A shock was sent through Husker nation this week when it was announced that UNL, formerly thought to be pronounced U-N-L, is actually pronounced “oo-null.”
While studying in the almost unheard of fourth-level basement of Love Library, philosophy major and part-time Zumba instructor, Marcus Earlham, discovered a long-lost document. The document was dated February of 1869, UNL’s founding year, and contained a passage detailing how UNL’s founders intended the name be pronounced.
Earlham granted The DailyER an interview about the discovery.
“I was just studying for my Intro to Metaphysics final when I became distracted and started looking through some of the old books on the shelves around me,” Earlham recalled. “I was flipping through a book on invasive Scandinavian toad species and a really old-looking paper fell out. I read through it and was completely taken aback. UNL was never supposed to be pronounced U-N-L.”
Earlham turned in the paper to officials immediately, but rumors had already started to spread.
In response to the public outcry that followed, Ronnie Green, looking disheveled and sleep-deprived, held a press conference.
“I’m such an idiot,” Green told the press while repeatedly smacking himself on the forehead. “Of course it’s pronounced ‘oo-null.’ God, I’m such a moron.”
When asked if he would take questions from the press, Green mumbled an obscenity and shuffled out of the room.
After Green’s failed press conference, University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds released a statement saying that the University is “seriously looking into the document’s authenticity.”
Bounds concluded the statement by writing that, if the document is proved authentic, not only would UNL be changing its pronunciation, but UNK (oo-nk) and UNO (oo-no) would follow suit.