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A group of protesters march in Washington D.C. advocating for women’s rights on Oct. 4, 2018. Take Back the Pack is a student-lead organization formed to combat rape culture on campus.
Student-led project works to reform sexual assault case protocol By Olivia Ali and Taylor Johnson After multiple students filed allegations against a fraternity member, student and activist Dennise Mena founded a campaign to advocate for sexual misconduct protocol reform. Founded in January 2019, Take Back the Pack is a student-led organization and campaign working to reform the university’s sexual assault case protocol and rape culture. Their goals include passing a university-wide motion and commitment to end rape culture on campus, reforming Student Misconduct policies to be more survivor-centered and increasing university funding for Title IX and other departments that provide resources to survivors and prevention efforts. “...[T]he students of Take Back The Pack, are demanding that the University of Nevada, Reno begin to explicitly combat rape culture through actionable policy reform which address
deficiencies in the current policies, procedures, and resources regarding sexual assault,” said Take Back the Pack’s Medium article. “This includes reframing current policies through a survivor-centered approach and defining the specific sanctions that would be taken against a student or faculty member should victims choose to report.” The Sexual Conduct and Safety Service Survey found in 2016, 24 percent of female students said they experienced sexual harassment, 13 percent of all respondents experienced sexual coercion and 8 percent of students experienced sexual assault. In Take Back the Pack’s OurTurn Sexual Misconduct Report Card, the university received a 68.88 percent rating overall. Factors influencing the score included the scope, composition of review committee or decision makers, formal and informal complaint process and education of sexual assault. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life instituted a new
policy in 2019 requiring students in Greek Life organizations to submit a report outlining incidents or conduct involving members using the ‘Chapter Standards/Judicial Report Form’ by the final day of classes each semester. Professional counselors at the university are not required to report any information regarding an incident to a Title IX coordinator without students’ permission. If a student wants to maintain confidentiality, the university will not conduct a full investigation on the incident. If a student wishes to report to a “responsible employee”, a university employee who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, responsible employees may only tell university faculty who handles sexual assault reports, this does not include law enforcement. If responsible employees want to keep a student’s identity confidential but wish to report the information given, the university will consider the request, but cannot guarantee it
will honor the request. Disciplinary sanctions for students found to violate Student Code of Conduct may receive one or more of the following: an oral or written warning, a written reprimand, restitution, probation, loss of privileges, discretionary and educational sanctions, no contact order, suspension, expulsion or the withholding of a degree. “Whoever wrote our policies did not keep survivors in mind,” Mena said. “They did not say we want to write policies to encourage students to report. A lot of these things, we have policies around them but they aren’t in Student Conduct Policies, which means when a student is trying to understand what’s going to happen during the investigation and the hearing, this information isn’t available. We provide accommodations for survivors during hearing processes, but they aren’t outlined in there.” Currently, Take Back the Pack
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The Nevada State Legislature plans to revise provisions regarding the minimum wage of $7.25-$8.25 per hour to $11-$12 per hour with State Bill AB456. The minimum wage in Nevada will increase by $3.75 in the next four years if the bill passes. Introduced to the legislature Thursday, March 25, the bill is currently sponsored by the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor and was granted a waiver on Friday, April 12. Minimum wage is the lowest amount of pay employers are required to give their employees. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25. J.D. Klippenstein, the executive director of Acting in Community Together Northern
Nevada, wrote a letter to the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor in support of AB456. “We must raise the minimum wage if we want to address our state’s affordable housing crisis,” Klippenstein said in the letter. “Let me be clear, we do not believe that a $12 minimum wage by 2024 is enough, but we think it is a good starting point. This bill and this important conversation must continue to move forward. We cannot wait to act. The wellbeing of thousands of Nevadan families hangs in the balance.” Mac Porter, the chief operating officer of Nevada Casino Holdings, LLC wrote a letter to the Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor in opposition of AB456.
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is trying to pass resolutions through the Associated Students of the University of Nevada and through the Graduate Student Association, and is attempting to change NSHE language regarding sexual assault and misconduct. The specific resolutions aiming to be passed through ASUN regard precedents for addressing rape culture, better policy accessibility and clarity and the creation of an online sexual harassment policy. Mena is also advocating for the university to publicize the number of sexual assaults reported annually and for the university to create advocacy centers. “We want to institutionalize all departments that provide
services to survivors,” Mena said. “The only department on our campus that is given any money to provide services to survivors is Title IX. They are given $23,000 operating budget, but that is not just for survivors. That is for everything that Title IX takes on. We have an over dependence of risk reduction efforts and no budgetary investment to preventive efforts.” Additionally, Mena stressed the importance of the university to reevaluate the lack of a policy prohibiting faculty and student relations, which she plans to present in a resolution with Senator Tori Supple. Mena also emphasized the need for sexual assault survivor support group on campus, along with a trauma center. “We need an advocacy center to provide services to survivors of sexual assault,
domestic abuse and a variety of other types of traumatic experiences,” Mena said. “There needs to be a trauma center, one that will allow students dealing with their trauma a place to escape, a place to go and find support, a place to go and find community, a place to find a sexual assault support group. We still don’t have a sexual assault support group on our campus. Counseling services does not offer it.” The campaign stressed the need for a change in policy language, stating the current language “discourages reporting”. Mena noted Section 2 subsection 13 of the Student Code of Conduct, which states false allegations by filing a complaint under Student Conduct or with the Title IX/Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office. Individuals
found stating false allegations will be punished by the university. “Until there is major institutional policy change at UNR, reported victims will continue to suffer under the acceptable standard of a university which allows for repeat sexual assault offenders to remain on campus, seemingly without consequence,” the article said. “This is rape culture, and all forms of sexual misconduct are serious offenses that deserve more than weak no-contact orders and year-long investigations with little to no regard placed on the emotional, physical, and psychological wellbeing of reported victims” Taylor Johnson and Olivia Ali can be reached at oali@ sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.
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A group of fast food workers protest outside a McDonald’s in Minneapolis, MN on April 15, 2015. The Nevada legislature is currently working on a bill which potentially will raise the minimum wage in the state.
“The last time tip credit minimums increased, the impact to our gaming company was close to $300,000,” Porter said. “We were barely making a profit having just pulled the company out of another operator’s bankruptcy. Taking that cost increase, plus the increases in medical costs, energy costs, property taxes, interest rate increases, year after year will cause ongoing increased menu prices that will put our restaurants a competitive disadvantage and force folks to choose lower-priced alternatives or simply eat out less often.” Previous Governor, Brian Sandoval vetoed a bill similar to AB456, which was called SB106. If SB106 passed in 2017, the bill was expected to increase the minimum wage by 75 cents annually until 2022. “...[I]t should be noted that opposition to the provisions to SB106 was expressed by a number of concerned stakeholder groups,” Sandoval said in his veto message. “The bill is opposed by, among others, national organizations such as the National Federation of Independent Business and Americans for Prosperity, as well as all of Nevada’s chambers of commerce and other local, private business owners. These concerns are valid and should be considered in evaluating the merits and impacts of raising the minimum wage in Nevada.” In 2019, nineteen states across the country will increase their minimum wage requirements for workers, according to Paycor. This includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Washington D.C., Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Washington. Washington D.C. pays employees the highest minimum wage in the U.S. with a minimum of $13.25 an hour. The states with the lowest minimum wage are Georgia and Wyoming, which pays employees a minimum of $5.15 an hour. The Bureau of Labor Statistic found 48.2 percent of minimum wage earners are between ages 16 to 24 and 22 percent are between ages 25-34. Taylor Johmson can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.
David Horowitz Freedom Center, a think tank emphasizing public policy and institutional reform, distributed around a thousand newspapers about Sara Dogan’s new report on the rise of anti-Semitism and links to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel at the University of Nevada, Reno. The newspaper titled, “An epidemic of Jew hatred on campus: the top ten neo-Nazi incidents” discussed ten universities who have had neoNazi incidents occurred. “As the Hillel Director for Northern Nevada, I was a bit sceptical about such a claim,” said Hillel Director of Hillel Northern Nevada Atty Garfinkel-Berry in an email to the Nevada Sagebrush. “Do we have a problem, absolutely, but top ten? So I went through the report on frontpagemag. I would have liked to see quantitative metrics used to arrive at the report’s conclusion.From what I can tell, this was a subjective list based on the author’s level of outrage. And I am outraged too. The Jewish community on campus is indeed outraged and deeply hurt by the anti-semitic incidents on campus. However, I’m also a professional Jewish communal service worker and one of the things I can tell you about writing an analysis based on anti-semitic activity is that you have to have quantifiable metrics. That’s not what happened in this report. This particular report is subjective rather than objective. I understand the argument made in the report. However, knee-jerk reactions do not make for good research. So no, I don’t agree that UNR should be in the top 10 of anti-Semitic instances on college campuses.” Garfinkel-Berry believes there has been a rise of anti-Semitism on campus. She said two actionable cases from The Anti-Defamation League came from the university. GarfinkelBerry wants the Student Code of Conduct to address anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, hateful and divisive kinds of comments and behavior, or generalized hateful bigotry. “It is first and foremost important to condemn the vandalism on our own campus that expressed anti-Semitic hatred,” said President of ASUN Anthony Martinez. “It is simply unacceptable and saddening. This is an attack on our community -- when one of us or a group of us are affected, we all are. While this particular website choose to shine a light on the incidents that have taken place at the University, I believe the University honors its mission as a Tier 1 institution, serving as a catalyst for the betterment of our society. The Wolf Pack stands to be a leading example of support and acceptance of all people and to foster
a community in which all people feel safe. We stand with our Jewish community, and we have taken steps to ensure our campus remains safe and welcoming. we need to come together as a pack and be vigilant in confronting and speaking about anti-Semitism so we can continue our mission of bettering and progressing our campus community and global community at large. The universities named in the piece includes Columbia University, Duke University, Penn State University, UC-Santa Cruz, University of California, Los Angeles, Stanford University, University of Minnesota, UNR, Tufts University and University of Michigan. “I wouldn’t say there’s been a rise of anti-semitism necessarily since I started here, but there’s definitely been more of a social media presence that shares theses acts on a broader scale,” said a Jewish upperclassman. “Unfortunately, anti-semitism isn’t anything new to me. I’ve been fighting it all my life. I have to remind myself to choose not to live in fear. Whether I’m on campus or not, I can’t let anyone tell me who I can and can’t be. I am a Jew. I am proud to be Jewish. They come into [Peavine] and not only vandalize it, but it became very personal. They need to take action to show that this behavior will not be tolerated. Whether that’s an installation of camera, more security, or even speaking out more regarding the impact that these incidents have on students, somethings needs to be done. At the same time, it’s not only on the university to change the campus climate. It’s on each individual student, staff, and faculty member to have these conversations and call someone out when they’re doing or saying something that is not okay.” The newspaper cited three incidents, which occured at the university. The newspaper first cited an incident which occured Friday, March 8th in Juniper Hall. A message was drawn into the residence hall which said “Kill all Jews” and “Watch Out Communist Bombing on March 6, 2019 and March 7, 2019” along with a swastikas. The newspaper then cited an incident which occured in Peavine Hall. On October 27, an unknown individual carved a swastika on the wall near a Jewish student. Finally, the article cited the Church Fine Arts incident where an unknown student spray painted swastikas over the graffiti staircase on October 13, 2017.
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SENATE RECAP MAY 1 By Taylor Johnson
RESIGNATIONS CHIEF JUSTICE GROESBECK RESIGNS Kate Groesbeck resigned from her position as Chief Justice of the Senate. She thanked President Hannah Jackson, the Judicial Council, her interns, Dr. Beattie and Speaker Savannah Hughes for their help in her position.
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Jessica Velazquez resigns from her position as Associate Justice of the Senate. She said she is grateful for being a part of ASUN and said it was one of the highlights of her college career.
APPOINTMENTS AYANNA RELEFORD APPROVED AS DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION Ayanna Releford is a junior studying Spanish Literature and Culture. Releford has previously worked in the ASUN Diversity and Inclusion department as commissioner for projects and events and commissioner. She has previously worked with Queer Student Union for National Coming Out Day and helped planned Pizza with Police. Releford was previously on the Cultural Diversity Committee and helped plan the Northern Nevada Diversity Summit. She wants to continue diversity training for all senators. Releford also wants to work with ASUN Clubs and Organization department to be more interconnected. She believes diversity is multifaceted. Releford was unanimously approved by the Senate.
KRISTEN DE GUZMAN APPROVED AS DIRECTOR OF CAMPUS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
Kristen de Guzman is a second year studying Business Management. De Guzman is a transfer student from the University of California, Berkeley. De Guzman previously campaigned for the Thirst Project and helped raise $12,000 for accessibility to clean water in Africa. In this campaign, she worked with the media and created press releases. She plans to work with ASUN Civic Engagement department to help increase Senate outreach hours. De Guzman also wants a better way for students to contact ASUN senators and to increase transparency. De Guzman was unanimously approved by the Senate.
JAY DON SCOTT APPROVED AS COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING SENATOR
Jay Don Scott is a freshman double majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. He served as a legislative intern for the 86th session of ASUN and is Vice President of Peavine Hall’s Leadership Council. He also volunteers at Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada. Scott wants to create a more inclusive learning environment, a mentorship program to establish dependable support groups. Scott was unanimously approved by the Senate.
REPORTS DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING GABRIELLE LEW PLANS SUMMER BARBEQUE EVENTS Director of Programming Gabrielle Lew is working with Learning365 to create three events students can attend during the summer session. The first event will be a barbeque hosted on May 30 from 12-1 p.m. outside the Knowledge Center. The second event will be an ice cream social hosted on June 20 from 12-1 p.m in the sculpture garden. The final event will be another ice cream social hosted on July 25 from 12-1 p.m in the sculpture garden.
DIRECTOR OF CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS DAVIS FLORENCE ANNOUNCES CLUB FAIR DATES
Director of Clubs and Organization Davis Florence announced the date for fall semester’s Club Fair. Club Fair will be held on August 29 during Welcome Week. Club Fair is an event, which allows campus clubs and organizations to table in the quad. Taylor Johnson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.
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Piden que se extienda Beca Nevada Promise para ayudar a estudiantes indocumentados Por Michelle Rindels Esta nota fue originalmente revelado en el Nevada Independent. Esta nota fue traducida al español a partir de una versión en inglés, misma que aparece en la página de The Nevada Independent. A Erika Castro le tomó años hacer trabajos ocasionales, cuidar niños y limpiar casas con tal de poder pagar la universidad. Como estudiante indocumentada, enfrentó más barreras para conseguir ayuda financiera que los ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos, quienes simplemente pueden llenar la Solicitud Gratuita para Ayuda Federal a Estudiantes (FAFSA) y obtener una beca federal Pell. Ni los beneficiarios de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) ni los estudiantes indocumentados sin DACA pueden recibir ayuda federal. “Para las personas indocumentadas, especialmente con nuestra administración actual, hay mucho miedo de hacer preguntas, de salir y encontrar esos recursos”, dijo a The Nevada Independent. “Así que muchos de ellos asumen que no hay nada o que los recursos que hay son muy limitados”. Castro, quien recibió DACA, ahora tiene un trabajo con la Alianza de Liderazgo Progresista de Nevada (PLAN) y promueve la Coalición de Inmigrantes de Nevada, este lunes ayudó a encabezar un grupo de unos 75 activistas en Carson City para participar en el Día del Inmigrante y el Refugiado, que se celebró por primera vez en la Legislatura estatal.
Entre otras cosas, el grupo está presionando para que se otorguen más becas de Nevada a estudiantes indocumentados. Aunque la Beca Millennium — que se basa en logros o méritos y está abierta a todos los estudiantes de Nevada que obtienen una grado GPA de 3.25 o superior — la Beca Promesa de Nevada, que está basada en las necesidades de los estudiantes y cubre los gastos para el colegio comunitario o la matrícula para el Nevada State College, requiere que los estudiantes completen la FAFSA y busquen ayuda federal antes de que los fondos del estado estén disponibles. Ese panorama puede ser desalentador para estudiantes indocumentados quienes no tienen un número de Seguro Social y no quieren revelar demasiada información personal a un gobierno federal que, así como otorga asistencia financiera para la universidad, también tiene el poder de hacer cumplir las leyes de inmigración en contra de alumnos indocumentados. Así mismo, una nueva generación de estudiantes de high school se está preparando para graduarse sin tener acceso a DACA, un programa que la administración del Presidente Donald Trump terminó en otoño de 2017 y que solo acepta renovaciones, pero no nuevos solicitantes. Cuando estaba activo, DACA requería que los solicitantes tuvieran al menos 15 años, por lo que un número desconocido de adolescentes de Nevada están llegando a la mayoría de edad sin poder contar con la opción de DACA. “Muchos de estos estudiantes se están graduando de la high
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Erika Castro, quien lidera la Coalición de Inmigrantes de Nevada, durante el Día de los Inmigrantes y Refugiados en la Legislatura de Nevada en Carson City el 15 de abril de 2019. school bajo la misma situación en la que me gradué de la high school“, dijo Castro, quien enfrentó problemas para pagar sus estudios universitarios en 2010, antes de que surgiera DACA. “Eso es parte de lo que estamos haciendo hoy aquí para asegurarnos de que les estamos proveyendo algo”.
La Coalición de Inmigrantes está trabajando con el Senador Demócrata Mo Denis y la Asambleísta Selena Torres con la esperanza de poder enmendar algunos de sus proyectos de ley relacionados con becas. Castro tiene en mente una disposición en la que las escuelas aceptarían un diferente tipo de
forma para establecer las necesidades del solicitante, sin tener que pasar por el gobierno federal. Castro cree que las universidades están de acuerdo con el concepto. Instituciones como el College of Southern Nevada tienen fondos disponibles para estudiantes que no llenaron la FAFSA, lo que fue de ayuda para
que pudiera asistir a la escuela. El Sistema de Educación Superior de Nevada (NSHE) tampoco cobra a sus estudiantes indocumentados tarifas más altas por provenir fuera del estado. NSHE actualmente está en conversaciones con los legisladores para ver si pueden llegar a un acuerdo acerca del camino a seguir para los estudiantes indocumentados. Mike Flores, un cabildero de NSHE, señaló que uno de los objetivos de la Junta de Regentes es ampliar el acceso a la universidad. “Una de las cosas que queremos es … asegurarnos de que tengamos el mayor acceso posible a la educación superior, independientemente de cuál sea su situación”, dijo. Entre otras cosas, los legisladores tendrán que decidir si hay suficiente dinero para ampliar programas como la Beca Promesa de Nevada para estudiantes indocumentados. Esa cobertura podría costar más que la de un ciudadano estadounidense porque los estudiantes indocumentados no reúnen los requisitos para la ayuda federal que podría cubrir el costo de su educación. “Muchas veces el impacto económico del que hablamos [es] cuánto le va a costar al estado, pero también tenemos que hablar de cuánto va a beneficiar al estado”, dijo Castro. “Ya hemos invertido en todos estos niños. Han estado en nuestras escuelas desde el grado K [jardín de niños] hasta el 12″. Mande sus comentarios a Michelle Rindels: michelle@ thenvindy.com o sigala en Twitter @NVndyEspanol.
El concurso Miss Cinco de Mayo celebra las culturas hispánicas y latinas Por Hailey Fleming El Cinco de Mayo se celebró en Reno, Nevada con el concurso de Miss Cinco de Mayo y marcó el primer festival anual el sábado, 4 de mayo. Celebrado en el Wingfield Park, el festival incluyó una multitud de actividades para que las familias disfruten, incluyendo cabinas que albergan empresas locales, camiones de comida, casas de rebote y bandas en vivo. Los concursantes que compiten por la corona de Miss Cinco de Mayo saludaron a los invitados del desfile. Edith López, Miss Cinco de Mayo 2018, expresó su entusiasmo por el desfile, presumiendo sobre el arduo trabajo de los concursantes actuales. López expresó la importancia de celebrar el Cinco de Mayo no sólo como una fiesta divertida, sino por el mensaje y el poder que representa el Cinco de Mayo. “Nosotros somos hispanas y Latinas y estamos aquí para apoderar a los de más”, dijo López.
Cada concursante representaba un estado, ciudad o territorio diferente para el certamen. Las concursantes Esmeralda Martínez, representó a Baja, California, Lesly Virgen Mariscal, representó Jalisco, Yoana Gutiérrez, rrepresentó a México City, Natalie Nicole Espino, representó a Aguascalientes, y Paola Martínez, representó a Michoacán. Todas tomaron el etapa para la primera ronda de la competición para presentarse a la multitud. El atuendo de elección fue uno de los principales atractivos del certamen, que implicó a los concursantes para llevar un atuendo de elección que se sentían mejor encarnaban las tierras que cada concursante representaba. Otro segmento del certamen involucró preguntas de los jueces, que las concursantes tenían que contestar en el acto. El concursante Yoana Gutiérrez fue preguntado sobre sus pensamientos sobre las recientes acciones de control fronterizo, y ella explicó que el conocimiento y la comprensión son las claves
de las políticas que involucran a la patrulla fronteriza. La directora del programa de Miss Cinco de Mayo Cindy Arce expresó su gratitud hacia el factor de celebración que cinco de mayo tiene en los Estados Unidos. Ella explicó que el cinco de mayo no es el día de la independencia de México, pero que todavía ama cómo aceptar otras culturas son de cinco de mayo y otras festividades latinas e hispanas. “Es un recuerdo que nuestra cultura es hermosa y todos pueden celebrarlo con nosotros”, dijo Arce. Cinco de Mayo es una fiesta que celebra la victoria del ejército mexicano 1862 sobre Francia en la Batalla de Puebla durante la guerra Franco-Mexicana. La fiesta es ampliamente celebrada dentro de los Estados Unidos porque se ha convertido en una forma de conmemorar las culturas latinas e hispanas. Las celebraciones para el cinco de mayo se llevan a cabo en todo el país, integrando las vacaciones y la cultura mexicana en diferentes estados de la nación.
Lesly Virgen-Mariscal fue coronada Miss Cinco de Mayo 2019. Cuando le preguntaron Virgen preguntaron cómo se sentía acerca de Nevada logrando ser el primer estado en tener una legislatura mayoritaria femenina, abogó por el empoderamiento de las mujeres en todos los aspectos de la vida y expresó su orgullo en las mujeres de Nevada y del mundo. “El empoderamiento femenino es algo que defiendo firmemente como defensor de los derechos de las mujeres y como una mujer latina de fuerte voluntad que se dedica a obtener sus metas”, dijo Hialey Fleming/Nevada Sagebrush Virgen-Mariscal. “Quiero ser La concursante presenta su vestido tradicional en el Festival un modelo a seguir y orador del Cinco de Mayo el sábado, 4 de mayo. El festival marca el para mujeres de todos los primer competencia de Miss Cinco de Mayo en Reno, Nevada. orígenes y grupos de edad”. Virgen Mariscal estudia en comunidad Latina en todos los the Pack, los futuros estudiosos la Universidad de Nevad, Reno, sentidos que pueda, dondequi- de Dean y TRiO para ayudar a y dijo que la diversidad es muy era que vaya. Seré fiel a mi plat- tantos estudiantes de primera importante tanto en la sociedad aforma que es ayudar a los estu- generación como sea posible”. como en el campus. diantes de primera generación “Todos debemos unirnos y y de bajos ingresos a acceder a Mande sus comentarios a Hailey aceptar las diferentes culturas la educación superior. Trabajaré Fleming: andrewmendez@ que nos rodean”, dijo Virgen- junto a programas asociados sagebrush.unr.edu o sígala en Mariscal.”Representaré a la con la Universidad como First in Twitter: @NevadaSagebrush.
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By Sara Gallego
DYANI WHITE HAWK
There is more to music majors than just technique and passion. Playing an instrument requires a certain level of engagement and coordination between a musician and their instrument. This was emphasized on Tuesday, April 30, as the University of Nevada, Reno’s Percussion Ensemble performed at the Nightingale Concert Hall in the Church Fine Arts building. The ensemble was directed by Andrew Heglund. As the house lights dimmed and everyone’s focus turned to the instruments displayed on stage, the audience welcomed the student ensemble. They began their performance with “Teamwork” by Lynn Glassock. The piece showcased the students’ technical skills, yet the notes on the sheet music sounded like a melodious thought that would crescendo as each student played their part. The musicians created a space of musical dialogue and reflection. To continue the musical conversation in a different tone, the students transitioned into playing “Postludes” by Elliot Cole, using two vibraphones and bows for string instruments. The musicians played each piece as if they were peeling off every note. The extraction of every note appeared to be physically demanding as the musicians would reach over the instrument to peel off the vibraphone’s high-pitched sounds with precision. The melodious shrills lingered like after-thoughts, leaving a sense of awe within the audience. Student Alen Woo performed “Four Pieces for Timpani” by John Bergamo. During his performance, he demonstrated how one could steady and calm the loud sounds of the timpani while producing roaring echoes from its hollow insides. The timpani’s powerful boom was pounding in the ears and hearts of the audience. Woo also played that Friday in the new arts building during another performance. Next, Director Heglund and senior student, David Gervais, performed “Solo #1 for Two Drum Sets.” Heglund created the piece which highlighted the familiar drum pattern of paradiddle-diddle, but with an added base. The slithering of the drumsticks from cymbals to drums gave the impression of all the instruments working like a well-oiled machine. They also played Heglund’s version of “Snow Day.” Heglund jokingly shared that a previous group of his students referred to it more like a blizzard than regular snow. The harmonious raucous that echoed throughout the hall indeed embodied a well-crafted snow storm. The audience embraced the clamor and energetic feel of Heglund’s snow storm. The ensemble ended the night the way they began, as a team. Their last piece, “Bonham,” highlighted one of rock ‘n roll’s most famous musician’s signature style. John Bonham was British rock band Led Zeppelin’s drummer and was known for his distinctive sound and sense of “groove” for the music. The talented Christopher Rouse modified the piece for percussions. The students played, swayed, and tapped to their sounds. Bonham’s groove was now theirs.
DATE: Tuesday TIME: 12 to 4 p.m. LOCATION: University Arts Building, John and Geraldine Lilley Museum INFO: A new solo exhibition by Dyani White Hawk includes midsize mixed media works as well as largescale abstract paintings. Hawk’s collection surrounds the important contributions of Native art forms while looking at the processes, materials and colors within these practices. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD: NEVADA’S ART COLLECTION
DATE: Tuesday TIME: 12 to 4 p.m. LOCATION: University Arts Building, The John and Geraldine Lilley Museum INFO: This collection of 5,500 works will be having a permanent exhibition home for the first time in the Department of Art’s history. To Have and To Hold looks into humans across the globe and how they’ve explored the premise of what it means to be human. ART HISTORY MEET & GREET AT USAC ANNEX DATE: Wednesday TIME: 4 to 6 p.m. LOCATION: USAC
Annex, second floor INFO: Faculty from Art and Art History as well as representatives from the University Libraries, The Lilley, Keck Museum, Nevada Museum of Art and more will be talking to students interested in Art History. Stop by for refreshments and informative discussions with art professionals and current students. WAND PERFORMS AT THE HOLLAND PROJECT, FEATURING FINE MOTOR DATE: Saturday TIME: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. LOCATION: Holland Project INFO: Los Angeles band Wand formed in late 2013 as a rock band, and has been touring ever since. This Saturday, they’ll be performing at The Holland Project with a local band, Fine Motor, as the opening act. Tickets are $10, or $12 at the door. GRADUATION CEREMONEIES DATE: May 16 through 18 TIME: 4:45 p.m. on May 16, 8 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. on May 17, 8 a.m. on May 18 LOCATION: UNR Quad Rylee Jackson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @carla_suggs.
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Art on the walls of The Generator, pictured above on April 19. Although the maker space has provided art for festivals such as Burning Man, its reputation was damaged by recent controversy over accusations of sexual assault regarding a former employee.
By Carla Suggs and Lucia been closed with no charges, The Generator announced feeling unsafe.” Starbuck she said she decided to go Shapiro’s resignation as develSchultz denied being told Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared on the Reynolds Sandbox website. The Generator has played a large role in Reno’s art community since its establishment in 2013. As a non-profit organization, people pay for residencies to make art or contribute their own skills to volunteer projects. However, The Generator recently came under fire after some involved with the organization were accused of sexual assault and harassment. When accusations were made public on Facebook, their Development Director Aric Shapiro resigned, but some feel the response to other accusations remains inadequate. Jaimie Crush is an artist who previously worked in the Reno arts community and frequented The Generator. On Tuesday, March 12, Crush took to Facebook to describe her account of being raped by Shapiro two years before Shapiro was hired as development director by The Generator. The post describes one morning when Shapiro was sleeping over and Crush was still a student at Truckee Meadows Community College. “The night of February 23rd, early morning of February 24th 2015 I was raped by Aric Shapiro (can’t tag him because he blocked me) I was 20 years old,” Crush wrote in her post. Shapiro has been a central figure of Reno’s evolving art scene, as a founder of the Reno Sculpture Fest, and co-founder of the Reno Arts Works and Potentialist Workshop. He was also in a band which features other prominent Reno artists. Crush says she reported the incident to police within 24 hours and completed a rape kit. A recent article by the Reno Gazette-Journal included parts of the police report indicating Crush said she was victimized while she was asleep. When she recently found out the case had
public. In Shapiro’s Facebook response, which he said was partly to “clarify the public record,” Shapiro stated that he believed the situation was entirely consensual. “We went to sleep in her bed at her invitation,” he wrote in his post. “We spooned throughout the night. While these actions alone did not give me consent, she engaged in sexual conduct I reasonably believed indicated she was a willing participant — consciously or not.” According to Brie Bertges, a victim advocate with the Reno Police Department, 364 reports of sexual assault were made in Reno in 2018, with only 49 arrests and even fewer convictions. Meaning only 13 percent of sexual assault reports in Reno last year ended in arrests. Bertges also emphasized a significant amount go unreported. Crush said it was difficult to come forward on Facebook
opment director in a Facebook post on March 14. According to Jerry Snyder, board president of The Generator and a lawyer, The Generator doesn’t have a procedure in place to deal with sexual assault issues. “We don’t have [a procedure], and we’ve never needed to,” Snyder added. “There’s been a couple claims sort of in the ballpark in the realm of sexual harassment that we have looked at and really found that we didn’t think it was appropriate to take any action on […] developing a policy around because it’s never been a huge front burner item.” Others expressed feeling unsafe at The Generator. One artist, X, volunteered to help build the Space Whale in 2016, now located in the Reno City Plaza. This person chose to remain anonymous. X described the details of a complaint they filed with The Generator in 2016. According to X, while working on the Space
“She engaged in sexual conduct I reasonably believed indicated she was a willing participant — consciously or not,” said Aric Shapiro. after she saw many of her peers hanging out with Shapiro, even though she told them what happened. “They’d either say [Shapiro is] too big to go down, or you need to stop going to art shows for your safety,” she said. “And I’m just sitting here like, ‘That means I can’t be an artist anymore, cause he’s at every single show.’” Overall, Crush said the Reno art community was tainted for her, so she withdrew from most shows and events — especially ones Shapiro might be at.
Whale they broke up with a romantic partner because they no longer felt comfortable around them. X says that person began showing up to work on the Space Whale a short while later and was hostile to X. X said they brought up their concerns to Matthew Schultz, The Generator’s executive director, who was in charge of the project. “Matt Schultz was like, basically tough shit, they didn’t have a certified welder on the team […] So they would rather kind of get rid of me at that point. […] And that’s when I started
Spring Dance Concert showcases versatility of genres, impressive performances By Rylee Jackson The University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Theatre and Dance hosted their annual Spring Dance Concert from Thursday, May 2, until Saturday, May 4. Students and choreographers in the program showcased their versatility as the nine performances consisted of a mixture of jazz, contemporary, ballet and hip-hop. Along with the dance faculty at the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Spring Dance Concert brought in Jennifer August and Maggie Stack as guest choreographers for the showcase. Both artists have a plethora of accolades in their impressive careers. After studying dance at Dean College, August was hand selected by Judith Jamison to study at the Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York City. Stack trained at the San Francisco
Conservatory of Dance and has also performed around the globe with many renowned companies. The show kicked off with a piece titled “Falling Up”, choreographed by Assistant Professor Rosie Trump. Dressed in different striped pants and color-block shirts, seven girls started off by walking in circles to electronic music. The modern dance involved a lot of pushing, falling, synchronization and elements of intricate partner work. “Falling Up” set the tone for all the creativity with its out-of-thebox presence. Victoria Dugan, Deena Schmidt, Kimberly Yukes and Sarah Ziolkowski took a more traditional turn with “Flower, Magnified.” Laced up in pointe shoes and gracefully turning
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directly about X’s complaints. He said he had no control over a “consenting relationship” that occurred outside of The Generator and felt uncomfortable addressing it with X. This was later brought to the attention of Snyder. In an email exchange between them, X detailed the reasons why they felt uncomfortable around their former partner, who took photos of them without their consent during sex. Snyder didn’t find the accusations enough to remove the person from The Generator, according to his email response. “This type of conflict falls well within the scope of interpersonal interactions that The Generator has neither the responsibility nor the organizational ability to control,” Snyder wrote in his response. “As such, we will not be taking specific action.” Initiatives have since been made to address Crush’s accusations against Shapiro. Kelsey Sweet, an Arts in Wellness program coordinator for the UNR School of Medicine, organized a forum called Sex in the Art Scene. It took place with Sweet and sex education professionals on April 18, at the Pioneer Center. Topics included rehabilitating rapists, accepting your kinks and how to allow perpetrators back into the community. Discussions like the forum propose questions of who should be held accountable in sexual assault cases. In Crush’s case, she has received messages filled with love and words of kindness in addition to other survivors stories of sexual assault related to The Generator. However, many others still don’t believe her or other survivors, causing a divide in Reno’s art community. Carla Suggs and Lucia Stabuck can be reached at csuggs@ sagebrush.unr.edu, or on Twitter @Nevada Sagebrush.
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in simple white dresses, the dance added a visual element including a slideshow of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings in the background. The dancers made the performance look effortless as they were moving across the floor with ease. After in simple white dresses, the dance added a visual element including a slideshow of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings in the background. The dancers made the performance look effortless as they were moving across the floor with ease. Any time you start a performance with “Bust A Move” by Young MC, it is bound to get the crowd pumped up. “You want it/I got it” began, and a cheerful hip-hop and jazz piece later turned into a more modern type of movement as the music changed. Sporting colorful windbreakers and a classic pair of jeans, the performers looked like they were having a ton of fun. It proved to be one of the favorites as the attendees cheered throughout. Inspired by the imagery from the 2 of Swords tarot card, “La Destreza” turned into one of the most imaginative pieces of the night. Choreographed by Nate Hodges, the three dancers had blindfolds on and were each holding two swords throughout the entire number. The powerful poses and clashing of the weapons worked wonderfully with the beauty of the leaps and jumps executed. The fierce presence of the performers felt like it came directly from an action movie. Similar to “La Destreza,” “The Treasure Seekers” also embodied in a sense of adventure. Dressing the part, the performers were sporting
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From the first motion of Heglund’s hand raised to begin conducting to the last resonating note, the audience had no other choice but to immersed themselves into the world of percussion. As students bid farewell to another spring semester and
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The Department of Theatre and Dance hosted three days of creativity and great performances at the Redfield Proscenium Theatre from May 2 to May 4. The Spring Dance Concert implemented a mixture of jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip-hop.
white collared shirts and army green pants along with belts and satchels as the performance surrounded a treasure chest. Filled with leaps, turns and a hint of acrobatics, the piece also incorporated a fun fight scene. The final dance of the night was definitely one to remember. “The Mulberry County Ladies’ Society Cordially Invites You to Dinner” was a theatrical routine that involved elements of a dark comedy while looking at 1950s culture and intermixing it with a little bit of horror. The seemingly innocent dance suddenly turned into a violent one as there were fake weapons and fake body-parts involved amongst the classic
sitcom music. The comedic timing and expressive acting of all the dancers were infectious and left the crowd with something to laugh about. The Spring Dance Concert turned out to be a great representation of our school’s talented group of students, faculty and choreographers. The lighting, costumes and the slightest movements were all executed with great attention of detail. It will be exciting to see what these brilliant artists will create this upcoming semester.
welcome a long-deserved vacation, their music performed that night will continue to echo throughout the hall. Their music was a reminder that the relationship between the musician and the instrument produces a language that needs to be spoken with the audience. The act of listening to music, in this case, was not passive; instead, it was a chance to understand and appreciate
the intimate dynamic of the language created by the musician and the instrument. To stay up to date with the latest performances, visit https://events.unr.edu/arts or follow School of the Arts at UNR on Facebook.
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UNR needs more student awareness for mass shooting procedures
fter a mass shooting at the University of Northern Carolina, Charlotte, on Tuesday, April 30, two students were killed and four were wounded. While we should hope they don’t occur, it is important to understand that attacks like this may occur. Additionally, students must be prepared for these situations, knowing protocol and safety measures. Around 15 higher education institutions faced an active shooter situation since 2000, according to Safe Colleges. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also reported schools are the second most common place for active shooter incidents to occur, after places of commerce.
As we understand the increasing frequency of these situations, we need to be prepared. Additionally, the institutions we attend should be facilitating conversations and trainings about how to handle them. The University of Nevada, Reno’s Police Services hosted an active shooter training for faculty and staff in February 2018 after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida. Although it is important for staff and faculty to know how to manage an active shooter situation, students need to receive some training or awareness as well. If a shooting occurs in a classroom or lecture hall, students must know what steps to take to ensure safety.
These important conversations should be held sooner rather than later when a student enters college. Orientation is a required program before a student enters college, allowing incoming students to receive information about the university. Some topics include Title IX policies, Student Code of Conduct and diversity on campus. During orientation, faculty and the Associated Students at the University of Nevada can give a presentation on what to do in an active shooter situation. The university should consider holding a presentation on already established procedures — such as Run, Hide and Fight or ALICE — or create their own procedures for handling these situations. While
students are already attending orientation and learning important information, safety during active shooter situations could be easily integrated to the programming. Aside from orientation, many of the largest colleges on campus, such as the College of Engineering and the College of Science, require students to partake in NevadaFIT the week before classes start. The “bootcamp” introduces students to various aspects of college, including many workshops about campus resources. Introducing a short workshop about active shooter drills during NevadaFIT would increase student awareness about protocol during events such as these. Additionally, professors and
faculty members can make students more aware of active shooter situation procedures by including them in their syllabuses. Syllabuses already include information regarding the Disability Resource Center and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX. By the university requiring professors to include this information, professors and students can try and maintain the chaos and find ways to stay safe if they are in a classroom during these situations. The university offers many resources to students, but many students do not know about them or how to access them. The resources have a wide range and can benefit students in many ways, and many don’t even know their fees go to
Enrgaged teens keep enacting change
he world is a scary place. It always has been, but recently there is more violence than ever before. Shootings, bombings, massacres, deportation — if you can name it, it’s right in front of your eyes. You can’t turn on a news station without hearing about the violence that has taken over America. But the light that we so rightfully need is within a special demographic of people, that’s often overlooked. Teenagers Jacey and young adults are Gonzalez changing the world. Teens across America are enraged and engaged more than ever before. They are taking responsibility for their own views and instead of doing it in an uneducated way, they are becoming more articulate and strategic to get their points across. One of the biggest examples of teens protesting and pushing for change was survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting advocating for gun reform after their classmates were murdered in front of their eyes. School shootings happen in America frequently. Students are taught specific drills in school like how to shelter in place in case of an emergency. They know how to barricade walls and to remain quiet in case a shooter is in the building. Parents send their kids to school daily not knowing if their child will be safe or not. It’s sad and tragic, but since the notable Columbine High School massacre in 1999, school shootings are a common trend in our country and no one notably did anything in response except offer thoughts and prayers. But on Feb. 14, 2018 when 17 people were shot and killed within the walls of a high school, the survivors took a stand. Since that day, they vowed to
Young adults hold signs and chant in the street during a protest. Teens and young adults are becoming more involved in what is happening in their communities, whether it’s through protest or adovocacy efforts.
ensure this wouldn’t happen again in any school. They protested in favor of gun reform, held rallies like “March for Our Lives” in Washington D.C. and even spoke out about how this act of gun violence has changed their entire lives. These teens took something that changed their entire lives and instead of letting it devastate them, took whatever they could and sparked a movement. Kids that haven’t even taken their drivers tests, gone to prom or even graduated high school are taking a stand for what they believe in and since then, teens have been more emporwered and outspoken than ever. Teens in Tuscon, Arizona are protesting the arrest and impendening deportation of their senior classmate that is set to graduate in less than 20
days. The Associated Press reported that Desert View High School senior, Thomas Torres was arrested Thursday, May 2, after he failed to produce a drivers license during a traffic stop aimed to check for vaild licenses and registration. The state of Arizona has a law that prevents people in this country illegally from getting licenses. When Torres was asked for his license, he told the police officers that he did not have one because he wasn’t a valid citizen. He was then taken into custody and then transferred to federal custody. Torres was brought to the United States as an infant and has no living relatives in the country. He lived with a family friend up until his arrest. When his classmates found out
about his arrest, instead of staying silent, they took a stand. Students from Desert View High School staged a walk out in protest of Torres’s arrest and walked four miles to the local sherrif’s office and demanded that law officials stop collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in efforts to deport more people. Instead of sitting around and going about their day like nothing happened, these teens decided that their classmate’s life and wellbeing were worth standing up for. They decided to use their voices to protest because Thomas Torres couldn’t use his. With every drastic event that occurs, advocates rise up in response. No one thought that they would be in the form of teenagers and young adults that are just starting their lives, but those people have risen to the occasion to show their support for the causes they care about. Everyone could learn a lesson from these enraged teens. They embody what it means to be brave and excited. Instead of turning away from what scares them or angers them, they take what they are thrown and they heave it back forcefully towards whoever stands in their way. When they hit road blocks, they persevere. They ensure that their voices are heard and that they stand for something. Qualities that are not always prevalent in such young people. Instead of standing idlly by and allowing their lives to be overrun, these teens have heroically taken matters into their own hands.Everyone always says that the next generation is going to change the world and for once, they may be right. Opinions expressed in The Nevada Sagebrush are solely those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of The Sagebrush or its staff. Jacey Gonzalez is a student at the University of Nevada and studies journalism. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter.
Stop complaining about parking rates
ne of the worst parts of going to school at the University of Nevada, Reno, is the horrendous parking situation that seems like it’ll never be remedied. The university has raised parking pass rates again and students are already enraged. But, as we have learned from Jacey last year, no Gonzalez amount of complaining will reduce the prices of parking passes. Parking is a luxury on this campus and it seems like it always has been. No amount of crying, complaining or threatening to not purchase a pass will reduce the costs of parking passes. Instead of complaining about parking, let’s just get smarter and think harder. If you can, try to live closer to campus so you can walk to school every single day. Walk to school even in sub-zero temperatures and instead of spending $400 on a parking pass, you’ll only have to spend two grand on the wrist you broke walking down the stairs by Cain Hall since they weren’t salted. Another issue with parking is that the City of Reno is finally cracking down on all of our illegal parking down Evans Avenue. We all know how much
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Cars line the parking spots of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. The University of Nevada, Reno increased parking pass rates again but no matter the amount of complaining from students, they aren’t going to be cheaper.
it sucks getting a hundred dollar ticket on our car when we quickly parked halfway on the train tracks to run inside Raggio to fail a midterm. Or if you’re one of the rare few that got a ticket for parking in that empty lot adjacent to Peavine Hall. Instead of stopping our illegal parking, let’s just find new places to exploit and abuse so hopefully there’s parking for us
come next fall. The issue with parking passes is that they’re always in high demand. That’s why you see a dozen people trying to sell their Silver 11 parking pass in random Facebook groups come graduation time. People will always find the money to purchase a good parking pass, even if it means you’re selling your plasma over on Sixth Street.
The prices will continue to increase until the university just decided to hold a hunger games to compete for the approximate 3,000 Silver parking passes they offer for their student body over 20,000. Get on board with their increase, or start moving your stuff into a house on Sierra Street, but either way, stop whining about it.
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them. Whether they are physical spaces on campus, offices of people specializing in specific services or online guides to help students navigate situations, the university has copious amounts of resources. In regards to correct actions to take in the event of an active shooter situation, University Police Services has a video on their website regarding the “Run, Hide, Fight” method. However, many people may not know how to access it. In today’s climate with high statistics of active shooter situations, the video needs to be easier to find and more heavily advertised. The Nevada Sagebrush can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course evaluations, not a waste of time
e are days away from the beloved— or dreaded— “Dead Day.” This Wednesday marks the day where all normal university class sessions halt and final exam preparation begins. With courses coming to an end, your time with your professors is also ending, and as most professors have probably been pressuring you … the time for course evaluations has come. Jacey I know what you’re Gonzalez probably thinking: “Why should I waste my time with course evals?” But I’m here to tell you they’re important and you should complete them. Whether you just finished the best course of your life, or one you think shouldn’t ever be taught again, your opinion matters. Some teachers offer extra credit for completing their course evaluations or other incentives to make sure their students complete their evals, but they shouldn’t have to. Students should want to give their opinion about their classes even if they didn’t do their best in those classes. If you truly think your teacher had no clue about what they were teaching and you’re upset that there weren’t clear expectations, then here’s your chance to explain. No, this won’t change your grade in the end, but sharing your story could help students in the future. Plus, your feedback could be the reason a teacher reworks the way they teach their class, or tries to implement different things in their class so that more students can be successful. But even if you hate this teacher more than any person you’ve met in your entire life, this doesn’t mean you get to be mean, rude or degrading on their course evaluations. Most teachers take these evaluations to heart and just because you’re hiding behind anonymity doesn’t mean you should be a terrible person trying to tear them down. Words and comments carry a lot of weight, and shouldn’t be used irresponsibly. On the other hand, getting a good evaluation not only looks good on your professors but looks better on your entire college as a whole. When you have responsive students that want to learn and good teachers that are successful with their classes, you’re opening up your college to be more successful overall. Supporting good teachers is just as important as trying to change the horrible ones. If you took a really great class with an awesome professor and leave with the best grade of your life, no one will ever know if you don’t complete your evaluations. Your teacher won’t know that their time and effort was appreciated which could lead to them not teaching that course in the future solely based on evaluations. Evaluations aren’t hard to complete and this university makes it so easy that you could even complete them on your phone. These evaluations are about more than just you. Your voice could change classes, help teachers learn where they need to improve or even make classes more enjoyable for future students. Even if you’re a graduating senior, it’s still important to complete these evals and make your voice heard. It’s one of the last things you’ll be able to contribute to this university, and voicing your opinion is never overrated. Opinions expressed in The Nevada Sagebrush are solely those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of The Sagebrush or its staff. Jacey Gonzalez is a student at the University of Nevada studying journalism. She can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush.
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Nevada Women’s Basketball transfers add experience to young team ALEXANDER MAIO
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By Darion Strugs With the departure of Jade Redmon and Terae Briggs, along with the transfer of Camariah King, the Wolf Pack needed to replace 56.8 percent of their scoring from last season. In the last month, Nevada Women’s Basketball has added five transfers to a roster that lost its top three scorers. Head coach Amanda Levens has now added eight players to the team, as the transfers are accompanied by three incoming freshmen. The first addition Levens made was Nia Alexander from San Francisco. Alexander is a 5’9” guard who comes from a basketball family. Her mother Diane Williams played professionally overseas after playing
collegiately at Washington. Her sister won the 201819 NPSL Olympic League MVP at Todd Beamer High School. Alexander is a graduate transfer who is immediately eligible, earned a bachelor’s degree in just three years giving her two years of eligibility to play with. Alexander averaged 8.6 points, 33.4 rebound per game and shot 45.1 percent from the field. The next player added to the roster was Marguerite Effa from USC. Effa is also a graduate transfer who is eligible to play immediately but will have just one year of eligibility remaining instead of the two that Alexander has. She is a 6’3” forward will most likely come off the bench for the Wolf Pack. Effa redshirted last sea-
son, but played in each of the three years prior. In that time she averaged seven minutes a game. Her numbers declined after her freshman season, due to her decline in minutes. Salt Lake Community College transfer Miki’ala Maio was the third player to announce her decision to join the Wolf Pack. A 5’9” guard from Hawai’i, Maio is the a prolific scoring and playmaking addition for Nevada. In two seasons at SLCC, the Bruin were very successful winning two Region 18 titles and appearing two NJCAA tournaments. In her career with the Bruins she averaged 12 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists per game. Her individual efforts have also been recognized as she was named the Re-
gion 18 MVP and a second team NJCAA All-American after her sophomore season. The fourth transfer was another NJCAA athlete in LaPraisjah Johnson out of Cochise College. This will be Johnson’s third team in as many season as she spent her freshman year at South Plains College in her native Texas. Last season she averaged 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting 41 percent from the field, helping Cochise reach the NJCAA Tournament. Coach Levens talked about the impact she expects Johnson to make on the defensive side of the ball. “She will help add athleticism and a strong defensive mentality to our team,” Levens said. She is such a
hard worker and competitor and we can't wait to get her on campus.” Both Maio and Johnson will have two years of eligibility remaining. Just three weeks after the first transfer signing, Nevada Women’s Basketball announced a fifth transfer. Jacqulynn “JJ” Nakai adds to the guard-heavy transfer glass as the 5’7” player looks to make an impact on offense. Nakai has the best statistics of all the transfers announced. Last season at Pima Community College, she averaged just over 24 points per game — third in the nation — with 5.5 rebounds and 6.7 assists to go along with that. Her high points per game average was not due to just a sheer
amount of shots. Nakai was very efficient as she shot 46.6 percent from the field, 42.7 percent and 85.4 percent from the free throw line. Her hard work earned her the honors of being a first team NJCAA Division II All-American and the outright Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year. The addition of five new transfers and three new freshman look to add a new energy to a Wolf Pack team that had a disappointing 1219 season in Levens’ second year at the helm. Darion Strugs can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @dstrugs.
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Nevada Football ready for another strong year By Isaiah Burrows Editor’s Note: This article was first published in Tahoe Onstage An historic 2018 season has Nevada football players hungry for more. Following its first eightwin season since joining the Mountain West Conference, the Pack is ready to make a run at another postseason appearance. They topped the Arkansas State Red Wolves 16-13 in the Arizona Bowl on Dec. 29. “It’s awesome, loving the intensity” Nevada head coach Jay Norvell said. “We’ve got a lot of guys ready to compete and some younger players jumping at the opportunity. We want to build upon the success off last season.” Nevada’s offense will be in the hands of expected starting quarterback Cristian Solano. The senior signal caller made his first collegiate start with the Pack last season in a 21-3 loss to Fresno State on Oct. 6. Solano completed 22-of-43 passes for 195 yards through the air and added a team-high 71 rushing yards. Solano’s mobility outside the pocket makes him a dualthreat, but he’s struggled to make accurate passes down the field consistently. Norvell offered some crucial advice as Solano heads into his first full season under center. “The biggest thing with Solano is he just needs to dial it back a notch,” he said. “He’s so excited, he wants to do everything perfectly. And he wants to make a big play every snap and it just doesn’t happen.” Solano will have plenty of help in the backfield, with running back Toa Taua leading the charge. Toa was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year and led the team with 872 rushing yards last season. Toa is looking to add a new layer to his game as a receiving threat. “I’m gonna have to be a dualthreat for our offense,” he said. “One of the things I’m working
on is my releases off the ball and yards after the catch to eat up some yards.” Returning wide receivers Kaleb Fossum, Romeo Doubs, Elijah Cooks, Ben Putman and Brendan O’Leary-Orange can provide a spark for Solano down the field. Heading into his senior year, Fossum caught 69 passes for 734 yards and one touchdown last season. “I think we’re gelling well as a unit,” he said. “We’ve got some kinks to work out, but I’m impressed with what we’re doing so far. I think we’ve opened some eyes.” Nevada will feature new faces defensively, as the departures of senior defensive tackle Korey Rush and senior linebacker Malik Reed have left holes in the Pack’s 3-3-5 scheme. The duo combined for 14 sacks last season, which helped Nevada hold opponents to 26.9 points per game. Senior defensive end Adam Lopez and senior defensive tackle Dom Peterson will help fill the void by bringing the energy and physicality in the trenches. “I’m ready to compete out there for my guys,” Peterson said. “As a unit, we’re going hard every time we touch the field.” In the secondary, Kaymen Cureton moved to safety to help a depleted secondary with three departed seniors. Cureton started two games at quarterback for the Wolf Pack as a true freshman in 2017. Norvell is excited for Cureton’s progression going forward. “He’s got such a high motor and high character,” Norvell said. “He’s been working so hard and always trying to get better. The one thing we need back there is maturity and he gives us that.” Nevada will make its regular season debut against the Purdue Boilermakers on Aug. 30. Isaiah Burrows can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.
Smith saving his best for last with Nevada Baseball
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Keaton Smith swings at pitch on Saturday, April 6 against San Diego State at Peccole Park. Smith was honored as the NCBWA National Player of the Week on April 30.
By Isaiah Burrows Nevada Wolf Pack second baseman Keaton Smith is putting quite the stamp on his collegiate career. The fifth-year senior is hitting .387 over his last nine games on the season. His hot stretch at the plate also put a bow on a decorated career in the silver and blue. “Everything is just clicking at the right time,” he said. “I’m not trying to think about too much about this stage of the year and it’s paying off to this point. I’m hoping we can carry this momentum into these final games we have left.” Smith was named National College Baseball Writers Association National Player of the Week on April 30 after his heroic performances against the No. 2 ranked Oregon State Beavers and Air Force Falcons from April 22-29.
Men’s Cross Country signs four athletes prior to debut By Ryan Freeberg Nevada Men’s Cross Country, the newest sanctioned sport on campus, has signed its first four athletes. They become the first scholarship athletes for the program since it was reinstated on campus last semester. Nevada previously had a Men’s Track team that also competed in cross country. The team is set to debut in the fall, but still has a ways to go before they’re ready to take the field. Specifically, step one is filling out the remainder of the 12-man roster. Head coach Kirk Elias believes that the foundation they’ve built so far is strong, but more work has to be done before they’re ready to compete. “I think we have a good core, but now we’re looking for a few other good people,” Elias said. “We’ll see who we can track down.” Elias built his roster this far mainly on local talent. Only one of the four signees is from outside the Reno/Carson area. Daniel Horner and Jared Marchegger are the first two incoming freshmen Elias has signed to the team. Horner, a Reno native, currently attends Spanish Springs High School. The young distance runner placed second at the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 4A State Championship in the 5,000-meter run. Marchegger comes to Nevada from Sierra Lutheran High School in Carson City, bringing with him a 5,000-meter 2A state championship win. He has also been the top finisher at local and national events including, the Fernley Roadhill Invitational and the Nike Southwest Regional Championships. Both races were 5,000-meters in distance. Transferring from Arizona is Henry Weisberg, who is expected to redshirt his sophomore season. The McQueen High School graduate returns to his hometown of Reno after representing the Wildcats at the PAC-12 Championship last season. The lone runner from outside the state is Washington resident Adam Sjolund. Sjolund has competed in a lengthy list of both track and cross country events including, 3200-meter, 800-meters and the 4x400 relay. Cross country athletes are allowed to compete in up to five track and field events during a school year, something that Elias wants to capitalize on. Elias plans to add more prospects as talent becomes available in the lead up to fall. He specifically is looking to recruit some young men with experience in collegiate running and leadership qualities. “I’m talking to a junior college athlete,” he said. “ I’m going to be watching the transfer portal because I would love to bring in two upper-class athletes to bring a little bit of maturity to the group.”
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Elias has received over 20 emails expressing interest in joining the team. This may be because when the program takes to the racecourse in the fall, it will be the only Division-I men’s cross country program in the state. Despite holding a monopoly on the sport in Nevada, Elias still holds recruits to high standards if they want to become a member of the Pack. “I expect them to be good students, and all that applies,” Elias said. “I expect them to be good athletes, and all that applies. I expect them to be good human beings if they’re in my program.” Elias only wants positive individuals in and around his program. He expects runners on the team to not only be ambassadors for the university but great representatives for the city of Reno. In addition, here is one last detail that Elias looks for in any of his athletes. For those interested in trying out for the cross country team, open tryouts will be held over summer for those looking to earn a spot in the program. This summer will be the first time cross country will be allowed to organize practices nationally. This is due to a recent rule change from the National Collegiate Athletics Association. Previously, cross country programs were only allowed to gather their athletes just prior to the school year to begin preseason workouts. Now, in a similar fashion to football, cross country is permitted eight weeks of offseason workouts. Volleyball and soccer were also granted access to the eight weeks program based on the same ruling. Elias welcomes the opportunity to use that time to train up his new program. He recognizes the significance that extra training would provide to the young team. “This opened a can of worms that I didn’t even realize were going to be there,” Elias said. “However, it is very tempting to add some weeks of practice during the summer especially because I’m going to have a brand new team,”. When Elias referenced a “can of worms” he did it in a joking fashion, but the logistical side of having the team on campus over the summer does raise concerns. For starters, more money needs allocated for scholarships to support the students over the summer. Students would have to be enrolled in classes, plus meal plans and housing would have to be addressed. At this time, Elias is unsure if this is doable with the current budget. The date of the program’s first race has yet to be announced, but as the season approaches more details will be released. Ryan Freeberg can be reached at dstrugs@ sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.
Over the five-game span, Smith led the Pack with a .600 batting average, 15 hits, two homers, three triples, three doubles and a 1.200 slugging percentage. He hit the walk-off home run to clinch the series sweep against the Beavers on April 23. Five days later, Smith hit for the cycle in a 26-15 win over Air Force — the first by a Nevada player since 2012. Smith is the only player from the Mountain West Conference to receive the honor from the NCBWA this season, but he stayed true to his humble roots. “It’s cool to be recognized like that but I quickly passed over it,” he said. “It doesn’t change anything about me or the team and our ultimate goal as a program.” A native of Henderson, Nevada, Smith’s offensive tear of late has given the Pack new life to make one last push towards the Mountain West Tournament with five games left in the regu-
lar season. Nevada fell to sixth in the standings with a 11-16 record in conference. “Keaton’s been huge for us these past couple games,” said Nevada Head Coach T.J. Bruce. “He’s given our club an energy we’ve needed coming down this crucial stretch and he’s delivered.” Along with four other departing seniors, Smith was celebrated in a pre-game ceremony on Senior Day at Peccole Park on May 5. Just like the other 184 career games with the Wolf Pack, Smith treated this contest like any other. “I just want to treat it like any other game,” he said. “I don’t want my nerves to get the best of me knowing it’s almost coming to a close.” Standing on the first base line towards the home side bleachers, Smith hoisted his No. 4 commemorative-framed jersey with fellow teammates Weston
Hatten, Kaleb Foster, Bradley Bonnenfant, Cooper Powell and the memory of Austin Gorrell in celebration. “Looking back on it, I’m happy to make so many memories here,” he said. “I’m hoping we can reflect on this later on when we get there.” Smith went 0-4 in the 8-2 loss to Fresno State, who completed the three-game sweep. But Smith’s impact on the program will stay for years to come. “I want to give it all out there for my guys and hope they know I will be there until the end,” he said. Smith did just that and more over his five years at Nevada. The senior’s hot bat is relied on more than ever as the Pack try to try to make a late postseason push. Isaiah Burrows can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.
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at Sac State May 7 7 P.M.
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Nevada Baseball got swept by Fresno State this last weekend. Nevada’s current record is 25-23, with an 11-15 conference record.
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MAY 3 VS FRESNO STATE Nevada dropped the first game of the three-game series 5-3 versus the Fresno State Bulldogs. Aside from Kaleb Foster’s three-run home run in the sixth inning, the Pack were unable to scratch across any other runs over the final three frames. Nevada stranded six runners on base in the contest. Ryan Anderson struggled again, allowing four earned runs for his fifth consecutive start. The 6-foot-6 southpaw struck out three over 5.1 innings. Gustafson and Ford came in to relieve for the second consecutive game, tossing 3.2 innings of one-run ball combining for seven strikeouts over the 15 batters faced. Weston Hatten remained hot from the plate, going 2-4 on the evening, extending his on base streak to 17 consecutive games. Hatten is hitting .667 in his last three games, increasing his average to .313 on the season. The Bulldogs drew first blood after an RBI single in the second inning by Nolan Dempsey. Neither team scored until the sixth inning, when the Bulldogs scored three runs to increase their advantage to 4-0. Foster’s threerun blast over the left field wall was
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16. UC Santa Barbara 17. Texas A&M 18. Oklahoma State 19. NC State 20. Miami
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21. Missouri 22. West Virginia 23. Florida State 24. Iowa 25. Illinois
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April 30 vs. UC Davis Nevada Baseball returned home to face UC Davis after a shootout with Air Force the weekend prior. A four RBI night from Joshua Zamora propelled Nevada to a 7-3 victory over UC Davis Tuesday. Nevada swept the two-game season series versus the Aggies — the Wolf Pack beat them on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Dalton Gomez toed the slab for the Pack Tuesday. He tossed a season-high seven innings, striking out four and allowing three earned runs in the winning effort. The final two innings were relieved by Shane Gustafson and Grant Ford, pitching two no-hit innings to seal the win. Nevada racked up 11 hits, their sixth 10-plus hit game in their last seven games. Jaylen McLaughlin, Tyler Bosetti and Zamora had multi-hit performances for the Pack. McLaughlin went 3-5, crossing the plate three times on the evening. UC Davis put two across in the third inning, but McLaughlin scored for the second time tying the contest at two. Otis Statum Jr.’s first double of the year scored two runs, giving the Pack a 4-2 advantage in the fourth inning. The Aggies scored their third, and final run on the afternoon on their second sacrifice fly of the afternoon in the 6th, cutting the deficit to one run. Nevada scored their final three runs on a Bosetti RBI single in the seventh inning, followed by a two-RBI double by Zamora to cap off his big afternoon. The Wolf Pack then went on to face conference foe Fresno State in their final home series. Matt Hanifan can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.
his second of the season — his first since the season opener — put the Pack within one run. That’s all the Pack would get on the evening. McCarthy Tatum capped off a three-hit day with a home run in the seventh inning to give the Bulldogs some insurance runs.
MAY 4 VS FRESNO STATE Fresno State's pitching was the story Saturday evening. The Bulldog staff surrendered three hits and one earned run, earning the series victory over Nevada in the 8-1 defeat.
Owen Sharts picked up his eighth loss on the season. The right-hander threw 5.2 innings, allowing four hits and four earned runs in the losing effort. Bradley Bonnenfant and Josh Congress came in for the final 3.1 innings of relief. Bon-
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nenfant, who pitched three of those innings, allowed two hits and two earned runs. The Bulldogs were quick to strike again, mustering together a four-run first inning. That proved to be too much for the Pack, only scratching across one run on the following frame on a sacrifice fly from Bosetti. Hatten increased his on-base streak to 18 games, as Nevada reached base only six times all game. Davis Moore threw a complete game with 10 strikeouts on 110 pitches, earning his seventh victory on the year. Two more runs reached on a fielding error from second baseman Keaton Smith in the third inning, increasing the Bulldog advantage to 6-1. The final blow came in the ninth inning after a two-run home run in the ninth, giving Fresno State their 11th multi-home run game of the year.
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Nevada Baseball suffered their first conference series sweep on the season with the 8-2 loss to Fresno State on Senior Day. Wolf Pack seniors Bradley Bonnefont, Kaleb Foster, Weston Hatten, Keaten Smith and Cooper Powell were honored prior to the contest. Hatten’s 18-game on-base streak came to an end Sunday afternoon, going 0-4 with an RBI on a sac fly. Nick Seamons tallied his second three-hit performance going 3-4 and driving in Nevada’s only other run on the afternoon. The Pack mustered together eight hits on the afternoon, after nine hits in the previous two games combined. They were unable to capitalize on opportunities, stranding nine runners on base. Jake Jackson struggled early, surrendering three runs in just 0.1 inning. Jackson’s one out came out on a strikeout, picking up his third loss on the season. Fresno State notched first inning runs for the third time this series, tallying five hits and three runs to secure an early lead. Seamons’ RBI single came in the second inning to score Statum. The Bulldogs tacked on two runs in the third, two more in the fourth inning and one final in the sixth inning to take a commanding 8-1 lead. The Pack hit the road to take on Sacramento State on May 7 before taking on San Jose State in their final conference series of the season this next weekend on May 10. Matt Hanifan can be reached at dstrugs@sagebrush. unr.edu and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.
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Josh Zamora swings at a pitch on Saturday, April 6, at Peccole Park. Zamora and the Wolf Pack head to California for games against Sacramento State and San Jose State this week.
Nevada is coming off a threegame slide. Sac State is riding high after back-to-back double -digit victories. Nevada will most likely struggle but will hope their bats from earlier in the season return.
Nevada's top three pitchers are expected to hit the mound in their final Mountain West series of the season. If they want to reach the postseason they will need to keep a cool head and hope the offense can find their stride. Nevada 4-5 SJSU
In the final game of the season, emotions should be riding high. Expect the Pack to bust out all the stops in a push for the postseason. Nevada will hope to turn around their final game history as they have lost three of the last four regular season finales.
Nevada 2-3 SJSU
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“Brutal weekend at Peccole, as Nevada musters just six runs and got swept by Fresno. Nevada still isn't eliminated, but will likely need to sweep SJSU next weekend and get help."
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