Football vs. Fordham
Ronnie Green talks about the first home game with fans since 2019, including the Red Carpet Experience for Nebraska youth who have never been to a Husker football game. Green also talks about the new alliance between the Big Ten, ACC and PAC-12. Green talks about challenges faced on campus with alleged sexual assault and additional efforts to encourage even more in the campus community to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
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[00:00:00.140]We are back on Countdown to Kickoff.
[00:00:01.620]And as we do each and every week,
[00:00:02.600]a chance to check in with the Chancellor,
[00:00:04.170]from the university of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ronnie Green,
[00:00:07.112]and here we are, Memorial Stadium Lincoln, Nebraska
[00:00:09.963]That has to make you feel good.
[00:00:11.280]It sure does, Greg.
[00:00:12.430]It seems like it's been forever since the last time
[00:00:15.620]that we had Husker Nation be able to be together
[00:00:18.590]in Memorial Stadium and to experience being together
[00:00:23.010]for a Nebraska football game.
[00:00:25.190]So it's great to be here today, it's great to see the fans
[00:00:28.300]in Lincoln and gathering in game day, to be able to see
[00:00:33.620]College football just isn't the same without the fans.
[00:00:37.360]No more, nowhere is that truer than in Nebraska,
[00:00:40.970]and the time that we've experienced really
[00:00:43.460]in this past year, nothing like game day in Lincoln.
[00:00:46.430]So just so great to see all of that and
[00:00:48.410]to welcome our home crowd and to see our players
[00:00:51.650]and our team have the opportunity to play
[00:00:54.150]in front of this home crowd.
[00:00:55.890]Many of whom have not had that chance yet.
[00:00:58.420]And to be able to see that happen today
[00:01:00.610]is going to be really special.
[00:01:01.910]And then the Red Carpet Experience that we've heard about
[00:01:06.080]this week and the opportunity to bring young people
[00:01:09.830]from all over the state of Nebraska
[00:01:11.580]to experience the university and to experience
[00:01:13.890]this football game in this way is also
[00:01:16.790]an extra special thing today.
[00:01:18.190]So great to be at game day.
[00:01:20.993]All right, last week we heard Chancellor about this alliance
[00:01:23.440]between the Big Ten, the Pac-12, and the ACC.
[00:01:26.240]For fans who are like "What does that mean?"
[00:01:28.310]And what does that mean for Husker Sports in particular?
[00:01:32.040]Well, it was big news when we heard the discussion
[00:01:35.650]about a formation of a new alliance, strategic alliance
[00:01:40.240]developing between the Big Ten and the Pac-12
[00:01:43.610]and the ACC conferences, three of the most powerful
[00:01:46.210]conferences in collegiate athletics.
[00:01:48.470]And thinking about the future and what
[00:01:50.710]that might look like bringing together an alliance
[00:01:54.210]that represents 41 institutions, 41 of some
[00:01:57.450]of the best institutions in the United States
[00:01:59.850]to work collaboratively, to schedule together
[00:02:02.400]and thinking about how we might make that look.
[00:02:05.560]Expanding what are our fans will be able to see.
[00:02:09.120]And the fans across these institutions will be able to see.
[00:02:12.280]So, exciting to think about what the future's gonna
[00:02:14.980]look like, you know, bringing ACC teams here
[00:02:17.800]and Pac-12 teams here, that we've done in the past,
[00:02:20.660]but on a regular basis is gonna be an exciting thing
[00:02:24.480]to think about.
[00:02:25.830]Give a lot of credit to the Big Ten
[00:02:28.570]and our thinking about this and leadership in this
[00:02:31.270]and bringing this alliance together and our commissioner,
[00:02:33.810]Kevin Warren, in his leadership and bringing
[00:02:36.800]that together as well.
[00:02:37.810]So just exciting to think about that future
[00:02:40.040]and what it's gonna mean for Husker Nation in the formation
[00:02:43.340]of this new alliance of the three conferences.
[00:02:45.770]We're two weeks now into the school year.
[00:02:48.230]I know you've had some unfortunate challenges
[00:02:51.040]you have dealt with.
[00:02:51.990]What can you tell us about that
[00:02:53.530]and how have you addressed those?
[00:02:55.190]Well, certainly the first two weeks
[00:02:57.260]of our semester have been challenging with some things
[00:03:00.330]that we didn't expect or want to see happen based on reports
[00:03:04.580]of some sexual misconduct, an alleged sexual misconduct
[00:03:07.910]on our campus, occurring nationwide, not just here
[00:03:12.120]at the University of Nebraska, but anytime it occurs,
[00:03:16.410]it's something that we can't tolerate
[00:03:18.270]and we don't want to see, and we don't want to see happen.
[00:03:21.430]Last week, over the course of this past week and a half,
[00:03:24.790]we've certainly seen several large student protest,
[00:03:27.680]using their voice here in our community and in our campus.
[00:03:32.300]I've personally heard from many students
[00:03:34.750]and many community members about this issue.
[00:03:38.820]We've listened to our students as they voice their concerns
[00:03:43.000]about this societal problem that we have.
[00:03:47.660]We have been working for several years to improve our work,
[00:03:50.590]to prevent sexual misconduct and to better support victims
[00:03:54.450]of sexual misconduct when that occurs.
[00:03:57.200]This week I just recently announced
[00:03:59.410]a couple of days ago to our students,
[00:04:02.090]several additional steps we're taking within enhancement
[00:04:05.860]of victim advocates and care advocates in our system,
[00:04:09.830]improving our education processes around this
[00:04:12.800]for all of our community, our students, our faculty,
[00:04:16.240]and our staff for prevention of sexual misconduct,
[00:04:19.410]and some steps we're taking there.
[00:04:21.220]And then greater visibility for our Women's Center
[00:04:25.170]and our LGBTQ Center and our Care Advocacy Center,
[00:04:29.250]our center for advocacy care and education.
[00:04:32.750]So our job is to support survivors.
[00:04:36.560]When this does happen, we're doing more
[00:04:39.910]than we have ever done in this area,
[00:04:43.060]but something we need to address and that we need
[00:04:47.470]to get even better at, as we move forward.
[00:04:50.780]Not only is that going on, we're still in the midst
[00:04:53.330]of a pandemic and COVID is still certainly out there
[00:04:55.780]with the Delta variant.
[00:04:56.980]You've announced some grand prize winners to some students,
[00:04:59.880]faculty and staff who have voluntarily
[00:05:01.930]joined the vaccination registration here at the university.
[00:05:05.910]What were some of those prizes for folks?
[00:05:08.800]Well, we did have a drive to increase the level
[00:05:13.520]of vaccination amongst our students, our faculty and staff,
[00:05:17.110]as much as possible coming into the school year.
[00:05:19.730]This of course is a personal choice that people have
[00:05:23.710]to protect themselves with the vaccine.
[00:05:26.040]And we've been really pleased.
[00:05:28.520]The majority of our community is now vaccinated,
[00:05:32.310]or voluntarily telling us that they are vaccinated
[00:05:35.930]amongst our students, our faculty and staff,
[00:05:38.130]either at the city of Lincoln or above levels
[00:05:41.380]of what we see here in the community of Lincoln
[00:05:43.940]in Lancaster County.
[00:05:44.920]So happy about that, working to increase that even more
[00:05:48.670]as we move forward, and we're seeing that happen
[00:05:51.910]for vaccination rates as they continue to go up.
[00:05:55.060]But we did have some prizes that we gave out
[00:05:58.760]and we talked about this past week.
[00:06:01.940]We had a winner for joining Jane and I to go
[00:06:05.140]to Ireland next year to play that football game
[00:06:09.100]that we've been looking forward to the last couple
[00:06:11.010]of years now, to being able to play.
[00:06:13.010]And Jenna Huttenmaier, career advisor
[00:06:15.980]and student advisor in our College of Engineering
[00:06:19.120]was the winner of that.
[00:06:20.250]We're really looking forward to spending that time
[00:06:22.320]with Jenna and just continuing to encourage everyone
[00:06:26.460]to consider being vaccinated, to protect themselves
[00:06:29.880]and to reduce the risk around this virus, as it continues
[00:06:33.690]to evolve in the pandemic.
[00:06:36.210]And today, thanks to our fans and thanks to everyone coming
[00:06:39.920]to enjoy the game today and taking protective measures
[00:06:43.960]to protect all of us.
[00:06:45.270]And I know that we're looking forward to seeing
[00:06:48.240]that happen with mask use in indoor spaces
[00:06:51.290]and protecting all of us as we move forward.
[00:06:53.880]So I think we're in good shape.
[00:06:57.540]Great to catch up with you.
[00:06:58.550]Enjoy the game today, let's get a win.
[00:07:00.160]Let's get this thing turned in the right direction
[00:07:01.860]and we'll look forward to our chat next week.
[00:07:03.150]We're looking forward to a great game.
[00:07:04.680]It's so great to see everybody here.
[00:07:06.700]Go Big Red.
[00:07:07.533]There he is.
[00:07:08.366]Ronnie Green with us here on Countdown to Kickoff.
[00:07:10.190]Matt Coatney is up next with our Big Ten bliss.
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