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University Thursday returns!!!

“University Thursday” is when I do a rundown of articles that the University of Nebraska Lincoln released over the past week or so.

There are two very important reasons for University Thursday:

  1. So that you understand there is an actual, functioning University attached to our football team where people are learning and studying and doing research all in an attempt to make Nebraska a better state.
  2. I am lazy and uncreative and it is the offseason, so I don’t have to come up with a completely original idea every Thursday.

Seriously, though... your university is working hard for you.

Look at all this stuff!

Virology exhibit honors late, great research pioneer | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

In late-1940s New York, Myron Brakke was tasked with figuring out how to isolate a tumorous virus from the plant cells it was infecting. Brakke’s answer modernized the fields of virology and cellular biology, eventually making him the first Nebraskan inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.

Use this in a trivia question with your Nebraska alum friends and win free beer!

Unprecedented wave of large-mammal extinctions linked to ancient humans | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and other recent human relatives may have begun hunting large mammal species down to size — by way of extinction — at least 90,000 years earlier than previously thought, says a new study published in the journal Science.

Elephant-dwarfing wooly mammoths, elephant-sized ground sloths and various saber-toothed cats highlighted the array of massive mammals roaming Earth between 2.6 million and 12,000 years ago. Prior research suggested that such large mammals began disappearing faster than their smaller counterparts — a phenomenon known as size-biased extinction — in Australia around 35,000 years ago.

So... our ancestors killed off everything that was LARGER than them, which is another way of saying that even years ago - sized mattered. Yes, size mattered, and even then, early men felt self-conscious about it enough to risk their very lives destroying other species that they found intimidating.

Legal experts: Conflict in outer space will happen | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The University of Nebraska College of Law is joining forces with space and military law experts from Australia and the United Kingdom to take the lead on understanding how our Earth-bound laws will be applied in times of armed conflict in outer space.

Will there be armed conflict in outer space?

OF COURSE THERE WILL BE.

You are probably thinking about the Russians or the Chinese.

NO!

It will happen when an advanced race of giant sloths return here looking for their ancestors only to find that we wiped them out years ago!

DOOMED WE ARE!

If only someone can take the DNA from an ancient giant sloth and re-create them before it’s too late!

(This would make a great ScyFy channel movie. I know, I know, it’s kind of along the lines of Jurassic Park meets Stark Trek IV: The Voyage Home, but not enough that it would bring a lawsuit.)

Jazz in June to feature Grammy-nominated artists, inventive groups | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The 2018 lineup includes Jamison Ross, Jazzmeia Horn, Mwenso and the Shakes, and Huntertones.

I know none of these groups.

'Book of Mormon,' Leslie Odom Jr., Tim Allen highlight Lied's new season | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The Lied Center for Performing Arts' 2018-19 season will feature a six-day run of the musical comedy "The Book of Mormon" and performances by "Hamilton" star Leslie Odom Jr., legendary singer Johnny Mathis, comedian Tim Allen, and bandleader Paul Shaffer and the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra

This sounds great! Look at this line up!

And they say all there is to do in Nebraska is attend football games? WELL, THEY ARE WRONG!

Glass visit to cap Hellstrom's Nebraska experience | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

A long-time friend of Barnes and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Glass is featured in and will attend an April 17 recital at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Lied Center for Performing Arts. The event, “A Celebration of Philip Glass,” includes the world premiere of Glass’ new piano quintet, “Annunciation.”

Every time I hear about Philip Glass I am reminded of this movie, Koyaanisqatsi. Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi word meaning “Life out of Balance”. This movie was released in 1982. Imagine how out of balance we are now.

The common joke is that you should take LSD and go see this movie. Fact is, if you saw it on a huge screen, you didn’t need to take LSD at all. You could just sit there and have pretty much the same experience if you were willing.

Husker researchers explore ways to repurpose grape waste | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

It's no secret that grapes are the primary ingredient in wine, but what happens to the parts of the grape that don't go into that bottle of Merlot?

This is shocking news to me because I always thought the parts of the grapes that didn’t go into Merlot (or Riesling, Chardonnay, etc.) went into MD 20/20 or Thunderbird.

SEE HOW MUCH YOU CAN LEARN FROM YOUR UNIVERSITY!!!!

Nebraska Engineering expands 3-D printing capabilities | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln
"Nebraska is positioning itself as a hub for additive manufacturing in a variety of industries, including agricultural equipment, manufacturing and biomedical," Rao said. "If this research is successful, it will have a huge impact on how quickly and reliably we can turn around new products and designs, spurring innovation in Nebraska."

Husker wins club cycling national championship | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

John Borstelmann, a junior chemistry major from Lincoln, won the omnium men’s Club Division championship. The omnium title goes to the strongest overall cyclist, combining the results of the 66-mile road race and the 80-minute criterium through the downtown streets of Grand Junction.

ANOTHER NATIONAL TITLE!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOO

[Update - I forgot add this earlier]

National faculty group rebukes UNL for bowing to ‘political pressure’ after incident with grad student | Higher-education | omaha.com

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln botched its handling of an incident that exploded into a national discussion about liberalism on college campuses, a major organization of professors says.

Would this even be an issue were for it not for social media?

There seems to be a lot of energy on creating confrontation but for no other reason than to put it on social media and then complain about it.

This is exactly the kind of thing you should ignore if you wish to live a happier, healthier life.


Condi Rice comes out and says that “NCAA Rules are incomprehensible” and that the NCAA should consider allowing student athletes to profit from their “name, image, and likeness”.

This is a HUGE subject that we will be covering in more depth in the near future. In preparation for that, I would like to know what you guys think, so please vote in the poll. Spread it around so we get more votes. I would like as many participants as possible.

Thank you!

Condoleeza Rice’s NCAA comments are different than the college basketball commission’s - SBNation.com
Rice’s Commission on College Basketball didn’t go nearly as far as she’s going now.

Condi Rice: NCAA athletes should be able to make money off likenesses
Two weeks after the Commission on College Basketball’s findings on the scandal-ridden men’s game were met with criticism in the news media, Commission chair Condoleezza Rice defended the group’s work in a telephone interview Wednesday while making a strong case that student-athletes in all NCAA sports should be able to make money from their names, images and likenesses.


NEWS

Can Scott Frost revive Nebraska football?

Husker fans are hungry. They are fabulously loyal and famously classy. They expect top-notch football and they deserve it probably more than any other longtime established power.

From Berry Tramel in Oklahoma. Nothing really new here, just a different perspective.


Some guy de-committed from Wisconsin.

Twitter’s reaction was not very mature - SHOCKING!!!!!!

Our Wisconsin site had a bit to say about it.

Wisconsin football recruiting: How to “survive” a decommitment - Bucky's 5th Quarter

B5Q’s Andrew Rosin gives you some helpful advice for those that follow recruiting, perhaps too closely.

Then There’s This

This has naughty language in it.

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Should college athletes be able to profit from their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL)????

This poll is closed

  • 77%
    Yes
    (102 votes)
  • 22%
    No
    (29 votes)
131 votes total Vote Now