(Neb)-Ricketts Revokes Nebraska Admiralships Over UNL Protest Controvery
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Governor Pete Ricketts has revoked the honorary admiralships of a University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate professor and a lecturer who were involved in a protest against a conservative student group last August. Ricketts withdrew the "Nebraska Navy" admiralships for Amanda Gailey and Courtney Lawton on Jan. 31, less than a month after granting them.
Lawton, a graduate student and lecturer, was filmed protesting a conservative student group's recruiting event and making an obscene gesture at a college sophomore while Gailey, an associate English professor, was photographed holding a sign during the protest. Lawton's contract was not renewed after the fall semester.
Ricketts spokesman Taylor Gage says admiralships are given on special occasions, often to honor people who are retiring or changing jobs, and that Galey and Lawton were disqualified because Lawton's behavior and the controversy the incident continues to cause.
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