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A journalist travels the world and ends up in New Orleans

Journalist Adam Karlin spent a large portion of his international career in India, pictured here, and has fond memories of the country.

Demi Guillory, Reporter

March 26, 2019

Adam Karlin has traveled to many countries around the world, and on Feb. 28, he spoke to a group of UNO students and faculty about his experiences as a travel author and foreign affairs journalist with Lonely Planet. A UNO MFA student, Karlin filled a room with a captivated audience in the Intern...

Creative Writing Workshop hosts Roy Hoffman, Jeanie Thompson and Matthew Griffin

Matthew Tucker, Contributor

March 11, 2019

UNO’s Creative Writing Workshop hosted a seminar featuring three writers from an array of diverse literary backgrounds to read from their heartfelt and energetic prose and poetry. Afterwards, they answered questions from students and teachers about their process and their influences. This is a part o...

“Legislating Morality” by Dr. Christopher Wolfe

Prof. Chris Surprenant (left) sits with Prof. Christopher Wolfe before Thursday’s Honors Program talk. Wolfe visited campus last week to continue a conversation on morality and what a government’s role is in regulating it.

Demi Guillory, Reporter

March 11, 2019

“Should we legislate morality?” This is the question Dr. Christopher Wolfe proposed in his hour-long lecture last Thursday. Wolfe, a professor of politics at the University of Dallas, visited the UNO campus to lend his political expertise in exploring the answers to this question and the nature sur...

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

The book of choice this semester from the Diversity Engagement Center book discussion is an unofficial business biography of Jay-Z.

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...

Privateers desert Islanders

Men’s basketball team bounces back from homecoming heartbreak.

Stefan Muro, Reporter

March 10, 2019

After a week’s worth of rest, the Privateers resumed conference play at the Lakefront Arena hoping to get back to winning ways. Their opponent was the (10-14) Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders, who defeated the Privateers with a 76-61 score earlier this season. Despite of that, UNO leads the ...

Hectic Happiness by UNO’s Dr. Reed

“Giving up is NOT an option,” Dr. Reed says is the message she hopes readers take away from her new
memoir “Hectic Happiness,” available now online and in the UNO library.

Demi Guillory, Reporter

March 10, 2019

Dr. Gilda Werner Reed is an award-winning, well-established UNO professor. Now she can also add “published author” to her extensive list of accomplishments spanning seven decades. A psychology professor at UNO since 1994, Reed has documented her life in “Hectic Happiness,” a book that she hopes inspires ...

Student Spotlight: Ian Trahan

Trahan playing his saxophone at one of his many gigs.

Jack Waguespack, News Editor

March 6, 2019

Ian Trahan is a freshman pursuing a degree in Jazz Studies at UNO. Trahan moved to New Orleans from DeQuincy, Louisiana, where he first started his career as a musician. He has his own band back home and also plays weekly in New Orleans. He plans on playing many gigs around the New Orleans area and hopes ...

President Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall

The US-Mexico border fence.

Jack Waguespack, News Editor

March 6, 2019

This past Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency on the border with Mexico to gain access to billions of dollars to fund the construction of the south border wall. Congress had previously denied Trump access to the amount asked for by the administration, raising concerns about separati...

Being kinder online

A new social media campaign, #HellotoKindness, hopes to encourage more positive, kinder experiences online.

Demi Guillory, Reporter

March 6, 2019

A new campaign to promote more positivity and kindness on social media was launched last month. On Jan. 28, Hello! magazine in the U.K. announced #HellotoKindness as a way to get social media users to participate in the movement. The campaign was created by Emily Nash, royal editor at Hello!, who was...

“Love your neighbor”: Prof. Bradley offers powerful solutions to the “incarceration nation”

During his lecture, Bradley discussed changes and trends to incarceration in the U.S. and offered some solutions to the ongoing problem.

Hope Brusstar, Editor-In-Chief

March 6, 2019

The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. On Thursday, Feb. 7, Prof. Anthony Bradley visited UNO to discuss some of his solutions to the problem. “How many people are incarcerated?” Bradley asked audience members that afternoon. He informed them that 2.3 million people are currently...

Learning from Lolita, a lecture by Chelsey Shannon

Chelsey Shannon presented her Lolita lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 5 to a full capacity audience, discussing readers’ responsibility in approaching the text.

Demi Guillory, Reporter

March 6, 2019

UNO MFA candidate Chelsey Shannon stood before a packed, standing-room only audience in LA 197 on Tuesday, Feb. 5. There, she presented her lecture entitled “Learning from Lolita.” Anticipation for the afternoon talk was evident: students and faculty kept piling in until the lecture began promptl...

Faculty Spotlight: Randy Bates

Photo courtesy of Randy Bates

Jack Waguespack, News Editor

March 6, 2019

Randy Bates is a professor at UNO who has devoted 20 years to his students here. Bates bounced back and forth between institutions in his teaching career until he started working at UNO in 1999 and fell in love with the nonfiction Creative Writing Workshop. When Bates is not teaching, he’s spendin...

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