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NEWS in REVIEW By Karolina Rivas

INTERNATIONAL LARGE EARTHQUAKE HITS BOLIVIA A 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook Bolivia Monday, though no injuries were reported due to the quake’s epicenter striking 346 miles below the surface. According to ABC News, only light tremors were felt in La Paz, Bolivia’s capital, and as far as Sao Paulo, Brazil where people evacuated buildings. “I felt a little dizzy. But then I looked at the window and the curtains were shaking,” said lawyer Hugo Vecchiatto in an interview with ABC News. “Soon after, the administration of the building told us to evacuate. Nothing was broken or fell off, though. In the end, it was funny because we never expect these kinds of things to happen in Sao Paulo.” The San Calixto Observatory in La Paz recorded the earthquake as one of the most powerful quakes to have ever struck Bolivia.

NATIONAL IN TWEET, TRUMP SAYS DACA IS DEAD President Donald Trump proclaimed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals as ‘dead’ in a tweet Monday morning. “DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon,” President Trump said in a tweet. “No longer works. Must build Wall and secure our borders with proper Border legislation. Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!” This tweet comes after President Trump recently signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that did not include funding for his proposed border wall. This garnered complaints from conservatives who have criticized him for not following through on his promises made during his presidential campaign. Congress was given until March 5 to pass legislation that would decide the fate of approximately 700,000 Dreamers. Congress failed to pass legislation and the program is no longer accepting new applications.

LOCAL RENO RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REMOVED Allegations of sexual harassment and financial misconduct were made against the executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Reno last month. He has since been removed. According to documents obtained by the Reno Gazette-Journal, Marty Ozer, 80, was accused of sexually harassing female staffers, misusing the charity’s credit card and a flight voucher, and downloading pornography on his work computer. Tax filings showed that in 2016, Ozer was paid more than $93,000 as head of the organization, the Associated Press reports. Karolina Rivas can be reached at and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.



By Olivia Ali Students came together Tuesday evening in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center to discuss issues on campus and possible ways to create positive change. Approximately 50 students congregated in the Knowledge Center Rotunda on Tuesday, March 27, to discuss prominent issues facing students and actions to take to fix them. Issues and topics of discussion ranged from financial concerns to social concerns. The event was by Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Acting in Community Together In Northern Nevada, Young Democrats, and Young Democratic Socialists in addition to Nevada Student Power.

“Our goal is to come together and hear your issues with not only campus, but local as well,” announcer Escenthio Marigny said. “There have been a lot of issues, especially in the last year, that we feel are important to come together to discuss.” The event consisted of speeches by students concerned about various problems plaguing not only the university but Reno as a whole. The primary portion of the town hall consisted of small breakout groups to discuss concerns before coming together to share. Student and Young Democrats President Rosie Gully shared her group’s concerns, which include racism on campus, troubles student experience when trying to find housing and ignorance of

sexual assault within the university. “These things may have been touched on before, but I think that’s because they are things that need to be said,” Gully said. A universal topic of conversation among students was the fear of being targeted by others on campus. Gully discussed her interactions with other students where she was bullied for her sexuality. “I thought bullying was over when I left high school,” Gully said. “I’m LGBT and when I hold a girl’s hand I get called things and I cannot handle it.” On a local level, Gully also feels that homelessness is something that needs to be addressed. “Homelessness is one of the issues that I see the most, but is also one of the issues that I see get

ignored the most,” Gully said. “The issue here is that people are thinking because it doesn’t affect [them], it doesn’t necessarily matter.” According to the Reno GazetteJournal, rents are at an all-time high and vacancies are at an alltime low, leaving students worried about where that will leave their housing situations. A study done by Zillow showed that the average rent in Reno is around $1700 a month, which is not ideal or obtainable for many college students. Student Caitlin Gatchalian expressed concerns for students to find affordable housing, as well for those that are already part of the homeless population. Gatchalian stressed the need for reliable public transportation in the general Reno-Sparks area.

While the university provides some means of transportation such as PackTransit or Campus Escort, students feel this is not adequate. “Sometimes it takes 45 minutes to get from point A to point B,” Gatchalian said. “Sometimes the busses get shut down because of the snow and that causes an even bigger issue than it just taking a long time.” Students also feel that the additional costs required of them, such as access codes and textbooks, after paying tuition are unfair. According to an article from InsideHigherEd. com, the price of textbooks has increased by 161 percent between 1998 and 2014. Access to websites such as to complete homework requires access

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A student speaks their concerns at a student town hall in the Knowledge Center Rotunda on Tuesday, March 27. Students voiced their concerns about safety on campus, cost of living and more.

Reno mayoral race Bicycle Alliance proposes Center Street travel lane down to eight By Karolina Rivas

By Karolina Rivas Mayoral applicants for the city of Reno have dwindled from 20 prospective candidates to just eight. The city will host general elections for mayor, city council and city attorney on Nov. 6, 2018, while the primary will be held on June 12, 2018. Candidates on the primary ballot include John Coristine, Chad Dehne, Michael Hagen, Eddie Lorton, William Mantle, Jesse O Razo, Hillary Schieve and Azzi Shirazi. The current city mayor, Hillary Schieve, will be running for re-election for a second term. Schieve plans to keep her focus on one Reno’s largest problems, housing. “I also know we have more to do: housing remains unaffordable for far too many, our homeless do not have adequate services that demonstrate a commitment to our shared humanity, and public infrastructure requires further investment to sustain growth and maintain the quality of life we’ve all enjoyed over the years,” Schieve said in a statement. “These are some of the real challenges that will be among my top priorities throughout a second term.”

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Bicycles stand in a rack on campus on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The Truckee Meadow Bike Alliance proposed a bicycle travel lane on Center Street that would make it safer for cyclists to travel to campus.

UNRPD to participate in prescription take-back By Madeline Purdue University Police Services will join other Northern Nevada organizations and the rest of the country for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28. The national event is put on twice a year to prevent and educate about prescription drug addictions, as well as provide a safe place to dispose of unused medication. University Police Services will be collecting prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the day of the event in front of Lawlor Events Center. There are also drop-off locations at local grocery and convenience stores. Items such as unused prescription drugs in the original bottle with the label on, liquid prescriptions and pet medications will be accepted as part of the round-up. Those who are unable to bring their prescriptions on the day of the event can also drop them off during normal business hours at permanent drop-boxes at the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office or University Police Services.

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Town Hall Continued from page A1 codes that can reach up to $100 for just one semester. “We pay our tuition to this school and then still have to pay to access our homework,” Gatchalian said. “How is that okay?” Student Francisca Smith expressed feelings of being let down by the amount of unpaid internships offered to students rather than paid ones. While the Pack Internship Grant Program does offer paid internships with wages of $12/hr, they are

limited, leaving students with unpaid options. “Your labor should not be free,” Smith said. “When we work, we need to be paid for it.” Student and Young Democratic Socialists Secretary Phuong Tran shared her feelings of being unprotected by University Police Services and Reno Police Department. Such feelings come from events last semester involving University Police Services, such as controversial remarks made by an officer during a traffic stop, or an officer dressing up as Colin Kaepernick holding a sign saying “Will work for food”.


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The University of Nevada, Reno, recently approved Copy Editor • Clay Temme a proposal made by the Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance to create a physiMultimedia Editor • Bailey MeCey cally separated bicycle track along Center Street between the University and Web Manager • Willis Allstead Midtown Reno. This posal is made to promote Illustrator • Zak Brady safety for cyclists and courage others to consider Social Media Manager • Jessie Schirrick commuting to campus by bike. Students are considering Distribution • Zacary Brown other modes of tation to campus after president Marc Johnson Staff Writer • Emily Fisher approved an increase in parking permit fees for the Media Adviser • Nichole Collins 2018-2019 academic year. Permits such as Yellow CONTRIBUTING STAFFERS parking permits for the resOlivia Ali, Seth Bell, Anisha Chedi, idence halls are anticipated to see an increase in prices Benjamin Engel, Adam Shartle, by 37.5 percent, while reDarion Strugs served silver permits will increase by 43 percent. DISCLAIMER “As parking fees increase and parking around camThe Nevada Sagebrush is a pus gets more crowded, newspaper operated by and for growing numbers of UNR the students of the University students, faculty, and staff of Nevada, Reno. The contents are considering cycling as of this newspaper do not an inexpensive, healthy necessarily reflect those opinions transportation alternative,” of the university or its students. volunteer with the Truckee It is published by the students of Meadows Bicycle Alliance, the University of Nevada, Reno, Joanna Trieger said in a and printed by the Sierra Nevada post on NSights. In order for this proposal to move forward, Trieger ADVERTISING expressed in her post that members of the Reno City For information about display Council have asked TMBA advertising and rates, please call to gauge the appetite for the the Advertising Department at proposed safe cycle route 775-784-7773 or email among the university munity, especially students. Therefore, the TMBA set LETTERS TO THE EDITOR up a survey to determine exactly how many students Letters can be submitted would benefit from a physivia email at cally separated bicycle track. As of Sunday, April 1, CORRECTIONS the survey garnered 674 responses. According to The Nevada Sagebrush fixes TMBA Chair John McCann, mistakes. approximately 12 percent If you find an error, email of respondents indicated they usually use a bicycle to get to Downtown and Midtown. SOCIAL MEDIA

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Take Back Continued from page A1 University Police Services also encourages those who cannot or do not want to drop off their prescription drugs to crush the remaining drugs in a sealable plastic bag and pour cat litter or coffee grounds in the bag before disposing of it. In 2014, it was estimated that over 2 million Americans were addicted to prescription drugs. “The abuse of and addiction to opioids such as heroin,

“These people are supposed to protect us, yet we feel more unprotected than ever,” Tran said. Tran also explained that in order for things to happen, students must be making physical efforts to get their points across to people in power. “We should be showing up to the Board of Regents meetings,” Tran said. The Board of Regents opens all regular and committee meetings to the public. According to Marigny, the town hall was a new way to let students voice their opinions about issues around them. While ASUN and other univer-

The survey also indicated that 80 percent of respondents would ride their bike more frequently if a physically separated bike lane were installed. Whereas 43 percent of respondents would prefer a green paint bike lane and 24 percent of respondents would ride their bike in a white stripeonly bike lane. “Our proposal is an important demonstration project which would allow Reno to demonstrate a commitment to progressive and environmentally friendly planning while also providing an opportunity for residents and visitors to demonstrate that cycling is a viable transportation alternative when infrastructure is adequate to remove the ‘lack of safety’ barrier,” McCann said. “This [survey] strongly supports our position that this sort of project would lead to measurably increased use of bicycles for commuting between the university and Midtown.” Furthermore, the bike riding service Bikeshare will be available to Reno residents starting in May. The service is anticipated to be in select areas of the Truckee Meadows, including the university and surrounding neighborhoods. “[...] is important to clarify that our proposal does not include the removal of parking from our proposed route. We know that parking is very important businesses and residents given the current transportation paradigm,” McCann said. “While improved bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure would decrease the need for vehicle parking in the long run, we hope to preserve parking as part of our demonstration project.” McCann says that several major organizations and businesses have submitted letters of support for TMBA’s proposal.

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sity organizations have hosted town hall meetings in the past, this particular town hall forum was a new approach. “We wanted to take an interesting approach to the town hall forum,” Marigny said. “Young Democrats does a more traditional approach to town halls, so we thought that trying a different and less traditional set up would bring in a different range of students. These students have concerns they need to share and we want to give a safe and effective place to do so.” Victims of sexual assault and discrimination are encouraged to report

Mayor Continued from page A1 Running against Schieve is Reno resident Michael Hagen. According to KTVN, Hagen’s platform will focus on budget, housing and social issues. Similarly, candidate William Mantle says he will champion strong and swift changes to reduce housing costs. Furthermore, Mantle aims to ensure that University of Nevada, Reno, students have a voice in the city. “I want to make sure that all UNR students know they have a voice equal to any in this city even if they all can’t vote they should be heard,” Mantle said. Also running for mayor is Reno resident Azzi Shirazi. Shirazi’s platform is to serve the community and work closely with constituents. She is an advocate for public service, and, according to her website, Shirazi will work toward sustainable growth, business development for local entrepreneurs, and a safer downtown area for the city. Back for another shot at running for mayor is Reno businessman Eddie Lorton. Lorton

incidents to the Title IX office. The university’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX work diligently to assist students in incidents of sexual assault, discrimination, and hate. If students have further topics they would like to discuss with University Police Services directly in an open forum, they are encouraged to attend Pizza with the Police on Thursday, April 19 in the Joe Crowley Student Union. Olivia Ali can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush. and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

previously ran unsuccessfully for the position in 2014 and has established a platform focused on fiscal responsibility. “Reno has tried ‘youthful enthusiasm,’ now it’s time for an experienced steady hand that recognizes priorities and necessities over frivolous spending and that has the business sense to take advantage of our economic upswing,” Lorton said in a statement. Also aiming for another shot at the position is Marine Corps veteran Chad Dehne. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Dehne has run for mayor unsuccessfully four times. “I’m a great voice for working people and families,” Dehne said in an interview with the RGJ. “I’m honest, have integrity and I’m not a yes-man. When the Aces make my bobble-head, it will bounce sideways sometimes.” John Coristine and Jesse O Razo will also run for mayor, their platforms were not found through research. Early voting begins as soon as May 26. Karolina Rivas can be reached at and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.

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Reno City Mayor Hillary Scheive speaks at a conference at UNR on Saturday, Nov. 18. 2017. Scheive is one of the eight candidates running in the mayoral race.

morphine, and prescription pain relievers is a serious global problem that affects the health, social, and economic welfare of all societies,” the National Institute of Drug Abuse website said. The NIDA associates this escalating number of addictions with the increase of prescriptions written by doctors across the country. In 1991, around 76 million prescriptions were written while in 2013, that number increased to 207 million. This increase in availability of prescriptions has led to an

increase in medical emergencies and overdoses related to prescription drugs. From 2004 to 2008, emergency room visits related to prescription drug abuse more than doubled from 145,000 to 305,000 visits. Overdose deaths also increased to more than 16,000 in 2010. Prescription drugs are abused because they have the same effects on the body as other criminal substances. “Because prescription opioids are similar to, and act on the same brain systems affected by, heroin and morphine, they

SENATE RECAP MARCH 28 By Madeline Purdue

LEGISLATION SENATE DISBANDS BLUE CREW, REALLOCATES DUTIES Sen. Flangas introduced legislation to disband the Department of Blue Crew, which is in charge of hosting school-spirit events around athletics. The Beat UNLV event and other duties that were originally under the director of Blue Crew will be dispersed to other department heads. The change will not occur during the 85th session but will change in the Statutes of the Associated Students for the 86th session. The Senate voted unanimously to pass the bill.


Sen.s Ryan Becker, Derek Bussman and Dustin Tool were censured by the Senate. ASUN has a point-based censure program, where Senators are given fractions of a point for not meeting ASUN obligations — including tardiness, absences and not attending office hours. Sen.s Becker and Bussman have received six points, and Sen. Tool, 8⅓ points.The Nevada Sagebrush did not receive censure letters from Sen.s Becker and Tool at print time. Sen. Bussman’s censure letter is below: Dear constituents, It is with regret that I am writing this letter of censure to you. Regret, not so much for what I have done but for the possibility that you might think less of me as a result of this censure. Before I get into the nature of my censure let me explain a few things. From the moment I stepped foot into my position, Senate has been my most magnificent obsession. ASUN is the very first and last thing that I think about every day. I eat, sleep, and breathe ASUN. I procrastinate my classes and actual homework to work on my ASUN projects. I lose sleep over ASUN because some nights I just can’t contain my excitement for the possibilities that run through my head. I do all of this not for the money or for recognition, but for my own passion for making an impact in my community. Due to this passion I have achieved results that I could (and would love to) talk about for hours. Let’s talk about my censure though. Did I miss a few committee meetings? Yes, as a committee chair and member of four separate committees I managed to miss a few meetings. As a senator I am only required to sit on two committees, University Affairs since I am the chair, and Oversight. I could have decided that four committees was too much to put on my plate but I chose to hold myself to a higher standard. In short, I missed a few meetings for committees that I wasn’t even required to be on. What I did next though was a much more grievous offense. I did not use a pen, pencil, or indeed any writing utensil to write down a number in a book indicating that I had done things. I didn’t fill out my office hours despite spending nearly every waking moment of my free time in the Senate office. While I could make the claim that this was done in passionate protest of the wholesale slaughtering of innocent trees that supports the office hour log’s hunger for paper products (can you believe that we’re still printing this stuff out in the era of sustainability and technology?), I actually did it for a much more nefarious reason. I kinda just forgot. As a college student I hope that you can empathize with me in that I am constantly juggling a number of different responsibilities. Despite my best intentions I forgot to record in writing the crazy number of hours I’ve been putting into this position. While I don’t fully agree with my censure, I do understand the importance of accountability and transparency and for that reason I hope that this letter has explained the situation adequately.

present an intrinsic abuse and addiction liability, particularly if they are used for non-medical purposes,” said the NIDA website. If you or someone you know at the university is struggling with prescription drug abuse or any other addictions, visit the UNR Drug Prevention and Treatment Services website for Sincerely, information on how to receive counseling and other services. Senator Bussman

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Tips for finding housing around Reno By Emily Fisher It’s the time of year again when students are forced to start planning for the year ahead. Scheduling and registering for fall classes, making sure you’re on track to graduate and finding internships can be very stressful. But we can’t forget one of the most stressful parts of planning for the next school year: housing. Some students are lucky enough to have good roommates, decent rent prices and no need to move, but for the rest of us finding a place to live can feel impossible. Whether you are looking for an apartment, a studio or even a house, The Nevada Sagebrush is here to help. This is News You Can Use with tips to finding housing.

vacy is important.

TALK TO FRIENDS, FAMILY AND MENTORS DO AN ONLINE SEARCH The best way to get started is to just ask! Let your friends, family, teachers or mentors know that you’re looking for a place to live. Having more than one set of eyes looking for opportunities will make your search a lot easier, and you never know which one of your friends might also be looking for a place to stay. Social media can also be a powerful tool in your search for housing. A post on social media is able to reach a lot more people, including old friends you wouldn’t otherwise remember. Your friends and family will also be able to share your post with people they know! Just make sure you don’t include too much personal information online, pri-

While you network with friends and family you can start searching online. You could start with a simple Google search, but the massive amount of results and information you will get back is overwhelming. Focusing your search, and only using a few search engines will help you find reliable information, and keep track of what you do find. The University of Nevada, Reno’s website links to a lot of great search engines recommended for students to find housing. Generic search engines like Apartment Genie, Apartments Guide and Apartments. com are often recommended, but there are many websites specifically tailored to college students.

College Rentals is a good website for students to search by specific criteria like whether or not the apartment allows pets, whether the apartment is furnished, the price of the apartment and the apartment’s distance from campus. Craigslist can be a great resource for students looking for housing near campus. Despite the stigma built up around the site, it is possible to find the perfect solution for your housing needs. Maybe you don’t need a lot of space and would like to rent a room or a guesthouse. Older homeowners often turn to Craigslist first when looking for tenants. While you search take note of the average prices of apartments, studios and houses. This will help you to establish your budget and will give you a good idea of how

much you will need to save for rent and utilities each month. Of course, make sure you take caution online, don’t share too much with online personas, and watch for scams. Trust your gut! If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

TAKE A DRIVE Oftentimes the best housing opportunities are found when you aren’t even looking. If you ever find yourself with some time to kill, hop in your car and take a drive around town. Drive through neighborhoods you like, or would want to live in and keep an eye out for ‘For Rent’ signs. Make sure to pay extra attention to houses on your daily commute as well, and ask some friends to do the same. If you see something that intrigues you, move fast! Housing

While you may be hoping for an off-campus apartment or house, don’t forget about the options UNR has. Living on-campus, or in off-campus apartments specifically tailored to students can eliminate a lot of stress that comes along with traditional off-campus housing. UNR has two residence halls for upperclassman, and there are new student apartments popping up around the University all the time. If you are involved in Greek life, consider living in the fraternity or sorority house. Also, it is worth remembering that ASUN offers free legal services and advice to students, so if you aren’t sure about an element in your lease, or need help dealing with a landlord, Legal Services holds office hours between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. All you need is to fill out the Legal Services Request form. Good luck with your housing search!

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City Council approves police body cameras By Olivia Ali During a Reno City Council meeting on Wednesday, March 28, council members approved spending $1.8 million to purchase body and vehicle cameras for the Reno Police Department. The council voted unanimously in spending the $1.8 million to purchase and maintain cameras for the Reno Police Department. As of July 1, all officers will be required to wear a body camera while on duty. All cameras will be stored at the main Reno Police station for charging and content upload to a data storage solution. According to Reno City Police Deputy Chief Mac Venzon, this will allow video content to be shared for evidentiary purposes. “I think for everyone involved it would be easier for an investigation to have cameras on to see what happens,” councilmember Jenny Brekhus said. According to Reno Police Chief Jason Soto, the body cameras are a step in the right direction for the relationship between the police and the community. “I think it will bring a new level of trust and a better level of trust between our community than we already have by just having that video and that transparency,” Soto said. While many officers already utilize cameras worn on their body or kept on their dashboard, a study done by the National Institute of Justice found that in 2013, only 25 percent of officers wore body cameras. The push for transparency comes from the rising level of dissatisfaction with law enforcement in recent years. Body cameras have been essential to understanding law enforcement’s interactions with citizens in not only Reno, but


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nationwide. Body cameras became a beneficial tool in the investigation of University Police officer Adam Wilson after he came under fire for making offensive comments to an African-American graduate student during a traffic stop. Wilson made a comment to graduate student Kevin McReynolds that many feel went too far. “I’m just gonna have to shoot him if things go sideways,” Wilson said. As an investigation of this incident took place, University Police Services shared the video to increase transparency and eliminate discrepancy of the encounter. Doing so increased trust between police and students as the investigation took place. During the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California, body cameras worn by two officers helped clarify what happened during the encounter under heightened media scrutiny. Had body cameras not been in use during the incident, advocates say, it is unlikely anyone would know what actually transpired. While many are hoping this is a positive decision, some are still worried that officers will turn them off or mute them when “convenient”. “What’s the punishment when they turn them off at inappropriate times?” Devon Wirtz wrote on Facebook. While there are many positives to body cameras, including transparency and evidence, many are worried about what this will do to the privacy of officers.

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A police officer wears a body camera as he conducts a routine traffic stop on Friday, Feb 2. The Reno City Council voted to approve funds for body cameras for the Reno Police Department.

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PIZZA WITH THE PRESIDENT DATE: Thursday TIME: 1:30 p.m. LOCATION: Blind Onion INFO: Blind Onion is hosting

a forum for students to ask UNR President Marc Johnson whatever questions they have. Also, there will be FREE pizza. You can ask if UNR protects racists, and when President Johnson dodges the question, you can fill the gaping void inside you with some delicious pepperoni pizza from Blind Onion.

STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI DATE: Thursday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU Theatre INFO: Why was Leia floating

through space? Why would Luke leave a map if he didn’t want anyone to find him? Who was Snoke? Where did he come from? What was the point of Benicio Del Toro’s character? Why didn’t Laura Dern’s character just tell Poe what was going on? Why did that soldier lick the ground to find out it was salt? Find out none of this and less Thursday at the Joe.


INFO: If you are like me and have no friends and love spending Friday nights on campus, check out Late Night at the Joe. Late Night at the Joe includes henna artists, six inflatables, identity bracelets, arcade games, a selfie photo booth, stuff-your-own emoji pillow, corn hole, giant jenga and more. You can also get a pancake caricature. Fun fact: pancake caricature is the name of my new ska band.


Hotel INFO: Finally! Your weed habit

is legitimate. DJ Soup Kitchen says it should have been named the “High Desert Cannabis Convention,” but I digress. There will be vendors and speakers. One-day tickets cost $25 and two-day tickets cost $40. This is a nonconsumption, educational event. Any further questions, reefer to the website www.


DATE: Saturday TIME: 7:30 p.m. LOCATION: Little Reno

Theatre INFO: If you’re like me and enjoy a nice pirouette and ground meat shoved into an edible tube, then check out the Brew, Brats and Ballet event this weekend. This features choreography from Barbara Land (former Head of UNR Dance Program) and many more. The event also runs on Sunday at 2 p.m. Joey Thyne can be reached and on Twitter @joey_thyne


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A night with Shane and Emily The most recent addition to their family is a cat that occasionally joins them on stage, Jimmeny Mittens. They recently parted ways with their cat of two years, Boot Scoop, due to urination issues.

By Adam Justice Shartle Thepromiseofindiefolkenticed students to the student union Starbucks, but Shane and Emily had so much to offer.The traveling singer-songwriter duo brought their talents to the University of Nevada, Reno, on Wednesday, March 28. Part of the university’s Coffee House Series, the multi-faceted couple played a show in the university Starbucks, displaying vocal and instrumental talent. The show lasted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is part of a lineup of musicians booked by the university.


THE PERFORMANCE The atmosphere at Starbucks was cozy and engaging. The venue is perfect for students, allowing them to experience live music while enjoying coffee and a study break. After a student opener, the crowd gathered around and Shane and Emily entered around 7 p.m. Shane and Emily engaged the crowd with a plethora of instruments. The duo cultivated a wholesome and broad musical experience by mixing original tracks with delightful covers. Emily’s angelic vocals layered over Shane’s guitar to create the perfect synthesis of musical elements. Several times during the show, Emily’s vocals faded out to leave Shane wailing on his keyboard, unleashing savage piano solos. The performance lasted about an hour and featured songs from their entire discography. Their final song, a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” showed their ability to creatively re-imagine hit songs. Their fantastic takes on folk and acoustically-dominated music innovated and paid homage to the classic genres. “Our Shane and Emily project is influenced by artists like Ed Sheeran, The Civil Wars and Coldplay,” Emily said. “Bob Dylan is definitely an influence too,” Shane added. All throughout the performance Shane and Emily displayed their infectious positive attitudes. They paused to speak to the crowd, laughed and ultimately had a blast, making it impossible not to enjoy the show. Freshman bio major Gaurav Grewal sat with his books in hand, setting them aside to enjoy the music. “It’s fantastic because it’s live, providing energy that’s unavailable from the radio,” Grewal said.

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Shane and Emily perform at the Starbucks in the Joe Crowley Student Union as a part of the university’s Coffee House Series on Wednesday, March 28.

This intimate evening wouldn’t have been possible without the orchestration by the Coffee House team. Marketing coordinator Morgan Zuziak organized the event with staff members Kaitlyn Rhoads and Savannah Schauer. Schauer’s and Rhoads’s love of music draws them to organize Coffee House events. “I’m actually a student of medicine, but I’ve always loved music and concerts,” Schauer said. The Coffee House Series not only allows students to enjoy live music without leaving campus but provides an interesting opportunity to those wishing to get involved in the music industry. “I’ve always loved music. Festivals like Outside Lands in San Francisco, or seeing the band the Neighborhood when I was 16 influenced me to go toward the music industry,” Rhoads said. The process of organizing these events is complex and is comprised of finding artists to perform, finding places to sponsor the event and organizing the logistics.


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UNR student Eldrian Oliver ensures proper sound mixing as Shane and Emily perform.

AN INTRODUCTION TO SHANE AND EMILY The duo joined together at an open mic in Tampa Bay in the summer of 2012. A friend realized their mutual love for music, and they’ve been together ever since. Their first album, “Hi, we’re Shane and Emily,” released Sept. 23, 2015. Later that year they bought an RV and hit the road, looking to tour the United States and spread their music. They certainly live a romantic lifestyle. A couple of musical Supertramps, they bounce all over the country playing shows at colleges, venues and even Disneyland. Colleges are their preferred venue, for multiple reasons.

“When we play at colleges there is more freedom with our music, it’s more focused on the artists themselves,” Emily said. “It’s also better financially,” Shane added. The duo is currently under transformation, shifting from the self-titled “Shane and Emily,” to “Arbour Season.” Their new project, “Arbour Season,” draws on different inspirations. “Arbour Season is a whole new project, which we’re planning on releasing soon. It will possibly have more folk influences,” Emily said. The pair is ready to continue producing music, and seek to continue expanding their audience. “Plans for the future include more original music,

and sold out shows at larger venues,” Shane said. “We like small venues, but it would be pretty awesome to play at a big concert hall and have it sell out.” Although they aren’t opposed to gaining exposure, the duo is wary of becoming too large. “We’ve seen the process for getting hugely famous, and as fame increases, so do limitations,” Emily said. “It’s important for us to have all of the creative freedom, not to be restricted. It’s also nice to be able to make our own schedule, and to say no if to things if we want to.” The duo are no strangers to fame. They’ve experienced large success, scoring consistent gigs at Disney, as well as being scouted for The Voice.

The orchestration of these events is equally complex. Eldrian Oliver, Joe Crowley Student Union sound technician, worked constantly during the show, ensuring proper mixing of sound. Oliver also loves music and attended the Las Vegas Academy of The Arts before coming to Reno. “Before the show, we’re given a list of instruments the musicians will use,” Oliver said. “Then, about 2 hours before we make sure the sound routing is correct and that everything goes smoothly.” The Coffee House Series typically occurs biweekly, featuring interesting local and general musicians. This continues most of the length of each semester, stopping short of finals when students become increasingly busy. Adam Justice Shartle can be reached at and on Twitter @joey_thyne.

University dance department hosts San Francisco based company for concert By Benjamin Engel When Robert Moses choreographs, he sees his dancers as colors of paint, adding different movements until he feels his art is ready to be shown. He will look at a dance and say, “Maybe it needs a little more blue,” and then he will find the dancer that’s ‘blue’ to him. The University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Theatre and Dance is getting ready for their Spring Dance Concert. The concert runs May 3-5 with a show every day at 8 p.m. and an additional 2 p.m. matinee on May 5. “Expect dancing that will knock your socks off,” said Noelle Ruggieri, a junior dance major at UNR. Besides dances by UNR students, the concert will also feature Robert Moses’ Kin (RMK), a professional dance company based out of San Francisco. In March, two members of the company, Norma Fong and Crystaldawn Bell, came to UNR for a residency. Fong and Bell taught various classes and rehearsed with a select group of UNR students for the upcoming concert. “I don’t think I’ve seen a single person that doesn’t work hard in this department,” said Fong. Hard work came in handy for the students in the Dance Con-

cert when it came to the rigorous rehearsal process, which has been demanding on the brain and body, according to Ruggieri. “The RMK company members are brilliantly vibrant souls that brought to life, very quickly, a piece that is exhilarating to watch,” Rugierri said. Each of the 14 dancers (one being a possible understudy) had to learn every part of the dance, not just a single part. It wasn’t until the residency was nearly over that each dancer was finally assigned a single part. All of the student dancers were excited to have a professional dance group come to UNR. Rosie Trump, a dance professor at UNR, was glad to get a more “local” group like RMK because it makes being in a professional dance company a more tangible idea for her students. “It has been an honor to work with RMK,” Ruggieri said. “It’s been interesting seeing how much their approach to modern dance differs from our characteristic of modern dance and where they overlap.” Besides learning choreography, the students were also introduced to the ideologies of RMK, whose mission is to use movement as the medium through which race, class, culture and gender are used to voice the existence of our greater potential and unfulfilled pos-

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Robert Moses’ Kin members Brendan Barthel and Norma Fong practice choreography. The UNR Spring dance concert takes place May 3-5.

sibilities, according to RMK’s website. “The entire company is so different,” said Fong. “There’s so many things with us combined that you can take from.” Throughout the residency, Fong and Bell were impressed with the professionalism shown by the student dancers. After Fong and Bell left UNR, the student dancers continued

rehearsing their part of the concert alongside their professors. Both the Dance faculty and students are eager to show UNR what their department has been rehearsing. “The department is small, but I think that is what makes it so special,” Ruggieri said. “The dance department is this wonderful environment where you can engulf yourself in dance

technique.” Tickets for the concert can be purchased on the Department of Theatre and Dance’s Website for $15. Students with a school ID get discounted tickets for $5. Student tickets are limited, so be sure to get them early. Benjamin Engel can be reached at on Twitter @ joey_thyne


Lyrically, the EP does nothing special. It’s mostly typical Weeknd fodder: a vague, emotionally abusive sexual relationship. A few eye-roll inducing lines include “But if you call me up/I’m fucking you on sight” from “Hurt You” and “I know right now we ain’t talkin/But I hope you know this dick is always an option” from “Wasted Times.” Many on the internet speculate that this is only the first installment of a larger project. What a time to be alive when artists can release music with no promotion back-to-back. It makes sense, as not many titles of completed works end in a comma. I believe it stands on its own as a solid piece of art, but it would also be cool if more came out. For the first time in a while, I look forward to new music from the Weeknd, which says a lot. Joey Thyne can be reached at and on Twitter @joey_thyne.



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EP Review MY DEAR MELANCHOLY, Release Date: March 30 Genre: R&B Artist: The Weeknd


In 2012, two up-andcoming R&B artists released breakthrough smashes. The Weeknd and Frank Ocean dropped “The Trilogy” and “Channel Orange,” respectively. Frank Ocean (the sweetheart) sang about unrequited love. The Weeknd (the bad boy) sang about cocainefueled one night stands. Their destinies appeared obvious. Frank Ocean recorded hooks for Kanye West, JAY-Z and Beyonce, so clearly he would go pop. The Weeknd would be the one to release more experimental music. But that’s not the way it happened. Frank Ocean disappeared for four years then released the sublime “Blonde.” The Weeknd began churning out top-40 hits like his life depended on it. “Beauty Behind the Madness” and “Starboy” were chock full of dancey production and cheap, manipulative and undeniably colossal choruses which rammed their way into listeners brains and never left. On Friday, the Weeknd, a.k.a Abel Tesfaye, released the EP “My Dear Melancholy,” out of the blue, just weeks before his headlining spot at Coachella. After the 20-song undercooked and overwrought “Starboy,” a precise six-song project is refreshing. “My Dear Melancholy,” returns to his earlier sound of “The Trilogy.” The music is darker and more personal. Instead of the singalongs from the last two albums, “My Dear Melancholy,” offers obscure instrumentals and subtler, albeit haunting melodies. The songs aren’t immediately catchy, but they insidiously creep into your DNA. On the opening track “Call Out My Name,” Tesfaye sings “I said I didn’t feel nothing baby, but I lied.” On “Starboy,” the Weeknd’s villain

complex grew so outrageous, he prevented the listener from empathizing with him. He only sang about objectifying women and cars. Now he’s back to telling tales of tortured love. French techno artist and “Yeezus” producer Gesaffelstein features on “I Was Never There” and “Hurt You.” The project credits electronic recording artist Nicolas Jaar and Daft Punk’s Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo. His influences sound more eclectic than ever before. He seems to be drawing from the sultry dreaminess of Beach House, the moody crooning of Lana Del Rey and the vaporwave restlessness of Oneohtrix Point Never. Abel has either sampled or collaborated with all these artists. Perhaps Abel finally got over himself and was able to appreciate those around him. The title “My Dear Melancholy,” evokes urgent imagery. For a generation so massively enamored by its own sadness, it fits perfectly. Here’s a history for you readers: in the age before modern medicine, doctors dubbed “melancholic” one of the four humors along with “sanguine,” “choleric” and “phlegmatic.” These constituted different liquids within your body. Melancholia was said to be made up of black sludge. Whichever liquid you had the most of in your body determined what type of people you were. Hippocrates described melancholia as “fears and despondencies if they last a long time” in Aphorisms. If melancholia would not be cured in a timely fashion, patients were believed to be possessed by demons. The Weeknd knows his listeners are filled to the brim with black sludge, descending into a hellish MDMA crash, getting ghosted by ex-booty calls and tweeting about their anxiety. Maybe we’re all just possessed.


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Re-Uniting the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Media Divided Tribes of Consolidation and Why You Should Care Modern America STAFF EDITORIAL


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his weekend, a video began making the rounds on social media. Spliced together by the website Deadspin, it showed a number of local TV newscasters commenting — in unison — on the sorry state of media in America. “Some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias,” they said together, some staring into the camera like hostages. “This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.” The irony here that's drawn so much outrage from the American left is that the commentary was made as part of a "must-run" segment from stations owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group. The Maryland-based conglomerate owns more than 170 local TV stations in 89 U.S. markets, and should it succeed in buying competitor Tribune Media, it would add 42 more stations to the mix. Sinclair, as it happens, is also

unabashedly conservative. As it has gobbled up more and more of the country's local TV stations, so too has it increased the frequency with which it pushes these "mustrun" segments that are, in so many words, not local news. As such, this has not only made Sinclair anathema to American liberals, but tantamount to propaganda, and conservative propaganda at that. We won't argue with this characterization. Sinclair has an openly cozy relationship with the Trump Administration, and segments featuring "fake news" and the "deep state" are commonplace. So much of this anger, it seems, is rooted not in the core nature of Sinclair's business, but in the politics of that business. Thus, in response to this weekend's furor, there's been more than a few think pieces about how this Sinclair stuff is a bit overblown. Writing for Politico, Jack Shafer said, "But as long as I can still change my local channel and avoid Sinclair’s partisan hackery,

where’s the crisis?" This misses the point. The real issue is, and really always has been since regulations were loosened in 1996, the increasing consolidation of all media by giant conglomerates. Five companies control 90 percent of American media: Disney, Newscorp (which owns Foxbranded properties), National Amusements (which owns CBS and Viacom), Time Warner and Comcast. That's it. We should not concern ourselves only with the most conservative of these conglomerates, because the problem is clearly deeper than that. Media consolidation, by its very nature, will limit the number of choices for us, the consumers. So sure, we may be able to change the channel now, but what if we can't? There are no longer regulations in place to limit the influence of a single corporation in a single media market. It is wholly possible that these singu-

lar corporations can wield total control in the smallest of markets, the markets where there aren't four or five different options for local news. And these local stations, away from the "coastal elite" that so chafe at conservatives across the country, by and large mimic the views and culture of their chosen market. A TV station in the middle of Kansas will not be the same as a TV station in L.A. So when a company like Sinclair comes in and starts buying out all the little guys and then purposefully homogenizing them, we really are losing something. And if we don't make a stink about it now, even if the current outrage really is just partisanship manifest, then we shouldn't be surprised if the worst really does come to pass. Indeed, it may already be on its way. The editorial board can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

My mutually beneficial relationship with Amazon has come to an end


s Jeff Bezos was once quoted, “What consumerism really is, at its worst is getting people to buy things that don't actually improve their lives.” This quote might seem paradoxical. It might be because it came from or it might be because Jeff Bezos is the king of selling you stuff you don’t need. That’s why he has more money than you and I do. But what if we didn’t let him sell us stuff we don’t need? It seems simple right? Ryan Don’t buy someSuppe thing if you don’t Soup of the need it. Obviously, it’s not that Day simple. I have an Amazon Echo that doesn’t do anything except tell me the weather and play the Hamilton soundtrack, I have six pairs of Apple headphones hidden throughout my apartment and I have hundreds of books that I haven’t read. Yesterday I deleted my Amazon Prime account. More accurately, I decided not to renew my membership in July. Baby steps. Here’s why. Over the last few years I’ve bought a lot of books. Based on the quantity of books I’ve bought one could assume I read them at the pace of the “I read a book per day and here’s the Lamborghinis in my garage” guy in those YouTube ads. But actually, I read about a book a month. Why do I buy so many books if I read so few?

For one, used books on Amazon are cheap. Whenever I see something even a little interesting that I might consider reading I click my mouse (which I bought on Amazon for $6) two times, and the book is on the way. The second reason I buy so many books is more primal. I’m currently listening to a book on Audible (an audiobook app owned by Amazon) called "The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by Scott Galloway." The book is about what makes these four internet companies so successful and potentially dangerous. Galloway says that Amazon feeds our basic human habit of collecting things. The more things we collect the more prepared we’ll be for a drought or ice age or woolly mammoth attack and the more attractive we will seem to a potential mate. If this is true it means I’m collecting books to store in my apartment either to prepare for the possibility I won’t be able to buy books anymore some time in the future or so I can get laid by a lady who thinks books are hot. Probably both. The first part — cheap books — attracts my thinking organ, the brain. I should collect things because one day I might run out. It’s better to have more than enough than to have less. The second part — chicks dig books — targets an organ lower down. I’ve spent years collecting, using my brain and thousands of years of evolutionary instinct. I’ve trusted my instincts, gliding through the cunning wilderness of e-commerce and pouncing on any deal that caught my predatory eye. My kill

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Jeff Bezos, founder, chairman and CEO of, Inc., meeting with former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in 2016.

would arrive neatly packaged within two days thanks to my twoday shipping benefits with Prime. I’d place my prize on the shelf and await any suitors. “Want to see my books?” I would beckon near the community campfire. “Book emoji plus cucumber emoji equals love and home emoji,” I would write in hieroglyphics on the cave walls. Well, it worked. I have a girlfriend who was definitely attracted to my vast library of used books I haven’t read. Amazon succeeded. They let me find the best deals for the sexiest

books and now I’m in a happy relationship. And now, I can delete my Amazon Prime account. Maybe you have a habit of collecting things too. What do you buy most often on Amazon? Stick it to Bezos and stop buying it when you know you have enough.

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

ne of the most familiar mottos of the United States of America is E Pluribus Unum, a Latin phrase which translates to “out of many, one”. The term applied to the founding of the country in that the original 13 colonies joined together to form a single nation. The phrase also suggests that we are one nation with a national identity, where citizens assimilate and become “Americans” with unified ideals. Likewise, the Pledge of Allegiance provides that America is one “indivisible” nation But the question that is being raised by a number of people is whether America might be a nation (a republic) that is breaking apart and becoming — or has become — so divided into non-assimilating and polarized groups and subgroups that it needs a new Latin motto: Ex Uno Multi, or “out of one, many?" (Thank you, Latin-English online translator and dictionary). It is interesting that the terms used by many Seth of those who ask the question are “tribalism,” Bell “new tribalism” and “neotribalism”. There have always been groups or tribes in America. They have been based on religion, ethnicity, language, national origin, employment of the members, class and economic status, geography and other things that make the groups attractive to their members. However, over the years since the country was founded, the members of those groups have also viewed themselves as national citizens, as Americans, and have had an allegiance to the country and its ideals. There was always the idea that we were a nation, that we needed to be united as a people and as a country. In modern America, there are many separate, opposed and conflicting groups, and subgroups of those groups, including alt-right groups, alt-left groups, pro-Trump groups, anti-Trump groups, “pro-establishment” groups, “anti-establishment” groups, America-first groups, pro-globalist groups, pro-vaccination groups, anti-vaccination groups, pro-gun ownership groups, antigun ownership groups (the gun issue has moved to the front again — as it should — because of the recent horrendous school shooting in Florida), and other groups holding various views. Several years ago, the political groups used to be simple to identify. There were basically two, the Democrats and Republicans, with some spin-offs of the two, along with a few non-“mainstream” groups. In present-day America, the Democrats and Republicans are more complicated but can still usually be divided by major policies, and each has its own set of talking points. The Democrats generally favor a woman’s right to choose, gay marriage, gun control (including the outright ban of certain assault or massshooting weapons) and diversity. And they typically believe that there is global warming caused by humans. The Republicans generally favor the right to life, the right to bear arms (without much or any regulation), marriage only between a man and a woman and tight immigration controls. And they question whether “climate change” (if it indeed exists) is caused by humans. There are also subgroups among many of the above groups, including the political parties. There are Bernie Sanders Democrats, traditionally liberal Democrats, and moderate Democrats. There are Tea Party Republicans, traditionally conservative Republicans, and moderate Republicans. Each of those groups have additional dividing lines, and both parties have some members who are in favor of — or opposed to — free trade or some modification of trade rules to protect certain jobs, big/small business, government-sponsored health care, labor unions, big/small government, more military spending, more social spending, limits on immigration, etc. Most of the current groups are held together by ideology, opinions and group interests, including economic interests. Some are single-issue tribal groups, and some are multi-issue groups. Often, the groups are in open conflict, have distrust or fear of one another, and will not communicate or have an open discussion with the other “opposition” groups. If they do engage in communications, the dialogue is frequently not open or respectful. It is like “us” versus “them,” and “we are right and they are wrong,” with no tolerance for any alternatives or compromise, and the idea that the other, conflicting groups are bad or evil and must be defeated. Too many of the groups and subgroups resist modifying any of their thinking, and they can easily find support (and supporters) for their positions and thinking, and disapproval of the positions and thinking of those they oppose. What is alarming is when any of the groups truly separate themselves from their larger communities, advocate hostility or hatred toward — and conflict with — other tribes, or put the interests of the group above the interests of America as a nation. “United we stand, Divided we fall” is the American ideal, along with E Pluribus Unum. I believe (or at least hope) that the “tribes” can be re-united in part in order to save the union, but it will take a lot of work and the willingness of Americans across the country. We need to seek some common ground, keep things in perspective, get back to some basic uniting values, and recognize that there is nothing wrong with the tribes being civil toward one another and looking for appropriate compromise. We can start by “lightening” up and using some humor to break through barriers. And we need to reach out to, interact and respectfully communicate with, and really listen to “other” groups and people, examine our own preconceptions and consider the ideas and opinions of others, figure out ways to be hopeful and help resolve the problems confronting the nation. Additionally, we can work on helping each other and making our States and America better through some sort of community service. We also need to have open, candid, rational and courteous (polite and non-confrontational) conversations about the common good, and about what we can agree on (such as the importance of putting the country above parties and politics, and the importance of free speech and freedom with regard to religious choices) or where compromise is possible, the main ideals that first united — and hopefully continue to unite — the States and the significance of the American experiment.

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. Seth Bell studies political science. He can be reached at and on Twitter @ salsuppe.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear People of the Great State of Nevada, Hello! I am a third-grade student in Northern virginia. In third-grade, we do state reports, and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Nevada as I work on my report. Information that I gather for my report will mainly be from books and websites, but I would also like to get information from the people who live in the state. This is why I am writing to you. I was hoping that you would be willing to send me some items to help me learn more about the best things in your state. It could be things like postcards, maps, pictures, souvenirs, general information, this newspaper article, or any

other items that would be useful. You can mail items to the address below. I really appreciate your help! Sincerely, Bora Mrs. Bozorgzad’s Class The Langley School 1411 Balls Hill Road McLean, Virginia 22101 Dear People of the Great State of Nevada, Hello! I am a fourth grade student in North Caro-

lina. In fourth grade, we research a state for our State Fair, and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Nevada as I work on my report. While we research most of the information ourselves, we also like to get firsthand knowledge from people who live in the state. This is why I am writing to you. I was hoping that you would be willing to send me some small items to help me learn more about the best things in your state. It could be things like postcards, maps, pictures, souvenirs, general information, this newspaper article, or any other items that would be useful. You can mail items to the address below

by April 30th for our State Fair on May 18th. I really appreciate your help and will do my very best to send a thank you note to each and every person who takes the time and makes the effort to help me with this project. Thank you in advance for your consideration! Sincerely, Walter Smith Mr. McConaughy’s Class Charlotte latin School 9502 Providence Road Charlotte, NC 28277




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Wolf Pack forward Caleb Martin takes it to the cup in Nevada’s game against Rhode Island on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at the Lawlor Events Center. The Wolf Pack advanced as far as the Sweet 16 this season.

was this past season where the Musselman father-and-son duo of Bill and Eric were highlighted for their respective tenures as head coaches for the Bighorns. As the current head coach of the Pack, Musselman started his sports journey in Reno with the Bighorns in 2010-11 prior to joining Nevada in 2015. The younger Musselman led the Bighorns to their best regular season record in franchise history, ending the season 34-16. He coached a slew of NBA players that year including Jeremy Lin, Danny

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Last week head coach Jay Norvell and the Nevada Wolf Pack football team opened their spring practice sessions. Saturday, March 31, was the third of the overall 15 practices the team will have. The Pack has three-hour practices every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for the next few weeks that will conclude with the annual Silver & Blue scrimmage on Saturday, April 28, at Mackay Stadium. For the offense, the goal is to improve upon the success they enjoyed in the first season under Jay Norvell’s Air Raid offense. Ty Gangi is the absolute No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, while the offense has eight returning starters including last year’s standout receiver McLane Mannix and Brendan O’Leary-Orange on the opposite side of the offense. On the defensive side of the ball there is plenty of change. Although there are six returning starters, there have been a number of adjustments from position to position. Malik Reed, the spearhead of the defense, will change to the outside linebacker position after spending his entire career as a defensive lineman, and the shift of Justin Brent from wide receiver to safety. Brent was most recently part of Nevada basketball’s Sweet 16 run in the NCAA tournament. Many other players have changed positions since the end of last season and according to Norvell, the aim is to improve the defense by adding competition. The moves were also made to add depth to the secondary, which has been depleted since the

departures of Brandon Brooks and Kevin Howell, Vosean Crumbie’s move to the professional ranks and the dismissal of Elijah Moody. Asauni Rufus is still rehabbing the broken leg he suffered toward the end of last season. Nevada also hired David Lockwood as the new safeties coach. Lockwood was at UNLV last season, and now reunites with defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, who he worked with at Arizona and West Virginia. There is one more new face on the sideline at this year’s camp. Angus McClure is the new assistant head coach and offensive line coach. McClure is also known for great recruiting skills and previously coached alongside Norvell at Nebraska and UCLA. Spring Practices may not show any statistical improvements but the atmosphere of this year’s practices does not feel like one of a team that went 3-9 last season. Norvell’s gritty mentality seems to have made an impact with this year’s players as compared to last. At the conclusion of the practices, the Wolf Pack will have a few weeks off before its summer camp which then leads to fall camp. Nevada’s season opens at home, kicking off its self-proclaimed “best home schedule in school history,” with a game against Portland State on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Mackay Stadium.

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Nevada wide receiver Wyatt Demps catches a pass for a touchdown in the Wolf Pack’s game against San Jose State on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Wolf Pack went 3-9 in the first season of the Jay Norvell era.

of the most profitable seasons ever, with franchise highs in ticket sales, community appearances and media outreach. Beyond business, the team has a rich history of former Nevada players suiting up to play in the G League. Nick Fazekas, a member of the Pack from 2003-2007, was the Bighorns’ first overall pick in the NBA D-League draft in 2010 and was picked up again in 2011. Fazekas is the all-time leading scorer and all-time leading rebounder for the Pack. Another famous Pack hooper, Mo Charlo, was acquired by the Bighorns in 2009, acquired in 2011, and then acquired again in 2013. Charlo was an NBA D-League All-Star in 2014. Most recently, Gary Hill-Thomas, a Nevada alumnus and member of the 2004 Sweet 16 team, is on this season’s Bighorns coaching staff. Current Bighorns guard Cody Demps has been linked to the campus through Nevada Football. Demps’ brother Wyatt was one of the top receivers for Nevada Football this past season. Demps was highly complementary of the Pack’s impact on the Bighorns and the community. “I really like the camaraderie — you can see Nevada gear everywhere,” Demps said. “It’s a great way to bring everyone together — it’s awesome that they give the city that much joy.” The Bighorns regular season ended last week and the team locked up the second seed in the NBA G League playoffs. The Bighorns start their playoff run this Tuesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. and take on the South Bay Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals at the Reno Events Center. Students get a complimentary ticket with their student ID, along with a free hot dog.

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Since the University of Nevada, Reno, was established in 1874, the Wolf Pack has been embedded in Reno’s DNA, so it’s no surprise that Nevada athletics has had a major impact on the city’s sports community. Arguably one of the most popular Nevada sports is the Eric Musselmanled men’s basketball team. The program was introduced in 1913, winning a total of 19 conference championships and making eight

NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2008, sensing an appetite for professional basketball in northern Nevada, another basketball organization was announced to be joining the Wolf Pack, the Reno Bighorns. The Bighorns are the Sacramento Kings’ affiliate and they play in the Pacific Division of the NBA G League. Since the Bighorns’ debut, Nevada athletics has a deep-rooted history of collaborating with the professional team on and off the court. The most recent and notable case

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Green and Hassan Whiteside. His father, Bill, was the team’s original head coach from 1978-79 when the Bighorns first came to Reno. The elder Musselman led them to a 2820 record and an appearance in the Western Basketball Association’s only title game. Because of the Musselman history in Reno, the Bighorns hosted a Legacy Night to honor both the coaches. To thank the duo for their work with Nevada athletics, Bighorns players paid homage to Bill’s first season by wearing original throwback 1978 jerseys. “On behalf of the Musselman family, I am excited to announce our plans to celebrate the legacy of my father Bill Musselman,” Musselman said in a press release pertaining to the evening. “We invite Bighorns and Nevada fans to join us as we honor my father and his accomplishments and recognize his contributions to the original Bighorns team.” During the game, the Musselman family was recognized on-court for their commitment to northern Nevada. Later in the season, the Bighorns hosted a Wolf Pack-themed night and invited the entire Reno community to support the Pack before the Sweet 16. In a video posted by the Bighorns, you can see fans gather to show their love for the pack by cheering along to Nevada’s famous “Wolf! Pack!” chant. The Bighorns have invested in talent from the campus as well, with many Nevada alumni having either worked or played for the Bighorns throughout their time in Reno. The College of Business has partnered with the team on many occasions for events and intern opportunities. The Bighorns have also made a concerted effort to employ a multitude of Nevada graduates for positions in sales, game operations, marketing and public relations. According to the current front office, the 2017-18 season has been one

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Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 T


3 0 1

3 0

0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1

vs SCU

W 18-12

L 3-5

W 5-4

vs. UNLV

Nevada Baseball wins two out of three against UNLV, to face Oregon State this week

0 7 0


25-5 20-3 25-4 21-4 19-9

6. Florida State 7. Texas Tech 8. NC State 9. Kentucky 10. Indiana

22-7 23-6 23-5 19-9 20-5

11. Clemson 12. East Carolina 13. Southern Miss 14. Duke 15. Vanderbilt

22-6 20-6 19-7 24-5 17-11

16. Georgia 17. LSU 18. Missouri 19. Auburn 20. Oklahoma

21-7 18-11 21-7 22-7 20-10

21. UCLA 22. Louisiana Tech 23. Missouri State 24. Coastal Carolina 25. Wichita State

16-7 22-8 19-7 21-9 19-6

Heading into the game, the storylines had been building The Nevada Baseball team faced a UNLV team that was nationally ranked in the AP Top 25 this past weekend. The Wolf Pack started the conference season strong with a 7-2 record heading into the series against their intrastate rivals. Here is a game-by-game recap of the series: vs. UNLV (March 29, 2018) In the second and third innings, the Wolf Pack scored one run apiece to get ahead early in the game. In the bottom of the second, Grant Fennell doubled to right field to set up a scoring opportunity. The following batter, Weston Hatten, hit a single to give Fennell a chance to score. However, he was thrown out at home by the Rebels. With Hatten at second, Kaleb Foster was able to drive him home following a single. In the third inning, the Wolf Pack was able to capitalize on an error that led to infielder Daniel Perry scoring from third base. After the Wolf Pack tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning, UNLV was able to score two runs apiece in the fifth and seventh inning to tie the game. In the bottom of the ninth with men in scoring positions, Dillan Shrum scored the game-winning single which gave the Wolf Pack the walk-off victory.


Men’s Tennis The Nevada Men’s tennis team is coming off two road matches where the team went 1-1. The team’s first game took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the team faced off against the Lobos. Nevada lost the singles portion of the competition 3-1 and the doubles 2-1. This brought Nevada’s record to 11-4 on the season. With the Lobos in the rearview mirror, Nevada headed to Colorado Springs, Colorado to take on Air Force Academy. Nevada’s Julien Evrard, Robert Margitfalvi and Jeremy Merville completed their matches first in the singles portion to give Nevada the edge going into doubles. Nevada quickly won the doubles competition as well, effectively blanking Air Force from earning any points. Nevada is 12-4 on the season with their next match coming against Utah State University on April 6, in Logan, Utah.

The Wolf Pack (15-8, 9-2 MWC) will travel to Corvallis for a two-game series against the top ranked Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers (21-4, 6-3 Pac-12) most recently lost its intraconference series against the Utah Utes. The Utes won the rubber match this past Saturday in its three game series against the Beavers. The Utes, who have only won six games on the season, were able to hit at will against Oregon State, with 18 hits en route to an 11-8 victory last

Golf The Goodwin golf tournament hosted by Stanford in San Francisco, California, saw Nevada’s Mens Golf team finish in twelfth place in a field of 25 teams. The team finished at 11-over par for the tournament and tied with SMU for that twelfth-place position. Sam Meek, a new member of the Wolf Pack team put on an impressive show finishing 7-under par. Brandon Cruz can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

vs. UNLV ( March 30, 2018) Grant Fennell’s hitting propelled the Wolf Pack to early runs in the second game of the series. He had an RBI groundout in the first inning and a bases-clearing double to help pad the Wolf Pack to a 6-1 lead. In the fifth inning, UNLV scored five runs to inch its way back into the game. In the top of the ninth, UNLV’s Dillon Johnson hit an RBI single to bring the lead down to one run. With runners at the corners, two outs and a ball sharply heading toward center field, second baseman Keaton Smith fielded a beautiful grounder and forced the game-clinching force out at second base. In addition to Fennell’s early hitting, the Wolf Pack offense was led by Joshua Zamora who hit 3-for-5, with two runs; Kaleb Foster hit 3-for-4 with two RBI’s; Mike Echavia and Jaylon McLaughlin both had two hits each. vs. UNLV (March 31, 2018) In the final game of the series, the Wolf Pack was searching for a series sweep of the Rebels. The Wolf Pack once again got off to an early lead following two scores in the bottom of the third. Fennell drove in Cole Krzmarzick with an RBI single. On the ensuing batter, Fennell reached home after an Echavia RBI single to take a 2-0 lead early in the game. UNLV was able to score seven runs; they scored three in the fourth, one in the sixth and three in the seventh. The Wolf Pack was unable to manufacture much offense to keep up with the UNLV burst in the mid. Javier Hernandez can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush. unr and on Twitter @Sage-

Sunday. Look for the Wolf Pack to try to out-hit the Beavers in their series to try and get an early-season upset. While the Wolf Pack wasn’t able to end the UNLV series on a high note, it has been playing better as of late and is currently sitting atop the Mountain West Conference. Javier Hernandez can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush. unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.


Date Opponent Result Feb. 16

at Irvine

Feb. 17

at Irvine

Feb. 18

at Irvine

L, 0-4 L, 3-4

W, 8-1 W, 2-0

Feb. 20 at CSU at Fullerton Feb. 23

at Oral Roberts Postponed

Feb. 25

at Oral Roberts

Feb. 25

at Oral Roberts

March 2

at New Mexico

W, 9-5

March 4

at New Mexico

W, 13-8

at Oral Roberts Postponed

Feb. 27

W, 3-0 L, 2-3

at Santa Clara

March 3

L, 4-6

at New Mexico

L, 5-8

March 6 at University of Pacific L, 9-10 W, 11-4

March 9 vs. San Jose State

W, 10-9

March 10 vs. San Jose State

W, 14-4

March 11 vs. San Jose State March 13

at Sac State Postponed

March 16

vs. Riverside

March 18

vs. Riverside

March 17

vs. Riverside

March 18

Cancelled Cancelled W, 3-0

vs. Riverside

L, 2-9

March 20 at Univ. San Fran

W, 6-3

March 23 at Fresno State

at Fresno State

March 24

March 25

W, 5-1

L, 4-5

W, 18-12

at Fresno State

March 27 vs. Santa Clara Univ W, 5-3 March 29

vs. UNLV

March 30

vs. UNLV

March 31

vs. UNLV

W, 5-4

W, 8-7

L, 3-7

April 2

at Oregon State

April 6

at San Jose State

April 8

at San Jose State

12 p.m.

April 9

at Saint Mary’s

3 p.m.

April 13

vs. New Mexico

6 p.m.

April 14

vs. New Mexico

6 p.m.

April 15

vs. New Mexico

12 p.m.

April 17

vs. Pacific

3 p.m.

April 20

at Air Force

2 p.m.

April 21

at Air Force

12 p.m.

April 22

at Air Force

11 a.m.

April 3 April 7

6:30 p.m.

at Oregon State

5:30 p.m. 6 p.m.

at San Jose State

April 24

at Saint Mary’s

April 27

at Nebraska

April 26 April 28

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

at Nebraska

4:35 p.m.

at Nebraska

10:05 p.m.

4:35 p.m.

May 1 vs. Sacramento State

6 p.m.

May 4

vs. Fresno State

6 p.m.

May 5

vs. Fresno State

6 p.m.

May 6

vs. Fresno State

1 p.m.

May 8

vs. San Francisco

3 p.m.

May 11


6 p.m.

May 12


6 p.m.

May 13


1 p.m.

May 17 May 18 May 19


6 p.m.

vs. SDSU

12 p.m.

vs. SDSU

6 p.m.


Standings Conference Overall Nevada 9-3 15-9 San Diego State




7-5 22-7

New Mexico



Air Force



Fresno State



San Jose State



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Nevada baseball shortstop Jaylon McLaughlin rounds second base and heads for third base in Nevada’s game against UNLV on March 30, 2018 at Peccole Park. Nevada won the series against UNLV 2-1.

MAKING THE CALL STAFF PICKS OPTIMIST SAYS: The Wolf Pack will take its streaking offense on the road against a reeling and tired Oregon State ball club. Grant Fennell will continue to get key RBI’s to generate some important early lead cushions.

OUTCOME: Nevada sweeps

L 3-7

Feb. 24


1. Florida 2. Stanford 3. Ole Miss 4.Oregon State 5. Arkansas

vs. UNLV

W 8-7



UNLV 0 0 0

at Fresno State

vs. UNLV

IMPACT PLAYER PESSIMIST SAYS: While the Wolf Pack sits atop the Mountain West Conference standings, it isn’t really a team that is winning in dominating fashion. Facing a top five school in the nation may be a little too much for the Wolf Pack to handle. Oregon State shuts down the Wolf Pack hitting. OUTCOME: Nevada swept

Nevada senior Grant Fennell has been on a tear lately. He leads the Wolf Pack baseball team in batting average, hitting at a .357 rate. In addition, he is tied with teammate Mike Echavia for nine multiple hit games. On top of that he is deadlocked with Echavia and and Weston Hatton for the most multiple RBI games on the season with five through 29 games. Look for Fennell to continue to lead the Wolf Pack offense through the next road trip.

Congrats @tj_bruce and “ @NevadaBaseball. Walk it

off tonight to win game one of the series with the Rebels. Wolf Pack fans - catch game two on Friday night at 6pm and game three on Saturday at 1pm. Great weather and great weekend of baseball

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B3 ARCHIE’S VS CANE’S B4 FIVE STAGES OF GREASE Dining Guide designed by Nicole Skarlatos


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By Ryan Suppe

from campus, so it’s a great lunch spot in between classes. They’re also on Uber Eats if you’re having a lazy day and still don’t know how to cook.

Sandwiches were probably invented by the Romans in the first century. These were people on the move who didn’t have time to schedule their slaves’ workday, catch a gladiator match and eat their meat and bread separately all before an afternoon siesta. It was only logical to combine some of their efforts. Like many of the Romans’ extraordinary feats in architecture and science, the sandwich has survived the test of time. To appreciate a sandwich is to appreciate human reason, art, science and beauty. Here are my three favorite ways to do just that around our modern-day Roman metropolis.

1. Michael’s Original Sandwich - Michael’s Deli Wow. Wow. Wow. What a sandwich.

3. Grilled Italian - Capriotti’s I didn’t want to put a chain restaurant on this list, but I’m working with the best sandwiches here, and I can’t argue with science. Capriotti’s makes a damn good sandwich. I’m not proud to say I’ve tried almost all of them and concluded the Grilled Italian is the best. This is a manwich. Not because ladies can’t eat it, but because only men are dumb enough to eat that many calories in one sitting. The nine to 20inch sub features a whole bunch of hot Italian meats rolled in some grilled white bread. I accessorize with spicy veggies to add heat. Go with a 12 inch and you won’t have to eat again for a few days. It’s an investment in your future. Capriotti’s is on the corner of N. Sierra and W. 8th Street. They are great at wrapping up your sandwich (an underrated skill), so take your sub home, and get after it with the maximum space of your kitchen table.


2. Caprese Melt - Gourmelt Remember those lazy days at home when you would come inside from shooting hoops or you’d come downstairs after finding the perfect Myspace profile song to describe your mood, and you’d say, “Mom, what’s for lunch?” and she’d say, “You know where the pantry is.” Then, you would remind her she never taught you how to cook, and you’ve already had a shocking amount of frozen corn dogs that weekend. She would roll her eyes, and slap some but-

ter and cheese together on two pieces of bread. In a brisk five minutes, you’d have a beautiful sandwich with just the right amount of chips on the side. Gourmelt is like this except they are way better at making a grilled cheese than your mom. The Caprese Melt is mozzarella cheese with tomato and balsamic vinegar in between sourdough bread with garlic parmesan crust. It is exquisite. I’d recommend the parmesan garlic fries on the side. The cozy grilled cheese shop is located on University Drive. sandwiched between a bunch of apartments. It is owned by the same two chicks who own Two Chicks. It’s walking distance

I usually don’t stray too far from the “meat and cheese between bread” variety of sandwiches when I try someplace new, so when I ordered a turkey, pesto, dill Havarti cheese, lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes and oil and vinegar sandwich, I was kind of out of my element. Boy, was I happy I did that. Mark Twain once wrote, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Twenty years from now I will remember the day I let loose and discovered the Michael’s Original. Michael’s Deli is on S. Virginia across from the Wild Orchid. It’s a popular power lunch spot for downtowners, so consider bringing your networking game if you’re in the market for a job. If you’re just in the market for a kick-ass sandwich, this is your place. Ryan Suppe can be reached at rsuppe@ and on Twitter @salsuppe.

BEST SUSHI IN RENO By Bailey Mecey For a region that is over 200 miles away from the nearest coastline, Reno and Sparks surprisingly have a lot of different options when it comes to sushi. Even for a college student on a budget, there are more than plenty cheap and

all-youcan eat options to still get your sushi fix. Step right up with a yearning for fugu fish and get ready to learn about the best sushi spots in town!

SUSHI PIER MIDTOWN At the edge of Midtown,

Sushi Pier Midtown really is your best bet if you are looking for a sushi place to hit all of your options. Their all-youcan eat menu is fantastic, as it features a variety of rolls and appetizers outside of the usual sushi picks. It is also a great place to bring someone who might not be a huge fan of raw

sushi, as they have a number of rolls that are either cooked or fried fish. A roll that stands out is the King Kong, a spicy deep fried crab and tempura shrimp roll. Sushi Pier Midtown is also the best for families and large groups, as they have multiple seating venues and large tables so everyone can take part in the sushi fun.

FINBOMB In the heart of Midtown Reno, FinBomb is a recent installment serving sushi burritos and poke bowls. FinBomb has a selection of special sushi burritos, but what makes it worth it is the amount of customization you can do. Thanks to unlimited toppings, you can really make your sushi burrito or poke bowl your own. FinBomb also has online ordering, which makes it easy to get something quick on your lunch break. A knock against FinBomb is the distance, as it is too far away to quickly get something to eat in between classes. If the distance is not an issue for you, FinBomb is a wonderful place to experience sushi burritos.

REEF SUSHI AND SAKE Right next to the Truckee River in downtown Reno, Reef Sushi and Sake is a great spot for an evening out whether it’s before a movie or after an evening stroll down the river walk. The sushi there is not very special, but they do of-

fer choices for those who are on paleo diets. These special platters come with sashimi and rolls that are wrapped in cucumber. A highlight is being able to sit outside and enjoy your sushi right next to the Truckee River, and it is even better in the summertime. Those looking for a great place to start a night on the town will not be let down with Reef Sushi and Sake.

JJ’S SUSHI While JJ’s is a hole in the wall, it makes up for that and more with its flavor. Located in North Sparks, JJ’s has some amazing special rolls, unlike anything I have ever had. My favorite was the JJ’s #2, which had cream cheese, jalapeño and crystal shrimp for a creamy and spicy delight. For those that are fans of spicy rolls JJ’s hits the spot, they have some of the best spicy rolls you can find. What also sets JJ’s apart from most sushi restaurants is its dessert selection, ranging from green tea to tempura ice cream. Overall, Reno and Sparks have more than what you would need if the need for sushi strikes. Whether it is getting a quick sushi burrito during your lunch break or have an extravagant night out, there is more than enough sushi to go around. Bailey Mecey can be reached at and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

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Sushi Pier Midtown Morrison Long Roll and California Deluxe

By Javier Hernandez The sushi burrito, also known as the “sushirrito” is an AsianLatin fusion food that blends the traditional tastes of Japanese sushi with the convenience and portability of the burrito. Its roots largely come from the food truck scene in San Francisco, initially growing in popularity within the Asian community. Eventually, it snuck its way into becoming one of the more mainstream lunch options, penetrating the larger foodie markets in California. Around the same time, growing in popularity in the southern half of California was the poke bowl. In traditional adaptations, “poke” which meant “to slice” in Hawaiian, is a fish-based appetizer (typically yellowtail or ahi tuna) seasoned and garnished in some variation of soy sauce, furikake, green onions and other Japanese influenced ingredients. Over the last few years, the traditional Hawaiian poke has been intertwined with the Chipotlestyle assembly line to create a new take on the appetizer. The poke bowl eventually evolved into a mix and match of different fishes, sauces and ingredients. With an abundance of combinations, the once exotic appetizer became a much more palatable option. Reno has been long known for its all-you-can-eat sushi and sashimi restaurants. However, over the course of the last year, the town has seen the rise of multiple poke bowl spots. This past fast fall, numerous advertisements popped up around campus about a new sushi burrito restaurant launching in spring 2018. As somebody who has enjoyed trying and comparing the influx of new poke bowls in town, I was ecstatic to hear about a new option located right in the heart of the student union. SOHO Sushi Burrito opened its doors this semester. I have already tried building multiple burrito bowls and have often been left wanting more. I want to like this place. I really do. However, even before I get a chance to dig into my bowl, I’m often left irritated by how much they skimp on their ingredients. When I pay $11 for a bowl, I do not expect to have my main protein to be portioned through such tiny scoopers. These scoopers seem like it would be used to carefully portion out some wasabi. Not to mention, it appears as if their workers were trained to treat their portion sizes as if they were concocting a carefully measured solution in the science lab. Maybe it’s a personal preference, but it has become an expectation to have at least a 1:1 ratio between protein and rice. Alas, I don’t want to base my review solely on portion sizes. My bowl had a base of rice topped with yellowtail, ahi tuna, spicy tuna and tempura. I mixed in the wasabi aioli and soy-based sauce. For the veggies, I had seaweed, tomatoes, onions, and green onions. In addition I added the fried onions, garlic and fried chips. For the most part, the flavors blended well. The wasabi aioli and soy sauce complemented each other. These two are my typical sauces of choice at poke bowl restaurants and SOHO’s ranks right up there with the best of them. In addition, I appreciated that the rice closely resembled the traditional Japanese sticky rice. Finally, the spicy tuna was probably the highlight of the bowl. It had great consistency and texture throughout and had a nice flavor it. Then came the raw fish. Both the yellowtail and ahi tuna were lukewarm. There’s nothing more disappointing than having raw fish served this way. Typically, raw fish rests on a bed of ice or is kept in the fridge. The purpose is twofold — so that it can give the impression of taking away a little bit of the tuna’s natural “sliminess,” but also so that it can keep a fresher taste. My bowl came with lukewarm fish. While its temperature was one of the things I noticed when I first started to make my way through the bowl, it was easy to just hide it when I mixed it with the rice and sauces. Overall, SOHO Sushi Burrito is a decent lunchtime option on campus. Without factoring price, it is probably in the upper tier among dining options on campus. While it may not be comparable to the other poke bowl restaurants in Reno, in the vacuum that is on-campus dining, it can be a decent way to spend $12. Ryan Suppe can be reached at and on Twitter @salsuppe.


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I ATTEMPTED A By Karolina Rivas If I told myself last year I would attempt a vegan lifestyle, I would have laughed and placed a bet that I wouldn’t last at least a week. This happens to be exactly how some of my friends reacted. Now, this was an attempt to see how long I could last dining like a vegan and as you can tell by the headline, I didn’t last too long. Before I tell why I stopped, let me tell you why I tried in the first place.

Like most vegans, it started with a documentary. The goal of “What the Health” is to show viewers the link between diet and disease. You follow co-director Kip Andersen and his journey to proving that most food products and health organizations are trying to deteriorate your health as a part of a money-generating government scheme. Andersen also happens to codirect another popular documentary “Cowspiracy” that explains the effects of cattle farms on the environment. Before I watched the pro-vegan documentary, I had some knowledge of the reasoning behind the choice to go vegan: the negative impacts of the meat industry on the environment, animal cruelty, and health. A few of my closest friends are vegan and I always felt awkward eating meat or dairy products in front of them. I was never open-minded to the idea of cutting meat and dairy completely out of my diet nor did I believe that one

person refusing to eat these products could shut down an entire food industry. Pessimistic, I know. However, what really caught my attention was the health aspect of going vegan versus what I was putting in my body. Yes, being vegan is clearly one of the healthiest diets due to being completely plant-based but the research presented in “What the Health” took me by surprise. Andersen was throwing stats left and right about how meat and dairy are basically killing you. Did you know that eating one egg is equivalent to smoking five cigarettes? Or how one serving of processed meats per day raises the risk of diabetes by 51 percent? Crazy, right? These stats accelerated my motivation to jump into the deep end of the vegan pool. Especially since diabetes runs in my family, this was the push I needed to ensure I avoid inheriting the disease. I immediately began asking my vegan friend for a rundown of what she ate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I feverishly jotted down notes and even asked her to take me grocery shopping. I wanted to act quickly so I gave most of what was in my fridge to my carnivorous friends and began to prepare for the diet of a lifetime. Next thing I knew, my fridge was stocked with vegetables, tofu and almond milk. I should make it known that I had already replaced milk with almond milk and lowered my consumption of red meats for a couple of years. This made the switch easier but not entirely. The issue that I found with attempting the vegan lifestyle was the time it took to cook creative meals and the lack of outside restaurants that prepared these meals in a quick manner. Not only am I full-time student but I work two jobs and don’t have time


to cook at home or the funds to order take-out all the time. I found myself becoming bored with the meals I could prepare on the go and this made it difficult to want to pursue the diet. I was sick of tofu by the end of the week and god forbid I make another peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In addition to time consumption, the aspect of culture posed a challenge. I plan to study abroad this summer and I did not want to force my body to adapt to a diet that would prevent me from eating a majority of the meals abroad. Moreover, I did not want to impose diet restrictions on a homestay family when my eating habits were not completely necessary. As a friend once told me “Food is a gateway to another person’s culture,” I did not want to prevent myself from that experience of learning abroad and immersing myself in the lifestyle. Lastly, as a journalist, fact-checking becomes second nature in the era of fake news. The facts I mentioned earlier were not entirely supported by definitive data. I researched articles on the claims made in the documentary and found that a few of the reported stats were extremely exaggerated and accompanied by research that was cherry-picked to prove a statement. I’m not here to discredit the documentary as a whole because the film does include details of the food industry that are true. Such as the excessive amount of antibiotics used in the food industry and the financial relationships between health organizations and meat and dairy farms. However, those stats are what created the buzz that made everyone want to become vegan. I believe all food is good in moderation and veganism is certainly on the

rise. After a week of attempting the diet I did feel ‘cleaner’ and when I went back to eating meat I would feel nauseous subconsciously knowing the process behind these meals. Whether it’s for moral reasons or health, I recommend you give the diet a try. Some-

time in the future, I may return to the diet but for now, I’ll keep my intake of meats and dairy at a low. Karolina Rivas can be reached at and on Twitter @ karolinarrivas.


By Madeline Purdue

While in college, students are on the constant hunt for cheap and/or easy meals — meals that can satisfy at any time of the day and only cost a few of their precious dollars. Whether it is at 1 p.m. or 1 a.m., as long as a meal hits the spot without making a dent in their wallet, students will be sure to constantly eat it for the sheer convenience. Often times, this meal becomes chicken tenders and fries. Chicken tenders and fries is a pretty universal meal. Most restaurants have their own variety of the dish on their menu, and it is often relatively cheap. Here at the University of Nevada, Reno, the two main chicken/fries combo-connoisseurs are arguably Archie’s Giant Hamburger and Raising Cane’s. Both restaurants support the university in some shape, way or form, and both are located mere steps from the campus, nearly in the same parking lot. And while Cane’s might have their famous recipes drawing in customers nationally, their chicken doesn’t hold a candle to Archie’s. Beyond chicken, Archie’s is the better place for fries, dipping sauce and ambiance.


The obvious place to start comparing these two restaurants is at the heart of the source — the chicken. Cane’s sole purpose for existence is surrounded by their chicken. My sisters will literally drive out of their way on road trips in order to get some Cane’s, and I know I’m not the only one that knows someone like that. However, I just don’t think their chicken is THAT great. Cane’s chicken is greasy to the point of soggy. By the time I am done eating them, I can feel the grease seeping through my pores and I feel the need to shower. Maybe this is pure coincidence, but every time I have eaten Cane’s, their chicken is very chewy to the point where I question whether it is actually chicken, and they attempt to cover this by overly-breading it. It just never quite hits the spot for me. On the other hand, Archie’s chicken is the perfect balance between greasy, breaded and chewy. I don’t have to wipe the grease off my fingers every time I pick up an Archie’s chicken tender. The breading is a nice texture — just enough to cover the chicken but not overpowering it. The chicken is always at a comfortable chewiness so I’m not questioning whether I’m actually eating meat. Perhaps one of the few categories Cane’s wins over Archie’s is price. A 4-piece combo box that includes chicken, fries, toast, coleslaw and a drink is only $7.75, whereas just the chicken and fries at Archie’s is $8.80. To college students who have limited funds, this could be a deciding factor. However, I will gladly pay the few extra bucks to receive quality food.


This isn’t even a contest in my book. Once again, Cane’s comes in as soggy. Their crinklecut fries always taste like they’ve been sitting in the to-go box for hours, just waiting for their turn to be bought. The condensation within the box plays a huge role and often leaves the fries limp. I have never had this experience at Archie’s. Maybe it’s because I go at good times, but I have never been served fries that I have felt were sitting out for hours. Usually, they’re so hot from coming out of the oven that I have to let them cool off a little. Their fries mix between crunchy and soft — never too much of each, but just enough to satisfy all fry lovers. Obviously, fries are nothing without a great sauce to dip it into. These two restaurants serve phenomenal sauces with their chicken and fries. Honestly, most of the time when I order fries, they’re just a vehicle to put sauce in my mouth. Cane’s is known for their famous sauce that people can’t get enough of. Even I, someone who rarely eats Cane’s, love their sauce. I don’t know exactly what is in the sauce, but I know the peppery flavor does a great job of masking their soggy food. Archie’s makes their own ranch sauce every day, and you can taste the difference between homemade and store bought. I love Archie’s ranch so much that I will sometimes order just a basket of fries as an excuse to have their ranch. I am not usually a ranch fan, but the Archie’s concoction is out of this world. It pairs perfectly with their piping-hot fries.


I can’t even argue this one too much — Cane’s has the better drinks and sides, with the exception of their coleslaw. They serve Texas toast with every meal, and it

is just down-right delicious. If I have to eat at Cane’s, that’s usually what I fill up on. They’re also one of the few places that sell sweet tea, which is enough to get me through the door. However, if you are of-age, Archie’s has a full bar, and that’s something Cane’s can’t compete with.


I will argue all day long that Archie’s has the better environment between the two restaurants. Cane’s is a fast-food restaurant designed to get people in and out quickly. Their location next to campus is minuscule, barely bigger than their parking lot. Going there is a pain, especially to park. Often times people will park in the Archie’s parking lot next door because it is more convenient than the actual Cane’s parking lot. Don’t be that jerk that parks in one restaurant’s space and goes into another. Cane’s tries to imitate the college-town diner by inheriting the history and spirit of a university, and kudos to them for trying, but the reality of the situation is that they are a national chain

and do this wherever they are located. The lack of authenticity is always there. Archie’s doesn’t try to mimic this culture because they are part of the culture that is our college town. They have authentically gained the reputation of being the restaurant that defines the campus culture. Other than The Wal, they have the most cultural presence of UNR — it is THE college diner. Also, where else are college students supposed to go when university athletics are playing away and the game is on CBS? Not Cane’s, that’s for sure. Both restaurants support the university greatly financially and in other ways, and the students surely appreciate that. Whether it is the free Cane’s at basketball games or the perfect hangover meal at Archie’s, both do their service to the student population. However, as a UNR student, I would give my money to the people who are actually part of our community, not a corporate imitation. If I had to be choosy — and I am — I would pick Archie’s any day. 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. Madeline Purdue can be reached at and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.


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A GUIDE TO BETTER INSTANT RAMEN By Jacob Solis The wavy lines of a dehydrated brick of instant ramen noodles have become a staple of college life. Coming in at mere cents per package, the cheap and easy-to-make packs of ramen aren’t ubiquitous for nothing. But it’s 2018, and we’re living in the middle of an American ramen renaissance. Where “the real thing,” at least as it was available in the states, was once relegated to foodie hubs like New York or Los Angeles, the Japanese staple is nearing its own ubiquity. Even Reno, small in comparison to the major food destinations of the U.S., there’s still a handful of solid ramen eateries that can scratch that umami itch. But eating out is still murder on the wallet, so here are some tips to turn that

frown upside down and jazz up those beautiful instant noodles. Fair warning, however; most of these tips will lengthen the amount of time it takes to throw together some ramen, and as such “instant” is really more of a relative term here.

also be able to use the instant noodles in any kind of broth, be it a homemade stock or some leftover broth from an actual ramen restaurant.


No soup, especially if you’re treating it as a meal, is complete without a protein. Traditional ramen usually comes with a few slices of pork chashu, which is essentially a roll of pork belly marinated to perfection. In the absence of real chashu (which you can absolutely make yourself, given the resources), there are still substitutes. Trader Joe’s sells a prepackaged hunk of pork belly that only needs searing before it’s ready to go (though it may not hurt to try and season this somehow, if you’re not fan of how pork belly tastes au naturale), and even a store-bought rotisserie chicken (which is good for much more than just ramen soups) can add that little bit of heft to your soup. Just don’t expect it to gel particularly well with the traditional ramen flavors available, even chicken, without some additional effort. Chicken, as it turns out, still tastes like chicken. If you’re pressed for time, you can always add an egg. Another staple of

First and foremost, if you can swing spending a dollar on a package of noodles instead of 16 cents, I highly recommend starting with just buying higher quality ramen. Brands like Sapporo Ichiban are often available in the Asian food sections of most supermarkets, and the difference in both the noodles and the soup base are night and day compared with cheaper competitors like Maruchan or Top Ramen (inexpensive as they may be). On top of the basic improvement of flavor, you’ll


your classic ramen, a soft-boiled egg (or hard-boiled, if you hate living on the edge) takes literal minutes to add to the mix. And if you’re feeling adventurous, eggs can be marinated after cooking in either ramen broth or traditional Japanese flavors like soy sauce, sake and mirin for a more complex flavor.

VEGGIES NEVER HURT ANYBODY Vegetables are usually the easiest addition to any ramen because, in all honesty, many veggies can be added raw into the soup. Moreover, there are very few vegetables that don’t blend well with the salty, savory flavors of your traditional ramen base. It makes the addition both easy and — if you use what vegetables you’ve already got lying around — cheap to boot. Be it corn, sprouts, mushrooms or even leafy greens like bok choy or a piece of nori, no dressed-up ramen would be complete without at least a few additions from greener pastures.

SAUCES, SPICES AND OTHER FIGHTERS OF BLANDNESS Finally, there are your flavor-only add-ons. A quick-and-easy addition I use regularly is a combo of lime and

black pepper. The sour tang of the lime does wonders in enhancing the umami flavors already there, while the pepper adds a light heat to seal the deal. Ultimately, the flavor will be not too dissimilar to the Thai lemongrass soup tom yum, which uses a similar combination of lime and spices (though, in traditional Thai style, these spices pack a bigger whallop than your garden variety black pepper). However, this combo — like many spices added to sauces or soups — should be added only after you’ve finished boiling your broth and noodles. Lime juice and pepper both are notorious for becoming bitter if blasted with too much heat for too long, and that bitterness can easily ruin a wonderful ramen. Perhaps more than anything else, though, this is all up to preference. Want some sriracha or Thai spice in there? Go for it. Love you some soy or hoisin sauce? I wouldn’t, but I won’t stop you, I’m not a cop. So much of finding out what you like most is just trying it out in the first place. So go forth and enhance your ramens. You won’t regret it. Jacob Solis can be reached at jsolis@ and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.



By Joey Thyne

So it’s a Friday night. All your buddies are out of town because they went home for Easter. No matter. It will be nice to kick back, relax, spend quality time with your cat, play Fortnite and catch up on binging Brooklyn-99. You feel a little hungry so you decide to swing by Little Caesars. $5 for a Hot-nReady pizza? What a steal! You’re practically losing money if you don’t buy one. Might as well snag a 2-liter bottle of strawberry Fanta while you’re at it. As you head home, you tell yourself that you will eat a few slices and refrigerate the rest. Little do you know you’re about to embark on an emotional journey that will shake you to your very core.

By Paolo Zialcita A few months ago I came down with a pretty nasty flu which lasted for a week. After numerous fever dreams and confronting my own mortality, I promised myself I would live a healthier lifestyle. I started to meal prep in order to stop skipping meals and practice sustainable eating. If you’re looking to bulk up, lose weight, save money, or some combination of the three, meal prepping is for you. Here are a few tips to help get you started on your first Meal Prep Sunday.

Plan out grocery runs.

Slice #4: Denial You’ve made it to slice number four. This was more than you planned on eating, but what the hell, you were really hungry. You’ve had a long week, you deserve it. Even though you’re not quite full, you know that soon your self-restraint will take over and you will stop eating this Little Caesars pepperoni pizza. Also, didn’t you read online recently that pizza is actually really good for you? Yeah, it’s fine. Everything’s fine. Anyway, there’s absolutely no way that you can finish this entire thing by yourself in one sitting. Unbeknownst to you, something dark and devious has already been woken up inside of you, and its momentum charges full steam ahead.

Slice #5: Anger What the hell! This pizza isn’t even good. The crust tastes like cardboard. Why can’t you stop eating it? This is all Little Caesars’ fault. It shouldn’t be legal to sell pizza that cheap. It’s irresponsible. It preys on the less fortunate and the lower classes. This is all your professors’ fault. If they didn’t assign so much busy work, you wouldn’t have to stress eat so much. Why

did all your friends abandon you for the weekend? Easter is a stupid holiday anyway. What the hell do bunnies and colored eggs have to do with the resurrection of our lord and savior Jesus Christ? Naturally, you must fill their absence with a Hot-N-Ready pizza.

Slice #6: Bargaining You plead to the heavens: “Dear Lord, if you give me the strength to stop eating this Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready pizza, I will never eat junk food again. I will only eat kale. I will exercise more. I will only buy fresh produce from local vendors. I will become a vegan. I will change my Twitter name to ‘Yung Vegan,’ which is funny in an ironic sense, but at the same time I want everyone to know I don’t eat animals or their byproducts. You wonder if these are all a sweaty fever dream you will wake up from. You wish you would only go back in time and get something healthy like a poke bowl or a meatball sub from Subway. If only you had walked home instead of taking PackTRAN-

SIT, then you wouldn’t be so gosh darn hungry.

Slice #7: Depression

You begin to feel like a fat loser. If you don’t have the self-restraint to stop eating this Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready Pizza, how will you ever you ever get the self-restraint to buckle down and take your education seriously? Sure, Mom says there’s no shame in taking Math 126 for the third time, but all the other students seem to be picking it up much quicker. What’s it all about? What’s the point in anything? What’s the reason for carrying on? Maybe you should just keep eating pizza endlessly until you’re nothing but a pile of grease. Julius Caesar was betrayed by those he trusted most: his best friends. You’re getting betrayed by that you trust most: a delicious Hot-N-Ready Pizza. Et Tu, Little Caesars? More like the Ides of Starch, amiright?

Illustration by Zak Brady As your arteries begin to clog and your heartbeat begins to slow, everything falls into perspective. You look down at the pizza box and all you see the crumbs and a leftover pile of ranch (you knew you weren’t going to use that much, so why did you pour that much out). Legend has it, Alexander the Great wept when he realized there were no worlds left to conquer. Part of you wishes there was more pizza to eat. Nevertheless, you are satisfied. In a strange way, you’re proud of yourself. Like if you can eat an entire Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready pizza by yourself in one sitting, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish. Now you must sit and wait for the impending stomach pains which will induce PTSD from the days at the DC. Joey Thyne can be reached at joeythyne@ and on Twitter @joey_thyne

Slice #8: Acceptance:

REVIEW: BANGKOK CUISINE By Olivia Carboni Over the weekend I had lunch at Bangkok Cuisine in Midtown. Located at 55 Mt. Rose Street, this cute little red restaurant has ample parking for the area. Upon entering, the restaurant boasted an elegant vibe. Thai music played on the speakers and the inside was carved with wood and covered with beautiful artwork. The hostess seated us quickly and we sat at a little table against the wall. It was tiny, but perfect for two people. On the wall to my right was a gorgeous dragon tapestry. Our waiter was attentive and quick; he approached the table rather fast with our drink order. I ordered myself a coke and began to look at the menu. It was rather large and had an assortment of foods to try: fried calamari, shrimp rangoon, sweet crispy noodles, Bangkok beef strips, Thai meat brochette. And that’s just the

appetizer menu. The restaurant had wooden archways carved into the door frames. All different tapestries were woven out of beautiful colors and gold, each one different and more ornate than the last hung up on the walls. The front of the restaurant was to my back but had windows with gorgeous window treatments in burgundy which matched the tablecloths. The shades were drawn closed and the lighting was dim and romantic. Only a few minutes after looking over the menu, a woman at a table near us began to fight with our waiter. She claimed her shrimps were undercooked and she refused to pay. She continued to carry on and began to get louder, so the waiter took her to the front of the restaurant. There, she argued with him for a good three or four minutes, yelling and refusing to pay for her meal, but she still wanted to bag it up and take it home. After looking at the menu for some

time, I decided on the Bangkok beef strips: “Beef strips marinated with soy sauce, garlic and black pepper then deep-fried.” I figured I couldn’t go wrong with this dish. Without skipping a beat our waiter handled the woman and brought out the appetizer. I smelled it before it even got to the table. It was as delicious as it looked. Presented on a leaf of lettuce, the beef strips were fried to perfection. They were crispy on the outside but tender and extremely flavorful on the inside and absolutely delicious. I ordered my own pineapple-fried rice thinking it was a side dish and I was very wrong. A mountain of fried rice arrived at the table that I could not finish alone, garnished with cucumbers cut in half moons and cilantro on top. The flavors were all there and delicious but something was missing. It tasted a little bland. I personally enjoy a touch of soy sauce on my rice and found the missing ingre-

dient after adding a dash of soy. Finally came the main event: Pad Thai. It smelled heavenly as it came out of the kitchen. The flavors all melted together in the most wonderful way in the first bite. Between the smells and flavors of the peanuts, egg, chicken and scallions, the dish came alive. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a nice Pad Thai. I would definitely recommend this place, especially if you don’t mind sharing dishes and enjoying a nice ambiance while eating an affordable meal that can be split between friends. If you’re thinking of going on a date, save up, but know the food is worth the price. They’re open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday’s 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Olivia Carboni can be can be reached at and on Twitter @joey_thyne

Before meal prep, I used to come home from WinCo with too much junk food and not enough vegetables. In order to practice sustainable eating, one must be a disciplined shopper. This means having a strict list in hand and sticking to it. If you have difficulty sticking to your list, research recipes beforehand, to ensure you leave the grocery with everything you need for the upcoming week. To avoid constant grocery trips and overspending, buy frozen meats and canned vegetables. This might mean your initial trip to the shop will be pricey, but subsequent grocery bills will be much cheaper.

Have a clean kitchen. Motivating yourself to cook for two or three hours straight is difficult. Don’t make it more difficult by having a dirty kitchen. After a meal prep session, clean all the dishes and utensils you used. This also means having an organized fridge and pantry. Nothing sucks more than having to empty a fridge just to find a bottle of ketchup. Meal prep is all about storage, so having a cluttered fridge can lead to a frustrating time.

Cook a balanced, but delicious meal. I follow a simple formula when cooking a meal. One carb, one protein and one green. This can be adjusted according to different diets, but I find that this combination keeps me full, healthy and satisfied. For carbs, brown rice and quinoa are easy, cheap and complement almost any dish. For protein, I stick to chicken and salmon, as both can be purchased in bulk in the frozen aisle. For vegans, beans and nuts are great alternatives. And for greens, broccoli and green beans can’t be beat. Be sure to have a variety of spices and seasoning in your kitchen to help spruce up these foods. For inspiration, one of my go to meal prep meals is brown rice, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocado and chicken with a peanut sesame dressing. The subreddit /r/mealprepsunday is a good place to find good meal prep recipes.

Don’t be afraid to get creative. A problem I’ve come across during meal prep is growing bored of the food I prepared. I remedy this by trying to cook a recipe from a region I’ve never explored or making a complicated dish I’ve never tried before. Many recipes will fail and you’ll have to eat that garbage for a week. That’s OK. A bad experience will help you next time you enter the kitchen. The most important thing is to be sure to have fun. Food is delicious and fun, treat it as such. Paolo Zialcita can be reached at mpurdue@ and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.

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Issue27 04/03/2018