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Mackay Stadium to undergo third renovation in three years By Olivia Ali The University of Nevada, Reno, can expect more construction to take place this upcoming year — however, the cause is not solely expansion of campus. After a $14 million renovation that concluded in 2016, and a nearly $700,000 project just a year later, Mackay Stadium is receiving its third renovation in just three years. The renovation comes after several failures to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act — an act the university is required to follow by law. The ADA prohibits discrimination against all people with disabilities in all areas of public life. The stadium is required by the ADA to have wheelchair seating with accompanying seats throughout the stadium. The primary issue with the first renovation was the inability for people in the handicapped seating to see the field when any players on the sidelines were standing — a violation of the ADA. Other elements of this renovation besides the seating included new bathrooms and luxury skyboxes. “We did a major renovation on the stadium,” President Marc Johnson said. “We were particularly proud of the new ramps and seating for individuals in wheelchairs and their companions. What we learned in the first game was that the sight lines were not appropriate for those in wheelchairs when the football players were standing the whole game.” President Johnson thought these new seats would be a positive element of the stadium. “We thought we were doing a good thing and put in these great seats, only to find out you couldn’t see the field from the seats,” President Johnson said to the Reno - Gazette - Journal. Upon learning that these seats did not have adequate

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Mackay Stadium as it stands on Nov. 30, 2013. The stadium is undergoing a renovation after the conclusion of the 2018 football season to fix ADA violations found in a 2017 inspection.

lines of sight, plans for a second renovation were underway, according to President Johnson. “We immediately offered reseating for those individuals and hired a designer to replace those seats in the various sectors of the stadium,” President Johnson said. The university quickly conducted plans to fix these wheelchair sightline issues after learning that people in those seats were unable to see the field. By fall 2017, the university added wheelchair lifts to provide seating in more areas of the stadium. The renovation neared $700,000. Unrelated to any of the prior renovations of Mackay Stadium, the university hired a firm in the fall of 2017 to update the Campus ADA Transition

Plan, according to university spokeswoman Kerri Garcia. The firm conducted an inspection of multiple areas on campus “to identify ADA barriers at multiple facilities both on and off-campus,” Garcia Mackay Stadium was one of the areas inspected. The inspection found 167 areas for concern in the stadium, according to the RGJ. According to Garcia in a statement to The Nevada Sagebrush, the firm also emphasized the need to fix the line-of-sight issues created in the 2016 renovation. In addition to the initial issue, the firm caught other line-of-sight issues in areas that had not been reported. In response, a new nationally-recognized architect was hired to redesign the 160+

areas that did not comply with ADA guidelines. In addition to the findings of the inspection, at two recent home games in the 2018 football season, the lifts added in the 2017 renovation were not functioning. This has spurred not only more ADA violations, but more plans to undergo renovations to be ADA compliant. President Johnson told the RGJ that he was unaware that the lifts were not operating. Amongs the issues identified as ADA violations, the firm also suggested changes to the stadium to make it easier for people to get in and out of the stadium — a concern multiple wheelchair-bound people have voiced in a feature in the RGJ. “This initial analysis has been concluded and recommends

adding new ADA positions to the north and south end zones, correcting line of sight issues on the east side, and installing additional positions on the west side,” Garcia said. “To accommodate the additional positions and address other newly identified issues on the west side, it may be necessary to remove or re-configure several existing rows of loge boxes, premium seats and ADA positions, which accounts for the preliminary budget of $2.1M.” The inspection is not the last plan for Mackay Stadium. The findings in the inspection, as well as the non-operative lifts, have spurred the third renovation for Mackay Stadium in just three years. “The University is currently finalizing a contract for the design of these recommended changes and is pursuing a construction-manager-at-risk (CMAR) methodology that effectively teams the design firm with a construction contractor to ensure a rigorous design and constructability review to ensure a high quality project that meets ADA and building codes,” Garcia said. The primary issue in the planning of this renovation was the timing of the football schedule and the length of work this renovation will entail. To do the repairs, the university plans for this to happen in two separate portions. “It is envisioned that completion of the project will occur in two phases: some initial scope of work to be identified during the design process will be completed in the April through July 2019 timeframe with the remainder of the work being completed in the December 2019 through July 2020 timeframe to accommodate the football schedule,” Garcia said. Olivia Ali can be reached at and on Twitter @OliviaNAli. said.

University set to feature Northern Paiute language track By Taylor Johnson The University of Nevada World Language Department is set to feature a Northern Paiute language track or Numu, beginning in fall 2019. The class is currently open for registration. A student can take PAIT 111 for the fall semester and PAIT 122 during the following spring semester — both taught by a local Paiute tribe elder. The 200-level courses for Northern Paiute will be offered in the future so students can take four semesters of a language. The class is worth four credits and is offered Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. in Edmund J. Cain Hall. The Northern Paiute language will fulfill the second language requirement of many degrees offered at UNR. Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jenanne Ferguson and Assistant Professor of English Ignacio Montoya collaborated with Christina Thomas, a former Northern Paiute language teacher at Edward C. Reed High School in Sparks and student at UNR. During spring semester in 2018, Thomas, Montoya and Ferguson approached Dr. Cassie Isabelli, the department chair of Spanish, to create the Northern Paiute language program.

“Language is a central aspect of our lives — it is the medium by which we transmit information and express ourselves, but also by which we relate to others and our shared cultures,” Ferguson and Montoya said in an email to the Nevada Sagebrush. “When people stop speaking a language, all future generations will lose a crucial part of their culture and the ability to understand that culture, as language and culture are closely linked. Language is more than words; speaking one’s heritage language or ancestral language allows for more profound connection to that culture...It is important in that it will allow any student to study one of the languages of the land upon which the university stands, to gain a better understanding of local Paiute culture as well as the language, and to fulfill university foreign language credits in doing so.” The Northern Paiute language is found in northwestern areas of the United States — specifically in California, Nevada, Oregon and Idaho. The language has four distinct dialects, Koodzabe Duka’a found in Mono Lake, California, Way Dukadu found in Bridgeport, California, Onabe Dukadu found in Coleville, California and

Pehabe Paa’away found in Sweetwater, Nevada. “We’d love to see more [indigenous languages] in the future but it will depend partly on the interest in Paiute, the approval from the Department of World Languages, and also the approval and cooperation of speakers of the two other main indigenous languages of the region Washo and Western Shoshone,” Ferguson and Montoya said in the email. The language is considered apart of the Uto-Aztecan family branch. According to Ethnologue, there are approximately 142 language family branches. There are 58 languages in the Uto-Aztecan family branch. Approximately 0.82 percent of people speak languages in the Uto-Aztecan family branch or around 1,925,518 people. Around 700 people speak Northern Paiute. Native Words Native Warrior also reported around 500 indigenous languages are spoken in the U.S. Ferguson and Montoya said they believe more indigenous languages are not taught in schools because, in the 1860s, indigenous children were taken from reservations and placed in boarding schools. During this time, The goal of the U.S. government was to assimi-

late the indigenous people. Native Partnership reported by the 1880s, the U.S. operated around 60 schools and had 6,200 students enrolled. The children were taught mainstream American culture, English, academic subjects, athletics, arts, trades and Christianity. “Many parents who had experienced these schools were left with profound trauma; many would no longer speak their languages to anyone even when they left school, and refused to transmit them to their children they feared their children would have to suffer what they did,” Ferguson and Montoya said in the email. “Many experienced stigma and shame, and so many languages lost speakers over time. Even after the residential school era ended, indigenous languages were not seen by educators as legitimate languages, on par with European or Asian languages, and thus not fit to be taught, especially since some were primarily oral languages, or had brand-new writing systems. Racist judgments about their supposed ‘lack of sophistication’ and usefulness were made.” Taylor Johnson can be reached at or on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

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ASUN works to make feminine hygiene products affordable By Taylor Johnson The Associated Students of the University of Nevada hopes to begin a pilot program to supply tampons and menstruation pads free of charge in select bathrooms on campus by spring 2019. The pilot program will be in collaboration with an external company with experience in menstrual initiative programs. ASUN plans to use funds to buy 10 dispensers that will provide the menstrual products. Anyone who needs a tampon or a pad on campus will be able to have one free of charge with the dispensers. ASUN Chief Justice Kate Groesbeck and Speaker ProTempore Savannah Hughes predict a high number of students will use the program. However, they cannot be sure until data is received from the three-month pilot program. “Once we have concluded the program we will work with university administration, the Board of Regents and the Department of Facilities to transition the cost and day to day operation over to them,” said Chief Justice Groesbeck. “From there, the program would hopefully be expanded campus-wide.” According to ASUN, 54 percent of the university’s students identify as female and therefore menstruate, yet not all students are equipped with the supplies for menstruation. “I think the most obvious help is the access to tampons and pads,” Groesbeck said. “Everyone that menstruates knows the stress caused by not having the products you need, especially when you’re at school or work. There are so many stressors that college students face, and worrying about finding tampons shouldn’t be one of them. But in my mind, this movement is about something bigger than free tampons; it’s about combating the inequality that our students face. ASUN has met with multiple facilities, as well as the Student Health Center and the Wolf Shop to help come up with solutions and ideas for the upcoming pilot program. Steve Dubey, the director of the Wolf Shop, recently cut prices on menstruation products sold in shops around campus. “Toilet paper is free. Hand soap is free. Paper towels are free,” said ASUN Speaker Pro Tempore Savannah Hughes. “It is unfair that individuals who menstruate are not equipped with all of the necessary supplies they need in the bathroom”. Currently, legislation is not in place for the menstrual hygienic initiative but ASUN is allocating funds for the pilot program. “When this program does launch, we ask for your support,” Groesbeck said. “Please only take what is necessary. As student government officers, we are trying to meet a need on our campus. This will become harder to do if students abuse the pilot program. People have been telling us for months that students would abuse it, so please help us prove them wrong by only taking what you need.” ASUN feels there is no better time than now to implement a project of this nature, due to the high percentage of women holding ASUN offices compared to previous years. Nearly 60 percent of ASUN offices being held by women. “With a student government that is currently saturated with strong women and individuals who are passionate about furthering the equality of women and minorities, this is the perfect time to implement this,” Hughes said. ASUN’s initiatives to bring free pads and tampons to campus comes after statewide actions. During the 2018 midterm elections, Nevada residents voted to amend the Sales and Use Tax Act of 1955 to exempt a tax on the sale and storage of feminine hygiene products. Taylor Johnson can be reached at oali@sagebrush. or on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

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receives limited funding. Horton has a contract with the Highlands Apartments, East Campus Residents, Younion Apartments and the Sterling Summit. They provide annual funding for the SilverLine to pick up students living there. The BlueLine was funded by permit holders but Horton said the permit holders were not reliable for funding. Currently, BlueLine is now funded only by the Parking and Transportation Department. President Johnson approved an increase of parking permit fees in spring 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic school year. There was also an increase in parking permit fees in 2011. “I think students will be concerned to see the [PackTransit] times limited, but I think this will also allow students to use other resources such as Campus Escort and the Campus Cadets,” said ASUN President Anthony Martinez. “ASUN believes in affordable higher education, so the raising of the parking passes is not something we are in favor of, but this is also something we do not legally have control over.” It is unclear how Campus Escort and Campus Cadets will fill in for PackTransit due to the time changes. Horton advertised the new U-Pass system, which will begin operating in July. Any student, faculty and staff member will be able to ride an RTC Bus for free by showing their Wolfcard. The U-Pass will be free for the first year due to funding by a pilot program. “I do think that is a big incentive with my service being reduced and their service bumping up, I think it will be helpful for students,” Horton said.

Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, a 2020 presidential candidate, spoke at an event on Thursday morning at Bibo Coffee Company on Record Street. The Texan announced his campaign for presidency on Thursday, March 14 — only four months after his loss to Ted Cruz for United States Senate. “We have not faced a greater set of challenges in our lives, perhaps in the life of this country,” O’Rourke said on Thursday. O’Rourke spoke about a number of “challenges,” including immigration. “Far too often in the shadows, making a minimum wage if lucky, sometimes much less than that, held in some form of modern bondage, their immigration status used as leverage to keep them working, to keep them here, to keep them in the shadows, preventing you and me from realizing their full potential,” O’Rourke said. O’Rourke also spoke about climate change and the steps he would take as president to reduce its effects on the environment. “Climate change, that has warmed this planet more than a degree Celsius just since 1980 and will continue to warm and produce the disasters, caused not by god, not by nature, but by all of us, our emissions, our excesses, our inaction in the face of the science,” O’Rourke said. “I would make sure that we have very clear targets to get this country to net zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. It will take a significant investment not only in solar and wind but the accompanying infrastructure, transmission lines, and technologies and innovations like storage.” Those in attendance were also given the opportunity to question O’Rourke. One attendee asked how he would address the teacher shortage if he became president. “One, we make sure that every teacher is paid a living wage,” said O’Rourke. “Two, let’s make sure that we start public education not at four or five years old in kindergarten but universally at three or four years old in pre-kindergarten for every child in America.” O’Rourke also addressed affordability of higher education. “Let’s make sure that college education is affordable,” O’Rourke said. “Free community college for every single American and debt free if we are attending public serving, public financed four year universities in this country.” Students expressed their positive feelings toward O’Rourkes plans for education. “I want to be a teacher someday, so [universal pre-kindergarten] is kind of dear to my heart, that he actually wants to do that and is focusing on education as well as the community college aspect [sic],” said Kevin Finkler, a sophomore at the University of Nevada, Reno. “I think that is something very viable, is making community college free and then possibly moving onto the university level for debt free.” O’Rourke’s plans for funding initiatives such as loan forgiveness and free community college focused on the taxation of corporations and the wealthy. “There are a number of ways that we can ensure that we have the resources to invest in people and in communities,” O’Rourke said. “One is to roll back the worst of the Trump tax cuts.” Some questioned if he could be making more of an impact in Texas. Jason Mennel, a native Texan studying at the university, said, “He could probably still do a lot of work [in Texas] so to see him announce for President, it kind of feels like, well what happened to caring about all these issues and trying to fix them?” But others felt more strongly about his place in national politics. “I told him when I went up to him that he’s so inspirational, at least to me as a young person and to all of my friends,” said Finkler. “Too many times often in politics we’re are so polarized and we don’t want to compromise on things. He is so willing to compromise on things and have common sense solutions and not based on the party or the ideology that he has.” Another UNR student, Steve Ramirez, echoed this feeling. “He has a really clear Democratic stance while also trying to be bipartisan by saying, ‘While we don’t agree on everything, we can cross the line and be able to work with one another,’” said Ramirez. “I think what he’s doing is great, trying to cross the line and have a bipartisan agreement.”

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The rendering depicts students order food from the counter of the future Panera Bread. Panera Bread and Habit Burger will begin construction on campus during summer 2019. The rendering is a preliminary sketch of the building and is not officially what the space will look like.

Food, Dining Services plan to renovate, expand for 2019-2020 academic year By Taylor Johnson The University of Nevada, Reno Food and Dining Services plans to renovate the Downunder Cafe Store and bring two new fast food businesses to campus — Habit Burger and Panera Bread. Habit Burger will be located in the Joe Crowley Student Union in place of the Blind Onion. Panera Bread will locate in the Fitzgerald Student Services Building. Construction will begin this summer and students may eat at these restaurants by fall 2019. “I think the fundamental is to give student more choices and more opportunity to use their meal plans,” said Jerome Maese, Director for Residential Life. “Currently, enrollment looks like it’s going to be flat for a few years, but when the time the number starts picking up, our renovations and our operations should easily handle it.” The university estimated a 21,500 headcount for fall 2019, compared to the 21,450 enrolled for the 2018 fall semester. There are also plans on renovation for the Downunder Cafe Store and the Overlook summer

2020 and the Downunder Cafe summer 2021. Maese estimates the renovations will cost Dining Services several million. The money is being allocated by food service sales, which include meal plans and food service operations. The university will receive a percentage of profit. “I think that everything after a certain number of years needs a facelift, needs renovation and needs a breath of new life into it and as the time changes and architecture changes and the style changes,” said Heidi Rich, Chatwell’s marketing director. “I think it’s important for a company to evolve with the times.” Students will be able to have two meal trades per day starting in fall 2019. Participating restaurants include Panera Bread, Habit Burger, Grill 775, Urban Revolution, Second City Deep Dish Pizza, Mandalay Express, Forklift, Smoked, DeliNV, Elements, Bytes and Pathway. “For us, we are looking to bring national organizations to campus that add variety and we have Habit Burger coming and Panera Bread, this summer,” said Cody Begg, Chartwell’s resident district manager. “With the new contract, we got a full 10 years of

meal enhancement across the entire campus.” The renovations are being done in phases to avoid student limitation on dining options. Meal choices are not planned to change at the DC and DC Store. Early this year, the university received three proposals from three different companies looking to work with dining services. Representatives from various resident halls, organizations and faculty members went to presentations. Chartwell was then chosen to be renewed by these committees. “It felt good knowing that our opinions mattered on the topic,” said sophomore Karla Arango. “It was well formatted and they gave enough time for questions. I got to experience their ideas for next year, exactly how they plan to remodel places. We also got to leave our own inputs on the subject. We also got the opportunity to tell them exactly what we didn’t like from their ideas. For example, I wasn’t on board with recyclable to-go boxes because they didn’t have a proper way of reusing them. It was more like every resident buys their own and have to bring it back and forth

with no plan B for students on the run or if they lose their box. I myself am not a big fan of their idea, just because of the food options they also wanted to offer. It just didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I think it is a good idea and I support it but I do believe it needs more time to be evaluated and set up properly.” Chartwells Higher Education, a division of Compass Group Plc., is the company working with Dining Services in these renovations. They recently renewed their contract with the university for another 10 years. Chartwells has worked with 280 colleges and universities in the US and has worked with UNR since 1999. Begg revealed there will be an option for student employment at Panera Bread and Habit Burger. Chartwell has six student internships. Some of these internships include graphic design and sustainability. Gretchen Berg, the Resident Hall Association Food and Dining representative, said next year students living in the residence halls will have more retail options and some changes to their meal plans. “RHA is currently going through a restructuring

process which will change the nature of my position,” Berg said in an email to the Nevada Sagebrush. “There will no longer be an explicit “Food and Dining” board as there is at the moment. However, Dining and my board have discussed retaining some sort of similar group to address the interests of students in relation to food and dining. My position covers conveying feedback and acting as a liaison between RHA and Chartwells Dining.” Meal plans for the 20192020 academic school year will range from $4,210 to $5,600. The Associated Students at the University of Nevada created a resolution to establish their priorities regarding the university dining contract. Their priorities included sustainability, affordability, partnership with Pack Provisions and have options for student feedback. Panera Bread filed an application with the City of Sparks on Wednesday, April 24, to open a location at the Outlets at Legends Mall. Taylor Johnson can be reached at tkjohnson@sagebrush.unr. edu or on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

UNR increases parking permit rates, changes PackTransit hours of operation By Taylor Johnson The University of Nevada, Reno’s Parking and Transportation Department will increase parking permit rates by three percent and is changing PackTransit’s hours of operation for the 2019-2020 school year. “At the time, I committed to an annual review of the University Parking and Transportation budgets to evaluate the need for smaller, incremental increases each year,” President Marc Johnson said in an email sent to university faculty, acquired by the Nevada Sagebrush. “I have completed this review. Because the unit is self-supporting, it does not receive any state funding and must cover the increases in operational expenses through the revenue raised from permit sales. Due to increases in routine operating expenses and rising construction costs, additional funding is needed.” The new parking permit fee will be between $60 to $700. The Parking and Transportation Department reported they will only be selling around 600 parking permit passes compared to the 1,336 currently available. Some of the new revenue will go toward the new Parking Complex, which will be available in summer 2021. The garage will house 700 to 1,000 cars. “Because the Parking Department is a self-supporting unit, we do not receive any state funding and must cover the increase on our operational expenses through the revenue raised from permit sales,” said Director of Parking and Transportation Services Michelle Horton. “During the Great Recession we were opposed to raising rates because people weren’t getting raises and … because of inflation and

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A group of students board PackTransit’s BlueLine on Thursday, April 18. PackTransit will reduce hours of operation for the 20192020 school year due to insufficent funding.

bond payments and the deferred maintenance, it’s now time to implement a permit fee increase. I understand that any kind of permit increase is tough for students.” Horton said the permit fee increase is going toward deferred maintenance, including replacing asphalt, filling potholes, getting new lighting and investing in new bumper blocks. PackTransit is also reducing its hours of operation due to insufficient funding. PackTransit’s hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in August. Two shuttles will have 12 stops in 30-minute loops. Students will have to wait 15 minutes before being picked up by the shuttles. In February 2018, the Nevada

Sagebrush reported the PACKTransit shuttle system was in debt by more than half million dollars and was projected to lose another half a million dollars. At an Associated Students of the University of Nevada Senate meeting last year, one plan was proposed to decrease costs by around $385,000. The plan was denied by ASUN and the Graduate Student Union. In 2019, Horton confirmed PackTransit is still in debt. Johnson said the revenue which is produced from transportation services is not enough to cover expanded hours. The transportation department reached out to student organizations to see if they are willing to pay a fee for the services but students decided not to fund the expanded hours. Horton said PackTransit



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Ofrecerá UNR nuevos estudios secundarios con especialización en estudios latinos Por Andrew Mendez A partir del otoño de 2019 el departamento de género, raza e identidad de la Universidad de Nevada, Reno, (UNR- GRI para sus siglas en inglés) entre el Colegio de Artes Liberales empezará a ofrecer un menor académico especializado en Latinx. Un menor académico es una especialización secundaria en cual el estudiante decide tomar en la universidad. Así lo anunció la Directora del GRI, la doctora Jennifer Hill, quien explicó que el menor académico se va enfocar en la historia, cultura y la política que circundante la comunidad Latinx. “Si tratáramos a entender a una población mejor de lo que sabemos ahora — sus contribuciones a la comunidad, sus necesidades y problemas que les afectan — ayudo a todos,” dijo

Hill. “Mientras que los EEUU se evoluciona es la responsabilidad de universidades ser receptivo como nosotros somos como un país.” Actualmente, estudiantes pueden tomar una especialización o un menor académico en estudios étnico y tomar una concentración en estudios latinos, o pueden tomar estudios latinoamericanos como un menor académico. Estudiantes que deciden tomar este menor académico van necesitar completar 18 créditos que son aprobados por GRI , y va ser mostrado en sus títulos después de cumplir los requisitos. El estudio va ser diferente comparado al menor académico en estudios latinos porque el los cursos se van enfocar más en la identidad de una persona que identifica como Latinx. El Diccionario Oxford define el término “Latinx” como una persona de origen o decencia latina.

También se usa como un término inclusivo de individuos que se identifican como no-binarios o neutrales al género. Los alumnos que opten por estudios étnicos pueden escoger una concentración en estudios nativos americanos, latinos, asiáticos, o diáspora africana. Diáspora africana se relaciona a estudios africanos. Los estudiantes que deciden enfocarse en este estudio van a aprender sobre la historia y cultura de las personas que son de ascendencia africana. Hill señaló que se consideró agregar la nueva especialidad porque hay un gran número de alumnos que se están especializando en estudios étnicos que también están tomando un enfoque en estudios latinos. “Aunque el estudio es interdisciplinario, estudios latinos tiene una larga historia de ser una especialización. Ya sea como

estudios latinos/latinas o como estudios chicano/chicana. Para una historia más antigua también se reconoce como estudios hispanos o estudios ibero hispano”, dijo Hill. “En la Universidad todavía no tenemos un departamento dedicado a estudios Latinx y es porque estamos respondiendo a los profesores que están haciendo investigaciones actualmente en la Universidad”. De acuerdo con Statistic Analysis, desde septiembre de 2018, el 24.7 por ciento de la población de Reno se identificxa como hispano o latino, la segunda población más grande en la ciudad, detras de la raza blanca. Desde otoño de 2017, el 19.23 por ciento de la comunidad estudiantil se identifica como hispano o latino, que es la segunda población más grande en la Universidad. En 2016 el Pew Research Center señaló que los hispanos /latinos

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representan el 18 por ciento de la población total en los Estados Unidos, y que era la segunda población más grande en el país. Desde 2016, hay 58 millones de hispanos y latinos viviendo en los EE.UU. La Universidad de Nueva York, Emerson College y la Universidad de California Santa Cruz también ofrecen estudios latinos como una especialización y área secundaria de estudios. Hill dijo que, como el programa es interdisciplinario, los estudiantes también realizarán cursos que se ofrecen en otros departamentos de la escuela, como periodismo o literatura española: clases como español 350— introductions del estudio de literatura hispana. Hill indicó que los Cursos van estar ofrecidos departe de los departamentos de inglés, GRI, español, periodismo, comunicaciones e historia.

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Por Hailey Fleming y Andrew Mendez La universidad de Nevada, Reno, ha contratado a Eloísa Gordon como la Oficial Universitario de Diversidad e Inclusión. Gordon tiene el objetivo de incluir a muchos grupos que representan a la comunidad latina y a otras minorías en conversaciones de activismo y en apoyar unos a otros. Aunque el activismo ha sido algo presente en la universidad, el día de César Chávez era el 31 de marzo y el día permite a la sociedad recordar y honrar a uno de los mayores activistas de los Estados Unidos. La universidad se unió con la ciudad de Reno y Plaza Maya para poner el evento del Dia de Servico de César Chávez. El día fue dedicado para honrar los éxitos de Chávez con música, actividades educativas y juegos. “Recientemente, celebramos el Día de César Chávez, y de él y Dolores Huertas aprendimos la importancia y poder que tiene un grupo que son organizados y luchando por la justicia”, dijo Gordon en un correo electrónico al Nevada Sagebrush. “ Eso es el significado de la frase, Sí, se puede: que no puede ser un conflicto que sólo se pase a una persona. Y eso es que aprendimos de los movimientos sociales basados en raza, género, clase social, naciones indígenas, LGBT, estado de discapacidad y muchos más”. César Chávez fue un guerrero moderno que luchó por los derechos y el trato justo de los granjeros de todo los Estados Unidos. Dirigió protestas no violentas a lo largo de los gustos de Martin Luther King Jr. Se esforzó por la igualdad de derechos y el trato justo entre los agricultores. Chávez trabajó junto a otros activistas que también creían en la igualdad de derechos. Organizaciones como el Latino

Student Advisory Board (LSAB por sus siglas en inglés) , UndocuAlly, Spanish Club, el Centro de Investigacion Latino (LRC por sus siglas en inglés), y The Center: Every Student. Every Story han tratado de incluir a la comunidad latina proyectos y eventos culturales. Hace un año y medio atrás miembros de LSAB luchó para que una posición entre el departamento de Oportunidad Igual y Título XI (EOTIX por sus siglas en inglés) para tener a alguien que trabaja con los estudiantes que son indocumentados y son dependientes de DACA. Desde mayo de 2018 Jahahi Mazariego empezó a trabajar en EOTIX como una na coordinadora de servicios sociales. Mazariego fue parte de LSAB cuando era estudiante en la universidad y también lucho para tener el grupo de UndocuAlly presente en la universidad. Mazariego explicó que a través de su historia con tener un familiar deportado sintió la necesidad de empezar un grupo para ayudar y unir los estudiantes que son indocumentados. UndocuAlly en una iniciativa en la universidad dedicada a ayudar a trabajadores de la universidad a promover una comunidad cordial para la comunidad estudiantil que son indocumentados. “Consiguientemente, necesitamos reconocer y actuar en las experiencias que nos trajo juntos”, dijo Gordon.“Dicho esto, hay ciertas necesitadas que cada grupo debería abordar. Para la comunidad Latinx, parte del desafío es que hay más de 20 identidades nacionales (mexicano, hondureño, colombiano, puertorriqueño, cubano y más) y entre los EE.UU hay muchos grupos. Sin embargo, sabemos en UNR hay un problema que requiere apoyo, siendo el apoyo para los estudiantes

que dependen de DACA, también siendo para estudiantes de diferentes orígenes naciones que se sienten incómodo en la universidad. Cuando empiezo mi trabajo en el verano, yo quiero involucrarme con muchas organizaciones y aprenderé de ellos cuáles son sus preocupaciones inmediatas ”. A pesar de que la universidad ha tomado pasos para ayudar a la comunidad estudiantil que se identifican como Latinx, hay esfuerzos entre la comunidad de Reno. Tu Casa Latina es una organización dedicada a ayudar a inmigrantes, mujeres, hombres y niños que han sido víctimas de abuso y violencia doméstica en el norte del estado de Nevada. La fundadora de Tu Casa Latina Xiomara Rodríguez, ha sido una activista para la comunidad latina y especialmente la comunidad indocumentada. En fundar a Tu Casa Latina ha dado cursos a la comunidad sobre los problemas que ha afectado a la comunidad latina. “La fundadora Xiomara Rodríguez ha sido una activista entre la comunidad por muchos años”, dijo Tu Casa Latina en un correo electrónico al Nevada Sagebrush. “ Xiomara ha participado en varios eventos donde ella defiende los derechos para la comunidad indocumentada. Creemos que el activismo es crucial para cambios positivos y estamos honrados en seguir en sus pasos. Los cambios no pasan en día y siempre va a ser una batalla especialmente al respeto a la inmigración”. Mande sus comentarios a Andrew Mendez : o sígalo en Twitter: @ NevadaSagebrush

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UNR LLC residencia para incluir la comunidad Latinx Por Hailey Fleming

Miembros de la Finca de South Central son presentes en la marcha para amnistía en el céntrico de Los Ángeles, California en primero de mayo de 2006. Según Eloísa Gordon hay que ser inclusivo en la universidad.

Los alumnos podrán sustituir cursos para cumplir los requisitos basados en estudios pasados, pero solo serán sustituidos bajo aprobación del GRI. La nueva área secundaria de estudios también ofrecerá la oportunidad de que los estudiantes participen con el Centro de Investigaciones Latino y también fuera de la universidad. Hill indicó que le gustaría que eventualmente la nueva alternativa Latinx se pueda ofrecer como una especialización a todos los estudiantes.

La Universidad de Nevada, Reno, he esta buscando diferentes maneras para introducir la diversidad para mejorar a los minorías que son representadas en la universidad. Una iniciativa nueva es la adición del dormitorio Nevada Living Learning Community (para sus siglas en ingles LLC) creará una comunidad específicamente para los estudiantes se identifican como Latinx oh son aliados. Esta nueva adición va ser disponible en otoño de 2019. La nueva comunidad estará abierta a todos los estudiantes calificados que estén buscando títulos o especializaciones en español, beneficiarios de becas Hispanic Gateway Scholarship y estudiantes que estén interesados en participar en el programa de Hispanic Gateway Program. Una esperanza para este proyecto es que les dará a los latinos de primer año y primera generación la oportunidad de continuar desarrollando sus identidades latina. Los planes para crear esta nueva adición han sido en las obras desde la primavera de 2018, pero aún no han sido anunciados porque la preparación para la comunidad es importante para el equipo dedicando su tiempo a ella. Peter Gatto, subdirector de el LLC, explicó que un proyecto tan importante como éste toma una extensa cantidad de tiempo y preparación. “Es necesario crear objetivos, los socios docentes deben establecerse junto con el contenido, los cursos, las secciones y la programación,” dijo Gatto. “Después de todo esto se ha establecido, entonces podemos compartir la información con los futuros estudiantes.” Adicionalmente Gatto dijo que Jerome Maese, Director of Residential Life, se le ocurrió la idea para la LLC de Latinx. Adicionalmente, La oficina de Residential Live ban esta colaboran en el proyecto con directora del programa de género, raza e identidad y estudios de la mujer/profesora asociada de inglés doctora Jennifer Hill y coordinadora de

educación residencial Angie Bradley. La doctora Hill ayudó a identificar, desarrollar el tema y el curso de la Latinx LLC. La aspiración principal de la comunidad Latinx es promover y sostener la diversidad en la universidad. La oportunidad de explorar y aprender sobre la cultura latina, así como desarrollar una experiencia de esta cultura junto con otros, es algo que puede ser traído a la LLC como una experiencia diaria. Guadalupe Del Castillo, empleada de la Universidad y ex gerente de operaciones de vivienda dijo que proporcionar una sensación de un hogar lejos del hogar es también un objetivo importante para la LLC Latinx para los latinos de primera generación que asisten a la universidad. Adicionalmente Del Castillo explicó que la iniciativa de diversidad ha estado en la cima de las prioridades de la facultad de la Universidad. Del Castillo dice que esta nueva LLC es ‘una manera impresionante de brillar la luz en la comunidad Latinx.’ Ella también describió que los estudiantes tienen el poder de crear un cambio al hablar y expresar sus necessitates. Gatto define la Universidad como un microcosmo munidad del mundo con muchas culturas e ideas diferentes cultivando en una sola sociedad. El LLC de Latinx, así como otros proyectos en las etapas de planificación darán a los estudiantes de la comunidad en el LLC la oportunidad de estar rodeados por una multitud de culturas. Esta experiencia sólo será una ventaja para los estudiantes a medida que continúen con los planes futuros. “Todos somos iguales en nuestros valores y morales, y sin embargo todos somos diversos en nuestras costumbres y eso está bien,” dijo Del Castillo. La Universidad de Nevada, Reno salón de residencia de Living Learning Community está en las etapas iniciales de crear una comunidad indígena esperada en otoño de 2020. Mande sus comentarios a Hailey Fleming: o sígalo en Twitter: @NevadaSagebrush

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Artist Dyani White Hawk portrays women’s strength through exhibit, “See Her”

divide Reno arts community

By Sara Gallego

Photo courtesy of Lucia Starbuck

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 Starbuck 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 cofounder 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.

“She engaged in sexual conduct I reasonably believed indicated she was a willing participant — consciously or not,” said Aric Shapiro. When she recently found out the case had been closed with no charges, she said she decided to go 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 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. The Generator announced Shapiro’s resignation as development 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 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 feeling

unsafe.” Schultz denied being told 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, or on Twitter @Nevada Sagebrush.

19-year-old Reno fashion designer invited to New York Fashion Week 2019

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Local fashion designer, Taylor Uchytil (center), and some designs from her spring collection, called “Norma Jean” (left) and “Virgin Mary” (right). “Norma Jean” was made in honor of Uchytil’s late aunt of the same name.

By Carla Suggs Taylor Uchytil, 19, has never been one to tone down her own choices in clothing. “I’ve always worn the weirdest stuff,” she says. “I guess that was the one thing I wanted control over when I was little. I loved to be able to wear Halloween tights in the middle of the summer.” On an afternoon forecasted

to be rainy and cloudy, Uchytil wears bright red lipstick, a floor-length coat and leopardprint heels. Her hair is the color of brick and amber, and there’s a sheer piece of printed fabric tied into a headband to accentuate the rest of her outfit. Despite working for a construction company, she looks exactly the kind of person to be attending 2019’s New York Fashion Week — not

just as a guest either, but as a designer. Uchytil was discovered earlier this year by a model who saw her recent spring collection and immediately invited the designer to New York Fashion Week. For the event, Uchytil will be creating 15 new looks for a spring line by February. She also hopes to include at least one male model in the runway for her

collection, since her current collection features only female models. Despite her obvious flare for aesthetics, however, Uchytil has only been designing since late March of 2018, and finished her spring collection around the beginning of June. “My line wasn’t necessarily inspired by colors and spring exactly,” she says. “It was more of a collection for

just women, young women. All these dresses to me have their own character, they’re all completely different people … it’s not super cohesive.” Her spring collection has since been featured in the Reno Fashion Show, and will be making more appearances

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Standing on Shoshone and Paiute land, the Lilley Museum of Art in the University Arts building is currently exhibiting the collection “See Her”, by Dyani White Hawk, a contemporary artist from the Sičangu Lakota tribe. The exhibition will run from April 4 through May 23. White Hawk’s art pieces blend modern painting techniques with Native American porcupine quillwork and beadwork. “See Her” reclaims the sophisticated beauty and soul-penetrating power of indigenous art forms, which have been intentionally overlooked/ignored for centuries or shamelessly appropriated by western artists. Dyani White Hawk wanted to incorporate her love of tribal artwork with her passion for painting during her time in graduate school. To this day, Native American art is unexplored in depth in mainstream academia, and many scholars do not deem it worthy of rigorous aesthetic contemplation. She realized she would have to constantly justify the importance of creating solely Native American artwork to her professors and colleagues. White Hawk also discovered that academic semesters were not long enough for her to finish a piece done entirely out of porcupine quills.

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Dyani White Hawk (right) and studio assistant Jennie Kappenman (left) stand before an untitled art piece by Dyani White Hawk on Saturday, April 6. White Hawk is a contemporary artist who focuses on traditional Native American art forms, like quillwork and beadwork.

White Hawk was not going to limit her artistic expression because of institutionalized Eurocentric worldviews. She decided instead to undergo the extraordinary task of mimicking the patterns found in porcupine quillwork using fine paint strokes, and redirected the focus of beading by creating work that forces the audience to recognize the intricacies and meticulous designs of beadwork over canvas painting. For centuries, women in Native American tribes have been creating exquisite art pieces that showcase innovative use of materials found in nature or used in trade. Native American women have ingrained part of their unwavering strength in every work of art. White Hawk has continued this tradition in her pieces like “Untitled (Quiet Strength III)” and “She Gives (Quiet Strength IV).” The laborious and strenuous work soon evolved into a meditative practice which allowed her to continue her life-long journey of navigating simultaneously through different cultural spaces. As the daughter of a Sičangu Lakota woman and a European American man, White Hawk understood how art lies at an intersection where two opposite worldviews influence one another. Western male artists in the past have been influenced by Native American women artists but have never given them credit. This individualistic attitude contrasts the collective and noble efforts of indigenous women working together to make incredible masterpieces. Like her ancestors, White Hawk works alongside her studio assistant, Jennie Kappenman, who has helped the artist breathe life into her vision. “See Her” encourages people to think differently about the extent to which Native Americans have contributed to Western fine art. The beauty in White Hawk’s artwork transforms the gallery into a welcoming and inclusive space, especially for women. The name of the exhibition was purposefully given to honor all the Native American women artist who were never recognized by the artists they influenced. As one admires each

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piece, the artwork unfolds and reveals its spirit and greatness. The longer a person gazes at the canvas, the more intimate the relationship becomes between the viewer and the piece. It is as though each art piece weaves in and out of the gazer’s body, breathing and shedding light through layers of repressed wounds and fears. The artwork’s healing

qualities offers an opportunity for the women on campus to find inner peace and hope for a more egalitarian society. Students still have plenty of time to stop by the museum before “See Her” leaves ancestral tribal grounds until May 23. Visitors should allow the artwork to inspire a sense of collective strength and belonging that can only be felt in the presence of beautiful pieces, that stress the importance of equality, respect, and honor.


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in RAW Artist’s “Ovation” runway in Orange County, Take 2’s “Idol’s & Icons” runway in Reno, and On Common Ground’s fashion show in Reno. Uchytil has been inspired by a variety of fashionable people, like DJs and foreign women on Instagram, but says her main inspiration comes from the luxury fashion brand, Gucci. As a result, she’s taken to “revolutionary” styles of clothing and is drawn toward designs that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also break the mold. “Right now I just love coming up with concepts and obscure reasonings for my designs,” she says. “And I kind of like that [my collection] is not the most wearable … it is very runway.” She’s not being cocky when she says “runway” either. Outfits by Gucci and other high-end brands are typically unwearable in everyday situations, because of their strange and peculiar designs. Many of Uchytil’s own designs are also unwearable for one reason or another off the runway. Yet, this isn’t a problem for the young designer. To her, her spring collection includes reflections of “characters” with their own fully realized personas. Some, like “Ferrari” and “Norma Jean” (both pictured above) have also been inspired by various factors of Uchytil’s life, like her history as a go-kart racer and her late aunt.

The time has come to give credit where credit has long been overdue, especially to the women who have threaded the beads of our human existence. To learn more about the artist, visit: http://www. dyaniwhitehawk. com/. And, to stay up-to-date the latest exhibits, follow The Lilley Museum of Art on Instagram @thelilleymuseum. Sara Gallego can be reached at csuggs@, or on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.

“[‘Norma Jean’] was one of the first ones I completed while [my aunt] was in the hospital,” says Uchytil. “So I would be working on it and then I would go visit her, and I just wish I didn’t wait that long to get close to her … She was just the most poised, elegant, strong woman, and it just felt right. It felt like it was for her.” Yet perhaps the most difficult design in the collection to execute was a green, purple, pink and blue tulle dress that’s entirely see-through. Although it took nearly 20 hours to create, Uchytil regards it as the most “high-fashion” creation because it makes people uncomfortable and forces them to think. “It’s see-through but not scandalous at all,” she says. “When it came out on the runway I just wanted people to be confused … it’s see-through but there’s no sex appeal to it.” In terms of upcoming plans for Uchytil, she hopes to return to college in the spring — if her contribution to NYFW doesn’t open up any immediate doors — and study some sort of natural science. Her next fashion show, “Ovation”, will be taking place Wednesday, Oct. 10, and has tickets available for $22 at Her next two shows in Reno will be taking place on Sunday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 10. Carla Suggs can be reached at csuggs@nevadasagebrush.unr. edu, or on Twitter @c_swayzy.

“Who Does the City Belong To?” gives motel residents platform By Rylee Jackson Developed by Nico Colombant, one of the Reynolds School of Journalism’s own professors, the Our Town Reno collective gives others insight on important issues happening right in the Biggest Little City. This local multimedia collective focuses on establishing social media pages with regular content, audio stories, web videos and documentaries about poverty, homelessness, gentrification, displacement and street art within the community. Our Town Reno recently started a three-event series that all embodies the spirit of a live journalism event. This live journalism concept focuses on people testifying their stories about homelessness, the destruction of motels, the disappearance of public space, the lack of affordable housing and more. This idea is meant to stray away from interviewing and give the speakers a chance to share their experiences in a real, straightforward way. For Colombant, this idea came about from a documentary that he had done with Kari Barber called “Invisible Girl,” which is about the Eddy House. The Eddy House is a drop-in center for homeless and at-risk youth, with a goal of promoting self-sufficiency and empowerment along with access to basic needs and other resources. “When I did the documentary, I felt that I should continue with these topics so I decided to do a website. I noticed a lot of the students at the journalism school were doing some of their first stories about the homeless and then they would stop reporting about the homeless,” Colombant explained. “I thought I would also do the website as an educational experience for students so that’s why a lot of the reporters for Our Town Reno are students. It is an educational opportunity for them to report about issues relating to housing, poverty, issues that aren’t always attractive to young people, but that are very important in our society to report about.” On Thursday, Nov. 1, people gathered around the Desert Rose Inn to give the microphone to motel residents in the area, whose

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Jocelyn Diaz speaks at Our Town Reno’s event on Thursday, Nov. 1. She spoke about her experiences of having to live in a motel room with her family because of Reno’s affordable housing crisis.

voices aren’t often heard. “Who Does the City Belong To?” gave these residents the opportunity to speak on the frustration that comes along with the city trend of motels being torn down, thus giving only a few other affordable housing options. For the past few years, this has been a frequentlydiscussed issue and has even been brought up by the candidates of this year’s election. “This is a very important issue in Reno for many reasons. We thought of an event where we gave the platform to motel residents for once, because a lot of media reports will talk about motels, but we never hear from the motel residents themselves,” Colombant said. Accompanied under the spotlights with a microphone, speakers told their truths and expressed great passion about this particular issue. Seeing parts of the city being demolished brought about many questions involving the people in charge of these decisions and, more importantly, what it means for the future of themselves as well as others. Many of the speakers had differ-

ent perspectives and experiences, but they all were connected by their frustrations with these motels being taken away. Hearing these motel residents speak freely and unapologetically has rarely been seen, and gave others on the outside a true glimpse into their lives. Intertwining all of these stories showcased the relevancy of this crisis and why motels have been a crucial part of their lives. Corey Mcdowell shared her experiences having to rely on motels when she was a homeless youth and throughout her time at the university. Sharing her perspective as a mom and a teacher, Jocelyn Diaz described what it is like for a family to live in a motel room because of the city’s affordable housing crisis. A spoken-word performance by Donald Griffin revealed that motel rooms were crucial to his rehabilitation into the world after tragedy and addiction. Other avenues beside speaking were introduced to the event. A spoken-word poem by Donald Griffin and Wendy Wigglesworth were standouts, as they expressed their feelings about this situation

in a creative way that stuck with the audience. In between speakers, videos by Our Town Reno were also shown. “Incarnations of Ourselves” shared the story of Joyce Kay Cowdin, who had lived in other motels that had been demolished and described having to always rush to find new shelter. “An Ode to Motel Life” dove into Reno’s complicated relationship with motels. Overall, this event exposed this crisis to many who were initially unfamiliar with the importance that motels have in terms of adjustment periods for people who cannot afford to live anywhere else. The mission that Our Town Reno had for bringing about awareness was very successful and hopefully opened the doors for more citizens to listen to the people who have been greatly affected. Rylee Jackson can be reached for inquiry at csuggs@, or on Twitter @rybyjackson.Carla Suggs can be reached at csuggs@, or on Twitter @c_swayzy.

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he University of Nevada, Reno, is pushing forward initiatives to make its online content completely accessible to people of all abilities by March 2020 in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the university’s 2018-2020 Accessibility Corrective Action Plan. More than 11 percent of the university’s student population reported having a disability in the 2011-2012 school year, and students of all abilities should be able to access their course materials without

significant burden. The Nevada Sagebrush has reported on the university’s issues of accessibility — both physical and technological — but we must be doing more to ensure all of our readers can access our content, which is why we are supporting and following the university’s commitment to online accessibility. Readers and followers might have already noticed some changes in our content, and we will be making other changes as we continue to assess the quality of our online accessibility.

Last fall, the Nevada Sagebrush introduced our Instagram show, “The Brush Up.” “The Brush Up” is the newest addition to the Nevada Sagebrush’s multimedia projects and features weekly episodes that are around two minutes long. To ensure those with hearing disabilities know the contents of the show, the Nevada Sagebrush is going to diligently include subtitles from here on out on each episode. In addition to subtitles on “The Brush Up,” our YouTube videos will have subtitles from this point on to ensure all viewers can access our

content. In compliance with the ADA, the Nevada Sagebrush will also be ensuring our digital content is accessible by providing alternative text or “alt text.” By providing alternative text to spell out what exactly is occuring in our photos, those with visual impairments will be able to know what is going on in our photos if they are using screen readers. The Nevada Sagebrush will ensure we are as thorough as possible with image descriptions on our website. In addition to alternative text on our website, we will be mak-

ing sure every social media post on every platform — Instagram, Facebook and Twitter — has an image description within the post. By providing an image description, the screen reader will be able to read aloud what is happening in the photo for those who require the use of screen readers. These fixes are not hard and do not require a large amount of time. By implementing these small changes in the Nevada Sagebrush’s workflow, we will reach wider audiences and be accessible to more people.

Graduation is coming,

you don’t need a life plan


ongratulations class of 2019, we’ve finally made it. Graduation season is upon us which means it’s the time for senior photos, our last few college nights at the Wal and deciding what you want to do after you graduate. If you have a clean cut Jacey plan of what Gonzalez you want to do after you get your diploma – congratulations, you’re part of the lucky few. If you don’t have any clue what you want to do after graduation, that’s fine too. We’ve just dedicated the majority of the past four years of our lives slaving away trying to finish a degree while also trying to have as much fun as we can fit into our undergraduate career. We’ve changed majors, changed relationship statuses and changed the way we think about ourselves. College is a period of time used to transition to the “real world” and with any transition period, the goal is to have an idea of what comes next. But we’re also 21 and 22 years old, we’re just beginning our post-graduate lives. It seems a little ridiculous to have every inch of your life planned out especially when we’re just beginning our

File Photo/Nevada Sagebrush University of Nevada, Reno graduates sit in Lawlor Events Center before their winter commencement on Dec. 8, 2019. Even if you’re graduating in 45 days, you don’t need to have your life figured out.

professional careers. We need time to figure our lives out, who we want to be as adults and how we want to pursue what we want in life. Everyone has that one friend who has so much forethought and direction, they know exactly what is happening the moment after they shake Marc Johnson’s hand. If you don’t have a friend like this, you are the friend that is

like this. You should be proud to know your next steps and be decisive enough to know what you want out of life. It takes another level of determination to figure everything out before you graduate. But if you still stress cry yourself to sleep at night because of the creeping thoughts that get into your head, that’s okay too. If you’re the type of person

who has no idea what they’re doing after graduation and would rather just wing it, that’s completely okay. We were taught english and math, we weren’t taught how to buy a house or refinance a loan. You build more adult skills the longer you are in college, but that doesn’t mean you know what you want to do for the next 50 years or where you want to

live. Sometimes it’s easier to go with the flow and figure out your life as things come your way. After working your tail off for four, maybe five years, it’s okay to take a breather and not have your next steps planned out. But this is different than when you graduated high school. After graduation, we have a little more maturity and life experience under your belt. You’ve spent the past four years really exploring what’s going to make you happy and what you need out of life. And that’s a good thing. We got to experience collegiate life and were probably faced with multiple hard decisions. We grew a little bit more with every single hard choice and it’s made us stronger and better. Everyone will find their own way in their own time. There’s no reason to stress about the future and there’s no reason to judge others who haven’t figured out what they want yet. Enjoy the time you have left here, and worry about the future when you get there. Opinions expressed in The Nevada Sagebrush are solely those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of The Sagebrush or its staff. Jacey Gonzalez is a student at the University of Nevada and studies journalism. She can be reached at jaceygonzalez@sagebrush. unr.ed and on Twitter. @ NevadaSagebrush.


Dear People of the Great State of Nevada, A couple of weeks ago, I had a Letter to the Editor published in this newspaper. It said that I was doing a state report on Nevada and asked you to send me some information. Your response was overwhelming! I have tried my best to send a personal thank you to everyone, but if you sent something and have not received a personal letter, please know how much I appreciate the time, thought, effort and money that you took to help me with my project. I learned so much, and I will never forget this experience! On May 17th, we are going to have a big “State Fair” where we get to display the information and items we received. The people of the great state of [Nevada] will be well represented! Thank you again. Sincerely Andrew Kayhart


WAKE UP AMERICA: Journalism needs your support

his past week, over 1,000 journalists were laid off from major news organizations such as Buzzfeed, Gannett (owner of the USA Today network) and more as companies downsize with the decline of the industry, once again showing the United States does not value journalism and the fourth estate. Now more than ever, journalism needs support. For more than a decade, the journalism industry has been evolving with the influx of new technology to grow readership and tell stories in complex, meaningful ways. This technology has also caused a crisis in the industry, creating a higher demand while crippling its funding model. The model to give a couple articles free a month before requiring a subscription has done the opposite of what was intended and driven readership to the next publication until the limit runs out there too. The subscription model is no longer a viable way to sustain journalism. The other major revenue source — advertising — has decreased as more publications focus on their online product. Journalism needs a new funding model. The quality articles usually sit behind a paywall while “fake news” spreads freely and openly for all to read, contributing to the epidemic of misinformation.

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A man scrolls through his phone reading news stories on Aug. 14, 2018. If journalism doesn’t figure out a way to improve their original sources of revenue, more journalists will suffer.

Giving out articles for free has led to a generation that does not value journalism enough to pay for it. They think the news is free, that it will just pop up on their social media and there isn’t a person behind the story who put in hours of work and deserves to be compensated. More than anything, this ideological shift has caused the destruction of local journalism — arguably the most important form of journalism. The majority of the Gannett layoffs this week happened in local newsrooms, not national ones in the country’s biggest hubs. Local journalism keeps people with authority in a community or city accountable for their actions. It informs the people in these communities of actions that actually affect

them. It also puts national decisions into a local perspective. This is more valuable to know than what the President tweets every day, yet local newsrooms are taking the brunt of the industry’s decline. This also leads to journalism hubs being created in places such as New York City, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, where people in big city bubbles attempt to connect with everyone in the country — a nearly impossible task. It is unlikely someone living and reporting from D.C. has the perspective and connections to tell someone living in Indiana how policy decisions will affect their lifestyle. That’s what local newsrooms are for. The national hubs are important to holding the

country’s leaders accountable and for bigger picture stories, and without them, who knows what would happen. But their demise starts with the destruction of local newsrooms. The hubs are also outrageously expensive to expect journalists to live on the salary they are paid. The money invested into a Manhattan office could be better used placing branches of the newsroom in local communities — especially with today’s technology connecting the entire world in a flash. We need to ask ourselves, “What does the world look like without journalism?” A free press is essential to the function of a democracy. Do we really want to see what America looks like without it? If we keep reading articles for free, don’t fix the funding model and move the majority of the operation away from the most expensive hubs, thousands of layoffs will become normal and journalism may cease do exist. Do we really want to see what that looks like? Support journalism. Support local journalism. Support national journalism. Support student journalism. Support quality journalism. If we do that, we may be able to save democracy. The Editorial Board can be reached at oali@sagebrush. and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush

Everyone deserves the right to access all online content and we don’t want our mistakes to come between anyone and news coverage. While the Nevada Sagebrush will be attending university trainings on accessibility, our main priority is our readers. If there is something we can be doing better, please let us know how we can improve to make all our content more accessible. The Editorial Board can be reached at and on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush

Disabled parking spots not waiting areas


arking on campus is sparse and frustrating as is, but for some groups, lack of parking has become a very real issue. As a parking pass holder at the university, you are usually restricted to only specific lots or areas of campus Students usually follow these guidelines and park only in spaces designated to the pass they hold, although in the past few years it seems that many have started to view handicap spaces around campus as free-for-all spots. Whether it be able Alexa bodied students using Silvers these spaces for ten minutes as a waiting area to pick up a friend, or parking in them for hours on end during class time to avoid a metered space, these spaces being filled up can cause major accessibility issues for the disabled students at UNR. As one of many disabled students at this university, I have been struggling the past few semesters with access to parking near my classes. I carry a disabled parking permit issued by the state and have also purchased a disabled parking pass from the university. This means that I can only park my vehicle in one of the limited handicap spots around campus. These spots are mostly only available in parking lots on the perimeter of campus, with a few scattered directly outside some buildings. ​With constant construction and events, disabled parking spots are often the first to be blocked off. However, the issue I have been facing more often is students and campus vehicles who don’t hold handicap permits parking in spaces designated for handicap students only. While most don’t see taking a handicap spot for an hour or two as a big deal, this can be huge for disabled students like myself. These spots all being occupied can lead to handicap students being forced to search for other available spots in much farther parking lots from their classes, or some not even being able to make it to class at all. Some students, like myself, have disabilities that are exacerbated by walking long distances, and some need the extra space next to handicap spots for wheelchair unloading. Many disabled students drive to campus as walking even to a bus stop may be unrealistic. This parking issue has led to me creating a habit of leaving my apartment 30 minutes to an hour before my class even starts because I expect to need to wait for a close spot to become available or to have to park far and take breaks trying to walk to class. There have been times where I have not left early enough and ended up missing my class all together after not being able to find an open handicap spot anywhere near the building. I have contacted the parking office ​ about the issue many times. I have been told I need to call in when I actually see a car parked in handicap illegally. This is not realistic as I am likely already running late struggling to find a viable parking spot. It’s especially frustrating when you hear stories about how often students are ticketed for other petty parking offenses, but have never seen even a warning on any cars occupying handicap spaces without proper permits. If there’s often no repercussion, more students are likely to illegally occupy these spots. The university should take this particular issue more seriously, clearly there is a large enough population of disabled students who need these spots. Disability access almost feels like an afterthought at this point. Whether we increase the number of spots available to all permit holders or start cracking down on illegally parked vehicles, something needs to be done. Students should also make an effort not to park in these spaces unless they hold a disabled permit and avoid using disabled areas as pick up zones. 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. Alexa Silvers is a student at the University of Nevada studying dietetics. She can be reached at oali@sagebrush.unr.ed and on Twitter @ NevadaSagebrush.



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Toa Taua brings a familiar face to Nevada Football By Isaiah Burrows



anticipated season ends in disappointment By Darion Strugs In the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, Nevada Men’s Basketball faced off against Florida. Nevada entered as the No. 7 seed in the West Region and Florida was the No. 10 seed for the matchup that took place in Des Moines, Iowa. The Wolf Pack lost to the Gators 70-61 in a failed comeback effort. The loss ended Nevada’s quest to return to the Sweet 16 for a second consecutive year. It also put an end to the collegiate careers of the Wolf Pack’s seven seniors — Jordan Caroline, Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, Trey Porter, Tre’Shawn Thurman, Corey Henson and David Cunningham. In their third March Madness appearance in as many years, the Wolf Pack did not have the comeback magic from the last season. After going down 15-14 with 11:53 left in the first half, Nevada did not regain the lead for the remainder of the game. A quick 4-0 run in the final 20 seconds of the period helped the Gators extend their lead to nine, going into the half. The Wolf Pack’s nine turnovers cost them in the first half. Caroline and Caleb Martin shot a combined 3-13 in the opening 20 minutes for a total of 10 points. The Wolf Pack were still in the game thanks to

Cody Martin who had nine points on 4-5 shooting while battling flulike symptoms. The first nine minutes of the second half was controlled by Florida as they increased their lead to 17 with a 17-7 run. With just over seven minutes remaining Nevada cut the lead to single digits. The Wolf Pack closed the gap to just two points with 3:30 remaining, but missed opportunities at the three-point line and free throw line cost them a chance to advance to the second round. Nevada shot 13-19 from the foul line in the second half and an abysmal 2-18 from the three-point line. Florida held on in the final minutes to upset the Pack in Iowa. The Wolf Pack ended the season at 29-5, tying the school record for wins and best winning percentage in a single season. Nevada was undefeated in Lawlor Events Center — 15-0 — as they went on to capture their third consecutive Mountain West regular-season title. Although they lost in the conference tournament for the second straight year, the Pack were still regarded as a dark horse contender to win the national championship. The 2018-2019 men’s basketball team was widely regarded as the best and most talented in school history. In the preseason, the Wolf Pack were ranked in the AP Top 25

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Eric Musselman prepares to embrace seniors Cody Martin, Jordan Caroline and Caleb Martin as they walk off the court at Lawlor Events Center for the final time in a game against SDSU on Saturday, March 9. The Wolf Pack lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament to the Florida Gators.

the entire season and in the top 10 until early March. Nevada peaked as high as No. 5 in the AP Poll during the season. Caleb Martin was a preseason AP All-American and was joined by his twin brother Cody and Jordan Caroline as preseason selections for the All-Mountain West team. Jordan Brown was the star recruit for the Wolf Pack as the McDonald’s All-American was a projected one-and-done player before committing to Nevada. The early stretch of the season is what many expected of the Wolf Pack. Nevada went undefeated in non-conference play with a spotless 13-0 record. The nonconference portion of the season — much like the entire season — was a tale of two teams for Nevada. The Wolf Pack would either dominate an opponent for the entire 40 minutes of the game as they did in games against Arkansas-Little Rock and Cal Baptist. Or would have to prove why Eric Musselman is known for making the best second-half adjustments in the country seen in the comebacks over USC, Arizona State and Grand Canyon University. The first sign of trouble started in conference play. After a dominating victory over Utah State in their opening game, the sixth-ranked Wolf Pack at the time were blown out by the New Mexico Lobos. The

loss ended Nevada’s perfect season and brought about the skeptics. Nevada silenced them for a while by winning the next nine games — eight by double digits and scoring at least 80 points six times. The fatigue of the season and Musselman’s refusal to use all the depth of his roster started to hurt the Wolf Pack late in the year. After a 22-1 start, Nevada lost 65-57 to San Diego State. The Aztecs’ size continued SDSU’s home dominance over Musselman — Musselman is winless against SDSU outside of Lawlor Events Center. Three games later, the Wolf Pack lost again, this time to the hands of Utah State in an emotional matchup. The loss meant Nevada could only split the regular season title with the Aggies. Nevada would role into the Mountain West tournament after two more double-digit victories to claim the No. 1 seed. After a hardfought victory over the Leon Rice led Boise State Broncos, the Wolf Pack would face SDSU one final time.

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McLaughlin’s new tune helping Nevada Baseball By Isaiah Burrows

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

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

Wolf Pack freshman running back Toa Taua sparks the return of a well-known name in Nevada sports. Weighing in at 205 pounds, Taua ranks fourth in the nation among freshmen with 582 rushing yards this season. Taua also averages 6.2 yards per carry, good for 22nd in the nation. He credits his early success to the guys up front helping him get to the second level of the defense. “The offensive line are putting in the work every day,” Toa said. “They spend the most hours inside the film room on what’s next for us and those guys make my job a lot easier.” Toa is the younger brother of former Nevada running back Vai Taua. Under the pistol offense, his 4,500 career rushing yards and 53 touchdowns from 2007-10 still rank in the top five in school history. Vai gets a first-hand look at Toa’s early success, as he’s in his first season as Nevada’s Assistant Director of Personnel and Recruiting. “It’s been so much fun watching him play,” Vai said. “I see a lot of myself in him but he’s a lot better. He has this unique blend of speed and power that I never had at his age, so it’s really special to see him succeed as his older brother.” Although Vai was in the middle of his college career with the Wolf Pack, he still served as a mentor for his younger brother. “I’ve been able to coach Toa since he was in middle school,” Vai said. “And from there he’s taken my advice to the field and has improved upon it. As he’s getting older, I can talk to him more about my experiences playing the game and he’s taking it to a whole new level.” Vai’s words of wisdom couldn’t have come at a better time for his younger brother. Toa’s rushed for 244 yards over his last four games including 126 yards and a score in a 33-14 victory over Hawaii Oct. 20. “As an older brother, he always has his tips,” Toa said. “Playing the position I play, he always has some advice for me. We’re always at

each other watching film or working and trying to get me better.” Growing up in Lompoc, California, Toa and Vai share a similar physical style of running on the field. But their paths of reaching the University of Nevada differ from each other. Vai lettered in football all four years and twice in track and field during his career at Cabrillo High School. After his stellar four years with the Wolf Pack, Vai signed as an undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Bills in 2011. He closed out his professional career with the Seattle Seahawks. Toa took a different route, rushing for over 4,600 yards and scoring 73 touchdowns at Lompoc High School. He was garnering interest from Division-1 schools such as Washington State, Iowa State, California and Arizona State. When Toa ultimately decided to join the Wolf Pack, it wasn’t to follow in Vai’s footsteps. “Vai was just an additional plus for me,” Toa said. “But what really made me come to Nevada was the home field and the family orientated program over here. These guys make me feel like I’m at home. I love the atmosphere here and I didn’t get that feel from other programs.” Vai offered some subtle, but crucial advice for Toa during the recruitment process. “I always told Toa to do what was best for him,” Vai said. “And I think he did that playing for the Wolf Pack, I couldn’t be more proud of him.” Although football runs in the genes of the Taua family, the brothers share a lot in common off the field. “Football is just one part of our lives,” Vai said. “We are a tight family and we have other interests apart from sports. Knowing Toa, we can always talk to each other about anything.” Whether it’s playing oneon-one basketball games growing up or watching film of the upcoming opponent, Toa and Vai still share an unbreakable bond. Isaiah Burrows can be reached at and on Twitter @SagebrushSports

Ault brings home national title for Nevada Boxing in front of hometown fans By Darion Strugs Davis Ault added another title to Nevada Boxing’s long list of individual national champions. On the final day of the NCBA National Championships, Ault defeated Jacob Maslyk of Cincinnati in the 139-pound weight class final. The three-day event took place with a little over a dozen schools competing at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino from Thursday, April 4, to Saturday, April 6.


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

school career. McLaughlin showcased his versatile glove in his freshman season with the Wolf Pack. He started six games at second base, seven at third base, five at shortstop and one appearance as the designated hitter. He found a permanent role as the starting shortstop in his sophomore season, starting 31 games. McLaughlin hit .252 with 26 hits, two doubles and

eight RBIs. He tied for sixth in the Mountain West with three triples. In the full swing of his junior season, McLaughlin is ready to help Nevada stay above .500. The Pack’s 3-0 victory over New Mexico Saturday snapped a four-game losing streak. “We gotta work on taking blows,” he said. “With our team, we need to grind out games to win so we need to take our opponent’s best shot and

respond at all times.” With McLaughlin’s speed and defensive versatility, the Nevada Wolf Pack are finding their rhythm as a team. “Hey, what can I say except you’re welcome?” McLaughlin sang from the Moana soundtrack song “You’re Welcome”. Isaiah Burrows can be reached at dstrugs@ and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

On the opening day of the tournament, three of Nevada’s four boxers had quarterfinal bouts. The fourth, Nate Strother, received a bye after gaining the No. 1 seed by winning the West Regionals at the 165-pound weight division. Although he earned the extra day of rest, Strother’s ambition to fight was still there. “You know what would be better than a day off, if I was fighting,” Strother said. Nevada’s first bout of the night was Dillon Maguin facing off against Navy’s Tanner Strawbridge in the 132-pound weight class. The first round was the most even round of the match as both fighters landed multiple heavy punches. The second round seemed to be Manguin’s weakest round as he was bloodied by a Strawbridge punch early in the round. In the final round, Manguin was looking to counter Strawbridge’s whenever he saw a weakness. Although he seemed to gain some points back, he ultimately lost in a split decision. In Davis Ault’s first fight of the weekend, he was matched up against Brandon Martin of Oregon State. To no surprise, Ault walked into the loud roar of his hometown crowd before the fight started. Ault dominated the first round of the bout as he connected with multiple combos. The second round was not much different with the exception of the final second as both fighters were looking for knockout blows — none of which seemed to hit their target.

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look at the history of women’s sports at Nevada By Ryan Freeberg Women’s sports on campus has a long and cherished history at Nevada, from early beginnings with basketball in 1896, to the recent success of the swim and dive team. Women’s sports at Nevada have a legacy of excellence, producing 171 All-Americans and 13 total national championship titles, ranging from individual to team wins. Below is a short history, detailing just some of their achievements.

THE TIMELINE In 1919, Nevada’s Women’s Athletics Association was accepted to the National Women’s Athletic Association. The move opened the door for intercollegiate play, helping to solidify women’s sports at Nevada. The celebration would be cut short though when in 1921, women’s sports were banned from competing in intercollegiate competitions on campus. The move to remove women’s sports wasn’t just an isolated incident however, public outcry from

on the court, field or track.

SWIM AND DIVE Swim and dive is the most successful program on campus, out of the 13 women’s national championships that Nevada has to its name, 10 have come from the swim and dive team. The program’s first national championship came in 1979 when they won the AIAW Division II national championship. Since that first championship, Nevada swim and dive has gone on to produce individual champions ranging from the breaststroke and butterfly, to various dive heights. The program has also produced six athletes who have gone on to compete in the Olympics. One of the biggest reasons for their success has been longtime head dive coach Jian Li You. You has helmed the dive team for 22 years, leading the program to new heights and helped to shape a champion during her time here. In 2016, diver Sharae Zheng was the national champion for the one and three-meter dive.

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Diving coach Jian Li You poses with diver Sharae Zheng after a successful swiming and diving championship run in 2016. You is in her third decade as a coach at the university.

around the nation led to many universities to ban the right for women to compete in collegiate sports. The citizens of the day stated that it was “unladylike” to compete in sports and nearly led to the complete shutdown of the women’s intercollegiate play. For roughly the next 40 years, women’s sports at Nevada consisted of events referred to as “play days.” At these events, colleges would come together with various teams and clubs to compete, it was intended to not display their true athletic ability, but to highlight the “spirit of competition”. Some of the sports represented ranged from basketball to skiing. These “play days” were heavily underfunded, with some attendees stating that they had to make their own uniforms. Progress towards full recognition started to take shape when Ruth Russell became the director of women’s athletics in 1948, serving at the position until 1969. She helped to campaign for women’s sports on campus and laid the groundwork for them to return near the end of her tenure. Russell’s legacy continues to this day in the form of the Ruth Russell award, given to the top female student-athlete on campus every year. With the passing of Title IX as a part of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, women’s collegiate sports were finally given an opportunity to return on a national scale. Title IX required all federally funded institutions to have equal opportunities for men and women. Progress had been achieved, but it would still be close to a decade till the first NCAA women’s sports championship was held. Over the next two decades, Nevada fell in line with Title IX compliance, opening the doors for women to succeed

You has also picked up a few accolades of her own, receiving her eighth diving coach of the year award following the 2017 season. She’s won the award from both the Western Athletic Conference and the Mountain West Conference. You has been named diving coach of the year every year since Nevada joined the MWC. Additionally, for the last six years straight, a Nevada diver has been named the conference diver of the year under You. You’s expertise in diving came from her upbringings in China. From 1976-80, You competed for the Chinese National Team, becoming the platform, one-meter and three-meter national champion. The culmination of her competitive career came when she represented China at the 1980 Olympics. After failing to capture any medals at the Olympics, she went on to coach both American and Chinese divers before ultimately immigrating to the United States in 1995. The Wolf Pack swim and dive team hit a level of success in the mid-1990s and late 2000s that has yet to be matched by any other sport on campus. Starting in 1996, Nevada won five straight Big West Conference championships. In 2007-09, swim and dive continued their historic ways by winning the WAC championships. In recent years, the swim team captured their first MWC Championship in 2016, going a perfect 10-0 on the season and climbing into the top 25 national rankings. One of the leaders on the team was senior Erin Fuss, a member, and leader, of the swim team from 2012-16. She credits the coaching for the team’s success. “I swam my first three years under Abby Steketee and she made us believers. She raised the expectation to a higher level. Neil

[Harper] came in after and solidified that. He brought us together as a team for that higher goal,” Fuss said. Nevada swim and dive continues to lead the way for athletic success on campus to this day. On March 13, 2019, Wolf Pack diver Laura Isabel Vazquez Lopez qualified for the NCAA Diving Championships, continuing the programs track record of excellence.

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Nevada women’s soccer head coach Erin Otagaki gives advice to forward Morgan Beye. Otagaki is entering her third year as the head coach for the Pack.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Originally begun in 1896, Nevada women’s basketball is one of the oldest sports on campus, though their history — as previously mentioned — is a bit of a rollercoaster. After the aforementioned ban on women’s sports on campus, the team was officially brought back in 1981. When the team first began to play in 1896, they did so without a coach. It wasn’t until the 1899 season when the team hired its first coach, a gymnasium assistant from Stanford named Ada Edwards. Edwards only coached the team for a brief time but helped to deliver a historic win over Stanford. The victory was Nevada’s first-ever win over a varsity team, for men or women. In the years following the win, the team would be demoted to a club activity and only given play time during the “play days”. Little is known about the club/team because of improper record keeping from those days, official records weren’t kept until the 1981 season, the same year women’s basketball was recognized by the NCAA. Nevada Women’s Basketball has made two major championship tournaments since the 1981 season, in 2007 and 2011, both appearances were at the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The 2011 season was the farthest a team had ever made it in program history in the tournament, beating St. Mary’s in the first round in a close match, but ultimately falling to Southern California by 19 points. Over the history of Nevada women’s basketball, the Wolf Pack has had two former players go onto the play in the WNBA, both of whom were drafted in the third round of their respective drafts. Tahnee Robinson was selected by the Phoenix Mercury in 2011, and Mimi Mungedi went in the 2015 draft to the Tulsa Shock. Currently, the program is led by head coach Amanda Levens coming off her second season with the Pack. With a young squad consisting of six freshman, the program is primed to head into the future optimistic. In their last game of the season, the Wolf Pack nearly edged out eventual MWC champions, Boise State. Tennis In 1976, women’s tennis was first started under head coach Elaine Dellar. Dellar remains the second-winningest coach in program history to this day with a .678 win percentage. She remained the head coach through the 1984 season, before stepping down and relinquishing the program to Beff Drakulich. Drakulich only stayed with the team for one season before leaving the program as well. Nevada women’s tennis wouldn’t find a long time fit at head coach until 1987 when the program hired Kurt Richter, who led the team until 2005, serving the program longer than his three predecessors combined. When Richter left the team, he said it was due to personal reasons. “I’ve committed 17-and-a-half years of my life to the University of Nevada and its tennis programs. Unfortunately, there is never a convenient or easy time to step down. I’ve really enjoyed my time here and I wish the athletics department and tennis programs success in the future,” Richter said. Under Richter, Nevada finished top five in conference standings 13 of his 17 and a half year career. Part of the reason Richter was so successful was fantastic play from his student-athletes, including Nevada tennis great, Tracy King. From 1988-92, King was named to the First-Team All-Conference each year, the first Pack tennis player to earn such an accomplishment. King is also tied for first place for most victories in a single season with Claudia Herrero at 24 a piece. She is only second all-time at Nevada in total

victories, coming behind Michelle Okhremchuk who has five more wins than King. Okhremchuk represented the Pack from 201014, under current head coach Guillaume Tonelli.

GOLF Women’s golf officially began play in 1997 and started strong in their first season with the help of freshman Angie Yoon. Yoon helped Nevada to moderate success in their first conference championship — Nevada at the time as part of the Big West Conference — tying for fifth overall at the tournament as an individual athlete, and helping the Pack to a fifth-place finish. In her remaining three years with the Wolf Pack, Yoon finished as the Big West player of the year twice, going back to back in 1999 and 2000. Yoon is one of only two players in program history to win a conference player of the year award, the other being Alana Condon, who won in 2003 in the WAC. She is also the only AllAmerican that the program has ever produced. As a team, Women’s golf has won seven tournament titles since the team’s inception, with the latest win coming in 2017 at the Fresno State Classic. Nevada also has 15 individual tourna-

ment winners, including nine from Yoon.

SOCCER First coming onto campus in 2000 under head coach Dang Pibulvech, the program struggled in its early years, going 12-58-2 under Pibulvech. Terri Patraw was brought in to replace the struggling program and helped the program she did. In her second season as head coach, Patraw turned a two win program in the year before, into an 11 win squad. She even further improved the team, leading them to 13 wins the following year— this is the highest season win total in program history —, before leaving Nevada after the seasons’ completion. The 2006 team was is the only championship team in program history, defeating Boise State in the WAC championship. The game hit overtime and was decided in the end on penalty kicks, Nevada prevailed 4-2. In her two successful years with the program, her record was 2412-6. Even with her two-win first season, Patraw is the winningest coach in program history. The 2005 or 2006 squads hold almost every major school record ranging from total goals to shutouts. The only major statistic that they

don’t hold is total overtime games played, both squads are tied for third. 2010’s team has the most overtime appearances in a single season with seven. Much like women’s basketball, Soccer is prepared for future success with eight freshmen on the roster, and only three graduating seniors. Kendal Stovall, who is entering her junior year next season, will also return. Head coach Erin Otagaki will have the bulk of roster back next season, as they look to rebound and build on a 4-13-2 season.

CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK AND FIELD The vast majority of women’s cross country success is on the more recent side of history. Although the team was first founded in 1982, the team saw very little triumph in their early years. The only team finish of note came in 1986 at West Coast Athletic Conference 5K race, Nevada finished second out of seven teams.

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