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MAY 2011 VOLUME 3 • ISSUE 6
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Contents MAY 2011
4 EDITOR LETTER 5 BEHIND INSIGHT 6 UNRinsight.com Check out Insight’s web content.
8 A TRIP TO THE CINEMA
Various ways to experience movies in Northern Nevada
10 SUMMER: NEVADA STYLE
There’s always something to do in the Reno area during summer
12 YEAR IN REVIEW
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ust days ago, we lost a valuable asset to this campus: President Milton Glick. Among the many things we will miss, his devotion and dedication to UNR will be sorely absent. During this trying time, my best of luck goes to Provost Marc Johnson and the rest of the administration staff who undoubtedly will have even more trying days ahead. Fighting for education in Nevada against hard-nosed politicians is never easy. Our University is in danger. I love this University and wouldn’t trade my experience for any other. I cannot honestly say though, that future generations will have the same good experience due to inevitable budget cuts. It is with regret that I tell my friends and family, I’m glad to get out while the education here is still reputable. I will graduate before the real gutting of the University begins. Let’s have faith that our leaders will continue to fight, but more importantly, let’s remain united for this cause. We owe it to ourselves. Enough time has been wasted being apathetic in the system. On separate note, this is my last issue as editor. And yes, what follows is a sappy thank you. To our readers, I thank you for your support of your toddler-aged publication. Keep reading, I have no doubt that Sam DiSalvo, the editor-to-be, has great things in store. To our contributors, I know how difficult it is to volunteer time for a publication. Thank you for choosing us To our staff, thank you for your continued support. I have some shred of sanity left because of your dedication (and your answering of my desperate middle-of-the-night emails). And cue the your-speech-is-too-long music. Graduates, good luck out there!
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Contributors: Piysuh Bakane Matt Bromley Matt McIver Jaye Millspaugh Sonya Smith Mikako Nakata Eric Rios Charli West
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Weekly Blogs: Monday: Woman Writes - Marysa Falk A bi-weekly dose of empowered feminist perspective. Czech Please (written by Lucas Combos) - The travelogue of one Insight foreign correspondent’s studies abroad in the Czech Republic.
This Band is Ugly - Charlie Woodman Weekly musings on music from a man with a song in his heart.
Wednesday: Thinking Outside the Closet - Estefania Cervantes Aviles A fashonista’s worldview of style.
Thursday: Up and Coming - Evynn Tyler A guide for getting low.
Friday: The Ripple Effect - Kevin McPherson An insider’s perspective on the world of volunteerism. The Political Machine - Eric Thornley A bi-weekly commentary on politics.
Saturday: Overheard at UNR - Sam DiSalvo Campus conversations have never been so sensational. St. Crazy’s - AJ Scoble One nurse’s amusing accounts of work at a hospital.
Hollywood Briss (written by Jay Brissenden) - Movie reviews and analysis from a mega-movie geek.
Join the team! Interested in writing, photography or multimedia? Insight meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Port of Subs in the Joe Crowley Student Union. For more information contact Jay Brissenden at jay@ unrinsight.com. 6 | Insight | MAY 2011
Overheard at UNR On Groping
WORDS BY SAM DISALVO I’ve been feeling kind of bad lately. Every time I overhear someone, they’re usually saying something really ridiculous, incriminating or downright terrifying and I have to set them straight. Recently, though, I overheard someone’s conversation and felt some sympathy for them. I understood why they were voicing their concerns loud enough for me to hear them because I probably would have to voice these concerns as well. Guy (Victor Violated): I’m telling you, he grabbed my dick twice. Girl (Sally Skeptical): No way. Victor: I’m serious. He grabbed my dick twice. Sally: Whatever. Someone grabbing your dick (though this has not and, most likely, will never happen to me) seems like a big deal, and this offender did it twice. Victor seemed like the type of man who reacted the first time, saying something like “Hey, man! Don’t grab my dick! I am not a fan of that action!” I’m guessing these alleged dick grabbings were in sequence and not some sort of tally of how many times the offender has grabbed Victor’s dick. Either way, the offender just went for it again like it was free pizza from Abolish ASUN. Dicks are not pizza given out to show injustice in the government; dicks are serious business. If one is grabbed without any sort of permission, it’s probably a bad idea. This brings me to what a jerk Sally is. If one of my friends (especially the female ones) came up to me and was trying to talk about how someone had grabbed their penis two times, I’d be sympathetic! That sounded like it was embarrassing and painful, and I would have certainly bought them a bagel or given them a free copy of Insight Magazine to make them feel better. You do not brush this kind of confession off; you try to help. Maybe Sally should brush up on how to be a friend. Long story short, don’t grab dicks. And if your friends’ dick gets grabbed, don’t be a dick about it.
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A trip to the Cinema:
Varios ways to experience movies in Northern Nevada
WORDS AND PHOTOS BY JAY BRISSENDEN
rom James Cameron’s 3-D revolution to the D-Box motion theater experience, the ways you can view the newest Hollywood offerings have expanded greatly. And while the Northern Nevada area is known for its artistic community (Reno is Artown after all), Reno, Sparks and Carson City have as diverse a movie-going experience as any major metropolitan city. So as the summer blockbuster season gets ready to kick-off, make sure you know which movie-going experience will best serve your wallet and entertainment desires.
CINEMARK THEATERS If you have seen a movie in Reno or Sparks over the past two decades, you have most likely seen it in a Century theater. A subdivision of the Cinemark Theater chain, Century has three theaters scattered across the Reno area and one in downtown Sparks. All four theaters offer the traditional cineplex movie experience: expensive concession stand food, stadium theater
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seating, and the cheesy self-advertisement before the movie which demands you “enjoy the show” and proclaims the experience you are about to have is better than anywhere else. Each Reno location has a mix of traditional 35mm projectors (the industry standard film width) and multiple 3-D capable digital projectors, while the Century Sparks 14 theater is fully digital. Comparing the two, digital projection is to 35mm what Blu-ray is to DVD: better picture quality from an increased number of pixels squeezed into the frame. At the same price as a typical 35mm projection showing, it is definitely worth catching a digital showing. While each theater has its own diverse group of patrons, the Century Riverside and Century Sparks specifically draw crowds because of unique features only they offer. Adding a much needed diversity to the movies shown in Reno is the Century Riverside 12, which is the only theater to feature independent movies. These independent films are not distributed by a big studio, shot on a much smaller budget and usually feature very personal stories. University of Nevada, Reno journalism student and admitted cinephile Lucas Combos feels featuring independent films is vital for an artistic community like Reno. “When you only get the wide releases, you get ripped off sometimes from the lack of substance that big movies have because of studio oversight,” Combos says. “Independent films bring a different approach to filmmaking that can be a refreshing change from the ordinary.” For those looking to get the most from a recent blockbuster hit though, the Century Sparks, offers the XD (Extreme Digital) experience. Opened this past October, XD is what some critics may call a “wannabe IMAX.” With a screen that stretches ceiling-to-floor and wallto-wall, an upgraded sound system and
plush reclining chair, it is the Lexus in a sea of Toyota theaters. With ticket prices already fairly high in the Reno area at an average $10.45 a ticket (the national average is currently $7.85), paying an extra $2 to $3 to see the typical romantic comedy in XD might not be worth the price. In the case of this summer, the final “Harry Potter” chapter and Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” will be quintessential XD experiences.
GRAND SIERRA CINEMA If Cinemark’s prices are just a bit too steep or if you missed a movie during its first run, look no further than the GranSierra Cinema. A hell of a deal at $3, the GSR Cinema features two auditoriums, showing four different movies each week that are from one to three months old. The better a movie does in its opening run, the longer it will take to get to second run theaters and vice-versa for movies that do poorly when they first premiere. After being closed for four years, new owner Todd Bloomhuff re-opened the GSR Cinema in 2006 as the only locally owned theater in the Reno/Sparks area. Without corporate restrictions imposing prices, not only are the tickets cheaper, but also the concession items, which are anywhere from $1-$2 less than Cinemark’s identical offerings. But what really sets this theater apart from others is its unique seating arrangement. Located behind the casual stadium seats are multiple rows of loveseats that comfortably sit couples or a family of three. And while the regular seats may be more comfortable, it’s hard to turn down the loveseat option on date night.
EL RANCHO DRIVE-IN While the days of movies costing a nickel are long gone, the age-old tradition of the drive-in theater still exists at the El Rancho Drive-In in Sparks.
Opened in 1950, El Rancho is now only one of two drive-ins still open in Nevada. By far the best theater-going value in the area, regular tickets for their nightly double features cost only $6.25, while kids ages 5-11 are just $1. And these aren’t just cheap B-Horror flick double features, these are the same new releases seen at all the Cinemark theaters. Unlike all the other movie experiences listed in this article, the focus on El Rancho is not on the presentation of the film, but the casual setting. Stay in the front seat and recline back, or pop open the hatchback and have a small picnic with the family; what you do during the movie is completely up to you. And best of all, the sound is broadcast on a local FM channel so you can control the volume through your car’s stereo. El Rancho Assistant Manager Diggo Maldonado says that’s the beauty of driveins: the freedom. “No one is going to bug you about your kids being too loud or if you’re talking on the phone,” Maldonado says. “Who cares if you’re paying attention to the movie as long as you’re having a good time.”
D-BOX MOTION CODE AT THE GALAXY FANDANGO Bringing the next step of immersion to the movie-going experience is D-Box Motion Code, which incorporates the sense of touch to the encounter. Think Boomtown’s Motion Theater, only the experience is synched to full length features instead of five to 10 minute thrill rides. Still a fairly new technology, the D-Box Motion Code is only available in 43 theaters across the country. Luckily for Northern Nevadans, Carson City’s Galaxy Fandango theater is one of those select 43. While all 10 auditoriums at the Fandango are equipped with digital projectors, only one screening room carries the special red D-Box chairs that look like props for “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Naturally, with the enhanced experience comes a lofty ticket surcharge. At the Fandango, patrons pay an extra $8 to experience a D-Box ready movie. At an evening weekend showing of a D-Box 3-D movie, prepare to shell out a whop-
ping $20.50 per seat. Reno Gazette-Journal Arts Editor and freelance film critic Forrest Hartman says the experience is entertaining, but not worth the price. “I think of all the up-sells (3-D, XD, etc.), it is the one I appreciate the least,” Hartman said. “I don’t think it takes anything from the film, but it doesn’t add enough to the experience that I want to pay extra for it.” Hartman, who saw “Jackass 3-D” with the D-Box Motion Code, believes the films best fit for the technology are horror films that contain plenty of jump moments, or intense action films. Like 2-D movies that are converted into 3-D in post production though, you’ll never get the intended experience, Hartman says. “Maybe if directors started directing with D-Box in mind, it might be worth it,” Hartman says, “But as it is, you can tell it’s one of those things that the artist did not have in mind when creating the movie.”
With all the different ways to watch movies, Hollywood makes sure to produce plenty of flicks to fill the screens. BLOCKBUSTER BUFFS Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – May 20 Transformers: Dark of the Moon – July 1 Captain America: The First Avenger – July 22 COMEDY CONNOISSEURS The Hangover Part II – May 27 Horrible Bosses – July 8 Crazy, Stupid, Love – July 29 FANATIC FANBOYS X-Men: First Class – June 3 Super 8 – June 10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II – July 15 LOW-BUDGET LOVERS Everything Must Go – May 6 Tree of Life – May 27 Our Idiot Brother – August 26 2011 MAY | Insight | 9
Summer: Nevada Style WORDS BY RACHEL WRIGHT
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ummer is the perfect time for adventure. The days are warmer, the sun is out longer and it feels like there are more hours in the day dedicated to doing nothing. Now that classes are temporarily over (if you are lucky), hit the streets and discover all the things you could have been doing if it weren’t for tests, papers and deadlines. GET OUTDOORS! Tour of the Comstock Head up to Virginia City, Nev., with a bike and partake in a 50-mile loop journey to see historic mines, cemeteries and saloons of the Old West. (775) 888-7433 bicyclenevada.com Tahoe Rim Trail This 165-mile trail takes you on a complete loop around scenic Lake Tahoe and features nine trailheads. Perfect for hikers or bikers! (775) 298-0012 tahoerimtrail.org 10 | Insight | MAY 2011
Camp at Pyramid Lake Grab your fishing poles, tents and picnic baskets and spend a warm weekend on the beaches of Pyramid Lake. Camp at Wino Beach, where you can legally drink along the shore. (775) 574-1000 pyramidlake.us CHEER FOR THE HOME TEAM! Reno Barons If you didn’t know Reno has its own Arena Football League, you do now! Get your football fix in person while the NFL is still on a lock out. (775) 410-2255 renobarons.com Reno Aces Take part in all of the summer fun our local baseball team is offering—Irish Envy Night in May, Johnny Cash weekend in July, Military Night in August and more! (775) 334-4700 renoaces.com
BE ARTSY! Nevada Museum of Art Don’t skip out on culture just because school is out! You can visit the Nevada Museum of Art for free on the second Saturday of each month. (775) 329-3333 nevadaart.org Brüka Theatre For an edgier theatre experience, take in a show at Brüka Theatre. Past shows have included “Psycho Beach Party & Vampire Lesbians of Sodom” and “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.” (775) 323-3221 bruka.org DO THESE OTHER THINGS! Reno Indoor Paintball Shooting your friends with paintballs is much more satisfying than shooting them in a video game. (775) 342-5477 renoindoorpaintball.com
Animal Ark Not only is Animal Ark a wildlife sanctuary featuring wolves, mountain lions and bears, but you can also see cheetah races in May and June! Plus, any active or reserve military personnel get in for free during the month of July. (775) 970-3111 animalark.org SUMMER FESTIVALS No matter what you are into, a summer festival will pop up in town for your enjoyment. Hit the Truckee River at the Reno River Festival in May. Meet a cute cowboy or cowgirl during June’s Reno Rodeo. Turn July into your own “Art Appreciation Month” with Artown and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Tahoe and then kick back with your favorite celebrity golf player at the Reno-Tahoe Open in August. Google “Reno summer festivals” to discover all the rest!
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YEAR IN REVIEW In April, the Insight staff asked students for photos that sum up their experience at the University of Nevada, Reno. Weâ€™ve chosen select photos to help capture the spirit of the year.
| GEOFF ROSEBOROUGH | Students gathered at the legislative meeting held at Lawlor Event Center on March 31, 2011. The stands were full of students awaiting decisions about their future. | CHARLI WEST | On March 21, 2011, college students from campuses throughout Nevada rallied outside the Capitol building in Carson City to protest proposed budget cut plans. | GEOFF ROSEBOROUGH | Students marched with a banner showing their support for their college. Social work was one of the proposed budget cuts.
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| MATTHEW MCIVER | Scalleycat participants prepared to bike out across Reno in search of scavernger hunt missions. | MIKAKO NAKATA | The Reno Wind Symphony performed songs of love and devotion at their Valentine’s Day concert. | PIYSUH BAKANE | UNR students spent their spring break attempting the elusive “jump shot” along the California coast.
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| MATT BROMLEY | Most of the attention at Mackay Stadium goes to the plays on the field. Neglected underneath are the track lanes.
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| JAYE MILLSPAUGH | While it was still cold in Reno on April 1, 2011, snow was still trucked in and dumped in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union to make Campus Rail Jam possible.
| SONYA SMITH | The menâ€™s rugby team gets ready for action as the ball is loose in the air.
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President Milt Glick 1937-2011
The University of Nevada, Reno lost one of its most respected leaders when University President Milton Glick suddenly passed away on April 16, 2011, after suffering a stroke. “Milt was an outstanding leader and has left an indelible mark on the University of Nevada, Reno and the state,” Chancellor of Nevada System of Higher Education Dan Klaich said. “He poured his energy and his love of life and education into the University and our state, and that commitment should long be a source of pride and gratitude for all Nevadans.” After being appointed UNR’s 15th 18 | Insight | MAY 2011
President in 2006, Dr. Glick devoted himself to improving all aspects of the University. Over the last five years, the Illinois native brought unprecedented growth in enrollment, graduation, and campus development despite a multitude of economic challenges. “He was deeply passionate about the role of universities in creating the citizens of the future,” University Provost Marc Johnson said in an announcement. “He often said he came to higher education 55 years ago and never left, and he always said this with a twinkle in his eye.” The word of Dr. Glick’s passing spread
quickly across social networks on Facebook and Twitter, shocking students and the campus community alike. On Monday, April 18, students, faculty and alumni honored the late President by wearing Nevada blue to campus. Later that evening over 1,000 attended a candlelight vigil of Dr. Glick at Lawlord Events center. His public memorial service was also held at Lawlor on Thursday, April 21. Dr. Glick is survived by his wife Peggy; his son David and wife Jennifer and their sons Toby and Elijah; and his son Sander and wife Laura and their daughter Nina.
Studen and ho Lawlor
Students, faculty and community members gathered to remember and honor President Glick at a candle light vigil on April 18, 2011 at Lawlor Events Center. Photos by Sebastian Diaz.
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