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WOMEN IN POWER
NEWS in REVIEW By Karolina Rivas
INTERNATIONAL THOUSANDS RALLY IN SPAIN AGAINST INDEPENDENCE
NEVADA MEANS “COVERED IN SNOW”
When Nevada is translated into Spanish it means “covered in snow,” and the state received the name based off the Sierra Nevada mountains that are shared with California. Sierra Nevada translated to Spanish means “mountains covered in snow”—despite the fact that there is a large amount of desert in Nevada.
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ElectHer program encourages women to run for leadership positions at universities Designed by Nicole Skarlatos
By Madeline Purdue In the 2017 Associated Students of the University of Nevada election, seven women ran for positions in the Senate—opposed to the 25 men that ran. Out of those seven, six were elected, leaving the other seats to 16 men. According to the speaker of the ASUN Senate, Hannah Jackson, this is
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not representative of the university’s population. “Specifically, on our campus, the newest statistic has shown that our campus is actually 53 percent women, and if our student government isn’t representative of our student population, then that’s problematic,” Jackson said. That’s why she partnered up with ASUN
Chief of Staff, Carissa Bradley and the Center for Student Engagement to bring ElectHer to the university on Saturday, Nov. 18. ElectHer is a program put on by an organization called Running Start based in Washington, D.C. that aims to train women how to run for office on college campuses across the country.
RSJ hosts panel on public media
The South Lake Tahoe City Council is considering the ban of styrofoam products. The idea of the polystyrene ban was presented by city staff at a council meeting last week. Items ranged from banning polystyrene takeout food containers to restricting grocery stores from selling egg cartons. According to the RGJ, the council asked the staff to return with more research on how local business might be affected. The League to Save Lake Tahoe have expressed their support of the ban. “This year alone we hosted 17 organized cleanup efforts and just with polystyrene, which is expanded foam, we found 2,000 pieces,” said Marilee Movius, community engagement manager for the League. However, senior director of State Affairs for American Chemistry Council, Tim Shestek, expressed his disapproval of the ban. “This ordinance falsely assumes that banning one type of food packaging material will result in a reduction in litter; overlooks many environmental benefits...(and) incorrectly assumes biodegradable or compostable alternatives have a lower footprint.”
By Cassidy Leslie Celebrating Nevada Day is more than celebrating the statehood of the Battle Born State. It’s about acknowledging the past, present and future of the state. Oct. 31 is the recognized birthday of Nevada; however, starting in 2000, Nevada Day began to be celebrated on the last Friday of October. The annual grand celebration of the Battle Born State wasn’t recorded until 1873, nine years after the state was originally recognized as a state. In honor of Nevada day here are six did you know facts about the Silver State to celebrate the past, present and future.
On Sunday, anti-independence protesters took to the streets of Barcelona to express disapproval of Catalonia’s effort to secede from Spain. Officials reported that over 300,00 people were in attendance. The protest comes after the Catalan Parliament voted to declare unilateral independence on Friday. Protesters marched through Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia shopping strip wearing red and yellow apparel and waving flags that said “Juntos” with a heart the colors of the Spanish flag. CNN reports that some protesters were chanting for the imprisonment of the ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who began the movement for independence. On Saturday, Puigdemont made a statement again urging independence, “without violence, insults, in a very inclusive way.”
On Sunday, the National Hurricane Center reported in an advisory that the center of storm Philippe was moving north-northwest at a speed of 46 mph. Winds reached a maximum of 60 mph and veered off the coast and into the Atlantic. The NHC classified the storm as “remnants of Philippe” and on Saturday, heavy rains caused the National Weather Service in Miami to expand a flood watch in several parts of South Florida, according to CBS Miami. CNN reports that the Northeast continues to struggle with power outages, traffic delays, swollen rivers and downed trees that damaged roads. More than 1.1 million power customers were still without electricity in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. On Monday, remnants of Philippe made its way into Canada but CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen says that conditions will improve due to the low-pressure system drifts.
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By Ryan Suppe A panel of media scholars and the chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting board of directors commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 on Thursday, Oct. 26 in the Wells Fargo Auditorium with a discussion of the past, current and future role of public media in the United States. The Reynolds School of Journalism, in partnership with KNPB Public Broadcasting and KUNR Reno Public Radio, hosted the panel discussion called the Jim Joyce Symposium on Political Communication. Panelists included Reynolds School Associate Dean and Professor Dr. Donica Mensing, Lori Gilbert, chair of the CPB Board of Directors; Dr. Robert K. Avery, Professor Emeritus of Communication at the University of Utah; and Dr. Michael Huntsberger, Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. Panelists paid tribute to the Public Broadcasting Act and spoke fondly of a wide range of public media outlets it helped create, like the Public Broadcasting Service, National Public Radio and numerous other community and state media. In her opening remarks,
Mensing acknowledged that public trust of the media is at a low point today and that public media has been targeted and threatened by politicians and skeptical public opinion. “You can always think of democracy as an experiment,” Mensing said. “But, the experiment that we’re running right now is what happens when you decrease the amount of trusted, edited information in news, and you increase the amount of unverified rumors, speculation, propaganda and deliberate misinformation.” All four of the panelists addressed the issue of unverified news and pointed to public media as a reliable source of information. Gilbert advocated for the positive role public media plays in communities around the country and Dr. Avery reminded listeners of the history of public media and gave a historical account of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. President Lyndon B. Johnson, a former teacher, signed the Public Broadcasting Act into law on Nov. 7, 1967. Dr. Avery said it took “unbridled idealism” and
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“Research has shown said they were inspired that women who run for to bring the program to student body elections in campus after data from college are more likely to the 2017 election showed run for office as adults,” so few women running says the ElectHer website. for positions. “The training addresses “This has been a the disparity between national issue, but also the high percentage of an issue on our campus women in colleges and of not having very many universities and their low women run for office and percentage in student governments.” See ELECT HER page A2 Jackson and Bradley
According to 50states.com, there were 205,726 slot machines in Nevada in 1999— that’s one slot machine for every 10 residents. As of 2016, there are about 167,690 slot machines and other gaming devices. The year 2000 was the highest amount of slot machines Nevada ever saw with 213,800 as recorded by Statista.
PERSHING COUNTY FEATURES ONE OF TWO ROUND COURTHOUSES NATIONWIDE
Up until 1960, Pershing County, which contains Lovelock, Nevada, was the only county with a round courthouse. Bucks County in Pennsylvania was the second county to build a round courthouse.
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Police Services apologizes for officer’s Kaepernick costume By Karolina Rivas On Sunday, Oct. 29, a photo was circulated on social media of a university police officer dressed as a caricature of Colin Kaepernick. The costume included a red shirt resembling a 49ers jersey, painted beard, an afro wig, fake nose and a sign that reads, “Will stand for food.” The Nevada Sagebrush anonymously received another picture Monday that shows the officer, Antonio Gutierrez, posing with an individual dressed as President Donald Trump giving the middle finger to “Kaepernick.” Police Chief Adam Garcia released a statement on Sunday apologizing for the original picture of Gutierrez, though he did not name the football player in his apology. “Members of our profession are held to a higher standard and denigrating another—on or off duty—is insensitive for its lack of respect and lack of understanding on how others may negatively view their actions and may be impacted,” Garcia said. This photo comes about a month after graduate student Kevin McReynolds was told by a different university police officer “I’m just going to shoot him if this goes
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UNR police officer Antonio Gutierrez (right) poses with an individual dressed as President Donald Trump, giving him the middle finger. University Police Services has apologized for the officer’s costume.
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Nevada marijuana sales surge after legalization By Karolina Rivas
Marijuana sales in Nevada continue to increase in the months since legalizing the substance. Around 44 dispensaries across Nevada were licensed to sell recreational weed starting July 1. Since then, Nevada has greatly surpassed other states in sales.
The RGJ reported that in July, dispensaries sold about $27.1 million worth of pot. These numbers were almost seven times of what Washington sold and around double of what Colorado and Oregon sold individually in their first few months of legalizing cannabis According to the Nevada Department of Taxation, Nevada Marijuana sales have rocketed past expectations. In August,
about $32.4 million was made in sales, which is $13 million more than what the state expected. Jordan Geary worked at Blum, a dispensary in Midtown, this past summer and was slightly surprised that Nevada, one of the smaller states to legalize recreational pot, outsold other states. “I’m not surprised that it’s become very popular and caught on,” Geary said.
“It may be surprising that it surpassed other states, but I didn’t think that the Nevada populous would be as kind of weed culture as much as Colorado or Washington.” According to News 4, since Nevada is a reciprocity state, anyone from out of the state is allowed to purchase weed as long as they are over 21. Thus, local dispensary owners credit the vast growth in
sales to Nevada’s tourism industry. In an interview with News 4, a representative from MYNT Cannabis in Reno, Stacy Castillo, said the holiday season is a great help in attracting consumers to the dispensaries. “A lot of it plays into the tourist
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also be elected into office, so we wanted to find a way to kind of address that and we think this is program is a really great fit,” Jackson said. The afternoon-long program will feature different training workshops, such as how to campaign and writing elevator speeches. The event will also host a panel of local, female leaders—including Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, Assemblywomen Jill Tolles and Teresa BenitezThompson, state Sen. Julia Ratti and more. Amy Koeckes, Associate Director of Student Engagement Outreach at the Center for Student Engagement, believes that the current political climate could be the reason women are not running for leadership positions. “Perhaps the lack of women running is a reflection of the national political landscape. The
United States experienced a woman running for the presidency in 2016 but has not yet experienced a woman in the White House,” Koeckes wrote in a blog post. “We can make a difference in helping women feel more confident in seeking help and encouragement from others about running for office.” They want to show that women are capable of being leaders in clubs, organizations, government and even ASUN president. They hope this program will give women the tools, resources and support network they need to run for leadership positions. “I think that a lot of the time, we see women are the most willing to argue at the table and I definitely like to see that,” Bradley said. “That’s one of my favorite parts of Senate, is the discourse and disagreeing, and I think that once you’re at that table, you’re 10 times more likely to speak up. That doesn’t go within this ASUN bubble, that
Continued from page A1 sideways because f--- that.” during a traffic stop on Sept. 24. McReynolds released a statement last week calling for the University of Nevada, Reno to prioritize diversity. Garcia expressed that he has heard from community members that they felt unsafe and that he understands their concerns. “Behavior such as this magnifies unsafe feelings and lack of trust in police, especially when that individual is responsible for the safety of all members of the University, regardless of color, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion,” Garcia said. There was no mention of any disciplinary action for the officer or a mention of his name. ASUN’s Department of Diversity will be holding a discussion at the Blind Onion in the Joe Crowley Student Union on Nov. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with University Police Services. Members of the university community are welcome to come and ask questions related to these incidents. Read Adam Garcia’s full statement below: For those who have seen the Halloween costume of one of our officers apparently mocking a citizen who has chosen
to take advantage of his constitutional right to protest, I offer my sincere apologies. Members of our profession are held to a higher standard and denigrating another - on or off duty - is insensitive for its lack of respect and lack of understanding on how others may negatively view their actions and may be impacted. I have heard from many members of our community over the past few weeks that they feel unsafe on campus because of our current social and political climate. Behavior such as this magnifies unsafe feelings and lack of trust in police, especially when that individual is responsible for the safety of all members of the University, regardless of color, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion. At a time when officers should be heightened in their attentiveness to perception by our community, this act seems extremely out of touch with those sentiments and reflects poorly on all of us. To regain the trust of our students, and in particular those of color, will be a challenge and will be a priority through continued education, training and conversation. - Adam Garcia, Assistant Vice President & Director, Police Services, University of Nevada, Reno Karolina Rivas can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.
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goes past this campus, past this community, even past Reno.” However, the program is gender inclusive and anyone can apply. They are looking to target freshmen through juniors who might have an interest in being leaders. “If you’ve ever had any kind of inkling or interest in taking a leadership position, we really want you to come apply and register for the program,” Jackson said. Jackson and Bradley hope this is the start of a broader support network for women leaders. They want to continue to have networking events, training and possibly a speaker series to expand the support of women as part of a ripple effect. “We ran, it’s doable, and we want to show women it’s a doable thing,” Bradley said. “We really want women to feel like they have a place and they have a voice on this campus.” The 2017 election was not an anomaly when it
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comes to the number of women running for office. Since ASUN was founded in 1898, only six women have been president—the last one being Sarah Ragsdale in 2007. According to ASUN election data, in the last seven years, just over 35 percent of ASUN elected positions were held by women. In 2013, 13 of the 26 candidates running for Senate were women, and 11 were elected. That number has declined since, with 2017 being the lowest turnout for women who ran. In offices beyond the university campus, women are also a minority. In Congress, women take up less than 20 percent of the seats, with 21 percent of the seats in the U.S. Senate being held by women and 19 percent in the House of Representatives. In Nevada, the numbers trend a bit higher than nationwide. Overall, just under 40 percent of Nevada state legislators and half of the state’s congressional delegation
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industry here,” Castillo said. “We have a lot of people coming in from out of town to just partake in the many events we have. It kind of fell right into events season for us and I think that was a big part of why we did so well.” In Nevada, recreational marijuana is split into two taxes, a 15 percent wholesale tax, and a 10 percent retail sales tax. The Nevada Department of Taxation released figures that indicated that in August, the retail tax produced about $3.35 million, while the wholesale tax brought in approximately $1.51 million. According to the Washington Times, the $4.86 million made in recreational marijuana taxes is nearly a million dollars more than the revenue made during the first month of sales.
are women. Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto holds one of Nevada’s two senate seats, and women hold two of four House seats—Dina Titus and Jacky Rosen, both Democrats from Las Vegas. “With this encouragement, I believe that more women will run for office, increasing their odds of being elected into student government,” Koeckes wrote in her blog. “I think if we increase the odds of women seen in elected positions in college we will see the national political landscape change as these women will take their experience on-campus out onto the local, state, and national political scene.” Anyone interested can apply for the ElectHer program at https://asun.wufoo.com/forms/elect-her/. For more information, visit http://www.nevadaasun. com/elect-her/. Madeline Purdue can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @madelinepurdue. The RGJ reports that Gov. Brian Sandoval believes that between the medical and recreational marijuana industry, Nevada could pull in approximately $100 million over the next two fiscal years from both taxes and fees. In an interview with the Las Vegas ReviewJournal, CEO of the Source dispensary, Andrew Jolley, claimed that his store averaged from 700 to 900 customers a day. These numbers are approximately three to four times as many customers as he received when he only sold medical marijuana. “We’ve been very happy with the sales,” Jolley said. “This is a very turbulent industry, and it’s very difficult to predict anything. It was hard to know exactly what to expect.” Karolina Rivas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @ karolinarrivas.
Continued from page A1 “skillful political maneuvering” to pass the act. Its purpose was to provide federal funding to broadcast television for educational purposes and to create a new institution: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. While Gilbert and Dr. Avery gave listeners perspective on the history and present role of public media, Dr. Huntsberger spoke about the future of public media. “At this moment, faith in institutions of all kinds is lagging, not just in the U.S., but around the world,” Dr. Hunstberger said. “We have reached that point in human culture, described decades ago by Michel Foucault when we understand that all communication Jacob Solis/Nevada Sagebrush is to one degree or anLori Gilbert speaks on politics in public Media during a panel discussion on October 26 inside other propaganda.” the Mathewson -IGT Knowledge Center. Gilbert, an Elko native, is the chair of the board of direcDr. Huntsberger said tors for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
that public media are responsible for reversing this trend because commercial media will always be “selling something.” “What’s needed are transformative initiatives to cultivate awareness of the nature and effects of mass communication,” he said. “To help audiences separate fact from opinion, truth from falsity and good from evil. That kind of awareness can only be achieved through public media because the existential purpose of commercial media are inherently propagandistic.” Symposium panelists contributed to an article in the November issue of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media, available in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. Ryan Suppe can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.
SENATE RECAP OCT. 25 By Madeline Purdue
PUBLIC COMMENT SURVEY SHOWS UNR GRADUATES STAY IN NEVADA According to the Nevada Career Studio, 73 percent of Nevada undergraduates from the class of 2016 stayed to work or go to graduate school in Nevada. Mary T. Calhoun from the Nevada Career Studio presented a survey given to the graduating class of 2016. The survey results were from the 55 percent of the graduating class that answered the questions, and it showed 86 percent stayed in the greater Reno area. Calhoun encouraged all graduating students to take the survey to show the success of the university. The survey opens a month before graduation and closes a year after.
REPORTS DIRECTOR OF EVENT PROGRAMMING APOLOGIZES Mia Kinel, Director of Event Programming for ASUN, was censured by the Senate last week for using funds not approved for events such as Biggest Little Festival and Shaun King. According to the Statutes of the Associated Students, Kinel must write an apology letter, which is printed in full below: To the Students of the University of Nevada, I am writing this letter in regards to the Nevada Revised Statute violations surrounding the Biggest Little Festival and Shaun King. As Director of the Event Programming Department, it is my responsibility to ensure that all Nevada Revised Statues are followed. I am taking full responsibility for the misunderstanding that transpired in regards to the violation of the unapproved funds. The funds for both the Biggest Little Festival and Shaun King have since been approved by my Department as of October 10, 2017. I have made the following changes in the Department structure to ensure that these violations do not occur this year, or in years to follow: 1. Implemented an officer transitioning program. 2. Mandated for each Programmer to create a Nevada Box file for every event they plan that entails the following: a. Budget Proposal, b. Event Proposal, c. Event planning timeline, d. Receipts, e. Correspondence, f. Debrief Notes. 3. Worked with Assistant Director of Budget and Finance, Kyle Feng, to ensure that all other Departments funds have been accounted for. I can assure you that I, as Director, and Kyle, as Assistant Director of Budget and Finance, have taken all necessary action to ensure that something like this never happens again. With Respect, Mia Kinel, Director of Event Programming
LEGISLATION VEGAS SHOOTING VICTIMS REMEMBERED The Senate passed a resolution to remember the shooting victims in Las Vegas. The resolution will be posted in the Center for Student Engagement and in the Pennington Student Achievement Center with a Nevada flag next to it. Madeline Purdue can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on twitter @madelinepurdue.
University police prioritize safety during Halloween By Benjamin Engel Halloween is coming up fast in Reno, and while the holiday is seen as a night of fun, safety is still a concern for University Police Services. “We look at Halloween from a standpoint of safety more so than crime,” says Todd Renwick, Assistant Director of Police Services at UNR. Student well-being is a top priority for Police Services on Halloween, but crime is still a factor concerning all levels of the university population. “There are [potential criminals] already in the perfect position to conceal their identity with a mask or a face paint,” Renwick said. Students are also afraid of this possibility. “I feel like it’s very easy to get mugged or robbed on Halloween because it’s very natural for people to be wearing costumes,” said Austin Daly, a freshman at UNR. Several factors, from parties and alcohol to drunk drivers, contribute to the holiday’s potential danger. “Halloween’s a moving target,” Renwick said. “The timing of it is right.”
Parties are one of the biggest potential risks around Halloween. University Police Services is most concerned with consumption above all other matters around Halloween. “We’re not dealing with little kids trick-or-treating. We have a demographic…going to parties,” Renwick said. Alcohol is normally present at the parties around campus, and with alcohol comes potential endangerment. “We’re gonna be out looking for it,” Renwick said. Events for Halloween have already occurred in Reno, including the Zombie Crawl on Saturday, Oct. 21. Reno police arrested 22 people—including three felony arrests—and cited nine businesses for serving alcohol to underage drinkers. The businesses were fined $500.Pedestrian safety is also a major concern on Halloween. According to a 2014 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian crash fatalities increased on average by 12.4 percent on Halloween night compared to the annual pedestrian crash fatalities percentage. Additionally, a 2012 study revealed
one in three pedestrians involved in a fatal crash had blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher, an illegal level for drivers in all States. “You’re not going to be able to stop people from going out,” said Amanda Rust, a resident adviser at the Nevada Living Learning Community. “The most we can do is tell them to be safe.” Campus police increase safety measures to make sure students are safe during the holiday. Extra patrols are issued through October. Campus Police also works alongside the Reno Police Department in order to ensure the highest level of safety possible. Additionally, other authority figures outside Campus Police are extensively trained to better the lives of UNR students. “It’s a matter of being on hyper-alert for residents,” Rust said. While Halloween has its potential risks, it’s still a night to have fun. “Go and enjoy Halloween, but be wise about it,” Renwick said. Benjamin Engel can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.
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Candy spread out on a table taken on Oct 31. 2008. University police will increase safety measures for the holiday.
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The .edu discounts to take advantage of By Emily Fisher The stereotype “broke college student” is everlasting, permeating our daily lives. It’s the butt of many jokes, students laughing at their lack of spending money or growing amounts of debt, silently crying inside, but we are not alone. Everyone knows, college is expensive. Luckily, universities try to help us, offering student deals and access to free or cheap services. One of the greatest secret presents universities across the nation give their students is a .edu email. Why? Well it’s not just great for looking professional, and keeping important school emails separate, but it opens the door to a lot of really awesome discounts. Now, student discounts aren’t limited to physical locations where you can flash that shiny student ID and save a few bucks. Official .edu emails brings our student status to all kinds of internet storefronts. You work hard, think of these discounts as your reward. This is News You Can Use with a guide to discounts with your student email.
HOW DO I GET ONE? First things first, if you don’t have an official UNR email, here’s how to get one. On both UNR’s main website, as well as in the MyNevada Dashboard, students can find a link to sign up for a student email. The @nevada. unr.edu email is run by Google Apps for Education and gives you access to not only the email but to Google Calendar, Drive, and Docs, all with unlimited storage.
Want to know the coolest part? Your student email will stay active… for life. The email service uses a different log-in system separate from your NetID, so that means no loss of data, documents or discounts after you graduate. If you’re a UNR student without an official student email, what are you waiting for? Here are some of the discounts you would be missing out on:
AMAZON Amazon is every student’s onestop-shop. It’s easy, quick, and has almost everything from textbook rentals to your favorite pencils, even groceries and toilet paper. Amazon must love students because they offer everyone with a .edu email a free sixmonth, Amazon Prime membership. That means free two-day shipping, access to Prime Video streaming, unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos and special student discounts. After the six months expire, Amazon offers students a full Prime membership for $49 a year, 50 percent off the standard price. The full Prime service gives students additional perks, including access to the Kindle library and a selection of free books.
MICROSOFT OFFICE PROGRAMS Even in the age of Google Docs, Slides, etc. Microsoft’s Office programs are still most students’ and businesses’ go-to software for text editing. A subscription to each of the software programs can be costly, but all students with an official uni-
versity affiliated email get access to Office365 and programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel for free. The best part? It’s not a trial! All you have to do is visit Microsoft’s website and enter your student email, where you will be prompted to complete the rest of the steps to download the free programs. Microsoft offers free software compatible with most computer operating systems, and in addition, they extend students a 10 percent discount on Windows products.
SPOTIFY/APPLE MUSIC Without music, college would surely be a lot more difficult. Most students use streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music to get their tunes fix, but ads and limited storage can be annoying, and paying for the service every month can add up! If you’re serious about your tunes though, streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music offer premium access to students for $4.99 per month instead of $9.99. This gives students the ability to jam out or study to their tunes uninterrupted, and also download their favorite songs to listen to without WiFi. The only catch, Spotify is smart, and only wants current students to take advantage of the deal. Using a special software Spotify checks to make sure you are a current student. The discount is active for 12 months after you apply, and Spotify checks your eligibility each academic year. So, if you’re a freshman, sign up now so you can take advantage of the deal
for all four years.
ADOBE PRODUCTS For students interested in graphic design, photography, videography or want to take advantage of any other programs Adobe offers, be sure to use your student email for a discounted price. For only $9.99 a month you can get access to both Photoshop and Lightroom, but if you’re a pro (or want to be) students can get access to the full Adobe Suite for only $19.99/month. That price may still sound high, but considering the normal price is $49.99/month, taking advantage of your student discount is a must. Remember, if you want to test out or learn the Adobe products before subscribing, head to the @One!
APPLE PRODUCTS Have you been dreaming of owning a new iPad or Mac laptop? The steep price for these popular products is usually enough to deter students from owning the tech device of their dreams. Your student email is here to help. Apple for Education offers special prices and financing for certain Apple products like MacBooks and iPads. Not only can current students take advantage, but their parents, as well as faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels can as well.
NEWS While a lot of students get their news off social media sites like Facebook, twitter and Snapchat,
many students may prefer a more traditional news source. The Washington Post offers students with a valid university email a free subscription, including alumni! After signing up with your email you can access unlimited articles and other content from all platforms. The New York Times is another publication helping out students, offering a special price of $1/week for unlimited access. That is $48 for a year of access, down from the normal $156/year.
UNIDAYS For those of you that love to get your online shopping on, you may have heard of a shop called ASOS. ASOS is the ultimate online shopping destination with over 50,000 branded and own-label product lines across womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewelry and beauty. When you sign up with your student email through ASOS’ student discount partner, Unidays, you get access to thousands of discounts including multiple brands ASOS carries, Topshop, Virgin Mobile, Uber and more. These are just a few of the many discounts you have access to right now with your student email. Happy spending Wolf Pack. Do you know of any more sweet student discounts offered online? Tell us your favorites @NevadaSagebrush! Emily Fisher can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.
History behind the Building: Mackay
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A statue of John Mackay as it stands on Monday, Oct. 30. Mackay is a namesake in Nevada, and he and his family have given resources to the university.
By Joey Lovato When students walk across the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, they are walking through the history of the state of Nevada itself. Many of the buildings on campus are tied to Nevada’s history. Most of them were named after someone important to the university or the state, but most people don’t even think about their namesakes. After enjoying a three-day weekend thanks to Nevada Day, it is fitting to explore the history of the Mackay Mines Building and the Mackay statue on campus—named after a man that helped put Nevada on the map. The Mackay name is plastered on several buildings on the University of Nevada, Reno, campus. After all, there is the Mackay Mines Building, the Mackay Science Building, and Mackay Stadium where UNR football plays every fall. However, only Mackay Mines is named after John Mackay. Mackay Science Building and Mackay Stadium are named after John’s son, Clarence Mackay, who had Mackay Mines named after his father and commissioned the Mackay statue in the quad in 1908, six years after his father’s death. Mackay Mines commemorates the life of John Mackay who became wealthy after being one of the four “Bonanza Kings.” The Bonanza Kings were a group of four Irishmen who struck silver in Nevada at the “big bonanza,” a large strip of silver found in the Comstock Lode. The famous Mackay statue, at the north end of
the quad, is best known as a place where students leave “tributes” every semester before finals. The statue commemorates John Mackay’s influence on the state of Nevada and was donated by his son. The statue was created by the artist Gutzon Borglum who was also the artist behind Mount Rushmore and other famous statues and monuments around the United States. After striking it rich in Nevada, Mackay went on to found the Commercial Cable Company and helped lay one of the first transatlantic cables, used for communication via Morse code over the sea. This forced the price of sending a message overseas down and made it more affordable for all Americans to communicate between continents. Mackay also helped form an orphanage in Virginia City in the late 1800s and donated much of his wealth to the Roman Catholic Church. His son would go on to help grow his father’s businesses and became one of the largest donors to UNR in the early 1900s. So next time there is a day off of school, make sure to thank Nevada and Mackay for helping put the state on the map. This is the second installment of History Behind the Building helping students better appreciate the history of the state and the namesake for one of the many buildings on UNR’s campus. Joey Lovato can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.
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pack n the events Things to watch out for this week By Joey Thyne
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Escape Room DATE: Tuesday TIME: 9 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU Fourth
Info: What’s spookier than feeling like you’re going to die? UNR is bringing back its Escape Room, just in time for Halloween. This time the themes are Extinction and World of Wizardry. This event is FREE for students.
Dialogue and a movie: The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks DATE: Wednesday
“I Put a Spell on You”
Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
11 “This is Halloween” Nightmare Before Christmas
TIME: 5:30 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU Movie
Theatre Info: UNR’s Research Integrity Office is hosting this movie viewing and subsequent discussion. Rosie Byrne and Oprah (Winfrey) star in this biographical HBO film. Complimentary snacks will be provided. Some classes may offer special credit for attending. Let’s be honest, we all need a little bump in our GPA this point in the semester.
Mexrrissey DATE: Thursday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: Cargo at
Whitney Peak Info: Mexrrissey is performing at Cargo for their Dio De Los Muertos show. Mexrrissey is the United States’ premiere Spanish Morrissey/Smiths cover band, incorporating Mariachi flare. They have come all the way from Mexico City. Tickets cost $20. La Santa Cecilia and Flor De Toloache will also perform.
3 “Ghostbusters” Ray Parker, Jr.
“A Nightmare On My Street” DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
“(Don’t Fear) the Reaper”
“People Are Strange”
Blue Oyster Cult
“Werewolf Bar Mitzvah”
13 “Somebody’s Watching Me” Rockwell
14 “Abracadabra” Steve Miller Band
15 “I Want Candy” Bow Wow Wow
wind river DATE: Thursday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU Movie Theatre Info: . This movie has 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. How about that. Coming from the same screenwriter as such masterpieces as “Sicario” and “Hell or High Water,” “Wind River” tells the story of an FBI agent (played by Elizabeth Olsen) who must solve a mystery on a frigid Native American reservation. This is also being shown Thursday night at 9 p.m. and Friday night at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
off beat music festival
DATE: Thursday TIME: 8: 30 p.m. LOCATION: All over Reno Info: The Off Beat Music
Festival is once again taking over Reno. All weekend, artists will perform at various venues throughout the city. Headliners include progressive metal band Consider the Source, dubstep DJ Big Chocolate and country band Hellbound Glory. Three-day general admission passes cost $49-$69 and single day tickets cost $30. Joey Thyne can be reached email@example.com and on Twitter @joey_thyne
Things get stranger in the Upside Down By Courtney Ackerman WARNING: Mild to severe spoilers ahead. Stranger Things’ second season brings us back into the Upside Down with a familiar storyline and unforgettable characters. The show is nine hours’ worth of hair-raising and teeth grinding excitement, filled with its classic ’80s nostalgia, a never-ending number of references, and much needed comedic relief in the most stressful situations. Chapter one immediately immerses us into the world of the ‘80s with Lucas Sinclair (played by Caleb McLaughlin), Will Byers (played by Noah Schnapp), Dustin Henderson (played by Gaten Matarazzo), and Mike Wheeler (played by Finn Wolfhard) all crowding around a video arcade game. As the boys are playing, Will starts experiencing the Upside Down again, thus becoming the foundation of the season’s plot. Mixed with Will’s multi-dimensional experiences, the show gradually introduces various connections between unsolved problems and subplots from its former season. The disappearance and death of Barb Holland (played by Shannon Purser) in season one comes full circle in season two, playing a primary role in the closing of the Hawkins Laboratory, the lab that did experiments on Stranger Things’ protagonist Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown). The reintroduction of Barb, however, feels more forced than necessary. Season one received backlash for its lack of concern of Ms. Holland’s mutilation. Nancy Wheeler (played by Natalia Dyer) was one of the few people concerned with her best friend’s disappearance. Season two, however, presents Barb as a more fundamental character than the writers meant for her to be, perhaps a response to the backlash season one received. The concern the characters feel for her implicates more forced than genuine grief. Despite the forced grief, Barb’s death fortunately fits in
with the rest of the Stranger Things plot, and the show gives her gruesome murder the closure it deserves. As well as Nancy’s growing concern for her friend, we see an expansion of development for the rest of the characters. Bonds, sometimes unlikely, formed between them, like when Hawkins police chief Jim Hopper (played by David Harbour) unveils a paternal side to his personhood when he takes the responsibility to look after Eleven. Jonathon Byers (played by Charlie Heaton) and Nancy become more than friends, and Steve Harrington (played by Joe Keery), season one’s villain, grows to be sweet and admired, developing an unexpected, but important, friendship with Dustin. To fill the spot for the show’s teenage villain is Billy Hargrove (played by Dacre Montgomery), an abusive, rage-filled older brother to Max Hargrove (played by Sadie Sink), and the foil for Steve’s nurturing character. Bob Newby (played by Sean Austin) is Joyce Byer’s (played by Winona Ryder) dorky significant other and meets a gruesome death he could have avoided had he not stopped running. The growth among the characters moves the story along, especially in places the story seems stuck. The show ends anticlimactically, with the Shadow Monster still existing in the Upside Down just as the season had started. It seems as if the show is afraid to move itself forward, away from the Upside Down. This alternate dimension is familiar, but it is starting to get stagnant. Fortunately, we can trust the main characters to move season three along despite the endless cycle Stranger Things seems to put itself in. Chapter 7 “The Lost Sister” is one of the most unique, exciting episodes in the season. The story deviates from Hawkins when Eleven travels to Chicago, Illinois to find her estranged sister, Kali/Eight (played by Linnea Berthelsen), who was also experimented on in the labs. The sister has illusionary ma-
nipulation powers, meaning she can force people’s minds to see something that isn’t there. Her powers are mind-boggling and depicted with effects so extremely detailed and intense, you forget you are watching a show on Netflix. As Eleven grows comfortable with her new “home” in Chicago, she gains a new sense of agency and personhood, sporting a classic punk look and starts referring to herself by her birth name, Jane. The evolution she experiences furthers her character development throughout the rest of the show, and we finally see more of who Jane/Eleven is. Chapter 7 also found a way to intertwine its storyline with that of Chapter 6, so to make sure Eleven’s trip to Chicago is not just a detour from the show’s central plot. Stranger Things, from the beginning to end, is spot on with its flashbacks and consistency of illustrating different events happening at the same time in one scene. The entirety of seasons two’s soundtrack is electrifying and thrilling, a combination of synthesizers and classic rock familiar in the decade’s era of science fiction and horror. The show also continuously throws bouts of ‘80s reminiscence in your face, from the four boys’ adorable Ghostbusters costumes and Max’s horrifying Mike Myers mask to the classic arcade games and Lucas’ He-Man action figure. Influences of Stephen King (“It,” “Needful Things,” “Firestarter” and many more), John Carpenter (“Halloween, The Thing”), and Steven Spielberg (anything extraterrestrial in Stranger Things) remain as evident and powerful as in the season prior. Stranger Things is not a perfect show. The writers tend to drag out storylines longer than needed and there is an unnecessary trio of love triangles; love triangles are an overused trope in the horror/sci-fi genre and rarely, if ever, end well. Often, because it is usually a man and woman and man situation, love triangles enforce toxic masculinity and sets the female in the middle up for fail-
ure; it is best for the writing to do away with it entirely. Season two is also forceful with heteronormativity and desperately lacks diverse representation (representation is important, friends). Stranger Things, however, is riveting. There are few shows that are as easy to sit nine hours through without a break, and few as anxiety-ridden and simultaneously hilarious with such an outstanding cast. It has successfully proven itself to be anything but a one-hit-wonder, now let’s hope it will allow itself to grow. Courtney Ackerman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on twitter @ joey_thyne.
TV Review ‘Stranger things 2’ Release Date: Oct. 27 Genre: Science Fiction
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PTA & DDL: A match made in movie heaven By Will Keys
Some duos are so perfect, so natural, so necessary, that there’s an almost magnetic force that pulls them together. Jordan and Pippen, Batman and Robin, Thelma and Louise, Manafort and Putin—the list goes on and on. 10 years ago, we were graced with one of the great pairings in movie history. 2007’s “There Will Be Blood” matched director Paul Thomas Anderson with actor Daniel Day-Lewis. The movie, propelled by oil, greed, and blasphemy, netted DayLewis the second of his record three Best Actor Oscars and Anderson a Best Director nomination. In the decade since, the two have combined to make just three movies, respectively. Last week, however, we were granted our first glimpse of the long-awaited follow-up, “Phantom Thread.” From what can be gleaned from the trailer, Day-Lewis plays fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock, one of the more celebrated dressmakers in 1950’s London, who has love suddenly interjected into an otherwise solitary life. Day-Lewis, whose range knows no boundaries, appears 180 degrees opposite from his Daniel Plainview character, a sociopathic profiteer, from “There Will Be Blood.” The dressmaker we see in Anderson’s new movie is reserved, humble and understated. But what is it that makes these two such a good match? Paul Thomas Anderson’s most beloved movies (“Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” “There Will Be Blood”) feature characters wrought with emotional tension that finally boils over in spectacular fashion. For instance, “Boogie Nights” provides a mosaic of unforgettable characters, all with their own separate arcs like Mark Wahlberg, whose cocaine addiction and sense of entitlement blow up in his face. Adam Sandler, in a perfectly-tailored performance in “Punch-
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Drunk Love,” explodes in nearly-hilarious but ultimately uncomfortable ways, like when he shatters a sliding glass door in the middle of a family party or dismantles the interior of a restaurant bathroom in the middle of a quiet date. These scenes serve as the lifeblood of Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies. As much as the dynamic camera work and the superb scores and soundtracks dress them up, their core is the human performances conjured up, typically from his lead actors. Day-Lewis is particularly adept at these roles. Beginning with his first Oscar-winning performance as Christy Brown, an Irish artist afflicted with cerebral palsy, Day-Lewis knows exactly how to show his character springing leaks. Whether it’s Brown banging his head on a table in frustration, Plainview using a bowling pin as a weapon or Abraham Lincoln pounding his fist and calling for unity, his characters have always had a believable and threedimensional arc that typically culminates explosively. Perhaps Anderson’s last two efforts, “The Master” and “Inherent Vice,” have alienated
audiences because he’s gotten away from those types of characters. Both movies have featured protagonists played by Joaquin Phoenix, a talented actor but left with parts that failed to resonate or relate. The return of Day-Lewis, in what will reportedly be his final acting role, brings along with it a certain prestige that no other actor working today could match. Even in his more reeledin performances, Day-Lewis spends most of his screen time building up to the inevitable boiling point, which nearly always comes (and if you don’t believe me, search Dan-Yell Day-Lewis on YouTube). So while much of Hollywood still lives off of the dreamiest of director-actor pairings like Scorsese and DiCaprio, Villeneuve and Gosling, and even Spielberg and Hanks, there’s just one more chance to see perhaps the duo most uniquely suited for one another. “Phantom Thread” opens in limited release Christmas Day and wide two weeks later. Will Keys can be reached at jthyne@sagebrush@ and on twitter @joey_thyne
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Tech giants need to be held accountable
t’s no secret by now that during the 2016 presidential election, hundreds and hundreds of ads, bought and paid for by Russia, were placed on Facebook. It is, in essence, a foreign power attempting to exert influence on our own democratic processes and if we’re to ensure the legitimacy of all high-profile elections moving forward, we need to do something to stop — or at least identify — these ads. These companies—Facebook, Twitter, Google—are obviously enormously powerful merely as companies engineered to turn a profit. But perhaps more importantly, these companies wield enormous social power. With a quick tuning of a faceless algorithm, it’s easy for Facebook or Google to make anyone think or feel a certain way, especially when it comes to issues that already divide us the most, which is to say especially when it comes to politics. Political ads are powerful things, as much so as voters are malleable. Often, especially in elections with less public interest, ads have the power to push results one way or the other, and assuming results dictate policy, have the power to influence outcomes for all of us. So why is it that television ads are strictly regulated, but internet ads, which can be micro-targeted down to the smallest demographic, are not, at least not in the same way? There needs to be transparency
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when it comes to political ads on social media. We cannot let the internet continue to be this wild west where lies can pass as truth without batting an eyelash. And what steps already have been taken by these companies, like Twitter and Facebook promising to disclose who paid for an ad, will likely not be enough. PACs and SuperPACs are already excellent tools for hiding the identities of rich and powerful donors, and in truth, they run anti to the spirit of campaign finance rules. These rules, though they can be complicated and often convoluted,
exist because Americans — on at least two occasions—have demanded a fair election system where the influence of money is not so powerful as the influence of the people. The success of such rules have varied over time, and none of them are perfect. But if we’re to believe in the ideal of any campaign finance rules, then we have to believe that now is the time to ensure that the internet is not subject to the propagandistic whims of nations that seek only to destabilize and to divide the U.S. And this is to say nothing of the debate over “fake news,” which can
still easily dominate or derail debates on social media with nothing more than lies dressed up in nice-looking website. And as consumers, we should be able to have other options, but in all honesty, there aren’t good alternatives to Facebook or Google, or at least not ones that are viable for some sort of mass switch. So for the time being, we must demand better. The editorial board can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.
It's time for a Nevada lottery system
his week, Mega Millions, one of the nation’s largest multi-state lottery games aside from Powerball, will increase their base ticket price to $2. With that increase, expect people from all across the country, including Nevadans, to rush to their closest lottery retailer in hopes of getting their hands on a jackpot worth over $350 million with greater frequency. In fact, these mega jackpots have already happened nine times since 2016. Higher jackpots caused by higher ticket prices will cause higher Patrick demand for lottery Hardin tickets, which means higher revenues in many states' coffers, but not Nevada. Nevada is now only one of six states without a state-run lottery. The only other states are Utah, Hawaii, Alaska, Alabama, and Mississippi. Wyoming, a sparsely populated state, was the
most recent to legalize a state lottery in 2013. Now, common wisdom says that Nevada’s lack of a lottery is due to pressures from the casino industry. A report by Boyd Gaming and Station Casinos published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal says that the state would experience a net loss of 216 jobs, primarily in the hospitality and tourism industry, if Nevada created a state lottery. However, states such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana have been able to have land based, non-tribal casinos and lotteries to coexist and flourish. There is no doubt that Nevada could join these states that enjoy the best of both gaming worlds. Giant jackpots totaling over $350 million are now becoming common when just 10 years ago jackpots of those sizes were treated as an anomaly. With jackpots growing to such sizes, it is evident that lotteries and casinos are no longer competing on the same field. There is no casino in the world that is willing to offer sums that large for tickets that cost $2. Heck, most casinos in Reno wouldn’t let you play
blackjack for anything less than $5. It is unwise and unfeasible for a company to offer these giant jackpots plus millions in lower-tier prizes, moreor-less consistently the way state-run lotteries have. The largest jackpot ever given away in a casino was only $39.7 million. The magnitude of lottery jackpots have shown that lotteries and casinos should not be seen as direct competitors in the gambling world. Over the past two decades, we have seen a stark difference between what casino gambling has become and what lottery gambling has become. Casino gambling has become a form of entertainment, much like a movie, bowling or concert. You go to gamble to have fun, partake in drinks, hang out with friends, listen to some music, and have a night out. It’s obtainable by the masses, everyone can enjoy one night out. On the other hand, lotteries have become a mean of fantasy, the gaming equivalent of Dungeons and Dragons: fun to play but very little chance of becoming reality. The past few years have proven that people are willing to pay $2 for a fantasy that the
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Lottery tickets for sale in Connecticut in 2016. Connecticut is one of 44 states with a state lottery system.
lottery provides of being financially secure to the point you can tell your boss every word in the dictionary, starting with F. Also, to further minimize any cannibalization lotteries would have on gaming revenues, Nevada could follow the lead of either North Dakota or Washington in how those states ran their successful lotteries. In North Dakota, only multi-state games like Powerball, Mega Millions, and Lucky for Life can be offered. This means that instant-win games like scratch cards, small potato games like Pick 3 or Fantasy 5, and Keno are prohibited. Or, Nevada could follow the path of Washington, which allows in-state games and scratchcards, but draw games can only be drawn once per day. This would allow for casinos to maintain their advantage of having frequent Keno drawings, for people who like a steady stream of drawings throughout the day. If Nevada were to legalize a lottery, the state could follow either of those models, or chart a middle path. Nevada would be served well with a lottery offering only draw games, both single and multi-state games, that are drawn at most once daily. It would keep people in the state to buy lottery tickets and pose little threat to the casinos for people who gamble and seek instant gratification. Nevada is losing out on a revenue stream that a great majority of the states have already tapped into. With casino gaming and lottery gaming diverting from each other in the past 20 years, casinos and other traditional gaming establishments should not fear any real competition from a 7-Eleven selling Powerball tickets. When the next billion dollar jackpot comes around, Nevadans should go across the street to buy their tickets, not go across the stateline. Opinions expressed in The Nevada Sagebrush are solely those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of The Sagebursh or of its staff. Patrick Hardin is a Noted Idiot. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush
“FAKE NEWS” IN REVIEW By Ryan Suppe and Joey Thyne
INTERNATIONAL THE DEVIL DRESSES AS DRUNKEN SORORITY GIRL FOR HALLOWEEN At his annual Halloween party, Satan chose the costume of an intoxicated coed. “I thought it would be interesting if I turned the tables,” Lucifer said. “Every year sorority sisters dress as me for Halloween. It’s mean. To dress up as someone is to dehumanize them, it turns them into a caricature. It really hurts my feelings.” Beelzebub wore a blonde wig, a crop top, high waisted jean shorts, Birkenstocks and too much glitter eye shadow. All night, he took pictures of himself and was heard saying things like “I literally can’t even” and referring to others as “bae.” This year was the first year George Michael attended Hell’s Halloween party. He dressed as “The Dude” from the Big Lebowski. “It was pretty fun,” the recently deceased artist said. “I played bobbing for apples. I ate some pigs in a blanket. You know, Hell gets a bad rep, but it’s really not that bad.” Satan really committed to the bit, spending the whole night drinking Red Bull Jägerbombs and Four Lokos and telling strangers in the bathroom how pretty they are. He was last seen on the floor next to the toilet, vomiting and crying.
NATIONAL NATION’S MOMS WORRY ABOUT POISON, NEEDLES AND GLUTEN IN TRICKOR-TREAT CANDY Moms across the nation are especially worried this Halloween about their children receiving poisonous, needle-lined and now non-glutenfree candy while trick-or-treating, considering recent worldwide trends in terrorism. Concerned mothers have obsessively done security screenings of candy sacks, rubbing them down checking for pins and needles, despite the facts that statistics show nobody has ever put needles or pins in candy. But this year, mothers have a new fear: non-gluten free candy being maliciously passed out to their children with sensitive stomachs. “There are some sick people out there,” said Janice Bowman, whose son Caleb is dressing as Batman (the new Ben Affleck version) and suffers from irritable bowel syndrome. “They’d like to give my son gluten. Why? Because they’re terrorists who have some sort of hatred for sensible diet restrictions.” Homeowner associations have set up temporary emergency call centers, and emergency gluten-consumption-bowel-rectification centers in their neighborhoods in case of an attack. At press time, Caleb reportedly ate a shit-ton of meat-lovers pizza at his friend Lorenzo's Halloween party and absolutely destroyed Lorenzo's parents’ bathroom.
LOCAL STUDENTS WORKING TO CIRCUMVENT FENCE BLOCKING JOE ROUNDABOUT Campus facilities services and students who get picked up at the roundabout in front of the Joe have had a long and tense relationship concerning whether students should be allowed to be picked up at the roundabout. Facilities services took the upper hand this week in a ballsy move to build a fence, blocking students from being picked up in that location. The issue has been a divisive one in recent years. ASUN President Teixeira campaigned on a “build the fence” platform. Some experts say he won the election thanks to his roundabout security policies. However, students who get picked up at the roundabout aren’t going to give up their rights that easily. One aeronautical engineering student, Devin Stanley, is planning to build a jetpack that will allow him to fly over the fence. Jasmine Wallace, a landscape architecture student, has a team working around the clock to build underground tunnels under the fence. At press time, students were seen walking around the fence. Campus Facilities Services could not be reached for comment. Ryan Suppe and Joey Thyne study astrology. They can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @salsuppe and @Joey_Thyne.
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Gurriel should have been suspended for World Series By Ryan Suppe During Friday night’s World Series game between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel hit a home run off Dodger pitcher Yu Darvish. Back in the dugout, Gurriel put his fingers to the corners of his eyes and pulled the skin to mock the appearance of Darvish, who is Japanese. The gesture was caught on camera, and Gurriel received a five-game suspension without pay. The punishment would
be appropriate if not for the fact that it won’t start until next season. Major League Baseball’s commissioner Rob Manfred dealt with a similar situation earlier this year when Matt Joyce of the Oakland A’s and Kevin Pillar of the Toronto Blue Jays were each suspended two games for using an anti-gay slur. Their punishment was enforced immediately. Why is the timing of each punishment different? Because World Series games are more important, apparently, and that calls for different rules.
Manfred decided to postpone Gurriel’s suspension due to the impact his absence would have on his team’s performance. He didn’t think it was fair for one player’s actions to affect the entire team playing in a World Series. "Obviously World Series games are different than regular-season games, and I used my best judgment as to where the appropriate disciplinary level fell,” Manfred said. “I understand that people may have different views. But it was my best judgment that this timing was appropriate."
The timing is not appropriate because the incident didn’t occur five months from now, it occurred during a World Series game on Friday night. The fact that the incident did occur during such an important game means the punishment should fit. It’s true that World Series games are far more important than regular season games. That can’t be argued. But, for me, the importance of the game means players should be held to a higher standard of behavior. Why? Because when the game is
important, there are a whole lot more people watching. There are a whole lot more kids watching. According to the Los Angeles Times, Sunday night’s game had almost 20 million viewers. On the same network, FS1, regular season games averaged just over half a million viewers in prime time, according to Forbes. And that doesn’t account for the millions of people who saw the racist gesture on the internet. Maybe the Astros wouldn’t have won on Sunday if Gurriel had been suspended. He did hit
a three-run home run in the fourth inning to tie the game. Maybe the Dodgers would be up 3-2 in the series. I think that’s a fair price to pay when your players act the way Gurriel did. Opinions expressed in The Nevada Sagebrush are solely those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of The Sagebursh or of its staff. Ryan Suppe studies philosophy. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @ salsuppe
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Former cyclones look to take Nevada by storm
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Darien Williams mean mugs the camera during Pack media day on Oct. 25, 2017. Darien Williams joins a host of pack players who will be playing their first regular season with the Pack during the ‘17-’18 campaign.
By Javier Hernandez Hallice Cooke and Darien Williams both signed their letters of intent to play for Iowa State to have an opportunity to play for head coach Fred Hoiberg. However, that opportunity never materialized as Hoiberg decided to leave the program to coach for the Chicago Bulls. After Hoiberg left for the NBA, Williams decided to follow the coaching staff that recruited him to St. Johns. On the other hand, Cooke played a season under Steve Prohm. While they ended up going up in different directions, today the two end up playing their final years of eligibility for Nevada under head coach Eric Musselman. Williams is a graduate transfer and looks to bring his versatility to the team. Upon the departure of first team All-MWC member Cameron Oliver, alongside returning senior Elijah Foster, Williams hopes to provide the Wolf Pack a much needed presence in
the interior. Through his first two preseason games, Williams has been a pleasant surprise for Musselman who was happy with the big man’s energy in the charity exhibition game against Grand Canyon University. The highlight of that game was Williams’ post baseline spin tomahawk slam, a move that brought the crowd to its feet. “Me shooting threes, being able to put it on the floor and being able to take it inside is where I can help the team,” Williams said. While outside expectations for the program are at an all-time high following the team’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in over a decade, Williams wants to take on challenges on a day by day approach. “At practice every day, we have to try and get better each time out,” Williams said. “It sounds kind of cliché but that’s what it is. If you get too ahead of yourself, then you’re going to suck. I was at back to back losing teams when I was at Saint John’s and you think,
‘Oh, we’re going to do this, we’re going to do that.’, then you’re not going to do it.” While Cooke did not see the floor last season, he may have experienced one of the most emotionally taxing year and a half for any student-athlete. Cooke, who has been a part of top notch programs throughout his basketball career, last played for an Iowa State team that went to the Sweet 16 wherein he averaged 2.6 ppg in 10.9 mpg. He left Iowa State to pursue a larger role on the court. Upon transferring to the Wolf Pack for the chance at more playing time, Cooke’s aspirations of being a steady contributor were derailed upon being medically disqualified before the season even started. He was diagnosed with a serious heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition that has caused the sudden deaths of multiple young athletes. Over the course of the season, Cooke had to visit multiple doctors for second and third opinions of the
Lombardi regular to Lawlor newcomer
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Ugo Amadi gives a straight face to the camera during Men’s basketball’s media day on Oct. 25 in Lawlor Events Center. Amadi walking helps add depth to an already stacked Nevada basketball team.
By Darion Strugs The Nevada Wolf Pack basketball team has a heap of fresh faces on this year’s squad. Among them is walk-on Ugo Amadi, a 21-year-old junior from Las Vegas, who has gone from dominating pick up games at Lombardi to playing for the Wolf Pack at Lawlor. Before walking onto the Nevada squad, Amadi was a standout guard for Nevada high school powerhouse Bishop Gorman. He played and practiced alongside the talents of former NBA draft picks Stephen Zimmerman and Shabazz Muhammad, Chase Jeter and Rosco Allen while at Bishop Gorman and mentioned how the competitiveness was comparable to that of the current Nevada basketball team, on and off court. Amadi said Gorman prepared him for the challenges faced academically and athletically. In high school his grade point average was never less than a 3.4, and in his tenure at Nevada has never had under a 3.0. Bishop Gorman created a culture that he felt prepared him best for the life of a student athlete at the collegiate level. When he gets his degree in kinesiology he plans on attending physical therapy school, moving onto a masters program and hopefully starting his own practice On the court, Amadi has been working to join the basketball
team since his freshman year at the University of Nevada, Reno. He got his reputation as one of Lombardi’s best by always being on the hardwood at the school’s former gym. “I would be there every single day to get my work done” he said. This was echoed by players on the team and workers and students who played against him over the last couple of school years. While he did not try out his freshman year, he was continuing to put in work at Lombardi, playing intramural basketball and working out for two years trying to earn his spot on the school’s senior team. When tryouts opened during the summer, Amadi made the best of his chance to make the team, although it was not a walk in the park. He said of the tryout process, “You don’t know what’s going to happen, you’ve got to work as much as you can.” Amadi also spoke of the constant uncertainty of being a walk on, saying he tries to take advantage of every opportunity given. Amadi has high team expectations for the upcoming season. He expects the team to build up camaraderie and chemistry on their way to a Mountain West title. “We’ve got a lot of great transfers and great players and I think that we can do something big this year.” Something as big as, in Amadi’s own words, advancing further in the NCAA tournament than last
year after a first round defeat to the hands of Iowa State. The team camaraderie already seems like it’s on the right track as Amadi and others have said there is a family atmosphere in the locker room. Team chemistry also seems to be advancing as the Pack have two exhibition wins under their belt. “I consider everybody on the team as my brother,” Amadi said. This can best be seen in the relationship he has with teammate Jordan Caroline. The two are frequently seen on and off the court together almost as if they are related by blood. Amadi remained team-oriented even when talking about his personal expectations for the season. “I want to help the team as much as I can, whatever way it may be; in the classroom on the court.” He does not care about playing time as he kept reiterating the importance of the team winning. “It is important to stay mentally ready and mentally strong,” he continued, for when an opportunity does come up for him to get playing time.
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initial diagnosis, often having to fly across the country to meet with heart specialists. Last December, after undergoing an exhaustive number of tests, Cooke was given the green light to return back to basketball, an opportunity that he hopes to maximize this upcoming season. He currently has a loop recorder embedded inside his chest that monitors his heart but he has been cleared to play without any restrictions. Throughout the process, Cooke has been grateful for the support that he received from his coaches and teammates. “My teammates from day one, they’ve always been positive, from the time that I was even going through anything, they were talking to me, keeping my vibes up, telling me everything’s gonna be okay,” Cooke said. “When I got the news, they took it pretty tough but they all came around me and gave me that family atmosphere that I needed. Once, I got the news that I could play again, ev-
erybody was happy for me and there’s guys that come up to me saying ‘I still can’t believe you get to play again.’ It’s surreal for not only myself but for my teammates as well.” Over the summer, while training to get back into basketball shape, Cooke suffered another tragic loss: the death of his closest supporter, his father Robert. The Cooke family had been dealing with the ongoing battle of Cooke’s mother’s breast cancer. Robert’s diagnosis came almost immediately after Cooke’s clearance to return to basketball. While his mother DeLayne was able to beat her breast cancer, Robert was unable to overcome his terminal lung cancer. “It all happened too fast,” Cooke said. “He was supposed to have a year to live and get to see me play again but he ended up passing away on June fourth. It was a tough time because he was my best friend. He put the ball in my hands. Basketball was something that we did together. It’s my dream and his dream as well.” Cooke and his father bonded through basketball. The elder Cooke lives his basketball dreams vicariously through his son. Following everything he has had to go through over the past year, according to Cooke, he is currently in the best shape of his life and looks to take advantage of every opportunity he has on the court. “Knowing that he’s watching me play again, I know that he’s pretty excited from where he’s at to see me back on the court doing what I love again,” Cooke said. “I just take everything he’s taught and run with it. Everything I’ve gone through has just helped speed up the maturation process for me growing up but it’s something that I’m happy that I went through because it shapes me to who I am as a person today. Just having the opportunity to play again coming back to full circle, is just crazy and sometimes it’s overwhelming but I come out here and I get into this little zen and I just get in the zone. I’m running, I’m talking, I’m the last in the gym because I love what I’m doing.” Javier Hernandez can be reached @bcruz. sagebrush.unr.edu and online @SagebrushSports.
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2017
TWINS' SUCCESS STEMS FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
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Caleb Martin (Left) and Cody Martin (Right) pose and grin for photos during Pack media day on Oct. 25 2017. The Martin twins will be playing their first season for Nevada since transferring a year ago from NC State.
By Brandon Cruz The dust settled after Nevada Basketball twins Cody and Caleb Martin finish balling up men twice their age for some side cash on a dirt court in their hometown of Mocksville, North Carolina. “We were young,” Caleb said. “They’d be 20 or 30 something while we were 13 or 14. They thought they could get some easy bread off us sometimes. But when you beat them they didn’t want to pay up. People got mad so we had to stop playing them." The Martin twins started off playing stiff competition since their early childhood. Age, size and talent never phased the two as they continued to pursue basketball greatness. But even though the twins chose basketball as their future, it wasn’t the only sport
they were fond of. “Our family were just big sports fans in general,” said Cody. “We used to play football and baseball too. I actually used to love baseball more than I did any other sport. My uncle, loved Carolina basketball. Made me into a Carolina basketball fan.” Basketball was ingrained in the twins from the jump. The game seemed to beckon the two towards it, and the call was so enticing neither twin could refuse answering it. They continued playing basketball throughout their youth and ended up playing for a star studded AAU team called Team Loaded. “We were killing it,” Caleb said. “They told us ‘Y’all need to go play somewhere else. You guys can keep killing it here but you can do more.’ That’s when
we linked up with Team Loaded out in Virginia. We just went with that team and took off from there.” On Team Loaded the twins played with 2017 ninth overall NBA draft pick Dennis Smith Jr. as they tore up the court making a name for themselves with every point, assist and block recorded. After AAU the twins played a majority of their high school ball at Davie County High School before they transferred to a premier basketball program at Oak Hill Academy for their senior season. During their only season at Oak Hill the twins helped lead Oak Hill to a 41-4 record and runner-up in the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament. The twins followed in the steps of Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Rajon Rondo and a host of
Women's b-ball hosts annual media practice
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Sagebrush Sports Editor Javier Hernandez attempts to make three-pointer at women's basketball media day. Nevada women's basketball went 11-19 last season.
By Javier Hernandez The Nevada Women’s Basketball program hosted an open media practice this past week at Lawlor Events Center. This season, under first year head coach Amanda Levens, the Wolf Pack have been having an up-tempo style of practices. Media from various local print and broadcast mediums were invited to participate in the truncated practice session. Both Nevada Sagebrush sports editors participated in the drills for the first time. “I thought you guys brought it,” head coach Amanda Levens said. “I thought you guys full energy, full effort. I was pleased with what you guys brought today and were awesome.” The event started with some dynamic stretches led by Strength
and Conditioning coach Matt Eck, focusing on lower body muscle groups. Following the stretches, Levens huddles up the team and each person sets an offensive and defensive goal. My own personal goals were to: a) Shoot over 20 percent from the field and b) not get crossed over on defense. After each person sets goals, the media were then put through a fast-break and jumpshot drill that tested our passing, shooting, and conditioning. After the warm-up drills, we were then split into free throw pressure shooting. Each person was given 10 attempts. One of the few things I pride myself on the basketball court is my free throw shooting ability. At a whopping 50 percent shooting percentage, I was able to match the
now successful NBA players. Finally, Cody and Caleb were ready to choose where to start their collegiate basketball career. Fresh out of high school the two shared similar sentiments in where they wanted to play. “When you’re younger and you come out of high school you get caught up in the material stuff; how big is the conference, how much you play on tv, all the fans,” Caleb said. It’s natural to want the glitz and glamour that comes with a bigger stage. The reason most athletes transfer is because of lack of playing time but the twins were not suffering in the minutes’ column at NC State. “We were hearing about coach Muss and how it was an upcoming program and how it had a lot of potential,” Cody said. “Then we decided to take a visit
here and they were just really professional… With the teammates that were here to the coaching staff that was here on our visit they were just really professional, really nice people. We just got a vibe like man this is the place to be.” That “vibe” the twins got wasn’t unwarranted and during the season both Martin’s sat out Nevada had one of the best basketball campaigns the school had ever seen; MWC regular season title holders, MWC Tournament champions and a bid to play in the NCAA tournament. While both of them hadn’t seen playing time for nearly a year, the two stressed how valuable their season out was. “The transfer time was huge from a trust stand point and working on our craft,” Caleb said. “You work on your overall game so whenever they need the ball to go to someone going to the bucket or they need a player to talk to the teammates to rally the troops, that’s your time.” After sitting out for an entire season the two seemed poised to help Nevada repeat last years’ conference winnings and make an even deeper run into the NCAA tournament. Although the twins are thriving at this point in their lives, it hasn’t always been flowers and rainbows. Just like every family, they too overcame difficult tribulations. “We’ve been evicted before,” said Caleb. “Had to go live with my grandma. She’s got a small cabin type of house. We had me, my brother and my older brother. We stayed in a backroom, it was like a living room. Had to make blankets, it was like a pallet. We huddled around a heater. At the time I think it was during the winter and she didn’t have any heat in the house.” Even with these hardships, the Martin twins never let the hand they were dealt keep them down. They overcame adversity in all aspects of life, and followed the footsteps of their hardworking mother who kept the family afloat by herself while holding down three jobs. Expectations are extremely high for these two North Carolina products and the entire Nevada Basketball program. The Martin twins could very well be creating their next memorable moment with the possibility of a second trip to the Sweet 16 looming. Brandon Cruz can be reached at bcruz@ sagebrush.unr and on twitter @Sagebrushsports
Pack basketball riding high on momentum
percentage of one of the all-time NBA greats, Wilt Chamberlain. Following, the free throw shooting, Levens split the groups up and directed the teams to a variety of team spot shooting from different parts of the court. At this point in the practice, about 20 minutes in, each participant was breathing heavily and missing practically every shot. Senior Teige Zeller emphasized the importance of maintaining good form when shooting with tired legs. To conclude the practice, the Levens emphasizes late-game conditioning that hopefully will translates to having the edge against the competition during the season. Each person lines up at one sideline and runs the width of the court twice, back and forth. Everybody on the team is required to run Ryan Levine/ Nevada Athletics under 15 seconds and guards have Nevada guard Kendal Stephens breaks for the hoop during the Pack’s game against Grand Canyon the added challenge of dribbling a University on Oct. 22. After an impressive ‘16-’17 campaign, Nevada looks to go even further in the NCAA ball. Should somebody fail to make tournament this time around. time, the whole team has to run again. For head editor Brandon while the Pack were playing pre- selman thinks the Pack would be an Cruz, this was the most difficult By Henry Travland season games, only going 9-31 from average to below average Mountain challenge. three-point range. However, he has West team right now and are ex“Coach Levens challenges its The Nevada Basketball team fin- seemed to have found his shot in tremely overrated. guards to dribble a ball while ished their second exhibition game these past couple of exhibition However, Musselman did comrunning our sprints,” Cruz said. this past Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 games. Expect the Purdue transfer pliment the offense’s performance “Nobody in the media wanted at Lawlor Events Center against to light up the court offensively this today, scoring 100 points today. to dribble the ball so I wanted to Stanislaus State. Following its char- season. Caleb Martin and Josh Hall each take on that extra opportunity. I ity exhibition game victory against scored 20 points, and Kendall was proud of myself for being able Grand Canyon University, the Wolf Defense Stephens with 35 points, and would to make time and complete the Pack followed up their victory with have tied the record for most three sprints.” another impressive outing. Below Head Coach Eric Musselman was point field goals made in a game (9) Finally, Levens ends the practice are three takeaways from the most extremely furious with the Pack’s if this was not an exhibition game. with a drill called “win the game”. recent game against Stanislaus defensive performance, and rightMusselman will be sure to work Each person on the team has an State. fully so. the defensive side of the ball this opportunity to shoot a free throw. Stanislaus State, a Division II week. One point is awarded for a made Kendall Stephens team, had a lot of fight and did not The Wolf Pack will return to basket. Misses are more costly as give up in last Sunday’s matchup. action this Friday, Nov. 3 for its two points are deducted. The goal Kendall Stephens' ability to shoot The warriors scored 52 points, final exhibition game against is to have a positive score after was the driving force to the Pack’s and outscored the Pack by 10 in Dominican University at Virginia every person has shot the ball. win over the Warriors. Stephens the second half. Nevada will have Street Gym. This game is dubbed Overall, the practice was a suc- was 9-14 from beyond the arc, to sharpen up defensively very as the “Throwback” game as the cess for media members. However, finishing with 35 points. Stephens quickly, as their first regular season Wolf Pack used to play its games Levens has a few pointers for next has improved drastically with his game is a week from Friday. Nevada at the Virginia Street Gym prior to year. shooting in the first two exhibition cannot play the defense they played the construction of Lawlor Events ‘I think you guys need to get in games. today and expect to beat teams like Center. the gym a little more often,” Levens The Wolf Pack ran plays specifi- Fresno State and San Diego State. Regular season play will tip off said. “I think you guys need to fine cally for the incoming transfer and next week as the Wolf Pack will host tune your shooting mechanics and he was up to task. Stephens looks Postgame Musselman the Idaho Vandals on Friday, Nov. your ball handling but your effort to replace the void left by the 10, 2017. and focus was definitely there.” departure of former point guard Some will say Musselman’s Marcus Marshall as well as forward comments after the game were D.J. Fenner, who both graduated intended to light a fire within the Henry Travland can be reached at Javier Hernandez can be reached at last spring. team, but whatever Muss’s words firstname.lastname@example.org and on email@example.com and on twitStephens struggled in Costa Rica portrayed, it sent a message. Mus- ter @Sagebrushsports ter @Sagebrushsports