Dr. Rodney Bennett talks about experiential learning opportunities on game day, his engagement with the Cornhusker Marching band and the importance of remembering the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
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[00:00:02.430]Four acres solutions for every field.
[00:00:04.650]A real treat for us tonight as we're joined in studio
[00:00:07.170]by the Chancellor of the University of Nebraska,
[00:00:09.330]Lincoln Rodney Bennett.
[00:00:10.163]Great to see you, big week here.
[00:00:12.090]We finally have a home football game--
[00:00:13.440]Can you imagine?
[00:00:14.700]First, Greg, I want to tell you how much it means
[00:00:16.350]to me when you say, you know,
[00:00:17.640]how happy you are to have me here.
[00:00:19.560]That makes me feel good to know that somebody's happy
[00:00:22.260]to see me in my coming and in my going.
[00:00:25.170]I'm only kidding when I say that,
[00:00:26.430]but I love when you say that.
[00:00:27.630]Every time I get to interview you,
[00:00:29.710]you start with something so positive that makes me,
[00:00:32.160]and I'm sure your other guests,
[00:00:33.330]sort of settle in and feel right at home
[00:00:35.580]and comfortable with you.
[00:00:36.540]So thank you for doing that.
[00:00:37.530]You're very welcome.
[00:00:38.490]You know, we talked
[00:00:40.531]on our show every night about student athletes.
[00:00:42.330]That's who we cover.
[00:00:43.590]But Husker Sports provides opportunities
[00:00:45.630]at the university for young men and women
[00:00:47.700]who are not athletes,
[00:00:48.900]but they get the benefit by covering
[00:00:50.550]or doing something with Husker Sports, don't they?
[00:00:52.350]Yeah, it really becomes an experiential opportunity
[00:00:55.800]for so many parts of the university.
[00:00:58.410]I mean, I think it's easy to think about
[00:01:01.230]a trainer or a physician or person
[00:01:04.260]who wants to go into sports medicine,
[00:01:06.390]but when you think about what we do
[00:01:08.250]through our athletics department
[00:01:09.690]and how relatable it is
[00:01:11.310]to the academic curriculum, you know,
[00:01:13.470]our business students can have a role to play,
[00:01:15.690]our psychology students can have a role to play.
[00:01:18.810]The list just sort of goes on and on and on.
[00:01:20.790]So it really is something
[00:01:22.890]that touches every part of the campus community
[00:01:26.370]and gives the most creative among us
[00:01:28.860]an opportunity to find ways
[00:01:30.930]to integrate what they're learning in the classroom
[00:01:33.690]and apply it in sort of...
[00:01:36.286]In a real world sort of application on a sports Saturday.
[00:01:41.550]One of my favorite things
[00:01:42.390]about college football are the bands.
And I bet you you're excited
[00:01:46.649]to see the the pride of all Nebraska,
[00:01:48.414]the Cornhusker marching band,
[00:01:49.470]those young folks, they work hard.
[00:01:51.510]They work hard, they work hard.
[00:01:53.250]They are just as much an athlete
[00:01:54.930]as any other part of the community.
[00:01:57.270]And I'll have you know
[00:01:59.130]that I'm a former saxophone player.
[00:02:02.790]We share that,
[00:02:04.313]I was too.
Alto saxophone player,
[00:02:05.910]and I had the good fortune of visiting the band
[00:02:09.090]just as school was starting
[00:02:10.980]and had a chance to speak to the saxophone section.
[00:02:14.820]They wanted me to play a couple of notes,
[00:02:16.620]and I just said to them,
[00:02:17.730]look, I don't have the wind capacity anymore.
[00:02:20.580]Couldn't likely hold the read anymore.
[00:02:22.890]But I have an appreciation for what you all are able to do.
[00:02:27.550]I love hearing them when they practiced and rehearse
[00:02:28.860]and did the sounds kind of reverberate around the campus.
[00:02:32.040]This was still a somber time of the year
[00:02:35.100]on September the 11th.
[00:02:36.240]We all remember back to that day, a tragedy day in 2001.
[00:02:39.720]And I know there was some events
[00:02:41.580]that went on on campus earlier this week.
[00:02:43.650]There were a number of events that went on this week
[00:02:46.320]and I was so proud and honored
[00:02:48.870]that all these years later
[00:02:50.580]that we are still remembering the individuals
[00:02:53.130]who lost their lives on that day
[00:02:55.260]and the family members who survived,
[00:02:57.930]but whose lives were never the same
[00:03:00.570]and will never be the same.
[00:03:02.730]I still remember where I was when I heard the news
[00:03:06.390]and saw the news of what was going on in New York City.
[00:03:10.110]And it's just something that I hope our country
[00:03:12.660]never again has to experience,
[00:03:14.940]but tip my hat to everybody in our community
[00:03:18.690]who took the time to pause and to remember
[00:03:21.870]and to be grateful and thankful for what we have
[00:03:24.330]as Americans and how we're able to live our lives.
[00:03:27.630]Well, we're sitting here in Memorial Stadium,
[00:03:30.570]built in Memorial of the World War I veterans.
[00:03:34.948]I mean, this stadium itself is kind of a tribute
[00:03:36.000]to people that have laid their lives
[00:03:37.710]on the line for our country and our freedoms.
[00:03:39.330]You know, and it's such a good reminder to young people,
[00:03:43.247]of all the people whose shoulders we stand upon,
[00:03:46.320]all the people who paved a way for us and who blazed trails
[00:03:49.980]so that we could have the opportunities that we have.
[00:03:52.950]And I know that one of the things that we're doing here
[00:03:55.200]at Nebraska is helping our students to develop
[00:04:00.150]sort of a sense of their responsibility to pay it forward,
[00:04:04.260]to create for the next generation
[00:04:06.270]what so many other people created for us,
[00:04:08.490]many of whom as you know
[00:04:10.350]never benefited from the sacrifices
[00:04:14.029]that they made that we get to enjoy.
[00:04:17.850]Well, enjoy your first of many Husker football games
Yeah, go big red.
[00:04:23.010]I'm ready for a win.
[00:04:24.060]As are the entire Husker fan base and alumni base.
[00:04:28.200]They sure are.
[00:04:29.565]Chancellor Rodney Bennett with us here on Sports Night.
[00:04:30.750]We have more of the show coming up next.
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