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NEWS in REVIEW UNR faculty meet to consider collective bargaining By Karolina Rivas

By Ryan Suppe


As university faculty in dozens of states across the country have unionized or are engaged in legal battles for the right to unionize, a group of about 50 professors and other faculty members at the University of Nevada, Reno, met in the Knowledge Center Rotunda last Tuesday for lunch and to hear a presentation about collective bargaining from representatives of the Nevada Faculty Alliance — an advocacy and lobbying group that represents faculty from the eight institutions in the Nevada System of Higher Education. Dr. Tom Harrison, a counseling

LISTERIA OUTBREAK TRACED TO MEAT PRODUCT IN SOUTH AFRICA The South Africa Health Ministry has traced a listeria outbreak from a meat product known as “polony” from the Enterprise Food-Production facility in Polokwane. Listeria is a bacteria that may cause fever and diarrhea. “As of 02 March 2018, a total of laboratory-confirmed cases have risen to 948, still counting from January 2017,” Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi said on the website for South Africa’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases. “Of these 948, a total 659 patients have been traced and 180 of them have unfortunately died.” According to CNN, Motsoaledi said that the listeria had been traced to the product after nine children under the age of five presented at a hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg, with febrile gastroenteritis. Since the discovery, the Enterprise Food-Production facility announced in a tweet that the company was in the process of working with authorities to recall their products. “We have suspended operations at both Enterprise manufacturing facilities (Polokwane and Germiston) and have stopped supply to retailers,” the company said in the tweet.

professor at UNR and chair of Faculty Senate, and Dr. Kent Ervin, a chemistry professor and legislative liaison for the NFA, recommended that UNR professors work with the NFA and consider collective bargaining as a way to push for better pay and benefits. According to Ervin, UNR faculty lost merit or performance-based pay a decade ago, cost of living allowances haven’t kept up with inflation and salaries aren’t competitive enough to keep faculty members from moving to other schools. “We’re doing more with less,” Ervin said. Ervin presented four components of

a “sustainable compensation system” that the NFA would pursue through a collective bargaining agreement with UNR faculty, including competitive base salaries, regular cost of living allowance increases to match inflation, performance-based increases in pay and a strong healthcare and benefits package. Ervin said UNR’s base faculty salaries are 13 percent lower than the national average at doctoral universities. “If we take a very broad view of all doctoral universities at our level and our aspirant level, R1, highest research institution, our salaries are low,” Ervin said.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS Classes convene despite snow storm, other school closures, students take to social media to show displeasure

NATIONAL MAN SHOOTS HIMSELF OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE Officials have identified the man that fatally shot himself outside the White House on Saturday, March 3, as 26-yearold Cameron Ross Burgess of Maylene, Alabama. “[...]Burgess approached the vicinity of the North White House fence line and removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, none of which appear at this time to have been directed towards the White House,” the Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement Sunday. In an incident report, officials reported that bystanders were the first to witness Burgess’ body after shots were fired, stating he was “on the ground with a gunshot wound to his head and a gun by his right hand side.” NBC reports that the White House was placed on lockdown for 45 minutes while secret service investigated. President Trump was at Mar-a-Lago in Florida when the shooting took place and was scheduled to return to Washington on Saturday. “We are aware of the incident,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told CNN. “The President has been briefed.”

LOCAL MIDTOWN SHOP ‘HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY’ WILL CLOSE ITS DOORS Midtown shop Happy Happy Joy Joy announced last week that it will be closing its doors on March 7 after nearly five years of operation. The store was known to sell weird toys, gifts, and novelties and had a giant purple cat painted on the entrance of the building. This announcement was made when the owner, Heather Lee Dixon posted on Facebook that her husband Kenny Dixon had passed away in a motorcycle accident in January 2018. Dixon exclaimed that she “no longer has the drive or the wherewithal to continue operating this business without his presence.” “It’s sad to be closing,” Dixon said in an interview with KOLO 8. “But great to have all of the support from the community.”. Karolina Rivas can be reached at karolinar@sagebrush.unr. edu and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

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Cars sit covered in snow on Sunday, Macrh 4. Students complained of unsafe transportation to campus when the university did not cancel classes after a large snow storm hit the Reno area on Thursday, March 1.

By Karolina Rivas The University of Nevada, Reno, was the only academic institution in session on Friday, March 2, after Reno experienced its first major snowstorms of the season Thursday night, creating problems for students that commuted to class the next morning. Truckee Meadows Community College and schools within the Washoe County School District closed for the day. Students took to social media to express their discontent of the university’s decision to keep campus open. “I love having my car lose traction every minute, get stuck in snow AND having cars almost crash into me,”

Twitter user @JohnKimUn said. “Thanks for the experience UNR.” Associate Vice President of Facilities Services at UNR, Sean McGoldrick, said that preparation for a snowstorm usually begins one or two days in advance. “It was actually the day before, Thursday, that we started our preparations,” McGoldrick said. “About 50 folks we had come in around five o’clock in the morning on Friday with another 70 that arrived at seven o’clock.” McGoldrick says that the facilities services crew will try to pave at least 90 percent of pathways by the time students were to arrive for their classes. Services such as PACKTransit do not change for inclement

weather unless there is an official closure of the campus. “On snow days, tire chains are installed on all PACKTransit buses.” Assistant Director of Parking and Transportation Michelle Horton said. “In the event that a campus closure is announced, shuttles continue to operate an additional twohours after the closure time in an effort to get students and faculty from their classrooms and offices back to their vehicles.” McGoldrick says what justifies a closed campus will be based upon the expected depth of snowfall and timing of the storm. Around 8:30 p.m., UNR declared that the campus would be closed at 9 p.m. due to the weather conditions of heavy snowfall

and unsafe road conditions surrounding the university. At that time, student services such as campus escort also concluded their services. “Our main priority is the safety of our riders and staff and though we have chains for all our Dodge Caravan minivans and our Officers are trained to install them, it is paramount to us that staff feel safe and comfortable while doing their job, and we completely trust their assessment and reports when they are out on the road, after all, Campus Escort is a studentrun program,” Helena Farrar, Coordinator of Programs and Services at UNR said. McGoldrick says that

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Students demonstrate in KC By Gabriel Foster Activist students at the University of Nevada, Reno, carried out a rogue banner drop in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center on Thursday, March 1, in a show of solidarity between Dreamer and African-American students and to protest the marginalization of minority voices on campus. Just before noon, a high-pitched alarm rang and two banners were flung over the railings of the Knowledge Center’s third floor, hanging above its lobby, reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Clean Dream Act Now!” At the same time, fliers reading “We are so much more than just our economic

value” and “Keep the Dreamers, deport the racists” were thrown and fluttered down to cover the lobby and atrium. About 30 students took part in the action, organized by their own initiative and through networks like Nevada Student Power. Few were willing to be identified — wary they might be punished for vandalism or other breaches of the student code of conduct. According to one of the organizers, a political science senior at UNR, the action was partly a continuation of campus-wide flier campaign for Black History Month. “[The administration] thought it might be over,” he said. “Black history isn’t one

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Banners hang from the banisters in the Knowledge Center on Thursday, March 1. Student activists hung them without university permission.

According to Ervin, for the last decade two promotions have been available for new faculty at the university, but once full professorship is achieved, there are no more increases in pay available based on performance. Merit pay was reintroduced for state employees in 2015, but Governor Brian Sandoval took it out of the state budget, Ervin said. The NFA hopes faculty compensation will be a priority for NSHE, the state legislature and the governor’s office in their budget proposals for higher

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UNR, WCSD students to participate in walkout By Madeline Purdue High school students across the country will be walking out of their classrooms and schools at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, to show Congress they want gun control legislation passed. The national walkout was spurred by the actions of the student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting — which left 17 people dead. The shooter used an AR-15, which has been used in mass shootings such as Sandy Hook, Aurora and Orlando, and students are using their voices and actions to “protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence”, according to the National Walkout’s Facebook event page. Students at Damonte Ranch High School and Reno High School have both created Facebook events for the walkout, and encourage students to participate despite the Washoe County School District’s policy that students who do will be marked tardy or absent, and will not be excused. “This walkout will last 17 minutes, one minute for each of the victims of the Florida shooting,” says the Damonte Ranch event page. “Meet in front of the school entrance by the stairs and PEACEFULLY protest.” In a statement released on Feb. 23, WCSD encouraged schools and student leaders to find another way to stand in solidarity with the Parkland victims. “[...] our first priority is educating our students,” said the WCSD statement. “Student Leadership clubs and classes could develop ideas such as tying ribbons on school fences or observing moments of silence.” WCSD also recognized the importance of civic engagement and asked if students do walk out, they do so peacefully without disrupting the “educational setting”. The Clark County School District — whose jurisdiction is the greater Las Vegas area — was stricter about punishments for students who choose to participate after 75 students from Silverado High School walked out of classes on Feb. 21. “If a student chooses to walk out they will be ineligible to participate in any athletics or extracurricular activities [for that day],” said Rosanne Richards, a CCSD official in a message to school principals. “Additionally, principals may choose to collaborate with student club/activity advisers and coaches to potentially thwart a walkout on your campus. It is so important during these times that we talk with our students about how a walkout is not necessary and that we are all working together to optimize school safety.” The message received backlash on social media, and many Twitter users encouraged students to participate in the walkout despite threatened punishments. “ccsd students! do it anyway” tweeted @KeenaStayFly. The tweet was retweeted over a thousand times and liked by more than 2,000 users. Students from the University of Nevada, Reno, and incoming students will not be punished if they decide to

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university, students are still not satisfied with the school’s decision to keep the campus open or the closure of services due to weather while the university is still in session. “[...] even though there were treacherous conditions for travel, I still had to go to classes,” Eric Munoz, a junior at the university said. “Even through preparation and precautions I nearly got into an accident and had to go through unplowed major roads like McCarran. Even when I arrived on campus, the university failed in its promise to plow parking lots.” A student spoke at public comment at the Associated Students Of The University Of Nevada Senate meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 28, stating that he was left stranded on campus after not realizing that Campus Escort had closed for weather reasons. The student called for a better form of com-

KC Continued from page A1 month.” Its other purpose was to display solidarity between Black Lives Matter and Dreamers, or undocumented immigrants who have been granted temporary protective status by the DACA program. Rachel, an organizer and senior at UNR, said she was inspired by the energy of the Black History Month fliers and wanted to use it to support Dreamer students. “Our struggles are different, but we are fighting the same system,” she said. When acting separately, neither group felt like it was being heard, so they came together for the drop. Many of the students involved were also responsible for replacing the letters on the window of the Ansari Business Building to read “Think Dreamact.” Within half an hour after the drop, the banners were taken down. With the exception of a few lost behind chairs, the fliers were cleared too. The activists expected


munication between the service and student population. In response to the student’s concern, Farrar said that campus escorts follow an inclement weather protocol. When the service is unavailable, Campus Escort will post an announcement on the Campus Escort TapRide app and ASUN Facebook and Twitter pages but would take and complete any calls placed until 7:30 p.m. that evening. The service will also notify UNR PD, the Knowledge Center, Wiegand Fitness and the Joe Crowley Student Union staff that they are closing early. Once all rides in the system are completed, Campus Escort will update the Campus Escort phone message to inform riders that they are closed for the night due to weather. “Weather and road conditions are hard to predict, but we have to anticipate that the later it gets, the colder and icier it will get,” Farrar said. “As

far as improving the communication between Campus Escort and students in these cases, we would gladly accept suggestions on how we can better.” McGoldrick is aware that the decision Facilities Services make to keep the campus open will not please everyone but insists that if those commuting to school do not feel safe, to avoid traveling to campus. “I think anything that makes a student feel unsafe or overly cautious when driving to school should warrant a closed campus,” Kellie Rogaczewski a sophomore at the university said. “Most professors cancel class when it gets too bad anyways, because they actually realize that risking your life/ others safety while driving is not worth the ten attendance points.”

their work to be removed quickly, especially after the removal of fliers and chalk messages left around campus, which they believe was sanctioned by the university administration. The Building Operations manager Alden Kamaunu said the Knowledge Center has no problem with students using the library as a space for expression. However, because the drop was not cleared through the administration’s office, it was policy for the materials to be removed immediately. The Knowledge Center handed the banners over to campus Police Services for holding, and have said they don’t know who carried out the drop and are not going to take further action. The fliers were put in a box and placed under the front information desk of the Knowledge Center. They are freely available for anyone to take if you know to ask for them. “I like the message, but I don’t think it was the right place,” said an African-American student who witnessed the drop. Though she did not take part she also did not want to be identified, saying she

also feared repercussions. “We already have a bad name for being disruptive, and it didn’t help.” Despite this reputation, going through official channels didn’t seem like an option to the students. “No one thought to ask permission,” said one of the student organizers, Grey Henson. “Activists don’t need permission.” The students involved universally felt it was necessary for the banner drop to be an act of civil disobedience. None believed the library would have allowed the banners if they asked permission first, and felt if the university really did support the voices of its colored students, the banners would have been left up longer. Instead of staying silent, Anijah Boyd, another student organizer, said students’ response isn’t going to be fear or vulnerability. “We can speak for ourselves and be heard,” she said.

Karolina Rivas can be reached at and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

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SENATE RECAP FEB. 28 By Madeline Purdue

PUBLIC COMMENT COLA BRINGING IN DIVERSE STUDIES, STAFF Debra Moddelmog, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, presented to the Senate on what her college is doing to improve diversity, inclusion and equity. Moddelmog said her goals are to build a curriculum that brings more understanding of diversity and recruiting a more diverse staff. A donor has given $40,000 to create programming about diversity and against hate. Another donor gave $10,000 for the same reason. Moddelmog said they are changing the women’s studies program name to gender, race and identity for the Fall of 2018. Students can then focus on women studies, ethnic studies and more. The GRI program already exists in the COLA, but it is only a minor program, and they would like to make it a major. This is a university-wide project that is coming out of the COLA. Melanie Duckworth, assistant dean of diversity and inclusion for the COLA, joined Moddelmog. She said she hasn’t been this excited in her 16 years at the university because Moddelmog has put money towards diversity effort. She said that UNR needs to have a diverse student body. The COLA is hiring 23 faculty members that specialize in cultural, LGBTQ, religious and other diverse studies.

ELOHIST BIBLE CLUB DENIES TRAFFICKING RUMORS Dalen Ward, a UNR student in the College of Science came to the meeting to help end rumors that his church is involved in illegal sex trafficking. Ward is a part of the Elohist Bible Club and said these rumors are spreading on social media, which makes it hard to recruit new members. He said the bible club is on campus to spread love to combat hate, and there wasn’t any evidence to support these claims.

REPORTS ASUN TO INTRODUCE TRIAL COMPOST PROGRAM Director of Sustainability Brita Romans said the composting project is still ongoing. ASUN is working with a company that will provide high-quality compost at cheaper rates. However, it is still expensive. Romans said they will be doing a trial program before they implement a full-on compost program.


democracy. We acknowledge their right to stand up in the expression of their beliefs.” Johnson also expressed these sentiments on Twitter. For more information about the National Walkout, visit the event page on Facebook.

Senator Cook and Se were censured for missing too many Senate and committee meetings. ASUN has a pointbased censure program, where Senators are given fractions of a point for not meeting ASUN obligations — including tardiness, absences and not attending office hours. Senator Cook has accumulated 5⅓ points and Senator Se 6⅓ points. They are both required to write a letter of apology, to be published in The Nevada Sagebrush within a week of being censured. However, The Nevada Sagebrush did not receive letters from either senator as of print time.

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

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

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Fliers fall into the Knowledge Center lobby on Thursday, March 1. The fliers and banners were created by students to show support for Black Lives Matter and Dreamers.

Walkout Continued from page A1 partake in the walkout on March 14, according to a statement released by President Marc Johnson. “The University of Nevada, Reno has long stressed a model of civic and community engagement for our students,”

said the statement. “We firmly believe that students who work to make a difference in the civic life of our communities develop knowledge, skills and values that will serve them well throughout their lives, and will help them become more engaged and productive citizens. We support our current and future students’ active participation in our

Reno focuses on mental health with new psychiatric ward By Olivia Ali

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The Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital as it stands on Sierra Centre Parkway in South Reno. The hospital will be the first psychiatric ward located in Reno in 35 years.

For the first time in 35 years, a new psychiatric ward is going to open in Reno. Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is opening in the next few weeks on Sierra Centre Parkway in South Reno to provide psychiatric care to those suffering from mental illness — including behavioral health and addiction recovery. The facility will be able to provide care to children, adolescents, adults and seniors. The hospital will also offer inpatient and outpatient treatment in several different areas of mental health care. According to CEO of Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital Steve Shell, the facility’s purpose is to improve mental health care within the community. “Unfortunately, Nevada ranks 50th in mental health according to a 2017 report by Mental Health America,” Shell said. “When we open in a few weeks, our purpose will be to raise the standard for mental health and addiction services in our community and give

people another option for their treatment that has been lacking for many years.” The creators of this new facility are not the only ones who feel mental health has not been a priority within the healthcare system. Faculty and students of the university alike believe that mental health care is something that needs to be improved. Professor Barbara Kohlenberg of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the university said that while she does not know much about the new facility, it is exciting to have as an addition to the Reno area. “Mental health problems and human suffering are a huge problem, and more resources are needed,” Kohlenberg said. “Compassionate and evidence-based mental health care are needed, and if this new hospital can offer more opportunities for people to receive that kind of care, then, of course, it is an asset for our community.” Shell agrees and says another goal of Reno Behavioral Health-

care Hospital is to provide education within the realm of mental health. “In addition to behavioral health services, we will eventually provide support groups and education,” Shell said. “Once open and fully functional, Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is prepared to take a lead role in advocating for mental health and addiction services in the community.” Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is currently hiring for various positions before its opening in early March. Although not currently securing any type of relationship with the university’s medical department, Shell says it is not out of the question. “We welcome a positive working relationship in the future,” Shell said. “I could eventually foresee various partnerships with the School of Medicine and other university departments including Nursing and Social Work.” Olivia Ali can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.



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ASUN hosts second, third round of debates

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Candidates for the Reynolds School of Journalism, Zachariah Simms (left) and Mika Alvarez (right), give their answers to questions on the third night of the ASUN debates in the Milt Glick Ballrooms in Joe Crowley Student Union on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Candidates are running for the 86th Session of the ASUN Senate.

to find out exactly the needs of students on campus. Both candidates also mentioned that social media is a powerful tool to connect with students. Sewell said that she believes that students are not informed rather than intimidated by ASUN. Thus, Sewell plans to reach out to students and encourage them to get involved on campus. The last debate of the night was for the College of Liberal Arts. There are eight candidates running for the college’s four Senate seats — Kenneth Heinlein, Anthony Martinez, Natasia Mata, Andrew McKinney, Orrin Page, Irshad Tabani, April Wilday and Victoria Yeghiayan. The candidates were asked, “In the current political climate, some would say that the First Amendment is misunderstood. What is your take on that and how would you encourage constituents in your college to use their First Amendment right of free speech?” Heinlein answered first by saying that students can use their right to freedom of speech to express their thoughts of their college to the senator. Heinlein hopes to create more opportunities for the student body so that their first amendment right is used. Martinez and Mata emphasized the resources for speech available at UNR and want to remind students that they have the ability and power to make change by

exercising their right. McKinney, Page, Yeghiayan, and Tabani focused on the events that occurred on campus relating to diversity and want to encourage students to speak at Senate meetings. Lastly, Wilday said she would like to exercise her First Amendment right and reach out to students as mentioned in the College of Engineering debate. The Reynolds School of Journalism kicked off the third debate of the week with two candidates running for the college’s one seat in Senate — Mika Alvarez and Zachariah Simms. The candidates were asked a question from the audience, “As stated during this debate, many students do not know who their representative is. As a senator, how do you plan on solving this issue?” Simms said that he would like to hold meetings weekly where students can come in and talk to him personally. He would also like to reach out and visit classes in order to interact with students. Alvarez said she agrees with Simms when it comes to visiting classes and would also like to be at orientation and begin student outreach early to sustain retention. Simms refuted Alvarez’s comment by saying that not everyone has time during the summer and Nevada Fit would be a more effective approach. Alvarez responded by saying she disagreed with Simms and that there are only a

small number of students that actually attend NevadaFIT compared to orientation. The last debate of the night was for the College of Science. There are five candidates running for the college’s three Senate seats — Gabriel Burgos, Troy Clemons, Hayley Collins, Zachary Green and Jenny Purdue. The facilitator asked the candidates, “If you were only given the resources to solve one of the university’s problems, what would it be?” Burgos and Green said that he would like to solve the problem of increasing the level of involvement on campus. Clemons said he would solve the issue of the ASUN senators’ relationship with the students within their colleges. Collins said she would like to improve the retention rate at the campus by requiring students to take NevadaFIT for their college. Purdue said that she hopes to increase diversity within the College of Science as her goal is to increase the participation of women in S.T.E.M. while increasing the voice of more students in order to create networking opportunities for students. For a full video of these debates, a link to ASUN’s live stream can be found on ASUN social media. Karolina Rivas can be reached at and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

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The second and third debates for elections for the 86th session of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada, were held Monday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, Feb. 27, respectively as students prepare to vote later in March. The second debate held on Monday featured candidates from the Division of Health Science, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Engineering. The third debate featured candidates from the Reynolds School of Journalism and the College of Science. There are no candidates running for the college of the Interdisciplinary program, which was supposed to be featured in the third debate. During the debates, each candidate will answer the same two predetermined questions from the ASUN elections chair and two questions from the audience. Two minutes are given to each candidate and each will be given an additional minute to provide a rebuttal to their opponents’ answers. The first debate of the week was for the Division of Health Science. There are four candidates running for the college’s three seats — Vanessa Amaya, Claudia Feli, John Loveland and William Schab. The candidates were asked from the ASUN elections chair was “How do you plan on using your background

as a Division of Health Science major to improve the mental and physical health of students on campus?” Feli responded by saying that she has taken many classes specific to these issues and will spread her knowledge to her constituents. Loveland and Schab emphasized the importance of physical and mental health and promoting the free resources that are offered to students at the Wiegand Fitness Center and Family Health Center. In addition to promoting campus resources, Amaya said that she will be actively involved with her peers. The following debate was for the College of Engineering. There are five candidates running for the college’s three Senate seats — Demitri Bannoura, Savannah Hughes, Mailynn Santacruz, Emily Sewell and Dillon Wilcox. The candidates were asked, “ASUN Senate can be seen as intimidating to the average student, how do you plan on getting more students input on issues you are discussing?” Bannoura was the first to respond by saying that he wanted to increase student voice on campus by creating more opportunities, such as surveys, to voice their feedback and that speaking directly with campus clubs and organizations is vital. Santacruz, Hughes, and Wilcox also agreed that senators need to meet directly with students in order

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Hannah Jackson

Presidential Candidate:

A third-year student studying Journalism and Political Science, she currently has the honor of serving as the Speaker of the 85th Session of the Senate of the Associated Students. Prior to her role as Speaker of the Senate, Hannah has served as Chair of the Legislative Interns, Senator for the College of Education, and Speaker Pro-Tempore. Hannah’s first exposure to ASUN was in her senior year of high school. While completing a research project for one of her classes, Hannah stumbled across the story about the implementation of gender inclusive restrooms on the University of Nevada campus - which was a direct result of the ASUN Senate passing a resolution. Hannah realized the incredible ability that ASUN had to make a difference and wanted nothing more than to be able to contribute to that narrative, too. From that moment, and every day since, Hannah has felt a profound connection to the importance of advocacy, engagement, and inclusivity. While in office, she has advocated for policies and mandatory training to ensure ADA Compliance and universal accessibility within ASUN. Through initiatives such as the Students Helping Students campaign, open forum senate meetings, events like “ElectHer,” and the creation of the Student Rights, Expression, and Responsibilities website, Hannah has made it her top priority to ensure that the Association is truly representing the students that it serves. For more information:

Carissa Bradley

Vice Presidential Candidate

Carissa is a third-year undergraduate student studying Environmental Science with a minor in Public Administration. Her involvement with the University of Nevada began as early her first semester as a Legislative Intern for the Associated Students (ASUN). Her passion for sustainability and community development then propelled her to earn a seat in the 84th Session of ASUN Senate for the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR) and chair of the University Affairs Committee. During her time as a senator, Carissa most notably advocated on behalf of sexual assault prevention with the “It’s On Us” campaign and created the position of Director of Sustainability within ASUN. Carissa was then appointed to her current position of Chief of Staff on the executive board where she has focused on increasing efficiency within the Association as well as working to develop strong programs and initiatives to increase student representation. Carissa’s campus engagement goes well beyond her duties in ASUN. She has worked for a variety of student services in many different roles including: a Peer Advisor for her college, with the Resident Hall Association as a Resident Assistant, and most recently the Nevada Career Studio as a Career Mentor. As part of her platform, Carissa hopes to work diligently with all student services departments to strategize ways ASUN can partner to better every student’s collegiate experience. Beyond her work experience, Carissa is also part of multiple clubs and organizations including Blue Key Honor Society, Professional Network of Women, CABNR Ambassadors and an active member of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Carissa’s breadth of experience on campus has given her a unique perspective into the areas of improvement that our campus needs to address. For more information:

Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources Senator Miguel Aguilera

Miguel is a second-year environmental science major at the University of Nevada, Reno. He a first generation student in the TRiO Scholars program at the university, currently works in the Office for Prospective Student on campus, and is a proud Nevada Student Ambassador for the university. Community service has always been a part of his experience and is currently a volunteer tutor for the Upward Bound program. Miguel has always had a passion for the life sciences and wants to become a future researcher and urban planner with the goal of finding ways to better design ever expanding cities while conserving the ecosystems that sustain biodiversity. As an ASUN senator for the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources, he intends on helping diversify the college and supporting more professional programs for CABNR students that will develop the skills essential to a career in the agriculture and life science fields. Platform: All students on the University of Nevada, Reno campus belong to the campus community. No matter race, gender, creed, identity, religion, disability, or background, every student deserves to feel safe and included at the university. Additionally, the student government should promote further sustainability on campus to educate students on environmental issues and solutions. Lastly, there needs to be more opportunity of internships so that more students are able to have a professional experience in their field of study before graduation.

Aamir Aziz

Aamir Aziz is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. His career aspirations are to attend medical school in the hopes of becoming a pediatrician or ophthalmologist (perhaps both). Currently, Aamir is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, Nevada’s premedical fraternity and has active involvement in CABNR as a Peer Adviser, a PackFit mentor, and student. As for extracurriculars, he shadows an ophthalmologist, volunteers at St. Mary’s and enjoys spending time with friends and family. As a Peer Adviser inside CABNR, Aamir has witnessed the “frontlines” of how his college fits into the University as a whole. Although students of the college understand the diversity of the population, academics, and career opportunities present within CABNR, outside views are less informed. As a result, CABNR could benefit from a strong public figure to represent its foundation. Aamir would like to bring more awareness to the broad scope of the opportunities available in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. He aims to help recruit more students to the college, increase public knowledge of what the college can offer, and be a leader and representative for his constituents within CABNR.

Trevor Carter

Trevor Carter, an Eagle Scout from California, is a Junior at the University of Nevada, Reno, double majoring in Environmental Science and Forest Management with minors in Ecohydrology and Rangeland Ecology and Management. He has worked in the natural resources field for the past year in Dr. Elizabeth Leger’s research lab, studying plant restoration ecology. Trevor’s passions include resource conservation and sustainability, both of which he plans to further integrate into the University. In his personal time, Trevor is an avid outdoorsman who spends his time rock climbing, skiing, hiking, and backpacking. Last year he was able to integrate his love for the outdoors with his passion for leadership when he served as the President of the Silver State Climbing Team, and Vice President of the UNR Rock Climbing Club.

Blake Duncan

Blake Duncan is a junior at the university with a Major in Rangeland Ecology and Management and a minor in agriculture science. He is a fourth generation Nevada rancher and his platform is based on his experiences he has had on the ranch and in college. He has held several leadership offices through FFA, 4-H, and range club.His platform focuses on continuing the expansion of sustainability and diversity, not only in agriculture but also in the college itself. He also is pushing for better inter college communication and cooperation because when in the professional field people who have a rangeland degree will need the help of those carrying a biomedical degree and vice versa. To have better cooperation between the majors would give students a better understanding of each other and let people see the opportunities outside of their majors. While this will increase the current opportunities at the college, Blake’s platform also sees that as C.A.B.N.R.’s reputation as a great college gains we must be able to have plenty of new clubs, internships, and interactions for the new students who are coming to Reno to better prepare them for life after college. Blake’s platform can be summed up as blending the traditions of past such as honesty and integrity with the new ideas such as sustainability and diversity; that way we can make C.A.B.N.R. a better place for anyone who is pursuing a degree at the best college.

Blane Merkley

Blane is a junior studying agriculture science, with a career focus on Global Rural Development. He was born and raised in the agricultural capital of Nevada, Fallon. Blane has a depth of knowledge about the history of CABNR, and with this information is able to articulate where the college has been and where it should be going. In addition, he has many great relationships with the college faculty and administration. Blane loves to spread the message that CABNR is heading in a great direction and is happy to be in the college, but he believes it’s time he is a part of the future for this college and has a few ideas to continue this success. The first part of this is to expand opportunities for students in the college, whether that’s research opportunities, or more clubs and programs, or relaying the support ASUN brings to its students. The second part is continuing the growth of the student advisory board within the college and making sure that student voices are being heard on classes, lecturers, and college support. The last part is working on the Sustainable Nevada Initiative Fund (SNIF) to increase student interaction and application.

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith is a junior majoring in Biochemistry in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources (CABNR). He has a strong background in research and has experience working in a Biochemistry lab at the University of Nevada and in a Pharmacology lab at the University of California, San Diego. Since research is an important part of CABNR, he is dedicated to strengthening that aspect of the College.

online voting on WebCampus ( Opens on March 14, at 8:00 a.m. Closes March 15, at 5:00 p.m. He is also involved in Fraternity and Sorority Life where he recently finished a year term as Vice-President. This time serving on the Executive Committee of his fraternity has given him experience working with other officers, developing interpersonal skills, and building consensus. After filling a vacancy in December, he had served as an ASUN Senator representing CABNR for the 85th Session. Josh’s main focus as an ASUN Senator is to actively listen to and create dialogue with the students of CABNR and the rest of the University. ASUN is run by the students and for the students; he is dedicated to properly representing his constituents.

College of Business Senator

Nikolas Burton

Nik Burton is a third-year student from San Jose, CA studying Information Systems with a minor in Cybersecurity at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is an avid member of the community through his current and past involvement in a variety of organizations here on campus. His interest in Cybersecurity began during the fall semester of 2015 when the minor program first launched. After months of collaborating with interested students and faculty in his first semester, Nik co-founded and served as first president of the Nevada Cyber Club where he established an interdisciplinary framework to attract a diverse student body. In his second year, Nik sought to improve the innerworkings of his fraternity, and did so by serving as Vice President. Over the summer prior to starting his third year, he enjoyed his time introducing new students to the university, the Reno community, and facilitating conversations around transitional issues, diversity, inclusion, and social justice as an Orientation Guide. Today, he is still actively involved in his fraternity and currently works in the IT department at the Joe Crowley Student Union and hopes to get involved in Cybersecurity research. Nik is eager to leave a lasting impression at this institution and is prepared to give back to the university that has given him so much.

Hayden Grant

Hayden Grant is currently a sophomore at the University of Nevada pursuing a degree in finance through the College of Business. After graduating, Hayden hopes to work his way into the finance industry and become a financial advisor. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, he practiced his leadership skills through sports, and was a four-year letterman in high school. Hayden is also a leader within the Greek community where he holds a chair position in his fraternity. Always looking for new ways to lead, Hayden hopes to make a difference at the University of Nevada by implementing initiatives that are aligned with the institution’s goals to create a more safe and interpersonal university experience.

Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is currently a freshman at the University of Nevada, Reno and is pursuing a degree in economics through the College of Business. After graduating from the university Hannah hopes to attend law school and get her Joint Degree in economics. Hannah has lived in Reno for 15 years and is a second generation member of the pack. She has involvement within ASUN as she is currently serving as an intern for the Judicial Branch. Being a member of the business floor in her residential hall, Hannah has constant exposure to the ideas and wants of the students in the college of business and hopes to make their voices heard. Hannah’s platform is based around equal opportunity and community outreach. She hopes to accomplish these goals by providing students with speakers, events, and workshops that help students better utilize their resources. If elected, Hannah hopes to hold one event during the semester focused on the students in the college of business to come share ideas, express concerns, create networks, and further this college as a community.

Tristan San Luis

Tristan San Luis is a third year student at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is pursuing a bachelor of science in business management, with a minor in health sciences. With this, he hopes to land a career in the business of health or sports. Tristan has served on the Interfraternity Council executive board for two consecutive years, currently serving as the Vice President, and previously as the athletics coordinator. He has also held positions within his fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi, as the social director, and as the current Vice President. He is also a member of Delta Sigma Pi, which is a professional business fraternity at the University of Nevada, Reno. Combined with the knowledge and experience he has from these positions held at the university, along with the relationships he has with leaders on this campus, and the passion and love he has for this university, he works to improve the institution in any way he can

omar Moore

Omar Moore is currently a sophomore majoring in economics at the University of Nevada. Growing up in Las Vegas, he always took a keen interest in worldly affairs and the news. His fascination with the legislative process is what motivates him to serve our school. For the past two years, Omar has worked as a staffed coach for one of the top high school debate teams in the country. In addition to coaching debate, Omar has competed at National Championships in both high school and college. It is Omar’s experiences in debate that have grown his admiration for policy advocacy. He truly loves seeing effective policy efforts make a difference. Having a thorough understanding of the legislative process, Omar is confident in his ability to use legislation as a vehicle for enacting solutions and is eager to do so for the College of Business.

Daniel rich

Daniel Rich is a first year undergraduate here at the University of Nevada pursuing a degree in Marketing though the College of Business. He is a battle-born leader who came to the University ready to promote civic engagement in both the classroom as well as among his peers. Daniel knew that he would be a good fit in the College of Business at a young age when he became a entrepreneur to a small business. This taught him how to be accountable and how to keep his business financially afloat. He is also actively involved in Nevada Greek Life and is not only set on helping this campus but also his community. Daniel is dedicated to representing his peers and improving the university through every way possible.

Kevin Finkler

College of Education Senator

Kevin Finkler is a first-generation freshman from Pahrump, Nevada. He is studying Secondary Education Political Science and aspires to become a high school social studies/civics teacher Furthermore, he aspires to run for political office in the coming future. Kevin is currently a part of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity on campus and is the chapter’s secretary. Furthermore, he serves as a representative to the Inter Fraternity Council on campus for his chapter. He also serves on the Leadership Council for Sierra Hall. He recently has become involved with ASUN by interning for the legislative branch of the student government. If elected, Kevin wishes to better understand the realtionship between ASUN and the university in order to serve the students better. He wishes to expand the resources for students on campus and increase the knowledge of said resources to the students.

Jennifer Rogers

Jennifer is a second-year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies through the College of Education. Upon graduation, she plans to study Family Law and become an attorney. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Jennifer is familiar with not only the inner workings of the city but is personally invested in bettering the College of Education and University for the students she mentors with disabilities or hardships. She has practiced her leadership skills through sports in high school where she attended Damonte Ranch, participation in student body activities and peer tutoring. As a Reno native of 5 generations, she is not only familiar with how the city has grown, and how much more potential it has to grow. Currently, Jennifer is actively involved in fraternity and sorority life on campus. Off-campus, Jennifer is a recipient of the Reno Rotary grant and volunteers with their Achievement Beyond Obstacles Program as a mentor for students who are in the process of receiving a scholarship to go to college. She is a Basic Skills Training provider for the severely mentally ill population in our community and she is aware of not only needs to happen in Washoe County’s education system but the potentiality for the outreach Nevada students can have in the community.

Demitri Bannoura

College of Engineering

Demitri Bannoura is a first-year student at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently studying Computer Science and Engineering. Ever since he discovered what it meant to serve his classmates and community in the first grade, Demitri has consistently gotten involved with activities both on and off campus. While in grade school, he became involved in several leadership organizations such as Student Government, National Honor Society, and SkillsUSA; he also became a web developer and graphic designer in high school, receiving certifications from both the Nevada State Board of Education and Adobe. Demitri aspires to become even more involved as a college student. He is currently serving as the Nevada Living Learning Community (LLC) residence hall president in which he leads meetings and represents the LLC within the Residence Hall Association; this has allowed him to gain experience using parliamentary procedure. Additionally, he is involved in fraternity and sorority life on campus and is the secretary of his fraternity. Furthermore, Demitri was a Legislative Intern for ASUN during the fall of 2017; this internship allowed him to learn about how ASUN runs and the many responsibilities that encompass being a senator. Demitri is a passionate and dedicated leader; if elected, he will strive to design a strong future for the students of the College of Engineering and the University of Nevada.

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Savannah Hughes

Savannah Hope Hughes is a first-year student in the College of Engineering, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in environmental engineering. Originally born in Elko, Nevada, Savannah has held a multitude of leadership roles in student government and National Honor Society. Additionally, Savannah has extensive background in debate, qualifying for the National Speech and Debate Association’s national tournament twice in 2016. Furthermore, Savannah is the founder and former president of two organizations in her home town. In 2014 Savannah created a tutoring and advisory program to assist students from marginalized backgrounds and lower socioeconomic families. Secondly, in 2016 she founded a club designed to increase youth political engagement at a state and local level. To facilitate this program, she worked side by side her local mayor and city council, as well as meeting with several other political figures at the state level. With her experience, Savannah believes she will make a smooth and productive transition into the 86th session of Senate. Currently, Savannah is motivated by her activist roots to increase her engagement on campus through leadership and service. In a university setting, Savannah believes that ensuring students’ prosperity, equal representation, and diversity are essential to a safe and engaged campus.

Mailynn Santacruz

Mailynn is a Computer Science and Engineering student in her first year at UNR. She transferred from Truckee Meadows Community College with an Associates Degree of General Science. While at Truckee Meadows, Mailynn spent a year (2015-2016) volunteering with their Student Government and a year (2016-2017) working as the Secretary. During her year as Secretary, she worked with the council to begin planning for a sports facility for the school as well as work for more events and clubs on the campus. Her two years in Student Government have given her the basic procedural knowledge required for the role as an Engineering Senator. She worked hard to represent the students of Truckee Meadows, and hopes to represent the Engineering students of UNR. Mailynn believes that students should have a balance of work and fun. She hopes to help students find that balance by encouraging events and activities since she knows students can get stuck in the business only mindset. She will work with the Engineering Department to accomplish this task. Something Mailynn feels very strongly about is open communication. She wants students to feel free to talk to her about various topics. Her email is always open for questions and comments, feel free to message her!

Emily Sewell

Emily Sewell is a third-year student at University of Nevada, Reno. She is double majoring in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, and double minoring in Mathematics and Biology. Emily is very involved in campus life helping found the Musical Therapy Club, for which she currently serves as an Officer. She is also actively involved in fraternity and sorority life on campus. After spending three years in the College of Engineering, Emily will be able to provide valuable insight on how to further the College’s success. With so few females in the College of Engineering, and even less representation in the ASUN Senate, Emily would bring a female perspective and diversified approach to problem solving. She would also offer new ideas for the College of Engineering as a whole. As a senator for the College of Engineering, Emily would create more involvement with local businesses, secure more funding for engineering laboratories and increase community involvement within the University.

Dillon Wilcox

Dillon Wilcox is a third year undergraduate here at the University of Nevada pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. During Dillon’s studies, he has excelled in his engineering classes and feels that his voice could be very helpful for students in his college. During his sophomore summer, Dillon was given the opportunity to intern for a company that specializes in engineering innovative technology. During his time there, he was exposed to many aspects of work life, including problem solving, team communication skills, and becoming very deadline oriented. Dillon is also a leader within the Greek community, helping his fraternity with public relations and using his enthusiasm to invite and include more students in philanthropy events. Through his platform, he will guarantee that students will be given increased resources on campus. Dillon hopes to increase campus involvement throughout the community. He seeks to create more job opportunities for students. With his experience, Dillon believes that he can implement all of his goals and will be a responsible and dependable leader for the University of Nevada.

Division Of Health Sciences Senator vanessa Amaya

Vanessa Amaya is currently a Junior studying Public Health with a minor in Economic Policy. She was born in California but raised in Las Vegas. Vanessa is a first generation student who is passionate about representing the College of Health Sciences. Since being at the University of Nevada, Reno she has dedicated her time in numerous leadership positions in Nevada Student Ambassadors, Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and Peer Health Educators. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, going to $5 Tuesdays at the Riverside Movie Theater and actively participating on campus events like Stroll for Tots. After college, Vanessa plans to apply to her Masters of Public Health to focus on Health Administration and Policy.

Claudia Feil

ushering shifts and has been developing an understanding of what students would like to see change on campus. In addition, Kenneth would like to have a voice in what is being programmed in the new arts building. Always looking to lead, Kenneth hopes to make a difference in the university by expanding on the goals of the university and create more opportunities for all ranges of students.

Anthony Martinez

Anthony Martinez is a first-generation freshman studying Political Science and International Affairs with a minor in Spanish. He has extensive experience with campus involvement and the legislative process through his early career as the Appointed Student Member to the Nevada State Board of Education, Student Government, Speech & Debate, and World Schools Debate. This year Anthony has worked meticulously as an ASUN Senator for the College of Liberal arts and Speaker Pro Tempore of the Senate, sitting on the Government Operations, Budget and Finance, and Oversight Committees. One of Anthony’s priorities this year was looking after the needs of the residents of Nye Hall serving as a Resident assistant and secretary of the Nye hall RAs. Anthony sees ASUN as a unique opportunity to demonstrate his leadership abilities with the numerous positions he has held in Student Government, Greek Life, Honor Societies, and various social institutions. When it comes to being a leader in daily settings, the ideas, thought processes, and success of others are always Anthony’s number one priority. Anthony believes individuals should feel comfortable in their skin, and - as a leader - he has been given the capability and duty to establish a welcoming atmosphere wherever he is.

Natasia Mata

Natasia Mata is a freshman studying Political Science with a minor in Ethnic Studies. They are involved with the marching band and pep band here at the university, as well as an ASUN Senate Intern for the 85th Session of Senate. As a gender neutral Hispanic student, Natasia hopes to bring issues of underrepresented groups to the campus. While thte university has been phenomenal in welcoming all types of students, improvements can still be made and certain issues should still be addressed. Natasia believes what the students of today learn now will shape the country for the future, and they hope it will be for the better. ASUN is an amazing organization and Natasia hopes to serve the university as a Senator for the College of Liberal Arts. Natasia encourages anyone interested in their candidacy to send an email with any questions on other plans, clarification, or just to get to know them better. Go Pack!

Andrew McKinney

Andrew McKinney is a freshman at the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in political science and minoring in business administration. He hopes to graduate from this University and continue his education in law to pursue a career in politics. Prioritizing giving back to his community, Andrew worked alongside Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen as an intern to impact his home state of Nevada. Andrew has previous leadership experience through high school student government and being the president of his new member class of his fraternity. Andrew hopes to manifest the ideas and interests of his constituents and develop these to make the University of Nevada, Reno better for all students.

orrin page

Orrin Page is a Sophomore at the University of Nevada majoring in Political Science, with a minor in Philosophy (Ethics, Law, and Politics). After his undergrad, he hopes to pursue his Juris Doctorate and aspires to serve as a strong member of Congress. Orrin’s passion for Government and its processes make him a prime candidate for the ASUN Senate Seat for the College of Liberal Arts. As an intern for Congressman Mark Amodei as well as Senator Dean Heller, he has seen firsthand the impact of the legislative procedures and hopes to utilize that knowledge for the betterment of Nevada students. Orrin’s love for all things Nevada has no equal. As a member of the Nevada Spirit and Cheer Squad, he leads the pack not only at games and in the classroom but in the community as well. His dedication to service to the Reno-Sparks Community on the Nevada Cheer team has shown him firsthand the unparalleled impact that student leaders can have on their environment. Orrin hopes to use the culmination of all his experiences to serve as an effective member of the 86th session in the ASUN Senate.

Irshad Tabani

Irshad is a Freshman majoring in Political Science and French. He has volunteered with various groups in Las Vegas and worked with them to spread awareness on issues in the community. He hosted voter registration drives and encouraged students to participate in elections. Additionally, he went to Nevada Boys State, a program hosted by the American Legion, which allowed him to develop parliamentary and leadership skills. Irshad took the skills that he learned from Boys State and applied them directly to his work in the community. He attended the 60th Annual Sun Youth Forum, where he participated in a public forum debate with several other students and was chosen to represent the room’s opinion about international politics. Irshad has written one article for the Las Vegas Sun about international politics, and was later featured in another article about texting and driving. For his work in the public forum debate and for addressing the issues facing his community, Irshad was given three congressional awards from former Senator Harry Reid, Senator Dean Heller, and Congresswoman Dina Titus. For more information:

Claudia Feil is a first year student studying Community Health Science with a minor in Business Administration. She hopes to pursue masters and PhD programs in Public Health and Business Administration to become a Hospital Administrator. Since coming to campus, Claudia has become involved in multiple ways including holding a leadership position within her sorority as the Body Image Coordinator and her current position as an Executive Intern with ASUN. Both of these roles have given her a unique perspective about the campus and the students that she would serve as the Senator of the Division of Health Sciences. Claudia is passionate about the health and well-being of the students at the University. Through her platform, she will work to ensure that students at the university have access to the help that they need. During her time as an intern, she has helped to research various mental health initiatives across college campuses and hopes to bring strategies to the University of Nevada. Before her time at the university, Claudia was an active member in her high school leadership community. She has the experience and drive to enact change and is ready to be the voice to students of her college. She plans to contribute and help improve the health and well being of the students by promoting a healthy, inclusive, and accessible pack.

April Wilday

John Loveland

Victoria Yeghiayan is a freshman majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis and a Business Administration minor. Her career goal is to own her own Clinical Psychology practice to give an optimum level of treatment to people with mental illnesses. She is also interested in being involved in Research Psychology to discover new information about people with mental illness and better their treatment. Her experience in being a core member of her high school orchestra has given her a better understanding of how important it is to have a strong voice in making decisions and presenting ideas, while learning that working together allows everyone to succeed in any organization. As a core member in the orchestra, not only was she a high chair in her section, she was also involved in planning and leading the events, and communicating with the group for practice times and other important information. Because of this, Victoria has developed leadership skills and confidence when verbalizing her opinions and suggestions to a group of people, while being open to others’ thoughts and opinions. Victoria is looking forward to meeting new people as a senator and making connections with students and faculty where we will be able to achieve everyone’s goals to make the students in the College of Liberal Arts happier and more successful. She believes that in order to be a successful and efficient senator, one has to be aware of their constituents’ problems and what they believe are of the utmost importance. She believes it is the senator’s job to keep themselves up to date with the rising issues or concerns that our students face.

John Loveland, a sophomore at the University of Nevada, is pursuing a Kinesiology degree with a minor in Japanese Studies. After college, John hopes to become a physical therapist and wishes to work with Olympic athletes and eventually open his own private practice. Raised in Las Vegas for most of his life, John considers Nevada his home. Being the youngest of three children, John has always worked to set himself apart from the crowd. In high school, John was a two-year letterman in both football and wrestling, and these sports would in fact lead John to decide on the major he would choose in college. John is also an active leader in the Greek Community, where he holds a chair position within his fraternity and is always looking for other ways to lead.

William Schab

Will Schab is currently a sophomore studying Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno with a minor in Addiction Treatment Services. He was born and raised in Roseville, California where in high school he first learned how to organize school events, work with administration, and cooperate with others effectively. Will’s passion for the University of Nevada, Reno blossomed from the moment he stepped on campus for the first time and he has always wanted to make the University the best it could ever be. Will would be the perfect candidate to represent the Division of Health Sciences, because of his skills which include leadership, communication, and organization, and through his experiences of being involved on campus. Will’s experiences include being an Orientation Guide this past summer for the University as well holding many different positions in his Fraternity which insist of: Community Service Chair, Social Chair, and Recruitment Chair. Will’s goals as senator are focused around the idea of more diversity inclusion as well as making the campus a more comfortable place for all groups of students. Will also wants to make sure every students voice is heard for any problems that arise at the University, and effectively work with the designated positions to fix those problems. Will would also like to work with the Division of Health Sciences to host their own Career fair, with many different opportunities to talk to different employers for students majoring in Health Sciences. Lastly, Will would also like to work with the Center, Every Student. Every Story. To include more open Ally trainings to promote a safer environment for all students on campus.

Reynolds School Of Journalism Senator Mika Alvarez

April Wilday is a freshman studying Philosophy (Ethics, Law, and Politics specialization) with a minor in English. Her senior year in high school, she participated in We the People, which inspired her passion for law, philosophy, and civic engagement. After graduation, April plans to go to law school and eventually practice environmental law to help protect our world’s wildlife, soil, air, and water. April wants to improve flow of information to ensure that students on- and off-campus are kept up-to-date and involved in events around the university. As a bisexual woman, April is committed to ensuring that all students in the College of Liberal Arts are represented to the fullest extent. April believes one of the most important aspects of a good leader is to always act and consider the common interest of all people in one’s community. April is honored and excited for the opportunity to represent and act for her peers in the College of Liberal Arts. She encourages anyone with questions, concerns, or issues they would like her to be aware of to send an email to her directly!

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Gabriel Burgos

College of Science Senator

Gabriel is a dedicated second-year student at the College of Science majoring in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and minoring in Chemistry. His professional goals involve finding a career as a medical specialist in order to both contribute to the well being of his community and the advancement of medical science. As would-be senator, Gabriel would promote students’ academic success by communicating with and coordinating the university’s resources and services to better suit students’ needs. Understanding the responsibilities and goals of the pre-professional track, Gabriel would strive to help students become the prepared professional school applicants they need to be by promoting academic, volunteer, and professional development opportunities. This goal would also aim to increase general student involvement on campus. To help realize these goals, accessibility is a top priority, with plenty of focus on communication with the student body and transparency with the senate’s affairs. For more information:

Mika Alvarez is a first generation third year student, currently studying Journalism with a minor in American Government at the University of Nevada in Reno. With news and politics serving as her foundation, Mika discovered a passion for advocacy during her time at the university. Advocating for rights of others is something Mika believes in, emphasizing the importance of giving the voiceless a voice. Mika’s experience extends beyond journalism, however. She has used her journalism skills as an intern for Washoe Court Appointed Special Advocates to recruit volunteers to advocate for children in the foster care system. As a student at the university, she has been an Orientation Guide, a NevadaFIT mentor, a Fraternity and Sorority Life recruitment counselor, an ASUN legislative intern, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, a TRiO Scholar, and a Nevada Student Ambassador. As the daughter of Filipino immigrants, Mika’s passions also lie in understanding human nature and shaping individuals into better people. This is where she believes journalism is at the heart of: providing information for audiences to further grasp a better understanding of the world around them to help them make educated decisions. Mika aspires to create future content that reflects this overall goal- whether it be photography, news stories, or design. The Society of Professional Journalists advises journalists in their Code of Ethics to “boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seek sources whose voice we seldom hear.” This is what Mika continuously hopes to accomplish.

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Zachariah Simms

Hayley, a first-generation college student, is currently a freshman within the honors program at the University of Nevada, Reno while majoring in Biology. She was born and raised in Reno, Nevada so the wolf pack has always been her home. Hayley was an intern for the 85th session of the ASUN senate. She takes pride in her community and enjoys giving back to it whenever possible. She is currently on track to go to Physician’s Assistant (PA) school. Hayley volunteers at the Nevada Discovery Museum, along with being involved in organizations such as the Delta Gamma sorority. Outside of School, she has a passion for running, being outdoors, and spending time with her dogs. During her time at the university, Hayley wants to improve the advertisement of research labs/clubs & organizations, improve the way students can input their opinion, and promote health and wellness on campus more.

Zachariah “Zach” Simms is a third generation, sophomore at the University of Nevada, Reno. Zach is a Journalism Major, and plans to minor in business administration. Zach found his interest in strategic communication in high school where he was a part of Skills USA and was nationally ranked for competitions in which constructed advertisements for the organization. Zach is a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity in which he held the position of social chair and was recently elected to the executive committee where he serves as the Grand Scribe of the chapter. Through his role as an executive member in his fraternity, and his previous role of State Vice President for Skills USA and student council at Carson High School, Zach knows how to represent his peers and improve the University of Nevada, Reno. Zach wants to bring more attention to the Reynolds School of Journalism for all of the incredible works that students produce and awards that come out of the school including six Pulitzer Prizes. Having a brother who is a part of the LGBQT community, Zach is an advocate for equal rights for all people and he wants to bring awareness and solutions to the injustices that are on campus and create a safe and supportive educational environment for all.

College of Liberal Arts Senator Kenneth Heinlein

Kenneth Heinlein is a first year and native of Novato, California but has always wanted to be part of the pack. Kenneth is currently pursuing degrees in Political Science and Music. After graduating, Kenneth plans to enroll in Law school and finish as a lawyer. Kenneth is a member of the greek community and is involved with the music community. After engaging in the campus community for a semester, he is passionately creating a culture change on our campus. Since he first enrolled in the university, Kenneth has been working

Troy H. Clemons is a third-year undergraduate at the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish. Troy has a genuine passion for helping others and serving his community. With this and Troy’s love for science, Troy realized that he would excel in the field of medicine. He serves as co-chairmen in the Pre-med Outreach clinic, in the American Medical Student Association, and as a research assistant in the Mick Hitchcock Chemical Ecology Laboratory. Troy is running to represent the College of Science in the 86th Session of Senate. Troy intends to guide his fellow students in unlocking their untapped potential by helping them recognize the opportunities afforded to them at the University of Nevada, Reno. He genuinely desires for everyone to succeed and, if elected as a Senator, Troy will make a difference by, not only achieving his goals to help those in the College of Science, but also by hearing the concerns and goals of the students and their goals for the college. Students at the University of Nevada, Reno truly have the power to promote change not only in their community, but also in the lives of those around them. If Troy Clemons is elected as a Senator of the College of Science, he guarantees that great change will be made in our incredible university. Together we will lead the next wave of scientific revolutionaries in their quest of becoming pioneers of the future. Together we will make a difference.

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Jenny purdue

Jenny Purdue is a freshman biology major, who served as an ASUN legislative intern during the 85th Session of Senate and is now running to represent the College of Science in the 86th Session of Senate. As a senator, Jenny would like to increase the opportunities available to volunteer on campus with science and medical related projects, as this is pertinent to applying for graduate schools. Jenny also aims to create more support for women in the College of Science with opportunities like more women speakers and even a Women in STEM week. Lastly, Jenny plans to lobby to the faculty senate to have more student input when creating class schedules in order to reduce the amount of students needing waitlists or having to put off classes due to scheduling conflicts. Senators of the 85th session on a competitive innovation project known as “New Innovations Nevada.” He believes the project will cultivate innovation, creativity, and teamwork among STEM majors and the University as a whole and will work to see that the 86th session continues work on the project.

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TWELFTH NIGHT DATE: Wednesday TIME: 7:30 p.m. LOCATION: Redfield Studio INFO: Other shows include Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Student tickets cost $10. The show on Friday had to halt production because of the weather. RSJ professor Patrick File tweeted “Bad weather cancels @unevadareno @DepTheatreDance performance of 12th night halfway through. So ... 6th night?” Ha! That dude’s a riot. Smash that follow button.

COCO DATE: Thursday TIME: 8 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU Theatre INFO: If you think I’m bitter

that Coco’s “Remember Me” beat Call Me By Your Name’s “Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens for Best Original Song at the Oscars, well I’m not. Anyway, go see this dumb movie with its wack music. Or don’t. Whatever. I don’t care. Coco is also showing Thursday night at 9 p.m. and Friday night at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.


DATE: Thursday TIME: 8 p.m. LOCATION: Joe Crowley Student Union

INFO: Does your family grill you every time you go home about being a fifth-year art major? Well next time you go home you can tell your Aunt Suzanne that you’ve got your life together because you went to Canvas Paint Night. To sign up, go on the Joe Crowley Student Union Facebook page. This event is FREE to students. However, don’t wait too long. The sign-up list fills up quickly.

MONSTER JAM DATE: Friday TIME: 6:30 p.m. LOCATION: Reno Sparks

Livestock Events Center INFO: If you love chugging Mountain Dew Code Red and are totally not compensating for anything, then the Reno Monster Jam is for you. This event also runs on Saturday and Sunday. The truck names are “Devastator,” “El Toro Loco,” “Grave Digger,” “Max-D,” “Monster Mutt Dalmation,” “Team Hot Wheels,” and “Zombie.”

WOLF PACK DANCE MARATHON DATE: Saturday TIME: 2 p.m. LOCATION: Joe Crowley Student Union INFO: UNR’s Phi Delta

Epsilon is hosting the Wolf Pack Dance Marathon to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. You can do the macarena, the Soulja Boy tellem, the whip and/or, nae nae, the stanky leg, electric slide, the conga line, and so on and so forth. Joey Thyne can be reached and on Twitter @joey_thyne

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A German artist’s refuge in Nevada By Jazmin Orozco As a German immigrant to the Nevada area in 1935, it is believed that artist Hans Meyer-Kassel found refuge and solace in the western Sierra landscape. Having served and survived injury on Germany’s front lines during World War I, Meyer-Kassel emigrated from his native country during the time that Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party were rising to power in Germany. The artist was visiting the west coast of the U.S. while exhibiting in Pasadena, California when he first visited Reno. Once in Reno, he sent for his wife and they never looked back. The couple lived in an apartment in the downtown area at 228 Virginia Street, right below the Nevada Club. The scene from their apartment window during the Reno Rodeo was painted by Meyer-Kassel and is currently displayed at the Nevada Museum of Art. His nostalgic painting’s neon signs lighting up a dark Virginia Street is an all-too-familiar scene for Reno and is successful at taking you back in time while preserving the image of downtown Reno that we’re all familiar with. While Meyer-Kassel and his wife undoubtedly loved the western Nevada region, they struggled through the Great Depression in Nevada. Moreover, it was from Reno that the artist had to watch the destruction of Munich and Kassel, two of the most influential and foundational cities in regards to his education and artistic identity. There are a select few paintings of the artist’s that stray from his usual and comfortable landscape and portrait themes and focus on the social turmoil the artist witnessed during his lifetime. These uncharacteristically challenging portraits depict demons, other mythical creatures and general destruction and confusion. Jack Bacon, a Reno local, art appraiser and co-curator for the current Hans Meyer-Kassel exhibit, explains in his book on the artist that it is no surprise Meyer-Kassel settled in Genoa for the last six years of his life, suggesting it was a source of spiritual rest for the artist after living through the Great Depression and both World Wars. This rest can be perceived through his paintings that depict varied western Nevada areas like Pyramid Lake, the Carson Valley, Lamoille Canyon, Zephyr Cove, etc. When compared to his earlier work following the World Wars and the Great Depression, there is a noticeably greater sense of serenity and stillness. Whether or not his time living in Nevada contributed some spiritual or psychological healing to the artist

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Meyer-Kassel’s exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art runs until Sept. 22, 2018. Hans Meyer-Kassel painted landscapes of Nevada.

was never expressed in words that still exist, but one can take a look at his body of work and sense the greatness it could have held for Meyer-Kassel. Before immigrating to the U.S., Meyer-Kassel was born in Kassel, Germany. He received academic training in art from the University of Munich after abandoning a pragmatic decision to study law at the University of Leipzig. “Ever since I was a boy, I wanted to be a painter,” he told Amherst College Collegian newspaper in 1933. In Munich, Meyer-Kassel developed a “late Impressionist” artistic identity that has now defined his life’s work. He flourished as an artist and, when he wasn’t busy establishing his own artistic unions and organizations, he actively participated in various others throughout Munich. Meyer-Kassel had become so celebrated by his German community that his native city granted him the honor of adding the city’s name to his own, which MeyerKassel happily adopted before immigrating to the United States.

While the artist’s work was primarily done in oils, Meyer-Kassel also worked with pastels and tempera from time to time. At his posthumous exhibit currently on display at the Nevada Museum of Art, it is Meyer-Kassel’s landscape paintings, including some of Germany, but mostly Nevada, that conquer the gallery. Besides landscapes, MeyerKassel championed his still-life paintings and was regularly commissioned, both in Germany and the United States, to paint portraits of government and military officials. It is the German artist’s portrait of Clarence Mackay that hangs in the Mackay Science Hall at UNR. He also left Reno with portraits of past governors, like the late Governor Vail Pittman, that still live in Carson government offices to this day. The artist’s sketch of a log cabin in the Genoa pines was also notably chosen among other contestants to be the second United States commemorative postage stamp in 1951, celebrating 100

years of settlement in Genoa. Meyer-Kassel’s postage stamp was widely celebrated throughout Nevada, receiving praise from the assistant postmaster general, Nevada Governor Russell, and Senator McCarran. The New York Times described the stamp in a June 10 edition: “Based on a sketch by Hans Meyer-Kassel, a Genoa artist, the vignette shows a log cabin at right, a tall pine at left. Between are a campfire, wagon, men and animal. This pioneer scene in the Carson Valley of a century ago is set against the snow topped Sierra Nevada Mountains rising in the distance.” A year before leaving Germany in 1921, Meyer-Kassel met his wife, Maria Magdalena Hesse, who was a children’s nurse in a home on an estate he visited after he was commissioned to paint portraits of a general’s family. Years later in 1932, he would tell a reporter for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, “Not one day could I live without my wife.” The following year, Meyer-

Kassel and his new wife had arrived at Ellis Island in New York, where Meyer-Kassel had to reinvent his career as an artist. After traveling back and forth between the United States and Iceland for a few months, the artist’s work of these trips began gaining recognition from museums in New York and The New York Times art critics. According to what we know about the artist today, MeyerKassel truly dedicated his life to his artwork. On August 29, 1952, Meyer-Kassel finished a portrait and laid aside his brushes to take a nap before returning to his work on an unfinished painting of the Carson Valley. The artist never woke from his nap and died the next morning, leaving Nevada with an impressive and powerful body of work that continues to hang in private homes, government buildings and our university. Joey Thyne can be reached at and on Twitter @joey_thyne.

The best movies of 2017 nominated for zero Oscars By Will Keys The 90th Academy Awards went more or less according to script. “The Shape of Water” cleaned up, winning Oscars for Best Original Music Score, Best Director and Best Picture. Meanwhile, movies like “Lady Bird” didn’t get on the board (just another night where Kobe Bryant wins and Sacramento loses). Surely that decision will age gracefully, much like the decision to give Best Picture to “Shakespeare in Love” over “Saving Private Ryan” or “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain.” We get it, the Academy sucks — this isn’t news. They’re almost entirely out of touch with the average American moviegoer, let alone the average American, and their decisions are largely self-serving rather than based on merit. Every year, there are great movies that not only lack a win, but go without any recognition from the most prestigious awards ceremony on the planet, costing them millions of potential viewers and millions of dollars: both potential feathers in caps that could land them funding for their next project. Most independent filmmakers toil in obscurity, but it’s really where you’ll find the best cinema

currently. Unfortunately, they typically get release dates that don’t lend themselves to awards season, don’t get an Oscars campaign, or just don’t get to see the light of day. With that in mind, here are the best movies from 2017 that the Academy passed over altogether:

WIND RIVER—DIR. TAYLOR SHERIDAN Dating back to “Sicario” in 2015, writer/director Taylor Sheridan has strung together a streak of three great films, including last year’s Best Picture Nominee “Hell or High Water” and 2017’s “Wind River.” It’s really hard to say why “Wind River” hasn’t received the acclaim of the previous two, but this tale of revenge set in the stifling Wyoming cold should have garnered Sheridan a nod for Best Director.

IT COMES AT NIGHT—DIR. TREY EDWARD SHULTS “It Comes at Night” had absolutely no regard for its audience, and I mean that in the best way possible. The second time I saw this movie in theaters, a man stood up in the crowd upon the fade to black and foppishly announced that he “should have

seen ‘Wonder Woman’ instead.” And that’s when I knew it was special. Shults blends mystery and suspense in a post-epidemic story of two families attempting to survive in spite of each other. The movie works largely because of the tension, so how about a Best Film Editing nomination?

LOGAN LUCKY—DIR. STEVEN SODERBERGH Steven Soderbergh’s plight has taken him from indie legend starting with “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” to an Oscar win (“Traffic”) and a foray into television before returning to the big screen. He directs “Logan Lucky” wonderfully, and gets unexpected performances from actors like Daniel Craig and Channing Tatum, but it’s Rebecca Blunt’s screenplay that makes the film stand out, and that’s worthy of a Best Original Screenplay nomination. The only problem is that no one is actually sure if Rebecca Blunt is even real, or whether it’s a pseudonym for Soderbergh. Either way, nice job Stevebecca Soderblunt.


A24 had about as good a year a studio could possibly have between “Lady Bird,” “The Disaster Artist,” “The Florida Project,” and finally “Good Time,” the passion project of the brothers Safdie. Robert Pattinson shines as a bank robber from Queens trying to locate his disabled brother, but it’s Benny Safdie who turns in the best performance as the aforementioned brother, Nick, and deserves recognition as a Best Supporting Actor nominee.

AMERICAN MADE—DIR. DOUG LYMAN Doug Lyman is as thankless a director as you’ll find in Hollywood. He’s made “Swingers,” “The Bourne Identity,” and “Edge of Tomorrow” all while being overshadowed by his lead actors. “American Made,” his second time working with Tom Cruise, is an unheralded tour-de-force about TWA pilot Barry Seal, who played a key role in the rise of Medellin and the Iran-Contra Affair in the 1980s. In the same vein as Martin Scorsese and early Paul Thomas Anderson, Lyman creates a fast-paced crime epic that should have earned him some Best Director love. I still love you, though, Doug.

FIVE CAME BACK—PROD. STEVEN SPIELBERG When America declared war in 1941, it needed propaganda to sway public opinion from isolationist to interventionist. Five legendary directors; John Ford, Frank Capra, William Wyler, John Huston, and George Stevens put their lives on hold to document some of the biggest turning points in the war from Ford’s “The Battle of Midway” to Capra’s “Let There Be Light,” the first serious exploration into what we now know as PTSD. The series, which features three parts, includes testimony from contemporary greats like Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Guillermo Del Toro. Like “O.J.: Made in America,” “Five Came Back” received a brief theatrical release, which would have made it a prime candidate for Best Documentary Feature. HonorableMentions:Jim&Andy: The Great Beyond, A Ghost Story, mother!, Detroit. Will Keys can be reached at and on Twitter @willkeys6


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Theatre review: ‘Twelfth Night’ a Shakespearean success

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Theatre Review ‘TWELFTH NIGHT’ Release Date: March 2 Genre: Comedy Artist: Theatre Department

What I’ve learned from RuPaul’s Drag Race By Carla Suggs RuPaul’s Drag Race first appeared on television on Feb. 2, 2009, with its premiere on Logo TV. Since then, its influence has reached far and wide across the globe, bringing drag culture to mainstream media and giving viewers a first-hand look at the world of female impersonation. Now approaching its eleventh season (after having moved from Logo to VH1 in 2017), the show centers around 1214 queens who compete for the title of the next Drag Race “Superstar.” These queens are put to the test by facing challenges every week, which include singing, fashion design, comedy, dancing and more. Yet the show is not only known for its fabulously talented contestants — it’s also become popular for its dramatic twists and turns, culturally significant vocabulary and catchphrases, inspiring stories and educational lessons on drag culture. So, without further ado, here are the top five things RuPaul’s Drag Race has taught me.

twists include bringing back old contestants, sending two queens home in one elimination, changing the rules of elimination, adding conditions to challenges to make them more difficult, etc. As a viewer, you can never be too sure what to expect. And even if you think you know what’s going to happen, you’re most likely wrong.

3.) DRAG AND TRANSGENDERISM There seems to be a common misconception about drag queens, regarding their identity as a man/woman and the use of drag as an expression of gender. While it’s true that many drag queens are also transgender, and that it was transgender women of color who first developed drag as a form of artistic expression, the two aren’t necessarily synonymous. However, on RPDR there have been several transgender contestants who were brave enough to tell their story, including Trinity K. Bonet from season 6 and Peppermint from season 10.

1.) READING IS FUNDA- 4.) DRAG LINGO MENTAL! Many popular slang terms If you’ve ever watched RPDR, you know that the contestants, judges, and even RuPaul himself all take great joy in “reading” one other. Reading occurs when queens talk shade toward each other, but in a way that’s subtle and almost undetectable. It’s pretty much like the drag form of “roasting,” but in a much more graceful manner. Reading is fundamental in that it helps queens improve their drag (so as not to be read too often), and is often in good fun.

2.) EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED Each season, RuPaul ups the ante by adding new, dramatic twists that always leave viewers (and contestants) reeling. Some of these

and catchphrases have come from drag queens, becoming mainstream and expanding beyond the boundaries of drag culture. This just goes to show how influential drag culture can be. Here are just a few phrases used in and out of drag culture: Throw shade - (verb) to insult: “Did she just throw shade at me? Tea - (noun) gossip: “Girl you look like you just heard something real juicy. Spill the tea!” Beat - (verb) to apply makeup; (adj.) flawless makeup: “She still has to put on her wig and beat her face”...“Girl you look gorgeous! That face is beat!”

Serve - (verb) to deliver greatly: “She served during the challenge this week!” Sickening - (adj.) beyond amazing; incredible: “Her dress looks sickening from head to toe.” Realness - (noun) to imitate something very well, almost to the point where others can’t tell it’s imitation: “She is serving old Hollywood realness!” Clock - (verb) to point out someone’s flaw(s): “I got clocked for wearing too many accessories with this outfit.”

5.) DRAG IS HARD WORK. People who aren’t familiar with drag culture might assume that it can’t be that difficult to do. Yet if there’s one thing that RPDR teaches viewers above all, it’s that drag can be very, very difficult to pull off successfully. From the high heels, to the tucking, to the elaborate fashion and makeup choices, to the entertainment — drag queens undergo very extensive transformations that can take hours. All so they can perform for us lucky fans! Carla Suggs can be reached at and on Twitter @joey_thyne.

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The UNR Theatre Department sets Shakespeare in the Black Rock Desert. ‘Twelfth Night’ runs on March 7-10 7:30 p.m. Student tickets cost $5.


I never expected any Shakespeare play that I would see in my life to end with the cast and audience dancing together on the stage to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” That expectation has now changed after walking out of the University of Nevada, Reno’s production of “Twelfth Night.” The play follows the story of Viola as she is shipwrecked and separated from her brother, Sebastian. In order to be safe, Viola disguises herself as a man named Cesario and enters the service of Duke Orsino. Several antics ensue throughout the play, leading to comic subplots like Olivia, a countess and the play’s main love interest, falling for Cesario/Viola, creating a love triangle between Olivia, Cesario and Duke Orsino. Several other comic subplots appear throughout the play, but much of the comedy comes from Viola passing herself as a man. UNR’s Theatre Department brings a twist to “Twelfth Night” by setting the show in the Black Rock Desert instead of the classic Shakespearean setting, Illyria. A bold choice by the directors, but it certainly paid off. The modern setting gives “Twelfth Night” a hometown feel and a deeper connection to its audience. Not only does the setting bring the play into modern times, but it also allows the play to delve deeper into the themes of expression and gender fluidity. The highest praise must be given to Cabral and McKinney’s direction. Cabral’s insight and staging brought together the artistic vision of Shakespeare on the Playa and brought out the theme of expression throughout the play. Staging and costuming credit goes to McKinney. While the set wass minimal, the lighting and costuming were bright and vibrant. Every character was enhanced due to the dramatic flair brought about by their costuming. Be it a flashy red cape, yellow stockings or a magenta leotard, the costumes helped infuse the culture of the Black Rock Desert into the show. From beginning to end, the stage is filled with bright, colorful lighting and even more colorful characters. Each actor had a clear character and objectives. Also, each character had a uniqueness to them, be it their laugh, their voice or even the way they walk. With dialogue like Shakespeare’s, I’m glad each cast member was able to bring out the physicality in their characters. It made the show all the more

entertaining. Speaking of physicality, credit must be given to Aiden Billharz, the actor who played Feste, a jester and Shakespeare’s staple lighthearted comical character. His acrobatics brought a lot of fun to several scenes, and his constant upbeat persona made the play all the more enjoyable. Other standouts include Marygrace McManus’s Viola/Cesario, Thomas Chubb’s Sir Andrew, and Anna Sather Hart’s Olivia. Despite the show’s entertainment, there will always be flaws in every show. Being in a round theatre with no microphones made it difficult to hear characters in certain scenes. Also, the dialogue was spoken very fast at points, making it even harder to understand. The cast should continue working on articulation and projection. Despite these small flaws, “Twelfth Night” was a success for UNR’s Theatre Department. I recommend the show to anyone who can see it. The show runs March 2-4 and March 7-10. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. except for the 1:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 4. Tickets can be purchased at the University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) Theatre Department website. I wish all the best to the cast and crew for the rest of the show’s run, and I hope each showing produces a better and better play.



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Do Trump's metal tariffs put 'America first'?


t came as a great shock last week when President Donald Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum. In the days since, the president has clarified his position many (many) times via Twitter. "The United States has an $800 Billion Dollar Yearly Trade Deficit because of our “very stupid” trade deals and policies," Trump tweeted on Saturday. "Our jobs and wealth are being given to other countries that have taken advantage of us for years. They laugh at what fools our leaders have been. No more!" Or: "We are on the losing side of almost all trade deals," Trump tweeted on Sunday. "Our friends and enemies have taken advantage of the U.S. for many years. Our Steel and Aluminum industries are dead. Sorry, it’s time for a change! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" And the pièce de résistance: "When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win," Trump tweeted last Friday. "Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!" Disregarding for a moment the notion that trade wars are good — they're not — and easy to win — of course they're not, if they were easy everyone would engage in them all the time, and because everyone wins they'd actually be hard (but we digress) — there is at least some underlying logic in Trump's reasoning for new tariffs. Tariffs on foreign goods are always good for domestic manufacturers because it will limit the ability for foreign companies to compete. And even if that wasn't made clear by the elation of American steel and aluminum producers (who quite literally applauded the president's decision during a White House meeting last week), the jump in steel and aluminum stock prices is more than herald enough of good times for American metal producers. That's where the sound logic ends, more or less. The administration has touted


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President Trump announces his proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports with members of the executives in those industries at the White House on March 1, 2018. The proposed tariffs would increase the cost of imported steel by 25 percent and the cost of imported aluminum by 10 percent. Trump's Administration hopes to impose these tariffs within the next couple weeks.

national security as one of the driving forces behind the increase, and that would make sense if an adversary, say China, was the number one exporter of steel and aluminum to the U.S. But it's not China, it's Canada, Brazil and South Korea. Truly, it will be a dark day when Canada refuses to send steel to the U.S. in a national emergency. But enough international politics. What about your bottom line, as a college student? How will this affect you? While steel and aluminum executives put their hands together for Trump’s pro-business, “America first” tariffs,

what will the increased cost of metal mean for American workers and businesses who don’t trade on a global scale? Just like anything else, their production costs will go up. From a locally-owned brewery to a family-owned construction business, more expensive raw materials will affect every facet of the business. Trump’s cronies are on television trying to convince the American people that a cent and a half increase in the cost of aluminum won’t make much of a difference. Maybe it won’t matter much to the Coca-Cola Company, but what about a local brewery? They

use aluminum cans too. And what company buys just a six pack of cans? Obviously, a cent and a half for six cans adds up when you buy in bulk. It's difficult to say exactly what the impact of these tariffs will be on an individual producer that relies secondhand on products made of steel or aluminum. But there are a number of industries — including construction, Nevada's second largest industry — that may be forced to pass on higher and higher costs onto consumers who aren't seeing their wages rise to meet the change. However, should prices rise — which

we can almost guarantee they will — the effects of that rise will ripple down the supply chain. A can of beer is never just a can of beer. From the mining of the aluminum to the production of the cans to the logistics of shipping those cans, the production of any given thing is never an isolated incident. So to pretend that the increase of these tariffs won't have an effect on you is to ignore the obvious. The editorial board can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

Picking the best ASUN representatives

he Associated Students of the University of Nevada will hold its annual elections. Many of you don’t give a rat’s ass. I feel you. We’ve all got better things to worry about. But, these student government representatives should be held accountable, if for no other reason than we’re paying them. I’ve been an ASUN Senator and a member of the ASUN Executive Branch throughout my way-too-long career at this University. I feel like I have a good grasp on Ryan what it’s like to be an Suppe elected representative (even though I was never Soup of the elected), and I can tell Day you it wasn’t easy. Actually, sometimes it was very easy. But, it shouldn’t be that easy. It was hard knowing you are paid to work for the students, but easy when you realize most students won’t hold you accountable. Voter turnout for ASUN elections is disturbingly low every year. Last year,was the best turnout in some time, and it was around 25 percent of undergraduate students. And maybe that was because the favored presidential candidate was exposed for tweeting racist and homophobic slurs. Consistently low turnout might have something to do with students’ general attitudes toward the organization. It’s a club for Greeks. It doesn’t actually do anything. They plan shitty concerts. They’re all in Coffin and Keys. Some of these criticisms are warranted, but they are no reason to disengage with the process. ASUN does good if the right people are elected. I urge every student to participate in this year’s election. Ask your candidates tough questions, and hold them to their answers when they’re in office. The following are a few questions I think you should ask yourself about the candidate(s) you plan to vote for and questions your candidates should be able to answer.

Senate candidates Debates for Senate candidates were held over the last couple weeks. Moderators probably asked questions like “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” or “What are your weaknesses?” or “What is your campaign platform?” which are all listed already on the ASUN website. After watching these debates, here are some questions you should ask yourself about the candidates you are considering.

Did my candidate mention any legislation from past sessions? Senators need to know their stuff. They don’t have to be ASUN policy experts, they don’t even have to have a background in politics, but they should know at least one piece of legislation that was considered in the last session. In real world politics, candidates live and die based on the policies they support or oppose. How did you vote on gun control? How do you plan to vote on tax reform? Often, these types of big-picture questions are asked of ASUN Senate candidates during debates. Before we ask whether our candidates will support DACA students or tuition increases (questions that are quite easy to BS), let’s make sure they know something about what the Senate has done in the past. Let’s ask if they’ve ever heard of a bill passed by the Senate. Then, we can find out which candidates are for real and which ones are running to pad their resumes. Did my candidate mention anything about the committees they would like to sit on? The Senate is made up of the main body and separate committees. Senators are required to sit on and participate in at least a couple of these committees. These meetings are where the bulk of the work is done for senators. This is where they decide what campus issues they’re most interested in, and they discuss ways to address those issues with like-minded fellow senators. Legislation starts in committee. If the Committee on Academics decides to do a survey on how students feel about teachers carrying firearms, the committee will conduct the survey, write a bill and send it off to the Senate body to approve. Candidates should be aware of how this process works. They should know which committees they want to sit on and why. And, their campaign goals and promises should reflect what committees they’re likely to select. If their goal is to ensure students with disabilities have the proper resources, the candidate should be eager to join the University Affairs Committees (and prepared to tell the Disability Resource Center on campus what they’re doing wrong). If the candidate’s goal is to work with local businesses to create and promote internships for students they should be running for Vice President, not Senator because the VP oversees the Pack Internship Grant Program. Is my candidate likely to resign? This might seem like a joke, but it’s not. In recent sessions, the Senate has been plagued by resignations. If your candidate doesn’t seem 100 percent committed, cross

them off the list now. When a candidate resigns, their seat is filled by appointment, not election. That’s how I got the job when I was a Senator. My predecessor resigned, and I applied for the job online. I didn’t have to campaign and nobody in my college voted for me. I answered questions posed by the Senators who were already elected and they agreed to let me join their group. That’s not how a candidate should be vetted. No Senator, after that sort of hiring process, will feel the same sense of responsibility to their constituents as a candidate that was elected by their constituents.

President/Vice President Candidates Your ASUN President and Vice President have already been decided because each candidate is running unopposed. This is unfortunate, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be asked tough questions. Presidential and vice presidential debates are happening next week. I don’t know how a debate works with one candidate, but I know it’s a great opportunity to ask the future President, Hannah Jackson, and VP, Carissa Bradley, what they plan to do once in office. Here’s what you should consider asking: What issues do you think students want to see addressed within student government? Chief officer of the student government is a big job, obviously, as you meet with various groups, represent the students in the community and local government (next year will include a Nevada state legislative session) and act as the face of the student body. The President will be talking about big issues every day. She’ll meet with President Johnson regularly, she’ll guide policy in the Senate (because senators usually need help with that) and she’ll probably testify at the Nevada Legislature. It would be easy to get caught up in the job and forget what students really care about. Ask her what she thinks students expect from their president. Ask if she’s planning on addressing the things you care about. I, for one, care about free speech on campus. I might ask future President Jackson how she plans to address that. Maybe you care about parking. Ask her if she plans to advocate for more parking on campus. Just kidding, don’t waste your breath. The answer is a resounding negatory. What do you think the ASUN budget should provide for students? ASUN works with a nearly $3 million budget. The first thing an ASUN President does in office is set the budget. This money is appropriated for various services like Campus Escort and the campus food pantry, it pays professional staff salaries and it funds

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Zachariah Simms, a Senate candidate from the Reynolds School of Journalism, speaking at the ASUN Senator debates on Feb. 27, 2018 in the ballrooms at the Joe Crowley Student Union.

campus programs. That $3 million is funded by student fees, and it’s meant to provide students with services and programs so they get their money's worth. The President should know what these services are and how this money is spent. They are responsible for making sure everyone else in ASUN is spending money the right way. How will you decide on the best candidates to fill your cabinet? The President’s Cabinet can be a bit clubbish. Not the dance music, grinding and expensive drinks kind of club, but the kind of club where you hire your friends to fill important positions. Often, Presidents and Vice Presidents do fill their cabinet with their friends that worked with them in the Senate the previous year. I’m not saying Jackson and Bradley will do that, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask. The president’s Cabinet includes positions like Chief of Staff, Director of Programming, Director of Legislative Affairs and other positions which come with a hefty stipend. Candidates are selected through an interview process with the President and VP and are approved in the Senate. I wouldn’t bank on that process producing the best candidates for these positions. So, we should ask the executives before-hand how they plan on selecting them. Will there be good concerts next year?

ASUN provides fantastic services for students. They use their budget to give safe rides to students, feed students in need, give money to clubs and fund internships for students. But, let’s be real, the most talked about and usually most controversial program that ASUN puts on every year is a concert. At some universities the student government exists for the sole purpose of planning campus concerts. In ASUN there’s more to the process of putting on a concert than you might think. The Programming Board, whose director is selected by the President and VP, discuss and debate various artists who might be willing to perform here for an appropriate fee. The fee, of course, comes straight out of the ASUN budget. Essentially, programmers decide what concerts the students would be most interested in paying for and seeing that year. Some years that takes the shape of a festival and others years a country concert with minimal attendance. Does Hannah Jackson want to continue the Biggest Little Festival or does she want another country concert?

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




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Empire golf course sells for 3.5 million Could it mean a D1 men’s soccer team at Nevada?

Projected No. 3 Seeds Auburn (25-6) Michigan State (29-4) Tennessee (23-7) Michigan (28-7) Projected No. 4 Seeds Texas Tech (23-8) Wichita State (24-6) West Virginia (22-9) Arizona (24-7) Projected No. 5 Seeds Gonzaga (28-4) Clemson (22-8) Florida (20-11) Ohio State (24-8) Projected No. 6 Seeds Kentucky (21-10) TCU (21-10) Miami (22-8) Houston (24-6) Projected No. 7 Seeds Nevada (26-6) Texas A&M (20-11) Seton Hall (21-10) Rhode Island (23-6) Scott Calleja/Flickr

The University of Michigan takes on the University of Indiana in a soccer match. The University of Nevada, Reno has yet to adopt a D1 men’s soccer program.

dents that originally felt unsafe will hopefully find solace in seeing other students of similar ethnic backgrounds. On top of increasing and assisting campus diversity initiatives, Nevada’s soccer program could create an entirely new alumni network. Just a year ago Ramon Sessions donated $1 million to help upgrade the old Lombardi Recreation Center and turn it into a state-of-the-art basketball performance center. Soccer is an extremely lucrative sport. According to an article on, as of 2013, the average soccer player’s salary in the Major League Soccer division was $148,693. Obviously there are outliers where certain

players make millions per year and some only make tens of thousands per year, but the monetary assistance would be there if Nevada had a professional men’s soccer alumni network. In addition to monetary assistance from alumni athletes, the university also gets free publicity from these individuals. Athletes are usually very proud of their alma mater and will continue to talk them up until they wither away. So now not only would we have Nevada alumni in basketball, football and baseball but we would pick up a fourth major sport with an alumni soccer network. This new alumni network would also put Nevada on the

Reviewing Nevada Womens Basketball’s ‘17-’18 season By Darion Strugs The Women’s Basketball program at Nevada has been second fiddle to the men’s team led by Eric Musselman since he came to the school in 2015. While the men have enjoyed success, the women have been on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. The women had back-to-back tenth place finishes in the Mountain West Conference in 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. In the preseason they were picked to finish tenth once again, as voted by the 11 coaches in the conference and media. Friday night the women’s squad beat San Diego State on its regular season finale. The second-half comeback gave Nevada their 14th win them finish with a sub-.500 record proving many of the doubters wrong as they finished with their best record in four seasons. The win clinched the seventh seed in the conference going into this week’s Mountain West Tournament in Vegas. In head coach Amanda Levens’ first season, the Wolf Pack had its fair share of positives and negatives.

NEGATIVES Nevada lost six straight games and eight of nine during the heart of Mountain West competition. The string of losses derailed the Wolf Pack’s season and showed that the Pack needed to improve its in-conference play in the future. Along with struggles in conference, Nevada struggled on the road only winning thrice in 12 games away from Lawlor. Late game execution is something that cost the Wolf Pack heavily this season. Lastly Nevada will lose its top two scorers, Teige Zeller

Projected No. 1 seeds: Virginia (28-2) Villanova (27-4) Xavier (27-4) Kansas (24-7) Projected No. 2 seeds: Duke (25-6) Purdue (28-6) Cincinnati (27-4) North Carolina (22-9)


he likelihood of Nevada’s Men’s soccer club turning into a D1 team is looking more promising every day. The Empire Ranch golf course is being sold for approximately $3.5 million to Art Castañares, founder of Manzana Energy Inc., and a trauma surgeon by the name of Dr. Fred Simon who are looking to convert the land into a soccer complex. The complex is supposedly being created to include all levels of play, ranging from professional soccer to youth games. Brandon The University of NeCruz vada, Reno, currently has a Women’s Soccer program, but lacks a men’s program to bolster down the sport as a whole. It’s no shock to anyone who has been peering at the University of Nevada for the past few years that Nevada Athletics is going for gold in all of its sports. So why not finally turn the men’s club soccer program into an actual competition team in the NCAA? With this new soccer complex being built, talent from around the globe will begin stopping in Reno, Nevada to compete in youth, club and professional play. Since all of these highly skilled players from everywhere imaginable are coming to Reno to play, they should have the option of playing at a D1 level at the University of Nevada. The big question is how does this help the university? Adding a men’s soccer program helps the university in a few ways, the first of which is helping push and promote diversity on campus. Students at the University of Nevada understand they attend a predominantly white institution, and while there’s nothing inherently wrong with this, as of late students of color on campus have begun to feel out of place in light of recent negative, racially charged events. By instituting a new men’s soccer program and recruiting at the new soccer complex, the university would get a wider array of students to enroll, due to soccer being the worlds’s game. As more students on campus look like one another, the stu-


map on an international stage, because soccer leagues around the world would begin scouting Nevada players. The new soccer complex that will be built where the Empire Ranch golf course stands is just the start of increasing soccer’s influence in the greater Reno, Sparks area. The complex will spur a large influx of young soccer players that could be looking for a home to play D1 soccer and the University of Nevada could very well be that home.

Brandon Cruz can be reached at bcruz@ sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

Projected No. 8 Seeds Missouri (20-11) Arkansas (21-10) Creighton (21-10) Virginia Tech (21-10) Projected No. 9 Seeds Oklahoma (18-12) Florida State (20-10) Arizona State (21-10) Butler (19-12) Projected No. 10 Seeds N.C. State (21-10) Kansas State (21-10) St. Bonaventure (24-6) Texas (18-13)

Brandon Cruz can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

Northern Nevada Alumnae Panhellenic

wants to congratulate and recognize the 369 scholars from Delta Delta Delta Kappa Alpha Theta Delta Gamma Sigma Kappa Alpha Omicron Pi Pi Beta Phi

who have GPA’s of 3.5 and above. In honor of NPC’s Month of the Scholar we applaud your dedication to your academics.


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Wolf Pack senior Teige Zeller calls for the ball in Nevada’s 88-57 loss against the No. 1 ranked UConn Huskies in Lawlor Events Center on Nov. 28, 2017. The team is currently 15-15 on the season and faces off against UNLV tonight at 6 p.m.

and T Moe, after this season. Both Zeller and Moe averaged double figures for the Pack this season in their final year in the silver and blue.

POSITIVES Levens rejuvenated a Nevada team that had been sinking for the previous three seasons. While on their way to their best record since 2013-14, Nevada enjoyed spurts from the fountain of success. The team played a tougher non-conference schedule this season than the season prior and frankly had over achieved. A 7-4 start to the season, gave Wolf Pack fans hope for the rest of the season. Nevada also enjoyed a five-game winning streak early in the season, with four of those wins coming by double digits. ten of their 13 wins were by double digits. When the Pack got hot it was

almost impossible to slow them down. The Wolf Pack showed in its wins as well as in its losses that it was going to compete every game. Eight of the team’s 15 losses were by six points or less. If they win half of those games, they finish the season over .500 and set the ceiling even higher for next season. The Wolf Pack countered their lackluster away record with an exceptional home record with 11 wins at Lawlor Events Center.

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SDSU 36 43 79

vs. CSU



W 80-67

W 92-83

W 101-75

L 74-79

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



79- 74


MOUNTAIN WEST STANDINGS Standings Conference Overall

Nevada Basketball splits final two regular season games, to face winner of UNLV-AFA

NEV 34 40 74 AP TOP 25

1. Virginia 2. Villanova 3. Xavier 4.Michigan State 5. Duke

28-2 27-4 27-4 29-4 25-6

6. Gonzaga 7. Michigan 8. Cincinnati 9. Kansas 10. Purdue

28-4 28-7 27-4 24-7 28-6

11. Wichita State 12. North Carolina 13. Tennessee 14. Texas Tech 15. Arizona

24-6 22-9 23-7 23-8 24-7

16. Auburn 17. Ohio State 18. West Virginia 19. Clemson 20. Saint Mary’s

25-6 24-8 22-9 22-8 28-4

21. Houston 22. Nevada 23. Florida 24. Miami 25. Rhode Island

24-6 26-6 20-11 22-8 23-6


Boise State



New Mexico



Fresno State












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


The Nevada Basketball team split their final two games of the regular season this past week. With the conclusion of the Mountain West Conference regular season, the Wolf Pack’s record sits at 26-6 with a fairly secure spot in the NCAA Tournament whether that comes via automatic or at-large bid. During last Wednesday’s game against in-state rival UNLV, the Wolf Pack found revenge for its home loss earlier this year. The Wolf Pack routed the Rebels by a score of 101-75. It was a collective effort for Nevada as five players contributed double digit points. Cody Martin scored 26 points; Jordan Caroline dropped 22 points and Caleb Martin chipped in 19 points of his own. The Wolf Pack pushed the pace all game but did not relent. Nevada hounded the Rebels’ Jovan Mooring the whole game, forcing him to shoot 2-of-16 for the game. While the Rebels found some success with McCoy


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

With the Wolf Pack sitting as the first seed in the Mountain West Conference Tournament, they have a first round bye. They will face the winner of the game between the UNLV Rebels and the Air Force Falcons. The Wolf Pack swept the Falcons in the regular season this year and split its games against UNLV. Nevada will have to win three games in three days to repeat as the Mountain West Tournament Champions. However, they should not be worried about their standing or making the NCAA Tournament. Ultimately, the Wolf Pack are playing for potential seeding in the Big Dance. As it stands, the Wolf Pack are slotted as a six seed in Joe Lunardi’s latest bracket and

21, guard, Kendall Stephens

Senior, 6-foot-7 13.6 ppg, 2 rpg KEN POM OFFENSIVE RATINGS

Jordan Caroline Offemsive rating: 112.4 Caleb Martin Offensive Rating: 118.7 Cody Martin Offensive Rating: 116.3 Hallice Cooke Offensive Rating: 122.7

scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, the Wolf Pack exploited his defense all game long. Last Saturday, the Wolf Pack went into Viejas Arena as the last place that Eric Musselman has yet to secure a victory. While the top seed for the Mountain West Conference tournament was already guaranteed for the Wolf Pack, they still came into the game trying to win one for its head coach. Nevada had an 11-0 run in the first half and led by as much as 10. At points, it looked like it was going to pull away and duplicate its win against the Rebels. However, foul trouble to Kendall Stephens and Hallice Cooke stalled Nevada’s momentum. The Aztecs took control in the second half as they imposed their height as they grabbed 12 offensive rebounds and outrebounded the Wolf Pack 37-30. On their senior nights, San Diego State’s Trey Kell and Malik torched the Wolf Pack for a combined 33 points.

Nov. 29 vs. Illinois State 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. 23

San Fransisco

W, 86-64 L, 64-66

Dec. 27 at Fresno State

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

are slotted to play against 11 seed Middle Tennessee State University. Should the Wolf Pack get bounced against the winner of UNLV and Air Force, the Wolf Pack should at worst slide to a seven seed. However, with the injuries and lack of depth, the extra rest could be a net positive for Nevada. In the best-case scenario, the Wolf Pack sweeps the Mountain West Conference Tournament and repeats as the conference champion. With the final push to improve its resume, they could find themselves as a five seed and potentially have a favorable site to play in during the first weekend (San Diego).

W, 98-68

Dec. 2

Dec. 22 Southern Illinois

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


W, 101-75

Mar. 3 at San Diego State

L, 74-79


THIS WEEK’S GAMES Nevada will play the Winner of UNLV vs Air Force When: Thursday , March 8 Where: Thomas & Mack Center

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Kendall Stephens Offensive Rating:125.5

Josh Hall Offensive Rating: 107.9 Javier Hernandez can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush. unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.



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Josh Hall rises above two rebels for a finger roll layup in Nevada’s 86-78 loss to UNLV in Lawlor Events Center on Feb. 7, 2018. Nevada basketball is currently ranked 22 in the AP Top 25 Poll.

Congrats to @EricPMus selman on being selected @Mountainwest Coach of Year. And, kudos to Nevada for giving him a chance to do what few do better

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In the battle of the former Dream Team players Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin, the two face off on the coaching sidelines as their teams play in the first round of the Big East Tournament. The Georgetown Hoyas won the previous two matchups in the Big East regular season against St. Johns. Marcus Derrickson scored a careerhigh 27 points in a double overtime victory on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. After beating both Duke and Villanova in early February, Saint John’s is a difficult out for Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas. Saint John’s star shooting guard Shamorie Ponds has been nursing an abdominal injury. Look for Ewing’s Hoyas to advance.

The Rebels have been struggling as of late with a five game losing streak following the loss against Utah State. Coincidentally, the last time the Rebels won was against Air Force. While the Rebels may be on a slump they should have enough in the tank to outlast the Falcons for a third time this season. Conference tournaments are approached as a clean slate for a lot of struggling teams. Look for the Rebels to refocus and pull out a victory to advance into the quarterfinals for a showdown with the Wolf Pack.

69-62 GTWN

80-70 UNLV

USU vs CSU It is difficult to gauge how the Utah State Aggies will perform in the Mountain West Conference Tournament. In the latter portion of the regular season, the Aggies have beaten some of the stronger teams in the conference (Fresno State, Boise State, UNLV) but have also lost some headscratchers (Air Force, San Jose State). In one and done situations, typically star players make the difference and Utah State’s Koby McEwen should be the difference in this matchup. Look for the Colorado State Rams to make a tough push but ultimately, the Aggies should win.

65-52 USU

WYO vs SJSU Wyoming utilizes one of the fastest paces of play in the Mountain West Conference. With multiple weapons in Hayden Dalton, Justin James, and Alan Herndon they should present tons of problems for the San Jose State Spartans. That trio accounts for 48 points per game. The Cowboys are capable of making a deep run into the Mountain West Conference Tournament. The Spartans have one conference victory this season. This game should be a good tune up for Wyoming.

71-55 WYO


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A one-woman journey of finding her own place By Madeline Purdue


hen I told my parents I wanted to live alone, they didn’t get on board right away. They were worried I was going to be too lonely, too sad, too bored. I insisted I was going to be fine and living alone wasn’t that scary. This didn’t stop my parents from doing everything they could to find me a roommate, but I still ended up in a studio apartment by myself. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. I didn’t intend to live alone, but it was the only thing that made sense after searching for a place to live. My friends wanted different things out of a place to live, and I didn’t want to have random roommates. So alone it was. Despite my reassurances to my parents that I was going to be fine, I was still apprehensive because I had never lived alone. I didn’t realize how great it would be. I grew up with four siblings piled on top of each other. I never had my own space before, but this was completely my own. If I am having a particularly busy week, I can leave the dishes in the sink and do them later without impeding anyone else’s ability to

cook. I don’t have to fight over the washing machine or ask a roommate to grab their clothes from the dryer they had left there for three days. If I have a test, I don’t have to go to the library or a coffee shop to study. I can do that all in my own space. However, this lifestyle isn’t for everyone and there are things you have to do in order to not get lonely or sad.

The first is to keep yourself busy. I am almost never home during the day. Classes and work take up most of my time, but I also do other activities so I am not sucked into the abyss of staying home. The second is to have people over to your place. This might be weird because the reason I got a studio apartment was to live alone, but having people over helps me not ever get to the point where I feel lonely. Having people over versus living with them is completely different — you can kick them out when you want your space back.

Living alone has worked for me because I have two sisters that attend the university who are always over at my place. I live equidistant from both of their places and they come over when they want to hang out. It’s a great system to help them get away from their roommates and for me to socialize so I’m not lonely. I realize it’s rare to have siblings attending the same school, but you need a group of friends or even a significant other to help keep you socialized. The last thing is that you have to make your space your own. It has to feel like home, otherwise it’s like staying in a hotel room. It took me and my mom two days to get my place decorated and ready to live in, but it’s worth it because now my place is what people like to describe as “homey.” You have to find a place that is a good size for you — not so small that you are cramped in your own place, but not too big that the amount of space is overwhelming and makes you feel lonely. Living alone has worked great for me, but it’s not for everyone. When finding a place to live, consider your lifestyle and be honest with yourself, because how you live impacts the other things in your life. Madeline Purdue can be reached at and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

BY JOEY THYNE I will give you some advice if you care to hear, When you’re awkward but live with someone you hate. This story has one objective, let me be clear, That’s how to be a passive-aggressive roommate. If your roommate is a slob who is icky Their dirty dishes will take up space. So leave them a note that is sticky: “The dishes won’t do themselves” with a winky face ;) He is late on the internet payment and still hogs the wifi, He will slide into the DMs to shoot his shot. Kindly text him, just as he feels like a fly guy, “Squarecash is faster than Venmo, you stupid twat.” Your roommate wastes power, She runs the water and sings offkey. So turn off the heat while she’s in the shower, She screeches in agony, you smile with glee. Your roommate snacks and leaves behind crumbs, You tell him everything is “Fine, fine.” But in order to show him that he’s dumb, Run the vacuum when they watch “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” She leaves her dry clothes in the dryer without a care, Your clothes are in the washing machine, wet as fish. When she leaves the house, throw her clothes on the stairs, You can even spit on them if you wish. Your roommate brings a girl back to your shared dorm, While you are trying to relax alone. Let them know your space is not the set of a porn, And loudly start talking to your mom on the phone. Your roommate likes it hot and you like it cold, You are as emotionally-repressed as Ron Swanson. Then wait until she falls asleep and act like a 7-year-old, And crank the thermostat down to Wisconsin. You always tell your landlord please and thanks, Even though he takes his sweet time. So you take your cash and convert it at the bank, And pay your rent with all with dimes. You could act like an adult, See what you might find When you confront your roommates without spin. But instead, have petty arguments in your mind, Where they’re always wrong and you always win.

Joey Thyne can be reached at joeythyne@gmail. com and on Twitter @ joey_thyne.

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By brandon Cruz


neighborhoods in reno



hether you’re finally getting kicked out of the dorms for ding dong ditching (grow up) or you can’t stand all of the old people moving into the Republic, you might be looking for off-campus housing this semester or are thinking about where you might live in the fall. Picking the right neighborhood is important, especially for students who don’t drive much. You have to ask: What sort of crowd do I want to be around? What do I need to be walking distance from? Do I want to get a campus parking pass or should I walk to school? How picky am I about basic human needs like hot water? How loudly can I play my music? Picking the right neighborhood can meet all of your needs if you’re lucky, but you’ll probably have to compromise on a few. I live in Northwest Reno, and I love it, but maybe you need to be closer to a Target. That’s respectable. Here are my suggestions for where you should look first when trying to find your new pad.

3. SOUTH RENO It’s a suburban Valhalla. There’s a Starbucks every mile and a half, there’s a J Crew, a Lowe’s and a Trader Joe’s. There’s an In N’ Out,


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a Whole Foods and even a Dotty’s. There’s a Dick’s Sporting Goods and a store that watches you run on the treadmill and then sells you thousand-0dollar shoes that best fit your jogging style. It’s the HOA neighborhoods where all the big white families live, the ones who eat at the restaurant where you’re a waitress and leave a 10 percent tip. It’s the stomping ground of the older people you see at football tailgates, the ones who look at you and smile condescendingly while you stuff your face with free food and beer supplied by the former fraternities of this university. It’s where your cheap boss lives in her five-bedroom mansion with her independently wealthy husband and her two very obviously expensive dogs. It’s where Burners and Holland Project people go to retire. And die on the inside. But there is a Total Wine in South Reno, so you should consider it when picking your new neighborhood.

2. MIDTOWN Midtown is very cool. There are cool shops, good restaurants and sexy bars. Midtown is for Reno’s young working professionals. It’s where that guy who won the beard growing competition lives, alongside the young lawyer just starting her law practice downtown, and

that couple who actually makes pretty good money selling their homemade leather belts and wallets. And what do they all have in common? disposable income and a deep urge to drink cocktails at Public House. If you’re a student, and you can afford to live in Midtown, you should definitely consider it. Either side of Virginia is growing and flourishing (probably because there’s a Bibo on both sides of the street). But also, rent prices are growing and greedy landlords are flourishing. At this point, you could get a two bedroom in San Francisco for double the price of a Midtown apartment, and that’s saying something.


Northwest Reno is the place to be. It’s where the students mix with the older homeowners who mix with the Walgreens crowd who live just on the edge of touristville. On one street there are both apartment buildings, owned by slumlords, with an illegal amount of broken appliances, and elegant 80-year-old homes with BMWs in the driveway. Plumes of weed smoke float out of the windows in the quaint alleys like incense at

a mountaintop monastery. You can practically feel Descartes being read and digested through the walls as you walk the streets. Retirees and professors walk their dogs at all times of day. And homeless people look through our trash at night. All of these worlds collide at Pub N Sub, the greatest neighborhood bar in the Sierra Nevada. As a student, there is no better location than Northwest Reno. You are a 15-minute walk to any building on campus and any casino downtown, which is just across the freeway. You can even walk to the river if you’re ambitious. Cost of living is manageable. If you have patience, something cheap will open up on Craigslist (as long as you can deal with the broken appliances). Students are the economy in this neighborhood. Rental managers, coffee shops, gas stations, grocery stores and parking enforcers all depend on us to do business. There are plenty of options for your ideal living situation. You can get a studio apartment, a five-bedroom house for you and your friends or you can even live in a seedy motel on Virginia if that’s your thing.

ince moving to Reno, Nevada in 2015 I’ve lived in various locations within walking distance of the university. From freshmen dormitories to a house that may have been much larger than I needed and lastly an apartment complex that housed more than just students, I’ve come to the conclusion that I know what type of building I want to live in for the remainder of my life. While the dorm in Peavine Hall with one toilet and one shower shared between six guys was humbling, I knew I couldn’t schedule my showers around five other people for the rest of my life. With my freshman year coming to an end I, like many freshmen, struggled to find some new living quarters to accommodate my lack of transportation and yearning for luxurious living arrangements on a poor man’s budget. Luckily, through my first two semesters at UNR, I made a couple of friends and one of them happened to own a nice house on Washington street. Now, when I say nice, I could only see the house from the Google Earth view because I had spent the summer in Vegas. It wasn’t until early August that I truly realized the jackpot I had just hit. I flew down to Reno in early August of 2016 and my mother and brother came to help me get settled. We grabbed an early breakfast and quickly made our way to the house. When Siri told me we had arrived, my mother was in disbelief. After walking through the house my mother and brother looked at me and said “This house is way too nice for college kids, don’t ruin it.” Let’s just say we didn’t ruin the house, my roommates and I just added character to the building itself.

Following a year of living in the Washington street house, I moved out to go live with one of my good friends in a condo he purchased at The Edge at Reno Condominiums. I never considered myself a hoarder until I tried to fit everything I had from a 2796 sq. foot house into a 700 sq. foot condo. I’ve now lived in my apartment for eight months. It’s an interesting vibe, but all in all, I know if given the choice I never want to live in an apartment again. When it comes to choosing between an apartment and a house you have to decide what kind of person you are. Homes are family friendly and spacious, giving the renters or owners the ability to either interact with their neighbors or practice some much needed human solitude. Now yes, condos and apartments do have walls and doors separating you from your neighbors, but it’s not the same. In a home, if my roommate lives above me and he decided field hockey on the rug at 1 a.m. was a good idea I could just go upstairs and ask him why he thought this was a genius sport to take up at such an hour. On the flip side, if it’s 1 a.m. in my apartment complex and my upstairs neighbor is throwing a rager on a Sunday night, I can’t do much to stop it. I’m not going to call the cops because that’s just out of pocket, but I also don’t plan on walking up in my boxers and taking the Jose Cuervo Silver out of Jannet’s hand and telling them to shut the soiree down. At the end of the day, I’m 100 percent a house man and college has reinforced this sentiment. Brandon Cruz can be reached at bcruz@ sagebrush.unr .edu and on Twitter @ SagebrushSports

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Reno’s housing prices are rising fast, here’s why

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Midtown apartments as they stand on Monday, March 5. Both housing and rent prices have been rising steadily over the past few years in the Reno/Sparks market.

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eno has a housing problem. Last August, the median home price in Reno surpassed $387,000, according to a report from the Associated Press. Prices in Sparks trailed just behind, at about $315,000. It’s a record for Reno, it’s a close second for Sparks, and both figures are outpacing the national median price of just $314,000 for the same month last year. That’s to say nothing of rental prices. According to the rental company RentCafe, Reno’s average rent has jumped 11 percent from last year to more than $1,100, a growth rate surpassed only by Sacramento, per numbers from So what’s driving all this growth? AN ISSUE OF SUPPLY It’s been nearly a year since Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of the Eco-

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n America, pets are everywhere. According to the American Pet Products Association, 44 percent of U.S. households have a dog and 33 percent have a cat. These numbers are comparable to the 45.2 percent of U.S. households that had children under 18 in the most recent census. It’s no surprise that four-legged friends are almost as present in U.S. households as children. Pets are loyal, entertaining and (usually) cute. According to “Pet Population and Ownership Trends in the U.S.: Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets, 2nd Edition”, 90 percent of dog owners agree that their pet positively impacts their mental or physical health. As a dog owner, I can attest to this. As a full-time student and part-time employee, I disagree that the health benefits outweigh the added stress and responsibility. Not to minimize the extraordinary amount of effort it takes to raise a human child, but I often find myself identifying with young, single

nomic Development Authority of Western Nevada, sounded an alarm in an op-ed to the Reno Gazette-Journal. He emphasizes a few numbers of note from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, including the addition of more than 20,000 new jobs and only 4,000 new housing units in the same 18-month period. “So yes, the sky is actually falling and the adverse impacts of failing to meet these growing housing needs will hurt us all,” Kazmierski wrote. In the time since, this crunch has only tightened. Data from the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors show housing inventory down to just 538 units — a 48.2 percent drop from last year that also doubles as a new low for supply in the Reno/Sparks area. This shortage in supply is only expected to exacerbate the rise in median home prices, which traditionally increase in the summer selling season. In turn, the afford-

mothers. Owning a pet affects nearly every aspect of my life including where I can live, my class and work schedule and how I can spend my free time. There are many housing options available for pet owners in Reno, but most are more expensive than homes that prohibit pets. Since adopting a dog, I’ve paid pet deposits at four different apartments ranging in value from $300 to $500, most of which is nonrefundable. A lot of rental homes also charge a monthly pet rent, which can cost up to $40 per pet. Food costs vary and are usually low, but annual grooming and veterinary fees tend to run high. What’s even more draining than affording a pet is finding the time to properly care for one. Most experts advise against leaving a dog alone for more than four to six hours at a time. This is the average amount of time an adult dog can go without needing to urinate or defecate. The time frame is longer for cats, who can usually relieve themselves without their owner’s assistance. Bodily functions aside, pets

ability of homes usually takes a dip at the same time, as prices rise and buyers — especially first time buyers — can get priced out of the market. At the same time, just as Kazmierski warned, there aren’t nearly enough new homes being built. And even if supply was being met (which, by some estimates would take the addition of 5,000 new homes per year), those homes that are being constructed often aren’t necessarily affordable. Take, for instance, the controversial Stonegate development near Cold Springs. It would add 5,000 new homes to market over the next two decades, and drew the ire of nearby residents who say the local infrastructure, notably the water supply, can’t support a new development of that size. But the simple existence of 5,000 new homes won’t guarantee that the median price of these homes will be affordable, or

tend to get bored and sad when they’re left alone for long hours, causing them to misbehave in an attempt to get their owners’ attention. Pets need entertainment and care in order to avoid developing bad behaviors and anxiety. This includes regular exercise and mental stimulation. Consequently, I have to carve out time during the day to spend at home caring for my dog. Any free time spent elsewhere usually fills me with guilt. Many people underestimate how much work it takes to properly care for a pet, sometimes resulting in negligence, rehoming, or surrendering the animal to a shelter. I would never consider any of those options, but I wish I had waited until I finished school and was in a more stable living situation to adopt a pet. Save yourself the stress and wait until you can provide an animal a mutually beneficial, pet-human relationship. Jessie Schirrick can be reached at jsolis@sagebrush. and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

within 30 percent of someone’s income per month. Indeed it was a concern brought up by Councilman Paul McKenzie, who explicitly told Reno Public Radio “this is not going to address our affordable housing issues.” AND DEMAND The other half of the coin here, perhaps obviously, is demand. It’s no secret that Reno’s population is being bloated by an influx of tech company investment. Whether it’s the Tesla Gigafactory or the Switch data center, there’s no question that new investment in tech is at least partly driving new employment in the area (though not all of those jobs might be as well paying as companies or state officials might be letting on). But even outside just tech, employment numbers in the Reno area have been fairly positive for years. According to numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Reno’s growth-per-

month in jobs has almost always outpaced the average job growth for the whole country since December 2014, while unemployment has dipped to just 3.7 percent — 0.2 percent below the national average, and 1.2 percent below the state average. These numbers also reflect a raw increase in the number of people moving to the area. Reno alone added about 20,000 new residents since 2010 according to the U.S. Census, while Sparks grew by about 8,000. It goes without saying that all these new people need somewhere to live. But unless these new residents are making enough money (the median wage in the area is just $44,000 as of 2016, according to the RGJ) to afford median prices or average rents, the crunch may only continue.

Jacob Solis can be reached at jsolis@ and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

Issue 23 03/06/2018 housing guide  
Issue 23 03/06/2018 housing guide