Women's basketball vs. Illinois
Ronnie Green talks about the resilience of the women's basketball team and his gratitude for every chance for Husker student-athletes to compete. Green also talked about events of Martin Luther King Jr. Week.
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[00:00:00.240]Halftime at the State Farm Center
[00:00:01.990]in Champaign, Illinois, Matt Coatney with you.
[00:00:03.910]And we are again
[00:00:04.870]delighted to welcome on Chancellor Ronnie Green,
[00:00:08.530]Chancellor, volleyball season got underway this week
[00:00:11.210]and for women's basketball.
[00:00:12.880]Amy Williams' team has been playing strong, obviously
[00:00:15.930]and even with all the challenges it seems
[00:00:18.100]to have made these next few weeks
[00:00:20.010]a great time for Husker fans, hasn't it?
[00:00:23.479]It sure has on Yoko.
[00:00:25.110]Great for the team to be in Urbana-Champaign tonight.
[00:00:28.250]It's special place in my heart.
[00:00:29.220]I was on the University of Illinois' advisory board
[00:00:32.460]a number of years ago and spent a lot of time
[00:00:35.780]in that environment.
[00:00:37.570]So great for our women to be playing there tonight
[00:00:40.960]Hope the team can keep playing hard
[00:00:43.410]and keep playing together.
[00:00:44.580]It's been amazing to watch the run that they had here
[00:00:48.257]over the last few weeks, knocking off ranked teams
[00:00:51.786]but playing with a bare bones roster
[00:00:55.110]and to see that grit and resilience just applause
[00:00:58.530]to our lady Huskers and hopefully
[00:01:02.950]an opportunity for a big tin road win here tonight.
[00:01:08.200]Grateful for every chance that we have
[00:01:10.160]for our Husker athlete compete.
[00:01:11.930]Obviously now going into a full roster
[00:01:15.175]of sports schedules, even with volleyball,
[00:01:18.660]haven't been delayed from the fall to the spring
[00:01:21.970]and all of our other teams that are now up and going.
[00:01:28.010]It's great to see that happening and great
[00:01:30.250]to see our students being able to compete,
[00:01:33.060]even dealing with the pandemic
[00:01:34.760]that we continue to confront (indistinct).
[00:01:37.600]Good to be in Illinois tonight and see our women employed.
[00:01:41.490]Well Chancellor with the adjusted academic calendar.
[00:01:44.180]This is the first week of classes for the spring semester.
[00:01:47.220]And if that wasn't enough to make this a big week on campus
[00:01:50.363]you're also celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Week
[00:01:53.950]what's in store for MLK Week?
[00:01:57.330]Well, Matt, we did just finish our very first day
[00:02:00.180]of the spring semester classes today.
[00:02:02.450]So it was great to have our student body back
[00:02:04.650]in Lincoln and engaged in an even more
[00:02:07.427]in-person semester that we had last fall.
[00:02:10.250]We were amongst the leading institutions in the country
[00:02:13.780]and having our students back on campus
[00:02:16.000]at the levels that we were able to do in the fall.
[00:02:18.470]And we've amped that up
[00:02:19.520]even further this spring with about 60% of our courses
[00:02:24.280]students in courses that are fully in-person,
[00:02:27.050]all of the students,
[00:02:27.980]and the instructors in the room together.
[00:02:30.610]And that's a great thing to be able to be at that point.
[00:02:34.370]We did the light getting started with our spring semester
[00:02:37.510]about a week and a half later, than normal.
[00:02:40.930]And as you know, last Monday was Martin Luther King Day
[00:02:44.600]across the United States.
[00:02:45.930]So we delayed our celebration of that on campus as well,
[00:02:50.346]with our students and community coming back
[00:02:53.240]and are celebrating MLK week this week
[00:02:56.200]on campus to honor the legacy
[00:02:58.320]of the iconic civil rights leader
[00:03:00.240]with events all throughout the week,
[00:03:03.060]culminating with a virtual MLK celebration
[00:03:07.520]but we'll highlight the award winners
[00:03:12.010]that we recognize for leadership in this area
[00:03:17.490]with our MLK chancellors fulfilling
[00:03:19.720]the dream awards presented.
[00:03:21.740]And we are really, really pleased
[00:03:24.060]that that event will be highlighted
[00:03:26.560]by a moderated conversation
[00:03:28.482]with Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of the late Reverend
[00:03:32.844]Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
[00:03:34.880]and Coretta Scott King.
[00:03:36.430]I've been a global thought leader on
[00:03:38.380]or writer and a peace advocate throughout her life.
[00:03:42.160]And very excited for her to be with us on January the 28th
[00:03:48.015]at 10:30 in the morning.
[00:03:49.710]We'll also have performances
[00:03:51.350]from the Nebraska Repertory Theater from our college
[00:03:53.730]of Fine and Performing Arts
[00:03:55.380]and the St. Louis Black Repertory Theater will be joining us
[00:03:59.410]for that event.
[00:04:00.700]So very excited about that.
[00:04:02.120]All of the information about our email paid week
[00:04:04.284]can be found online at mlkweek.unl.edu
[00:04:11.570]under the theme this year of continuing to speak out
[00:04:14.544]against all forms of injustice to yourselves and others
[00:04:18.600]and setting a mighty example
[00:04:20.190]for your children and for future generations.
[00:04:22.610]So, I'm excited to have students back
[00:04:25.210]on campus and to have our spring semester underway today.
[00:04:28.490]Looking forward to a great semester ahead,
[00:04:31.750]and to be celebrating MLK week together
[00:04:34.940]this week as UNL Community.
[00:04:37.550]Well, thank you very much, Chancellor,
[00:04:39.040]as always we love having you
[00:04:40.900]on and halftime on women's basketball games
[00:04:42.940]and thank you for your time.
[00:04:45.420]Well, go big red.
[00:04:47.490]That's Chancellor Ronnie Green.
[00:04:48.800]I'm Matt Coatney more halftime in a little bit.
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