UNK Today | August 2014 - page 37

After Hours
Time in South Korea
well-spent, page 2
Kearney Hub
August 22, 2014
Thanks to them, fewer hungry
for food, friends, page 3
Students take leading roles in
LPAC, page 4
Teaching in China brings about
change, page 5
Pair rides off in search for
adventure, page 12
Red dress event has its
benefits, page 12
Indian Education
Hub Intern
KEARNEY —After a three-year
hiatus, a chapter of the National Organi-
zation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
is making a resurgence at the University
of Nebraska at Kearney.
Rory McGuire, a journalism major
and political science minor from Denver,
is spearheading the effort as the interim
president of NORML.
McGuire’s interest was sparked after
a warm reception to a story he wrote for
the UNK’s student newspaper The Ante-
lope last spring. The story was about the
legalization of cannabis in Colorado.
“I started to notice that here at UNK
marijuana is swept under the rug.
Students talk about it to each other, but
there isn’t a bigger discussion about it,”
McGuire said.
“In Colorado, it is openly discussed,
while here in Nebraska, marijuana has
been decriminalized but it is still seen
as illegal. There are also negative ideas
about it,” he said.
Shortly after his story was published,
the political science department had
a Fireside Chat about the legalization
of marijuana in Colorado. By that
time, more students realized that there
should be a formal group to discuss,
McGuire said. “We started forming it,
and re-wrote the constitution to bring
NORML back to campus.”
In Nebraska, possession of up to 1
ounce of cannabis is a civil infraction for
the first offense and a misdemeanor for
NORML leader wants to talk about pot
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY — For four students
at the University of Nebraska at
Kearney, a three-week-long trip to
India left a lasting impression.
“Every day there was always
something that surprised you,”
Josh Wiese, a senior wildlife biolo-
gy major from Shelton, said.
“It was so much packed into
three weeks. It’s going to take a
while to process it,” Scout Wil-
son, a senior biology major from
Scottsbluff, said.
Wiese and Wilson were joined
on the trip by two other UNK
students — Shelby Maloley and
Marrissa Nutter — and four stu-
dents each from the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, the University
of Nebraska at Omaha, and the
University of Nebraska Medical
Center. From June 29 through
July 18, the 16 students traveled
to India as part of a critical issues
class taught at UNO. The class was
made up of online course work and
in-country travel.
“I think it’s very different than
going to a country for vacation,”
Wilson said. “We got to see some
of the poorest people, some of
the richest people, the issues that
they’re dealing with.”
Students from each campus were
selected after submitting an essay
and a letter of recommendation
William Aviles
Legalization in Colorado inspires UNK group to work toward official recognition for chapter on campus
Poverty in the United States is a good life in India, one student who studied there said
India, University of Nebraska students visited Dharavi, one of the largest slums in the world. Up to 1 million people live in Dharavi, which covers 535 acres.
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