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DEATH TOLL RISES IN EGYPT MOSQUE ATTACK The bloodiest attack by Islamist extremists in modern Egyptian history occurred during midday prayer at al Rawda Mosque last Friday. Terrorists claimed the lives of 305 individuals, 27 of whom were children. According to NBC News, terrorists carrying ISIS flags detonated a bomb in a mosque and opened fire on nearby crowds outside. In an interview with NBC News, local teacher Mohamed Salah said that victims told him that masked men in military fatigues exited four cars and began firing automatic weapons and threw hand grenades into the mosque. “They came from different directions and sprayed bullets with automatic weapons. Whoever fled outside they killed,” Salah said he was told. “The whole thing lasted 45 minutes to an hour. It’s a real massacre. The mosque was filled with bodies, blood and blood on the carpets. And in the hospital there are people in bad shape.” There were about 25 to 30 militants that arrived in SUVs and positioned themselves at the entrance of the mosque’s 12 windows before firing indiscriminately into the crowd, Egyptian chief prosecutor Nabil Sadeq said in a statement.the largest to happen in “a long time.”

NATIONAL MORE THAN 180 CASES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTED AT MASSAGE ENVY In an investigation conducted by BuzzFeed, more than 180 women have reported cases of sexual assault at Massage Envy. The popular massage chain has over 1,200 spas across the U.S. Women reported that the company had mishandled the victims’ cases or ignored them entirely. According to the report, women claimed that they were either groped or had other forms of sexual abuse performed on them during their massage appointment. “The article references 180 reported incidents,” Massage Envy said in a statement to The Washington Post, in reference to BuzzFeed’s investigative report. “These occurred over a span of 15 plus years and 125 million massages. But, we believe that even ONE incident is too many, so we are constantly listening, learning, and evaluating how we can continue to strengthen our policies with respect to handling of these issues.” In the BuzzFeed report, the American Massage Therapy Association said that it “strongly believes that any massage therapist who steps over the line to inappropriate touch should face the legal consequence,” and that “anyone who feels there may be inappropriate behavior to call the local police immediately.”

LOCAL TEEN INVOLVED IN CARSON CITY CRASH DIES One of the seven teenagers involved in a car accident in Carson City has died. Timothy Jones was only 16 when he passed Sunday. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Jones was the eldest of three, played baseball at Carson City High School, and was an honor student. On Thursday, Nov. 10, officials responded to a single-vehicle accident in Carson City on Kings Canyon Road. When officials arrived at the scene, seven teenagers were found inside the Dodge Nitro, and five of the teens were not wearing seatbelts. Police say two of the teens remain in the hospital with serious injuries. 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 Gordon, two teens are still being treated for life-threatening injuries after being ejected from the vehicle. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Karolina Rivas can be reached at and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

How the GOP tax plan could affect students By Madeline Purdue and Jacob Solis Anyone with unpaid student loans may be facing a steep increase in how much they are expected to pay back under the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — which passed in the House on Thursday, Nov. 16. The tax bill would repeal the student loan interest deduction that more than 12 million people used in 2015 and reduce $65 billion worth of tax benefits for college students over the next 10 years. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act looks to offset a $1.5 trillion tax cut by taking away a number of individual tax breaks, including the student loan interest deduction. “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is focused on providing tax relief and increasing take-home pay for Americans of all walks of life — including people working to pay off tuition and other education costs,” a House Ways and Means spokeswoman said in a statement. The deduction allows an individual that makes up to $65,000 a year or a married couple that makes up to $130,000 a year to lower their taxable income by $2,500, saving them $625 a year. But the tax cut would hit graduate students particularly hard, increasing taxes for them by nearly 400 percent. Currently, universities offer graduate students tuition waivers,

meaning they can attend school for free in exchange for work — whether that be teaching classes, working research labs, or other things around the university. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, this tuition waiver would be taxed as income. According to the American Council on Education, nearly 145,000 graduate students use these tuition waivers. According to CNBC, it takes the average student loan borrower 20 years to pay off their loans. In the United States, over 44 million people hold a total of $1.4 trillion in student loan debt and over 3,000 people default on their federal student loans every day. Fred Vautour, a Boston College custodian who put his five children through school by working for the university and using his benefits as an employee, told the New York Times that if he had had to pay the increased tuition this bill promises, it would’ve been “killer”. “It’s not going to hurt the people who can afford college anyway,” Mr. Vautour said in the article. “These kinds of benefits, they’re either for the rich or the poor. It’s always the in-between people who get screwed.” Even though the bill passed earlier this month, the future of tax reform remains in the Senate’s hands — and what the Senate might do is not completely clear.

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In this file photo, a student cares for lab mice in a research lab in the basement of the Center for Molecular Medicine at UNR. The new GOP tax plan threatens to cut the plan that allows graduate students to go to school for free if they work for the university doing research or other activities.

SNIF invests in campus sustainability By Madeline Purdue Students looking to improve environmental sustainability on the University of Nevada, Reno, campus need look no further. SNIF — or the Sustainable Nevada Initiative Fund — is a university program that funds students to create environmental projects to be implemented on campus. SNIF was originally created by ASUN President Caden Fabbi in 2015 but is being revived this year as the new Director of Sustainability, Brita Romans, takes office after being approved by the ASUN Senate on Nov. 8. “As the land-grant institution of Nevada, it is important that we set the standard for the rest of the state and set the bar high for how eco-friendly we are,” Romans said. “Being the driest state we are naturally waterconscious, however, managing all aspects of the university in an eco-friendly way assures that we will be around in the future and contributing to our local environment in a positive way without harm.” Students interested in SNIF can apply by filling out the Sustainable Nevada Initiative Fund Form on ASUN’s website. Students can work individually or in a group. Students must have an idea and know how they want to implement it during a specific timeline, along with projected outcomes and a measure for analysis of success. ASUN

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FAA initiates automatic authorization for drones By Karolina Rivas

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Strix Imaging is a local air mapping company that provides clients with standard aerial imaging and mapping services. Maps are made by using an Unmanned Aircraft System.

Eddy House provides shelter to Reno homeless By Austin Daly With the winter months approaching, Reno’s homeless population fight to survive the cold weather. While homeless shelters are an option to stay warm, younger homeless tend to stay away, in fear of being assaulted or harassed by the older population. This leaves them without many options to get through the night. “Some of them have other friends that their parents will let them sleep on the couch or something, but it gets so cold at night and some of them don’t have friends so then they have to sleep on the benches or under the bridge or in the park,” said Carolyn Northam, a former homeless youth in Reno. “Sometimes a lot of them will purposely get locked up, just to have somewhere warm to stay, even just for a night.” Currently, there is only one facility in Reno geared specifically toward homeless youth: the Eddy House. The Eddy House provides a place for homeless youth to get the resources they need like food, water, job skills training, and among other things, a place to sleep. Due to limted funding, it can only be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week, meaning the kids have to find somewhere else to go during the night and on weekends. According to the Eddy House, less than eight percent of Reno homeless youth attend adult homeless shelters, while 54 percent would attend an overnight youth homeless shelter if one existed.

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The Senate bill would preserve a number of tax breaks, exemptions and deductions the House bill looks to scuttle, including the student loan interest deduction. However, even with those deductions intact, it’s not nearly as clear-

cut a victory for the GOP as the House bill was. Some deficit hawks have raised concerns over the steep increase in the federal debt the current tax plan would cause. As late as Monday afternoon, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., vowed to vote against the measure in a key committee vote Tuesday over the inclusion (or lack

thereof ) of additional cuts for so-called “pass-through” businesses. Johnson’s vote — which is yet to take place as of print time — could delay a floor vote that had been planned for next week and force Republican leaders in the Senate to shift once again on the precise details of their plan. If the Senate does manage

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A student uses a Brita filter to fill a water bottle in the Davidson Math and Science Center on Monday, Nov. 27. Providing water refill stations across campus in order to decrease use of plastic water bottles is an example of a sustainability project for SNIF applicants.


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and its measurable impact on resource conservation. There is a broad criterion for project ideas. Plans can be science, engineering or policy based. “[It can be] anything students can imagine which would benefit the sustainability of our campus,” Romans said.

The project can fund $10,000 worth of projects, and Romans said they can choose to fund one project that needs that amount or smaller projects that add up to the total grant. According to the SNIF website, projects that align with the goals and standards of the No Walls 2025 plan — which highlights what ASUN officials thought the university should look like in 10 years — will have a higher chance of being selected. Students of all majors are wecome to apply. Applications are open and the priority deadline for SNIF is Monday, Jan. 1, and the final deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 31. Students will be notified by Wednesday, Feb. 14. There will be an information session on SNIF held before winter break starts, where interested students can ask questions and learn about the application process. “I hope to have the first successful round of SNIF funds enacted and celebrated across campus,” Romans said. “I want our students to be in the know of our environmental efforts, and taking steps in their everyday life to lessen their footprint. In the future, I hope that the number of SNIF applications will grow and that we will see a more competitive application pool year by year.” Romans also wants to enact sustainability policy through the ASUN Senate — mostly focusing on plastic bag use on campus. She encourages students to contact her at directorsustainability@asun.unr. edu to tell her other sustainability projects and initiatives they want to see on campus. Madeline Purdue can be reached at and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017 to pass a bill, it will almost surely differ wildly from the already-passed House proposal. The two chambers will have to hammer out an amalgam of the two bills in conference, and what that amalgam will look like exactly (and therefore what exemptions it might still include) remains unclear. Though, should the House


Continued from page A1 The Federal Aviation Administration is testing a new system that will allow drone users to receive airspace authorization almost immediately upon request. Under Part 107, the current set of rules for drone users, individuals have to wait betwen 60 to 90 business days before receiving approval to fly their unmanned aircraft over national airspace, such as over airports. The prototype system will be called the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability and will be tested by agency-approved companies such as AirMap and Skyward. A standard aerial imaging and mapping service known as the Unmanned Aircraft System will be used by the approved agencies. According to the FAA, UAS allows companies to map the maximum altitude that is acceptable for the drone community. This is where the LAANC steps in and becomes an important aspect of mapping airports where the FAA may authorize drone use under Part 107. Drones are primarily used commercially, such as for videography, construction, real estate images or infrastructure inspection. In the past, drone users have found it difficult to fly the unmanned aircraft into national airspace because of the prolonged delay which caused more individuals to fly their drones illegally. Reno will be one of the few cities to test this new system. Strix Imaging is a local air mapping company that provides clients with standard aerial imaging and mapping services by using an Unmanned Aircraft System. Through LAANC, Strix Imaging will be able to use airspace data provided through UAS facility maps. The FAA has developed a grid-

and Senate come to an agreement on the tax bill, students could see their taxes jump as soon as Jan. 1. Madeline Purdue can be reached at and on Twitter @madelinepurdue. Jacob Solis can be reached at and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush. ded pattern around all national airports that maps the maximum altitude a drone may fly. The farther the drone is flown from national airspace, the higher the altitude. However, a drone is not allowed to fly above 400 feet from the ground. “Flying drones in town was impractical for most commercial users because of that 60 to 90 day wait time,” George Nichols at Strix Imaging said. “LAANC will not only increase business for commercial drone users, it will likely reduce the amount of illegal flying we see in town. The Reno airport is part of the initial test for LAANC. Hopefully, LAANC in Reno will be a huge success, and spread to other airports in the future.” According to the FAA, the LAANC will run for a year and a national beta test will be launched shortly after. “LAANC is a continued step in the right direction for opening up airspace to unmanned operations,” Nichols said. “For firms that use or contract drone services, it will help reduce the costs of projects in the vicinity of the airport.” The new system prototype will be the first UAS tool that will deliver drone information to air traffic control, the FAA reports. The LAANC will become one of the several steps toward manufacturing an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management System (UTM). “LAANC is in the testing phase and is only in effect at a few airports nationally. We are fortunate that Reno was chosen as one of the test sites for LAANC,” Nichols said. “The introduction of LAANC in Reno, as well as the State UAS test site at Stead Airport, has Nevada at the forefront of integrating this new technology.” Karolina Rivas can be reached at and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

Reno Bike Project helps students at new location By Kody Kitchener The Reno Bike Project has moved its store, and is now located a mere 11 minutes away from the University of Nevada, Reno, at 216 Grove St. The Reno Bike Project is committed to providing a welcoming and helpful environment to anyone who walks through the door. It is all about inclusion. The Reno Bike Project supports the ideology that everybody, no matter what demographic, has a right to enjoy the liberty of a bicycle. It has been a part of the Reno community for 11 years now, and the people there are still as passionate about Reno’s bike scene as when they began. They provide two options. Bikes that have been newly refurbished and are ready to go or a more hands-on experience. Individuals can fix their bikes in the workspace provided if they choose to. With a floating rate of $4 to

$10, their mission focuses on affordable pricing for anyone wanting to learn how to fix their bikes. Even though they moved farther away from the university, they are excited to debut their new location and are ready to continue to help the community. Raymond Eliot, the assistant manager, emphasized that their new location will not hamper their ability to connect with the community. “We provide really lowcost repair and education services. The biggest thing we provide is our public workstations.” At the workstations, riders will have access to tools, workers that are happy to help and the best-used parts for bikes. Eliot assured that everyone is eager to help and willing to try their best to ensure each customer starts their cycling experience on the right foot. The Reno Bike Project

educates the public on a new skill and allows for riders to become comfortable with their bike. They want people to be able to fix anything on their bike because they were the ones who put it there. They don’t repair bikes because they teach riders how to fix them instead. They also provide volunteer opportunities for students that need volunteer hours. “Volunteering is the main way that college students get involved down here,” said Genevieve Parker, program director at the Reno Bike Project. Eliot recommends riding a bike to and from school to save time by not having to walk separately to class from a parking spot. “The university is actually very accessible by bike,” Eliot said. “It makes getting across campus really easy.” Eliot attended the university, and for four years he almost exclusively rode

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Bikes sit in stands on campus on Monday, Nov. 27. The Reno Bike Project provides education on bike maintenance to students so they can ride their bikes to school. a bike. The Reno Bike Project has been a crucial part of this community in helping provide a means of transportation to everyone

no matter their price range. Whether individuals want a bike that is ready to hit the road or one that requires a little more work, the Reno Bike Project has something

for everyone. Kody Kitchener can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush. and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.


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“At 5 p.m., they are released back out onto the streets and when it’s snowing and cold the kids have no place to go, there is no place to send them,” said Michele Gehr, executive director of the Eddy House. “So it is a huge challenge to keep them safe and we just hope that they will come back the next day.” 58 percent of Eddy House clients say they have resorted to exchanging sex or labor for food and shelter. “It’s not really unusual, it just becomes more dire during the wintertime,” Gehr said. “Essentially, it’s a form of trafficking.” The Eddy House is planning to open a 24-hour facility in the next four to six months so that the youth can have a place to stay at all times. It would include 50 beds, classroom space, a commercial kitchen for healthy food and apprenticeship programs. As a non-profit, they are constantly low on funds, which can make it hard to stay afloat with the growing demand for their services. “We really need the community to step up and determine that they don’t want this for the kids in our community,” Gehr said. “That we don’t want to have the fastest growing homeless youth population in the country. And Nevada now has that.” During the first eight months of this year, the Eddy House registered approximately 625 kids in their services, and they gain more every month. While the organization’s size stays static, they increasingly need more volunteers and donations to keep up with the growing numbers. According to Michael Rose, the floor supervisor at the Eddy House, food and clothing donations are crucial to the Eddy House’s future. “We’re a huge community-run organization,” Rose said. “We also accept volunteers to come help.

By Emily Fisher The lingering warmth of the fall season here in Reno seems to have said its final goodbye. As the cold settles in, it’s only a matter of time until the first snowfall, signifying the official start of the winter season in the Biggest Little City. Winter weather can cause a lot of extra stress for students, especially those that may have grown up in warmer climates. When the snow is falling as fast as the temperature it’s tempting to just skip class and stay at home warm in bed. Well, the Sagebrush is here to help you keep your grades and spirits high this season with

News You Can Use: a guide to surviving the winter weather. MOTORIST ASSISTANCE While it’s usually best to minimize travel time during the worst winter storms, for students that live off campus and commute to school there isn’t much of a choice. The danger of car trouble rises in the winter months. The Federal Highway Association states that every year, nearly 900 people are killed and nearly 76,000 people are injured in vehicle crashes during snowfall or sleet. More common roadsemergencies like flat-tires become even more bothersome when it’s snowing. Luckily, if a student experiences trouble with their car on campus, The University of Nevada, Reno, of-

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The Eddy House as it stands on Monday, Nov. 27. The Eddy House is one of the only resources available to homeless youth in Reno during the winter.

We are a non-profit so we don’t have a lot of staff, so we rely a huge amount on the community to come and help.” The Eddy House also works to teach life skills and job skills to the youth, something that Gehr thinks is crucial to ending homelessness. “You can effectively end the cycle before it starts,” Gehr said. “I don’t know what you would do with an adult homeless person that has been chronically homeless, other than house them and provide services. With the kids, you have an opportunity to show them how to be adults, productive adults. And they will rise every time. So I think you can end homelessness, essentially, before it even begins.” Northam became homeless around the age of 16 after she got kicked out of her father’s house. After months of couch surfing and sleeping downtown, she eventually found the Eddy House. This allowed her to get back up on her feet, and she is now living a semi-stable life with her father again and is enrolled

in RISE Academy to further her education. “A lot of people don’t realize that youth homelessness is a lot different than the older people’s homelessness,” Northam said. “The older people, most of them can’t even get back up, they can’t try again. But all these youth people, if we get the right resources and the right funds and just help out the youth, they have so many chances.” Until the Eddy House is able to open a 24-hour facility, youth homeless will still have to deal with the harassment, sexual assault, and trafficking that comes with living on the streets of Reno. “Every night that they are traumatized or sold or beaten on the street, that sets us back,” Gehr said. “We can make great progress during the day. But then at 5 p.m. they are back on the street and something horrible happens, and the next day we start all over.”

fers a free Motorist Assistance Program. Between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, the Parking and Transportation Services Department offers assistance with dead battery jumps and flat or low tires. They can also help when you accidentally lock your keys in the car or run out of gas. Don’t be the person that’s stuck hopeless in the snow, program (775) 784-4654 into your phone and be safe out there!


EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM As students, there is nothing better than finding out one of your classes, or all of them, have been canceled when there’s a really bad snow storm. As long as you know before you leave the house and get to campus to find it deserted. As many students already know, the university offers an emergency messaging system, Emergency Alerts, available to faculty, staff and students. The program sends a text and/or email message to all enrolled cell phones and email accounts in the event of an emergency at the University, including closures due to weather. Students are automatically enrolled in the service, but if you have recently changed emails or phone numbers you may need to update your contact information in MyNevada under My Personal Information. The system is only used during emergencies and system testing twice a year, so you don’t have to worry about spam!

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The real secret to surviving winter is how you dress; it’s all about layers. Winter clothing may not seem budget friendly, but when you layer, half of the clothes you might need you probably already own. Base layers like cotton tees and thin leggings are good for the really cold days, scarves, hats, and sweaters are also good layering pieces. The key to successful layering is investing in a good jacket. In the long run, a cheap one that falls apart after it sfirst time in the snow will end up costing more. Take advantage of student discounts on Amazon, Unidays, J-Crew, or Banana Republic to get a goodquality coat. It might even last all four years of undergrad if treated with care! Shoes are the other key component to safely navigating the winter landscape. When the ground is dry, almost any warm shoe you can wear with socks will work, but when there’s snow, slush, or ice boots become a necessity. Take advantage of holiday sales and find a cheap pair at Ross or Kohl’s. Thrift stores are also an excellent place to buy some gently used winter clothes, especially if you normally live in a warmer climate at home. Winter is pretty cool, so get out there and enjoy it! Do you have any other helpful winter tips? Share them with us @ NevadaSagebrush. Emily Fisher can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

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installment of the Coffee House Series at the Starbucks at the Joe. Daniel Echo is performing. He will play acoustic covers of pop, R&B and rock songs. Other students will perform spoken-word poetry, comedy and music. This event is FREE to students. Starbucks will provide complimentary snacks and coffee.

BIG DREAM GATHERING DATE: Wednesday TIME: 6:15 p.m. LOCATION: Glick Ballrooms INFO: UNR’s Student

Services and the Career Studio are teaming up for this beautiful event of encouragement. Participants will write down their big dreams, then share them with the group and connect with others who can help you or others you can help. Registration opens at 6:15 p.m. then the actual event starts at 6:30 p.m. This event is FREE to students.


INFO: This movie is rated R for sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/ nudity. Nice. Charlize Theron, James McAvoy and John Goodman star in this action thriller. If you support badass female protagonists, you should come see it. But if you’re a misogynist, that’s cool, you don’t have to come.

TAHOE FILM FEST DATE: Thursday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: Incline Village,

Northstar and Truckee High School Auditorium INFO: Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships is putting on a music festival throughout Lake Tahoe all weekend. There will be 13 environmental films, 3 Latino films, 5 French Sidebar and 8 special screenings. All access passes cost $100. Most individual film screenings cost $12.


DATE: Thursday TIME: 7 p.m. LOCATION: Cargo Concert

Hall INFO: Just in case your

brain wasn’t completely toasted from Illenium, Cargo is offering yet another stellar EDM show with Big Gigantic. This duo is iconic for introducing live saxophone into electronic dance music. Who doesn’t like a sexy sax solo with their killer bass drops? Tickets cost $26$28. The show begins at 8 p.m. Brasstracks is opening. Joey Thyne can be reached and on Twitter @joey_thyne

By Patrick Hardin Every year I was at Nevada, around September, my mind would focus on one thing. No, it wasn’t my studies. No, it wasn’t athletics. No, it wasn’t my sad and pathetic lack of a dating life. It was obtaining the Olive Garden Pasta Pass. Now, after four long years, I finally have it. And now, after 49 meals, I am talking. Well, I was talking quite extensively about the Pasta Pass during the 8 week event, but that is beside the point. For those of you who didn’t follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, the Olive Garden Pasta Pass is simple. For eight weeks, Olive Garden runs their Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion where for a smaller-than-usual price a person can enjoy as many servings of pasta and sauce as they want in one sitting. For an extra charge, you can add a meat topping, like chicken, meatballs or sausage. With the Never Ending Pasta Pass, the pasta, sauce and toppings for the entire eight week event was pre-paid at the paltry sum of $100 plus tax. The catch is, only a limited number of passes are available nationwide. In 2014, the first year of the promotion, there were only 2,000 total passes, then in 2015 it increased to 10,000, then 21,000, and this year there were 22,000 passes. 22,000 passes for seven/ eight weeks of unlimited Olive Garden pasta for the entire country — needless to say, these passes are quite popular. Each year they sell out within one second, so it’s a matter of extreme skill and extreme luck. For the first three years, I screamed out in anguish at being milliseconds too late. This year, I was #13,566. I screamed in joy, then anguish. A technical glitch caused some headaches during the buying process, but the customer service team was adept to deal with it. Now that I theoretically had dinner covered for eight weeks, I was excited. I started off with my favorite pasta dish: chicken fettuccine Alfredo. I was excited and dead set on trying as many pasta combinations as I could ... a kick which only lasted two weeks. I had spaghetti and meatballs, five cheese marinara, angel hair and so on and so forth. The only topping I didn’t try was Italian sausage. Aside from the McGriddle, I do not find sausage appealing, it’s too spicy for me, but I at least tried every sauce and every pasta. But I quickly found out what my favorites were, and toward the end of my pass, I stuck to them. The three major dishes were chicken fettuccine Alfredo, chicken cavatappi (corkscrew) pasta and spaghetti and meatballs. Most of them with chicken and gnocchi soup, breadsticks and a drink. Another thing that I was also intent on was to try out the side

dishes. Beyond pasta, Olive Garden is known for their soup, salad and breadsticks. And you can bet I tried them all, except for Zuppa Toscana because of its sausage content and my irrational, yet ironic, hatred for the bastard child of pork, beef and spices. Again, I soon resorted to getting my favorite, the chicken and gnocchi soup (gnocchi is basically pretentious dumplings). Now on to the money. The true cost of the Pasta Pass is not $100, as Olive Garden and the media have claimed, and you wouldn’t be able to break even after 10 meals (one pasta bowl meal starts at $9.99) as many media outlets claim. People forgot to factor in taxes, drinks (which for the first time this year was NOT covered with the Pasta Pass), toppings, gas and time. Setting aside the difficult to calculate opportunity costs, the monetary costs are both higher and lower than what is claimed. Let me explain. I paid $107.75 for the Pasta Pass, and paid on average $3.20 for drinks (I made a conscious effort to keep my tips private) and ended

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up spending close to $300 for the eight weeks, which I tracked via spreadsheet for the first six weeks. I was too tired to finish the job and I apologize, though I did take advantage of every cash back deal that came my way. Still, the $300 I spent in conjunction pales to the over $900 I would have paid if I paid the regular retail price. Plus, I broke even in 7 meals and not 10 because the toppings cost extra, except for Pasta Pass holders, toppings were still included. I would buy the Pasta Pass again from a purely monetary perspective. One fringe benefit that I enjoyed was the company. Contrary to popular belief, I tend to be very

private and withdrawn when I’m not in school or at work. I usually eat alone and frequently. Though, once I got my pass, a lot of friends wanted to come with me as I went to Olive Garden to see how the whole thing works. I got to eat and hang out with people I don’t get to eat with very often. So, having those conversations with friends over a plate of pasta adds a certain intangible value to the Pasta Pass, that I refuse to price out, especially because they usually were the ones who paid for my drink! All things considered, the Pasta Pass was a unique dining experience that I won’t forget. I got to enjoy pastas and soups that I don’t

get to enjoy all that often, leftovers for lunch for days, got to dine with friends, and expand my social media portfolio. Will I buy it again? I’m not sure. Each year, Olive Garden has reduced what the Pasta Pass covers, and I’m afraid that next year it will just be the pasta and sauce, not toppings, and I enjoyed my meats. Will I recommend it to others? You bet. The Pasta Pass is a true event that everyone should have once in their lives, just like Nevada Football having a winning record.

Patrick Hardin can be reached at joeythyne@gmail. com and on Twitter @TrickHardin.

Björk, or the unexpected virtue of being perpetually uncool By Joey Thyne There’s no way around it: Björk is a weirdo. Not a lookat-me-I’m-so-quirky weirdo. Just a real, genuine, honestto-God weirdo. Since the early 1990s, the avant-garde artist has turned the pop world on its head with her tunes. On her latest effort “Utopia,” she has teamed up with fellow weirdo Arca, an electronic producer. “Utopia” is a concept album about the process of falling in love. Most of the songs lack choruses. Also, most of the songs lack a driving rhythm. Typically, drums act as an opiate to the listener, but on “Utopia” drum sounds act as a distraction. The whimsical folk melodies of flutes and harps war with the haphazard percussive explosions. This exemplifies the simultaneously wonderful and harsh feelings relationships bring. This, no doubt, comes from Arca. He provides a dense and textured sonic palette, requiring several listens to pick

apart. Björk creates an ethereal atmosphere as blissfully disorienting as developing feelings for someone. However, this paradise does not seem as idyllic as the title would imply. She expresses the fear of relying on someone else in “The Gate,” singing, “Didn’t used to be so needy/Just more broken than normal/Proud self-sufficiency” and on “Body Memory,” singing, “Love lured me here/Into a stagnant state.” This utopia sounds pretty dystopian when she sings “My instinct has been shouting at me for years/Saying, ‘Let’s get out of here!’/Huge toxic tumor bulging underneath the ground here/Need to purify the air here/ Purify, purify, purify toxicity” on the title track. When she repeats “I care for you” on “The Gate,” it seems like less affectionate and more spiteful. She examines the semantics of love in modern times. On “Features Creatures” she sings “Isn’t it odd?/Isn’t it peculiar?/ These statistics of my mind/

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Shuffling your features/Assembling a man/Googling love.” She tackles online dating on “Courtship.” She addresses her custody battle on “Sue Me.” She describes the feeling of having so much love inside ready to spew, but not knowing who is worth it: “Oh, how to capture

all this love/And find a pathway for it/Like threading an ocean through a needle/River through a keyhole.” Another big theme on the album is nature. A lot of the songs contain ambient noises of birds. On “Claimstaker” she sings “This forest is

in me/I immerse me/This is my home.” On “Body Memory” she sings “First snow of Winter/I’m walking hills and valleys/Adore this mystical fog.” She argues that we should not get caught up in drama or romance, but keep in

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Review Continued from page A4 touch with the solid world around us, as well as our natural selves. Björk has consistently released music since 1990. So many pretentious artists go through cycles of rejecting the limelight then returning to grace us with their genius, just to stroke their ego (I’m looking at you, James Murphy). She may want people to believe she’s eccentric, but her job is a singer/ songwriter and she works diligently. Music is in her DNA. In the early songs of “Utopia,” she even intertwines music into the theme of falling in love. On “Arisen My Senses” she sings, “Just that kiss was all there is/My palms pulsating of the things I want to do to you/Just that kiss is all there is/Weaving a mixtape with every crossfade.” On “Blissing,” she sings, “Is this excess texting a blessing?/Two

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017 music nerds obsessing/He reminds me of the love in me/I’m celebrating on a vibrancy/ Sending each other MP3s/ Falling in love to a song.” Björk seems like one of those people that would either become a famous musician or live on the street. No in between. Nothing irritates me more than a condescending celebrity who insists they are “just a regular person” in order to seem relatable. Give me a break. Björk never allows the listener to forget she comes from somewhere else. Sure, she rolls her Rs out of Icelandic solidarity, but it goes deeper than that. She wants people to believe she comes from another planet. Sometimes I’m convinced. Who the hell wants to listen to an album by “just a regular person?” I want to listen to an album by an alien, or at the very least a weirdo. Perhaps the reason she has stayed relevant longer than her contemporaries like The Knife or Portishead is because Björk has no interest in pandering to the status quo. For better or worse, she seems naive to what

is currently popular. She combines ancient chamber music with futuristic sounds to make something timeless. Toward the end, the drums disappear, allowing for a more vulnerable feel. The last song “Future Forever” is a lush, sparse ballad, sounding the way a Bon Iver or a Frank Ocean would finish an album. Perhaps she is not as out of touch as she would like us to think. The song is somber but optimistic: “Imagine a future and be in it/ Feel this incredible nurture, soak it in/Your past is on loop, turn it off/See this possible future and be in it.” You cannot dance to Björk’s music at a party or sing along to it in the car with your friends. Björk’s music acts in the same way as an abstract art piece: it confuses you, but it also creates a profound emotional effect. The world needs more weirdos like Björk.

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The internet needs net neutrality


ext month, the Federal Communications Commission will vote to undo a number of rules that have come to be known as “net neutrality.” In short, these regulations enshrined in law the idea that all internet traffic should be treated equally and should not be subject to the whims of internet service providers and cable companies. The rules from the FCC in 2015 ensure broadband providers won't block particular sites, throttle others or give preferential treatment to the most popular sites. These rules encouraged a free and open internet. Previous regulations made the Internet a public utility. Rolling back these regulations would turn the Internet back into a private commodity. In the runup to this vote, cable companies have been sure to say that they won’t move to throttle

speeds or create paid internet fast lanes. Comcast in particular, the country’s largest home internet provider, has said it will be as transparent as possible and will absolutely not throttle or block traffic. But in anticipation of the FCC’s incoming vote, Comcast has backpedaled on its original stance in the last few days. Now it says it won’t “discriminate against lawful content” or enforce “anticompetitive” internet fast lanes. Moreover, it is difficult to trust Comcast at its word when, in 2007, it did just that. An investigation from The Associated Press discovered Comcast was blocking certain uploads to the file-sharing platform BitTorrent. It was only after this investigation was made public that Comcast admitted to throttling at all, and even then company spokespeople continued to say they never blocked user access despite the AP report. In fact, it was this very corpo-

rate skullduggery that led to the enactment of net neutrality regulations in the first place. The FCC made its first foray into the open internet in late 2007 in an effort that would eventually expand into its 2010 Open Internet Order. That order would eventually be struck down by the courts, but its spirit would live on in 2015 when the FCC moved to classify broadband providers as utilities under the federal Communications Act. Now, the FCC says net neutrality is harming investment. It says ISPs don’t have an incentive to build up their customers and that the rules are harming competition and the free market. But in point of fact, these claims just aren’t supported by the evidence. There are numerous studies that show exactly the opposite — that broadband companies actually invest less in a market without net neutrality — and the numbers the FCC has provided to make its case just don’t check out.

On Cyber Monday a group of large and small internet companies including AirBnb, Reddit, Tumblr, Etsy and Twitter wrote a letter to the FCC urging them to ditch the plan to roll back net neutrality rules, calling the plan possibly disastrous. The letter said that impressive Black Friday sales are "a testament to the power of the free and open internet to encourage entrepreneurship, drive innovation, make our lives easier, and to support a healthy economy." This all may seem like technical mumbo jumbo, and you may not have a small online business, and you might think that this debate has no effect on you, but it does. Anti-net neutrality is anti-free internet. Call your congressperson. The editorial board can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

No unwarranted phone searches for police


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

INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE PASSENGER: 'EVERYONE JUST ADORES MY NEW PERFUME' Kelly Ranknose from Newark, New Jersey wears Elizabeth Arden M by Mariah Carey Eau de Parfum Spray, and she can tell that everyone just adores it. That’s why she decided to apply an extra squirt of the perfume before her 14-hour international flight to Amsterdam over the holiday. “This perfume is the one,” said Ranknose, who has been searching for the right perfume for decades and was immediately entranced when she first smelled Elizabeth Arden M by Mariah Carey at the Sephora outlet in the Newark Liberty International Airport 30 minutes before her flight. “The fragrance is almost overwhelmingly sweet, but somehow you never get overwhelmed.” Ranknose loves the smell so much she even bought a travel-sized bottle in case it wears off throughout the day, which she did end up using in the airplane bathroom halfway through the flight. “I think the food they served on the flight must’ve been bad because everybody looked sick, and I thought I heard someone throwing up in the bathroom I had just been in,” Ranknose said. “It’s a shame, but I’m happy I didn’t eat anything. I get all the flavors of roasted marshmallows, raspberry and cotton candy from my perfume, so I wasn’t hungry.” At press time, the plane reportedly had to make an emergency landing in Greenland when a passenger deployed the plane’s oxygen masks because they were having trouble breathing and thought there might be a gas leak somewhere on the aircraft.

A bottle of Elizabeth Arden M by Mariah Carey Eau de Parfum Spray in its original form. Cosmopolitan Magazine said this is the fruitiest perfume they've ever smelled, and their reviewer found out the hard way how much it attracts bees.


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obody is allowed to touch my phone because, due to the unhealthy amount of time I have spent on my phone, it has become an extension of my private life and my mind. My phone is a diary (notes), a scrapbook (photo album), a timeline of my queries (search history), a bank statement (VenRyan mo and banking Suppe app), and many Soup of the other things. If someone were Day to look through my phone (please don’t!) they would learn a whole lot about me. This is why I keep it locked down and under constant guard like the Mormon Church’s secret vaults. Being inside my phone is like being inside my home, looking through all my things and maybe even taking a peek inside my thoughts. I imagine many of you would feel the same way. This is why the police want to have access to a criminal’s cellular device when investigating a crime, because they can learn many valuable things from a criminal’s phone. Obviously, the police don’t want your phone to read your drunk notes or see how your Snapchat streaks are holding up. They want to find practical

evidence about a case, possible accomplices, future plans of crimes, where a suspect was tweeting from while a crime was being committed, etc. Whether the police have a right to do that could be decided at the Supreme Court, starting this week in the case Carpenter v. United States. In 2013, Timothy Carpenter was convicted of leading a series of armed robberies of cell phone stores in Detroit, and some of the most incriminating evidence came from the data showing his location during specific robberies provided by his cell phone provider. Police didn’t have a warrant to obtain this information, so Carpenter is arguing that his Fourth Amendment right, protecting him from unreasonable searches and seizures, was violated . This particular case isn’t necessarily about accessing phones themselves but about using phone records. However, it’s part of the ongoing debate about whether authorities have any jurisdiction in the world of smartphones. The Carpenter case is along the same lines as the Apple/F.B.I. argument over the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone last year. Apple won that debate and didn’t hand over access to the shooter’s phone. It’s a classic case of right to privacy versus the reach of the government’s power to catch bad guys. One side would say that searching a private citizen’s phone is an invasion of privacy. The other would say that phones

are now too valuable in investigations to remain protected. I belong to the former group. Authorities might catch a lot of bad guys by inspecting phones. They might catch all the bad guys in the world (including all the anonymous sexual harassers who may have slid into some direct messages), but still, law enforcement should not have the right to search our phones, for the reasons already described. Our phones are extensions of ourselves, and nobody should have a right to look at that. Especially not you, Bishop Gorman High School administration, who is probably still forcing students to unlock their confiscated phones so they can search for autumn leaf and beer mug emojis in text messages. Just like when I signed my privacy rights away to a tyrannical Catholic school administration, allowing our phones to be searched by law enforcement would be a slippery slope to who-knows-what kind of invasions of privacy. Don’t authorities already have the right to acquire many of your personal things, you might ask? Yes, like if your mom said you had a diary where you wrote down all of your plans to slash all of your Catholic school dean’s tires, they might request a warrant from a judge to get their hands on that diary. That’s fair, but feasting their eyes on the thing that is with me every second of the day and records almost every thought and interaction I have

(sort of an exaggeration but not far off) is a different story. The Carpenter case is mostly uncharted waters for the Supreme Court. A cell phone used to be a tool for making phone calls on the go and not much more. Even revealing phone records then would’ve been an invasion of privacy. Maybe you were making phone calls at a place you shouldn’t have been, according to your significant other (because you were buying them a surprise gift or something like that). Now, we find an even crazier set of data that tracks us daily, whether we know it or not. I’d prefer to not have that information on an evidence board in a courtroom. And, let’s not forget that, yes, criminals have rights too in this country. Where we go, who we’re with, what we write down and how many times in a week we order UberEATS is private information. If law enforcement need to know that information, they should find different means because cell phones might as well be attached to our arms now, and it’s only going to get worse. I’ve heard the newest generation is the worst yet. 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 and on Twitter @salsuppe

With radio stations already playing “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey and Walmarts nationwide placing out animatronic deer, it’s undeniable: Christmas has come prematurely this year. Dave Yeary, the owner of a Des Moines CVS, looked flustered as Fake News reporters accused him of setting out Christmas merchandise before Thanksgiving. “This never happens I swear,” Yeary said. “I just haven’t decorated in so long. Some people take it as a compliment to be so eager for the holidays, you know.” Patti McMullan of Indianapolis is less keen on jumping the Yuletide gun. She tried shopping at Sears but was abruptly halted when she realized clothes had been replaced by an overabundance of lights and garland. “I was just getting started and then I realized it was already over,” McMullan said. “Needless to say I was left unsatisfied.” Some store owners have taken the experts’ advice to decorate in the privacy of their own homes to prevent hasty decorating for others.

LOCAL COACH NORVELL DISAPPOINTED FREMONT CANNON ONLY SHOOTS BLANKS FOLLOWING WIN OVER UNLV First year Nevada Football coach Jay Norvell was disappointed this weekend after his team’s victory over in-state rival UNLV when he realized the legendary trophy, the Fremont Cannon, only shoots blanks. Norvell said he was hoping that firing off a real-life cannon would help the team let out some frustration after a 3-9 season. But, the cannon isn’t equipped to shoot actual cannonballs. Locals know it must compensate with a 200-decibel blank cartridge that scares the piss out of everyone in the stadium after a rare Wolf Pack touchdown. “I’ve been looking forward to this game all season because I wanted to shoot that cannon,” said Norvell, who had a Civil War costume prepared and everything. “I thought the winning team got to shoot the cannon at the losing team every year. Why else would this state suck so bad at football?” The Fremont Cannon responded to Norvell’s comments, saying nobody is more disappointed than the cannon himself who has always wanted to have a son to pass on the family business but cannot considering his impotence. Ryan Suppe and Joey Thyne study astrology. They can be reached at and on Twitter @ salsuppe and @Joey_Thyne.

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Herrero eyes NCAA Tennis Championship By Javier Hernandez For a lot of kids in the U.S., the opportunity to play sports as a personal passion are aplenty. However, for Nevada women’s tennis team senior, Claudia Herrero, she had to make the decision to pursue the sport that she loved at 13 years old. Organized youth sports are much more expensive in Europe than they are in the U.S. Growing up in the cold small town of Salamanca, Spain where there is only one indoor tennis court, most kids had to take one of two paths: solely focus on education or begin training for professional competition. The Herrero family always wanted to prioritize both. Herrero’s older brother was the one who introduced her to the sport. During the weekends, she would tag along whenever her brother would play at the tennis center. At a young age, spectators and passersby would notice her natural skill for the game. Luckily for Herrero, she caught the eye of one of the most prestigious tennis academies in all of Spain. By 13 years old, she was offered a scholarship to attend the tennis academy in Barcelona. A life-altering decision doesn’t usually come at such a young age, but for Herrero, who had only ever lived in a town roughly the size of Reno, moving to a town ten times the size of Salamanca, the competitive nature of preparatory academies, and the distance from her family didn’t stop her from pursuing this opportunity. However, for a long time, the young professional hopeful went back-and-forth about whether or not she made the correct decision. “I had such a bad time in

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Claudia Herrero strikes a smile for her individual season picture. Herrero was named Mountain West player of the year in her 2016 campaign.

my first year,” Herrero said. “I just wanted to go home every single day.” Coupled with her homesickness, she was overwhelmed by the rigors of training and the ultra-competitive nature of becoming a professional. She entered in the pro ranks when she was 16 years old but quickly burned out because of the constant pressure and expectations. While she was able to garner on-field success, she was unhappy about the direction that her life and career were going. I got my WTA ranking which was really good,” Herrero said. “I got my first WTA opponent when I was 16 years old but then my highest ranking was like 1000 and everyone was expecting more. We put this goal at the end of


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the year that I had to be like around 800 or 900 and I was trying my best and I couldn’t. I had a lot of pressure and as soon as I stepped on the court, I couldn’t at all. I wasn’t able to play.” When her coaches began to notice that she may not have been quite ready to continue her professional career, they suggested a different path. Her coaches brought up the idea to take her talents abroad and attain her college degree while competing in the collegiate ranks in the United States. Another migration, this time across continents, was an opportunity that Herrero felt was something that she could not pass up. However, this time around she felt much more confident about her circumstances.

“People think that back at home that people can play high-intensity sports and study at the same time but we don’t have those opportunities,” Herrero said. “That’s why a lot of international people are here, especially on the tennis team. Tennis is really expensive there. But here, we can do both things at the same time, which is awesome. I got the opportunity to get my degree and I’m doing something that I really like.” When she first met Nevada head coach Guillaume Tonelli, she felt comfortable in choosing Nevada as the school where she would continue her education and tennis career. While the rigors of preparation increased, she was walking into a scenario where people valued her education and personal well-being. With a team that has a mostly international make-up and an environment that was supportive and conducive to her growth both personally and as a tennis player, Herrero felt comfortable for the first time in years. Here in school if I have too much, I can go up to coach and say, ‘Coach I have a lot on my plate, can I practice a little less today and he’s going to be okay with that, so are my teammates,” Herrero said.

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Looking in on Nevada football’s 2017 campaign


he Nevada Wolf Pack football team finished the season this past Saturday with a win against their arch-rival the UNLV Rebels. The 23-

Darion Strugs 16 victory was a positive ending to an otherwise down season for the Pack. In Jay Norvell’s first season at the helm, the Wolf Pack finished the season with an underwhelming 3-9 overall record, after an 0-5 start to the season. What the record doesn’t show is how competitive Nevada was. Three of Nevada’s losses were by a combined eight points. Norvell also held steady in the Mountain West matching last season’s conference record of 3-5. Norvell was hired to rejuvenate the Nevada offense after the departure of former head coach Brian Polian. Norvell’s impact was immediate as the Wolf Pack scored over 40 points three times this season, something they only did five times in Polian’s four year tenure at the school. Ty Gangi had a spectacular season in his first full year as the starter. Under Norvell’s Air Raid system the junior quarterback


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flourished as he threw for over 2,700 yards and 25 touchdowns. One pleasant surprise for the Pack offense was true freshman receiver McLane Mannix. Mannix had 57 receptions for 778 yards with six touchdowns, all second on the team behind senior receiver Wyatt Demps. Demps finished his career at Nevada 10th all-time in touchdown receptions with 20, 11 of them coming this season. The success of the Wolf Pack’s running game was also a surprise. Before the season started former Pack star James Butler transferred to Iowa after the hiring of Jay Norvell. Butler led Nevada in rushing during the 2016 season. Butler’s transfer paved the way for Jaxson Kincaide to become the no. 1 running back on the depth chart. Instead, Kincaide missed three games this season due to injury and never had more than seven carries after the week three loss to Idaho State. Sophomore Kelton Moore stepped up and had a great campaign, as he rushed for 855 yards. Nevada hopes Kincaide can be healthy all of next season so they can have a formidable one-two punch in the backfield. One issue the offense had throughout the year was consistency. In nine games Nevada scored less than 30 points, and they lost eight of those games. The defense on the other hand was the weakest part of the Wolf Pack squad. In each of

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the team’s nine losses the team gave up at least 30 points, six of those times giving up more than 40 points. Opposing offenses teed off on the Wolf Pack defense as they rushed for an average of 208 yards per game and throwing for over 260 yards per game. Those numbers put them as the 119th ranked defense out of 130 FBS teams. Defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel’s 3-3-5 scheme is something that the Pack will need to improve with recruiting in the coming offseason and throughout spring and fall practices. Coach Norvell and his staff will have the difficult challenge task of replacing their linebacker corps as the season’s leading tackler linebacker Austin Paulhus, along with fellow linebacker Travis Wilson are set to graduate. On offense, Sparks native and leader of the offensive line, lineman Austin Corbett will need to be replaced. Looking ahead to next season, for the offense, the sky’s the limit. Norvell will have Gangi under center as they try to perfect the Air Raid. For the defense, major upgrades need to happen. If not, it could be another lethargic start to the season for the Pack as they play Portland State, Vanderbilt, Oregon State and Toledo in nonconference play. Darion Strugs can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @Sagebrushsports



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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT WOMEN’S BASKETBALL The Women’s basketball program had a feast this Thanksgiving weekend, locking down two wins at home to win the Nugget classic. The team’s first game came against Sacramento State on Nov. 24. Nevada blew Sac. State out of the water, leaving no question who the better team was at the end of regulation, winning 95-68. The team was led by Teige Zeller in points with 22, and T Moe was serving up hefty helpings of assists with seven in the game. Nevada then waited until Nov. 26 to take on the SMU Mustangs in a hard fought battle on the hardwood. After being behind in the first quarter, Nevada ended the second up by four. The Pack then outscored SMU 28-13 in the third quarter helping set up the team’s 80-72 victory. Nevada’s next game is tonight at 6 p.m. against the No. 1 ranked UConn Huskies.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Middle Blocker Shayla Hoeft earned All-Mountain West honorable mention for her 2017 campaign. She was in the top 10 for the majority of the year with her 3.11 average kills. With this honorable mention Hoeft joins the likes of Madison Foley, Madison Morell and Lyndsey Anderson.

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By Brandon Cruz The Nevada Wolf Pack won a close one at home today to keep the Fremont Cannon blue. As Charles Barkley said when asked who would win between the Gators and Florida State, “It’s just two ugly girls fighting between each other.” UNLV’s bowl hopes were ruined today with the loss to Nevada, as the Pack played homewrecker, ending Norvell’s inaugural season on a high note. Nevada VS UNLV


Opening drive featured Ty Gangi pushing it down the field with the offensive unit, ending with a connection to Pack standout receiver Wyatt Demps for a score. The Pack’s extra point attempt was blocked putting them up by six. 0-6 Nevada UNLV’s following possession was short lived after the Rebel’s quarterback Armani Rogers fumbled the football. Nevada failed to make the turnover turn into points, with Kelton Moore being stuffed on every down, and Jaxson Kincaide putting the Pack in a deeper hole after throwing a frustration punch on a blown up halfback sweep. The Rebels started off their second drive hot, with two quick connections from Armani Rogers to Darren Woods Jr. UNLV then used some trickery to get a huge gain on a reverse jet sweep. The drive ended with Rogers scrambling into the end zone for a touchdown. Three Nevada defenders were around Rogers but failed to bring him down.


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The Alabama Crimson Tide’s loss this past weekend against the Auburn Tigers threw a huge wrench into the College Football Playoff scene. With the playoff race coming down to the wire with conference championship weekend on the horizon, here are a few outcomes that could occur after the smoke settles. The Alabama Dilemma Alabama is the CFP’s largest national brand. Year in and year out, the Crimson tide have been in the playoffs and have historically drawn the most viewership out of any fanbase. However, politics aside, let’s face it. Alabama’s resume doesn’t warrant putting them over any of the eventual conference champions (except the PAC12 or Miami). Their best game is probably against a four loss Mississippi State. Even if Auburn wins the SEC Championship, for them to be included, one of the conference champions (ACC, Big Ten, Big XI) would have to be excluded, which would be a travesty. Contradictions aplenty Now, I understand that I argued that Alabama shouldn’t be included as part of the discussion. However, hear me out. While a loss against Iowa is inexcusable, the Buckeyes should still have an outside chance of making the playoff in the event that they defeat undefeaed Wisconsin. Let’s say Dwayne Haskins is the second coming of Cardale Jones and we get a repeat perfomance of the Big Ten Championship 59-0 drubbing of the same teams like in 2014. Even if Oklahoma , Clemson/Miami, and Georgia/ Auburn win out, how can the committee overlook a Big Ten champion with wins over three CFP ranked teams? SEC/ACC This is pretty simple, whoever wins out in these championship games will earn a spot among the nation’s top four teams. Both losers in these matchups will not have a strong enough resume to warrant a spot as an atlarge participant. Conference of Champions? Stanford? USC? Neither team has a strong enough resume to warrant a spot among in the top four.


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7-6 UNLV Nevada’s offense stepped back onto the field and looked to be stringing together a host of plays for what appeared to be an inevitable touchdown drive. Just as soon as the crowd was electrified by a pass from Gangi to Demps, where Demps made three Rebel defenders miss, Demps fumbled the ball while being taken down to the ground. UNLV started its next offensive possession with optimal field position. But after only putting together one first down play, Nevada held UNLV to just a field goal. 10-6 UNLV The Pack’s following possession was a three-and-out. The Rebels then put together another long drive mainly on the shoulders of Rebel back Lexington Thomas. After a hard fought third and one conversion from UNLV back Xzaviar Campbell, the Rebels were held to another field goal. 13-6 UNLV


Nevada went into its two-minute offense, with the second quarter coming to a close quickly. With two time outs on tap, the Pack wasn’t too worried about the clock, as the team kept handing the ball to Moore and Moore kept ripping off huge gains with the draw play. Even with the impressive momentum, Nevada wasn’t able to cap off the drive with a touchdown, settling for a field goal. 13-9 UNLV 2nd Half UNLV starts the second half with the ball. Most of the yards on this drive came from Rogers making plays with his feet. UNLV is forced to take yet another field goal. 16-9 UNLV Nevada goes three-and-out after Demps recovers the McLane Mannix fumble. The Rebels begin moving down the field with a purpose, starting the drive with Rogers connecting with Brandon Presley for a 27-yard gain, and a picture perfect

high point catch. The Rebels then found themselves at third and inches. Rogers got stuffed attempting to pick up the first. Rebel head coach Tony Sanchez refused to take the field goal. Rebel running back Thomas gets stopped behind the line of scrimmage and UNLV turns the ball over on downs. The Wolf Pack has the momentum moving in its favor now. Moore starts the drive with a couple of carries and Nevada’s first, first down of the half. Gangi then connects to Mannix to put the pack at its own 43. Nevada runs a reverse jet sweep, but Andrew Celis pulls up before crossing the line of scrimmage, throwing the ball to an open Mannix on the side line to get to the Rebel’s 27. After a couple more plays, the Pack gets into the red zone. Following a near interception after the ball was thrown into triple coverage, Gangi puts the ball into the end zone with a toss to Trevion Armstrong to tie up the score.


16-16 UNLV goes three-andout after an incompletion, broken play and sack from the Nevada defense. Mannix helps Nevada start off with amazing field position after a 42-yard punt return. Nevada gets into a third down and short position. Moore can’t pick up the yardage, putting the pack at fourth and one. Norvell decides to go for it, runs wild cat with Moore and Moore gets swallowed up in the backfield for a turnover on downs.


UNLV suffers another three-andout Gangi opens up this drive with two huge passes to Celis. Moore than picks up another first down for Nevada. Nevada finds itself in a third and goal position, and shoves the ball into the promised land on the ground with Moore, as he records his fourth rushing touchdown of the season. 16-23 Nevada With Nevada up for the first time in the game since the first few minutes of the first quarter, all momentum was against the Rebels. Rogers and the Rebels got into an early third and short position. They failed to convert on third down, but Rogers was able to get across the first down line with a QB sneak on fourth and short. Rogers then picked up a couple of first downs. One through the air to Darren Woods Jr. and the next on the ground after running over Nevada defensive back Elijah Moody. UNLV then found itself in a fourth and short position once again, but Rogers overthrew Woods Jr. closing the book on another chapter of the storied UNLV, University of Nevada rivalry. The Pack ends the season 3-9, going .500 at home. Although it wasn’t a noteworthy season for Nevada by any means, the team can only go up from here. The best part about the UNLV win is the defense played its best game all season, which gives fans hope for what is to come. FINAL 23-16 Nevada Brandon Cruz can be reached @bcruz. and on twitter @ SagebrushSports Andrea Wilkinson/Nevada Sagebrush

1.) Pack reciever Brendan O’leary-Orange attempts to extend the play with his feet after the catch. 2.) Trevion Armstrong is immediately tackled after catching the tying touchdown for Nevada in the third quarter. 3.) Trae Carter-Wells jogs to the line of scrimmage following a play. 4.) Wyatt Demps walks out of the locker room for the second-half against the Rebels. 5.) Ty Gangi escapes the pocket on a QB scramble. 6.) McLane Mannix and Demps celebrate following Demps’ TD grab in quarter one.


Issue 14 11/28/2017  
Issue 14 11/28/2017