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Nevada alum recounts shooting




Reno community gathers downtown to honor deceased, injured in shooting

Staff Report When a man opened fire late Sunday from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, firing indiscriminately into a crowd of 22,000, Nevadans were left in shock. Even more than a day later, many people across the state — including right here at the University of Nevada, Reno — are only just beginning to sort through just what happened Sunday night. To get a better sense of those events, we spoke to Nicole Kowalewski, a former design editor for The Nevada Sagebrush who now works in Las Vegas as a graphic designer. She was at the concert, in the line of fire, and she told us her story. This interview has been edited for length and for clarity. Nicole Kowalewski: “So, I was at the concert. It was the third day of the concert, the last act, Jason Aldean, and I had attended this festival once before, last year, and everything was fine. Everything was smooth. I thought nothing of it again this year. “And I’m standing in the crowd, looking at the stage, I’m on the right side of the stage, which is closest to the Mandalay Bay hotel. From the crowd, we heard what first sounded like firecrackers, like fireworks. It only lasted a few seconds. It was just one of those

“‘...we need a medic, she’s been shot. She’s on the ground...’” noises you hear, and you don’t see any immediate reaction so you’re just like, ‘oh, whatever, I don’t know what that was, but it’s fine.’ “And, thirty seconds to maybe a minute passed, and all of a sudden, you just hear someone screaming, ‘we need a medic, she’s been shot. She’s on the ground, get the medic.’ This woman was five people from me. Immediately after that, within the next thirty seconds, this man just, just — just firing shots. “It seemed to last minutes, and I’m sure it was only 30 to 45 seconds, but it just seemed like a lifetime. And it just kept going, and going. People are screaming, ‘just get down to the ground, take cover.’ And none of us know what to do, we don’t know where it’s coming from, we just know that shots are being fired out of the air. People are falling down, you can hear bullets ricocheting off the ground, ricocheting off the fences. “The first round went off, and everyone’s on the ground, we don’t know what to do. I’m trying to get my cell phone and call my parents, just tell them what’s going on. And then, the second round fired. So after the first round, people got up, and are trying to run. And everyone’s like, ‘no, take cover, get on the ground, he’s gonna shoot again, don’t run.’ “We’re in a completely open venue, there was not a single thing covering any of us. And there are thousands of people there, 40,000 people, it was completely sold out this year. When the second round went off, I stayed down between rounds. I didn’t want to get up. I was with one other friend of mine. Her and I are on the ground, shaking, don’t know what to do.


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Sean Savoy of the Nevada Interfaith Coalition for Equality, speaks at a vigil at Reno City Plaza on Monday, Oct. 2. The vigil was organized to support those affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed over 50 people and injured more than 500.

By Madeline Purdue and Karolina Rivas Members of the Reno community gathered at the Reno City Plaza on Monday, Oct. 2, for a vigil in honor of the 59 people killed and more than 500 people injured during a mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday. City council members and religious figures of the community spoke to the crowd in order to provide words of sympathy and condolences to those affected. Nicholas Uy is from Las Vegas and attended the vigil to show his support of those affected. “I have a mix of emotions about the tragedy that happened,” Uy said. “Really, I just want to show my support, however I can. Whether it’s donating blood or coming here, I just wanted to show my support to the families and victims. It really hits home for me, [...] I’m just thankful that none of my friends and family were hurt but it’s just crazy.” Organizers of the event included the Nevada Interfaith Coalition for Equality, NICE, and other community leaders. “I think it’s important for us to come together to remember that we need to support each other,” Sean Savoy, Director and Founder of NiCE said. “This particular event has affected us in Nevada since our sister city in Las Vegas has been traumatized by this horrible occurrence that happened last night during that festival. It’s important for us to come together in peace and for us to come together in non-violence and it’s important for us to come together in the American way which is to gather despite our tragedies to look

forward to a brighter tomorrow.” The Nevada Gun Safety Coalition also attended the vigil to raise awareness to gun control in Nevada. Reno resident Greta Anderson feels strongly toward making a change to the legislation for the safety of others. “I’m here tonight because I am so firm in believing that [...] we cannot simply any longer say that we are sending out our thoughts and prayers to the victims and to those that have been left behind,” Anderson said. “Rather it is the time that we make critical changes in our legislation and to say that that is not politicizing the issue. [...] When we talk about gun rights, what about human life rights. [...] Let’s think what is humanitarian, humane and reasonable.” After the speeches concluded, vigil candles were lit, and people joined together in singing the infamous Beatles song “Let It Be” together before holding a moment of silence. Monday night the city of Reno honored those affected by having the downtown Reno arch sign go dark. The attack began around 10:00 p.m. Sunday night when gunfire rained down on a sea of 22,000 concertgoers attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival, an annual three-day country concert held in Las Vegas. Headlining performer Jason Aldean was about 20 minutes into his set when the gunfire started. Aldean was pulled off stage and people at the concert fled the scene or laid on the ground to avoid being shot. “Every time we heard shots, we’d hit the ground and just stay there until they would stop for about 30 to 45 seconds,”

said concertgoer Shelly Mallory to CNN. “And then we would run as fast as we could. ... I thought the shooting would never end.” The shooter—Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada—had busted the windows of his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the 32nd floor and shot into the concert crowd across the street. Reports show that Paddock had checked into the hotel room on Thursday. First responders entered Paddock’s hotel room about an hour after receiving initial reports of the shooting. Paddock turned the gun on himself and died of a self-inflicted wound. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo briefed the media first around 12:45 a.m. Monday. Lombardo refused to release the name of the shooter. He confirmed that two people were dead and dozens were injured. However, that number grew as media briefings continued on Monday. As of print time, 59 people were confirmed dead and 527 people injured, making it the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation. Authorities found more than 30 weapons at Paddock’s hotel room and residences in Mesquite and Reno. Cell phone footage distributed to different national media shows concertgoers carrying wounded people out of the concert venue and trying to find alternative ways to get to hospitals. The injured were brought to the University Medical Center, the only Level I trauma center in Las Vegas. As UMC filled, ambulances and patients were diverted to other hospitals

in the valley. The Las Vegas Strip was under lockdown for several hours after the shooting, leaving many visitors displaced and unable to access to their hotel rooms. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, opened the doors of their Thomas and Mack Center, which can hold up to 19,500 people. The last restriction on hotels was lifted around 7 a.m. and visitors at the Mandalay Bay were able to access their rooms. LVMPD set up a hotline number where friends and family could call to try and locate missing loved ones. The number is 1-866-535-5654. LVMPD requests that people only call for information on missing people, not other information. The country responded to the tragedy through social media, statements and press conferences. President Marc Johnson sent a statement to the university on Monday offering his condolences to the students and faculty with connections to Las Vegas. “Our campus has numerous connections with Las Vegas, from students who proudly call Las Vegas their home to colleagues, friends and alumni who live and work there. Our campus is deeply saddened by what has happened. Our condolences and prayers go out to all of the victims, their families and their friends,” said the statement. Clark County declared a state of emergency on Monday in wake of the shooting. UNR will host a vigil in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. Madeline Purdue can be reached at and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

How to help those affected in Las Vegas By Madeline Purdue

By late Monday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed 59 dead and 527 injured in wake of a mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Oct. 1, making the attack the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Many people in the Reno community, including a large portion of the University of Nevada, Reno, population, have connections to Las Vegas and are wondering what they can do to help the hundreds of people affected by the shooting. Others are looking for resources to help them heal mentally from this tragedy. These are the things happening in the Reno area that can help people heal and benefit those affected.

VIGILS Multiple vigils are popping up around the city in recognition of those affected by the shooting. Join Action Together Nevada, Nevada Interfaith Coalition for Equality & Inclusion, Battle Born

Progress, Nevada Clergy Association, Nevada Gun Safety Coalition, Organizing for Action, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the Interfaith Coalition for Gun Responsibility and local spiritual and faith leaders and government representatives set up a vigil at Reno City Plaza on Monday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. UNR is also hosting a vigil in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. A large banner will be available at this vigil to sign that will be sent to Las Vegas on Thursday.

DONATE BLOOD Thousands of people have shown up to United Blood Services to wait hours in line to donate blood in wake of the shooting. However, the blood bank has said they have enough blood for now as if they take more it will go bad before it can be used or transported. Even so, it encourages people to keep coming back later in order to donate. “We understand that people want to come forward now to show their support, however,

to effectively manage the blood supply for patients, we are asking donors to make appointments to give blood throughout the coming days and weeks,” officials said in a statement. Those interested in donating blood can make appointments at NevadaHeroes or call 1-800-6964484. Other organizations are also setting up blood drives. Alpha Sigma Phi will be hosting a drive in the Rotunda on Monday, Oct. 9. Sign up to donate online at http:// The Orvis School of Nursing is also hosting a drive in the Rotunda on Monday, Oct. 23. Sign up to donate online at

DONATE TO GOFUNDME There have been a number of GoFundMe and other crowdsourcing pages set up to help those affected by the shooting. Savanna Chasco, a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, has a GoFundMe set up to help her pay her medical bills after being shot at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

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A woman holds a sign at Reno City Plaza during a vigil on Monday, Oct. 2. Vigils are one way the community is helping victims of the shooting in Las Vegas.

People looking to donate can look at GoFundMe and other crowdsourcing sites to see who is asking for help.

RESOURCES There are a number of resources the university provides that can help people recover emotionally and mentally from the shooting. In a statement, President Marc Johnson encouraged students and people on campus to reach out to counseling services.

The Counseling Center can be reached at or 784-4648. The Associate Vice President for Student Life can assist with class absences, academic, financial and personal support of those affected. He can be reached at 784-1471. Madeline Purdue can be reached at and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

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Volume 124 • Issue 6 Editor-in-Chief • Jacob Solis


Johnson addresses expanding student body, diversity at State of the University

By Madeline Purdue

News Editor • Madeline Purdue

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CONTRIBUTING STAFFERS Kevin Bass, Seth Bell, Will Keys, Gabriel Selbig, Darion Strugs, Henry Travland

President Marc Johnson delivered the annual State of the University address in the Glick Ballrooms in the Joe Crowley Student Union on Tuesday, Sept. 26. In the address, Johnson talked about goals for the next few years in addition to issues facing the university. Johnson highlighted three main goals in his speech: to increase enrollment and lower the student to faculty ratio, to make UNR a Carnegie R-1 institution and to become a pillar for economic development for the “new Nevada”. Johnson started the address by talking about the increased enrollment the university has seen in the last few years. In 2017, the student population has reached 21,657, with the freshmen class having higher average ACT and SAT scores and GPAs. The increase of population has put the current student to faculty ratio at 20 to 1, but Johnson said the university is looking to lower that ratio to 18 to 1. The retention rate, or the amount of freshmen that return as sophomores, grew to 81 percent. The 4-year graduation rate grew from 26 percent in 2016 to 29 percent in 2017. Johnson also addressed diversity on campus. Almost 38 percent of students at the university are people of color. Johnson said the university is actively trying to hire more diverse faculty to match the student population. UNR has hired 217 new positions in the last four years. Johnson praised the students at UNR for creating “meaningful dialogue” about diversity after a student was identified at a white nationalist rally that turned violent in Charlottesville a week before the fall semester started. He said the students are what makes the university strong. “Our students continue to show us

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President Marc Johnson delivers the State of the University address on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Johnson talked about the growing campus and diversity issues.

school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. UNR Med, as the medical school has become to be known as, is the 47th most affordable medical school in the country and hired its 1,000th clinical community faculty member in August. Nevada Athletics was praised by Johnson because of the academic standard reached by student-athletes and the hours of civic engagement they participated in. According to Johnson, last semester was the sixth semester in a row where 400

Nevada looks to increase healthcare enrollment

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how to reach a better understanding of these important issues,” Johnson said. “I applaud our students for their energy, creativity and ideas.” Another goal of the university is to become a Carnegie R-1 institution. This means that UNR would be one of the top universities in the country for research activity. Only 10 states in the country do not have an R-1 institution, including Nevada, and there are some surrounding states — like Arizona — with two or more. Johnson said this would take about $150 million in research funds to do, and the university already has $125 million. “The arrival at the classification of R-1 is not as important as the journey to grow the research enterprise to warrant the classification and the many benefits of a vibrant research enterprise for students, faculty and the community,” Johnson said. The last goal was for the university to become a pillar for economic development for the “new Nevada”. Many of the colleges and institutions at the university have paired with outside businesses and programs to help develop students. Johnson said he hopes this continues to build the Reno community. “The university provides talent, innovation and space to assist partners in the community, which creates a nexus of creativity, innovation and economic momentum,” Johnson said. “The University has engaged with many elements of the community through the decades, but there has been a crescendo of activity recently.” At the end of the address, Johnson praised the medical school and the athletic program for continuing to grow and bring national attention the university. The medical school was renamed to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine after the opening of the medical

By Gabriel Selbig

Student groups FUSED and Generation Action hosted a healthcare town hall meeting Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Joe Crowley Student Union. Club presidents Rocio Meza and Alese McMurtry said the goal of the town hall was to bring concerned citizens together with healthcare professionals and explore the future of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and health insurance for Nevadans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday, Sept. 26 that no vote would be held on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Bill, a last-ditch effort by Republican senators to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Among other things, the proposal would have terminated ACA subsidies as of 2020 for low-income Americans’ private insurance premiums and extra funding provided to states that extend Medicaid. The bill also would have weakened ACA language regarding protections for applicants with pre-existing conditions. “The Graham-Cassidy-Heller Bill would have cost our state between $600 million and $2 billion more (than the Affordable Care Act) due to its extensive Medicaid cuts,” said Heather Korbulic, executive director of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. Nevada Health Link, otherwise known as the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, connects people in the community without Medicaid or employer-based health insurance to qualified insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. The exchange has built an intuitive

online marketplace where Nevadans can shop for, compare and purchase qualified coverage plans. It has been credited with lowering Nevada’s uninsured rate in 2013 from 23 percent to about 10 percent in 2016. “What I really want everybody in this room and beyond to know is that we’ve gone from a 90 day open enrollment period to 45 days,” Korbulic said. “That’s a huge shift and our state-based marketplace,, may be flooded with a halved open enrollment period.” The Market Stabilization Rule established on April 13, 2017, by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services amended the timing of the annual open enrollment period for 2018. The open enrollment period begins Nov. 1, 2017, and ends at midnight Dec. 15, 2017, a total of 45 days reduced from 90 days in years past. The only exception stipulated on is qualifying for a Special Enrollment Period: getting married, having a baby, or incidental loss of health coverage. Jan Brizee, Elko-based ombudsman for the Nevada Office of Consumer Health Assistance spoke on her office’s willingness to help all Nevadans regardless of income or age. “One gentleman, a UNR student, had just switched to an employerbased plan and shortly after ended up in the emergency room,” said Brizee. “Even though he had the same card number and policy number, that company would not carry that over and he received a

student-athletes received a 3.0 GPA or higher. Nevada Athletics also received the Mountain West community service award for two of the last three seasons. “We have achieved record-setting institutional performance[...]we will achieve our goals. After all, we are the University of Nevada, Reno,” Johnson said. Madeline Purdue can be reached at and on Twitter @ madelinepurdue.

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“We were closest to the fence that separates the five-hundred-dollar bill. I was able right side from the left side to file an appeal with him and we of the stage, which was just a little bit shorter than me. got that bill completely covered.” The OCHA also offers consumer After the second round of help with healthcare applications and will assist Nevada Health Link in spreading the word about open enrollment. “The large thing now is this open enrollment period,” said Brizee. “We’ve got to get people in and signed up within those 45 days, but what I have seen since the change in administration is that HealthCare. gov is not being maintained like it had been before.” Isabel Youngs of Nevadans Together for Medicaid, a coalition of healthcare advocates in support of Medicaid expansion, cited Nevada’s shots happened, her and I vast decline in uninsured children just decided we need to get the hell over this fence. We under ACA. “Since the passage of the Af- need to get on the other side, fordable Care Act and expansion because right now we are in of Medicaid, Nevada has had the a direct line of fire. largest percentage point decline “People are jumping this in uninsured children in the entire fence, falling, people are country,” said Youngs. “We’ve cut trampling over each other. our rate of uninsured children from Everyone is just trying to almost 15 percent in 2013 to 6.8 save themselves. There were percent in 2016.” selfless people, that are, peoShe added that Nevadans Togeth- ple are down. You see people er for Medicaid will shift its focus to just shot and wounded. the open enrollment period. There’s blood everywhere. “There are clear attempts to sabo- And there are people trying tage open enrollment to healthcare to help them, and her and packages, including deep cuts to I, it was just, instinct. We navigator funding, shortening of the needed to at least get over enrollment period and threats from the fence and get out of here. the administration about cutting “Her and I jumped both our cost-sharing reductions,” said fences, and as we landed Youngs. on the other side, we immediately hit the ground Gabriel Selbig can be reached at and heard a third round and of shots. We’re lying there, on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush. against this fence, which

seems like more protection, but then again, we have no idea where this is coming from. We don’t if this is coming from the hotel, we don’t know if they’re above us, we have no idea. Just shots are being fired from the air. “We don’t know what to do, we’re just scared out of our minds. And then, there was a good five or ten minutes where there was nothing. And that’s when people — not police officers, just other men — are walking down the side saying, ‘run, get out, go. Now’s your chance, go.’ “And my friend and I are still hesitant, because as soon as people would get up and run, he’d shoot again, and you were just in plain sight. You’re not hidden behind anything. So, I grabbed my friend’s hand and said, ‘we have to go. It is either now, or never. We need to get out of here.’ “We ran across the venue, out the back, into a dirt parking lot. And that’s when we finally hit police lines, and cop cars, just everywhere. And we just kept running, running as far as we could possibly run. “You don’t think it’s going to happen to you, and then something like this, it just really opens your eyes that it’s anyone, anytime.”

“You see people just shot and wounded. There’s blood everywhere.”

The News Desk can be reached at mpurdue@ and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

UNR police launch investigation after officer’s ‘offensive’ remarks By Madeline Purdue and Karolina Rivas The University of Nevada, Reno Police Services is launching an investigation after an officer was captured on body camera footage Sunday joking with a black male student that he is “just going to shoot him if things go sideways.” The incident occurred after a group of students were pulled over by university officers in front of the Lawlor Events Center around 1 a.m. After engaging in conversation, an officer made the comment to graduate student Kevin McReynolds. McReynolds reported the incident later that morning to Police Services. “What offended me the most is the fact that yesterday [Monday, Sept. 25] I didn’t get a call from anyone, I reached out to the police in the morning, they kind of blew it off,” McReynolds said. “I called Title IX in the morning, they blew it off. [...] I didn’t feel the university took the issue seriously until the video came out. I think that’s where the issue lies.” In a statement released Wednesday, four days after the incident, Assistant Vice President and Director of Police

Services Adam Garcia said one officer involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave and removed from campus, pending an investigation by the University Police Services and the Title IX office. In that statement, Garcia expressed his concern over the situation. “I have seen the video and I find the language that was used to be disturbing, offensive and unacceptable,” Garcia said in the statement. “I condemn this reprehensible language, and again, offer my sincerest apologies to the graduate student for what occurred. I am deeply concerned about the distress that was placed on the graduate student.” Garcia and President Marc Johnson both called McReynolds to apologize for the comments. Garcia said McReynolds was “brave” to come forward about the incident. Johnson also released a statement on Wednesday. “The safety and well-being of our entire campus community is my most important concern as president; and in this particular incident, I continue to be concerned for the young man who was affected,” Johnson said in the statement. “This type of abhorrent

language contradicts in every way our values as an institution.” Police Services released the bodycam footage “in an effort to be open and transparent”. However, the video was taken down off of YouTube after only a couple of days of being online. “Due to some of the content in the traffic stop video released earlier this week, the university feels it is appropriate to redact and blur some of the identifying information,” said university spokesperson Natalie K. Fry. McReynolds said he does not want the story to be about him, but about diversity and inclusion at the university. “As I look around this campus, there’s a lack of diversity as far as faculty,” McReynolds said. “There’s a lack of diversity as far as African Screenshot via UNR Americans or people who are just dif- Kevin McReynolds, second from right, and friends react as a UNR police officer ferent skin colors on this campus. You jokes he is going to shoot McReynolds “if things go sideways” on Sunday, Oct. 24. take athletes out of the community. The remarks put the officer on administrative leave and opened an investigation. There’s very few left. [...] I think that’s an issue that the university has to look at. I think that if this allows me to open on campus since a university student Madeline Purdue and Karolina another dialogue on campus that ‘Hey, was identified as a participant in a Rivas can be reached at mpurdue@ something needs to change’ then I white supremacist rally in Charlottes- and on Twitter @ think that’s important.” ville days before the fall 2017 semester NevadaSagebrush. Diversity has been a hot topic issue was set to begin.


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Guide to everything at the @One

By Emily Fisher

In our world of ever-expanding technology, it is hard to keep up with the newest gear, software and media. On a limited student budget, it may seem impossible to own that GoPro you’ve had your eyes on, or buy the software needed to make that cool video for your class project. Thankfully, the University of Nevada, Reno, has our backs, providing everything a student may want or need in one accessible location, the @ One. The @One is your one-stop shop for all things technology. Many students already use the quiet, up-to-date technology hub on the first floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center to type up a report or surf the web, but the space has a lot more than just computers to offer. Along with over 100+ PCs and MACs, the @One offers students impressive academic support amenities, giving students everything they may need to not only succeed academically but thrive in our high-tech world. Open from 9 a.m.-1 a.m., whatever your technology needs are there is someone or something in the @One that can help you.

This is News You Can Use with a guide to all things @One. EQUIPMENT

In the back of the @One floor to the right of the multimedia desk, is the equipment checkout room, where students and faculty can check out a wide variety of technical equipment. There

is everything from laptops to USBs. The extensive list of equipment available can be used either for a class or for leisure. Have you ever left home for class, just to realize your laptop is dead and you forgot your charger? You can check out MacBook charges or portable batteries. Do you want to document your weekend trip to San Francisco? Rent a DSLR camera for the weekend. There is also a wide variety of lenses and camera accessories available for checkout, even a director’s slate.

Because of the highly technical nature of some pieces of equipment that are rented, training may be required before checkout. The knowledgeable staff in the @One can get you up-to-date with the basics of the equipment and will go over the guidelines for rentals and their return.

STUDY SPACE Not only is the @One a great place to get all of your online homework completed, there are a variety of rooms available to reserve. Along with a few meeting conference rooms, there are sound studio rooms, and a fullyequipped 4k room available to students and staff. The 4k room is one of the most popular in the @One. It is divided into 3 stations: Graphic Design, Color Correction, and 3D Camtasia. Tutorials are available online and staff in the @ One are available to help as well. There is also the P3 room, a fully-equipped space where student scan practice presentations. Rooms can be reserved online and must be entered by 4:00 p.m. the day before the room is required, or before 4:00 p.m. on Friday if the room is required on a weekend day or on Monday.

PRINTING Want to renovate your dorm room or really impress your professors with a killer project at a low cost? The @One offers much more than the ordinary black and white and color printing. Specialty projects like posters and photography prints can be developed in the @One. The price varies on the size/finish of the project, but the @One even provides templates and examples of the work that can be done. So before you go out and buy an expensive poster, consider designing and printing your own!

REMOTE SERVICES From any online computer, you can launch software applications hosted on the university’s Remote Services server. You can use your own computer or

InNEVation center opens community podcast studio

easily access the server from the computers in the @One. There are a variety of programs offered to all students, as well as specialty software programs for students in specific areas of study like engineering

MULTIMEDIA Not only can you check out a variety of equipment, there is a vast collection of movies, CDs, images and videos available to check out or use from the multimedia center. They offer the complete BBC Shakespeare plays, over 4,000 compact discs strong in classical, jazz, and opera, and more than 5,000 DVDs and thousands of online streaming videos. The multimedia desk also offers access to image databases available for use in school projects.

Design by Nicole Skarlatos

DYNAMIC MEDIA LAB The Dynamic Media Lab in the @One is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and provides software, hardware, and expert assistance to complete media projects. From video and audio editing to DVD authoring, animation and graphics creation, Flash authoring, and digital still photography. Technology can be complicated, so give yourself a leg up and utilize the experts! If you don’t have time to stop in during operating hours, browse through the tutorials online with access to Emily Fisher can be reached at efisher@ and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.


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In this Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, the InNEVation undergoes final rennovations. A new community podcasting studio opened inside the center on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

By Kevin Bass The Nevada InNEVation Center opened a new community podcasting studio on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The new space is designed to be used by students and members of the Reno community. Vanessa Vancour, a professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism, was the one who first brought up the idea about a year ago. “We have so many supportive people like Rose [Catron] and the Dean [Al Stavitsky] that made it so easy,” Vancour said. Rose Catron, the operations manager for the InNEVation Center, welcomed the expansion. “I had members that had been asking about a podcast booth, so it seemed like a really good fit, I was excited about it,” Catron said. “Startups actually naturally use podcasts already as a way to communicate about whatever it is they’re excited about.” The InNEVation center already hosts several local business startups and engineers, but Vancour hopes to see it grow in more multidisciplinary areas. She looks forward to potential podcasting classes being taught by students or faculty members, so community members can work with the university. She also says she looks forward to students being able to use it as a sort of off-campus office. Rather than meet interview subjects on campus where there are distractions, this can give students a unique space to work. “My dream is that students will feel comfortable in the space, I know a lot of students have never even set foot in the building,” Vancour said.

The downtown facility, which was opened in September of 2015, is about two miles from campus on the corner of Liberty and Sinclair Street. The podcasting studio is free for university students, faculty and InNEVation Center members, and can be reserved online at innevation. The studio was paid for in part with funds left over from an Online News Association grant that was used to launch Noticiero Movil, a bilingual news outlet from the Reynolds School. According to Luke Sorensen, IT coordinator for the Reynolds School, the equipment cost about $2,000. Sorensen said the biggest hurdle from an IT standpoint was the noise from the nearby rooms and elevator. Directly outside the studio is a large makerspace with several loud 3D printers, and mere feet from the elevator. Despite the room not being soundproof, Sorensen was able to cancel out the background noise with software that essentially removes anything not spoken directly into the microphone. The software allows podcasters to be recorded clearly even with the elevator and 3D printers running in the background. The studio is on the bottom floor, and includes five microphones, a desktop, and a soundboard and condenser. It even features a whiteboard to storyboard podcast ideas before recording. The studio is open from eight to five Monday through Friday, and from twelve to five on Saturdays. Kevin Bass can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.


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STREET VIBRATIONS: a vehicle for good

DATE: Thursday TIME: 6:00 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU Theatre INFO: Movies are not

something to be quantified, but this movie has 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, so yeah. We are living in the Golden Age of superhero movies. Admission to students is FREE. Complimentary beverages and snacks will be provided. This movie is also being shown Thursday at 9 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

WEEZER DATE: Thursday TIME: 8:00 p.m. LOCATION: Grand Sierra


INFO: This is by far the best

concert in Reno all week. Whether you’re a bubbly “Blue Album” type or a brooding “Pinkerton” type, this show will be a blast. Even their new singles “Feels Like Summer,” Mexican Fender” and “Beach Boys” are all bangers. Doors open at 7 p.m. Reno natives Bluff Caller will open. Tickets are going for $45-$55.

SNAFU CON DATE: Friday TIME: 11 a.m. LOCATION: Nugget Casino

Resort INFO: SNAFU stands for

Sierra Nevada Anime Fans Unite. If you are a fan of anime, hentai panels, brony panels, cosplay masquerades and erotic Twinkie contests, then this place is for you. It takes place at the the Nugget in Sparks. Did you know Reno is so close to hell that you can see Sparks? Get it?

NEVADA VS. HAWAII TAILGATE DATE: Saturday TIME: 4:30 p.m. LOCATION: Gateway Plaza INFO: The Rainbow

Warriors (yes, I confirmed that’s their actual name) drove all their way from Hawaii to get their butts kicked. Before that, check out UNR’s Fitness Tailgate. Activities include a fitness obstacle course, face painting, hamster ball run, surfboard inflatable, spike ball, corn hole, kan jam, giant jenga and giant chess. This event is FREE for students.

THE SHINS DATE: Saturday TIME: 10 a.m. LOCATION: Gateway Plaza INFO: This is by far the

best concert in Reno all week. The Shins’ albums earlier this year “Heartworms” is full of bops James Mercer has the voice of an angel and don’t you deny it. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Synthpop indie rock group Day Wave will open. Tickets cost $25-$60. Joey Thyne can be reached and on Twitter @joey_thyne

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Five motorcycles stand outside the Silver Legacy casino in downtown Reno. Street Vibrations’ fall ralley took place Sept. 27-Oct. 1 throughout Virginia Street.

By Joey Thyne From Sept. 27-Oct. 1, Reno hosted its fall 2017 Street Vibrations, celebrating motorcycles, motorcycle culture, generally loud noises and toxic masculinity. Vendors and live music peppered Virginia Street and all throughout downtown. Vendors included leather jackets, leather chaps, sassy rhinestoned hats, palm readers, wellness bracelets, “glutenfree” nail application and wine slushies. Cover bands played rock hits from the 70s and 80s. Despite murmurs of a neo-Nazi group titled the “Branded Few” gallivanting around and overall stereotypes of bikers being lethally violent, everyone seemed nice for the most part. People traveled from all over the country to see the attraction, including a number of doctors and lawyers who support biker culture. This comes as no surprise, especially considering the price of an average Har-

ley Davidson. And outside the copious amounts of leather, certain vendors actively sought to promote the greater good. Rodney Jensen advocated his Bikers Assistance Group charity, a nationallyrecognized nonprofit, for his seventh year. Patrons could buy raffle tickets for the chance to win a car in order to raise money. “When a biker gets injured and needs help paying their bills, that’s what the money raised goes for,” Jensen said. At the time of Street Vibrations, Jensen had 55 injured bikers for whom he was raising money. Typically, Bikers Assistance Group raises approximately $4,000-$5,000 at Street Vibrations. The charity began when Jensen himself was injured on a motorcycle. In 2001, a texting driver going 65 mph hit Jensen at a red light. It took five years for him to walk again. The driver did not have a license and the car

she drove was registered under a different name. After an arduous lawsuit with the insurance company, portions of the settlement were put toward starting the charity. “Save a life, don’t text and drive,” Jensen said. “Texting and driving is just becoming a very bad thing. It’s injuring a lot of young people. A lot of the younger generation is getting killed due to texting and driving. It’s pretty bad.” Sue Neander advocated Christian Motorcyclists Association. She’s come to Street Vibrations for decades, doing outreach and sharing gospel bracelets. “You don’t have to be a motorcyclist to be a member, but you do have to believe in Christ as the son of God,” Neander said. “Christ died for your sins. It’s through him that you get to spend eternity with God in heaven. The kind of motorcycle someone drives doesn’t matter.” Neander does not drive a motorcycle but has dubbed herself an “official pas-

senger.” When asked about dubious attendees who think Christian motorcyclist is an oxymoron, she said, “They’ve seen the images from the old movies. They forget there are believers who have motorcycles.” Even though some vendors proudly displayed wallets with Confederate flags and there were shops open which people could stroll in and purchase guns, objects and symbols over which people tend to get worked up, at its core, Street Vibrations spreads positivity. Regardless of its content, it remains testament to people’s ability to coexist harmoniously without metal detectors or overt security. The weather was beautiful; the sun was shining all weekend. It marked the end of September. Some simpler minds appreciate this as the actual end of summer, a transition into a cooler and darker time. Joey Thyne can be reached at jthyne@ or on twitter @

Crime drama and greek tragedy reunite in “American Made” By Will Keys The cinematic union of the Greek tragedy and the epic crime drama remains, somewhere between the automobile and Penicillin, one of the best inventions the 20th century ever gave us. The original “Scarface” from 1932 became the first significant foray into the cross-genre, creating the template that directors like Brian De Palma would improve upon and Martin Scorcese would perfect. It’s been 27 years since Scorcese’s “Goodfellas” set the standard for the tragic crime epic, but its influence still shapes the film landscape. Case in point: “American Made.” Director Doug Liman’s “American Made” chronicles Trans-World Atlantic pilot Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) as he plays both sides in the Reagan-era South American affairs of the 1980’s. It’s essentially the old sitcom trope where the main character ends up with two dates to the prom, except the dates are the CIA and the Medellín Cartel — and instead of dancing, Seal is flying cocaine from Colombia across the U.S. border. There’s no denying “American Made” pays homage to the breakneck-paced Scorsese epics, but it’s done skillfully by Liman, who’s succeeded in genres ranging from buddy comedies like “Swingers” to action thrillers like “The Bourne Identity” and “Edge of Tomorrow” (another Cruise vehicle). The movie moves quickly

and eclipses its predecessors in terms of sheer speed, covering an eight-year span in a brisk 117 minutes without sacrificing any key details or characterization. You’re shown why Seal makes the decisions he makes, why he occasionally puts his family in a tough spot and why the meteoric rise becomes a precipitous drop. Plenty of the work fell on Tom Cruise’s shoulders, and he didn’t disappoint. His bizarre personal life has often distracted from a stellar career, but it’s worth noting that he’s been carrying movies for over three decades. After his “Risky Business” coming-out party in 1983, Cruise has made dramatic and unexpected turns ever since, highlighted by movies like “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Magnolia,” and “Eyes Wide Shut” where he’s had the most screen time and been asked to carry the emotional burden. The Barry Seal character doesn’t necessarily challenge Cruise in ways we haven’t seen before, but he embodies the paranoia, opportunism, and occasional arrogance of a real guy that played a crucial role in an era of international affairs that has been largely forgotten. It’s not just Cruise, either. The rest of the cast answers the call and makes the movie multi-dimensional rather than just a lead-actor showcase. Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson provides a mysterious element as the dodgy CIA agent that recruits Seal and somehow always

knows just when to make an appearance. Beyond Gleeson, Sarah Wright plays Seal’s wife, Lucy. In these kinds of movies, the wives tend to serve as a sort of connection to reality and reflection of the audience experience. When her husband drags her into his mixed-up situation, she’s reluctant, just like we are, wanting to know how things will be sorted out. When things go excessively well, she buys in as much as we do, despite knowing perfectly well that what comes up must come down. As expected, the comedown serves as the inevitable result of the corners cut, the shady alliances christened, and the wrong people crossed. “American Made” reminds us that, as fun as it looks (let’s face it, organized crime is probably a blast), Barry Seal’s life is one to be examined, but not admired. The worst fate for Scorcese’s anti-heroes is a mundane life, one where they’re reduced to mediocrity. But the essence of “American Made” is that Barry Seal has circumstance imposed upon his relatively mundane life. His flaws as a regular person are amplified in his transition to irregularity, and that’s what makes the story so universal, catapulting “American Made” into the ranks of the best crime tragedies in recent memory. Will Keys can be reached at or on twitter @willkeys6

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Macklemore: Fun for the whole family! By Joey Thyne One fateful night in 2014, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “The Heist” won the Grammy for best rap album over Drake, Kanye West, Jay-Z and, most importantly, Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. However, Macklemore texted Lamar saying sorry (a screenshot of which he shamelessly posted on Instagram) so I guess it’s cool. This could be blamed on the Grammys being out of touch and/or racist. Regardless, it showed that Macklemore is meant to be appreciated as a serious artist. Since then, he’s released the clunkily-titled snoozefest “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made,” donated his haircut to Peter Cvjetanovic and parted ways with his partner/producer Ryan Lewis, the only thing that made his music vaguely interesting. In Lewis’s absence, Macklemore compensates for his fear of loneliness by having a feature on every single track except one on his new album “Gemini” which spans 16 songs for some godforsaken reason. All of “Gemini” screams pandering to tweens (do people still say that?). He has a song called “Willy Wonka” with Offset (one of the Migos who isn’t Quavo) for crying out loud. And Willy Wonka he is, with a factory full of sugary sweet songs and sickly saccharine sentiments. Macklemore is the type of benign rapper you can play with your mom in her Nissan Pathfinder as she drives you to lacrosse practice. Everything about Macklemore is appropriative, not only of black culture but religion (see, “Church”), nostalgia (see, “Good Old Days”) and other hip hop music as well. Several songs this year have utilized the flute in magnificent and spellbinding ways: “Mask Off” by Future, “Tunnel Vision” by Kodak Black, “Portland”

by Drake, “Get Right Witcha” by Migos and, very recently, “Liger” by Carnage & Young Thug. It’s undeniable: 2017 marks the year of the flute renaissance. Then comes Macklemore. Bereft of subtlety or self-awareness, “Gemini” features a song called “How to Play the Flute” with a lame flute loop over a GarageBand trap beat. Flutes are no longer cool. Flute renaissance cancelled. Say what you want about Lil’ Yachty, but he’s certainly had an influence on hip hop. Artists like DRAM, Kyle and now Macklemore with “Marmalade” have all taken his trappy-golucky sound. At least he gets to feature on most of his imposters’ songs. You go Yachty. Before anyone cries reverse racism (whatever that could possibly mean), let it be known that I believe that Eminem is in the top-three all-time lyrical wordsmiths and El-P is one of my favorite artists. I do not dislike Macklemore because he is white; I dislike him because he makes bad music. In all fairness, “Ten Million” and “Corner Store” are fun jams. However, for the most part, Macklemore thinks if he raps over a generic chord progression on piano it will

Album Review ‘GEMINI’ Release Date: Sept. 22 Genre: Rap

automatically sound profound and emotional. As an astrology major and a total Aries, I know that some of the strengths of geminis are that they are thoughtful and quick-witted. This does not come through on the album. However, geminis are also known to be inconsistent. This does come through on the album. What follows is a collection of lines Macklemore, a 34-yearold man, recorded and was ok with releasing to the world: he raps on “Intentions,” “I wanna be a feminist, but I’m still watchin’ porno/I wanna eat healthy, but I’ma eat this DiGiorno’s”; he raps on “Over It,” “Momma said we need counseling/But I can’t reason with a terrorist/Oh, this is embarrassing/You ain’t Cinderella, ain’t no pumpkin turning into f---in’ carriages”; he raps on “Zara,” “Late night, hit the city/And we go out to Target/ Like why we go to Target?/This electric wheelchair’s poppin’”; he raps on “Firebreather,” “Got a Guns N’ Roses T-shirt, and never listened to the band/Just being honest, I just thought that s--- looked cool.” “Gemini” is an album by an artist lacking any tribulation or inspiration or real musical talent. Macklemore is the personification of a Jimmy Fallon monologue: a blank slate, dead-eyed and preening. On the song “Intentions,” Dan Caplen sings “All my good intentions just ain’t good enough, can’t find the love.” It’s true, Macklemore isn’t hurting anyone. He just wants to make pleasant, harmless music. Maybe I’m still bitter about Kendrick’s Grammy snub after all these years, but the music does not connect with me in any sort of compelling way. Joey Thyne can be reached at and on twitter at @joey_thyne




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hortly after 10 p.m. last night, the final concert of the Route 91 Harvest Festival was interrupted by the sounds of gunfire. A man, positioned on the 32nd floor of the adjacent Mandalay Bay hotel and casino, began firing indiscriminately into the crowd of 22,000 people. The news came slowly at first, then all at once. First it was two people dead, dozens injured. The news reported that for hours. But, some of us have family in law enforcement that were providing us more up-to-date information, and we knew it was worse. The shooting was so

close to home, we knew the news better than the news did. We’ve seen this sort of violence many times before, but for once, we knew the faces in the photos on the news. It was the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, and it left at least 59 dead and more than 500 wounded. Mass shootings are not uncommon, not by a longshot. An analysis by the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, which collects media, police and government reports on gun violence nationwide, found 273 mass shooting incidents this year alone. But, you never think it could happen

to you or your loved ones until it does. We learned that the hard way on Sunday. A man named Stephen Paddock shot a machine gun into a crowd in Las Vegas for reasons unknown to us at this time. Questions and assumptions went up on Twitter and television almost immediately. Where did he buy the gun? Did he buy it legally? Is he a lone wolf or terrorist? Is he Muslim or Christian? These questions are irrelevant to us, at least for the moment. We sat in front of the TV for hours. It’s probably the most we’ve ever watched the news since 9/11. We checked our phones every minute, hoping for only

positive notifications, hoping our friends marked themselves safe on Facebook. We watched the videos we could find hoping to not see anyone we recognized. Meanwhile, Alex Jones was preparing his fresh conspiracy theories. Hillary Clinton was preparing her gun silencer tweets. Bill O’Reilly couldn’t wait until the bodies were cleared to call the massacre Americans’ “price for freedom.” We shouldn’t have to sort through opinions from politicians and pundits on Twitter to find out if our friends and loved ones are safe. Gun policy is important, and eventu-

ally Las Vegans will be at the forefront of the debate. But right now, we need to mourn, take stock of this chaos and show gratitude to all the people who risked their lives and literally gave their blood to help those in need. Why does this insane gun violence keep happening? There are plenty of arguments and debates to be had, and our newspaper will be right in the middle of them. But not right now. The Editorial Board can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

Clinton's "What Happened": Sorting through the "fake" facts insightful, brash, sad


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ere’s what you may have heard about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new book What Happened: it’s just finger pointing, it’s a popularity stunt to benefit her in the next election, it’s a bunch of lame excuses, it’s a rant from a sore loser, etc. It may be a little bit of all of these things. But, it’s also a personal account of the loser (who was Ryan supposed to win Suppe from the beginning) of the Soup of the most impactful Day election in decades. That’s what piqued my interest the most. What Happened is a fantastic read. It’s quick (unless you fact check everything she says), and it’s easy (unless you were especially traumatized by that momentous, fateful day last November). This book is interesting for two main reasons: Hillary Clinton had a lot of shit thrown at her in 2016, and she took it until she was too stinky for many people to trust her. She didn’t defend herself very often. But now, she vents, and it’s exhilarating. She airs her grievances — with Bernie Sanders and the media. She does some finger pointing — at James Comey and Vladimir Putin. She defends her campaign team, her policies based on data and not emotions and her emails. She apologizes to all the people who she let down by losing. She tells us all the zingers she would’ve used if her team didn’t urge her not to fight back.

She mourns, she consoles and she says everything is going to be okay in the end. The last part is probably what a lot of us needed to hear. Clinton wrote this book because the election shocked a lot of people and divided a lot of people. She wants to remind everyone that she would’ve made, not only a better president than the current one, but a very good President – and the first woman one at that. She wants her supporters to know that she is just as disappointed as we are. She seems just as exasperated and confused as the rest of us. This is a bit comforting and a bit concerning. If she doesn’t know how we ended up with Trump, who does? What Happened is less about what actually happened during the 2016 presidential election and more about what she wishes would have happened. She doesn’t reveal much that we didn’t already know or assume, but it’s nice hearing it from her. She concedes that she was often duped and she wished she could have said more. She wishes she would’ve fought back when she was treated unfairly, when everything she said or did was met with skepticism. She should’ve spoken out when Comey said the State Department’s handling of classified information was irresponsible before having all the facts and after already declaring there was no illegal activity. She should’ve turned around and called Trump a creep when he was lurking behind her during the second, town hall style debate. She should’ve fought back against the media who skewed her words and made scandals

out of silliness. She says, “Throughout the 2016 campaign, I watched how lies insinuate themselves into people’s brains if hammered long enough. Fact checking is powerless to stop it.” She should’ve pressed harder on Bernie Sanders when he claimed to have grand progressive ideas without any practical policies. “It’s easy to ridicule ideas that ‘fit on a bumper sticker,’ but there’s a reason campaigns use bumper stickers: they work,” she writes. She should’ve been the first woman president for a nation that desperately needs one. Her tone, at times, is unabashedly mean (dare I say nasty? I daren’t). Her recounting of unpleasant events, like Trump’s inauguration, and encounters with adversaries, like confronting Congressman Ryan Zinke who had called her the antichrist, reads like the Internet blog of someone who really doesn’t like the people they work with but can’t vent about their frustrations. She definitely seems to be writing for a younger audience. One could say she’s only writing for the type of people who supported her in the election. That’s problematic if she really wants to change the minds of Trump supporters in the future. She doesn’t speak their language. Through parts of the book, she even talks down to Republicans and Trump supporters, making them sound obviously and foolishly mistaken in their beliefs. In large part she attributes her loss to “a historic wave of angry, tribal populism sweeping the world.” This may be true, but this language seems just as divisive as Trump’s emotive beratement of the left during the campaign and today. This won’t solve problems.

No matter which candidate you voted for, this book provides fascinating insight on the election. I doubt Trump will ever write something so personal. I think that might be a reason Clinton decided to write the Book – to provide some real insight. While the campaign was full of constant dishonesty, this book seeks to be an honest retelling of Clinton’s thoughts and perspectives. And, you can choose to not believe everything she says, or view the entire book as a sort of political stunt (possibly written by a ghostwriter), but you have to give Clinton points for trying to be transparent. I don’t foresee Trump writing any sort of memoir because he’d probably prefer to keep his campaign strategies, manipulations and personal feelings in the dark. However, I would very much like to read that memoir, not so much for the personal revelation, but more so for the entertainment of reading something he actually wrote down. I imagine his memoir in James Joyce’s style with a Simpsons Treehouse of Horror vision and substance. Clinton’s What Happened is full of sadness, regret, animosity for the people who wronged her, but also hope for the future. All I can hope for these days is someone that tells it straight and says something positive for once. This book is an honest attempt at that. I hope everyone takes the time to read it. I give it a one star out of one star rating, a thumbs up, a favorable review. Ryan Suppe studies philosophy. He can be reached at rsuppe@ and on Twitter @salsuppe

isinformation seems to be ever ywhere. The White House has been putting out false claims about the effectiveness and extent of the federal government response in Puerto Rico. Misrepresentations have been made by Cabinet Seth members Bell about their need to fly on noncommercial jets. Also, there are now many reports that fake news was widely spread by the Russians through Facebook and Twitter. Then on a personal level, there is a former classmate of mine who continuously told me there is no global warming taking place and that President Franklin Roosevelt was a witch. My classmate also claimed that using colloidal silver could cure cancer. When I asked him to show me some information or facts that supported his statements, he would provide some Internet articles which said exactly what he had stated. Yet interestingly, the articles had no data, science or any other “real” facts. The writing on colloidal silver just looked phony, and what it said about curing cancer did not sound believable. Additionally, the reality is the National Institutes of Health and other health care sources state that the product can cause irreversible and damaging physical effects, including the possibility of causing a user’s skin to permanently turn bluish-gray. In the current political and cultural environment, there are many people who – like my classmate – simply repeat their beliefs, claims or opinions as the truth. Examples are endless. They include that President Obama was born in Kenya, that the southern U.S. Border is being overrun by some very bad people (including rapists) that Mexico is sending and that President Trump’s inaugural ceremony had the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration. None of these statements, claims or opinions, is true, and there are no “real” facts that support them. In fact, they can be proven to be false. Just like the misinformation discussed above and the North Korean account that the Korean War was the result of an invasion of the North by the U.S. and South Korea. However, the people who present these incorrect and false facts continue to repeat them as if they become true from repetition. Also, with the Internet, Blogs, news programs that are created to look legitimate, and self-publication, something can be offered to support almost any claim of fact or news. It is very good to be a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, where false myths, fake news, false nar-

ratives, alternative information, and purposely biased information can be examined through fact-checking, debate, and de-construction. In addition, studies and research can be done, and science can be used to determine whether claims are accurate. Students can and have the ability to ask the right questions, demand real facts and data, and be skeptical and question what they are told to believe until convinced of the truth of statements and claims. It is worth mentioning that some of the myths, narratives, and alternativeinformation facts that are presented as news seem to rise to the level of propaganda. On this point, recently Republican governors created a “news” site that critics have labeled as propaganda. Then there is what is suspiciously called the “Real News Update”, which is an online news program published by Donald Trump's presidential campaign. This so-called news has also been described as "propaganda". While touring the National World War II museum last year, I took notes from an exhibit on propaganda. One of the pieces said that propaganda is “biased information designed to shape public opinion and behavior”, and that it “uses truths, half-truths, or lies”, “omits information selectively”, “simplifies complex issues or ideas”, “plays on emotions”, “advertises a cause”, “attacks opponents”, and “targets desired audiences”. It certainly sounds like fake news and alternative, manipulated information without real facts. When my former classmate would share his “beliefs” and “opinions” with me, and the articles he claimed were supportive, I would tell him that anyone can make things up and hold an opinion about anything. I also told him that anyone can write an article or paper on any topic, produce false news, or provide fabricated facts and misinformation. The Internet, radio, and some TV programming are filled with such things. It might be that Facebook and Twitter are also used to transmit false news stories. Those who like or agree with the fake information can and do forward it on, use it as support for their opinions, and the alternative version of the “real” facts get circulated. But real facts cannot be changed. The meaning of the facts can be debated, but not the truth of the facts. Those facts have been subjected to inquiry, analysis, science, and research. There is objective proof of their accuracy. While people can try to misuse or “spin” those facts, or selectively provide alternative facts, the proven, correct “real” facts lead to and tell the truth. Seth Bell studies political science. He can be reached at rsuppe@sagebrush. and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

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Young stars shine during tennis Cal Invitational

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Claudia Herrero winds back before she makes contact with the tennis ball. Herrero is one of three seniors that leads the team.

By Brandon Cruz Nevada’s Women’s Tennis team traveled to Berkley, CA this past weekend to partake in the Cal Invitational Tournament. Pack freshman Melissa Huchet highlighted the Wolf Pack’s impressive weekend, defeating Santa Clara’s Nadine DelCarmen in the finals to win the ITA White Singles bracket. Day one of the Cal Invitational saw three members of the Wolf Pack go undefeated in their singles brackets. Senior Claudia Herrero took control of the Blue Singles Bracket after defeating Anna Sokiran in three sets. Herrero lost her first set 3-6, but quickly rallied to take the next two. Herrero then took on Kareena Manji from Saint Mary’s, finishing that match off in just two sets. Along with Herrero’s unwavering performance, freshmen Anastaysha Gorbacheva and Melissa Huchet also put up similar performances advancing the three to the quarterfinals in their singles brackets. Even with Nevada sweeping their singles bracket, the team’s doubles portion of day one didn’t

go according to plan. The only doubles pair to continue on to the next round was that comprised of Blaga Delic and Lili Fekete. The duo defeated Cal Poly’s Abigail Bacharach and Grace Olyphant. On day two Nevada’s singles competitors flourished once again. Both Gorbacheva and Huchet advanced to the semifinals in their singles brackets. In Gorbacheva’s first collegiate tournament, she went beyond expectations. Gorbacheva won her second round through retirement and Huchet was unstoppable in her match against Sacramento State’s Caro Chemyatski. On the doubles side of the invitational, day two did not fare well for Delic and Fekete. The pair was able to take their first match of the day against Amber DelRosario and Sarina Chhabra from the University of San Francisco but lost to another San Francisco team 8-4 shortly after. Gorbacheva also performed in the blue doubles consolation bracket, where her and teammate Marta Ruedas defeated the BYU team made up of Madeline Almeida and Samantha

Smith. During the final day of singles play Huchet solidified her undefeated streak, defeating Santa Clara’s DelCarmen in just two sets. With Huchet’s impressive performance in the books she was honored with the accolade of student-athlete of the week. Gorbacheva won the blue doubles consolation bracket with Ruedas. Gorbacheva made it all the way to the semifinals for the Gold Singles bracket until she lost to Fresno State’s Juliane Triebe. However, Nevada did win out in round robin singles action as Delic won in two sets against Sac State’s Valeria Garcia. Ruedas got a win against Cal’s own Audrey Mayer and Maria Tatarnikova rounded off the Nevada wins with a victory over Amber Del Rosario from USF. Herrero heads to Pacific Palisades to partake in the ITA Women’s All-American Championship. Brandon Cruz can be reached @ and online @SagebrushSports.

Nevada Basketball begins preseason practices By Javier Hernandez

The Nevada basketball team officially began their pre-season practices this past Friday. Heading into the season, the Wolf Pack are the defending regular season and conference tournament champions of the Mountain West Conference. Over the next six weeks, the Wolf Pack plans to continue to build upon the progress that they have built over the summer. Over the offseason, the Wolf Pack continued their traditional Tahoe conditioning runs, went on a team trip to Costa Rica, and upped their mile test run to two miles. With this extra preparation, Nevada hopes it will translate to success in defending their conference titles and once again return to the NCAA Tournament. While the Wolf Pack lost some key contributors this past offseason in Cameron Oliver, D.J. Fenner and Marcus Marshall, they still return some key players to the fold, headlined by Jordan Caroline. “I think we’ve done a really good job of being healthy when we have to be healthy,” head coach Eric Musselman said. “Just kind of had some freak injuries. We’d rather have them now than later but it’s our job to manage and get our guys ready for opening day in some way shape or form.” Caroline, who is currently recovering from an ankle injury but should be ready come the beginning of the season, made note that this version of the team is one of the most competitive since he has been here. “I think we have a lot of competitive people,” Musselman said. “We don’t have any players who take off from practice or go half speed and you can feel it. It’s been a whole summer whether it’s running a mile, we’ve added a two-mile run. Everything that this group does, they do it at a high level. They’re the best talking team that we’ve had as far as communication on the court and they push each other.I think that’s really really good which is why we’re kinda banged up on day one of practices probably because of how hard they’ve played in practice.” Coach Eric Musselman, who has been constantly recruiting high-quality transfers to add to his program, is excited to incorporate sit-out transfers from last season to this year. That group, who is comprised of Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, Kendall Stephens, and Hallice Cooke look to bring immediate impact to the team. This is a more versatile group all-around,” Caroline said. “It helps a lot because you can switch one to five and you’re going to be okay. They’re all really good, honestly, the incoming class.” One of the points of emphasis this past offseason was to build a strong schedule to help build their resume come Selection Sunday. The Mountain West has been a one-bid conference the past three years. In the event that the Wolf Pack does not win the Mountain West Conference Tournament, they wanted to build a strong enough resume so that they can be considered for an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. The four games that stand out from their out of

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Forward Jordan Caroline (24) hangs off the rim in celebration after slamming down a huge dunk in Nevada’s game against Pacific at Lawlor Events Center on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Caroline had nine points and 10 rebounds in Nevada’s 77-67 win.

conference slate are the home game against fellow 2017 NCAA Tournament team Rhode Island and their neutral site game at the Staples Center against TCU who won the National Invitational Tournament. We’re more than ecstatic,” Musselman said. “We’ve got some really really good games and then when you look at our schedule and we were just looking at it just now because we were just doing our travel, it’s like an NBA schedule. We hardly have any off-days. It’s like some weeks we play three, four games with very little prep time and that’s going to affect us because our prep has been really important to us. But with all the games sandwiched and having two extra games, two more games than most people, it’s going to put some pressure on us in quick turnarounds but it’ll help us in the conference tournament, understanding how quickly you have to respond after one game and not having a lot of time to prepare.” The Wolf Pack will return to action on Oct. 14, for their second annual “Arch Madness” event next to the downtown Reno Arch. They will also host a game at the Virginia Street Gym, the home court of the Women’s Volleyball team. The game will be an exhibition match against Dominican University. “We wanted our guys to experience something different, a different gym, a different environment, a different background as far as shooting, change in a different locker room because that’s what’s gonna happen in the regular season and it’s good,” Musselman said. “We’re having two exhibition games so our fans can see us twice and I think when that exhibition game is over, we hope that our people walk out and say ‘Wow, that was a neat environment.” Javier Hernandez can be reached and online @SagebrushSports.

Volleyball drops two games By Javier Hernandez The Nevada Volleyball team returned to action this past week in their second week of conference play. After posting back-to-back wins in the previous week, the Wolf Pack struggled to carry over the momentum into this past week. Last Thursday, Nevada traveled to Fresno, California to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs. Heading into the matchup the Bulldogs lost their first two Mountain West Conference games against Boise State and Utah State. After their match-up with the Bulldogs, they continued the road trip to San Diego as they faced the San Diego State Aztecs. Like the Bulldogs, the Aztecs also lost to Utah State and Boise State but also lost against San Jose State before their matchup with the Wolf Pack. Below is a game-by-game recap of the past week. Vs. Fresno State The Nevada Wolf Pack Volleyball team had about a week’s layoff to prepare for their game against Fresno State. Given the extra time to prepare, however, the Wolf Pack was unable to get the victory as they lost a competitive match in four sets. In the first set, the two teams went back and forth as they were tied midway through the set at 15 apiece. The Wolf Pack used a balanced attack as they had Ayla Fresenius, Peighton De Von, and Gabby Szachara all contributed kills in the early going of the match. Towards the latter part of the set, the Bulldogs were able to get slight separation as Taylor Slover and Lauren Torres made their presence known, as they provided some timely defensive stops and kills to close out the first set winning 25-20. In the following set, the Wolf Pack fell behind early as they were able to go on an 8-1 run to give themselves some separation early on. However, Nevada was able to mount an early comeback as sloppy play by Fresno State and solid defense by Nevada’s front line allowed for them to storm back into the set. The Wolf Pack never really closed the gap and lingered around five points until later on in the set, Slover took over and had multiple kills to help extend their lead. In the third set, the two teams went back and forth once again up until the tenth point wherein Nevada ran off a furious 7-1 run to extend their lead to 17-11. Critical kills by freshman Kayla Afoa helped spark that early run.

Towards the latter part of the set, Nevada’s Sam Hayward hit critical back-to-back kills to help cushion a lead that secured them the set. In the final set, Fresno State was able to take and sustain the lead throughout the set as they went on to take the set and the match. The Wolf Pack’s top performer of the night was Afoa who contributed 13.5 of the Wolf Pack’s 56 total points. Her statline is comprised of 11 kills, two assists, one service ace, two blocks, and seven digs. Fresenius almost matced Afoa’s output as she contributed 12.5 total points. On the night, she had 10 kills and one service ace. Vs. San Diego State In the second game of the road trip, the Wolf Pack lost to the San Diego State Aztecs in straight sets. The Bulldogs got ahead to a 7-1 lead early in the set. Wolf Pack coach Lee Nelson was forced to call a timeout to help settle down the team. Nevada tried to battle back later on in the set but they were unable to turn the tide as they lost 25-19 in the first set. The second set was more competitive as the two teams battled and had the score tied five times. The game was tied at ten apiece. However, the Aztecs used a 5-1 lead to gain a little bit of separation in the middle part of the set to take a 15-11 lead. Later on, they ran off another run, this time a 6-2 run to help give them a six point lead at 21-15. With this lead, the Aztecs were able to pull away later in the set to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Nevada never really bounced back in the game as they fell behind in the third set as well and lost the set, 25-16. The Wolf Pack’s Fresenius was the top performer on the night as she posted a statline of 11 kills, eight digs, and accounted for the 12 of the team’s 36 points on the day. Hayward also had a solid night as she had seven kills and two digs, contributing eight total points. Following this week’s games, Nevada’s record falls to 4-12 and their Mountain West Conference record falls to 2-2. Nevada’s next opportunity to play will be at home on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. as they will take on New Mexico. Javier Hernandez can be reached and online @SagebrushSports.



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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT By Henry Travland WOMEN’S SOCCER The Pack fought hard in their Mountain West home opener against the Air Force academy in a 2-1 loss. Rachel Gensch scored her third goal of the season to tie it up at one a piece in the second half. Freshman Lauryn Horstdaniel set a career high 11 saves for the Wolf Pack but it wasn’t enough to contain the Falcons in overtime. Next Sunday, Nevada takes on conference foe Colorado State to get their first conference win.

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SWIM AND DIVE The Pack swim team is looking to defend their Mountain West title. Sataturday they dominated against San Diego State and UC Davis for their season opener, winning nine out of their 10 matches. The freestyles for Nevada sealed the deal as experienced upperclassmen Jr. Jamie Reynolds and Sr. Jaeger Turner put away the Aggies and the Aztecs. The Pack also thrived in the backstroke as well, winning each race by five seconds. Nevada dives down to central California on Friday for the Fresno State Invite. Henry Travland can be reached at and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

GAME PREDICTIONS #17 Louisville V.S. #24 NC State Both teams come into this highly touted ACC matchup with a 4-1 record. NC State has slowly cracked their way into the Top 25 rankings, and are looking to propel that momentum into the top half of the ACC. Louisville’s only slip up was to #2 Clemson a few weeks ago, but that hasn’t slowed down Lamar Jackson’s passing attack. The Cards out of Louisville will get by against NC State for this Thursday night.

SCORE PREDICTION: #17 Louisville - 31 #24 NC State- 24 #8 TCU V.S. #23 West Virginia A midday matchup for these Big XII schools will be a high scoring frenzy. Big XII teams usually possess big time offenses. West Virginia’s Will Grier has already passed for shy of 1,300 yards in four games. TCU’s Kenny Hill has just under 1,000 yards for the year as well. Both defenses however have been sloppy at times this season. With the high powered offenses on both teams, expect TCU to squeak by in this Saturday shootout.

SCORE PREDICTION: #8 TCU- 55 #24 West Virginia- 49 #11 Washington State V.S. Oregon Washington State is coming off arguably their biggest win in program history as they took #5 USC in the Palouse last Friday. Wazzu is looking to adjust to Oregon as they play up in Eugene. Autzen Stadium is never an easy place to play so expect this game to be closer than most would say. Luke Falk will however hit 2,000 yards passing for the season and lead his team to a 6-0 start after Saturday night.

SCORE PREDICTION: #11 Washington State- 38 Oregon- 33 Henry Travland can be reached at and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

By Darion Strugs Nevada lost 41-21 to Fresno State in its first Mountain West conference matchup of the season. The loss puts the the Wolf Pack’s record at 0-5, the worst start to a season since 1964. It has been over 300 days since Nevada’s last win in football, which came against arch-rival UNLV on Nov. 26 of last year. Ty Gangi started for the Wolf Pack again after losing his job to true freshman Kaymen Cureton for the previous two games. Gangi had a nice return to the starting role throwing for 253 yards and two touchdowns, but his three interceptions proved costly for Nevada one of which

being returned for a touchdown by Fresno State’s Jaron Bryant. Nevada wideout Wyatt Demps had his best game of the season with 10 catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. True freshman McLane Mannix also had a nice showing with six catches for 68 yards. Other than that, the Nevada offense had a terrible showing with only 63 rushing yards. Blake Wright got the Wolf Pack’s lone touchdown on the ground with 23 seconds left in the game to make the deficit look less embarrassing. Running back Jaxson Kincaide returned to the field this week after missing last week’s games against Washington State. He finished the

game with five carries for 14 yards and five receptions for 21 yards. Brendan O’Leary-Orange also returned from injury and caught three passes in the game. The Pack also learned this past week that receiver and Washington State transfer Kaleb Fossum will miss the rest of the season. Fossum, who dislocated his knee in the season opener at Northwestern, is expected to have surgery on his knee in the near future. One thing the Wolf Pack may have gained this week though is the end of it’s quarterback carousel. Prized Alabama transfer David Cornwell announced he was leaving the team last Sunday night after making his debut last week against Wash-

ington State. This leaves little doubt that the starting job is Ty Gangi’s and that the backup is Kaymen Cureton, according to head coach Jay Norvell. The defense for Nevada was not much better. Aside from the Sewell cousins each recovering a fumble and an interception from junior defensive back Vosean Crumbie the defense was atrocious. The defense gave up a total of 504 yards. Fresno State receiver KeeSean Johnson had a field day as he caught three touchdowns racking up 104 yards in the process. One positive Jay Norvell and the Wolf Pack can take away is that they did outscore the Bulldogs from the one minute to go mark in the first half scoring

21 points to Fresno State’s 10 points in the final 31 minutes of play. Nevada’s next football game will take place Saturday, Oct. 7, at Mackay Stadium, where the Wolf Pack will take on the University of Hawaii at 7:30 p.m. Hawaii —who is 2-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play— is attempting to avoid a three game skid while the Wolf Pack seeks its first win of the season. Nevada needs a win to keep the hopes of a bowl game appearance alive if they have any hopes of breaking even this season. Darion Strugs can be reached @ and

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Defensive back EJ Muhammad covers an offensive player in the Wolf Pack’s game against Idaho State on Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017. The Wolf Pack are looking for their first win against Hawaii.

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