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UpBeat Academy teaches teens to make beats

UpBeat Academy teaches teens to make beats

Milena Martinovic, Reporter

March 31, 2019

Matt Zarba is trying to organize “meet and greets” between his students and the electronic and hip hop performers at the upcoming BUKU music and arts festival. “Wanna meet Kevin Gates?” “Nuh, I already met him,” replies Louis Hubbard, age 17. Upbeat Academy is a unique nonprofit ...

What is it really like to study abroad?

What is it really like to study abroad?

Demi Guillory, Reporter

March 31, 2019

Every summer since 1973, UNO has sent students around the world to study abroad. According to the summer program’s webpage, 17,000 students, including guest students from 75 American universities, have studied abroad with UNO’s award-winning programs. For a handful of UNO students and educators w...

Are right-wing dollars affecting campus programming?

Are right-wing dollars affecting campus programming?

Jack Waguespack, News Editor

March 27, 2019

“I would like to thank everyone who has made this night possible, and a lot of the stuff that we do here — which includes the UNO student government association, Charles Koch Association, and the UNO Founders Club,” said Professor Chris Surprenant on Thursday night’s political discussion panel with...

Mardi Gras: can locals even enjoy it any more?

Mardi Gras: can locals even enjoy it any more?

Milena Martinovic, Reporter

March 27, 2019

All things must come to an end. Beneath the shimmering veils, the invite-only balls, vibrant floats, sugary king cakes and parties sprawl all the waste,  trash, crime, street blocks, frustrations, and for many, anxiety. If New Orleans is already the city of contradictions, then Mardi Gras is the time whe...

Spotlight: Holladay retires, pursues passions

Spotlight: Holladay retires, pursues passions

Hope Brusstar, Editor-in-Chief

March 27, 2019

“It is both an honor and a horror to receive instruction from Holladay. He is brilliant and will easily leave you in the dust if you are not paying attention,” said one student on RateMyProfessor. Said another, “If you want the privilege of hearing a literal genius give lectures that are heart...

How Jay-Z went from Street Corner to Corner Offi ce: book discussion

How Jay-Z went from Street Corner to Corner Offi ce: book discussion

Milena Martinovic, Reporter

March 11, 2019

The UNO Diversity Engagement Center holds book discussions each semester on the book of their choice. This semester, coinciding with the Black History Month, the book of choice was “Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office.” Erin Sutherland, an academic counselor...

Mardi Gras Field Guide: NOLA Craft Culture

Mardi Gras Field Guide: NOLA Craft Culture

Nicole Guillen, Managing Editor

March 10, 2019

Whether you count the days until Mardi Gras season begins or count the days until it’s over, we can all agree that Mardi Gras is a special event that is a significant component to New Orleans culture. With this field guide series, I will single out the key aspects to Mardi Gras and the specific pla...

What it’s like to be a student in your 30s

What it’s like to be a student in your 30s

Milena Martinovic, Reporter

March 6, 2019

“Where did the last decade of my life go?” Students in their 30s who decided to go back to school have probably asked this question more than once. The majority of the younger undergraduate student body probably can’t wait to be done with school. No more homework, no more stress or student loans...

Student Spotlight: Jolie Bryant

Student Spotlight: Jolie Bryant

Jack Waguespack, News Editor

February 17, 2019

First-year freshman Jolie Bryant is making a name for herself with her vibrant pieces and precise line work. Jolie is from Sunset, Louisiana and chose UNO because it offered opportunities in art and animation that her hometown did not. Majoring in studio art with a concentration in digital media and animation ...

Student Spotlight: SGA senator, father of three, paparazzo, disabled, pre-med student

Student Spotlight: SGA senator, father of three, paparazzo, disabled, pre-med student

Hope Brusstar, Editor-in-Chief

February 16, 2019

At UNO, the student body includes the world’s first video paparazzo, a disabled veteran and the father of the first transgender homecoming queen — and they’re all the same person. When Driftwood sat down with J.D. Ligier, the interview lasted for over two and a half hours. That’s because he ...

Welcome to Spring 2019 from the Staff!

Welcome to Spring 2019 from the Staff!

January 23, 2019

The Driftwood staff has had some changes! Your new spring 2019 Driftwood team welcomes you! From left to right, back to front: Visuals Director Kimberly Williams, Adviser Missy Wilkinson, News Editor Jack Waguespack, Entertainment Editor Dylan Mininger, Business Manager Matt Stennis, Business A...

Omega Delta Sigma awards Madison Fisher a challenge coin

Omega Delta Sigma awards Madison Fisher a challenge coin

Claire Sargent

October 10, 2018

On Thursday, Oct. 4 Delta Zeta sorority member Madison Fisher was awarded a challenge coin, which is a high-level award from Omega Delta Sigma, the co-ed veterans fraternity on campus. Fisher was given this award for two reasons: her work with Omega Delta Sigma’s president Ollie Olivero to help revamp t...

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