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Kristensens last day as the chancellor will be May 31. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Kristensen rounds out final year as UNK chancellor

Rachel Ostdiek April 26, 2024 Doug Kristensen’s retirement at the end of this academic year will bookend his 22nd year as the chancellor of UNK, making him the University’s longest serving chancellor....

Juice and Callie gossip about Callies crush when he enters the coffee shop. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Say It Out Loud!

Rachel Ostdiek April 26, 2024 Last week UNK Theatre presented “Say It Out Loud”, a play penned by UNK’s own alumna, Lauren Bonk. Deemed by Bonk as an “anti rom-com”, this play explored self-identity...

Julie Shaffer was one of three finalists for the position. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Shaffer appointed senior vice chancellor

Rachel Ostdiek April 12, 2024 Julie Shaffer has been selected as the new senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNK after serving as interim since August 2023. During her time in the interim role,...

Kaden Gilbert, telecommunications student worker, stocks a desk for Information Technology Services. Photo by Ricardo Hernandez / Antelope Staff

Offices return to Warner Hall following renovations

Rachel Ostdiek April 5, 2024 The completion of renovations in Warner Hall has brought numerous student services back to permanent locations. Over the past few weeks, several offices have transitioned from...

Louies Diner has remained vacant since December 2023. Photo illustration by Rachel Ostdiek / Antelope Staff

Louie’s Diner set to reopen in the fall semester

Rachel Ostdiek April 1, 2024 Louie’s Diner is set to reopen after its nearly four-month closure following the relocation of Greek life housing. Their doors will reopen in the fall to serve students and...

Cindy Heaston has worked at UNK since 1998. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Service with a smile: Chick-fil-A employee wins students’ hearts

Rachel Ostdiek March 8, 2024 Cindy Heaston, recognizable by most on campus as the friendly face behind the Chick-fil-A counter, is dedicated to being a positive light in students' days.  Since Chick-fil-A...

Jess, played by Kerron Stark, comforts Chelsea, portrayed by Christina Spillman. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Play offers support for young people in abusive relationships

Rachel Ostdiek March 1, 2024 Omaha-based nonprofit organization, “Respect”, came to UNK last week to promote healthy dating relationships. “Respect” is formed of professional actor-educators who...

UNKs budget cuts were announced in November 2023 and approved by the Board of Regents this February. Photo by Jenna Heinz / Antelope Staff

Board of Regents eliminates majors in wake of budget cuts

Rachel Ostdiek February 23, 2024 The University of Nebraska Board of Regents met on Feb. 9 to vote on the discontinuation of three bachelor’s degree programs at UNK. The eight regents unanimously voted to...

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Five decades later: Bev Mathiesen continues career at UNK

Rachel Ostdiek February 16, 2024 Bev Mathiesen has been at UNK for over five decades, working in the Chancellor’s office for the last 27 years. As one of the longest-serving employees, she has seen the university...

Stan Clouse, mayor, hopes to enter the legislature. Photo by Rachel Ostdiek / Antelope Staff

Kearney mayor brings community perspective to UNK

Rachel Ostdiek February 9, 2024 Kearney mayor for the past 18 years, Stan Clouse, spoke with the UNK Student Senate at their weekly meeting on Jan. 30. Clouse is currently campaigning for a Nebraska Legislature...

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Kristensen set to retire after 22 years as chancellor

Jenna Heinz and Rachel Ostdiek December 13, 2023 Doug Kristensen, UNK’s longest-serving chancellor, announced that he will be stepping away from his position after 22 years.   He is also the...

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Film depicts the marriage of Elvis and Priscilla Presley

Rachel Ostdiek December 1, 2023 Sofia Coppola's latest film, “Priscilla,” hauntingly captures the innocence of Elvis Presley's former wife and the chaos he planted in her life. Based on Priscilla Presley’s...

Tariro Chinhamo and Crista Manning hold a check for ISA from Student Senate. Photo by Kosuke Yoshii / Antelope Staff

Food and Culture Festival: Sharing home with Nebraska

Rachel Ostdiek November 17, 2023 The International Student Association hosted the 46th annual Scott D. Morris International Food and Culture Festival on Sunday. Over 1,000 people gathered in the UNK Health and...

Luke Przymus is crowned Mr. King of Hearts, escorted by Jade Vak and Cali Erickson. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

King of Hearts

Rachel Ostdiek November 10, 2023 Nine men representing various campus organizations competed in the 11th annual King of Hearts pageant last week. The event raised $6,681 for the Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports...

Jon Watts speaks to the Student Senate over budget cuts. Photo by Rachel Ostdiek / Antelope Staff

Budget cuts take over ‘business as usual’ in Student Senate

Rachel Ostdiek October 27, 2023 UNK Student Senate swore in freshman senators, approved a new campus organization and discussed the ongoing campus budget cuts at their weekly meeting on Oct. 10. Jon Watts,...

Carolyn Zamora, bottom center, poses with Yung Gravy and other UNK students last spring. Photo by Maisy Wade / Antelope Staff

LPAC president gives back to students, campus

Rachel Ostdiek October 27, 2023 Carolyn Zamora, co-president of LPAC, is determined to expand the club this year in more than one way. By both increasing its membership and introducing fresh events to the UNK...

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Interim chief makes a name for campus police

Rachel Ostdiek October 13, 2023 Ricci Fast’s dedication to law enforcement and commitment to UNK has landed him the role of Interim Police Chief for the campus police department. Now, with about six months...

English professors set to share at Reynolds Visiting Writers Series

English professors set to share at Reynolds Visiting Writers Series

Rachel Ostdiek October 4, 2023 UNK will be hosting the Reynolds Visiting Writers Series on Oct. 5. This series is a creative writing reading, where fiction or poetry writers from around the country come to...

Office of Student and Family Transitions hosts the Dear First Year podcast. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Office of Student and Family Transitions’ podcast helps students navigate college

Rachel Ostdiek September 29, 2023 Aidan Weidner, a UNK senior, is fulfilling his duties as the Blue Gold Welcome Student Coordinator by continuing to host the “Dear First Year” podcast. This podcast was introduced...

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Hot Girl Walk: how a TikTok trend improved my headspace

Rachel Ostdiek September 22, 2023 The crisp autumn breeze is beginning to sweep through campus and it's finally bearable to spend more than five minutes outside again. As the leaves are turning and fall arrives,...

The panhellenic recruitment team and Phi-Chis sing chapter songs before running home to their sororities. Photo by Kosuke Yoshii / Antelope Staff

Greek Bid Day: Later sorority recruitment date proves to be a big success

Rachel Ostdiek September 15, 2023

Panhellenic sororities experienced their first recruitment week during the school year, as opposed to the previous week before classes. The decision to reschedule was made in hopes of attracting more potential...

Randall receives needed upgrade to house increase in Freshman. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

Randall Hall closes down for renovations

Rachel Ostdiek September 15, 2023

UNK continues campus improvements this semester with upgrades being made to Randall Hall. While the maintenance is somewhat minor, students will not inhabit Randall Hall for the 2023-24 academic year.  The...

Sorority members are expected to move in January 2024. Photo by Kolton Maturey / Antelope Staff

Campus landscape continues to change with construction

Rachel Ostdiek August 21, 2023

The landscape of UNK has continued changing over the summer with five construction projects underway. Students and staff can expect more temporary working spaces this school year as these projects continue. Calvin...

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