Page 1




NEWS in REVIEW By Karolina Rivas

INTERNATIONAL HUNDREDS DEAD AFTER LARGE EARTHQUAKE NEAR IRAN-IRAQ BORDER On Sunday, Nov. 12, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the Iran-Iraq border killing over 400 people and injuring thousands. The deadliest temblor of 2017 so far. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake’s epicenter was located in a rural area on the Iranian side of the border Sunday night. “Instructed civil defense teams and health and aid agencies to do all that they can to provide assistance,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a tweet. Mansoureh Bagheri, a spokeswoman for the Iranian Red Crescent in Tehran said in an interview with CNN that the IRCS was working in the areas affected most by the quake with sniffer dogs, teams offering emergency shelter and treatment, and debris-removal teams. Bagheri noted that over 500 villages in the region suffered damage. In an interview with NBC News, Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the University of Southampton in England, said that because Iran sits on many major fault lines., Sunday’s quake was the largest to happen in “a long time.”



THE SANCTUARY QUESTION Fight over sanctuary cities looms over 2018 contest

NATIONAL PUERTO RICO REQUESTS FUNDS FOR RECONSTRUCTION On Monday, Nov. 13, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello requested approximately $94.4 billion from Congress in order to rebuild after many regions were devastated by Hurricane Maria. The money would be used to rebuild most of the island’s infrastructures such as schools, housing, and hospitals. Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner to the U.S. Congress Jenniffer González-Colón announced that she introduced a disaster relief law known as the Stafford Act to legislation. The Stafford act would allow the requested disaster relief funds to be used towards modernizing infrastructure since it was Puerto Rico’s buildings were weak, to begin with.

LOCAL 7 TEENS INJURED, 5 CRITICALLY, AFTER CARSON CITY ROLLOVER CRASH On Thursday, Nov. 10, officials responded to a single-vehicle accident in Carson City on Kings Canyon Rd. When officials arrived at the scene, seven teenagers were found inside the Dodge Nitrus, five of the teens were not wearing seatbelts. Officials reported that the vehicle had rolled over causing two teens to be airlifted to the hospital while the remaining five were taken via ambulance. According to the Trooper Dan Gordon, two teens are being treated for life-threatening injuries after being ejected from the vehicle. The remaining five are in critical condition. A candlelight vigil was held Sunday in downtown Carson at McFadden Plaza. “It’s just so hard to believe somebody your own age, somebody you go to school with, somebody you’re a student with… they are in a crash and they are hurt and they are in critical care and you don’t know what to do about it,” said Briana Foley in an interview with KOLO 8. Karolina Rivas can be reached at and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr

Immigration rights activists protest in support of sanctuary cities in Washington D.C. on Saturday, June 1. A ballot measure supported by Nevada Republican Senate Leader Michael Roberson would ban the existence of sanctuary cities in Nevada.

By Karolina Rivas and Jacob Solis In the days, weeks and months since Donald J. Trump was elected president, in part on an anti-immigrant agenda that touted things like deportation, jurisdictions across the country have begun grappling with a singular question: should they or should they not become a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants? In Nevada, that question has become complicated, especially since no firm resolution was ever made on the issue following the 2017 legislative session. And while Nevada has no official sanctuary cities, at least not by any general defini-

tion of the term, Nevada Republican Senate Leader and lieutenant governor candidate Michael Roberson wants to make sure it stays that way. A group backed by Sen. Roberson filed paperwork for a constitutional amendment to prevent sanctuary cities Monday, Oct. 30. Also known as the Prevent Sanctuary Cities Initiative, Sen. Roberson is pushing for a ballot measure that would prohibit state lawmakers from creating any sanctuary cities. Roberson’s team hopes to have the initiative placed on the November 2018 ballot. “If enacted, this measure will add a new section to the Nevada Constitution that

Anti-Kaepernick marquee vandalized

will prohibit the legislature, a county or a city from enacting a law or ordinance, or otherwise adopting, enforcing or endorsing a policy which prohibits, limits or discourages cooperation with the enforcement of the immigration laws of the United States,” the initiative reads. Roberson believes that the amendment will improve safety throughout Nevada. “During the 2017 legislative session, we saw multiple attempts to make Nevada a Sanctuary State,” Roberson said in a statement. “This dangerous legislation was opposed by local law enforcement and would have led to violent criminals being released back onto our streets instead of

University police host community conversation

By Madeline Purdue The Wolf Fastop — a gas station across from the University of Nevada, Reno, campus that gained attention after its marquee showed a photo of Calvin from the Calvin and Hobbes comic is seen urinating on the name “Kaepernick” — was found vandalized Thursday, Nov. 9. Moe Alazawi, the owner of the gas station, told the Reno Gazette-Journal that his store marquee was shot overnight Wednesday. “I guess I kind of expected it,” Alazawi said to the RGJ. The marquee also read “Unemployed need job. Work good on his knees.” When Alazawi went to open the gas

See GAS page A2

being removed from our country.” Last year, Democratic Sen. Yvanna Cancela sponsored Senate Bill 223. Under its initial wording, the bill would have prevented state police forces from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, under certain circumstances. The bill was quickly labeled a “sanctuary state” bill by critics, especially Roberson. Under mounting pressure from law enforcement groups, a new version of the bill would appear a little more than a month later that was more or less

See CITY page A2

Title IX completes traffic stop investigation By Jacob Solis

See POLICE page A2 Andrea Wilkinson/Nevada Sagebrush Chief Adam Garcia speaks at the Conversation with Police event on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Students were able to ask questions.

The University of Nevada, Reno, has completed its investigation into a September traffic stop where a university police officer joked about shooting graduate student Kevin McReynolds, who is black. The university says “appropriate steps” have been made, but the exact results of the investigation will remain secret due to state confidentiality rules, according to a letter sent to students by President Marc Johnson Thursday afternoon. The investigation was conducted by the university police services’ internal affairs and by the school’s Equal Opportunity and Title IX office. The officer who made the

See REPORT page A2

@NevadaSagebrush |




Student voice of the University of Nevada, Reno, since 1893.

Volume 124 • Issue 12 Editor-in-Chief • Jacob Solis

News Editor • Madeline Purdue

Asst. News Editor • Karolina Rivas

Sports Editor • Brandon Cruz

Asst. Sports Editor • Javier Hernandez

Opinion Editor • Ryan Suppe

A&E Editor • Joey Thyne

Design Editor • Nicole Skarlatos

Photo Editor • Andrea Wilkinson

Copy Editor • Robert Roth

Copy Editor • Clay Temme

Multimedia Editor • Bailey MeCey

Web Manager • Willis Allstead

Illustrator • Zak Brady

Social Media Manager • Jessie Schirrick

Distribution • Zacary Brown

Staff Writer • Emily Fisher

Media Adviser • Nichole Collins

CONTRIBUTING STAFFERS Olivia Ali, Will Keys, Katie Shaw, Henry Travland

DISCLAIMER The Nevada Sagebrush is a newspaper operated by and for the students of the University of Nevada, Reno. The contents of this newspaper do not necessarily reflect those opinions of the university or its students. It is published by the students of the University of Nevada, Reno, and printed by the Sierra Nevada Media Group.

ADVERTISING For information about display advertising and rates, please call the Advertising Department at 775-784-7773 or email

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters can be submitted via email at

CORRECTIONS The Nevada Sagebrush fixes mistakes. If you find an error, email

SOCIAL MEDIA The Nevada Sagebrush @NevadaSagebrush @SagebrushSports Nevada Sagebrush nvsagebrush

By Emily Fisher Jingle bells and Christmas carols can be heard in the distance, which can only mean one thing: the holidays are coming. Here at the Sagebrush, we don’t want to skip over the beloved Thanksgiving holiday, but when you’re a frugal college student on a tight budget, planning ahead is necessary. The desire to show everyone you love how much they mean to you with killer gifts and the cost of flying home can add up to a pretty penny. Instead of giving up or waiting until the last minute and spending your life savings, use these helpful tools to be as jolly as that man in the red suit.


Continued from page A1 stripped of anything that could tie it to a “sanctuary” label. Now, the bill merely instructed police officers not to ask for immigration status at the point of contact — something the state’s largest law enforcement agencies were already doing. But the damage had been done, and SB 223 had been irreparably labeled as “the sanctuary state” bill. Democratic leaders would quietly remove the measure from the committee agenda just days before a crucial legislative deadline and just like that, SB 223 was dead. “Of course I’m disappointed,” Cancela said in a statement shortly after SB 223 failed. “I

worked hard to try and find a good compromise. Law enforcement did a tremendous job at being transparent with data and sharing ideas. I believe our state’s officers truly have the interest of protecting Nevada as their guiding principle.” But Roberson quickly claimed victory. “One sanctuary state bill dead, one sanctuary state bill left to kill,” Roberson said in a statement, referencing an assembly bill that contained identical language to SB 223. “Today is a victory for Nevadans and for keeping our communities safe.” But now months after that effort failed, it seems the battle between Cancela and Roberson over immigration continues. “At a time when Nevadans have been coming


Continued from page A1 The Associated Students of the University of Nevada hosted a Conversation with the Police Tuesday to encourage communication between the university’s Police Services and those that they serve. Students and faculty were invited to join them for free pizza provided by the Blind Onion in the Joe Crowley Student Union and ask officers questions openly. Questions asked by the public centered primarily around the controversial events that have taken place in the last few months involving university police — including an officer joking about shooting a black graduate student and another officer dressing up as UNR alumni Colin Kaepernick with a sign that read “Will work for food” for Halloween. Students asked about the actions Police Services will take in the future, should events like these happen again. The questions were answered predominantly by the University Police Chief, Adam Garcia. Questions asked by students were focused on several main concerns — including the Police Service’s racially biased actions, motives and transparency with the students. They were also concerned about how the department was choosing to handle the controversial situations. For example, a student asked why the department was placing the officer who pulled over a graduate student and said he was going to “shoot him if things go sideways” on paid administrative leave during a Title IX investigation. According to Garcia, the decision to place the officer involved in the incident, Adam Wilson, was made in an attempt to resolve the issue while the investigation was taking place. Students found this to be frus-


Continued from page A1

station on Thursday, he saw that the word “unemployed” had been shot out of the marquee. Alazawi originally put on the marquee “Officer Gutierrez standing for food is better than taking a knee” as a response to the criticism UNR police officer Antonio Gutierrez received after a picture of him dressed as a caricature of Colin Kaepernick circulated social media, causing controversy. “In the beginning, I had no

together in strength and unit, this ballot initiative is a pathetic and divisive political stunt designed to help Senator Roberson pander to Republican primary voters and stroke anti-immigration fears in the 2018 election,” Cancela said in a statement. “No one wants dangerous criminals on our streets, and suggesting otherwise is ridiculous and misleading. I’m going to focus on working with legislators and local law enforcement to find solutions that keep families together and keep our communities safe.” And it’s not just Cancela that doesn’t buy Roberson’s rhetoric. In an interview with KNPR, UNLV Law professor Michael Kagan says he thinks criminal activity might actually increase. Kagan believes the anti-

trating and an inadequate action due to Wilson’s inappropriate language used during the traffic stop towards the graduate student, who is black. In response to Wilson’s actions, fellow officer James Appleton said that he hopes people understand that before everything, police officers are humans. “As police officers, we’re not robots,” Appleton said. “We are humans, and we have to make decisions that affect your lives.” Due to the department’s interaction with the black graduate student at a traffic stop, some students are also fearful for their safety. This stands particularly tall for minority students on campus. When a student asked Garcia how the department was going to try to make students feel safe, he shared the department’s plans to embark on new permanent training to assist in situations where a student may commonly feel unsafe. According to Garcia, the department is going to “work diligently” to help all students feel safe on campus. Students are also quite concerned about the transparency between the police and the students. This is mainly regarding investigations about events occurring within the department, as well as on campus. The department is hoping to open a floodgate of interaction and communication between themselves and the community, although they hope the community can understand what too much information is. “Any investigation dealing with any employee in the state of Nevada is confidential,” Garcia said. “There is very little we can talk about.”

Olivia Ali can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush. and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

problem with Kaepernick taking a knee, that’s his right and freedom of speech,” Alazawi told The Nevada Sagebrush in an interview about the original marquee. “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.” He also said he did not believe the picture and message on his marquee would affect business. “There is nothing to be concerned about,” Alazawi said. “We can’t speak our minds?


sanctuary push is a bad idea because of the ambiguous details of the ballot measure. Criminal activity will increase because it will prevent undocumented individuals from reporting a crime due to the fear of being turned over to immigration officials. “I think that this is a measure on the policy that will be helpful to criminals,” Kagan said. “It won’t change much in the way law enforcement works but it will give victims of crime and witnesses to crime more reason to be afraid.” According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Roberson says that he is pushing for the Nevada Prevent Sanctuary Cities Initiative because of Clark County commissioner and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris

Giunchigliani plan to sign sanctuary state legislation. “It’s alarming that instead of working across the aisle to keep our diverse community safe,” Giunchigliani said in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Less divisiveness out there will make this a much better state.” The initiative petition will need to collect more than 110,000 signatures and receive voter approval in 2018 and 2020 in order for the initiative to become a part of the Nevada state constitution. Jacob Solis can be reached at jsolis@sagebrush.unr. edu and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush. Karolina Rivas can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush. unr and on Twitter @ karolinarrivas.


By Madeline Purdue

PUBLIC COMMENT WOLF PACK DANCE MARATHON SEEKS PARTICIPANTS Savannah Showers from Wolf Pack Dance Marathon spoke to the Senate about the event that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network, and more specifically, Renown Children’s Hospital in Reno. She encouraged people to sign up for dance teams. Once teams are registered, they can start raising money for the event. The Wolf Pack Dance Marathon will be on March 10 starting at 2 p.m. and ends at midnight. Their goal is to raise $25,000, which is $5,000 more than their goal last year. To register for the dance marathon, visit the event’s website.


Screenshot via UNRPD

Kevin McReynolds (second from right) and friends react as Officer Adam Wilson (right) jokes about shooting McReynolds “if things go sideways”. The university’s Title IX office completed its investigation into the incident, although the results remain confidential.

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.” Alazawi is reviewing security footage and has filed a police report. University Police Services apologized for Officer Gutierrez’s costume after the photo circulated. “Members of our profession are held to a higher standard

NOV. 8


Continued from page A1

comment, Adam Wilson, was put on administrative leave shortly after the incident. In his letter, Johnson acknowledged the frustration expressed by students in the weeks after the incident. “Given what has been happening in our country, I can understand why some might feel that official statements denouncing hateful words and actions are not enough,” Johnson said. “We’ve had many conversations, meetings and workshops this semester to address these events and the impact they’ve had on our campus. We will continue to hire the most diverse faculty we can, to bring the campus together for thoughtful, meaningful dialogue on the subjects of diversity and inclusion, and continue to hold trainings and workshops so that we can all better understand each other in the workplace and in the classroom.” McReynolds released a statement late last month calling on the university to do more to prioritize diversity, saying the university has not done enough in his situation or to protect minority students. “I believe that my incident was downplayed then treated as an inappropriate apparition because


kind words are easier than the hard questions and hard choices the UNR administration needs to make,” McReynolds said. “… having a diverse campus does not mean having a safe campus. More minorities on campus can’t change the fact that the last black UNR police officer retired two years ago. More black and brown professors won’t make a Jewish student unsee swastikas. Campus safe spaces don’t protect you from attending class with a potentially violent white supremacist. What will it take for UNR to turn its politically correct rhetoric into action?” The traffic stop involving McReynolds has been just one of a series of diversity-related incidents this semester and was the first of two incidents that directly involved university police services in the span of a single month. That later episode, in which an officer dressed as a caricature of Colin Kaepernick, did not result in any administrative action. However, a picture of the officer did circulate on social media and quickly gained national attention.

Jacob Solis can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

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,” said Chief Adam Garcia. “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.” Madeline Purdue can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

Steven McNeece, director of sustainability for ASUN, resigned this week during the Senate meeting. In his resignation letter, he did not provide a reason why he was leaving his position, but said “ASUN has provided me with numerous opportunities to learn and grow as a person over my last three years serving in various capacities and I will cherish these experiences forever.” Brita Romans, a policy analyst for the Department of Legislative Affairs, also resigned as she was nominated to fill McNeece’s position.

APPOINTMENTS ROMANS APPROVED AS NEW DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY President Noah Teixeira nominated Brita Romans to be the next director of sustainability. Teixeira let Spencer Schultz, Director of Legislative Affairs and Romans’ former boss, speak about her. Schultz said Romans was one of the most capable people he has ever met, she is a quick problem solver and believes she will be great for the position. Romans said she wanted to bring more recycling programs and water bottle filling stations to campus, among other goals she has in the position. The Senate approved her appointment.

REPORTS FREE TESTING PROVIDED ON WORLD AIDS DAY Vice President Sebastian Atienza told the Senate that he is working on an event that would provide free testing to students in honor of World AIDS day. The event will take place on Friday, Dec. 1. Atienza also announced that the Pack Internship Grant Program had just under 1,000 applications.

ELECT HER REGISTRATION EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS Chief of Staff Carissa Bradley told the Senate that the Elect Her program had 66 applicants. Bradley, Speaker Hannah Jackson and other organizers of the program had hoped for 50 applicants. The program, which encourages women to run for student leadership positions, will be hosted on Saturday, Nov. 18. Madeline Purdue can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

Holidays on a Student Budget

This is News You Can Use with a guide to the holidays on a budget. THE WOLF SHOP

There’s nothing easier than doing your holiday shopping right on campus. The Wolf Shop in the Joe Crowley Student Union is a great place to shop for both UNR merchandise and other fun gifts. Students get a ten percent discount and can join the Pack Loyalty Program for even more savings, but for even smarter holiday shopping

students should take advantage of the special sales. On the first Friday of every month, students can get 25 percent off their purchases for Pack Pride Friday. The first of December happens to be the next Pack Pride Friday, and better yet customer appreciation day is also on the first! That means extra deals and savings, including special Microsoft Surface promotions.

UNIDAYS If the Wolf Shop doesn’t have everything on your wish list this holiday season, the Internet surely will. The wonderful world of online shopping really does

simplify gift giving. Especially when you get awesome discounts. We mentioned Unidays in a previous article, but the deals are so good it’s worth mentioning again. Around the holidays’ students can get bonus discounts on some of their favorite sites, and of course, we can’t forget Cyber Monday!

If there aren’t any codes, Honey offers special cashback promotions. Honey works especially well with Amazon. It tracks the best time to buy with price history charts and alerts you when your favorite products go on sale.


Skyscanner is a website, and app, that compares millions of flights to find the cheapest deal. Amongst other similar search engines, Skyscanner is consistently rated higher and links customers directly to the airline website to purchase plane tickets so it is more secure. Skyscanner even allows

We’ve all been there, searching sketchy websites for a coupon code that may or may not work. Honey is a free web browsing extension that does all the hard work for you. It automatically finds and tests coupon codes for every online store you visit.


you to search which day of the month is the cheapest to fly. Of course, remember to book your flights as soon as possible, and don’t forget to switch your browser into private mode when searching for flights home to avoid sites raising prices based off your cookies and previous searches. Instead of emptying your wallet this holiday season, get smart with these websites. Do you have any holiday shopping or traveling hacks? Share them with us @ NevadaSagebrush. Emily Fisher can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.


Pollution becoming problem for water clarity in Lake Tahoe

Brian Shamblen via Flickr

Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe as it stands in August 1997. Lake Tahoe has become more polluted by vehicle activity over the years.

By Katie Shaw Lake Tahoe is considered by many to be a flourishing national park; however, the locals and tourists are damaging the ecosystem drastically with their vehicles. Specifically, water clarity at Lake Tahoe is slowly degrading over time due to the pollutants from cars, which in turn affects climate change and stormwater runoff. According to the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, water clarity in 1968 was at 102.4 feet, while in 2016 the water clarity was only at 69.2 feet. The research method that has been used to test water clarity for the past 48 years is a white Secchi disk. Named for Italian astronomer Angelo Secchi, the disk is used to measure the turbidity or cloudiness

of the water by being lowered in by boat until it is no longer visible. The lowest year was 1997 at 64.1 feet, which is 38.3 feet lost in only 29 years. TERC’s research seems to show more and more effects of climate change, especially as the water warms and snowfall numbers fall. The highest surface water temperature was recorded only two years ago at 76 degrees in July, 2015. The lowest maximum water temperature was recorded on March 1, 2015, at 43 degrees. This year Lake Tahoe’s deep water mixing was at an all-time low, meaning less nutrients and oxygen were spread across the lake. This is important because there are also high nitrate levels in Lake Tahoe’s water, causing aquatic life to die.


@NevadaSagebrush |

One of the nonprofit organizations looking to preserve clarity at the lake is Keep Tahoe Blue, which is set on protecting the lake and providing community events for the public. The organization also has research departments, like the Pipe Keepers, who research the runoff of stormwater from pipes that lead into the lake. This research department analyzed over 1,800 stormwater samples over the past year. They also measured the turbidity of the water and fine sediment pollution, according to Keep Tahoe Blue’s recent 2016 annual report. This type of pollution is also another reason for the decline in water clarity. Fine sediment pollution stormwater mixes with soil, oil, pesticides and other pollutants that are released into the water and can

harm aquatic life. “Pollution is becoming more and more of a problem because of urbanization in Lake Tahoe. Runoff from cars and developments have been seeping into the water and affecting the chemical balance,” said Jenna Zuro, a junior wildlife ecology and conservation major. Former President Barack Obama visited the 20th annual Lake Tahoe Summit in 2016, which led to the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act that grants $415 million for public Lake Tahoe projects. “Our warming climate amplifies existing threats: an increased risk of catastrophic wildlife and more precipitation falling as rain than snow, leading to more stormwater pollution pummeling lake clarity,” Obama said during the summit. “This is a cycle that can only be broken by community efforts to lessen the amount of pollution.” 24 million visitors visit in about 9.5 million cars annually, according to the Keep Tahoe Blue Foundation. “Transportation is the most important issue in Lake Tahoe. Cars are creating fine sediment that goes into the lake and damages the clarity. Therefore, we have started ‘Lime Bike’ to reduce car trips and in the summer approximately 1,200 trips were taken,” said Marissa Fox, Senior Policy Analyst of the Keep Tahoe Blue Foundation. “Lime Bike” encourages tourists and locals to reduce the amount of traffic and pollution in the Lake Tahoe area. Other options also include carpooling and public transit, which can stop the high amounts of fine sediment pollution into the Lake. In 2010, Keep Tahoe Blue published a press release on the toxic ozone levels that have been reported in the Lake Tahoe area. Boats and exhaust are the main reasons for the influx of ozone pollutants, specifically nitrogen. Instead of clean mountain air, locals and tourists are breathing in toxic pollutants. Katie Shaw can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

Woman rescued after being trapped under RTC bus near UNR

Andrea Wilkinson/Nevada Sagebrush

A Regional Transportation Commission bus stop as it stands on Monday, Nov. 13. A pedestrian was hit and trapped under a RTC bus across from UNR’s campus the previous Tuesday.

By Karolina Rivas Firefighters rescued Ariana Cramer after she was trapped underneath a Regional Transportation Commission bus last Tuesday at an intersection near the University of Nevada, Reno. Authorities first responded to a report of a crash on N. Virginia Street, across the street from the E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center at UNR. KRNV News 4 reported a fire official confirmed on the scene that a woman was trapped under a bus for several minutes. Cramer was rescued after the fire department lifted the front part of the bus and remained conscious. She was transported to the hospital and sustained minor injuries.

The Washoe County Regional Transportation Commission released a dash cam video from the accident which showed an activated crosswalk sign confirming that Cramer had the right of way. According to the Reno Police Department, the bus driver has been cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk. “The investigation into what occurred is ongoing. Safety is our top priority. RIDE operator MV Transportation and the RTC are fully cooperating with local law enforcement throughout the investigation process,” the RTC said in a statement. Karolina Rivas can be reached at and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.



A4 | A&E


@NevadaSagebrush |


Ski season preview

By Joey Thyne

By Will Keys

SEX WEEK: PIZZA AND CONSENT DATE: Tuesday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU 423 INFO: If you’re someone

who loves pizza and consensual sex as much as me, then this event is for you. UNR’s sex week, hosted by Generation Action at Nevada club, promotes healthy, positive, safe and educational discourse on the topic of sex. Also, free pizza. So swing by, grab a slice and learn a little bit. This event is FREE to students.

PIZZA WITH THE PRESIDENT DATE: Wednesday TIME: 3 p.m. LOCATION: Blind Onion INFO: If you’re someone who

loves pizza and airing your grievances about the divisive state of the university as much as me, then this event is for you. Come on, I know something is irking you. Why not go grill President Johnson about it? Also, free pizza. So swing by, grab a slice, and participate in a democratic forum.


Lounge INFO: If you’re someone who loves cake and celebrating 10-year-anniversaries of student unions as much as me, then this event is for you. I hope it’s marble cake. Man do I love marble cake. Shannon Ellis, Dennis Green and others will speak. Also, free cake. So swing by, grab a slice and honor the building you go to buy blue books. This event is FREE to students.


DATE: Thursday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU Theatre INFO: And you thought

spook season was over. Ha! Come watch Pennywise terrorize those kids all over again. I won’t be attending because I am just now able to go to bed with the lights off after seeing “It” the first time, but godspeed. This film is also being shown Thursday at 9 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided.

JOE JAM DATE: Monday TIME: 7 p.m. LOCATION: Glick Ballrooms INFO: In case you were

unaware, the Joe Crowley Student Union turns 10 years old this week. Double digits man. The Joe is old enough to be a fifth grader. Musicallytalented UNR students will perform in the Joe Jam, a two hour mini music festival jam-packed with fun. There will also be snacks, swag and art exhibitions. This event is FREE to students. Don’t miss out. Joey Thyne can be reached and on Twitter @joey_thyne

TV review: “Nathan for You” season 4

By Joey Thyne As humans continue to rely on fossil fuels, temperatures will rise, natural disasters will become more extreme, droughts and heat waves will become more common, crop harvests will become less consistent and sea levels will rise. But, on the other hand, fresh powder dude! Last season brought an overabundance of gnar prime for shredding. Here’s to hoping for even more. A lot of students at UNR seem to have a cynical view of Reno; some call it seedy, trashy, etc. Say what you want about Reno, but it is adjacent to some pretty incredible places and Lake Tahoe is home to some of the best ski locations in the world. Your time at UNR may be the only time to experience the pure adrenaline rush of skiing or snowboarding, so you might as well give it a shot. What follows is a beginners guide to skiing culture around Reno.

SKI RESORTS NEAR RENO Mt. Rose (currently open) Pros: Only 25 minutes from Reno. There is a variety of runs, both for beginners and experts. Cons: An unrestricted college student pass costs $499. You can get an ultra-savings pass for $299, but that means you can only ski/snowboard once a week, excluding weekends. Single-day passes cost $125, not including rentals. Also, Mt. Rose can become very crowded. Boreal (currently open) Pros: Boreal has $15 Fridays

Illustration by Zak Brady

for college students (I know you’re poor). It has night skiing, which is sick. Boreal is a good place for beginners. Affordable lessons are available. Cons: The mountain is relatively small and the runs are pretty basic. Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows (opens Friday, Nov. 17) Pros: In an attempt to combat the altruistic monopolizers at Vail, Squaw Valley bought up Alpine Meadows. There is a shuttle which runs between the two locations. Squaw Valley offers night skiing. It also is home to the 1960 winter Olympics, whatever that’s worth. The college pass costs $470 with no blackout dates. Prices go up Nov. 21. You can get a 4-ticket pack for $369. Cons: It pales in comparison to the Heavenly/Kirkwood/ Northstar package. Heavenly, Northstar & Kirkwood (opens Friday, Nov. 17) Pros: This is the product of Vale’s altruistic monopolizing, and it’s amazing. Heavenly is the most gorgeous place on Earth and it has a freaking gondola you can ride through the air. Northstar is 40 minutes from Reno, it has a 2,280 vertical drop and has over 90 different runs. You could ski all day and not cover the whole mountain. I’m sure Kirkwood is fine too. Cons: The Tahoe Local Pass costs a whopping $589 and they are only on sale until Sunday. Oh, yeah, and the whole altruistic monopolizing thing.


Do: Wear a helmet. I am aware that they look uncool. You know what else is uncool? Brain damage. Helmet up! Don’t: Be embarrassed if you fall. It happens to everyone. It’s all a process. Think of it this way, every time you fall you get a little better. I’m not sure if that’s true, but isn’t it pretty to think so? Do: Be wary of other people on the hill. This one is actually for the more experienced skiers/snowboarders. You do not own the slope. Everyone else deserves to be there just as much as you do. Give people their space. Don’t spray snow at people minding their own business. That’s rude. You’re rude. Don’t: Blast music from a speaker in your backpack. I know that EDM remix of a Flo Rida song that your cousin showed you is totally dope, but no one else in lines cares to hear it. Do: Rent your gear from Bobo’s (or someplace similar) for the entire season. If you aren’t going to buy gear, it’s cheaper than renting from the mountain every time you go. Next year, take advantage of the ski swap. Don’t: Take selfies on the chairlift. In the cold, you will lose dexterity of your fingers and you will drop your phone. Sure that new Snapchat filter is cute. You know what’s not cute? Digging through the snow trying to find your new iPhone X.

Look what you made her do By Joey Thyne

Taylor Alison Swift was born into a wealthy family. At the age of 14, she decided she wanted to be a superstar, so she moved her family to Nashville and her father bought stock in the record company which would ultimately sign her. For a few years, she pretended to be America’s sweetheart by releasing country music like “Our Song” and “You Belong With Me.” Then, once she had us ensnared in her trap, she completely sold out, and started making painfully bland pop hits, going on stadium tours and jacking up the price of nosebleeds. Ever since then, Swift has become obsessed with doing a series of increasingly petty things: including, but not limited to, making herself the victim in any given situation (even those entirely unrelated to her), lying about Kanye reaching out before releasing a controversial lyric, making culturally appropriative

music videos, teaming with Ticketmaster to take advantage of her fans, releasing all of her music on Spotify the day Katy Perry’s new album came out and now releasing her new album “reputation” on the 10-year anniversary of Kanye’s mom’s death. The last one may be a coincidence, but as a journalist, I am paid to not believe in coincidences. So, full disclosure, I came into listening to her new album with some reservations. Also, Taylor is a greedy douche and decided to wait a week to stream her album. After fruitless hours trying to pirate it, I caved and bought it on iTunes. I paid for Taylor Swift music. What have I become? Her little scheme seemed to work, because apparently she sold 700,000 copies on the first day just in the United States, numbers unheard of these days. Taylor made the bold claim in her initial single “Look What You Made Me Do” that the “old

See REVIEW page A5

Do: Wax your skis. I guess. I’m actually not totally sure about this one. Don’t: Continue to lay down on the ground after you fall down trying to get off the chairlift. I know it’s just hilarious and you want to laugh with your friends, but more people are coming quickly and they are going to fall on top of you if you don’t get out of the way. Do: Bring a lunch. Ski resort food is very expensive and skiing/snowboarding is very draining. Don’t: Be afraid. Most of the people I know who hate skiing hate it because they spent their entire first trip terrified. The mountain is not your enemy, but your friend. If you fall, it most likely won’t hurt at all because you’re wearing a thick jacket and snow is soft. Do: Take it slow. I know you’ve been studying Shaun White videos and you’re ready to hit the halfpipe, but maybe start with the bunny hill? Perfect your pizzas and french fries before heading to the black diamond. Don’t: Eat the snow. People ski there you weirdo. That’s gross. You’re gross.

Nathan Fielder has artfully constructed four seasons of must-watch television that pairs the cringeworthy moments of “The Office” with the sociological intrigue and horror of an excursion to the Department of Motor Vehicles. “Nathan For You” just wrapped its fourth campaign last Thursday, capping off a whirlwind season with a finale unlike anything that’s ever aired on Comedy Central. The premise of the show is simple: Fielder meets with struggling businesses in Los Angeles and pitches them ideas on how to increase sales. The only problem is that Nathan’s ideas are so far-fetched and preposterous that it would take someone either incredibly vapid or equally desperate to give him a shot. And, of course, they always are. Take, for example, the season premiere. Fielder visits a diner in central California and comes up with an idea to get them a little publicity. No, he doesn’t buy ad space or get a pimply 15-year-old to twirl a sign, he hires a Michael Richards impersonator to show up to the diner and leave a tip so generous that the news will run the story. Sure enough, word spreads that Kramer from “Seinfeld” left a $10,000 tip. It’s not just the fanciful ideas that Fielder conjures up, it’s the extreme lengths he goes to to take them from concept to reality. He spares no expense and always prioritizes his clients over his own personal dignity for the good of the show. That means committing fraud so he can obtain a pacemaker that will allow him to bypass security at a semi-pro hockey game in order to illegally sell chili from underneath a fat suit. Or, there’s the time he started a rock band called The Bonzai Predicament and wrote a song about man’s relationship with nature entitled “Orphaned Skies,” which Fielder then arranged to be stolen by Shell Gasoline and purposefully ignited a controversy that could potentially make their song a hit. The reason for all that? It was so Fielder could insert a smoke detector into the song so that it could be classified in the public conscious as a musical instrument, which would allow the shipping company he was helping to bypass any expensive tariffs when they shipped smoke detectors to South America. A simple concept made needlessly and hilariously elaborate. The season also veers off at times into a self-referential realm, highlighted by an episode called “The Anecdote” in which Fielder needs an interesting talking point for when he’s interviewed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Deciding that his life is too boring for late night, Fielder stages an absurd situation in which he’s pulled over for speeding on the way to a wedding with a woman’s ashes in his suit pocket.

Do: Have fun. That’s the whole point. Go out with your friends and enjoy yourself. Feel the cold air and remember you are alive. Joey Thyne can be reached at jthyne@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @joey_thyne.

Will Keys can be reached at jthyne@ sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @ WillKeys6


reputation Taylor Swift Pop

Continued from page A4

Taylor” was “dead.” The album’s title “reputation” (which is decapitalized for some godforsaken reason [you’re not LCD Soundsystem, Taylor]) implies that she will comment on some of the controversy surrounding her. For the album, Swift reunited with legendary pop producer Jack Antonoff, who helped write a majority of the songs. Antonoff, known for fun. and Bleachers, has won Grammys for songwriting, working with the likes of Tegan and Sara, Grimes, Sia, St. Vincent and P!nk. Most of the songs on “reputation” start with 80s synthwave, playing into the fetishized nostalgia of the era. But the music inevitably devolves into contemporary house, borderline dubstep, EDM. Production-wise, the album sounds nice. It’s like a really sleek-looking car that can’t actually go fast and doesn’t handle well. The first two songs have a hiphop flavor. Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran collaborate with Future on “End Game.” I’m not sure who disappoints more: Future’s shameless cash grab or Taylor Swift blatantly pandering to black fans in the face of accusations calling her a white supremacist sympathizer. I suppose the Atlanta mumble trapper just wants to get paid and I never respected Taylor in the first place. God bless. The final lines of the poem “The Hollow Men” by T.S. Eliot read “This is the way the world ends/not with a bang but a whimper.” That’s all good and well, but I believe the world ends with Taylor Swift rapping. Maybe not literally, but culturally. Cue the gifs of Taylor dancing off beat. Sound engineers clearly manipulate Swift’s voice in several songs. It’s true: she does not have the natural pipes like Adele or Beyoncé to carry a pop ballad. We could forgive this if she had the songwriting ingenuity of Charli XCX or Rae Jepsen, but she doesn’t. This is obligatory section of the review where I point out that’s it not all bad. “Delicate” and “Gorgeous” are fun, catchy songs. “Getaway Car” and “Call It What You Want” feel like driving with the windows down just before dusk in the reckless, romantic summertime. The worst part of the album

A&E | A5

@NevadaSagebrush |


is that it has no voice or pointof-view. It has no direct vision or consistent style. Swift and her team are a nameless, faceless hit generator. What follows is a collection of what I like to call “OMG so relatable!!” lyrics, indulging her Tumblr millennial listeners. In the song “Gorgeous” she sings, “I guess I’ll stumble on home to my cats...alone.” In the song “Dress” she sings, “I’m spilling wine in the bath tub.” What follows is a collection of the most passive aggressive lyrics on the album. In her song “So It Goes...” she sings, “You did a number on me/But who’s counting?” In the song “Call It Want You Want” she sings, “They took the crown but it’s alright/ All the liars are calling me one/ Nobody’s heard from me for months/I’m doing better than I ever was.” She (actually) has a song called “This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” on which she sings, “This is why we can’t have nice things, darling/Because you break them/I had to take them away.” In the same song, she addresses the ongoing Kanye West issue, singing, “And therein lies the issue/Friends don’t try to trick you/Get you on the phone and mind-twist you/And so I took an ax to a mended fence/ But I’m not the only friend you’ve lost lately/If only you weren’t/So shady.” Perhaps it’s not the best idea to publicly call out someone currently grappling with depression and paranoia, but what do I know? To hell with being the bigger person. (Insert snake emoji) Through her lyrics, Swift perpetuates the stereotype to her young, impressionable listeners that love should be melodramatic and tragic to achieve a sort of warped glamour. In the song “Gorgeous” she sings, “You make me so happy it turns back to sad/ There’s nothing I hate more than what I can’t have.” In the song “Don’t Blame Me” she sings, “Your love made me crazy/If it doesn’t,

you ain’t doin’ it right/Lord, save me/My drug is my baby/I’ll be usin’ for the rest of my life.” In the song “I Did Something Bad” she sings, “I never trust a narcissist/ but they love me/So I play them like a violin, and make it look oh so easy.” In the song “End Game” she sings, “You and me would be a big conversation.” Perhaps the demise of so many of her public relationships come from her obsession with her image. On the song “Delicate” she sings, “My reputation’s never been worse, so he must like me for me.” Instead of opening up and discussing why her reputation is so poor, she uses it as a device to make herself the victim yet again. “I don’t love the drama/the drama loves me” she spits on “End Game.” Sure, Taylor. She acts like she wishes to shirk all of the negative press surrounding her, but she can’t let it go. She fuels it. She thrives on it. She spends the whole album talking about herself, but she never really says anything. Swift is that person at the party who continuously redirects every conversation to make it about them, never really listening but waiting for an opportunity to interject. All great art is narcissistic. However, few albums have gotten away with being so overtly self-referential. The best include “The Wall” by Pink Floyd and, ironically, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” by Kanye West. Those albums succeed because of Roger Waters’ attention to detail and Kanye’s willingness to bare his soul. Swift refuses to be truly vulnerable, and acts defensive: criticizing the media, other celebrities, even her fans, pretty much everyone but herself. This is not the worst album you will hear all year, but it’s far from the best. Even the highest highs on Swift’s “reputation” can’t reconcile her real life reputation.

#HHWeek #PackProvisions

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is a nationally recognized week from November 11th through 19th where organizations put on events to raise awareness about the issues surrounding hunger and homelessness.



MOBILE MONDAY FREE FARMER’S MARKET Knowledge Center Rotunda 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Guest Speaker: Keith Pleich


15 NOV


Q & A about Reno’s Homelessness Wells Fargo Auditorium 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM RSVP

HUNGER BANQUET Email Knowledge Center Rotunda 6:00 PM through

RSVP Online through GivePulse

Every event will have a donation drive where students can donate non-perishable food, hygiene items, and clothing

To RSVP for the Hunger Banquet please contact Brittany at

Joey Thyne can be reached at joeythyne@gmail. com and on Twitter @ joey_thyne.

The International Club PresentS

The 35




Of All


enjoy an evening of international cuisine, traditional art and cultural performances as we celebrate the wonders of various cultures from across the globe

Nov. 17 , 2017 | 6PM - 9PM th

Joe Crowley student union | Milt Glick Ballrooms

Ticket Prices:

$5 for students | $7 for general admission free admission for ages 5 & under tickets Available in Asun central station on the 3 rd floor starting Nov. 6 th

f /nevadaASUN



“This is Nevada”


Mobile App

@NevadaSagebrush |


Believing survivors shouldn't be about politics


ast week, the political world was roiled when allegations appeared in a report from The Washington Post that Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, a Republican, had molested a 14-year-old girl when he was a 32-year-old district attorney. It was the latest in what seems to be an unending series of powerful men being brought down (and rightfully so) by often years-old allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct or assault. But this time, unlike the scandals that brought down Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey so swiftly, there was a notable reticence when it came to the Republican Moore from, you guessed it, Republicans. “I don’t know whether or not what the Washington Post is reporting 38 years ago - up to 40 years ago - with Roy Moore is true,” Fox News anchor Sean

Hannity said on his radio show last week. “I don’t know, and I don’t think anybody knows except the people that are involved and the people that make allegations.” “If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” said GOP Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell last thursday in a statement representing all senators. “Like most Americans, the president does not believe we can allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person’s life,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside.” We should say that was before Monday, when McConnell was the first of a string of GOP senators to say they believe the women involved and to call on Moore to drop out of the race.

This is commendable, and we don’t want to minimize entirely the effect that a denouncement from Republican leadership can have on an issue like this. But in all honesty, it’s too little, too late. When McConnell and company decided to make their opening salvo “if these allegations are true,” they started fighting a losing battle. Women do not accuse men because it will get them famous. Publicly accusing an assaulter or an offender is not an easy process, and it often leads to exactly the kind of shaming we’ve seen from a right-wing media machine that was so eager to denounce the likes of Weinstein and Spacey: these women are clearly liars and are not to be believed. It’s disgusting, and the nowconsistent online trolling of victims, real people who by all accounts were genuinely molested or assaulted by a man

nearly 20 years their senior is a testament to the fact that many Americans — including some on the left in cases involving some of their own — are not so much concerned with allegations of sexual misconduct as they might be with seizing on blood in the political water. This isn’t a novel idea, and we’re certainly not the first ones to the punch. Even The National Review, normally that stalwart of what more and more seems to a bygone era of conservatism, has spent the past few days blasting Moore and calling for him to drop out days before senate Republicans did the same. But if it isn’t new, then we need to call it out when we see it. Victims of sexual assault should not be political victims, too. We’re better than that. The editorial board can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

Even in Nevada, natural disasters deserve our attention


atural disasters are seemingly constant these days. We are all aware of this, but I don’t think we talk about it as much as we should. People can try to explain disasters away w i t h analysis, they can try to a v o i d disasters or they can just ignore the fact Ryan t h a t Suppe disasters Soup of the exist, but eventuDay a l l y , each of us will probably have to confront the reality of Mother Earth shaking things up when we least expect it. Humans are constantly trying to explain why natural disasters occur. There’s the religious explanation: it’s God’s wrath. There’s the scientific explanation: global warming. There’s even a political explanation: fracking and environmentally unfriendly big business. You can try to explain it any way you want, but when the shit hits the fan you don’t want to be caught with your pants down while all of your eggs fly away in the same basket in galeforce winds. Cliches and finger-pointing aside, we should probably be prepared. Nevada is mostly natural disaster free unless you call drought a natural disaster, which I don’t because it can be avoided by not building cities in places without water. You could say the same about other disasterprone areas, I guess. Like don’t live near the Gulf of Mexico because there are hurricanes, don’t live in the Midwest because there are tornadoes and don’t live in the Pacific Northwest because of hipsters...I mean tsunamis. But, where are we supposed to go? Canada? Get real. I love living in a place with few natural disasters because I’m deathly afraid of them, especially tornadoes. I couldn’t tell you why, I’ve never lived anywhere near tornadoes, but I’m only human. Lucky for me, we don’t have to live in fear of the mighty twister in Nevada, but there are other ways that Mother Earth could decide to annihilate all of

don’t try to drive or walk through it, and move to higher ground if possible. Also, be aware that bridges can become unstable when fastmoving floodwaters scour foundational material underneath them. In your apartment, when you hear conditions are ripe for floods, unplug your electronics so you don’t get electrocuted.


Photo by Mitch Barrie via Flickr

The flooded Truckee River flows through Reno in January after the Great Reno Flood of 2017. The flood was the biggest to hit Reno in over a decade, brought on by heavy rain and snowfall.

Photo by Famartin via Wikimedia Commons

A brushfire in the Adobe Range west of Elko, Nev. in 2011. Wildfires such as these are common in Northern Nevada and California.

our belongings or kill us. With a little help from the Ready Campaign, I’ll talk you through some possible disasters in Nevada.

WILDFIRE Mark Twain once bragged about starting a wildfire in Tahoe. What a douche. Mark Twain lived in the Carson Valley if you didn’t know. If you see a fire, call the police. Don’t assume someone else already has. Wildfires are extremely destructive if they spread

to populated areas. Most of us students aren’t homeowners, so we don’t have to worry about protecting our homes. We do have to worry about our stuff, our pets and our well-being. If you’re told to evacuate, get the hell out of here. There’s no reason to stick around. Grab your cat and your Xbox and hit the road. In preparation for a possible wildfire, make sure a friend can get into your place when you go out of town so they can

grab your cat and Xbox for you.

FLOOD I will never forget last Spring when the Truckee flooded, and cranes were on the bridges Downtown scooping logs out of the river like Derek Jeter at shortstop. That was amazing, but also a reminder of how dangerous floods can be. The river will rip through vegetation and take anything it can with it. In the event of a flood,

This is the rarest disaster in Nevada but probably the most deadly. There is constant seismic activity in the state because we sit on many active fault lines, but there hasn't been a large-scale earthquake since 2008 and the 1950s before that. They can’t really be predicted, and they happen suddenly. Where the actual event is not as intense as a big-time hurricane, earthquakes can bring down and bust open everything around you. According to Ready, “Earthquakes may cause household items to become dangerous projectiles; cause buildings to move off foundations or collapse, damage utilities, roads and structures such as bridges and dams, or cause fires and explosions.” The best place to be is an open field with nothing tall around you, but few of us are shepherds, and we live in areas with structures everywhere. How do you prepare for an earthquake? Look around your home, and secure anything that could become a “dangerous projectile.” If it looks like it could fall, lock it down. Then, go outside and take a look at the building you live in. If it looks shaky, call your landlord and ask her whether she’s ever consulted a structural engineer. What do you do during an earthquake? Hit the deck and cover your head. Try to find something sturdy to hold on to. When the shaking stops, go outside, away from buildings, light poles and power lines. And, be ready to hit the deck again in case of an aftershock. 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. Ryan Suppe studies philosophy. He can be reached at rsuppe@sagebrush.unr. edu and on Twitter @salsuppe


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

INTERNATIONAL PERSON WHO DOESN’T USE SOCIAL MEDIA OFFICIALLY MOST FASCINATING PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE Beth Moore of British Columbia, Vancouver, has won the award for Most Fascinating Person in the Universe after revealing she does not use social media. She broke the news at a party when a friend asked whether she had seen their new profile picture. “I actually don’t have a Facebook,” Moore proclaimed. A hush fell over the party. She added, “I’m actually not on any social media.” Several people gasped, and someone dropped their iPhone X, shattering it immediately. “But how do you function?” someone cried out. “We use all of our brain capacity for poking each other’s selfies and and meming each other’s emojis.” “It’s actually really refreshing to get off social media,” Moore admitted. “I guess I just don’t really like to think about myself. Also, I prefer real human

interaction instead of online interaction. Honestly, I think smartphones just make people dumber.” She immediately received a standing ovation. Moore was presented the intergalactic “Most Fascinating Person in the Universe” award in a ceremony held on Jupiter for her bravery to fend off use of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In the press conference following the event, an alien reporter from Tralfamadore asked, “How do you get your news? How do you communicate? What do you do for entertainment? Do you just stare at the wall?” Moore chuckled coyly, “Oh you are so precious. Usually for news I go to Reddit. It’s a pretty underground website. For entertainment, I like to go on Youtube and Pinterest and Tumblr and Snapchat.”


ATTACK OF THE MACHINES: IS KEURIG PROGRAMMING COFFEE-MAKERS TO DESTROY SEAN HANNITY FANS? This weekend, numerous reports of Keurig coffee-makers attacking Sean Hannity fans have put the world on highalert. The coffee-maker-maker Keurig could be programming their coffee-makers to destroy Hannity fans in quite the table turning, shoe on the other foot debacle. The first attack reportedly occurred after a Hannity fan, Sandra Collinsworth, tried to melt her Keurig in the microwave. She was attempting to defend Hannity’s public defense of former defense attorney Roy Moore and current Senate candidate from Alabama who is currently defending himself from sexual assault allegations, when the rogue Keurig made her microwave explode. “This is the moment we

have feared for decades might come true,” Hannity told his nervous viewers across the globe in a solemn broadcast Sunday. “Since the invention of the computer, Western Civilization has far too quickly and arrogantly become reliant on technology to fulfill our every need. Well, now we’re seeing the consequences of that arrogance as the machines strike the first blow. I, like many of you, blame Jake Tapper and his twittering, robot-loving, atheist, Millennial goon squad.” Officials at Keurig could not be reached for comment but are reportedly issuing a recall of their coffee-makers and adding appropriate Keurig destruction safety warnings, hoping to avoid any potential lawsuits.

Photo by Your Best Digs via Flickr

A Keurig coffee-maker awaits its turn on the assembly line in the war between American human Republicans and the machines. Once purchased, the seemingly docile coffee-maker will strategically plan an opportune moment to make its attack.

LOCAL GEOGRAPHERS STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT’S IN MIDDLE OF NEVADA, DON’T PLAN ON FINDING OUT Nevada locals and visitors alike have often wondered what mysteries hide in the middle of the Silver State. Geographers still don’t know what could be there, and they don’t plan on finding out anytime soon. Local academics, scientists and mapmakers have been under pressure recently to vouch for the vast expanse of who-knows-what in the central region of Nevada before the Federal government dumps tons of nuclear waste there. Doc Bondenstern, a cartographer and Middle Earth map collector from Elko, said he has no idea what could be there, and for him, it’s the

ninth wonder of the world, behind the possible reason why Frodo and Sam didn’t just fly those giant eagles to Mordor in the first place. “I don’t have a damn clue,” Bondenstern said. “You want to go find out? Be my guest.” For now, Google Maps indicates what could be there with icons of alien heads, mushroom clouds and stilettos (assumed to show possible locations of brothels for lost travelers), but no civilization is definitively known. This will likely remain the case until someone comes along brave enough to explore this final frontier of the Americas.

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

Editor’s Note “Fake news” is not real news and should not be interpreted as such. Interested in real news? Check out the news section.



Lucio Galvan eager to fight first pro match

By Javier Hernandez

Ricardo Lucio Galvan has spent the greater part of a year waking up at 3 a.m. to begin his morning conditioning run at the hills by Pyramid Way in Sparks, NV. As one of the most decorated amateur fighters in Reno, Galvan is primed to make his impact in the professional ranks. This Friday, Lucio Galvan will fight in his first professional bout against Benji Amezquita out of Portland, Oregon. The fight will take place in the Atlantis Resorts and Casino with the first bell starting at 7 p.m. Lucio Galvan’s fight against Amezquita will be one of six fights on the card for the evening. For Lucio Galvan, the fight is something that he has dreamed about for years. He began his fighting career at the local Boys and Girls Club boxing gym and cannot contain his excitement for finally reaching the professional ranks. “I was telling some other guys a month ago, I was like ‘Wow, I’ve still got a month to go’ and now it’s fight week and I’m just more than excited,” Lucio Galvan said. “I’m just ready to put on a show.” While he has been one of the more decorated amateur fighters in the past few years, Lucio Galvan has had trouble with finding a promoter that will take him under the label. Finally, after months of searching, Lucio Galvan has found a promoter in Terry Lane of Let’s Get It On Promotions

to take a chance and allow him to showcase his skills. It’s been my dream, ten years,” Lucio Galvan said. “After so many “no’s”, it’s motivating and I’m definitely hungry for this win. Lucio Galvan is a lightning-quick featherweight that has great hand speed to compliment his precise footwork. Over the past three months, he has worked under the direction of esteemed boxing coach, Robert Stovall. When he first met Lucio Galvan, he immediately saw the potential that he had and volunteered to help train him for the upcoming fight. “He’s a talented boxer,” Stovall said. “He improves on his conditioning and his work and all that. There’s not a whole lot that he’s going to learn in the beginning. But you learn and learn and learn and I believe he’s ready to rock and roll.” Stovall is one of the coaches of the University of Nevada men’s boxing team and was eager to train the young boxer. Over the past three months, the two have been working on improving his boxing technique as well as his conditioning. “He’s ready to turn pro,” Stovall said. “He’s training very well. We work well together but the most important part is that he wants this fight. A lot of people want to box. A lot of people want to play baseball. A lot of people want to play tennis. Not only does he wants to box but he works for it.” Lucio Galvan prides himself on being one of


@NevadaSagebrush |

Levens, Pack notch first win of season

By Brandon Cruz Nevada Women’s Basketball came away with a .500 record following their two games against Utah and Portland State, putting up one W in the win column for first-year head coach Amanda Levens and her ’17-’18 Wolf Pack team. Nevada vs. Utah

Javier Hernandez/Nevada Sagebrush

Ricardo Lucio Galvan poses for the camera during media at the Elite Boxing Gym on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. Lucio Galvan will fight his first professional fight on Friday at the Atlantis Resort and Casino.

the hardest workers in the amateur ranks. In addition to waking up and running the hills at Pyramid Way, he also trains and spars in the afternoon following a full day of business classes. Lucio Galvan, who is also a Dreamer, aspires to be the first in his family to graduate from college. Currently, he is a full-time student and a sophomore at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is pursuing a general degree in business. In the future, he wants to utilize his business degree in order to build his own boxing promoting brand. However, at the mo-

ment, all of his focus is on preparing to beat Amezquita this Friday. After months of sparring with the club members at the UNR Boxing Gym, he is ready to take on the challenge of turning pro. “He’s done well,” Stovall said. “If he does everything that he’s supposed to do on Friday, there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll stop the fight. It will not go four rounds.” Javier Hernandez can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush. unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports

For the team’s first game of the season, the Pack traveled to Salt Lake City, UT, on Nov. 10 to take on the Utah Utes. The Pack was only down by 10 going into the half, but Utah didn’t let up after the break, defeating Nevada 87-61. During the first half of the game, Nevada shot an outstanding percentage from three, going 4 for 5 on their attempts outside the arc. Along with being locked in from deep, the Pack also shot 80 percent from the line as well. Looks like that win the game part of practice is actually paying off. The biggest problem for Nevada in the first half was the team’s inability to take care of the basketball. Turnovers were plentiful, with Nevada losing the ball on 13 separate possessions, four of which came from redshirt sophomore Camariah King. Nevada also only converted on 33 percent of its shots from the field, which was not far behind the Utes’ 37.8 percent from the field, but Utah also had 16 more shots on basket then Nevada during the first half. Following halftime, Nevada adapted well to the mistakes the team made in the previous half. The Pack won the turn over

battle, only giving the ball away six times compared to Utah’s nine, recorded three more steals and put up four more shots from the field. Although the Pack improved its shooting percentage from the first half to the second, it wasn’t a large enough enhancement to help them win the game. The Pack put up 35 points, to Utah’s 51 in the second half, losing its first game of the season 87-61. Nevada vs. Portland State Just two days after the team’s loss to the Utes, the Pack found its way back home to start off its seven-game home-stand with a game against Portland State. Nevada outscored Portland State in both halves of play, but especially during the first, giving themselves a ninepoint cushion going into halftime. The Pack went on to outscore Portland State by three points in the second, defeating the Vikings 67-55. Nevada’s first half against Portland State featured a far better shooting percentage from the field then its game against Utah, converting on 15 of its 30 attempts. The Pack killed it in the turn over battle, only allowing four possessions to get away from them, ripping the ball away from the Vikings on seven occasions and forcing Portland State to turn the ball over three other times. The Pack didn’t shoot its best from the free throw line, leaving a hefty helping of cheese and lettuce at the line only hitting 55.6 percent of their freebies.

Nevada basketball starts season with win over Idaho This past Friday, the Nevada Basketball team faced off against the Idaho Vandals to kick off the 2017-2018 regular season. Following a n undefeated p r e season slate, t h e Henry Wo l f Travland Pack begin their defense of the Mountain West Conference regular season championship. Eric Musselman and the Wolf Pack are coming off of a 28 win season, their first Mountain West Confernce regular season and tournament championships, and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Their game against Iowa State in the Round of 64 marks the Wolf Pack’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in over ten years. Below are three takeaways from last Friday’s matchup versus the Idaho Vandals. Defense Head coach Eric Musselman said the defensive play against Idaho was “remarkable”, and I’d have to agree. Aside from shaky parts during the first half and whistle-happy referees, the Wolf Pack were still able to thrive while some players were in foul trouble. At the end of the first half, The Pack went on a 25-6 run, holding Idaho to a very low field goal percentage throughout the rest of the game. Idaho only shot 38%

percent from the field, and 21% from beyond the arc. Lindsey Drew and Cody Martin both shared a pair of blocks, adding to a team total seven for the night. What really stood out to me defensively was the play of Cody Martin. He sat on the bench for maybe thirty seconds, tallying up 39 total minutes out of 40. Most impressively he ended up with only one foul, compared to the rest of the team that totaled 22. The Martin Twins Nevada has only played four games this season including the exhibition matchups. However, it is already something special watching the twins compete on the court together. During their time at North Carolina State, they both were role players who were limited on the court. Here at Nevada, their dynamic and versatile skillset is spread out and quickly noticed. Last Friday’s highlight of the game was an alley-oop pass connection during the second half that only players with impeccable timing can pull off. Naturally, for the twins, who have played with each other since childhood, that connection was present. While asked about the alley-oop combination between Caleb and Cody, Caleb acknowledged the hand gestures or a glance from one another to set up the lob. “That was just from when we were little,” said Caleb Martin. The twins’ chemistry

Camille Stuyvesant/Nevada Sagebrush

Sophomore forward Jordan Caroline drives into the paint at the Lawlor Events Center on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. The Wolf Pack look to make it back to the NCAA Tournament this year.

is unparalleled, and it fits perfectly with the Wolf Pack. Both of them had record setting nights as Caleb Martin dropped 26 points while his brother Cody added 15. Last Friday’s performance showed that both are primed to make a splash and have already rid themselves of the rust. Old faces produce The Nevada basketball team has a lot of new faces with a lot of talent. It might seem easy to get caught up in all the hype with the transfers finally being able to see some action, but some seasoned veterans made a big presence Friday night. Jordan Caroline and

Lindsey Drew each started for the Wolf Pack, both scoring in the double digits. Drew tallied six assists as well. No matter who is starting for the Wolf Pack, or who is putting up huge numbers on the statsheet, everybody on that team will be happy to produce and will be willing to do their part in order to get a win. The Wolf Pack have a very unselfish group of players, game in and game out who are going to feed off one another and continue to contribute. Henry Travland can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports

We teach in classrooms, help entrepreneurs take their businesses online, build apps to share healthcare information, and more. If you are inspired by impact that is hands-on, grassroots-driven and lasting, search for Volunteer openings at BYRON Peace Corps Volunteer,

While the Pack did win the game, Nevada’s second-half performance was nothing short of atrocious. Had the Viking’s second half been a smidge better this game could have very well went in Portland State’s favor. The Pack shot 31.8 percent from the field going seven for 22, shot just 14.3 percent from beyond the arc and gave away the ball 18 times. In any other game, those 18 turnovers in one half could very well be the difference between a loss and a win. Luckily for Nevada, Portland State shot an even worse percentage from the field in the second half and gave the ball back to Nevada on thirteen possessions. Nevada outscored Portland State by three points in the second, bringing their total to 67, in the team’s 12-point victory at home over the Vikings. After Leven’s first win as a head coach, she was extremely humble in the win, by giving credit to the team and not herself. “I’m just really happy for the team to be honest,” Levens said. “They’ve worked really really hard and met every challenge we’ve put in front of them. I’m just happy for them that they get to feel this. As a program, we’re trying to sustain success so the only way you can do that is one piece at a time.” The Pack will continue its seven-game homestand against Pepperdine University on Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Brandon Cruz can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter



at Northwestern

vs. Toledo

L 31-17

L 37-24

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT NEVADA RIFLE Nevada Rifle improved to 5-1 following its victory on Nov. 10, against No. 11 Army and MIT in West Point, N.Y. Along with adding to the team’s near flawless season, the Pack set a school record winning the smallbore with a score of 2326. Nevada also tied its record setting aggregate team score at UTEP earlier this season with a team score of 4677. All five of Nevada’s competitors placed within the top eight in the aggregate. Rachel Benesh placed first with her career high 1173, Mitchell Van Patten put up 1171 for third, Eli Larimer’s 1165 earned him sixth, Emily Capaul came in with 1163 getting seventh and Justin Nissen rounded out the group in eight with 1158. Nevada’s next contest takes place in Reno, NV, on Nov. 19 against Alaska Fair Banks.

vs. Idaho State L 30-28

THIS WEEK’S GAME @ San Diego State Saturday, Nov.18 at 7:30 p.m.


@NevadaSagebrush |

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 W L 45-42 41-14 59-14 42-44

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

Pack Cross Country placed ninth at the NCAA Mountain Regional meet on Nov. 10 with a score of 255 points in Logan, UT. Lindsey Adams led the Pack with her 42nd place finish, followed by Hiley Dobbs in 44th, Morgin Coonfield in 50th, Stefanie Ortega in 55th and the last of the team’s scorers being Cora Gallop in 64th. Brandon Cruz can be reached at and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

GAME PREDICTIONS #13 Illinois vs. #8 Ohio State Spread: Ohio State -38.5 Fair warning, both of my picks last week were completely wrong. However, after whiffing on both games last week, I feel fairly confident that it was merely just an off-week. This week, I am restoring my faith in the Buckeyes, who may still have an outside chance at being selected for the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes will have an o p p o r t u n i t y t o i m p r ov e its resume against a very overmatched Illinois team. While the offense was impressive this past weekend, the Buckeye defensive line once again showed why they are arguably the best defensive line in the nation. Urban Meyer should have his squad riled up for the rest of the year and not have another let down performance like they did two weeks ago against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Look for the Buckeyes to continue their dominance in all facets of the game against Illinois.

SCORE PREDICTION: Illinois -10 #8 Ohio State - 63 #5 Wisconsin vs. #19 Michigan Spread: Wisconsin -7.5

SCORE PREDICTION: #5 Wisconsin - 35 #19 Michigan - 24 Javier Hernandez can be reached at and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

12:00 p.m. 11/25

Baber stars in Pack victory over SJSU


The AP top 25 rankings have two teams, Clemson and Oklahoma, who both have a loss already on their records. Wisconsin, who has sneakily improved to 10-0, is still on the outside looking in. Even though they are in the Big Ten Conference, the Badgers are still getting little love from voters. After dismantling the team that defeated Ohio State two weeks ago in Iowa, the Badgers finally deserve to receive the recognition that they warrant. The Badgers boast an elite defense and running game that can match up with almost any team in the top 25. However, Alex Hornibrook, their quarterback is a game manager at best. They should win a tight one against Michigan.

vs. UNLV

By Brandon Cruz The Nevada Wolf Pack improved to 2-8 after Saturday’s 59-14 win over the San Jose State Spartans to help solidify what team would bottom out the Mountain West. Although this victory is just a drop in the bucket, it did place a positive spin on a rather bleak Pack football season. OFFENSE Nevada’s offense has been smoldering hot as of late. Even taking into account the outlier score of 14 at Boise State, the Nevada offense is averaging 39.25 points over the course of their last four games. Ty Gangi was thrown into the deep end to start

the season. He managed to stay afloat in the beginning but has since begun swimming fluid laps within the offensive scheme. Against the Spartans he put up a 92.2 QBR, throwing for three touchdowns and 232 yards on 16 completions. Receiver Wyatt Demps was Gangi’s main target with seven receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Along with the air raid going according to plan, Nevada’s ground attack went swimmingly. Kelton Moore received the bulk of the carries, garnering 79 yards on 20 rushes. Blake Wright and Gangi recorded Nevada’s two rushing touchdowns. DEFENSE For the majority of the

Pack’s 2017 campaign, the defense has been the missing piece to creating an indomitable Nevada squad. The defense was the problem child, but something clicked on Saturday starting with defensive back Dameon Baber’s three interceptions, two of which he scored a touchdown on, along with his special team touchdown in the first quarter from a blocked punt return. This performance earned Baber a spot in the NCAA record books. With the San Jose State game included, Nevada’s defense is allowing 34.9 points a game on the season. So the fact that the defense held San Jose State to just 14 points is a good start, but it’s important to take into account the fact

that the Spartans are far from a good team, as they sit alone at the bottom of the Mountain West Conference. If we’re comparing past and present football coaches of Nevada, Jay Norvell still has the ability to match Brian Polian’s first season at Nevada with a 4-8 record. Granted this means Nevada would have to defeat the Aztecs at home this Saturday, which doesn’t seem very likely, but upsets happen every day, right? Neither Norvell or Polian were able to compare to Chris Ault in his first season at Nevada in 1976. While the Pack was in Division II at the time, Ault posted an 8-3 record. When Nevada finally joined division I-AA NCAA football as an independent

in 1978 going 11-1, they fell short of a title losing in the semifinals. This is a fragment. Ault will always be the measuring stick for head football coaches at Nevada, but Norvell’s first season should trump his most recent predecessor’s feats for a bigger buy-in from the greater Reno, Sparks, Nevada, area. The Wolf Pack looks to improve to 3-8 on the season with the team’s upcoming game, Saturday, Nov. 18 at San Diego State University. Kick off starts at 7:30 p.m. against the 8-2 Aztecs. Brandon Cruz can be reached @bcruz.sagebrush. and on twitter @ SagebrushSports

Andrea Wilkinson/Nevada Sagebrush

Defensive back Dameon Baber rushes the San Jose State punter at Mackay Stadium on Nov. 11, 2017. Baber went on to score on the play after the ball was blocked by his defensive linemen.

Issue 11/14/2017  
Issue 11/14/2017