Dec 02, 2019 6:55 PM

Man pleads no contest in crash that killed UNL band member

Posted Dec 02, 2019 6:55 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln man has pleaded no contest to motor vehicle homicide charges stemming from a 2018 crash that killed a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band.

Waltrivelish Watson pleaded no contest to the charge Monday and faces up to three years in prison at his sentencing next month in Lancaster District Court.

Prosecutors say the 30-year-old Watson was driving a car the night of Oct. 26 that collided with another vehicle.

From an airbag control module in Watson’s car, investigators determined it was traveling 92 mph three seconds before the crash.

The crash killed Tyler Butterfield, a 20-year-old junior and trumpet player in the marching band. Butterfield was a passenger in a car that had just left a pep band performance the night before a Nebraska football game.

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New religion course at UNL includes proposing worship space

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new course at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will focus on the world’s religions and will ask students to use their new-found knowledge to propose a common worship space on campus.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports the course called “When the World’s Religions Came to Lincoln” will start in spring 2020.

Max Mueller, an assistant professor of classics and religious studies, says only 4% of Nebraska residents identify as non-Christians but that more immigrants and refugees in Lincoln have created greater religious diversity. Mueller says despite that increase, other religious communities don’t have a space on or near campus to worship, leaving them to pray together in libraries or even hallways.

As students learn about religions, they will research and propose a space to university stakeholders that could serve various religions.