» Could you imagine a Cornhusker football player with the name of Corn Elder?
The Nashville Tennessean reported that the running back from Ensworth High School in Nashville is weighing nine major-college offers, including one from Nebraska.
Several fellow students, known as the cornmen, have begun wearing those crazy plastic cornhead hats that a few Husker fans wear at games.
Corn, whose formal name is Cornelius, said he is honored. “I guess everybody likes it, and they get a good laugh out of it.”
» A pair of Omaha twins were born recently on different days — Sept. 13 and 14.
The children of Jasmine Smith and Dareius Brown arrived two hours apart. Ma'Layah Brown was born at the Nebraska Medical Center at 11:06 p.m. on the 13th, and her brother, Mario Brown, was born at 1:19 a.m. on the 14th.
The baby girl weighed 4 pounds, 15 ounces, and her younger “little brother” then hit the scale at 7 pounds, 2 ounces. At 2½ months old, Jasmine said, their personalities show through.
“Ma'Layah is really quiet,” she said, “and Mario wants to pal around.”
Dr. Carl Smith, an Omaha obstetrician (he did not deliver Jasmine's babies), said twins typically are born within minutes of each other, but occasionally it takes longer. There is usually no problem, he said, as long as they are monitored closely.
His “personal record” as a physician, he said, came when he lived in southern California. He helped deliver twins 16 hours apart.
Becoming the mother of twins wasn't a shock, Jasmine said, because her aunt, great-aunt and great-grandmother all had twins.
» Chancellor Harvey Perlman on Monday became the Omaha Press Club's latest “Face on the Barroom Floor.”
Artist James Horan, who has drawn most of the 135 honorees in a tradition dating to 1971, surrounded the chancellor's face with smaller figures, including Tom Osborne and Bo Pelini.
Osborne is shown waving goodbye as athletic director. Pelini, whom Perlman once asked to calm down on the sidelines, is replying: “I AM calm!”
Among other things, the drawing shows comedian Larry the Cable Guy in his Memorial Stadium skybox and Tommy Lee, who filmed the “Tommy Lee Goes to College” TV reality show at Nebraska several years ago, playing his drums.
At the Monday event, roasters aimed humorous gibes at Perlman, and he responded in kind.
He recalled that before he and University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken held their current positions, they would go to lunch and gripe about their bosses.
Milliken, one of the roasters Monday, is now Perlman's boss. The chancellor said he goes to lunch with others, “but the conversation is exactly the same.”
» The Rev. Dave Korth of the St. Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago, Neb., said he is nervous but excited about being invited to play his flute tonight at the Orpheum Theater.
Brule', the Native American musical group, asked him to play at 7 p.m., before their concert.
The priest took up flute three years ago and has produced two CDs of haunting tunes, which he said are like healing prayers.
Korth, an outstanding athlete when he grew up in Randolph, Neb., is not American Indian, but he loves the culture and the people. Last month, he and 30 others who live on the Winnebago reservation or have ties to it flew to Rome for the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha as a saint in the Catholic church.
“She is the first Native American from North America to be canonized,” Korth said. “It was wonderful.”
» The Independent newspaper of London this month included Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha among the “artistic exclamation marks” of America's heartland.
The Joslyn, the article said, “surveys the fields of Nebraska from a pristine 1931 Art Deco structure, combining Renoir and Monet with Native American painting and sculpture.”
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