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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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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.

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Photo Courtesy of Abbie Syrek
Photo Courtesy of Abbie Syrek

Kelsey Johnson

The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s speech team, MavForensics, is a small group comprised of 15 students this year. Of those 15, eight are freshman.

“Our ‘fab freshman’ are doing an amazing job,” said Abbie Syrek, director of MavForensics. “They have all qualified several speaking events for nationals and represent UNO every weekend by winning regional speaking awards.”

MavForensics most recently finished second at an elite national-level tournament in Austin, Texas called Hell Froze Over.

For the second consecutive year, MavForensics had an award winning showing at the prestigious tournament. The tournament is arguably the most difficult regular season competition of the year. The team managed its highest finish ever, taking second place on Saturday, Sunday and over-all for the weekend.

The team was led by senior Catie Zaleski. She tied for top overall speaker in Saturday’s competition, and was the champion of Poetry Interpretation.

Freshman Abby Hoffman placed fifth overall speaker on Saturday, and was the champion in Prose Interpretation for both Saturday and Sunday’s competition. Junior Abbie Herbert made finals in both Dramatic Interpretation and Prose Interpretation over the weekend, while Freshman Ameres Groves joined Hoffman in Duo Interpretation finals.

“Joining the Forensics team has been a dream-like experience for me,” Groves said. “I never imagined being surrounded by so many motivated and talented people. I feel honored and blessed to be a part of this team.”
In the same weekend, a hand-ful of students made the trip to Seward, Nebraska for the Sleet and Snow invitational. At this competition, freshman Abbie Perry took first place in communication analysis, sophomore Dylan Morris took first place in Informative Speaking and freshman Emilee Sloan took first place in Persuasive Speaking.

On Feb. 13, the team heads to state competition, hosted at Doane College. With several of the top 20 programs in the country residing in Nebraska-Hastings College, Doane College and UNL- the state competition will be one of the most challenging of the year.

The last weekend in February, the team will co-host a competition with University of Nebraska– Lincoln called The Battle for the Capitol. Teams from across the Midwest will attend this competition as one of the last regular-season invitational tournaments of year.

As the last competition of the year, the forensics team will attend the American Forensics Association-National Individual Events Tournament on March 31 in Gainesville, Florida. All 15 students have
already qualified for 45 different speaking events with the possibility to qualify for more before the season is over.

All around, it has been a sea-son to remember for MavForensics, who look to carry this momentum into the home stretch of the season. With the State Championship determined in February and the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament held in late March.

“This journey has sharpened my abilities for my voice to be heard in this world,” Groves said.
He and the other seven freshmen have a lot to look forward to in the remainder of this season, as well as in the next three years.

This young, talented bunch has seen a lot of success so far this season, and with three large competitions left ahead there is sure to be more success on the horizon.

Photo Courtesy of Buckhorn Lanes
Photo Courtesy of Buckhorn Lanes

Rachael Vacanti

I celebrated my birthday with my brother and a group of our friends at Big John’s Billiards recently.
The only light in the front came from the various arcade games. Farther back, there were lamps over the pool tables in the back and some recessed lighting over by the tables and chairs.

While some appetizers are cheap, like a basket of fries for $3.50, some of them are rather pricy, like an order of mozzarella sticks for $6.00. This wouldn’t be so bad if they accepted credit or debit cards. Unfortunately, that only works if you start a tab. Even though food might be a little expensive, if you’re looking for a cheaper option, Sunday nights has half-priced wings.

If you’re looking for a place to shoot some pool for a while, Big John’s Billiards has you covered. If you’re looking to play on a typical eight-feet table, you can get one every day for four dollars per hour until 6 p.m. After that, the rate increases to six dollars.

Personally, my experience wasn’t the best. I spent about four hours at a pool hall mostly observing people shoot pool while waiting for my fries that took at least a half an hour to get to me. Our bartender was nice enough, but not really all that attentive to us and there were five of us at a table that was designed for two people.

If you are a college student who is looking for something different to do, and you have a knack for pool, Big John’s might be a good place to check out. Just make sure you bring cash. It’d be a good place to hang out with friends and have a bit of a more classic time.

Big John’s Billiards is located at 9819 M Street.

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The Gateway Student Newspaper will host its first-ever Journalism Bootcamp lecture series.

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

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Here’s the schedule for the fall semester:

6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28:
Sara Ziegler, Deputy Features Editor, will discuss basic reporting and editing

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


Check out this wonderful tool from Oxford Press.

It’s a “How Shakespearean are you?” meter.

In it you copy and paste some text into the tool, then “your words will be compared with all the words used by Shakespeare in his plays and our verdict will be delivered on its Shakespearean content.”

We tested out the tool for ourselves — and guess what, we ranked 95 percent Shakespearean!

“You ARE William Shakespeare!” it said.

Holland Academy of Excellence Scavenger Hunt

While strolling on campus, Gateway photographer Arthur Nguyen met these four high school students at the Peter Kiewit Institute.

The Lincoln Northeast and Lincoln Southeast high school students are Holland Academy of Excellence scholars who were participating in a scavenger hunt.

The Holland Academy of Excellence is a three-day program that engages high school juniors who excel in math and science, and who have an interest in engineering and technology. The students learn engineering and technology concepts by attending faculty lead workshops, such as bridge construction, water resources and soil contamination, and visual animation.

The program is funded by the Holland Foundation, so there is no cost to attend the academy. Although, the students must apply and are selected upon academic achievement, as well as, extracurricular involvement in the community, and leadership experience.

Why the scavenger hunt?

“I thought it would be a fun way to familiarize the building,” said Leah Ellis, one of the program’s coordinators.
Learn more about the Holland Academy of Excellence by clicking here.