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This illustration shows an interpretation of a student’s opinion of the Latino Research Center, which has been run by a student for eight months. The assistant director resigned in September and the director has been on leave since the beginning of the school year.
WHO’S THERE? University says LRC future looks bright, students think otherwise By Karolina Rivas Last year, the future of the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, remained unclear after the former Assistant to the Director Iris West resigned and Director Emma Sepulveda remained on administrative sick leave. Thus, a period of eight months remained in which the LRC faced an absence in staff due to West and Sepulveda
being the only two employees operating the organization. West left an impression on the university when she shared her fourpage resignation letter with the UNR community. In her letter, she detailed the troubles she faced during her time at the university, particularly with the university administration regarding the prioritization of diversity and inclusion on campus. “I refuse to be used as a prop that allows the College of Liberal Arts
and the current university administration to pretend they care for diversity and inclusion […] I have experienced nothing but exclusion and disrespect for many years,” West wrote in her letter. After much consideration, the Director of the LRC officially resigned on April 11, 2018. “I think I felt that because of the environment at the university it was time for me to go,” Sepulveda said. “It was one of the hardest decisions that I have taken in my life because I love the students, I have a passion for teaching, I love what I did with the creation of the Latino Research Center and the incredible work that we did over the years. It was a very difficult decision but I needed to step away from the university.”
When Sepulveda mentions the environment at the university, she is specifically referring to experiences she describes as hostile during her time as a director — instances in which her car was keyed in the school parking lot and explicit images were placed in her university mailbox on multiple occasions. Sepulveda says that she also did not agree with the decisions President Marc Johnson has made regarding issues of diversity such as appointing Chief of Staff Patricia Richard as chief diversity officer. Richard faced criticism for being appointed to the position due to her lack of experience in diversity work. “We did not always have the
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UNR introduces new employee family program By Olivia Ali As tuition is at an all-time high and due for another increase this upcoming year, the University of Nevada, Reno, is introducing a potential solution to some students’ struggles. The university announced that by fall 2018, the Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program will be in place at the institution. The program will allow family members of university employees to have a portion of their tuition fees to be paid for by the university. “As members of our classified staff continue to grow their careers at our university, it is our hope that their spouses, domestic partners and dependents will use this new benefit to further their access and pursuit of an education at our University as well,” President Marc Johnson said in a statement. According to the university, a committee made up of members from Administration and Finance, Human Resources and the Staff Employees Council under chair Meghan Ezekiel are responsible for the development of the eligibility guidelines for classified staff. The university speci-
fied in a statement that recipients must be spouses, domestic partners or financially dependent children of employees. The employee must be working at least .53 full-time equivalent at the university. For financially dependent children, the university is allowing any natural, adopted or stepchild to partake in the program as long as the child is not financially dependent and under the age of 24. The child must be claimed as an exemption for federal income tax purposes under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The university is also requiring an attesting that the child is financially dependent each time a tuition reduction is issued. The program will cover reductions for all for-credit classes included in the weighted student credit hour calculation for state funding. In addition to regular classes, the reduction will apply to NevadaFIT, studies abroad, Summer Session classes and 365 Learning online classes. There is not a limit of credits the program will cover.
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Kevin McReynolds stands with Chief of Police Adam Garcia at Coffee with Cops on March 13, 2018. McReynolds started the nonprofit to encourage students to become police officers.
Nonprofit launched after incident with UNRPD By Madeline Purdue
After being involved in a racially charged incident with University Police Services last year, UNR student Kevin McReynolds is starting a nonprofit organization to encourage diversity within lo-
cal police stations. McReynolds found himself at the heart of the university’s diversity issues when a UNR police officer joked about shooting McReynolds during a routine traffic stop on campus last semester.
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As the homeless population in Reno reaches an all-time high, a local charitables foundation is attempting to solve the problem with an alternative solution. At a Reno City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 25, board member Jim Pfrommer of The Community Foundation of Western Nevada presented a solution to the city’s homeless problem. Pfrommer asked the council to sell a lot at 250 Sage Street currently owned by the city for $1 to develop affordable housing. The council voted unanimously in favor of selling the
land to pursue the foundation’s plan of building the affordable housing complex. City council members across the board are excited about what the development will do for the housing crisis in Reno. Reno’s housing crisis is something that citizens have been concerned with for years, and due to the close proximity to California, it has only gotten worse. As of March of this year, the average rent in Reno was $1,700 according to real estate company Zillow — a price just not within reach for most residents.
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Continued from page A1 support of certain members of the administration,” Sepulveda said. “I truly disagree with the approach that President Johnson has towards diversity on our campus.” During the period of absence, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Debra Moddelmog, stepped down from her position as cochair of the Hispanic Serving Institute committee on campus after reconsideration of her role. “I’m dean and I have a lot of things to do so I have a very busy agenda but I felt that it was important to have somebody who represented the Latino/ Latinx community,” Moddelmog said. “I was new here when they first asked me to do this and I’ve been here longer. I see that there are many people who are very capable of doing that so I just asked if somebody who represented that identity could be the co-chair instead of me.” Furthermore, the association of Chicanx, Latinx and Indigenous UNR faculty and staff members, Alianza reached out to university faculty and staff inviting those interested in being part of a steering committee for the LRC. The steering committee consists of four assistant and associate professors from various colleges at university and replaced Associ-
ate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Darrell Lockhart who served as an acting director of the LRC for a brief period of time. “The steering committee has been involved in a number of things this year,” Moddelmog said. “They’ve been keeping up a lot of things. She [Sepulveda] was the director and we were honoring that position and now that she stepped down they will take over and create it their own direction for the LRC as well as the next director coming in.” Assistant Professor in the College of Education and member of the lead steering committee, Jafeth Sanchez says that she hopes to make the Latino Research Center an inclusive center that will focus on the Latino research that will maintain the lens that will include research from faculty and students. She hopes the research being done will consider components of outreach that will be able to ensure that there is involvement of stakeholders at various levels. In addition to the steering committee, a graduate student worker was hired to keep the LRC in business. Sergio Trejo Jr. was hired in order to keep the door open at the LRC, attend meetings with the steering committee, answer phone calls and plan events such as the Latinx Graduation Ceremony in collaboration with the Center, Every Student, Every Story.
“This entire year was a rebuilding year and it was also a waiting year,” Trejo Jr. said. “A lot of the decisions when it came to hiring [...] we couldn’t move forward then because we were waiting for Dr. Sepulveda because this was her center. They set up a steering committee but technically Dr. Sepulveda was above them even though she was absent. So they couldn’t really do much as far as giving me certain tasks and they would help me to the best of their ability.” Despite these efforts, some students are not convinced that having a student worker to keep the door open is enough, especially since hours of the LRC are made to correlate with the schedule of part-time graduate student worker and a voicemail has not been set up for when individuals call the office. “To be frank, I had no idea that the LRC was still open,” senior at the university, Joe Perez Alarcon said, “The university did not communicate this effectively with its students, at least not with the students who would regularly use the LRC’s services. As I see it, the LRC has been an inactive organization since the beginning of the year after the resignation of Iris West the assistant to the director. [...] This organization has the capability and potential of genuinely assisting the growing Latino population at UNR. However, this will never occur
under the management of a student worker.” The current state of the LRC is a poignant reminder of the university’s lack of initiative towards diversity. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Moddelmog says that she plans to meet with the steering committee later this week to discuss the future plans within the LRC now that Sepulveda has resigned. Moddelmog plans to keep the steering committee in order to direct the LRC, hire new people, and conduct an internal search for an LRC director that will begin in Fall 2019. Due to Sepulveda’s resignation, Trejo Jr. says that this has opened the floodgates for the committee to rebrand and figure the best course of action for the LRC. “I hope that the administrators will focus on funding the Latino Research Center better than they did in the past,” Sepulveda said. “I hope they will hire a professor and a director that can follow the work that we started many years ago. I hope the LRC will continue to be a place where Latino students can feel safe, mentored, empowered, [...] I hope that the new director and staff will take their time to really guide the students and fight for their rights like we did.”
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Continued from page A1 The council has attempted to sell the empty lot on Sage Street as a solution to the homelessness problem in the past without luck. Ordinances and building codes put a stop to past ideas aiming to help the homeless population. Councilwoman Neoma Jardon feels this is an alternative to the tiny home project the city has been working on since last year —one of the several projects that got stopped due to legal reasons. “This is very exciting,” said Councilwoman Neoma Jardon. “I’ve worked a long time on a tiny home concept, and while this looks different, it offers more. It gets trucked in and can get operated before snow next winter. It’s the second rung on the housing continuum. We have the shelter and then rare single-room occupancy apartments.” Councilman Paul McKenzie thinks the project is going to be successful merely because it is in the hands of an outside party rather than the those of the council members.
“The community land trust is an idea I feel we could truly move forward on because we’re taking these seven personalities out of the mixture,” he said nodding at the council. “And you’re going to get something accomplished a lot faster than we can.” The development is planned to have 200 small dorm-like units. Each unit is going to include a desk, bed, closet, air conditioning unit and a locking door. Separate from the bedroom will be co-ed bathrooms, as well as kitchen areas, gyms, meeting rooms, and laundry facilities. The amenities are to be in a separate building from the rooms. Among the outdoor facilities will be fire pits and picnic areas. During the meeting, Pfrommer and president and CEO of Community Foundation of Western Nevada Chris Askin told the council that rent would not exceed $390. Residents will have to qualify as a full-time worker and be in need of housing. According to Pfrommer and Askin, in need is defined as a teen receiving services from the Eddy House, a senior living in a motel, or someone waiting for affordable
Continued from page A1 The incident was recorded on body camera footage and the video was released to the public the week following the traffic stop. Since then, McReynolds has been working with the administration and police to ensure the university is inclusive to all students, and their voices are heard — from hosting town hall events to starting his nonprofit, The McReynolds Project. “Instead of harping on my experience, I wanted to create something positive from everything that happened to me,” McReynolds said. “I believe that healthy, thriving communities need to be protected by people who represent them, in race, culture and in value.” The priority of the project is to help people of diverse backgrounds get involved with law enforcement programs in the Reno-Tahoe, and eventually, across the country, according to its website. “[The McReynolds Project] will recruit minority students to top criminal justice
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REPORTS JACKSON ENCOURAGES RHA RELATIONSHIP, COOPERATION WITH CORTEZ OFFICE In her report, ASUN president Hannah Jackson said that she attended the Residential Housing Association banquet and praised them for their accomplishments over the year. She also emphasized to the Senate that she hopes to strengthen the relationship between the RHA and ASUN. President Jackson also reported on a visit from a representative from Senator Cortez’s office, Kerry Durmick. During Durmick’s visit, ASUN representatives were able to give a tour and show the innerworkings of the student government branch at the University of Nevada, Reno. Furthermore, ASUN representatives were able to discuss student loans and financial aid to hone in on public and international affairs to be reported back to the senator’s office.
APPOINTMENTS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS, CHIEF OF STAFF CHOSEN
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The senate approved three nominations for the Office of Director of the Department of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Director of the Department of Legislative Affairs, and Office of Chief Presidential Aide. The senate approved the nomination of Arezo Amerzada to the Office of Director of the Department of Diversity and Inclusion. Amerzada began her presentation by announcing her pronouns that Senator Wilday pointed out as something she admired during the discussion. Amerzada’s goals include pushing towards a campus that is very appreciative of all the cultures and backgrounds. She hopes to flip the script from the notion of diversity having a negative connotation to a positive one. She strongly believes in the resiliency of university students who have diversity and embody it. Another goal of Amerzada is to not only focus on diversity but body positivity and disability awareness as well. The only concern that was raised by senators was that Amerzada had no ASUN experience but Senator Aziz pointed out that this was a strength rather than weakness. The Senate unanimously voted in favor of the appointment of Amerzada. The Senate approved the nomination of Katie Worrall to the Office of Director of the Department of Legislative Affairs. Worrall’s goals include wanting students to become more involved in politics because she believes there has been a disconnect on campus. She also emphasized the power in numbers and that she wants to encourage more students to become involved in politics. However, senators raised the concern that Worrall would not make complete nonpartisan decisions. This resulted in an 11 to 7 vote in favor of Worrall to be appointed. Lastly, the Senate nominated Matthew Dutcher to the Office of Chief Presidential Aide. The Senate believed that Dutcher had his goals in order, the experience for the position and is a great fit for the job. The senate voted unanimously in favor of the appointment of Dutcher.
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A for rent sign as it stands. The City of Reno has approved an affordable housing complex in the midst of a housing crisis.
housing. Although the land has been acquired, the developers are now looking for the remaining resources needed before breaking ground. They are looking for funding to build the
programs, provide information and support for individuals interested in criminal justice, and spread awareness about the connection between diversity and healthy community-police relations,” said the website. “By recruiting locally and diversely, we hope to see an improvement in policecommunity relations and a reduction in negative race-related incidents.” McReynolds set up a donation website to fund the project and is asking for $140,000 in the first round of fund-raising. The majority of the money — $100,000 — will be allocated to scholarships for students pursuing criminal justice. The rest will be split evenly between creating school programs to raise awareness of the program and its goals, and the overhead fund to operate the program. If the project raises more money than expected, it’s primary target-area will expand beyond Reno into neighboring cities and programs. If it does not meet its first-round goals, the project will continue on and raise awareness in the local area. McReynolds has worked closely with UNRPD since his incident. The department will be one of the beneficiaries of the
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program. “I am honored to support The McReynolds Project, which aims to foster dialogue between diverse groups and law enforcement through recruitment of minority students to enter the policing profession,” said UNRPD Chief Adam Garcia. “I applaud Mr. McReynolds, whose vision is bound to have a direct impact on this community for generations to come.” The project’s board is comprised of local community leaders such as Dr. Angie Taylor, who is on the Washoe County Board of Trustees and also joined the university’s Office of Diversity as a consultant. Other board members include Gregory C. Mosier, Dean of the College of Business, Lafayette Webb from the Washoe County Sherriff’s Office and Gregg Colvin, an advisor of McReynold’s.
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Mother of Sandy Hook victim speaks at Reno High By Alyssa Shook The shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school may have taken place more than five years ago, but the story lives on through family members of victims like Scarlet Lewis, mother of first grader Jesse Lewis that was killed during the shooting in 2012. Lewis shared the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, a “charitable organization with a mission to ensure that every child has access to Social and Emotional Learning,” according to jesselewischooselove.org. “Social and Emotional Learning is teaching kids and adults how to have healthy and positive relationships, deep and meaningful connections, how to manage conflict, skills, and tools to learn resilience, how to identify, label, and manage emotions,” Lewis said. “These skills and tools aren’t something we are born with.” Bonnie Carlson, a Washoe County educator and mother, attended the presentation as an advocate for Social and Emotional Learning. “We want to do it better, we want to make it great for our kids,” Carlson said. “That’s why we are here.” The Washoe County school district has integrated Social and Emotional Learning into classrooms since the 2012-13 school year. According to WCSD, implementing Social and Emotional Learning has shown lower rates of suspension and absenteeism in students, lower risk for dropout and a higher likelihood to graduate on-time. “That’s not something we even learn in college to teach in our classrooms,” said
Nicole Foster, an education student at the University of Nevada, Reno. “So now that there is so much research done to show that this is something that is proven to change the safety of schools and our future jobs, I don’t know why this isn’t mandatory.” Lewis talked about the importance of the Choose Love Equation and its character values: courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion. “If we can teach our kids love and show them they are loved, then I think we can be the change,” said Kelsie Siporem, an education student at the university. “Social and Emotional learning is the #1 way to improve safety at schools,” however, Lewis said, “There are lots of obstacles, so a lot of the programming is very expensive, and it takes extensive teacher training.” Lewis worked with educators to write a Social and Emotional learning curriculum that is now offered for free, called the Choose Love Enrichment Program. “We created this program to transcend all the barriers so that every child can have access to Social and Emotional learning,” Lewis said. This program has reached all 50 states and over 50 countries, impacting about 478,235 students, according to the Choose Love website’s impact statistics. For more information about the Choose Love Enrichment program, the Choose Love Movement and Social and Emotional Learning, go to www.jesselewischooselove.org.
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Adam Csank takes a sample of a 3.5 million year old log in the Canadian High Arctic Summer 2017. Csank has been named the Geography Steward of Nevada by National Geographic.
University professor named Geography Steward by National Geographic By Olivia Ali On April 27, 2018, the University of Nevada, Reno’s Assistant Professor of Geography Adam Csank was titled Geography Steward of Nevada by National Geographic. Csank was given this title on behalf of his work in the geography field of study. In this role, Csank is fostering the next generation of geographers at the university. “Csank is the National Geographic Geography Steward for the state of Nevada, a prospect that will usher in new geography opportunities to teach and inspire students throughout Nevada,” the university said in a statement. “In his role as Steward, Csank will be working on starting a state advisory standard for geography curriculum as well as organizing a statewide geography trivia contest, where the winner gets to travel to Washington, D.C. He will also help teachers have access to National Geographic online tools to teach and inspire students in the class.” “The Geography Steward will encourage students toward geography interests before college by providing a connection
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Lewis sharing the Choose Love campaign with an audience at Reno High School. The Choose Love campaign aims to implement Social and Emotional Learning in schools.
However, there will be restrictions on price reductions. The program is not to cover gerontology, Pearson online classes, intensive English language classes, remedial classes under the 100 level or noncredit classes through the Extended Studies program. Extended Studies, 365 Learning and Summer Session are, however, reserving the right to refuse the grant for their programs. Other restrictions in the program include
between National Geographic Explorers and Nevada classrooms. Explorers could be geographers, scientists or other academics, such as the University of Nevada, Reno’s Zeb Hogan, a research assistant professor in the College of Science, who also partners with National Geographic documenting his travels and research on the Nat Geo Wild television show, Monster Fish. Hogan is also a National Geographic Explorer and Fellow.” University staff feel Csank’s appointment to be a step in the right direction for the future of geography in schools — specifically in Nevada. “Dr. Csank’s appointment as the National Geographic Nevada Geography Steward is a critical step forward for K-12 geography education opportunities in the state of Nevada,” Chair of the Department of Geography Jill Heaton said. “Currently, geography is only taught as part of the social sciences curriculum in K-12 in Nevada, but this is just half of what geographers do. Dr. Csank’s liaison opportunities with schools across Nevada will further shed light on the importance of geography and geographic education in our everyday lives.” Working in this field has provided
Csank with a myriad of projects from reconstructing past climate in the Canadian Arctic to studying hydroclimate variability in the Upper Colorado River Basin to studying drought and tree mortality in Alaska. He also has worked in Bermuda using isotope dendrochronology to determine where the timbers used to construct historic forts came from. This information is useful to historians studying Bermuda’s historic timber trade. According to Csank, geography was not his first career venture. Csank completed his bachelors in earth sciences at Dalhousie University and later complete da master of science at the University of Saskatchewan. Csank went on to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. “After his doctoral program came to an end in 2011, he had to choose between geology and geography,” the university said. “Ultimately drawn to the geography program at the University of Nevada, Reno, Csank has the opportunity to work with geographers from various backgrounds studying diverse topics.”
health fees, additional fees — including differential registration fees, special course fees, excess credit fees or books — and outof-state tuition. According to President Johnson, the program comes after several months of the university working with the Staff Employees Council to increase access and benefits of staff. “[This] is the culmination of a monthslong effort by the University and the leadership of the SEC to provide a broadening of access and additional benefits for our classified staff,” Johnson said in a statement. “A recent campus-wide survey of our classi-
fied staff indicated that an overwhelming majority of respondents – more than 95 percent – indicated that they wished the university would pursue a registration fee reduction benefit of this kind.” The university currently has a grantin-aid program in place for classified employees. The Classified Employee Family Opportunity program is an extension of this to assist with payment for the family of the employees.
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PACK N THE EVENTS THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR THIS WEEK By Joey Thyne
24-HOUR STUDY HALL DATE: Wednesday TIME: 9 p.m. LOCATION: JCSU INFO: The Joe is hosting a
24-hour study hall to help you prepare for finals. How can I stay up for 24 hours, you may ask? That’s right: Adderall. It’s delicious. It’s good for you. It makes you exponentially smarter. You don’t need mortal distractions like sleep or food. You don’t need mortal distractions like food or sleep. You don’t even need a prescription just ask the guy in your dorm with the sideburns.
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RENO RIVER FESTIVAL DATE: Saturday TIME: 9 a.m. LOCATION: River Walk
INFO: Are you a fan of rivers
and river-adjacent activities, such as getting splashed or drowning? You’re in luck! Reno is hosting an entire festival celebrating rivers. Activities include freestyle and competitive whitewater kayaking, food and beverage vendors, live music, a zip line, yoga and fly fishing. They even have a bike valet so you can get wasted on craft brews.
REO SPEEDWAGON DATE: Saturday TIME: 8 p.m. LOCATION: The Nugget
INFO: And I can’t fight this feeling anymore! I’ve forgotten what I started fighting for! It’s time to bring this ship into the shore! And throw away the oars, forever! Have you ever wondered how you were conceived? That’s right. Your parents found a dusty old REO Speedwagon CD in the garage and had a little too much merlot. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets range from $55-$199.
BILL ENGVALL DATE: Saturday TIME: 8 p.m. LOCATION: Silver Legacy INFO: Do you love vaguely
racist stand up routines? Jokes about white middle class Americans? You’re in luck! Come out and see Bill Engvall at Silver Legacy in the Grande Exposition Hall. He competed on “Dancing with the Stars”. He did not win. He was also a voice actor on CMT’s “Bounty Hunters”. Tickets cost $49.50-$69.50
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UNR’s Spring Concert took place on Friday, May 4. Artists Joyzu and Ekali performed to a crowd of raving students.
By Carla Suggs The Associated Students of the University of Nevada held the annual Spring Concert on this past Friday, May 4, with college students swarming in front of The Student Union to dance the night away amidst flashing lights and thundering waves of sound. Performers included DJ Apollo, Joyzu and Ekali. The concert kicked off with a performance by DJ Apollo — also known by his peers as William Compton. Compton currently attends UNR as a journalism student and showed off his skills on Friday to a crowd of energetic students. While he admits to being wary of EDM years ago, Compton also says that his love for the genre began when his brother first took him to Snowglobe in 2016. The very next day, he bought himself some editing software and began producing music. “I’ve seen all walks of life come to like EDM,” he said. “It’s really cool to see people from different backgrounds and different inspirations come in.” In terms of influence, Compton referred to R&B and soul, saying that his music reflects these genres and that they’re his favorite types of music. Following DJ Apollo was EDM duo Joyzu, made up of Quinton Pope and Carson Willms. The two are based out of California but come from very different cities— Sacramento and Denver. They charged up on stage following their friend Apollo, and the crowd quickly met them
with enthusiastic cheers. As their set went on, they encouraged lingering stragglers in the back to join the crowd closer to the stage. The two were happy to perform in Reno again, saying, “UNR and Reno is so supportive, it is insane. We appreciate everybody coming to our show and supporting us, tweeting us, sending us pictures, and more.” Joyzu first began DJing in high school when they were 16 years old. What started with small gigs at house parties eventually led up to a larger gig in a warehouse with 1,500 people in attendance — an event they say made them fall in love with performing. The duo is signed with Armada Music and even perform at major events like Snowglobe. They also agree that performing at colleges is an experience like no other and that students get to hear a heavier side of Joyzu than other crowds do. “College audiences are always so energetic and ready to dance from doors open until doors close,” they said. “Not that other places or audiences aren’t, but it is a different vibe. We play different music depending on where we are performing.” More recently, Joyzu has been collaborating with various artists and companies, such as Wavy. Wavy, an augmented reality app that incorporates visual elements with music, features Joyzu’s song “2”, featuring Blest Jones. The two are also working on more music to come. Finally, Ekali was the last to make his way
good vibes, and bringing people together through good music.” The stigmatization of EDM has certainly been reflected in society and pop culture. Outsiders often demonize large-scale rave festivals like Snowglobe and Electric Daisy Festival for the heavy drug use and violence that can occur. On top of that, many people assume that EDM is strictly a “white people” thing. While these are surely worrisome aspects of EDM and rave culture, overwhelming love and acceptance that rave culture promotes can also debunk that. According to Joyzu, every music culture is stigmatized by drug use and partying. Yet EDM is especially prone to this because of its relevance in today’s society and circulation on social media. However, it’s also a very accepting community and has fans from various different backgrounds. “Once you get ‘into’ a scene, they all have drugs involved,” the duo said. “[EDM] is in the spotlight in ways that other genres aren’t now. As far as EDM catering towards a certain race or ethnicity, we don’t see that at all.” Their words especially rang true during the Spring Concert, which had students of various ages, races and genders flooding in to see the performers. Yet the one thing they all seemed to share in common was their excitement and readiness to have a good time. Carla Suggs can be reached at csuggs40@ gmail.com on Twitter @c_swayzy.
When and why we stop listening to new music By Joey Thyne
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presenting a show with electronic group Beats Antique. Tickets cost $27.50$32. Door open at 7. The website says special guests “TBA”. A quick Google search would reveal that TBA literally translates to “To be announced.” Baha Men? Would it be the Walmart yodelling kid? Come find out! Carla Suggs can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @c_swayzy.
onstage following Joyzu’s performance. All the way from Vancouver, Canda, Ekali is a well-known artist in the world of EDM. Many of his fans cheered him on from the audience, and those who weren’t familiar with him couldn’t help but cheer as well. One of those fans was Kathleen Aguilar, a senior at UNR and member of the rave community. After seeing Ekali twice before at events like Beyond Wonderland and Hard Summer, she said he provided yet another amazing performance at the Spring Concert. “He kept the crowd pumped up, and with each song it didn’t make me feel tired at all,” she said. “Usually artists go from fast songs to slow songs and it messes up the vibe, but he played banger after banger and knew when it was time to slow down.” Aguilar also got the opportunity to meet Ekali after the show, along with many other fans. Although she worried he would show typical signs of stardom and act conceited, his patience with fans and kind demeanor soon reassured her. In addition, Aguilar was able to trade Kandi with the artist, a tradition in the rave community that’s done when two people join hands and say “Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect”, or “PLUR”, then slip a bracelet from one person’s wrist to the other’s. The act is meant to reinforce kindness in a community that is often stigmatized by drug use. “A lot of people choose to do drugs,” Aguilar said. “But the great thing about this community is acceptance and the
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All the time I see “Oldies but Goodies” playlists on Spotify seducing people’s nostalgia. I love old music, but nothing compares to the exhilaration of an album release which lives up to the hype. Just this year, we received fantastic music from Car Seat Headrest, US Girls, Kali Uchis and Janelle Monae. A new album brings you into a brand new world. New music reflects the times. How could I just stop caring? A study from Spotify found that most people stop listening to new music at the age of 33. Why do people grow disillusioned with current music as they grow older? I went on a journey to investigate. I traveled to the largest congregation of out-of-touch old people I knew of: The Reynolds School of Journalism... As I spoke with Kari Barber, assistant professor of electronic media, she looked on-edge and distracted, twirling her hair in her fingers and avoiding eye contact at all cost. “Nothing good has been made since Kurt Cobain died,” she told me. She remembers growing up in Oklahoma and religiously listening to Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice
in Chains and Pearl Jam. Her high school divided between grunge fans and country fans. She wore flannels and ripped jeans and painted her nails black. It made her feel tough. “All of my memories of that time are very smoky, I mean foggy,” she said. The last new CD she purchased was “Californication” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers which came out in 1999. The only current music she is aware of comes from her son, including “Despacito” and Taylor Swift. “I guess you have so much emotional attachment with music to an era of your life,” she said. “Your teen years are these interesting formative years. Then that music always takes you back there. There are others eras in your life like that too, but music doesn’t play a role in the same way. Something about the teenage angst I suppose...I think angst and music are tied together. You feel strongly about the music when you were an emotional wreck. That’s what you associate with. Then when you’re older, your problems are different: they’re not these internal problems where music is speaking to you. I guess.” Maybe music is just inherently immature. Maybe all music
is manufactured in a big company by Uncle Sam to profit off of our rebellious teen years. Unsatisfied, I continued searching. Internship coordinator Alison Gaulden was late to our meeting, but once I saw her purple hair and heard her inviting laugh I couldn’t stay annoyed. Gaulden doesn’t seem to quite know how she feels about contemporary popular music. “I don’t know if it’s worse,” she said. “It’s generationally different. I get that. That’s fine. I’ve gotten to the point where just I don’t understand the words. So I don’t know if I’m going deaf or the music’s just bad. It’s hard to sing along.” Sometimes she will play the “hipster” station on Pandora and enjoy a few songs. She likes Coldplay and Maroon 5. “I like Nickleback, which makes me terrible, apparently.” Back in her heyday, Gaulden was a self-proclaimed “Disco Queen,” going out dancing to The Bee Gees and Donna Summer.
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Prince lives on through Janelle Monae By Joey Thyne What makes pop music? Does it have to be popular, i.e., achieve mainstream success? Are terms like avant-pop or indie-pop oxymorons? Must all pop be instantly digestible? Should pop music require less thought or effort than other genres? Janelle Monae has raised these questions with her music for the past decade by including experimental elements of R&B, funk, soul and hiphop into her pop music. Monae released two critically acclaimed albums, 2010’s “The ArchAndroid” and 2013’s “The Electric Lady”. Her work granted her six Grammys. After acting in Oscar-nominated films “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight” (ever heard of it?), she returned to music with her new album “Dirty Computer”. The album, to me, separates into three distinct sections...
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Most albums stack all of their hit singles up front in order to grab the listener’s attention, resulting in a top-heavy project which fizzles out along the way. The four singles on “Dirty Computer” released prior to its release (“Make Me Feel”, “Django Jane”, “Pynk” and “I Like That”) don’t come in until halfway through the album. She runs the risk of people getting bored and jumping ship. It doesn’t start slow, per se, but the casual listener may need more determination than usual. It pays off though. Starting off with the too-brief title track featuring the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, it flows gorgeously. Music legend Prince worked on the album with Janelle Monae before he died. How much of his actual writing made it to the album remains unclear, but his influence is undeniable. Whether it’s the twinkling synths on “Crazy, Classic Life” or the groovy bassline on “Take a Byte”, his fingerprints are all over the album, but specifically the first five songs. His vivid imagery of young, melodramatic partying in the city shows up as well. On “Screwed” she quotes the famous words of Oscar Wilde: “Everything is sex/Except sex, which is power.” Critics of art, pop culture and entertainment have long debated the difference between an inspired homage and a total ripoff of another artist’s work. Some would say Monae just copies Prince’s style. However, I believe she injects enough of her personality to make it fresh.
The song “Pynk” is a love letter to the female genitalia: “Pynk, like the inside of your ... baby/ Pynk behind all of the doors... crazy/Pynk, like the tongue that goes down ... maybe/Pynk, like the paradise found.” Even the music video features Monae and several dancers donning pants which look quite labian. She wants people to know it’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s beautiful and worth celebrating. After hearing “Django Jane” I would love to get a straight rap album from Janelle Monae. After months of Cardi B ruling the airwaves saying things like “If he can make you richer he can make you cum,” it’s refreshing to hear Janelle Monae rap “We gave you life, we gave you birth/We gave you God, we gave you Earth/We fem the future, don’t make it worse.” She ends the song by imploring “If she the G.O.A.T. now, would anybody doubt it?” I can’t say I would. While “Dirty Computer” is full of righteous empowerment, the home stretch of songs allows for vulnerability. Over somber strings, Monae sings “If I missed you, would you think I was lonely/If I say what’s on my mind?/Even though you say that you love me/Is it me or do you love my disguise?/ If I kissed you, would you think I was lonely/If I let you inside?” She expresses further paranoia accompanying falling in love over a strumming guitar in “So Afraid”: “What if I lose?/Is what I think to myself/I’m fine in my shell/I’m afraid of it all, afraid of loving you.” The album’s epilogue “Americans” is a call to action and a stark portrait of life inside the United States. On the track, she sings “Hands go up, men go down, try my luck, stand my ground/Die in church, live in jail say her name, twice in hell/Uncle Sam kissed a man, Jim Crow Jesus rose again.” The song, it comes as no surprise sounds eerily similar to “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince, the opener of his classic album “Purple Rain.”
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The album really picks up steam when it gets to the singles. I know “I Got the Juice” wasn’t a single, but it’s an absolute bop. Whether it’s the surreal dreaminess of “I Like That” and “Pynk” or the hiphop fury of “Django Jane”, she sounds like Janelle Monae rather than Prince. Except “Make Me Feel”, which sounds like it was left on the cutting floor of the 1986 album “Parade.” Remember “Under The Cherry Moon”? Me neither. Because of the phallogocentric patriarchy under which we reside, a mere reference to vaginas makes people uncomfortable. Janelle Monae would like to put it at the center of the conversation. On “Django Jane” she says “And we gon’ start a motherfuckin’ pussy riot/Or we gon’ have to put ‘em on a pussy diet” then later “Let the vagina have a monologue.” On “I Got the Juice” she sings “My juice is my religion, got juice between my thighs ... If you try to grab my pussy, this pussy grab you back.”
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Arguing in the Classroom Is our liberal bubble at UNR too fragile to survive dissenting opinions in the classroom?
woman in an English class expresses her beliefs about “reverse racism.” There’s a collective eye roll from her woke classmates, a concerned look from the professor and then everyone moves on. Nobody takes the time to prove with evidence that reverse racism objectively does not exist. Instead, we just sigh, decide she’s not one of us and go on with our more sophisticated discussion, using words like microaggression, cisgender, transmisogyny and other language outsiders are unfamiliar with, and therefore, are excluded from the discussion. A man in a philosophy class mentions he’s pro-life. He might be eager to discuss the topic with his peers, but the subject is too touchy for a classroom, and 90 percent of his classmates are already in agreement on the issue. We read essays and books all semester, which are in their very essence arguments. We make
our own arguments in essays, but these writings never make it to the classroom. The classroom is where the professor tells us why the literature is correct. But the professor and the literature in these situations can only do so much for the student who might not agree, who might not speak for fear of using the wrong pronoun or fear of arguing a dissenting opinion. We need to learn from our peers as well. How is it possible that we had a raging white supremacist among us and most of us didn’t know he existed until his picture appeared in national news? People in classes with Peter Cvjetanovic knew what he was like. We’ve heard he’s not shy about his racism. Why didn’t anyone challenge him to a debate or write an editorial in the paper about what he was saying? Why was a guy like him allowed to remain in the shadows? It’s because we don’t want to talk about it. We’d rather let those we disagree with have their allot-
ted time to speak in class, then we whisper about how ignorant they are afterword with our people. In doing so, we risk becoming a generation of Facebook commenters who would rather say their piece, log off and wait for the likes than have a civil argument. We should be arguing in our classrooms. We should be speaking our minds no matter what’s on our mind. With the literature and the research informing our opinions the right ideas should win out. That won’t happen if some of our students are too afraid to speak out. Edwin Lyngar wrote in his column for the Reno GazetteJournal last week that he agrees with UNR’s decision to allow Cvjetanovic to remain on campus. Why? Free speech of course, and because he "needs the education, badly,” Lyngar said. This isn't to say that some of the hallmarks of the liberal college stereotype — the safe spaces, the trigger warnings, and the like — aren't without merit.
When conversations run the gamut, as they do here, there is no guarantee that everyone will be comfortable with a topic, nor should they be comfortable with that topic. Moreover, this isn't to say that this — the systemic quashing of dissenting opinion — is always the case. Some professors do a good job of mediating real discussion, and there are plenty of classes that have the right amount of healthy arguing. But this is the exception, not the norm. Ultimately, free speech is a core value of both this country and its universities. We shouldn't call for the silencing of our critics, that can only lead to a bigger liberal bubble. Instead, we should ask why those who disagree with us disagree and debate them honestly and openly. The Editorial Board can be reached at jsolis@sagebrush. unr.edu, and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.
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“FAKE NEWS” IN REVIEW By Ryan Suppe and Joey Thyne
INTERNATIONAL DID YOU CATCH ALL THE SYMBOLISM IN CHILDISH GAMBINO’S NEW MUSIC VIDEO? IF NOT, WE’LL GET YOU CAUGHT UP Childish Gambino’s new music video “This is America” is making waves and taking the internet by storm. The video is riddled with subtle references and symbolism that you probably didn’t notice if you’re not a think-piece writer. But it’s okay because we’ve got you covered.
SHIRTLESS GAMBINO Did you notice Childish Gambino was shirtless during the video? That’s because he just successfully completed the Whole30 diet, and his alter-ego Donald Glover encouraged him to show off their progress.
WAREHOUSE Did you notice the video was shot entirely
in a warehouse? It turns out that’s the same warehouse that inspired Dave Matthews Band’s 1994 song “Warehouse.” A little known fact about Childish Gambino is he’s a huge fan of Dave Matthews. He reportedly played in a jam band in college that once did a 10 hour show in a barn where they played nothing but Dave Matthews songs.
RUNNING SCENE Did you notice that closing scene of the video where Childish Gambino is running away from a crowd with a terrified look on his face? Well, rumor has it, if you look at the faces in the background frame by frame you can see Ron Howard, Kathleen Kennedy and other Disney executives. This is a subtle reference to Disney’s courtship of Donald Glover’s upcoming role in the new Han Solo film.
NATIONAL TWITTERVERSE IN UPROAR AFTER KANYE WEST TWEETS “IT’S PRONOUNCED GIF, NOT GIF” Everyone knows hip-hop artist Kanye West has been partaking in a series of problematic outbursts, including saying slavery was a choice and posting a selfie wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Yet, all of these paled in comparison to when he tweeted “It’s pronounced gif, not gif.” Twitter user @Barry_ McCokner said “Man, f--- Kanye! I used to love Kanye but this boy is wack. Of course it’s pronounced GIF!!!!!!!”
Twitter use @smokephatbluntz69 said “All you PC SJWs need to stop getting so butthurt. Everyone needs to calm tf down! Of course it’s pronounced gif.” Kanye recently went on TMZ to defend his comments. He admits to using opioids after a liposuction. “Man I was out of my mind when I took those pills! Even I was pronouncing it gif. But then I saw the light.” A member of TMZ actually stood up to West. “Kanye you are being irresponsible with your platform and your words are harmful,” he said. “It’s pronounced gif!”
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A woman kayaks on Lake Tahoe on Aug. 27, 2007. Temperatures are heating up in Reno, and people complaining of the heat can retreat to Tahoe for the cool weather at the lake.
ay has commenced which means the University of Nevada is getting ready for graduation on “MotherQuad,” tanning on the beach in Tahoe and complaining about how hot Reno is. This year, summer has come with a vengeance and is intent on destroying anything in its path. Reno weather has always been erratic. It's one of the only places where you can leave your house in a sweatshirt to combat the morning low of 47 degrees, only to strip down to nearly nothing Jacey when it reaches 75 by noon. Gonzalez In April the highest temperature was 84 degrees while the low was 52 degrees, leaving 32 degrees of unpredictability in between. Not to be outdone, May has hit the low 80s and isn’t declining anytime soon. Even with the steamy temperatures, don’t be the person to complain about how hot it is when it's 75 degrees. Until it reaches 95 degrees, keep your
mouth shut. The people that complain about the Reno weather are the same people who go from their air conditioned apartment to their air conditioned car into an air conditioned store. These people are outside for a cumulative five minutes but still feel the need to stress how 78 degrees feels like they are suffering a blistering death on the face of the sun. Most of these grievances come from people that refuse to remove their Patagonia fleece in mid June because it takes away from their image of being a wealthy outdoorsman. If you dress for the weather, you won’t have a reason to complain. Take the time to switch your wardrobe from winter to summer. Wear every sundress and tank top to your heart's content. Wear the shorts and skirts you’ve been saving since Charlotte Russe had a summer sale in the middle of January. When you plan to be in the sun, take ice water in your overpriced Hydro Flask and use the bottle for what it's intended for. Use sunglasses, hats, anything to alleviate the “pain” of the weather being a little toasty. If the length of your bottoms goes past your knees, you aren’t dressed for summer in Reno.
We, the people of Reno, have nothing to yell about. Global warming is happening and it's unfortunate. But even with rising temperatures in mind, our “scalding” 80 degree weather doesn’t compare to the temperatures around the globe. A weather station in the city of Nawabshah, Pakistan reached 122.4 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday while our southern neighbors in Las Vegas are dealing with 100 degree temperatures through the next week. While 80 degrees might be warm for Reno standards, it doesn’t warrant constant complaints. This serves as a friendly reminder to move chocolate bars out of direct sunlight, crack a window to let the heat out, and to take your children — furry and human — out of the damn car. Be smarter than the heat, and you’ll survive the summer.
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.
I was cleaning my room and then I had an idea about an essay I think it’s called Theory of Evolution which I had to read for my final and I just wanted to talk to my professor about it because I realized that Darwin just got it right you know? So I made my bed again and took another shower and filled up my water bottle and popped in my headphones and turned on LCD Soundsystem, did you realize they have so many bangers? And then I walked to campus and went to my professor’s office hours and I figured it’s okay I’m on Adderall because she’s cool and I think she was surprised because I’ve never been to her office hours before but it’s all good I think because she’s cool and she digs Darwin too and I knew talking to her about this was gonna be sick. She let me into her office and she knew
my name which was cool, maybe she’s into me? Anyway, we started talking about Darwin and I couldn’t remember exactly what I wanted to talk to her about, but the words I was saying sounded so good except I kept having to take a drink from my water bottle. Does she know Adderall makes you thirsty? My lips were a little chapped but I only licked them a few times, like 10 times maybe, like maybe it was more than normal but not a crazy amount you know but then I started wondering if Adderall makes your eyes glossy like other pills? I don’t think so but I’m too afraid to look at my reflection when I take it so I don’t know and I don’t think she’d be able to tell because professors don’t know about that stuff I don’t think. Anyway, I didn’t do so hot on the exam because I didn’t read any of the other essays, but I think it was worth it because I’m like an expert on Darwin now.
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Pack Softball improves to 22-24 By Brandon Cruz After a successful weekend at home playing at Christina M. Hixson Softball Park, the Nevada Wolf Pack took on Utah Valley, winning two games out of their three-game series. Nevada Softball has aggregated a record of 22-24 and a conference record of 9-11.
NEVADA V.S. UTAH VALLEY MAY 5, 12:00 P.M. Saturday, May 5, marked the start of Nevada’s three-game series with Utah Valley and the first game in the team’s doubleheader. Utah Valley opened up the scoring early with a run in the first inning by junior Brianna Moeller. The Pack quickly answered this run with a run of their own in the bottom of the second scored by Jessica Sellers. All knotted up at one going into the third-inning, Utah Valley pulled away to a slight 3-2 lead over the Wolf Pack after scoring two runs in the third, compared to Nevada’s lone run batted in by Sellers. Nevada would fail to score a single run for the following four innings, losing to the Wolverines 4-2 for the first game of the series.
MAY 5, 2:30 P.M. Roughly an hour after their first game, Nevada and Utah Valley squared off once again to attempt to settle which team had the competitive edge over the other. Just as the first game started, Utah Valley got on the board first during the first inning as Lyndsay Steverson hit a huge homerun batting herself in, as well as her teammate Peyton Angulo,
putting the team up 2-0 on the Wolf Pack. Nevada struggled to find its footing during the first two innings, failing to score a single run. While Nevada did struggle on offense early, the team buckled down defensively. The only points Nevada allowed the Wolverines to put on the board came during the first inning. Nevada went on to score three runs in the third, and one run in both the fifth and sixth innings, helping Nevada even the series at one apiece after a 5-2 win in the last game of their doubleheader.
MAY 6, 12:00 P.M. With the series sitting at a stalemate, neither Nevada nor Utah Valley could predict who would win the final game of the series and earn bragging rights. This time around, the Wolf Pack got on the board initially during the bottom of the first with a run by Sadaria McAlister. That run would be the lone run in the game between both teams until the bottom of the sixth, where Nevada put up three runs. Utah Valley had one inning to attempt to make-up their four-point deficit but failed to put a single run up. Nevada won the game 4-0, ultimately giving them the series win. The Wolf Pack ends the season on a long home-stand with one game against San Jose State today at 1 p.m. and a three-game series against Fresno State from May 10 to May 12. Brandon Cruz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.
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Aaliyah Gibson runs toward third base in Nevada Softball’s loss to San Jose State on April 24, 2016 . Nevada has the possibility of getting above .500 on the season by winning out against San Jose State and Fresno State.
Nevada basketball prepares for future without Martins, Caroline
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Josh Hall drives to the basket during Nevada’s 102-92 win against Fresno State at Lawlor Events Center. Nevada has been busy during the offseason trying to fine tune its roster after Jordan Caroline and the Martin twins annnounced they were testing the NBA Draft waters.
By Darion Strugs It was an eventful first weekend of May for the Nevada Basketball program. Jordan Brown, a 6-foot 10-inch five-star recruit from Roseville, California, made his third unofficial visit to Nevada. Nevada is in Brown’s final three schools along with Cal and Arizona. Brown’s visit was controversial as it was initially reported he was making an official visit to the school, which would have been his last official visit per NCAA rules. Brown’s talent has made head coach Eric Musselman recruit a straight-out-of-high-school to play right away for him. There have been only three other Nevada players — Cameron Oliver, Lindsey Drew and Josh Hall — that have played as true freshmen for Musselman. For many fans, Brown seems like the final piece for the Wolf Pack as the McDonald’s All-American forward gives Nevada the big man it desperately needs. If Nevada does not get a commitment from Brown, it still will have added one new player. Graduate player Ehab Amin announced he plans on transferring to Nevada from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Amin is a 6-foot 4-inch guard who will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer. In 2016-17 Amin led the nation in steals averaging 3.4 a game. Depending on the health of Drew — who tore his Achille’s tendon near the end of last season — Amin could be a significant defensive player for Nevada next season. Nevada has three players who entered their names into the NBA Draft without agents, making them eligible for collegiate play next season if not drafted. Caleb Martin worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, May 7. The Lakers have the 47th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Martin is projected to go anywhere from the late first round to the middle of the second round. Cody Martin was invited to participate in the NBA combine, joining his twin brother Caleb who
was invited a week prior. Cody was the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year while Caleb won the conference’s highest honor of Player of the Year. The Martins are the most talented twin prospects since Kansas’ Marcus and Markieff Morris who were selected back-to-back in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft. Cody Martin is the better defender of the two twins and the better playmaker. Martin led the team in assists, field goal percentage and blocks per game. He was second on the team in rebounds and third in points per game. Where Cody Martin most needs improvement before leaping to the professional ranks is free throw and three-point shooting. Martin shot only 70 percent from the charity stripe, which is a 10 percent increase from his sophomore year at North Carolina State. Martin is projected by many outlets to go undrafted or at best be taken somewhere in the mid-to-late second round. Jordan Caroline has not been invited to the NBA Draft Combine but was invited to workout with the Oklahoma City Thunder. For Caroline, this work out will be his best chance to showcase to teams if he is NBA-ready or if he needs to stay in school for another year to develop other parts of his game. Jordan Caroline flew to Oklahoma City just before his workout on Sunday, May 6. According to nbadraft.net, Caroline is projected to go undrafted. The Thunder have the 57th pick in the draft. Nbadraft.net projects the Thunder will use that pick on a different Nevada star — Cody Martin. Caroline has a similar body and play style to Michigan State’s Miles Bridges who is projected to be picked either in the lottery or late in the first round. The two also have stats that almost mirror each other. Both averaged 17 points per game this past season. Bridges shot better from both the free throw line and beyond the arc. Caroline bested Bridges in rebounding and field goal percentage. Perhaps the key
difference is that Bridges seems to be a better defender, which may be something Caroline emphasizes next season if he returns to Nevada. With that, maybe Caroline can sneak into the first round next season and be a steal for whoever would select him.
The NCAA deadline for players to withdraw from the draft and return to school is May 30, three weeks before the 2018 NBA Draft on June 21. Darion Strugs can be reached on Twitter @dstrugs.
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March 3 The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team returned to its winning ways as it returned to conference play this past week. Despite its previous six-game losing streak, the Wolf Pack did not slide in Mountain West Conference standings and its wins against Fresno State extended their lead atop the conference. This last weekend, the Wolf Pack swept the Fresno State Bulldogs in a high-scoring three-game series. Below is a game-by-game recap.
game. In the bottom of the third, the Wolf Pack had chipped away at the lead, as it scored five runs. Dillian Shrum hit an RBI single to score the first run. Later in the inning, Mike Echavia hit a grand slam to give the Wolf Pack some much-needed offense. Down one run heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Wolf Pack’s Josh Zamora delivered a clutch RBI single that scored two runs to give the Wolf Pack the victory.
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VS. FRESNO STATE (MAY 4, 2018) After some rough outings in his previous starts, Nevada starting pitcher Mark Nowaczewski pitched a terrific game. He garnered a careerhigh 10 strikeouts and held the Bulldogs to only two runs on the night. In addition, this outing was his fifth complete game of the season. Nevada was able to get on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning as Cole Krzmarzick d r o v e home two runs as he homered to left-center field. With the score tied in the seventh inning, Grant Fennell smacked an RBI single to take the lead. Nowaczewski didn’t allow this lead to slip away as he only gave up one hit in the subsequent innings en route to a 4-2 Nevada victory.
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Women’s Track & Field Sophomore pole vaulter Gaby Palmer set a new personal record at the Sacramento State Open this past Saturday, May 5. With a new personal record of 12 feet and 8 inches, Palmer moved up to seventh on the program-all-time list. Palmer is now tied with current teammate Emily Etter for this coveted spot on this list. The Nevada pole vault squad comprised of Palmer, Etter and Natasha Black took second, third and fourth respectively during the Sacramento State Open. Nevada heads to the 2018 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships next week, May 9-12.
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The Wolf Pack found themselves down eight runs after it allowed five runs in the first inning and four in the second inning. With a huge deficit in the early innings, Nevada found itself playing catch-up the whole
The Nevada Wolf Pack Men’s golf team will be going to the NCAA Regional Tournament. This will be the first time since 2007 that they have qualified for the postseason tournament. Nevada will face a number of schools in the 14-team tournament including Oklahoma, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida State Pepperdine, BYU, Virginia, North Florida, San Diego State, Sam Houston State, UMKC, Navy and Prairie View A&M. This season, the team has put together an impressive resume as it has garnered five top five team finishes in 10 events. The upcoming tournament will be held in Norman - the hometown of the host school, Oklahoma Sooners. The Wolf Pack will look to capitalize on an already historic season.
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While the final score reflected the prior night’s, the roles were reversed this time around as the Bulldogs were playing catch-up to the Wolf Pack. The Wolf Pack had a balanced attack on offense as it scored three runs apiece in the second and third inning. They also scored four runs in the fourth and two more insurance runs in the seventh. Weston Hatten, Zamora, and Kaleb Foster all had two hits apiece in the balanced Wolf Pack attack. In three games, the Wolf Pack offense scored 28 total runs. “I was just trying to get something to drive today,” Hatten said. “I haven’t been able to drive the ball like I’d like to lately. I was trying to concentrate on the middle of the plate and get some RBIs for the team.” However, the Bulldogs would not go away as they scored two runs in the eighth inning to get within two runs. In the top of the ninth, Zach Presno homered to draw within a single run. In the following at-bat, Zach Ashford hit a double to get the tying run in scoring position. However, Wolf Pack pitcher Keone Cabinian was able to get a groundout to close out the victory. “Winning’s contagious when you get rolling so it’s just nice to get back to conference play and extend the lead in the Mountain West,” Hatten said.
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Michael Echavia steps into the box before his at-bat against Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Sunday, April 22. Nevada Baseball has accumulated a four-game win streak and looks to finish out the season strong against USF, UNLV and SDSU.
MAKING THE CALL STAFF PICKS OPTIMIST SAYS: With its sweep against Fresno State, the Wolf Pack found its mojo heading into its final two series of the regular season. OUTCOME: With Mountain West Conference tournament play looming, look for the Wolf Pack to solidify its seed as the top team in the conference. Look for them to win all three in Las Vegas. .
IMPACT PLAYER PESSIMIST SAYS: Nevada gets complacent and still has some defensive issues that they need to fix despite its high-scoring wins against Fresno State.
OUTCOME: The matchup against UNLV amidst finals week does not bode well for the Wolf Pack. They lose two out of three heading into the final series against the second ranked San Diego State Aztecs.
Joshua Zamora sparked the Wolf Pack offense this past week. In the second game of the series against Fresno State, he had the game-winning RBI hit to complete an eight-run comeback. He was named the Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney StudentAthlete of the Week. Look for him to continue his hot streak heading into the final two series of the regular season. As the leadoff hitter he has excelled in setting the table for the Wolf Pack.
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