March 18: Trump and Clinton prevail, boost delegate lead
Want to sound smarter to friends, professors and parents? We harvested the cream of the crop of the past week’s news and handpicked what to keep an eye on next week.
Rubio drops out, road to White House narrows
The third Super Tuesday of the 2016 election season saw frontrunners Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton extend their delegate lead over their competition.
Trump won in four of five states, including Florida, home to Sen. Marco Rubio. The decisive win in the senator’s home state resulted in Rubio suspending his stalling campaign. Meanwhile, Ohio Gov. John Kasich kept his campaign alive after fighting off Trump to win his home state. Trump extended his lead over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with a 262-point advantage. However, the possibility of a contested convention is still possible for the Republican Party.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was unable to continue his momentum after an upset win in Michigan last week. Hillary Clinton won all five states over Sanders on Tuesday inching closer to the nomination for the Democratic Party. (CNN)
A slim margin of nine votes was all it took for student government party Radiate to win the runoff election over Elevate. ASUN’s purpose at UNL is to be the voice for student opinions on campus and relay that to faculty, staff and the Board of Regents. (The Daily Nebraskan)
It’s that time of year again, March Madness is under way, and the 68-team field is set. Kansas, Oregon, North Carolina and Virginia were rewarded as No. 1 seeds. You can catch the second round and the Round of 32 through this weekend. The D1 Women’s College Basketball bracket begins today with Connecticut, Baylor, South Carolina and Notre Dame as No. 1 seeds. (USA Today)
President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland on Wednesday for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The president’s pick would replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 13, leaving the court with only eight justices. Garland is the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. (NPR)
Grammy-winning rapper T-Pain will headline the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s annual spring concert on April 22 at 8 p.m. at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. The spring concert, formerly free, will cost students $6 and non-students will pay $27. T-Pain is known for his auto-tune style and collaborating with hip-hop stars like Kanye West. (UNL Today)
Sequential voting in primaries argues whether or not it is fair to have minority Americans unable to voice their opinion if the candidate of their choice drops out before their state goes to the ballot box. Vox explains how primary voters don’t look like America.
Irish is the second-most common ancestry among Americans, yet many don’t know who St. Patrick was. St. Patrick was an Irish hero who escaped Celtic slaveholders and helped convert over 125,000 people to Catholicism. In the U.S., the holiday takes on a more cultural meaning, but its religious meaning still plays true in Ireland. (NewsNetNebraska)
The cast of the hip-hop and history musical “Hamilton” visited the White House last week for speak and perform for high schoolers at a workshop. President Barack Obama and the first lady spoke of the musical’s important nod to history and founding father, Alexander Hamilton. Show creator and lead Lin Manuel-Miranda even snuck in a rap session with the president. (New York Times)
The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team ranks 12 in the NCAA and is heading into the Big Ten Championships on their home turf. The teams boasts four athletes who’ve been given Big Ten honors this week. The championships will be at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday at 11 a.m. (The Daily Nebraskan)
A Donald J. Trump rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago on March 11 was postponed after the candidate expressed safety concerns. Angry protesters and Trump fans clashed after the cancellation was announced. Trump blamed protesters for crashing his rally, but the rallies have recently been notorious for controversy and violence. (Politico)
Nebraska’s unemployment rate rose to 3 percent, the highest it has been since 2014. Lincoln’s January unemployment was at 2.3 percent, with the national average at 4.9 percent. State and local rises are credited to more people looking for jobs. (Lincoln Journal Star)
College students can struggle with getting enough sleep each night, especially with the pressure of school and extracurriculars. Some tips for making sleep a priority are: avoiding morning classes, putting limits on going out and knowing when to say ‘no.’ (Huff Post)
Spring is blooming up (UNL Today)
Country star Carrie Underwood comes to Lincoln (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
What to do in Lincoln during spring break (The Daily Nebraskan)