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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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The Mallory Kountze Planetarium will host “Laser Fest 2016” at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Durham Science Center this week.

For the first time in eight years, brilliant laser graphics, abstract images, and music will fill the planetarium. Check out the following showtimes and details…

“Summer Laser Jam” (40 minutes)

The ultimate laser beach party, “Summer Laser Jam” goes where no other laser show has ever gone before – on summer vacation. “Summer Laser Jam” is a fun laser show featuring pop/rock music that evokes images of warm sunny beaches and cool sea breezes. The show’s laser characters, animations, and music are all family-friendly, making “Summer Laser Jam” an ideal program for people of all ages who are looking to take a break from the real sun and yearn for a soothingly cool indoor oasis.

Shows: 7 P.M. June 22, 24, 25, and 26, 2 P.M. June 25 and 26


“Laser Mania” (40 minutes)

When it’s time to just rock-out and have a good time, “Laser Mania” is the ticket. Enjoy a pure sensory adrenaline rush with a collection of the most current rock and pop hits available in any laser show on the planet. “Laser Mania” is the pinnacle of high energy laser light shows, guaranteed to have audiences dancing in their seats.

Shows: 8 P.M. June 22, 24, 25, and 26, 1 P.M. June 25 and 26


“Laser Pink Floyd” (60 minutes; not suitable for children)

Plunge into the deepest recesses of the Pink Floyd consciousness in “Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon.” Dazzling lasers transform this landmark album about greed, madness and reality into an intoxicating visual feast for the eyes. Over a million laser-generated hues and colors poetically express such timeless tracks as “Money,” “Time,” “The Great Gig in the Sky” and “Brain Damage.”

Shows: 9 P.M. June 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26

Admission is $6 for all ages. Children age three and under are not recommended in the planetarium. Tickets will be sold on a first-come first-served basis before the show (cash or check). Advanced tickets can be purchased in the Physics Office, Room 129 of the Durham Science Center.
Information: 402-554-2511 or 402-554-2219.

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Click here to view the 2016 recruitment video.

By Avery Wenck

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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Hannah Delzell

The Milo Bail Student Center began renovations in May of 2015.
The building is home to the Dodge campus food court and University of Nebraska at Omaha bookstore. Limited access to the lower level of the building has caused a bit of a nuisance for students, staff and faculty.

University of Nebraska at Omaha student Vincent Nguyen admitted the renovations haven’t affected him too much, but he has still been affected by some of the issues.

“A lot of the space isn’t accessible,” said Nguyen, “we’re taking the same amount of people and condensing them into a smaller space which has made it not as easy to find decent seating.”

The renovations set to occur in the building include new ventilation, air conditioning and heating. There are also plans to create a centralized welcome desk to answer questions and assist with student needs.

Many of the new renovations include services expected to aid students. The UNO website said the renovation project will include the addition of a lactation room, lockers, a foot-washing station for chapel, additional areas for quiet student study and a mini-kitchen.

Another beneficial add-on for students are wireless printing stations, multiple power and USB plug-ins and laptop checkouts.

According to the UNO website, the project will introduce two new areas. The first is MavCAFE. It will be located on the first floor on the south side of the atrium. It will have a coffee shop for students craving late night or early morning caffeine and a Blue Bunny Ice Cream Bar. Whether students want a banana split or a smoothie, the ice cream bar will be designed to satisfy every ice cream lover’s fantasies.

The second area is M a v GRILL , which was previously the Maverick Lounge space. The space will be a dream come true for any meat-eater. It will serve a variety of smoked and seasoned items such as beef brisket, chicken, ribs and more.

The areas will be designed with a contemporary feel, and give students a place to hangout in between classes.

“ I usually use Milo Bail Student Center as a good meeting point to get together with friends or classmates,” said Nguyen.

Another University of Nebraska at Omaha student, River Grubb said the only issue she has with the renovations is walking up and down the outside stairway. She said when the stairs get crowded during peak times of the day such as lunch, it can be difficult to maneuver around other students especially on snowy and icy days.

“I have no clue what they’re doing, but I enjoy surprises,” Grubb said. “I’m sure it will be cool.”

After the renovations are completed the building will likely be used for even more out of class gatherings. It may be a nice place to take a break from studying, catch up with some friends and even enjoy a hot fudge sundae once the weather starts to warm up again.

The UNO website said the renovation process should be completed before fall of 2016. Students, faculty and staff will all be welcome to engage in the new services once it’s completed.


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Jackson Taylor

The Omaha men’s tennis team lost to Nebraska over the weekend, 6-1. UNO dropped to 1-1 on the season with the loss.

Singles competition

1. Dusty Boyer (NEB) def. Colin Buckley (OMAHA) 6-2, 6-3 2. Marc Hermann (NEB) def. Matt Dunn (OMAHA) 6-1, 6-1 3. Toby Boyer (NEB) def. Alex Woodward (OMAHA) 6-1, 6-1 4. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB) def. Marko Minic (OMAHA) 6-0, 6-4 5. Erik Anderson (OMAHA) def. Bradford Zitsch (NEB) 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) 6. Tomislav Antoljak (NEB) def. John Ellis (OMAHA) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. Dusty Boyer/Toby Boyer (NEB) def. Colin Buckley/Ignace Warson (OMAHA) 7-5 2. Scott Elsass/Marc Hermann (NEB) def. Matt Dunn/Brent McKnight (OMAHA) 6-2 3. Bradford Zitsch/Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB) def. Erik Anderson/Alex Woodward (OMAHA) 6-1

Match Notes
Omaha Mavericks 1-1 Nebraska 1-0 Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1);
Singles (2,3,6,1,4,5) T-2:34 A-16

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The Ellen Show recently partnered with M&M’s for a special contest #MySweetStory where viewers submitted videos of special moments in their lives.

The winner of the #MySweetStory contest was announced today — and he’s a former UNO Computer Science student who graduated in 2005!

Ellen loved Ronald N Jefferson Jr. and Andrea Phillips-Jefferson‘s video “A Christmas Baby Announcement” so much, they presented him with a life-changing gift of $10,000.

In his video submission, Ron opened his last Christmas gift to find a onesie with his favorite team logo on it — The Cornhuskers. He carefully examined the onesie and asked, “Are you pregnant?” His wife peeked from behind the camera and nodded, “yes.” That’s when he lost it.

The couple has a 12-year-old but had been trying to conceive for two years for a second child.

“My hubby is a very emotional one (as you can see)…he laid there on the floor for about 10 minutes after we stopped the video, but he has recovered and is doing fine,” his wife wrote to The Ellen Show.

The personal video was initially made to share with a few friends on Facebook, but Ron’s mother-in-law — an avid Ellen Show viewer — recommended that the couple submit the clip.

“Before we knew it, we had tickets to the show,” Ron told The Gateway during a phone interview from his San Antonio, Texas job. “We weren’t necessarily trying to win anything. We just wanted to share a moment with friends. Words can’t express our gratitude.”

Ron likened the experience to winning the lottery. He plans to share a portion with his church, his mother-in-law and prepare for the baby’s Aug. 12 due date.

“UNO is a great part of my success story,” he said. “With out my time there… nothing in my life would be what it is.”

“UNO is home for me,” but we all know that the state bleeds red, he said.

While on the Ellen Show, Ron made sure to represent Nebraska by saying “Go, Cornhuskers!” as he introduced himself. He then explained why the Husker onesie and hoodie that he received on Christmas Day was so special.

Click the video below to see his winning video submission on The Ellen Show.

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha has teamed up with Omaha Northwest High School to design a new rain garden.

Gateway News Editor Jared Kennedy recently spoke with Northwest High school teacher Rachael Burns and UNO professor Steve Rodie about the new effort.

Click here for a video clip which explains the full story:



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