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NEWS in REVIEW By Karolina Rivas



‘STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION’ ASUN president, vice president female for first time in 20 years

MORE THAN 50 DEAD IN RUSSIAN MALL FIRE A fire that broke out Sunday afternoon at the Winter Cherry mall in Kemerovo, Russia has left 64 people dead and others still missing. A majority of the victims are feared to be children. Officials said that fire exits were blocked and an alarm system was turned off when the fire broke out. Investigators also discovered that a security guard had turned off the public address system. Moreover, witnesses told Russian media outlets that the sprinklers had also failed to function. “Serious violations (of the law) took place when the mall was being built and when it was functioning,” Svetlana Petrenko, a spokeswoman for the committee, said in a statement. “The fire exits were blocked.” The fire burned throughout the night until it was put out Monday morning. An investigation is underway to determine what caused the fire.

NATIONAL FATHER OF PULSE NIGHTCLUB SHOOTER WAS A FORMER FBI INFORMANT The trial for Noor Salman, the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen is underway and her lawyer is calling for a mistrial. This action came to be when court documents revealed that Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, was an FBI informant for more than 10 years. During a search of Seddique Mateen’s residence on June 12, 2016, the day of the shooting, officials found receipts for money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan, according to prosecutors. Salman’s lawyers have asked that the court not continue with their planned polygraph test because of the FBI’s “desire to implicate Noor Salman, rather than Seddique Mateen in order to avoid scrutiny of its own ineptitude with the latter.” Salman has pleaded not guilty to being charged with obstruction of justice and for material support to a foreign terrorist organization, BuzzFeed News reports.

LOCAL UNDERAGE DRINKING AND SHOTS FIRED AT RENO AIRBNB RENTAL Once a popular hub for the garden scene in Reno, the Sierra Water Gardens has since become an Airbnb rental after closing its doors late last year. However, on March 24, Sierra Gardens co-owner Samantha Stremmel received a late night call that underage drinking had been fully underway and shots had been fired at the property. “It feels like we were taken advantage of and we are just trying to do something neat for the community,” Stremmel told KOLO 8 in an interview. “To have that happen, it’s disappointing.” According to KOLO 8, Stremmel said that she had rented out the center to a 19-year-old woman who claimed to be using the place for her parents that were visiting Reno. Stremmel told KOLO 8 that this was her last time renting out the center for special events and will now only look for long-term leases. Karolina Rivas can be reached at karolinar@sagebrush.unr. edu and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

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Hannah Jackson, left, and Carissa Bradley celebrate as their names are called as the winners of the 2018 ASUN presidential election. They are the first all-female pair to hold both offices in 20 years.

By Madeline Purdue For the first time in 20 years, the Associated Students of the University of Nevada president and vice president offices will both be held by female students. The night was also historic for a wide range of candidates as nine females and a gender-neutral candidate won seats in the Senate, ASUN’s legislative arm. Hannah Jackson and Carissa Bradley — president and vice president-elect, respectively — won the 2018 ASUN presidential election on Thursday, March 15. They are the first female duo in decades and the second in the history of ASUN to hold the offices. Their historic win, however, was perhaps never in doubt, as each ran unopposed. “I think I’d have to say that Hannah and Carissa taking over

ASUN is a step in the right direction that ASUN needed for a couple of years,” said current ASUN President Noah Teixeira. “Being the first two women to ever take over this office is not only historic but it’s progressive. Just seeing a vision of the future and understanding what they see for the association over the next couple of years is incredible.” The last all-female president and vice president duo were Amber Joiner and Charlotte Mausolf in the 1998 ASUN election. Joiner is now an assemblywoman in the Nevada legislature. Women will hold nine of the twenty Senate seats filled by the election. This election cycle saw an increase in female candidacy with 12 females running for office, as opposed to seven in the 2017 election. Women made up 21 percent of the Senate during the 85th session and

UNLV president’s future in question By Karolina Rivas A statement from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas president Len Jessup may cause the university to start looking for a replacement after a $14 million donation was rescinded. Rumors of Jessup’s resignation from various Nevada media outlets had made the rounds earlier this month. A lawyer from the Nevada System of Higher Education speculates that Jessup’s actions as president “raises serious questions about Dr. Jessup’s ethics” after Jessup signed an agreement to keep his job through 2022 and in return receive a $14 million donation for the newly planned medical school, according to the Nevada Independent. “The MOU, as detailed above, specifically confers a significant financial benefit on Dr. Jessup by conditioning the gift on his continued employment with UNLV through December 31, 2022,” the memo obtained by the Nevada Independent reads. “Dr. Jessup’s execution of the MOU, in view of his patent conflict of interest, is made even more egregious given its timing.” The donation was originally granted by the Engelstad Family Foundation to UNLV’s medical education building before rescinding their donation on March 14. The same day, Jessup sent an email to students and staff indicating that reports of him being pushed out of his position were

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will increase to 45 percent. Interdisciplinary Programs’ two seats were not filled as the one candidate running withdrew before the ballot was created, leaving the positions vacant. This election was also historic for voter turnout among students. ASUN has set goals to increase voter turnout with every election, but in the past two elections, turnout has been low. Only 13 percent of eligible undergraduates voted in 2016, while 22 percent voted in 2017. However, during the 2018 election, ASUN surpassed its goal of 25 percent voter turnout with 28.1 percent of the student body voting. The goal was not only something set by the elections chair, but also a target candidates wanted to assist with. “When we knew we were run-

ning unopposed, one of the big things that we wanted to do was reframe our campaign to just get people to vote in general,” Jackson said. “We’re so happy and excited we did reach our goal.” Courtney Kinsella, the ASUN elections chair, said turnout was higher than expected because of Jackson and Bradley’s efforts. “It was so high because of initiatives put on by Hannah and Carissa, like ElectHer,” Kinsella said. “I think it brought a lot of attention to elections. It brought attention to how important it is to vote.” ElectHer was spearheaded by Jackson and Bradley after data from past elections showed a decrease in female participation. “This has been a national issue, but also an issue on our campus of not having very many women run for office and also be elected

Reno participates in March for Our Lives By Olivia Ali

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Protestors march to Reno City Plaza on Saturday, March 24. The local march was one of 800 sister marches happening across the country.

into office, so we wanted to find a way to kind of address that and we think this is program is a really great fit,” Jackson said to The Nevada Sagebrush in October. The national workshop prepares and encourages women to run for elected office at their schools in hopes they will pursue elected seats outside of college. Out of the 12 female candidates that ran for office in the 2018 election, seven attended the ElectHer workshop. UNR’s undergraduate population is 53 percent female, and with the 2018 election, the number of female senators will hew closer to that number. Bradley wanted to get more women to the Senate table because she felt that once they were there,

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UNR approves parking permit fee increase By Madeline Purdue University of Nevada, Reno, president Marc Johnson has approved an increase in parking permit fees for the 2018-2019 academic year due to an anticipated parking shortage on campus and an inadequate budget to improve parking facilities and PackTransit. According to five studies conducted annually by the university, there will only be 600 parking spots available by 2022. The university currently sells over 1,300 campus parking permits. The budget for parking and transportation is self-sustaining through parking permit fees, parking ticket revenue and transportation passes. It does not receive state funding. Most parking permits will see a 17 percent increase in price starting in August — however, some permits will increase even more. Yellow parking permits for the residence halls will increase by 37.5 percent and reserved silver permits will increase 43 percent. The increased price on these special permits is due to the low turnover on the parking spots throughout the day, thus bringing in less revenue. The last time parking permit prices increased was in 2011, after the university made a commitment to not increase prices during the Great Recession. However, more increases could be on the horizon over the next few school years. According to the Parking Permit Fee Increase website, the

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Continued from page A1 they would be more comfortable in their position of power. “I think that a lot of the time, we see women are the most willing to argue at the table and I definitely like to see that,” Bradley said to The Nevada Sagebrush in October. “That’s one of my favorite parts of Senate, is the discourse and disagreeing, and I think that once you’re at that table, you’re 10 times more likely to speak up.” Bradley started crying after the election results announced the increase in the number of women that were elected to represent their colleges. “I’m just really emotional because we’ve done ElectHer and that

was really to increase the representation of women going into office,” Bradley said. Women are not the only group gaining representation with this election. A genderneutral candidate, Natasia Mata, was elected to represent the College of Liberal Arts. “As a gender-neutral Hispanic student, [I hope] to bring issues of underrepresented groups to the campus,” Mata said in her candidate profile. “While the university has been phenomenal in welcoming all types of students, improvements can still be made and certain issues should still be addressed.” Madeline Purdue can be reached at mpurdue@ and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.


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Reno citizens gathered on Saturday, March 24, to join the Illustrator • Zak Brady nation in the March For Our Lives — a protest to reform Social Media Manager • Jessie Schirrick gun control in light of recent school shootings across the nation. Distribution • Zacary Brown On Saturday morning, around 5,000 people marched down Virginia Street in Staff Writer • Emily Fisher support of the victims and survivors of school shootings Media Adviser • Nichole Collins — particularly those of jory Stoneman Douglas High CONTRIBUTING STAFFERS School where 17 students Olivia Ali, Jasmine Brown, Anisha and faculty members were killed in February. The Reno Chedi, Matthew Clark, Will Keys, march was organized by three Darion Strugs students of the University of Nevada, Reno, and was just DISCLAIMER one of the 800 sister marches that were held around the The Nevada Sagebrush is a nation on Saturday. newspaper operated by and for Marchers began gathering the students of the University near the Bruce R. Thompson of Nevada, Reno. The contents U.S. Courthouse and Federal of this newspaper do not Building around 9 a.m. with necessarily reflect those opinions signs and shirts to share with of the university or its students. the crowd. At 11:30 a.m., It is published by the students of marchers took off down the the University of Nevada, Reno, street toward Reno City Plaza and printed by the Sierra Nevada holding signs and banners of support. Once at Reno City Plaza, ADVERTISING numerous speakers and musical groups took the stage For information about display to address the crowd. Musical advertising and rates, please call numbers included Reno High the Advertising Department at School Choral and Vocal Mo775-784-7773 or email tion singing songs related to gun reform. Throughout the march, LETTERS TO THE EDITOR there was a constant reminder to vote and call local Letters can be submitted representatives. Representavia email at tives registering young adults to vote displayed the push for youth to vote. Protesters also CORRECTIONS chanted things such as “We Will Vote”, “Vote Them Out”, The Nevada Sagebrush fixes and “Lives Over Guns”. mistakes. Speakers ranged from stuIf you find an error, email dents as young as 8th graders to college students to adults with direct connections to the effects of gun violence. SOCIAL MEDIA Speaker Christine Brown The Nevada Sagebrush preached the importance of calling representatives by presenting statistics. @NevadaSagebrush “According to them, NRA calls are outnumbering antigun calls ten to one,” Brown @SagebrushSports said. “Do you believe that? Prove it and call your representatives.” Nevada Sagebrush McQueen High School student Noah Christensen’s nvsagebrush speech centered around the importance of calling representatives, as he has gained national attention for using foul language during a call to Sen. Amodei, which resulted

By Emily Fisher Returning to school after spring break can be a challenge. Your mind is still stuck on beach days or long mid-day naps but you’re sitting in classes, gearing up for the final stretch of the spring semester. After having a week off of school it can be hard to add the extra responsibilities back into your schedule. It may have even been a challenge to balance work, school, and free time before break. Whatever the case, The Nevada Sagebrush is here to help. This is News You Can Use with a guide to time management


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in his suspension from the school. According to Christensen, strength comes in Continued from page A1 numbers. “They cannot suspend Office of Parking and us all and they can’t call all Transportation will of our schools,” Christensen review the annual said. “All of you should be cost every spring and marching and spreading the increase the price if message.” necessary. Reno High School student The money made body president Ben Nebesky by the university shared the fears he and his during this increase peers felt when seeing a threat will be used to fund of a dangerous person on the construction of Reno High School’s campus. a 750 to 1,000 space parking garage on the “I immediately took this south end of campus threat to our school police by 2020, and to help officer because in this day and fund the PackTransit age I can’t take any chances,” buses on campus. Nebesky said. “The department’s Fear while sitting in budget is no longer classrooms was a common adequate to fund new theme among the students’ construction and the speeches. This fear felt by existing maintenance students spurred the original needed of parking March for Our Lives, which lots, University roadwas organized by students ways and garages,” from Marjory Stoneman Johnson said in a Douglas High School. statement. “Over UNR student Katie Worrall time, multi-year desaw the push for change and ferment of necessary took it upon herself to orga- maintenance obliganize the local march in Reno. tions could result in a Worrall called in the help of costly backlog as well fellow university students as poor quality faciliRosie Gully and Nnedi Ste- ties. It is also imporphens. According to Gully, it tant to note that the was necessary for her to plan University shuttle this to see change happen. service, PACKTransit, “This is important because receives significant this is about gun reform,” Gully said. “This isn’t about trying to take away your guns. This is about making sure kids Continued from page A1 don’t get killed anymore. This is about making sure people “misleading.” Furtherdon’t have to live in fear every more, he also plans to single day.” leave the position in the In terms of a bigger picture, near future. Gully hopes this movement “It’s no secret that a will keep all students safe with few regents and I have the implementation of gun not always agreed on the reform laws. Gully stresses direction of UNLV under the importance of voting on my leadership,” Jessup a state level as a means for said in a statement. nationwide reform. “Over the last several “We passed gun legislation weeks, I had conveyed in 2016 through the people’s to Chancellor Thom vote,” Gully said. “This wasn’t Reilly that the govereven through the legislature. nance structure makes We passed it, and it hasn’t long-term sustainability even gone into effect because for any president chalof our current leaders within lenging. I continue to be [Nevada]. We want this bill. passionate about UNLV The people want this bill.” and all our initiatives, The march was backed by but expressed to him my Washoe County Education intent to begin looking Association, Moms Demand at other opportunities. Action, Nevada Gun Safety I am grateful for all the Coalition and The Brady tremendous support on Campaign. campus and in the community, and I am proud Olivia Ali can be reached to be president of UNLV. at mpurdue@sagebrush. Thank you for all your and on Twitter @ hard work and for stayNevadaSagebrush. ing focused on our core


financial subsidies from parking operations to operate the bus services.” The new parking garage will be on the south end of campus in the university’s Gateway District. There is a demand for parking on the south end of campus because the majority of parking is available on the north end, making it difficult for people who commute to the university to attend classes on that side of campus. Funds will also provide more money to PackTransit — the university’s shuttle service — which is currently half a million dollars in debt. In addition to these extra funds to help with budget difficulties, PackTransit will be cutting down their services. Starting next academic year, the shuttles will only be operating with one transit loop from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Their services will also not be pro-

vided during summer and winter breaks. The Office of Parking and Transportation is also currently working with ASUN and the Graduate Student Association to receive funding for a second loop and expand their hours of service. “Like many other four-year institutions of higher education, parking is often viewed as an issue both for its cost and availability. It is our goal to bring parking and transportation expenses in line with revenue, while also providing students, faculty, staff and visitors to the University different parking and transportation options.” For more information on the price increase and projects, visit the Parking Permit Fee Increase website.

responsibilities to move the university forward.” A trustee of the foundation, Kris Engelstad McGarry said that the donation to the medical school included a compromise that with the donation came the conditions that Jessup and Barbara Atkinson, the founding dean of the medical school, would keep their positions at the university. “Part of our proposed commitment to them was predicated on the fact that leadership did not change,” trustee of the foundation, Engelstad McGarry said in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal.” We are completely dedicated to the scholarships we have in place for the undergraduate and medical school students, but we don’t trust the stewardship of the board of regents to handle our money, sadly.” The UNLV medical school recently came

under fire after Jessup raised the cost of the new medical school. Moreover, Regent Trevor Hayes questioned the school’s handling of its dental facility when a dentist reused a singleuse dental implant device on patients, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. “The way this has unfolded has left us even more concerned with this system and what’s going on with the regents,” Engelstad McGarry told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s a very sad thing when you want to support your local university and they make it very difficult to do so. I think they forget it’s a gift. It’s not an obligation.”

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

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

How to become the master of your time


The first thing to realize when it comes to time management is that you are not changing time, there’s always 24 hours in a day. Instead, you are changing behavior. Start paying attention to the way you use your time, the times of day you are most productive, and the activities that take up most of your time. This will help you understand what problems you’re having with time management now, and start to understand how to fix them. According to Psychology Today, it is also important to realize that the reasons people struggle with time management are much deeper than most realize. Psychological barriers and the general quality of

the life you lead may have an effect on your productivity. When you are less than satisfied with your life it may cause you to not feel as though it is worthwhile to put in the effort to manage time and activities. Taking small steps to improve your relationships with others, as well as yourself, can actually help lead to success in school and work. This is something the university can help you with, offering free counseling services and tools to help you succeed.

HOW CAN IT HELP? According to a study done by Yael Shy in her new book “What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond,” stress has overtaken depression as the number one

problem in students. In response to this, colleges are investing in new types of programs directly aimed at this problem. Shy is actually the founder of MindfulNYU, the largest campuswide meditation initiative in the country. UNR’s meditation rooms in the PSAC mirror the goals of this program on a smaller scale. “Data shows that students who meditate experience less stress, greater well-being, and even higher GPA’s than their non-meditating counterparts,” Shy wrote in a press release. In an interview Shy also spoke to why she believes meditation and mindfulness are so important to college-aged students. “This is usually a period of life when things

are in flux and we are still figuring out who we are. Why do we form relationships in the way that we do? Why do we suffer in certain ways? How can we make a difference? Meditation can open up doors to understanding ourselves and give us the wisdom to understand the world at this time in life.”

HOW DO I START? The best way to start meditating? Just go for it! There is a misconception that you can only meditate in silence, or to the sounds of relaxing music and nature. While this is the most popular setting for people to meditate, it isn’t the only one. Yael Shy, who herself had these misconceptions about meditation, argues that the practice is much

Brett Betchart, general manager of Wolf Pack Radio, came to Senate to talk about the rebranding of the station. He said he brought in new technology and had a new website to update WPR, and the station has switched over to pre-recorded audio instead of a live stream in order for their content to be better edited. Betchart also opened the idea for clubs and organizations to record a Public Service Announcement as a “mini-commercial” for different events and programs.

REPORTS CONTRACT WITH GIVEPULSE EXTENDED President Noah Teixeira said he has signed a contract with GivePulse for a two-year extension on the current subscription ASUN has with the community service tracking website. He did two years because there was a discount and it saved ASUN $5,000.

ASUN TO MEET WITH SEN. CORTEZ-MASTO ON CAMPUS DIVERSITY President Teixeira also said in his report that he has a meeting with Nevada Democratic Sen. Catherine CortezMasto to talk about diversity on campus. Teixeira said she didn’t specify what exactly about diversity they will be discussing, but he is excited and is bringing along ASUN’s diversity department.


Director of Event Programming Mia Kinel said she has moved the date of the Spring Concert from March 31 to May 4 due to the late winter weather. She didn’t want to hold an outdoor concert while it is still cold outside.

ELECTIONS 86TH SESSION ELECTION RESULTS The results of the 2018 ASUN election were announced on Thursday, March 15. The list of winning candidates is as follows.

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Nikolas Burton, Hayden Grant, Hannah Hudson-


Aamir Aziz, Blane Merkley-


COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Savannah Hughes, Emily Sewell, Dillon Wilcox

DIVISION OF HEALTH SCIENCES Vanessa Amaya, Claudia Feil, John Loveland


COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS Anthony Martinez, Natasia Mata, Andrew McKinney, April Wilday


Troy Clemmons, Hayley Collins, Zachary Green Interdisciplinary Programs did not have candidates running in the election for their two seats. Madeline Purdue can be reached at and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

more about being aware of your thoughts, mindset, and the world around you. “The biggest piece of advice I can give is to try and find the beauty and the vibrancy of life right in the middle of all the mayhem,” Shy said in an interview with Bad Yogi. Check out Yael Shy’s newly released book, “What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond.” Do you have any meditation or other stress-relieving tips or tricks? Share them with us @ NevadaSagebrush. Emily Fisher can be reached at efisher@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.


University group cleans river after flood damage By Matthew Clark In the wake of last year’s historic flooding of the Truckee River, a group of community members and university students took to the riverbanks last week to clean and restore some of the damage wrought by mother nature. The University of Nevada, Reno’s recently recognized collegiate chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers in collaboration with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and The Nature Conservancy hosted a river clean-up in Lockwood Park east of Reno on Sunday, March 25. Over 30 volunteers came to assist in the conservation and beautification effort. The riverside park was damaged due to last year’s record snow fall and subsequent flooding and was in need of restoration. After a safety talk led by KTMB, the volunteers were split into two groups to help with restoration. One group was instructed to walk the trails and banks of the river to pick up any trash, and the other was tasked with renovating the patio and picnic area of the park. “This is a resource I care about and am passionate about, and it’s good for the community,” president of UNR’s BHA Matthew Needs said. “Cleaning up the trash and getting the invasive weeds out is in a sense preserving the wild nature of the river.” BHA is a national public land advocacy group that helps preserve natural landscapes and habitats so species of deer and fish can thrive, and was brought to the university by people passionate about the outdoors. “We first formed the club because we had heard of a never-ending mantra of people coming to the college to do outdoors things, but they would get here and not have any idea how to go about pursuing those outdoor passions that they

once enjoyed,” said Needs. Travis Hawks, a fisheries biologist for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, said the Truckee River is now thriving. “The river is in phenomenal shape this year mostly as a function of the winter we had last year,” said Hawks. The urban stretch of the river is historically one of the most productive as far as the fishery is concerned but aesthetically the downtown stretch does struggle with trash and garbage. With thousands of recreationists visiting the Truckee River each year, maintaining the serenity of the parks is important to the community’s economy and overall well-being. With over 400,000 people relying upon the river as their main water source, the river becomes that much more important to the surrounding communities, according to the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation. With this initial clean-up, the UNR BHA hopes to establish themselves within the graces of the community and work with other like-minded clubs and organizations in the future. Needs expressed interest in working with KMTB to adopt the Lockwood Park and regularly host clean-ups at the park. Following the clean-up was a raffle and lunch at Great Basin Brewery. With donations from many conservation-minded companies, the UNR BHA was able to raise over $500 with the sale of raffle tickets to help the club grow its presence on campus and allow them to continue their efforts as advocates for public lands. Matthew Clark can be reached at and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

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Members of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers pose for a picture on Sunday, March 25. The group helped clean up the Truckee River in Reno after seasonal floods damaged the Lockwood Park area.



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The UNR School of Medicine sign as it stands on February 20. The school recommends that students have volunteer experience when applying to their program.

By Karolina Rivas Pre-med students will soon be able to network with healthcare professionals at the second annual High Sierra Area Health Education Center’s Annual Pre-Professional Healthcare Summit being held on April 13 to 14 at Truckee Meadows Community College. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine receives around 1,000 to 1,500 applications to their program every year. Among those applications, approximately 300 are selected for interviews, according to their website. One of their requirements for applicants is to have community and volunteer experience. “The conference is an amazing opportunity to make connections,” student ambassador Jayde Powell said. “Our goal in putting on this conference is to connect students to professionals and give them insight on what the reality is with being a helping professional.” The conference is being supported by local medical groups such as Nevada INBRE, Nevada Hospital Association and Carson Tahoe Health. At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to earn hands-on experience from helping professionals and focus on interprofessional education. “We invite professionals from all fields of healthcare, such as psychologists, administrators, primary care physicians, radiologists, nurses, surgeons and more to present workshops or lectures on a given topic of their choice,” Powell said. Researchers from Northeastern University, Drexel University and the Economic Policy Institute gathered to research data collected by the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey and the U.S. Department of Labor in order to























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determine the percentage of college students that found a job after a graduation. The study found that in 2001, approximately 53.6 percent of bachelor degree-holding individuals under the age of 25 did not have a job or were underemployed. However, a study conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2014 found hope for jobseeking college graduates. In a poll response by graduates, the Pew Research Center in 2014 found that about 86 percent of college graduates said they were either in a “career job” or in “a stepping stone to a career job.” Powell says that a contributing factor to these numbers are that college students continously network with professionals while attending school. “I think going above and beyond and being involved in whatever field you want to be in will help find a job,” Powell said. “Students have the opportunity to make connections with the professionals giving lectures or workshops, and although we can’t guarantee that every doctor or professional will offer something beyond the conference, it is possible that students could very well find a mentor or someone to shadow and work with while attending the conference.” Students are not required to stay the full duration of the conference and are encouraged to register on the AHEC site. “We hope students who attend gain a lot of insight on their fields of interest directly from professionals,” Powell said. “It’s a two-day event full of fun and learning at the same time, and there’s no requirement to attend all sessions.”





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INTERNET’S OWN BOY DATE: Wednesday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU Theatre INFO: This documentary

tells the story of Aaron Schwartz, information activist and co-founder of Reddit. This event will be hosted by the J. School’s very own Dr. Ben Birkinbine. You don’t have to call him Doctor, but you probably should. If you ask him, he will talk to you about French cinema. In fact, you don’t even have to ask. Popcorn will be provided.

SHANE AND EMILY DATE: Wednesday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU Starbucks INFO: This duo will travel

to UNR. They combine folk, jazz and hip hop. Coffee and treats will be provided. This event is FREE to students. I know you must be torn because the event above is at the same time. You must weigh your priorities. The documentary screening has popcorn. But this has coffee and treats. College is all about growing up and making tough decisions.


INFO: Sure, nobody asked for a third Pitch Perfect. Nobody even asked for a second one. But here we are. I’m sure they sing some songs or something. I haven’t seen it. This event is FREE to students. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided for students. This movie is also being shown Thursday at 9 p.m. and Friday and 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

PLUSH LIFE DATE: Friday TIME: 8 p.m. LOCATION: The Holland

Project INFO: Good Friday? More like Great Friday! This lineup is a who’s who of local hip-hop. Lil Traffic, Icy Dave, Lost Ruins, Theonly1197, Cvrlos Enrique and 86Bull’ will all be there. Even the Snake’s Nest will be there to DJ and “get buck.” Tickets cost $5.50. Holland Project, as always, is all ages.

WOLF PACK READING MONTH DATE: All month TIME: All month LOCATION: JCSU INFO: Students can drop

off books in the Center for Student Engagement in ASUN. George R.R. Martin once wrote “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies...The man who never reads lives only one.” I guess fans of A Song of Ice and Fire have been dead since 2011. Get cooking George! Joey Thyne can be reached and on Twitter @joey_thyne

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Moon Hooch and Acid Dad perform in Reno By Joey Thyne On a frigid night, the final night of spring break, as UNR students regrettably returned to Reno in the hail, two stellar bands stopped in town. Jazz-dance band Moon Hooch and psych-punk band Acid Dad performed at the Saint and Loving Cup, respectively, as a part of a Fresh Bakin’ event on Sunday, March 25. Reno gets the best shows on the worst dates. Touring bands stop in Reno on a weeknight after playing San Francisco or Portland (i.e. somewhere cool). Some attendees kept checking their phones, seeking an appropriate time to slip out and get a good night’s rest. Others drank more frantically in order to silence their impending responsibilities. Sometimes bands see Reno as less important and present a lackluster show. Thankfully, these bands did not disappoint. Six Mile Station and The Accidentals opened for Moon Hooch. The audience swayed and swooned to Six Mile Station, a local Americana band, as they belted out raucous bluegrass tunes. They ended the show with horn players parading through the crowd. The Accidentals hypnotized the crowd with their eclectic punk jams, including a haunting cover of “Kids” by MGMT. By the time Moon Hooch took the stage, everyone was drowsy and restless, but they soon received a shock to their consciousness. Three musicians with a synthesizer, a drum kit and a collection of woodwinds blew everyone’s minds. Critics struggle to pin down Moon Hooch’s sound, a clash of jazz and EDM: thumping bass battles screeching saxes. The band calls it “Cave Music.” “Cave music is like a whirlwind that pulls you out of the known concept of reality and twists you into an ever-changing, always creative process of perception,” said Moon Hooch saxophonist Wenzl McGowen. “We lose our minds. And by minds, I mean conceptual framework that inhibits the purest expression of the soul. That’s maybe a little too poetic.

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New York jazz fusion band Moon Hooch performs at The Saint on Sun. March 25. Acid Dad performed afterward at the Loving Cup.

But something along those lines. Just jump over the fence and run into the unknown and run with such conviction and passion that you always find trust and creative surprises.” The Saint filled with more people than usual. During the openers, patrons leaned on pool tables and chatted. When Moon Hooch took the stage, everyone thrashed around and screamed. “It is invigorating to see the audience bite their lips and stomp their feet and twist and turn their hips and see their sweat hit the floor and see them losing their minds helps us lose our minds more,” McGowen said. “It’s a collective process of inspiration that cross-pollinates the audience and the performer.” Moon Hooch currently tours in support of their new single “Acid Mountain,” which Mike Wilbur wrote five years ago then shelved until recently, and their upcoming EP “The Light it Up EP” which releases on April 6. McGowen says it is full of sound-waves including their “collective struggle for liberation.” “We have worked very hard to

put ourselves into this music and put our passion into this music,” McGowen said. “I think when you play the EP and listen closely, you can see birds flying through the sky and flowers bloom and you can see mountains rising out of the ground and you can feel the waves crashing on the rocks.” Before this tour, Moon Hooch took some time to decompress. They spent time with family and friends as well as worked on music. In the past, touring wore them down, but now they feel refreshed. “You don’t sleep regular hours every night and then have to drive orflyaroundthecountry,”McGowen said. “You have to constantly be aroundthesamepeople.Itcanreally get to you.You can lose balance and motivation. But we took some time off to gain some stability.” McGowen was born in Spain, and also lived in Germany, Austria and Portugal. He says “he’s a big mix of a bunch of different cultures and none of them.” The members of Moon Hooch met in New York, where they started performing by busking in the subway stations. “I don’t miss bringing our in-

struments down there,” McGowen said. “I don’t miss being harassed by police. I don’t miss competing with other buskers about who gets the spot. But I do miss the surprise element. I do miss playing our music to a demographic who has no real intention of listening to us. I do miss our unexpected dance parties that sometimes continuously erupt on the subway platform.” McGowen draws inspiration from zen Buddhism, Taoism and John Coltrane — always John Coltrane. “He’s not just a jazz musician, he’s a saint who plays saxophone,” McGowen said. “Many of his contemporaries didn’t realize how deep he really was. He wouldn’t talk about much, but you can feel it when you’re listening to his later stuff. He’s onto something. He’s saying something. He has a message in his sound. If you really focus on it. He can help people with their personal struggles.” In his free time, McGowen writes, reads, meditates, “looks at trees and [breathes] the air.” He says he is looking forward to every moment.

Those with stamina headed over to the Loving Cup. The Loving Cup is the hipper bar (chandeliers, paintings, cool lighting, etc.) but the inferior music venue. It’s claustrophobic and bands are tossed to the side. “The complicated part is that every room is a variable,” said Acid Dad drummer Kevin Walker. “Every sound guy is different. In the studio we manage to eliminate those variables to make the recording process smooth. We’ve gotten pretty crafty at it in our own space. But some of the excitement of playing live is that my snare drum might sound totally different in two different rooms. Sometimes that’s a really bad thing. Sometimes it’s actually kind of cool.” Acid Dad is touring currently to promote their new self-titled debut album. They just came off a ten-day stint at SXSW. One show included a Cajun restaurant, floor littered with crawfish. Only their friends and people from the studio showed up. The show devolved into a jam session wherein they practiced new songs. Two nights before their Reno concert, they sold out a show in LA. The band’s name comes from their prolific use of psychedelic drugs, however they have since “hopped off that wave.” Similar to an LSD trip, Acid Dad’s music gives the feeling if it ceased to move forward, everything would collapse. JP Basileo, the band’s tenth and current bassist, recalled when he dropped acid an hour before his second show: an opener for A$AP Ferg. The acid kicked in as the crowd began calling for Ferg. “It was a bad trip,” he commented. In the future, Acid Dad would like to work with David Fridmann, producer of Flaming Lips and more recently Spoon. Upcoming Fresh Bakin’ shows include Beats Antique, The Glitch Mob, Violent Femmes and Zaytoven. Joey Thyne can be reached at and on Twitter @joey_thyne.

Going down the rabbit hole in SoCal By Jasmine Brown It’s strange to think that only a short while ago I traveled through blizzards in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to start spring break right in the west coast sunshine state. On March 17 and 18, Insomniac held their annual music festival, Beyond Wonderland, at National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, California. Not even knowing the lineup yet back in January, my friends and I bought our passes to this EDM oasis. We knew this expedition was a trip worth taking and of course Pasquale Rotella and the entire Insomniac team did not disappoint. Being my first time at the NOS Center let alone Beyond Wonderland, I didn’t know what to expect visual-and-decoration wise. As I started to walk into the venue, it seemed like we were transported into another realm. In the middle stood a beautiful lily pond that captured the eye right away. After the pond, your attention went straight to overhead lights which cascaded across from each light pole. As you walked through the enthusiastic crowd, dozens of Insomniac employees greeted you dressed as elaborate Alice and Wonderland characters to gigantic flowers and gorgeous butterflies. Besides the amazing DJs, the stage design blew me away. The Mad Hatter’s Castle was personally my favorite stage. Just describing the stage in words does not do it justice. I’ve been to various Insomniac shows and events including EDC Las Vegas, but this layout was one of the easiest to map and most visually appealing.

The laser and light shows never skipped a beat. Usually I don’t buy food at music festivals because I’m either having too much fun dancing or it’s overpriced. But this time my friend bought Moondusk Fries. They were incredible. Not only did they have a tasteful seasoning but the sauce they gave you was delicious. If you ever go to an Insomniac event and see them on the menu, I’d highly recommend trying! Of course, as with all festivals, there is always going to be some type of drama or inconvenience. Thankfully, this time there were only two major problems: people pushing without being courteous and the rain. In a perfect world, everyone will get along with one another at an event, but we obviously don’t all live in unison. My friends and I would be dancing, then a herd of festival goers would come stumbling through us. I know people are just trying to have a good time so usually this wouldn’t bother me. However, since it was cold to begin with, it’s hard to justify their actions. It is two simple words that people that are drinking tend to forget. In addition to rowdy young adults, the rain was off-putting. It didn’t start until around 9 p.m. on Friday night and lasted until around 3 a.m. the next morning. Luckily, it wasn’t raining too hard but if you’re trying to turn up, it is definitely a bummer. The stages were well covered and protected. Each stage wasn’t that far away from the others, so the migration to another set wasn’t troubling until the walk back to the car. Now onto the most interesting part of any EDM festival: the sets. Everyone has their personal preference of EDM genre, mine being

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The Mad Hatter’s Castle tent trips out people at Beyond Wonderland. Beyond Wonderland is an electronic dance music festival in San Bernardino, CA., Mar. 16-17.

trap, but like a lot of attendees agree, other genres are amazing to watch as well. On Friday, Saymyname, Midnight Tyrannosaurus and Black Tiger Sex Machine had the crowd going wild throughout their entire sets. Oliver Heldens had ravers shuffling to some joyful drops at The Queen’s Domain stage. But getting to my absolutely favorite of the night and the weekend, Kill the Noise. In my opinion he dominated the Mad Hatter’s Tent. I remember seeing him at Reno’s Cargo Concert Hall a few years ago but since he was at a much larger venue he decided to leave everything out on the table.The lasers went perfectly with each unexpected drop. The whole set got the crowd hyped up for Kayzo who closed on Friday night. Even though Kayzo was in Reno three weeks ago, his set was

completely revamped with crazy upbeat trap/dubstep drops. The second day was even better than the first. Luckily this day it didn’t rain which kept our spirits up. Yultron and Valentino Khan had some insane bass house drops that made you want to jump. Khan consistently changes up his drops keeping it unpredictable. On the other hand, Jayceeoh had killer trap drops. He had to be one of my favorites of the entire festival as well. It was interesting the way they conducted people into the area Jayceeoh was playing called Cheshire Woods. The stage was in a dome that you had to walk “Disneyland style” through a roped path. I thought that was an interesting and a clever way to guide the crowd. Getting toward the final performances on Saturday night, DJ Mustard, who

played at the Mad Hatter’s stage, incorporated popular rap songs throughout along with face-melting drops. And last but not least, Flosstradamus closed right after DJ Mustard. Of course when Floss played the famous heart-racing songs Mosh Pit and Prison Riot, what seemed like dozens of mosh pits appeared. Even if you’re the type to watch the mosh pit from a distance, it was a sight to see. If you ever wish to visit a music festival that has amazing visuals, interactive characters, delicious food and back-breaking sets, this festival is the answer. From the creative music to the great people, Beyond Wonderland was an experience I will never forget. Jasmine Brown can be reached at on Twitter @ joey_thyne


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‘Sherlock Gnomes’ leaves the viewer clueless to its existence By Bailey MeCey For a movie that featured a “no-shit-Sherlock” joke in the trailer, I was not expecting a lot from “Sherlock Gnomes.” However, “Sherlock Gnomes” does more than it can to actively besmear the legacy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels. “Sherlock Gnomes” is the sequel to the 2011 “Gnomeo and Juliet,” which has Gnomeo and Juliet join up with Sherlock Gnomes and his partner Watson to uncover why gnomes have been disappearing all over London. What soon follows is a generic whodunit with no real sense of mystery in the framework of a bland “Toy Story” knock-off. The film starts with a gnome presenting a book on the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes but is soon derailed when other gnomes interrupt him with gnome parody pun names like Indiana Gnomes. Just like how roller coasters have a “This Tall To Ride” requirement, “Sherlock Gnomes” gets you ready for the garbage heap of a film right out the gate. The character of Sherlock Gnomes, played by Johnny Depp, is clearly drawn from the modern reimagining of Holmes as seen in Guy Richie’s “Sherlock Holmes” and BBC’s “Sherlock.” Instead of the classic stoic crime solver, Sherlock Gnomes is engaging in physical combat and being an ass to those around him. Occasionally Gnomes will make a random deduction out of thin air, in what felt like the screenwriter just read the “Great Illustrated Classics of Sherlock Holmes” and felt like they had to add a least a small amount of what

Sherlock Holmes is known for in between shots of a gnome’s ass. The film falls apart here, as the movie begins aping Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters and stories but not actually presenting a solid mystery. Multiple times, the movie references characters or situations from Holmes stories, but the mystery it presents is vapid at best. It tries to surprise with double and triple crosses, but fails to lay out a mystery that actually makes sense. Yes, it is a film about gnomes for children, but at least some effort could have been made to make something less groan-worthy when it draws from some of the greatest mystery novels of all time. Disregarding the boring plot, the film cannot even get it’s universe’s fiction right in a way that makes sense. The characters react to humans like the toys in “Toy Story,” freezing when they are present but move around freely when they are out of sight. But unlike Toy Story, where it is a secret that the toys are alive, people seem to know the existence of Gnomes and urge him to solve the mystery on television. The humor makes recent Adam Sandler movies feel like “Dr. Strangelove.” Steven Merchant has a couple of funny lines, but the majority of the humor is cheap gags and double entendres aimed at parents who are probably just playing Fortnite on their phones as their kids gorge themselves on Sour Patch Kids. The rest of the cast is fine; none of them stand out in any meaningful way. For a movie that is a sequel of a seven year old movie clearly made to profit off

parents needing to have a different movie in rotation besides “Cars,” “Sherlock Gnomes” manages to be an insufferable work that will be soon relegated to a BluRay/ DVD combo pack found in the backseat of your aunt’s Honda Odyssey. With a multitude of stellar animated and children’s movies coming out, there is no need to waste your time with this one. Even with all the hate, I would rather watch “Sherlock Gnomes” a thousand times before having to rewatch the fourth season of Sherlock, what a mistake that was.


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For tangible results, activism needs more than just protests and marches

By Will Keys and Ryan Suppe

INTERNATIONAL NCAA CRACKS DOWN ON SISTER JEAN FOR IMPERMISSIBLE BENEFITS Cabo San Lucas, Mex. — The NCAA is cracking down on Loyola-Chicago men’s basketball team chaplain Jean “Sister Jean” Dolores-Schmidt after the 98-year-old nun was spotted on the shores of Cabo San Lucas engaging in sordid and lewd activities with the players over spring break. Sister Jean, who has established herself as a self-proclaimed international celebrity during Loyola-Chicago’s improbable run to the Final Four, was seen purchasing shots of tequila and mezcal, and even arranging female escorts for the young men. “Sister Jean is a machine, man,” junior guard Marques Townes recalled. “Most of us went to bed around one or two a.m., but Jean said she was just getting started. I came back outside to go for a jog around seven in the morning and she was still slamming shots and even getting a lap dance from a bus boy.” The NCAA, fresh off of an investigation of Arizona’s alleged payment to freshman forward DeAndre Ayton, caught wind of the Baja excursion and threatened to pass severe sanctions on the university. When reached for comment, Sister Jean responded, “I only answer to Jesus, bitch. Ever heard of him?”


High school students protest gun laws in front of the White House in Washington D.C. on Feb. 19, 2018 after the Parkland shooting in Florida.


n the weeks following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there has been an unprecedented wave of activism for gun control. We believe this activism is a positive step toward real change, and if change occurs, the National Student Walkout and last weekend's March For Our Lives will certainly have factored in. However, those who want to see gun reform also need to be real with themselves: protesting alone won't force change, especially when those in power are those opposite your view. What the movement needs most of all are clear, tangible goals. And right now, that's just not the case. Exhibit A: the March For Our Lives mis-

sion statement. "School safety is not a political issue," the statement reads. "There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues." Now, we're no policy experts, but what exactly does "a comprehensive and effective" bill entail? Is it an assault weapons ban? Is it a handgun ban? Does it limit the size of a magazine or make modifications like bump stocks illegal? And herein lies the problem. Obviously, we don't expect the organizers

behind the Walkout or March For Our Lives to be policy experts and have a plan drafted and ready to go. But at the same time, how can we simply ask for a "comprehensive and effective bill" and expect something to happen? When those who don’t agree with your ideas can ask “What exactly are you protesting?” you might need to clarify your goals. The fact of the matter is this activism has no base from which to grow. Yes, we can say that the U.S. desperately needs gun reform, but so too do we need to say what we want that reform to be. We understand that that's not an easy question to answer, and we recognize that not everyone will have the same answer or even agree with the basic premise. But if there is no starting point,

there's no end point either. The cycle of gun deaths will continue unabated. So even if these marches continue, we can't expect change to magically appear. The Democrats who are most likely to draft some kind of gun control legislation are the same Democrats who wield exactly zero levers of power in Washington, D.C. Protests may be a crucial and indispensable part of the democratic process, but they're not everything. When we organize these protests, we must speak with clear voices and with clearer demands. Otherwise, don't expect Congress to listen. The editorial board can be reached at and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

Point and Counter-point: What to think about the Facebook data scandal Be skeptical that Cambridge Analytica won the election for Trump


won't dispute that the data breach is unethical, because it most certainly is. But much of the media coverage surrounding this scandal has failed to counter (or worse, actively propped up) the narrative that Cambridge Analytica essentially won the 2016 presidential e l e c t i o n for Donald Jacob Trump. Solis It's hard to say that this is definitively false — after all, there's no way

to know why someone voted the way they did — but to ascribe Trump's victory to Cambridge is to put too much faith in political advertising. More specifically, Cambridge's claim that "psychographic microtargeting," or the use of personality and psychological traits such as neuroticism to create personal advertising profiles, allowed for more effective targeted advertising is just great salesmanship by political consultants who are actively trying to sell a service (that service being, well, psychographic microtargeting, of course). That hasn't stopped people from freaking out about it, though. It's something Vox

called "shockingly effective," citing statistics that bots flooded the internet with targeted ads for Trump at very specific, very strategic times. The only problem? Just because someone sees an ad, even if that ad was tailored to them, it doesn't mean they changed their mind. The connection between political advertising and an actual change in voting behavior is tenuous at best. There have been a number of studies by political scientists over the years investigating this very question, and while those studies are often limited in scope, they point to one conclusion: ads can only ever account for a tiny percent-

age of a shift in votes (think: 1 percent or less), and even if ads change the way a voter thinks, the change might not even last long enough to matter. And this ignores things like the fact that a vast majority of voters make up their minds long before they ever head to the polls, or that the people with the most indecision are often not likely to vote because they just don't care enough to know who to pick. So if the ads themselves are less-than-effective in the first place, how would using psychographic profiling to target those ads change the way those ads function? How you receive the ad or political message doesn't matter if, at its core, the ad or

message doesn't change. Feel about the breach how you will, but those in the American left must face it: Cambridge Analytica didn't win an election, Trump did. To suggest otherwise is to ignore the myriad ways in which the Democratic Party managed to self-destruct in an election tailor-made for a win.

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. Jacob Solis studies journalism. He can be reached at and on Twitter @ nevadasagebrush

We should be worried about Facebook's data sharing


es, Facebook is tracking everything you do. And, yes they are selling that data to big corporations and interest groups who want to sell you something. And it’s a helluva lot easier to sell you something when they know everything about you. What does this have to do with the 2016 presidential election? Certain groups Ryan wanted to sell Suppe you Donald Trump as a

candidate. And how did they do it? By targeting the most vulnerable voters and exploiting their political biases. Cambridge Analytica is a data mining and analysis firm that works in elections around the world. They collect data and use it to sway voters in elections that they’re hired to influence. If that doesn’t already make your skin crawl, you should hear what a Channel 4 News investigation found out about some of their tactics. I might be bitter about the outcome of the election and the fact that the Trump campaign had help from shady data mining in its victory, but I’m more bitter about Facebook selling personal information about me

to political groups. I can hang up the phone when campaigners call and ask me questions before an election, my voting history is kept private from public records but I’m helpless when Facebook decides to share my data. Look at the type of companies they are sharing your data with. It’s as if you’re being monitored and they’re looking for what you like to watch, who you talk to, how you talk and how you might feel about particular issues. The “they” who do the collection is a group you’ve never heard of and you’ve definitely never consented to allow psychographic study on your likes and interests. Cambridge Analytica collects this data from Facebook and do psychographic profiling based

on what they find. Bots send political ads to the users who will probably be most vulnerable to the persuasive messaging. Cambridge Analytica is far from the only third party group collecting data from Facebook. Cook County, Illinois is suing Facebook, asserting Facebook is no longer a social media site but “the largest data mining company in existence.” Robert Mercer, the conservative computer scientist and hedge fund manager, is a key investor in Cambridge Analytica. Mercer used to work for IBM. The super-computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL (each letter of the acronym one off from IBM), monitored the daily activities of the astronauts aboard the

spacecraft Discovery One and decided to murder them when they were no longer necessary. A coincidence? Yeah, that’s probably a stretch. It’s not a stretch to say Facebook is selling our data to shady actors. What those actors do with our data may never be known to us. All we can do is unplug the wires and watch the super-computer slowly die.

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

Washington D.C. – President Trump has reportedly narrowed down the list of wars he would consider trading with China amid rising tensions over a possible trade war between Trump and the Chinese President Xi Jingping. Trump said at the top of his list is the war in Afghanistan and a close second is “any of the fighting in the shithole African countries.” “A trade war with China will be very very easy to win,” Trump said last week from a bunker on the ninth hole at Mar-a-Lago. “The United States is involved in many wars, and China is involved in no wars. What could they even trade? I’ll think about taking the war on democracy or the war on the media from China but we basically already have those.” “This is the easiest deal I’ve ever made, and believe me, I’ve made many, many deals,” Trump added.

LOCAL CAMPUS GROUP PASSES OUT DIARRHEA COUPONS TO STUDENTS EATING AT PANDA EXPRESS IN FUNDRAISING EFFORT Reno, Nev. – In a campaign to raise money for their upcoming “Trick Shot Showcase,” the UNR Billiards Club passed out coupons in front of the JCSU to students eating at Panda Express which guaranteed “the squirts or your money back.” “I’ve always seen people in front of the Joe passing out coupons,” said Perry Troybridge, an English major and assistant captain of the debate team. “Usually, the solicitors just ask me if I’m eating at Panda and don’t know how to grab my attention, but these guys were direct. They said, ‘If you eat Panda Express now, you will pay for it later and we will benefit from your pain.’ I liked that they were straight-forward, and sure enough it hurt later.” The club received 95 percent of the proceeds from the sales at the fast food restaurant. Panda Express has been donating their earnings to non profit organizations since 2014 when a judge ordered their “food” could not legally make a profit without significant liabilities of food-borne illnesses. “I’m happy I could contribute to a good cause,” Troybridge said. “And I’ll definitely be at their trick shot event.” “Fake News” field reporter Kenneth Lowe originally broke the story of the diarrhea coupons. Lowe was later hospitalized after taking six of the coupons from the Billiards Club. Ryan Suppe studies astrology and Will Keys studies enigmatology. They can be reached at rsuppe@ and on Twitter @salsuppe and @WillKeys6.

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Nevada stuns during March Madness, falls short in Sweet 16 to Loyola

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The Nevada Men’s Basketball team poses for a photo on media day in the various uniforms Nevada has. The team had arguably its best season in decades, ending with a visit to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

By Anisha Chedi Nevada Men’s Basketball’s bench exploded as the seconds wound down in the first two rounds of March Madness at Bridgestone Arena on March 16 and 18. This Nevada team overcame all odds and fought their way back as they performed the perfect Cinderella comeback, not once, but twice. Nevada entered the NCAA Tournament as the 7th seed, still missing key player Lindsey Drew due to an injury. Stars such as the Martin twins, Kendall Stephens, Jordan Caroline and Hallice Cook stepped up to continue to fill the gap where Drew had the most impact. Just the year before, Nevada fell short in the first round of the tournament to Iowa State by 11 points, struggling to keep momentum in their favor. This year, Coach Musselman and the team would not go down without a fight. In the first round of the tourna-

ment, Nevada faced the resilient 10 seeded Texas Longhorns. These two teams play completely different styles of basketball. Nevada’s fastpaced grit met its match when Texas showed dominating technicality. In the first half, Nevada’s offensive lacked creativity and conversion. They attempted only 28 shots with 11 actually going in, shooting at 39.3 percent. This caused issues early in the game for the struggling Wolf Pack. Texas came out strong, led by Mohamed Bamba. The score was 35-26 in favor of the Longhorns at the half. When the second half began, the deficit worsened. Down by 14 points with the clock winding down, Nevada needed an offensive spark. Cue Kendall Stephens and Caleb Martin. Shooter Stephens began to drain shots from downtown and Martin was tough in the paint. Caroline played hard and forced Bamba into foul trouble, eventually being fouled

out with 3.8 seconds left in regulation. Nevada outscored Texas 42-33 in the second half to push the game to overtime. OT had everyone on the edge of their seat as both teams went back and forth. Going into OT, Caleb Martin stated, “You could kind of feel the energy on the floor when we walked back out there.” Martin was perfect in overtime, making three for three from the 3-point range. The team rallied behind him to ultimately stun Texas in an OT thriller. The final score was 87-83 in favor of the Wolf Pack. Five players scored in double digits. Stephens ended with a team-high of 22 points followed by Caleb Martin with 18, Cody Martin and Josh Hall with 15, and Jordan Caroline with 14. Cody Martin ended the night saying, “This is what we came here to do. This is what we wanted to do all year. When we got her, I knew we had something special with this team.”

Nevada played the Cincinnati Bearcats at the 2 seed in the second round of the tournament. This team came into the game with a stunning 31-5 record, proving they would be a test. Little did the Pack know, they would end up completing the second largest comeback in NCAA Tournament history. In the first half, it seemed like the Bearcats couldn’t miss a shot. Nevada played a very deflated and empty game. Cody Martin kept his team alive, making power plays that helped get the rest of the team involved. After a rough half, the Wolf Pack found themselves down by a significant amount yet again. They trailed the Bearcats 44-32. Coach Musselman made a few changes going into the second half to try and revitalize his exhausted team. Unfortunately, his moves didn’t help at first. The deficit extended to 22 points. At this point, it seemed nearly impossible that the Wolf Pack would

come back. But, it’s not over ‘til it’s over in basketball. Cody Martin rallied his team in the last few minutes and next thing you know, it’s all tied up. It’s 73-73 with less than a minute on the clock. Nevada ball. Cody Martin put up a shot and missed, but Josh Hall was there to make the offensive rebound. Hall put up a tie-breaking floater with only 9.1 seconds left in the game. Nevada defense stuffed the Bearcats to win 75-73. A Carolineslide into center court was the perfect way to celebrate. Nevada erased a double digit deficit for the second time in a row in the tournament. A 22-point Bearcat lead quickly changed to a 32-8 run by the Wolf Pack. This is a comeback for the ages. Cody Martin ended the night with 25 points. Caleb Martin, Stephens, Caroline and Hall all ended with double digit numbers. Eric Musselman summed up the tournament thus far perfectly. “Nothing feels better than this. Nothing. Sweet 16!” In the Sweet 16, Nevada was set to play breakout team Loyala-Chicago. Whoever won this match up would go to the Elite 8. Loyola-Chicago would be a tough team to beat. They had overcome adversity against higher seeded teams and were hot coming into this game. In the first few minutes of the game, Nevada came out storming. The Martin twins and Caroline put up great numbers, forcing Loyola to regain their composure. At one point they led 20-8. However, after a scoring run by the Ramblers, Nevada trailed going into the second half with a score of 28-24. Nevada fought hard in the second half, keeping the score close. The Ramblers and Wolf Pack went back and forth for the majority of the last half, leaving us on the edge of our seats. The game came down to the very last second, when Caleb Martin drained a three to cut their deficit to one with seconds left in the game. They outscored Loyola-Chicago 4441 in the second half. However, after a hard-fought game, Nevada walked away with a 69-68 loss. Loyola-Chicago Coach Moser had nothing but great words about this Nevada team, saying, “Got to give so much credit to Nevada, they never quit. Those guys keep coming at you, coming at you…” This is March. And it has been nothing short of madness for Nevada Men’s Basketball. Anisha Chedi can be reached at bcruz@ sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

Speaking Nevada’s next sport into existence: hockey


he University of Nevada offers a great deal of sports to its students and student athletes for both participation and viewing. The sports range from basketball, football and baseball to swim and dive, golf and rifling. W h i l e there are Brandon 16 differCruz ent sports teams on campus for both men and women, could Nevada add any sports to help round out an already decorated athletics department? As a sports enthusiast I tend to resonate with contact sports. I enjoy seeing people go full speed at one another, colliding and creating quakes that rival the shake of 9.0 magnitude earthquakes. In my eyes, the only true contact sport the university offers at this point is football. While I do enjoy football, sometimes it’s a little to slow for my liking. Huddles, punts and passing offenses tend to slow down the game, sometimes to a standstill if

the defenses are that good, or the offenses are truly atrocious. One sport I think Nevada would benefit from adding to its mix of athletic events is hockey. Not just because it’s extremely fast paced, hard hitting and I can see spur of the moment fights, but because it’s such an underdeveloped sport in the college atmosphere. Hockey has been around for a while, since 1875 to be exact. While the sport doesn’t have the same following of that of football or baseball in the United States, the sport has grown exponentially in the professional realm. In the last 18 years, the NHL has added three professional teams to its ranks in the Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild and, most recently, the Las Vegas Golden Knights. On top of the recent expansion to Vegas, Seattle is said to be bidding for an expansion team as well. Although the professional side of hockey seems to be growing, college growth has been a bit slower. The most recent team to be added to the D-1 hockey ranks was Arizona State University in 2015. That is relatively recent, but before

Arizona State created a team it had been 11 years since a college instituted a hockey program on campus. So it appears that the growth of the college league is pretty stagnant. This may make schools wary to jump in feet first. But I believe the lack of growth right now bodes well for new teams coming in. One of the biggest pros of the league being so small is the fact that it makes recruiting that much easier. Yes, there are a great deal of semiprofessional teams outside of the U.S. that players could join, but the United States is still a primary destination for athletes from all around the world. They don’t want to come solely for their respective sports, but also the educational prowess of United States universities. On top of recruiting it’s important to note the wage gap between the NHL’s highest paid players and that of the NFL and NBA. The current highest paid player in the NHL is Connor McDavid racking in $12.5 million a year across eight years. The highest paid player in the NFL at the moment is Kirk Cousins with his new deal with the

Minnesota Vikings coming in at $28 million annually. Lastly, the NBA pays out the most, with the Golden State Warriors paying Stephen Curry $34 million a year. As you can see in the salaries, the NHL really isn’t worried about money. The players in the sport seem to be more genuine than those that play in basketball and football. I’m not saying that all basketball and football players are greedy, but at some point it looks like they’re playing more for the money than the love of the sport. Obviously since we’re in college, athletes know they’re not playing for money, but usually for a free education and the possibility of going professional. Nevada’s sports teams have a ton of heart, grit and determination, and hockey as a whole embodies all of those characteristics. If there are any thoughts of Nevada expanding its sports, hockey should be first on the list for athletics expansion. Brandon Cruz can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @ SagebrushSports.

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The Wisconsin Badgers goalie prepares to face a shot in the teams 3-2 loss against Norhtern Michigan on Jan. 2, 2009. Wisconsin is one of 60 collegiate programs in the nation.

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MW Tourney

W 79-74

L 90-73

W 87-83

NCAA Tourney

LOYOLA 28 41 69 NEV 24 44 68

Nevada Basketball reaches second Sweet 16 in program history, loses by one in Atlanta


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

31-2 30-4 28-5 27-7 29-4

6. Cincinnati 7. Michigan 8. Gonzaga 9. Duke 10. North Carolina

30-4 28-7 30-4 26-7 25-10

11. Purdue 12.Arizona 13. Tennessee 14. Texas Tech 15. West Virginia

25-7 24-8 24-10 25-7 23-9

21. Houston 22. Miami 23. Florida 24. Nevada 25. Saint Mary’s

26-7 22-9 20-12 27-7 28-5

MOUNTAIN WEST STANDINGS Standings Conference Overall




Boise State



New Mexico






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Utah State



Air Force



Colorado State



San Jose State




Heading into the game, the storylines had been building up for a Sweet 16 clash between two Cinderella teams in a region that saw the fall of the 1, 2, 4, and 6 through the Round of 32. On one side, the Wolf Pack was building a reputation for its resiliency and secondhalf comebacks. In addition, the team was hobbled and broken down, using a six-man rotation to outlast Texas and Cincinnati. On the other hand, LoyolaChicago was building a similar resume. Its backto-back gamewinning baskets against Tennesse and Miami coupled with its 20-game winning streak made them America’s Cinderella. If that was not


Baseball Nevada baseball has gone 4-2 over its last stretch of games, splitting a series 1-1 against University of California Riverside by blanking them during their first game and losing 9-2 during the second contest. The team then defeated the University of San Francisco and endend the six game stretch with a 2-1 series victory over Fresno State. The team is 12-8 on the season and 7-2 in the conference with seven of its eight losses coming on the road.

Softball Pack Softball has had a tug-ofwar as of late with wins and losses over the team’s last six games. The team traveled to Colorado State on March 16 where the team gave up the series losing two of the three games played. Following the team’s stint in Colorado, Nevada found themselves pitted against the New Mexico Lobos at home. After the team’s first game was postponed, Nevada dominated the Lobos in two of their three games and lost by just one run during the team’s March 24 game. Nevada softball is just a game under .500 with a 14-15 overall record. Brandon Cruz can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

L 69-68


28-6 27-7 25-8 24-9 24-10

16. Wichita State 17. Ohio State 18. Kentucky 19. Auburn 20. Clemson

NCAA Tourney

W 75-73




MW Tourney

NCAA Tourney

enough, Loyola’s 90-year-old chaplain, Sister Jean and Nevada’s 8-year-old Mariah Musselman became national sensations as cameras followed their in-game reactions to the games. After sprinting to an early 12-point lead, the Wolf Pack was shut down by the Loyola’s top five ranked defense, scoring only four points in a 13-minute stretch. Loyola built its lead to as much as 12 in the second half. Following the script, the Wolf Pack stormed back, with Cody Martin converting two free throws with 36 seconds remaining in the game to cut the lead to one. Loyola also followed the script with Marques Townes sinking a dagger three-pointer to seal the deal, punching its ticket to the Elite Eight and eventually rambling on to the Final Four. Javier Hernandez can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush. unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.



Nov. 10


W, 88-64

Nov. 13

Rhode Island

W ,88-81

Nov. 15

at Santa Clara

W, 93-63

Nov. 18

at Pacific

W, 89-74

Nov. 21


W, 81-68

Nov. 24

at Hawaii

W, 67-54

Nov. 29 vs. Illinois State

W, 98-68

Dec. 2

at UC Irvine

W, 76-65

Dec. 5

Texas Tech

L, 76-82

Dec. 8

vs TCU

L, 80-84

Dec. 17


W, 77-62

Dec. 19

UC Davis

W, 88-73

Dec. 22 Southern Illinois

W, 86-64

Dec. 23

L, 64-66

San Fransisco

Dec. 27 at Fresno State

W, 80-65

Dec. 30

New Mexico

W, 77-74

Jan. 3


W, 92-83

Jan. 6

at Air Force

W, 83-57

Jan. 17 at San Jose State

W, 71-54

Jan. 20

Boise State

W, 74-68

Jan. 24

at Wyoming

L, 103-104

Feb. 3

at Colorado State

W, 76-67

Feb. 7


L, 78-86

Feb. 14

at Boise State

W, 77-72

Feb. 17

at Utah State

W, 93-87

Feb. 21

San Jose State

W, 80-67

Feb. 25

Colorado State

W, 92-83

Feb. 28


W, 101-75

Mar. 3 at San Diego State Mar. 8 UNLV Mar. 9 San Diego State Mar. 16 Texas Mar. 18 Cincinnati Mar. 22 Loyola Chicago

L, 74-79 W, W, 79-74 L, 90-73 W, 87-83 W, 75-73 L, 69-68

Thank you @Nevadahoops “ fans. A great season and

another building block for the program. So proud of @EricPMusselman, his staff and team. It hurts now but we will be back! Go Pack! @NevadaWolfPack

- @DougKnuth

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Jordan Caroline attempts to slam the basketball against Rhode Island on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at the Lawlor Events Center. The Wolf Pack reached its second Sweet 16 in program history this year with a victory of Cincinatti.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL By Javier Hernandez After a magical run in the Mountain West Conference Tournament falling short following a heartbreaking game-winning basket by Boise State’s A’shanti Coleman, the Nevada Women’s Basketball team had another long tournament run in the Women’s Basketball Invitational. The Women’s Basketball Invitational, is a 16 team postseason tournament akin to the College Basketball Invitational that the Wolf Pack Men’s Basketball team won two seasons ago. In the first game against UC Irvine held at the Lawlor Events Center, the Wolf Pack defeated UC Irvine 70-60. Senior point guard T Moe scored a game-high

18 points. With that output, she surpassed Tahnee Robinson for 10th in all-time points in Nevada history After defeating the Anteaters in the first round of the WBI, the Wolf Pack traveled to Fresno to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs. The Wolf Pack came out firing on a ll cylinders in this game. They shot a ridiculous 69.2 percent from the field in the first quarter. The Wolf Pack led by 22 points at the half, as they were able to shut the Bulldogs on defense. In the third quarter, the Fresno State Bulldogs had a good push to rally in the third quarter. They scored 29 points in the quarter to cut into the deficit.

However, the Wolf Pack was able to hold off the Bulldogs and advance to the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational. Once again, Moe delivered. This time around, she recorded a career high 34 points. This is the only time she has eclipsed the 30-point mark in her Nevada career. Senior Teige Zeller also notched 13 points and was a rebound short of a double-double. The Wolf Pack advanced to the next round with a game against the University of Central Arkansas. The Sugar Bears gave the Wolf Pack all they could handle as they defeated them by a score of 65-56. The Wolf Pack briefly led in the third quarter. However, the Sugar

Bears quickly regained the lead and never relinquished it. The semifinal loss against Central Arkansas was the end of the line for Nevada Women’s Basketball and its first year head coach, Amanda Levens. Moe scored 10 points in the game to bring her career total up to 1,129 points. Levens led the Wolf Pack to its second best record in program history at 19-17. Her record is the winningest record for any first-year head coach in Nevada athletics history. The Wolf Pack will look to build upon the progress it made this year. Javier Hernandez can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

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Pack senior T. Moe yells a play out loud in Nevada’s loss to UConn in Lawlor Events Center. Nevada Women’s Basketball thrived under Coach Levens this season.

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