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NEWS in REVIEW By Karolina Rivas

INTERNATIONAL HONDURAS BEGINS ELECTION RECOUNT Honduras has started its official recount of votes for their unresolved presidential election on Nov. 26. According to CNN, voting ballots from around 1,000 voting precincts showed irregularities after the electoral commission’s voting system shutdown on Wednesday during the count. CNN has also reported that presidential candidate and prominent TV star Salvador Nasralla accused incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez of the shutdown of being part of an attempt by the government to manipulate the vote. Nasralla told CNN that he would only accept the results if 5,000 precincts were reviewed. “We feel that the Honduran people, as we said yesterday, deserve a result, and that result cannot be stopped or be in the hands of any presidential candidate or any party,” David Matamoros, president of the electoral commission, Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE), said in a press conference Sunday.


TRUMP ENDORSES EMBATTLED ALABAMA SENATE CANDIDATE ROY MOORE In a tweet on Monday, President Trump endorsed Republican Senate nominee of Alabama Roy Moore, who has recently been accused of multiple accounts of sexual misconduct. “Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” President Trump said in a tweet. “We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!” Trump’s tweet comes after weeks of no support for the Alabama Senate nominee due to multiple cases accusing Moore of sexual misconduct. According to BuzzFeed News, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said that after Trump’s tweet a “positive call” was made with Moore.

LOCAL THREE OFFICERS PUT ON PAID LEAVE AFTER MONTAGE SHOOTING News4 has reported that three officers involved in the active shooting at The Montage in downtown Reno have been placed on paid leave, per the city’s officer-involved shooting protocol. The shooting occurred on Tuesday and officials identified the gunman as 30-year-old Lucas Stone. Stone had held a woman hostage and in a statement released by The Sparks Police Department, investigators believe that Stone acted alone and did not plan the shooting. Investigators also noted that Stone shot “at subjects that did not exist” from inside the unit at The Montage. Sparks Police Lt. Michael Keating said in a statement that two officers fired their weapons at the gunman and a third officer shot at Stone after a SWAT team entered the room where the woman was being held hostage, Stone was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Karolina Rivas can be reached at and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.


‘JUST CALL ME JOE’ Remembering the life and legacy of Joe Crowley

By Joey Lovato and Madeline Purdue Former University of Nevada, Reno, president, Joe Crowley, used to say “Just call me Joe” as he walked around and met new faces on campus. It’s a simple phrase, but it would come to define a complex and influential man. On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Crowley died after being hospitalized at Saint Mary’s Hospital with pneumonia for several weeks. He was 84. Crowley is remembered as UNR’s longest serving president — serving from 1978 to 2000 — and was also the president of the NCAA from 1993 to 1995. He oversaw the implementation of many projects and changes that define UNR today. He “played a key role in establishing the journalism school” according to an Instagram post from the Reynolds School of Journalism, which said it is “a little known piece of Crowley’s legacy”. “In so doing, Joe was relatively rare among his presidential peers at American universities by putting journalism on an equal footing in the academic world through the establishment of a new independent school,” wrote Reynolds School Professor Emeritus and former Nevada Sagebrush editor Warren Lerude for the Reno

Gazette-Journal. A sign reading, “Joe, Friend, Thanks for everything. EVERYTHING!

Rest In Peace.” was put on his office door on Wednesday, and other notes were added after

the sign. Crowley is also credited with expanding the campus of UNR, and

laying the groundwork for its medical school — the first of its kind in the state.

Even after he stepped down as president in 2000, Crowley was still deeply involved with the university. He taught history from 2001 to 2003, and after that was part time faculty for many more years. His modest office could be found on the first floor of The Reynolds School of Journalism. In 2003, Crowley served as interim president of San Jose State University for a year, and in 2006 returned to Reno to serve as interim president. A year later, the new student union was christened “The Joe.” The Joe Crowley Student Union recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary—celebrating the staple of the university named after the beloved leader and respected professor of UNR. Before his presidency, Crowley started his UNR career on a onesemester contract to teach political science in 1966, and was given a full-time contract the next year. In 1976, Crowley became the chair of the department of political science. In 1978, he was appointed as acting president of the university, and just 13 months later, he was appointed as the fulltime president of the university.

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Former University of Nevada, Reno, president Joe Crowley poses for a picture. Crowley is being remembered for his influence at the university after passing away on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

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Women encouraged Our Town Reno helps the Student living complexes car theft targets to pursue orthopedics invisible become visible becoming By Paolo Zialcita By Karolina Rivas

In an effort to encourage more women to pursue a career in orthopedics, the University of Nevada, Reno, hosted the Perry Outreach Program on Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10. The Perry Outreach Program provided medical students with the opportunity to experience hands-on work in orthopedic and engineering procedures. In partnership with UNR Med, the initiative was sponsored by the Musculoskeletal Organization for Research and Education — or MORE — a foundation that builds upon the mission to educate individuals on current orthopedic evidence-based research and perform community education through outreach for those interested in pursuing a career in orthopedics. “The goal of the program is to educate and empower young women to pursue careers in medicine and engineering,” Sara DePaoli, foundation director for MORE said. “By providing the students with interactive learning experiences and professional mentors to instruct and inspire them, we are working to encourage more women to pursue careers in medicine and engineering,”

By Emily Fisher


Students living in apartment complexes east of the University of Nevada, Reno, campus have fallen victim to a recent series of vehicle breakins and car theft. The group of complexes affected are popular off-campus student housing buildings — with The Highlands and The Sterling Summit both confirmed as victims of recent thefts. In the past 30 days, two cars have been stolen from The Highlands and one vehicle break-in has occurred, according to the Reno Police Department’s area incidents map. Sterling Summit employee Julie Morris confirmed that there have been four vehicle-related crimes at the complex. One Highlands resident, Jordan Eddy, had her car stolen from her covered parking spot on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Since then, she has voiced her criticism of The Highlands on Twitter, specifically their lack of cameras and lighting. “I questioned the front office when I went in to file a report and asked them, ‘How many cars is it going to take to change and make sure you guys are taking appropriate measures so that this doesn’t continue?’ There was a very generic answer and so far, a week later, there is nothing being done,” Eddy said.

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Volume 124 • Issue 15 Editor-in-Chief • Jacob Solis

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Continued from page A2 “Joe will be remembered as one of the finest presidents in the history of our University,” said current UNR president Marc Johnson in a statement to students and staff. “He will be spoken about in the same breath as some of our most influential figures in the history of Nevada … [he] created a stronger sense of statewide respect for our institution. Moving throughout his historic 23-year tenure as our leader, Joe served with distinction, skill and integrity. He built the University into what it is today. He did so with a rare sense of personal grace that endeared him to an entire generation of students, faculty and staff at the University, and made him a beloved figure in our community and our state.” Crowley had an admiration for the number 13, as he was the 13th president of the university

after serving for 13 months as the appointed president, in his 13th year at the university. “There’s that number again: 13 … It’s my lucky number, and I have bored people to tears writing and talking about it,” Crowley wrote in his memoir. Crowley’s life was deeply intertwined with the university, yet he never came off as unapproachable or inaccessible. “He will listen you to death,” James Richardson, a longtime university sociology professor told Nevada Today. “He’s disarmingly quick at grasping things. He doesn’t mind admitting he doesn’t know everything. He makes people feel at home. He doesn’t speak down to them. It seems trite to say this, but he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He woke up one day, he was president, and that was it.” Crowley was born in Oelwein, Iowa in 1933. He received a political science degree from the University of Iowa in 1959, and in 1963 he would receive

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his masters in social science from Fresno State University. In 1967 — a year after he began teaching at the university — he received his doctorate in political science from the University of Washington. His doctorate of political science at the University of Washington focused on African politics and his dissertation was on Ghana’s independence, as well as the newly established governments in Kenya, Rhodesia and Uganda. Crowley became the George McGovern delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1972 while working at the university, and in 2001 was the coordinator for the Nevada System of Higher Education’s legislative activities. Since his arrival in 1966, Crowley had been involved in politics in one way or another. His 23-year tenure is a testament to just how committed he was to the politics driving higher education in Nevada.

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Students pose with orthopedic tools as a part of the hands-on Perry Outreach Program on Nov. 9. The Perry Outreach Program focuses on encouraging women to pursue a career in orthopedics.

Orthopedics Continued from page A1 According to UNR Med, the program welcomed 20 female university students and 40 female high school students from northern Nevada. During the program, students were presented with the opportunity to experience what a career in orthopedics and engineering would constitute. “Coming in, I didn’t expect there to be bone saws and power drills right on the table, that was a really unique and fun experience that really showed how hands-on orthopedics is,” said Sally Leong, a first-year medical student at the university. Not only were students able to experience hands-on orthopedic procedures and techniques, but were able to converse with prominent women in the field. “Especially being a first-year, any opportunity to learn clinical skills is really exciting,” said Marisa Sewell, a first-year student at UNR Med. “It was nice to have an environment in which I felt comfortable asking questions, and to see that a woman could still be happy and successful in a very male-dominated field.” In a recent study by the


Continued from page A1 The recent crime has caused upper management at The Highlands to revamp their security by hiring new overnight guards, changing their gate settings, and requiring guests to be escorted on and off property, as explained in an email sent to residents. “The front gates to the parking lot were adjusted to the anti-tail-

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and women in engineering in the United States, females make up less than seven percent of practicing orthopedists. The Society of Women Engineers reports that this number has not budged since the early 2000s. “I think early exposure and changing societal norms is key,” Leong said. “ [...] I think slowly changing society’s preconceived notions of women in math and science is key. I think early exposure for women to these subjects will help this along, and help spark women’s interests in these topics. The Perry Institute does a great job with this as they offer programs with high school students as well as medical students.” The Perry Outreach Program will be offered at UNR Med every fall. Students will be required to submit an essay and application to be admitted to the program.

Karolina Rivas can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @karolinarrivas. gate setting so cars are not able to follow you into the property after you swipe in,” said Jennifer Starr, general manager at The Highlands, “We have doubled our security overnight to two guards with increased hours. One roaming guard and one static guard at the front gate.” Starr also aims to answer Eddy’s qualms by adding cameras and improving lighting in the parking lot. “We are currently getting bids

It’s a bone-chilling, winter night in Reno, Nevada. While most people are inside, warmly wrapped in their favorite blankets, volunteers are gathered at the West Street Plaza, otherwise known as ‘the circle’. It is the annual point in time count. Every year on a cold January night, dedicated volunteers from local nonprofits like the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project and Build Our Center, set up a tent in the middle of the plaza. For 24 hours, they will take shifts manning the tent, counting the sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons that stop by. For the past six years, the count has focused specifically on the youth: the invisible population. This count, put on behalf of the Reno Area Alliance for the Homeless, is the focus of a new local documentary made by Our Town Reno, a faculty and student run collective multimedia street-reporting project. The documentary, along with another student-made film titled “This is Homelessness” by Annie Aguzzi, will premier together at a community screening on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Potentialist. Our Town Reno is headed by Nico Colombant, a lecturer and coordinator of the Reynolds Media Lab, and was started as a type of social media experiment that has grown into a thriving story-telling platform. Our Town Reno is shining a light not only on the problems of homelessness and gentrification, but also to the everyday heroes that live in the community. Over the past two years, Our Town Reno has organically grown a following of almost 3,000 on Facebook; their comments section is littered with meaningful discussions and even whistleblowers from around the community. Their Instagram page, Biggest Little Streets, takes a raw, unfiltered look at the streets of downtown Reno and the people that inhabit them. Above all, Our Town Reno is focused on telling stories one by one. Instead of piling a bunch of stories together to prove a point, they focus to increase the amount of security cameras around the property, specifically at the front entry gate,” Starr said. In the meantime, Starr has advised residents to stay alert and vigilant. She believes that thieves are targeting vehicles with items of value. Despite these promises, Eddy remains hesitant and wary of the security in The Highlands. She believes due to the area’s demographics, it will always attract

Crowley taught and inspired young minds before becoming president, including Nevada’s current governor Brian Sandoval. “I was fortunate to consider him a mentor and will always remember his quiet dignity and strength of character,” said Governor Sandoval in a statement. “He presided over the University with poise, class, and integrity and I am proud to have been one of the countless students served by this remarkable man. I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to be a student in his political science class.” Crowley is survived by his wife Joy, and their four children and seven grandchildren. A memorial in his honor is set up on the first floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union. Joey Lovato and Madeline Purdue can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush. on individuals. Colombant says he wants Our Town Reno to be a platform for people to tell their stories that wouldn’t normally have one. “One person is worthwhile,” said Colombant. In their latest project, Our Town Reno took a slightly different approach, documenting the 24-hour point in time count. Reno is one of the few places to do a count specifically for homeless youth, and Nico, along with Reynolds School of Journalism alumni and Our Town Reno contributors Jose Olivares-Sefchick and Sarah Marriott, decided it would be the perfect event to not only shine light on the huge problem of youth homelessness, but also the courageous volunteers that dedicate more than 24 hours to the cause. “One of the ideas of Our Town Reno is to put the people who are really heroes among us on a pedestal,” Colombant said. “This film is an ode to the volunteers, to show how amazing they truly are.” For one day, ‘the circle’ in downtown Reno is transformed from a hangout place into a helping place. The data that is collected is used to develop and fund housing and supportive programs for those in need. While the count is not entirely accurate, and doesn’t attract every youth that may be in transition, it gives the homeless population a chance to voice their needs, and try to make a difference. They’re the invisible population, Nico said, and for 24 hours each year they become visible. Following the screening, Colombant is hosting a community discussion for the audience to share their thoughts, ideas and to inspire others. He will also be distributing Our Town Reno’s first Zine, which features work from UNR students Jose Olivares and Alexandra Mosher. “‘Help at The Circle’ was very much made with the event in mind,” Colombant said. “This film is for a community audience.”

Emily Fisher can be reached at efisher@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush. crime. “I do think crimes and auto thefts are high in the area because college kids are easy targets. I still have not recovered my car and I feel as if this is just the beginning to what is to come,” Eddy said. When asked about the thefts, The Highlands management declined to comment. Paolo Zialcita can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

SENATE RECAP NOV. 28 By Madeline Purdue

APPOINTMENTS SMITH WINS OPEN CABNR SEAT The special election for the empty seat for the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources took place this week at Senate. Blane Merkley, Justin McKendry, Joshua Smith and Christiana Cabrera presented to the Senate what they would do if they were to be given the Senate position. Joshua Smith was chosen by the Senate to be the next CABNR senator.

LEGISLATION SEN. COMPTON CENSURED Sen. Will Compton of the Reynolds School of Journalism was censured this week for failure to comply with ASUN’s attendance policies for Senate, committee and office hour meetings. Compton apologized in a letter to the Nevada Sagebrush, saying his schedule has conflicted with meeting times. Below is the full letter from Sen. Compton: To My Fellow Colleagues.It is a deep regret to inform you that due to personal reasons, conflicting schedules, and overwhelming class schedules, I have been unable to meet with my committees held within the ASUN senate. Therefore, this has caused me to accumulate enough absences to qualify for a censure, or also known as an open letter of apology for my lack of leadership within ASUN. I would like to apologize to the entire student body, especially those in the Reynolds School of Journalism alone, for my absences and my mistakes. You have given me such pride to represent your school in ASUN and make sure every single one of your voices is heard, and that has and always will be my goal. With about 3 months left in my term, I plan to bring promising and exciting changes to the journalism school, such as regulating our grading scale, expanding our bilingual program, and hopefully, kicking off a brand new sports casting TV program that would be campus wide, giving broadcast journalism majoring student with an interest in sports a chance to get their name out on campus. Again, I truly apologize for the events that have occurred, but can promise you we are only going to continue to rise. If you have any comments, questions, and concerns, please email me at , and we can meet right away regarding any of your thoughts. Thank you for believing in me, I will not let you down. Warmest Regards, William Compton ASUN Reynolds School of Journalism

TRANSPORTATION QUESTION ADDED TO 2018 BALLOT The Senate passed legislation to add a survey question to the 2018 ASUN election ballot about the bus transportation around campus. The Department of Parking and Transportation is asking for a portion of student fees to be used to create a new bus route. The Senate voted for the question to be on the ballot to gauge how students felt about the use of their money. Madeline Purdue can be reached at and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

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As California’s most destructive fire season ever comes to an end, areas ravaged by the fires are debating on moving forward in the process of rebuilding. On Oct. 8, a series of wildfires broke out in Northern California. According to Cal Fire, the fires devastated more than 245,000 acres and caused over 100,000 people to evacuate. Residents of the compromised areas are now being faced with the challenges of whether or not to rebuild the places they once called home — and whether or not it is even worth it. Matt Bernal, who lost his home in Clearlake, California, to the Sulphur Fire has said he is unsure Photo courtesy of Matthew Bernal if California will ever be the same The remains of Matthew Bernal’s home after a fire destroyed his again. When seeing his home, he property. Northern California residents are debating whether to described the scene as surreal rebuild their houses after wildfires devestated their towns. and disheartening. “When I got there, the level of that went with it. But over the years to come back from this giant devastation was absolutely mind- it got changed where it fits more wildfire and be as great as we were boggling,” Bernal said. “There was into where the R-1 is and such.” beforehand,” Burrow said. just nothing left.” According to the National However Bernal says rebuilding Chief of Lake County Fire, George Academy of Sciences, zoning laws his former home is impractical and Murch, says that the destruction and guidelines are in place to assist near impossible. caused by the fires was one of the urban growth and development, “It wouldn’t make sense to most devastating things he has but they are also to ensure safety build again,” Bernal said. “It is an seen in his time in the line of duty. in what buildings are used for. extremely daunting task at the mo“The fire consumed both escape Zoning gives permission to the ment. It is taking a long time just to routes, causing people to have to landowners for what buildings on deal with the aftermath, and even if take their boats into the lake to try the land can be used for, such as I rebuilt, my neighbors would most and get away from the fires,” Murch residential, industrial, commercial likely never return.” said. “I’m just relieved no members and agricultural. George Murch, the Chief of Lake of my crew were hurt. It’s truly a Due to the disastrous effects of County Fire, believes rebuilding miracle.” the fires in areas such as Clearlake, will be inevitable due to the highThis mass destruction of thou- Santa Rosa and Napa, city officials volume population in California. sands of homes across Northern and former residents, such as “This fire was the first of its kind, California has left residents and Bernal and Burrow, are now ques- so we might expect another one victims of the fire in the middle of a tioning whether or not rebuilding but I highly doubt it,” Murch said. difficult decision of whether or not structures in the burned areas is a While there are differing rebuilding is wise. good idea. opinions on whether residential “Even though our home is This hesitation stems from the rebuilding will occur in the future, insured, it is unlikely that we will fact structures, which were mostly the reconstruction of homes will ever rebuild our home here in homes, were built many years ago ultimately be decided by the resiClearlake,” Bernal said. under different zoning laws. Ac- dents. The city planner of Clearlake, cording to Burrow, when Bernal’s Burrow says whether residents Julie Burrow, said that the city does home was built in the mid-1970s, are wishing to rebuild their homes have plans to rebuild, however. the state of wildfires had not or not, the city of Clearlake is en“There is nothing holding back escalated to the level of severity it couraging them to. residents from rebuilding their is at now due to the drought drying “The fires are not going to homes,” Burrow said. vegetation throughout the state. change anything having to do with Burrow says that laws for where While Burrow acknowledges zoning for the parcels affected,” houses can be built within Clear- homes in the past were built with- Burrow said. “I don’t think this fire lake have changed in recent years, out recognizing the dangers that is going to change the way people causing the devastation to the wildfires could impose on thou- live here.” houses. sands of residents, she believes it “Back when the homes were is possible for Clearlake to recover Olivia Ali can be reached at zoned, they were zoned as ‘U’ for from this disaster. mpurdue@sagebrush.unr and on unknown. There wasn’t anything “The city of Clearlake has plans Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

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OUR TOWN RENO DATE: Wednesday TIME: 7 p.m. LOCATION: Potentialist

Workshop INFO: Reynolds School of Journalism professor Nico Colombant and former student Jose Olivares are premiering their documentary about youth homelessness “Help the Circle.” “Help the Circle” will be followed by another documentary #thisishomelessness by UNR Student Annie Aguzzi.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: LION DATE: Wednesday TIME: 7:30 p.m. LOCATION: UNR Theatre INFO: This is the conclusion

of the four-part “Something to Talk About” movie series at the Joe. “Lion” tells the story of a young man who returns to India to reunite with his long-lost family. Warning: this movie is not about a literal lion. I spent $10 and two hours to figure that out. Anyway, it’s a lovely movie. Just don’t look up the production company. This event is FREE to students.


INFO: Ok, yeah, sure, this movie only got five percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but I only got five percent on my last JOUR 413 exam. Are you trying to say I’m stupid? Anyway, these bad reviews are just the liberal media preventing awareness of how rad defibrillators are. Also, Ellen Page is in it. Remember Juno? That movie was tight. This event is FREE to students.


DATE: Thursday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: Holland Project INFO: Brushfire is

releasing their literary journal for the semester and Insight is releasing their final issue of 2017. AMPS stands for art, music, poetry and spoken word. Wolf Pack Radio is also involved. This event has the magnitude to make any student publication uninvolved feel left out. It’s cool, maybe our invitation got lost in the mail...

To be a sex worker in 2017 By Joey Thyne In the late 1990s to early 2000s, the internet expanded global networking in terms of finance, business, politics, academia and, of course, pornography. Any preteen with unmonitored access and an AOL account would most likely be confronted with explicit content. Some even explored it, fascinated, before fully understanding what sex even is, and thought “I can do that.” One of those preteens grew up to be Kitti Minx, a sex worker who has intermittent residencies at the Mustang Ranch in Sparks and is also the (self-proclaimed) premiere geek girl “Cosplay Courtesan” in Nevada. With thousands of followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as well as a blog and an interactive website, it’s safe to say Minx has a substantial online presence. Born in 1990, Minx prefers to not refer to herself as a millennial. “I have always enjoyed cosplay since I was a kid,” Minx said. “I grew up in a nerdy family. I’ve gone to the conventions since they were small. I’ve always enjoyed dressing up. When I’d be in cosplay at conventions I’d get propositions for sex from people who just liked me. As I felt a following align for my cosplay . . . I started having fans. I realized there is a market for this.” Minx started modelling in high school for magazines and fashion. In college, at the age of 18, she began modelling for adult websites, clips for sale, and later on, camming. Nevada is the only state to offer legal prostitution. There are 19 operating brothels in the state. It employs approximately 200 women. The first thing to spark her interest about legal prostitution was an episode of Penn & Teller’s “Bullshit!” on HBO. She returned to an email she received from Dennis Hof years prior, offering good money from her fans if she came and worked for him. Originally, she declined, but in 2015 she reconsidered. “I don’t exactly want to give credit to Dennis Hof, but he does put himself out there in the media a lot,” Minx said. “With the internet, once in a while, something about him and his business starts trending. Of course people interested in it will click on it and find a link to the Bunny Ranch website and there’s an application page on there.” Dennis Hof is a Nevadan entrepreneur, millionaire and owner of seven brothels, including the famous Bunny Ranch in Las Vegas. She heard back within 24 hours of submitting the application. She was offered spots at the Love Ranch in Carson City or the Love Ranch in Las Vegas. She went with the Vegas location because the flight costed less. Her time spent at the Love Ranch was mostly negative. However, when life gives you lemons, you turn to the internet. “I’m not gonna say business was bad, but the nature of how that house is situated and where

it’s located, it does not get a lot of walk-in traffic,” Minx said. “So you have to do a lot of self-promotion. I managed to establish business through social media, a blog, my own website . . . just putting myself out there.” On several occasions they butted heads. “I gave the Love Ranch Vegas a run for their money because I was completely unpredictable, completely not pinpoint-able,” Minx said. “Not only because of my personality and how I did business, but also I offered things most sex workers didn’t. Like, I do cosplay and I openly promote that. That is not common in the industry, but just looking at porn and the general rise of geek culture. That is a very fast-growing niche.” Ultimately, her decisions paid off. “I was attracting customers from Silicon Valley,” Minx said. “You know the shy, nerdy guys who don’t always have the best luck getting intimate with women of their own merit, they have a hard time courting them . . . and because they work in Silicon Valley, they tend to have money, if you catch my drift. So I kind of blew [Love Ranch]’s mind, because I would have people coming in talking to me and dropping some change.” One aspect she enjoyed about the Love Ranch was the serenity of the location: “I am an introvert and I do like my peace and quiet.” However, after a year, the Love Ranch and Minx mutually decided to not renew her contract. She cites being “treated like garbage” as well as a rift between her and Dennis Hof. She since transferred to the Mustang Ranch in Sparks and has nothing but nice things to say about the establishment: the kitchen, the gym, the nice

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Phoenix took the world by storm with their electro-indie bops in the late 2000s. Now, they’re in Reno promoting their latest album “Ti Amo.” Here’s a fun trick: If you say the magic words “I prefer their early work,” everyone will automatically think you’re super sophisticated. Tickets are going for $37. Doors open at 7 p.m. Joey Thyne can be reached and on Twitter @joey_thyne


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By Alexis Scatena UNR’s very own Daniel Echo, 21, is on his way to musical success through his smooth, angelic vocals and impressive guitar

skills. On Nov. 29, Echo shared his talent with the Northern Nevada community as a feature of UNR’s Coffee House Series. He performed a series of pop

rooms, the marketing team, the management, and, especially, the security. She complained at the Love Ranch about faulty panic buttons in the rooms after bumping one by accident and nothing happening. At the Mustang Ranch, she usually works the 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. shift, which goes to the more “girl-next-door” types, catering to older, shyer customers. She discussed the banality of her job, citing water cooler discussions in the break room as no different than when she worked in a call center. She offers a multitude of services, including the “girlfriend experience” which involves sex, but also more intimate aspects like cuddling and kissing. She recalls one particular girlfriend experience: “They wwanted to watch something with me on Netflix. I had to hook up the Apple TV I brought to the TV in the room. I could not for the life of me get to the TV to be able to hook it up, and I was like ‘hey can you help me out.’ And he said ‘what is this, a wife experience?’ We’ve been joking about it since . . . but I really thought about it, and yeah, a wife party is something you can offer for people who don’t want the girlfriend type of experience, but want a deeper kind of connection, a more established feeling that you get with a spouse as opposed to just a girlfriend. Which especially appeals to those who lost their spouse due to death. They don’t want to waste time. They don’t want to fool around. They want someone they can really talk to, really connect with, really feel intimate with that they can’t get because the person they were with for however many years is gone.” Her favorite part of the job is, “Getting to meet a diverse array of people, who come from all

and R&B covers, reflecting on how he identifies his sound and genre as a musician. In September, the young artist released his debut single, “Night,” featuring Las Vegas native singer and rapper, Gonsin C.R.E.E. Just like many of his other music projects, Echo collaborated with his roommate and best friend, Stanley, to produce and write the song. Elements of pop, R&B, and Hip-Hop could all be heard throughout “Night,” with influences by Bruno Mars and the Weeknd. By integrating the three contrasting genres together, Echo strives to create a unique and diverse sound. Originally from Indonesia, Echo moved to Carson City, Nevada, where he not only started a new chapter of his life but began to play guitar. His passion for singing sparked in his later teenage years when he discovered his vocal potential. By performing

walks of life who have a whole variety of stories to tell. I really like getting to know different people and what makes them tick and how they came to be.” Her least favorite part of the job is, “In lieu of getting professional help like a therapist or a psychiatrist, some people choose to come to a sex worker. They will give us their whole life story: every last heartbreaking detail. That mental and emotional labor is hard. We can only help them when they’re in our room. We can only save them if they’re with us and in physical jeopardy, but we can’t actually save them.” Despite her taboo field of work, she has maintained healthy and relatively normal relationships, both familial and romantic. “Doing physical intimacy legally for a paycheck is not the same as cheating,” Minx said. “People put sex on a pedestal: ‘It’s the be-all-end-all. When you have sex in a relationship, that’s when you’ve made it’ . . . But, there’s so many different kinds of intimacy. If you’re doing it to make a baby, that’s a big deal. That’s a life-long commitment. But sex for sex’s sake is just a thing . . . People are so backwards when it comes to platonic intimacy even. People think it’s weird if friends hug or cuddle or say I love you . . . You’re capable of loving people not romantically and not sexually. When it comes to sex, people do have a sex drive. It’s an urge. It’s a need. They need to have it met sometimes. If you can’t have it met through hookup culture or you’re divorced or widowed and can’t get it and you don’t want to go through the whole ordeal of a new relationship, paying for it from a sex worker lets you get that intimacy and such without all that hassle.”

in his church, he gained performance skills and experience. “I started playing guitar in my church when I was 13, then my freshman year [at UNR] I stopped it for a little bit, and sophomore year I picked it up again,” Echo said. “I started to focus more on singing when I was about 16,17 years old, and performed in church on a weekly basis.” Echo discovered that he could pursue a career in music during his time studying at the university. Starting as a computer engineering major, he switched to business but decided to pick up a music major instead. As a music vocal major, he learned that he could make a living as a musician, which determined him to find local gigs to perform at. “I started playing music a couple of years ago up in Lake Tahoe with my friend and booking my own solo gigs,” Echo said. “I thought that it could

Minx has migrated back to Texas for the holidays. When she’s not in Nevada, she works on a business venture into the IT world. She is also an artist, a writer and a performance artist. She is a widow and has a child. “I’m a single mom just because of very unfortunate, very sad circumstances that have occurred that have left me alone, raising my young child with lots of support for family and friends,” Minx said. “The hardest part is every time I leave to go the brothel, because I spend so much time with my child and you miss your kid. The leaving and the first couple days adjusting to the new routine is hard. I’m so accustomed to waking up and doing the mom thing, then I wake up and I don’t hear the pitter patter of little footsteps.” When asked about the day when her child finds out about her line of work, she responded, “The benefit of, I don’t even know what they’re calling them, Generation Z or iGen, is they’re all growing up connected to the internet . . . This generation, whether religious groups or school systems like it or not, they’re growing up more sexually open-minded and aware than previous generations just because they’re going to be exposed to it. They’re going to be exposed to the fact that people who aren’t heterosexual exist. They’re going to be exposed to the idea that transgendered individuals exist. They’re going to be exposed to the fact that sex exists and porn exists and it’s something that people do.” Minx returns to Nevada in February. Joey Thyne can be reached at and on Twitter @joey_thyne.

be something I could do eventually as a job, so I wanted to try it out.” Recently, Echo found an interest in uploading videos of himself covering songs by other artists onto Youtube. Some of his videos feature local musicians while others are solely of him passionately belting lyrics and displaying his insane vocal techniques. He explains how there was a time when he struggled with believing in himself but is back to busting out videos weekly. “Two years ago I started to post videos on YouTube, but I stopped because I wasn’t confident and didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Echo said. “But I realized that Youtube is a really good opportunity to get exposure. Last week, I went back to it and posted five videos.” Echo has combined his business and music sides to create an effective strategy for gaining exposure. He plans to release

three singles over a short period of time, leading up to an album. “Nowadays with the content that we have, it’s important to [release music] frequently,” Echo said. “If you release an album and no one knows who you are, no one is going to listen to it.” Currently, he is taking a break from his studies to focus on his musical endeavors. “At this age, I want to dedicate a lot of time to music because school has taken up a lot of time,” Echo said. “I may go back to school, but right now I’m all about the music.” Be sure to keep Echo on your radar. His music can be found on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, or on his website, Alexis Scatena can be reached at joeythyne@ and on Twitter @ joey_thyne


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Morrissey gets mad, moody...again Low in High School Morrissey Rock

By Ryan Suppe Steven Patrick Morrissey, better known as Morrissey, or just Moz for his creepy fans, released a new album last month. It’s just as moody and whiny as his previous body of work, but it’s also just as sweet. And if you came to the Arts and Entertainment section to avoid reading about politics, try again! Because we’re talking about the world’s greatest pop activist. “Low in High School” is the 11th solo album from the former Smiths frontman. It was released by BGM, an international music company based in Germany. Morrissey hired Joe Chiccarelli as the producer for the second consecutive time. Chiccarelli has worked with The Shins, Spoon and Real Estate recently, and produced Morrissey’s 2014 album “World Peace is None of Your Business.” “Low in High School” is a skillfully-produced, wellwritten emo-pop album. The lyrics cover a range of topics in a generally mean-spirited way, but that’s okay because it’s just Moz being Moz. The singles “Spent the Day in Bed”, “I Wish You Lonely” and “Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up on the Stage” are bangers. I was pumped for the new album when I heard these. The remaining album wasn’t a disappointment, but let’s just say there’s a reason artists release singles before the full LP and Morrissey took advantage

of that. “Spent the Day in Bed” is a pop song through and through. I think it’s about being too emo to get out of bed but not too emo to complain about what’s on television. He sings “I spent the day in bed/I’m not my type, but/I love my bed”. He’s being cheeky (a British word that means “to be funny in a way that only British people can be”). He goes on, “And I recommend that you/Stop watching the news/Because the news contrives to frighten you”. I imagine Morrissey spends his days a lot like our president does: laying in bed and watching the news, thinking everyone on the tube is talking about him. “Spent the Day in Bed” is one of the numerous solid pop songs in the first half of the album. Side A of the record is full of easy listening: classic Morrissey. The songs are loud and full-bodied rock n’ roll, and they’re full of catchy hooks. He doesn’t get too experimental, and songs like “I Wish You Lonely” and “Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up on the Stage” would be perfect for a dinner party setlist. Side B is where things get a little weird and uncomfortable, and I wouldn’t recommend flipping to the B side at a dinner party unless you’re purposely trying to make a statement. He sings about Israel, police brutality and on “Bury the Living” he tries to convince the listener to hate the military as much as he does. He sings “No no

no no/You can’t blame me/I’m just an innocent soldier/Give me an order, I’ll blow up your border/Give me an order, I’ll blow up your daughter”. Morrissey has always been political. This is the guy who wrote an entire song for The Smiths about Margaret Thatcher being guillotined and shows animals being slaughtered for roughly six minutes during live shows while he plays “Meat is Murder.” What are his political views exactly? Nobody knows because his politics are just as vague as his sexuality. We know he’s somewhere left of center, and he lets everybody know they just don’t meet his standards. I can say that he speaks a lot of truth. And I generally agree with him that war is bad, violence is bad, monarchy is bad, the news is often bad and staying in bed all day sounds pretty nice. Morrissey told “Rolling Stone” that this album is meant for young people feeling directionless or hopeless. He’s asking “Can we ever feel carefree again?”. I doubt many high schoolers are listening to Morrissey these days, but it’s a nice thought. I think this album is more for insane middle-aged Morrissey groupies who have his picture on their bedroom wall and follow him all over the country on tour. Ryan Suppe can be reached at and on Twitter @salsuppe

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Sexual misconduct in politics requires accountability


ast week, Rep. Ruben Kihuen, DNev., was accused of sexually harassing his former campaign finance director during the 2016 campaign. Kihuen allegedly made repeated unwanted sexual advances and touched the woman, identified only as Samantha, on the thigh without her consent. The allegations, which surfaced in a piece from BuzzFeed News Friday, drew swift condemnation from the Democratic Party — something initially absent from the accusations against Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken. Those calling for Kihuen’s resignation include chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Ben Ray Lujan, Nevada Reps. Dina Titus and Jacky Rosen — both of Las Vegas — and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. And for whatever it’s worth, we at The Nevada Sagebrush also believe Kihuen should step aside. The allegations made by Samantha were also made to the DCCC when she left Kihuen’s campaign last year, and so far there has been no reason to believe Kihuen is innocent of the present charges. Ultimately, there should be no place in politics for men who so callously disregard women. As of print time, Kihuen has yet to offer a public statement on his future, but private reports seem to indicate the freshman congressman has every intention of staying on the job. So where are the consequences? Sure, there’s an election next year. But if there’s no viable challenger on the ballot, it’s not unreasonable to think that Kihuen may still be able to win in his blue-leaning district. It’s also not unreasonable to think that, much like Roy Moore in

Alabama, Kihuen’s political career could be sunk outright by these bombshell allegations. But the fact of the matter is that the 2018 election is still a little less than a year away, and those months mean anything could happen. It’s almost impossible to predict elections this far out, and what we can be sure of is that if Kihuen won’t resign now, he will surely remain in Congress until next January. We understand that changing the way this system works is difficult, but there needs to be some way to hold our politicians accountable that doesn’t also happen to be two (or four or six) years apart. Because sometimes campaigns can fall apart (see: the rise and fall (and fall again) of Anthony Weiner), but that’s never a guarantee. And there are ways for those harassed by sitting congressmen to receive settlements or other forms of restitution, but those methods are already highly flawed and do nothing to account for misconduct on first-time campaigns, as has happened here. So something needs to be done. What that something is exactly remains hard to say, and we won’t pretend to have all the answers. Maybe there’s something to be done on the part of political committees like the DNC or state party organs, or maybe there’s some legal framework that can apply to candidates only or at least some way that staffers who are harassed on the trail can get their case settled in a timely and just manner. But we need to demand something. Because if we don’t, this will just keep happening.

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Ruben Kihuen speaks at an event in 2012. Last week, Kihuen was accused of sexual assault by a former campaign staffer.

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Partisanship is motivator in sexual assault debates


n what some have called our post-truth culture, what matters most is which group one is with — or which “side” one is on. Group opinions and feelings, and “sides," rather than any facts, truth, or reality, seem to carry the day. The Judge Roy Moore Seth campaign Bell for the U.S. Senate seat for Alabama is an ideal example. To be forthcoming, I am not a fan of Roy Moore or his politics, and I believe — as do many others — the multiple women who have made claims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and impropriety against candidate Moore. The special election for the U.S. Senate seat in that state will take place on Dec. 12, 2017, and the lines, groups and sides for and against Moore are firmly in place. From my perspective, the evidence against Judge Moore is strong and credible. A number of women, each of whom was the target or victim or Judge Moore’s sexual advances or bad conduct, and none of whom — to anyone’s knowledge — collaborated with each other, have come forward and offered very similar stories of improper behavior by Moore. In all of those stories, Moore was over 30 years of age, and a practic-

ing lawyer, and the women were teenage girls. One of the girls was just 14 years of age when Moore was alleged to have engaged in his unwanted sexual behavior. Then there are the claims (which seem credible) that Moore was banned from the shopping mall in his hometown because of his harassment of teenage girls. The Nevada Sagebrush Staff Editorial of Nov. 14, 2017, entitled “Believing survivors shouldn’t be about politics”, offers the wise opinion that “Victims of sexual assault should not be political victims, too”. Yet, the women who have come forward against Judge Moore are being victimized again for political purposes by Moore and his supporters. Contrasted against the facts provided in the stories presented by the growing number of women (all based on their firsthand knowledge and experiences) are the outright denials, efforts to downplay the claims by asserting they are in the nature of a “witch hunt”, and the assertions that the stories were invented and politically motivated. They include Moore’s denials (first very weak and then more forceful), claims by his supporters that all of the women who made claims against Moore are “giving false testimony”, that Moore “is a good and moral man”, the charge that handwritten and signed note in the high school album from Roy Moore to one of the teenage girls (and now a complainant) was not his

handwriting and signature, and the assertion that Moore is the victim of an orchestrated campaign by the liberal media. Judge Moore has chastised the media for reporting on the accusations, and has stated that he plans to sue — although interestingly he has not sued — the Washington Post, the newspaper that first brought the story to the attention of the public. The media attack by Moore and his supporters, including President Trump, suggests that the liberal media is smearing another non-establishment conservative and “should not be trusted”. There are a growing number of Judge Moore defenders who have stated that they will vote for him even if the accusations of the women are true. Those people are essentially saying that they would rather have a U.S. Senator who sexually assaulted and harassed girls than the more liberal candidate. For such supporters of Moore, including President Trump (who arguably does not believe the women because Moore “denies the claims”), such criminal acts would not be disqualifying. In fact, Mr. Trump has labeled Moore’s opponent as a Democratic “puppet” who needs to be defeated by Moore. There are also many defenders of Moore (another “side”) who do acknowledge that the bad conduct alleged, “if true”, would be disqualifying. But there lies a huge problem and raises a misleading idea. With-

out photographs, videotapes, supporting eyewitnesses, or sound recordings, the truth cannot be “proven as true” as if in a court. Judge Moore and those who defend him using this line of thinking know this very well, and he continues to say that he should be “presumed innocent until proven guilty”, as if he is a criminal defendant. Short of a court verdict or judgement, which could take years, what methods or means are there to prove the truth? Would Moore’s defenders agree to accept the results of a polygraph test? At present, the only thing that exists is the credibility of the women’s complainants against the credibility of Moore. While some of his defenders would say that this is a classic “She said, he said” situation, the reality is that it is a “They said, he said”. Are there any reasons to doubt the claims of the women, other than to support Judge Moore? Even U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican Majority Leader of the Senate, and Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter, believe the women. Thus, the sides are lined up. There are those who believe and side with the multiple women, and conclude that Moore is unfit to serve as a U.S. Senator. As noted earlier, I am one of those. The credibility of the women seems to be overwhelming, and Moore’s denials and his challenges to their credibility do not add up. Yet to the many who are on his side, including those

who support a conservative agenda, and those who are opposed to “traditional and establishment” Republicans, Moore is the credible one and the women’s claims are not true, have yet to be proven to be true, or just do not matter. The blind loyalty toward Moore by his supporters is not limited to his "side". Such group loyalty, and unwillingness to be persuaded by the truth, may be natural. Indeed, it was also seen recently when Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in Congress, was asked about claims of sexual misconduct against Democratic Congressman John Conyers of Michigan. Ms. Pelosi, who has been a strong voice against sexual assault by Republican elected officials, initially said that Mr. Conyers was an "icon" and argued that no judgement against him should be made until an ethics investigation was completed. Other Democrats agreed with her. Divisions over this issue have arisen in the Democratic Party. But Ms. Pelosi and many other Democrats have modified their original position and are now calling for Mr. Conyers' resignation. In our post-truth society, sides seem to matter most. 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. Seth Bell studies political science. He can be reached at and on Twitter @ salsuppe

Legal betting is good for sports


he United States Supreme Court will hear a case this week that could alter the future of sports betting. The court will decide whether a federal law that prohibits states from legalizing sports gambling is constitutional. Growing up in Nevada, I didn’t even realize betting on sports was illegal. I would walk through casinos on Sundays to the movie theater, arcade or bowling alley (coughing up Ryan a lung on the way Suppe through plumes Soup of the of smoke) and see Day bunches of thick men drinking beer and swearing at television screens that showed football. I thought you could do this anywhere, but it turns out betting on a sports game is only legal in Nevada. However, it’s also true that sports fans throughout the rest of the country bet on sports anyway online, illegally. Sports betting in the United States is an estimated $150 billion industry. That’s more than Verizon, Honda and General Electric are worth. Betting on sports is more profitable than the sports leagues themselves. So, why is this even a question if so many people are already doing it and it’s so profitable? In 1992 the Federal Government passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) which said no government entity may authorize wagering on sporting events. The bill was sponsored by Senator Bill Bradley, a former professional basketball player who thought gambling was corrupting sports. The state of New Jersey is challenging this law. Citizens of the state have voted to make gambling legal, and the state says PASPA is a violation of the 10th Amendment which says the Federal Government cannot limit states’ powers except those expressed in the Constitution. Many other states have thrown their support behind New Jersey and hope to legalize sports gambling in their own states, while the major sports leagues (NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL) and those who profit from the current illegal sports betting system oppose New Jersey. The issue that the Supreme Court will debate is one of states’ rights. Experts say that’s why the court took on the case in this first place. So, should the states be able to decide on their own to legalize sports gambling? I say yes, but not so much for the states’ rights issue (boring!) and more for the legal sports betting would be cool part. It would make the sports themselves more popular. More people would bet on sports than they do now (I don’t think it’s like an underage drinking situation where high school kids only drink because it’s against the law). And people who bet on sports would watch more often and for longer periods of time. This would be better for everyone involved from leagues to networks who show football to the current legal sports betting hub, Las Vegas. If sports betting becomes a nationwide industry, Las Vegas could become the epicenter because it already has the infrastructure to support it. The notion that gambling is bad for the integrity of sports is true. NBA referee Tim Donaghy said that he and his colleagues bet on games all the time, and their bets influenced the way they called a game. All the current PASPA law does is keep gambling in the dark. Legal sports betting would bring that issue to light. Betting would be regulated, and any inconsistencies would be obvious to those who watch out for games being thrown. If sports betting is going to happen anyway we might as well make it legal and subject to the same rules and regulations as the rest of the business world. 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 journalism and philosophy. He can be reached at and on Twitter @salsuppe




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FIRST SEASON COMPARISONS Chris Ault’s graph takes place during his ‘04 reunion with the team.

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Chris Ault surveys the offense during a practice at Wolf Pack Park. Brian Polian stands on the sidelines against Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Mackay Stadium. Jay Norvell scours the field following a first down play during his time at Arizona State University.

Nevada Women’s Basketball keeps record at .500 after tough week able to put another seven points on the board before the quarter was over, putting the score at 31-12. The first quarter shellacking continued into the second, as Nevada couldn’t put together any runs. Nevada was only able to put up an additional 14 points in the second quarter totaling the halftime score at 53-26. After Nevada’s dismal shooting display in the first, the Wolf Pack came back with a much stronger second half performance only being outscored by four points. Although Nevada improved its shooting immensely, UConn still defeated the Pack 88-57. UConn’s Kia Nurse shot lights out the entire game, going 9 for 10 for 27 points. Nevada’s star player was Teige Zeller who put up 17 points on seven shots and three free throws. After this game, Nevada sat at 3-3 overall in record.

Maui Classic Nevada V.S. Oregon State

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Nevada player Morningrose Tobey dribbles the ball passed her UConn defender on Tue. Nov. 28. Nevada sits at 4-4 this season with high expectations.

By Brandon Cruz Nevada Women’s Basketball broke an attendance record at home and enters the new week at .500 after two losses to ranked teams and a win to close out the team’s road games. The team has collectively made 548 points, scoring 68.5 per game, with an average field goal percentage of 40.5. Nevada V.S. UConn

Tuesday, Nov. 28, was gut check time for the Nevada Wolf Pack as the No. 1 ranked UConn Huskies stormed into Lawlor Events Center with a purpose. The Huskies put together a strong shooting performance against Nevada, defeating the Pack 88-57. The first quarter featured no feeling out process for the teams as UConn held no prisoners, going on a 25-5 put together almost single-handedly by Huskies guard Kia Nurse. The Pack was

Just three days later Nevada found its way to Maui, Hawaii, to compete in the Maui Classic. The Pack’s first game came against the No. 21 ranked Oregon State Beavers. The Pack struggled again against a top-tier opponent losing their first game of the tournament by 40 points. The first half was an uphill battle on all accounts for the Wolf Pack as the Beavers doubled Nevada’s score in both quarters. Nevada shot 8 of 30 from the field racking up an underwhelming 26.67 shooting percentage. T Moe couldn’t get anything to fall going zero for four in the first half, followed by an uncharacteristic half from the field by Zeller going 5 for 15. The second half saw Zeller take better shots as she made 50 percent of what she put up and T Moe improved her shooting percentage tenfold, only missing one shot during this half. Although this was the case, Nevada

was still outscored 26-41 in the half. One bright side for Nevada is that the team has an innate ability to cash in on turnovers, as the team got 13 of its points on turnovers alone. To optimize this Nevada needs to limit the number of turnovers they give away. Following this game, Nevada dropped below .500 on the season with a record of 3-4. This marked Nevada’s second loss to a ranked team. Nevada V.S. Montana State With the Pack’s eventful week quickly coming to a close, Nevada still had yet to get a win. The Maui Classic was closing out against a 5-2 Montana State team, but the record didn’t

make Nevada shy away from its competition. The Pack defeated Montana State 67-53 to put one win in the column after a rough week on the hardwood. The Wolf Pack tends to play worse in the first half, and as the second half rolls around the team catches its footing and storms out to finish off strong. For some reason, this was the exact opposite this game. Nevada’s first half featured some role players step into the limelight to put on a show. Terae Briggs went four for five shooting along with making all six of her free throws. In addition to Briggs, Jade Redmon came to play making 75 percent of her shots in the first. Nevada still had a hefty nine turnovers but forced Montana State to give the ball up

11 times. The first ended with Nevada up by 18. Nevada shot a lackluster 30.4 percent from the field in the second half, only making seven of its 23 shots put up. This was in comparison to Montana State’s 48.4 percent from the field, making 15 of 31. But somehow Nevada was only outscored 39-35 in the half.

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Wolf Pack defeats Anteaters, earns a spot in AP Top 25 poll

By Javier Hernandez The Nevada men’s basketball team once again went on the road to take on UC Irvine this past Saturday. The Wolf Pack wound up victorious after finding themselves trailing the Anteaters by two at the conclusion of the first half. After a less than stellar first half, the Wolf Pack was victorious and tacked on another win to its best start to a season in its NCAA Division I history. Nevada, which will continue its road trip with games against AP top 25-ranked teams at Lubbock, Texas, against Texas Tech, followed by a neutral site game against TCU, looked tired defensively, a product of a grueling earlyseason schedule. “Tonight, was the first time I thought we looked a little worn out,” head coach Eric Musselman said. “I think just a lot of the traveling stuff. We looked like it caught up to us. I think Irvine played real hard, very physical team. Again, I thought last year, it’s a game where we would have Andrea Wilkinson/Nevada Sagebrush struggled more than we did this year. It wasn’t the pretti- Nevada Basketball guard Jordan Caroline scoops up a shot against the Rhode Island Rams at the Lawlor Events Center on Monday, Nov. 13, est offensive game but to win 2017. Nevada is currently ranked 22nd in the AP Top 25 poll. on the road in a double-digit game was really hard to do.” was really hot and we missed the emergence of the Martin double on the night by scoring like we just wanted to just keep The Wolf Pack had the clear him when he went out as twins. However, prior to the 24 points and hauling in 13 our shooters out there and size disadvantage down low much as anything but they’re game, Caleb Martin wanted to rebounds. Of those 24 points, score enough points,” Musas the Anteaters were one of a really great rebounding team make sure that he wasn’t lost 15 came in the second half. selman said. “We were kind the first teams this season to no question about it. We’ve in the offense. Despite Darien Williams of exchanging threes for twos effectively impose their size done a great job rebounding “I got a text from Caleb and and Elijah Foster only logging at one point and they were on the Wolf Pack. UC Irvine the ball. Tonight, we didn’t.” he said, ‘Hey let’s runs some a combined total of 11 min- scoring a ton of points in the outscored the Wolf Pack 42-24 Nevada had four players stuff for Kendall early,’” Mus- utes, Nevada was able to find paint. We were able to knock in points in the paint. How- score in double-digits in Caleb selman said. “And that’s the enough separation despite the down some threes that kind ever, Musselman was pleased Martin, Cody Martin, Jordan type of teammates we have disadvantage on the boards. of separated it. We’ve played with how his team was able to Caroline, and Kendall Ste- because Caleb’s a big-time While the Wolf Pack struggled with five guys out without a counter the lack of size with phens. That group accounted scorer and here is texting me in the first half, they were able true post guy and I thought it effective scoring from long- for 88 percent of the night’s and he said, ‘Hey do you have to find more breathing room helped us offensively.” range. offense. any new plays we can add to in the second half. Nevada was With the UC Irvine victory, “I think that it looked like Stephens, the sharpshooting try and get Kendall kickstarted able to outscore the Anteaters Nevada, in the Dec. 4 edition we didn’t have size down low senior transfer from Purdue that the opponent hasn’t seen by 13 in the second half to of the Associated Press rankbut on the other end we were was able to provide Nevada’s yet.’ And we added a couple of eked out a close one in Irvine. ings, was ranked 22nd. This doing what we needed to have equalizer for its lack of size. He stuff last game for Kendall and “I made a conscious effort is the first time that the Wolf separation so we are who we provided some much-needed I think he carried over that with about 16 minutes to Pack has been ranked since are,” Musselman said. “We scoring by contributing 17 performance here tonight.” go whether we were gonna Eric Musselman has been have an identity and style. points (on 6-of-8 shooting; Nevada was able to shake put a big in to rebound and I hired. If Kendall doesn’t get into 5-of-7 from 3PT). In the early off the dead legs and get into thought when we got a little foul trouble, I think we could part of the season, Stephens a better groove in the second bit of a cushion, and that thing Javier Hernandez can be reached extend that maybe a little bit has taken a back seat in the half en route to a 76-65 victory. was bouncing back and forth at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on more than we did because he scoring department with Caroline posted a double- between eight and ten, I felt Twitter @SagebrushSports.

Nevada to face tough road challenges By Javier Hernandez Dead legs and a grueling road schedule are a recipe for losses for most college basketball teams. However, the Wolf Pack, which is off to its best start in its NCAA Division I school history, will be up to the task of facing back-to-back teams who have been ranked on the AP Top 25 this year, for the upcoming week. Despite the relatively tough schedule thus far, the Wolf Pack is up for the challenge of once again getting those key road wins that the NCAA Tournament Committee values come Selection Sunday. “I thought we did a great job, Ruta did an unbelievable job in a late time frame, putting this whole thing together,” Musselman said. “The thing is when you play a team like Saint Mary’s last year, who’s a really good team, a top twenty team and we a play a team, Texas Tech, who’s right there at the Top 25, and you’re playing TCU, you’re playing against great teams and so it challenges your team and you just go play them and you’re playing one of the best teams in the country on the road. I think we’ve learned a ton, I think it’s a great challenge.” A short turnaround following a road game against a tough UC Irvine team that exposed some of the Wolf Pack’s weaknesses in the front court, the Wolf Pack will have to step up its intensity if it plans on defeating these highcaliber opponents away from their home court. “We’ve been just so focused on Irvine. We’ll find out tomorrow when we start talking about Tech and we don’t have much time,” Musselman said. “With the two travel times, we’re not gonna have much time to prepare and it’s unfortunate but it is what it is but that’s what’s next on the schedule and we’ll do the best that we can.” Up first is Texas Tech, a team that shellacked a solid Northwestern team by more than 30 points. While they fell to Seton Hall in the previous game, they are well rested and will want to remove the bad taste from their mouths. Texas Tech is a lethal offensive team that is currently ranked 17th in the nation in effective field goal

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Lindsey Drew surveys the defense against the Davidson Wildcats on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2017. The Wolf Pack will face two teams who have been ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll this year in Texas Tech and TCU this upcoming week.

percentage. They are very skilled at scoring in the paint, ranking 37th in field goal percentage at the rim. The Wolf Pack allowed 42 points in the paint in its previous game against UC Irvine. The Wolf Pack was willing to trade those points for outside scoring opportunities. However, with a highly effective interior scoring team, Nevada will have to shore up its defense in the paint. Nevada effectively found ways to counter the lack of interior scoring against UCI. However, against a team that is at the caliber of Texas Tech, opportunities to match the offensive output will be a tougher task. The same will go for its matchup in the following game. Following the game in Lubbock, the Wolf Pack will face another difficult opponent in Top 25 ranked TCU at the Staples Center in Los

Angeles. This game was a late addition to the schedule. TCU, who won last year’s NIT Tournament, is poised to make waves in the Big XII alongside Texas Tech. With the return of sophomore sensation point guard, Jaylen Fisher, TCU will be at full strength when they face the Wolf Pack. Nevada, which has struggled defending quick guards on the road will have to limit Fisher in order to slow down the Horned Frogs’ attack. For Nevada, the biggest challenge will be responding to the crowd in Lubbock and overwhelming its opponent’s intensity on both ends of the floor. In Los Angeles, they will need to do it in a late 10:00 p.m. tipoff against an equally good TCU team. Javier Hernandez can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

SPORTS | A8 APOLOGY ON SPORTS REPORTING AND LANGUAGE By Brandon Cruz During the Nov. 27 issue of the Nevada Sagebrush I wrote a piece that was a game recap for the UNLV v.s. Nevada game. Before I go into the factual portion of the game recap in my introduction I used a quote from Charles Barkley to describe the UNLV and Nevada game, which compared the two teams to two ugly girls fighting. In looking back on the quote, it was not the best way to describe the game in any way. There were a good deal of other ways to portray the same sentiment, but by putting that quote in there I did not take into consideration how the comment would make the female audience feel. Sports has long been plagued by the “boys club” mentality, so I, as a writer, need to heed that when delving into any piece. On top of the quote that I used from Barkley, the commentary expressed in the piece is in no way the sentiments expressed by the entire Sagebrush staff. And from an editing perspective, everyone from the top down will make more of an effort to ensure that diverse voices have a say in what does and what does not go to print. Looking forward I vow to ensure the writing I put forth in this publication is respectful of all our readers. It was not my intention for anyone to feel attacked whatsoever. In the future I will work to limit my bias, to make sure The Nevada Sagebrush is producing content that does not isolate any person based on race, personal beliefs or sexual identity. Again I’d like to express my deepest regrets for making any woman feel that this was attack on them in any way shape or form. If there are any other gripes with this piece or others produce please do not hesitate to reach out, so we can make a concerted effort to improve the quality of our work. Brandon Cruz can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

Issue 15 12/05/2017  
Issue 15 12/05/2017