Fairwell, UNK

Well, it’s come to that disheartening time when I have to take my journey elsewhere and leave behind this campus that has become my home. Three years is hard to leave behind but I know that what my gut is telling me is it’s the right thing to do to further my career. Although I won’t be attending college in the fall I will be finding internships and furthering my experience until I find the Colorado college that is right for me and my goals.

There are many people that I will miss here at UNK but when it comes to professors I would have to give thanks to Christina Jackson and Nanette Hogg, no matter what the circumstances they have always been readily available to help and I couldn’t be any happier to have them as professors and references. They are the go-to professors for any class and if they don’t know how to help they will find out.

When it comes to friends, I couldn’t be happier to have experienced a sorority and although it didn’t work out I had great experiences and met wonderful girls. Most of the people that I have had throughout the time here at UNK, have become more than friends, and it’s going to be hard to leave them behind but if they have stuck with me thus far I know that they will be willing to come and see me in Colorado.

I have mixed feelings about leaving and even Junebug gave me the talk about not graduating sooner, but I will be closer to where I will be able to make my dreams a reality with hard work and determination. I couldn’t be happier with my time here at UNK and will always have nothing but good thoughts about my experiences here.

But, lets get real. Once a coloradan, always a coloradan. I couldn’t be happy any other place. No matter how hard I try.

Fairwell, UNK. It’s been real.

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Daily Haylee

Haylee LaRae at home!

Haylee LaRae at home!

Beautiful Haylee made her journey home yesterday night. It’s such a blessing to know that she was strong enough to make it through her beginning struggles.

She was able to meet aunt Brenna Sandoval before her journey home and was welcomed home by her new companions, parents dogs, and a welcoming sign. Though she still has a feeding tube imbedded in her stomach to help with her feedings, she is all smiles and a very cuddly little princess.

Parents, Zach and Melanie, said “Haylee had her party dress on, ready to go home! But we changed into something more comfy for the ride. We are grateful to be home!”

Haylee’s extended family can’t wait to be able to meet her and hold her after her little journey. It’s been a emotional roller coster but nothing but positivity can come now and loving memories from here on out.

Also, please visit the link on gofundme to donate as the family is still going to be struggling with financial responsibilities instead of focusing on having their beautiful angel at home. It’s never easy to go through such a scare, but the financial takes the feeling out of it and gives a price on the life. At any point, any amount always helps. Continued prayers are still asked.

Haylee and dad Zach settling in at home after a long day!

Haylee and dad Zach settling in at home after a long day!

Aunt Brenna meeting Haylee for the first time, "She wouldn't let me take her off my shoulder the whole time, and was nothing but smiles."

Aunt Brenna meeting Haylee for the first time, “She wouldn’t let me take her off my shoulder the whole time, and was nothing but smiles.”

FINAL COLUMN

This years’ shake up in coaching staff and almost unbearable weather still resulted in the University Nebraska at Kearney fans to be in full force for the 2015 spring football game. This game gave fans the opportunity to see what’s to come in the fall for the Lopers’ and see new head coach Josh Lamberson direct the young group of men. The team performed their debut on April 25, 2015 to end their spring ball.

The football team members stayed back from spring break to put in the work on the field. Now, that’s dedication. “The team made strides throughout the spring the coaches did a great job of teaching a new system so quickly. Lambo brought energy into the program, the team holds him in high regards and he will get the team back in the right direction,” said sophomore Tyler Schnitzler, a defensive player from Kenesaw. Lamberson expressed that no matter the wins or losses he’s here to produce high quality young men who will turn out to be great husbands, fathers, alumni, and community members. That’s what college coaching is all about especially when only 1% make it to the next level.

“It was a joy to see my teammates to do great things, but also hurtful wishing I could play. But one thing I do know is that if we all stay healthy as a whole team we will be really good,” said injured sophomore Tityus Mitchell.

The football team came together in their offseason to support the other athletes and this has shown great unity in the athletic community. Everyone was out and ready to cheer on the growing UNK football team as they showed their spring progress with the crowd of 1,7500 fans. The big crowd cheered loud and showed support even though the weather was sub par. That is the kind of fan base every team can hope for.

Spring ball is a great opportunity for team unity, work, and expression of dedication. But, what is really the point? Every college has it – it’s something of a requirement. It seems cruel to take away spring break and disrupt the offseason for the athletes but does it hold beneficial.

It gives the athletes momentum for the summer camps and practices and gives them something to look forward and work towards in the spring semester. It can be long, grueling, and seemingly never ending but after the final spring show case game all of the work is worth it. It doesn’t only give the fans a sneak peak at the upcoming fall season but it gives the athletes primary focuses to progress before the season.

“If a man’s going to quit,” once said the Bear, “I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.” Coach Bear Bryant was known for his harsh conditions and rigorous practices, he is known to have changed spring football. Through sources, spring practice was hard and was expected. With the new coaching staff and the outcome of the season last year, the UNK Loper football team had their mindset to make changes during spring ball so that they could come out and show their fans that they are back and ready for a great fall season.

The UNK Loper’s led by coach Josh Lamberson will play their first game on September 3. It seems like a long ways away but the Loper’s will be putting in work during the down time to prepare for the first game as well as the rest of the season. So as a fan base the Kearney community should be ready to fill the stands that weekends. Also, it will give the injured athletes time to heal and regain their strength and strategies for the upcoming season.

The spring football game may have just showed the offense and defense competing against each other but with the play action that occurred the fall season will be something of an interest to Loper fans and the institution.

“Rough Draft: Column 3 (Sports Commentary)”

*gave it a shot doing some sports commentary but got sidetracked by the interest of the point of spring ball, still need to gather quotes and tighten up*

This years’ shake up in coaching staff and almost unbearable weather still resulted in the University Nebraska at Kearney fans to be in full force for the 2015 spring football game. This game gave fans the opportunity to see what’s to come in the fall for the Lopers’ and see new head coach Josh Lamberson direct the young group of men. The team performed their debut on April 25, 2015 to end their spring ball.

The football team members stayed back from spring break to put in the work on the field. Now, that’s dedication. Lamberson expressed that no matter the wins or losses he’s here to produce high quality young men who will turn out to be great husbands, fathers, alumni, and community members.

“It was a joy to see my teammates to do great things, but also hurtful wishing I could play. But one thing I do know is that if we all stay healthy as a whole team we will be really good,” said injured sophomore Tityus Mitchell.

The football team came together in their offseason to support the other athletes and this has shown great unity in the athletic community. Everyone was out and ready to cheer on the growing UNK football team as they showed their spring progress with the crowd of 1,7500 fans. The big crowd cheered loud and showed support even though the weather was sub par. That is the kind of fan base every team can hope for.

Spring ball is a great opportunity for team unity, work, and expression of dedication. But, what is really the point? Every college has it – it’s something of a requirement. It seems cruel to take away spring break and disrupt the offseason for the athletes but does it hold beneficial.

It does. It gives the athletes momentum for the summer camps and practices and gives them something to look forward and work towards in the spring semester. It can be long, grueling, and seemingly never ending but after the final spring show case game all of the work is worth it. It doesn’t only give the fans a sneak peak at the upcoming fall season but it gives the athletes primary focuses to progress before the season.

“If a man’s going to quit,” once said the Bear, “I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.” Coach Bear Bryant was known for his harsh conditions and rigorous practices, he is known to have changed spring football. Through sources, spring practice was hard and was expected. With the new coaching staff and the outcome of the season last year, the UNK Loper football team had their mindset to make changes during spring ball so that they could come out and show their fans that they are back and ready for a great fall season.

The UNK Loper’s led by coach Josh Lamberson will play their first game on September 3. It seems like a long ways away but the Loper’s will be putting in work during the down time to prepare for the first game as well as the rest of the season. Also, it will give the injured athletes time to heal and regain their strength and strategies for the upcoming season.

The spring football game may have just showed the offense and defense competing against each other but with the play action that occurred the fall season will be something of an interest to Loper fans and the institution.

“Foreign Citizens Tour”

This last weekend I was able to take pictures at Gillies of former a UNK football player in his natural environment, spitting lyrics. It was an unbelievable experience that I am so over joyed to have had.

Although, it was my first concert event and I didn’t do as exceptional as I could have hoped it’s a learning experience and I can’t wait to continue steps in the same direction. As I continue to edit and personalize I will post some images to get them out!

Also check out my homie, Axcess at his site!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AxcessGrowth
Twitter: https://twitter.com/realaxcess

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Humans of Kearney

Human of Kearney Logan Biltoft

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Logan Biltoft

“I love taking the time out of my day to enjoy the earth and get outside and be active. It’s what spring is all about and it’s so easy to do in the beautiful community of Kearney. Whether it be on campus, my backyard, or even traveling out to Cottonmill. I just love being out doors and enjoying the weather with great people. Especially on such a nice day. Happy earth day!”

“Spotlight”

My second column about baby Haylee Ruder was published in the Julesburg Advocate this last week.

Check out my column here: http://www.julesburgadvocate.com/news/ci_27948677/haylees-story

I am so glad that I was able to help get the word out about this families struggle. Although, it was just a class assignment I am blessed to have my name on the by line next to this story as it circulates the Julesburg community and helps get the word out about Haylee’s story and get the family some support and prayers.