Meet the Gateway- Part 2

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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!

Kat Lopez-Chavez
LAYOUT EDITOR

Kat is a senior from Columbus, Nebraska. Photo by Kylie Squiers/The Gateway.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I absolutely love to cook! I also really enjoy doing yoga and spending time outside whenever I get the chance.

 Favorite food and favorite restaurant in Omaha?
My favorite food is ceviche and my favorite restaurant in Omaha would have to be Dario’s Brasserie in Dundee.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Foodie. Light-hearted. Observant.

What advice do you have for new students?
As cliché as it sounds, you should join school organizations that truly interest you. Don’t feel pressured to join an organization just because it’s what everyone else is doing. Invest your time and energy into a group that will bring you joy!

Do you have a catch phrase/favorite saying?
C’est la vie (“that’s life” in French.)

Makayla Roumph
A&E EDITOR

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

What do you like about your role at The Gateway?
I love the opportunities with this section to immerse into the ever-growing creative scene of Omaha, as well as getting to meet and work with so many talented individuals.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
In my free time, I enjoy being outside, lifting weights, taking photos and writing poetry.

Dream destination?
To live: California
To visit: Europe

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Empathetic, Wise, Aware

What do you love about UNO?
I love the at-home feeling UNO gives through its community and location, being in the heart of Omaha. The campus is beautiful and the opportunities feel limitless with professors and students who genuinely want to see success amongst everyone.

Elle Nina Love
SENIOR ONLINE REPORTER

Elle is on her “victory lap!” fifth year at UNO and is from Omaha. Photo by Kylie Squiers/The Gateway.

What do you like about your role at The Gateway?
I love this role because I can be very detailed when writing online stories and get to follow interesting trends on social media that spark a lot of online conversation. With news outlets working more with online content, I feel like this position helps better prepare me for positions I can apply for once I graduate.

Favorite food and favorite restaurant in Omaha?
My favorite food is seafood boil because I have a huge craving for seafood, and I just love the variety of crab, shrimp, corn and potatoes soaked in warm, spicy Old Bay butter sauce. The best place to get it is Yummy Crab on Ames. I received amazing service twice from them and all the hot buttery crab I could eat!

 What are you looking forward to this school year?
With this upcoming election year, I feel like news stories will be centered around the election, so I’m honestly looking forward to writing more political pieces and getting involved with election coverage to help build my portfolio before I graduate. And I look forward to graduating with both my bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Political Science.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
I would describe myself as futuristic because I like to plan ahead of time to feel better prepared and focused. Intellection is another word to describe me because I like to think a lot about many different things whether its complex issues or simple ones. I’m also restorative because I love to investigate different issues and analyze the cause before suggesting solutions, which is evident in some of the opinion pieces I’ve written.

Do you have a catch phrase/favorite saying?
“Follow the story!”

Sarah Fixmer
AD SALES MANAGER

Sarah is a senior, graduating in December, from Atlantic, Iowa. Photo by Kylie Squiers/The Gateway.

Why did you join The Gateway?
I joined the Gateway last year as the Marketing Director to get more experience in event planning with the Run the Press 5k and Annual Banquet. Unfortunately, they both were canceled due to COVID-19, but I was happy to step into the Ad Sales Manager role!

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I love reading, going to hockey games when they’re in season with no pandemic, watching shows and movies and hanging with my boyfriend, family and friends.

 How would you describe yourself in three words?
Lots of love

What do you love about UNO?
I love the opportunities and connections UNO has given me. As a PR & Ad major, there are so many facets to look into. Organizations such as The Gateway, PRSSA and MavPR have given me direction in this broad profession and friends to last a lifetime.

Do you have a catch phrase/favorite quote?
Everything Happens for a Reason

Mars Nevada
DIGITAL IMAGERY SPECIALIST

Mars is a senior who was born in California, grew up in New Jersey, New York and California, and then moved to Omaha in high school and hasn’t left … yet! Photo by Kylie Squiers/The Gateway.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I love gardening—something about the dirt and sun and knowing things can still grow in an awful world.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Passionate. Weird. Anxious.

What do you love about UNO?
It’s a place for hustlers and underdogs.

What advice do you have for new students?
Rent – don’t buy – textbooks. Don’t sleep with people in your department (or students from Creighton). Applying for scholarships is way easier than you think. Talk to your teachers after class and outside of class, (they’re way cooler than you think). Join student organizations. Stand up to injustice inside the classroom and outside, it’s not as hard as you might think and people will respect you more for it.

Do you have a catch phrase/favorite saying?
“I have a hot and spicy take.”

Claire Redinger
DIGITAL EDITOR

Claire is a senior from Hastings, Nebraska. Photo by Kylie Squiers/The Gateway.

What do you like about your role at The Gateway?
I like the flexibility that digital content allows – there is room to go all-in and dig deep with stories or get super creative. I also love that I get to work closely with our on-staff writers and our contributors, and I’m looking forward to creating new social media content, particularly on Instagram.

Favorite food and favorite restaurant in Omaha?
My favorite food is coffee (which is almost a food because it has milk in it, my mom says), and my favorite restaurant in Omaha is Culprit Cafe.

 What are you looking forward to this school year?
I am excited to be back on campus—writing, editing and telling stories with my classmates. Plus, I’m ready for fall weather!

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Bubbly, passionate, creative.

 What do you love about UNO?
I’m not a cheerleader, but man, I could be … UNO has been the perfect fit for me, academically and socially. Our campus is beautiful, you’re never far from coffee, we have incredible professors and the student body is hardworking and down-to-earth. I’ve always felt seen and invested in, particularly in the journalism program, but I think it’s true for many students. And the real highlight: We have hockey.

Molly Ashford
COPY EDITOR

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

Why did you join The Gateway?
I had always intended on joining The Gateway at some point, so when I was approached by Leta to see if I would be interested in an editor position, I knew it was the right time. I love independent journalism and look forward to helping bring quality, well-written pieces of journalism onto our campus.

 What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I have been trying to learn how to skateboard, which isn’t going super well but I enjoy it a lot. Otherwise, I like to hang out with my cat, read and write.

 Favorite food and favorite restaurant in Omaha?
The Vegan Mac and Cheese from Modern Love—I’m not vegan, but it is God-tier.

 How would you describe yourself in three words?
Quiet, observant, kind.

What advice do you have for new students?
Remember that this is all temporary (I mean, hopefully). Get in the habit of checking your email at least daily. Actually email (or otherwise communicate with) your professors, even if the class is online. You can still build a relationship through the computer, and you should try to.

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