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INTERNATIONAL 3 PALESTINIANS DEAD AFTER ISRAELI TROOPS OPEN FIRE During protests at the GazaIsrael border on Friday, April 27, at least three Palestinians are confirmed dead. Hundreds more are injured after Israeli troops opened fire. Israeli troops opened fire on protesters as they rushed a security border in an attempt to cross to Israel. The acts have been described as a “murderous assault” by Amnesty International. Israeli troops claim the firing of shots was their response after more than 12,000 “unruly” Palestinians joined the march. According to The Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Jonathan Conricus, the incident was an attempt to breach a border fence less than a kilometer from Israeli citizens. The violence between these two groups is not the first. Over the several clashes the group has had, fatalities have risen to over 40 and 5,500 injuries.
NATIONAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GIRLS ARE RECEIVING ANONYMOUS PACKAGES AT SCHOOL Across the Southern U.S., over 50 young elementary school girls are receiving unsolicited packages at their schools. The packages being sent to the girls contain food and a letter signed by “Atur Bhuck”, according to a Facebook post by the Covington County District Attorney’s Office in Alabama. The office is worried that this is the work of a predator. It is unknown how the sender is finding the girls or why he is targeting them specifically. The letter included in the packages says they are 14, mentally disabled, and a target of bullying. Bhuck asks the girls to write him via email once they receive their packages. It is unclear how long these packages have been showing up at elementary schools and the suspect’s name has not been provided. No arrests have been announced.
RENO FACES CONTROVERSY OVER NEW FLAG As of Wednesday, April 25, the City of Reno has officially adopted a new flag — one suspiciously similar to Milwaukee’s. Reno, Nevada’s new flag incorporates designs of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Truckee River, Nevada’s Silver Boom and the Reno Arch Star. Milwaukee’s flag of a sunrise over Lake Michigan is designed in a similar fashion, yet not identical. Reno’s official flag designer, Tucker Stosic, claims he had never seen the Milwaukee flag until comparisons of the two hit social media on Thursday morning. “(Our) flag was definitely not inspired by their flag, but we can maybe come together and be proud we have two of the coolest looking flags out there,” Stosic said.
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For the first time since Republican Gov. Kenny Guinn took office in 1999, Nevada Democrats may have a real shot at taking back the state governor’s mansion. This year’s gubernatorial primaries are scheduled for June 12 and swaths of as-yet undecided voters could, theoretically, make it anyone’s game. There are two major frontrunners, Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt and Democrat Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, but each are facing interparty challenges. Fellow Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani is the lone challenge to Sisolak, while Laxalt is facing bids from Treasurer Dan Schwartz and businessman Jared Fisher.
Nevada has a closed primary system, so only registered members of a given party may vote in that party’s primary. So if you’re one of the nearly 300,000 registered, active non-partisans in Nevada, you’ll have to wait until November to cast your ballot. Below is a quick breakdown of each candidate’s policy positions.
THE DEMOCRATS STEVE SISOLAK Sisolak is a familiar face in Southern Nevada politics, and he currently chairs the Clark County Commission — one of the most powerful elected bodies in the entire state. In his time in politics, he’s taken a stance on a number of issues and not all of them have
been popular. Perhaps most recently, Sisolak has publicly tied himself to the Las Vegas Stadium deal, which saw more than $700 million of public money given to a new stadium project meant to lure the Raiders, an NFL football team, away from their current home in Oakland. Sisolak’s platform emphasizes the importance of education, economy, healthcare, the environment and gun safety. As a former member of the Board of Regents for 10 years, Sisolak believes in raising teachers salaries, lowering classroom size and prioritizing the fight against the divergence of funding from public schools into private institutions, a stance similar to his Democratic opponent Giunchigliani. Moreover, Sisolak also advocates for gun safety in Nevada by
planning to ban bump stocks, silencers, assault weapons, and high-capacity magazines. This will be the first time Sisolak will run for a state-level office such as Nevada governor. Back in 2014, Sisolak was in talks of running for the job, but ultimately decided against it. Sisolak has faced backlash this cycle after a “political courage test” from over two decades ago resurfaced. It purportedly showed that the Democratic candidate was not always in support of the ideals he advocates today, and the specific survey in question detailed that Sisolak was not in favor of decriminalization of medical marijuana, expansion of gun control legislation and legalization of same-sex marriage. “This was a survey from 22 years ago,” Sisolak wrote in a statement
UNR looks to relocate New Mackay Stadium entrance breaks ground historic homes By Karolina Rivas
By Olivia Ali Before the University of Nevada, Reno, can look to expand south toward I-80, it must first find new owners willing to move 12 historic homes sitting in between the university and the freeway. In the area between Interstate 80 and East Ninth Street, university administration are looking to move the 12 homes to give the university room to expand. To do so, the university is issuing a request for proposals for transfer of ownership. “We want to increase our academic footprint beyond the campus,” University President Marc Johnson said. “With all of our growth in number of students and number of faculty, we just needed to expand the footprint of the campus.” According to Johnson, there are several identified plans for the land once cleared, including a building to house the College of Business, a life sciences building primarily for laboratories and a possible parking garage. The houses in question are spread around Center Street, East Eighth Street, East Ninth Street and Lake Street and are all owned by the university. The homes are historic parts of Reno, some being built as early as 1895. The move to expand also comes as an attempt to create a stronger bond with the downtown Reno area, according to a briefing document from the university. “We want to move the campus South and the
to the Reno Gazette-Journal. “Like many people, you learn and grow as times change. And I think that’s important.”
CHRIS GIUNCHIGLIANI Sisolak’s democratic opponent Giunchigliani has since used this survey to her advantage and expressed her ongoing political support for these topics. “(Giunchigliani) consistently advocated for marijuana legalization and marriage equality, not just when these things became politically easy to support,” campaign manager Eric Hyers told the RGJ. “Chris is a leader who doesn’t need to read a poll or put her finger in the wind to see what she
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Driver flees scene of DG accident By Olivia Ali
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The University of Nevada, Reno, Police Services are currently searching for the driver involved in a hit and run at a sorority house on Tuesday, April 24. Just before 9:30 p.m., a black Nissan sedan hit the guardrail outside the Delta Gamma sorority house on N. Sierra Street. The man driving the car ran away from the scene on foot immediately after the crash took place. Upon a search of the car, officers found several alcohol bottles inside. The contents of the car led officers to believe that alcohol may have been involved in the crash. University student Daniel Porter witnessed the accident Tuesday night while returning from the movie theater with his girlfriend and describes it as something one might see in a scene from a movie. “We were stopped at the light in the left turn lane on Sierra Street turning left onto University Terrace and 9th Street,” Porter said. “There was an early 2000s black Nissan sedan rushing to make the left turn onto Sierra street from 9th traveling westbound. He was driving erratically and was going around 50 mph. He skidded a little bit but pretty much hit [the] DG house retaining wall head-on.” According to Porter, it seemed to be going in slow motion until they heard the loud sound of
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Mackay Stadium as it stands on Nov. 30, 2013. The stadium is to get a new North entrance before the 2018 season.
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will say on any given day.” Besides holding a similar stance on education as Sisolak, Giunchigliani also expressed on her platform her concern for the economy and immigration. Staking herself as the progressive choice, Giunchigliani hopes to increase the minimum wage in Nevada in order for individuals to be able to provide for their families and themselves. Moreover, Giunchigliani says that she is in full support of developing immigration reform with a reasonable path to citizenship. She is also in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients, also referred to as dreamers. Giunchigliani believes in reasonable gun safety and reform in Nevada. If elected, Giunchigliani will become the first female governor of Nevada, but the race is an uphill one. In a Nevada Independent/Mellman Group poll from April, Giunchigliani
trailed the well-known Sisolak by 28 points. However, 40 percent of Democrats likely to vote in June said they were still undecided, so Giunchigliani is still technically in the hunt.
THE REPUBLICANS ADAM LAXALT Laxalt, a Navy veteran, is a well-known name in Carson City. Adam Laxalt’s grandfather, Paul Laxalt, was an influential politician in Nevada for decades, having served as governor, senator, and even chairman of the Republican National Committee. Laxalt the younger is a relatively recent transplant to Nevada, having been elected to the Attorney General’s office in a close contest in 2014. In the time since, he’s made his name as a stalwart conservative as he’s signed on to a number of national lawsuits aimed at challenging Obama-era rules and regulations and liberal laws from states like California. In that same Nevada Independent/Mellman Group poll
from late last month, results show Laxalt pulling far ahead of his primary opponents. With a 5 percent margin of error, approximately 55 percent of Republican respondents were in favor of Laxalt, while just 4 percent were in favor of Schwartz and 2 percent would vote for business owner and political newcomer Jared Fisher. Laxalt’s platform emphasizes the importance of ensuring that every Nevada child has access to a quality education, a Nevadan’s Second Amendment right is not infringed upon and removing barriers to job creation and business expansion. Laxalt is also the grandson of former Governor of Nevada from 1967 to 1971 Paul Laxalt who also served as a United States Senator from 1974 to 1987.
involved in the field of drones, alternative energy and water tech. Furthermore, other major points of Schwartz’s platform is finding a solution to affordable healthcare and allowing more parents to have a say in their children’s education. As the state’s treasurer since 2014, Schwartz has also staked his name on a few high-profile political fights. Most notably the state budget in 2015, and the funding for a controversial educations savings account program in 2017.
Also running for governor as a Republican is businessman Jared Fisher. Fisher is a newcomer to the political scene in Nevada and runs similar platform ideas to those of his opponents. Polls show it will be difficult for Fisher to win out, as just like Schwartz, he trails Laxalt by more than 50 points.
Dan Schwartz is a businessman whose platform focuses on providing jobs to Nevadans by welcoming new industries to the state such as those
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Continued from page A1 community North to meet,” Johnson said. “We want to create a vibrant connection between the university and downtown with knowledge-based businesses and things of that nature. The university share of that is to move new construction of academic buildings toward the South. This would result in the businesses hiring our students as interns and our graduates to bring the university and downtown together.” While the university is trying to move the historic homes out of the area, they are hoping to preserve them as much as possible. “Preservation interests have expressed a desire for the historic homes to remain in their current location,” the university said in a statement. “The University recognizes and shares the desire to preserve the houses, but cannot justify the expenditure of funds required to convert the houses due to the need to construct larger scale buildings in the Gateway to meet the growing demands for enrollment and research over the next two decades.” The relocation of the homes is just one component of the university’s 10-year Master Plan. This is not the first time the relocation of these homes has been brought up — talks of moving them first began in 2015.
Continued from page A1 Before the 2018 season opener on Sept. 1 against Portland State University, Mackay Stadium will have a brand new entrance awaiting game-goers. Construction is set to begin on the entrance at Mackay’s north end before the annual Silver and Blue Spring Game on Saturday, April 28. The entrance will be called Donald L. Jensen Plaza, and was initially delayed for nearly a year due to costs. “Earlier this spring, with fundraising completed, we moved forward in the construction process to solicit bids from local construction companies,” Wolf Pack Athletic Director Doug Knuth wrote in a letter to donors of the project during the summer of 2017. “Unfortunately, with the high demand in
“[The university] envisions an even more dynamic campus to serve the University’s growing enrollment, anticipated to reach 25,000 students,” the university said in a statement. Those interested in making a proposal for transfer of ownership and relocation of any of the 12 homes are to make proposals before June 7, 2018 at 2 p.m. According to Johnson, there will be deadlines for when the homes must be relocated. “They’ll have a deadline once they’re approved,” Johnson said. “Once they’re approved they won’t be able to let them sit around for a year. I think they’ll be moved within 2018.” According to Johnson, the demolition of the houses is not the optimal solution. “We don’t know how much effective interest there will be,”
Johnson said. “We don’t know if we will move all 12 of the houses that are available, but we will see how much interest there is. Then we will have to clear the sites, as we have building plans.” The university is hopeful that interest in the homes will be high, as the only financial cost on them will be the relocation. “People will get virtually free houses if they are willing to move them and set them up in a new location,” Johnson said. “We’re asking for $5,000 because we need some statement of commitment to actually get the houses moved. They’ll just be responsible for the moving and setting up of the houses in their new locations.”
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A house in Reno’s Gateway District as it stands on Monday, Dec. 11. Houses such as this one are being sold by the university and relocated to in order to make space for UNR to expand.
the local construction market, the price to complete the project jumped by nearly 100 percent from the previously estimated price and fundraising goal.” The new plaza is planned to mirror the existing entrance at the south end complete with multiple gates, areas to mingle and an arched gateway. “We’re trying to create a nice entrance from the north,” Knuth said last summer. “Some 60 percent of our fans park and tailgate in the north side of campus and walk into the stadium there. We’re trying to create a mirror of what we have in the southwest corner, the arched gateway and it will have three gates and a small ticket office there.” The new plaza will also pay homage to the many people that bought bricks as a donation for the plaza’s construc-
tion. “Once you walk into the main gates, there will be a brick plaza area where people will meet and mingle and there will be a little bit of history and some of the background of the donors. It will be a nice way to show off the entrance to the stadium. It’s time for an upgrade.” Initially, the entrance was to be called “Champions Plaza”, but the project stagnated during an initial micro-donation campaign. The renovation was only pushed to start again when Donald L. Jensen, a longtime Wolf Pack supporter, donated a grant to kickstart construction, hence the plaza’s new name. The Plaza is not the only revamping Mackay Stadium has received recently. In the past three years, more than a few changes have found their way inside the stadium. In 2015, a two-story women’s
Continued from page A1 the impact. “I told my girlfriend to call 911 so while she was on the phone I ran over to check on the driver,” Porter said. “I saw only one person in the car and went over and asked if he was okay. All of a sudden, he just took off running so I tried to get a description because he seemed under the influence. The car was smoking and there were other people on the scene at this point so we turned off the car and waited for the police to arrive which only took about five minutes.” Porter described the man likely to be in his early to mid-twenties, of Hispanic ethnicity and around six feet tall. No injuries in relation to the accident have been reported. University’s Police Services are still searching for the driver responsible. University police are urging anyone with any information to report anything they know about the incident to them by calling (775) 7844013.
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SENATE RECAP APRIL 25 By Karolina Rivas
PUBLIC COMMENT ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB PUSHES FOR SENATE INVOLVEMENT IN SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS Environmental Club representative Sierra Jickling attended the Senate meeting to invite senators interested in sustainability on campus to an event regarding compost that will take place Friday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Davidson Math and Science 105 and will be held by Reno composting group Down to Earth Composting. Jickling also introduced the idea of partnering with RTC for a UPass program. In this program, a student’s Wolf Card would also work as a bus pass to encourage more students and staff to ride buses. Jickling did note that this would be an additional student fee but presented the idea for the senators to consider.
LEGISLATION SUSTAINABILITY BILL SENT BACK TO COMMITTEE The Senate approved sendingSenate Bill 86 back to the committee on government operations. Senate Bill 86 aimed to create the Department of Campus Wellness and the Sustainability and Wellness Initiative Fund. The bill was worked on by the 85th session and will work toward combining the Department of Sustainability and Department of Campus Wellness to help manage their goals effectively. Senator Alvarez brought to the Senate’s attention that the legislation entails many details that are not specified in the bill. Senator Alvarez wants to know the importance of the bill and what it can do for students. Senator Alvarez recommended that the bill go back to a committee for further review and request, a comment that was agreed upon by other senators.
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bathroom was added, and during the summer of 2016, the university spent nearly $14 million on more renovations. The project included the inclusion of a club level, chair-back seats, a new video board, sound system and resurfaced track. And once more, in summer 2017, the university spent nearly $700,000 to make it ADA compliant. Knuth says he foresees new additions in the years to come. “The plan is to do concessions in kiosks, so it’d be more flexible,” Knuth said, who has overseen the revitalizing of Mackay the last couple of years. “There will be some concessions, but it won’t be like a concessions building.”0
The Senate voted to fast-track the appointment of College of Liberal Arts senator Victoria Yeghiayan. Yeghiayan was runner-up for the Speaker of the Senate and by Senate rules, the runner-up shall be appointed as a senator of their college or school following the election of the Speaker of the Senate. Yeghiayan took oath during the meeting. The Senate approved the motion to appoint Luke Bittar to the Office of Director of the Department of Clubs and Organizations and Austin Lensch to The Office of Director of Event Programming both of whom were highly recommended by President Hannah Jackson and the former directors. Omar Moore was also appointed to the office of Attorney General.
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Journalism school hosts First Amendment Forum By Madeline Purdue The Reynolds School of Journalism hosted the second annual First Amendment Forum on Wednesday, April 25, in the Joe Crowley Student Union. Lucy Dalglish, dean of journalism at the University of Maryland, and Trevor Timm, co-founder and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, joined Professor Patrick File to discuss issues related to law, student media and the First Amendment. The theme of the discussion was “Can They Do That?” and focused on the suppression of journalists, and the limits on the First Amendment. Dalglish and Timm each discussed the issues they feel are most pressing regarding the First Amendment. Dalglish spoke about the history of objectivity in the press — something she said never existed. It has evolved through the perspectives of the people writing it. She said newspapers were started by political parties to spread their ideology, and from there, newspapers began to be thought of as public property for information to be shared. Fact-based journalism began to replace sensationalism when the invention of the telegraph put a price on the number of words used. The Associated Press was founded at this time, and The New York Times began the notion of a non-biased report. It wasn’t until after the Civil War that newspapers began investigative journalism. Radio and television disrupted the journalism industry by introducing faster reporting, which became the norm, and protections for journalists came through court rulings — the most notable being New York Times v. Sullivan, where the Supreme Court set a high standard for libel. Dalglish said America has a solid body of law and protection for journalists that came through the 70s and 80s and continue a tradition of protection. “Being a journalist these days in the United States is a fairly safe occupation,” Dalglish said. “Journalism is still a very dangerous occupation in many parts of the world.” Dalglish said the internet brought further disruption to the journalism industry and business model to the point where a solution still hasn’t been found, but she felt confident that students entering the workforce will figure it out. Timm took an opposite approach and discussed journalism in the Trump era. He said Trump threatened to sue news organizations, discredited them by calling them “fake news” and disparaged them in daily tweets. Trump campaigned on wanting to loosen federal libel laws, which don’t exist — libel protections came through court decisions and precedent. “Trump would probably be the first person to go bankrupt because of this libel law given that he decides to spout off every single enemy that he’s ever made on Twitter on a daily basis,” Timm said. A considerable issue raised when Trump was elected was how he could use his power to suppress journalism. Timm said the precedent was set by the Obama administration, which prosecuted leaks more than the Trump administration has by subpoenaing journalists for years on end for their sources. Timm said it’s too early to tell what legacy Trump will
leave on the freedom of the press, but the tools were left to him by Obama. Timm urged the audience to visit the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker created by the FPF, which categorizes prosecution of journalists from around the country. He said this tool will be able to decipher trends of media violence. He hopes it will make authorities “think twice” about arresting a journalist doing their job. Timm said these incidents are underreported because journalists don’t like to make themselves the story or lawyers ask them not to discuss it because of an ongoing case. After Dalglish and Timm’s presentations, File facilitated a discussion among the experts. He started with a question about the amount of public trust in the media. Timm said “the media” is a vague term that is hard to define, and it could be considered cable news, newspapers, social media and more individually or lumped together. He said Trump has signaled to his base not to trust news organizations, and it has backfired on him because the press has become aggressive against him. Dalglish said there isn’t trust in national news organizations because of partisanship, but increasing trust in local news and people the public knows in a community. She also said students on college campuses don’t want to talk about the First Amendment, which she deemed “frightening”. File asked if there was a current court case that is bringing the spotlight back to old issues. Timm said the public is seeing the Trump administration as another Nixon administration and is bringing back issues brought up by NYT v. U.S., or the Pentagon Papers case, which limits prior restraint of publications by the government. This is reminiscent of the fire and fury publication and Stormy Daniels scandal. “I wouldn’t be surprised in the next two and a half years if we see a case like that,” Timm said. Dalglish said limits of prior restraint is an American concept, and media in other countries do not have that same right, and she fears someone will be able to convince the American court system to revert the precedent that was set by decades’ worth of legal decisions. File finished the discussion period with a question about the role of student media in university communities. The day of the forum was also a nationwide day of action to bring attention to issues of funding and independence student newsrooms face. Timm said student newspapers are platforms for journalists to start their careers and practice what they are being taught. He believes they are important so students can learn their rights as journalists before entering the workforce. Dalglish said she was surprised by administrative complaints she receives as a Dean regarding what student journalists write for the independent publication at her university. She said their concerns can be teaching moments for student journalists, but educators don’t help fix the mistakes. “People really, really do worry about student journalism. It’s kind of reassuring in a way,” Dalglish said. The event was sponsored by UNR alum Warren Lerude, KNPR and the RSJ.
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Attendees are greeted by Blue Key Honor Society members at the door of the Joy Prom event on Saturday, April 28. Joy Prom is an event for WCSD students with physical and cognitive disabilities.
Honor Society hosts prom for WCSD students with disabilities By Olivia Ali
As prom season rolls around, the University of Nevada, Reno’s Blue Key Honor Society made sure every student had a night to remember. Hundreds of volunteers from the Blue Key Honor Society and other organizations gathered at the Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum to hold the fourth annual Joy Prom. The event is an alternative to a typical school prom for disabled students aged 14 to 22 in the Washoe County School District. “Joy Prom is a free event for students in the Washoe County School District with physical and cognitive disabilities,” event organizers wrote on the Joy Prom website. “The event serves as an additional opportunity for these students to experience a typical prom night full of fun, music, and dancing!” The theme of the event was “Around the World.” Around the museum, tables represented various countries such as Sweden, Italy and Austria. Each table was hosted by a Washoe County School District high school. Each table provided
some sort of entertainment for students, such as treats, games or swag. The event modeled a school prom by inviting students to dance in one of the main exhibits upstairs, complete with a DJ and flashing disco lights. Dinner and dessert were provided to students and their families throughout the night as well. According to event organizer and Blue Key Honor Society member Melissa Rast, an event such as Joy Prom is critical for students with disabilities. “It is important because it allowed this population of students to have fun in an environment that they can feel comfortable in and give the prom experience to those students who otherwise might not otherwise attend prom,” Rast said. According to Rast, the response from the community has been positive and made the event a joy to plan. “We love this event and are thrilled that our community loves it too,” Rast said. “It’s been amazing to see how much people want to be involved and we look forward to planning the
next Joy Prom in 2019!” Washoe County School District Office of Student Services, the Blue Key Honor Society and JROTC hosted Joy Prom. Hundreds of volunteers made the event possible by assisting with production. Joy Prom is free to all students of the Washoe County School District. Several companies sponsored the event, such as Safeway, Dolan Auto Group and Raley’s. Joy Prom in Reno was first held in 2015, hosted by the Blue Key Honor Society. “We are proud to host this special event annually for WCSD special needs students,” Anita Albanese, former Blue Key Honor Society President wrote on the Joy Prom website prior to the 2018 event. “I’ve personally been involved for all three years that the event has been held, and have enjoyed every minute of it. Being able to provide this additional opportunity for the students is truly a joy.” Olivia Ali can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.
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PACK N THE EVENTS THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR THIS WEEK
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By Carla Suggs
END OF THE YEAR BBQ DATE: Tuesday TIME: 11 a.m. LOCATION: In front of KC INFO: UNR’s clubs and
organizations will be celebrating all their hard work over the past year with an end-of-the-year barbeque. The event will also feature some fun activities for students to engage in, just in case free food isn’t enough to entice you. This celebration is being hosted by Sports and Recreation Coalition in the ASUN Clubs and Orgs Department, so don’t miss out!
ONLY LIGHT CAN DO THAT DATE: Wednesday TIME: 12 p.m. LOCATION: Nightingale
Concert Hall INFO: Fifty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Church Fine Arts will host an art exhibit from May 2 through 10, featuring work from artists like Elizabeth Catlett and Paul Mpagi Sepuya. This event will explore America’s Black culture, while honoring the legacy that Dr. King left behind. The exhibit will be free for students to attend.
BURNING INQUIRY DATE: Thursday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: Wells Fargo Auditorium
INFO: Aimee Adams Frugoli and her father, Dan Adams, will discuss their Burning Man experiences and involvement in the development of the Martini Village camp. The duo will also talk about how the annual trip has brought them closer and solidified their bond as father and daughter. Not only is this event free, but it also offers free parking on the 5th floor of the Brian Whalen Parking.
PETER RABBIT DATE: Thursday TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU Theatre INFO: “Peter Rabbit” is a
quaint children’s movie about a man who tries to murder a family of kleptomaniac rabbits. The film follows Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Benjamin as they steal from the garden of a man named Mr. McGregor, and eventually frighten him and he dies of a heart attack. Now who would want to miss a nice, wholesome movie like this?
DATE: Friday TIME: 6:30 p.m. LOCATION: In front of the
Joe INFO: Ever since ASUN
announced the performers for the Spring Concert, students have been reacting ... pretty calmly, actually. International superstar Apollo will lay down some epic bangers. Oh yeah Ekali and Joyzu will be there. Get your free ticket at the Center for Student Engagement. Carla Suggs can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @c_swayzy.
By Carla Suggs A century ago in 1918, jazz was just beginning to take America by storm with its loud, abrasive sounds, improvised harmonies and extensive cultural history. For many years to come, various critics would argue that jazz was a demonic form of music meant to brainwash younger generations. This was largely due to the fact that jazz was invented by blacks in the south who sought to express feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness, inequality, etc. Yet, while some people were opposed to the artistic expression of black folks, many others found jazz hypnotic and joyful. There’s no question that jazz’s influence can be found in even the most mainstream songs. Without jazz, many of today’s popular genres would never have developed, including blues, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, hip-hop and more. However, it’s also true that jazz has become one of the least-consumed genres of music in America, along with classical and children’s music. It seems as though jazz has aged, much like its O.G. fan base. So what exactly does this mean for jazz? Can we pronounce the genre that once dominated American radio as “dead”? Even with the various fusions of jazz and other “cool” genres, there’s a strong fraction of millenials and post-millenials that enjoy jazz as itself — raw and unchanged. In fact, many of these fans were seen just this past weekend at the annual Reno Jazz Festival hosted by UNR, which went from April 27-29 and hosted several jazz performers like Peter Apfelbaum and Dafnis Prieto. The jazz festival was littered with students from across the west coast, ranging from middle schoolers to college seniors. Traveling students also got the opportunity to compete in various categories of jazz, and were
awarded for both solo and group performances. Among the college performers, winners were announced for best vocalist (Ryan Braga and Pressely Murillo), saxophonist (Eric Croissant), trombonist (Andrew Watkins), trumpeter (Antonio Uribe), rhythm section (Shimpei Ogawa) and outstanding performer (Isaiah Collier). These students exemplify the ways that jazz persists today, in a time when most college students’ music libraries mainly consist of trap, electronic and indie music. Among these student performers were also professional ensembles, such as The Collective — a jazz band made up entirely of UNR faculty. The Collective includes members Adam Benjamin, Hans Halt, Andrew Heglund and Peter Epstein, who are all members of the Jazz and Improvisational Music Program at UNR. Not only is Peter Epstein a member of The Collective, but he’s also a professor of jazz saxophone, the current chair of the music department and the director of the Reno Jazz Festival. Ultimately, he wants students who are unfamiliar with jazz to know that it’s a living, evolving art form, which will likely provide more questions than answers. “Know that the performers are sincerely trying to present for you a musical manifestation of what they find to be beautiful and moving in the world,” he said, “and know that there are many folks out there who absolutely love to listen to whatever it is you are hearing.” Dafnis Prieto, a musician from Cuba who also played at the Reno Jazz Festival, believes that
the disconnect between jazz and younger generations is likely due to the different ways that music is used and distributed today. “Jazz is the type of music where you have to really know, somehow, what it means and what are the musicians doing with the music,” he said. “And most of the young kids, they just like to use music either to dance or to talk on top of it. It’s not that they like music to really listen to. I think it’s a different experience.” To find out if jazz is “dead”, we first have to consider the relevance of jazz over the past century. During the 1920s — also nicknamed the “Jazz Era” — black musicians were migrating in large numbers from the south to large metropolitan cities in the north, like Chicago and New York City. In their hearts and minds was a sound unfamiliar to the white population — a fusion of African rhythm and European melody. At the same time, radios began to make their way into every American household and aided in the distribution and popularization of jazz. Among these rising musicians was Louis Armstrong, a pioneer of jazz who symbolized the dynamic between fame and race. While he and many other black musicians were often invited to perform for large white crowds, they were just as often prohibited from staying in the same hotels as them or even eating in the same restaurants. This dynamic would persist for decades, although
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The University of Nevada, Reno, hosted its annual Jazz Festival from April 26-28. The genre’s relevance has dissipated over time.
jazz would go on to capture the hearts of people transcontinentally. It wasn’t until the mid-1960s that jazz, which had previously dominated public radio and mainstream music in America, began to lose its luster. The 1960s saw a great deal of change, and jazz simply didn’t reflect the angst that younger generations felt toward the world in general. Rather, young fans in the 60s gravitated more to rock ‘n’ roll music, with artists like The Beatles and Elvis Presley taking over pop culture (among others). Since then, various forms of music have developed through jazz and have become more popular in recent years. This includes rap, which not only reflects the same reliance that jazz has on rhythm and tempo, but also reflects mainstream society’s reaction toward black culture in different social contexts. However, it would also be untrue to say that jazz isn’t enjoyed by younger generations at all. In fact, it’s just the other way around. Over the past 40 years, jazz has become somewhat of a chameleon in music, disguising itself by fusing with other genres that, in reality, are the grandchildren or great-grandchildren of jazz. For example, famous rap artists like
The Notorious B.I.G., OutKast, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Klan, Common and Kendrick Lamar have been known to sample jazz in many of their songs, just as rock artists like David Bowie, The Doors, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles and King Krule also have music heavily inspired by jazz. Even mainstream pop artists like Fergie can’t escape the subtle jazz influence that seemingly lingers in every song. And every college student is familiar with those “lo-fi” or “chill out” playlists on streaming apps, that are really just jazz beats accented with various synthetic sounds. Unfortunately, streaming services reflect high levels of engagement with genres like rap, R&B, indie, rock and pop music. Jazz just isn’t enjoyed socially like it once was. But despite these facts, there’s no question that jazz is responsible for giving us the music we love and listen to today. Ultimately, the question may not be “is jazz dead?”, but rather, “in what ways has jazz stayed alive?” To understand the answer to this question, we’d simply have to plug in our earbuds, open our music library and listen to our favorite songs. Carla Suggs can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @c_swayzy.
Post Malone offers chill beats, cultural appropriation By Joey Thyne Growing up in Texas, Austin “Post Malone” Post pursued a career in metal music after discovering a knack for Guitar Hero. When he realized hip-hop was a more lucrative avenue, he braided his hair, headed to Los Angeles and became a superstar. Back in November, Post said in an interview “If you’re looking for lyrics, if you’re looking to cry, if you’re looking to think about life, don’t listen to hip-hop[...] There’s great hip-hop songs where they talk about life and they spit that real shit, but right now, there’s not a lot of people talking that shit.” I suppose he has never heard of Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike, Open Mike Eagle, Vince Staples, J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$ or Tyler the Creator. I digress. “beerbongs and bentleys” bills itself as a rap album, but no traces of hip-hop appear throughout it besides the trap drums, 808s, rap features and misogyny. Mostly, it’s just Post singing raspy pop melodies over generic chord progressions. All of the vocals have too much reverb on them, in order to “geek out” stoned 17-year-olds when they listen, their neon Wiz Khalifa poster illuminating their game of Fortnite and can of NOS. The album has no direction or vision. Most of the songs discuss all the money he has and all his expensive cars (which he can afford because he became famous from making songs discussing all the money he has and all his expensive cars) and how everyone is out to get him because he has
so much money and drives expensive cars. Other songs are sappy ballads about unrequited love. On the subtly named “Rich & Sad”, he sings “You know I would throw it all away/I just keep on wishin’ that the money made you stay.” Poor guy. “Jonestown (Interlude)” is a bizarre, edgy detour referencing the massacre from 1978: “It happens every time/It sounds like suicide/I’m hesitant, but I guess I’ll drink the Kool-Aid once again.” He glorifies drug use to kids without any commentary or self-awareness. On “rockstar” he sings “I’ve been fucking hoes and poppin pillies man I feel just like a rockstar.” On “Zack and Codeine” (yeah, I know) he sings “Gave that bitch a little blow and then she come alive.” On “Takin’ Shots” he sings “Drunk when I walked in the door, so fuckin’ high like, ‘Hello’/I told her pour me some more, then she went right for the blow (the blow)/30 more girls wanna roll, let’s get this bitch on the road (on the road).” The album contains more than a few strange lyrics in relation to women, ranging from cringeworthy to disturbing. On “Spoil My Night” he sings “Then I spotted lil’ mama through the wall of jabronis/Point her out so I can bag her if they just bring her to me/I ain’t even see the face, but she got beautiful boobies (wow)”. On “Over Now” he sings “I’ma put that bitch pussy in a motherfucking body bag/So you know that I’m never ever coming back.” He recruits G-Eazy (Gerald!) for “Same Bitches” about repeatedly running into ex-lovers. I do not care to think about either
of them having sex, but here we are. On “Psycho” he sings, “Had so many bottles gave ugly girl a sip.” Really, Post? Don’t you think that’s sort of like the pot calling the kettle ugly? Maybe take a shower before throwing around that type of slander. Songs like “Over Now” and “Better Now” have a rock feel. “Stay” has an indie folk feel. While appropriating black culture, he panders to white angst, the type of white people who really do beer bongs and dream about driving Bentleys and think barbed wire is cool. Every once in a nwhile, I will go on Facebook and see a white person share a video of Post Malone, a man with grills and face tattoos, with an acoustic guitar covering a Bob Dylan song with the caption “I usually don’t listen to rap, but I love Post Malone (insert heart-eyes emoji)”. Either Post does this all on purpose or he is completely naive to the whole thing. I’m not sure which is worse. Just like Miley Cyrus, when the hiphop novelty wears off I’m sure he’ll make a country album or punk album or some bullshit. The album references sweets several times: “Candy Paint,” “Sugar Wraith.” On “Zack and Codeine” he sings “Man, my life so sweet it feels like codeine.” It’s true: Listening to a Post Malone album is like every meal consisting of pixie sticks and smarties until your taste buds burn off, your teeth fall off and you die of diabetes. The album spans over an hour. As I listened, I kept checking how many songs remained because I was so goddamn bored. I would say the album has too much
filler, but the term “filler” implies there are substantial singles to support. “beerbongs and bentleys” is like a bag of Chex Mix exclusively comprised of breadsticks. So anyway, Post Malone’s new album “beerbongs and bentleys” is out. But why am I telling you? I’m sure you’ll hear it a million times over the summer at every kickback you go to at the Highlands. Joey Thyne be reached at joeythyne@gmail. com on Twitter @joey_thyne
Album Review BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS Release Date: April 27 Genre: Rap Artist: Post Malone
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ shakes up box office and fans By Darion Strugs “Avengers: Infinity War” may be the most anticipated movie to ever come out and it did not disappoint. It made box office history by having the highest grossing opening weekend, passing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Which is good news for Disney, who own the film rights to both Star Wars and Marvel. The Marvel cinematic universe started with “Iron Man” in 2008 and nearly two dozen movies have added to the story to get us to this point. This is one of the few downfalls going into the movie. The amount of knowledge needed to catch little intricacies of the movie is exhausting. But if I’m being honest you only need to watch “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, “Captain America: Civil War” and both “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies to get the overall gist of what is going on. The plot is pretty simple. Thanos, a big purple alien played by Josh Brolin, wants to destroy most of existing life and create his utopian universe. To do that he needs to find six infinity stones and put them on a glove — the Infinity Gauntlet — to change and distort reality to his liking. It’s something he’s been trying to do since the end of the first Avengers movie in 2012. Five minutes into Infinity War he already has two of them and this time, it’s pretty clear nothing is going to stop him, and the only people who might have a chance of stopping him are the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie was exactly what a comic book movie should be. It had large amounts of action mixed with just enough dialogue. The only
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long monologues come from Thanos, which is typical of a villain, and Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) who is on his high horse in every movie he’s in. Some heroes are just in the movie to kick ass with no other plot necessity (Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie, being the perfect example). Thanos is a genocidal maniac and pretty good at it. The dude beats, kills and tortures his own children. Some of his children adore and work under him while others like Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) have a complete and utter hatred of him. He is the Marvel equivalent to Zeus — they’re probably sleeping around just a bit too much. Thanos is the best super villain to grace the silver screen. Infinity War also gives us Chris Hemsworth’s best performance as the Asgardian god Thor. In his three solo films and the first two Avengers movies, Thor is essentially just a foreign exchange meathead who constantly gets outsmarted by his brother, Loki. In this movie we see an entire arc of a god who has fallen from grace looking for redemption. His interactions with the Guardians, namely Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel), are some of the best in the entire film. Even with over 20 Marvel characters, though, the movie never feels too congested. In just around two and a half hours the movie weaves multiple plot lines without compromising pacing. For a movie with such a serious tone, Marvel continued with the unnecessary one liners. In all their movies, Marvel will drop quick jokes
and make the audience laugh. Perfectly fine, unless there is, I don’t know, an alien trying to destroy the universe, which does not seem like a good time to have Chris Pratt, reprising his role as Star Lord, try to make a joke about his body insecurity. And I don’t know how to say this nicely but I’m going to power through it. Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk/Bruce Banner is the worst character in this movie. In short, he is the embodiment of fragile masculinity and if he wasn’t in the movie I would have been completely fine with that. Ultimately, moviegoers will leave the theater feeling all sorts of emotion, but not with a feeling of discontent.
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The Iran nuclear deal:
Our guide to why you should care
tanding before the projected words "Iran Lied," Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu revealed Monday that Iran had not only violated the terms of the nuclear deal limiting its nuclear weapons program, but also lied to negotiators about the nature of that program when the deal was being written. It was a damning accusation. If it proves true, which is simultaneously both a big "if" and not that unbelievable, it may mean certain doom for the Iran nuclear deal, the 2015 agreement struck between the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, China and Russia that dismantled the nascent nuclear ambitions of Iran. It's no secret that President Donald Trump positively hates the deal, frequently calling it terrible, "one of the worst and most one-sided" deals in the country's history. In January, he called for an ultimatum to fix the deal and just a few days from now, he will finally decide whether or not the U.S. will officially pull out of what's offi-
cially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. But what is the nuclear deal, and why is everyone making such a big deal out of it? At its core, the JCPOA is an agreement between six countries and Iran that lifts a bevy of sanctions placed on Iran in exchange for a number of concessions for its nuclear program. Among those concessions, Iran will limit the number of centrifuges it can use to enrich uranium from 20,000 to just over 5,000. Uranium-235 is the nasty stuff, and while low-enriched uranium can be used to power nuclear power plants, enrichment levels of around 90 percent can be used to make a nuclear warhead. In addition to a limit on the level of allowed enrichment and a broad agreement to let the U.N.'s atomic regulators, the International Atomic Energy Agency, inspect facilities at any time, these limits have timelines between 10 and 15 years, drastically increasing the amount of time it would take for Iran to hypothetically
manufacture a warhead, the so-called 'breakout time' to about 10 years, down from two or three months preJCPOA. So far, so good. So why does Trump hate it? Part of it is certainly its connection to the Obama administration. Trump has made no bones about his mission to dismantle as much of Obama's legacy as possible, and in the arena of foreign policy, there is no greater Obama legacy than the JCPOA. But more than that, there are some legitimate concerns that Iran may not adhere to its side of the deal, and with Monday's reveal by the Israelis, those concerns are now only more real. If Iran has lied to the IAEA or to negotiators making the deal in the first place, it's not wholly unreasonable to expect Trump — no friend to Iran to begin with — to want to pull out of the deal. So why should you care? It's a valid question. The president of the United States has more latitude over foreign policy than any other
issue area, and if you're just a regular undergrad here at the University of Nevada, Reno, there really isn't much you can do to stop Trump from pulling out of the deal. And unlike the Paris Climate Accord, which can be executed on the local and state level, there isn't a way for proponents of the JCPOA to legally sidestep the president, not this time. But despite all this, the deal is of monumental importance. The Middle East is a tinderbox, and the long-standing feud between Iran and Israel isn't going away anytime soon. If Iran were to become a nuclear power, it could be a major destabilizing force in the region, and as citizens of the world, just knowing the details and knowing the stakes is half the battle. But for now, we just have to watch and wait. The Editorial Board can be reached at email@example.com, and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.
Campus skateboarders are probably terrorists
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In this Monday, Oct. 16, file photo, students skateboard across campus. Some skateboarders on campus can arguably be considered merchants of terror.
t’s 10 a.m. on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. It’s a beautiful spring day and students travel to classes, eager to learn new things and socialize with friends. The future leaders of America walk up and down the narrow and hilly campus peacefully, the only disturbance an occasional solicitor asking whether the Bible scientifically proves the existence of God. Some students are stressed. School is hard. But at Ryan least they can enjoy Suppe the fresh air and Soup of the walk freely. There are no vehicles on this Day campus. Everything is in its rightful place. But then the peace is suddenly broken. A figure tears down a sidewalk. Most students see the high-speed Ten Toes ZED 44-inch longboard coming and can dive out of its path. But one innocent young woman is jamming to the new J. Cole album with her headphones on. She can’t hear the screams of those around her, telling her to watch out. Another victim of campus skateboarders. She was 19 years old. Some would call this hypothetical an accident. I would call it terrorism. Campus skateboarders spread terror. Let’s be honest, and call them what they are. Terrorism is the use of violence or a threat of violence to achieve some political, social or religious objective. This definition is not comprehensive, and it is not accepted by all scholars, but it will suffice for our purposes. Let’s deconstruct this definition together and find out whether these
crazed skateboarders on campus are, in fact, terrorists. Skateboarding on campus is violent, or at least it could easily turn violent. One minute a long-haired, bicep-tattooed, snapback-and-cargoshorts-wearing STEM major is gliding down the hill in front of the library and the next minute they hit a rock or misjudge a pedestrian’s next step and people get hurt. Nobody is good enough on one of those surfboards on wheels to fly through crowds without incident every time. I’d be remiss if I didn’t make crystal clear who we’re talking about here. Bicyclists are not terrorists. Neither are Razor scooter riders. Both have brakes and can remain reasonably under control. I’d also put those skateboarders who exclusively do tricks in a different category. They go for style not speed, and they make our student body look way cooler for high schoolers taking tours. We’re talking about longboarders and people on those little baby skateboards who think they own the sidewalks. If you’ve ever been hit by a skateboarder on campus, this discussion is over and you can check off terrorist here. Without going any further, group them in with Al-Qaeda, The Irish Republican Army, The Shining Path and the alt-right. If you’ve only been nearly hit by a skateboarder on campus, we need to find out whether this was a serious threat of violence. One could argue it’s only the bad skateboarders who intend to cause harm. They only hurt people when they fall or make an incorrect kinetic calculation and steer into an innocent citizen. But this ignores the mental game that terrorists play. It’s not just a war of weapons, it’s war of the mind. In his book "Inside Terrorism," Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert,
wrote, “Terrorism is as much about the threat of violence as the violent act itself and, accordingly, is deliberately conceived to have far-reaching psychological repercussions beyond the actual target of the act among a wider, watching, 'target' audience.” Another expert, John Horgan, agrees. He told CNN in 2016 that terrorism is "pure psychological warfare. They don't just want to frighten us or get us to overreact, they want to be always in our consciousness so that we believe there's nothing they won't do." Do you look over your shoulder constantly on campus? Do visions of Landyachtz Bamboo Stratus longboards shattering your tibia haunt you while you sleep? This is what they want. Terrorism can be just as much psychological as it is physical. Terrorists freak you out and make you scared, and once you’re scared enough you’ll agree to their terms, whether you were a victim of the threat or just an onlooker. Isn’t this exactly what skateboarders do when they speed through walking paths, weaving in and out of innocent students, while others look on in horror? Eventually, they hope, their victims will say “enough is enough, how can we make this stop?” What, then, are the skateboarders’ terms? What do they want to gain from this chaos? If they truly are terrorists, by definition, they must be striving toward some political, social, or religious goal. Without ever having spoken with one, it’s hard to say what the skateboarders’ pursuits might be. They are an aloof group, and they never slow down for long enough to start up a conversation. They put on an aura of such chillness, it seems they can’t mean any harm. That is until you take a 15 mile-per-hour piece of wood and
plastic straight to the ankle. We know from history that skateboarders want to be cool, they want to be noticed, and they want to travel between two places in a relatively quick fashion. What do they need on our campus to achieve all of these things? It’s simple: our sidewalks. This is their goal. Riding on the sidewalk gets them attention like salmon swimming upstream, and they think it makes them look cool. They feel they have some claim to the sidewalks for their skating machines, and they’re trying to make us so afraid that we will cede the sidewalks to them. One way to legitimize terrorists is to call them “freedom fighters.” You might think skateboarders are simply protesting their right to use the sidewalks. But, I say it’s not protest but coercion by force. It’s not their freedom that they fight for but our freedom that they try to take away. They want the sidewalks for themselves. If they had it their way everyone would cruise on Atom Drop Deck or Sector 9 Bamboo Bonsai Eclipse longboards between classes. I won’t ride a skateboard. Ever. And I don’t think you want to either. So, we must resist, not with more violence because that would only bring us down to their level. Don’t throw sticks under their wheels or hip check them as they fly by. All we have to do is shame them. It’s attention and social acceptance that they want. Don’t give it to them. Let’s bring peace to our walking paths. Let’s take our sidewalks back. Opinions expressed in The Nevada Sagebrush are solely those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of The Sagebrush or of its staff. Ryan Suppe studies journalism and philosophy. He can be reached at rsuppe@ sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @ salsuppe.
TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018
The correct way to complain on Twitter
eno’s own Carter Wilkerson achieved Twitter stardom with his #NuggsforCarter campaign when he asked Wendy's for a year of free chicken nuggets. Since then social media users have become more aware that contacting companies on Twitter can lead to great feats. Twitter users have become desperate with their feeble attempts to get what they want. There is a correct way to complain on Twitter — begging and badgering not included. The most annoying crime a social media user Jacey can commit is constantly Gonzalez harassing people to help them out by retweeting or liking a post. If you scroll down your timeline, you’re more than likely going to come in contact with a Twitter user asking for retweets to get something to happen. These questions range from asking a famous celebrity to prom to asking a restaurant for free food or asking a car company for a new car. Some people and companies respond with, “Yes, if you get x number of retweets” and the adventure begins. The Twitter user then embarks on a journey of annoying every single Twitter user in existence to get retweets to make their greatest dreams come true. This is infuriating because people are begging different celebrities and companies for things and experiences they can’t afford — not because they deserve it. This simple method of begging for retweets and likes is enough to anger any Twitter user. It’s tasteless and takes away from the main purpose of social media — to socialize. On the other side, complaining to a company on Twitter can work in your favor and get you expedited customer service. Bandwatch. com reports that of the 330 million monthly Twitter users, 80 percent of Twitter users have mentioned a brand in a tweet. Users can tweet to whatever company has wronged them in the past week and complain about said company. For once, you can complain and get exactly what you want. This has to be done in a classy manner where instead of insulting a company, you’re taking the time to explain what has happened. Every insulting tweet you send is being read by someone working for that company. Tweeting and mentioning a company has become increasingly common and companies are taking notice. According to Bandwatch. com, 92 percent of companies on Twitter are tweeting more than once per day. Bandwatch reports that 77 percent of Twitter users feel more positive about a brand when their tweet has been replied to. This elicits an atmosphere where users are encouraged to form tweets that directly call for a company’s attention. Once you have been replied to once, you get encouraged to respond to more tweets and hopefully get the same reaction. As irritating as the constant complaints might be, Twitter users are creating a culture change. In the past two years, Bandwatch has reported there has been a 2.5 percent increase in customer service conversations on Twitter. These conversations may seem pointless, but companies using Twitter for customer service have seen a 19 percent lift in customer satisfaction. #NuggsforCarter was a success. Carter Wilkerson's tweet passed Ellen Degeneres's selfie at the 2014 Academy Awards and claimed sole ownership of the most retweeted tweet of all time, with 3.42 million retweets. Wendy's ended up giving him free chicken nuggets for a year and donating to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption on Wilkerson's behalf. Even though you might be annoyed reading the constant complaints flooding your timeline, the next time you’re angry about something a company does — take to Twitter to express your discontent.
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. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. edu and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.
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On April 24, 2018, Loren Jobe takes to Twitter to alert her current phone company she may switch services. She complained after receiving an elevated cell phone bill.
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Starters shine in spring game By Darion Strugs The Nevada Wolf Pack played their annual Silver and Blue Spring Game this past Saturday. The game is played as a conclusion to the five weeks of practice for the Wolf Pack. Head coach Jay Norvell has a different approach to the game compared to other coaches. The Blue Team is composed of the first team offense and defense. The Silver Team has everybody else and starts the game with a 27-0 lead. An important note is that many of the recruits that committed to Nevada this offseason were not in the game, as they are not enrolled at the university yet. The Blue Team offensive was missing two key players. Offensive lineman Sean Krepsz was on the sidelines on a scooter with his foot in a boot. Wide receiver Kaleb Fossum was alongside him with his left knee in a brace as he was still recovering from his dislocated knee suffered in last season’s opener against Northwestern. Ty Gangi led the Blue offense with most of his returning weapons from last season. Gangi did not seem to miss a beat connecting with his favorite target, McLane Mannix, who caught two touchdowns. The other two touchdowns Gangi threw were both brought down by 6’4” Elijah Cooks who returns to the field
after his stint with the Nevada Basketball team. Gangi struggled to connect with the other 6’4” receiver, Brendan O’Leary-Orange, whom he overthrew multiple times on deep throws down the field. Gangi threw one interception that was returned for a touchdown, which seems to happen in every game for Nevada quarterbacks. The pick six was the only score for the Silver Team. Running back Kelton Moore looked solid behind Gangi as he had 11 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown that sealed the victory for the Blue Team. The Blue defense was very stout. They did not give up a single point and consistently had the Silver offensive line under duress. Malik Reed was convincing in his first appearance at linebacker since his move from the defensive line at the start of spring practice. The Silver Team on the other hand, leaves a lot of questions for Norvell. Although Ty Gangi is the no doubt no. 1 quarterback on the roster, his backup is much tougher to determine. Both Kaymen Cureton and Griffin Dahn had shaky games. Both threw interception and could not sustain a drive. Cureton showed virtually no progression as he seemed to start running any time he was under pressure just like in his two starts last season. Dahn looked unsettled which may be
attributed to him missing much of last season after getting surgery on his ankle and not having virtually any on-field experience since coming to Nevada. The silver lining, no pun intended, for the Silver Team was a fully healthy Jaxson Kincaide. Kincaide got the most carries out of all the running backs on the roster and although his stat line may not have showed it, he looks like he trusts his knee again. The Silver defense looked woeful trying to stop the Blue Offense. It gave up 5 touchdowns and it looked clear from the beginning that they had no chance. Other than the interception, the Silver defense did force a fumble that slowed the momentum of the Blue offense for a brief moment. What does this mean? Not much. Starters should be outplaying their back ups, that is the reason why they start. No one knows how this team is going to perform next season, especially with many key guys not playing or even in school yet. One thing that is different this season is that Norvell’s offense is going to be the best part of the team, and he has a quarterback he can trust from the start. The Wolf Pack’s offense and defense will have their first real test when the season starts in August. Darion Strugs can be reached on Twitter @ dstrugs.
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The Nevada Football team prepares to break out of the team tunnel before Nevada won the Fremont Cannon after the team’s 23-16 win against UNLV on Nov. 25 in Mackay Stadium. Nevada is looking to improve on last seasons lackluster 3-9 record.
SPRING / SUMMER 2018
Browns draft Nevada tackle Corbett at 33rd overall By Brandon Cruz
Ex-Nevada offensive tackle Austin Corbett joins an elite club of Nevada alumni being drafted in the second round and above. Corbett joins former Nevada offensive tackle Joel Bitonio on the Cleveland Browns roster. With Cleveland’s loss of AllPro left tackle Joe Thomas to retirement, the Browns had some holes to fill in their offensive line. Corbett is a prime example of resilience, and lives up to the Jay Norvell-coined term “Nevada Grit.” Corbett was on the wrong end of a great deal of knee injuries during his high school career. Usually early knee injuries tend to plague an athlete for the rest of their short careers, but Corbett made recovery look easy, playing his full senior year in Reno, Nevada. He then walked on to the once led by Brian Polian team in 2013. He redshirted his first season at Nevada, giving him an extra year of playing eligibility. After Bitonio was drafted, Corbett got the nod and started 12 games for Nevada at left tackle. Corbett
stayed at left tackle for his Nevada career, earning the right to be named as a captain of the team in 2015. Like his predecessor, Corbett was never supposed to play left tackle in the NFL, he will more than likely play guard for the Browns. While Corbett was at Nevada, the team aggregated a record of 22-28 over Nevada’s left tackle’s four-year playing career. For every season Corbett played on Nevada’s offensive line the team passed for 2,000-plus yards and a whopping 3,245 under Coach Jay Norvell during his inaugural season. He also helped the team’s running backs reach 2,000-plus yards in every season but the ’17’18 season, which is due to Norvell’s coaching scheme favoring the throwing game. In accordance to NFL.com’s draft profile on Corbett, the Nevada tackle has a few weaknesses, the main two being his struggle to maintain body control against quality shed edge defenders and his lack of leg drive and leverage which could cause him to struggle against interior linemen. The first alarming
weakness shouldn’t affect Corbett too much because he will more than likely be switching to guard, which would nullify his need to defend against edge rushers. However, his leverage and leg drive will have to be a main focus for the Browns as they head into training camp. Corbett had a strong combine with a 5.15 40-yard dash, 19 reps on bench press, a 28-inch vertical, 106-inch broad jump, 7.87 second 3 cone drill and a 4.5-second 20 yard shuttle time. Corbett is said to be a quick starter for the Browns, and has bounds of endless potential. Corbett’s versatility as a lineman is what helped improve his draft stock, as he played guard and center at the Senior Bowl, even though he started at left tackle for the majority of his Nevada career. We’ll see in a few years if Corbett’s high projected potential pans out on an already star studded and gritty Cleveland Browns offensive line.
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Nevada’s defense attempts to break through Toledo’s offensive line during Nevada’s 24-37 loss to the Toledo Rockets on Sept. 9, 2017 at Mackay Stadium. Corbett is just one of four lineman to ever be drafted into the NFL from Nevada.
LESS THAN JAKE
ZAYTOVEN “TRAP HOLIZAY”
THE BLUEBIRD (18+)
BEATS ANTIQUE WITH
THE FUNGINEERS 5/12
STYLUST BEATS WITH
SIDECAR TOMMY 5/24
THE GLITCH MOB
THE GLITCH MOB AFTERPARTY
DIRTWIRE WITH OUTLAW KINDRED
AND THE POSTMON 6/2
ZOE JAKES’ HOUSE OF TAROT
GOOD LUCK MACBETH (18+)
ZOE JAKES’ HOUSE OF TAROT
GOOD LUCK MACBETH (ALL AGES)
GHASTLY THE MYSTIFYING ORACLE TOUR
CARGO (ALL AGES) SOLD OUT
6/20 7/17 - 7/18
PHISH APHTERPARTIES HARRAH’S LAKE TAHOE
THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS WITH KITCHEN DWELLERS (2 NIGHTS!)
SOUTH SHORE ROOM
KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE (2 NIGHTS) WITH DJ LOVEKNUCKLE (17TH) AND RAMBO (18TH)
WITH OUTLAW KINDRED AND THE POSTMON
JUNE 1 • THE BLUEBIRD Brandon Cruz can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.
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TOP 25 COLLEGE BASEBALL
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6. North Carolina 7. UCLA 8.NC State 9. Texas Tech 10. Clemson
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11. Southern Miss 12. East Carolina 13. Duke 14. Kentucky 15. Indiana
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21. Texas A&M 22. South Florida 23. Vanderbilt 24.Texas 25. Tennessee Tech
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NEVADA 2018 SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Result Feb. 16
Women’s Track & Field Nevada Women’s Track and Field competed in the Bulldog Invitational this past Saturday, April 28. Nevada’s High Jump team made waves in Clovis, California, as both senior Leah Carter and freeshman Lea Halmans cleared 5 feet and 10.75 inches. The high jump squad has the possibility of jumping up as high as No. 2 in the national event squad rankings. Carter also nabbed the Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney Student-Athlete of the Week award with her impressive performance. Along with the high jump squads stellar outing, junior Brandi French move up to third in program history after a 15.17 meter shot put display. The Bulldog invitational was Nevada’s final regular season meet. The team now prepares for the 2018 Mountain West Outdoor Championships from May 9-12.
The Wolf Pack’s Joshua Zamora was the leading hitter of the night as he hit three balls with three runs and one RBI. On Friday, Nevada’s Jake Jackson allowed two runs apiece in the first two innings to dig the Wolf Pack into a hole. He finished the game with seven runs allowed, two walks and six strikeouts in four and a third innings. Defensively, the Wolf Pack allowed nine runs on 10 hits en route to a 9-6 loss. Nevada tried to mount a comeback by scoring three runs in the eighth inning. However, the Cornhuskers added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to give them enough of a cushion to hold on. The next day, the Wolf Pack allowed another hot start for the Cornhuskers as they gave up two runs in the first inning, four runs in the second and a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth inning. Nevada had no chance to come back as they held a hefty 12-1 lead after the first seven innings. Wolf Pack pitcher Mark Nowaczewski allowed six runs, giving up five hits as he suffered the loss. Zamora once again led the way for the Wolf Pack offense. However, his home run did not have much effect on the outcome of the game. With the loss, the Wolf Pack drop to 21-19 on the season. They will face Sacramento State in the upcoming continuation of out-of-conference play. Javier Hernandez can be reached at bcruz@sagebrush. unr and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.
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March 3 The Nevada Baseball team has lost a season-high six games in a row, with the last three losses coming from its series against the Nebraska Cornhuskers out of the Big Ten Conference. The good news for the Wolf Pack is that only two of those losses — against Air Force — have counted against its Mountain West Conference record. The cross-country travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, proved to be a concern for the Wolf Pack as they dropped three consecutive games during the road trip. In the first game of the series, the Wolf Pack led by one run heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. However, a huge sixrun bottom of the seventh inning for the Cornhuskers allowed them to gain separation and run away with the opening game of the series. Relief pitcher Grant Ford was unable to secure the victory for the Wolf Pack as he allowed four runs in 2.1 innings. On the Nebraska side, Mike Waldron got his second victory of the season.
Feb. 20 at CSU at Fullerton
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March 9 vs. San Jose State
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March 23 at Fresno State
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Pack Softball struggled against arch-rival UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 27- 29. The Wolf Pack came out on the losing end of the series, taking one of the three games. Both UNLV and Nevada got off to a slow start during the first game on April 27, until the third inning. UNLV jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the third and never looked back. The following game saw a much closer competition as Nevada was down just one going into the 7th. However, Nevada was unable to muster up a final run to tie the game. Down 0-2 in the series Nevada came back with a vengeance defeating the Rebels 8-1.
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May 1 vs. Sacramento State
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San Jose State
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Grant Fennell prepares to power through a pitch against Riverside during Nevada’s double-header against University of California Riverside on Mar. 18 at Peccole Park. Nevada Baseball has a current overall record of 21-19 and a conference record of 14-6.
MAKING THE CALL STAFF PICKS OPTIMIST SAYS: Despite the losing streak, the Wolf Pack stay atop the Mountain West Conference standings with a one-game lead over the San Diego State Aztecs. OUTCOME: The Wolf Pack will win its non-conference game against a decent Sacramento State squad to propel its momentum to the following series against a middle of the road Fresno State team. .
IMPACT PLAYER PESSIMIST SAYS: The Sacramento State baseball team have won five out of its last six games, with its latest win coming against UT Rio Grande Valley, 5-2. The Wolf Pack are caught in a slump and are reeling from its season-high six game losing streak.The defense will continue to struggle. OUTCOME: Look for them to drop the game against the Hornets.
Joshua Zamora has had the hot hand the past few games. He is second in the team in batting average, as he currently boasts a .358 mark. In addition, he has been the heavy hitter as he leads the team in home runs on the season with seven. Look for him to continue his hot streak over the next few weeks as the team heads into the final stretch of conference play.
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