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Cassie Wade
NEWS EDITOR
DISCLAIMER. THE TOPICS AND ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION ARE NOT REAL NEWS.
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Funding for University of Nebraska at Omaha student group Maverick Productions (Mav Pro) has been frozen following an event at the Amazing Pizza Machine Wednesday.

Mav Pro is a student group funded by UNO’s student government. The group hosts events intended to be fun and stress free for students throughout the school year.

UNO sophomore Denny Smith said Mav Pros Amazing Pizza Machine event “was the exact opposite of fun” and increased his stress level.

“Me and some of my friends thought going to The Amazing Pizza Machine would be a good time because it would remind us of our childhoods,” Smith said. “In reality, all it did was bum us out because we’re adults. We have problems pizza and video games can’t fix, and all being there did was make me miss my childhood and my mom.”

Other students, like Brittney Stevens agreed the event was a bust.

“I mean, like, Pizza Machine is just like a glorified Chuck-E-Cheese,” Stevens said. “Grimy little kids touch everything and then us adults are expected to go in there and have fun? I don’t think so.”

Smith said he and his friends felt it was necessary to stay at the event despite not having fun.

“We felt like we had to stay because we were already there and basically paid for the event with our student fees,” Smith said. “Not going to Mav Pro stuff means not enjoying the things my hard earned money is going towards.”

Freshman philosophy major and amateur conspiracy theorist Destiny Jones said using student fees to fund events is all part of Mav Pros secret plan of mind control.

“They want to trick you into attending their events because if you go to their events they can force you to hangout with them and if they force you to hangout with them they can force you to think like them and if they can force you to think like them they can force you to be like them,” Jones said. “Then BAM! You’re a conformist, man.”

Student government member Jane Doe said the Student Activities Budget Commission (SABC) has heard student complaints about Mav Pro’s money wasting events and has taken action.

“Our job is to listen to students, and make sure their voices are heard,” Doe said. “Right now, student voices are screaming at us that they’re tired of feeling pressured to attend Mav Pros boring events to make sure their student fees aren’t going to waste. We hear them and are doing our best to meet their needs.”

SABC convened for an emergency session discussing the allocation of student fees. A unanimous decision was made to freeze Mav Pro’s current funding and reallocate next year’s funding to another student group.

“We’re taking a hard look at the budgets and think we’ve found a good group to allocate the extra funds to,” Doe said. “UNO’s stu-dent newspaper, the Gateway, offers publication experience, portfolio building opportunities and internships to students. The staff creates a product every week, so we feel they deserve the money.”

The announcement of the reallocation of Mav Pro funds to the Gateway is also an attempt to even out the funding for student groups on campus, according to Doe.

“The Gateway was the only group whose budget for next year was cut,” Doe said. “I’m not quite sure why we did that to them, so we’re going to fix that mistake.”

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The Gateway held its second News and Brews event on March 14 outside the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza. Several students enjoyed free coffee and hot chocolate as they got to know The Gateway staff and learned how they could contribute to the campus newspaper. Here are a few snapshots from the event…

 

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Cassie Wade
NEWS EDITOR

When people think of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, one of the first things to come to mind is Durango the Maverick, UNO’s mascot, a living, breathing symbol of school spirit since 1971. In order to keep the tradition of Durango alive, UNO’s Athletic Department is searching for students interested in becoming Durango.

According to UNO’s website, Durango has been the university’s mascot since replacing the Indians mascot in 1971 during a student election held as part of homecoming week. Other mascot options listed on the ballot included the Demons, Roadrunners, Unicorns or keeping Indians as the school’s official nickname.

A final tally printed in the Gateway shows UNO was only 51 votes away from becoming known as the Unicorns, and also proves students were ready for a change with 0 votes for the original Indians mascot.

The tradition of Durango as UNO’s mascot has held strong for the past 45 years and continued to grow and become more visible at the university with the addition of a 1,500-pound bronze bull statue, known as the Maverick Monument, installed outside of HPER in the fall of 2014.

Now, according to Community Relations Director of Athletics Pam Schwarting, Durango can be seen at all UNO athletic events as well as several community events, including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Omaha Corporate Cup.

To ensure UNO has enough Durangos to go to all of these events, Schwarting said the Athletic Department is looking to hire two or three more students this fall.

“I’m searching for a new, enthusiastic, fun Durango that is going to excel in school spirit,” Schwarting said. “They should be fun-loving, energetic, good with kids and willing to be goofy.”

Schwarting also listed a height stipulation of at least 5 feet 10 inches as part of the hiring criteria. The hours of the job vary depending on what area of athletics each Durango is assigned.

“A couple will do volleyball, a couple… basketball, a few do hockey and a couple who can mix in with the sports and do outside community events as well,” Schwarting said. “It all depends on how enthusiastic they are.”

Schwarting said the more enthusiastic and energetic a Durango is, the more events she will have them attend.

For University of Hawaii at Hilo graduate Jordan Concannon, the opportunity to be Durango helped to fulfill a lifelong dream and also granted her behind the scenes access to many UNO events.

Concannon, who was born and raised in Nebraska, was taking a class for fun last fall at UNO after graduating with degrees in physics and astronomy at UH Hilo when she decided to check job listings on the UNO website and saw a post about a position as Durango.

“It seemed like an absolutely crazy but fun job,” Concannon said. “I thought I’d apply and see what happened.”

Concannon was hired and attended a variety of events throughout the year, including Durango Days, community races and a calendar photo shoot at a retirement community.

Concannon said her favorite part of the job is “seeing kids’ faces light up” when they see Durango and stresses the importance of the new Durango being patient with both kids and adults.

“They definitely need to be ok with large groups of kids and adults coming up behind you or banging you on the head,” Concannon said.

Concannon cites the weight of the Durango costume’s head as a draw-back and warns the costume can become “blistering hot.”

Despite the stuffiness of the costume, Concannon has had a positive experience as Durango.

“Being Durango gives you a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put on the sporting events and athletic events on campus,” Concannon said. “It’s also a way to help you come out of your shell. If you’re normally a shy person, you don’t have to worry about anyone knowing who you are … all that matters is that you’re Durango.”

Students who are interested in applying to become Durango should contact Pam Schwarting at pschwarting@omavs.com.

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Click here to view the 2016 recruitment video.

By Avery Wenck
Contributor

The Gateway, the independent campus newspaper of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is always looking for more writers, designers, photographers and videographers.

The student-run newspaper originated in 1913 and is your news, entertainment, sports, and events source. The Gateway provides you with the latest breaking news and videos straight from the UNO campus.

Released every Tuesday during the academic year, print newspaper can be picked up across campus and accessed electronically at www.unogateway.com.

Photo by Chris Machian
Photo by Chris Machian

The Gateway Student Newspaper will continue its Journalism Bootcamp lecture series this spring with special guest Chris Machian, an Omaha World-Herald photographer, on Feb. 29.

A guest speaker from The Omaha World-Herald will visit the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s student newspaper office, which is located in Room 113 of the Eppley Administration Building, each month to share about his or her profession.

The intent of the program is to connect professionals and college students in the following fields of communication: newsprint, photography, graphic design, layout design, broadcast and radio. During the hour-long lecture series, students will ask questions about the professional’s “real world” experiences.

The event is free and open to the UNO community. Limited space. RSVP by emailing jloza@unomaha.edu

Here’s the schedule for the spring semester:

Monday, Feb. 29, 6:15 p.m.:
Chris Machian, Photographer, will discuss photo and video

Monday, March 14, 6 p.m.
Leia Mendoza, Deputy Online Editor, will discuss content management, online and social media

Both Machian and Mendoza graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and served in various roles at the UNO Gateway Newspaper during their time here.

Monday, April – TBA, 6 p.m.
Meet-and-greet with several UNO Gateway Alum who will share why working at the student newspaper was an integral part of their success after graduation.

To learn more about The Gateway, visit www.unothegateway.com

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By Jared Kennedy
NEWS EDITOR

Brady Jones, a page designer at the Omaha World-Herald, will lead The Gateway Student Newspaper‘s next installment of the Journalism Boot Camp lecture series tonight.

Each month a guest speaker from The Omaha World-Herald visits the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s student newspaper office, which is located in Room 113 of the Eppley Administration Building, to share about his or her profession.

The intent of the program is to connect professionals and college students in the following fields of communication: newsprint, photography, graphic design, layout design, broadcast and radio. During the hour-long lecture series, students will ask questions about the professional’s “real world” experiences.

The 6:30 p.m. event is free and open to the UNO community. Limited space. RSVP by emailing jloza@unomaha.edu

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Video: Learn more about The Gateway’s Journalism Bootcamp

Click below to watch a short video News Editor Jared Kennedy created explaining why The Gateway hosts Journalism Boot Camp. Featured in the clip is Omaha World Herald Sports Deputy Graham Archer who spoke at the October session.

Also in the video, you’ll catch glimpses of Editor-in-Chief Zane Fletcher, Sports editor Jackson Taylor, Opinion editor Phil Brown, Layout Designer Kelly Bast, and Publications Manager Josie Loza.

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Can’t make this event? Don’t fret.

Join us next month when Omaha World-Herald photographer Chris Machian discusses photo and video tricks of the trade 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Machian is a UNO alum who worked for the student newspaper during his years in college.

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The Gateway Student Newspaper invites you to meet Sports Journalism Graham Archer at its next Journalism Bootcamp lecture series on Monday.

Graham Archer, deputy sports editor for The Omaha World-Herald, will discuss online and social media at the 6:30 p.m. event.

Each month, a guest speaker from The Omaha World-Herald visits the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s student newspaper office, which is located in Room 113 of the Eppley Administration Building, to share about his or her profession.

The intent of the program is to connect professionals and college students in the following fields of communication: newsprint, photography, graphic design, layout design, broadcast and radio. During the hour-long lecture series, students will ask questions about the professional’s “real world” experiences.

The event is free and open to the UNO community. Limited space. RSVP by emailing jloza@unomaha.edu

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Here’s the schedule for the fall semester:

6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26:
Graham Archer, Deputy Sports Editor, will discuss online and social media

6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16:
Brady Jones, Page Designer, will discuss copy editing and design

6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7:
Chris Machian, Photographer, will discuss photo and video

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GUARDIAN
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GUARDIAN

Oct. 10, 2015
First, I want to compliment the staff on an outstanding Oct. 6 issue of the Gateway. As a former Gateway editor and sports editor, I was very impressed. Keep up the good work.

But specifically, I enjoyed the stories on Baxter Arena, the preview of the Minnesota State series and, especially, the guide to Maverick hockey directed to the student body. For the first time in school history, UNO has a true home ice for hockey — one that can easily be accessed by the students. In the 18 years of following UNO hockey on the road, you don’t know how important it is to have students on hand to back their team. You’re about to find out, and the players will appreciate that support.

My advice to all students: Embrace this special time in your lives. The social part of college is an important part of the overall experience. You are on the ground floor of one of the most historical moments in UNO history, so enjoy it!

And go Mavs!

John Fey
Class of 1977

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