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SHOOTING REPORTED NEAR UNR CAMPUS News Desk Police responded to reports of a shooting at the intersection of University Terrace and West Street near the University of Nevada, Reno, campus. It is currently unclear who the shooter or shooters are, or if anyone was injured. Police are encouraging people to avoid the area if possible. According to KOLO

8, the victim of the shooting crashed their car in an attempt to get away. News 4 also reported a car in a nearby alleyway fired shots from the passenger side and struck another vehicle four times. News 2 added both the victims and suspects car crashed and the victims involved fled on foot. Students living in nearby houses con-

firm these reports. Delaney Jacobson heard gunshots around 7:30 p.m. “I knew it was gunshots straight away, but my roommate said it was fireworks because it was so fast,” Jacobson said. “...I counted at least 23 shots in about three to four rounds. About 8 or 7 in each round. It lasted about one to two minutes. I didn’t call, a neighbor did

so I don’t have police information...I was sitting doing homework and I heard it next to my window. It was so loud. I ran out into my living room and locked the door and shut all of my windows.” Zac Edelen lives in a house on West Street that backs up to the alley where the shooting took place and said the shots came in two spurts from a car, potentially a Volvo.

Edelen confirmed bullets hit parked cars in the alley and the suspect fled the scene immediately in a car. The suspect’s car may have been found on Taylor Street in Midtown, according to a report heard over the Campus Escort scanner. The identity of the car is still under investigation. Both University Police Services and

Reno Police Department non-emergency lines said there is not outstanding threat and police are assessing the situation. The police also reported no injuries and no suspect description. No further details were given.

The News Desk can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr. edu and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

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Photo courtesy of Trevor Lewis The quad as it stands on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The University of Nevada, Reno, kept campus open despite students’ calls on social media to close campus and cancel classes due to safety.

University decides to keep campus open despite weather conditions

By Taylor Johnson The University of Nevada, Reno, opened its campus on Wednesday, Dec. 5, despite receiving approximately four inches of snow the previous night, which caused issues for commuters. On Tuesday night, the university sent out a message announcing the university will close at 9:00 p.m. due to weather. Classes were to convene on Wednesday, according to the email. “It took me 4 hours to get home last night,” wrote Miska Reid, a student at the university, over Facebook. “What should have been

a one hour drive took me FOUR HOURS. I ended up driving in the worst of the ice and snow. Luckily, I bought a Subaru a couple months back otherwise I don’t know if I would have made it over USA Parkway. It had been snowing on campus since 4 p.m. and you decided to close campus at 9 p.m., what for? So instead of being able to wait out the traffic and road closures on the 80 on campus, I had to wait on the 80 in my car for three hours. The people who make these decisions really need to think of the commuters. None of these decisions adversely affects the freshman because most all of them

live on campus, this only affects the commuters who more often than not tend to have husbands, kids, and other responsibilities besides partying. Shame on you, UNR.” The Reno’s Police Department urged drivers to stay off the roads Dec. 4, unless there was an emergency. Police officers were able to respond around 8:00 p.m. to injury-related accidents. On Tuesday, the Department of Public Safety and Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command West reported seven vehicle incidents, which possibly caused traffic delays in the Reno area. “We are seeing chain controls on just about every

highway this morning,” NHP tweeted on Dec. 5. “The roads have turned to ice and traction is significantly reduced. Stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. The Reno GazetteJournal reported the Reno area received one to three inches of snow in the foothills, five to six inches in the mountains and eight to nine inches on the mountain peaks on Monday, Dec. 3. “I get that it is easy for kids that live on campus or near campus to get to class during the snow, but have you considered the kids that have to commute to school and also kids that have disabilities,”

Austin Croft, a student at the university commented on Facebook. “Kids that have disabilities are going to have the hardest time getting to classes today and could be a liability for injuries on campus.” Due to the weather conditions, black ice began to form on the roads. Black ice is a transparent layer of ice found on roads and pavement. Black ice is hard to see because it blends into the roadways and is hazardous because a vehicle can lose traction, causing traffic incidents. “Dear UNR, I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and left

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President addresses TKE, anti-semitism By Olivia Ali In light of recent events, the Office of the President hosted an event to increase transparency between administration and students. “Pizza with the President” was held at Blind Onion Pizza and Wings on Monday, Dec. 3, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students were able to ask their questions and voice their concerns with university president Marc Johnson. Issues of concern raised by students included swastika carvings in Peavine Hall, the Tau Kappa Epsilon investigation and racism on campus. Johnson stressed the importance of reporting incidents of sexual assault and racism to the

Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX. “Anytime you would see a swastika, anytime you would hear a racial slur anytime you would hear of glorification of sexual assault or things of that nature, I hope you do report it to Title IX. The Title IX number is on the front of nearly every syllabus,” Johnson said. “Please report these issues.” Johnson addressed the mass email notification sent out on the early morning of Saturday, Dec. 1. The email warned students of a sexual assault that had taken place behind the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center around 10:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.

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Comebacks keep basketball undefeated UNR decide mantener clases en session a pesar de condiciones climáticas Escrito por Taylor Johnson Photo courtesy of Valari Esposito Students sit in Lawlor Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 8. The University of Nevada, Reno, handed out over 1,000 degrees at the winter commencement ceremony.

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Traducción en Español: Andrew Mendez Editor’s Note: The Nevada Sagebrush is expanding its resources to provide coverage on university news to Spanish language speakers. We hope to reach all communities represented on campus, and this is one of the first installments of

that mission. Nota del Editor: El Nevada Sagebrush se está expandiendo sus recursos para proveer cobertura de noticias universitarias para la comunidad que habla Español. Deseamos dar cobertura a todo las comunidades representadas en la universidad, y esto es una de las instalaciónes de este mission.

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your students as people and think Continued from page A1 of their safety and wait till the roads the house at 6:30 are plowed instead of a.m.,” Lisa Perry- as paychecks. Thank man, a student at you.” the university wrote The US Departon Facebook. “My ment of Transportacar got stuck 3 times tion announced and I feared for my around 152,000 cars life several times just annually crash due to make it to my test to icy pavement and on time. I know you the average black ice use the rational that fatality is 3.6 times most of your students the total deaths live on campus but from other weather they do not. You conditions combined only have enough between 2005 and student housing for 2014. Around 900 the freshman class people are killed in and with the housing vehicle crashes due crisis, more students to snowfall or sleet are having to live every year. further away from “The snow on the campus. How about ground has gotten you start looking at worse since last

night,” Douglas Silber, a student at UNR commented on Facebook. “It’s still snowing. Way to think of the students’ safety first. One day off wouldn’t kill you guys but it may kill us trying to get there. Not risking my safety for this crap. But of course, only when it’s 9 p.m. does the university care. You guys should make it that campus is open but students who have to commute won’t be punished if they can’t make it.” Snow and black ice are hazardous when walking. Every year, approximately 800,000 people are hospitalized due to

a fall-related injury. The average price of a fall injury is $33,000 due to medical bills. The university sent an email on Wednesday morning alerting students the Tau Kappa Epsilon investigation was still ongoing after it was discussed during “Pizza with the President”. Some students voiced frustration on Twitter over addressing the investigation rather than the hazardous weather conditions. Washoe County Schools in Reno and Sparks either resumed classes or had a two-hour delay on Wednesday due to busing issues. “I love how the

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018 roads are ‘clear’ yet when I got to school this morning the buses had to have chains to be able to drive,” Mackenzie McCadden, a student, wrote on Instagram. “Also saw cars sliding all over and one accident. But school is more important than our lives, right?” If a student wishes to report their frustrations with university decisions regarding snow days, they may report to facility services at (775) 784-4654. Taylor Johnson can be reached at oali@ sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @ OliviaNAli.

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RESIGNATIONS SENATOR NATASIA MATA RESIGNS FROM THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS Former Associated Students of the University of Nevada Senator Natasia Mata sent a statement to the Senate announcing her resignation from her position as Senator for College of Liberal Arts.HICKMAN RESIGNS

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS Former Assistant Director for the Department of Clubs and Organizations Katie Hickman announced to the Senate she will be resigning from her position. Hickman resigned due to her graduation at the end of the fall 2018 semester. Hickman said she had worked in ASUN since her first year on campus and it was a pleasure to be a part ASUN.

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ASUN Vice President Bradley addressed the Senate after meeting with Athletic Director Doug Knuth on the possibility of building a new indoor practice facility. The facility is meant to assist with football, basketball and intramural sports, according to Knuth. Bradley said the possibility of building a new practice facility has been discussed for five years, but with the potential donor support the topic is being brought to the Senate’s attention. In order for the facility to be considered for construction it has to receive ASUN and student support. Bradley said if the facility is built, it is expected to be built on the North end of campus where the old tennis courts are located. Students would be expected to pay a $15 fee every semester, going toward construction and maintenance. Senators then asked if all students would have access to the facility and if there would be potential profit from making this facility. Bradley responded saying the facility will help with NCAA Division I athletes not practice in snow and make practice conditions safer for students.DIRECTOR

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VICE PRESIDENT BRADLEY ADDRESSES POSSIBILITY OF NEW INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY

Graduation The University of Nevada, Reno, held the 2018 winter commencement ceremony to honor students who have met and graduated with the requirements of each of their respective colleges. The university issued more than 1,000 degrees at the ceremony to both graduate and undergraduate students on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Lawlor Events Center. The Winter Commencement included August and December graduates and issued 1,864 degrees and certificates, consisting of 1,466 bachelor’s degrees and 398 advanced degrees. Advanced degrees consisted of both masters and doctoral degrees. Due to an increased number of students who applied to graduate, the university held two separate ceremonies based on college and class size. Nevada State Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty, a Nevada alumni, was invited to be the keynote speaker of both ceremonies. Hardesty was President of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada during the 1969-1970 school year and was named outstanding senior graduate. The first ceremony consisted of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, School of Community Health Sciences, Division of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, College of Education, College of Engineering, Orvis School of Nursing and the College of Science. The first ceremony began at 8:00 a.m. The second commencement began at 1:00 p.m. The Reynolds School of Journalism, College of Business, and the College of Liberal Arts were a part of the second ceremony. The university live streamed both of the ceremonies for family members who were unable to attend. According to Sariah Tillotson of the university’s Admissions and Records Office, numbers collected for graduation were done in November and official numbers of graduates and degrees awarded will not be available until late January or early February. Numbers collected for graduation can be found through the Office of Institutional Analysis after they become available.

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ANDRADE PLANS TO MAKE ASUN MEETINGS MORE TRANSPARENT

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President Marc Johnson delivers the State of the University address on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Johnson hosted a Pizza with the President event for students to openly ask him questions.

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“We had a sexual assault on this campus this weekend which threw a lot of fear into people,” Johnson said. “Fortunately, we have an alert system to let you know what is going on, where it’s going on so you can keep your eyes and ears open.” Students voiced concerns about the lack of lighting in certain parking lots. According to Johnson, a Campus Safety Walk is performed annually to identify “dangerous” spots that are not well lit and could be prone to hazards and attacks. After the Safety Walk, the areas high-

Director of Campus and Public Relations Mapuana Andrade began planning a social media marketing plan to give Senate updates through Instagram. Andrade said it would allow students to know what issues are brought up at meetings and help departments and committees come up with plans and legislation to address student concerns. Andrade said after a survey conducted through ASUN, students said they have not run for ASUN office positions because of financial restrictions, time constraints and the process seeming too intimidating.

LEGISLATION SENATE VOTES TO SUPPORT CREATING A RENO COLLEGE COUNCIL

lighted as potentially dangerous are reported to Facilities Services to be fixed according to severity. In response to poorly lit areas, students expressed displeasure with the Campus Escort and Pack Transit services. According to Johnson, a student fee was proposed to enhance these services but was not approved. Students also asked about the status of the TKE investigation. “When TKE’s song was identified on that computer, the university temporarily suspended them as a fraternity,” Johnson said. “Their national organization temporarily suspended them as a fraternity so they couldn’t meet and both

entities are continuing their investigations to figure out what actually happened and what to do next. It appears that they are in violation with the university agreement.” Students also wondered why the investigation had yet to conclude and when it was predicted to finish. “There are a number of moving parts, but we want you to understand we are going at this assessment as meticulously and thoroughly as we can to be sure we are doing our due diligence,” said Dean of Students Kim Thomas. Olivia Ali can be reached at oali@sagebrush.unr. edu and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

The Senate voted to give support to give support to create a Reno college council within the Reno City Council. Director of Legislative Affairs Katie Worrall brought the idea to Senator Mika Alvarez to give the students of the University of Nevada, Reno, a voice at the city level. Sen. Alvarez said it would allow ASUN to lobby directly with Reno City Council, but there is currently no infrastructure in place. Alvarez added it would be up to the City of Reno to build the infrastructure of how the council would run. Senators Emily Sewell, Claudia Feil and Parliamentarian Nikolas Burton stated the legislation is too vague and due to no structure should be sent back to sent back to the Committee on Public Affairs. Sen. Vanessa Amaya and Sen. Zachary Green said the legislation would help with ASUN initiative No Walls 2025 — an initiative to make Reno a college centred town. The legislation passed with an 11 to six vote. Andrew Mendez can be reached at andrewmendez@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

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La Universidad de Nevada, Reno, decidió mantener clases el Miércoles 5 de Diciembre a pesar de haber recibiendo 4 pulgadas (10.16 centímetros) de nieve la noche anterior que había causado problemas para los estudiantes que manejan. Martes en la noche, la universidad envió un correo electrónico anunciando que la universidad ve estar cerrado a las 9 de la noche, debido a la climatológica. Pero que las clases se reiniciaron Miércoles por la mañana “Me tomó cuatro horas llegar a la casa,” dijo Miska Reid, un estudiante en la universidad, por Facebook. “Lo que regularmente me toma una hora de manejo me tomó cuatro, y me tocó manejar en el nieve y hielo. Por suerte, me había comprado un Subaru unos meses atrás. Si no yo no sé si yo podría llegar a USA Parkway. Empezó a nevar a las cuatro de la tarde en la aria de la universidad, y administración decidió cerrar a las 9 de la noche, ¿por que esperar tanto? Las personas encargadas de tomar esta decisión no toman en consideración a los estudiantes que no viven en los dormitorias y que necesitan viajar de lejos. Ninguna de las decisiones tomadas afecta los estudiantes de primer año por que la mayoría de ellos viven en los dormitorios, esto solo afecta a los que manejan a la esquela y que tienen otras responsabilidades de familia no precisamente ir a rumba.Vergüenza le debería dar a la administración de UNR.” El departamento de policía de Reno instó a conductores a mantenerse fuera de la carretera el dia del 4 de Diciembre, y solo manejar en caso de emergencia. A las 8 de la noche policías respondieron a accidentes relacionados con heridas. El Martes, el departamento de seguridad pública y patrulla de carreteras de Nevada (por sus siglas en inglés, NHP) reportaron siete incidentes de choques vehiculares, que causaron retrasos. “El departamento de seguridad pública estamos enfocando el uso de neumáticos de nieve o cadenas en la carreteras esta mañana.” NHP puso en Twitter el 5 de Diciembre. “Porque las carreteras se han hecho hielo y la traction está reducida.” El Reno Gazette-Journal reportó el Lunes, 3 de Diciembre que el área de Reno recibió 3 pulgadas (7.62 centímetros) de nieve en la estribaciones, cinco a seis pulgadas (12.7-15.24 centímetros) en la montianas y ocho a nueve pulgadas (20.32-22.86 centímetros) en el pico de la montaña. “Yo entiendo que es fácil para los estudiantes que viven en los dormitorios o cerca de la universidad, pero ustedes (administración de la universidad) necesitan tomar en consideración los estudiantes que tienen discapacidades y los que manejan a la escuela,” Austin Croft, un estudiante de la universidad commento en Facebook. “Estudiantes que tienen debilidades van a tener un tiempo difícil para llegar a clase hoy, y es un resigo.” Debido a condiciones climáticas, hielo negro empezó formarse en la carreteras. Hielo negro es una capa transparente que se puede encontrar formado en las carreteras, es difícil mirar

y es un peligro para los que manejan. “UNR, me levanté hoy a las 5:30 y me fui de la casa a las 6:30,” Lisa Perryman, un estudiante de la university escribió por Facebook. “Mi carro se resbaló tres veces y temía por mi vida solo para llegar a tiempo por un examen. Yo se que la universidad usa la lógica que la mayoría de los estudiantes viven en los dormitorios, pero en realidad no es así. Con una crisis de vivienda, mas y mas estudiantes se están moviendo lejos de la universidad. Porque ustedes no empiezan a darse cuenta que la seguridad de los estudiantes va primero en vez del billete un sus bolsillos. Gracias.” El departamento de transportación de los Estados Unidos anunció que anualmente hay 152,000 accidentes de carros debido a hielo negro, y hubo 3.6 veces más muertes por hielo en los años 2005 a 2014. Aproximadamente 900 individuos se mueren cada año debido a accidentes de carro por nevadas y aguanieve. “La nevada se puso peor en la noche,” Douglas Silber, un estudiante en UNR commento en Facebook. “Todavía está nevando. Qué manera de pensar en la seguridad de los estudiantes. Cancelar clases por un dia no va dañar a nadien, pero podría salvar la vida a alguien. Estoy arriesgando mi vida por este mierda. A las 9 de la noche la universidad se preocupó. Deberían de ponerlo de esta manera; clases va están en session, pero estudiantes que manejan no van a ser penalizados si no pueden llegar.” Incluso cuando caminas, la nieve y el hielo negro pueden ser peligrosos. Aproximadamente cada año 800,000 individuales son hospitalizado por accidentes relacionadas con caídas. El precio promedio por una caída es $33,000 por fracturas médicas. La universidad mandó un comunicado el Miércoles por la mañana indicando que la fraternidad Tau Kappa Epsilon estará conduciendo una investigación al respecto de las opiniones expresadas en el evento “Pizza con el President”. Además muchos estudiantes expresaron sus frustraciones, via Twitter, que la universidad está anteponiendo la investigación primero antes de la seguridad estudiantil. El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Washoe, en Reno y Sparks anunció que clases comenzaron de nuevo, o tuvo una demora de dos horas el miércoles debido a problemas de transportación. “Amo como las calles están ‘despejadas de nieve’ pero cuando yo llego a la escuela esta mañana los autobuses necesitaban tener cadenas para poder conducirse en la nieve,” Mackenzie McCadden, un estudiante escribo en Instagram. “Yo tambien mire a carros resbalando. ¿Los estudios son más importantes que nuestras vidas?” Si algún estudiante desea reportar sus frustraciones con la universidad sobre su decisión, lo pueden hacer de tras de (775) 784-4654. Andrew Mendez puede ser contactado por andrewmendez@ sagebrush.unr.edu o en Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush. Traducción revisado por Ezequiel Korin. Puede ser contactado por ekorin@unr. edu

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Tahoe freestyle cliff jumping finds online following

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Cliff jumper Colton Shaff eyes his landing on top of a 70-foot cliff on the Yuba River outside of Truckee on Monday, June 11. The cliff jumping crew led by Nick Coulter has received a social media following since their formation.

By Quintin Mills After a long line of Olympic skiers, a new wave of extreme sports are filtering into the Tahoe area — including freestyle cliff jumping. The Tahoe area has become a hub for extreme sports, as the mountainous terrain and central location to different types of bodies of water make it a breeding ground for extreme athletes. This isn’t your Sunday stroll through the park or a jump in the river to cool off. Instead, these are highly skilled athletes engaging in extreme sports. They are performing freestyle tricks off of 100+ foot cliffs into the water with various combinations of flips. These cliff jumpers seek the gnarliest cliffs that most people would have a hard time peeking over the edge of. Before jumping, they take it upon themselves to make sure everything is dialed. This means checking the depth and flow of the water, dealing with bad weather conditions and performing damage control if something goes wrong. The group of jumpers is led by Nick Coulter, 27, from Sacramento. Coulter is a cliff jumper, videographer and producer for the groups’ online content, streamable through YouTube, Instagram and Vimeo. The crew travels all over the world to cliff jump and create online content. They have made trips all over the West Coast, Canada, Vermont, Alabama and even Greece. Coulter’s YouTube account

recently passed 100,000 subscribers and his Instagram handle now has over 18,000 followers. His content consists of posts of cliff jumping content year-round from their crew. To Coulter, cliff jumping is more than just a sport, as he gets behind his lens to tell the other side of the story. “I use videography as a tool to show cliff jumping is more than an adrenaline rush,” Coulter said. “To us, it’s an art form. Using the beautiful landscapes that surround us, along with today’s impressive array of cameras to choose from, I am able to document our freestyle skills in quality fashion.” Earlier this year, Coulter released a full-length film, Flow State. Flow State dives into the mind of a cliff jumper and the mental preparation necessary to be successful before jumping. “Flow state to me is entering that mindset where everything shuts off in your brain except focusing on one thing,” Coulter said. “Knowing that something can kill you if you mess up is flow state.” The flow state infiltrates each one of these jumpers’ minds and means different things to each one but is understood by all. Jared Dalen, 37, explains his flow state as relying on his mental focus. “[My flow state] is a certain mental focus one has over a task at hand, especially when one’s mortality is at stake, that harnesses all our senses into a ‘super sense’ if you will,”

Dalen said. Cliffjumper Jay Briggs, 26, said his flow state is silent. “For me, during my flow state, everything goes silent,” Briggs said. “I hear nothing. My mind has shut off, and my body knows what to do. It takes over everything. The next thing I hear is my body hitting the water, and my flow state has turned off.” The Tahoe winters have become instrumental in the shaping of freestyle cliff jumping. Many of the jumpers from the Tahoe area are also skiers, meaning their skiing has influenced their jumping and vice versa. Dalen was born and raised in Reno and grew up skiing the daunting terrain provided around Tahoe. He uses cliff jumping as a way to hone his skills for big mountain skiing while bringing his ski tricks to the cliff jumping scene. “The tricks themselves are purely inspired from skiing, at least for me,” Dalen said. “I like big, floaty airs with grabs. I’m more motivated by height than flips and spins. Ultimately, my goal is to do ski tricks off cliffs in competition and this combination is the best training available. Tahoe… what can I say. The rowdiest of the rowdy tend to flock to this area.” Cliff jumping has caused controversy in the online community. The jumpers feel this is not putting anyone in danger but themselves, but they have been accused over social media of encouraging dangerous jumps. This past summer on a trip

around the southern United States, they were banned from Noccalula Falls in Alabama. In an article from Gadsden Times, the group was said to have made two dives each at 95 feet before park officials escorted them to the exit because they “did not want to promote such antics.” Briggs explained that he has learned to handle the negative stigma that is sometimes attached to cliff jumping. “I live my life just the way I do,” Briggs said. “We try to constantly show everyone how well we train and prepare for large jumps/dangerous conditions. We always praise the safety of what we do with the depth checks, the safety teams, the talks with each other during times of doubt or if something doesn’t feel right, and how to deal with peer pressure.” Coulter also acknowledged the negative stigma surrounding cliff jumping and admitted that it was quite frustrating at first. He understands that there will always be some naysayers, but he will continue to cliff jump and approach each new element in the safest way possible. “It’s become a lifestyle for us,” Coulter said. “We have devoted the majority of our free time to become better cliff jumpers. I, personally, have devoted so much time into cliff jumping and videography that I am at the point where there is no turning back.” Quintin Mills can be reached at oali@sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

How to cope with finals By Taylor Johnson The University of Nevada, Reno, will be holding final exams from Thursday, Dec. 13 through Wednesday, Dec. 19. Final exams can be stressful for students because they usually make up a large percentage of a student’s grade. Although finals are stressful, it is important to implement good habits to be successful during this time.

STUDYING Studying requires students to dedicate attention and time to understand a subject. Having an organized study area is important to get rid of distractions. It is common for students to have tidy desks since it’s said to help students concentrate. Another effective way students can study for their upcoming exams is to retake past midterms. Many final exams are cumulative meaning past

information will be on the test. Group studying is useful because it helps students exchange information with each other. To have a successful study group, students need to be with motivated focused classmates of around three to four people. Tutoring is also available for students during finals. The University’s Tutoring Center allows students to have one-on-one appointments, group appointments and walk-in appointments for their courses. They will be opened during finals week, except on Monday, Dec. 17. Students living in residence halls can also be tutored by their Academic Mentors. There is at least one AM in a residence hall on campus. Each AM has varying study hours so it is important for students to know when they are available. “So a lot of studying was cramming, but definitely work on every final as you go during the time

that you’re given,” said Emily Espinosa, a sophomore student. “Use each day that you’re not working on a final to work on the next final. Set up a time and use each day for the fullest. Don’t underestimate the amount of work finals are. I like writing down notes and I like drawing pictures. I like to study with friends or anybody else that I’m close with because they will just tell me some fancy way of remembering the information.”

EATING Eating well is important during finals in order for students to maintain their energy. Students should have at least two meals a day. Some useful snacks to eat includes fruit, cut-up vegetables, eggs, nuts and dried fruit, chickpeas, yogurt, kale chips, nutrient bars and healthy baked goods. Students should not always depend on coffee. Consuming large amounts of coffee can trig-

ger headaches, anxiety, agitation, ringing in the ears and irregular heartbeats. “If you get super caught up in everything that’s going on and everything you have to do, you might forget to eat,” Sarah Adams, a sophomore student said. You probably don’t want to do that. You have to take care of yourself. A coffee addiction is so easy to acquire. I feel like I’ve acquired it more this year than last year. I feel like I should stop because it makes me more tired throughout the day when you reach the coffee crash. If there’s something you really need to get done drink coffee, but I don’t recommend it habitually.”

SLEEPING Having a regular sleeping schedule is important during finals. Students should sleep seven to nine hours each night to avoid drowsiness the next morning. Students should set an alarm

clock as a reminder for them to go to bed. Naps can also replenish energy. This can help balance out a students sleep schedule with their academic schedule. According to Healthline.com, sleep deprivation can cause memory issues, trouble with concentrating, mood changes, accidents, a weakened immune system, high blood pressure, risk for diabetes, weight gain, low sex drive, a risk of heart disease and poor balance.

RELAXING Students need time to relax during finals week. Studying for hours without a break can sometimes be counterproductive. Students should relax by walking outside, hanging out with friends, cleaning up and exercising. These activities also can help lower stress. “I think it’s important for people to realize you have to set up a plan for yourself,” said Karla

Arango, a sophomore student.”I set up a plan and set up certain days where I’ll study, whether I do it or not,I have those days set aside for that, but It’s important to give yourself a day or a time to just have a break—to go eat with friends, go to the DC and just talk. Finals are so stressful and it is very overwhelming. Just studying the whole time, your brain is just going to go down.”

FINALS It is extremely important for students to check the date, times and locations of their finals. Some student will need to bring scantrons, blue books or other materials professors need. 2019 Spring Semester will begin January 22, 2019. Taylor Johnson can be reached at oali@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.


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PACK N THE EVENTS THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR THIS WEEK By Carla Suggs

SUCCESS STOP SHOP DATE: Wednesday TIME: 3 to 6 p.m. LOCATION: MIKC Breezeway, Second Floor INFO: New Student Initiatives will be setting up a pop-up shop, called the Success-Shop Stop, for students gearing up for finals. The shop will include school supplies, resources, snacks and swag. Nothing says “I’m ready for finals!” better than a granola bar and trucker hat!

24-HOUR STUDY HALL DATE: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday TIME: 9 p.m. ­— 12 a.m. LOCATION: The Joe INFO: In support of students studying for finals over the course of 24 (or more) hours, The Joe will be hosting several events where students can take a break from studying and enjoy some fun and free snacks. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, there will be a nerf war and ice cream sundaes in the Glick Ballrooms on the fourth floor of The Joe. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, there will be an oxygen bar with free coffee, tea, snacks, blue books and scantrons on the third floor box office. If you’re on campus those days between 9 p.m. and midnight (which, who are we kidding, we know you’ll be), stop by!

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Award shows are becoming increasingly irrelevant By Carla Suggs Award shows have always been about more than just art. There’s an obvious sense of prestige behind them — an excitement about which high-brow members of society will be seen in their best dressed. We lovers of film, television, music and theater sit glued to our screens during these award shows to find out who comes out on top and who loses. Who was robbed of the recognition they rightfully deserved? Who gave the most emotional speech to the audience and us at home, as we spooned halfmelted ice cream into our mouths and sobbed? While these award shows can certainly be entertaining and moving, there are a number of problems deeply rooted in the institutions they serve and the beliefs they enforce. That’s not to say they aren’t needed — it can be quite fun to watch our favorite artists and works of art receive praise. However, as consumers of entertainment media, we should always be wary of the ways award shows are used as tools to distract people from deeply-rooted problems in the entertainment industry. Not only that, but we all know award shows are entirely subjective, with the most important opinions often coming from rich,

white, powerful individuals whose tastes don’t always reflect a wide variety of interests. We’ve seen this truth acknowledged with hashtags like #OscarsSoWhite, which originated after nominations for the 88th Oscar Awards were released and featured an all-white ensemble for best lead and supporting roles. Ironically, the host that year was Chris Rock, who addressed racism in Hollywood with cheesy punchlines, seeminglywoke insight and a matterPhoto courtesy of Pixabay of-fact attitude that was Cartoon of someone being handed an Oscar Award. While award downright frustrating. shows can be fun to watch, they can also be incredibly problematic. A year after, the Oscars made sure not to have This year, controversy has who’s to say committees that the same controversy sur- already begun to rise with choose the winners of each rounding their ceremony nominations for the Gram- award actually thoroughly by giving some of the best mys recently released on watch or listen to each nomawards to black actors and Friday, Dec. 7. Music-lovers inee? Award shows based films — “Moonlight” with have taken to various social on audience voting, like the best picture (although the media platforms to express People’s Choice Award, are delivery was fuddled) Viola their distaste for the poor usually never given the same Davis for best supporting selection of Best Record amount of attention that the actress and Mahershala Ali nominees, despite all the Oscars and Grammys are. for best supporting actor. great albums released in Such a large amount of time Not to mention last 2018. But this is nothing in film, television, music year’s Oscars ceremony oc- new — people are always and theater is spent trying curred alongside the rising hurt when their own favor- to impress a small popula#MeToo movement, which ites don’t make the cut for tion of people at the top of has exposed numerous various categories. Which our social hierarchy. members of the entertain- is all the more reason to In the end, award shows ment industry and several disregard the so-called “im- can fun to watch for the glitz previous Oscar winners. On portance” of award shows and glam or the drama, but top of that, the upcoming like the Grammys, Oscars, to take them so seriously is 91st Oscars ceremony could Golden Globes and Tonys. just setting oneself up for be scrambling to find a new They can’t please everyone, disappointment. host, since host-to-be Kevin and if you’re not a white, Hart recently stepped down rich man, chances are you’ll Carla Suggs can be reached after receiving backlash for disagree with some of the at csuggs@nevadasagebrush. several homophobic tweets choices anyway. unr.edu, or on Twitter @ he made years ago. On top of everything else, NevadaSagebrush.

Netflix’s ‘Bodyguard’ unexpected thriller

VIDEO GAME BREAK STATION DATE: Thursday TIME: 2 p.m. — 4 p.m. LOCATION: MIKC, Knowledge Nook, First Floor INFO: The Knowledge Center will be setting up multiplayer games in the KC Nook on Thursday, where students can take a break while studying to get lost in virtual worlds where finals don’t exist. The event will be taking place for two hours (probably so people won’t forget about their responsibilities altogether). Don’t miss out!

DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL DATE: Friday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: MIKC, Wells Fargo Auditorium INFO: Students in Kari Barber’s documentary-making class will be showcasing stories they’ve been documenting throughout fall semester. Films include “Goodbye Chinatown”,“Reyna Latina”,“Más Que Pan” and “The Anarchists’ Picnic”. Visit the Nevada Sagebrush website at http://nevadasagebrush. com/blog/2018/12/03/ reynolds-school-of-journalismhosts-documentary-film-festival/, for a story on the film festival with breakdowns of each film!

UNR PUZZLE HUNT DATE: Tuesday, Dec. 11 — Thursday, Dec. 20 TIME: All day LOCATION: Around campus INFO: UNR has created a self-guided puzzle hunt for all to participate in, which acts as a quest to locate various information in relation to the school. People can expect to find out an abundance of facts about the university in this fun activity!

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Richard Madden (left) and Keeley Hawes (right) star in BBC’s “Bodyguard”. The show was nominated for a Golden Globe in its first season.

By Madeline Purdue It’s time to find another series to binge watch. If you want something short — good for a long day in bed or something to spread out over a slow week — BBC’s “Bodyguard” is the way to go. But, good luck trying to not finish it the same day you start it. It’s in its first season, premiering in August on BBC, and was picked up by Netflix shortly after. “Bodyguard” features “Game of Thrones” star Richard Madden as Sergeant David Budd, who is assigned to protect Britain’s Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes) after thwarting a would-be terrorist attack on a crowded train. What follows is an action-packed whirlwind with events viewers never see coming. Budd is a war veteran who served in Afghanistan but blames his government for getting involved in a war that left him physically and mentally scarred. Budd suffers from PTSD, which has already impacted his marriage and family life, and he struggles to keep it out of his work life as well in fear of losing his job. When he is assigned to protect Montague — a conservative politician trying to pass controversial laws in response to other recent attacks — he has an internal conflict of how to protect a woman he largely disagrees with. Montague’s controversial legislation makes her a target among terrorist and organized crime groups

alike, keeping Budd extremely busy while testing his mental health. The first episode is largely a pilot episode and creates the base for which the series will stand on. While indeed filled with action, it definitely has its lulls and is the most difficult episode to make it through. The second episode starts that way, but by the end has viewers hooked on the show. A major plot twist in the third episode sets up the rest of the series, but that’s all that can be said without giving away major spoilers — you’ll just have to watch and see. After the season ends, it is unclear what Budd’s future will hold or even where the series is headed, but it will for sure be exciting to watch wherever the writers decide to take it if a second season is approved. Also, if you’re not used to thick British accents and slang, definitely turn on subtitles in order not to miss anything — every single detail is key to keeping up with the action. In the short season, the show manages to tackle large issues plaguing the world today — the first issue being mental health. In part, what makes “Bodyguard” such an intriguing show is Budd’s struggle with his mental health and his failure to recognize when he needs help. However, it also sends a very pointed message about the treatment available to war veterans after they return from combat and how it affects their resocialization. At one point Budd attempts to join a group

of veterans who meet to discuss their post-war problems, but ultimately decides to not even step in the room because he doesn’t feel like he can talk to anyone about the things he went through — and judging by the large scars on his back, he went through a lot. His PTSD wreaks havoc on his relationship with his estranged wife and kids and sometimes leaks into his work. At one point he attacks Montague because of his PTSD, even though he is the person that is supposed to protect her. It makes for an interesting character dynamic — viewers never know what Budd might do because of his PTSD — but it also speaks to how most veterans are left to treat PTSD on their own and the consequences it can have on their lives. Perhaps one of its only flaws, the show reflects overdone stereotypes of terrorist and extremist groups. On the train in the first episode, Budd finds a woman named Nadia forcibly strapped by her husband to a suicide bomb vest on a train headed to London. Nadia is a middle eastern woman seen the entire series in a traditional black burqa and a long dress covering her entire body — so of course, she’s the terrorist, right? Throughout the season, the terrorists or suspected terrorists are always of Middle Eastern descent and are easily identifiable in the white-majority cast. There is only one incidence of domestic terrorism, and it is mostly

glossed over for the other, more stereotypical terrorist attacks, and does not accurately reflect terrorism statistics. According to a report from The Center for Investigative Reporting, domestic terrorism incidents happened at double the rate of international terrorism incidents from 2008 to 2016. Not every terrorist is a jihadist, but you wouldn’t know that by watching this show. In a time of unstable and controversial politics in the United Kingdom and the United States, perhaps the most relatable issue covered by this series is government corruption. In addition to everything else happening in Budd’s life, there seems to be a leak within Montague’s circle of the country’s police and other security groups that continuously leads to terrorist attacks and puts her life in danger. However, Montague isn’t innocent either and the extent of her corruption remains a big question to Budd and other government officials. Budd is used as a pawn between these groups to uncover who is whispering in these organizations’ ears, and Budd must decide where his loyalties lay. The corruption eventually works its way up the ranks, but who is taken down because it remains a mystery until the final seconds of the show.

Madeline Purdue can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @ madelinepurdue.

Fans reunite with their favorite doll in “Life Size 2: A Christmas Eve” By Rylee Jackson It has been 18 long years. Finally, our favorite doll who sparkles and shines like no other returns to the television screen for a festive sequel. After what seemed like many years of fans begging Tyra Banks on Twitter to bring back the movie they spent their childhoods watching on Disney Channel, “Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve” gives fans all of the cringe-worthy moments reminiscent of the original that we can’t help but love. Francia Raisa, known for her role as Ana in Freeform’s “Grown-ish,” stars as Grace, a young CEO of Marathon Toys. Grace’s mother, currently in jail, founded the company and is credited with creating the Eve doll. With the company struggling, Grace ends up agreeing to discontinue the doll in order to keep the empire afloat. In comes Grace’s young neighbor, played by Alison Fernandez, who hears about the possible disappearance of Eve and is outraged. In true “Life Size” fashion, the spell “zomba tarka ishtu nebarim” is brought to our attention once again as the young neighbor, Lex, decides to bring Grace’s old Eve doll back to life in hopes that she could save the company from plummeting. For hardcore supporters of the lovable classic, it was quite difficult to imagine this reboot without Lindsay Lohan reprising her role as Casey. Although Lohan wasn’t able to film this sequel, the makers of the film made sure that Casey’s presence was still relevant to the plot. The same book of the dead Casey used reappears and a picture of Casey in her football gear from the first movie is shown within the book — a cute little tribute to the original. As predicted, Eve, played by the everso fierce Tyra Banks, wakes up next to Grace the next morning and ends up blurting out the line we all were waiting for: “I’m Eve and you’re my special friend!” Grace, not believing that it is actually her Eve doll, is soon flabbergasted when she sees the serial number on Eve’s foot. Now that Eve is brought back to life, it is up to her to convince Grace to save the Eve doll vanishing from the store shelves. The fan-favorite bread and butter scene from “Life Size” is crafted into the script in the most over-exaggerated way — comparable to Banks and her shenanigans on the American talk show masterpiece, “The Tyra Banks Show”. Fans might remember the overthe-top episode where Tyra pranks the audience members into thinking she has rabies. It just goes to show that Banks is no stranger to acting a fool on camera, and we all love her for it. Fans of Tyra Banks will be pleased to not only find references from Eve’s debut, but also America’s Next Top Model. When Grace is hesitant to change her mind about discontinuing the Eve Doll, Eve calls Sunnyville on her toy mobile phone and another Eve doll tells her, “We were all rooting for you!” Fun moments that pay tribute to Banks and her red hair remind us all of the meme content she’s has given the world. This movie does have its odd and cringe-worthy moments as well. There is a lot of innuendo throughout the script that wouldn’t have been seen in the first movie, but it makes sense since it is catered to the same kids that grew up watching the original. There are some unexpected cameos from CNN’s Van Jones and celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton as well. However, we’ll let it slide because the creators were just aiming for a good-hearted holiday movie that gave the fans nostalgic moments. Ask anyone who has watched the original and they will most likely to be able to recite the words to Eve’s theme song, “Be A Star,” word for word. In order to appeal to the modern obsession with trap music, “Be A Star” is remixed for a presentation regarding a revamped Eve doll at the end of the movie. Eve raps “Woke is woke, love is love/ We for real, that’s what’s up/ Thick and thin, short and tall/ Dimpled booty, we love it all,” which wins the hearts of the audience and calls for the Eve doll to return to the company. “Life Size 2” achieved a mixture of millennial nostalgia with the essence of Generation Z it was supposed to create. With all the over-the-top and just plain weird scenes aside, fans should just be pleased that we got to see Eve and all her fabulous glory once again and share her with a new generation. This only further proved that Eve will truly live on forever. We thank her for all of the laughs and lessons she’s given us along the way.

Rylee Jackson can be reached at csuggs@nevadasagebrush.unr.edu, or on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.


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“Red Dead Redemption 2”, Arthur Morgan not your average cowboy

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Arthur Morgan parades through at sunset through the bespoke wild west in Rockstar’s “Red Dead Redemption 2”. The game stands out with its fully immersive world of interactive activity and complex main character

By Bailey MeCey With a new Rockstar game coming out last month, the hype centers around what most usually expect; a massive open world, intense gunfights and the possibility of answers to what life was like for the Dutch van der Linde gang. What is surprising is that the most revolutionary facet of Red Dead Redemption 2 is its main character, Arthur Morgan. Arthur is not only one of Rockstar’s deepest and most nuanced characters, but has set the bar for character work by far in any triple A video game. When RDR2 was first announced, most people (including me) were bummed that you would be playing as another boring white dude cowboy. Especially with how whitewashed life during the West was in most media, it would have been exciting to see the premiere Western game take a stab at something new. Rockstar thankfully addresses these issues by making Arthur more developed and giving space for the female and minority characters to shine. A main feature of RDR2 is your camp, a free space where the player can interact with other gang members, complete chores or just chill from the general chaos of western life. Some previ-

ous characters include Red Dead Redemption protagonist John Marston, an apathetic young man who does not care for his wife and child. The camp allows for the most personal moments with the gang, with Arthur helping the other members look for lost items or even just go out fishing. You can also spend time reading Arthurs journal, where you can get Arthurs more personal views on the action and characters he interacts with. What makes RDR2 stand out might seem like a simple one; the ability to allow the player to fully interact with the world through conversation. By holding down the left trigger to any person in the game, Arthur can greet someone with a friendly gesture or antagonize them with a series of verbal jabs. The outcomes are also up to chance, with some people stopping to hold a conversation with Arthur for a bit or toughen up as if they are anticipating a fight. This conversation system allows the player to truly role-play the character of Arthur as they see fit besides just picking out the clothes he wears and horses he rides. Even with all this freedom, however, Arthur never forgets his roots; he is a killer and thief. Many times characters will thank Arthur for aiding them and call him a good man, which he always

renounces. No matter what he does, he cannot escape the man he truly is. Arthur is a man who has made mistakes, and takes his anger at himself out on others. At the start of the game Arthur and John Marston seem to butt heads, given they both seem to be vying for gang leader Dutch’s fatherly affection. Later in the game we learn that Arthur had a child with a woman, but instead of staying with them he decided to stay with his gang and occasionally visit. He arrives one day to see the woman and his child have been killed in a robbery, by the same sort of men as he is. Instead of thinking his anger is at wanting to be the best for Dutch, it is seeing John with his family that Arthur no longer has. Arthur knows he cannot have that kind of life, but seeing John throw his family away fuels his jealousy.

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Course evaluations lack transparency, effectiveness

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t’s that time of year — finals are upon us, classes are minutes from ending and professors are begging students to fill out course evaluations. However, every year, it becomes more apparent course evaluations do absolutely nothing for students or professors. The problems with course evaluations start with the questions themselves — they’re ineffective and do not actually encourage students to share their experience in the class. We don’t care if the professor met the student learning outcomes set at the beginning of the year. These outcomes are set as a way for administrators to oversee a summary of the class, and asking a student if they were met

isn’t helpful because students don’t remember what they are. We don’t sit there throughout the semester checking off the outcomes we learned. Asking if students think the professor has knowledge of the course material is absurd — of course they do, they designed the class. We are not under the impression that we know more than someone with a PhD, and we are there to learn from them. Maybe the way they express their knowledge isn’t effective, but we can all just assume that a professor is knowledgeable about the subject they are teaching — why else would they be hired? Also, asking the student what grade they expect to get undermines the credibility of the evaluation. Someone who nearly failed the class is going to have

a different perspective than someone who got an A. Our grades do not matter when it comes to our opinion of the professor and should not be used to give credibility to an evaluation. Beyond the questions, students don’t even know if the evaluation will be taken seriously. Professors can read these evaluations and still not change their teaching practices — who is there to make sure student suggestions are considered and/or implemented? Students have little faith professors will actually read or absorb any information given during the evaluation, so they don’t bother to fill them out. Professors don’t really have incentives to change their ways, especially if they have tenure and can’t be fired by the uni-

versity, so filling evaluations out would be a waste of time. What students really need is an element of transparency when it comes to course evaluations. There isn’t a page on the university website that tells us what the course evaluations are beyond what questions students can expect, and we have questions: what do they do? Who reads them? Does it actually change anything? If these questions were openly answered, students would have more incentive to fill out the evaluations in hopes the classes following theirs can be improved. Perhaps one of the most burning questions is what happens to the professors — good and bad? If a professor changed a student’s life and inspired their future, and the student

writes this in the evaluation, is the professor rewarded, and if so, how? On the flip side, if a professor is absolutely terrible and many students express this in their evaluations, what happens to them? How will the students who previously took the class know they were taken seriously? We need all these questions and more answered clearly by the university, and we need more transparency. A good solution to this would be a setting up something similar to Rate My Professor at the university. If the university is asking us to submit these evaluations, we and everyone else should be able to see them. It would be helpful for students to see what real students think of their professors. It also would keep the university accountable

Harvard single-sex ban insults tradition, members suffer

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n Monday, Dec. 3, two fraternities and sororities sued Harvard University over their singlesex social organization policy. This lawsuit was filed by national sororities, Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma, and by national fraternities, Sigma Chi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the suit is supported by the National Panhellenic Association and the North American Interfraternity Conference. But it should not have come to lawsuits, because the policy that Harvard is enacting directly attacks single-sex organizations that are a safe haven to many. To put the situation in perspective, in February 2016, Harvard University withdrew recogniJacey tion from over 20 orGonzalez ganizations and their policy was meant to prevent discrimination against other students, but has instead discriminated against the members of these organizations. Harvard never “officially” endorses fraternities or sororities but their policy specifically names fraternities and sororities on their campus. This policy sections out students who have chosen to pursue a single-sex social organization — including fraternities and sororities — and forces students to make a choice between the tradition of their organization, or abstaining from being a leader elsewhere on campus. The policy is unfair and ends many traditions that Harvard has tried to keep intact since 1636. This policy doesn’t prevent students from joining same-sex organizations but prevents the students from being captains of sports teams and leading other on campus organizations. The policy also would not allow students that are part of same-sex organizations to receive certain scholarships and fellowships including, the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships. This policy was suggested by a faculty committee with the intent of curbing the “discrimination, elitism and influence” that these organizations have on campus. In a 22 page report, Harvard stated they withdrew their recognition of these social organizations based upon “the belief that students should not be excluded

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Harvard School of Business is covered in snow on Feb. 27, 2015. Harvard’s same-sex ban is offensive to students and won’t end the exclusivity that Harvard is trying to avoid.

from structured campus activities and organizations solely on the basis of their gender.” This report also accused male only clubs of having “deeply misogynistic attitudes” and then blamed the clubs for the sexual assault problems at the university. In this report, students have given their testimonials to display why organizations should be gender-neutral, and explained why this ban would not work. An anonymous student of the Harvard Class of 2017 said it best when they accepted that gender-neutral clubs should exist, but even their existence wouldn’t end the exclusivity that Harvard is trying to curb. “Yes, going co-ed might improve club culture by causing men to think twice before making sexist jokes or treating women–now members rather than just guests–simply as objects of sexual desire … But co-ed will never solve–and, in fact, might reinforce–the exclusionary nature of social life at Harvard,” said an anonymous Harvard student. Harvard has given these organizations the option to receive recognition if they implement gender-neutral policies, but because some of these organizations are chapters of national organizations, they do not have control over this. Most fraternities and sororities at Harvard have either disbanded, or formed

co-ed groups in retaliation to this policy. Obviously, exclusivity is an issue that college campuses are trying to combat, but Harvard and their policies aren’t going to solve this issue for the rest of the country. Fraternity and sorority life exists across the country and in most cases, the effects are positive. Members of fraternities and sororities are gaining leadership and social skills that usually propel these members to take other leadership roles on their campus. The allegations that single-sex organizations are preposterous and truly insult the men that are part of same-sex organizations. Rape culture is an issue on most college campuses, and even exists on campuses that do not have fraternity and sorority life. This blame should not be placed upon men in single-sex organizations and essentially claim that those who are not in these organizations are not the issue. Sexual assault and rape culture are such large issues that the entire student body should be held accountable, not just those who belong to same-sex organizations. Punishing students who belong to same-sex exclusive organizations is appalling. Not allowing these students to apply for the Rhodes scholarships, or the Marshall scholarships is alienating them from pursuing the highest level of

education they can achieve. Students shouldn’t be penalized for belonging to a fraternity or sorority, let alone have their education affected by this policy. Preventing students from attaining other leadership roles at Harvard because of their associations is ridiculous and if a student is qualified for a position, their affiliations shouldn’t affect that. Harvard’s ban is asking too much from single-sex organizations and puts organizations with the ability to be fluid with their gender neutrality on a pedestal. Asking same-sex organizations to become co-ed eliminates the traditions that these groups have established for hundreds of years. Fraternities were established so men could have a place to connect and interact with each other. Sororities were established so women could ban together and create a sisterhood and a bond that is bigger than themselves. Trying to force these organizations to become co-ed goes against their bylaws and their governing documents and essentially tarnishes the values that their founders created these organizations on. 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. Jacey Gonzalez studies journalism and can be reached at jaceygonzalez@sagebrush.unr.edu and

Freshman take on first semester

t long last, we’ve earned the one thing we’ve been yearning for: freedom. My first semester at the university has been quite a wild ride. From a f r e s h m a n ’s p e r s p e c t i ve, the move to higher education is life-changing. Moving away Nick from home is Alvarez a stark transition that some may not be ready for. Roommate issues can come up and homesickness can take its toll. For those who were ready for a new life and willing to take advantage of it, college brings so many new opportunities that may have been absent

for actually enforcing rewards and punishments based on the results of the evaluations. This would be a more credible system than students having to rely on a website whose biggest scandal revolved around a chili pepper. Some professors do take evaluations seriously and change their courses and styles based on the results, but we don’t know who and how many for sure. The students pay too much money to not have our opinions be taken seriously when it comes to who is giving us our education. We need transparency and effectiveness now.

from high school. The abundance of clubs on campus provides you the chance to find people who share the same passions as you. Becoming a part of Greek life can expand your social circle and create lasting connections. Scholarship and research opportunities at the university are plentiful. With a good work ethic and can-do attitude, you can make the most out of college. But nobody goes off to college just for the academics, right? Amidst rampant nicotine addictions and questionable academic habits from some of my peers, I’ve seen people heading to house parties every weekend, celebrating a failed test with a round of shots and pulling all-nighters before that one midterm they almost forgot about.

Not to mention turning up at the local bars on Thirsty Thursdays with those fake IDs that finally came in two months late. Tinder is the app that probably made its way onto most of our phones too. And as some have found, bringing a relationship with you to college can quickly go south. It is the time to try new things, as the saying goes. With the new freedom, though, we have the chance to make our own choices about our life. That class at seven in the morning? Skip it! Who cares? You are your own keeper and your professor from that 150 person lecture couldn’t care less if you sleep through it half the time. But failing to understand the ramifications of ditching class and pulling all-nighters

for the midterm you almost forgot is where it will come back to bite you. Despite the allure of doing everything available, whether it is joining clubs, working on campus, or partying throughout the week, the new responsibilities that come with going to college can inhibit what we’re able to involve ourselves with. The thing that will make or break a freshman their first semester is their time management skills. Juggling all aspects of college is a challenge for most. Choosing to do laundry, eating three meals a day and going to class is entirely up to you. Your parents are not here to harp on you and make sure you are on top of things, and everything you do must be of your own accord. I’ve done fairly well my first

semester. But I don’t know if that’s the case for some. And as with any first semester, you will come to know the people who went to college for the wrong reasons. But if you have been able to juggle academic responsibilities, a social life and personal health so far, college should have a lot in store in the coming years. At the end of the day, remember why you’re here. 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. Nick Alvarez studies computer science and engineering and can be reached at jaceygonzalez@sagebrush. unr.edu and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

n 1961, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy started the beloved White House tradition of choosing a Christmastime theme and decorating the historic blue room Christmas tree. Throughout the years, White House Christmas decorations have taken different themes and each First Lady has tried to ensure their decorations go down in presidential infamy. Up until now, White House Christmas decorations have been severely underrated because other than middle age housewives, no one pays attention to the decor. But after the reveal of First Lady Melania Jacey Trump’s white house Gonzalez decorations, I’ve never seen more overrated decorations since Betty Lou Who got into a competition with Martha May over Christmas lights in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Last week after the White House press preview, photos of Trump’s decorations hit the internet – and were immediately ridiculed. The First Lady’s theme was “treasures of America” which was a focus on cities in America, and the beautiful scenery they possess. There were famous skylines carved into wood, ornaments that displayed cities and a soft and welcoming color palette of blue and gold. All of these little details were completely overlooked by the soreful sight of blood red Christmas trees that line the east colonnade. The trees take up the entirety of the hallway and the entire room looks like the blood scene from “The Shining.” Within hours, the entire hallway became a meme and everyone was wondering what was going through the first lady’s head. Many people were disappointed in the First Lady’s choice in trees – some even mentioned similarities in the trees to that of the red dresses that captive surrogates are made to wear in the totalitarian society of Gilead, in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” This year’s White House decorations were a step up from Melania’s lackluster decorations from 2017 – if you forgot, it was all white everything – but even then, all white was a step up from the trees that look like used tampons. Other first ladies that have had success range from Jackie Kennedy, the mother of White House Christmas, to Laura Bush and her intricate but superior decorations. Most first ladies take the chance to make Christmas at the White House their own, but Melania’s decorations remind me of a bad SoHo apartment and a dated copy of Town and Country. Melania’s flop falls somewhere between Lady Bird Johnson’s popcorn decorations and Barbara Bush’s doll covered tree. Hopefully Melania can redeem herself next year with new ideas and better decorations that won’t turn into memes, but until then, White House Christmas decorations are overrated. Former First Lady Laura Bush is still the unanimous winner of White House Christmases, which is a great way to seal the Bush name in White House infamy. 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. Jacey Gonzalez is a student at the University of Nevada and studies journalism. She can be reached at jaceygonzalez@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.


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BATTLE OF THE WOLVES:

Wolf Pack set to take on Red Wolves in Arizona Bowl By Ryan Freeberg Coming off the heels of a seven-win regular season, the Nevada Wolf Pack earned their first bowl berth since 2015. Nevada will square off against the Arkansas State Red Wolves in the Arizona Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 29, in Tucson, Arizona. This is the first bowl appearance for the Pack under second-year head coach Jay Norvell. The Wolf Pack and the Red Wolves seem evenly matched on paper. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Nevada comes in as the 85th team in the nation, while Arkansas State ranks at 87. The opening spreads have the game being decided by a field goal at most with Nevada opening as a two-point underdog. Arkansas State and Nevada are built in much the same way, however, the similarities between the two teams become eerie when you compare their passing games. The Pack has the 20th ranked passing attack in the nation and the Red Wolves have the 23rd. Despite the higher ranking, the Pack trail the Red Wolves in one key passing category, interceptions.

NEVADA

7-5

MOUNTAIN WEST JAY NORVELL (2ND YR) 442.9 YPG 378.3 YPG

Justice Hansen — starting quarterback for Arkansas State — has only thrown six interceptions all season. Even more impressively, Hansen has only thrown one interception in the second half of games all year. Nevada’s defense has forced eight interceptions coming into the Arizona bowl. For the Pack to compete, they will have to force a Hansen turnover. Outside of the interceptions, Hansen has pieced together a very respectable senior season, passing for nearly 3,200 yards and throwing 27 touchdowns. This has translated to an eight-win season for Hansen and the Red Wolves. Nevada quarterback Ty Gangi has put together an impressive season in his own right, passing for over 3,000 yards, placing him at 17th in the nation in terms of passing yards. Gangi has thrived in offensive coordinator Matt Mumme’s air raid offense, throwing for 23 touchdowns. One interesting stat arises when comparing the seasons of these two quarterbacks — one excels in the second half of games, while the other lags behind. Out of Hansen’s 27 touchdowns, 13 have

come in the second half, 12 of which came in the third quarter. Gangi has struggled in the second half of games, only scoring five touchdowns in the second half — all five were scored in the third quarter. Gangi has been unable to find the end zone in the fourth quarter all season long. Five of Gangi’s 11 interceptions also came in the fourth quarter. In addition to a stellar passing attack, the Red Wolves are no slouch in the run game either. Arkansas has two running backs averaging over 5 yards per carry on at least 100 attempts. Freshman Marcell Murray leads the team with 793 yards, while senior Warren Wand has 652 yards on the year. Nevada shouldn’t just focus on the running backs though, as Hansen has proven dangerous out of the pocket amassing nearly 400 yards on the ground. The biggest struggle that the Red Wolves have had on offense is keeping Hansen upright. Hansen has taken 20 sacks on the season — Gangi has only taken nine. Unfortunately for the Wolf Pack offense, they will be without sophomore wide receiver McLane Mannix. Mannix announced

suddenly on Dec. 2 that he would be leaving the program to return home to Texas. Mannix accounted for a large chunk of Nevada’s passing game, leading the team in receiving yardage, second on the team with 50 catches and led all wideouts with seven receiving touchdowns this season. The silver and blue will undoubtedly look for a mix of wide receivers Kaleb Fossum and Romeo Doubs to help fill the void left by Mannix. With the departure of Mannix and the fact that Arkansas State is giving up over 200 yards rushing per game, a greater emphasis may be put on the running game of Nevada. The task of carrying this

greater workload will fall on the shoulders of the Mountain West Freshman of the Year, running back Toa Taua. Taua finished the regular season with just over 800 yards rushing, averaging 5.2 yards a carry. Defensively, Nevada and Arkansas State seem to be polar opposites, the Red Wolves being ranked 12th in the country in pass defense, but they struggle to stop the run. On the other end, Nevada gives up around 130 yards on the ground each game, but struggle to stop opponents through the air. Injuries to defensive linemen Korey Rush and Adam Lopez have

hurt the Nevada front seven, but thanks to outstanding play from Malik Reed, the Pack have managed to keep opposing running backs at bay. At one point in these teams’ history, Nevada and Arkansas State were in the same conference. The Pack and the Red Wolves were both members of the Big Sky Conference. The last time these two schools played in 1999, the Red Wolves won the game 44 to 28. Nevada leads the series all-time, 3-2. Ryan Freeberg can be reached at dstrugs@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @SageBrushSports.

ARKANSAS STATE

TEAM RECORD CONFERENCE HEAD COACH OFF. YPG DEF. YPG

8-4

SUN BELT BLAKE ANDERSON (5TH YR) 466.9 YPG 376.6 YPG

Brendan O’Leary-Orange returns from scary injury with a purpose By Isaiah Burrows Nevada Wolf Pack wide receiver Brendan O'Leary-Orange is grateful to be back on the field again this season. The junior receiver was taken off on a stretcher after landing awkwardly on his neck and collarbone during the third quarter of Nevada’s 37-35 win over Oregon State Saturday, Sept. 15. O’Leary-Orange laid on the field for over 10 minutes before he was rushed to the hospital, where he remained alert and conscious throughout the night. “I really need to thank God at the end of the day,” he said. “All glory goes to him for being able to walk, play football again and just being able to function normally.” According to head coach Jay Norvell during a press conference on Sept. 17, various tests as well as a CAT scan on O’LearyOrange came back negative. He passed concussion protocol and returned to action against the Air Force Falcons Saturday, Sept. 29. O’Leary-Orange returned to his old self, snagging two receptions for 39 yards including a 30-yard leaping touchdown catch in the back corner of the end zone. The

Wolf Pack went on to beat Air Force 28-25 for their first road victory under Norvell. “That play let me know it was a real blessing to play the game again,” he said. “I know I probably scared everybody with that injury. I even scared myself a bit when I realized what happened.” A native of Toronto, Canada, O’Leary-Orange finished with 14 receptions for 214 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games this season. His bulky six-foot fourinch frame created separation down the sidelines or breaking off a route to the middle of the field. He’s joined by fellow teammates Elijah Cooks and Kaleb Fossum to lead a high-octane receiving corps. “We’ve really grown as a group and really gelled together,” he said. “Being in the room together, we start acting like brothers and mess with each other sometimes and it brings us even closer. And I feel like that’s what has really sparked us offensively this season.” O’Leary-Orange also picked apart the differences between quarterbacks Ty Gangi and Cristian Solano, who made his first collegiate start in a 21-3 loss to

Fresno State on Oct. 3. “They’re both great competitors and great quarterbacks, and (shit) I’ve got nothing bad to say about either of them. I will go to battle with them any day of the week.” he said. When healthy, O’Leary-Orange wasn’t featured on the field as much throughout the season. He was often substituted on third down packages, but he came down with some crucial catches to keep drives alive. The departure of receiver McLane Mannix has left a gaping hole in the depth chart, and O’Leary-Orange is focused on playing a full season and stepping up in his absence heading into his senior season. For now, O’LearyOrange’s full attention is on Nevada’s upcoming Arizona Bowl matchup against the Arkansas State Red Wolves. “We just need to come together as a team and collect our thoughts,” he said. “And we just need to work hard the rest of this week and keep that same mindset going forward.” Isaiah Burrows can be reached at dstrugs@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

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RECENT MEN’S GAMES LAST GAME’S SCORE

74 - 66

Final 1

T

2

Loyola Chicago

USC

Arizona State

W 79-65

W 73-61

W 72-66

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018

Grand Canyon

South Dakota State

W 74-66

BASKETBALL STAYS UNDEFEATED AFTER PAIR OF COMEBACKS Jordan Caroline puts up back-to-back double doubles

Nevada 34 40 74 GCU 32 34 66 AP TOP 25

12/15 6:00 p.m.

MOUNTAIN WEST STANDINGS Standings Conference Overall

Nevada

0-0

10-0

Utah State

0-0

8-2

Fresno State

0-0

7-2

New Mexico

0-0

4-3

SDSU

0-0

5-4

UNLV

0-0

5-5

Colorado State

0-0

4-4

Air Force

0-0

4-6

Boise State

0-0

3-5

Wyoming

0-0

3-6

San Jose State

0-0

2-6

1. Kansas 2. Duke 3. Tennessee 4.Gonzaga 5. Michigan

8-0 9-1 7-1 9-1 10-0

6. Virginia 7. Nevada 8. Auburn 9. Michigan State 10. Florida State

9-0 10-0 8-1 8-2 8-1

Nov. 19 California Baptist

11. Texas Tech 12. North Carolina 13. Virginia Tech 14. Buffalo 15. Ohio State

8-0 7-2 8-1 9-0 8-1

Dec. 1

@ USC

73-61

Dec. 7

Arizona State

72-66

Dec. 9

Grand Canyon

74-66

16. Wisconsin 17. Villanova 18. Mississippi St. 19. Kentucky 20. Arizona State

8-2 8-2 8-1 7-2 7-1

21. Marquette 22. Iowa 23. Furman 24. Houston 25. Syracuse

8-2 7-2 10-0 8-0 7-2

NEVADA ROSTER

#7 NEVADA (10-0, 0-0 MWC) STARTERS

10, guard, Caleb Martin Senior, 6-foot-7 18.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg 11, guard, Cody Martin Senior, 6-foot-7 10.2 ppg, 6.1apg 0, forward, Tre’Shawn Thurman Senior, 6-foot-8, 8.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg 24, forward, Jordan Caroline Senior, 6-foot-7 18.6 ppg , 10.2 rpg 15, center, Trey Porter

Senior, 6-foot-11 6.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg BENCH 22, guard, Jazz Johnson Junior, 5-foot-10 12.6 ppg, 55.6 3pt % 21, center, Jordan Brown Freshman, 6-foot-9 5.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg 5, guard, Nisre Zouzoua Junior, 6-foot-4 1.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg 2, guard, Corey Henson Senior, 6-foot-2 3.2 ppg , 33.3 3pt %

NEVADA’S 2018-2019 SCHEDULE Date

Opponent

Result

Nov. 16

Little Rock

87-59 90-55

Nov. 22

Tulsa

96-86

Nov. 24

UMass

110-87

Nov. 29 @ Loyola Chicago

79-65

Dec. 15 South Dakota St

VS ARIZONA STATE Nevada, once again, displayed another “tale of two halves” performance Friday night. The Pack overcame a 12-point halftime deficit — the largest of the season — in their 72-66 win over No. 20 Arizona State, who suffered their first loss of the season. The win puts Nevada at 9-0 giving them the best nine-game start in school history in the Division-1 era. Two seasons ago, Nevada came back from a 25-point deficit — when they were down nine points with 49 seconds remaining — against New Mexico State. Last year, the Pack delivered a second half comeback against Texas — after trailing by 14 — and a 22-point second half surge against Cincinnati in back-to-back NCAA Tournament showdowns. Nevada’s brand has revolved around being a second-half team. “I thought Coach [Bobby] Hurley did a phenomenal job of getting them ready to play from the opening tip,” Nevada head coach Eric Musselman said. “I got to do a better job of getting our guys ready to start a basketball game.” Even when the Pack was down, there wasn’t a sense of panic. “I felt like we were going to win it the whole time,” said Jordan Caroline. “We were down by 12 at half time, I wasn’t really too worried.” Nevada shot 45.5 percent from the floor, but only shot 16.7 percent from three, going 3-for18 — their lowest three-point total as a team since March 11, 2016 against San Diego State. Nevada had three players in double figures. Caleb Martin found a majority of his points by attacking the basket, leading the Pack with 17 points on 6-of-18 shooting, despite going 1-for10 from deep. Jordan Caroline scored 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting, adding six points from the stripe, hauling in eight rebounds. Tre’Shawn Thurman scored 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting, corralling three steals. Nevada started the ballgame incredibly slow, trailing 23-8 with 9:33 remaining in the first half — the largest deficit for Nevada all season. The Pack offense turned the ball over nine times during that span which is noteworthy coming into the game averaging 8.9 turnovers in the game. The Nevada offense found a spark off of the bench after a Corey Henson three was followed up by a Jazz Johnson layup, cutting the Sun Devil lead to 10. The Sun Devils finished the first half on an 11-6 run, taking a commanding 36-24 lead. Arizona State suffocated the Pack on the perimeter, holding Nevada to 2-of-14 shooting outside of the paint and 1-11 from three point range. As a team, the Pack shot 32 percent from the field in the first half. Nevada committed more

turnovers than made baskets, with 10 turnovers and eight made shots. Nevada shot 1-of-11 from deep. Nevada began the second half on a 10-4 run in the first five and a half minutes — highlighted by a Trey Porter dunk on a lob pass from Cody Martin. After removing his insulin pump from his waist during action, Trey Porter raced down the floor, preventing a Sun Devil layup by corralling the block with two hands, leading to an and-one layup by Caleb Martin. That cut the Sun Devil lead to two with 12:23 remaining. Martin’s only made three-point basket came with 9:04 remaining, giving Nevada a 51-48 lead. The Sun Devils cut the lead to one point with 2:01 remaining in the game after a three-point basket by Remy Martin, but that wouldn’t be enough, as Nevada took the victory 72-66. “Once we got the lead, I am sure these guys will tell you, we feel very, very comfortable under six minutes when we have a lead. They did a phenomenal job of milking the clock, and playing the percentages down the stretch. We rebounded the ball a lot better in the second half. First half, for whatever reason, we didn’t play the way we were capable of.” Nevada is outscoring opponents by an average of 11.3 points per game, after outscoring Arizona State by 18 points in the second half. “We never feel like we are out of it,” said Caleb Martin. “With the guys that we got, we know we are not going to fold, we know that we’re not going to give up. Second half to us, it feels like it is 0-0 again.”

VS GRAND CANYON Fresh off the heels of a comeback victory against the 20th ranked Arizona State Sun Devils, the Nevada Wolf Pack flew to Phoenix to face Grand Canyon University. After Friday’s win over Arizona State, head coach Eric Musselman said he needed to do a better job of starting games. His message did not reach the players against the Antelopes. Grand Canyon took an 11-0 lead five minutes into the game. Although considered a neutral site game, GCU students made the less than 10 mile trip to Talking Stick Arena giving the Antelopes a home-court advantage. The Wolf Pack finally got on the board after Caroline jumpshot. Nevada struggled to defend the perimeter as Grand Canyon shot 50 percent from three point range in the first half. Musselman played all nine guys in the first half as he was trying to find the right matchups to bother the GCU rhythm. Once again Nevada struggled from beyond the arc. The Wolf Pack shot just 3-11 from long range,

with Caroline going 2-4. Caleb Martin’s first half struggles continued as he went 1-5 from the floor and 0-3 from three. The Wolf Pack’s saving grace in the first half was getting to the foul line. Nevada shot a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line to secure a 34-32 lead going into halftime. The second half was arguably one of the Wolf Pack’s most challenging all season. The Antelopes did not let the Pack go on their trademark second half run. Grand Canyon did not trail by double digits until the last minute of the game. The second half was dominated by Caroline and Jazz Johnson. Caroline along with the Martin twins and Tre’Shawn Thurman played the entirety of the second half. Caroline finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and shot 80 percent from the free throw line — all the free throws came in the second half. Caroline has many questioning whether he should have been named the Mountain West Player of the Year over Caleb Martin in the preseason a third of the way into this year. Caroline was awarded Mountain West Player of the Week for the second consecutive week and third time this year. Johnson played the last 16 minutes of the second half and came in clutch from both the foul line and three point line. He did not miss a shot in the half, drilling both of his three point attempts and all six of his free throws. Johnson drained a three pointer from the corner with just under seven minutes remaining shifting momentum to the Wolf Pack as GCU was forced to call a timeout to regroup. Once again the free throw line was the difference maker. Nevada shot 24-29 from the charity stripe for the game — 17-22 in the second half alone — while Grand Canyon shot 6-8 from the line the entire game. Both comebacks mirror last season’s NCAA Tournament comebacks as the Wolf Pack overcame double-digit deficits in back-to-back games. The Wolf Pack are one of only nine undefeated teams left in Division-1. After six games away from home, the Wolf Pack will return to Lawlor Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 15 to faceoff against South Dakota State at 6:00 p.m. The Jack Rabbits are 8-3 this season with Mike Daum leading the team in scoring with 25.3 points per game. South Dakota State also played GCU in their opening game of the season, defeating the Antelopes 79-74. Darion Strugs and Matt Hanifan can be reached at dstrugs@sagebrush.unr.e and on Twitter @ SagebrushSports.

Tre’Shawn Thurman hangs on the rim after a dunk against Arizona State on Friday, Dec. 7, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Wolf Pack won each of their last six games away from home to stay undefeated.

By Darion Strugs

Caroline wins MW Player of the Week again

Akron

Dec. 29

@ Utah

Jan. 2

Utah State

jan. 5

@ New Mexico

Jan. 9

San Jose State

Jan. 12

@ Fresno State

Jan. 15

@ Boise State

Jan. 19

Air Force

Jan. 23

Colorado State

Jan. 29

@ UNLV

Feb. 2

Boise State

Feb. 7

@ Colorado State

Feb. 14

New Mexico

Feb. 17

@ Wyoming

Feb. 21 @ San Diego State Feb. 25

Fresno State

Feb. 28

UNLV

Mar. 3

@ Utah State

Mar. 5

@ Air Force

Mar. 9

San Diego State

Mar. 13-16 MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT

NEXT GAME

# 7 Nevada V.S. South Dakota State When: Saturday, Dec. 15 Where: Lawlor Events

Center Reno, NV.

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JIBrown21 if you know basketball you know how important he was for us tonight!!!

Photo courtesy of Steve Martarano

Adamczyk named Wolf Pack Student Athlete of the Week

Dec. 22

- @TreShawnThurman

GAME PREDICTIONS

#7 Nevada vs South Dakota State

By Darion Strugs

Julia Adamczyk won the honor of Wolf Pack Student Athlete of the Week, after her performance for Nevada Swim and Dive in a dual meet at Boise State. This is the first time the Polish freshman has been awarded with a weekly honor. Adamcyzk won three individual events during the meet. She won the 200 meter fly by almost two seconds, and won both the 500 meter free and 400 individual medley. Swim and Dive’s next event is Saturday, Jan. 5, in San Diego for the USD Shootout.

For the second consecutive week, Nevada Wolf Pack forward Jordan Caroline won the Mountain West Player of the Week. This is Caroline’s fifth time winning the honor in his career and the third time this season. Caroline continued his early season dominance in Nevada’s last two games against a pair of Arizona schools. In the Pack’s 72-66 victory over Arizona State on Friday, Dec. 7, Caroline led the team with 16 points and added 10 assists. Less than 48 hours later, Caroline once again led the Pack in scoring with 22 points and 14 rebounds in a tightly contested matchup against Grand Canyon University. Caroline’s sixth and seventh double doubles of he season helped him move pass D.J. Fenner for 13th place on the Nevada all-time scoring list.

Darion Strugs can be reached at dstrugs@sagebrush. unr.edu and on Twitter @dstrugs.

Darion Strugs can be reached at dstrugs@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @dstrugs.

The Nevada Wolf Pack will finally return home to Lawlor Events Center after six games away from Reno. The Wolf Pack won all six games and each of the first four by double digits. The Wolf Pack perform their best at home and this game should be no different. Wolf Pack fans have been waiting to see their team play in from of them for almost one month. In that one month, Jazz Johnson, Tre’Shawn Thurman and Trey Porter have found their roles on the roster. Coming off of five days rest Nevada should be full of energy and well rested. The biggest issue will be South Dakota State’s Mike Daum, Daum is around the size of Jordan Caroline with the scoring talent of Caleb Martin. If the Pack control him the game will be easy to win.

92-71 NEVADA

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