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Yung Gravy Concert 2023. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Spring concert makes comeback after three years with Yung Gravy

Alex Hammeke April 28, 2023

After not having a spring concert since 2019 because of COVID-19 protocols, UNK jumped on the Gravy Train Thursday night for a packed crowd at the Health and Sports Center. The Minnesota-based rapper...

Inflation-forced rate increases coming to housing on campus

Inflation-forced rate increases coming to housing on campus

ALEX HAMMEKE April 12, 2023

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu Students living on campus next year will see an increase in their dorm expenses. The Nebraska University System Board of Regents approved a 3% increase for housing at all...

Chancellor gives faculty a rundown of initiatives

ALEX HAMMEKE March 23, 2023

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu Chancellor Doug Kristensen updated the Faculty Senate at their March 2 meeting and thanked them for their work in the reduction in force earlier this year. According...

Temo Molina and Ethan Ciancio newly elected Student Body President/Student Regent and Student Body Vice President. Photo by Kolton Maturey / Antelope Staff

Molina, Ciancio elected without opposition

ALEX HAMMEKE March 9, 2023

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu Running unopposed, Temo Molina and Ethan Ciancio won Thursday’s election for Student Body President/Student Regent and Student Body Vice President. Molina and Ciancio...

Faculty express concerns about AI, dishonesty

Faculty express concerns about AI, dishonesty

ALEX HAMMEKE March 2, 2023

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu The faculty senate at the University of Nebraska at Kearney expressed concerns about the use of ChatGPT in academic settings and its potential impact on traditional methods...

Phi Delta Theta members hang out in their new chapter room. Photo by Grace McDonald / Antelope Staff

Greeks give tours at Martin Hall ribbon cutting 

ALEX HAMMEKE February 16, 2023

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu After sitting vacant the past nine years, Martin Hall finally has students again. UNK welcomed the first phase of new Fraternity and Sorority Life housing with a ribbon...

Football on field.

Lincoln departs MIAA, will face Lopers for final time in 2023

ALEX HAMMEKE February 9, 2023

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu Lincoln’s departure from the MIAA created an interesting wrinkle for the 2023 football season, with the Blue Tigers labeled as a non-conference opponent. This has made...

Administration points to enrollment trends for cuts

Administration points to enrollment trends for cuts

ALEX HAMMEKE February 9, 2023

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu During finals week, UNK Administration announced that six faculty positions would be eliminated through a reduction in force, commonly known as RIF. Four positions will...

Lindenwood joined the conference at the same time as the Lopers, but has since moved to Division I. File Photo

Former commissioner views MIAA admission as ‘natural fit’ 

ALEX HAMMEKE October 25, 2022

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu When the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association was in the midst of expansion mode turning into the 2010s, UNK seemed like a natural fit to join. The Lopers...

The last time community members attended a Board of Regents meeting in Kearney was 2018. Photo provided by Kylie Schwab / Antelope Staff

Regents hear faculty requests, vote on proposals

ALEX HAMMEKE October 5, 2022

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu The University of Nebraska Board of Regents heard from William Aviles, UNK National Education Association president, during the public comment portion of the meeting in...

Tatum Vondra will start an internship in Madison Square Garden as a student associate. Photo provided by Kylie Schwab / Antelope Staff

308 to Big Apple: Senator’s star-studded path to New York

ALEX HAMMEKE September 28, 2022

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu Tatum Vondra didn’t know exactly what she wanted to do after graduating, but she knew where she wanted to go. A girls trip with her mom to New York City had her sights...

Student survey on the horizon to evaluate campus culture

Student survey on the horizon to evaluate campus culture

ALEX HAMMEKE September 21, 2022

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu Maha Younes wants to change the Nebraska University Climate Survey due to length concerns. Student government wants to help with the support to change that. At the Tuesday...

Pete Ricketts criticized President Joe Bidens student loan forgiveness plan. Photo provided by Kylie Schwab / Antelope Staff

Pete Ricketts takes questions straight from Lopers

ALEX HAMMEKE September 8, 2022

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXZM2mCPua8 Governor Pete Ricketts was on campus for a speaking engagement hosted by Turning Point USA, a conservative action group...

Colton Proplesch and Morgan Scanlon browse the spirit shop. Photo provided by Grace McDonald / Antelope Staff

Loper Bookstore transforms over summer into spirit shop

ALEX HAMMEKE August 19, 2022

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu Last spring, the Antelope Bookstore had some apparel and textbooks that filled half the store. Now, the bookstore has a wider selection of Loper gear, and textbooks can...

Kristen Majocha

Kristensen selects new vice chancellor to ‘build on successes’ 

ALEX HAMMEKE April 28, 2022

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu It’s a big shift from living in the hills of Appalachia and Western Pennsylvania to the Sandhills of Central Nebraska, but it won’t be too big of one for Kristen Lynn...

The advocacy for rural health facilities has paid off for UNK student regents and officials.

LB1014 fight: $60 million for healthcare after 10-year struggle

ALEX HAMMEKE April 28, 2022

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu The 38th section of LB1014 appropriates millions of dollars for UNK, with $10 million dollars going toward startup costs and $50 million toward the construction of a building...

Nitro Pepsi

Nitro Pepsi: subtle fizz creates smooth sips

ALEX HAMMEKE April 21, 2022

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu In the long-standing cola wars that have been Coca-Cola vs. Pepsi, the two companies have tried to outdo each other.  From the competition of the original soda and...

The Louie the Loper tryouts involved showing Loper Pride alongside the UNK Cheer Team song.

Administration changes move Loper officials across Midwest

ALEX HAMMEKE April 21, 2022

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu With springtime in full swing, the administrative carousel is heating up in colleges and universities across the country. The University of Nebraska system and UNK are not immune...

The Louie the Loper tryouts involved showing Loper Pride alongside the UNK Cheer Team song.

Three finalists compete for senior vice chancellor title

ALEX HAMMEKE March 25, 2022

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu After 13 years of service, Dr. Charles Bicak, the senior vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, is retiring this spring. Three finalists are up for Bicak’s position:...

The last “Arthur” episode reveals where the characters end up 20 years into the future.

‘Arthur’ finale reminds fans of a ‘wonderful kind of day’

ALEX HAMMEKE March 25, 2022

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu “And I say, ‘Hey!’ (Hey!), what a wonderful kind of day, if you can learn to work and play. And get along with each other.” “Arthur” truly encapsulated this theme...

The Locke and Key Society examined US sanctions and the increasing tension in Ukraine.

Russian invasion sparks Locke and Key discussion

ALEX HAMMEKE March 3, 2022

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu An ample crowd was on hand at Copeland Hall on Thursday night for a discussion from the Locke and Key society about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Expected to be a conversation...

Long John Silvers

Lenten Season: Fast food restaurants with cheap fish options in Kearney

ALEX HAMMEKE March 3, 2022

hammekea@lopers.unk.edu Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of the traditional Christian season of Lent which celebrates the 40 days that Jesus Christ spent in the desert tempted by Satan.  The...

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