal balances from loans early.
And budget now and spend later. I know it’s something that students are told a lot in high school and once they leave college, but budgeting now and knowing how much you spend and how much you make, students are able to know what they’re able to spend, and what they can spend on fun things as well. Although it might sound cliche, they said saving today can solve tomorrow’s problems because having that little set aside now can build up and snowball into something that can really save later on. And so, Pete Haslett said, “Student loans are great if you need them, but if you can do it without loans, that’s even better.”
Later this month, students will be able to access more scholarships on MyRED for continuing student scholarships and apply for more scholarships in the upcoming year.
Gorenflo: Great. Thank you, Zach.
Wendling: Thank you.
Gorenflo: Next reporter Rachel Holt is going to answer our questions about why the heck there have been so many helicopters hovering around campus recently. Rachel, what can you tell us?
Rachel Holt: Alright. So, at the Nebraska vs. Wisconsin [football] game two weeks ago, there was the [Nebraska] National Guard there, Nebraska State Patrol and an aerial photographer, Doug Prange. National Guard actually was there because they did a flyover. They had two Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks and then other helicopters which were UH-72 Lakotas. Nebraska State Patrol was there with a pilot and a tactical flight officer. So, the tactical flight officer was managing the camera. Sometimes what they were projecting would go on the jumbotron at the football game. One of their primary focuses is to monitor the traffic around downtown Lincoln and down on I-180. This is really important because they can see crashes down on I-180 and they can kind of direct traffic around that in a safe manner and make sure people are getting back safely. And they’ve been doing this with Nebraska for years, so this is just kind of keeping up with that. And, at the game, they only had one helicopter; they usually do.
And also there, up in the skies, was aerial photographer Doug Prange, like I said earlier. He’s been taking pictures in Nebraska since 2003. So he was just there taking pictures of the flyovers, that’s mostly what he captured in his pictures. And then he makes those into gameday posters, which are pictures of the stadium from above. And he really tries to capture key elements, like a sunset, the skyline of Lincoln and the flyover, all in one thing. And then he sells those for his business.
Gorenflo: Awesome. Thank you, Rachel.
Gorenflo: To wrap things up, we’ll talk about reporter Jenna Ebbers’s story on a new $3.75 million Veteran’s Tribute that will be constructed in front of the Military and Naval Science Building and stretch to the Coliseum. Construction on the tribute is set to begin in spring 2020 and be completed in a couple of years. Assistant to the chancellor for government and military relations Michelle Waite and a group of about 25 people with military backgrounds worked together to come up with the design, which will include glass panels each representing a moment in a veteran’s life.
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.