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Danielle Meadows

Lisa Kristine hopes to promote awareness of modern slavery through her photography, which is currently on display at UNO’s Criss Library and Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center.

Over the last 28 years, Kristine has documented the indigenous cultures of more than 100 countries across six continents. According to a self-guided tour sheet from the exhibit, she met a supporter of Free the Slaves in 2009, which is a non-governmental organization dedicated to eradicating modern slavery. Through this organization, Kristine’s work with documenting slavery started.

Many believe that slavery ended hundreds of years ago. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for more than 20 million people enslaved in the world today. This is double the amount of people taken from Africa during the entire Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, according to an information sheet at the exhibit.

Today, families can be enslaved for multiple generations over a debt as small as 20 dollars. Many have been tricked by false promises of better jobs or education only to find they’re forced to work without pay. Those who are enslaved can’t easily walk away from the situations they’re in without the risk of being seriously injured or killed.

Although slavery is illegal worldwide, it still generates profits of over 100 billion dollars each year. Slaves are forced to do labor such as hauling heavy bricks and stone in scalding hot temperatures, sex work, fishing for hours in poor conditions and working in illegal mine shafts.

Grown men and women aren’t the only ones victimized by modern slavery–children are involved as well–and are often made to work for hours on end. Children are especially desired in the slave trade because they have small fingers, which makes it easier to weave carpet and other textiles. Those who are enslaved are at risk of dying of exhaustion, malaria and tuberculosis among other things.

Kristine’s gorgeously affecting photos showcase the harsh, hidden reality that is modern slavery. Her photography is on display until May 19 in coordination with the 18th annual Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights.

For more information on the exhibit and supplementary events happening around campus throughout April, visit library.unomaha.edu/enslaved.

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Kenneth Pancake

A couple of weeks ago, a news show host on a major news network waved a U.S. citizen’s 1040 tax form across the screen of millions of viewers, going into detail about the tax payer’s income and tax rate for the year of 2005. Does that cause concern? It should, even if the host was Rachel Maddow for MSNBC, and even if the taxpayer was none other than President Trump.

In some befuddled attempt to uncover something negative about Trump, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow actually gave the President a little victory in the middle of a bad week. After a day’s worth of hype for that evening’s show, she revealed that she had obtained copies of Trump’s 1040 tax form from the year 2005.

As it turns out, this revelation only proved that Trump, as far as we know, pays his taxes – something that the mainstream media and elite left-wingers have been casting doubt on for the entire election season. Ironically, it also showed that he paid a higher tax rate than Bernie Sanders or President Obama in more recent years (granted, the Donald is probably much richer and is most likely in a higher tax bracket).

That, however, is not the biggest issue that presents itself in this story.

Somewhere along the line of communication in MSNBC’s newsroom, someone thought that it would be okay to publicly display and analyze a citizen’s confidential tax returns.

Let’s take a look at the legal side of the argument and the moral side (it is vital to remember the difference between the two – something can be legally correct, but morally wrong, or vice versa).

The legal side stands the U.S. Code, title 26, 7213, which states that it is “…unlawful for any person to whom any return or return information is disclosed in a manner unauthorized by this title thereafter willfully to print or publish in any manner not provided by law any such return or return information.”

It is also a crime, under section a4, to solicit disclosure of such a form or return. Unfortunately, the original thief of the returns would have to be found in order to present a credible court case, as per the SCOTUS case Bartnicki v. Vopper.

On the moral side, it’s just plain wrong. Tax returns feature highly confidential information that the taxpayer has a right to keep secret (except from the IRS, of course). If this fiasco doesn’t concern you, just view yourself as the taxpayer, and the news anchor as your worst enemy. Let’s remember that President Trump has the same rights of confidentiality as the rest of us, and is not obligated under any law to present his tax returns to the public (although it wouldn’t hurt his cause to deal such an easy blow to his opponents).

If the mainstream news really wants to attack Trump like they have been doing for the entire election cycle last year, why not focus on something of actual substance, like the fact that Trump just visited one of his favorite golf courses for an eleventh time since inauguration day, after criticizing Obama of his frequent golf outings? Or perhaps that Ivanka Trump will get a west wing office, and access to classified information without actually having an official job?

For being so desperate to bring the President bad press, the mainstream media is not doing a great job.

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Kamrin Baker

In 1899, New York’s newsboys went on strike against Joseph Pulitzer’s unfair treatment and payment plan, advocating for child laborers across NYC. This prompted many cultural phenomena: Disney’s Newsies musical, for example, and DC Comics’s Newsboy Legion.

In 2014, I signed on to write for the teen section of the Huffington Post. I entered an unpaid position where I had the freedom to write practically whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. After editorial shifts and my constant growing pains, I began to write at MTV News. Under their young adult Founders platform, I essentially did the same job. However, there were more expectations. Whether the deadlines were stricter or the approved pitches fewer and farther in between, my payment remained a simple byline.

It was not a challenge for me to meet these expectations, but the added work and higher standards typically mean a raise in pay—or at least a cool swag bag.

I am deeply indebted to these platforms for their very existence and advocacy for up-and-coming writers. However, I’ve realized that I was incorrectly taught that I was still “up-and-coming”. The truth is, I’m already a writer. I’ve been a writer from the first day I logged into my 2006 version of Microsoft Word and told stories through a Comic Sans lens. The other truth is, these publications don’t advocate for youth as actively as they like to believe.

While the work platforms like MTV Founders accomplish is deeply important and necessary, the way in which it is executed is disrespectful to its content creators. I cannot speak on behalf of every youth-centered publication, but in my experience and that of many of my peers, our options are extremely limited. To network and publish important stories, it is constantly advised that young adults seek out unpaid internships or blogging positions under large mass media companies. I value the need for a college degree and understand that money does not grow next to kale bushes, but the nonexistence of compensation is unrealistic and flippant.

It’s not greedy for me to ask for more. As told by history, minors and young people have been gypped out of fair working environments since the idea of work emerged. Especially in 2017 when getting a quality education puts the majority of young people thousands of dollars into debt, it is vital to propel our careers in ways that are not only full of passion but full of honest opportunity.

For some outlets like The Odyssey, contributors get small stipends based on page views but are taught to write based on click-bait headlines, which is dangerous to young journalists. I’m optimistic that there are many news and creative platforms for millennial writers and reporters, but they are quiet, underfunded and lack the necessary resources to become legitimate sources.

The MTV News staff recently announced plans to unionize, which I support, but young people with short resumes create content for MTV News. A lot of content. And we don’t get health benefits or any monetary compensation. I’m not even necessarily asking for money at this point, but I do believe there needs to be further acknowledgement and advancement of youth contributors. While editors who live in sweet New York apartments and park their clean cars under LA palm trees get to call this their jobs, student contributors call this their dream.

It is overdue and fundamental for these online media employers to stop taking advantage of young, under-exposed creators. If not monetary gain—which is still extremely necessary– this means more one-on-one work between editors and contributors. If I’m writing for you, I want real discussions regarding my work, instead of quick Google Doc edits. I want invaluable connections, because if my writing is so invaluable to your day-to-day functions, I should be, too.

In a time and political climate where a smart, straightforward and innovative news media is crucial, I would bet on every young writer and reporter first. The future of journalism lay within people like myself and all the other brave, beautiful, brilliant young minds out there.

In the words of the Jack Feldman, lyric writer for Newsies, “Pulitzer may own the world, but he don’t own us.”

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Marissa Woolard

The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s softball team was knocked down in a doubleheader
against Georgia Tech, falling 5-1 and 2-1at Mewborn Field in Atlanta, GA. The Mavericks are now 3-7 on the season.

GAME 1 – GEORGIA TECH 5, OMAHA 1- Feb. 24th @ 1:00 pm

Omaha was limited in their first game of Friday’s doubleheader by Georgia Techs pitcher Brooke Barfield. Freshmen Hailey Bartz, Emily Klosterman and senior Lizzie Noble each had singles for the Mavericks.

The Yellow Jackets’ starter Brooke Barfield had a great outing on the mound with three hits and one run, along with six strikeouts. Senior right-hander Abbie Clanton took a loss for Omaha, surrendering five runs on seven hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts over six innings of work.

Georgia Tech scored first in the bottom of the first inning with three runs on two hits. Jessica Kowalewicz walked and Malea Bell singled through the left side. Junior Kelsey Chisholm sent a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall for an early 3-0 lead.

Georgia Tech added a run in the third thanks to a triple by senior outfielder Samantha Pierannunzi. She scored on a single by Malea Bell through the left side, bringing the game to 4-0 score.

The Mavericks finally got on the board in the top of the fifth inning. Senior outfielder Lia Mancuso reached on an error by Georgia Tech catcher Rebecca Praire and advanced to second base on the play.

Georgia Tech got the run back in the bottom of the sixth. Jessica Kowalewicz opened the inning with a single through left field and advanced to third. Kowalewicz scored on Chisholm’s fly to the left side, bringing Georgia Tech up by 5-1.

GAME 2 – GEORGIA TECH 2, OMAHA 1 – Feb. 24th @ 3:00 p.m.

Georgia Tech senior pitcher Jenna Goodrich picked up the win in the second game, allowing just one run on two hits and a walk in two innings of hard work. Georgia Tech’s starter Emily Anderson pitched the first six innings and allowed only three hits with four strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Laura Roecker pitched a complete game for the Mavs but picked up the loss, allowing two runs with five hits and six strikeouts.

Omaha had runners on base in the first three innings, but could not manufacture a run to win the game. Georgia Tech had bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning with two hits and a walk, but Roecker was able to get a groundout to prevent any damage.

Both teams had runners on base in the fifth and sixth inning but the game remained scoreless.

UNO’s senior infielder Nicole Warren managed a walk to start the top of the eighth inning and moved onto third on junior outfielder Kelly Pattison’s bunt. Vicky Kinney hit a single to left field to bring Warren home and put Omaha on the scoreboard with a 1-0 lead.

Georgia Tech senior infielder Jessica Kowalewicz worked a walk and scored on a UNO error on a single by junior infielder Malea Bell. With Bell on third, junior infielder Kendall Chadwick hit a single up the middle for a walk-off win.

Omaha returns to the field Saturday, Feb. 25, facing back-to-back games against Georgia State at the Heck Softball Complex in Atlanta, GA. The first game starts at 11 a.m. and the second game starting immediately after at 1 p.m.

The Mavs face Kennesaw State Sunday, Feb. 26 at Bailey Park in Kennesaw, GA. The first pitch starts at 10 a.m.

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Brianna Olson
Online Contributor

Student government here at UNO recently released a survey about bike use on campus. Do you ride your bike on campus? If so, tell them how you feel about it. Don’t ride a bike but hate when people do? Your answers matter too.

Click the link below or scan the QR code with your phone or laptop to take their quick survey!


QR Code Courtesy of Student Government
QR Code Courtesy of Student Government


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In a Gateway exclusive op-ed, President Barack Obama discusses the Student Aid Bill

This exclusive op-ed was provided courtesy of Dominque Mann, PR-assistant at the White House Communications Office.

Photo by whitehouse.gov
Photo by whitehouse.gov

In an economy increasingly built on innovation, the most important skill you can sell is your knowledge. That’s why higher education is, more than ever, the surest ticket to the middle class.

But just when it’s never been more important, it’s also never been more expensive. The average undergrad who borrows to pay for college ends up graduating with about $28,000 in student loan debt.

That’s why my Administration has worked hard to make college more affordable. We expanded tax credits and Pell Grants, enacted the largest reforms to the student loan program in history, and fought to keep interest rates on student loans low. We’ve acted to let millions of graduates cap loan payments at 10  percent of their incomes, so they don’t have to choose between paying the rent and paying back their debt. I’ve sent Congress my plan to bring the cost of community college down to zero, because two years of higher education should be as free and universal as high school is today.

I recently unveiled another way that we can help more Americans afford college. It doesn’t involve any new spending or bureaucracy. It’s a simple declaration of values –a Student Aid Bill of Rights.

It says: Every student deserves access to a quality, affordable education. Every student should be able to access the resources to pay for college. Every borrower has the right to an affordable repayment plan. And every borrower has the right to quality customer service, reliable information, and fair treatment, even if they struggle to repay their loans.

That’s it. Just a few simple principles. But there’s a lot that colleges, lenders, and the people you send to Washington can and should do to live up to them.

Consider the other actions I took two weeks ago. We’re creating away for borrowers to ask questions about their loans or file a complaint and get a fast response. We’re going to require businesses that service loans to provide clear information about how much students owe and their options for repaying it, and help them get back in good standing if they’re falling behind, with reasonable fees on a reasonable timeline. We’re also going to take a hard look at whether we need new laws to strengthen protections for all borrowers, wherever their loans come from.

If you believe in a Student Aid Bill of Rights that will help more Americans pay for a quality education, I’m asking you to visit WhiteHouse.gov/CollegeOpportunity. Sign your name to this declaration. Tell your families, friends, and fellow students. I’m going to ask Members of Congress, and lenders, and as many business leaders as I can find. Because making sure that students aren’t saddled with debt before they even get started in life is in all our interests.

This issue is personal to me. My grandfather had a chance to go to college because this country decided that veterans returning from World War II should be able to afford it. My mother was able to raise two kids by herself in part because she got grants that helped pay for her education. And Michelle and I are where we are today because of scholarships and student loans. We didn’t come from families of means, but we knew that if we worked hard, we’d have a shot at a great education. That’s what this country gave us.

In America, a higher education cannot be a privilege reserved only for the few. It has to be available to everyone who’s willing to work for it.


Photo courtesy of the White House President Obama is asking you to visit WhiteHouse.gov/CollegeOpportunity and sign your name to support the Student Aid Bill of Rights. With just four principles, students in America will experience more transparency and understanding of financing an education.
Photo courtesy of the White House President Obama is asking you to visit WhiteHouse.gov/CollegeOpportunity and sign your name to support the Student Aid Bill of Rights. With just four principles, students in America will experience more transparency and understanding of financing an education.