LINCOLN — Harvey Perlman thinks YOLO is dumb.
He doesn't do the Harlem Shake.
Want to know what else Perlman thinks? The University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor is sharing his nuggets of wisdom in nine videos on his new website, Harvey's Perls of Knowledge, which launched Monday.
The less-than-a-minute videos begin with History Channel-esque music and a clip of Perlman spinning in a black leather chair. Without cracking a hint of a smile, the administrator quips about concerns of a zombie apocalypse; the trendy YOLO (you only live once) phrase; the “great things” going on at UNL, like a professor who skateboards to class; and how he has two degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.
Why the new website?
When asked in an email, the chancellor responded: “Gee, I was just tired of keeping these thoughts to myself.”
Even though Perlman isn't saying much, UNL has been promoting the videos on social media web sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Steve Smith, a media relations coordinator for UNL, said Perlman is surprising people all over campus with his videos.
“Sometimes it's hard to control our chancellor, and this is video proof,” said Smith.
He said the music on the videos could be heard around the UNL Office of Communications as more people discovered the site.
“UNL is a serious research institute,” Smith said, “But I think this shows that we don't always have to take ourselves so seriously.”
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