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NEWS in REVIEW By Karolina Rivas


DRIVING UP THE PRICE TAG PACKTransit works to find solution for deficit

INTERNATIONAL TONGA RAVAGED BY CYCLONE GITA Cyclone Gita devastated islands of Tonga in the South Pacific with winds of 230 km/h causing severe damages Monday night. According to the Guardian, the cyclone brought down electricity lines, destroyed churches and flattened crops that are crucial to the island’s livelihood. Despite the strong winds, the cyclone did not reach a category five storm. However, Cyclone Gita is the worst storm to pass through Tonga. “I’ve been involved in disaster responses for 30 plus years and it’s the worst situation I have been in,” Graham Kenna from Tonga’s National Emergency Management Office told Radio New Zealand. “A lot of the landmark buildings are extremely badly damaged or even destroyed, the landmark tree, near the palace, has been destroyed ... it’s quite a bad situation.”

NATIONAL DEADLY HELICOPTER CRASH AT GRAND CANYON LEAVES 3 DEAD Three people died and four were wounded in a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon Sunday evening. The four survivors, including the pilot, were airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital while officials recovered the bodies of the remaining three passengers. According to officials, a pilot and six passengers were on board the Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper when it crashed. The cause of the crash remains unknown and is under investigation. The three passengers killed were identified as veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson, 27; her boyfriend, Stuart Hill, 30; and his brother, Jason Hill, 32. The three were staying in Las Vegas for the weekend from the UK celebrating a birthday, according to the Chicago Tribune. “It is with extreme sadness we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families involved in this accident,” Papillon Group CEO Brenda Halvorson said in a statement. “Our top priority is the care and needs of our passengers and our staff.”

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A student steps on a PACKTransit Silver Line bus on Monday, Feb. 12. The shuttle system is facing changes after accumulating more than half a million dollars of debt.

By Karolina Rivas Getting around campus might soon take a bit longer as Parking and Transportation Services looks to cut down bus routes and rein in a budget deficit. The University of Nevada, Reno’s, PACKTransit shuttle system is in debt by more than half a million dollars, and is projected to lose another half million per year with the current routes — even with funding from parking and bus pass sales. Speaking during an Associated Students of the University of Nevada Senate meeting, Assistant Director of Parking and Transportation Michelle Horton said the shuttle system is no lon-

ger financially self-sustainable and that her department plans to possibly extend its route by charging students a semester fee starting next fall. “This is a problem because those funds should instead be used to maintain parking lots, roadways and garages,” Horton said. “Parking and Transportation Services is a self-funded operation, which means it does not receive any state appropriations to provide its services or maintain its assets.” PACKTransit ferries riders with two service lines to various locations both on and off campus. The Blue Line, which services the west side of campus, runs from the north parking ar-

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DOG FLU SPREADS IN RENO The Reno-Sparks area is experiencing several cases of dog flu and according to local veterinarians, it is runing rampant. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the past week had garnered only a few cases but canine influenza continued to spread at dog parks and boarding facilities. Animal Emergency and Specialty Center Hospital administrator, Dr. Dennis Wilson, says that the facility was able to confirm 10 positive cases on Monday. Wilson told the RGJ that he believes the outbreak could be caused by the movement of people from the Bay Area to Reno. “We managed to dodge the bullet on that for quite a while, until just now,” Wilson told the RGJ. “And it’s really causing an issue for our dog owners.” Karolina Rivas can be reached at karolinar@sagebrush.unr. edu and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

Steve Wynn, the 76-year-old real estate businessman, casino mogul and philanthropist, resigned his positions as both CEO and chairman of the board of directors at Wynn Resorts Ltd. Tuesday, Feb. 6, according to a statement from the company. “The Board of Directors of Wynn Resorts reluctantly announced today that it accepted the resignation of Steve Wynn as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. The board has appointed Matt Maddox, currently President of the Company, as its CEO, and Boone Wayson as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective immediately,” the statement said. The accusations against the so-called “king of Las Vegas,” and his subsequent resignation rocked the casino industry in a city that prides itself on keeping up appearances. Ongoing investigations into Wynn’s conduct should reveal more about the accusations, but for now industry leaders and politicians are distancing themselves from Wynn. Meanwhile, Wynn Resorts must figure out how this scandal will impact their brand and the brand of Las Vegas as a whole. Wynn has been embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal since The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, Jan. 28 accusations from former employees of a pattern of sexual misconduct by Wynn spanning decades, which he denies. “In the last couple of weeks, I have found


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number of active buses from four to two, increasing wait times from six minutes to 15. Parking and Transportation also presented a second plan based on recommendations from the ASUN senate dating back to last year. Both at the time and at the most recent meeting, some senators expressed concern that the new basic service might be unpopular, and instead suggested PACKTransit run both an extended route and a shorter express route. The alternative extended route would run Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Two buses would operate on the main line

Reno Arch goes silver and blue By Madeline Purdue

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eas to the south end of campus via West Stadium Way and N. Virginia Street. The Silver Line transports riders to and from offcampus housing in the north, near McCarran Boulevard, to Fleischmann Agriculture in the south. During the senate meeting, a basic plan was presented that looked to decrease costs by $385,000. The basic service would operate on a service schedule that would begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. five days a week. Buses would be routed along one large 30-minute loop that would stop operating during spring, summer and winter breaks. The system would also decrease the

with a total of nine stops while only one would function on the express line with six stops. Wait times would slightly decrease to an approximate nine-minute wait time and still would not run during the spring, summer and winter breaks. However, this alternative service would add an additional $250,000 to the costs of the routes PACKTransit currently operates. In order to support the increase, students would be charged a fee of $12 per semester, contract costs with apartment complexes north of campus would need to be increased, and Parking and

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‘Our Lady’ hosts religious diversity discussion By Daniel Lang

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Last Friday, professor Howard Rosenberg, introduced the second annual Newman Presentation, a talk and reception created to foster discussions between people from diverse backgrounds and generations. The evening opened at Our Lady of Wisdom to a crowd of 137 religious and nonreligious students and visitors. Rosenberg, a former regent for the Nevada System of Higher Education, will retire at the end of the spring semester after teaching for 55 years. He came to this year’s and last year’s talks because of his ties to John and Rita Marschall, for whom the Newman Presentation is named. Rosenberg, who teaches film criticism, said he believes strongly in exposing people to new perspectives. “My purpose in doing this was to revive the Catholic intellectual tradition and to reconnect with people … [who were] here 50 years ago,” said Rev. Nathan Mamo, pastor at Our Lady of Wisdom since 2014. Mamo said the annual event is meant primarily for students, and parishioners and those around the Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno sponsored 15 student tickets and welcomed a larger crowd. This year’s event also raised $534 in a collection that goes to the parish’s Needy Fund. The fund provides food, transportation and other assistance to students, parishioners and local residents.

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A car drives under the famous Reno Arch on Monday, Feb. 12. The iconic Reno symbol is undergoing major renovations and exchanging its 80s look for a modern silver and blue.




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Continued from page A1 Transportation would still have to subsidize the program. In fact, the department has already planned on renewing one of their apartment complex contracts this year and increasing that cost by 10 percent. In addition to the route changes, PACK-

Transit hopes to bring new technology to the busing system. Dan Anthonijsz, shuttle supervisor for Parking and Transportation, said PACKTransit plans to partner with Campus Escort to install a GPS tracking feature on the buses for student convenience. “I think the GPS would be a great feature

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myself the focus of an avalanche of negative publicity,” Wynn said in a statement last week. “As I have reflected upon the environment this has created — one in which a rush to judgment takes precedence over everything else, including the facts — I have reached the conclusion I cannot continue to be effective in my current roles.” The Wall Street Journal conducted dozens of interviews with people who worked at Wynn’s casinos and alleged behavior amounting to a pattern of sexual misconduct by Wynn. The report included an allegation from a former manicurist at Wynn Las Vegas who said in 2005 Wynn forced her to have sex with him after she gave him a manicure. Wynn paid the manicurist a $7.5 million settlement, the article says. Wynn denied the allegations in the article. In a statement responding to the Wall Street Journal article, Wynn said, “The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous,” and “The instigation of these accusations is the continued work of my ex-wife Elaine Wynn, with whom I am involved in a terrible and nasty lawsuit in which she is seeking a revised divorce settlement.” The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported last week on a lawsuit filed by 11 waitresses from Wynn’s time at The Mirage who claim Wynn told them they did not look good in their uniforms. The Review-Journal also reported Wynn pressured a former employee at The Mirage to have sex with him because he had “never had a grandmother before.” The woman agreed for fear of losing her job, she told the Review-Journal. A new report from CNN investigated court records of a labor dispute between Wynn and dealers at his casino in which Wynn allegedly threatened to fire any dealers who attempted to unionize. Wynn’s lawyers denied these allegations at the time. Wynn has also stepped away from politics in the aftermath of the accusations, resigning from his position as Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Wynn has been active in the casino business in Las Vegas since the 1960s. After the success of his first three casinos on The Strip — The Mirage, Treasure Island and The Bellagio — which were eventually acquired by MGM — Wynn started from scratch

Arch Continued from page A1 Driving downtown might look different in the next few weeks as work to update the Reno Arch begins. The renovation will replace the 80s inspired design with silver and blue. The Reno City Council voted 4-3 in December to change the colors after 3,000 city residents participated in a survey and 52 percent voted to change the colors to silver and blue. Not all council members wanted to follow

for the buses, because often times I wonder where the next bus is when trying to decide whether or not to just walk home, or it would allow me to wait in the closest building to a stop and just come out when the bus is close,” Jessica Brown, a frequent user of PACKTransit said. “I don’t think they should charge students for this though because for one

with his own company, Wynn Resorts. Wynn Resorts went public in 2002, and a couple years later Wynn himself became a billionaire. Wynn is credited with changing the casino industry in Las Vegas, taking smoky and seedy gambling halls and turning them into luxurious resorts and entertainment destinations. He has since been called “the king of Las Vegas.” “Steve Wynn created modern Las Vegas,” the statement from Wynn Resorts said. “He transformed the city into an economic powerhouse by making it a world-wide tourist destination.” Matthew Maddox, 42, will take over Wynn’s position. Maddox has worked at Wynn Resorts since 2002 and has held various positions within the company. “The succession plan laid out by the Board of Directors and which I wholeheartedly endorse now places Matt Maddox in the CEO seat,” Wynn said in a statement. “With Matt, Wynn Resorts is in good hands. He and his team are well positioned to carry on the plans and vision for the company I created.” Wynn Resorts currently operates Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas and Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace in China. Also under construction is Wynn Boston Harbor and Wynn Plaza, a luxury retail Strip-front expansion. Gaming regulators in Nevada, Massachusetts and Macau say they are investigating the accusations against Wynn.


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Steve Wynn poses for a photo on May 14, 2007. Wynn has resigned from Wynn Resorts after being accused of sexual assault.

the survey results. The three members — Naomi Duerr, David Bobzien and Jenny Brekhus — voted against silver and blue because it hewed to close to the University of Nevada, Reno’s branding. Mayor Hillary Schieve and other members that voted in favor of the survey said the university colors are coincidental, but it is preferred because the council wants to connect downtown to UNR. Not everyone is a fan of the modern update of the city’s iconic attraction. Reno native and sign collector Will Durham urged people to vote to

not all students would necessarily need to take advantage of the new route they’re proposing so it’s not fair to make them pay for something they don’t use.” PACKTranist has requested ASUN draft a resolution to be presented to the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents. Approval from the Graduate Student

keep the neon lights in the “RENO” part of the arch while the survey was out in December. “LED means nothing to Nevada. Neon means everything,” Durham told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “There’s something you can’t explain about neon; there’s a definite magic to it.”The Reno City Council will decide later if they will replace the neon in the sign if they find the funding for it. YESCO Sign Company estimated it would cost a little more than $225,000 to re-wrap the arch, upgrade wiring, repair bulb panels and repaint

In addition to Rosenberg, the panel featured Mamo, Richard Siegel, past president of American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, Paige dePolo, UNR Honors Class of 2016 alumna. UNR physics lecturer Kristen Lewis, Ph.D., moderated. The event, including a panel and dinner themed, “Responding to Reality Distorted,” approached truth from perspectives of politics, science and theological reflection – a conversational process of understanding relationships with God through experiences, history and culture. Rosenberg felt the topic especially relevant with regard to recent “fake news” trends. Students and parishioners warmly welcomed guests, particularly dePolo, well-known among the Reno Catholic community for her past work as a student coordinator. Former coworkers also returned for the talk. “The answer is … through media,” said dePolo. “That’s how people get their science.” She stressed the importance of scientists, especially women in science, telling their stories. Our Lady of Wisdom Newman Center is a place dedicated to providing a space for students from all backgrounds to meet, to rest, and to engage with faith thoughtfully. This year marks the second annual John and Rita Marschall Newman Presentation, created to refresh a tradition of the old Center for the 21st century. “I don’t think you can possibly talk about the Newman Center without the Center for Religion the body. The funds will come from the room tax fund, capital surcharge fund and Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. “It’s a big tourist element, so we’re looking at RSCVA or the casinos; because honestly thousands of pictures are taken in front of that arch. It’s sort of our symbol, right?” Schieve told the RGJ. As the modification begins, northbound traffic on Virginia Street will be detoured to Second, Center and Plaza streets. The detour will be in ef-

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 Association would also be required. If all goes according to plan, the semester fee would not be applied immediately and PACKTransit would continue to be funded by subsidies for about one year. Karolina Rivas can be reached at mpurdue@ sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

and Life,” Rosenberg said. In 1968, the Newman Center started an interfaith council called the UNR Center for Religion and Life. Past University President Joe Crowley, who attended the 2017 inaugural Newman Presentation and was a political science professor in 1968, called the council “an extraordinary operation.” Our Lady of Wisdom, like many Newman Centers across the country, also offers ecumenical, or non-denominational, prayers as part of weekly evening activities. “One of the things that I love about Reno is that it is a remarkably cosmopolitan city that a lot of people don’t recognize,” Rosenberg said. The Center strives to recognize that diversity. During the panel, Siegel said John Marschall was one of his closest friends. Rosenberg, who once taught Rita Marschall, admired John’s ecumenical approach to religion. Rosenberg recalls a time around 1973 when he taught film criticism and took a class to the Center to discuss “The Exorcist.” John Marschall was a director of the Center at the time and welcomed the discussion then as the Newman Presentation in his name strives to today. “If every person takes responsibility for civility, takes the responsibility for patience ... and then go[es] back out and do[es] it tomorrow,” dePolo said. “I think that it’s going to get a lot better.” As for Rosenberg, he plans to retire right here in Reno. Daniel Lang can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush. unr and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush. fect for the next week. Right now, workers are painting the RENO part of the sign on both sides. After that, they will replace the gold with stainless steel and “The Biggest Little City in the World” will also be painted white and blue. The city will reveal the completely updated sign around Reno’s 150th birthday celebration on May 9. Madeline Purdue can be reached at mpurdue@ sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

SENATE RECAP FEB. 7 By Madeline Purdue

RESIGNATIONS SARWAR RESIGNS AMID SCHEDULING CONFLICTS Suriya Sarwar, senator for the Interdisciplinary Programs, resigned Wednesday from her position. In her resignation letter, she stated she was enrolled in a class that met at the same time as the weekly Senate meetings. “I’ve enjoyed working with such a smart and talented group of people, and am excited to see what you all accomplish from here on out,” Sarwar said. “Thank you for the opportunities for growth that you all have provided me.”

APPOINTMENTS BUCKENMEYER NOMINATED FOR ASSISTANT CHAIR FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT Makenna Buckenmeyer was nominated to the position of Assistant Chair for Civic Engagement by Elections Chair Courtney Kinsella. Kinsella nominated Buckenmeyer because of her past experience on the Panhellenic Council. The senators were concerned with Buckenmeyer’s ability to adapt quickly because she was brought on late into the 85th session, and Kinsella is in the middle of running election season. Kinsella defended her nominee by saying that she believed in Buckenmeyer’s ability to learn quickly and be efficient in her position. Most of the senators were convinced as a majority confirmed her nomination.



The Senate voted to replace resources in the Center for Student Engagement which are no longer functioning to the best of their ability. These items include a popcorn machine, a cotton candy machine and more. The total cost of these resources is about $1,500. The money for these resources comes from the ASUN capital fund.


Pack Provisions — a free food pantry for students who are food insecure — requested additional funding from the ASUN Senate. Pack Provisions saw an increase of student necessity in the last year. The funds will be used to purchase Winco cards. The funds are being reallocated from Pack Provision’s account, and they were originally supposed to be used for salaries.


Items from the ASUN Operating Budget were out of place. The funds for the ASUN retreat and banquet were under the funds for the Committee of Budget and Finance, when the Chief of Staff is the person that needs access to those funds. The Chief of Staff would need to request the funds from the committee in order to plan the retreat and banquet. The Senate voted to move these funds — $5,000 total — to the executive board account so the money would be easier to access by the Chief of Staff. Madeline Purdue can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

Shake up your fitness routine By Emily Fisher Two months into the new year, people that made fitness goals have settled into their new routine. When it comes to working out, the same routine can become less beneficial as time goes on. According to strength coach Lee Boyce, you should consider changing your program as soon as your muscles begin to adapt themselves to a certain style of training, which typically takes six to eight weeks. Changing up your fitness routine can also be the perfect antidote to lack of motivation or boredom with your current routine. As students, we are lucky to have access to a 108,000 square foot gym complete with an indoor track and almost every type of fitness class imaginable, making a new workout regimen easy to accomplish.

This is News You Can Use with a guide to shaking up your fitness routine. TRY A NEW GROUP CLASS Did you know that the E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers over 30 group fitness classes throughout the week? Everything from aerial silks to boxing, cycling to Zumba is available. Signing up for a fun fitness class is a great way to spice up a boring routine. A University of Florida study in 2000 actually found that adding variation to your workout routine will help you

keep up with your fitness goals. “It gets monotonous if you’re doing the same thing over and over,” Christopher Janelle, an assistant professor in UF’s department of exercise and sport sciences, said about the study. “If you vary the routine, there’s a significant increase in enjoyment that leads to greater adherence.” Signing up for a class is easy, all you need to join a class is your NetID login. Access the fitness center’s web portal 24 hours before the class you want to take to reserve your spot.

regimen, especially activities you’re really passionate about. Focus on adding different workouts to compliment the ones you already do. Cross-training can help you to balance your body and improve your overall athletic performance. If you’re a hardcore cycler, try switching it up with some Pilates. If you focus primarily on strength training, try swimming or yoga. Working on strengthening different muscles will also help you avoid overuse injuries and issues like tendinitis.


If you find yourself leaving the gym without ever breaking a sweat, it may be time to change up the intensity of your workouts. During a cardio workout, try adding between five to ten 30-second intervals at a faster pace. When performing

While it can be tempting to do only the exercises you excel at, doing so can cause you to reach a plateau, and you might see less results. This doesn’t mean you have to stop everything in your current


groups of exercises, take less breaks for a shorter amount of time in between each exercise, or try to get more repetitions in the same amount of time. Super-setting your workouts is also a great way to keep your heart rate up and boost your metabolism. You can also switch up your routine by decreasing intensity, especially during strength training. Rather than attempting to reach a new max every week, try doing more repetitions at a lower weight. The most important thing to remember when changing up your workout routine is to have fun. Keeping yourself in prime physical condition doesn’t have to be painful. Emily Fisher can be reached at efisher@ and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.



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Full-Time, Double-Time: Why students today are working full time and how they’re surviving By Emily Fisher Kaitlyn Olvera starts the school week in the middle of her work week: Monday is her Thursday. Not only is she a full-time student taking 12 credits, Olvera works 50 hours a week. Olvera, who has dreams of one day being a national correspondent for a major news network, never planned on working full time while attending school, though she always knew she wanted to gain as much experience in her field as possible. After the news director from KTVN made a visit to her newscast production class, she jumped at the opportunity to apply for a spring internship at the station. Olvera had previously interned at another local station, and wanted to gain more experience in a new setting. The news director, Jason Pasco, had different ideas. Noticing the potential and enthusiasm in Olvera, he asked her to apply for a fulltime producer position. “I was on the top of a double-decker tour bus in San Francisco when I got the email from Jason asking me to interview for the position,” said Olvera. “I was scared and excited … it kind of blew my mind, I wasn’t expecting that.” Olvera said she immediately started wondering if working full time would even be possible and if she’d have to leave her current job at P.F. Changs, which she loved; however, she couldn’t help but feel a door was opening for her, and she’d be crazy not to walk through. In October of 2017, Olvera was officially hired as a news producer and assignment editor at KTVN, and she became one of the many students not only going to school full time, but working full time. Gone are the days when a student could work through the summer to support themselves during the school year. According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, or Georgetown Center, a student working full time at the federal minimum wage would earn $15,080 annually, which does not cover tuition and living expenses at most colleges. Students that attend a college or university and don’t work have become the minority. The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey found that 52 percent of all undergraduate students in the US work at least part-time. In Nevada, the percentage of students working at least 27 weeks a year is higher at 60.5 percent. The reasons a student may choose to work full time vary. However, most of the time it is not a choice, but a necessity.

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Kaitlyn Olvera produces scripts for KTVN on Monday, Feb. 12. On top of working full time as a news producer and assignment editor, Olvera is a full-time student at UNR.

Arial Wright, a pre-law major at UNR, works full time at Ginna’s Café, inside the popular sporting goods store Scheels. “I work full time because I have been living on my own and providing for myself since I was 17,” Wright said. “I have to pay for tuition and I have to pay my bills.” According to the College Board, the average cost of college for a student with instate tuition is $9,410. This rises to $23,890 for out-of-state students, and it only covers tuition and fees, no other expenses like rent, textbooks, food and transportation. A 2017 survey conducted by apartment listing company Abodo found 83 percent of working students used their earnings to pay for food, 70.7 percent for books and 70.7 percent for transportation. Bills — 57.7 percent — and tuition — 50.7 percent — were also common uses for income. Housing at 49.8 percent was close behind. Wright is not the only student relying on her full-time job to help her attend school. Megan Torvinen, a nursing student at UNR, has been working 40 to 50 hours a

week at Saint Mary’s hospital to help pay for rent and tuition. She works graveyard shifts, and sleeps and attends classes during the day. “Often the response I get from people that work part time and go to school is ‘Wow I don’t know how you do it’ or ‘How do you manage to still have free time?’” said Torvinen. This response is something the full-time students with full-time jobs are used to hearing. For Olvera, Wright and Torvinen, the most important thing has become time management. “Time management is your friend. Know your work and school schedule like the back of your hand and find the best times for you to do your homework,” Wright said. “Also, making sure that you save some time for yourself. Even if it’s only a little.” For students working full time, it’s not just learning to balance work and school, but finding time for a social life and hobbies.

“[Students that work full time] make themselves think that there’s no time, myself included,” Olvera said. “We need to make use of the time we have. Every day I think to myself, ‘Am I going to make something of today?’” Self-care and mental health is also something Olvera said she focuses on, making sure she takes time to do the things she enjoys like attending UNR basketball games, and occasionally going out with friends. In order to keep up with her busy week, Torvinen has made a habit of meal prepping and scheduling time to go to the gym. Working double time forces students like Olvera, Torvinen and Wright to grow up faster than their peers, but the outlook many full-time student workers have on their situation is not negative or regretful. Many of them look at their busy schedules with a sense of pride and confidence, knowing how much it has benefited them. “Finding my independence early on and being able to support myself, I’ve learned

a lot of valuable lessons,” Torvinen said. The real-life experience that working in college gives students combined with the valuable skills they gain from higher education make for a competitive job applicant. In today’s labor market, skills and experience have become the most powerful currency. It’s no longer enough to just graduate with a degree, students are expected to have as much professional experience as possible. Students like Olvera are lucky enough to work in the industry they hope to become a part of once they graduate. Not only is she able to pay for school, rent and living expenses, but she gains valuable experience to advance her career. “After a really long day I don’t go home and cry because I remember I am exactly where I’m supposed to be,” Olvera said. Like Olvera, Torvinen is grateful to be gaining real-life experience. A nursing major, she is already working full-time in the field she aspires to be in once she graduates. “It helps motivate me with school”, she said. “I can see exactly where I want to be every day going to work.” While balancing full-time work and school can be challenging, it’s not impossible. Student’s like Olvera, Torvinen and Wright find that the people they surround themselves with, their friends and family, help keep them going. “Communicating with my friends about my busy schedule is one of the most important things I’ve learned to do,” Torvinen said. “Surrounding yourself with good people to not only support you but keep you accountable helps you push through hard weeks.” It can be easy to get caught up in your work and school schedule and never make time for other people in your life, Olvera said. But like Wright, she agrees that setting aside time to spend with the people she cares about is necessary for success. Olvera’s advice to students that are considering working full time is to make sure the job will benefit them, whether it be money to support themselves or to advance their career. “If the job is just something you can’t pass up, go for it. Just don’t slack off on your classes and don’t forget about taking care of yourself. It’s all about balance,” Olvera said. Emily Fisher can be reached at efisher@ sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.


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DATE: Wednesday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: Starbucks INFO: Who needs a Valentine’s date when you can snag a Java Chip Frappuccino at Starbucks, a local mom and pop coffee shop on campus. Amanda Vernon is performing. Amanda Vernon is a singer, pianist and composer. This event is FREE to students. Complimentary coffee and treats will be provided. There will be a special coffee house giveaway.

THOR: RAGNAROK DATE: Thursday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU Theatre INFO: If you’re a fan of big

explosions, “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin and haircuts, check out “Thor: Ragnarok” at the Joe. Ryan Suppe said, “This is the best movie I have ever seen in my entire life.” And he should know. He has opinions. This movie is FREE for students. It is also showing at Thursday at 9 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

BREW HAHA DATE: Friday TIME: 7 p.m. LOCATION: The Nugget

INFO: There will be live music and 100 brews for sampling. $50 for general admission. $65 for VIP. Proceeds go to the Sierra Arts foundation. Brew HaHa? Sorry but I don’t think that beer is any laughing matter. I only drink quadruple hop IPA pale ales. Ever heard of them? You’re probably too busy drinking PBR. Do those come in Lunchables these days?


Valentine’s Day is arguably both the most depressing and promising holiday of the year. For those of you who have yet to find your special someone (or simply aren’t looking), the thought of a whole day dedicated to love can seem a little dismal. Alternatively, even those of you who are spending the day with a romantic partner may be a little stressed when searching for gift or date ideas. But here’s the thing: Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be a burden! Rather than dread the holiday, you can use one of the following (cheap) ideas on how to spend it, single or not.

PAINTING Paint away the stress of Valentine’s Day! Whether alone, with a friend, or with a partner, painting is always a great activity that’s proven to relieve stress and expand the mind’s creativity. My favorite place to paint is in the park, where every place you look can serve as inspiration for your creation. Just bring a blanket to sit on, paint, paper towels, a blank canvas, paint brushes, cups of water and a paint palette (or disposable plates). This is a wonderful activity that can help you get in tune with your inner self or bond with your friend/significant other. Plus, if you’re like me, you hate the thought of dressing up for any special occasion. However, painting is a great excuse for wearing your dingiest or most comfortable clothing! Who wants to get paint on their nicest dress clothes?

READ Get lost in a world where Valentine’s Day isn’t even a concern. How, you ask? Books, books, books! With around 30 (self-proclaimed) bookstores in Reno, you can easily pick a location to spend the day roaming for new novels to submerge yourself in. The nice thing about Reno is that many bookstores give away cheap, used books for great prices. However, if money is really an issue, you could always visit Barnes & Noble, Sundance, Grassroots Books, or another location and sit around reading to your heart’s content. This is another great idea that’s both romantic and self-caring. If you’re looking for a gift idea that can be turned into a date, giving someone a book can lead to a tender night of reading next to each other and exchanging a limited amount of words. What’s better than that? For a list of bookstores to check out, visit the Reno bookstore section of

DATE: Friday


TIME: 7:30 p.m.

Whip up a delicious meal that would make your parents ... moderately impressed. The internet is chock-full of tasty, simple meals that you can easily make on a budget. Whether you’re cooking for one, two, or more (no judgment), everybody loves to eat! I recom-

LOCATION: Cargo INFO: Artpop act Tune-

Yards is coming to Reno. Technically, it’s stylized “tUnE-yArDs” but I have too much self respect to type it like that. That’s like the Spongebob meme. Sudan Archives will open. Tickets cost around $20. You should go check it out. Actually, I reached out to do an interview and got rejected, so maybe you shouldn’t check it out.

mend taking a look at what the online magazine, Country Living, has to offer. If you visit their Valentine’s Dinner page, you can view 42 romantic (or platonic) Valentine’s Day dinners, with the price of each recipe listed underneath. Yum! And not only that ,but for those of you who are of a responsible drinking age, you can also dine with some cheap $3 wine that’s sure to make you say “I’m gonna regret this in the morning!”

FASHION SHOW This may seem a little strange, I know, but hear me out. I’m thoroughly convinced that thrift shops are God’s gift to broke college students, and for those of us who can’t afford high-end clothing, thrifting is our only option. Some of you may be familiar with the “My Boyfriend/Girlfriend Picks My Outfits” trend on YouTube, where couples pick out clothes for their partner and have a fashion show afterward. Well, this is also a great and hilarious way to spend Valentine’s Day with a partner-in-crime. Take some time to look around a thrift store (not together, or else that’ll ruin the surprise!), and at the end of your cheap shopping spree, retreat to one of your houses and try on the clothes you’ve chosen for each other! Some great Reno thrift stores you might want to consider include Thrift Depot Reno, St. Vincent’s, Bad Apple and Savers. If you’re in a relationship with someone, this may also be a good time to pick out some sensual clothing for your S/O (wink, wink).

SPA DAY Finally, what better way to end a long, stressful day than to relax at a spa ... in your own home, nonetheless! All you need for a home spa kit is some scented candles/incense/oils (all of which can be found at Walmart), lotion, a calm

music playlist, dim lighting, and the internet. If you’d like to help a partner or friend de-stress, you can Google some nice massages or relaxation techniques to try out. Spas and mindfulness go hand-in-hand, so if you’re spending the day on your own, you can also take this time to practice meditation or other approaches to mindfulness. There’s also some selfmassage tricks that you can really go to town with (some of which are not PG-13, if you know what I’m sayin’). In conclusion, whether you’re single, in a relationship, or confused as hell, Valentine’s Day can be a great opportunity to spread love and positivity. Love isn’t just for couples, after all. It can also be projected onto yourself and your closest friends! And if none of these ideas seem appealing, you can always just sleep the day away and pretend that it doesn’t exist. Nap dates are a thing too, after all.

Honorable Mentions: -Road Trip -Movie Night -Visit an Animal Shelter

The Revolutionists

TIFFANY HADDISH DATE: Saturday TIME: 8 p.m. LOCATION: Grand Sierra INFO: This star from “Girl’s

Trip” is coming to perform stand up comedy in the biggest little city. Doors open at 7 p.m. All of the proceeds from her meet and greet will go to Mountain Circle Family Services Inc. This is one stop in Haddish’s #SheReady tour. Some would argue this is a #ploy to #pander to #millennials, but to me that’s just #preposterous. Tickets are already sold out, so I don’t know why I am telling you about it. Seems sort of cruel, really. Joey Thyne can be reached and on Twitter @joey_thyne

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By Alexis Scatena Delshaun Holtzclaw, and Chris Buchanan, both 22, enter the Starbucks coffee shop with radiant energy and open-arms. It doesn’t take long to see music is in their blood. From being music students and marching band members at the University of Nevada, Reno, to playing over 15 instruments, music defines the pair. As they talk about revolutionizing the music industry, their faces light

The Revolutionists perform at a show. The hip-hop group consists of two UNR students: Delshaun Holtzclaw and Chris Buchanan

up. Originally from Las Vegas, the music duo known as The Revolutionists works to create its own sound and change the way that music is perceived. “The way we want to think about our music is that it’s going to be a change,” Buchanan said. “We want it to be better than it is now and go back towards the old school. It’s a revolution; there’s always a change, and as the Revo-

lutionists, we’re bringing the change.” The Revolutionists describe their genre as a mix of hip-hop, classical, funk, R&B and jazz fusion. From rapping and singing to playing instrumentals, Holtzclaw and Buchanan take pride in bending genres and expectations. “We tell people all the time, we’re not rappers,” Holtzclaw said. “We’re artists, we’re musicians, we

love music for what it is, you know. That’s why we create every kind of it.” Their main purpose is to be original and authentic with their art. Every instrument is recorded live to give listeners the ability to feel each element of the music. When writing lyrics, The Revolutionists are vocal about experiences they have been through. Holtzclaw explains that the most important part of cre-

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ating music is being honest and always expressing your genuine self. “Coming out from Vegas, you see everything,” Holtzclaw said. “Everything is so exposed. Coming out to Reno, we’re really trying to find ourselves and that’s through the music, that’s true expression. I feel like the only message is to be yourself and really find what you love doing. Stick with it and stay in your lane, don’t let anyone else persuade you otherwise.” Not only are the musicians focusing on creating a voice for themselves, but they want to give other artists opportunities to express themselves to a larger audience as well. In 2017, Holtzclaw and Buchanan won the Billboard Jackson Entrepreneurial grant through Phi Beta Sigma’s Bigger and Better Business conference, which allowed them to establish Effortless Entertainment, an independent record production company for artists who have the mindset of making a difference in the music industry. “We can be the independent label for the

independent artists,” Buchanan said. “We want to give everybody a voice. Just the way we set it up and the way that we try to give back to everybody once we get it going is going to be a phenomenal way to give more people buzz and get more people excited to work with us.” Through Effortless Entertainment, The Revolutionists want to plan events, provide cinematography for music videos, photography for marketing, resources to record and apparel for music artists. Currently, Holtzclaw and Buchanan are working “effortlessly” to legitimize the business and plan a show at Jub Jub’s as the company’s debut performance. Eventually, they want to hold gigs at venues across Northern California and Las Vegas. The music duo hopes to release an EP under the independent label by the end of 2018. Alexis Scatena can be reached at joeythyne@ gmail. com and on Twitter @ joey_thyne.


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MGMT sets themselves free on ‘Little Dark Age’ By Joey Thyne

All of MGMT’s work since their 2008 debut “Oracular Spectacular” seemed like a reaction to their meteoric success. They could feel themselves becoming trapped in our collective eighth grade nostalgia and needed to escape. On the title track of their sophomore album “Co n g ra t u l a t i o n s,” Andrew VanWyngarden bitterly sang “It’s hardly a sink or swim/When all is well if the ticket sells.” Their self-titled album sounded dense and joyless, as if they wanted to punish their fair-weather fans. On “Little Dark Age,” their first album in four and half years, they let go of sour feelings and head off in a new direction. The sonic palate consists of a dancey, psychedelic 80s synthwave. The keyboards, drum machines and bass seem like they originate from a range of cheesy 80s B-movie soundtracks, from ski race to detective thriller to workout tape to romance to porno. Except on acid. Some would call this pandering to everyone’s wistfulness of the era, but there is something much more sinister at work. The songs are too dark and experimental to allow the listener to become sentimental. Although this album digests easier than their last album, they still include all their oddball idiosyncrasies. The production on the first three songs is frantic and oppressive, nearly suffocating. It sounds like they recorded the vocals underwater. The title track and “When You

Die” have a Gothic flair. But as the album proceeds, it loosens up and becomes much more open-ended. “Me and Michael,” a kaleidoscopic masterpiece, feels like driving around with the windows down during a July sunset. If the album loses its steam on the second half, it regains its composure in a major way with “Hand It Over.” The track is quite possibly the best song MGMT has ever written and a perfect album closer to play as the credits roll. The instrumentation is lush but the production is minimalist, allowing the chorus to soar into the heavens. On early songs like “Kids” and “Time to Pretend” it seems like they started with a catchy synth riff, then backtracked. On “Little Dark Age,” those keyboard lines still pop up, albeit more subtly. Their focus has shifted to song structure, melodies and better sound mixing. The songs on “Oracular Spectacular” are for huge crowds at Coachella to jump up and down to. The songs on “Little Dark Age” are for a dance party in your basement with your closest friends. It seems they refined their focus in nearly every aspect. Their early

work concentrated on creating an overarching atmosphere for an album. On “Little Dark Age,” they perfected the mechanics on every single song. Their earlier work painted broad lyrical strokes about the human condition. “Little Dark Age” fixates more on interpersonal relationships. With songs “Me and Michael” and “James” introducing specific characters, it makes the music much more intimate and nuanced. “We can both say who’s laughing now,” VanWyngarden sings on “James.” “It’s yours and it’s mine,” he sings on “Hand it Over.” The lyrics often become existential. VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser are both 35, approaching middle age. On “When You Die” VanWyngarden sings “You die/And words won’t do anything/It’s permanently night/And I won’t feel anything/We’ll all be laughing with you when you die.” On “One Thing Left to Try” he sings “I don’t wanna die/Wishing I’d done something/Before then what’s required/To last until the sunset.” A little dark age, in my mind, marks a period in someone’s life fraught with frustration, dissatisfaction and mis-

direction which they can only appreciate after the fact. MGMT seems to acknowledge coming to terms with themselves on this album. On the title track, he sings “Just know that if you hide, it doesn’t go away.” They discuss the ups and downs of fame on the folk lullaby “When You’re Small.” He sings “When you’re big/And troubles seem so far” ... “When you’re low/You reach a certain point/Where you can’t see the point.” I have never been famous, but I would assume one of the most difficult things is the loss of anonymity. He sings “When you’re small/You can curl into a ball.” The only song I can say I don’t particularly care for is “Days That Got Away” which seems like an unnecessary instrumental interlude on a relatively short album. Otherwise, “Little Dark Age” excites the listener. With each go around, the album continues to unravel, layer by layer. It stands as MGMT’s strongest effort front-to-back and capitalizes on the potential they have flirted with for the past decade.

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With new proposed Trump budget, Nevada can no longer ignore Yucca Mountain

ucked inside a budget proposal that included such eye-catching headlines as “Trump Eliminates Funding for Public Broadcasting,” or “White House Budget Would Add $7 Trillion to the Deficit,” it’s little wonder that one addition got lost in the details. That addition? Another $120 million for the U.S. Department of Energy meant to restart the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear repository in Nye County. It’s the second such sum allotted to the DOE in as many years for the facility, and it proves something we’ve been assuming for about the last year: the Trump Administration is dead set

on reopening Yucca Mountain. The project is decidedly controversial, especially here in the Silver State. Many Nevadans, especially those in Las Vegas (just 100 miles from the site), are hesitant to allow thousands of metric tons of high-level nuclear waste to be shipped anywhere near where they live. In some ways, this fear can be unfounded. The International Atomic Energy Agency has guidelines in place for the transport of spent nuclear fuel, and dozens of shipments happen every year in Europe, Japan and even the U.S. However, the fear can also be real. The high-level waste — if ever unshielded — can be incredibly dangerous to anyone nearby. Moreover, like any form of

transportation, rail and truck transport are not completely safe. There are dozens of rail accidents and hundreds of truck accidents every year, and the safety Yucca proponents promise can never really be guaranteed. But at the end of the day, if the Trump administration is so intent on starting this whole process again, then Nevadans must be committed to actually having this conversation again, because the truth of the matter is this: every day, high-level nuclear waste is piling up in short--term facilities that were never meant to handle the current load. The National Energy Institute, an industry trade group, says there are

roughly 76,000 metric tons of nuclear waste in the U.S. and all of it is being kept in short-term storage. And some of those storage sites, like Hanford, Washington (where a tunnel collapsed just last year) or the Savannah River site in South Carolina (dubbed “one of the most contaminated places on Earth) are old, ailing and in desperate need of a renovation that’s never going to come. We at The Nevada Sagebrush are not nuclear experts. We will not pretend to know the answers, or to even know whether or not pursuing Yucca Mountain is something the state definitely should (or definitely should not do). But the time is long overdue for our politicians to start talking about it.

So often, Yucca is simply a nonstarter. Besides Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nevada, who represents much of Northern Nevada, the Battle Born congressional delegation has long been quick to stand firmly against Yucca at every turn. Even now, the state is fighting a protracted (and expensive) legal battle to delay the process. But at the end of the day, if it’s not here, where? If there’s some other option, then that’s perfect. But what if there isn’t? What will Nevada — and the country writ large — do then? The editorial board can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

Taming the 'Wild West' of online advertising


nline advertising has often been described as the “Wild West” of the marketing world. It’s called the “Wild West” because there is little regulation on where companies, interest groups and politicians can advertise, how they advertise and who they target. This rough and tumble attitude is especially prevalent in political ads on Facebook, and obviously, no matter your political leanings, fake information on Facebook has had an adverse effect on our democracy. Russians bought $100,000 worth of political ads on Facebook during the 2016 presidential election, and everyone and their grandma fought about politics on the social media site. It’s been a constant, nagging Ryan question over the last few months: Suppe how do we sort out the nonsense on social media? Stronger regulations Soup of the Generated at might solve our problems, but Day there will be no more government A fake Facebook status that could appear on a targeted user's news feed. Russians spent $100,000 on misleading advertisements on Facebook during the oversight in our near future with the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Republicans running the show. Also, asking people to stop posting and reading about politics on Facebook I first heard about this new application on “Note To for gun rights time and time again, and guns can be I Don’t use Facebook often, yet Facebook knows I won’t help either. I’ve tried. Self,” an NPR technology podcast from WNYC Studios. used to kill innocent babies. Do you want to vote for don’t live at home, it knows I’ve lived with a roommate The best we can do for now is collect information Julia Angwin, a senior reporter at ProPublica, talked to a baby-killer?” and the end of the commercial would who is not a family member, it knows I travel often, it and try to understand how and why groups are ad- Manoush Zomorodi, the show’s host, about the PAC. say something like “Paid for by the Nancy Pelosi knows how long I’ve been using a mobile phone and it vertising and who they’re targeting. That’s what one ProPublica sees this application as a watchdog for campaign,” and you would know exactly where it came even correctly guessed my political views (even though media organization is doing with a cool new app for social media advertising. The PAC isn’t going to stop from. This is a ridiculous example, but maybe not as I never post anything about politics). your computer. misleading ads from showing up on your news feed, ridiculous as some the ads on Facebook every day. And it offers advertisers the option to target users In the fall of last year, ProPublica, a nonprofit news but when the system has collected enough informa“Political ads are something that should be fact- based on this information. organization based in New York City, created a crowd- tion it should be able to provide some insight on what checked,” Angwin said on “Note To Self.” “But really, It’s a system that figures out what users want to sourcing application that gathers political ads from types of strategies are being employed by political ad- because of the nature of Facebook, the only people who hear and then shows them advertisements that the Facebook. It’s called the Political Ad Collector or PAC vertisers. The PAC is also an excellent tool for tracking see them are the people to whom they are targeted.” system knows will be particularly persuasive to that (a jab at the Political Action Committees who are the advertisements that might only last for a few minutes. Angwin said they chose Facebook to collect these individual. It’s a very powerful tool for groups with an sources of many of the ads that are collected), and it These ads play by different rules than the billboards ads because it’s such a popular place to do political ad- agenda, whether they are spitting out truth or lies. can be downloaded for Google Chrome and Mozilla you drive past and the attack ads you see on cable vertising, and it is so popular because advertisers can ProPublica’s Political Ad Collector is a device that will Firefox from their respective app stores. television (if you’re old enough to still have cable). target specific groups of users. They can target users by help us sift through the nonsense, and aims to make The PAC is basically a browser plugin, and it sits next “I’m aiming to build a public repository of the most very specific characteristics, like zip code or by what the internet a little less wild. I hope to see more like it to the address bar on your web browser. When you’re possible ads I can collect from Facebook. It’s never school someone says they attend on their profile. Basi- in the future. on Facebook and you summon it, it shows you a collec- going to be all of them but if more people use our tool, cally, you see different ads on your feed than someone tion of advertisements that it found on your Facebook we’ll get more ads, and at least we’ll have some sense in rural Nebraska sees because Facebook knows you Opinions expressed in The Nevada Sagebrush are news feed (it also shows you ads that other people are of what’s going on on that platform,” Angwin said on care about different things. solely those of the author and do not necessarily exshown if you want to look at those). Above each ad is a the podcast. Facebook collects data on their users based on what press the views of The Sagebrush or of its staff. Ryan question, “What type of ad is this?” with two possible Until December of 2017, Facebook advertisers didn’t they like, what they share and where they go. You can Suppe studies journalism and philosophy. He can be responses: “Political ad” or “Normal ad.” You decide have to disclose who paid for the ad. On TV when a see your own advertising categories on your profile reached at and on Twitter what kind of ad it is, and ProPublica collects them. commercial says something like “Dean Heller votes under “Ad Preferences.” @salsuppe


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Trevor Carter - CABNR Senator Candidate This is how you convey a meaning. This is how you get elected. It’s a simple sign: two slices of a tree trunk fastened together by what looks like a door hinge. Each side says “CARTER FOR CABNR” in a stencil font. But really, it says “I’ll go back to basics. I’m a an all-natural candidate. I cut my own wood. I don’t buy my wood at Home Depot.” It forces the voters to ask themselves “Is this guy a lumberjack? Did he go into the forest and cut down a tree with a chainsaw? Was he wearing a shirt when he did it?” Maybe he got the idea from Pinterest, but that just makes him a modern-day, millennial lumberjack.


Kevin Finkler - Education Senator Candidate This guy watched Reading Rainbow and went to book fairs when he was in elementary school. I can tell by his sign. It says “I value books. Remember what those are?” That’s why his name is written on hardcover, multi-colored publications and not written on a tablet or smartphone. Kevin Finkler wants to take the same dedication he has for learning and teaching through books to the ASUN Senate, representing the College of Education. At least that’s what his sign tells me. I love the message. He could’ve competed for first place on this list if he wasn’t so reckless with font choice.


Hannah Jackson and Carissa Bradley - President and Vice President Candidates I think this sign could be a billboard for “Jackson/ Bradley Law Associates,” and I would for sure trust them to get me out of a DUI. It’s simple and clean. It says we can “learn together” and “lead together” on a campus plagued by recent divisiveness. It incorporates the shape of Nevada into the candidates’ initials, a must for any ASUN presidential campaign marketing strategy. Most of all, it has the confidence and security of an unopposed campaign.




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Nevada dives into Mountain

By Brandon Cruz

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Nevada Swim and Dive Head Coach Brendon Bray speaks with his team following a meet. Bray is in his second season with Nevada and is looking to improve on the team’s third place finish in last season’s MWC.

One, one-hundredth of a second. One, one-thousandth of a second. This is how small the window for error can be when it comes to competing for Nevada’s Women’s Swim and Dive program. Within the last three seasons, the program has seen a great deal of turnover at head coaching. After Abby Steketee’s departure in 2015 to coach at Northwestern, a man by the name of Neil Harper took over the program, taking Nevada to a conference championship in his inaugural ’15-’16 season. However, even in the wake of such success, Harper resigned shortly after the championship win to coach the Arkansas Razorbacks. Harper’s departure was unforeseeable, putting Nevada in a tough spot, with nobody at the helm. Out of all the haze and uncertainty came Reno native Brendon Bray. With now 13 years of coaching experience in his wheelhouse, Bray has an extensive coaching background, as well as being a highly decorated swimmer. Bray is now in his second season with Nevada, coming off a third-place finish in the Mountain West Championships during the teams ’16’17 campaign. “I thought it was a great start for us and we’re really going to build from there,” said Bray. With Bray returning for his second season the team looks more comfortable with where the program is going and the continuity within both the coaching staff and the swimmers and divers. Just like any person who

is leading a group toward a common goal, it’s a necessity that the individual leading the charge has a philosophy worth following. Bray has a mindset that he’s cemented in his team’s mind of how he wants to compete. “We want to be competitive and aggressive in our races,” Bray said. I want the girls to have fun and have a good connection with each other. I think by doing all of those things we’re going to do really well.” The team has been a force to be reckoned with in the Mountain West and in outof-conference swim meets. Although Nevada went 3-2 in the team’s dual meets

“To me that’s a huge motivation for us, that we werethat close to beating the defending champions.” -Brendon Bray Swim and Dive Head Coach

this season, the program took first place in all but one invitational. On top of performing well in the pool, the team has been an academic powerhouse for the last two seasons, with an overall team GPA of 3.57 in 2016 and a 3.51 this season. When it comes to college swimming and diving, it’s important to understand that although swimmers and divers compete separately, the sport is still team based.

“We’re more about trying to perform for the team, then to perform individually,” Bray said. “A lot of times that’s a hard change to make. When you’re a club swimmer it’s very individualized. But for college, we know every day, every session where we are in comparison to other teams. Everybody needs to do their part.” The importance of camaraderie is embedded in the culture of swimming and diving, but sometimes the close ones come down to just one swimmer being a hundredth of a second late, or a diver not rotating fully during a twisting dive. Adversity comes in all forms, and Nevada faced it’s first set early in the season, during the team’s 163-137 loss to the Boise State Broncos at Lombardi pool on Oct. 27, 2017. “We lost all four of the close races we were in,” Bray said. “If one of those races had flipped our way we probably would’ve ended up winning the meet. To me that’s a huge motivation for us, that we were that close to beating the defending champions and I think that that can be a good rallying call for us going into the conference meet, to try and win the close races.” With the Mountain West Championships beginning on Feb. 14 in San Antonio, Texas, Nevada will face its fair share of close races. When the tournament comes to a close on Feb. 17, the Wolf Pack could be raising the Mountain West trophy for the second time in just three seasons. Brandon Cruz can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports

Nevada’s new tournament hope

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Nevada Wolf Pack fans hoot and holler during the Pack’s 78-86 loss to UNLV at Lawlor Events Center on Feb. 7. The loss against UNLV marked the Pack’s fifth loss on the seaon, putting Nevada’s record at 21-5.


week ago, it would have taken an “unforeseen meltdown” for Nevada not to make the tournament. The possibility of a meltdown became a reality when Nevada lost to its rival from the South, UNLV, 86-78 in heartbreaking fashion. Darion The Rebels Strugs e n d e d Nevada’s 16game home winning streak, which lasted over a calendar year. Nevada’s leading scorer Caleb Martin missed the game after aggravating a foot injury at the end of the the previous game against Colorado State. The injury leads to the bigger question of why Eric Musselman keeps his starters on the floor, even with a game in hand. Martin’s health is the key to Nevada’s success and a possible deep NCAA tourna-

ment run this season. The UNLV loss showed how crucial Caleb Martin is to the Nevada offense. Luckily, Martin seemingly had a quick recovery and the Pack bounced back from its loss against UNLV with a win against San Diego State. After being tied at the half, the Wolf Pack demolished the Aztecs in the second half and finished with a 83-58 victory. In a week of .500 basketball, the Wolf Pack clung to a spot in the AP Top 25 at no. 24, one ranking lower than last week. Meanwhile, Boise State got upset by Utah State Saturday night in Logan. The Broncos led 34-27 at the end of the first half. The Aggies tied the game at 45 with 12:55 left in the game. Back and forth the teams went until Utah State’s Sam Merrill hit a three pointer with 4:58 left. The Aggies never looked back and won 71-65. With the loss, Boise State fell to 10-3 in conference play. Boise State fell to the “First 4 Out” category in both ESPN’s and CBSSports’ bracketology. Nevada and Boise State play each other this Wednesday in

Boise. Nevada is a 53.6 percent favorite to win the game according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index. A Nevada win means they can essentially coast to a regular season Mountain West conference title. A Boise State loss would end the Broncos’ chance at getting into the tournament with an at-large bid. Instead, Boise would have to win the Mountain West tournament held in Las Vegas from March 7 to March 10. If Boise wins the Valentine’s Day showdown with the Pack, it will not only keep their tournament hopes alive but also their hopes of winning the conference in the regular season. Boise State winning would give them a .5 game lead in the standings. Nevada still has the resume to advance to the tournament with a loss Wednesday night, provided they continue their current level of play throughout the remainder of the season. Darion Strugs can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

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Nevada fans paint their bodies during the team’s game against UNLV on Feb. 7 at Lawlor Events Center. Nevada stayed in the Top 25 for two consecutive weeks for the first time all season following the loss to UNLV.

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osing against in-state rival UNLV left a bad taste in the mouths of the Nevada Basketball team. Coupled with the Lisfranc injury to the left foot of forward Caleb Martin, the storyline shifted from seeding in the NCAA Tournament to the Wolf Pack being “in a fight for our lives” in the Mountain West Conference according to head coach Eric Musselman. The past couple days, the Wolf Pack went through some intensive practices to address its problems on both sides of the court. Heading into last Saturday’s game, Musselman didn’t foresee how the game would turn out. “I slept like a baby last night,” Musselman said. “I didn’t know if we were gonna win or not but I did know that we were gonna play with great energy and effort. After losing the last game, our guys did not accept it. The guys got refocused.” In Saturday’s game against San Diego State the Wolf Pack responded in a big way. The first half mimicked the UNLV game in that both teams ran off one run after another. Deadlocked at 35 at the half, the Wolf Pack went on furious offensive spurts in the subsequent half that culminated in outscoring the Aztecs by 25. “Obviously, Caleb had a little bit of rust to start the game off,” Musselman said. “I thought Hallice played really really well for us. And obviously when Kendall knocks down seven threes and stretches the floor; Jordan did a great job of getting angles to the free throw line. San Diego State’s a really good team and this was an ultraimportant game for us to bounce back.” Nevada held the Aztecs to 28.1 percent shooting in the second half while shooting at a 50 percent clip on the offensive end. While the Wolf Pack benefited from huge performances by Jordan Caroline (26 points, 11 rebounds) and Kendall Stephens (21 points, 7-of-13 3PT), the biggest performance of the night came from Lindsey Drew who flirted with a triple-double. In the final minute, Drew was one assist shy from having the first triple-double since Johnny High’s 15/11/11 statline against Southern Oregon in 1979. Caroline and Tooley had attempts to give Drew the triple double but ultimately could not convert. Tooley, who checked into the game with 56 seconds remaining had an opportunity to nail a three with four seconds left to give Drew the assist. The new scholarship player missed what seemed to ultimately be the only thing to not go right for the Wolf Pack in the second half. “Honestly, I was more mad at Jordan” Drew said. “Charlie was on the bench the majority of the game. There was a lot of pressure on him coming into the game. Jordan had a couple of opportunities I was looking for but it’s cool. It’s the second time that I came close to it so it is

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AP TOP 25 1. Virginia 2. Michigan State 3. Villanova 4. Xavier 5. Cincinnati

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6.Purdue 7. Texas Tech 8. Ohio State 9. Gonzaga 10. Auburn

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11. Clemson 12. Duke 13. Kansas 14. North Carolina 15. Saint Mary’s

20-4 20-5 19-6 19-7 24-3

16. Rhode Island 17. Arizona 18. Tennessee 19. Wichita State 20. West Virginia

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21. Texas A&M 22. Michigan 23. Oklahoma 24. Nevada 25. Arizona State

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ith the win against San Diego State, Nevada reclaimed a half-game lead against Boise State to earn the top spot in the Mountain West Conference standings. The Wolf Pack’s next game is at Boise State and will be a rematch of #1 versus #2 in the conference. Boise State lost its previous game against Utah State as the Aggies executed flawlessly on offense down the stretch, shooting 5-of-5 from the field in the last three minutes. The loss slots Nevada atop the Mountain West Conference leading into the Wednesday night matchup. The Broncos led the Wolf Pack 63-60 with over four minutes to go in the previous showdown in Reno. It took some late-game heroics by Caleb Martin to get separation from the Broncos. With Caleb playing limited minutes in the previous game against San Diego State, this should prove to be one of the most difficult games remaining on the schedule. Martin, who suffered a Lisfranc foot sprain in the waning moments of the Colorado State game played his lowest output of minutes this season in the game against San Diego State. “Caleb goes 3-of-12 tonight and look if Jordan was out it would have an effect on us just like if Lindsey was out,” Musselman said following the victory against San Diego State. “When Cody was out in San Jose, we weren’t the same team. We’re not a deep team and when you’re not a deep team and you rely so heavily on Caleb, Cody, Jordan, Lindsey, and Kendall, make no mistake those are the guys that we really, really rely on a nightly basis. When you just take one of them out, any of them, I’m not going to sleep very well if any of those five aren’t playing.” If their previous matchup is any indication of what is to come on Wednesday night, then the Wolf Pack will be in for another tightly contested game. Late in the game, the Broncos had some costly miscommunication and errors that were in part due to the raucous 11th-largest crowd in school history. Per the Idaho Statesman, Broncos star player Chandler Hutchison was quoted after the Broncos’ loss saying, “In this case, we don’t feel like we got beat by a better team. We feel like we had some mental errors that you can’t have on the road, especially here with a great team and in this environment.” According to Caroline, last Wednesday’s loss against UNLV feels like a turning point in the season which hopefully is the start of solid play down the stretch. As the Wolf Pack head into Boise in front of what should be a sold-out crowd, the Wolf Pack hope to gain separation at the top as the Mountain West Conference tournament draws closer. “I look at it a lot like when we lost to Utah State last year,” Caroline said. “I kind of got the same feeling when we lost to UNLV this year. Hopefully that continues and that this mentality carries on.”

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Javier Hernandez can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @ SagebrushSports.


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Nevada Basketball point guard Lindsey Drew surveys the defense in the Wolf Pack’s game against UNLV on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 at the Lawlor Events Center. The Wolf Pack split its games last week 1-1, with a loss against UNLV and a drubbing of San Diego State University. The Wolf Pack will face Boise State tomorrow for a battle for first place in the Mountain West Conference.

Javier Hernandez can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports. Andrea Wilkinson/Nevada Sagebrush

Nevada Basketball forward Cody Martin throws up a contested shot in the Wolf Pack’s game against UNLV on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 at the Lawlor Events Center. Nevada is currently ranked 24th in the AP Top 25 Poll.

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