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Church Fine Arts murals painted in honor of Black History Month

By Karolina Rivas

By Karolina Rivas


In honor of Black History Month, two students from the University of Nevada, Reno, who refer to themselves under the name Khan, have painted murals of important figures in the black community in the graffiti staircase of the Church Fine Arts. The artists have painted individuals such as John Coltrane, Chance the Rapper, Jimi Hendrix, the cast of ‘Black Panther’ and Billie Holiday. “We have an idea of someone that we want to do, that we feel

AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA CONTINUE AFTER CEASEFIRE IS ORDERED Doctors in Syria are saying bombs are still falling after the United Nations ordered a 30-day ceasefire after airstrikes began on Sunday, Feb. 18. “Security Council resolutions are only meaningful if they are effective,” António Guterres, United Nations secretary general said at the opening of a session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. “Eastern Ghouta cannot wait. It’s high time to stop this hell on earth.” The airstrikes are occurring on the outskirts of Eastern Ghouta and have included ground attacks, activists inside the city report. More than 520 people have been killed and 2,500 wounded according to CNN. “Nothing has changed,” Dr. Hamza Hassan said in an interview with CNN. “The airstrikes are continuing. A maternity hospital has just been hit in Saqba (a town in Eastern Ghouta) and is out of service.” UN Humanitarian coordinator Panos Moumtzis told CNN there is believed to have been at least seven casualties since the resolution was passed.


represents what we think the stairwell has done for us which is this safe area for free expression for us,” Khan said. Khan first garnered attention after they painted a portrait of jazz musician John Coltrane the day after several swastikas were found spray painted in the wellknown graffiti staircase. “After the negative images and words following the several racial incidents on campus, and in the nation, it’s safe to say that I was losing hope in this campus,” Precious Gbenjo, president of the Black Student Organization at UNR said. “But

out of those hateful and racist incidents came something inspiring. Students and artists like [Khan] coming in and standing up against the vandalism, making the hallway beautiful again. [Khan’s] artwork in particular, especially during Black History Month, is comprised of strong and inspiring figures in the black community, which is more than can be said about the rest of campus. It gives people of color on campus something to be proud of and excited about.”

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A mural of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife as it stands on Monday, Feb. 26. A series of murals were painted in the Church Fine Arts stairwell in honor of Black History Month.

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UNIVERSITY UNITED United Leadership Alliance brings together university governments to face campus issues

NATIONAL COMPANIES CONTINUE TO CUT TIES WITH THE NRA Ten companies have ended deals with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14. “Americans have had it,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told CNNMoney. “This feels like a different energy level.” Companies that have cut ties include Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Enterprise Holdings, Hertz, Avis and Budget, Symantec, TrueCar, MetLife, SimpliSafe, and First National Bank of Omaha. Amazon, Apple and Google are among the major companies that are being criticized for streaming an NRA internet channel. “More and more business leaders are becoming the voice of principled society,” William Klepper, a professor at the Columbia Business School told CNNMoney.

LOCAL WCSD POSTS $19 MILLION DEFICIT FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR The Washoe County School District released budget documents detailing a $19.1 million deficit for the 2018-19 school year. This marks the 11th year that the district has seen a deficit over $15 million. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the school district faced a total deficit of $40.1 million that resulted in an increase in early retirement buyouts, shifting various programs to grant funding and increasing class sizes of grades 4-12 by two students. Despite the large deficit, the number is lower than expected. The district expected a debt of between $22 million and $28 million, the RGJ reports. A school board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27. Karolina Rivas can be reached at karolinar@sagebrush.unr. edu and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

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A mural of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife as it stands on Monday, Feb. 26. A series of murals were painted in the Church Fine Arts stairwell in honor of Black History Month.

By Madeline Purdue A few organizations at the University of Nevada, Reno, came together on Thursday, Feb. 22, under a new governing body called the United Leadership Alliance to discuss issues facing the campus and goals the university has as a whole. The ULA is made up of members from the Associated Students of the University of Nevada, the Graduate Student Association, the Staff Employees Counsel and Faculty Senate. It was brought together to discuss diversity and inclusion after events and incidents — such as swastikas graffitied on campus, a student jokingly threatened to be shot by a university police officer and a university student being

identified as a participant in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville — rocked the campus last semester. “We faced challenges this year that made us question our values as a university,” said ULA Chair and GSA president Sandesh Kannan. “We are here to come together to face these issues.” In attendance were representatives from the governing bodies, President Marc Johnson, Chief Diversity Officer Patricia Richard, Vice Presidents Shannon Ellis and Kevin Carman, Title IX Director Maria Doucettperry, Director of the Center for Student Engagement Sandra Rodriguez, Kevin McReynolds, the student that was jokingly threatened by a university police officer, and Interim Director of the

Center, Every Student, Every Story, Araceli Martinez. Other representatives were also in attendance. The meeting was also open to the public and about 35 students, staff and more showed up. Although the ULA was assembled because of diversity issues on campus, it was also used as a time for these members to get on the same page regarding the university’s goals. The meeting largely was the separate bodies of the university presenting to each other their goals for 2018 and the future of the university. President Johnson presented on three main goals for the university in 2018 — respond to the growth of the student body with a lower student to faculty ratio, reach a Carnegie R1 standing and

become an economic driver in the Reno community. A Carnegie R1 standing is the highest a university can be categorized when it comes to research opportunity. In order to reach this standing, the university has to increase research opportunities, provide more research funds and increase Ph.D. candidates. It is expected to take a decade to reach this standing. This part of Johnson’s speech resembled his State of the University speech from 2017. President Johnson also talked about how the university is supporting undocumented students who are facing the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and fear deportation. He said

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In meeting, City Council mulls ousting City Attorney in harassment case By Olivia Ali In the midst of an ongoing investigation and legal case over the sexual harassment claims that ousted former city manager Andrew Clinger, the City of Reno held a special public meeting Friday to discuss the fate of the case’s lawyer — City



Attorney Karl Hall. The meeting was spurred by the demand of Reno City Attorney’s Office for a list of workplace romantic relationships from Gescheider. Reno residents are outraged by this demand and are rallying for the case to be put in someone else’s hands.

Nearly a dozen Reno residents stood and spoke on behalf of Maureen McKissick, the former assistant to the city manager, and Deanna Gescheider, the city’s former communications director, in a crowded meeting. At the meeting, council members debated what course of action would be taken. The


popular opinion among the meeting’s audience was to bring in an outside lawyer. “I urge the city council to remove the city attorney and hire someone who will handle this more equitably,” audience member Lynette Evans said.

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NevadaTeach workspace opens doors By Emily Fisher The University of Nevada, Reno, has finally opened the doors of a new collaborative workspace for the NevadaTeach program. NevadaTeach, implemented in 2015, allows students to earn a dual degree in secondary education and one of many STEM majors. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, University ExecutiveVice President and Provost Kevin Carman welcomed NevadaTeach students, faculty and donors to the new space on the fourth floor of the William J. Raggio Building. The construction project, which was funded by a grant received last spring from the Pennington Foundation, includes a dedicated reception area, student workroom, classroom laboratories, a conference room, master teacher offices, storage and a director’s office. A central location for the NevadaTeach community is expected to positively impact the growth of the program and STEM education in Nevada. Students, researchers and teachers in the NevadaTech program now have an environment to promote collaboration and learning, better communication within the program’s community and a centralized location for prospective students to learn more. UNR first launched the program in 2015 after the university was selected to join a national network of universities in the expansion of the UTeach science, technology, engineering and math teacher preparation program. The UTeach program was founded in 1997 at The University of Texas, Austin with the goal of attracting science and math majors into secondary teaching careers. It was created as a collaborative effort between the Colleges of Natural Sciences and Education to address both the shortage of qualified secondary STEM teachers as well as the quality of individuals entering the teaching field. The program at UNR is designed similar to the flagship program, with added elements to give students teaching experience in their first year of school, support from ‘master teachers’ in the community, and a streamlined degree plan that allows students to be certified teachers at no additional cost once they graduate. Students graduating from NevadaTeach will have completed all of the coursework necessary to pursue a teaching license at the middle or high school level, while also earning a comprehensive and marketable degree in a STEM discipline. “The NevadaTeach program is an important part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring Nevada students receive the best education possible from instructors who are not only experts in their subjects but trained by successful teachers to inspire students in the classroom,” said Kenneth Coll, dean of the College of Education to the NV Silver and Blue Magazine last spring. UNR is the first to implement this UTeach program model in the region. However, according to NevadaToday, the award is part of a statewide vision with both Nevada State College and the University of Nevada, LasVegas expressing interest in becoming a part of the program. “When we accomplish this, we will be the first state in the nation to have a statewide UTeach program initiative,”

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He said he listened to these students, and assured them the Editor-in-Chief • Jacob Solis university will not ask them or collect data on their immigration News Editor • Madeline Purdue status nor send it to the federal government. He also said university staff is training to become Asst. News Editor • Karolina Rivas UndocuAllies to these students. Around 400 faculty members are Sports Editor • Brandon Cruz trained UndocuAllies, and more are being trained. Asst. Sports Editor • Javier Hernandez The university also hired a social services coordinator — Jahahi Mazariego — in May to Madeline Purdue/Nevada Sagebrush Opinion Editor • Ryan Suppe be a resource for undocumented President Johnson delivers his report to the United Leadership students. Mazariego has helped es- ance on Thursday, Feb. 22. The alliance was formed so the univerA&E Editor • Joey Thyne tablish resources and has handouts sity has a designated meeting time to discuss campus issues. to help these students know their rights should they be deported. modern diversity. that focuses on how to promote Design Editor • Nicole Skarlatos “This is a very important proCarman was asked by an attend- diversity on campus and ensure gram for us,” Johnson said. ee about creating a diverse culture student safety. Photo Editor • Andrea Wilkinson Johnson was asked by a student on campus, instead of just bringing Richard’s department has put attendee about the parking situa- more diverse people to campus. He together a diversity council with tion on campus and if there were said it is a broad challenge for the representatives from different Copy Editor • Robert Roth plans to improve it. Johnson said university and he is not pretending organizations at the university there is a parking garage being that they have solved the issue, but — including ASUN, Title IX, The Copy Editor • Clay Temme designed that will be built on the they are working on it. Center and more. The goal of the south end of campus. The garage Vice Provost for Undergraduate council and plan is to create a will have 750 to 1,000 parking spots Education Joseph Cline presented more inclusive and welcoming enMultimedia Editor • Bailey MeCey and is expected to be open in two on the growing undergraduate vironment on campus, recruit and years. population. UNR has seen an in- retain diverse staff and graduate After President Johnson, Provost crease in enrollment each year for students, market the “diversity and Web Manager • Willis Allstead Kevin Carman spoke about hiring the last decade, which has changed excellence” and engage with the more diverse faculty on campus the demographics of students community to increase diversity. Illustrator • Zak Brady and other programs on campus. on campus. This year, 38 percent “We want to honor those stories He said as of right now, 25 of the undergraduate student and personal experiences [of stuSocial Media Manager • Jessie Schirrick percent of the university’s faculty body are people of color and 53 dents] by putting together a plan self-identifies as a minority. He also percent are female. The increase in that addresses these issues and said the university hired 69 new students also brought in students move us forward,” Richard said. Distribution • Zacary Brown faculty members this year, 41 per- from outside of Nevada. About Richard said this plan is a rough cent of which identify as a minority. 25 percent of the student body is draft and will be revised as the “We are making some changes,” from out of state and 3 percent is council continues. The university Staff Writer • Emily Fisher Carman said. “I think it will become international. will also be sending out a climate more apparent over time.” Cline also said that he is working survey to all students and faculty Media Adviser • Nichole Collins Carman also spoke about the to bring undergraduate courses and will ask for recommendations NevadaFIT program. He said he is that focus on diversity to the for what they can do. This will help CONTRIBUTING STAFFERS extremely happy with the success curriculum. He said he formed the university know what it needs Olivia Ali, Jiah Jewell. Darion Strugs of the program and is deciding a committee to create new 100 to fix and focus on. whether to make it mandatory and 200 level classes that focus on The university is working to DISCLAIMER for all new students. The student race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, diversify campus by adding a preretention rate has increased since disability, language, gender and ferred name to class enrollment, The Nevada Sagebrush is a the introduction of the program sexuality with emphasis on equity. requiring discrimination statenewspaper operated by and for in 2013. The increase has been There are seven new courses being ments on syllabuses, changing the students of the University particularly seen among Hispanic introduced in the 2018-2019 school bathroom signs to reflect different of Nevada, Reno. The contents and black students. year — including Racism, Colonial- types of people, correcting braille of this newspaper do not Carman said they are working ism and Communication, Race in signs and more. Staff is also going necessarily reflect those opinions to update the core curriculum to Contemporary Life and more. through implicit bias training so of the university or its students. reflect updated values of diverRichard presented on the univer- they can recognize it when it’s there It is published by the students of sity and introduce new courses on sity’s new diversity strategic plan and help fix the problem, accordthe University of Nevada, Reno, and printed by the Sierra Nevada Media Group.

ing to Richard. She also said that she, along with President Johnson and other members of university organizations, have sat down with select students and asked what their experience at the university has been. They have taken their answers into consideration when building this plan. Richard announced Dr. Angela Taylor, the President of the Board of Trustees for Washoe County School District, joined the Office of Diversity as a consultant. After Richard’s presentation, McReynolds showed a video that he helped produce. It featured students talking about how the university represents students and what they want to see changed. McReynolds asked students if they felt safe on campus and if the university does enough to protect minority students, to which UNR senior Hannah Alterwitz said no. “Within the last year, there have been three anti-Semitic incidents on campus, and we were never reached out to,” Alterwitz said. “I was the president of [Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi]. I was incredibly easy to access, all of my information was on the website, and not once did any administrator ever reach out to me and be like ‘How can we help the Jewish sorority? How can we help the Jewish club? How do we make you feel better on campus?’” McReynolds also asked students how the university can be better at handling diversity issues. “Start investigations to look into the problems because we can’t just have our university administration grab these problems and try to throw it under the rug,” UNR junior Issac Contreras said. “Everybody knows that they’re here, everybody knows that it’s present. So we need the leadership to take charge and actually start looking into all the issues that we’ve had, and actually go through and try to find the person and punishing them.” The video can be viewed on YouTube. If you are experiencing hate or bias at the university, contact the Title IX office.

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University Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Carman said to NevadaToday in 2015. “The program has already received endorsement from the presidents and provosts of these institutions as well as by the Nevada System of Higher Education chancellor and Board of Regents.”

By Emily Fisher As college students, most of us can claim to be an expert in at least one social media channel. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, 88 percent of 18-29 year-olds use social media. While Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and other platforms can be great for entertainment and connecting with friends, the world of social media isn’t just all fun and games anymore. Professionals seeking students for internships and jobs are discovering the powerful tool social media can be. One platform might be coming to mind now: LinkedIn. When it comes to LinkedIn, many students think that if they have created a platform and filled in as much information as they had they’re done. It turns out there is a lot more to it. While opening an account is the first step to becoming a successful

UTeach has now been implemented in 46 universities across 22 states and the District of Columbia. The UTeach Institute projects that these programs across the country will produce more than 7,000 graduates by 2022 and that these teachers will reach more than four million students. Emily Fisher can be reached at efisher@ and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

“I am appalled by what the city attorney has done. This request is not only abhorrent, but violates federal law, and violates basic morality,” Mylan Hawkins, Reno resident, said. Mayor Hillary Schieve demanded Hall remove himself from the sexual harassment case, but was met with a refusal from both Hall and his office. “I was elected to represent the city of Reno and I plan on doing that zealously,” Hall said during the meeting. The call for outside investigation is also motivated by claims made by Hall that council member Naomi Duerr conspired with McKissick and Gescheider to oust Clinger as city manager. “I would like to suggest we hire outside counsel to handle the sexual harassment problem,” Janice Flanagan said in Friday’s meeting. “In my opinion, the City Attorney’s Office has bungled this from day one and inexcusably made an outrageous claim against councilman Duerr for doing her job. I think that alone should disqualify them from handling the case.” Schieve also expressed interest in acquiring outside

counsel to defend Clinger. According to Schieve, the prying into a woman’s romantic workplace affairs is uncalled for and unacceptable. However, hiring outside counsel would also mean incurring the cost of that extra lawyer. Moreover, not every member of the City Council found Hall’s questions out of order. “You can go find another similar case to this that is impending upon a court today in any jurisdiction and you will find questions like this in that plea deal asking these questions,” council member Paul Mckenzie said. Despite the strong opinions on both sides of the Hall debate, because no vote was scheduled for the meeting, the council took no action. “My motion would be at this time to have a full presentation of potential options available to the council, up to and including securing outside counsel at a future council meeting,” Vice Mayor Neoma Jardon said. A vote is to take place in a special meeting in the upcoming weeks that has yet to be scheduled. In order to move forward, the vote is to be six out of seven in favor of outside counsel.

Olivia Ali can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush. and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

How to become a LinkedIn master

LinkedIn user, there are many steps you can take to push your profile to the top of everyone’s search results and promote yourself as the best person for the job.

This is News You Can Use with a guide to becoming a LinkedIn master. NO BLANK SPACES Filling out all of the information the platform asks of you when you sign up is important. While this may seem obvious, many LinkedIn profiles you come across, especially those of college students, are missing valuable information. Top LinkedIn users recommend paying special attention to the summary, title and employment

history. These are the first things a potential employer will see when they view your profile. Just as important is a proper profile picture. Avoid selfies, group pictures, and bad quality images. To really stand out as a professional candidate use a nice, current headshot. Don’t leave recruiters and hiring managers wondering what you’re hiding by not having a profile picture. Along with a profile picture, LinkedIn allows users to include other visual elements and work samples including images, presentations and videos. Adding extra information to your profile will help show potential employers who you are, and that you’re passionate about what you do. Filling out your profile consistently with keywords that are relevant to your industry and work will help to optimize your profile, and push it to the top of the search results.

The most important places to put keywords are in the headline, summary and work experience sections of your profile.


You’ve put in the time to create a killer LinkedIn profile, now use it! LinkedIn operates very similarly to Facebook, giving users the ability to share status updates, links, photos and videos. These network updates help add more meaning to connections you make on the platform. As you grow your presence, it is important to make sure the connections you make are thoughtful and valuable. While it may be tempting to connect with every person LinkedIn recommends, numbers are not everything. Engagement is ranked higher on this platform than others, and connecting with people you don’t know won’t provide many benefits, and will just waste valuable time.

SENATE RECAP FEB. 21 By Madeline Purdue

PUBLIC COMMENT THE CENTER INTRODUCES PEER MENTORING The interim director of The Center, Every Student, Every Story — Araceli Martinez — attended the Senate meeting to inform students about what The Center does. She said The Center was there to support or suggest things for senators — whether that be legislation, reaching out to students and more. They assist in filling out the FAFSA, registering for classes and also will offer peer mentoring starting this summer.

REPORTS KINEL GOES BANANAS Director of Event Programming, Mia Kinel, gave the senators bananas during her report — because she had leftover bananas from the “Bring Your Own Banana” event earlier in the day. ASUN actually provided the bananas, but asked students at the event to write what stresses them out or an insecurity on the banana peel and then “peel it away” before creating a banana split in the Knowledge Center. Kinel was upset that only two of the senators showed up to the event, so she handed out leftover bananas at the meeting. “I don’t want to be this petty next time, so please show up,” Kinel said.


ASUN Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Precious Gbenjo, was delivering her report about the UndocuAlly Week, where events include a picture of undocumented students outside the Knowledge Center and a speaker event. When Speaker Hannah Jackson asked if there were any questions, former ASUN President Bill Hamma, who frequents the meetings, asked why anything was being done for undocumented students, and they should be sent home. Gbenjo finished her report and left the room.


Senator Sarah Smith said that she met with different Jewish groups on campus, and they brought it to her attention there is a new white supremacist group in Carson City. The Skinheads have been commenting on these groups’ social media pages and have been recruiting on campus. Senator Smith said she wanted all students and everyone on campus to be aware of the group.

LEGISLATION SENATE AMENDS CONSTITUTION TO REFLECT REAPPORTIONMENT The Senate voted to amend the ASUN constitution due to recent reapportionment. Reapportionment occurred last semester when the Division of Health Sciences announced their plan to split into three colleges — The Orvis School of Nursing, the Division of Health Sciences and Community Health Sciences. The colleges will be represented during the 87th session of the ASUN Senate, but will be represented under the Division of Health Sciences during the 86th session. The amendment says there will be 25 senators after the 86th session. Madeline Purdue can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

One of the biggest tips for maintaining a successful LinkedIn profile is updating your information. Think of LinkedIn as your digital resume, not only will employers and connections be interested in reading about your past experience, they will want to know what’s happening in your current work. Making sure your paper resume and LinkedIn profile match is becoming more and more important, especially as more companies are allowing job and internship applicants to apply for positions by connecting their LinkedIn accounts. With LinkedIn, the power is truly in your hands. Make sure to take advantage of all the platform has to offer to stand out in a crowd! Voting closes the next day at 5:00 p.m. Emily Fisher can be reached at efisher@ and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.


CABNR, Education, Business kick off ASUN debates By Madeline Purdue Elections for the 86th session of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada have begun, and as of Thursday, Feb. 22, so have the debates. The first of three debates among Senate candidates for each of UNR’s nine colleges featured the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, the College of Education and the College of Business. All of the debates follow the same format. Every candidate answers the same two predetermined questions from the ASUN elections chair and two questions from the audience. They have two minutes to answer the question, and once every candidate gives their answer, they each have one minute to rebute their opponents’ answers. The CABNR debate started the night. There are six candidates running for the college’s two Senate seats — Miguel Aguilera, Aamir Aziz, Trevor Carter, Blake Duncan, Blane Merkley and Joshua Smith, who currently is a CABNR senator for the 85th session. The first question from the ASUN elections chair was “What do you believe the biggest issue CABNR students face and how would you resolve it?” Aguilera said the biggest issue facing CABNR students was sustainability, and he would work to create more sustainability projects on campus — one of which would be introducing a compost system. Aziz, Carter and Merkley both said that representation was an issue. Aziz said he hasn’t known who his CABNR senator was while he has attended the university and would make sure that students knew who he was and what he could do for them if he were elected. Carter and Merkley both said that the three separate entities of the college — agriculture, biotechnology and natural

resources — need to each be better represented and their issues need to be listened to and addressed. Merkley suggested that CABNR make a student advisory board so the issues from around the college could be heard and addressed in one place. During rebuttal, Carter agreed the advisory board would be a great solution to the problem. Duncan said the college needs more money so it can offer students more scholarships, grants and research opportunities so they can produce the best students with the most experience for the workforce. Smith agreed with all of these points and pointed out that he is currently working as a senator to bring the student advisory board to life. He also said that there is money and opportunity for CABNR students, so he would like to promote both and do more outreach so students know what resources are available to them. The second debate was for the College of Education. Two students — Jennifer Rogers and Kevin Finkler — are running for the college’s one seat. Rogers was sick the night of the debate, so only Finker was present. He was asked by the audience how he would represent Human Development and Family Studies and Education students equally if he was elected. Finkler said he would be the liaison between the two groups to help bridge the gap. He would talk to students and professors to understand all the issues they care about and would increase communication between the groups. The last debate was for the College of Business. There are six candidates running for the three seats — Nikolas Burton, Hayden Grant, Hannah Hudson, Omar Moore, Tristan San Luis and Daniel Rich. The second question asked


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by the ASUN elections chair was “One of the university’s missions is to create better partnerships between the university and the city. If elected, how would you work with the College of Business and the local community to create new internship opportunities?” Burton said he would like to create more corporate business connections in order to create more internships. He said he also would encourage students to join entrepreneurship programs. Grant also said he would encourage students to be entrepreneurs and use the university’s InNEVation center as a resource. Hudson said she would like to bring local business professionals to the school to give a TED Talk-style conference for students. Moore said he would like to connect to the city through the Chamber of Commerce. He said this would help increase business partnerships and internships. Rich and San Luis both said they would like to expand university resources and promote internships. Rich said he would do this by expanding the Pack Internship Program. The next debates will be held on Monday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the Joe Crowley Student Union ballrooms at 7:30 p.m. on both days. The second debate will feature the candidates from the Division of Health Science, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Engineering. The third debate will feature Interdisciplinary Programs, the Reynolds School of Journalism and the College of Science. If you cannot attend in person, all of the debates will be live-streamed by ASUN. The link for the live streams can be found on ASUN social media. Madeline Purdue can be reached at and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

Eating disorder group looks to raise awareness at UNR By Karolina Rivas As many as one in 10 teenage women struggle with a key symptom of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder. Enter: National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. The awareness campaign is being held from Saturday, Feb. 24 to Sunday, March 4 at the University of Nevada, Reno. In honor of bringing awareness to the issue, the university is hosting a series of events for students to attend and gain insight into eating disorders. In 2013, a study conducted by the National Eating Disorders Association found the number of people with eating disorders increased over a 13 year period — from 23 percent to 32 percent among females and from 8 percent to 25 percent among males. This year’s NEDA theme is ‘Let’s Get Real.’ The theme focuses on the myths that surround eating disorders and aims to prove that anyone can suffer from the illness. “Eating disorders do not discriminate by size, gender, sexual


orientation, culture, ethnicity, or anything else,” Jenni Schaefer, National Recovery Advocate for Eating Recovery Center said. “You can’t tell if someone has an eating disorder by looking.” The NEDA encourages individuals struggling with an eating disorder to seek help. The organization also advises those who may know of someone struggling with the illness to also reach out and help. “You want to pick a time when you can talk to that person oneon-one [and] privately. You want to lead with the fact that you care about them and you’re concerned,” Mysko said. “Then you want to cite the specific examples that have led you to believe that there could be a problem and offer to help.” UNR will be hosting two public events this week and encourages students to attend, even if they do not have an eating disorder. The first event is the viewing of the local documentary “Love, Chantal”. It follows a Reno woman and shows the harmful effects of eating disorders. The

resentation on campus,” Khan said. “We’re definitely planning on spreading out to more people Continued from page A1 of color. It was a great opportunity and area to be able to represent that.” Recently, a portrait of UNR alum and NFL football player Colin Kaepernick was vandalized when a large ‘X’ was painted over the mural. “When we were painting it, we fully expected there to be backlash,” Khan said. “For it to be defaced. That didn’t stop us. We felt that he is an alumni of this school, he does speak for a message we want to share. Just after we found out, as soon as we could we put another Kaepernick out of reach. We’ll keep painting Kaepernick’s Andrea Wilkinson/Nevada Sagebrush until they can’t cover them.” Artwork of Frida Kahlo as it stands Khan says that the most reon Monday, Feb. 26. This is one of warding part of this experience many murals painted in the Church has been the feedback they have Fine Arts stairwell in honor of received from students. Black History Month. “Students always come up to us and say ‘Finally representation,’” Khan says they paint these Khan said. “We had a student murals to bring representation come in who didn’t really feel through the expression of art to welcomed into this school. [...] UNR. she kind of just felt like she didn’t “There’s a severe lack of rep- belong and she sat with us and

event will be held at the Joe Crowley Student Union Theater on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 12 p.m. There will be a panel discussion after the documentary. At 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 1, the Knowledge Center Breezeway and Nook will be posting a series of posters that will encourage a discussion about socio-cultural influences on body image and ways to resist social pressure. The NEDA recommends that if you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder and needs help, contact their helpline at (800) 931-2237. Their services are offered Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, and they are available to answer any questions or offer support. If there is an emergency, you can text “NEDA” to 741-741 which is available 24/7. Karolina Rivas can be reached at and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

watched us paint and by the end of hanging out with us, she felt that the piece was welcoming and different.” The process in which Khan creates their murals is done in a quick turnover period. A sketch is initially designed which is followed by determining the colors that will be used to paint the mural. Once the materials needed to paint are gathered, Khan generally finishes the portrait within one night. The artists have a few projects planned in the near future. One of which will be dedicated to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients and will be painted on the side of a veterinary hospital. Khan encourages others to express themselves through art and hope to see more people displaying their artwork in the CFA stairwell. The artists also extend an invite to those interested in joining them to paint. Stop by the CFA to view their work or visit their Instagram @ khanartwork. Karolina Rivas can be reached at and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.




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FILM VIEWING: LOVE, CHANTAL DATE: Wednesday TIME: 12 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU Theatre INFO: “Love, Chantal” is a documentary about a Reno woman afflicted with an eating disorder. This event is a part of NEDAW, which stands for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. This event is FREE to students. Watch an engaging film while learning about an important topic.


Taylor Reed is stopping by UNR for this week’s coffee house series. Free snacks and coffee will be provided. If you ever find yourself thinking “Dear God why is it snowing? It’s nearly March. What is happening to our planet? We’re all going to die!” at least you can come enjoy some chill acoustic jams and sip on a piping hot cup of joe.

LADY BIRD DATE: Thursday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU Theatre

INFO: This lovely coming-of-age flick got five Oscar nominations. It has 287 fresh reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The four reviewers that gave it a rotten review probably live in their moms’ basements. Here’s a fun idea: Go see it with your friend from Sacramento, and they will say “Hey, you see that place in Sacramento? I’ve been to that place in Sacramento.” It’s a real rush.

By Joey Thyne

As students walked into the Joe Crowley Student Union on the night of Tuesday, February 20, they could hear “God’s Plan” by Drake playing. “Hope I got some brothers that outlive me/ They gon’ tell the story, shit was different with me,” he sings on the new track. The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity held the “For the Culture Talent Show” celebrating Black History Month. “We wanted to reinvent what we do as a fraternity and what we do for black history month due to the fact that we are a historically black Greek life organization,” said Phi Beta Sigma president Brandon Cruz. “Then on top of that we felt like there was a lot of Afrocentric dances and talents that we would showcase by doing this talent show.” One student named Nick shared a marker illustration of influential black figures, including Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley and Malcolm X. Everyone signed the poster after the show. “The funny thing is that he’s from a Hispanic Greek life organization, but he was willing to do that for an African American organization because at the end of the day we’re all fighting for the same thing,” Cruz said. The men of Phi Beta Sigma took the stage wearing dashikis, African shirts worn in celebration. They performed a traditional African step dance. “Many people don’t know how deeply rooted step is in African culture,” Cruz said. One standout act was a poetry performance from freshmen Sylvia Stephens and SaMoura Horsley. They wore shirts which had “#itooamamerica” and an excerpt from the Langston Hughes poem on the back. They got the shirts at Brave New Voices, an international poetry competition. Before performing, Stephens and SaMoura encouraged the audience to participate with snaps and mmm’s as well as shouting out “Yes, poet!” The crowd seemed happy to oblige.

Stephens’ poem was called “First Generation Nigerian American.” “It talks about being forced to choose between either being Nigerian or American, when it’s more of a cultural experience to be raised in a household that is Nigerian and to really emerge into American culture ... Just the conflicts that happen,” Stephens said. Horsley’s poem was called “Praise the White Man.” “There’s all these things that people contribute to just white people the institution. They ignore that minorities have done so much for this country. They try to make their success more. My whole point is the everyone else has contributed. My culture has contributed a lot to what this country is now.” The women of ABLE performed another African dance. ABLE stands for Ambition, Beauty, Leadership and Equality, and they focus on women’s empowerment and community service. After that, a man and a woman took the stage in all black and danced to contemporary hits like “Gucci Gang” by Lil’ Pump and “Walk It Talk It” by Migos. Brendan struck a chord with his soulful rendition of the gospel hymn “His Eye on the Sparrow.” “His voice is just the angel from above,” Horsley said. Kapreace, Bobby and Steve danced in lime green and pulled off an impressive splits. Their performance featured songs like “Revolution” by Kirk Franklin and “I Luh God” by Erica Campbell. Local jazz/hip-hop duo the Revolutionists closed out the show. The Revolutionists consist of Chris Buchanan on drums and Delshaun Holtzclaw on keyboards. They entranced the house with smooth jams. Before playing “Victorious,” Holtzclaw said “Feel proud and strong in what y’all do.” When they finished, the crowd demanded an encore. The Revolutionists indulged them. “We literally made this shit like last week,” Holtzclaw admitted. When they finished, they bowed

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music math band on the scene. If you love the frustration and confusion from doing your taxes, then you will love this band. The opening bands are Spirit of the Beehive and Rob Ford Explorer. No, that is not a joke. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. All ages are always welcome. Joey Thyne can be reached and on Twitter @joey_thyne

then dabbed. “I like to see everyone that came out and all the meanings and representations,” Stephens said. “It was nice to actually get this out into the public and show the PWI [predominantly white institution] campus that we find ourselves on what it is to be African American and the roots behind it,” Cruz said. As another Black History Month event, Phi Beta Sigma is hosting the event “In Their Shoes” on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the JCSU Theater. It is an open forum about the history of African Americans post-slavery. As a note of disclosure, Brandon Cruz is also an employee of The Nevada Sagebrush. Joey Thyne can be reached at and on Twitter @joey_thyne.

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1.) Sylvia Stevens performs poetry at the “For the Culture Talent Show” on Feb. 20. 2.) The men of Phi Beta Sigma perform a traditional African dance. 3.) UNR student performs “His Eye on the Sparrow.”

Mummies, murderers from Baobab Press


Livestock Events Center INFO: This event goes all weekend. Attractions include exotic animals, trapeze acts, motorcycles, clowns and face painting. Adult tickets cost $18. Proceeds go to charity. I, for one, won’t be able to make it. It’s not that I’m afraid of clowns or anything. It’s just that I, busy...brushing my cat’s teeth.


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By Joey Thyne A lawyer in Hawthorne, Nevada, believes a serial murderer has recently moved into the town and attempts to track the man down and prevent any further murders. A wounded veteran of the Afghanistan war becomes an archeology grad student and must protect the mummified corpse of a Roman soldier. These are the premises of the latest novels from Sundance Music and Books’ publishing arm Baobab: “Echoes” by Roger Arthur Smith and “The Last Centurion” by Bernard Schopen, respectively. Baobab will release the books on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Smith received his undergraduate degree at the

University of Nevada, Reno, while Schopen received his doctoral degree at UNR in 1975 and came back as a professor years later. Schopen, now retired, taught core humanities and relished assigning “Beowulf.” “It was a very, very different place ... The resources you have here, the facilities, it’s just amazing,” Schopen said. “Back in ‘71 there was so many fewer students. It’s like a totally different world. I haven’t been on campus for four or five years and already I’m having trouble making my way around. All the new buildings are blocking my old paths ... This is a good place to teach. I envied the students. It’s a good place to go to school.”

from Montana to settle in the high desert. His father taught at the high school. He and his father loved it, but his mother did not, so they didn’t stay long. They lived one house away from the desert. That’s not the case anymore, as another road has been added: the only change he has seen in his nearly 60 years of revisits. “Echoes” is Smith’s first novel. He worked a variety of jobs throughout the years, including positions at Nevada Magazine and the Reno-Gazette Journal. “What I mostly did was dumbed-down science stuff for a high school and undergraduate audience,” Smith said. He wrote about astronPhotos courtesy of Baobab Press omy, physics, medicine, science history, science philosophy, ethics, anSmith came to UNR notated bibliographies after bouncing around and a series of memoirs. Nevada for some years When the market crashed and joining the Marine in 2008, governments and Corps, eventually living universities lost funding in Hawthorne from 1958- for publishers. 1961. “Echoes” takes place “I wasn’t making enough in 1960. Hawthorne is money,” Smith said. “I a small town two hours wasn’t making anything southeast of Reno with a for awhile so I thought I’d population of about 3,000, give it a try.” a place to stop and get gas “Echoes” is the first in a on the way to Vegas. horror trilogy. “It is one of the weirdest “It provided me a way to places I have ever seen in write about Nevada I very my life, it still is,” Smith seldom have,” Smith said. said. “I set it there because “I’m happy to have that it is so remote. It has such opportunity. Writing ficodd beauty in the area tion comes very slowly to around it. It has a remnant me, or I should say ideas of ancient Lake Lahontan do. That can sometimes nearby. It is probably be a little frustrating.” one of the most bizarre “The Last Centurion” is settings I’ve ever seen. It Schopen’s third detective also has a supernatural novel. He got inspiration component to it.” from one summer session His family had moved as a graduate student

when he had to teach a course on detective novels. “I had to read all these things, and as I did I thought, ‘jeez, most of this is crap,’” Schopen said. “I could do better than this.” Schopen and Smith differ in their approach to writing. Schopen starts every day with a cup of coffee, sits down and writes for three hours. “I don’t get writer’s block, it’s writer’s spin,” Schopen said “It’s like you’re spinning your wheel: you’re in a rut and you can’t get out of it. It’s the same old thing and you know it’s not going to work. You try to go in a different direction but you keep coming back. I’ve never really had writer’s block as such. I can always get something going, but what I’m doing I’m not very happy with. But you gotta do it. You gotta sit three hours and write this crap and get it out. Eventually something will come.” Since the majority of Smith’s work is in nonfiction, he likes to start in a place of autobiography. “I like to write about Nevada,” Smith said. “I also like to write about libraries and bookstores, I always have. I had written some essays, and I thought I would write about the first bookstore I ever went to. A strong memory. It was in Hawthorne. So I wrote about going to the Mineral County Library right there on the edge of town, checking out my first book all by myself, getting my little beige-colored library

card. I wrote about it, and when I went through it, it was boring. I figured it was boring because it was about me, so I wrote it from the perspective of me but not first person. Still pretty tedious. So I had a kid come in through the door who’s not me and there’s something weird about him. And he scares the librarian. Then he becomes of interest to a local lawyer because theylawyer’s the librarian’s sort of foster father. So it sort of develops from there...” When asked what he hopes people get out of his writing, Schopen said, “Pleasure. I’m trying to instruct and delight. I hope people recognize things in there and see things and they get that pleasure of recognition. I certainly don’t think of myself as having something to say. At best, I suppose I rephrase some things people already know so they see them again in a slightly different light.” When asked what he hopes people get out of his writing, Smith said, “Entertainment. Maybe an appreciation of smalltown Nevada. The book is about a kind of evil. So maybe it will give them something to think about.” “The Last Centurion” and “Echoes” are available at Sundance Books and Music. Roger Arthur Smith is giving a reading at Sundance on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Joey Thyne can be reached at and on Twitter @joey_thyne


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SOBxRBE: That’s the gang! By Jiah Jewell

SOBxRBE has blessed us with their new full project “Gangin,” following up their self-titled mixtape which featured hits such as “Lane Changing” and “Anti” that blew the group up on a national level. Was the Vallejo, California based collective able to follow up their highly praised mixtape? The short answer is yes. “Gangin” is back-to-back bangers. Staying true to their Bay Area roots, the instrumentals on this mixtape are entrenched with hits of gfunk, hyphy and silky smooth melodies. The instrumentals used on this album show versatility; some are faster paced and thus bring out a rapid flow, versus some of the slower paced songs that allow singing to be executed much better upon the instrumental. Whatever pace SOBxRBE uses for their vocal delivery, the instrumentals are there to complement the vocals excellently. There’s a lot of substance here to keep SOBxRBE fans happy, as well as being able to introduce new listeners and keep them hooked. “Carpoolin,” the single to promote this mixtape, features a high-pace beat that DaBoii, Slimmy B and Yhung T.O. all deliver a flurry that makes you want to whip donuts in the middle of the street. “Paid in Full” does the exact same thing, although I envision more of a street-racing vibe from the instrumental. Either way, it’s fast-paced and will get you and your body moving along with the rhythm.

The other single “Anti Social” has a melodic beat that delivers some hard-knocking bass like something you’ll hear in your local club this weekend. It’s that good: it’s melodic enough to dance with your boo, but also turn up with your friends. Slimmy B absolutely kills the track “God,” with his repetitive “I just prayed to God” to start off the beginning lines, then goes into his flow where he just pops off on the track, using fast bars and good wordplay to make his flow infectious. “No Discussion” is another track that can see some major spins in clubs worldwide. The beat is beautifully constructed, with a lethal piano that personifies the bay sound with some great bass. This is definitely a track you need in your mix for working out, playing basketball, or anything like that. This track is braggadocious and in-your-face, but it’s so good that you can’t help but move along with the music. “Back To Back” combines the best of both worlds, with good rap flows as well as good singing from the SOBxRBE members. The instrumental is also incredible, using a wonderful melody with some nice bass, and the instrumental comes off as anthemic. Lyrically, this track also delivers. The track features what SOBxRBE usually speaks about, not straying too far out of their comfort zone, but not in a repetitive fashion so it sounds fresh to listeners, while still keeping their characteristics. “Lifestyle” also does this well, with the

hook being more of a singing delivery, where there is typical SOBxRBE rap flows on the verses. Overall, if you’re looking for a new release to get your body moving to, turn up your night out with your friends, or are generally a fan of BayArea Hip-Hop, “Gangin” by SOBxRBE is not a release to miss. Many of the tracks are potential anthems and will be heard in nightclubs for the foreseeable future due to this album’s ability to get people moving and attract listeners of all styles of hip-hop while maintaining the SOBxRBE sound. Jiah Jewell can be reached at and on Twitter @joey_thyne.

Album Review ‘GANGIN’ Release Date: Feb. 23 Genre: Rap Artist: SOBxRBE

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

INTERNATIONAL TURNING THE TABLES: TELEMARKETERS ARE NOW HANGING UP ON CUSTOMERS A new telemarketing strategy involves ending calls early before customers can have the satisfaction of hanging up. “The old model gave the customer all the power,” said Ivor Bransford, a telemarketer in Belgium, who has made calls for a discount vacation scamming company for over two decades. “The new way we do things seems counterintuitive, but it works better than you could imagine.” The idea came from telemarketers who didn’t want to take abuse from customers on the other end of the phone anymore, but it ended up working in their favor. Bransford said he’s met his sale quota every month in the past quarter. The vacation scamming company, “One Time Only Cheap Travel Deals,” reported that 95 percent of the customers they hang up on call back immediately and end up buying a vacation package out of spite. “When they call back, we pretend to be too busy to talk, and they force us to sell them a vacation,” said Bransford. “We can’t take their credit card information fast enough.”




In allowing future walkout, university rightfully allows student free speech


t this point, things have become almost routine. A mass shooting happens somewhere in the U.S., somewhere unexpected. Everyone is horrified first, then saddened. The politicians all give their thoughts and their prayers, then hope everything goes away. As the saying goes, time heals all wounds (and allows your constituents to forget they were angry about your inaction on issue x,y or z). But in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there has been an unprecedented wave of activism on the part of young people. For the first

time in years, it feels as if there may actually be some action on the part of legislators — be they from the local, state or national level — to at least address the fact that innocent people are being gunned down by the dozens every year in senseless acts of violence. Part of that activism has included the planning of the so-called March For Our Lives, set for March 24 in Washington, D.C. The march is being planned in part by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and organizers plan to have "sister marches" in cities across the U.S. that include walkouts by students of both high schools and colleges. Cue the pushback.

A number of school districts — including our very own Washoe County School District — say they will still hold students as either tardy or absent should they choose to participate in the walkout (though the WCSD does say it "understands" the intent of the walkout, for whatever that may be worth). The University of Nevada, Reno, on the other hand, says no penalties will come to university students (either current or prospective) should they decide to participate. On a surface level, this reticence to allow high schoolers off the hook is understandable. "Activism" seems an easy excuse to play hooky, and for some (or even many) school administrators,

a walkout — no matter how admirable the cause — is still a disruption to the normal learning environment. Even so, it doesn't change the fact that on some level the decision to mark students absent or tardy creates a chilling effect on what should be considered an exercise of free speech. School shootings, to say nothing of mass shootings generally or even just gunrelated incidents that take place at schools, have become almost painfully common. It is refreshing, then, that the students of Parkland have finally had enough. It is our hope, too, that their resolve will empower not just the high schoolers of this country, but all students to believe that we

might affect positive change at the highest levels of power. But when a school or school district says it will take names during a walkout, they must understand that they are unfairly restricting the right of their students to speak, and therefore unfairly restrict their right to affect the change this country has needed since two teens opened fire at Columbine nearly 20 years ago. So we commend the university for taking the stance they have. Ultimately, in a situation like this, free speech must be allowed. The editorial board can be reached at jsolis@sagebrush. and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

Bundy should denounce political violence in public appearances

A New York woman, Jamie Lee, has been unsubscribing from email marketing lists on a weekly basis for years. After unsubscribing, she gets a confirmation message, saying she has successfully unsubscribed. The messages have always been polite and understanding she says, but recently they’ve taken a dark turn. “Usually, I unsubscribe from an email chain, and I get a message that says ‘Sorry to see you go’ or ‘Thanks for letting us know, we’ll take you off our list,’” said Lee, who does a lot of online shopping. “But, recently the emails have been a bit snarky and even got nasty.” Lee said after she unsubscribed from a Charter-Spectrum list, she got a message that said, “Are you sure you don’t want our emails? We know about your limited social life.” She knew something was really wrong when a Whole Foods email said she definitely won’t lose those 20 pounds if she doesn’t get daily health food reminders. The issue was brought to national attention when a New Yorker Magazine message asserted that thousands of unsubscribers “Probably didn’t read the magazine anyway and most likely lacked a respectable amount of education” and encouraged them to “kindly f*** off back to their People Magazine subscriptions.” When these companies were approached by the Federal Communications Commission, they admitted to using a new form of artificial intelligence that must’ve spent too much time studying emotionally charged rejection responses on Twitter and Tinder. We tried to reach the AI for comment, but it said our publication was “Fake News.”

LOCAL UNR INSTITUTES NEW 'MUMBLE RAP' PROGRAM IN FOREIGN LANGAUGE DEPARTMENT Students heading to the University of Nevada, Reno, in fall 2018 have the option to study a new language: mumble rap. Mumble rap is a subgenre of trap music that is completely incomprehensible to the human ear. UNR professor Dennis Myers has been attempting to translate the language for years. “I still don’t totally have the syntax down,” Myers said. “I have discovered that most of the lines end with ‘aye’ or ‘yuh.’ Sometimes I get distracted because the beats are total slappers.” The program will study such modern philosophers as 21 Savage, Kodak Black, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Pump and Young Thug. UNR student Terry Nault intends to write his doctoral thesis on Lil’ Yachty’s “Teenage Emotions.” “When he mumbled ‘She blow that dick like a cello’ on ‘Peak a Boo,’ he was really talking about America’s disillusionment since 9/11.” Students must pay a $25 lab fee and $40 for a Xanax prescription. Ryan Suppe and Joey Thyne study astrology. They can be reached at and on Twitter @salsuppe and @Joey_Thyne.

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Cliven Bundy, Nevada cattle rancher and leader of an armed standoff with federal agents in 2014, speaking at a forum hosted by the American Academy for Constitutional Education (AAFCE) at the Burke Basic School in Mesa, Arizona in 2014.


ecently, I had a heated standoff with a parking enforcement agent. I was awoken in the middle of the night by my girlfriend who said I had to hurry outside because someone was putting a boot on my truck. Discombobulated and irked for having to get out of bed at 11p.m. on a Saturday, I went to the parking lot and found that, indeed, my truck had a boot on the back left wheel, rendering my Ryan vehicle useless until Suppe it was removed. The man who put Soup of the it there demanded Day that I pay $100 immediately to get it off, and he claimed to be sanctioned by the property owner and the police. I expressed my doubt about this claim. He had a gun on his hip. I don’t own a gun, so I was unarmed other than the weapons of mass destruction attached to my shoulders. We exchanged words. I disputed his authority as a parking enforcer. He told me the fee would only increase in later days if I didn’t pay up now. Ultimately, I paid the $100, knowing that I could solve the issue later using the full force of the law. He got his money and was happy. The confrontation was tense, and I know he had even more tense confron-

tations with my neighbors, who also got booted. But, there were no threats of violence, no guns drawn, and the whole affair was pretty civilized. The same can’t be said of the confrontation in 2014 between Cliven Bundy, a cattle rancher in Southern Nevada, and the Federal Government. The standoff occurred after a decades-long dispute over grazing fees between the Bundy Ranch and the Federal Government. Bundy thought the Obama Administration’s designation of public land and their demand that he pay fees for his cattle to graze was beyond the government’s constitutional powers, so he refused to pay. When the Feds came to collect the cattle, Bundy, his sons and like-minded protesters engaged in an armed confrontation with Bureau of Land Management rangers and local police. If this standoff happened in another country with a less stable government, headlines in America would’ve read “Militarized extremist rebel militia confronts ‘oppressive’ regime over land dispute.” Here, it became a story about states' rights. Bundy’s followers and other socalled “sovereign citizens” considered the armed protest an act of patriotism and likened the protesters to American patriots of the 1776 revolution. A federal judge, last month, threw out Bundy’s case because the prosecution withheld evidence. Now Bundy is a free citizen, giving speeches, most recently as the keynote of the Independent American Party of Nevada’s state

convention where he was hailed as a true American hero. Bundy and his sons have said they weren’t trying to incite a violent revolution. But, their movement may be inadvertently encouraging violent groups of similar anti-government views. In an interview with ThinkProgress, J.J. MacNab, who covers anti-government extremism for Forbes, said while Bundy was most interested in claiming public lands for the states, his armed supporters were members of an extreme anti-government movement, which “contains a mix of sovereign citizens, tax protesters, Constitutional Sheriffs, and private paramilitary groups such as the militias, Oath Keepers, and Three Percenters. They generally knew nothing about public land issues before they traveled to Bunkerville, Nevada.” Oath Keepers is a group of former military and police, who aim to protect the Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic by disobeying any order they feel violates the Constitution. Sovereign citizens follow the law the way they interpret it. Constitutional Sheriffs only believe in local policing. These groups use guns to enforce their authority. Before the standoff at his ranch, Bundy was involved in a long legal dispute with the government. He represented himself, and he lost many times. And when the BLM came to kick him off the land he lost fair and square, he defended it with guns. Maybe he should’ve sold his guns and paid for a

better lawyer. There’s no need to use violence to protest in this country. Maybe the Obama Administration did overstep in their conservation efforts with Nevada’s lands. Maybe Bundy and his sons are right to protest. But, they should’ve settled the issue in court. Now, after winning their freedom on a technicality, they should denounce any political violence. Groups who might think the Bundys’ freedom vilifies their actions in the standoff should be discouraged from using violence in the future. In my own parking dispute, I talked to the property owner after paying the fee, and their office said the parking enforcer was not authorized to boot my truck. Now, I have a $100 check waiting for me. I won, and I didn’t even have to employ the use of my massive biceps on that sketchy parking guy. You can argue the authority of any government institution. You can lobby for your beliefs. You can sue anybody you want. You can elect a president who better appeals to your beliefs. The law is one of the greatest weapons Americans possess, and it’s always a reasonable way to fight. You just can’t bring a gun to a legal fight.

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 rsuppe@sagebrush. and on Twitter @salsuppe




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Nevada basketball lacks roster depth


n his short time at Nevada, Eric Musselman has made giant strides on his track to becoming maybe the greatest basketball coach in the school’s history. He’s won 24 or more games in each of his first three seasons, has two regular Darion s e a s o n Strugs Mountain W e s t championships and one Mountain West tournament championship under his belt. Throughout his coaching career in Reno, there has been one common issue with Musselman — and it’s not his temper. In fact, Musselman’s fiery spirit has become an endearing trait to many Nevada Basketball fans. Musselman has built the Nevada program mostly by acquiring players via transfer and not incoming freshmen. It has handicapped the current Nevada roster, not in terms of performance, but in depth. Nevada currently has eight scholarship players, only seven of whom play meaningful minutes and five of whom are transfers. The roster also has four players — Jazz Johnson, Tre’Shawn Thurman, Corey Henson and Nisré Zouzoua — sitting out this year due to NCAA transfer rules. Lastly, it has four nonscholarship players on the bench, two of which are also receivers for the university’s football team. Notable transfers include all five starters from the Wolf Pack’s game against Colorado State this past Sunday. Jordan Caroline, Cody and Caleb Martin, Hallice Cooke and Kendall Stephens. Another is the leading scorer of the 2016-

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Eric Musselman raises the Mountain West Conference championship trophy following the Wolf Pack’s victory against Colorado State on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2018 at the Lawlor Events Center. Nevada has won back-to-back regular season conference championships

2017 team, Marcus Marshall. Only two current players have played for Musselman immediately coming out of high school on scholarship: Lindsey Drew and Josh Hall. Hall has become a crucial part of Nevada’s rotation in his first two seasons with the Wolf Pack. Drew had been a staple for Nevada as a three-year starting point guard, before tearing his Achilles in a game versus Boise State earlier this month. Drew’s injury is not the only one that has jeopardized Nevada’s tournament hopes. Both of the Martin twins have sustained injuries in the final minutes of games that were in the bag for the Wolf Pack. Caleb re-aggravated a foot injury with 26 seconds remaining in a win against Colorado State, while Cody injured his Achilles

with 46 seconds to go in a win against Utah State. The twins’ injuries spur from the lack of trust he has in his bench. Instead of trust, he risks three of his best players by playing them for over 32 minutes a game each. If Musselman has gotten this type of production from the only two freshmen he has obtained commitments from, why does he not continue to search for players that can play for four years under him instead of one, two or three years if he is lucky enough? If he did this, his trust in players would be much easier to gain and lead to a full roster every season. Darion Strugs can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

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83- 92 Final




CSU 38 45 83


vs. CSU



W 80-67

W 92-83

8 p.m. 2/28

7 p.m. 3/03


6. Kansas 7. Gonzaga 8. Purdue 9. North Carolina 10. Cincinnati

23-6 27-4 26-5 22-7 25-4

11. Wichita State 12. Texas Tech 13. Ohio State 14. Auburn 15. Michigan

23-5 22-7 24-7 24-5 24-7

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

21-7 23-4 21-7 22-7 21-8

21. Nevada 22. Saint Mary’s 23. Kentucky 24. Mid Tennessee 25. Houston

25-5 27-4 20-9 23-5 22-6

The Nevada Basketball team clinched a share of the Mountain West Conference regular season championship this past Saturday following its victory against the Colorado State Rams. Earlier last week, the Wolf Pack also defeated San Jose State to go 2-0 for the week. Saturday marked the final regular season home game for Nevada as they reached a number of accomplishments including a 14-1 home record and the highest average attendance. It also marked the final game at Lawlor E v e n t s Center for seniors Hallice Cooke, Elijah Foster and Kendall Stephens. Against the Rams, the Wolf Pack did not play its cleanest game. The visiting Rams tallied a higher field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage. “We didn’t defend that well,” Musselman said. “We didn’t shoot that well. We didn’t rebound that well. Having said all

PROBABLE STARTERS UNLV (19-10, 8-8 MWC) 24, guard, Jordan Johnson

Senior, 5-foot-11 14.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg 30, guard, Jovan Mooring

Senior, 6-foot-2 14.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg 1, forward, Kris Clyburn


that, we got a win and we scored 92 points. Usually, if you score 92 points in college game, you’re gonna win.” Two separate runs of 8-2 and 10-0 were the difference in being able to pull out the victory for its second consecutive regular season conference championship. Musselman, who after the game took off his shirt and had his wife, Danyelle, write “Champs” across his chest, said that even he felt the pressure of clinching the championship. “There’s pressure on us tonight to win the game,” Musselman said. “We knew that a win at home, your last home game, we could clinch a regular season conference championship which was one of our goals leading up to the season. I thought even in the first half, I coached kinda tight.” While the team accomplished one of their preseason goals, they turn their attention now to the last couple of games in regular season play before the start of the Mountain West Conference Tournament. “We gotta get healthy, obviously,” Musselman said. “Right now, we’re a little bit banged up and guys are playing a lot of minutes and so we’ll try and manage that as well over the next eight or nine games until we get ready for conference tournament play.””


Junior, 6-foot-6 7.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg 10, forward, Shakur Juiston

Freshman, 6-foot-7, 14.5 ppg, 10 rpg

The Nevada Basketball team will head on the road for one final road trip of the regular season. The Wolf Pack will first head to Las Vegas for a chance to exact revenge for the UNLV Rebels’ victory earlier this month. Last time out, the Rebels abused the Wolf Pack in the interior as transferee Shakur Juiston dominated in the paint with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting. He also was the enforcer on the defensive boards as he collected 12 points. Brandon McCoy was held to only eight points last time. However, he hit some key free throws to seal the victory for the Rebels. The Wolf Pack will face the San Diego State Aztecs

44, center, Brandon McCoy

Junior, 7-feet, 16.8 ppg, 10 rpg

NEVADA (23-5, 12-2 MWC) 10, forward, Caleb Martin Junior, 6-foot-7 19.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg 11, forward, Cody Martin Junior, 6-foot-7 13.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg 13, guard, Hallice Cooke Senior, 6-foot-3, 4.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg 24, guard, Jordan Caroline Junior, 6-foot-7 17.1 ppg , 8.9 rpg 21, guard, Kendall Stephens

Senior, 6-foot-7 13.6 ppg, 2 rpg

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

Standings Conference Overall



26-2 28-3 25-4 25-4 24-5


Nevada Basketball wins back-to-back Mountain West Conference regular season championships

NEV 40 52 92 1. Virginia 2. Michigan State 3. Xavier 4. Villanova 5. Duke

at Mountain West Tournament T.B.D. 3/07



Boise State



Fresno Sate



New Mexico












Utah State



Air Force



Colorado State



San Jose State



NEVADA’S 2017-2018 SCHEDULE Opponent


Nov. 10


W, 88-64

Nov. 13

Rhode Island

W ,88-81

Nov. 15

at Santa Clara

W, 93-63

Nov. 18

at Pacific

W, 89-74

Nov. 21


W, 81-68

Nov. 24

at Hawaii

W, 67-54


Nov. 29 vs. Illinois State

W, 98-68

Dec. 2

at UC Irvine

W, 76-65

Dec. 5

Texas Tech

L, 76-82

Dec. 8

vs TCU

L, 80-84

Dec. 17


W, 77-62

Dec. 19

UC Davis

W, 88-73

Dec. 22 Southern Illinois Dec. 23

San Fransisco

Dec. 27 at Fresno State

W, 86-64 L, 64-66 W, 80-65

New Mexico

W, 77-74

Jan. 3


W, 92-83

Jan. 6

at Air Force

W, 83-57

Dec. 30

Jan. 17 at San Jose State

W, 71-54

Jan. 20

Boise State

W, 74-68

Jan. 24

at Wyoming

L, 103-104

Feb. 3

at Colorado State

W, 76-67

Feb. 7


L, 78-86

Feb. 14

at Boise State

W, 77-72

Feb. 17

at Utah State

W, 93-87

Feb. 21

San Jose State

W, 80-67

Feb. 25

Colorado State

W, 92-83

Feb. 28


8:00 p.m.

Mar. 3 at San Diego State 7:00 p.m.

on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The Wolf Pack routed the Aztecs at home this past month. However, the Aztecs are a different team at home as they have garnered an 11-2 record at Viejas Arena. With the Wolf Pack having to deal with a lack of depth as it heads into post-season play, the goal should be to try and stay healthy before the Mountain West Conference Tournament. With the win over Colorado State, the Wolf Pack have secured a first-round bye in the tournament.


THIS WEEK’S GAMES Nevada vs UNLV When: Wednesday, February 28 Where: Thomas & Mack Center

Nevada vs. San Diego State When: Sunday, March 3 Where: Viejas Arena

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


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Caleb Martin drives into the paint against the Colorado State Rams on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2018 at the Lawlor Events Center. The Nevada Wolf Pack will have a chance to even the score against in-state rival UNLV on Wednesday at the Thomas and Mack Center.




Coming off another Mountain West Conference Regular Season Championship, the Wolf Pack have a short turnaround and go on the road to face their in-state rival. The UNLV Rebels pose an unfavorable matchup for the Wolf Pack as they have two dynamic post players in Shakur Juiston and Brandon McCoy. This season, the Wolf Pack have fared well against opposing big men. However, the last game against the Rebels showed that it is not only enough to limit one of the big men. The Wolf Pack cannot afford to let either big man dominate next time around.

The two resume building teams for the Wolf Pack’s non-conference schedule face off in the final games of the Big XII regular season. Like the Wolf Pack, both teams are without some key players and are dealing with injuries. Keenan Evans, the dynamic guard for Texas Tech is day-to-day. For the Horned Frogs, star point guard Jaylen Fisher is out for the season with a knee injury. While both teams have managed to do well despite the injuries, the edge will be chalked up to the home court advantage.

65-62 NEV

66-58 TTU

WAS vs ORE Following the firing of head coach Lorenzo Romar and the departure of Markelle Fultz to the NBA draft, most pundits thought that the Huskies would struggle this year. However, following the masterful job done by new head coach Mike Hopkins, the Huskies are a bubble team. With three Quadrant One victories in its resume, this game against the Oregon Ducks will go a long way in pushing for a fifth bubble team from the PAC-XII. While less talented than the Ducks, look for the Huskies to pull out another quality victory to make a serious case for the NCAA Tournament.

63-52 XAV

BSU vs SDSU The Boise State Broncos are currently ranked second in the Mountain West Conference. Tonight, they face a very tough San Diego State team who is a completely different team at home than on the road. San Diego State is 11-2 at home. In Boise, the Broncos defeated the Aztecs by the skin of its teeth powered by a 44-point outburst by guard Chandler Hutchison. Look for the Aztecs to eek out a close victory in this one. After the Broncos, they will have to face Nevada on Saturday.

71-66 BSU

Issue 22 02/27/2018  
Issue 22 02/27/2018