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University of Nevada, Reno, students stand at a Black Lives Matter rally on Aug. 27, 2017 in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union. After Patricia Richard’s resignation in May 2018, the university conducted a nationwide search for a Chief Diversity Officer before hiring Dr. Gordon-Mara.

Dr. Eloisa Gordon-Mara named Officer of Diversity and Inclusion By Olivia Ali The University of Nevada, Reno, has announced Dr. Eloisa Gordon-Mara will be the new Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Dr. Gordon-Mara is set to move to Reno and begin her job as the Diversity and Inclusion Officer in June 2019. The university formed a committee to conduct a nationwide search and make a recommendation to President Marc Johnson after Patricia Richard’s resignation in May 2018. The committee included directors, professors, students and deans from various colleges on campus. This included ASUN Director

of Diversity and Inclusion Arezo Amerzada, student Sophie Coudrier, Reynolds School of Journalism Dean Dr. Alan Stavitsky, Transfer Recruitment Coordinator Kari Emm, Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Director Maria Doucettperry and Associate Professor Dr. Sherif Elfass. The committee was led by cochairs, Vice President of Student Services Shannon Ellis and Director of Core Humanities Dr. Daniel Enrique Perez. Also among the team were HR Manager Michelle Briggs and Search Coordinator Aubrey Flores. Search Coordinator Flores said there were 31 applicants from across the nation.

Dr. Gordon-Mara outlined her primary orders of business to be familiarizing herself with the campus and its various groups. “My most immediate desire is to start meeting as many folks as I can,” Gordon-Mara said. “I want to meet different groups, different student organizations, administrations, staff ... I want to start learning from a more personal experience — how they see the landscape.” Dr. Gordon-Mara feels prepared to take on the diversity struggles the university has faced in the last couple years, believing her past experience will be of help. “There is not a unique phenomenon of Reno or Nevada or UNR,” Gordon-Mara said. “It’s just

one more example of phenomenons that are taking place. Because I have been engaged in issues of diversity, questions of violence, questions of poverty, I think that all my experience has been on facing extreme challenges … I think I have a good background on facing challenges.” Prior to taking the position at the university, Gordon-Mara served as the Dean of the School of Social Science, Humanities and Communications at Universidad Ana. G Méndez in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From 2015-2017, she served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Universidad del Sagrado Corazon. In 2018, Gordon-Mara returned to Universidad Ana G.

Méndez as the director of special projects with a focus on diversity and citizenship. Gordon-Mara also has experience in the private sector, having worked at advocacy groups in New York City in the realm of victim assistance, violence and diversity. Prior to the beginning of the nationwide search, President Johnson met with over 30 people to understand the campus climate. “During the summer I visited with — individually — about 30 people from different sections of the university to ask several questions,” Johnson told the Nevada Sagebrush in

The Associated Students of the University of Nevada, held a town hall on Thursday, April 4, at the Davidson Math and Science Center to discuss sexual harassment on campus. Students, faculty and community members were invited to share their concerns or ask questions relating to the topic. The event was also hosted and moderated by Daniel Fred, a university professor and Nevada Consent, Awareness, Relationship and Education for Students member. Around 30 students attended the event. This is one of three ASUN town halls planned before the end of the semester. ASUN created specific town halls based off the Wednesday, Nov. 7 Senate meeting. The primary issues brought up by students included sexual assault, accessibility and anti-Semitism.

ASUN will be hosting a town hall discussing accessibility on Monday, April 8 and a town hall discussing anti-Semitism on Wednesday, April 10. In November 2018, ASUN issued a sexual assault climate survey and found students wanted to have a support group for sexual assault survivors. Patricia De La Hoya voiced her concerns regarding the transparency of sexual assault statistics. She also said she was told by Counseling Services there are not programs in place for students with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. De La Hoya is worried about how the Equal Opportunity and Title IX federal changes will influence how sexual assault is reported. “I think the major words for me are prevention and accountability,” said De La Hoya. “I think bystander training should be

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Campus Ministries USA members demonstrate in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union on Tuesday, April 2. CMUSA’s speeches attracted crowds of up to 50 people, some disagreeing with their message.

Campus Ministries USA demonstrates on UNR campus By Andrew Mendez Members of Campus Ministries USA were on campus again on Wednesday, April 3.

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Continued from page A1 August 2018. “One was ‘what do you think the campus’ — in regard to diversity and inclusion and equity — key issues are that need to be addressed in the next five years?’. The second was ‘what are the key qualifications for the next administrator to guide equity and inclusion programs?’. With that information, I have drafted the case statement. The case statement being what is the situation related to inclusion and equity on this campus, as well as

what the position will require. I am going to send this draft to everyone I spoke with this summer and get feedback to see if they agree that this case statement reflects the values that the new administrator should have. Then we will fine tune it and send it out for a national search for a new administrator to work with inclusion and equity issues — whatever those might be.” In addition to personal interviews to assess the campus climate, the university rolled out a Campus Climate Survey in partnership with Rankin and Associates Consulting. The data from the survey will be

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Peter Cvjetanovic’s involvement in the Charlottesville white supremacist rallies. Additionally, University Police Services came under fire for multiple incidents, including an officer’s Colin Kaepernick costume and a traffic stop where an officer said he was “going to shoot him if things go sideways.” Kevin McReynolds, the graduate student driving the car in the traffic stop, publicly called for Richard to step down from the position, stating her dual-role was not demonstrating her dedication to diversity. Richard was serving as the Chief Diversity

Officer alongside her position as President Johnson’s chief of staff. “I’m not saying she needs to be fired, I’m just saying that she needs to pick one,” McReynolds said in December 2017. “You signal to all the students that are minorities that we don’t matter to you, we’re worth one-third of your time. If she’s the best we come up with [in the nationwide search], she’s the best we come up with. But I think there needs to be a real effort.” Olivia Ali can be reached at oali@sagebrush.unr. edu or on Twitter @ OliviaNAli.

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Town Hall required at orientation. I also think that part of the Hunting Ground should be played at orientation. I think accountability for punishing rapists [sic]. I don’t understand why rapists are allowed to come back there.” Fred suggested the university provide a support center for sexual assault victims so students do not have to report incidents to Equal Opportunity and Title IX. Some students suggested to reform sexual assault and misconduct programs during freshmen and transfer orientations so they are more engaging. “The university can start by doing anything they possibly can to adopt the policy that other universities have done to address these issues,” said university senior Nora Prochaska. “It’s not just adopting policy but it’s also funding. Hopefully, this will fund the policy we already had. Title IX is an underfunded department. It slows down the entire process. Admit that there’s a problem. Administrators will do anything they can to ignore...and delay action when the people who care graduate and the people who might care stop caring because it’s summer.” President Hannah Jackson mentioned ASUN is experimenting with town halls and they are willing to bring in an administrator so students issue their concerns directly. The Director of Legislative Affairs Katie Worrall shared ASUN, Take Back the Pack, Sexual Assault Support Services, the Office of EOTIX and NevadaCares are working together to host a sexual assault and rape culture teach-in program, which will be held Monday, April 8, from 6-8 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union. Some students suggested using Take Back the Pack’s different policies and send it to university administration. Some of these policies include online harassment, defining verbal consent and optional privacy screenings. Other students suggested protesting. Take Back the Pack is an organization created to address and reform UNR sexual assault policies and have published their policy reforms on social media. Several organizations were mentioned at the town hall who try and help sexual assault victims. These included Take Back the Pack and Nevada Cares. NevadaCares is an organization focusing on outreaching and educating students, faculty and staff on domestic violence. The organization has victims services, implementation prevention and educational services.

used to outline specific measures Dr. GordonMara should take upon starting the job, according to Dr. Gordon-Mara. After the interviews, the nationwide search opened. From there, a committee went over applications and conducted interviews of applicants they saw fit for the job. The number of applicants was then narrowed down to four potential candidates who then held open forums. Richard’s resignation was called for throughout the 2017-2018 school year while the university was struggling with the aftermath of university student

By Taylor Avery President Marc Johnson answered University of Nevada, Reno students’ questions at the openforum styled Pizza with the President event on Tuesday, April 2, in the Joe Crowley Student Union’s Blind Onion. The president opened the event with news of Dr. Eloísa Gordon-Mora’s appointment to the position of the university’s Diversity and Inclusion Officer. “She has worked under normal conditions and stressful conditions, and we look forward to her arriving on campus in June,” Johnson said. “We brought in somebody who is really versed in inclusion, making sure that everybody has a place at the table and we have trainings and would like to make sure that we really understand the value of everybody’s voices and the encouragement for everyone to speak up.” In May 2018, Patricia Richard announced her resignation from her position as Chief Diversity Officer. Richard remained in her post until the university hired someone to take over the position during a nationwide search. Johnson also responded to questions about the plans for the university’s expansion. “We’re going to expand the campus…so that we can create a new building for the College of Business, which will open up space in the center of campus in Ansari Hall so that other departments can expand in their space,” Johnson said. “We will be developing a life sciences building there, primarily for laboratories and we’re going to build a parking garage down there.” Johnson also shared where the expansion would stop, sharing that the university would not be expanding across Interstate 80. Additionally, Johnson said providing affordable housing “will not be one of the university’s investment or objectives.” “It’s up to the marketplace and the students to find marketplace housing,” Johnson said. One student raised questions about the lack of support for esports at the university, explaining that some universities in California have full-ride

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and members of the LGBTQ+ community in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union, after doing the same on Tuesday. Members of the student body spoke to the three CMUSA demonstrators and said their comments were inappropriate during both days they were on campus. Students watching the demonstration disagreed with members of CMUSA, and several students protested the hateful comments by kissing in front of the CMUSA demonstrators. Hawaiian Club Vice President Wataru Hayashi began to promote other clubs and organizations who were tabling outside of the Joe. Hayashi said he was trying to spread “positivity”.

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President Marc Johnson answers students’ question at Pizza with the President on Tuesday, April 2. Pizza with the President was created for students to address their concerns with university administration.

scholarships, multi-million dollar facilities and coaches for esports. “The university supports the NCAA sports,” Johnson said. “Esports are not a NCAA sport. However, our conference, the Mountain West Conference, is actively talking about how to work with the campuses to support collegiate esports.” A nursing student asked if there were any plans to add transportation from the university’s main campus to the Redfield campus. President Johnson responded that there were no plans to have a shuttle between the two. “If you don’t have a car, you’re lucky to be in this age of Uber and Lyft,” Johnson said. Taylor Johnson can be reached at or on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

“I didn’t want [CMUSA] hogging the spotlight,” Hayashi told the Nevada Sagebrush. “We are students on this campus, if the students are here to look at something they might as well look at what else the campus has to offer rather that what I would consider hate speech. I’d rather have the students enjoy something from other students.” Hillel of Northern Nevada Director Atty Garfinkel-Berry was also in the crowd. “I find [one of the CMUSA members] to be lucid and calculating,” Garfinkel-Berry told the Nevada Sagebrush. “She’s deliberately trying to make herself appear crazy so that people will engage with her. She’s trying to pick a fight.” Garfinkel-Berry felt the religious text used by CMUSA members, as it relates to the

Old Testament of the Bible, had been used incorrectly. “The text [one of the CMUSA members] is citing that are Jewish text, she’s misquoting them,” Garfinkel-Berry said. “I find her to be comically annoying.” CMUSA members announced to the crowd that they will be on campus for the remainder of the week. Students affected by the event and comments are advised to seek help at the Counseling Center located on the fourth floor of the Pennington Student Achievement Center. Andrew Mendez can be reached at andrewmendez@ and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

SENATE RECAP APRIL. 3 By Taylor Johnson

REPORTS VICE PRESIDENT BRADLEY DISCUSSES STUDENT MEDIA, JOB OPENINGS Vice President Carissa Bradley met with the Student Media Advisory Board, which is composed of The Nevada Sagebrush, Brushfire Literary Journal, Insight Magazine and Wolf Pack Radio. Each organization will be hiring new editors-in-chief in the next few weeks and Wolf Pack Radio will be hiring a new manager. Insight and Brushfire plan to have a greater online presence and will reduce print copies of their pieces accordingly. Wolf Pack Radio’s listenership has increased in the last few weeks, according to Bradley.


Director of Legislative Affairs Katie Worrall promoted the Campus to the Capitol event, which will be held on Friday, April 19 to give students an opportunity to lobby issues they see are important. Campus Escort will be available to take students to the capitol building in Carson City, Nevada. Worrall has a Givepulse sign up for students interested in the event. The Legislative Committee is also looking for students to be interviewed and filmed for ASUN’s social media page leading up to the event to try and promote the event to students. If an individual is interested in the event or participating in the video, they are urged to contact Worrall at


Director of Diversity and Inclusion Arezo Amerzada announced the Cultural Festival will take place on Wednesday, April 17, on the Knowledge Center lawn from 12-3 p.m. The Cultural Festival will have free food, music, performances and tables of diversity club organizations or departments. Clubs interested in tabling are urged to contact Amerzada at

LEGISLATION LEGISLATION PASSES IN SUPPORT FOR OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS TO HAVE EASIER ACCESS TO TEXTBOOKS, OTHER EDUCATIONAL NEEDS Sen. Hayley Collins created a resolution in support for more professors to use OERs. OERs are any teaching materials provided online. Sen. Collins plans to work with the Wolf Shop to make an online catalog for the OERs. Sen. Collins did admit the Wolf Shop will not make as much money on physical textbooks if OERs become more commonly used. The resolution passed unanimously.


Sen. Victoria Yeghiayan presented legislation in support of the creation of commencement regalia for students with disabilities. The university has approximately 2,600 students with disabilities. Students selected the color lilac for their tassels and cords. The regalia will be funded and distributed by the Disability Resource Center and will be available for spring 2019 commencement. The resolution passed unanimously. Taylor Johnson can be reached at or on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

Campus organizations take part in trivia competition By Taylor Johnson The Advising Center hosted the fourth annual “The Battle of the Brains” event on Sunday, April 7, which consisted of several clubs and organizations competing to see who is the most “well rounded” prehealth organization of 2019. Organizations who participated at the event included MedLife, Phi Delta Epsilon, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Pre-Dental Society, Pre Physician Assistant Club and American Medical Student Association. AMSA won and the team received a trophy and a wall plaque. “I’m super excited we’ve been doing this three-four years now and this is the first time we’ve won. I think this event was fun because you get to answer questions from things you don’t take classes on in medical school,” said AMSA member Rachel Rezaei. “The AMSA is a pre-med club on campus and basically, we are here to direct members to help them get involved into the community. Our biggest event of the year is the Heart and Sole 5k, where we raise money for UNR student outreach clinic.”

Derek Furukawa, assistant vice provost of undergraduate academic advising and student achievement said the event was created to promote scholarly achievement and to help students develop a worldly mindset as future health professionals. Furukawa mentioned he does not think grade point averages and test scores determine if students are accepted into a medical school. He believes students testing other knowledge is just as important. “I think it’s good to bring organizations together because we are all in this school but we don’t often interact with each other like that,” MedLife member Nicole Paiva said. Another MedLife member, Jared Tsuchiyama-Sandon, mentioned this trivia game can help pre-med students on their interviewing skills to ensure they know background information and worldly. The trivia game was styled similarly to Jeopardy. There were 10 categories with 10 questions in each, which are divided into two rounds. Each organization could have up to six members competing. Every round, three members were able to

collaborate with each other to decide an answer. The team members rotated after the first round. At the end of the rounds, scores were added together to determine who won. The 2019 categories included Pop Music and Culture, War and Peace, Food Travel Destinations, People Who Need People (Sociology), Famous Nevadans, Genetics and Evolution, I Do Have Class, Finish That Vine, Diversity Contributors in Healthcare, Sound and Mind and Body. Last year, AMSO, Pre-PA Club, MEDLife, Alpha Epsilon Delta, The Nevada Pre-Dental Society and Phi Delta Epsilon competed and the Pre Physician Assistant Club won. The 2018 categories included, Anatomy & Physiology, International Affairs, Climate Change, Around the World With an Appetite, Nevada Firsts, Cooking Methods, Winter Olympics 2018, Natural Remedies and Alternative Medicine, To Wear or Not to Wear and Finish the Song Lyrics en Español. Taylor Johnson can be reached at or on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

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American Medical Student Association pose with their certificates after winning the Battle of the Brains event on Sunday, April 7. The Battle of the Brains event is to help students become more well-rounded in knowledge so they are prepared for medical school applications.




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‘Sí, Se Puede’ el activismo en la comunidad latina ayuda en los esfuerzos para la diversidad

Po r H a i l e y F l e m i n g y Andrew Mendez La universidad de Nevada, Reno, ha contratado a Eloísa Gordon como la Oficial Universitario de Diversidad e Inclusión. Gordon tiene el objetivo de incluir a muchos grupos que representan a la comunidad latina y a otras minorías en conversaciones de activismo y en apoyar unos a otros. Aunque el activismo ha sido algo presente en la universidad, el día de César Chávez era el 31 de marzo y el día permite a la sociedad recordar y honrar a uno de los mayores activistas de los Estados Unidos. La universidad se unió con la ciudad de Reno y Plaza Maya para poner el evento del Dia de Servico de César Chávez. El día fue dedicado para honrar los éxitos de Chávez con música, actividades educativas y juegos. “Recientemente, celebramos el Día de César Chávez, y de él y Dolores Huertas aprendimos la importancia y poder que tiene un grupo que son organizados y luchando por la justicia”, dijo Gordon en un correo electrónico al Nevada Sagebrush. “ Eso es el significado de la frase, Sí, se puede: que no puede ser un conflicto que sólo se pase a una persona. Y eso es que aprendimos de los movimientos sociales basados en raza, género, clase social, naciones indígenas, LGBT, estado de discapacidad y muchos más”. César Chávez fue un guerrero moderno que luchó por los derechos y el trato justo de los granjeros de todo los Estados Unidos. Dirigió protestas no violentas a lo largo de los gustos de Martin Luther King Jr. Se esforzó por la igualdad de derechos y el trato justo entre los agricultores. Chávez trabajó junto a otros activistas que también creían en la igualdad de derechos. Organizaciones como el Latino Student Advisory Board (LSAB por sus siglas en inglés)

, UndocuAlly, Spanish Club, el Centro de Investigacion Latino (LRC por sus siglas en inglés), y The Center: Every Student. Every Story han tratado de incluir a la comunidad latina proyectos y eventos culturales. Hace un año y medio atrás miembros de LSAB luchó para que una posición entre el departamento de Oportunidad Igual y Título XI (EOTIX por sus siglas en inglés) para tener a alguien que trabaja con los estudiantes que son indocumentados y son dependientes de DACA. Desde mayo de 2018 Jahahi Mazariego empezó a trabajar en EOTIX como una na coordinadora de servicios sociales. Mazariego fue parte de LSAB cuando era estudiante en la universidad y también lucho para tener el grupo de UndocuAlly presente en la universidad. Mazariego explicó que a través de su historia con tener un familiar deportado sintió la necesidad de empezar un grupo para ayudar y unir los estudiantes que son indocumentados. UndocuAlly en una iniciativa en la universidad dedicada a ayudar a trabajadores de la universidad a promover una comunidad cordial para la comunidad estudiantil que son indocumentados. “Consiguientemente, necesitamos reconocer y actuar en las experiencias que nos trajo juntos”, dijo Gordon.“Dicho esto, hay ciertas necesitadas que cada grupo debería abordar. Para la comunidad Latinx, parte del desafío es que hay más de 20 identidades nacionales (mexicano, hondureño, colombiano, puertorriqueño, cubano y más) y entre los EE.UU hay muchos grupos. Sin embargo, sabemos en UNR hay un problema que requiere apoyo, siendo el apoyo para los estudiantes que dependen de DACA, también siendo para estudiantes de diferentes orígenes naciones que se sienten incómodo en la universidad. Cuando empiezo mi trabajo en el

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Miembros de la Finca de South Central son presentes en la marcha para amnistía en el céntrico de Los Ángeles, California en primero de mayo de 2006. Según Eloísa Gordon hay que ser inclusivo en la universidad.

verano, yo quiero involucrarme con muchas organizaciones y aprenderé de ellos cuáles son sus preocupaciones inmediatas ”. A pesar de que la universidad ha tomado pasos para ayudar a la comunidad estudiantil que se identifican como Latinx, hay esfuerzos entre la comunidad de Reno. Tu Casa Latina es una orga-

nización dedicada a ayudar a inmigrantes, mujeres, hombres y niños que han sido víctimas de abuso y violencia doméstica en el norte del estado de Nevada. La fundadora de Tu Casa Latina Xiomara Rodríguez, ha sido una activista para la comunidad latina y especialmente la comunidad indocumentada. En fundar a Tu Casa Latina ha dado cursos a la comunidad sobre los

problemas que ha afectado a la comunidad latina. “La fundadora Xiomara Rodríguez ha sido una activista entre la comunidad por muchos años”, dijo Tu Casa Latina en un correo electrónico al Nevada Sagebrush. “ Xiomara ha participado en varios eventos donde ella defiende los derechos para la comunidad indocumentada. Creemos que el activismo es

crucial para cambios positivos y estamos honrados en seguir en sus pasos. Los cambios no pasan en día y siempre va a ser una batalla especialmente al respeto a la inmigración”. Mande sus comentarios a Andrew Mendez : andrewmenez@ o sígalo en Twitter: @NevadaSagebrush

PROPUESTA BUSCA QUE NEGOCIOS PAGUEN SEGURO DE DESEMPLEO POR USO DE QUIOSCOS DE AUTOSERVICIO Por Riley Snider/The Nevada Independent Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in The Nevada Independent. The Nevada Sagebrush has partnered with The Nevada Independent to bring our readers more Nevada news. Esta nota fue traducida al español y editada para mayor claridad a partir de una versión en inglés que aparece en The Nevada Independent. A negocios en Nevada, como tiendas o cines, se les podría requerir que paguen un seguro de desempleo por cada terminal de autoservicio o quiosco que utilicen sus clientes bajo una iniciativa de ley de la Asambleísta Demócrata Susie Martínez. Presentada el viernes de la semana pasada, la AB394 es breve y concisa; requiere que todos los negocios de

Nevada que tengan terminales de autoservicio, quioscos o dispositivos similares que sean propiedad de un empleador, contribuyan con el Fondo de Compensación de Desempleo del estado por cada dispositivo de este tipo que sea de su propiedad, y en una cantidad igual a la contribución promedio que pague la empresa por sus otros empleados. Los fondos pagados irían a una cuenta del presupuesto que administra el programa de compensación por desempleo. Martinez, una nueva legisladora quien trabaja en el Hotel y Casino Flamingo y es delegada sindical de Teamsters Local 986, dijo en una entrevista que ella impulsó la iniciativa con base en sus propias experiencias al ver que la industria hotelera empezaba a sustituir con quioscos al personal de recepción.

“He visto que eso ocurre; que está sucediendo en este momento“, dijo. “Tuvimos tantos empleados, y cada vez esa máquina nos sigue quitando nuestro trabajo. Es como si nuestros trabajos nos los estuvieran quitando las máquinas”. La medida podría provocar una discusión más a fondo en cuanto a cómo una mayor automatización afectaría la fuerza laboral de Nevada, que en su gran mayoría está dominada por puestos de trabajo en la industria de servicios y podría sufrir con los avances tecnológicos. McDonald’s, por ejemplo, anunció el año pasado que invertiría hasta $53 millones de dólares para mejorar sus restaurantes, incluyendo la instalación de quioscos de autoservicio. Bryan Wachter, un cabildero para la Asociación de Tiendas al Menudeo de Nevada, señaló en entrevista que

le preocupaba seriamente la política e implementación de dicha iniciativa de ley — que calificó de “casi un salario mínimo para robots” — y que esto tendría un efecto desigual para empresas con mucha facturación o volumen de ventas debido a cómo funciona la fórmula de compensación de desempleo en el estado. “El valor de ese quiosco tendrá una tasa muy diferente para una franquicia local que tal vez tiene mucha facturación comparado con una compañía con antigüedad que no tiene que ese mismo volumen de facturación”, dijo. “La inconsistencia también va a generar una gran preocupación”. No está claro si políticas similares se han presentado o se han implementado en otros estados de la unión americana. “Cuando leí la iniciativa de ley después de que se presentó, fue la

primera vez que habíamos visto algo parecido en nuestra experiencia, por lo que sin duda estamos trabajando para aprender más acerca de esto”, dijo Wachter. “Pero desde luego que de alguna manera nos tomó por sorpresa”. Martínez señaló que aún no ha conversado con quienes se oponen a la iniciativa de ley, pero dijo que está abierta a la posibilidad de cambiar la cantidad que las empresas tendrían que pagar al fondo de seguro de desempleo y que está dispuesta a negociar acerca de la propuesta. “Estamos listos para trabajar con todo mundo y ver qué piensan, porque al final del día, queremos que todos estén contentos”, dijo. Mande sus comentarios a Riley Snider : o sígalo en Twitter: @NVIndyEspanol

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DATE: Tuesday TIME: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. LOCATION: Nevada Wolf Shop, second floor INFO: Aimee Nezhukumatathil is an English professor from the University of Mississippi and poetry editor for Orion Magazine. Above all, however, she is a poet. This Tuesday, she’ll be visiting UNR to do a reading of her latest works and answer some questions regarding her poetry and writing in general. Don’t miss out!


DATE: Wednesday TIME: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. LOCATION: Every Student, Every Story (The Center) INFO: If you’re graduating soon and anxious about paying off student loans, have no fear! The Nevada Money Mentors are putting on an event to help soon-to-be graduates create plans for student loan repayment this Wednesday. Take some initiative by attending this helpful workshop!


DATE: Wednesday TIME: 7 to 8 p.m. LOCATION: Theater in

The Joe INFO: You’ve got to be freaking joking! Comedian, writer and actor Ryan O’Flanagan will be doing some stand up comedy in The Joe theather this Wednesday night! O’Flanagan is best known (in Reno, at least) for his Funny or Die video where he visits the fantastic “Remo, Sriracha”. THOUGHT ON TAP DATE: Thursday TIME: 5:30 p.m. LOCATION: Laughing Planet on Virginia St. INFO: Join the Core Humanities and College of Liberal Arts programs for a discussion on the role of humanities in immigration and refugee initiatives. Moderated by Dr. Lydia Huerta, the discussion will feature guest speakers, snacks and drinks. LIFE SKILLS WORKSHOP DATE: Monday TIME: 3 to 6 p.m. LOCATION: Ballrooms in The Joe INFO: The Joe is helping students practice their life skills this Monday through a series of workshops. Workshops are centered on doing taxes, dressing for success and setting up a LinkedIn profile! Carla Suggs can be reached at csuggs@ and on Twitter @carla_suggs.

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Internationally acclaimed performance artist and writer Tim Miller performs onstage in the Redfield Studio Theatre on Thursday, April 4. Performing excerpts from his latest release ,“A Body in the O”, Miller shared stories relating to his experiences as a gay man in America.

By Rylee jackson Performance artist and author Tim Miller stopped by the Redfield Studio Theatre for a one-week residency. Put on by the Department of Theatre and Dance, students in the arts assembled on Thursday, April 4, for a night of stories and artistic insights from Miller’s latest release “Body in the O.” Miller’s work involves exploring all facets of his identity as a gay man. His spiritual and personal creations have been shown all over North America, Australia and Europe. Miller has years of teaching experience performance at a plethora of universities across the U.S. and is the cofounder of two of the most influential performance centers in the country. On top of his prestige in performing, Miller has written the books “Shirts & Skin” and “Body Blows, 1001 Beds.” Miller was awarded an NEA Solo Performer Fellowship in 1990. Along with three other artists, this honor was soon overturned from the Bush Administration due to gay themes in their work. Known as the “NEA 4,” these artists were successful in suing

the federal government with the help of the ACLU due to a violation of their First Amendment rights. This particular experience exhibits only an ounce of how much Miller’s work has inspired over the years. Miller started the night off by explaining the origins behind the concept of “Body In the O.” The cover is a picture of him inside the ‘O’ of the famous Hollywood sign. The notion of the ‘O’ stems from the Shakespeare play “Henry V.” To Miller, the ‘O’ represents our ability to challenge the great events of our time and to create work that is happening right at this moment. Throughout the years, Miller recalls theatre artists acting as first responders to worldwide events. He explains this proposition by sharing anecdotes from crucial events in our history. Before The New York Times mentioned the AIDS crisis and way before former President Ronald Reagan even uttered the phrase, theater artists were bringing about awareness of the epidemic. The lights were dimmed with the spotlight shining on just Miller himself. All the audience needed were his expressions and

profound awareness of the inner workings of the world at the moment. His performance effortlessly intermixed humor with the seriousness of the topics. One of the pieces he presented revolved around June 26, 2015 –– the day the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality across all 50 states. Miller explains how this decision was not only monumental to couples around the country but for binational couples as well. Miller was now able to submit a green card application for his husband. It was infectious how Miller described the elation and sense of victory surrounding that day because of the years he’s spent performing and protesting in front of the steps of Homeland Security. He described this feeling as musical and like a dream. Miller referenced the play “Angels in America” with surrounding the piece around the quote “we will be citizens.” Inspired by having to get an echocardiogram after seeing a theater named after a cemetery in the hometown he grew up in, Miller seamlessly connected the experience of this examination with

Artist Dyani White Hawk portrays women’s strength through exhibit, “See Her” By Sara Gallego Standing on Shoshone and Paiute land, the Lilley Museum of Art in the University Arts building is currently exhibiting the collection “See Her”, by Dyani White Hawk, a contemporary artist from the Sičangu Lakota tribe. The exhibition will run from April 4 through May 23. White Hawk’s art pieces blend modern painting techniques with Native American porcupine quillwork and beadwork. “See Her” reclaims the sophisticated beauty and soul-penetrating power of indigenous art forms, which have been intentionally overlooked/ignored for centuries or shamelessly appropriated by western artists. Dyani White Hawk wanted to incorporate her love of tribal artwork with her passion for painting during her time in graduate school. To this day,

Native American art is unexplored in depth in mainstream academia, and many scholars do not deem it worthy of rigorous aesthetic contemplation. She realized she would have to constantly justify the importance of creating solely Native American artwork to her professors and colleagues. White Hawk also discovered that academic semesters were not long enough for her to finish a piece done entirely out of porcupine quills. White Hawk was not going to limit her artistic expression because of institutionalized Eurocentric worldviews. She decided instead to undergo the extraordinary task of mimicking the patterns found in porcupine quillwork using fine paint strokes, and redirected the focus of beading by creating work that forces the audience to recognize the

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certain aspects of his life. He went in depth explaining his family history with heart problems and creatively drew this into his explanation as to why theater is “a place for being born.” This performance was an incredible demonstration of true art, making a simple event somehow connect to deeper aspects of life. Miller ended the performance with a Q&A portion. One particular question from an audience member revolved around Miller’s creative process and how this process has changed over the years. Miller expressed what motivates him to grow as an artist, which was the need to respond to crisis right away and maintain a connection with the community. The night turned out to be an eye-opening experience filled with incredible words. More than anything, Miller conveyed to the audience the power that theater holds. If artists keep creating work inspired by events going on right at this moment, theater can truly change the world. Rylee Jackson can be reached at csuggs@, or on Twitter @NevadaSagbrush.


Author Cai Emmons discusses importance of research in fiction By Carla Suggs Let’s be honest — for most authors, good research is never easy. For Cai Emmons, however, it was vital to have an in-depth understanding of meteorology and weather to properly write her most recent novel, “Weather Woman”. She explained this to a small audience of writers in the Nevada Wolf Shop during her visit to the University of Nevada, Reno, on Thursday, April 4. “Weather Woman” centers on a 30-yearold atmospheric science student named Bronwyn Artair, who drops out of graduate school to become a weather forecaster for a news station in New Hampshire. After spending a year at her detestable job and being dumped by her boyfriend, she discovers supernatural abilities to influence the weather. The book details her journey as she learns how to use her abilities for good, and harness a power — both physical and internal — she’s never had before. Although the supernatural elements in the book were envisioned by Emmons, there were still elements of science that were vital to the main character’s story. To illustrate this, Emmons read an excerpt from the book in which Bronwyn purposefully uses her powers for the first time, and uses scientific terminology to describe the experience. “So, I think the research there kind of shows,” Emmons said, chuckling, after reading the excerpt. “It’s kind of integrated in the way she [Bronwyn] thinks about things.” In order to achieve such a deep comprehension of meteorology, Emmons researched and read up on various weather patterns and phenomena. She also took trips with scientists to icy locations where the effects of global warming have become increasingly apparent. In doing this, Emmons was not only able to write about meteorology in an efficient way, but she was also able to underline the dangers of global warming and how much our planet is in need of environmental reform. Emmons also commented on the challenges of writing about a place she’s never been before. At one point in “Weather Woman”, Bronwyn takes a trip to a town in Russia to visit methane fields, which are notorious for contributing to global warming. In writing about this Russian town, Emmons read a blog by a Russian woman who documented one of the towns she once lived in. The blog was inundated with beautiful scenic photos, which Emmons showed to the crowd, and allowed her to channel the atmosphere and characteristics into the town in her novel. There were also several shots of a young Russian girl, who Emmons inserted into the novel as a minor character. Finally, Emmons explained her struggles with translating Bronwyn’s powers into words for readers to envision, the way she envisioned them. “I worked out that she sort of galvanizes this feeling in her gut,” Emmons said. “And she lifts it up, and when it gets to her head, she sort of blooms it forward. And as she does so, she has this sensation of merging with the weather, or merging with the atmosphere, and all of a sudden there’s this sense of identity.” Emmons went on to read another excerpt where Bronwyn does this. Afterward, she told the audience of a neuroscientist in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who attended one of her readings and said that Bronwyn experiencing her powers were similar to how patients described epileptic seizures. Emmons is currently working on a new book called “A Rare Thing”, and says she finished a sequel to “Weather Woman” and is waiting for it to be released. Carla can be reached at csuggs@sagebrush., or on Twitter @carla_suggs.


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intricacies and meticulous designs of beadwork over canvas painting. For centuries, women in Native American tribes have been creating exquisite art pieces that showcase innovative use of materials found in nature or used in trade. Native American women have ingrained part of their unwavering strength in every work of art. White Hawk has continued this tradition in her pieces like “Untitled (Quiet Strength III)” and “She Gives (Quiet Strength IV ).” The laborious and strenuous work soon evolved into a meditative practice which allowed her to continue her life-long journey of navigating simultaneously through different cultural spaces. As the daughter of a Siča ngu Lakota woman and a European American man, White Hawk understood how art lies at an intersection where two opposite worldviews influence one another. Western male artists in the past have been influenced by Native American women artists but have never given them credit. This individualistic attitude contrasts the collective and noble efforts of indigenous women working together to make incredible masterpieces. Like her ancestors, White Hawk works alongside her studio assistant, Jennie Kappenman, who has helped the artist breathe life into her vision. “See Her” encourages people to think differently about the extent to which Native Americans have contributed to Western fine art. The beauty in White Hawk’s artwork transforms the gallery into a welcoming and inclusive space, especially for women. The name of the exhibition was purposefully given to honor all the Native American women artist who were never recognized by the artists they influenced. As one admires each piece, the artwork unfolds and reveals its spirit and greatness. The longer a person gazes at the canvas, the more intimate

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Dyani White Hawk (right) and studio assistant Jennie Kappenman (left) stand before an untitled art piece by Dyani White Hawk on Saturday, April 6. White Hawk is a contemporary artist who focuses on traditional Native American art forms, like quillwork and beadwork.

the relationship becomes between the viewer and the piece. It is as though each art piece weaves in and out of the gazer’s body, breathing and shedding light through layers of repressed wounds and fears. The artwork’s healing qualities offers an opportunity for the women on campus to find inner peace and hope for a more egalitarian society. Students still have plenty of time to stop by the museum before “See Her” leaves ancestral tribal grounds until May 23. Visitors should allow the artwork to inspire a sense of collective strength and belonging that can only be felt in the presence of

beautiful pieces, that stress the importance of equality, respect, and honor. The time has come to give credit where credit has long been overdue, especially to the women who have threaded the beads of our human existence. To learn more about the artist, visit: http://www. And, to stay up-to-date the latest exhibits, follow The Lilley Museum of Art on Instagram @thelilleymuseum. Sara Gallego can be reached at csuggs@sagebrush., or on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

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The Nevada Sagebrush supports SB 287


he Nevada Legislature heard testimony regarding Senate Bill 287 on Wednesday, April 3, which would make public records easier to access by holding those who handle public records requests accountable, limiting the price to access public records and helping citizens access records. The Nevada Sagebrush stands with the organizations backing the bill, Right to Know Nevada, the Reno Gazette-Journal and other publications to make SB 287 law. SB 287 has three components to make public records more accessible: limit the price to access public records, help citizens request public records and punish agencies refusing to comply with public records requests.

The price of public records makes it so that those who have expendable money to spend on access can see them, but mostly deters those with little to no money to spend on public records from seeing them. This includes local newsrooms, which have declining budgets and cannot always spend $45 on one record, contributing to the decline of local news. With limited public record access, watchdog reporters cannot hold public officials and agencies accountable for their actions, leading to potential corruption. In Reno, it costs $45 to access a Reno Police Department report — the highest of any law enforcement agency in Nevada. The price of the reports has been brought up by reporters, media and the public as a way to

limit access. Recently, the City of Reno has considered lowering the price of the reports to $20. Still, this is five times the $9 price tag of the reports in 2017. There is usually a printing fee built into the access fee for public records. In the day and age of the internet and personal computers, there is no reason for a printing fee, as most records can be sent via email in .pdf form — requiring the agency to print nothing. If anything, access fees should be dropping. The second component of the bill is to provide assistance to those who want to request public records but don’t know how. This is vitally important because while journalists are usually trained in school, and at least in the field,on how to request public records, general

citizens who do not do this every day might need or want assistance. Putting aside the obvious need to increase media literacy, much of the public is unaware they are able to access information from the government and its agencies, and do not always know how to go about requesting records. Access to information and accountability is vital for a healthy democracy, and unless the records are denied for a legal, legitimate reason, they should be easy to access. It is important the government provides assistance on how to obtain public records and assist in making Nevada’s democracy more transparent. Those who actively work against transparency in the government needs to be held accountable. Too many times

have journalists taken to Twitter to vent about how they may never hear back from an agency about their public records requests. There are nine reasons why requests can be denied, but even if the request is outside these exemptions, requests are not always honored. Currently, there is no punishment for that unless the person or organization requesting the information want to sue for the records. Since record fees are an issue, suing is a financial unlikelihood in most cases. There needs to be another way to make sure agencies are doing their duty. This was the case after the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was forced to provide records pertaining to the shooting that clarified

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and confirmed basic facts. Considering the number of people affected by the shooting, including approximately a third of students at this university who are from Las Vegas, the public deserved to know exactly what happened that night and what the investigation found. They should not be forced to go to court to know this information. Public record requests are vital to the function of democracy, and the Nevada Legislature needs to recognize the importance of the transparency and access this bill would afford the public. The Editorial Board can be reached at or on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

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A restaurant receipt reminds patrons to tip their servers at the bottom of the receipt on Dec. 19, 2009. A new tipping suggestion from CNBC reporter Zack Guzman says that you should only leave a tip based upon the pre-taxed amount, not the entire total, which has created controversy.


ipping for services has always been controversial and ever-changing. People have argued that you shouldn’t have to tip when gratuity is included, that you should change your percentage based upon service and some people have even argued that you shouldn’t tip at all. Tipping is always up to the discretion of the buyer, but do everyone a favor and try not to be a complete jerk when leaving a tip. The Consumer Jacey News and Business Gonzalez Channel recently posted an article online about how people could save money by changing their tipping

methods. CNBC writer, Zack Guzman, wrote an entire article and produced a video about how you can save money by tipping based upon the pre-tax amount, rather than tipping on the total. Guzman estimated that by making this small change, people could save close to 400 dollars over the course of the year. Obviously, you would still tip whatever percent you’re comfortable with, but not tipping on your tax could save you hundreds. Through a video released on CNBC Twitter, Guzman argues that you shouldn’t have to tip on what you’re getting charged by the government. Obviously, he faced a lot of backlash on Twitter from people that believed it was ridiculous advice. Twitter user @TonyPosnanski wrote, “If you want to save f**king money then skip a dessert or two but f**king over servers that make 2-4 dollars an

hour on pre tax is total bulls**t.” Another user, @BehindYourBack wrote, “Nice! Also pushing down old ladies and stealing the change in their wallets could earn you up to $385/ year! Gotta be on the lookout for these important tips on how to be the f**king worst.” This new “rule” has faced a lot of scrutiny because people are advocating for those who are serving you. If you didn’t realize it by now, why would you want to change your habits to save a couple hundred dollars? But for people who try to be respectful tippers while also working with a fixed budget, I can understand why this change could help in the long run. The rules of tipping have always been the same, but have become more controversial in recent years. Between this new rule, and people

advocating for cash-only tips, it can get confusing. As a broke college student, I’m well aware that if I can’t afford to leave a tip on a meal I’m having, I should probably just eat at home. If the service was incredible, tip a little more. If it wasn’t the best, tip a little less. But no matter what you do, never dip below 15 percent. Tipping is one of those things that will always vary person to person. But if you’re not in the place to tip, don’t go to things where tipping is expected. Opinions expressed in The Nevada Sagebrush are solely those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of The Sagebrush or its staff. Jacey Gonzalez is a student at the University of Nevada and studies journalism. She can be reached at jaceygonzalez@ sagebrush.unr.ed and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

New AP percentage rule change is good


ost newsrooms in America were up in arms this week when the Associated Press announced the percentage sign was approved to be used in AP Style. The change came early last week when the AP announced that journalists Jacey could use the Gonzalez percent sign when it was following a numeral. For example, journalists could now write “22%” instead of writing out “22 percent.” While this might seem like an easy sub-

stitution, people who are used to AP Style freaked out. But personally, this percentage change was the best thing to happen to AP Style in the last half decade. Journalists don’t enjoy change. In fact, we stress over minor adjustments because when we’re writing an article, we have to be as precise and grammatically correct as humanly possible, while also remembering the 10,000 AP Style rules that we will be reamed on if incorrect. When you’re trying to report on breaking news, you don’t want to have to carry your thick AP Stylebook with you to try to find the proper way to write street names, numbers or percentages. Instead journalists memorize AP Style hacks the first time they have to deal

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with them to avoid running into problems in the future. Depending on what you write about, you may or may not run into percentage signs. If you write in the realm of sports or business journalism, there’s a good chance that you use percentages daily. Whether you’re writing out statistics for a baseball player, or the percentage change of a corporation, when you have to include 25 different statistics or numbers within one article, writing out “percent” can become tedious. It also adds to your word count, which is great for the slacker journalist in you, but when you’re trying to keep an article under 500 words, it can hinder you. Obviously this is a personal choice for journalists, and this change won’t be immediate.

Most of the information I get will be from books and websites. However, the best information comes from the people who live in and love their 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, general information, this newspaper

Most journalists aren’t going to give up their written out “percents” that easy. It’ll be a gradual change, and will probably give more experienced journalists consistent heart attacks as they are editing work that features the symbols. The last big change to the AP Style Guide was in 2017, when “they” became an accepted non-gendered pronoun and when Walmart lost its beloved hyphen. We all survived then, and we will survive now. Change doesn’t always have to be bad. Personally, I enjoy the symbol more than writing out “percent.” I find it to be more aesthetically pleasing and to make more sense when I have to write out so many different numbers. I also enjoy seeing the percentage sign as a reader

article, or any other items that you think would be useful. You can mail items to the address below by April 30 for our State Fair on May 17. 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!

because as weird as it sounds, it takes less effort for my eyes. I also appreciate when I’m trying to pull statistics from an article, they’re easy to identify and I can find that data quicker. It’s overall easier and I am welcoming this change with open arms. So forget what anyone else says and if your heart desires shift 5, away my friends. Opinions expressed in The Nevada Sagebrush are solely those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of The Sagebrush or its staff. Jacey Gonzalez is a student at the University of Nevada and studies journalism. She can be reached at jaceygonzalez@ sagebrush.unr.ed and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

hen you order wings at any fine establishment, they’ll usually ask you if you want bone-in or boneless. The true wing connoisseur goes for the bone-in wings, the way they were meant to be, while the amateur goes for chicken nuggets coated in buffalo sauce and calls them boneless wings. Boneless wings shouldn’t exist and are just Jacey sauce-coated chicken Gonzalez nuggets. Have you ever seen a boneless chicken? I’m not talking about those “mutant chickens” that Kentucky Fried Chicken was rumored to have. But have you ever seen a chicken, a full-blown bird, with no bones? You haven’t, because they don’t exist. There’s no reason why boneless “chicken wings” should exist because boneless chickens don’t exist. Boneless wings are an abomination to chicken dishes. If you want boneless wings, go pick up some chicken nuggets and drizzle some sauce over them. But don’t be all proud and mighty like you’re eating chicken wings. Chicken wings aren’t easy to eat. They’re messy, sometimes spicy and require a level of dedication not often found with other foods. That’s why you’re rewarded with deliciousness when you choose to take the time to eat chicken wings. They take hard work and dedication to get every ounce of protein out of the wing, but it is well worth it. The existence of chicken wings goes down in history as the perfect sports-watching food, best beer companion and one of the most versatile sauce-soaking foods to exist. Their creation changed America. Bone-in wings used to have more hype because they were less expensive than boneless wings, but the price difference isn’t as drastic as it once was. Unless you’re going to specific restaurants on specific days (Buffalo Wild Wings, Wingstop) where they have deals on boneless wings, there isn’t a reason why you should order boneless wings. Chicken nuggets are fantastic in their own right. They’re crunchy, savory and can be dipped in so many sauces. Nuggets are a fine and acceptable part of food culture. They definitely belong in the realm of “Best Comfort Food.” I appreciate a good chicken nugget now and then, but when I want chicken wings, I’m going to get bone-in wings (flats only) and call it a day. You can’t try and claim that chicken nuggets and boneless chicken wings are different things. I’m not saying you’re a terrible person for ordering boneless chicken wings, but you’re not eating wings you’re eating sauced up nuggets.

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Opinions expressed in The Nevada Sagebrush are solely those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of The Sagebrush or its staff. Jacey Gonzalez is a student at the University of Nevada and studies journalism. She can be reached at jaceygonzalez@sagebrush.unr.ed and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.




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Nevada finishes ninegame homestand with two losses to SDSU By Austin Paschke



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By Matt Hanifan The Muss Bus is officially leaving Reno. After four historic years with the silver and blue, Nevada Men’s Basketball head coach Eric Musselman will move on to Fayetteville to be head coach for the University of Arkansas, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported, and Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth confirmed. “I want to thank Eric Musselman for four thrilling seasons with the Wolf Pack and elevating the Nevada Men’s Basketball program to the top of the Mountain West Conference. We wish Eric and Danyelle nothing but the best moving forward,” said Knuth in a statement Sunday. “We will immediately begin a national search for the next leader of the Wolf Pack’s Men’s Basketball program and will have no further comment until that search is completed.” Jeff Goodman of the sports network Stadium posted a tweet Tuesday that Musselman was a “serious candidate” for the position.

More rumors surfaced that Musselman was in Fayetteville, but were shot down from his wife Danyelle Musselman, stating via a text message to the Reno GazetteJournal, “He’s here in Reno with no plans to go anywhere.” Former guard Caleb Martin posted a video Wednesday on Twitter of him and Musselman at Reno High School working out in the gym, and Musselman responded, “Relationships don’t stop when the season ends #constantimprovement.” It was announced Sunday that Musselman will take his coaching talents to Fayetteville, replacing Mike Anderson. Arkansas reached the big dance in 2015, 2016 and 2018 under Anderson. Musselman inherits an 18-16 team, with an 8-10 SEC conference record in one of the toughest conferences in college basketball. The Hogs reached the NIT but fell 63-60 to Indiana in the second round after an 8472 win over Providence in the opening round. “Eric Musselman is a

coach that has had experience at every level of basketball from the NCAA to the NBA,” Hunter Yurachek, Arkansas’ Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, said Sunday. “He was practically born into the game and his passion for basketball is unmistakable. He has been successful throughout his career, including his remarkable job he did in returning the University of Nevada into a perennial NCAA Tournament team. Coach Musselman is high-energy and possesses an extremely high basketball IQ. He has a great attention to detail and has structured his programs to develop players individually while building a successful team. I am pleased to welcome Coach Musselman, his wife Danyelle and his family to the Razorback family.” Prior to his collegiate head coaching career, Musselman was an assistant in the NBA under notable coaches Chuck Daly, Lon Kruger and Doc Rivers. He has been a head coach seven times in his career,

including stints with the Sacramento Kings from 2006-07 and Golden State Warriors from 2002-04, going 108-138 in his NBA career. He coached as an assistant from 2013-15 under Herb Sandek at Arizona State, and Johnny Jones — who would later become his assistant at Nevada — at Louisiana State University. Musselman took over in 2015, leading the Pack to four consecutive 24plus win seasons after inheriting a nine-win team. Musselman led Nevada to a CBI championship his first season, followed by the school’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2007 in 2017. The Pack reached two more NCAA berths, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2018, tying a school-high 29 wins in 2018 and 2019. Nevada leaped into seventh in the AP Preseason Top 25, reaching the top five for the first time in school history in 2019. In his tenure with the Pack, Musselman went 110-34 with a .764 win percentage — sixth-best

among active Division I coaches — only behind Sonny Allen and Mark Fox for the most wins in program history. It is unclear how the 2019 recruiting class will shape up with Musselman gone. His 2019 class featured Eric Parrish, Shamiel Stevenson, Mike Lewis and Daryl Edwards, all of which were transfers from different schools. With all five starters from last year’s team graduating, Lindsey Drew, Jalen Harris Jazz Johnson, Jordan Brown and Nisre Zouzoua are the only returning players, assuming they all decide to stay. The 54-year old entertained outside-options in 2017. He interviewed for California head coaching positions twice but elected to return to Reno on a five-year, $5 million dollar deal. Musselman will owe $1 million within 90 days, plus extra incentives earned this past season. Matt Hanifan can be reached at dstrugs@ and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

Nevada concluded their nine-game homestand with an 11-3 loss on Sunday afternoon to the San Diego State Aztecs. Nevada lost two out of three games to SDSU making the Pack 16-15 on the season, and 6-9 in the Mountain West. The Pack got off to a hot start in the first game on Friday, beating San Diego State 8-7 off of a walk-off single by Wyatt Tilley. Starter Ryan Anderson did not allow a hit through the first five innings, finishing with six innings pitched and seven strikeouts. Anderson did, however, let five runs cross the plate before right-hander Grant Ford took over in the seventh inning. Nevada tallied 13 hits in comparison to San Diego State’s four-hits, but the Pack gave up eight walks. Weston Hatten had a big day at the plate on Friday, recording three hits, two RBIs and was a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Jaylon McLaughlin was also able to record two RBIs on two hits. Nevada got out to an early 7-2 lead on the Aztecs in the fourth thanks to Joshua Zamora stealing home. The Aztecs made it interesting and tied the game at seven off of a wild pitch in the ninth inning. Wyatt Tilly singled in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowing McLaughlin to cross the plate sealing the 8-7 walk-off victory for the Pack. On Saturday, the second game was dominated by pitching. Nevada scored two runs on six hits while giving up six runs on 11 hits. The freshman Owen Sharts was on the mound for Nevada and pitched a shutout until the sixth inning. Cooper Powell took over in the seventh inning giving up two runs off of three hits. McLaughlin led the Pack with three hits on the evening, making it his sixth time this season hitting that mark. Zamora gave the Pack a 1-0 lead in the first inning which held until the sixth. Thanks to some hot bats, the Aztecs were

able to build their lead to 4-1. San Diego State’s hitting transferred over into the seventh where they scored two more runs. In the seventh Ben Purcell took the mound and pitched the final 2.2 innings only allowing one hit. In the bottom of the ninth, the Pack was able to squeak out one more run as Nick Seamons double to center allowing Jaylon McLaughlin to cross the plate. The Pack struggled in the third and final game in the series giving up 15 hits and 11 runs. Dalton Gomez took the mound to start the game but was quickly taken out in the third inning. In relief, Tyler Smith, Shane Gustafson and Ty Hueckman pitched 5.1 shutout innings and only allowed a combined three hits. Dillan Shrum and Zamora were bright spots on a relatively quiet line-up for the Pack. Both tallied homers making it seven home runs on the year for both players. The Aztecs came out swinging on Sunday plating two RBI-singles and scoring its third run on a fielder’s choice as San Diego State took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Aztecs were able to expand their lead in the third inning, thanks in large part to a three-run blast that put SDSU up 7-1. The Pack was able to round up two more runs, thanks to a Nick Seamons RBI single in the fourth and Joshua Zamora’s homer in the eighth. McLaughlin now tops the Pack with a .396 batting average in conference play. Shrum’s five homers against Mountain West opponents leads the league. The Pack set their sights to a mid-week game set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, where Nevada will take on Saint Mary’s who is 19-12 on the year. The Pack then take on New Mexico for a three-game series starting Friday, April 12 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Austin Paschke can be reached at and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

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Josh Zamora swings at a pitch in a game versus San Diego State on Friday, April 5, at Peccole Park. Zamora hit a home run in the final game of the series.

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Ault brings home national title for Nevada Boxing in front of hometown fans By Darion Strugs Davis Ault added another title to Nevada Boxing’s long list of individual national champions. On the final day of the NCBA National Championships, Ault defeated Jacob Maslyk of Cincinnati in the 139-pound weight class final. The three-day event took place with a little over a dozen schools competing at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino from Thursday, April 4, to Saturday, April 6.

DAY 1 On the opening day of the tournament, three of Nevada’s four boxers had quarterfinal bouts. The fourth, Nate Strother, received a bye after gaining the No. 1 seed by winning the West Regionals at the 165-pound weight division. Although he earned the extra day of rest, Strother’s ambition to fight was still there. “You know what would be better than a day off, if I was fighting,” Strother said. Nevada’s first bout of the night was Dillon Maguin facing off against Navy’s Tanner Strawbridge in the 132-pound weight class. The first round was the most even round of the match as both fighters landed multiple heavy punches. The second round seemed to be Manguin’s weakest round as he was bloodied by a Strawbridge punch early in the round. In the final round, Manguin was looking to counter Strawbridge’s whenever he saw a weak-

ness. Although he seemed to gain some points back, he ultimately lost in a split decision. In Davis Ault’s first fight of the weekend, he was matched up against Brandon Martin of Oregon State. To no surprise, Ault walked into the loud roar of his hometown crowd before the fight started. Ault dominated the first round of the bout as he connected with multiple combos. The second round was not much different with the exception of the final second as both fighters were looking for knockout blows — none of which seemed to hit their target. Ault had a quiet third round but he hit Martin with two or three big hits in the final 10 seconds to seal the deal as he won in a unanimous decision Nevada’s final fight of the night featured 147-pound Jimmy Verdi. He faced Jack Jeon of Navy in the Wolf Pack’s most physical bout of the night. Jeon was the main aggressor of the fight as he attacked Verdi as often as possible. Verdi carefully picked his punches and landed one solid combo toward the end of the first round. In the second round, Verdi took a lot of hits to the face but landed his own fair share of headshots as well. The third round was similar to the round prior as both fighters continued to land tons of punches in an exciting slugfest. Verdi was defeated in a decision by Jeon, who was the national runner-up in the weight class. Although disappointed with not winning, Verdi was not completely dissatis-

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Dillon Manguin dodges a punch from Navy’s Tanner Strawridge in the quarterfinals of the NCBA Championships on Thursday, April 4 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Manguin was one of three boxers that fought in the quarterfinals.

fied with the loss. Both he and Strother mentioned how Jeon would be feeling the blows he took the next morning.

DAY 2 During day two, the national semifinals were held for each weight division. Nevada’s two most popular boxers, Ault and Strother, each had bouts. In the 139-pound semifinals, Ault faced off against Kiel Hicks of Washington. Hicks’ supporters rivaled Ault’s supports in terms of noise, as the two boxers would face each other for the third and final time in the last two months. In their first bout, Ault defeated Hicks in front of his hometown fans, while Hicks got his revenge during the regionals at UCLA. The rubber match between the two went much like their first fight in Reno. During the entire fight — and especially in the first round — the fighters’ prior history with each other was present. Both guys were being patient with each other as they waited for the other to make a mistake. The opening round may have been Ault’s weakest of the entire tournament, but it did not faze him. He bounced back in the second, possibly due to what coach Paddy Jefferson told him after the first round. Ault and Hicks knew it would come down to whoever had the best third round. The fighters were duking it out as the winner would not only have bragging rights over the other in their budding rivalry but a chance at a national championship. In his closest fight of the weekend, Ault won in a split decision much to the delight of the Reno crowd. According to Ault, the win was a group effort. “I put everything I had out there,” Ault said. “I listened to my coaches. We had a game plan and it was successful.” Next up for Nevada was Nate Strother fighting against Ian Vernon of Penn State. Vernon defeated the defending national champion Levi Knox in a debatable decision in the quarterfinals. Strother had also defeated Knox during the West Regionals in March. The veteran Wolf Pack boxer was composed throughout the fight not allowing Vernon to land heavy punches, only giving up weak jabs. Strother seemed to be the better fighter in the first round thanks to his composure. In the second round, Strother dictated the fight with his precise punching. He carried his momentum from the second round into the third as he utterly dominated the first 30-45 seconds of the round. When the fight ended, it felt like an easy victory for Strother. The outcome was much different as Strother lost in a

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Davis Ault raises his arms in victory after winning the national championship at the 139-pound weight class on Satruday, April 6. Ault won three fights in three days en route to the title.

split decision, leaving many confused as to how he lost, especially coach Jefferson. Jefferson went to see the final scorecard, but it didn’t change his mind on how he thought Strother was the victor. Nate echoed his coach’s comments. “I thought I fought one of the best fights of my life,” Strother said. “I thought I won every round but the judges didn’t think so I guess.” The junior was honored on the final day with the bronze medal in the 165-pound division, as he looked forward to the future.

DAY 3 On the day of the finals for all of the weight classes, all eyes were on one fight. Davis Ault looked to add to another title to Nevada Boxing’s storied history. Ault faced Maslyk who looked to add a second individual title of the night for Cincinnati — Nathan Todd won for the Bearcats in the 147-pound weight class. Ault used the energy from the crowd to help him control the first round of the match as he connected on plenty of solid punches. The second round was more even as both fighters got solid punches in on each other. But even with that, the advantage still leaned in Ault’s direction. The third round was a more intense ver-

sion of the second round. With every hit, the crowd reacted with awe. Ault credited the crowd for pushing him when he was getting tired in the third round. When the match was over a hyped audience was eager to know the results of the fight. In a split decision, Ault was named national champion. Ault was handed his title belt by Joey Gilbert — famed Nevada boxer who won three national championships and was a WBC-USNBC middleweight champion at the professional level. After the victory, Ault was trying to find a way to put into words how much the title meant to him. “Winning is undescribable,” Ault said. “It’s crazy. I was fighting back tears I was so happy. All the hard work I put in finally paid off. He also described how it felt to win in Reno as a freshman. “It was awesome being in my hometown, my first year and my first championship,” Ault said. “There’s nothing beating it you know? To do this not just for myself, but for my teammates and my boxing gym. It just means the world.”

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Nevada Baseball falls to Reno Aces in exhibition game By Isaiah Burrows The 11th exhibition contest between the Reno Aces and the Nevada Wolf Pack featured plenty of offense, from one side at least. The meeting between the two was an annual event until last year, which marked the end of 10-straight meetings between the teams. The Wolf Pack’s offense mustered just three hits in a 13-1 loss to the Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Reno launched five homers and two grand slams in just six innings. “Being able to compete is good experience for both of us,” Aces infielder Rob Refsnyder said. “Obviously, they’re at a different talent level, but you take it for what it is and work on it, and overall it was a good time.” Funds from the game went to the Wolf Pack Dugout Club, a fundraising organization started by former Wolf Pack baseball players to provide support for the baseball program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Entering tonight’s game, the Aces had donated over $85,000 to the Wolf Pack Dugout Club. Nevada’s Josh Zamora was the lone bright spot offensively, going 1-3 with a home run and one

RBI. The sophomore’s patience during his second at-bat paid off. Zamora worked the count 2-2 and took Aces’ reliever Anthony Vasquez’s hanging slider to left field, his solo blast hit the scoreboard. Typically a third baseman, Zamora got the nod at second base against the Aces. The exhibition at Greater Nevada Field between the two teams had special rules and limitations. The game was capped at seven innings. Pitchers were held to 20 pitches per inning. And once the hurler reached 20 pitches, the inning was forced to end. The starting lineup had some flexibility, as well. The Aces had 10 starters with two designated hitter spots, filled by Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas and former San Francisco Giants infielder Kelby Tomlinson. Nevada stuck with the traditional nine men on the field with a designated hitter in place for the pitcher’s spot. Nevada junior Ty Hueckman, who has pitched two innings this season, pitched the first two innings of the game. Wolf Pack right-hander Jordan Jackson took over in the middle frames. Nevada saved its starting rotation for the regular season where the games actually count. The Aces jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Tim Locastro’s leadoff double led

to a two-run blast from Refsnyder. Reno tacked on another run off Domingo Leyba’s homer in the second inning. Refsnyder’s grand slam put the Aces up 7-0 heading into the third. Zamora’s solo shot marked the only run for the Wolf Pack in the third inning. Andrew Aplin’s grand slam left the ballpark and gave Reno a commanding 11-1 lead. Wolf Pack shortstop Tyler Bossetti took away a base hit from Kevin Cron in the sixth inning. Bossetti ranged to his left, caught the line-drive and threw out a sprinting Cron at first. Leyba’s second homer of the night brought the score to 13-1. Aces’ flame-throwing reliever Jimmie Sherfy closed the Pack out in the seventh and final frame of the contest. Sherfy’s four-seam fastball clocked in at 98 mph. He appeared in 15 games with the Diamondbacks in 2018. Nevada will play San Diego State in an upcoming three-game homestand beginning Friday, April 5. Isaiah Burrows can be reached at dstrugs@ and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

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A view down the right-field line as the Reno Aces play on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The Aces dominated the Nevada Wolf Pack in the 11th exhibition meeting between the two teams.


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Statum’s homer caps long journey back to the diamond By Isaiah Burrows Otis Statum heard the noise. He paid close attention to his slump at the plate and how the redshirt sophomore was itching for his first career home run with the Nevada Wolf Pack. Statum launched the negativity away with his first collegiate homer on March 1 that sent the ball over the batter’s eye in center field. His solo shot led Nevada to an 8-1 win over Washington State on March 1. “It felt really good to see the ball leave the barrel,” Statum chuckled. “I got the pitch I wanted and I tried to square it up, the rest took off from there I guess.” The second-year outfielder didn’t have time to collect his thoughts, teammates and coaches bombarded him when he crossed home plate. Third baseman and fellow teammate Josh Zamora congratulated him with a classic bearhug. “That was awesome to see, I’m so happy for him,” Zamora said post-game. “We know how important Otis is to the team. Seeing that big, goofy smile on his face was something truly special.” Statum saw the dugout explode and gather around the batter’s box, awaiting his arrival at home plate. “It was great to see all the guys there waiting for me,” he said postgame. “It shows how far this team has come and how much we’ve bonded throughout this journey together.” After an injuryplagued freshman season, Statum’s bounce-

back season is helping the Pack stay above .500 with a 14-13 record. Head coach T.J. Bruce has slotted the 6’2” outfielder in both corner outfield spots this year. “Otis has done such a great job of handling adversity and he’s helping just grinding out wins for this team,” Bruce said. “I’ve been impressed with how he’s worked so far.” Statum solidified himself as a major studentathlete during his three years at Bishop O’Dowd High School, located in Oakland. He lettered all three seasons in baseball and was named a member of the National Society for High School Scholars. He is majoring in kinesiology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Statum made an even bigger impact on the field, and the pros took notice. The Cincinnati Reds selected him in the 39th round of the 2017 MLB Draft. He batted .319 with five homers and 19 RBIs in his senior season. Statum signed on with Nevada to further his development on the diamond and in the classroom. He and shortstop Jaylon McLaughlin headlined the Wolf Pack’s 2017 recruits. “It’s been great, I’m pretty comfortable with where I’m at,” he added. “I just bought in with what the program’s doing here and it’s going well.” What followed during Statum’s freshman season is the same motivation he uses every game. His batting average slumped to .122 in 25 games and redshirted his sophomore year after

Women’s Golf falters after strong start By Ryan Freeberg

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Otis Statum follows through on a swing in a game against San Diego State on Friday, April 5 at Peccole Park. Statum was drafted in the 39th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

undergoing shoulder surgery before the start of last season. “It was a lot of mental things I had to go through,” Statum said. “But I just told myself to play the game and play hard and whatever happens, happens. I use those struggles to fuel me and it helped me become a better player and teammate.”

Statum’s good eye and approach at the plate has earned him more playing time. He can be relied upon in both outfield positions as the year progresses. “He’s the kind of guy we need when we go further into the season,” Bruce said. “He’s solid on both sides of the field and as a team we can rely on him at any point in

the game.” Free of any noise, distractions and injuries, Statum’s home run isn’t the only highlight he will produce when his collegiate career is finished. Isaiah Burrows can be reached at dstrugs@ and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

Nevada Women’s Golf competed for the final time in the regular season as part of the Fresno State Classic held at the Copper River Country Club in Fresno, California, on April 1-2. Freshman Danni Ujimori helped lead the Wolf Pack in the first day, finishing just a shot back from the lead. Ujimori struggled on the second day, sliding into 16th place tied with three others. As a team, Women’s Golf finished its time at the classic in sixth place. In her third tournament of the year, Ujimori started the classic strong, shooting a par 72 in the opening round. She really found her stride in the second round though, shooting three under par and recording five birdies — Ujimori had eight total in her first day on the course. Head coach Kathleen Takaishi praised Ujimori following her performance in Fresno. “Danni Ujimori had a great tournament last week shooting 69 in her second round,” Takaishi said. “That should give her a lot of confidence going into our championship.” Outside of Ujimori, senior Kaitlin Collom and freshman Victoria Gailey also posted strong performances on the opening day of the tournament. Collom recorded a season-low one under par in the first round, followed by a 77 in the second. She closed out the first day tied for 25th in a field of 77 athletes. Gailey continued her solid freshman campaign by going for two and three over par in the first two rounds respectively, putting Gailey in a tie for the 32nd placed position. The team finished in sixth place after the first day of competition in Fresno. On day two, Nevada hung on to their sixth-place ranking in part from contributions from Gailey, Collom and Ujimori. Gailey repeated her first round performance by going two over par and pushing her six places higher on the individual leaderboards to a tie for the 26th place in the final round. Collom wrapped up her time in Fresno just a shot behind Gailey, placing her in a tie for 29th — she finished the tournament with an eight-over par through three rounds of play. The highest finisher for the Wolf Pack was Ujimori, who tied for 16th. She began the day just a shot back from the leader, but couldn’t recreate her first-day success. Ujimori completed the tournament with a four-over par after posting a 79 in her final round on the course. Takaishi is confident in her players as the team enters the upcoming championships, she believes practice on the course will translate to results come championship weekend. “Katie Collom has been playing very solid the past few weeks,” Takaishi said. “I expect her to get hot and play well. Victoria Gailey is solid as usual. I know she will rise to the occasion. We have about a week left before we head out and look to put in a lot of work on the short game and start preparing for the golf course [where] we will play.” Women’s golf will compete in the Mountain West Conference Championship held from April 15-17 in Palm Desert California at the Mission Hills Country Club. Ryan Freeberg can be reached at dstrugs@sagebrush.unr. edu and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

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