Meet the Gateway- Part 1

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The 2020-2021 Gateway staff is excited for another year of researching, interviewing, writing, editing and sharing stories about the people and places that make up the University of Nebraska at Omaha. If you’re interested in becoming a writer, photographer or involved in any way at The Gateway, please send an email to our Editor in Chief, Leta Lohrmeyer: editorinchief@thegateway.com. Without further ado, meet the staff!

Leta Lohrmeyer
EDITOR IN CHIEF

What do you like about your role at the Gateway?
I love this role because I’m able to oversee tons of different aspects of the Gateway, including so many talented and driven writers. I can’t wait to see if what I love about this role will change by the end of the school year!

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I love to read, and I even worked at the Barnes and Noble at the Crossroads mall before it closed. Quarantine got me to read a bunch of books on my TBR and reading let me escape the world for a while. I also enjoy curling up to watch something on Netflix or Hulu. I’m a big fan of New Girl, John Mulaney, The Mandalorian and a bunch of other stuff!

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Kind, curious, goofy.

What do you love about UNO?
I love UNO because the environment is really open and non-traditional. You can make your college experience into whatever you want. I just love the inclusivity and overall welcoming spirit of the Mavericks.

What advice do you have for new students?
If you’re a new student, please join an organization or team. At least introduce yourself to a couple of your classmates. I spent my freshman year doing nothing except school and work. I had to force myself to get involved, like becoming a Resident Assistant or joining the Gateway. I’m so glad I did because that’s where I made some of my closest friendships!

Kylie Squiers
PHOTO EDITOR

Kylie is from Papillion and is a senior at UNO. Photo by Mars Nevada/The Gateway.

What do you like about your role at the Gateway?
I love how the position presents a wide variety of opportunities. From last summer to now, I’ve covered concerts, protests, lifestyle and unique events around Omaha.

Favorite food and favorite restaurant in Omaha?
Ika Ramen

Dream destination?
It’s hard to narrow it down to one specific destination. I plan to travel anywhere and everywhere in my lifetime. My all-time travel spots I have to hit before I die are all the European and Asian countries.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
I’d like to consider myself bubbly, friendly and just a wee bit funny.

What do you love about UNO?
To me, I believe UNO is the perfect size university with many organizations and resources. It’s very diverse and inclusive to all students, and I love how welcomed I have felt through the past three years.

Zach Gilbert
NEWS EDITOR

Zach is a senior, born and raised in Omaha. Photo by Kylie Squiers/The Gateway.

Why did you join The Gateway?
I’ve always been interested in sharing stories and creating connections with individuals through my words, and I feel that working as an editor/journalist at The Gateway provides me with that outlet!

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I am a massive cinephile (prior to COVID, I’d see around 200 films in theaters every year), so watching movies takes up a fair amount of my free time. Aside from that, I also just love to write – either for The Gateway, for the movie review site I contribute to or for my own personal work.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Artistic, ambitious and adventurous.

What advice do you have for new students?
Put yourself out there! Break out of your comfort zone by joining clubs, getting involved, and meeting new friends! Don’t ignore your studies in favor of involvement, but finding a balance between the two is incredibly beneficial!

Do you have a catch phrase/favorite saying?
“I have no idea what I’m doing, but I know I’m doing it really, really well” – Andy Dwyer of Parks and Recreation

Anton Johnson
ONLINE REPORTER

Anton is a junior from Norfolk, Nebraska, but his family now lives in Lincoln.

Why did you join The Gateway?
I’ve been a contributor for a while and I wanted to become more involved with student journalism.

 What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I like listening to podcasts, writing, drawing and making music.

 Dream destination?
I’ve always wanted to go to Rome. Or the Moon.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Creative, thoughtful, reserved.

 Do you have a favorite saying/catch phrase?
“What makes you different is what makes you Spider-Man”

Natalie Veloso
DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER

Natalie is a sophomore from Bellevue. Photo by Kylie Squiers/The Gateway.

Favorite food and favorite restaurant in Omaha?
My favorite food is pizza! Zio’s Pizzeria in the Old Market is my go-to pizza spot.

Dream destination?
My dream destination is definitely Italy or Spain. I really love the culture and scenery of both countries.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
I would describe myself as determined, creative and open-minded!

What advice do you have for new students?
Build connections with other students and professors! Having a friend to reach out to in each of your classes is extremely helpful when you have questions. Communicating with your professors also helps each of your classes go smoothly and might even result in further professional connections in the future.

Do you have a catch phrase/favorite saying?
Treat people with kindness.

Hailey Stessman
OPINION EDITOR

Hailey, from Papillion, is a third-year student at UNO. Photo by Kylie Squiers/The Gateway

Why did you join The Gateway?
I joined The Gateway because I want to not only listen to the unheard stories of other individuals, but to give those voices and stories the platform and attention they deserve!

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Some of my favorite hobbies include reading tarot, taking care of my many houseplants and buying an obscene amount of books.

Favorite food and favorite restaurant in Omaha?
My favorite food is sushi and my favorite restaurant in Omaha is Modern Love!

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Quiet, a bookworm and kind.

What advice do you have for new students?
Never be afraid to ask for help. Your mental health is incredibly important and there are many resources on campus that are here to support you. There is no shame in acknowledging your need for guidance or help. Allow yourself time and space to take a break and relax.

Jack Hoover
SPORTS EDITOR

Jack is a super senior from Omaha. Photo by Kylie Squiers/The Gateway.

Why did you join The Gateway?
I was enticed to go to a Meet the Staff meeting during my sophomore year because I was promised free food. Four years later, I’m still here somehow and still waiting on getting some free food.

Dream destination?
Paris, France, but not necessarily real-life Paris – specifically Paris as depicted in the Disney-Pixar movie “Ratatouille.”

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Squirrely, lovable, stressed.

What advice do you have for new students?
Join some clubs, really make an effort to put yourself out there. Heck, you could even try writing for The Gateway sports section … please?

Do you have a catch phrase/favorite saying?
Real eyes realize real lies.

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