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Noor Tagouri interacts with the audience at the 2019 Northern Nevada Diversity Summit on Thursday, April 11. Noor Tagouri was one of the main speakers at the event and discussed her experiences with diversity in the field of journalism.

Noor Tagouri discusses inclusion at Northern Nevada Diversity Summit By Taylor Johnson Libyan-American journalist Noor Tagouri spoke at the sixth-annual Northern Nevada Diversity Summit on Thursday, April 11, at the Joe Crowley Student Union. The goal of the NNDS was to expose challenges to unity in the world, propose potential solutions to these challenges and create a space to facilitate that conversations. “The Summit is important because it allows attendees to explore and learn different topics that are often not discussed on a day-to-day basis; it encourages meaningful and respectful conversations,” Graduate Assistant of Diversity Initiatives Matthew Aguirre said in an email to the Nevada Sagebrush. “The day of The Summit serves as a place for attendees to learn and explore different views, experiences and backgrounds. The learning and exploration can range

from topics such as mental health, LGBTQIA+ experiences, privilege, immigration, gender inequality, ability/disability and many more.” Activist Noor Tagouri was one of the main speakers at the event. Tagouri shared her beginnings in the journalism industry, as well as how she got her start in activism. A first-generation American, Tagouri grew up in a small conservative town in West Virginia. As a child, she loved to tell stories and ask questions, but never planned on becoming a journalist. As she got older, she realized she had a bigger job than telling stories, but rather wanted to shed light on certain subjects. When Tagouri was working for a media outlet, she pitched a story about the mistreatment of individuals with mental disabilities. It was rumored the medical institution had graffiti on the walls and private medical documents found on the floors of the building. Her news editor declined the pitch. As a result, Tagouri quit

and reported the story herself, creating her first documentary in 2015, “The Trouble They’ve Seen: The Forest Haven Story”. This project motivated her to tell more stories. “Most people typically focus on our differences,” Tagouri said. “People take a lot of exercises jumping to conclusions. I like to think about the ways we can use our differences to build those bridges and commonality and their stories. There is this lack of understanding. There is this lack of community and I recognized that the second I would able to sit and connect to someone through their story, through their experiences, I was able to see people in a completely different light.” Tagouri launched a campaign in 2015, “#LetNoorShine”, after trying to attempt to be the first news anchor wearing a hijab. In 2017, Tagouri released a series on Hulu called “A Woman’s Job”, which highlighted strong women in male-dominated fields. In 2018, Tagouri released her documentary series called “Sold in

America”, which discussed sex trafficking in the U.S. Tagouri has also been featured in South by Southwest Festivals, TEDx, Create and Cultivate and New York Fashion Week. “I had done [“The Trouble They’ve Seen: The Forest Haven Story”] to serve as a piece of justice for the community and when I was in journalism school, all my professors were older white men and they did not have the exact experiences that I had about what it was like to be misrepresented in the media,” Tagouri said. “I taught myself to go into stories asking: how’s the way I’m going to cover this going to impact the communities that we’re talking about?” Tagouri believes the university can facilitate conversations of diversity to students, faculty and the community who have concerns. She feels by amplifying and validating the voices of students who do not feel safe

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The University of Nevada World Language Department is set to feature a Northern Paiute language track or Numu, beginning in fall 2019. The class is currently open for registration. A student can take PAIT 111 for the fall semester and PAIT 122 during the following spring semester — both taught by a local Paiute tribe elder. The 200-level courses for Northern Paiute will be offered in the future so students can take four semesters of a language. The class is worth four credits and is offered Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. in Edmund J. Cain Hall. The Northern Paiute language will fulfill the second

language requirement of many degrees offered at UNR. Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jenanne Ferguson and Assistant Professor of English Ignacio Montoya collaborated with Christina Thomas, a former Northern Paiute language teacher at Edward C. Reed High School in Sparks and student at UNR. During spring semester in 2018, Thomas, Montoya and Ferguson approached Dr. Cassie Isabelli, the department chair of Spanish, to create the Northern Paiute language program. “Language is a central aspect of our lives — it is the medium by which we transmit information and express ourselves, but also by which we relate to

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on campus, the university will begin to diversify itself. Diversity should not just be on the “surface level”, according to Tagouri. “Well, first of all, diversity is, among many things, about a context; that is, how diversity is understood, how it is experienced, what issues become particularly relevant, etc. has absolutely to do with the context,” Diversity and Inclusion Officer Dr. GordonMora said in an email to the Nevada Sagebrush. “This is the case because diversity encompasses such richness of identities, core areas, issues that it is not inhabited in the same way across different environments. UNR’s immediate environment is, of course, the Northern Nevada region, and therefore, it is utterly important to be carrying out these conversations, as the summit has been doing for the past six years, to strengthen understandings and co-existence, ‘to build bridges’, as this year’s theme establishes.” The event was sponsored by the university, the Associated Students of the University of Nevada, Truckee Meadows

Community College, JCSU, the Desert Research Institute, Western Nevada College and Great Basin College Parking. “...[U]niversity students do not live in a campus vacuum, or at least, most certainly, ought not,” Gordon-Mora said. “Unfortunately, residential universities in the United States have had a historical tendency for intramural existence, that is, ‘inside the walls’. However, a critical part of learning and life experiences is about the surrounding communities, outside the university: both the students and the communities have much to learn from one another. It is, therefore, highly commendable that UNR and the region engage in these events. In the case of UNR, I see it as part of our mission that recognizes: “the importance of diversity in preparing students for global citizenship and its commitment to a culture of excellence, inclusion and accessibility.” The NNDS was organized by the university’s Cultural Diversity Committee. The CDC was created in spring 2013 after the Multi-Ethnic Coalition and Alliance of Racial Minorities merged. The CDC aims to promote the creation of culturally-aware students, faculty and staff.

“ASUN has teamed up with the CDC and sponsored the diversity summit speaker to help provide an educational experience for students, faculty, and community members,” ASUN Director of Diversity and Inclusion Arezo Amerzada said in an email to the Nevada Sagebrush. “Our campus benefits greatly from learning from each other and learning from those who have different experiences than us. The diversity summit speaker is an opportunity to bring someone that has made an impact on their community and share their experience to inspire and ignite change with within our community as well.” Aguirre encourages students to attend lectures and take classes by experts focusing on a diversity-related topic to learn how to be an ally to marginalized populations. Some of the events Aguirre mentioned will be featured during Indigenous Heritage Month, Black History Month, Disability Awareness Month, Pride Month, Latinx Heritage Month and more at the university. Taylor Johnson can be reached at tkjohnson@sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

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APRIL. 10 By Taylor Johnson

REPORTS PRESIDENT JACKSON Director of Legislative AfPROMOTES CAMPUS fairs Worrall plans to have an HUNGER EVENT advocacy training on April 16 President Hannah Jackson promoted A Conversation on Campus Hunger — an event to discuss food insecurity on campus. There will be two guest speakers, President of Lead Minnesota Frankie Becerra and Vice President of Lead Minnesota Oballa Oballa. The event will be held April 18 in the Glick Ballrooms at the Joe Crowley Student Union from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

DIRECTOR OF EVENT PROGRAMMING AUSTIN LENSCH ADVERTISES SPRING CONCERT

The Spring Concert will be held on Friday, April 19 from 7:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. at the Gateway Plaza outside the Joe Crowley Student Union. Boombox Cartel is headlining and Apollo James will be opening for the event. Student tickets are free but must be reserved online.

DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS KATIE WORRALL ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO ATTEND CAMPUS TO THE CAPITOL ADVOCACY TRAINING

to prepare students for the Campus to the Capitol event. The training plans to teach students about bills in the Nevada state legislature and how to contact Nevada representatives. The advocacy training will be held at the Center: Every Student, Every Story from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Assemblywoman Sarah Peters and former assemblywoman Dr. Amber Joiner. Worrall is looking for more student leaders to come and advocate their opinions to the Campus to the Capitol event on April 19th. Take Back the Pack leader plans to speak at the event.

DIRECTOR OF CAMPUS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS MAPUANA ANDRADE DISCUSSES TOWN HALL

Director of Campus and Public Relations Andrade shared there will be a town hall meeting on April 15 in Great Basin’s multipurpose room. Andrade is working with the Resident Hall Association for this event.

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others and our shared cultures,” Ferguson and Montoya said in an email to the Nevada Sagebrush. “When people stop speaking a language, all future generations will lose a crucial part of their culture and the ability to understand that culture, as language and culture are closely linked. Language is more than words; speaking one’s heritage language or ancestral language allows for more profound connection to that culture...It is important in that it will allow any student to study one of the languages of the land upon which the university stands, to gain a better understanding of local Paiute culture as well as the language, and to fulfill university foreign language credits in doing so.” The Northern Paiute language is found in northwestern areas of the United States — specifically in California, Nevada, Oregon and Idaho. The language has four distinct dialects, Koodzabe Duka’a found in Mono Lake, California, Way Dukadu found in Bridgeport, California, Onabe Dukadu found in Coleville, California and Pehabe Paa’away found in Sweetwater, Nevada. “We’d love to see more [indigenous languages] in the future but it will depend partly on the interest in Paiute, the approval from the Department of World Languages, and also the approval and cooperation of speakers of the two other main indigenous languages of the region Washo and Western Shoshone,” Ferguson and Montoya said in the email. The language is considered apart of the Uto-Aztecan family branch. According to Ethnologue, there are approximately 142 language family branches. There are 58 languages in the Uto-Aztecan family branch. Approximately 0.82 percent of people speak languages in the Uto-Aztecan family branch or

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A powwow enters on a grassy field with the Kaibab Paiutes of northern Arizona on August 18, 2007. Northern Paiute Language will be offered to UNR students starting fall of 2019.

around 1,925,518 people. Around 700 people speak Northern Paiute. Native Words Native Warrior also reported around 500 indigenous languages are spoken in the U.S. Ferguson and Montoya said they believe more indigenous languages are not taught in schools because, in the 1860s, indigenous children were taken from reservations and placed in boarding schools. During this time, The goal of the U.S. government was to assimilate the indigenous people. Native Partnership reported by the 1880s, the U.S. operated around 60 schools and had 6,200 students enrolled. The children were taught mainstream American culture, English, academic subjects, athletics, arts, trades and Christianity. “Many parents who had experienced these schools were left with profound trauma; many

would no longer speak their languages to anyone even when they left school, and refused to transmit them to their children they feared their children would have to suffer what they did,” Ferguson and Montoya said in the email. “Many experienced stigma and shame, and so many languages lost speakers over time. Even after the residential school era ended, indigenous languages were not seen by educators as legitimate languages, on par with European or Asian languages, and thus not fit to be taught, especially since some were primarily oral languages, or had brand-new writing systems. Racist judgments about their supposed ‘lack of sophistication’ and usefulness were made.” Taylor Johnson can be reached at tjohnson@sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

transfer students. The book fund will work with the Wolf Shop to create merit-based scholarships for these students. There will be three, $500 scholarships awarded to students for one academic year. The scholarship will not be renewable. In order to apply to the scholarship, students will need to be a part of ASUN, have a 2.75 GPA, be at least 25 years old or younger and enrolled in at least 12 credits. The ASUN Transfer Scholarship will award three, $500 scholarships—two awarded in the fall, one awarded in the spring. To apply, a transfer student will need to be a member of ASUN, have a 3.20 GPA, enrolled in at least 12 credits and entering their first or second fall or spring semester at the university as a transfer student. The resolution passed unanimously.

SEN. ROGERS AND SEN. FLANGAS AIM TO CREATE UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCE ON NEW BUILDINGS ON CAMPUS

Sen. Jennifer Rogers and Vice President-elect Nicole Flangas created a resolution to create universally-accessible entrances on new buildings on campus. Both senators want entrances to be able to used by any student, faculty or community members to access the building without detours. The senators want the design of the entrances to be useful and marketable for students with varying abilities, accommodating to many individual preferences and abilities, easy

Sen. Zachary Green and Sen. Troy Clemons’ resolution aims to have deans from each college distribute information about Pack Provisions donations to professors. The senators believe this can increase support for Pack Provisions. Pack Provisions is an organization that provides food and basic necessities for students. According to the senators, Pack Provisions has seen a higher demand for food. Their goal for this resolution is to get more resources for Pack Provisions. The resolution passed unanimously.

PRESIDENT-ELECT MARTINEZ ADJOURNS THE 86TH SESSION OF ASUN

President-elect Anthony Martinez concluded the Senate of the 86th session. Senators elected in 2018 will be resolved from their duties. The Senate’s 87th session of ASUN begins Wednesday, April 17. The Senate will include President-elect Martinez, Vice President-elect Flangas and senator-elects: Connor Doyle, Lauren Harvey, Tori Supple, Izzy Westerman, Victoria Yeghiayan, Jakeyla Hall, Keegan Murphy, Cameron Veltre, Madalyn Watt, Hayley Collins, Ava Banfer, Savannah Hughes, Steffany Yang, John Donohue, Vanessa Komanduri, William Prempeh, Alexander Melchor, Cecilia Romero, Isaiah Davenport, Jennifer Rogers, Dominique Hall, Valeria Ampié and Abrahim Ahmed. Taylor Johnson can be reached at tjohnson@sagebrush. unr.edu or on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

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various organizations, the university, the City of Reno and Plaza Maya have planned the Cesar Chavez Service Day event on Sunday, March 31. The free event was open to the public and dedicated to honoring Chavez’s successes with music, educational activities and games. “Recently, we celebrated Cesar Chavez Day and from him and Dolores Huertas we learn the power of the group that is organized and fighting for justice,” Gordon said in an email to Nevada Sagebrush. “That is the meaning of

the phrase, Si, se puede: that it cannot be, a solitary, individual struggle. That is what we also have learned from all significant social movements based on race, gender, social class, indigenous nation, LGBTQ, disability status, etc.” Cesar Chavez was a modern activist who fought for the rights and fair treatment of farmers throughout the United States. Chavez directed non-violent protests similar to Martin Luther King Jr. Chávez worked alongside other activists who also believed in equal rights. Cesar Chavez’s Day is reserved

for March 31 and the day allows community members to remember these activists. Organizations such as the Latino Student Advisory Board, UndocuAlly, Spanish Club, the Latino Research Center and The Center: Every Student. Every Story has tried to include Latino community projects and cultural events. “Consequently, we need to recognize, and act upon, the human experiences that can bring us together,” Gordo-Mora said. “That having been said, there are always particular needs and issues to each group that must to be addressed from their specificity. In terms of the Latinx community, part of the challenge is that the term includes more than 20 national identities (Mexican, Honduran, Colombian, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and so forth) and that within the U.S. context, Latinx national groups vary. However, we do know that at UNR, there are very clear issues that require continued support, such as the needs of our DACA students, as well as those of other students who due to their national origin, or other form of identity, feel threatened or uncomfortable.” Gordon-Mora explained that once she begins in June she wants to connect with multiple clubs and organizations on campus and hear the concerns they have expressed. Groups Gordon-Mora plans on visiting include LSAB, Trio, First in the Pack and more. In Fall 2017, LSAB members petitioned to the university to create a position in the Equal Opportunity and Title XI Office for an individual specialized in serving undocumented students and students who are dependent on DACA. In May 2018, Jahahi Mazariego was hired as a Social Service Coordinator for EOTIX. When Mazariego was working towards her undergraduate degree she served as a member of LSAB and

later founded UndocuAlly, an initiative dedicated to educating university employees, students and faculty on issues faced by undocumented students to better foster an accepting community. Mazariego explained she felt she has to be an advocate for student and individuals who are undocumented because she had a family member deported. The university is not the only ones taking steps to help the Latinx student community. Tu Casa Latina is a community organization dedicated to helping immigrants, women, men and children who have been victims of domestic abuse and violence in Northern Nevada. Tu Casa Latina founder Xiomara Rodríguez has been an activist for the Latino community, specifically for those who are undocumented. Since its founding, Tu Casa Latina has given courses to the community about the problems that are centered around the Latino community. “Our Founder Xiomara Rodriguez has been an activist within our community for many years,” Tu Casa Latina said in an email to Nevada Sagebrush. “Xiomara has participated in various movements advocating for undocumented individuals. We believe that activism is crucial for positive change and we are honored to follow in her footsteps. Change does not happen in a day and is a constant battle especially pertaining to immigration. We hope to not only further Xiomara’s dreams but pave the way for future activists to continue fighting for the Latinx community.” Andrew Mendez and Hailey Fleming can be reached at andrewmendez@ sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

PackTransit app releases GPS tracking feature By Taylor Avery

The PACKTransit app released an update in midMarch to allow users to see the location of the campus shuttle buses. “It’s a really good tool for students to use to determine how they want to get back and forth from the campus,” said Michelle Horton, the director of parking and transportation services at the University of Nevada, Reno. The app allows users to view the location of the BLUELine and SILVERLine buses as they travel along

their routes, and will cost $30,000 a year to maintain, according to Horton. “It was one of my biggest complaints, that students just didn’t know where the bus was,” Horton said. “This app is great for letting you know exactly where the bus is.” DoubleMap, a transportation software and solutions company, was contracted to install the equipment. The university’s Campus Escort uses the same system. “I contacted ASUN, Campus Escort and they’ve been doing this for years,” Horton

said. “So I said, ‘What do you guys use? Are you happy with it?’ And they said, ‘We love it.’ So we partnered with DoubleMap to make that happen. And so now this GPS tracking device is on our campus buses as well as theirs.” Students aren’t the only ones benefiting from the new feature. “We used to have to count ons and offs manually but with this app, it counts ons and offs with a laser,” Horton said. “Now it can be completely realistic on how many riders we’re getting and the

driver’s not responsible for that anymore. All they really need to do now is focus on safe driving.” Horton also said that she thinks the number of students taking the bus around campus will increase. “I think ridership will go up because students can now make an educated decision on whether to hop on the bus or not,” Horton said. Taylor Avery can be reached at oali@sagebrush.unr. edu and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

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PackTransit’s BLUELine continues their bus route after picking up students behind the Knowledge Center on Monday, April 15. PackTransit now has an app students can use to track the Blue and Silver lines.

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Dra. Gordon-Mora fue nombrada nueva directora de diversidad e inclusion

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Traducido Por Lesly Virgen-Mariscal La Universidad de Nevada, Reno, ha anunciado que la Dra. Eloísa Gordon-Mora será la nueva Directora de Diversidad e Inclusión. La Dra. Gordon-Mora se encuentra lista para mudarse a Reno y comenzar su trabajo como Directora de Diversidad e Inclusión en junio del 2019. La Universidad formó un Comité para realizar una búsqueda a nivel nacional y hacer una recomendación al presidente Marc Johnson después de la renunciación de Patricia Richard en mayo del 2018. El Comité incluyó a directores, profesores, estudiantes y decanos de varios colegios académicos en el campus. Esto incluyó al Director de Diversidad e Inclusión de ASUN Arezo Amerzada, a la estudiante Sophie Coudrier, al Decano de la Escuela de Periodismo Reynolds el Dr. Alan Stavitsky, a la Coordinadora de Transferencias e Reclutamiento Kari Emm, de la oficina de igualdad de oportunidades y Título IX la directora Maria Doucettperry y el profesor Dr. Sherif Elfass. El comité fue liderado por copresidentes, por la vicepresidente de Servicios Estudiantiles Shannon Ellis y por el Director de Humanidades el Dr. Daniel Enrique Pérez. También entre el equipo estuvo el Gerente de recursos humanos Michelle Briggs y la coordinadora de búsqueda Aubrey Flores. La coordinadora Flores dijo que había 31 solicitantes de todo el país. La Dra. Gordon-Mora estableció enfocarse en familiarizarse con el campus y sus diversos grupos. “Mi deseo inmediato es empezar a conocer a tantas personas como pueda”, dijo GordonMora. “Quiero conocer a diferentes grupos, diferentes or-

ganizaciones, administraciones, al personal... Quiero empezar a aprender de una experiencia más personal, cómo ellos ven el paisaje. “ La Dra. Gordon-Mora se siente preparada para asumir las luchas de diversidad, que la Universidad ha enfrentado en los últimos dos años, creyendo que su experiencia será de ayuda. “No hay un fenómeno único de Reno de Nevada o de UNR”, dijo Gordon-Mora. “Es sólo un ejemplo más de los fenómenos que están teniendo lugar. Porque yo he participado en asuntos de diversidad, cuestiones de la violencia, cuestiones de la pobreza, creo que toda mi experiencia ha sido en enfrentar retos extremos ... Creo que tengo buenos antecedentes al enfrentarme a desafíos”. Antes de tomar el puesto en la universidad, Gordon-Mora sirvió como la decana de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Humanidades y Comunicaciones en la Universidad Ana. G Méndez en San Juan, Puerto Rico. De 2015-2017, ella sirvió como preboste y vicepresidente de asuntos académicos de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. En el 2018, Gordon-Mora volvió a la Universidad Ana G. Méndez como directora de proyectos especiales con un enfoque de diversidad y ciudadanía. Gordon-Mora también tiene experiencia en el sector privado, habiendo trabajado en grupos de apoyo en la ciudad de Nueva York con asistencia a víctimas, a la violencia y a la diversidad. Antes del comienzo de la búsqueda en todo el país, el presidente Johnson se reunió con más de 30 personas para entender el clima del campus. “Durante el verano visité — individualmente — con unas 30 personas de diferentes sectores de la Universidad para hacerles varias preguntas,” Johnson dijo a Nevada Sagebrush en agosto del 2018. “Uno fue ‘ ¿Qué opinas del campus’ —

con respecto a la diversidad y la inclusión y la equidad, que temas clave deben ser dirigidos en los próximos cinco años?’. La segunda pregunta fue ‘¿Cuáles son los requisitos claves para el próximo administrador en guiar programas de equidad e inclusión?’. Con esa información, yo he redactado la declaración del caso. La declaración del caso siendo lo que es la situación relacionada con inclusión y equidad en este campus, así como lo que se requiere del puesto. Voy a enviar este proyecto a todas las personas con las que hable este verano y obtendré retroalimentación para ver si están de acuerdo que esta declaración del caso refleja los valores que debe tener el nuevo administrador. Después de esto vamos a sintonizarla y enviarla a una búsqueda nacional en busca de un nuevo administrador que trabaje con problemas del momento en cuestión de inclusión y equidad. Además de entrevistas personales para evaluar el clima del campus, la Universidad lanzó una encuesta de clima del Campus en colaboración con Rankin y los Asociados de Consulta. según la Dra. Gordon-Mora, Los datos de la encuesta se utilizarán para delinear medidas concretas que debe ella tomar al comenzar el trabajo. Después de las entrevistas, se abrió la búsqueda en todo el país. Desde allí, un Comité reviso las aplicaciones y condujo entrevistas con los aspirantes que consideraron apropiados para el trabajo. El número de solicitantes entonces fue limitado a cuatro, que luego todos llevaron a cabo un foro abierto. El renuncio de Richard fue pedido durante el año escolar del 2017-2018, mientras que la Universidad estaba luchando con las secuelas de la participación del estudiante de la Universidad Peter Cvjetanovic en las manifestaciones de la supremacía blanca de Charlot-

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Estudiantes de la Universidad de Nevada, Reno haciendo presencia en una reunión de Black Lives Matter frente al Joe Crowley Student Union. Después del renuncio de Patricia Richard en mayo del 2018, la Universidad condujo una búsqueda alrededor de to el país antes de contratar a la Dra. Gordon-Mora.

tesville. Además, los servicios de policía de la Universidad vinieron bajo fuego de múltiples incidentes, incluyendo un oficial con el uniforme de Colin Kaepernick y una parada de tráfico donde un oficial dijo que “iba a dispararle si las cosas salían mal.” Kevin McReynolds, estudiante graduado que conducía el coche en la parada de tráfico, pidió públicamente que Richard ba-

jara del puesto, indicando que su doble papel no demostraba su dedicación a la diversidad. Richard servía como Directora de Diversidad junto con el puesto de Jefe del Estado Mayor del presidente Johnson. “No estoy diciendo que tiene que ser despedida, sólo estoy diciendo que ella tiene que elegir uno,” McReynolds dijo en diciembre del 2017. “Usted señala a todos los alumnos

que son minorías como si no importaran, valen un tercio de su tiempo. Si ella es lo mejor que tenemos [en la búsqueda en todo el país], ella es lo mejor que tenemos. Pero creo que hay que hacer un verdadero esfuerzo.” Mande sus comentarios a Lesly Virgen-Mariscal : andrewmenez@sagebrush.unr. edu o sígala en Twitter: @ NevadaSagebrush.

Ofrecerá Departamento de Español nueva emphasis en español para los profesiones Por Andrew Mendez A partir de otoño de 2019 el Departamento de Español entre el Colegio de Artes Liberales ofrecerá una nueva emphasis — español para los profesiones. Ahorita el Departamento de Español ofrece 2 emphasis para los estudiantes que toman espanol como una especialización, Literatura & Cultura y Lenguaje y Sociedad. Para los que toman español como una especialización secundaria tiene una emphasis en traducción. Español para los profesiones será una emphasis donde estudiantes aprenderán sobre términos que se usa en las industrias de negocios, leyes, enfermería y en medicina. De acuerdo con SmartAssests los negocios que nesecitan may empleados que son bilingües están en la industria de medicina y leyes. Según la directora de mercadotec-

nia para el departamento de español Kathleen Leonard, el departamento tomó la decisión para ofrecer esta emphasis porque notaron que hay una necesidad en la comunidad para tener mejores empleados que entienden el lenguaje que se usa en estas industrias. “Tenemos una necesidad en la comunidad para estos posiciones y oímos de miembros de la comunidad que hay una necesidad de tener traductores en los cortes”, dijo Leonard. “ Necesitan interpretadores en los hospitales y clínicas. Miembros de la aplicación de ley necesitan ser capacitados se saber varios idiomas. Sobre los años hemos tratado de complacer a una necesidad localmente y nacionalmente”. Para mejor navegar el estudio, el departament contrato a Dr. Isaac García-Guerrero. García-Guerrero es una especialista en enseñar len-

guaje que se usa en las industrias de leyes, negocios y medicina. Adicionalmente Leonard dijo que el emphasis va ser enseñado por varios profesores entre el departamento. “El objetivo para español para los profesiones es para mejor servir a estudiantes que planean entrar en traduccion e interpretacion,” dijo Leonard. “Ofrecerá cursos que se enfocan en la estructura lingüística de inglés y español, incluyendo español que se usa un los Estados Unidos, y el desarrollo de ser bilingüe y la prudencia de saber las importancias biculturales en traducir e interpretar”. De acuerdo con la Universidad del Norte de Illinois, ser bilingüe da a estudiantes una perspectiva global y da más oportunidades en buscada de trabajos. “Reconocemos que ser bilingüe es

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una ventaja en cualquier industria,” dijo Leonard. “No importa que tipo de trabajo. Es desarrollo de esta emphasis es arraigado en el deseo de proveer estudiantes con situaciones reales en aprender vocabulario especializado”. Según el Census de los Estados Unidos en 2016, 40 millón de personas hablan español desde los cinco años y es un aumento de 133.4 por ciento desde 1990 donde se noto que 17.3 millón de personas hablaban español. Para los estudiantes que deciden tomar este emphasis se les dara oportunidades de ser internados. “Parte de este [emphasis] ve ser la clase de, [un clase de servicios de enseñanza], español 400”, dijo la Asesora de Pregrado de Español Anna Kalminskia.“ Y entonces, normalmente los estudiantes que hacen esta clase es trabajar en las

compañías locales. Entonces aquí tenemos varios negocios o periódicos donde nuestros estudiantes trabajan. Y también en el distrito escolar”. Kalminskia indicó que espera que este emphasis ayuda a la universidad y la comunidad. “Tenemos mucha ilusión de ofrecer este [emphasis] y vamos a esperar que va a servir a la universidad, a nuestros estudiantes, a diferentes facultades en la universidad y también a la comunidad”, dijo Kalminskia. Estudiantes que estudian español también pueden tomar clases enfocadas en el vocabulario especializado pueden tomar estas clases. Mande sus comentarios a Andrew Mendez: andrewmendez@sagebush.unr.edu o sigalo en Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

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embraces joy in poetry, shares creative journey

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UNDOCU-ALLY WORKSHOP

DATE: Wednesday TIME: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. LOCATION: Joe Crowley Student Union INFO: Allies of undocumented peoples are welcome to attend an UndocuAlly Workshop on Friday, hosted by the Title IX Office and UNR Equal Opportunity. This workshop will focus on how allies can create a safe and welcoming environment for undocumented students on campus. Students and faculty alike are all encouraged to come. WINNING AT THE GAME OF LIFE

DATE: Thursday TIME: 10:00 to 1:00 p.m. LOCATION: Food court in The Joe INFO: In honor of National Financial Literacy Month, The Joe is offering the game, Life, for students to play on the second floor. The first 100 people to win will receive a voucher for a free lunch! MOVIES AT THE JOE: THE LEGO MOVIE 2 DATE: Thursday and Friday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: Theater in

The Joe INFO: It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are. NIGHTINGALE STRING QUARTET DATE: Friday TIME: 5:00 p.m. LOCATION: University Arts Building, Hall Recital Hall INFO: UNR’s resident orchestral career studies graduate student quartet will be performing in the Hall Recital Hall this Friday. This event is completely free and open to the public! EARTH DAY FESTIVAL DATE: Monday TIME: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. LOCATION: Gateway Plaza in front of The Joe INFO: The theme for this year’s Earth Day Festival, “Protect our Species”, focuses on a variety of environmental issues. Attendees can plant their own herbs, chat with some environmental organizations, learn about various issues with our planet, meet a “furry” advocate and get a free t-shirt and tote bag! Carla Suggs can be reached at csuggs@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @carla_suggs.

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By Rylee Jackson The Department of English, Core Humanities and the College of Liberal Arts assembled another poetry reading on Tuesday, April 9, hosted by the Nevada Wolf Shop. The guest of the week was nature poet Aimee Nezhukumatahil, who read excerpts from her work and answered questions from the audience. Nezhukumatahil is a professor of English at the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. She is the author of many poetry collections including “Oceanic,” “Lucky Fish,” “Miracle Fruit” and her upcoming release “World of Wonder.” On top of being a professor and an author, Nezhukumatahil is the poetry editor for Orion Magazine and is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize. Before Nezhukumatahil got up to share her collections of poetry, the presenter took a different approach to announcing a special guest. Instead of listing all of her accolades, he mentioned how her poetry embraces tenderness in hard times and understands the true experience of humanity. Her expression through writing about nature encompasses all of these themes. Growing up in Chicago, Nezhukumatahil gave the audience an insight into her love for Kathakali, one of the main forms of classical Indian dance. Implementing hand gestures reminiscent of her favorite dance, she truly brought the spirit of her childhood passion while reciting her first poem dedicated to “everybody who likes to shine.” Throughout the presentation, Nezhulumatahil explained the many ways she gathers inspiration for her insightful poems. She discussed growing up with a mother who was a psychiatrist and being around various mental institutions. Influenced by the phobia list and her long last name, she wrote about the fear of long words. The longest word in the Oxford Dictionary was even included, which showed her cleverness and attention to detail. Life in Mississippi has allowed Nezhulumatahil to learn the history of blues music. She started playing Lucille Bogan’s “Shave ‘Em Dry” to the

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Nature poet Aimee Nezhukumatahil speaks to an audience at the Nevada Wolf Shop on Tuesday, April 9. Nezhukumatahil read excerpts of her own work, answered questions and took part in a book signing.

Joy is an act of resistance - Aimee Nezhukumatahil crowd. Giggles were heard across the room as she explained why it is said to be one of the world’s raunchiest songs. The embarrassment-filled reactions toward the song intertwined with the expressive comparisons to flowers made this poem a highlight of the night. Nezhulumatahil then told the story of how she first encountered a poem while procrastinating in organic chemistry her junior year of college, which persuaded her to switch career paths. As a daughter of medical professionals, she explained how her parents

Sol Blume: the appeal of boutique music festivals By Carla Suggs Folks unfamiliar with music festivals might not be aware of one of the worst travesties they often commit. Two words: repeat headliners. Big-name festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands frequently stick to the same artists year after year, because they don’t like the gamble of choosing lesser-known musicians and declining attendance. While this is great for mainstream music fans and repeating headliners, it also means less-popular and underground artists are often left in the dust. At the same time, part of what appeals to so many music fans is the very fact that their favorites are not as popular in mainstream media. If this was 2014, we might refer to these fans as “hipsters”. Today, however, most of us can admit to taking pleasure in having

an artist we can call our own — one that not many others are aware of. Yet part of loving these underground artists is the heartbreaking reality of knowing you might never see them perform live. This is where boutique festivals, like Sol Blume, come in. Boutique festivals typically occur at smaller venues and feature local, less-popular or “niche” artists, keeping attendance low and preventing the need to compete with other large-scale festivals. Sol Blume is one of the many boutique festivals that have popped up within the past few years, originating in 2017 in Sacramento. The festival typically appeals to R&B, hip-hop and soul music fans, with last year’s lineup featuring artists like Jhené Aiko, The Internet, Goldlink, Nao, Smino, Xavier Omär and more. Being that most of these

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weren’t so keen on the idea of her being a poet. However, as time went on, they became her biggest fans. The poem “Fugu Soup Blues” chronicles the celebratory dinner with her parents in New York City after she got her first job. The Q&A session was filled with insightful advice from Nezhulumatahil. When asked about her unconventional exposure to poetry, she explained how she wouldn’t have wanted her journey with poetry in any other way. Although her parents only had medical textbooks around the house, their colorful

bedtime stories and love for nature gave her all the tools she needed to be a poet. Another point she made throughout the presentation was the importance of representation. Writing poetry gave her the opportunity to showcase beauty, food and culture in ways she never saw growing up as an AsianAmerican woman. Her openness to her journey was remarkable and inspired the aspiring writers in the crowd. Dedicated to all writers, “Invitation” sums up what Nezhulumatahil’s work is all about. The last poem of the night explored the notion of people wanting us to be fearful and base our work on this feeling. She left with a moving quote: “Joy is an act of resistance.” Stay tuned for more events highlighting writers at the Nevada Wolf Shop. Check out https://events.unr.edu/ for more information. Rylee Jackson can be reached at csuggs@sagebrush.unr.edu, or on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.


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Continued from page A5 artists would not be considered “headline-worthy” at larger festivals, many fans were able to enjoy these musicians within a small crowd of like-minded music lovers. Sol Blume is also a much more affordable alternative to other festivals, with tickets between $70 and $200. This year’s lineup includes artists Miguel, J.I.D., Masego, Tierra Whack, Raveena, Tobi Lou, Snoh Alegra, Jessie Reyez, Ari Lennox, Kiana Ledé, Jess Connolly, Umi, Dave B, Ivy Sol, Queen Naija, Parisalexa and Andre Power. The

festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Cesar Chavez Plaza in Sacramento. In order to help attendees prepare, Sol Blume has even created a playlist of music from each artist, available on their website. While these artists aren’t the most popular in their genres, many bring exciting new elements to the music industry that has yet to be seen. Tierra Whack, for example, came out with an audiovisual album in 2018 called “Whack World”, which featured minute-long music videos that proved how impressively creative she is. Each video took place in an elaborately-decorated set, and portrayed separate yet interrelated concepts, from love to the death of

a beloved pet. Another artist, Tobi Lou, has recently gained social media acclaim for his use of animation in music videos. One song that has grown especially popular is “buff baby” — a play on the song from Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time”. Sol Blume 2019 tickets are still on sale on their website, solblume. com. For more information on other boutique festivals, check out FlightNetwork’s article on “23 Best Intimate Music Festivals in North America”. Carla Suggs can be reached at csuggs@sagebrush.unr.edu, or on Twitter @carla_suggs.

Sylvia Rivera Center for Justice hosts a night of cumbia honoring Selena By Sara Gallego The non-profit organization, Sylvia Rivera Center for Social Justice, hosted a Cumbia Dance Night fundraising event last Friday, April 12, at the Plaza Maya Lounge. Attendees shimmied and enjoyed a night of fun DJ mixes, a Selena lip-sync contest and live art display. This is not the first time the Sylvia Rivera Center has hosted a cumbia night, but it is the first time it honored one of the most iconic American singers during the early 1990s. The event combined the power of cumbia with the legacy of Latin pop singer Selena to raise money for the center’s social services for LGBTQ+ people of color. During the event, DJs played old and new cumbia and even adapted songs from other genres into the four-beat combination of drums, flutes and accordion. They did what cumbia does best — break barriers and evolve. As the attendees flooded the dance floor, their love for cumbia reflected in their faces, and so did their feeling of camaraderie with everyone there. At Plaza Maya Lounge, people of different ethnicities, sexual orientations and socioeconomic statuses gathered to not only support the Sylvia Rivera Center, but dance to music that embodied inclusivity. Cumbia music represents the merging of African, European and American indigenous sounds during the time of Spanish conquest. As the music traveled historically throughout the Americas, it seemed to strike a chord with everyone who came in contact. Cumbia can be heard from the Southern tips of Argentina to the Southwest region of the United States. Regardless of the countless styles of cumbia, it continues to be the unbreakable bond between anyone whose ancestors played a vital role during the colonization of the New World. Cumbia is living proof that when people integrate parts of their culture, they give birth to something just as incredible.

As night fell, more Selena fans and admirers arrived at the lounge. Women wore Selena t-shirts, tied white-collar shirts with jeans or strutted shiny golden Selena-inspired boots. Others decided to personify her charisma and liveliness through song and dance. During the Selena lip-sync contest, the five contestants sang about infatuations (“El Chico del Apartamento 512”), falling in love (“Dreaming of You”) or falling out of it (“Si Una Vez”). They engaged with an audience who sang along and cheered on each lip-syncer. There were moments of laughter, applause and togetherness shared among everyone in the room. Throughout the night, Sharon Saldaña recreated a portrait of Selena using an airbrush. She chose a photo that emphasized the singer’s voluptuous lips and dark, thick hair. By the end of the night, Saldaña’s portrait of Selena captured the artist’s natural beauty and passionate soul. The local Reno artist also showcased some of her other work, including a portrait of Tupac and Drake. She also handed out Marilyn Monroe portrait stickers. Saldaña began airbrushing while working at Circus Circus. Her plan is to become well-known for her airbrushing portraits and illustrations. Her passion and motivation complemented the welcoming and energetic vibe felt throughout the lounge. Sylvia Rivera Center’s Cumbia Dance Night proved once more that Reno is becoming a more inclusive and accepting city, by embracing the catchy rhythms of cumbia and performing the songs of an icon. The event was a chance for one community to enjoy an event free from prejudice. There will be another Cumbia Dance Night and events like it for people to attend later this year. To learn more about what the Sylvia Rivera Center for Social Justice offers, visit their Facebook page Sylviariveracentereno or follow their Twitter account @SRCReno. Sara Gallego can be reached at csuggs@sagebrush.unr.edu, or on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

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Islamophobia masks true issues in America

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olitical drama continues to hit the ceiling as Democrats and Republicans face off on patriotism. Last week, President Donald Trump tweeted out a video placing Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) comments out of context. Omar, referring to the September 11 terrorist attacks as an excuse for continued Islamophobia in America, said “some people did something”. Trump’s video showed graphic footage of 9/11 with those words as if Omar was downplaying the worst tragedy in modern American history. The reality is that neither person is in the right, but Omar’s comments point to a continued trend in the 18 years since 9/11 that continues to infringe on the

rights of Muslim-Americans and mask the real threat to our country. For context, here is what Omar said when speaking to the Council of American-Islamic Relations in California: “Here’s the truth. Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it. CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties. So you can’t just say that today someone is looking at me strange, that I am trying to make myself look pleasant. You have to say this person is looking at me strange, I am

not comfortable with it, and I am going to talk to them and ask them why. Because that is the right you have.” Yes, referring to 9/11 in those simple terms certainly downplays the events of that day, but it does not mean she is wrong about the harm done unto the Muslim-American community since then. Omar was speaking only days after the New Zealand mosque shooting that left 50 people dead — the fear was warranted. It also does not warrant an out-of-context video to be produced and weaponized by POTUS to further a political agenda against her, inciting more fear about the people she represents. This is a big ask in today’s politics, but the President should be a purveyor of unity and peace

among all Americans. Islamophobia has plagued our country for long enough. The stereotypical terrorist image needs to subside in the national memory and make room for the true threat to America — domestic terrorism. In the years since 9/11, Homeland Security’s no. 1 mission was to protect the country from terrorism and naturally focused on international terrorism committed by non-state extremists. What they failed to do was gather intelligence on domestic terrorist threats and how to neutralize them. Now, domestic terrorism is actually the biggest threat to America — and law enforcement doesn’t know how to stop it. Think Charlottesville. Think the Vegas mass shooting.

Think of Aurora, Charleston, Pittsburgh, Sandy Hook. All of these acts were committed by Americans against Americans. Yes, there have been attacks with foreign influence since 9/11, and those should be a major focus of law enforcement, but nationally we need to recognize the harms and impacts of domestic terrorism in this country. Leaving terrorism in the national conscious solely defined by 9/11 not only harms the country as a whole, but also the nearly 3.5 million Muslim-Americans that have the same liberties and basic human rights afforded to them, like any other American citizen. Continuing to perpetuate this harmful stereotype places Muslim-Americans in harm's way and disfranchises

Too many presidental candidates creates confusion for voters

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Elizabeth Warren speaks to a crowd of supporters at her political rally on October 12, 2012. Warren is one of 18 democratic candidates that have announced their campaigns for the 2020 United States presidential election.

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andidates have announced their campaigns, drama has ensued and that’s when you know that the United States is about to have a controversial presidential election. The 2020 Presidential Election is coming around the corner, and it seems like almost everyone that’s ever been featured on an AJ Plus political video has announced their

campaign to be the next president of the United States. But like what plagues an indecisive person deciding where to eat, are too many options a bad thing? According to the New York Times, there are 20 candidates that have announced the start of their presidential campaigns, two that are likely to run and seven that might announce a campaign. I don’t know when the United States presidency turned into a Harry Potter-esque Goblet of Fire competition, but given the fact that each political party would like to come to a consensus about who to vote for, too many options is overwhelming.

The Democratic Party has some big names pop up with the likes of Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders announcing their bids. The Republican Party has their current president, Donald Trump, trying to go two for two with another term, and William Feld of Massachusetts trying to run as well. The democratic party has a total of 18 people that have announced their campaigns, and it’s already hard for voters to keep up. Obviously we are still in the beginning stages of the political race, but things are heating up quickly. Between controversies at rallies, and the overall spillage of drama

between the current president and candidates, people want to grasp to familiar faces that will represent them well. While this might be easy for people who know they are going to be supporting the republican party, democratic voters are having a harder time deciding who to get behind. During a Buzzfeed interview with former Georgia gubernatorial race candidate Stacey Abrams, Abrams addressed the concerns that democrats have too many candidates in the presidential race. When asked directly if democrats should focus on regaining the senate majority instead of running for president, Abrams said, “If you run for the Senate, you should want to do the job of being in the Senate. If you want to be president that's a very different job, and I know people often want to go from one to the other but I want people running for the Senate who want to do the work of being in the Senate. Separate from that, I don't think we have too many candidates.” While the sentiment is obviously there, Abrams is assuming that people are going to inform themselves about which candidates to vote for, which hasn’t been the case in past years. People vote for who they connect with, and when they’re forced to try and get to know 18 candidates for one party, it can be overwhelming and welcome uneducated decisions. Like most things in life, less is more and that should translate over to this presidential race as well. Obviously only time will tell if having a multitude of candidates will benefit the country, but right now the cluster of candidates is off putting and doesn’t encourage people to get more involved in their political decisions. 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.

"Thank you" emails, not necessary for hire

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ast week the executive hiring manager for Insider, Inc., Jessica Liebman, wrote an op-ed for Business Insider simply titled, “How to write a thank you letter”, but the story took a drastic turn. Liebman said, “When I first started hiring, I came up with a simple rule: Jacey We shouldn't Gonzalez move a candidate to the next stage in the interview process unless they send a thank-you email.” Right on cue, the internet freaked out — probably because most humans can’t remember the last time they sent a thank

you letter to someone they interviewed with. I’ll be honest, I’ve never sent a thank-you note after an interview. I don’t consider myself to be a rude person. I send thank-you cards for gifts, condolences after a death and cards for every holiday. I try to stay on top of birthdays, call my grandparents, the usual stuff. But after reading this article, I contemplated if this was the reason why I haven’t been hired by my dream job, and determined that it made no difference. Saying thank you is like saying sorry. You don’t realize how often you say it, because it’s a social norm to constantly say “thanks” and apologize. Half the time I say “Thanks, you too” when the movie theatre usher says “Enjoy your film.” It’s an automatic response that has been conditioned due to

the extreme expectation of being polite and proper at all times. Most people thank their interviewer for their time on their way out of the office, which should be enough since you’re probably just a moving face to your interviewer. When I’m leaving an interview, I’m not thinking about when I’m going to send a thank-you email to who I interviewed with. I’m thinking about whether or not I have a good shot at landing that job and analyzing every single word I’ve said. This doesn’t make me self-centered or rude. Throughout a normal job interview, you describe yourself well, talk about your experience and as a rule of thumb you’re usually humble and gracious for the opportunity. You plead your case as to why a company should hire you and you’re what they’re

looking for, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t make it to the next round. As someone who tends to interview well, sometimes I don’t feel like it’s necessary to follow up with a thank you. Liebman’s ultimatum of not hiring qualified candidates if they don’t send a “thank you” seems almost egotistical and petty. Egotistical in the way that Liebman automatically assumes that she deserves a thank you for doing her job of hiring people, and petty because you’re throwing away qualified candidates because of a simple, personal stipulation. Also, hiring managers never write thank you notes to people who applied to the job, they’re lucky if they get a response at all in regards to the available position. If you want to send a thankyou email, then go for it. If you

think it’ll boost your chances of getting hired, then I hope you apply to all Insider jobs for the next decade. If you’re like me and you don’t feel like sending empty thank-you emails, more power to you. The bottom line is, your career shouldn’t hang in the balance of sending an informal thank-you email, and if it does, maybe you should reconsider your company of choice. 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.

them as a whole. They cannot live a “normal” life without taking precautions to avoid the stereotype, and most of the time still wind up in situations where the stereotype is applied to their daily actions. Like the Sagebrush has said before, intolerance is a way of the past and it is up to our generation to embrace all types of people as American on equal footing, rather than in a hierarchy. The Islamophobic ideology is another thing that needs to be left in the past as our country progresses as we focus on the true threats to our country. We are all better together. The Editorial Board can be reached at mpurdue@sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

Ragebrush: Stop littering the quad with your graduation glitter

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alking the quad during spring graduation is one of the greatest parts of going to the University of Nevada, Reno. The university quadrangle is one of the most historic parts of our university and I can almost guarantee that every graduate has their coveted and loved graduation photo on the quad. While graduation photos are used to memorialize your time at the university, please stop blowing Jacey confetti and glitter over Gonzalez the gorgeous, manicured green grass. Confetti is horrible, glitter is worse. Both Satan-made products have found their way onto “Mother Quad” because of selfish graduates that want to watch the world burn. If you’ve ever wondered why every goose at Manzanita Lake hates students, it’s probably because they spend their springs eating the disgusting confetti that people leave on the ground and have digestive problems as a result. Leaving your trash for others to pick up not only makes you lazy, but also does a disservice to the entire ecosystem of the quadrangle as a whole. Glitter is litter. Arizona State University had so many formal complaints of glitter on their campus due to graduation photos that their director of grounds had to make a formal statement about it. Alana Levine, director of grounds and Zero Waste at ASU, said in an article to The State Press, that there are two main problems with glitter: It can be incredibly hard to clean up, and because it’s comprised of millions of tiny pieces of plastic, it can also harm the environment. “It’s essentially putting tiny, tiny non-recyclable plastic into the environment," she said. "There’s no way to kind of gather that up and recycle it.” Even though it’s officially roped off to let the grounds recover before graduation, every weekend people are on the quad taking their graduation photos. And every Monday on my walk to class I can see the disgusting mess that people have left with confetti blasters everywhere, and so much glitter on the pavement that it looks like Dorothy’s yellow brick road. Graduation photos are supposed to be a fun expression of their departure from the university. Most people wait at least four years to be able to take these photos. As much money as we pour into this university, the grounds are not ours to use and abuse as we see fit. If people are going to use the university’s grounds to take their graduation photos, they should have enough respect for the environment to pick up after themselves. When people use confetti and glitter and leave it for the grounds crew to pick up, they’re disrespecting the people that work so hard to keep this university gorgeous. If you can’t pick up your trash, you don’t deserve your degree and should go back to kindergarten to learn how to clean up after yourself. I don’t know what Pinterest photo inspired the excessive use of glitter or confetti, but the trend needs to end. Even if you think your infantesimal specks are going to look so cute in a DSLR camera shot, I promise you can live without it. 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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Alford introduced as Nevada Men’s Basketball coach By Ryan Freeberg

Coming out to a remixed version of Dr. Dre’s “Still Dre” and DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win,” Steve Alford was introduced as the next head coach of Nevada Men’s Basketball. He takes over for departed Eric Musselman, who left just five days prior to take over as the head coach at Arkansas. A public event was held at Lawlor Events Center on Friday, April 12, at 2 p.m. to officially introduce Alford as the 19th head coach in the history of the program. Alford possesses quite a respectable coaching history, a fact not lost on the new coach. “I might be, I just might be, the first coach that’s hired here to be undefeated in this building,” Alford said in reference to his coaching history. Alford previously served as the head coach at New Mexico from 2007-13. In his tenure with the Lobos, Alford led the team to four regular-season championships, two Mountain West Conference Championships and three NCAA tournament appearances. Even in his worst year with New Mexico, 2010-11, he still finished with .629 win percentage. Every stop along the coaching road for Alford presented new challenges and has taught him new techniques. One of the key lessons he learned while with the Lobos was the importance of playing high-level competition before the NCAA tournament arrives. “When I was in the Mountain West before, we scheduled up,” Alford said. “We knew that’s how we were gonna get better seeds. That’s how we are gonna prepare ourselves for league play and we try to get as many national games as we possibly can and stay within a national picture I think is vital to our program.” Alford originally began his coaching career in 1991 at Manchester, a Division-III school. He spent four seasons with the program, going 78-29, and was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 1999. Following Manchester, Alford moved up the coaching ladder, leading Missouri State and then Iowa. Between the two universities, he clocked in 12 years of head coaching experience and led his squads to four NCAA tournaments in that time. He also won the Big Ten Conference Championship twice while at Iowa. Alford was most recently the

head coach at UCLA but was fired last season after starting 7-6. Factoring in all 28 years of his head coaching experience, Alford has only had a losing season twice. Alford believes the experience he has gained coaching will help fast track the development of the program. “This is my sixth spot, and it’s the same approach as the rest,” Alford said. “We’re just trying to take something and evolve it and try to make it better. And that takes work of everyone involved.” Experience at the collegiate coaching level is, of course, important, but it’s his resume in the basketball world which speaks wonders. Alford played college ball for Indiana, and it was while at Indiana that the championship bug first bit him. In 1984, while attending Indiana, Alford was selected to the US National team and had the opportunity to represent Team USA in the Olympics. The team would go to win the Gold Medal as Alford played alongside some of the all-time greats such as Michael Jordan, Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing. “To be on the Olympic team and play with guys like [Michael] Jordan, [Chris] Mullin and [Patrick] Ewing,” Alford said. “That was special to be able to do that as a player.” If the 1984 Olympic Basketball team can be considered the flame that lit the championship spirit in Alford, Basketball Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight can be thought of as the spark. Knight was not only Alford’s coach at Indiana during his time with the Hoosiers, but was also his coach at the 1984 Olympic games. Knight is one of the most prolific coaches in college basketball history, he’s coached three NCAA championship teams, won 11 conference championships and even led his 1975-76 team to a perfect season. For reference, there have only been seven teams in the history of the NCAA to accomplish such a feat. Alford’s experience in championships games proved crucial to his university’s success when in 1987, he helped lead the Hoosiers to a national championship. At multiple times during the press conference, Alford attributed fantastic leadership as one of the main things that attracted him to Reno and the university. “The leadership that you have here is at a really high level,” Alford said.

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Steve Alford stands at the podium during his introductory press conference on Friday, April 12, at Lawlor Events Center. Alford is the 19th head coach in Nevada Men’s Basketball history.

Alford specifically thanked athletics director Doug Knuth and university president Marc Johnson. A strong foundation of leadership is crucial, but it also takes a strong core of individual players. Prior to the event, Alford met with returning players to address their concerns. In the days leading up to his hiring, Nevada was down to only one returning player who was eligible to play on opening day — Lindsey Drew. Since the meetings, he has been able to re-recruit Jazz Johnson back to the team for his final season of eligibility. Keeping the team together is one of Alford’s top priorities. “They’ve been a part of something special, now we can put the pieces together and stay at that level for years to come,” Alford said. Alford reiterated his commitment to Nevada and to Reno multiple times during the conference, but the biggest commitment came the day prior. When Nevada announced the signing of Al-

ford, Nevada also confirmed they had signed him to a 10-year deal. Alford stated he and his wife Tanya wanted to find a potential forever home at his next coaching stop. “To be able to continue my career in a tight-knit community that has demonstrated its support for the basketball program is exactly the opportunity that Tanya and I were looking for, and we are thrilled to be in Northern Nevada,” Alford said. “I can’t wait to get to work as we look to build off the established tradition and momentum of this great program. I want this to be the last stop of my coaching career.” Since the signing of the contract, the numbers involved in the deal have been released. To start, the deal is the longest in the history of the program, it keeps Alford as the coach until April 30, 2029. The deal is also fully guaranteed, earning him $11.6 million over 10 years. His base salary will start at $500,000 but by the end of the deal,

Men’s Basketball transfer portal update seasons with Louisiana Tech. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 15.3 points per game, shooting 44.4 percent from behind the arc, appearing in 11 games during his sophomore season. “Nevada is still my priority and I fully intend to meet with the new coach before making any decisions. I’ve gotten to know and love my teammates and coaches here,” Harris said in a Twitter message to Nevada Sports Net. Harris is planning to meet with Alford and Nevada athletics director Doug Knuth.

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Jordan Brown blocks Nate Grimes on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Lawlor Events Center. Brown put his name in the transfer portal this past week.

By Isaiah Burrows and Matt Hanifan Nine total players on the Nevada Men’s Basketball team have entered their names in the NCAA transfer protocol system since Eric Musselman departed for Arknsas. Jazz Johnson and Shamiel Stevenson are the only two scholarship players left on the current roster for next season. Stevenson would not be eligible to play until December if he stays on the roster.

LINDSEY DREW Fifth-year senior guard Lindsey Drew is the newest name added to the transfer portal, reported Evan Daniels of 247Sports. Drew didn’t play this season after undergoing hip surgery on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 6.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals over his three seasons with the Pack. He was named to the 2017-18 Mountain West All-Defensive Team.

JORDAN BROWN A five-star recruit during his senior year in high school, freshman Jordan Brown averaged 3.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 10.1

minutes per game this season. Brown was ranked as the No. 31 ranked recruit according to ESPN’s Top 100 recruits. A McDonald’s AllAmerican, Brown was the highest prospect in program history. The 6-foot-10 forward transferred from Woodcreek High School to Prolific Prep, a school in Napa, California. He averaged 21.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game his senior year. Brown was recruited by a UCLA assistant coach when Steve Alford was at the head position. He chose Nevada over Arizona, UCLA and California.

on 53.8 percent shooting from the floor in 29 games.

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Sophomore K.J. Hymes did not appear on the floor this season for the Wolf Pack. He redshirted with Nevada after signing with the team in the early spring period. Hymes transferred to Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix for his senior season after three years at St. Mary’s High School. He averaged 12.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in his at St. Mary’s.

Eric Parrish requested his release from his National Letter of Intent that he signed in November. The junior guard is still open to joining Nevada. Parish was the No. 4 junior college prospect in the country and Nevada’s top-ranked recruit for the 2019 class. He played one season at Akron, tallying 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game on 51.7 percent shooting from the floor. He transferred to Bossier Parish Community College for his sophomore season, averaging 18.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game

JALEN TOWNSELL Wolf Pack guard/forward Jalen Townsell entered his name into the transfer portal on April 3. The Sparks, Nevada native walked-on at the university. He redshirted his freshman season and has four seasons of eligibility. Townsell averaged 21.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in his senior season at Spanish Spring High School.

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Senior guard Nisre Zouzoua averaged 1.4 points and 1.0 rebounds per game in 126 total minutes on the hardwood with Nevada this season. The 6-foot-2 guard played his first two seasons at Bryant. Zouzoua averaged 20.3 points per game with 92 made-threes on 36.6 percent shooting from deep, all of which led the Northeast Conference in his sophomore season.

JOJO ANDERSON Junior guard JoJo Anderson did not suit up for the Wolf Pack this season due to the NCAA transfer rules. He averaged 11.1 points on 37.4 percent shooting from the field with the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in 2017-18.

will grow to $1.5 million. Perhaps the most interesting piece of text in his contract is in relation to buyouts. If Alford breaks his contract in the first year, he owes Nevada $8 million. The number decreases from there as the years go on, leveling out at $1.5 million in year six and onward. The numbers involved in the deal are unprecedented for Nevada. Before closing down the event, Alford took a moment to acknowledge the last thing that attracted him to Nevada and more specifically, Reno. “The last thing that drew me here was golf, if there’s anything about the timing of this hire, it’s Master’s weekend,” Alford jokingly admitted. “I need to get with the golf team very shortly because I need gloves, balls, clubs, everything.” Ryan Freeberg can be reached at dstrugs@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

Johnson recommits to Nevada Basketball By Isaiah Burrows

Nevada guard Jazz Johnson announced he will return to the Wolf Pack for his senior season in a press conference with local media on Friday. He averaged 11.0 points on a team-leading 45.2 shooting from behind the arc. “I’m gonna stay with the Pack,” Johnson announced. “The community here loves me and I love them. And after a lot of long talks with my parents … we came to the conclusion that this is the best place for me.” The hiring of head coach Steve Alford had positive implications on Johnson’s career going forward. “There was a lot of questions surrounding my future,” he said. “But it was important coach came in and I really appreciate the fact he came in and tried to consider as much as we were saying as possible.” Under Alford, Johnson looks to have complete control of the offense as the starting point guard. He started just one game with the Wolf Pack this season. His smooth stroke from the perimeter gave Nevada some much-needed spacing off the bench. “I wanted an opportunity to show what I could do off of ball screens,” Johnson said. “Having more decision-making opportunities is huge for me to take my game to the next level as a point guard, and he’s providing that for me.” Johnson, along with nine other Wolf Pack players, put their names into the NCAA transfer portal system over the past two weeks. Three players are under scholarship in the current roster, but Johnson’s return can persuade others to stay. “Like coach said, we have the nucleus,” he said. “It’s important for all of us to know that if we stay here if all of us stay here we have a team that loves each other.” Isaiah Burrows can be reached at dstrugs@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

MIKE LEWIS II

JALEN HARRIS Junior guard Jalen Harris had to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. Harris played his previous two

Lewis II did not suit up for the Pack last season. Lewis II transferred from Duquesne mid-season after playing 12 games with the Dukes last season. The junior guard averaged 5.6 points on 38.3 percent shooting, only playing 16.8 minutes per game last season. The 6-foot-1 guard played 31.5 combined minutes per game his first two seasons. Isaiah Burrows and Matt Hanifan can be reached at dstrugs@sagebrush. unr.edu and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

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Jazz Johnson goes up for a layup against UNLV’s Joel Ntambwe on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Lawlor Events Center. Johnson was first player to announce his return since Steve Alford was hired.


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King announces transfer from Nevada By Isaiah Burrows Camariah King announced she will leave Nevada and transfer for her senior season, per Chris Murray of Nevada Sports Net on April 3. King’s departure leaves the Nevada women’s team without its top-three scorers from this season. Seniors Jade Redmon and Terae Briggs left due to graduation. King ranked third on the Wolf Pack with 7.7 points on 30.2 percent from three-point range. She chipped in a team-high 2.6 assists per game this season. King redshirted with a medical injury in 2016-17. She will be eligible as a graduate transfer at her next school. Along with Redmon and Briggs, King was one of three players to average at least 30 minutes per game. She started 27 of 31 games this season and has one season of eligibility left. Nevada head coach Amanda Levens noticed King’s work ethic throughout the season. “She’s a grinder, someone who keeps pushing their limits,” Levens said earlier this season. “Camariah has shot 1,000 jumpers in the off-season and has continued to strengthen that part of her game. She’s in the gym before and after practice just working on getting better.” King became a leader for a young Wolf Pack squad with six freshman this season, according to Levens.

“They call her the mom of the team,” she said. “She’s a great motherly figure and she’s taken them under her wing and even invited them to her house. She’s much more than a player to them.” Despite the absence of Nevada’s top three scorers, several key players heading into their sophomore seasons will look to fill the void. Guards Da’Ja Hamilton and Essence Booker can give the team such added depth in the backcourt. Booker totaled 168 points and started 12 games. Hamilton started eight games this season, averaging 5.0 points and 2.1 assists per game. Forwards Imani Lacy and Emma Torbert can add some size in the paint and a scoring presence down low. Lacy ranked fourth on the team with 6.7 points per game and 4.0 rebounds in 26 games. Torbert played 15.7 minutes per game this season and led the team with a 35.5 three-point percentage. “We’re a hungry bunch ready to compete,” Levens said earlier this season. “There may be more of a learning curve, but I don’t want to the team to anticipate any persistent struggles.” King’s absence will leave younger members of the Pack to step up in her absence. The team will look to rebound after a 12-19 season. Isaiah Burrows can be reached at dstrugs@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

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Camariah King looks to pass in a game against San Diego on Nov. 13, 2015 at Lawlor Events Center. King was thirdleading scorer on the team this season.

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McLaughlin’s new tune helping Nevada Baseball

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Jaylon McLaughlin swings after one of his three hits against San Diego State on Saturday, April 6, at Peccole Park. McLaughlin leads the Mountain West with 15 steals this season.

By Isaiah Burrows Nevada Wolf Pack outfielder Jaylon McLaughlin has found a new tune at the plate. McLaughlin sings to himself during every at-bat, a pregame ritual he’s developed in his three seasons at Nevada. “The team makes fun of me because I sing Moana at the plate,” he said. “So I just sing my song in my head while I hit and I just go with the flows and just capitalize on the right pitch. I always thought I could sing, so why not combine them, you know?” McLaughlin may want to stick to the diamond. The junior’s .353 batting average ranks fifth in the Mountain West Conference to go along with a conference-best 15 stolen bases this year. A switch-hitter, McLaughlin’s smooth swing translates to base hits down the first and third base lines. His blazing speed on the basepaths will stretch routine singles into doubles. If McLaughlin settles at first base, his long strides give him a great jump to steal second or third. “Baseball is a momentum game,” McLaughlin said. “So I just try to

capitalize on any situation whenever I can to help my guys. So If that means going for extra bases or stealing a bag myself, that’s what I’m gonna do.” Currently, in his junior season, McLaughlin’s defensive versatility has given the Wolf Pack some flexibility of their own. McLaughlin started 31 games at shortstop last season. He was moved to center field this season in order for junior Dillan Shrum and sophomore Tyler Bosetti to rotate between shortstop and second base. The junior has made a seamless transition to the outfield. His speed and athleticism help him get a better reaction on the ball. “I just try to get a good jump of the ball,” he said. “That way I can adjust to where I’m at and get good positioning before it falls.” McLaughlin was a 38th round selection in the 2016 MLB Draft by the New York Mets. He lettered in three years in baseball at Santa Monica High School before he committed to Nevada. The rangy outfielder was named Defensive Player of the Year and was second-team All-Ocean League during his high school career. McLaughlin showcased his ver-

satile glove in his freshman season with the Wolf Pack. He started six games at second base, seven at third base, five at shortstop and one appearance as the designated hitter. He found a permanent role as the starting shortstop in his sophomore season, starting 31 games. McLaughlin hit .252 with 26 hits, two doubles and eight RBIs. He tied for sixth in the Mountain West with three triples. In the full swing of his junior season, McLaughlin is ready to help Nevada stay above .500. The Pack’s 3-0 victory over New Mexico Saturday snapped a four-game losing streak. “We gotta work on taking blows,” he said. “With our team, we need to grind out games to win so we need to take our opponent’s best shot and respond at all times.” With McLaughlin’s speed and defensive versatility, the Nevada Wolf Pack are finding their rhythm as a team. “Hey, what can I say except you’re welcome?” McLaughlin sang from the Moana soundtrack song “You’re Welcome”. Isaiah Burrows can be reached at dstrugs@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

Sharts, Statum lead Wolf Pack to season series win over New Mexico

By Matt Hanifan

Nevada Baseball fell in a hard-fought battle against Saint Mary’s on Tuesday, but took the series in their weekend slate against their conference foe in Albuquerque. The Wolf Pack are 18-17 overall and improved to 8-10 in conference play.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, AT SAINT MARY’S Nevada fell to Saint Mary’s 12-5 in an extra-innings thriller. Eight pitchers were used for the Pack in the 12-inning contest. Tyler Smith suffered his third loss of the season. He surrendered one unearned run in the final frame. Jaylon McLaughlin went 3-4 with three RBI’s off the bench. He recorded his team-leading 15th stolen base of the season. Tyler Bosetti picked up his first hit since March 24 against UNLV, going 2-5 with a triple and an RBI. The Gaels jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. Kevin Milam began the second inning with a solo home run, his fourth of the season. The Gaels were able to plate another run in the following frame on an RBI single from Joe Vranesh. The bases were loaded with one out, but Josh Jackson was able to get out of the jam with a strikeout and groundout to the pitcher. Saint Mary’s converted for two more runs in the fourth inning, walking into the fifth inning with a 4-0 lead. A basesloaded walk by Hatten put Nevada on the board. McLaughlin’s two-RBI single cut the Gaels’ lead to 4-3. Saint Mary’s plated one in the sixth inning. The Pack battled back in the following frame, tying the contest at five after Bosetti’s first triple of the season and a one-out single from McLaughlin. Relievers Bradley Bonnenfant and Grant Ford pitched five combined innings, allowing only three baserunners on one hit. Smith came in to begin the 12th inning, replacing Ford. A triple and two walks loaded the bases with no outs. A throwing error from the Pack sent the fans home happy in a contest that lasted nearly four-and-a-half hours. The Pack head to Albuquerque for a three-game weekend slate against the Lobos, beginning Friday, April 12.

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The Pack fell 6-4 in game one of the three-game weekend slate against the Lobos, evening up the season series at two apiece. Ryan Anderson toed the slab for the Pack Friday, suffering his second loss of the season. Anderson allowed four runs through five innings, striking out only one. Josh Zamora went 3-4 with two doubles, driving in the first run of the game on a single through the left side which plated Weston Hatten. Conor Allard drove in Dillan Shrum on an RBI double to put the Pack up 2-0 in the first inning. Allard drove in his second RBI on the day on a fielder’s choice, driving in McLaughlin from third to give the Pack a 3-0 lead. Matt Clayton doubled down the left field line, scoring Zamora. The Pack didn’t score for the rest of the contest, as the Lobos plated six unanswered. The Lobos drove one across on a fielder’s choice in the fourth after having runners on the corners with one out. The Lobos took command of the contest in the fifth. A two-run home run by Tyler Kelly brought New Mexico to within one run. Back-to-back doubles, followed by a sacrifice fly later in the inning gave the Lobos a 5-4 advantage. The Pack reached base only once in the final four frames, on a seventh inning walk by Hatten. However, Hatten was thrown out on a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out on an attempted steal at second base. Nevada struck out nine times from the sixth to the ninth inning, striking out a season-high 17 times on the evening. Those 17 strikeouts are one more than their previous strikeout total the game before versus Saint Mary’s which was at 16, The Lobos reached one more across on a two-out triple in the seventh, the final run of the contest.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, AT NEW MEXICO Phenomenal pitching and timely hitting gave the Pack a 3-0 victory to even up the series. Right hander Owen Sharts picked up his third victory on the season. He struck out one, allowing two hits in 5.1 shutout innings. The freshman now has two shutout outings on the season, with the first coming in his first start of the season against Texas State. Jaylon McLaughlin’s only hit on the

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Ryan Anderson winds up for a pitch against San Diego State on Saturday, April 6, at Peccole Park. Anderson lost his second loss of the season against New Mexico.

day came in the first inning, blasting a solo home run to give the Pack a 1-0 lead. The Pack only tallied six hits on the afternoon. Josh Zamora went 1-for2 with an RBI. Conor Allard went 2-for4, striking out once. Allard was the only player to have a multi-hit performance. After surrendering a one-out triple in the sixth inning, Grant Ford replaced Sharts. Ford was able to get two quick outs, getting out the jam unscathed. Nevada plated two more insurance runs in the seventh inning. Matt Clayton hurried home on a wild pitch, followed by Tyler Bosetti reaching across on Zamora’s 23rd RBI on the season.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, AT NEW MEXICO Big efforts from Otis Statum, Bosetti and Shrum propelled the Nevada offense to their second-highest scoring game of the season, earning a 14-8 victory over New Mexico. Nevada’s bats centered their success once again, tallying 12 hits. They have now recorded 12-plus hits seven times this season, going 6-1 when they reach that feat.

Bosetti put together his first four-hit performance of the season, going 4-5 with two RBI’s. Dillan Shrum crushed his conference-leading eighth home run on the season, finishing 2-3 with three RBI’s. Bradley Bonnenfant earned his fifth victory of the season coming out of the bullpen. He pitched 2.2 one-run innings, surrendering five hits and striking out five. The Pack put together a four-run inning in the third inning. A double by Zamora, with a walk by Shrum put two men on with two outs. Allard and Hatten had two back-toback two-out doubles, plating three combined runs. Hatten then reached across on a double from Bosetti, giving the Pack a 4-1 lead. The Pack continued to pile on insurance runs. Shrum crushed a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for a two-run shot in the fifth, after McLaughlin singled to begin the inning. Smith plated Bosetti later in the inning on a two-out double, giving Nevada a 7-1 lead. Justin Watari cut the Nevada lead to 7-3 after a twoRBI single from Just Hatari. The bats continued to take over,

putting together seven runs on three hits in the sixth inning. Shrum beamed a single up the middle, plating Marco Valenzuela. Nevada loaded the bases with two outs. Hatten drew a sevenpitch walk, followed by Bosetti’s second RBI on the afternoon, giving Nevada a 10-3 lead. The Pack extended their lead to eleven runs after a grand slam from Otis Statum, his second home run of the season. Nevada’s bullpen let up a little bit towards the end of the game, with New Mexico scoring in the seventh and ninth innings. Nevada had more than enough insurance to capture the series victory and took the season-series versus their conference foe. Nevada finish their five-game road trip on Tuesday, April 16, traveling to San Francisco before heading home for a weekend series against UNLV. Matt Hanifan can be reached at dstrugs@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @dSagebrushSports.


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