Nebraska joins CIC

This may be the real pay-off of Nebraska joining the Big 10 Athletic Conference:

The CIC is a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. The CIC leverages faculty, funding, facilities, investments and ideas to help the collective whole compete and succeed. Among its core projects are library collections and access; technology collaborations to build capacity at reduced costs; leveraging purchasing and licensing through economies of scale; leadership and development programs for faculty and staff; course-sharing mechanisms by which students may take courses at other consortium institutions; and study-abroad collaborations. For more information about the CIC, go to http://www.cic.net/Home.aspx.

Perlman said UNL would formally accept the invitation. UNL’s full membership in the CIC begins July 1, 2011 — the same time the university officially joins the Big Ten Conference.

“The CIC will be working with our academic leaders and faculty during the coming year to connect UNL with the resources and networks of the CIC,” Perlman wrote. “Kudos to all of you who have worked so hard over the last several years to put our academic programs in a position to be so recognized.”

In the invitation letter, the Big Ten provosts wrote that UNL “will be an excellent fit with our academic values, collaborative spirit and strategic initiatives.”

Perlman noted that many UNL faculty have ties to the Big Ten and CIC schools. More than 300 UNL faculty have received their highest degree from a Big Ten institution, plus 13 more from the University of Chicago. Approximately 30 percent of UNL’s tenure-line faculty earned their highest degree at a CIC institution.

Go Big Red!

Obama Stops Oil Clean-Up

This is typical of the disconnected, centralized, red-tape approach that Obama has taken to the clean-up in the Gulf (from ABC News)

Sixteen barges sat stationary today, although they were sucking up thousands of gallons of BP’s oil as recently as Tuesday. Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks pumped the oil out of the Louisiana waters and into steel tanks. It was a homegrown idea that seemed to be effective at collecting the thick gunk.

“These barges work. You’ve seen them work. You’ve seen them suck oil out of the water,” said Jindal.

“The Coast Guard came and shut them down,” Jindal said. “You got men on the barges in the oil, and they have been told by the Coast Guard, ‘Cease and desist. Stop sucking up that oil.'”

What an awful President. Obama caused this mess. Obama is stopping others from cleaning up his mess.

America made a mistake electing Obama, and the Gulf Coast states are paying the price.