“There is no utopian option where we reap the benefits of an infrastructure project without some effects. We are asked with weighing those impacts against the potential benefits.” – Nebraska Public Service Commission majority opinion, which approved the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline but only on an alternate route.

“I’m going to really push to establish Iowa as being our rival. We came into the Big Ten, and we really need a rivalry game – and I’ve already been to the Big Ten and talked to them, about that, so hopefully we can keep that Black Friday game and have that be Iowa each year.” – University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Director Bill Moos on efforts to adjust the football team’s schedule in the next decade.

“We don’t have any authority to do the firing; we just said that was the right action to take with her.” – Gordon Sen. Tom Brewer on the firing of a UNL lecturer who called a conservative student a “neo-Fascist” outside the student union.

“Even if (ISIS) is finished off, it doesn’t matter as long as those who committed the crimes are not held accountable. I want justice for my brothers, my uncles, everyone who is in captivity. That’s what keeps me going.” – Shireen Ibrahim, a Yazidi refugee now in Lincoln who was enslaved by ISIS.

“Could it end up being the same kind of mess? I suppose it could.” – Speaker of the Legislature Jim Scheer on the fast-approaching short session of the Legislature, now six weeks away.

“I couldn’t think of any other possible way that could have gone any better. It was perfect.” – York High School junior Garrett Snodgrass, who helped the Dukes win their first state football title and received a scholarship offer from Nebraska the same day.

“Joe Kelly is a highly respected prosecutor who will put the safety of Nebraska’s families and communities first. It was my honor to recommend Joe to serve the people of our state in this capacity.” – Sen. Deb Fischer on the nomination of Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly to serve as U.S. attorney for Nebraska.

“These are all jobs that under better circumstances we would have wanted to fill … Their elimination means campuses have to do more with less.” – NU senior associate to the president Marjorie Kostelnik on the cutting of 61 positions to address a $49 million shortfall.

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