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NEWS in REVIEW By Karolina Rivas

INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST ATTACK IN AFGHANISTAN KILLS OVER 100 Afghanistan is in mourning after an attack on Saturday that resulted in the loss of more than 100 lives. According to officials, an ambulance stored with explosives detonated in a crowded street in the capital of Kabul. According to CNN, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the attack unfolded after the ambulance passed through a security checkpoint. The attacker was soon identified by police at the second checkpoint but was unable to stop him before the blast occurred. The Afghan government declared Sunday as a national day of mourning. The attack comes less than a week from when gunmen bombarded the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul killing over 20. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for both attacks.

NATIONAL FBI DEPUTY DIRECTOR STEPS DOWN On Monday, Jan. 29, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stepped down despite his eligibility to retire in March. McCabe was a central target of President Donald Trump’s resentment toward the FBI regarding the investigation of Russia’s involvement during the 2016 election. When asked regarding McCabe’s departure President Trump did not acknowledge the reporter’s question, CNN reported. However, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that neither Trump nor the White House had any part of McCabe’s decision to step down. However, media reports have indicated FBI Director Christopher Wray pressured McCabe to step down before the release of an inspector general’s report which, among other things, details some of McCabe’s actions at the bureau.

LOCAL FLORIDA COUPLE PLANNED MURDER OF RENO MAN John Kent Lovely, 48, was found dead in his home by Reno PD when they were conducting a welfare check after Lovely failed to make contact with his relatives, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. According to authorities, Baldwin and Lovely relocated to Reno in 2016 from Jacksonville, Florida and lived together until Baldwin returned to Florida in late 2017. Officials soon discovered that Baldwin was romantically involved with both men and that the couple had planned to murder Lovely for some time. Detectives also claimed that the couple “took elaborate steps to attempt to cover up both of their involvements in the murder.” Reno police detectives have since arrested Jennifer Baldwin, 43, and Herman Matasar, 62, for conspiring to murder Lovely before moving to Florida. The couple was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida and charged with murder with the use of a deadly weapon. Karolina Rivas can be reached at karolinar@sagebrush.unr. edu and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

By Madeline Purdue After diversity issues plagued campus last semester, the University of Nevada, Reno, is now introducing a Hate, Bias and Harassment hotline and a discrimination report form. The form and hotline are live with the start of the spring semester and are meant to provide avenues for students and faculty to report any incidents that might be considered hate, bias and/or harassment that occur on campus or with another university member. University officials held multiple forums last semester that addressed the diversity issues the university was facing — from incidents involving the university police services to graffiti of swastikas in the Church Fine Arts stairwell. Stories of students facing hateful rhetoric in classrooms and around campus came to light, and they asked that the university have a place where they could report these incidents. “These smaller things are happening but they’re things that affect our learning environment and the university just wasn’t aware of everything that was happening,” said UNR Title IX Coordinator Maria Doucettperry. “So this is one way that we thought we could get that input. We can find out what’s happening if something is happening, then we can address it because that is part of the problem — just awareness. Students didn’t feel like they had an avenue to bring that to our attention.” While the form, which can be found on the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX website, is similar to the sexual assault form, these situations are

handled differently. While a report of sexual assault would usually be handled within the Title IX office and with their resources, the Title IX office will be the entry point of a discrimination report that will likely be outsourced. For example, if the issue is an academic issue, Title IX will consult with the dean of the college the issue is present in to work out a solution. If the incident violates the university’s policy against discrimination, the Title IX office will open an investigation. “I think anything that gives us the opportunity to ensure that we have a diverse and inclusive campus is the way to go,” Doucettperry said. “We can do something as simple as adding a form, giving people an avenue to speak, to voice their concerns, to bring it to our attention, then we should be doing it. Especially if it’s something that doesn’t take a whole bunch of resources right now, we see what happens with it, and we move accordingly.

Ponderosa Hotel may raise rent By Karolina Rivas Tenants of Ponderosa Hotel are on edge after the owner of the motel and the Wild Orchid strip club, Kamy Keshmiri, threatened to raise their rent. The threat comes after the Reno City Council proposed ordinances late last year aimed at removing strip clubs from downtown. The tenants of the hotel were notified in a letter written by Keshmiri detailing the expenses involved when it comes to running both establishments. According to Keshmiri, tenants at the Ponderosa Hotel are paying roughly half of what it costs to live in Midtown. Keshmiri noted in the letter that the Wild Orchid used to be the source of income needed to maintain the motel by providing a subsidy of approximately $20,000 to $30,000 a month. However, if the Reno City Council continues with their plan to remove the strip club, Keshmiri will be forced to raise rent by double. “We only intend to raise your rates to match the current market if, and only if, the city of Reno enacts the proposed changes to the adult business ordinance regulations,” Keshmiri wrote. Keshmiri encourage tenants to lobby against the city in an effort to stop the ordinances. “If you wish to prevent the City from forcing us to raise your rents, I suggest you or your representatives contact the members of the Reno Planning Commission and the




Bike lanes to connect university to Downtown By Karolina Rivas

Pi Beta Phi hosts vigil for Heaven By Austin Daly

The University of Nevada, Reno sorority, Pi Beta Phi, held a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, Jan. 24, for their sister Heaven Akmal, who died over Winter break due to a cardiac arrest. On Wednesday, Jan. 10, UNR freshman Heaven Akmal collapsed in her bathroom. Shortly after, she fell into cardiac arrest and was admitted to Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, where she was put into a medically induced coma. After an MRI scan, the doctors found that she had suffered major brain damage. She was confirmed dead on Jan. 14. “Saying goodbye to her was the hardest thing,” said Emily Budd, a friend of Akmal’s. “Even today when I think about it, I just remember holding her hand and saying, ‘I love you no matter what and I’ll never forget you’.” The vigil was originally meant to be held at the outdoor Manzanita Bowl on the university’s campus, but due to high winds and a snow warning, it was moved to the Nell J. Redfield Foundation Auditorium in the Davidson Math and Science Building. “It probably affected turnout,” said Ryan Vellinga, a friend of Akmal. “But ultimately, the people who really wanted to be there made sure to show up.” The venue change came only an hour before the event was supposed to start as people raced to get the word out. “I think it being moved was hard for

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A car drives down Evans Avenue on Monday, Jan. 29. A new bike path is being installed along the road by the Regional Transportation Commission and should be completed by May.




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We don’t want to have the excuse of ‘we didn’t know’. And we want to give you the opportunity to bring that to our attention.” The hotline has had only one complaint so far this semester, and it is unclear what procedures will follow. Doucettperry said it is a case by case situation for now, and it will become more formal once more complaints come in and a system is created. She envisions it to be more of a referral system. “There are a lot of avenues and resources people don’t know about, and we want to be that bridge that connects them,” Doucettperry said. The Title IX office is working with a team of people from these different resources to assess the need and work out the procedural logistics. While the Title IX office is taking on more responsibility by adding the hotline and form under their jurisdiction, they will not be adding more people to their staff. Doucettperry said once the hotline and form are used more, they will reassess the need and add more resources if necessary. The hotline and form are strictly for incidents that are not criminal. If you feel a crime has been committed, Doucettperry encourages you to contact the police as they are equipped to deal with criminal proceedings. Incidents that might be considered hate, bias or harassment are comments, treatment from other students and employees and anything that might make the university a hostile learning environment.

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turnout,” said Budd. “Not a lot of people have social media so it was all word of mouth. And I think it was a little too late, I mean, an hour before it was supposed to start and they moved the location. So I think people might have shown up at the Manzanita Bowl and was like ‘Where is everybody at?’.” The Vice President of the Nevada Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi, Hannah Neely, gave a speech, along with two of Akmal’s friends, including Budd who stayed with her every day in the hospital. “It was hard because I had so much I wanted to say,” Budd said. “I wanted to say everything that she was before she came to Reno. Like she was in theater, she loved theater, she loved

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A protestor holds a sign during a Black Lives Matter rally at the University of Nevada, Reno, in August 2017 that was held in response to the Charlottesvile white nationalist protest. The university has created a hotline in order for incidents of hate, bias and harassment to be reported and resolved.

The Hate, Bias and Harrassment form, and hotline can be found on the Title IX website, or call (775) 784-7707. “Everybody is listening,” Doucetteperry said. “I know show tunes, she performed so many shows back in Vegas. And everyone knew her because of it. I just really wanted to relay everything about Heaven and what she meant to me.” Akmal was a theater major and had been performing in shows for the last decade. Akmal commonly performed at “Broadway Bound” in Las Vegas, starring in shows like “Into The Woods” and “All Shook Up”. “I feel like people need to realize that life is not as long as you really think,” said Budd. “No matter what, anyone could collapse any day, and then that’s it. So I feel like people really need to open their eyes that life is as short as a second.” Austin Daly can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush. and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

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Students gather for a vigil in honor of UNR freshman, Heaven Akmal on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Akmal died suddenly over winter break from a cardiac arrest.

it doesn’t answer everyone’s questions and concerns, but I don’t know that anything will address everything, but I think it’s a great first step in the right direction.”


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In December of 2017, the Regional Transportation Commission began the process of constructing new bike lanes and a new multi-use path along Evans Avenue. These new improvements come as a part of the Evans Avenue Bicycle Improvements project that will connect downtown Reno with the University of Nevada, Reno. “The project was first conceived in 2013 and went through an extensive design and planning process,” Lauren Ball, Public Information Officer for the RTC, said. “The RTC worked with our regional partners, including UNR, to ensure that the project was designed with students and neighborhood residents in mind.” The goal of the project is to give easy and safe access for bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers to travel between the two areas. According to the RTC, the project will begin on Evans Avenue near the Greater Nevada Field in Downtown Reno and will go north around the east side of UNR, to McCarran Boulevard. Furthermore, the RTC plans to add new bike lanes on Evans Avenue from Second Street to Jodi Drive. At the Jodi Drive and Evans Avenue intersection, the RTC will construct a multi-use path up to McCarran Boulevard. Moreover, the installation of new pedestrian flashing beacons at Evans and Highland and a mid-block crosswalk with pedestrian lights by the

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UNR baseball stadium will be established. “The community told us they wanted to see enhanced bike lanes and a new walking path connecting the university to downtown Reno,” Ball said. “This project will really improve connectivity for people in our community, especially students and neighborhood residents, who use this area to walk or bike to get where they are going.” Ball says that the project will increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety in areas where many people bike and walk. The RTC hopes that with the new construction of the bike lanes and pedestrian flashing beacons will lead to higher pedestrian visibility and fewer crashes and severe injuries. “I think the changes are a good idea,” Erik Johnson, a student at UNR, said. “I’ll definitely feel safer riding my bike to campus now that I won’t have to share the road with cars who may or may not be paying attention to their surroundings.” The RTC has paused construction due to school being in session and will resume in March when students are on spring break. The RTC says that drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians can expect intermittent closures during construction. The project is expected to be completed before students graduate this coming May. Karolina Rivas can be reached at and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

UNR Provost Kevin Carman stopped by the Senate this week to talk about an initiative on expanding the travel abroad program meant to bring more international students to UNR and send more UNR students abroad. Carman previously talked about this at a Senate meeting last semester. He said that in order to do this, they attempted to contract with a group called INTO to help recruit international students to UNR. However, negotiations have been canceled by INTO because of the political landscape of the nation and hesitation of students to come to the state of Nevada since the Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas. President Marc Johnson and Carman are looking into other options, and have “learned a lot from this experience.” Carman said he is now talking to USAC about how to bring more international students to campus. He said a clearer path will be known in about a month. Carman said that bringing international students to UNR will bring in more revenue as well as diversify the campus.


Members of the Parking and Transportation team presented on the parking and transportation budget. They said the current shuttle system — Pack Transit — is no longer feasible. Parking fees have not covered the cost it takes to run the shuttle system and is in debt by $517,000 and are losing more than $530,000 annually. In order to fix this deficit, they are proposing fewer buses operate fewer hours and they will not operate over breaks. They are also considering an extended route that would cost each student $12 a year. These buses would run the normal hours, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. These buses would also not run through breaks. However, they would add GPS to the shuttles and campus escort vehicles so students could know when their transportation is coming. In order to do this, the Senate would have to pass legislation to approve it.

LEGISLATION RESOLUTION SUPPORTING NET NEUTRALITY PASSED A resolution in support of Net Neutrality was passed by the Senate. The Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality laws on Dec. 14. The resolution states that everyone should have free and open access to the internet without Internet Service Providers charging more for faster content and “restricting free speech”. The resolution passed unanimously. The resolution will be sent to Nevada senators, the FCC and President Donald Trump.

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Hydro Flask key accessory among university students By Benjamin Engel Ryan Vellinga, a freshman at the University of Nevada, Reno, holds his 32 ounce cobalt blue Hydro Flask throughout his interview, hoping that holding the water bottle will help him answer why he got it in the first place. “Everybody had one, so I just kinda fell into the trend,” said Vellinga. A Hydro Flask is an all insulated, canteen-style water bottle. It is marketed to keep the contents inside hot or cold for extended periods of time. The company’s stated mission is to “save the world from lukewarm.” When Hydro Flasks first gained popularity, they were strictly seen as a tool, a container to carry water. Since then, Hydro Flasks are being seen more as a fashion accessory. “I first heard about Hydro Flask when I came to my UNR orientation,” said Erick Herrera, a freshman. “I needed a water bottle because I was going camping [the] next week.” Many Hydro Flask adherents -- UNR students included -- swear by the coldness of the water once inside the insulated bottle. A survey of 75 random UNR students revealed 66 of them

owned a Hydro Flask, and all 66 of them were happy with the quality of their Hydro Flask. “I resisted for so long, but I finally decided I wanted my water to be cold from the beginning of the day to the end,” said Alex Pereyra, also a freshman. Blake Anderson, also a freshman, discovered the brand through his high school track team. His friend on the team let him take a sip from his Hydro Flask when Anderson accidentally left his water bottle at home. “It was the coldest water I had ever tasted,” said Anderson. While he also enjoys his water to be cold, Vellinga says the quality of a Hydro Flask is not why he bought one. “I haven’t really noticed a difference in quality from water bottles similar to Hydro Flask that I’ve owned in the past,” Vellinga said. “I wanted a Hydro Flask because it was a Hydro Flask.” And Vellinga is not alone. In the years since the bottles started gaining popularity, many students started seeing their Hydro Flasks as an accessory more than a water bottle. “I spent weeks choosing the color,” Pereyra said. “I wanted something that

matched who I am as a person, and I wanted something bright so people knew it was a Hydro Flask.” The popularity of Hydro Flasks is due in part to their prevalence on social media. Three of the four UNR students The Nevada Sagebrush spoke to attributed seeing the bottles on social media as a main reason they bought one for themselves. “People put their Hydro Flasks all over Instagram and Snapchat,” Vellinga said. “Having a Hydro Flask became almost like a source of pride at my school.” Hydro Flask owners started decorating their bottles with stickers in order to personalize them even more and to outwardly show people on campus the things they like or care about. “You can always find someone ordering stickers in class for their Hydro Flask,” Pereyra said. According to Vellinga, his stickers not only personalize his Hydro Flask, but also help showcase his likes and interests. He called his own bottle a “travel collection.” “I think of my Hydro Flask as a representation of myself,” Vellinga said. “All of these stickers remind me of a prominent time in my life.”

While Hydro Flasks might be trendy, they’re also expensive at $25 for a 12 ounce bottle, a price some students were reluctant to pay. It’s led at least some people to find more creative ways to get their hands on one. “They are just so expensive,” Vellinga said. “I got mine through the lost and found at my work. “There was a constant rotation of them in the Lost & Found,” Vellinga said. “Because of that job, I have three Hydro Flasks.” Despite Vellinga’s story, several other UNR students paid full price for their Hydro Flask. Pereyra justified spending full price on her Hydro Flask because of its environmental friendliness. “I like knowing that my purchases make an impact,” Pereyra said. “Environmental issues are very important to me.” Not only are Hydro Flasks BPA-free and recyclable, but the company started a charitable giving program called Parks For All in January 2017. Parks For All supports the development of public green spaces in the US. “A lot of companies stress the environmental aspect,” Leonhardt said. Leonhardt says that companies who subscribe to a Cause Capitalism sys-

tem can charge higher prices for their products. The increased price acts as a donation to Parks For All. “There is this idea that the more you pay, you’re making a larger commitment towards that mission.” Parks For All has already donated $85,000 to the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the Oregon State Parks Foundation and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. On July 26, 2017, they donated another $160,000 to five other nonprofits including the National Park Foundation. “In paying that premium, you’re essentially validating with your wallet the beliefs you hold.” Even Leonhardt bought a Hydro Flask because it was more expensive. “I justified the expensive price because I would be more incentivized to use it, which should positively affect my health by drinking more water,” Leonhardt said. “It’s kinda like buying an expensive gym membership. You’ve gotta use it or you feel like you’re wasting your money.” Benjamin Engel can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.


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How to complete the FAFSA For students, there are few things as important as financial aid. With full class loads, friends, jobs and internships to worry about, the cost of tuition is the last thing a student should stress over. Imagine if there was a way to get free money towards your education, you would take it right? There is a way, the federal government awards more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students. The application is free, and takes less than an hour to complete— maybe 30 minutes if you’re fast—yet according to the U.S. Department of Education around 20 percent of undergraduate students fail to fill out the application every year. While there are many reasons a student may choose not to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, many believe they won’t qualify for aid or aren’t sure what type of aid is available. In Nevada, the deadline to apply for 2018-2019 financial aid is on Feb. 1. While the federal deadline for FAFSA is June 30, UNR students must complete the form by Feb. 1 to be eligible for aid. Awards are made until allocated funds are depleted, so it is recommended

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members of the Reno City Council to plead your case against their proposed actions,” Keshmiri wrote. “Perhaps you can stop the City from gentrification of the Wild Orchid at the expense of your homes.” On Wednesday, January 24, tenants pleaded for the Reno City Council to make a deal with the downtown strip clubs in order to save them from having to leave the hotel or pay the increased rent price. According to the Reno GazetteJournal, tenants claimed to have seen their rent increase at least

that students complete the form as soon as possible. If you haven’t filled out FAFSA yet, you’ve come to the right place.

This is News You Can Use with a guide to Federal Student Aid. HOW TO APPLY FAFSA is a free, online application available to all students. If you don’t already have one, you’ll be asked to create a FAFSA ID, along with your parents. After signing in you will be guided through the application process. The first half of the application contains easy-to-answer general questions, but for the second half— the financial section—it might be best to sit down with your parents, or have tax information ready. Here is most of the information you will need: your most recent tax return forms (1040 etc), W-2s, and other records of income earned, current statements from bank accounts—including checking and savings, current statements for any investments such

three times in the last year. A majority of the tenant’s public comments mentioned that the Ponderosa Hotel was their last affordable option of residence and if the rent were to be raised, they would be forced to leave with nowhere else to live. “We really need this hotel more than anything in the world right now,” said Velma Shoal, a tenant at the Ponderosa. “They was there when I had nobody. I had no one and nowhere to turn. That hotel gave me a place to live, a bed to sleep in and a way to cook for my granddaughter when I was homeless. Please don’t take that from us.” The RGJ reported that the Ponderosa has been subject to various code violations such as complaints

as stocks or mutual funds, records of assets, your Social Security number, and your driver’s license. Recently, FAFSA added an IRS Data retrieval tool that makes the financial portion of the form even easier to fill out. The tool, as its name suggests, can pull most of the information it needs directly from your taxes. Just remember: DO NOT, under any circumstances, under-report or omit assets or income. Lying on the FAFSA is fraud and you will not only have to repay every federal financial aid dollar you receive, you (and your parents) could be subject to significant fines and a prison sentence.

TYPES OF AID Federal student aid includes three different kinds of financial help: grants, low-interest loans, and workstudy funds (a part-time job on or near campus). Financial aid covers expenses like tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Aid also can help pay for other related expenses, such as a computer and dependent care. Along with these financial benefits the federal government also provides aid for serving in the military or for being the child or spouse of a veteran and tax

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If you don’t fill out FAFSA, you will not only be missing out on financial aid from the government but also state and University specific scholarships. There are many common myths about FAFSA that may stop a student from submitting the form. One misconception is that if your parents make too much money, you won’t qualify for aid. The reality is there is no income cut-off to receive aid. Factors like family size and your year in school are also taken into account. Even if you do not qualify for low-income aid like the Pell Grant, not filling out the form can mean your college or university may not even consider you for any of their scholarships (including academic scholarships). It is better not to assume what aid you qualify for, just fill out the form and find out. It’s also important to make sure you submit the form every year because things can change. Your school or state might create a new grant or scholarship, or the factors used to calculate your aid could change from one year to the next. If you’re a returning user, the form takes even less time because

Conveniently for students, another important form is due on the same date as FAFSA, the Graduate & Undergraduate Scholarship Application. This form, which can be found under the Supplemental Forms tab in MyNevada, is equally as important as FAFSA. Think of it as one application for hundreds of scholarships, including scholarships specific to your major. This form takes more time to complete than FAFSA, because of four short answer questions students must complete. The time commitment is more than worth it, though, how could you say no to the chance for more money? Now that you are equipped with all the financial aid information you need to know, nothing is holding you back from submitting that application! Remember the deadline is right around the corner: Feb. 1. Best of luck in your quest for tuition money. Emily Fisher can be reached at efisher@ and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

from residents regarding dismal and unsafe living conditions. These complaints have caused the Washoe Health District and city of Reno to shut down rooms until the hotel makes the repairs necessary to make the rooms habitable again. In an interview with the RGJ, Councilwoman Neoma Jardon said she was not impressed with the tactic to raise the rent. “While I was one of the two ‘no’ votes to move forward with the ordinances, this is a tactic that does nothing but strike fear in the tenants and uses them as political pawns,” she said. Karolina Rivas can be reached at and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

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The Ponderosa Hotel as it stands on Monday, Jan. 29. The owners sent a letter to tenants threatening to raise rent in response to an ordinance proposed by the Reno City Council last year.

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In the summer of 2016, 49 people were killed at a gay nightFREEQUENCY club in Orlando, Florida. At the time, it was the deadliest mass DATE: Wednesday shooting in the country’s history, and as a result, Reno band TIME: 6 p.m. Fine Motor resolved to help out LOCATION: Nevada Lounge the local LGBTQ community and began planning a benefit INFO: Poet Mwende concert for the then recently“FreeQuency” Katwiwa opened OUR Center. is performing at the first Earlier this month, a skiinstallment of UNR’s masked vandal threw rocks into coffee house series the front windows and door of of 2018. If you don’t OUR Center, shattering the glass. come for the awesome After the concert had dwelled in poetry, come for the free limbo for a year and a half, Fine snacks and coffee. Just Motor finally held their benefit a head’s up: This is not on Jan. 26, at the Holland Project, raising over $1,500 for the a rally to help release organization. anyone named Quency Tickets cost $5 and 100 perfrom prison. That’s next cent of the proceeds went to Wednesday. OUR Center. Nom Eats provided burritos. Other local indepenMARSHALL dent bands Boys, Pry and Surly performed. DATE: Thursday Fine Motor consists entirely of UNR faculty. English profesTIME: 6 p.m. sor Dan Morse plays guitar and LOCATION: JCSU Theatre sings, English professor Chris Mays plays guitar, creative INFO: “Marshall” tells the writing grad student Casey Bell story of an early trial in drums and sings and journalism the career of Thurgood professor Ben Birkinbine plays Marshall. It is certified fresh bass. Morse and Bell primarily with 83 percent on Rotten write the songs. Tomatoes. I’ve never seen Since opening its doors, it but it’s the best movie OUR Center has supported the Reno LGBTQ community with of the year. Josh Gad is resources, education, advice, in it. Josh Gad is like that guy you didn’t invite to the counseling, meetings and a safe space.They also assist in party, but stays all night orchestrating such events as the and then helps clean up Northern Nevada Pride Parade afterward. What were we & Festival, the Harvey Milk Day talking about? annual event, National Coming Out Day, the Outwest Film Fest BILL BURR and the Guerilla Queer Bar Reno. DATE: Friday “The fact that this place was just vandalized shows that there TIME: 8 p.m. are people who still don’t want to LOCATION: Silver Legacy see this center exist,” Birkinbine said. INFO: Comedian Bill According to the 2018 Point in Burr is stopping by Reno. Time survey, 51 percent of the Tickets are already sold homeless youth ages 18 to 24 out so I don’t know why report losing their housing over I’m telling you about this. sexuality or gender identity. It just seems cruel, really. “Some of these people have Maybe you can find some been kicked out of their homes creepy scalper outside the for who they are,” Birkinbine said. “Some of the families don’t show to buy tickets from. agree with who they are. This You don’t want to miss just reinforces the point that out on Burr discussing there needs to be a place for topics ranging from being these people to go to be cared an angry football fan in for, to get advice, to get help and Boston to being an angry whatever they need to navigate alcoholic in Boston. the difficulties they are facing.” It makes sense that this benefit BRAD PAISLEY would take place at the Holland DATE: Saturday Project, a nonprofit music venue. TIME: 7 p.m. “We like to play the Holland LOCATION: Reno Events Project because it’s an all ages, independent venue, which Center will support local artists and INFO: Brad Paisley is musicians,” Birkinbine said. “It’s stopping in Reno as a part of basically run by volunteers. The his Weekend Warrior World reason we like that is because

Tour. Brad Paisley sounds like Keystone Light tastes. Openers are Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell. Tickets range from $55-$119. You should bring your roommate who voted from Trump and likes to wear a sombrero and drink tequila on Cinco de Mayo.

STEREOTYPED 101 DATE: Monday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: KC Rotunda INFO: Comedian and

speaker Karith Foster is coming to the UNR campus. She will discuss homophobia, classism, racism, diversity and inclusion. This is event is FREE to all (woke) students. You should bring your roommate who voted from Trump and likes to wear a sombrero and drink tequila on Cinco de Mayo.

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[we] grew up in cities or towns where that was an important part of our youth. We would go to shows and see bands and get exposed to different kinds of messages.” Morse shares this love of the Holland Project. “It continues to amaze me that it exists, that it’s so well-run,” Morse said. “There are always DIY spots throughout the country popping up and then closing down. The Holland Project is the best-run, best-organized DIY spot I’ve ever seen in my life. And it has good sound too which is incredibly rare. So for us, it’s this magical place where we don’t have to compromise.” As an incentive to get people to come, Fine Motor handed out free vinyl records of their self-titled album to the first 50 people who showed up. “I still enjoy the sound that comes off a vinyl record instead of streaming or anything else,” Birkinbine said. “It may sound cliche, but I think it’s just a warmer sound. It just sort of fills up a room more than other stuff.” Fine Motor mixes dream pop, surf rock and shoegaze, taking inspiration from bands like Yo La Tengo, the Velvet Underground and My Bloody Valentine. On his process of songwriting, Morse said, “It weirdly starts out as singer-songwriter type stuff. A lot of times me and Casey will sit on the couch with acoustics and come up with something. Then after that, we make a point of trying to mess it up somehow... Just trying to do something strange to the song structure or just added some sort of dissonant element. That comes from our love of 90s music, where on the one hand, bands were sort of accessible, but also kept the audience at an arm’s length. We perhaps foolishly and totally outmodedly try to retain that. We’re operating within a pop vernacular, but at the same time trying to challenge the audience rather than just give them what they want.” Erin Miller, better known as Surly, kicked off the night by strumming and serenading the crowd with some low-fi tunes. Next, Pry came out with their post-punk rage. Then, Boys had everyone dancing with infectious jams like “I Hate Boys.” Finally, Fine Motor took the stage, performing a few new songs as well as a cover of “In Heaven” from the film “Eraserhead.” When asked about the connection between performing music and lecturing as a professor, Morse laughed. “I think it’s very, very, very tenuous...I suppose for large lecture classes, it’s easier to think of it as a performance. This isn’t really me, it’s sort of me, but it’s me playing this role. Just creating that kind

of distance is helpful...It’s like 50 minutes. You have to get in the right mind space beforehand, and then you perform, and then you leave.” With over 130 attendees, it was a full house. Cameron Beck, UNR student, Music Director of Wolf Pack Radio, and bass player with Pry said it was one of the biggest crowds he has performed for. “Music transcends a lot of barriers and a lot of people are able to connect through music,” Beck said. “Music is able to bring people together for a common cause. When we’re all able to unite under a certain cause then have some fun in the process, that’s always an important thing.” Morse isn’t as quick to equate music with social awareness. “To Cedrick Alcala/Nevada Sagebrush be honest I think it’s potentially a fraught thing,” Morse said. Casey Bell drums and sings in Fine Motor at the Benefit for OUR Center. “I think there’s this too easy assumption that music is necessarily politically progressive and that’s not always the case... It’s uncomfortable because if your music is just a political statement then it ceases to be music. We prefer to operate in a community-based scenario. Part of the community will necessarily involve raising money for other people in the community.” As for the future of independent music and DIY culture, the future is unclear. “It’s hard to say,” Morse said. “After a show like this at the Holland Project, I feel really optimistic. At other times, I feel really pessimistic. There’s this saying in punk: ‘Your band is not a brand.’ But it feels to me often times that people do feel that their band is a brand. They’re very open to partnering with companies and Cedrick Alcala/Nevada Sagebrush doing commercials and trying to monetize what they’re doing. Singer-songwriter Surly starts the show. I can totally understand the instinct of wanting to make a living from your art and your craft. But, at the same time, I think there’s a big argument to be made for amateurism, precisely because it frees you from these market restraints.” One thing appears certain, though, nights like Jan. 26 are worth cherishing. “Before we did this, we were worried if anyone would come,” Morse said “We were so amazed, not just by the number of people, but the vibe at the show. The way everyone was pulling together for this cause. It really made us appreciate how special the Holland Project is and how special Reno is, at least in this moment.” For those who were unable to make it to the concert but would still like to help, check out the OUR Center website for other opportunities. Joey Thyne can be reached at and on Twitter @joey_thyne.

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Punk trio Boys jams at the Holland Project.

Buy low on ‘Corporate’

By Will Keys A TV show is an investment. Get in on the ground floor of the right show and you can ride it straight to the top, like someone who bought 100 shares in Microsoft in 1975. You might happen upon the pilot episode of the right show on a late, drunken night and find that you’ve struck gold. You’ll text your friends about it, and once it hits peak popularity, they’ll praise your eye for television forever. The only problem is those kinds of shows only come around so often. But here’s a little insider tip: this year, that show is “Corporate.” “Corporate,” which airs on Comedy Central Wednesday nights at 10:30, takes the American cubicle-culture paradigm established by comedies like “The Office” and “Workaholics” and beats

it over the head with a water cooler. The show’s co-creators, Jake Weisman and Matt Ingbretson, play junior executives Jake and Matt, a pair of vitamin D-deficient office dwellers who split time between trying to climb the ladder at work and longing for the sweet release of death. Their corporate overlord is called Hampton DeVille, a conglomerate of mass manufacturers and war profiteers spearheaded by their despot boss Christian DeVille, played perfectly by Lance Reddick, whose credits include the ultrastoic lieutenant Cedric Daniels of “The Wire.” Jake and Matt’s first task in the pilot episode is to fire a co-worker who crafted a tweet from the official Hampton DeVille Twitter account making light of a recent hurricane. Still having an ounce of humanity intact, or perhaps

just trying to exploit an opportunity, the two delay the culprit’s termination in exchange for a tour of all of the company’s office parties that day so they can “fill the void” with cake and chocolate syrup. Sure enough, the soulless higher-ups at Hampton DeVille fire the tweeter themselves, leaving Jake and Matt responsible for talking him off the ledge, literally. Over the course of the next two episodes, “Corporate” really starts to hit its stride. Matt constructs a presentation to entice the U.S. government into a weapons contract to arm them for their secret coup in Bolivia, and is praised for his PowerPoint skills: “Your decision to use bullets as bullet points… genius.” Later on, in the third episode, Jake parlays spinal surgery into a better standing around the office, trading prescription

painkillers for luxuries like a new office and a new suit while Matt nearly loses his mind digitizing Hampton DeVille’s scores of workplace death records If “Corporate” sounds nihilistic and unfathomably dark, that’s because it is. It’s also morbidly hilarious, though. The show deftly makes light of some of the most nightmarish elements of the modern work environment and the cutthroat non-ethics of international conglomerates like Apple, Amazon, or Walmart. Buried beneath the scathing satire of corporate America are the makings of a subtle buddy comedy by the stars and creators, Ingbretson and Weisman. The two joke about their hyperspecific taste in porn (Matt watches P.O.V. videos of ex-girlfriends apologizing) and whether or not they’re destined to become racist

by the time they’re 50 years old. To put it simply, there’s nothing quite like it on television today. “Corporate” is simultaneously terrifying, depressing, enlightening, and hysterical. Given its dark nature, there’s a chance it might not reach the heights it should, but it’s worth getting in on early. And, of course, if it’s unceremoniously axed the day after you tell all of your friends to sit down and watch it, you can just say that it was “misunderstood” or “too ahead of its time” like “Arrested Development” or “The Dana Carvey Show,” which will only boost your TV cred. So go all in on “Corporate” and allow the laughs to roll right in. Will Keys can be reached at and on Twitter @willkeys6

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‘Culture II’ can’t live up to the original By Joey Thyne A lot has changed for Migos since the first “Culture” came out a year ago. At one point in the summer, Quavo featured on 10 percent of the Billboard Top 100. He worked with pop stars including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Liam Payne, each effort lazier than the previous. He also released the half-baked disappointment “HUNCHO JACK” with Travis Scott. Offset emerged as the most proficient rapper in the group. His album “Without Warning” with 21 Savage and Metro Boomin was one of the most captivating projects last year, and he delivered killer verses on “Met Gala” by Gucci Mane and “Patek Water” by Future and Young Thug. He also got engaged to rap anomaly Cardi B despite (allegedly) getting another woman pregnant. Takeoff must have also done something in the past 12 months. One time a friend texted me, “Who got a better deal: Ringo Starr of Takeoff?” I’m still not sure. They also said a collection of homophobic things. Quavo called the support from Atlanta’s community for Makonnen’s coming out as “wack.” Then, recently, Offset rapped on YFN Lucci’s “Boss Life” that he “cannot vibe with queers.” In both cases their publicists released apologies. Neither event seemed to impact their sales. All’s well that end’s well, right? Then again, no one batted an eye when they proclaimed they’re “Goin’ to Ch-land with the chinks!” on “Get Right Witcha.” Needless to say no one should look to them for social commentary. It raises the question, though, should we listen to music by artists that are ignorant and hateful? Can we separate art from the artist? Let’s resume the rest of this review under the assumption that yes, in fact, we can. The best part about the original “Culture” was that it really felt like an album. At 13 songs, it was tight and focused, boasting great songs like “T-Shirt” and “Slippery.” “Culture II,” at 24 songs, feels like another bloated mixtape. I don’t want to listen to an hour-and-45-minute album, least of all by Migos. In the age of streaming, artists sacrifice concision for more plays. Around “Flooded,” “Culture II” loses its way and the listener’s interest.

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Rap Migos pioneered the Atlanta trap sonics and the triplet flow. However, others have copied and re-copied it so much that it sounds exhausted. Nearly every song follows in the order of Quavo, Takeoff then Offset. Quavo introduces the hook and starts off the party. Takeoff carries the second act. And then Offset brings it home. After a while the cycle puts you to sleep. Whenever they deviate from this, it’s exhilarating. The high-energy boom bap of “Stir Fry,” the melodic groove of “Gang Gang” or the smooth soul sample in “Made Men” are like shots of adrenaline. On a few songs they try out new instrumental sounds. “BBO” has horns. “Too Playa” has a nice Duke Silver saxophone. “Auto Pilot,” “White Sand,” “Movin Too Fast,” “Notice Me” all have a 90s video game sort of aesthetic. The guitar makes a couple appearances. “Emoji Chain” ends on a bizarre guitar solo. The culturally appropriative “Narcos” has a mariachitype guitar. Rap’s most popular producers were lined up out the door to get their tags on this album. It has the likes of Kanye West, Metro Boomin, Pharrell, Mike Dean, Murda Beats, Buddah Blessed, Zaytoven and Ricky Racks. Despite all the talent in the room, Quavo, for some godforsaken reason, executively produced the album himself. On the second song of the album, Quavo claims “This real rap, no mumble.” The lyrics are mostly a hodgepodge of vague drug and gun imagery, discussions of how much jewelry they have, euphemisms for ejaculation, indiscernible auto tune and an oversaturation of ad-libs (MAMA!). This probably isn’t relevant, but I hope to find someone in my life who loves me as much as Offset loves McNuggets. He references them more than he mentions his fiance Cardi B. On “Flooded” he raps “I got the socket so plug me/


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Solitaire, chicken McNuggets.” On “MotorSport” he raps “My pinky on margarine, butter/And my ears got McDonald’s nuggets.” Instrumentals like “Notice Me” lend themselves to self-reflection, and at times it seems like Quavo is on the precipice of saying something profound. On “Movin Too Fast” he raps “Pop one he’ll go beast, represent the ‘land of the free’/But some of my n----s in the cell so I don’t know what that means.” On “Top Down on Da NAWF” he raps “For some reason I can’t cry cry/For some reason I am not tired/For the gang I gotta bring it home/For my grandma watching in the sky.” Hopefully in the future he can open up more. If you cut out “Higher We Go,” “Narcos,” “Auto Pilot,” “Emoji a Chain,” “Too Much Jewelry,” “Flooded,” “Beast,” “Open it Up,” “Movin Too Fast,” “Work Hard,” “Notice Me” “Top Down on Da NAWF” and “Culture National Anthem,” and only kept “Supastars,” “BBO,” “Walk It Talk It,” “CC,” “Stir Fry,” “Gang Gang,” “White Sand,” “Crown the Kings,” “MotorSport,” “Too Playa,” and “Made Men” then you could have a good album. After “Dark Side of the Moon” Roger Waters wrote “Wish You Were Here” lamenting their massive success. Before they had “made it,” they were one inspired unit, determined to generate quality work and get rich and famous. Once they got it, they drifted apart, detached, distracted, wondering what they were even doing it for anymore. Quavo, Offset and Takeoff all have other stuff going on, and Migos seems to no longer be the object of what’s left of their passions. Perhaps 2018 marks the death of the album, and henceforth the death of culture. Oh well. It was nice while it lasted.

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The hypocrisy of modern politics


ast week, a report from the Wall Street Journal revealed a years long pattern of harassment, misconduct and even forced sex from Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn. Wynn denied the claims, but with more than 100 sources (some more damning than others), it is unlikely Wynn is an innocent party here. So now, we are left with the complications. More specifically, the fact that Wynn, until this weekend, served as the finance chair for the Republican National Committee. And that is to say nothing of the millions of dollars Wynn donated to Republicans in the same

years he was busy harassing, bullying or assaulting staff. It’s not a new criticism of the GOP to say the party is hypocritical in calling for Democrats to return money from Harvey Weinstein and stay quiet when their own man goes down. But if we’re going to insist on holding our political bodies to the moral standards we expect from the leaders we elect, we must make the criticism all the same. Both parties, Democrats and Republicans, are craven. If given the chance, they will game the system so that they might always get the preferred outcome (think back to the Clinton campaign essentially running the Democratic National Com-

mittee in the early days of the 2016 presidential contest or to the GOP gerrymandering their way to near-total control after 2010 for just a few recent examples). From a Machiavellian point of view, neither is necessarily bad if we assume what’s best for the party is best for the country. But we don’t assume this, and no one should. When Michelle Obama famously said, “when they go low, we go high,” she was certainly tapping into an American idealism about politics. We’d all like to think that our team is not just better than their team, but it’s also morally superior to their team. But so often that’s not the case, that we have to assume the political norm is

skullduggery and earnestness is the exception. So we return to Steve Wynn. We should demand integrity of the GOP in demanding they acknowledge the role he played to the party, and do everything in their power to rectify the damage he’s caused. That includes finding ways to take his donations, in whatever ways might be available to a national party organization, and giving it back to Wynn. But the Democrats are not off the hook either. #MeToo is many things, among them a reckoning for the donor class of the left. So many high-level donors (perhaps most notably Weinstein) were rightfully disgraced in its wake, and the Democrats

should do what they can to show they are not the party of sex predators. In all likelihood, though, we should not expect much. It’s the nature of politics in this day in age (and, in honesty, in most days and ages). The parties will yell at the top of their lungs that the other party wants nothing but destruction for the country, to leave it in ruin. All the while, they’ll sweep their own scandals under the rug, minimizing and deflecting until everyone forgets. We just ask that you don’t forget. The editorial board can be reached at jsolis@sagebrush. and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

Save the strip clubs Posturing & gentrification in downtown strip club controversy

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

INTERNATIONAL BREAKING: NEW STUDY FINDS FAST FOOD WORKERS DON’T ACTUALLY CARE HOW YOUR DAY IS GOING A new study from Johns Hopkins shocked the world when researchers discovered those who work at fast food restaurants do not genuinely care when they ask how your day is going. The breakthrough came when Toronto’s Henry Rilling was asked how he was doing by an Arby’s drive-thru attendant. “I was touched that they took an interest,” Rilling said. “I began talking about how my dad went into remission with Leukemia.” As Rilling vented about his sister starting to drink again, tragedy struck. The drivethru attendant interrupted him and said “Order whenever you’re ready.” The Arby’s employee has since been detained. At press time, activists implored psychiatrists to return to school in order to learn how to become fast food workers.

NATIONAL DANIEL DAY-LEWIS CHARGED WITH HIT-AND-RUN, CLAIMS HE WAS IN CHARACTER Early Sunday morning, three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis drove drunk and crashed into a lamp post in the San Fernando Valley. When he was arrested, he claimed that he was in character for a film. Day-Lewis, infamous for his extreme method acting techniques, asserts he has been developing character Rupert Humperdinck, a 19th century locksmith in an upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film “Pocketful of Posey.” Humperdinck, Day-Lewis claims, is a “dude who would totally do something like that.” “Imprison Rupert if you must,” Day-Lewis said. “But let Daniel walk free.” He has since started selling #freedaniel T-shirts. Fake News reporter Kenneth Lowe reached out to Paul Thomas Anderson to verify the story. “First of all, I don’t know how Daniel got out of his cage,” Anderson said. “Second of all, the only upcoming role I’ve asked him to play is my mom who I want to have sex with.” “What?” Lowe said. “What?” Anderson said.


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The Ponderosa Hotel adjoined to the Wild Orchid Gentleman's Club. Last week, the owner of both the Wild Orchid and the Ponderosa Hotel threatened to raise the rent from $700 to $1,300 per month if the City Council followed through on a vote to force strip clubs out of Downtown Reno.


went to the Wild Orchid Gentlemen's Club once. I wouldn’t say I got the full strip club experience, considering I was there with some friends at around 5 p.m. on a w e e k d a y, and there were no dancers other than my psychotic friend who thought it would be a Ryan good idea to Suppe fill in for the Soup of the entertainers who hadn’t Day started their shifts yet. She jumped on the empty stage and took a few spins on a pole before the bouncer/ bartender told her sternly to get down. We didn’t even see any naked women other than the off-duty dancer who was liberal with her upper body coverage despite the lack of motivation for tips. What we definitely didn’t see was any crime, drug use, prostitution or declining property value.

These were the reasons the City Council gave when voting 5-2 in favor of kicking strip clubs out of downtown Reno in September of last year. And when the local government hired a private investigator (at a substantial hourly rate) to dig up some crime, prostitution and drug use, he didn’t find much either. Last week, the controversy was heightened when the owner of the Wild Orchid Kamy Keshmiri, who also owns the adjoined Ponderosa Hotel, wrote in a letter to his tenants that their rent would nearly double if the city successfully forced the strip clubs out of downtown. In my experience, the Wild Orchid’s drinks were a bit expensive, but the employees were nice enough to serve us, and they allowed us to stay when my friend took a stripper pole for a ride without permission. I guess the only reason left to kick them out would be declining property value, and probably some basic moral concerns about an unsavory business in the heart of the city. As a sort of primer, so you

can know what sort of things I’m about, here are businesses in Downtown/Midtown that I find unsavory: yoga studios, juice bars, high-end gymnasiums, tourist shops that sell Reno t-shirts with trailers on them, the Rack and that warehouse-sized liquor store across from the Wild Orchid that advertises whip-its all over the place (and sells a 100-pack of whip-its for $50, I recently discovered). Is it within my power or is it my responsibility to tell these businesses that I find them unsavory and demand that they leave? Definitely not. While I’d like a seat on the City Council, so I can tell the Rack they belong in an industrial area, I don’t think it should be within the city’s powers to do so. This isn’t an argument for strip clubs. As I stated earlier, I’ve never been to a strip club with actual strippers (sorry, men in my life who think I missed some sort of rite of passage). And, this isn’t an argument for the Wild Orchid in particular. I think it was a shady move for Keshmiri to force his residents to get involved in this

political debate if they want to keep their apartments, which are barely up to code and full of bugs, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal, and a few brutally honest Google reviewers. I agree with Councilwoman Neoma Jardon, who said in a meeting last week, "While I was one of the two 'no' votes to move forward with the ordinances, this is a tactic that does nothing but strike fear in the tenants and uses them as political pawns.” I find Keshmiri’s tactics as unsavory as I find expensive juice smoothies, but it’s his right to charge what he has to, and I think that sort of rent increase would be necessary to supplement the lost revenue from the strip clubs. My argument is for free enterprise, freedom for businesses to sell whatever they want, as long as it’s not against the law. Last time I checked, strip clubs are legal in this state, and it’s my understanding that lots of people here like strip clubs, especially tourists. And, last time I checked, tourism is where we make all our money!

This attempt by the city to make downtown seem prettier by kicking out the strip clubs is hypocrisy. It’s probably meant to attract Amazon or Apple or some other gigantic tech company for their new headquarters. That would be great for our economy, I guess, but we should be taking care of our local businesses first and foremost, including the ones that might not meet your ethical standards. Our residents frequent these businesses, they are owned and operated by locals and I’m sure the tourists who stay downtown prefer the convenience of the location near their hotels. People come to Nevada to do things they can’t do at home like drink in public, gamble, pay to see naked women and occasionally attend a gay rodeo.

Opinions expressed in The Nevada Sagebrush are solely those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of The Sagebrush or of its staff. Ryan Suppe studies journalism and philosophy. He can be reached at

Residential Life, Housing and Food Services at the University of Nevada, Reno, announced this week that they will be installing Tide Pod vending machines in the dorms to meet the growing demand for the refreshing snack among freshman. “This was a brave move by the administration to understand the needs of their student body and take action to fulfill them,” said Beverley Newlans, a freshman community health science major and head of the Student Committee for Healthy Detergent Consumption. “This is what our student fees are for.” Residential Life said in a statement, written for concerned parents, that the installation of the vending machines was less about promoting Tide Pod consumption among freshman and more about monitoring Tide Pod consumption and making sure young students are eating the soapy plastic poppers responsibly. After conducting a survey of students’ favorite flavors, Residential Life decided the vending machines will include Uva Berry Four Loko (non-alcoholic), La Croix, Hot Fry and Spring Mountain Rush. The Downunder Cafe Store will also begin selling Tide Pod filters that are compatible with Hydro Flasks. Chuck Doyle, a campus maintenance worker who was tasked with installing the machines and who recently decided not to have children, said, “It’s like, kids are gonna have sex anyway right? Might as well give them condoms. Well this is not like that. This is sick.” Campus police was also on board with the vending machines, hoping to curb the recent increase in theft at local laundromats.

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Freshman Beverley Newlans prepares to devour a Spring Mountain Rush Tide Pod out of a new vending machine in Nye Hall.

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

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Nevada football adds to recruting class By Darion Strugs The Nevada Wolf Pack recently signed one of the nations top running backs Toa Taua to their already stacked 2018 recruiting class. Taua, a four-star recruit, picked Nevada over Iowa State, Utah State, New Mexico and many other schools. The 5’10, 270-pound Taua also played linebacker and safety at Lompoc High School in California but will become a full-time tailback for Jay Norvell’s offense. Taua rushed for 4612 yards and 73 touchdowns throughout his high school tenure. Most recently, Taua played for Team Makai and coach Terry Donahue in the Polynesian Bowl. Taua rushed for two touchdowns in the game as Team Makai dominated Team Mauka in a 31-14 win. For Nevada fans, the last name Taua may sound familiar because Taua’s brother, Vai, is currently Nevada’s Special Teams Coordinator. Vai Taua was also a running back for the Wolf Pack from 2007 to 2010. Nevada also signed running back Devonte Lee in Dec. 2017. Lee is a two-star recruit from Oklahoma’s John Marshall High School. According to 247Sports, Lee rushed for over 6600 yards and 89 touchdowns on the school’s varsity team. Lee, made viral headlines in early January after his high school highlight reel was quoted on Twitter by NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson. The signings of Taua and Lee add more firepower to a Wolf Pack Offense that scored more than 40 points multiple times last season. It also makes for a congested Wolf Pack backfield as the two are expected to play behind Kelton Moore and Jaxson Kincaide. Kincaide was injured much of last season, so if he

cannot stay healthy it may open up opportunities for the two incoming freshmen. The Wolf Pack defense lacked Coach Norvell’s trademark Nevada Grit last season as they ranked 119th in total defense in the country, out of 129 teams. On the same day Taua committed to Nevada, the Pack also got a commitment from junior college transfer Tristan Nichols. Nichols is a top-25 defensive tackle from Arizona and is expected to immediately help the Pack’s lackluster run defense. Nichols originally committed to Hawaii in the summer of 2017 but repealed his original commitment to join Nevada. Nichols also had interest from Oregon State and New Mexico. Nevada’s pass defense was equally as disappointing as the rush defense last season. Nathaniel Vaughn is a transfer from California’s El Camino Junior College who committed to Nevada in July 2017. Vaughn along with signees Jaden Dedman, Josiah Bradley and Emany Johnson is expected to add depth to help with the replacement of Vosean Crumbie who announced he was leaving for the NFL Draft via Twitter. One reason Jay Norvell was brought in as head coach of Nevada’s football program was because of his recruiting ability. With the no. 75 recruiting class in the nation and the second-ranked class in the Mountain West, Norvell seems to be off to a great start in his first full offseason recruiting period. Darion Strugs can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports

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(top) Ricky Thomas Jr., No. 39, rises up for a chest bump with his teammate after a tackle during the San Jose State game on Nov. 11, 2017. Nevada blew out San Jose State 59-14 during one of the team’s best defensive performances of the 2017 season. (bottom) Nevada celebrates a close victory over Cal Poly at home on Sept. 2 2016. Under Coach Jay Norvell the team went 3-9 last season and failed to reach a bowl game.

Nevada boxing steps to the Naval Academy By Brandon Cruz Imagine living in a world where every afternoon at four o’clock you stepped into a ring that required you to slip punch after punch and counter back with your own. Yes, we all face that figuratively in our lives, a professor puts a wrong grade in the grade book and you have to argue your point until you can prove your positioning on the matter. But in this sense we’re not talking figuratively. Fists are flying in the Nevada club boxing gym every minute when the clock strikes four. It’s not a sport for the faint of heart or weak willed. The turnover rate for fighters just in the Nevada boxing gym is outrageous, but Nevada’s 130-pound boxer

According to an article by people will do much more to avoid pain than gain pleasure. Peace is a simpler way of living then war. So it makes sense why new fighters may be hesitant to willingly face a host of punches. Nobody sits around giving themselves paper cuts for fun. If you do, please reach out to someone. The Nevada Boxing team is led by Zack Smith and Dustin Congdon. Both fighters are 2-0 this season, with overall records of 17-6 and 7-3 respectively. Smith and Congdon’s most recent fights happened 2,696 miles away in the Big Apple. The coaching staff and Nevada’s 170-pounder Nate Strother also traveled with the two leaders. Smith and

NEVADA BOXING WHO: Nevada Club Boxing WHAT: Boxing match between NV and Navy WHEN: Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. WHERE: Eldorado Casino Ballrooms STUDENTS GET IN FREE WITH ID Dustin Congdon gave some insight on how to stay in the sport for an extended amount of time. “The trick is you really have to want it,” said Congdon. “You just have to dive on in. People try and take it slow and see if they’re the right fit. But if you’re for it you just have to commit to it everyday. That’s kind of the trick dude, day by day.”

Congdon both came away with a win in New York, while Strother lost by split decision. “If you ask me he got robbed,” said Congdon regarding Strother’s fight. Congdon was awarded the fight of the night after a tough battle against a strong competitor from Cincinnati. Strother’s most recent fight took place in Seattle, WA, on Jan. 26, where he won his first

fight of the season against Nick Worley. Strother’s record sits at 1-2 for the season as the team prepares for its next bouts against Navy. The main point to take into consideration when it comes to military branches is that they’re bred to fight. They have classes specifically designated for sparring and practicing. But for some reason Nevada Boxing has an outstanding track record against these schools. “I’ve knocked out all three military branches,” said Congdon. It’s just another person. I have to go in and worry about myself more than I do my opponent.” Congdon doesn’t stress too much about who he is fighting. His mantra encompasses refining his game and improving every day. Mentality is the way Congdon defeats his opponents, but Smith attributes it to the way the team trains. “We just spar everyday,” said Smith. Right when we’re done, we beat ourselves up on the bag and then we have to make sure we run or swim when we’re not here. I know other gyms don’t spar everyday, but we spar everyday.” On top of that, a lot of the reason Nevada Boxing is so successful against its military counterparts comes from the “want” versus “must” argument. With Navy, Army and Air Force, fighting is put into their curriculum. They have to fight everyday. With Nevada Boxing the fighters have the option to show up everyday and compete. There’s no one forcing them out of their beds in the morning and making them go to the gym to compete. Boxer’s are a rare breed of humans and Nevada has some of the best pound for pound fighters in the nation. Nevada boxing enters the ring on Feb. 2 at 7p.m. to take on Navy in the Eldorado Casino Ballrooms. Brandon Cruz can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

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Nevada boxer Zack Smith gets coached up in between rounds by Pat Jefferson during a bout the team had in March. Smith is 2-0 on the season after returning victorious from New York a month ago.

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TIME TO REGROUP Nevada loses road game against Wyoming, faces Fresno State tomorrow

LOOKING BACK By Javier Hernandez After appearing in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings for the second time this season following its home win over Boise State, the Wolf Pack lost a heartbreaker in Laramie, Wyoming. The Wolf Pack was unable to secure the road victory as the Cowboys snuck out with a tight doubleovertime victory, winning 104-103 last Wednesday night. “We had some guys play really good and some guys who didn’t play very good,” Nevada head coach Eric Musselman said. “We had a stretch where we turned the ball over in the first half and I thought that was game-changing. We got sloppy with the ball and took some bad shots and you cannot do that on the road when you’re playing a good team and every possession matters.” Offensively, the Wolf Pack kept themselves in the game through making the most of its attempts at the free throw line. Nevada did not miss a free throw attempt until under two minutes in regulation. However, after the miss by forward Elijah Foster, the Wolf Pack shot 53 percent for the remainder of the game, going 8-for-15 from the charity stripe. While the Wolf Pack did not play its best game this season, they had multiple opportunities to secure the win. In regulation, Foster’s missed free throw and Jordan Caroline’s missed free throw in the following possession could have given the Wolf Pack a twopossession lead with under 30 seconds left in the game. Instead, Wyoming’s Justin

James, who recorded another 30-point performance, tied the game with a layup with 21 seconds remaining. In the following possession, Caleb Martin, who appeared to have been hit in the arm in the act of shooting, missed a gamewinning three-pointer. In the first overtime, down by one point, Caroline had an opportunity at the free throw line to give Nevada the lead. However, fatigue seemed to set in as he missed the front end of a double bonus free throw trip. “It’s fatigue,” Caroline said. “I went 9-for-11. I made my first seven and split my last four. You just have to fight through. You just have to push through. It is what it is.” With the loss, the Wolf Pack drop to 18-4 on the season and suffered its first conference loss of the season.

LOOKING AheaD After a week off, the Wolf Pack will return to play tomorrow against the Fresno State Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are coming off a close loss to Utah State last week. However, they defeated UNLV at home and San Diego State on the road in its previous outings. The game against the Bulldogs will be an 8 p.m. tipoff and will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Nevada is usually good at limiting a team’s transition offense, giving up a season average of 46.3 percent effective field goal percentage in transition. That number rose to 61.8 against Wyoming. Add to that the fouling out of both Lindsey Drew and Kendall Stephens, the Wolf Pack were spread thin defensively and had to play its guys extended minutes at high altitude. At home, the Wolf Pack needs to establish its pace on both sides of the floor and it starts with limiting the scramble defense situations.

The last time out, the Wolf Pack played a near-flawless game at the Save Mart Center against the Bulldogs. It converted 58 percent of its threepoint attempts and was able to convert at a high rate at the rim, scoring 62.5 percent in a nontransition offense. Stephens tied his season-high five threepointers that game and helped spark the Nevada offense. However, the key to winning that game was its defensive performance. Nevada limited Fresno State to 25 percent shooting from long-range, had a 10-0 fast break advantage and scored 19 points off of turnovers. Against Wyoming, the combination of the Cowboys’ pace and their defensive struggles contributed to a less than stellar offensive output. The Wolf Pack needs to find its rhythm and return to its sound defensive play. Javier Hernandez can be reached at and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

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The Nevada Men’s Basketball team huddles on the court against the Boise State Broncos on Jan. 20 at Lawlor Events Center. Nevada defeated Boise State 74-28, with Martin and Jordan Caroline dropping 22 and 20 points respectively.

Issue 18 01/30/2018  
Issue 18 01/30/2018