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NEWS in REVIEW By Karolina Rivas



On Saturday, Typhoon Damrey made landfall in several parts of Vietnam and has since dissipated. However, The Vietnam Disaster Management Authority reported that widespread flooding has caused great destruction and multiple fatalities. The Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said in a statement that more than 116,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged due to flooding. According to ABC News, 19 people have been reported missing, including nine crew members of cargo ships that sank off the coast of the Khanh Hoa province. Flooding is expected to worsen and more heavy rainfall is expected in the region.



On Sunday, Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, walked into First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and opened fired on what would become the deadliest shooting in the state’s history. 26 people died, and about half were children. CNN reports that as Kelley was exiting the church, an individual engaged with the gunman, causing Kelley to flee in his vehicle. The individual chased Kelley alongside another civilian until Kelley hit a stop sign and lost control. The police found Kelley with a selfinflicted gunshot wound to the head. According to BuzzFeed News, Kelley served in logistics readiness at Holloman Air Force Base from 2010 to 2014. On Monday, The Air Force said it failed to alert federal authorities of Kelley’s 2012 domestic violence conviction against his wife and stepson. The failure to report Kelley’s domestic violence conviction could have prevented him from purchasing the firearm he used on Sunday.

LOCAL ERIC MUSSELMAN BUYS FOOTBALL TICKETS FOR LOCAL HEROES Wolf Pack basketball coach Eric Musselman has purchased 2,500 tickets to Saturday’s Nevada-San Jose State football game for Nevada’s local heroes. The gesture comes as a result of Veterans Day that will be observed on Saturday. “Our family feels that it is extremely important to give back to the community of Northern Nevada, especially to those that have served in the military, our first responders, and teachers in the community,” Musselman said in a news release. “These individuals are the backbone of our community and it is an honor to recognize them for everything that they do for our community. It should be a great day for football Saturday afternoon – let’s all support the Wolf Pack. ” To receive a free ticket, a first responder, military member, or teacher can call the Wolf Pack ticket office at 775-348-7225 while supplies last. Karolina Rivas can be reached at and

Laxalt enters governor’s race, adds to growing group of hopefuls Jacob Solis/ The Nevada Sagebrush

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt speaks to the press after a campaign announcement in Sparks on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Laxalt is the third Republican to jump in the race to replace termed-out Gov. Brian Sandoval.

By Jacob Solis To the surprise of few, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt announced last Wednesday he would launch a bid for governor in a weeklong, 17-county campaign tour that kicked off with events in Las Vegas and Sparks. At both events, he delivered a personal speech that focused as much on his personal struggles and family ties as it did on policy positions, and it seemed to immediately

cement his position as a GOP frontrunner. The announcement makes Laxalt the fifth hopeful to toss a hat in the gubernatorial ring, and the third Republican to do so far this year. These five are all looking to replace a term-limited Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, who is among the most popular governors in the country. Polling from Morning Consult puts Sandoval at sixth most popular nationwide, with an approval rating of 61 percent

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and disapproval of just 21 percent. For the GOP, he joins state treasurer Dan Schwartz and activist and bike shop owner Jared Fisher. On the Democratic side, a battle of Clark County commissioners — commission chair Steve Sisolak and district E commissioner Chris Giunchigliani. Perhaps predictably for a race that is still about a year away, there hasn’t been all that much campaigning done so far. Even so, that’s not to

say campaigning has been non-existent, especially by some of the state’s more wellfunded candidates. Notably, there’s that statewide tour still being undertaken by Laxalt, in addition to a $1 million ad buy for Laxalt from the Freedom Partners Action Fund superPAC, a group with ties to the GOP mega-donor Koch Brothers. That campaign money — from both inside and outside the state — tied with a family name that is perhaps more

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endemic to Nevada politics than any other, means that Laxalt is and likely will remain the favorite going into next summer’s Republican primary. However, Laxalt’s stock in the Republican Party has yet to isolate him from occasional intra-party strife, most notably with the sitting Sandoval. Just last month, Sandoval took Laxalt to task at

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UNR Med School offers free clinics

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By Madeline Purdue

University of Nevada, Reno, students, staff and officials gathered Thursday, Nov. 2, in the thirdfloor heart at the Joe Crowley Student Union for a Diversity Dialogues session hosted by The Center, a university organization that implements programs to promote an open, safe and inclusive environment on campus. Diversity Dialogues is just one of their initiatives to better prepare students for systemic racial issues outside the university that do not lend themselves to clear solutions. See DIVERSITY page A3

The University of Nevada, Reno, Medical School is offering free health clinics through the months of November and December for members of the community and university who are uninsured as part of UNR Med’s Student Outreach Clinics. The medical school hosts these clinics monthly as a way to “give back to the community and prepare medical students as future physicians” according to their website.


See FLAG page A2 Karolina Rivas/Nevada Sagebrush Artwork by Marc L. Combs is on display at the Jot Travis Building Student Galleries. The gallery will be open until Thursday, Nov. 9.


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least twice for proposing to repeal the state’s commerce tax, a 2015 measure levied on businesses making more than $4 million per year. For his part Schwartz has yet to make much of a campaign splash since announcing his gubernatorial effort back in September, though he was quickly made the target of superPAC ads that targeted his proposed “alternative” budget from 2015 — a budget that was quickly shut down by legislative Republicans. Things are similar for Fisher, who has been sticking to the grassroots since undertaking a statewide bike tour in April. On the Democratic side, the establishment Sisolak will be the one running with the resources. State law allows candidates to carry over funding from previous campaigns, and it means Sisolak entered the race in June with a war chest nearing $4 million (for comparison, at the same time, Laxalt had raised about $1.5 million). However, in his time as commission chairman, Sisolak has made more than a few unpopular decision, including throwing his support behind a stadium deal designed to lure the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas.

And while voters in Clark County are mixed on the stadium debate, a poll from January of this year found that Washoe County voters overwhelmingly opposed the stadium deal (and its accompanying room tax) with a margin of 71 percent opposed to just 19 percent for. But even so, Sisolak’s challenger, Giunchigliani, will still be fighting an uphill battle, especially when it comes to fundraising and drumming up name recognition with Democrats outside of Clark County. She has signaled that her effort is a serious one, however, and has taken to hiring outside strategists to boost her campaign efforts. Among those hires is her campaign manager, Eric Hyers, who helped boost Montana’s Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock to a reelection victory in 2016, despite Montana voters breaking for Donald Trump by about a 20 point margin. Regardless of the nominee, this will be the first shot for Democrats to take back the governor’s mansion in 20 years since they lost it first to Republican Kenny Guinn in 1998. Guinn would serve two terms before being replaced in 2006 by Jim Gibbons, another Republican. The next shot came in 2010, when Dems hoped to unseat a historically unpopular Gibbons whose approval ratings had plummeted to near single digits. Those

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UNR Med students are supervised by licensed faculty and community physicians while providing healthcare to patients at these clinics. Services provided at these clinics include flu shots, general physicals, pregnancy testing and more. General and children’s clinics will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon. Women’s clinics will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon. Appointments are not required for the clinics, but patients must be signed in by 10 a.m. for Saturday clinics and 7:30 p.m. for Tuesday clinics. Patients are seen on a first come, first serve basis. However, according to UNR Med’s website, the wait can be more than three hours depending on the volume of patients at the clinic. The medical school asks those who are waiting to be patient while they see everyone. “It is the goal of the clinic to reach this population and provide them with the medical attention they need to improve healthcare in the region and throughout Nevada,” says the UNR Med website. The clinics are held at the Family Medicine Center at the UNR medical school on the north end of campus. Spanish translators are available at the clinics. The services provided are free, but the medical school asks for donations of $5 for those who can afford to donate to keep the clinics up and running, with help from additional funding.


SENATE RECAP NOV. 1 By Madeline Purdue


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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval speaks to the NEvada National Guard at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas in Jan. 2011. Sandoval will, who is term limited, will be leaving the governor’s mansion next year.

hopes would be dashed, though, when Brian Sandoval left a seat on the federal bench to oust Gibbons as the GOP nominee. Sandoval went on to beat the Democrat Rory Reid by nearly 10 points, and then trounced Democrat Bob Goodman by nearly 47 points in 2014.

The Student Outreach Clinics were founded in 1996. They offer five different clinics for general health care, pediatrics, women’s, geriatric and dermatology. “The benefit to students is that they receive hands-on experience in treating patients from the very first day of medical school,” says the UNR Med website. “They also get to learn the business side of managing a health clinic, the issues around health insurance, health access and other valuable information. The clinic combines the educational and health care missions of the medical school by teaching students the importance of providing compassionate and competent care.” According to County Health Rankings, 14 percent of the country is without health insurance. Nevada is above the national average with 17 percent uninsured and Washoe County is 16 percent uninsured. According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Nevada was ranked 17th for highest uninsured rates in 2016. The UNR medical school does not provide the only free healthcare clinic in Reno. Absolute Dental provides free dental care at their clinics. Saint Mary’s clinics provide non-emergent health care services including check-ups, immunizations, health screenings and more. HAWC Community Health Center and the Homeless Outreach Medical Center also provide clinics. For more information about the Student Outreach Clinics, visit med., and for more information on other clinics available, visit Madeline Purdue can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

And while both of those races were historically low turnout affairs—2014 being the lowest turnout levels since the Second World War—it’s possible a Trump presidency may finally hand Democrats the turnout they need to elect a blue governor for the first time since Bob


Continued from page A1 Social media outrage quickly followed the installation of a new piece of artwork at the University of Nevada, Reno. The exhibit is inside the Jot Travis Building, and was put up Tuesday, Oct. 31. Fine Arts graduate student and United States Air Force veteran Mark L. Combs showcased a series of six axes mounted on a wall, with the last ax pinning the American flag as it drapes to the floor. This showcase is drawing the ire of some social media users, who say the artwork is inappropriate. Emily Cowlishaw posted to Facebook expressing her concerns with the artwork by calling it “offensive” and stating that she is “truly ashamed” to be attending the university. “I said I was ashamed and I am,” Cowlishaw said. “This artwork is clearly something the university doesn’t disagree with given that it’s still up. This artwork shows what the university stands for and that’s something I’m not proud of.” In her post, Cowlishaw indicated that the university was quick to apologize and cover the painting of swastikas in the staircase of the Church Fine Arts. Cowlishaw believes that Combs artwork is “just as offensive.” “This work falls outside of the normal realm of any of my previous or planned work in that it carries a strong po-

Miller was reelected in 1994. But with months to go before even a primary bout, saying anything for certain will have to wait. Jacob Solis can be reached at jsolis@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @Nevada Sagebrush. litical message,” said Combs in a statement. “It captures the symbolic motion of change through the objects presented. The public often has to be shocked in order to react and though acts of appalling nature are occurring everyday there seems to be a serious lack of appropriate responses from our government and our people.” Combs served in the United States Air Force from 1987 to 2009. His service included multiple deployments to combat zones and earned multiple awards and decorations for his service. “My work is intended to shock and provoke a conversation that should be happening across the country,” Combs’ statement reads. “It questions, ‘Where is America?’” The School of Arts also released a statement in support of Combs artwork as a form of expression meant to provoke conversation. “Yes, this particular artwork utilizes the American flag (for what it symbolically represents), and yes, the content of the artwork is political in nature,” the statement reads. “Socio-political artwork is almost always controversial, as we do not always find ourselves on the same side of every issue. Art is at its best when it moves us – it has the power to pose questions and elicit emotion – it invites us to think and feel.” Karolina Rivas can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @ karolinarrivas.

Provost Kevin Carman presented to the Senate on a program that would help bring more international students to the university. INTO, a pathway provider for international students to universities in America, would increase the number of international students on campus should the university decide to work with them. Carman said that universities similar to UNR and universities UNR models after have found great success using INTO. UNR is one of the lowest ranked universities—with 1.8 percent of the undergraduate student population being international students. Carman expects around 900 students to attend UNR in the first six years of the program, and then increase from there. Money made from the tuitions of the increased number of international students would go toward university initiatives, such as hiring more faculty, scholarships for UNR students looking to study abroad and diversity initiatives. He hopes the program will start its inaugural year in Fall 2018.

BUSSMAN INTRODUCES NEW INNOVATIONS @ NEVADA Senator Derek Bussman from the College of Liberal Arts introduced a new program called New Innovations @ Nevada. He said he hoped the program would capture the creative potential UNR students have. The program would be a competition in different areas of research and innovation—diversity, campus life, health, etc. Bussman based the program after one at University of California, Berkeley, which has been a huge success on that campus — both for students and in recognition for the university. He said he was trying to find sponsors for the program so money for the teams that compete wouldn’t come from the ASUN budget. The prize money amount would depend on how many sponsors the program could get. New Innovations @ Nevada is still in the works, but Bussman hopes to pilot the program in fall 2018.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH JOURNAL LOOKS TO PUBLISH STUDENTS Larissa Gloutak and Tanner Lyon, senior editors of the Nevada State Undergraduate Research Journal, asked the Senate to reach out to their constituents to ask them to submit research to be published in the journal. The research cannot be published in any other research journals. NSURJ publishes every spring semester. For more information about how to submit research, visit nsurj. com.


UNIVERSITY BUS SYSTEM TO SHUT DOWN DURING BREAKS President Noah Teixeira announced to the Senate that the university shuttle and bus system would shut down over summer, winter and spring breaks in order to save money. Madeline Purdue can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

How to achieve stress relief through meditation By Emily Fisher College is stressful: early classes, late nights, difficult tests and projects due all in the same week. Balancing school work and all other responsibilities can make anyone feel overwhelmed. While many students may find comfort in exercise, talking with friends and making sure to take occasional breaks from school and work, a new coping tool is growing in popularity: meditation. With the addition of meditation rooms in the Pennington Student Achievement Center when it opened last year, the dialogue surrounding this method of stressrelief has picked up. Many students, however, still

aren’t sure about meditation and how it can help. If that’s you, you’re in luck.

This is News You Can Use with a guide to meditation WHAT IS MEDITATING? Meditation can mean a lot of things and is often confusing, and even seems strange, to a lot of students. Definitions can make meditation seem complicated: “Meditation is a practice where an individual operates or trains the mind either to realize some benefit or to simply acknowledge the mind’s content

without becoming identified with that content or as an end in itself.” However, you don’t have to be a yoga master or spiritual guru to meditate. It can be as simple as setting aside 5-10 minutes of your day to put down technology, close your eyes, and breathe. In simpler words than the definition, any thought that crosses your mind you are to acknowledge, and then move on, clearing your mind. Meditation becomes a lot more than a glorified nap, it teaches those who practice it how to be mindful.

HOW CAN IT HELP? According to a study done by Yael Shy in her new book “What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties

and Beyond,” stress has overtaken depression as the number one problem in students. In response to this, colleges are investing in new types of programs directly aimed at this problem. Shy is actually the founder of MindfulNYU, the largest campuswide meditation initiative in the country. UNR’s meditation rooms in the PSAC mirror the goals of this program on a smaller scale. “Data shows that students who meditate experience less stress, greater well-being, and even higher GPA’s than their non-meditating counterparts,” Shy wrote in a press release. In an interview Shy also spoke to why she believes meditation and mindfulness are so important

to college-aged students. “This is usually a period of life when things are in flux and we are still figuring out who we are. Why do we form relationships in the way that we do? Why do we suffer in certain ways? How can we make a difference? Meditation can open up doors to understanding ourselves and give us the wisdom to understand the world at this time in life.”

HOW DO I START? The best way to start meditating? Just go for it! There is a misconception that you can only meditate in silence, or to the sounds of relaxing music and nature. While this is the most popular setting for people to meditate, it isn’t the only one. Yael Shy, who herself had these

misconceptions about meditation, argues that the practice is much more about being aware of your thoughts, mindset, and the world around you. “The biggest piece of advice I can give is to try and find the beauty and the vibrancy of life right in the middle of all the mayhem,” Shy said in an interview with Bad Yogi. Check out Yael Shy’s newly released book, “What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond.” Do you have any meditation or other stress-relieving tips or tricks? Share them with us @ NevadaSagebrush. Emily Fisher can be reached at efisher@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.


Native American Heritage Month celebrates roots By Emily FIsher November brings cooler weather, colorful leaves and the excitement of upcoming holidays, but these are not the only things being celebrated this month. November is also Native Amerian Heritage Month. Various events and workshops at the University of Nevada, Reno, and in the surrounding community are put on to celebrate the cultural, intellectual and artistic contributions of Native Americans in society. “Native American Heritage Month serves as an important reminder that we are bound by a sacred promise—the trust relationship—to respect and protect the sovereignty of tribal governments and promote the well-being of indigenous people,” said U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in a statement. Throughout the month of November, The Center and UNR are hosting workshops, panels and special events dedicated to raising awareness about the American Indian culture in our community and on campus. The Center, located on the third floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union, is holding various free workshops for students and community members to make various traditional accessories. Not only do the workshops let students experience important parts of the culture with a hands-on experience, but also learn the significance and meaning behind what they make. Students can make their own rope beaded keychains on Friday, Nov. 17 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., or their very own pair of moccasins on Nov. 9 and 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The moccasin workshop is perfect for people who want a custom pair to rock on National Rock your Mocs day on Nov. 15. The UNR athletics department is also participating in Native Heritage Month with two N7 Basketball games. The N7 Fund is a pledge from Nike to bring sport and the advantages that

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Children perform at the Paiute Tribe 24th Annual Snow Mountain 2012 Pow Wow in Las Vegas. A Pow Wow is social gathering to celebrate the Native American culture.

come with it to the Native American and aboriginal communities in the United States and Canada. The fund’s goal is to release the power of one’s generation through activity and competition, placing an emphasis on youth in the community. Two N7 basketball games will take place this year, with free entry for members of local tribes, and special events throughout the game. The N7 women’s basketball game is on Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. and the men’s game is on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. On Nov. 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., a special event called We Tell Stories will take place in the Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom A. The event aims to raise awareness about the American Indian culture on campus with stories from students, faculty and community members. There are many aspects of the American Indian culture that will be included in the We Tell Stories event, from traditional music


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and dance to the highlight of the event: storytelling. “Through the American Indian culture, [storytelling] is how we pass on our traditions,” Kari Emm, a transfer recruitment coordinator at UNR and member of the Yerington Paiute Tribe said about last year’s event. “We want to educate the non-native population about our culture so they can celebrate is as much as we celebrate it.” Another great event open to students and community members this month is the Night of All Nations, an annual event hosted by the International Club (IClub) on Nov. 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ballroom A in the JCSU will feature over 30 country booths serving food and presenting their culture. The evening will also feature traditional dance, music, and kid-friendly craft booths. This event is ticketed, and will cost students $5 and general admission $7. Native Heritage Month will

wrap up with the Fall Exhibition Powwow on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in JCSU ballrooms C and D, and with a special screening of the documentary More than a Word. The documentary analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term ‘Redskins’, and also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation. The film will be screened in the JCSU Theatre on Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. These are only a handful of the events that will be taking place on campus to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. To see a full schedule of events, visit The Center in the JCSU or look for the red flyer hanging up around campus, or for more information contact smitrovich@ or call (775) 682-6499. Emily Fisher can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

Wolf Fastop draws attention with sign By Karolina Rivas The Wolf Fastop gas station on North Virginia Street is raising eyebrows after posting a message on one side of their marquee stating “Officer Gutierrez standing for food is better than taking a knee.” On the other side of the sign, a photo of Calvin from the Calvin and Hobbes comic is seen urinating on the name “Kaepernick”. This message comes as a response to the criticism University of Nevada, Reno, police officer, Antonio Gutierrez received after dressing as a caricature of Colin Kaepernick circulated social media, causing controversy. The Halloween 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 message has since been moved to one side of the marquee and the text has been changed to “Unemployed need job. Work good on his knees.” The photo of Calvin above the name “Kaepernick” remains. “In the beginning, I had no problem with Kaepernick taking a knee, that’s his right and freedom of speech,” Moe Alazawi, manager of Wolf Fastop said. “It’s now getting out of hand every time you do something, this officer didn’t do anything. He was just wearing a costume and went to a costume party with his wife. [...] I mean it’s getting out of hand and that’s why I put the sign for him.” Monique Normand is the Persistence and Resilience Coordinator at The Center, Every Student, Every Story and she said she was shocked and surprised. “I think something simple like ‘We support officer Gutierrez’ but putting in there hate messages about someone that others look up to and others feel strongly about is where the issue lies,” Normand said. “I would just say think twice about posting things like that, that can be seen as hateful

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Marquee at the Wolf Fastop gas station on North Virginia Street shows support for university police officer, Antonio Gutierrez. Gas station owner, Moe Alazawi believes it will not affect business.

messages or discriminatory messages.” Alazawi has worked at Wolf Fast Stop for 17 years and does not believe the sign will affect business at Wolf Fastop. “There is nothing to be concerned about,” Alazawi said. “We can’t speak our minds? Only Kaepernick can express his freedom of speech? We can’t express our freedom of speech? It has nothing to do with anything, it has nothing to do with Kaepernick he tried to do or what message he’s trying to think. I just thought people trashing this decent man for no reason.”

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The gathering centered around the first amendment and featured keynote speakers Mary Phelps Dugan, General Counsel for the University of Nevada, and Patrick File, assistant professor of media law at the Reynolds School of Journalism. Charged with the tasks of representing the university in any legal proceedings and advising the university administration, Dugan’s office has faced a tumultuous semester. One of the more photographed faces at the Unite the Right white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August was UNR student Peter Cvjetanovic. Dugan and other university representatives found no constitutional basis upon which to expel Cvjetanovic and he remains studying on campus, though he did resign from a position with Campus Escort on Aug. 28. “On the record, I think speech that was used at Charlottesville was reprehensible, was abhorrent, and the sort of thing I never want to hear,” Dugan said when confronted by a student questioning that decision. “I don’t know what Peter said, but he said it there, and he didn’t say it here.” Protections within the First Amendment are at the forefront of many headlines regarding UNR this fall. The Church Fine Arts’ graffiti stairwell was tagged with several swastikas and the message “[is] this political enough for you?” on Oct. 12. Prior to that incident, Kevin McReynolds, a UNR graduate student and former Nevada Wolf Pack football player was stopped by campus police on Sept. 24, and officer Adam Wilson jokingly remarked, “I’m just going to shoot him if this goes sideways because f--- that.” The comment was in reference to McReynolds’ 6-foot-2-inch, 280 pound frame. UNR Police Chief Adam Garcia issued another public apology Monday, Oct. 30 after an officer attended a Halloween party in a costume meant to mock Nevada alumnus Colin Kaepernick. The officer donned

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General Counsel for the university, Mary Dugan, speaks to students about diversity on Thursday Nov. 2. Dugan emphasizes the importance of a safe and inclusive campus.

an afro wig, a false nose, a painted beard and a cardboard sign that read “Will stand for Food.” Professor File conveyed to the group that the First Amendment is often a double-edged sword in terms of protected speech. He did so by explaining the Matal v. Tam Supreme Court case (2017) which overturned a prohibition on registering trademarks that may disparage persons, institutions, or beliefs with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This same prohibition was instrumental in the Washington Redskins losing their trademark protection in 2015 because their team name and logo may denigrate Native Americans. However, Simon Tam argued for his right to trademark “The Slants” for his all Asian American band in an attempt to reclaim the slur, and the Supreme Court agreed. “So by overturning that decision by the USPTO, he gets to name his band The Slants and protect it,” File said. “That decision will also likely allow the Washington Redskins to reclaim and protect their trademark.” File explained that the First Amendment can simultaneously empower an individual to take back a term that is disparaging to him and people like him, but also open an avenue for use of disparaging terms by

those with no altruistic value behind their work. Jody Lykes is the student development coordinator at The Center and attended Diversity Dialogues. Lykes argued to the crowd that the university’s public apology letters to students and staff after each of these events were produced out of veiled concern and have amounted to no policy changes. He shed light on the African American experience on the UNR campus and narrowly focused on Dugan, the university attorney, during his critique. “On this campus, right now, I feel like a burden,” said Lykes. Dugan responded by citing the failures of speech codes across American universities in the 1990s, most of which were found unconstitutional by the courts. They were largely developed to better protect marginalized groups, but they were often disproportionately used against them rather than majority groups. “The burden is on us through talking with each other and hearing each other out to decide what’s going to be acceptable within our space,” said Dugan. Gabriel Selbig can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush. and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

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event where the Joe presents a film then hosts a discussion afterwards. This movie was so edgy that it almost caused World War III. Your favorite bromance of Seth Rogen and James Franco is back. Telling the story of the clash between pop culture and North Korea is perhaps more relevant than ever. This event is FREE to students.


Theatre INFO: This movie has 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It boasts a stellar cast of Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Hilary Swank, Daniel Craig and directed by Steven Soderbergh. It is also being shown Thursday night at 9 p.m. and Friday night at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.


DATE: Saturday TIME: 10 a.m. LOCATION: Gateway Plaza INFO: Sure the Nevada

Wolf Pack football team is 1-7, but that doesn’t mean you can’t snag a W at this week’s fitness tailgate by getting #swole. There will be an obstacle course, lawn games, spike ball, inflatable activities, face painting and much more. There will be free food and other giveaways.

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME DATE: Saturday TIME: 10 p.m. LOCATION: LEX Nightclub INFO: The LEX Nightclub

at the Grand Sierra Resort has been doing this cool series lately where they have rappers show up hours late and then perform four songs. Next on the docket is Waka Flocka Flame. Tickets cost $20. He performed at UNR two years ago. Sources report it was turnt and/or lit. Don’t miss out.

CHICANO BATMAN DATE: Sunday TIME: 7 p.m. LOCATION: Cargo Concert

Hall INFO: Alternative/

psychedelic/indie/pop/ soul/funk/rock band Chicano Batman is coming to Reno! These dudes have been working hard lately, touring festivals relentlessly. Even if you don’t care for their music, you can’t deny they look quite dapper; they always perform in suits. Tickets cost $20. Khruangbin is opening. Don’t ask me how to pronounce that. Joey Thyne can be reached and on Twitter @joey_thyne

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Over a chilly overcast weekend, the first in November, daylight savings weekend in fact, the Offbeat Music Festival took place in Reno. Approximately 100 artists, both local as well as from around the country, performed. Headliners included Americana country band Hellbound Glory, progressive metal band Consider the Source and DJ Big Chocolate. Offbeat is unique in that there is no centralized location. The festival sprawls itself throughout the city. Co-founder Flip Wright wanted to follow in the footsteps of similar festivals, such as SXSW, Noise Pop, Boise’s Treefort festival and Portland’s MusicfestNW while keeping it authentically Reno, hence the name. “We always thought Reno was a little different,” Wright said. “We wanted to embrace it being different. I think all of us know this place well and like some of the grungier aspects. It seemed to fit well, not only the lineup of musicians that we had, and the different genres and the music discovery aspect, but representative of Reno as well.” As the music festival industry expands, events like Coachella and Bonnaroo are becoming less about the music and more about creating microcosmic utopias. In that sense, Reno makes sense as a platform for a music festival to stretch itself across. It is intimate enough. Anyway, it shares several characteristics with music festivals. People fearlessly present themselves as pieces of art. People also wander around, bleary-eyed and feel entitled to urinate wherever they please. And so on and so forth. Venues included 3rd Street Bar, Ceol Irish Pub, Chapel Tavern, El Jefe in Circus Circus, the Eldorado Theatre, Headquarters Bar, NoVi in Eldorado, Shea’s Tavern, St. James Infirmary, Studio on 4th, the Loving Cup, the Midway in Circus Circus, Pignic Pub & Patio and Alturas on the Down Low. Three-day general wristbands cost $49$69. Single-day wristbands cost $30. For single shows, people could pay $10 at the door. The majority of artists were contracted through partnership showcases with different record companies, as well as fellow music festival Fisherman’s Village. Roughly 40 percent of the acts were local. Reno’s very own Hellbound Glory opened up the festival on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Saint. 30-something hipsters trickled in during the moments leading up to the show, fresh off of work, shedding their business casual attire for preshrunk cotton flannels. There also seemed to be an epidemic of cold scalps, for nearly everyone sported a beanie. I digress. Sidebar: I suppose this is neither here nor there, but the screwdrivers at the Saint have pulp in them. That seems like a bold move and one considered unsatisfactory to this writer. I suppose I should probably consult someone other than whoever is reading this.

Anyway, Hellbound Glory is self-proclaimed “scumbag country.” There were only three musicians on the stage: a washboard player, a slide guitar player and a singer who also strummed the acoustic guitar and thumped a kick drum. They sang songs about drinking alcohol while they themselves drank alcohol to a crowd of people drunk on alcohol, stomping on the floorboards, hooting and hollering. They played a poignant cover of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?”, a traditional American folk song made famous by Nirvana on their unplugged album and “Delta Dawn” originally by Tanya Tucker. Friday night brought Midway Madness, presented in part by local non-profit the Holland Project. Artists played at the Circus Circus midway as acrobats performed. Holland Project staples such as Lil’ Traffic and Gina Rose appeared. The main attraction, however, was L.A. dream pop heartthrob CUCO. “He’s kind of emerging right now and is actually blowing up as we speak,” Wright said. “That’s really exciting that we have a chance to have that caliber of an emerging artist playing our festival.” On Saturday night, 3rd Street Bar provided the trippiest experience of the festival. Psych rockers Dream Phases, Hearty Har and Sego and psychedelic DJ Al Lover, along with a light show by MAd Alchemy, turned the venue into a wavy haven. Bibo Coffee held a benefit with the Holland Project to support KWNK, a new local radio station which broadcasts local shows including Wolf Pack Radio FM airwaves. Night Rooms, a Reno band featuring members from UNR, performed at the function. Bay Area electronic soul band The Seshen kicked off Saturday night at the Saint, their third time performing in Reno in a year. The band’s percussionist who absolutely massacred the bongos called out “Can we just say we love Reno...Good energy is so important.” Perhaps it was just pandering, but it acted as a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy, as the comment amped up the crowd even further. Frontwoman Lalin St. Juste, drawing influence from the likes of Erykah Badu, James Blake, Little Dragon, Portishead, Radiohead ad J Dilla, sees songwriting and performing as a cathartic conduit to self expression. “I think a lot about identity and the process of understanding and living in the world,” St. Juste said. “Especially as a black woman... there is a lot of things I internalize. What I write about is going against that, going against these ideas that have been determined for me. I am just deciding to rewrite my own narrative.” Next up was blues collective Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra. They dressed like Mumford & Sons but they could sure jam out like Radiohead. Their fiddle player totally killed it (in a good way). San Francisco swing band Royal Jelly Jive came on at 10:40. A total of four fedoras were present onstage. They opened with a cover of


“Fo l s o m Prison Blues,” originally by Johnny Cash, in a sort of carnival-LSD-Neutral-MilkHo t e l - m a x i m a l i s m manner, fully equipped with a clarinet and an accordion. Singer

Lauren Bjelde’s delivery of the line “I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die,” was bone-chilling. The rest of the show was straight funk. The entire venue was rocking out. Royal Jelly Jive played a magnificent cover of “Valerie.” Usually I’m wary of anyone attempting to imitate the queen, but Bjelde had the chops to do it justice. The night of Saturday, Nov. 4, and into the early morning, with the help of such classic musical styles, those present at the Saint were able to travel back in time, one hour to be specific. The show brought more people to the Saint than it had seen in awhile. People were packed like sardines, or some other sort of fish-related analogy that’s less cliché. It felt like a sauna despite it being near freezing outside. It smelled of sweat (and weed). Everyone still had their beanies on. The screwdrivers still had pulp in them. “I see Reno going through a revolution, like anything else,” Wright said. “There are certain parts of it that are becoming more and more polished. I also think there’s going to be a little more of an influx of new culture here and new people coming here and bringing different things...To me, personally, it feels like there’s more of a cultural element. It’s

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1. The lead singer of Hellbound Glory laughs as he chats with the audience. 2. Bassist of Consider the Source performs at the Saint. 3. Local rapper Lil’ Traffic performs at Midway Madness as a part of the Offbeat Music Festival. 4. An acrobat performs at Circus Circus.

more pervasive. You’re surrounded by different things in the arts and music. I think that’s pretty cool.” Joey Thyne can be reached at joeythyne@ and on twitter @joey_thyne.

Cut my life into pieces; Thor is my last resort By Ryan Suppe “Thor: Ragnarok” is another movie that uses Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” It’s not worth seeing. If you need convincing, read on. I don’t think there are any spoilers because if you’ve seen any other movie, this one won’t surprise you. This movie from the Marvel cinematic universe is full of stuff. It’s jam-packed with plots, subplots, narratives, primary characters, secondary characters and other stuff. It’s an “overcoming the monster” story, a “voyage and return” narrative, a rebirth and a comedy all in one. The only thing missing is anything interesting. The plot breaks down like this: there are roughly five heroes and three bad guys. One of the bad guys only shows up at the beginning and the end and one hangs out in the middle — both of these minor bad guys exist for convenience. The main bad guy is actually a bad woman, and she wants to take over all the realms for reasons that must’ve been cut out of the script. Speaking of cutting, Thor got his haircut in this movie, and I cut my wrists while watching it. Anyway, the hero struggles with very basic identity issues, he loses his hammer, he gets sidetracked on a planet of garbage (an apt metaphor for the Marvel cinematic universe, if you ask me) but at the end realizes the strength is really within him and doesn’t really need the hammer. The drama in this movie is juvenile, to the point where the Hulk and Thor are arguing like actual children and throwing things at each other like actual children. After the two

heroes spend a few minutes grunting and throwing things at each other, the scene goes something like this: Thor: “Help me save my planet in the main plot, Hulk.” Hulk: “No, I don’t feel good because I have emotional issues, and I’m mad!” Thor: “But, don’t you remember Scarlett Johansson? Look at this brief, contractually obligated, snippet of her.” Bruce Banner: “Yes, I remember we had a minor romantic subplot in one of the other movies. I feel better, and I will help you now.” It’s gross, and I would rather watch reallife children fighting on the Internet. But seriously, the Hulk/Bruce Banner, played by Mark Ruffalo, is good in this movie. I think he’s the best of the current Marvel characters because he represents what each of these movies really is about, but he’s not disguised as intriguing or complicated. He’s a big, dumb, green, expensive-looking monster that destroys fair and decent things that people care about. “Thor: Ragnarok” is watered down comic book nonsense, it’s cheesy and I want my $7.50 back (we saw the matinee screening). Is it my fault for spending my money on this? Yes. I knew I was going to dislike it, but I went anyway. I went into the movie expecting to give it a 0/5 review. But, I went because I wanted a chance to speak my mind on these awful Marvel movies. This just happened to be one of the worst I’ve seen. The problem with these movies is an economic one just like anything else. When

Heinz owns the ketchup market, that’s the only ketchup you’re going to eat. Heinz ketchup claims to have 57 flavors. But, do you even know what ketchup is supposed to taste like? Yeah, it tastes like Heinz ketchup. Heinz isn’t made from 57 flavors, it’s made from one flavor: bullshit. So is Disney. Disney owns Marvel and Marvel owns the blockbuster movie market. You aren’t going to get anything better than what they put out because nobody else can compete financially. Warner Bros might have the money, but apparently not the talent. Their superhero movies are as unwatchable as Alex Jones’ product endorsements. “Thor: Ragnarok” is going to make a billion dollars because people like to distract themselves from their lives by going to the movies and seeing something easy to watch. I don’t blame anyone for making that decision. I blame Disney for owning the market and owning the brains and eyeballs of millions of people for two hours and choosing to make garbage because they can. People are paying for these sorry superhero movies because there’s nothing else! Every Marvel movie is supposed to be a superhero movie. Yes, superhero movies are cheesy, yes they are poorly written, yes they are silly, but deep down they are supposed to make us feel something. They’re supposed to make us want to help people or save the world or just have some selfconfidence if we think we’re weird. Because our weirdness might be a superpower! This movie and all of the Marvel movies don’t do anything like that. They have no substance, no character and everything

in the movie feels like it’s there for some strategic purpose. There’s nothing in this movie that comments on the what it means to be human or enriches the spirit in any way. It’s fake and ingenuine. “Thor: Ragnarok” sucks, and I hate it, and I hate Marvel, and I hate movies now, and I wish I never had to write this review. Ryan Supper can be reached at rsuppe@ sagebrush.unr and on twitter @salsuppe.

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Stirr Lightly

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Courtney Mayer, Bijou Bell and Victoria Almanzan of Stirr Lightly pose for a photograph. The Reno band is currently preparing to record their first EP.

By Alexis Scatena By day, University of Nevada Reno, graduate Courtney Mayer, 22, works two jobs while her band members and friends, Bijou Bell, 19, and Victoria Almanzan, 22, work toward their college degrees. By night, the girls of Stirr Lightly collaboratively write music to prepare to record their first ever EP in Reno. Originally from Las Vegas, the three friends formed the band earlier this year. Almanzan and Mayer knew each other in high school but recruited Bell when they were all students at UNR. The Las Vegas natives had always dreamed about performing and forming a band. Almanzan describes how she chased her dream through the creation of Stirr Lightly but had a slight obstacle along the way. “[Being in a band] had always been something that I dreamt about, but I had pretty bad stage fright that was holding me back,” Almanzan said. “Frequently, going to Holland Project shows and seeing confident women on stage inspired me and I just decided to do it one day.” For Bell, being in Stirr Lightly became a way for her to express herself authentically and meet new people. “I just really wanted to play music other

than classical, to have more of an outlet. Also, I wanted to make new friends because I didn’t know Victoria or Courtney. There also aren’t a lot of females in the music scene so that was a cool aspect.” The band started off with having a surf rock and alternative sound to it. Now, they are evolving into a sound with more progressive and math rock influences. “Overall, we still have a relatively soft sound,” Mayer said. “But we’re adding different layers. It will be interesting to see where things go from here.” Bell agreed with Mayer, adding, “We have a fuller sound now, I think. Our music becomes more complex the more time we have to write.” In their music, Almanzan dominates, but vocals can be heard from all of the girls. The sound of Mayer’s bass and Almanzan’s guitar echo throughout their songs as Bell’s drum adds an easy beat. For the girls, writing songs has been an outlet for them to genuinely and freely express themselves. Mayer explains how there is not a focused message portrayed in their music but is inspired by different experiences and feminist attitudes. “While certain songs may have stronger and more direct lyrics, most are just personal accounts and personal expres-

with guest conductor and trumpeter


sions more-so than having any set messages,” she described. “Though I think we can all agree as a band we are proud to be an all female group and hope to inspire others in a primarily male-dominated scene.” The unique name of the edgy girl group was thought of by Almanzan, who saw the direction “stir lightly” in a recipe book while cooking and immediately knew that that was going to become their band’s identity. “I was trying to think of band names that described our sound,” the guitarist said. “I was cooking and using a recipe that said to ‘stir lightly’ and I was like ‘huh that’s weird, usually it says, ‘stir slowly’ or something like that.’ But I thought, that kind of represented our approach to things. Then, we added an extra ‘r’ because we are edgy.” Recently, Stirr Lightly opened up for Palehound, alongside Fine Motor, at Reno’s renowned artistic venue, the Holland Project. No upcoming gigs are set, but the band will be making a mark on Northern Nevada soon. Stay connected with Stirr Lightly on their Instagram and Facebook pages, @stirrlightly. Alexis Scatena can be reached at and on twitter @nevadasagebrush

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Elites not in a position to joke about rape D

uring his opening monologue on "Saturday Night Live," comedian Larry David took on producer Harvey Weinstein and the sexual allegations that have rocked Hollywood in recent weeks. He said he's noticed a “pattern” that many of the sexual predators in the news have been Jewish. David, a Jewish man himself, said he was disappointed by prominent Jews’ negative attention in the news. He then went as far as to venture what it would be like to hit on women in concentration camps during World War II. “I’ve always, always been obsessed with women,” David said. “I’ve often wondered, if I grew up in Poland, when Hitler came to power, and was sent to a concentration camp, would I still be checking out women in the camp? I think I would…Of course the problem is that there are no good opening lines in a concentration camp.” David, who is responsible for TV greats such as "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm," should have known that these types of jokes crossed the line. Not only were they insensitive to survivors of the Holocaust, which is a whole other issue unto itself, but it diminishes the issue of sexual assault. David’s monologue brings to mind two issues: one, he referenced Weinstein, after SNL decided not to do skits about the Hollywood producer immediately after allegations came to light. A disturbing revelation about Weinstein was the fact that scores of people who knew him were also aware of his behavior as a serial sexual assaulter. Second, David joked about rape at the expense of the victims themselves. Headlines the day after wrote of David’s insensitivity rather than the issue at hand — the women who are victims of a powerful man’s sexual advances. More than 20 women have come forward to speak about their encounters with Weinstein. Lupita Nyong’o, an Oscarwinning actress for "12 Years a Slave," told The New York Times that Weinstein repeatedly made advances at her and made her uncomfortable, and described a time where she gave him a massage to

avoid a sexual encounter. "Before long he said he wanted to take off his pants," Nyong'o said to The New York Times. "I told him not to do that and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable." Actress and model Cara Delevingne described a similar encounter

There are dozens more women who have come forward to speak about Weinstein’s aggressive sexual advances, and other actors that have shined a light on more Hollywood stars’ behavior — such as "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey. David has a platform to talk about a very serious issue, and even while

their bodies. Hollywood has a secret culture of doing “whatever it takes to get to the top”. But these actors and actresses would have become who they are without suffering sexual harassment and rape. They would have been better off without it. No one should have to endure someone else violating their body to get ahead in their career. No one should have to endure someone else violating their body period. David isn’t the first one to take heat for “rape jokes.” Daniel Tosh was bashed for an insensitive joke in 2012, and Dane Cook took equal criticism for defending him. This led to a widespread discussion about when these kinds of jokes can be okay. And smart people actually came to a consensus. In her article “If rape jokes are finally funny it's because they're targeting rape culture” Rebecca Solnit wrote for the Guardian, “That rape jokes aren’t funny was an axiom assuming that rape jokes are at the expense of the victim. Something horrible happened to you, hahhahha! I’m going to violate and degrade a woman and deny her humanity hohohoho! It’s funny to me and you don’t matter! People then drew a distinction between punching down (mocking the less powerful) and punching up (aiming at the privileged, the status quo, maybe even striking blows against the empire). The rape joke as it then Photo by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons existed was all about punching Larry David, writer and comedian, at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009. down.” David hosted sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" last weekend These types of jokes are acceptwhere his opening monologue bombed, and he was criticized for insensi- able when they’re at the expense of tive jokes about the Holocaust and rape culture. the oppressor, not the oppressed. David is already in a position on her Instagram. he was on a comedy show, sexual at the top of the social spectrum. "He walked me to the door and assault is not a subject to joke about. His net worth is estimated in the stood in front of it and tried to kiss Joking about it does nothing but hundreds of millions of dollars. If he me on the lips. I stopped him and add to and reinforce rape culture. were to make jokes at the expense managed to get out of the room," It takes away from the severity of it. of the powerful (the kind of jokes she wrote. "I still got the part for It takes away the legitimacy of the that are good for everybody), he the film and always thought that he pain the victims are feeling. Joking would only be punching sideways. gave it to me because of what hap- about sexual assault makes it ratio- Instead, he chose to punch down at pened. Since then I felt awful that nal and okay. Weinstein felt like he the victims. On top of that, his jokes I did the movie. I felt like I didn't had a right to these women’s bodies, weren’t even funny. That’s always deserve the part. I was so hesitant whether they gave him permission noteworthy when jokes become about speaking out. I didn't want to or not. They have spent years in controversial. hurt his family." silence, struggling internally with So for the time being, we must Actress Rose McGowan accused what happened to them, and not demand better. Weinstein of raping her. She said speaking out until they felt safe to he paid her a settlement in 1997 do so. They have feared this man The editorial board can be reached after sexually assaulting her at the would take advantage of them at and on Sundance Film Festival. She was 23. again, and use his power to get to Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.


“FAKE NEWS” IN REVIEW By Ryan Suppe and Joey Thyne

INTERNATIONAL STOCKHOLM TEEN TO USE 'JUST A PRANK' DEFENSE IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE CASE Famous vlogger Liam Eriksson is currently on trial for double homicide. Sources are reporting his defense team has developed a revolutionary new defense. It is becoming known as the “just a prank” defense. Eriksson, 17, has become a viral sensation for such videos as “PRANK IN THE HOOD GONE SEXUAL” and “DROPPING A LIVE POSSUM ON MY GREAT AUNT SHIRLEY AS SHE TAKES A SHOWER XD.” He has 23.8 million Youtube subscribers. Last January, someone broke into the home of elderly couple Oscar and Elias Nilsson, tied them to chairs, tortured them for several hours before ultimately slitting their throats and burning down their house. Gibson was arrested on the grounds that he filmed himself doing it and posted it on YouTube. “Similar to parody law, we are just trying to maintain the artistic discourse in the United States,” said defense lawyer Patrick File. At press time, the trial had to be put on recess after Eriksson’s video “FARTING IN CHURCH PRANK” was submitted into evidence and the jury and judge couldn’t stop laughing.

NATIONAL INFOWARS FAN TO GIVE ‘BRAIN FORCE PLUS’ SUPPLEMENT A LITTLE MORE TIME TO KICK IN Ohio man Ken Landers has been taking the “brain force” supplement from Infowars for years. Landers was excited to find out that a new, stronger supplement “brain force plus” was now for sale. Landers is still waiting for the nootropic to take full effect, but he’s going to give it a little more time. The “brain force plus” is administered through the nose in a powdery substance and should be taken hourly in public restroom stalls for best results. “I feel like Bradley Cooper in that smart pill movie,” he said. “Except this is totally legit.” He takes “brain force plus,” which is made of rhinoceros horn, stardust, tears of the Obama daughters, the mane of a wild mustang, high-fructose corn syrup and coca plant extract, because Alex Jones is “the smartest human since Matt Damon as the janitor in that math movie.” “If you snorted this stuff you would know why it works,” Landers said while wiping “brain force plus” from his nostrils. “Maybe your cognizant applications are just too slow and that’s probably why you’re poor too!” Landers doesn’t yet feel any smarter, and he admits his blog posts haven’t gained any more traction, but he’s going to give the supplement a little more time to take effect. In the meantime, he feels accomplished after sorting his movie collection alphabetically by director and arranging his spoons by scooper degree angle, thanks to the nootropic supplement from Infowars.

Understanding politics of the flag


n the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, the flag of the United States of America is on the ground, attacked by a series of axes. As my fellow students and citizens are angered and disgusted, I would like to say that I am a proud student of the University of Nevada, Reno, and a proud citizen of the United States of America. The flag is a symbol of our country, 50 stars and 13 stripes representing over three hundred million people in this country and around the world. The flag is also a piece of fabric. The stars do not guarantee a person’s right to practice religion. The red stripes do not provide for standing armed forces. Our three branches of government are not separate and equal Patrick because of the white stripes. Hardin The flag doesn’t guarantee anybody anything, doesn’t guarantee rights, responsibilities, and/or powers. Our Constitution does that. All the flag does is act as a symbol for our country. Our flag is just a design, but a very pretty design. But it is a design for all Americans. As soon as you are born or naturalized as a citizen, the flag is yours. Do with it as you wish. Want to use the flag to show how much you love this county? Be my guest! Want to use the flag to register your displeasure and fears over the direction of this country? Go right on ahead! Want to use the flag to cover your naked body on social media? Why not! Want to use the flag to make boatloads of cash by putting it on shirts, undergarments, and cakes? That’s perfectly fine, but remember to pay taxes! One thing that isn’t being heard enough is the question, “why?” Why are people protesting? Why do people stand for the flag? If these questions can be answered and addressed, just maybe people will be brought together instead of torn apart. People are protesting with the aid of the flag for many reasons: police brutality, racial injustice, legal reforms, free expression, the list goes on. These issues need to be addressed, especially since these protests and reactions have turned us against each other. Listen to the protesters, take action, and try not to give people reasons to protest.

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Alex Jones, conservative media pundit, has taken "brain force plus" for decades. He was first introduced to the supplement at spring break 1988. It has been making his brain huger ever since.


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It is also important for people to know why they stand for the flag. For myself, I stand for the flag for many reasons. I stand because the history of this country is all about the constant progression towards freedom, equality, and justice for all people. We haven’t been perfect, but we strive to improve ourselves and work toward that goal. During the times of a progress quagmire, the United States of America is the epicenter of the literary, artistic, and entertainment world because of our culture of constantly redefining storytelling, expanding the galaxy of what is considered accepted and celebrated topics of discussion because of our near-lawlessness when it comes to creation and expression, and the protections of creators through copyrights, patents, and the First Amendment. Every person for themselves should decide upon reasons for why they stand. If someone stands for the flag because they are coerced, forced, or feel apathy, that does not strengthen the country, hollow gestures weaken it. In addition, frankly, just blind allegiance is rather creepy. Our flag exists for all of its citizens, whether in pride or distress. It is the freedoms we enjoy that make us Americans, not the fabric we call our

flag. Using the flag in celebration, in profit, and in protest, all in the spirit of freedom, is why we exist and why people die in defense of this country. In order to honor our flag, we need to understand for ourselves why each of us loves this country and from there, that’s when we can start truly and sincerely honoring our flag, whether it be putting it on the flagpole, on the rack, or on the floor. P.S. To those who question why the axed flag is acceptable, and Nazi swastikas are treated with disgust, to borrow sentiments from Oprah Winfrey: for 12 million people around the world, when they saw the Nazi swastika, they knew that they were going to die because they were Jewish, because they were of color, because they were gay, because they were irrationally hated by evil people. When the swastika was painted on campus, it sent a message that people were not safe here. That’s why they’re different. Opinions expressed in The Nevada Sagebrush are solely those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of The Sagebrush or of its staff. Patrick Hardin is a Noted Idiot. He can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

Jennie Coolidge was getting ready for a night out last weekend when she decided not to wear a jacket. Coolidge was reportedly aware that it had been chilly throughout the day, and it was possible that she could be walking outside for an extended period of time. “I’ll just wear my boyfriend’s jacket if I get cold,” she said while zipping up her stylish yet sensible 4-inchheel boots. “Why would I bring a jacket if I can just wear his? Bradley never really gets that cold anyway.” The night was a cool 46 degrees, and there was a substantial wind chill at 15 miles per hour. After a few hours at the bar, where they spent a little too much money, the couple decided to walk home rather than pay for a Lyft. Bradley was cozy in his Columbia brand, insulated, softshell, down jacket with heat seal construction, when he noticed Jennie had her arms crossed and was shivering. In an act of pure, honest-to-god chivalry, Bradley pulled a fleece zip-up out of the duffel bag full of jackets that he had been carrying around all night in case of this exact situation and nobly wrapped it around Jennie’s shoulders. Bradley had also brought jackets for each of Jennie’s six friends who were reportedly appreciative.

Ryan Suppe and Joey Thyne study astrology. They can be reached at and on Twitter @salsuppe and @Joey_Thyne.

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Moe’s unwavering spirit leads women’s basketball

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Senior Nevada women’s basketball player T Moe poses for the camera during the Nevada women’s basketball media on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at Lawlor Events Center. T Moe looks to capitalize on her final season with the program.

By Brandon Cruz There are millions of perks that come with being an athlete, playing in front of rocking arenas, gaining that feeling of having a true family

and the glitz and glamour of the spot light. But just as any part of life, just as the benefits flood in, a dam gets constructed and the flow is halted. That dam in an athlete’s life is injury and it plagues the majority of

individuals who compete in sports. Terilyn Moe, T Moe for short, has been on the wrong end of the body health battle for the majority of her career with the Nevada women’s basketball team. But even though

she’s sat out for three seasons in her Nevada career, her outlook is optimistic and her perseverance through the years has been nothing but admirable. Moe was born just a few minutes outside of San Francisco in Daly City, California, where she lived with her three older brothers and her parents. The lot was obsessed with sports, with Moe’s mother being a college volleyball coach. “I was a tom boy for sure,” Moe said. “My parents were really into sports, so that’s basically all I did. I was a gym rat.” Like many kids growing up before society was addicted to technology, Moe seemed to have her hand in every sport possible. The two constants being basketball and volleyball. From the jump, Moe played volleyball because, well, if your mother wants you to do something, you do it, no questions asked. “My mom was a college volleyball coach and she really liked volleyball,” Moe said. “It was kind of natural for me but I didn’t like it.” With her growing distaste for volleyball the decision was clear. Moe turned to the passions she found on her own at four years old while playing at her local Boys and Girls Club. “It honestly wasn’t that hard because I didn’t like volleyball,” Moe said. “It was too slow of a game. Wasn’t as aggressive so I stuck with basketball.” From the Boys and Girls Club Moe began playing AAU basketball for Oscar Jimenez. Jimenez helped Moe and other teens get off the streets and be productive with their free time. Moe used her club basketball experience to truly hone in on her basketball skills. She then attended Terra Nova High School in Pacifica, California, where she led the team to four conference championships, was named MVP four times and four-time Peninsula Ath-

letic League first team all-league. Highly touted coming out of high school, Moe decided the University of Nevada was her best fit, as she started playing for the Wolf Pack during the 2012-2013 season. Moe’s ’12-’13 campaign looked promising as she opened her first ever collegiate game with 20 points against Cal State Fullerton. In the 12 games she played she knocked down 73 percent of her foul shots, handed out 15 assists and put up 18 steals. However, her inaugural season at Nevada came to a screeching halt on New Year’s Eve at Wake Forest. She tore her ACL in her left knee and just like that her freshman season ended “It was a really rough time for me,” Moe said. “It was my first time being away. The only time I’ve ever had basketball taken away from me. With that there was a blessing. I found the lord and really I was able to find my faith in that.” Moe began rehabbing her knee as soon as humanly possible with hopes of playing full through her sophomore season with the Pack. Her second season with Nevada went over a lot better than her first as she started in 24 games of the 31 she played. She averaged 10.9 points a game, was an Academic All-Mountain West honoree and avenged her previous season by putting up a career best 23 points against Wake Forest. Junior year rolled around and Nevada women’s basketball was looking poised to be a stellar squad. Moe got four games into the season before tearing her ACL in her right knee against San Francisco two days before Thanksgiving. At this point Moe was averaging 16 points game, averaged 6.3 rebounds and recorded the programs first tripledouble in the team’s home opener. “That one was really hard because we predicted to have a break

out season and we were doing well,” Moe said. “I had that triple-double in the first game of the season and then two games later I’m out for the year.” Just like that Moe lost another year to the exact same injury a couple years prior, just on a different leg this time around. The odds were stacking against her, but she went through with the rehabilitation process looking forward to playing again the next season. Her next season looked as if it could be just as good as her sophomore year, but injury struck again and Moe didn’t even touch the court during regular season play. She tore her ACL in her right knee again during a scrimmage on Nevada Day against UC Davis. “That one was probably the hardest mentally,” Moe said. “Is this a game for me? Or not. I’ve played one season so far.” Moe was starting to question everything, and who could blame her? The one part of her life she’d been a superstar at, she’d only been able to participate in one full season, over the course of her four seasons at Nevada. But Moe refused to quit and wouldn’t allow the injuries to stop her love and passion for the game. “They’ve all been really hard but honestly people are like ‘how did you get through that,’” Moe said. “Honestly I can’t see my life without basketball so it was kind of never a question of how can I? Nah, I’m just going to get it done.” Get it done she did. During Moe’s second redshirt junior season she started in 29 of the teams 30 games.

Brandon Cruz can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports

Wolf Pack sweeps its exhibition matches By Javier Hernandez The Nevada Basketball team’s third preseason “Throwback” game featured new uniforms, old-school music, and a sold out Virginia Street Gym. Leading up to the game, fans lined up outside the doors of the gym in order to get first choice of seats at the general admission game. With the coaches, cheerleaders, and players dressed in their throwback gear, along with an overhauled Wolf Pack volleyball court lined with tape to mark the necessary spots on the basketball court, Virginia Street Gym took a step back in time. “It’s an amazing experience getting to play in a compact environment like this,” sophomore small forward Josh Hall said. “The crowd really got into it and the fans showed a lot of energy. I’ve never played like anything like this since the gyms in high school so it was a really good experience.” Alongside the players, the coaches also took part in wearing throwback outfits as they each wore 70s-themed attire. Coach Ruta and the other assistants took it a step further and wore fake mustaches. The Wolf Pack, which donned its new “throwback” uniforms, one of five new additions this season, found its groove on both ends of the court to give the sellout crowd of 3,000 a bang for its buck. “I thought it was a really neat environment,” Musselman said. “Fun for the fans, fun for all of us to participate in something that was a little bit different. We’re overly pleased with our turnout.” The Wolf Pack won the game pretty handily by a score of 101 to 55. Offensively, Nevada was led by sophomore forward, Josh Hall who scored a game-high 27 points. Hall made his living from beyond the arc as he made seven threes (on 7-of-8 shooting). “Josh just keeps getting better and better,” Musselman said. “He’s got great confidence. Obviously tonight he shot the three ball phenomenally. I thought that we really stretched out their defense by knocking down the three.” Hall, who got the start for the first time this preseason, was pleased with the team’s performance heading into the non-conference season. “I just came out aggressive,” Hall said. “I got a good rhythm in the beginning of the game. I got a couple of open threes to keep the rhythm going so tonight’s a good night.” The Wolf Pack saw the return of junior forward Jordan Caroline. He sat out the last game as he was nursing an ankle that he injured during practice a few weeks ago. Caroline scored ten points (on 4-of-

11 shooting). In addition, he recorded six rebounds, one assist and two steals. Nevada was hitting on all cylinders offensively as it had two more players score in double digits in addition to Hall and Stephens in Cody Martin (16 points; 5-of-12) and Kendall Stephens (13 points; 5-of-15). Musselman, who in Nevada’s previous outing against Stanislaus State was disappointed with the defensive performance of the Wolf Pack, challenged his team to play with greater effort on the defensive end. This time around, the Wolf Pack stifled their opponent en route to a blowout performance. “I thought we played better defense,” Musselman said. “We held them to 30 percent but there’s still some things that we need to clean up for sure from a defensive standpoint.” The Wolf Pack forced the Penguins into 14 turnovers in the first half. Of those 14 turnovers, the Wolf Pack converted to 15 points off of turnovers on the other end. Midway through the half, Nevada ramped up the intensity as it held Dominican scoreless for over seven minutes. In the second half, Nevada continued its intensity on the defensive end as they held their opponent to 33 points in the second half while forcing another 11 turnovers. “That was one of our main goals—to get more steals,” Hall said. “We’re a little bit smaller this year so we want to take more charges and to take more steals. We definitely achieved our goal for this game.” The Wolf Pack was without projected starter Caleb Martin who was ruled out of the game with lingering turf toe. The game against Dominican wraps up the preseason slate for the Wolf Pack. After three games, Nevada handily defeated each of its opponents which include WAC favorite Grand Canyon and Stanislaus State. This Friday, the Wolf Pack its regular season as they will face the Idaho Vandals who are the preseason favorites to win the Big Sky Conference. According to Hall, the three exhibition games have given them enough preparation to begin their regular season campaign. The Wolf Pack have placed a great emphasis on their non-conference schedule to try and improve it over the offseason. “We feel really good,” Hall said. “We feel really confident to get back into it on Monday to just lock in on them. We feel really confident on what we can do and how we played tonight and how we moved the ball. So we’re all really excited.” Javier Hernandez can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

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Nevada’s Cody Martin, rises up to jam a thunderous dunk over the Dominican defenders during their game on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at the Virginia Street Gym. The Wolf Pack defeated the Penguins 101-55 and will begin their nonconference slate this Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 as they will face of against the Idaho Vandals.

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at Northwestern

vs. Toledo

L 31-17

L 37-24

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Pack Volleyball has experienced some recent success after a win at UNLV on Thursday, Nov. 2 and another win on Saturday, Nov. 4 against New Mexico. Madison Foley and Ayla Fresenius led the team with double-doubles during the UNLV game. Foley and Fresenius again led the team with double doubles against New Mexico, along with teammate Peighton De Von. Along with the two wins, Pack sophomore Dalyn Burns was named the Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney Athlete of the week, as she averaged 13.75 assists per set against UNLV and New Mexico. Nevada’s next match takes place at home this Thursday, Nov. 9, against the Colorado State Rams.

vs. Idaho State L 30-28

THIS WEEK’S GAME vs San Jose State Saturday, Nov.11 at 1:00 p.m.


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at Washing- at Fresno State ton State L L 45-7 21-41

vs. Hawaii W 35-21

at Colorado vs. Air Force at Boise State vs. San Jose State State L L 1:00 p.m. L 45-42 41-14 11/11 42-44

at San Diego State 7:30 p.m. 11/18

vs. UNLV 12:00 p.m. 11/25

Broncos pull away from the wolf

MEN’S GOLF Nevada’s final tournament of the season takes place from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, in Pebble Beach, California, for the Saint Mary’s Invitational. Nevada faces some stiff competition and will face off against back-to-back defending champions in the San Diego State Aztecs. Only six of the 18 teams are ranked outside of the top 100. Grant Booth leads the Wolf Pack field with a scoring average of 70.5 for the season, ranking him in the top 65 nationally. Brandon Cruz can be reached at and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

GAME PREDICTIONS #13 Michigan State vs. #11 Ohio State Spread: Ohio State -15.5 The Buckeyes were blown out of the water and out of College Football Playoff contention after a head scratching performance against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Urban Meyer’s squad was reeling from start to finish and was not able to find any semblance of rhythm last week. Following a huge victory against second ranked Penn State two weeks ago, the Buckeyes fell flat. On the other hand, Michigan State has steadily put together a strong season despite a lack of offensive firepower. In addition, they defeated Penn State last week, proving that they are a legitimate threat to win the game outright. This spread is absurd even if the game is in Columbus with an angry Buckeye team that wants to rid itself of the bad taste from a week ago.

SCORE PREDICTION: #13 Michigan State -24 #11 Ohio State - 28 #2 Georgia vs. Auburn Spread: Georgia -2.5 The Georgia Bulldogs debuted first overall in the initial College Football Playoff Rankings. That is due to their consistent play on both ends of the football, as well as playing a quality slate of opponents, including an early season victory over third ranked Notre Dame. Jake Fromm has emerged as an excellent and accurate playmaker throughout the course of the season. Auburn, who is ranked tenth in the nation, is a very streaky team on offense. The Bulldogs boast one of the best defenses in the nation this year. Look for them to get separation late in the game. One thing to note is that Auburn may be out for revenge this time around as last season, Georgia upset the Tigers in Athens. However, this Georgia team has the defense to help quell any chance of an upset.

SCORE PREDICTION: #1 Georgia-31 #10 Auburn - 20 Javier Hernandez can be reached at and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

By Darion Strugs This past Saturday the Nevada Wolf Pack traveled to Boise to face the cream of the crop in the Mountain West, the Boise State Broncos. The game ended in a blowout as the Broncos plowed over the Pack in a 41-14 victory. With the loss, Nevada fell to 1-8 on the season. Coming off their bye week the Wolf Pack started out strong scoring a touchdown on the opening possession. Boise State responded by scoring a touchdown on their first possession, then kicked a field goal after intercepting Ty Gangi on the next Nevada drive. Nevada’s Trevion Armstrong caught a Gangi pass for a touchdown

as Nevada took a 14-10 lead. Nevada attempted and failed an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff. Two plays later Boise State receiver Cedrick Wilson caught a 44-yard bomb from quarterback Brett Rypien to give the Broncos a 17-14 lead. The back-and-forth affair ended there and the Broncos never looked back as their offense added three more touchdowns and a field goal during the remainder of the game, while the defense was sensational shutting out the Nevada offense in the second half. An offense that had scored 42 points in each of the last two games.

OFFENSE The Wolf Pack could not

continue the offensive success they had from the previous three games as they only scored 14 points with 302 yards of total offense. Ty Gangi threw three interceptions, tying a career high. Along with the interceptions, Gangi also threw for a season-low 160 yards. The lone bright spot for the offense was Kelton Moore as he rushed for over 100 yards for the third time in the last four games and added a touchdown on top of that. Moore also seemed to establish himself as the No. 1 running back as Jaxson Kincaide only got three carries in his return to the field playing in his first game since Hawaii a month ago.

DEFENSE The defense gave up over 40 points for the third consecutive game. The Broncos, led by the dual quarterback system of Rypien and Montell Cozart, made easy work of the Pack defense with a big contribution from running back Alexander Mattison and his two rushing touchdowns. The night got even worse for an already reeling Nevada defense, as Asauni Rufus broke his leg in gruesome fashion. Rufus, the team’s third leading tackler, will miss the last three games of the season. He is expected to have surgery soon and return next year for his senior campaign.

Boise State, who is 7-2 overall and 5-0 in conference, controls their own destiny as they can advance to the Mountain West Championship Game with wins against both Colorado State and Air Force the next two weeks. Nevada will try to get back on track as they play a struggling 1-9 San Jose State Spartans team, who have lost eight straight games, at 1 p.m. this Saturday at Mackay Stadium. The Wolf Pack have an 83.8 percent chance to win according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. Darion Strugs can be reached @bcruz.sagebrush. and online @SagebrushSports Andrea Wilkinson/Nevada Sagebrush

Wide receiver Brendan O’leary Orange sprints up the field to gain separation from his defender in the Wolf Pack’s loss against Air Force on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. The Wolf Pack will face San Jose State this week.

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