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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced earlier this week that the country plans to suspend nuclear testing next month, North Korean news outlet Korean Central News Agency reports. According to ABC News, Un announced that North Korea will “no longer need any nuclear tests, mid and long and ICBM rocket tests.” Un also announced that the country will be shutting down Poongye-ri, a nuclear test site in North Korea that conducted multiple underground tests. In a pair of tweets, President Donald Trump praised Un’s decision as “very good news for North Korea and the World.”

NATIONAL FOUR KILLED IN AT WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTING NEAR NASHVILLE On Sunday, April 22, a man opened fire at a Waffle House near Nashville, Tennessee, shooting six people and killing four. Officials have identified the gunman as 29-year-old Travis Reinking who is suspected to be from Morton, Illinois, but currently lives in Tennessee. According to witnesses, Reinking stood naked from the waist down when he opened fire with an assault-style rifle. Police say that 29-year-old James Shaw Jr. was in the restaurant when the shooting took place and was able to take the rifle away from Reinking before he bolted from the scene. After a continuous manhunt, Reinking was placed into custody on Monday. His motive remains unclear.

LOCAL HIGH LEVELS OF RADIOACTIVE GAS COLLECTED FROM RENO LIBRARY The Washoe County library on Center Street tested positive for high levels of a radioactive gas known as radon, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. Radon is odorless, colorless, and has been linked to causing lung cancer if exposed to the gas for a prolonged amount of time. In February, Washoe County, in partnership with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, conducted tests at the library that resulted in levels of radon anywhere from 13 to 67.8 picocuries per liter of radioactive gas. “We are trying to do the right thing,” director of the community services division, Eric Crump, said. “Radon, from everything that I’ve looked at, is a long-term exposure (danger). It’s not an immediate threat for people coming and visiting the library.”

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In this file photo, hundreds of students gather on the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center lawn on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. Student enrollment at the University of Nevada, Reno is expected to hit 25,000 students by 2025.

By Olivia Ali As tuition is going up, enrollment at America’s higher education institutions is going down. For the sixth year in a row, the number of people enrolled in colleges and universities is declining, according to a study by The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The study found that overall enrollment fell by 1 percent this past year, a drop just a hair less than the 1.4 percent drop from 2016 and the 1.7 percent drop from 2015. Undergraduates seem to be driving the decline. In the Cen-

ter’s 2017 study, overall enrollment of undergraduate students fell 1.4 percent. “This suggests further declines to come overall in the years ahead, which will continue to present planning challenges for institutions and policymakers seeking to adapt to new economic and demographic realities,” said Doug Shapiro, the Center’s executive research director, in a statement. But while enrollment is falling nationwide, the University of Nevada, Reno, continues to buck the national trend. During an ASUN Senate meet-

ing from earlier this month, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services Melisa Choroszy gave revised internal estimates that peg UNR’s enrollment to hit 25,000 by 2025. Choroszy said that the projected enrollment rate increases by a “modest 1-2 percent per year.” That falls in line with the most recent enrollment trends at UNR. Total enrollment of students at the university grew by 1.4 percent between fall 2016 and fall 2017. In terms of total students added, it amounts to an increase from 21,353 students in 2016 to 21,657 in 2017.

This vast growth of the number of students at the university is unexpected, as expected projections prior to this were only 20,000 students by the 2020 school year. The university surpassed this projection during the 2015-2016 academic year with a total enrollment of 20,898 students. The increase of undergraduate students at UNR provides a stark contrast to universities nationwide, as the university saw a 0.8 percent jump as opposed to the nationwide fall of 1.4 percent. Though while the number of Reno undergrads bucks the

trend, the number of grad students seems to hew far closer to national averages. Nationally, graduate enrollment is up by 0.9 percent. While much lower than the university’s 4.8 percent increase, both populations are increasing. According to Choroszy, the diverse program areas offered by the university may be the cause. The university offers more than 145 degree programs. For comparison, other schools often offer far fewer. Stanford, for

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While the newest residence hall on campus, Great Basin Hall, is still under construction through this summer, the University of Nevada, Reno, is already holding tours throughout the first two weeks of April for prospective students. “Students have been able to view the rooms in all the other residence halls,” said Wyatt Wagner, the housing operations coordinator and tour guide for Great Basin. “And so I’m glad we did these tours because we gave them that opportunity to see all the room configurations since we weren’t able to do that earlier this year.” The tours went on for four days in early April. Students were able to see all the different types of rooms and the multiple study lounges. “It’s to get students excited about living on campus,” said Jerome Maese, the director for residential life. “And to show them where their new home is going to be and to help promote that special kind of living environment for everyone who is looking to live there.” The residence hall will be available for all undergraduate students pursuing a degree in STEM fields, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Great Basin has been built with specific amenities for students in STEM classes such as work rooms, study lounges, academic mentors and a 24-hour computer lab. The building also includes plans for an


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Amphetamine death rates among Nevada residents lead the nation, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study states death rates in Nevada from “psychostimulants” — a category which includes methamphetamine, ecstasy and ADHD drugs like Adderall and Ritalin — hit 7.5 per 100,000 in 2016, up 32 percent from the previous year. The national average for psychostimulant deaths hit 2.4 per 100,000, a 33 percent increase from 2015. Nevada had the highest death rate, followed by New Mexico and Oklahoma, each with 7.1 psychostimulant deaths per 100,000. The CDC report included data from 31 states and Washington D.C. “From 2015 to 2016, deaths increased across all drug categories examined,” the study said. “The largest overall rate increases occurred among deaths involving cocaine (52.4 percent) and synthetic opioids (100 percent), likely driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl.” While opioid deaths rose nationally, they decreased in Nevada from 9.8 per 100,000 to 8.9 per 100,000, according to the CDC report. The study showed college-aged students — age 15 to 24 — had the second-lowest death rate from psychostimulants nationally at 1.3 per 100,000.

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jump from Fall 2016 when the graduate total was only 2,887 students. The university’s partnership with Pearson to create an online graduate degree program for a Master’s of Social Work launched in Fall 2016. As this program grew and gained credibility over the 2016-2017 school year, it is likely that this may be part of the cause for such a large jump in graduate enrollment at the university. According to Choroszy, the university provides informa-

tion on the past and projected enrollment. Choroszy says the office of institutional analysis gives plenty of data on the demographics and number of students at the university organized by year and advises those interested in the number of students enrolled to look at these resources on the university’s websites.

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Continued from page A1 Most psychostimulant deaths occur among adults age 35 to 54. Psychostimulant users usually won’t overdose from amphetamines alone, but the drugs can cause heart attacks among users with existing heart conditions, Dr. Jonathan Floriani, a UNLV psychiatry assistant professor, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A psychostimulant increases activity in the central nervous system and is prescribed for patients with issues like attention deficit disorders or obesity and bought illegally on the street in the form of methamphetamine or ecstacy. For college students, psychostimulants are used most often with “study drugs” like Adderall.

ADDERALL ON CAMPUS Adderall — a brand name for dextroamphetamine-amphetamine — is commonly prescribed to adolescents or young adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, today it has become popular among college students and taken to help with

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has received a $2 million research grant from a South Korean company, YUYANG DNU. The grant comes after Associate Professor Seungil Ro, Ph. D. discovered a molecule that can be used to create diabetes and obesity-related drugs. “This $2M grant will allow our research team to screen FDA-approved chemical compound libraries to identify drug candidate compounds that can turn back on the suppressed gene in diabetes,” Ro said. “If we identify candidate drugs, we will validate them in cells and in diabetic mice to see if the drug(s) can stop or alleviate the conditions of obesity and diabetes. We will collect efficacy and toxicity data of the drug candidates to prepare for clinical trials.” Type 2 diabetes is a chronic lifelong disease where sugar levels in the blood rise and

studying or as a “weight-loss drug.” A 2016 study from Johns Hopkins University found that, over a five-year period, while prescriptions for Adderall remained the same, usage increased. “Adderall misuse is highest among 18 to 25-year-olds, who are primarily getting the medication from friends or family members and without a doctor’s recommendation or prescription,” according to Johns Hopkins’ Hub. The study from Johns Hopkins also found that from 2006 to 2011, nonprescribed use of Adderall by college-aged students rose 67 percent and emergency room visits associated with Adderall rose by 156 percent. The Michigan Daily recently surveyed 1,300 students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor about Adderall use and found that 24 percent of those surveyed use Adderall, while only nine percent had a prescription. Long-term side effects of Adderall use are unknown, but short-term side effects can include sleep disruption, mental health problems and cardiovascular issues like high blood pressure and stroke.

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are unable to process naturally due to the lack of insulin production in the body of the host. Over 400 million people worldwide are diabetic and as obesity rates increase so do the number in diabetic patients. The direct cause of diabetes is unknown making this discovery important to the medical community. “Our lab members are excited about the work ahead of us and understand that although it is a large undertaking we are up for the challenge because we know the potential impact it will have on millions of people,” Ro said. This will be the first time the UNR Medical School has received a grant from YUYANG DNU. In addition, Ro previously received multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health for the past 10 years. “The outstanding work of our faculty, from basic research to translational research, is attracting attention,” vice president for research and innovation at UNR, Mridul Gautam, Ph.D., told NEVADAToday. “With the support and investment of YUYANG DNU, a global

company, we will continue to enhance the competitiveness of our faculty, helping them grow their research and make a difference in the lives of many.” Ro says that YUYANG DNU hopes to invest more funds for research and development in the United States by hosting a headquarters at UNR’s Innevation Center in downtown Reno. According to a NEVADAToday press release, one of the goals of YUYANG DNU is to leverage medical research expertise at UNR Med in order to develop drug treatments that will target gastrointestinal complications that arise in patients who are obese or have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. “This dedicated research funding is evidence that UNR Med is at the forefront of innovative solutions to improve global health,” UNR Med Dean, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. told NEVADAToday.

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ASUN’s 86th session sworn in By Madeline Purdue The president, vice president and senators-elects for the Associated Students of the University of Nevada were sworn in to the 86th session on Wednesday, April 18. Twenty senators, President Hannah Jackson and Vice President Carissa Bradley took the oaths of their respective offices. Former president and vice president Noah Teixeira and Sebastian Atienza spoke before the swearing in to congratulate the elected ASUN officials and give them some advice. They encouraged the incoming senators to run for committee chairs and speak up during their meetings so they are representing their constituents to the fullest. Sen. Anthony Martinez from the College of Liberal Arts was nominated by Sen. Zachary Green from the College of Science to the office of speaker of the Senate. The speaker runs and oversees the senate. Martinez served as the speaker pro tempore for the 85th session. He said he wanted to maintain integrity throughout the session and help the senators be the best representatives possible. He plans to hold the senators accountable for upholding the duties of their office — including completing outreach hours. He encourages senators to reach out to collaborate with different branches and entities at the university. Martinez was elected by the senate unanimously. Sens. Green, Andrew McKinney from the College of Liberal Arts and Savannah Hughes from the College of Engineering were nominated by their fellow senators to the office of speaker pro tempore. The speaker pro tempore runs the ASUN internship program and is in charge of the legacy binder. Sen. Hughes said she is qualified for the position because of her experience with creating organizations that help with literacy, and her knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order — by which the senate abides. She also said she wants to expand the visibility of the internship program. Sen. Green served as an intern for the 85th session, which he said helped him build his skills to be a senator. He said he wants to establish learning outcomes for the internship program to better prepare interns to become part of ASUN. Sen. McKinney said he wanted to improve the retention rate of senators in ASUN while encouraging interns to run for positions. Sen. Hughes was voted in by the majority of the Senate. Sens. Nikolas Burton from the College of Business and Blane Merkley from CABNR ran for the position of parliamentarian — which advises and interprets Robert’s Rules of Order. The position is appointed by the speaker of the Senate. Both candidates have experience with the rules from participation in high school, clubs and organizations. Sen. Burton was appointed to parliamentarian. The Senate selected the chairs of each of the six committees — academics, budget and finance, civic engagement, government operations public affairs and university affairs. Sens. Hayley Collins from the College of Science and Emily Sewell from the College of Engineering ran for the academics committee chair. Collins said she is qualified because she was an intern for the 85th session, which prepared her for how committee meetings are run and agendized. She is an honors student and was valedictorian of her high school. She said she would advertise undergraduate research opportunities as the chair. Sewell said the difficulty of her major makes her a great candidate for the position. She said she would want to improve university resources, such as tutoring. She would also like to collaborate with the rest of the senate and other university entities to create

opportunities for students. Sen. Collins was elected by the senate. Sen. Hayden Grant from the College of Business was nominated for the budget and finance committee chair. Grant said he wanted to improve the relationship between the Wolf Shop and the student body to improve retail numbers. He also wants to bring the simplified budget back so students can understand how their fees are allocated. Sen. Grant was unanimously elected to the chair position. Sens. Hannah Hudson from the College of Business and Claudia Feil from the Division of Health Sciences were nominated for the civic engagement committee chair. Both candidates were interns during the 85th session. Sen. Hudson said civic engagement was her passion. She said she would like to motivate, inspire and better the senators on her committee. Sen. Feil said she would create a culture of civic engagement with clubs and organizations, and help recruit students who are not involved in clubs to participate in events. Sen. Feil was elected by the majority of the Senate. Sens. McKinney and Merkley were nominated for the government operations committee chair. McKinney said he would meet with the departments within ASUN to make sure their duties were correctly stated in the Statutes of the Associated Students. He said he wants to “indulge” himself in the document as much as possible to fully understand the roles and rules of each position and department. Merkley said his experience with updating the bylaws of his fraternity will translate to the position when the committee updates the SAS. He also said he wanted to work with the Attorney General to remain consistent within ASUN. He wants to create a SAS “cheat-sheet” so the students could understand the most important parts of the document. Sen. McKinney was elected by the majority of the Senate. Sens. Mika Alvarez from the Reynolds School of Journalism and Natasia Mata from the College of Liberal Arts were nominated for the public affairs committee chair. Sen. Alvarez said she is qualified because she has had other leadership roles where she has advocated for students. She wants to expand the K-12 program to include first-generation students, and create more ElectHer type events to encourage students to run for office. Sen. Mata said they wanted to create a space where students can get unbiased information on what legislation is being passed locally and nationally. They also said they wanted to increase voting numbers in an election year. Sen. Alvarez was elected by the majority of the Senate. Sens. Merkley, Mata, Burton and Troy Clemmons from the College of Science were nominated for the university affairs committee chair. Sen. Merkley said he wanted to strengthen why UNR is the land grant university in Nevada by providing better transportation for prospective students to the university. Sen. Clemmons said he wants to outreach to everyone on campus to get information from everybody in order to make the best decisions possible. Sen. Mata said she would like to incorporate inclusion into the position to give a platform for diverse groups on campus. They would like to implement a diversity training for all freshmen and student employees in ASUN. Sen. Burton said he would be best for the position because of his experiences in leadership roles at the university, and would encourage students to get involved. Sen. Mata was elected by the majority of the Senate. Madeline Purdue can be reached at and on Twitter @madelinepurdue.


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WCSD board elections begin By Joey Lovato The Washoe County School District hasn’t been without its share of turmoil in the past few years, be it the controversial ouster of former superintendent Pedro Martinez or ongoing budget woes. This election cycle, the school board has three open seats being vied for by eight candidates. Here is a breakdown of where they stand.


District F has three people running for one seat, and the district itself represents the Eastern half of WCSD. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, current representative Veronica Frenkel will not be seeking reelection. Jacqueline Calvert works as a food server and volunteers with the WCSD Read to Succeed program. She has never held office before. Calvert wants to see parents taking a larger role in their children’s education. Politically, she is aligned with Democrats. Jeffrey Church is a law enforcement consultant and a retired Reno Police sergeant. He has no previous affiliation with WCSD. He wants to follow the values of the United States Air Force, in which he was a reserve member of, those values being: Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. He is politically a Republican but takes a nonpartisan stance on the position. Ryan Gonda is a trust officer and has served on the board before in District C in 2016. Gonda seeks to make sure the district maintains a level of accountability. Gonda aligns himself with the Republican party.


District C covers the Spanish Springs and Cold Springs area, North of Reno. There are two candidates running for the open seat there. Andrew Caudill is an assistant athletic director at the University of Nevada, Reno. Caudill wants to take a

bottom-up approach which focuses on allocating tax dollars more wisely. Caudill has no previous experience with WCSD but works for the Nevada System of Higher Education. He politically aligns himself with Republicans. Debra Feemster is an education consultant and was formerly a principal at three different WCSD schools. She was also first Director of Equity and Diversity for WCSD. She wants to support students who need extra help on an individual level. She aligns herself with the Democrats.


District B covers the Sparks area and has three candidates running for office. The previous representative, John Mayer, will not be seeking re-election. David Morlet is a wastewater operator for Sparks. His goals include being a voice for parents of children currently in WCSD. He has not worked for WCSD before and is nonpartisan. Dian Vanderwell works for the Northern Nevada Apprenticeship Coordinators Association. She serves as the chair of the Sparks Planning Commission and the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Commission. Vanderwell wants to represent students that don’t seek a path to a four-year degree after high school, advocating for apprenticeship programs. She is nonpartisan in political affiliation. Ellen Minetto is a music teacher with WCSD. She has no prior political experience but has taught with WCSD for 29 years. She wants to represent the students and parents that she has taught over her career with WCSD. She is politically aligned with the Republican party. All summaries of candidates were based on a questionnaire sent out by The Reno Gazette-Journal that the candidates filled out themselves.

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Students walking into Great Basin Hall on Wednesday, April 11. Construction is expected to be completed this July.

sinks, and certain rooms don’t, and it can make picking the rooms very confusing.” Maese says that the completion of the hall will reopen the footbridge over N. Virginia Street and will serve as a “corridor” into the heart of campus. For the first time since White Pine Hall was demolished in 2016, students will be able to walk

to classes without having to wait at a street light. Great Basin Hall is projected to finish construction in July and will be ready for students before the fall semester. Austin Daly can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.


extension of the Nevada Wolf Shop on the first floor. Students will be able to return textbooks, buy snacks and purchase university merchandise. “I like that there is multiple study lounges on each floor,” said Kestra Higby, a biology major at UNR who went on the tour. “A lot of the other halls only have one or two, and Great Basin will have like four or five. So there will be more options, especially during finals week when everywhere is packed.” Great Basin Hall has the greatest variety of rooms, with seven different sizes on each floor. The rooms and suites can host student accommodations anywhere from single bedrooms to rooms up to five people. Depending on the different styles, this can affect the size of the living space, food prep area and bathrooms. “I don’t know if I like the different styles,” said Jillian Luthy, a biology major at UNR who also went on the tour. “Certain rooms have kitchen








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The Nevada Sagebrush staff works to produce a newspaper in their newsroom on Monday, April 22. The Save Student Newsrooms movement was created to save student-run publications.

Student journalists plan day of action to save independent newsrooms By Olivia Ali As news nationwide is transitioning to digital platforms, student newsrooms are taking a hit. To fight the struggles student newsrooms nationwide are facing, student newsrooms are planning a day of action on Wednesday, April 25. In a movement spearheaded by editors at the University of Florida’s The Alligator, student newsrooms are sharing editorials and videos of their newsrooms to display their dedication to student journalism. “On April 25, we’re calling on student-run news organizations to publish editorials highlighting the need for student media and the importance of supporting it,” student activists wrote on the Saving Student Newsrooms website. “As part of this, we’re starting a social media campaign to #SaveStudentNewsrooms as part of (the unofficial) Support Student Journalism Day. Ahead of April 25, we’ll be challenging student-run publications to show off their newsrooms in videos on Twitter. We hope you flood Facebook and Twitter with editorials, threads of your best work of this year, current student and alumni testimonials and links to your donate button.” The Save Student Newsrooms movement and the unofficial Support Student Journalism Day were created as a response to the increasing financial instability of student-run publications. Across the nation, student news publications are being put out of business due to lack of funding and support from their universities. Student newsrooms across the nation are finding difficulties in securing stable funding as many are not funded by their universities. To combat this, many newsrooms are asking for donations but are finding the process difficult due to the limited funds students are already faced with. “The truth is, all student organizations need help from

outside orgs to find stable funding,” Melissa Gomez from The Alligator wrote in a Facebook post in the Save Student Newsrooms group. “Donations, I think, will be a start. Ideally, it will catch the attention of bigger non-profits, like the Knight Foundation, to consider grants to give to student publications.” Another major obstacle student newsrooms are met with is the lack of support from their university’s faculty. As many publications are not funded by their universities and are releasing articles on inside issues the university is facing, faculty support is not widespread. “One major thing we have to deal with is the faculty,” Kienan O’Doherty, editor-in-chief of The Transcript at Ohio Wesleyan University, said. “Not exactly sure what the faculty is like at other colleges/universities, but they really don’t like us. It’s gone so far that they even kicked us reporters out of their faculty meetings.” Student journalists feel that the shutdowns of student newsrooms are an injustice to journalism students as it closes off an opportunity for growth and hands-on learning. According to Mariana Alfaro of the New York Times, her college newspaper, The Daily Northwestern of Northwestern University, made her the reporter she is today. “The Daily Northwestern has made me who I am as a journalist,” Alfaro said. “I took my first serious steps as a reporter there, met some of my best friends in the world, made errors, learned how to fix them, and had the opportunity to write stories that opened doors in my career.” To learn more information on the day of action on April 25 and the Save Student Newsrooms movement, go to Olivia Ali can be reached at karolinar@ and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.








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Coachella 2018

By Joey Thyne

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When someone mentions Coachella, most people know what you’re talking about. Woodstock and other famous festivals that came before our time paved the way for young adults to come together and enjoy an out-of-thisworld musical experience. When it comes to 2018, Coachella mostly lived up to that expectation. This year being my first time, I did plenty of research and asked friends which weekend is the best to attend. Of course everyone has their preferences, but the overall consensus was weekend one has the most celebrities, high fashion and new trends. I knew for my first time embarking on this big commitment that I had to go all out: weekend one was the answer. The clothing was interesting. Rave attire is different than everyday, trendy styles. I was curious as to why some people (mostly girls) were dressed as if they meant to go to EDC and not Coachella. There were girls wearing glittery booty shorts and pasties which seemed like a good idea because of the heat, but it wasn’t executed properly for this music festival. Don’t get me wrong, some outfits were super cute and some I’d even wear, just not to Coachella. We are the generation of trendsetters, but this trend should go ahead and stop. Of course I have to mention the food! The last day I finally got to try a meal and it was worth the wait. I bought garlic crab fries and they didn’t disappoint. They were amazing. The price, on the other hand, was not. They were around $12. Alhough thinking back, that price wasn’t too bad for one of the most attended festivals in the nation. The Weeknd, Amber Rose and Ed Westwick (also known as Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl) are some of the celebrities my friends and I saw. Others were spotted including Rihanna and Justin Bieber. The list goes on.

DATE: Wednesday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: Nevada Lounge INFO: UNR’s Coffee

House Series invites singer-songwriter Tyler Stafford to perform. This event is FREE to students. There will be free coffee and treats. If you are wondering where the “Nevada Lounge” is, join the club pal. I have gone to school here for four years. Thousands of dollars down the drain and I have no idea where the Nevada Lounge is. What’s it all about? What’s it all mean?

12 STRONG DATE: Thursday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU Theatre INFO: So this is why Thor cut

his hair. As his locks fell to the ground, so did the sanctity of the Marvel Comic Universe. Was it worth it, Chris? For 54 percent on Rotten Tomatoes? Sidenote: could Michael Shannon ever play a likeable protagonist? Could he star in a rom com? Anyway, come out to the Joe and see “12 Strong”. This event is FREE to students. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

RENOJAZZFESTIVAL DATE: Thursday TIME: 6:30 p.m. LOCATION: Lawlor Events Center

INFO: Mmm yes. Jazz. How exquisite. With its strange time signatures, melodies (or lack thereof) full of wrong notes, discordant chords and seeming endlessness. I, a man of culture, love jazz. I saw La La Land in the theatres. Twice. Ever heard of it? Thursday and Friday tickets cost $15. Performing artists include Peter Apfelbaum and Dafnis Prieto.

DINE THE DISTRICT FOOD TOUR DATE: Saturday TIME: 1 p.m. LOCATION:RiverwalkDistrict INFO: Oxford Dictionary

defines “Foodie” as “pretentious douche who tells you that the wasabi is actually horseradish when you go out to sushi with them.” Don’t look it up. Just trust me. Anyway, 20 shops in Reno’s Riverwalk District will let you sample food. Tickets cost $20 ahead of time and $25 the day of. There will be a raffle at 4:15.

BEER CRAWL DATE: Saturday TIME: 2 p.m. LOCATION: Riverwalk

District INFO: Mmm yes. Beer. How exquisite. With its bubbles, carbs, delicious hops, barleyful barley and carbs. I, a man of culture, love beer. I drank Stella Artois. Twice. Ever heard of it? Bars will open their doors to people prone to drinking before sundown for some reason. $5 gets you a wristband. Refills cost $1. Joey Thyne can be reached at and on Twitter @joey_thyne


Top Five Performances Let’s start with the performance that captured nationwide attention: Beyonce. I could not tell you guys how much money I’ve spent on different concerts, raves and festivals and I’m saying this — Beyonce’s was easily one of the best performances I have ever seen. From her jaw-dropping outfits to her 100-plus backup dancers, she kept the audience captivated the whole time. Just when I thought the performance couldn’t get any

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The iconic ferris wheel spins as concertgoers head toward shows over the first weekend of Coachella April 13-15.

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Coachella headliners included Beyonce, Eminem and The Weeknd.

better, BOOM, Destiny’s Child reunited in front of my eyes. I’ve seen Beyonce once before on her Run The World tour with Jay-Z so I knew she was going to bring everything she had to Coachella, but I really wasn’t ready for this outstanding show. While Beyonce was obviously magical, I was also looking forward to The Weeknd’s performance. I’ve been a die-hard Weeknd fan since 2010, even when his first album “Trilogy” wasn’t out yet. “Valerie” and “Loft Music” are two of my favorite songs even today. His new EP “My

Dear Melancholy,”, which came out just a week before Coachella, made everyone remember the sound of his old days. The beginning of his set was more upbeat and the crowd loved it. However, transitioning to the deeper songs, he became emotional on stage. He sang his heart out. It was magical to watch. Not only did he capture my undivided attention on stage, but the second day before Beyonce’s performance, he walked right in front of me so he could watch Queen B too. I was so starstruck I didn’t even know what to do. I guess people were right

about celebrity sightings during weekend one. Moving onto two other amazing sets, Troyboi and Ekali threw down at the Sahara stage. Troyboi was Friday night and Ekali was Saturday afternoon, but even with different scheduling, both these DJs wanted to get the crowd hyped. Troyboi was definitely one of my favorites with his wonky drops but I didn’t realize how good Ekali was going to be. My friends and I made it almost directly toward the front in the middle for both sets. It was a great decision. Not only was the crowd not super pushy

but they were ready to dance and party too. The energy from the crowd made us more excited to see what drop came next. There were rumors spreading about Migos being booed off the stage. This is true. Even before their performance started, they were late — about 20 to 30 minutes late. When you go to a festival it is crucial to be on time for each set because you take the time to schedule which performances you want to see. So leaving the crowd wondering where they were right before Eminem came on was not a good look for them. In the beginning, the sound system was going in and out and became fuzzy. After they eventually fixed it, people were already headed out to Eminem’s set. However, they all did well. Everyone sang along to “Bad and Boujee” and “Slippery”. Another performance that caught social media’s attention was the outrageously carefree Cardi B. Not even her baby bump could stop her from having the time of her life. She lives to entertain. I was so stoked when she not only brought out Offset but Chance the Rapper and YG. I have loved YG since high school and seeing him again as a surprise guest made my experience 10 times better. Since she dropped a new album just a few weeks before Coachella, everyone sang right along with her. The main question most people that haven’t attended want to know is ... Was it worth it? To tell you the truth, I think it was. Coachella is one stamp I can mark down on my millennial bucket list. I feel like attending a festival in general is some sort of a right of passage for young adults these days. And going to the festival of all festivals makes me feel like I accomplished something. I’m all about musical performances and I have to say Coachella had some that I most likely will never forget. Would I go again? Maybe not in the near future but I could definitely see making the trip down to Indio again. I’d probably try going the second weekend instead of the first and maybe, just maybe, try camping. From seeing The Weeknd’s face five feet in front of me in the crowd to being at Beyonce’s performance when history was made, I’d say my Coachella experience went extremely well. Best wishes to the weekend two festival goers of Coachella. I hope your overall experience will be just as amazing as mine. Jasmine Brown can be reached at and on Twitter @joey_thyne.

J. Cole makes you feel bad for smoking weed on 4/20 By Joey Thyne What makes a conscious rapper? The term originally came to define overtly political artists like Public Enemy who sought to destroy racism and the powers that be. These days, the people throw around the term willy-nilly and apply it to nearly any rapper who doesn’t use autotune. Rapper and producer J. Cole released his new album “K.O.D.” on April 20. Some find J. Cole to be a prolific storyteller and one of the greatest artists of his generation. Others find his insistent wokeness to be a bit contrived. “K.O.D.” doesn’t seem to definitively put him in either of these categories. J. Cole is in the business of spectacle-building. He panders to a theorizing Twitterverse. Everyone wondered what K.O.D. stands for. J. Cole revealed in a tweet that it stands for not one thing, but several: Kids On Drugs, King Overdosed and Kill Our Demons. J. Cole becameinfamousforhavingnofeaturesonhis pasttwoalbums.Amysteriousfeaturepopped uponthe“K.O.D.”tracklist:kiLLedward.Music blogs went into a frenzy:Who is kiLL edward? The unknown artist just seems to be J. Cole with his voice pitched down.The last song on thealbumistitled“1985-IntrotoTheFallOff”. Whatcoulditpossiblymean?Whatis“TheFall Off?” Is there another album on the way? Some may find all of this intriguing, but I personally could not care less. Just let the music be what it is. It’s like that kid in your sophomore year poetry workshop who wants to tell everyone what his poem is “actually about.” The production on “K.O.D.” is pretty stellar. Some songs have jazzy textures with boom bap drums: “The Cut Off”, “BRACKETS”, “FRIENDS”. Others have more minimalistic trap-style beats: “K.O.D.”, “Motiv8”. While the range of sounds is nice, sometimes it prevents the album from flowing cohesively. The greatest merging

of these two sounds comes with “ATM”. It’s a nice compromise of the bangers from “2014 Forest Hills” and the denser sound of “4 Your Eyez Only”. Throughout the album, J. Cole discusses addiction. Addiction to drugs, to cheap chardonnay and Marvin Gaye CDs, to money and to Instagram models. On the title track, he raps “I smoke the drug and it run through my vein/I think it’s workin’ it’s numbin’ the pain.” On “The Cut Off” he raps “Gimme drink, gimme smoke/Get me high, let me float/I’m a cloud, comin’ down/Put me down, gentle now/Gimme drink, gimme dope/Bottom line, I can’t cope.” J. Cole argues in order to kill our demons, we must stop blaming everything else. On “FRIENDS” he raps “Blame it on Trump shit, blame it on Clinton/Blame it on trap music and the politicians/Or the fact that every black boy wanna be Pippen/But they only got twelve slots on the Pistons.” Although addiction sometimes arises from external forces, we must look inwardly to overcome. When he tweeted what K.O.D. stands for, he added “The rest of the album I leave to your interpretation.” But he doesn’t. Great writers and rappers present characters and stories with provocative language and let consumers deduce what meaning they may. J. Cole feels the need to overexplain his ideas with obvious rhymes and ham-fisted metaphors. On “FRIENDS”, he blatantly says “I wrote this shit to talk about addiction.” Later, on the same song, he says “I understand this message is not the coolest to say/But if you down to try it I know of a better way: Meditate/Meditate, meditate, meditate, meditate/Don’t medicate, medicate, don’t medicate, medicate.” At the end of the title track, the narrator says “Power, greed/Money, Molly, weed/Percs, Xannys, lean, fame/And the strongest drug

of them all/And the strongest drug of them all: Love.” His songs are good and he has important things to say, but he has to have faith that his fans will understand without him beating the themes to death. It’s like a gratuitous voiceover narration tacked onto a film in post-production. Sometimes, J. Cole subverts this and it’s thrilling. On a few tracks, he plays a nihilistic, braggadocious character obsessed with money. On “Motiv8” he raps “Please don’t hit my phone up, if you ain’t bout no commas.” On “ATM” he raps “Proceed with caution/I heard if you chase it only results in/A hole in your heart/Fuck it, I take the whole cake and I won’t leave a portion/It’s only an organ.” In a landscape so self-serious people earnestly share Onion articles on Facebook to support their opinions, J. Cole must know that some rap fans will take this at face value. J.Coleshineswhenhetellspersonalstories. On “BRACKETS” he raps about his paranoia about giving his money up to taxes because he sees no positive change in his community as a result. On“Once an Addict - Interlude” he discusses his strained relationship with his mother. In an unrelated note, does anyone know the meaning of an interlude anymore? Artists have“interludes” that are fully fleshed out songs. “Once an Addict” clocks in at over three minutes. Is nothing sacred anymore? Some of the songs have lame puns in their titles: “Motiv8”, “Kevin’s Heart”, “Window Pain.” Some of the songs grow repetitive. On the title track, he repeats the chorus 12 times. On “ATM”, he uses the phrase “Count It” approximately 75 times. If the song “1985” (sadly not a “Bowling for Soup” cover) is really the intro to another project, then I’m excited. The beat sounds like something straight off an A Tribe Called Quest album. He criticizes his contemporaries “These white kids love that

you don’t give a fuck/’Cause that’s exactly what’s expected when your skin black/They wanna see you dab, they wanna see you pop a pill/They wanna see you tatted from your face to your heels/And somewhere deep down, fuck it, I gotta keep it real/They wanna be black and think your song is how it feels/So when you turn up, you see them turnin’ up too/You hit the next city, collect your money when it’s due.” Overall, “K.O.D.” is an enjoyable, albeit inconsistent record. J. Cole fans will love it, but it won’t change the mind of many nonbelievers. Joey Thyne be reached at joeythyne@ on Twitter @joey_thyne

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Why films and shows about serial killers fascinate us so much By Carla Suggs Whileevidenceofserialkillershas been found widely across cultures and in records dating back to B.C., public interest in them has only arisenwithinthepastfewcenturies. Alitanyofshows,films,documentaries, podcasts and even museums have been dedicated solely to exploringthehorrorsofserialmurders and the people behind them. ThetheNationalInstituteofJusticedefinesserialkillersarepeople whocommittwoormoremurders with a psychological motive and, occasionally, sadistic, sexual overtones.Inthecaseofmaleserial killers — the most common kind —thesesexualovertonestypically involvetheexertionofdominance over their victims. Yet for female serialkillers,thesesexualovertones can be replaced by what Dr. Berit Brogaard of Psychology Today describesas“atwistedsenseoflove, sympathy,oraltruism.”TheFBIhas claimed that this public interest in serialkillersisaphenomenonmuch like the one following the murders of Jack the Ripper in 19th century London.Butwhyexactlyisthegeneral population so invested in this type of violence? Why do people lovelearningaboutbrutalkillingsat thehandsofpsychopathicmurderers? The answer is actually quite simple. For many serial killer enthusiasts,it’stherushofexcitement that comes with learning about a murder. One’s palms might get sweaty, and they may start feeling their heart beat faster and faster. Theregisteredhorrorsendsadose of dopamine straight to the brain — a hormone that can be released during times of pleasure or fear. Not only that, exploring violent or disturbing subjects is common throughmediabecausepeoplefeel safeanddetachedfromtherealistic horror of it. According to a 2014 study by BridgetRubenkingandAnnieLang thatexaminedcoreandsociomoral disgusts in entertainment media, whileparticipantswhowereshown

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videos that portrayed death and gorereactednegatively,thevideos alsoprovokedstrongindicationsof arousalandattentionintheirbrains. This data supports the notion that humans are not only attracted to things that we find appealing or pleasurable,butalsotothingsthat wefindrepulsiveor“unthinkable.” Something else we find so fascinatingaboutserialkillersisthe psychologicalpatternsthatmanyof themseemtoshare.Anaveragehuman being possesses the ability to feelandperceiveempathy,shame, remorse, pity, etc. It’s difficult to imagine what it’s like to not feel these emotions, and to examine psychopathic behavior — often associated with serial killers — is interestingbecauseitpresentsadifferent sense of danger that makes us question our safety. Dr. Scott A. Bonn of Psychology Today believes there are six main reasons why the public is so fascinated with serial killers: 1) they’re rare criminals, seemingly exotic and extreme to the average person, 2) they choose their victims randomly, leading one to questiontheirsafety,3)serialkillers are described as“insatiable”, 4) it’s difficulttocomprehendtheviolent thought process of serial killers, whokillwithoutcoherentmotives likejealousyorrage,5)theyprovide aeuphoricadrenalinerushtoaudiences,muchlikemonstersinhorror movies,and6)theyareanoutletfor onetoexploreprimalfeelingssuch as fear, anger, and lust. The1970sand80swereanactive time period for serial killers, with over 500 reported serial murders committed in the 70s and just over 600 in the 80s. Since then, these criminalshavereachedsomewhat of a celebrity status in American culture.Whetherthroughfictional depictions in television and film —“Dexter”,“SilenceoftheLambs” — or through documentary-style programs — “Aileen: The Life and DeathofaSerialKiller”,“TheJeffrey Dahmer Files” — their atrocities havebecomeasourceofentertainment in American culture.



Through these mediums we’ve often tried to humanize serial killers, while also noting them as a clear demarcation between good and evil. In some cases, there are individuals—particularlywomen — who find themselves especially attractedtohigh-profileserialkillers and send them fan mail, or visit them in prison. These serial killer “groupies” are often referred to as hybristophiliacs—peoplewhoare sexually attracted to individuals that have committed violent and gruesome crimes such as murder or rape. Ultimately, many of us — even those who aren’t looking to start up a relationship with a local serial killer — still find them fascinating, despite their repulsive history and behavior. There’s a reason why so many call serial killer programs their “guilty pleasure”, and why movies often base their villainous characters on them. Serial killers have made an impact on culture that helps us define the boundaries between good and evil, thus providingmoretosocietythanany ofusprobablythoughttheywould. Carla Suggs can be reached at and on Twitter @c_swayzy.

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As tuition rises, students will bear the burden Last week, the Board of Regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education continued the process by which they'll raise tuition at all of the state's colleges and universities. To make a long story short, what was once a 1.8 percent increase has jumped to 3.7 percent, to be hiked through the 2020 school year. They say it's necessary. That's probably true. These increases are based on the Higher Education Price Index, or HEPI. It works much the same way any other inflation tracker does, moving up and down as the costs associated with colleges and universities — be they equipment, textbooks or even teachers — fluctuate with the market. In an interview with The Nevada Sagebrush, Regent Jason Geddes said that if tuition was not raised to match inflation, students could suffer as a result as universities are

forced to cut programs and services to meet the inflated cost of all things higher education. This is all true, and we don't dispute this. Inflation is a real thing, and it would be naive to say tuition should stay where it is when we know for a fact inflation isn't staying still. However, there are at least some regents who would like to see tuition raised another 4 percent, irrespective of what the HEPI says. It was Geddes himself who recommended a 4 point hike back when HEPI was sitting low at 1.8 percent. “If you look at the buying power of what the tuition fees are, we did the four years at 4 percent to offset all the loss of state funds and focused that money into student programs and into student success programs that will help with all the campuses moving forward,” Geddes said. On one hand, he has a point. By

raising tuition, you are providing the funds for student programs that very well could "move the campus forward," whatever that might mean. On the other hand, though, these decisions don't happen in a vacuum and the money doesn't come from thin air. Students, often students who are riding the edge of poverty to begin with, will have to find hundreds more dollars they didn't have yesterday in order to foot this bill. Student loans are the single largest source of debt for all Americans, topping out at nearly $1.5 trillion, according to the financial services firm Student Loan Hero. While tuition at UNR is relatively cheap, especially compared to California schools that routinely charge $60,000+ per year, the reality is still bleak. If students today want the education their parents received, if they want to excel in a world that more


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and more requires post-secondary education, they must pay tens of thousands of dollars in the process. Few but the wealthiest of all Americans have the funds to pay that out of pocket, and often times scholarships and grant money are not enough alone to stave off dreaded student loans. Moreover, the people taking these loans are often the same people struggling to make ends meet as rents climb and food insecurity becomes a real fear. So yes, by and large it seems NSHE could use a tuition increase. But the amount by which it increases still matters, and the Board of Regents should not forget the young people they're forcing to pay the price. The Editorial Board can be reached at, and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.

Political Amnesia: The Comeback of George W. Bush

J.P. Diddler, social media hyperbolist scrolls through Twitter, considering candidates for his 'favorite thing today.' "I have 232 followers to engage," Diddler said. "If I don't tell them my favorite thing that day, every day, they will literally die. That would be hundreds of deaths by my hand."

NATIONAL CELEBRITIES ON HIGH ALERT AFTER PAIR OF DEATHS After the deaths of Swedish DJ Avicii and “Austin Powers” star Verne Troyer, Tinseltown's finest have been in a frenzy. As everyone knows celebrity deaths come in threes, and everyone’s trying to figure out the next one to pass. Some celebrities have taken to holing up in their mansions out of paranoia. Matt Damon is hiding in his Calabasas home with military forces outside, frantically checking TMZ for any “ODs or car crashes.” The Screen Actors Guild has been in talks with casting executives to add in the fine print of contracts with any new actors “would potentially be inserted into a lottery for sacrifice.” Betting in Vegas has hit a recent high, the over/under age of the next celebrity death is at 32. Fake News reporter Kenneth Lowe sat down down with God (the Almighty) to see what celebrity’s life he plans on taking next. “I won’t spoil anything, but if I were you, I would put my money on George Michael.” When Lowe told God that Prince had already died, God replied, “Really? I haven’t seen him around here.”


Barbara Bush, George H.W. Bush, Laura Bush and George W. Bush pose at the opening ceremonies of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library on Nov. 18, 2004. Barbara's recent death has thrust the Bush family into the political spotlight once again.


midst the devastating loss of Barbara Bush, it seems that America is suffering from political amnesia, causing them to forget the George W. Bush presidency. The Bush family is well known for their questionable reign upon American politics. George W. Bush wasn’t the best person to be in charge of this country, but people forget just how bad his presidency was Jacey because of the curGonzalez rent controversial president. Americans move from one political disaster to the next and forget everything they just witnessed. They forget the bad times and focus on the worse times. The Bush legacy perhaps was saved due to President Donald Trump’s controversial beliefs and actions, putting into perspective George W. Bush’s actions as the country’s leader. In the first few months of his presidency, Bush was busy banning

abortion aid, attacking Iraq and halting stem cell research, as if Bush was sucking the life out of every positive action from the Clinton administration. For the rest of his presidency, Bush would be controlling the war in Iraq — despite the fact that the Chief U.S. Weapons Inspector didn’t find any nuclear weapons in Iraq — which was one of Bush’s bullet points for going to war. He also banned late-term abortions. Bush would also seek re-election against John Kerry, and win, giving the American people four more years. Bush is the kid you used to sit next to in first grade that would constantly tip his chair out of boredom. He would sit there, stare at the teacher and tip his chair. You’d be annoyed because it was distracting you from learning. He would eventually tip all the way over, fall, and then be shocked that it could have ever happened. In the last year of his presidency, Bush made some more questionable moves. Issuing a $700 billion bailout to help failing bank assets, Bush saved General Motors and Chrysler in order to prevent their bankruptcy. He provided a break at the expense of the American taxpayers. Over the course of eight years, Bush drastically changed the fate of this nation.

All of these major events and changes had Americans questioning George W. Bush and his choices. There was so much madness it was hard to tell if there was a method behind it. Bush was constantly criticized during his presidency, through Barack Obama’s presidency, and until Donald Trump took office and took the badge of dishonor right from him. Political amnesia exists because people want to believe that change will happen. They want to be able to let go of the past and look toward a future where there is success and brilliance. The American people will always strive to look forward — but they will also look to blame someone. Every year since he left office, Bush remained the scapegoat for those looking to pin the current state of the nation upon someone. As soon as Trump was elected, a majority of people let go of their “Bush Baggage” and looked forward to a new president and his aspirations. They held out hope that this country would improve on the shoulders of a man who made a lot of promises. Even with his first few questionable decisions — such as Betsy Devos — everyone still put their money on Trump. Most people were let down and disappointed.

With Barbara’s recent passing, America has witnessed George H.W. Bush sitting by her coffin, wearing socks with a stack of books on it as a tribute to his wife’s love of literacy. We read and watch as Jenna Bush Hager gives a loving tribute to her “Ganny.” It’s as cute and heart wrenching as it sounds, and there are many people that are glorifying the Bush family as they grieve. Barbara, your dedication to this nation was outstanding. Your literacy programs have helped countless children across the country, and your legacy will never be forgotten. No matter which way it is spun, Bush’s decisions left a blistering scar on this country. A twisted form of amnesia may fool a majority of Americans, but the greatest thing George W. Bush has ever done has been lucky enough to call Barbara “Mom.”

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


Three things you didn't know about Spanish Club


he Spanish club, unknown to most people, has always been and is increasingly English speaker friendly. The club has moved from Spanish-only presentations and few conversational meetings to mostly informal meetings like“coffee and Spanish” and “Spanglish” presentations by our own club members. Besides learning, listening and speaking Spanish, the club offers other experiences. The following has come from personal experiences while attending club meetings and I’m sure some can relate to

these. First, I’ve met fellow students who come from families from Latin American countries that aren’t Mexico. I’ve met someone with Colombian heritage, Argentinian, Peruvian and Cuban. I have Ecuadorian heritage and it’s exciting to meet students with differing Latin American backgrounds. We share lingo, our favorite foods from our countries and stories about the countries if we’ve visited them. Second, is the music. Count on the Spanish Club to know some good Hispanic music. We’ve covered the obvious Latin American heroes

like Juanes and Shakira. We’ve also covered everything from Julio Jaramillo, the Frank Sinatra of Ecuador, to Daddy Yankee, Reggaeton king. If you come to the club meetings, and the type of meeting allows it, you can request to play a song over the speakers for all to hear. Lastly, is something that we haven’t done before, is go out and try types of Hispanic food around the Reno/Sparks area. This semester we’ve had great weekend meetings at LightHouse Coffee inside of the Renaissance Hotel and we are having our last lunch meeting before finals season on April 28th

at Restaurante Yesenia at 12 p.m. This restaurant is Salvadorian and specializes in Pupusas, a traditional dish. Rides are provided via club members for those who need one and we are happy to have more people to join us. We are increasingly posting our meetings on our social media and frequently share events around campus. Give us a follow on our social media @UNRSpanishClub for Twitter, UNR Spanish Club for Facebook and Instagram. Stop by one of our events either on or off campus and we promise you won’t regret it. - Jade Foote, UNR Spanish Club

Fake News field reporter Kenneth Lowe died Friday at a 4/20 house party near Kings Row, becoming the first known case of a cannabis overdose. He was 54 years old. According to sources familiar with people at the party, who were watching "King of the Hill" with Lowe that night, the lethal dose of cannabis was 1,500 pounds over a 15-minute period or 100 pounds per minute. “Kenneth passed doing what he loved,” said Jerry Walsh, his spiritual guide and weed dealer. “But those bastard federalies couldn’t wait until the smoke cleared to politicize his tragic death.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday his office would crack down on enforcement of federal cannabis regulations in response to Lowe’s death. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Kenneth’s family and friends,” said Sessions. “But this proves cannabis is the lethal drug I always said it must be. How could we ignore the dangers of this devil’s lettuce if it can take the life of one of our society’s best people, Kenneth Lowe?” Throughout the 90s, Lowe was known for his live in-depth coverage of Kurt Cobain’s death, his riveting portrayal of the fall of the Berlin Wall and an awardwinning expose on David Koresh and a subsequent first-person account of the FBI raid of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. Lowe went on to co-found VICE Magazine with Suroosh Alvi, Gavin McInnes and Shane Smith but was pushed out over creative differences. After travelling the Amazon Forest for nearly a decade, studying indigenous ayahuasca recipes (which eventually turned into the New York Times bestseller I and Your Mama’s Huasca), Lowe found a home at Fake News. “Lowe was the best of the best,” said Fake News Editor-in-Chief Sean Spicer. “His career with Fake News was defined by his bravery as an investigative reporter and knack for being in the right place at the right time.” At press time, the coroner’s report revealed that Lowe also consumed 73 Crunchwrap Supremes, but the coroner said it is not conclusive whether the fast food contributed to his death.

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Nevada Basketball poses for a team picture during media day for the team’s ‘17-’18 season. The photo includes eight of the eleven sets of jerseys worn by the team during the season.

By Darion Strugs Wolf Pack guard Charlie Tooley announced via Twitter last week that he plans to transfer. Tooley did not announce where exactly he has decided to transfer. Tooley was a Pack fan favorite as he first joined the squad as a walk-on during the 2016-17 season. He played a part in the Wolf Pack’s historic comeback against New Mexico in The Pit. Tooley earned a scholarship midway through the 2017-2018 season. Off the court, the team and the fans will miss Tooley greatly. Tooley was best friends with Josh Hall, as they both joined the team as freshmen in 2016. Tooley received roars from the crowd similar to that of Jordan Caroline, and Tooley did not even have to score to hear them. For a man who rarely played, Tooley resonated with Wolf Pack fans. Was it because he was the token white player on the team or was it because he was an underdog that overcame? Whatever the reason, this era of Wolf Pack basketball fans will not forget Charlie Tooley. Tooley leaving Nevada does not hurt the on-court product much, if at all. Tooley did not play in 20 of the Wolf Pack’s 37 games this season. In the 17 games he did appear in, he never played more than three minutes. He never had more than two shot attempts in any one game. Tooley missed the three-pointer that would have given Lindsey Drew the last assist he needed for a triple-double against San Diego State, which would have been the biggest statement Tooley could have made all season. Tooley played in 16 games the year prior and arguably had more success.

He played more meaningful minutes than in this past season. But the addition of Hallice Cooke, Kendall Stephens, Caleb Martin and Cody Martin saw the reduction of Tooley’s minutes. If Tooley decided to stay for the 201819 season, he may have never seen the court The transfer works for both Tooley and Nevada. For Tooley, he can actually get solid playing time for the first time in his college career at a school where he would be an essential piece to a team. Walking on to a top 25 basketball program is a great accomplishment in itself and Tooley should get the playing time and recognition he deserves at another school. For Nevada, they now have an additional roster spot. A spot they should use on a big man as height seems to be the teams glaring weakness. Another consideration is that Eric Musselman should try and recruit a player that can play right away, just in case the possibility of losing both Martin twins and Jordan Caroline becomes a reality. The backcourt situation for Nevada next season is slightly less complicated with Tooley’s departure. Lindsey Drew is recovering from his torn Achilles and the timetable for his return is still up in the air. John Jones is also still slated to be on the team next year as a walk-on. There are three new guards that are all eligible to play next season after sitting out last season due to the NCAA transfer rules. The first is Corey Henson, a 6’3” guard who is a lockdown defender. Next is Jazz Johnson. Johnson is a high energy player that will most likely provide a spark for Coach Musselman coming off of the bench. Johnson is virtually a more complete

version of Charlie Tooley. The last of the newly eligible guards is Nisré Zouzoua. Zouzoua will likely get the most playing time of the three. At Bryant, he was the teams leading scorer in each of his first two seasons and was firstteam all-Northeast Conference in the

2016-17 season. Zouzoua and Johnson will each have two years of eligibility left and Henson will have just one. All three are prolific shooters from beyond the arc. If Drew is healthy the Pack will have a dangerous backcourt as good as any school in the country. a high.

Darion Strugs can be reached at bcruz@ sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

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Charlie Tooley smirks on Feb. 5 during a team meeting when head coach Eric Musselman announced Tooley’s scholarship for the ‘17-’18 season. Tooley went 2 for 12 on the season from the field playing in 17 games and averaging one minute a game.

Nevada Softball skids to 19-21 overall record with loss to Boise State Broncos By Javier Hernandez The Nevada Wolf Pack softball team played the Boise State Broncos this past week at Hixson Park. The Wolf Pack currently sit at 19-19, 8-7 MWC. The Broncos sit at 29-13, 8-5 MWC. Below is a game-by-game recap of the three-game series.

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Aaliyah Gibson darts for home plate during a regular season game in 2016. Nevada is currently under .500 at 19-21 overall and an 8-9 conference record.

Nevada started the game off strong as they scored five runs through three innings. In the bottom of the second inning, the Wolf Pack scored four runs off of erratic plays by the Broncos defense as Haley Burda scored on a passed ball by Boise State. Erica Hansen drove in two runs and advanced to second on an error by the defense. Kenzi Goins grounded out to second base but the Broncos were unable to stop Hansen from running home. The Wolf Pack starting pitcher Amanda Geil had a solid first three innings, allowing only one run via an RBI single by Jessica McKay. However, in the fourth inning, she gave up three

runs and was replaced by Kali Sargent after allowing three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Sargent was able to briefly stop the bleeding as the Wolf Pack held on to the lead until the seventh inning where Sargent allowed one earned run as the Broncos’ Makenzie Sullivan singled up the middle to drive home the tying run. In extra innings, the Broncos scored off of an Alison Seng single to center field that drove home a run to take the lead. Boise State was able to fend off the Wolf Pack in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018 In the second game of the series, the Broncos offense was still as hot as the previous day as they scored 10 runs on the day. Boise State scored three runs in the third and fourth inning. McKay hit a single up the middle but an error by the Nevada defense allowed an unearned baserunner to reach home. In the fourth inning, Sullivan

homered to left center field, driving home base runner Seng to stretch the lead to 3-0 Boise State. The Wolf Pack scored on a home run to right field by Lauren Gutierrez to cut the deficit to two runs. Later on in the sixth inning, with the Wolf Pack down two runs, Gutierrez came up big once again as she had a two-RBI hit up the middle that drove home Burda and freshman outfielder Jessica Sellers. However, in the eighth inning, the Broncos scored four runs capped by a McKay double that drove home two runs en route to a Broncos 10-6 victory. Gutierrez led the Wolf Pack offense as she had three hits, three RBIs and drew one walk. Burda had two hits on the day and the only other player that had a hit was second baseman Kwynn Warner who had one hit in five plate appearances.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018 In the final game of the series, the Wolf Pack was unable to get off to a

fast start as the Broncos came out of the game firing with a Rebekah Cervantes double to right center field as she drove in the first run of the game. In the third inning, Cervantes scored off of a Justene Molina double that drove in another run as the Boise State Broncos took a 2-0 lead. Nevada answered back in the bottom of the third inning as Warner hit a ball that forced a fielder’s choice that brought home Burda. In the following at-bat, Sadaria Mcalister reached home after Hansen doubled. Hansen tried to go for an inside the park home run but she was thrown out at home plate. In the fourth inning, Boise State scored three runs and tacked on another run in the fifth inning to give them an 8-4 victory, completing the series sweep. The Wolf Pack travel to Las Vegas on Friday to take on the Rebels for a three-game series and for some critical Governor’s Series points.

Javier Hernandez can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush.unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

On Deck vs New Mexico


W 5-2



1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 T


1 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 6


1 2

3 2


1 1 X

vs New Mexico

vs Pacific

W 7-5

W 14-1

at Air Force

Air Force edges out Nevada at home, Pack drops to 21-15 on the season


34-8 30-5 31-8 32-9 29-6

6. Ole Miss 7. Arkansas 8. East Carolina 9. UCLA 10. North Carolina

32-9 28-13 30-9 25-10 27-13

11. Southern Miss 12. Clemson 13. Duke 14. Kentucky 15. Indiana

28-11 29-11 31-10 26-14 29-8

16. Florida State 17. Vanderbilt 18. Coastal Carolina 19. Texas 20. Connecticut

29-12 24-16 28-14 28-15 22-12-1

21. Minnesota 22. Texas A&M 23. Oklahoma State 24. South Florida 25. Tennessee Tech

25-11 29-11 23-14-1 26-14 34-5


Date Opponent Result Feb. 16

at Irvine

Feb. 17

at Irvine

Feb. 18

at Irvine

Women’s Volleyball Nevada Men’s Tennis had home court advantage this past Wedensday and Saturday taking on theUniversityofCaliforniaDavis on April 18, and Fresno State on April 21. The match against UC Davis was tooth and nail during the doubles portion, as Nevada’s pair of Peter O’Donovan and Augustin Delahodde took the first matchwithease.Unfourtantely, that would be the only win Nevada would recieve in the doublesportion.ThePackcameback with a vengeance for the singles portion winning four of six of theirmathces.Nevadawentonto win 4-3. Nevada struggled once again during the doubles portion against the Bull Dogs, only winning one of three matches. ButthistimearoundNevadawas unable to rally during the singles portion of the match, only winning two of their matches. Nevada Men’s Tennis is set to take on UNLV in the MW Championships on April 26 at 12 p.m. in San Diego, California.

SUNDAY (APRIL 22, 2018) The Wolf Pack Baseball team finally stepped onto the field against the Air Force Falcons after inclement weather forced a cancellation of its scheduled Friday and Saturday games. The extra time to prepare for the game may have been bad for the Wolf Pack, as they were unable to secure a victory in either game. Senior pitcher Mark Nowaczewski had some struggles in the early innings as he uncharacteristically gave up three earned runs in the second inning. He allowed three consecutive hits to start the inning setting up a bases-loaded situation. Following an RBI single by Daniel Jones, the Falcons took the first lead of the game. In the following at-bat, Jacob Booker hit another single to drive home two more runs for a 3-0 lead. The Wolf Pack was only able to manufacture one run on the day. Tyler Bosetti had an RBI double to cut into the deficit. However, this was the only run that the Wolf Pack scored all day. Mark Nowaczewski pitched seven innings, gave up three earned runs, and had six strikeouts on the day. Cole Kzmarzick was the only person that hit in doubledigits on the day, going 3-for-4 at the plate.

SUNDAY (APRIL 22, 2018) In the second game of the doubleheader, the Wolf Pack started the game off strong with a run as Mike Echavia hit a sacrifice fly ball to drive home Joshua Zamora. The Falcons fired back in the bottom of the first inning after Rob Dau reached home on a throwing error. Then, the Falcons ran off six more runs in the following innings to take a commanding 7-2 lead after the fifth inning. The Wolf Pack pitching was unable to stop the Falcons’ offense as they tacked on four more runs en route to an 11-6 loss. Starter Jake Jackson had an off day as he gave up seven runs, six of which were earned. He had three strikeouts. He pitched only three and a third innings.

Women’s Softball With Grant Booth’s impressive performance, Nevada was able to snag third place at the Men’s MountainWestGolfTournament this past weekend. Booth was awardedthehonorofrunner-up, placing second in the tournament.Nevadaalsohadstellarperformances from JoeyVrizch and Samm Harned who placed 17th and 27th respectively. Nevada nowlookstowardsthepossibility ofanat-largebidtoNCAAregionals.

Javier Hernandez can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush. unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

L, 3-4

W, 8-1 W, 2-0

Feb. 23

at Oral Roberts Postponed

Feb. 25

at Oral Roberts

Feb. 25

at Oral Roberts

March 2

at New Mexico

W, 9-5

March 4

at New Mexico

W, 13-8

at Oral Roberts Postponed W, 3-0 L, 2-3

at Santa Clara

March 3 TheNevadaWolfPackBaseball team traveled to Colorado this weekend to take on the Air Force Falcons for a three-game intraconference series. Due to inclement weather on Friday and Saturday, the series was shortened to two games with a doubleheader played last Sunday. In both Sunday games, the Wolf Pack lost by scores of 1-3 and 6-11. Below are game-by-game recaps of the Sunday doubleheader.

L, 0-4

Feb. 20 at CSU at Fullerton

Feb. 27


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

L 6-11

Feb. 24


1. Florida 2. Stanford 3. NC State 4. Texas Tech 5. Oregon State

at Air Force

L 1-3





@NevadaSagebrush |


L, 4-6

at New Mexico

L, 5-8

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

March 9 vs. San Jose State

W, 10-9

March 10 vs. San Jose State

W, 14-4

March 11 vs. San Jose State March 13

at Sac State Postponed

March 16

vs. Riverside

March 18

vs. Riverside

March 17

vs. Riverside

March 18

Cancelled Cancelled W, 3-0

vs. Riverside

L, 2-9

March 20 at Univ. San Fran

W, 6-3

March 23 at Fresno State

at Fresno State

March 24

March 25

W, 5-1

L, 4-5

W, 18-12

at Fresno State

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

vs. UNLV

March 30

vs. UNLV

March 31

vs. UNLV

L, 3-7

at Oregon State

L, 7-8

April 2 April 3 April 6

W, 5-4

W, 8-7

at Oregon State

L, 2-3

at San Jose State

L, 3-6

April 7

at San Jose State

W, 10-9

April 8

at San Jose State

W, 5-4

April 9

at Saint Mary’s

L, 3-5

April 13

vs. New Mexico

W, 15-2

April 14

vs. New Mexico

W, 5-2

April 15

vs. New Mexico

W, 14-1

April 17

vs. Pacific

W, 7-5

April 20

at Air Force


April 22

at Air Force

L, 1-3

April 22

at Air Force

L, 6-11.

April 24

at Saint Mary’s

April 27

at Nebraska

April 26 April 28

3 p.m.

at Nebraska

4:35 p.m.

at Nebraska

10:05 p.m.

4:35 p.m.

May 1 vs. Sacramento State

6 p.m.

May 4

vs. Fresno State

6 p.m.

May 5

vs. Fresno State

6 p.m.

May 6

vs. Fresno State

1 p.m.

May 8

vs. San Francisco

3 p.m.

May 11


6 p.m.

May 12


6 p.m.

May 13


1 p.m.

May 17 May 18 May 19


6 p.m.

vs. SDSU

12 p.m.

vs. SDSU

6 p.m.


Standings Conference Overall Nevada

14-6 21-15


10-7 26-14


10-8 29-14

Air Force



Fresno State



New Mexico



San Jose State



Andrea Wilkinson /Nevada Sagebrush Mark Nowacsewski prepares to toss a pitch from the mound during Nevada Baseball’s win against Fresno State on April 22, 2017. Nevada BAseball is 21-15 on the season and sits alone atop the Mountain West standings.

MAKING THE CALL STAFF PICKS OPTIMIST SAYS: The Wolf Pack will take a break from conference play as they host Saint Mary’s College this week and travel to Lincoln, Nebraska for a three-game series against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Huskers are a middle of the road Big Ten team as they currently have a 17-21 record. OUTCOME: Nevada wins all four games this week.

IMPACT PLAYER PESSIMIST SAYS: The Wolf Pack gets caught in a rut and they fall once again to the Saint Mary’s Gaels. With a crosscountry commute to Lincoln, the Wolf Pack will have have some difficulties adjusting to the time difference and ultimately drop a few games before bouncing back OUTCOME: At most Nevada loses three games this week.

Grant Fennell leads the team in batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. He has been the soul of the Wolf Pack offense. With his .378 average, look for him to jumpstart the slumping Wolf Pack offense this week.

It’s not what you go “ through that defines you.

It’s what you do after you go through it that matters.

- @tj_bruce

Issue 30 04/24/2018  
Issue 30 04/24/2018