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By Marcus Lavergne

Russian athletics under scrutiny
after alleged doping scandal
Russian soccer players and track
and field athletes may be banned
from the 2016 Olympics after findings
from the World Anti-Doping Agency
came to light Monday morning.
A 323-page report gave examples
of cheating around the country and
found that one testing laboratory in
Moscow had destroyed almost 1,500
doping control samples under the orders of director Grigory Rodchenkov.
The report also found that Russias
intelligence agency, the Federal
Security Service, better known from
the Russian translation as the FSB,
routinely sent agents to labs where
they reportedly questioned and
intimidated workers.
One witness said that FSB agents
even delved into anti-doping work
during the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
After the WADA commissions report
made claims of widespread inaction by the International Association
of Athletics Federations, the IAAF
has decided to consider sanctions
against Russia that could potentially
suspend track and field athletes from
international competition.
IAAF President Sebastian Coe has
given the All-Russian Athletic Federation until the end of the week to
respond to the WADA report.

Photo courtesy of YES! Always

sex and
By Marcus Lavergne

Mizzou President to resign
amid racial tensions
Tim Wolfe, now ex-president of the
University of Missouri, Columbia,
stepped down today after claims of
inaction toward racial issues, which
resulted in protest and striking.
Complaints of the non-handling,
or non-diffusion, of several situations involving race relations on
campus by the president and others
in his administration gained greater
media attention after graduate
student Jonathan Butler went on a
hunger strike.
Butler stopped eating on Nov. 2
after several incidences went unresolved, including reported claims
of racial discrimination towards
black students during Mizzous
homecoming parade, and an Oct. 24
vandalism act where a swastika was
drawn in a MU residence hall with
human feces.
Butler began striking with demands for Wolfes termination after
reports of constant inaction and
uninvolvement. Wolfe resigned
Monday after Mizzou football players joined protesters saying that they
would not practice or play until the
resignation came. Players had the
full support of football head coach
Gary Pinkel, who posted about the
strike on Twitter.

Restaurant in south Reno
involved in E. coli report
Eight E. coli cases have been reported to the Washoe County Health
Districts Phil Ulibarri.
Ulibarri says the WCHD is investigating the Twisted Fork, which has
been connected to six cases. Twisted
Fork general manager Joe Clements
reportedly does not know the source
of the bacteria, though the restaurant
will remain open as its staff cooperates with the health department.
The other two cases are reportedly
related to Chipotle Mexican Grill,
which has recently been involved in
a widespread E. coli outbreak.
Marcus Lavergne can be reached at
mlavergne@sagebrush.unr.edu and
on Twitter @mavergne21.


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Impacts reverberate as
prescription drug prices
continue to climb
By Jacob Solis

Over the past decade, prices

for prescription drugs have
increased dramatically. The
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services pegged last years
jump alone at 12 percent.
Among the Democratic field
for the presidency, prescription
drug prices have been quick
to rise to the fore of policy discussions and the
debate over such costs will likely persist well into
the campaign season.
A tracking poll conducted by the Kaiser Family
Foundation found that more than 62 percent of
respondents said that the government is not doing enough to regulate prescription drug prices.

More than that, some 63 percent of respondents

want the price of prescription drugs to be the
number-one priority for the federal government
while 77 percent felt that high-cost drugs for
chronic illnesses, like HIV, should be available to
those who need them.
These numbers have prompted a great deal of
action on the public policy front. In September,
Vermont senator and presidential hopeful Bernie
Sanders partnered with Rep. Elijah Cummings,
D-Md., to sponsor the Prescription Drug Affordability Act, which would allow the Secretary of
Health and Human Services to negotiate with
pharmaceutical companies to bring prices down.
Not to be outdone, Hillary Clinton, the current
frontrunner in the Democratic race for the presidency, has proposed her own plan that would cap
out-of-pocket payments for prescription drugs at
$250 a month.
On a consumer level, for many of the people
who need these drugs the most the elderly,
the low-income, students drugs are becoming
increasingly hard to get a hold of.

See DRUGS page A2

Students at the University of

Nevada, Reno, want the campus
community to talk safe sex and say
YES! Always. The campaign, which
launched Monday afternoon, seeks
to educate the universitys population on sexual assault and promote
an atmosphere on campus where
peers can discuss sex and consent
in an open and confident way.
Members of the YES! Always
campaign have focused on an astounding statistic one in five college women are sexually assaulted.
Although the campaign is not solely
concentrated around women, the
problem is one that college campuses around the nation are addressing
through several different means.
Nick Beaton, YES! Always is
taking a sex-positive approach
to raise awareness. That means
the campaign is not trying to
scare students away from having
sex or talking about sex. In fact,

See CONSENT page A3

ASUN in talks
with university
over proposed
fee increase
Staff Report
Provost Kevin Carman paid a visit to
the Associated Students of the University of Nevada senate last Wednesday
to introduce and explain a proposed
$2 increase for the universitys technology fee. The technology fee is currently
$7 per credit for all students.
The fee itself pays for all the technology in classrooms around campus. It
was instituted back in 1999 as a $4 percredit fee for the whole Nevada System
of Higher education that would fund
what Carman called smart classrooms, or classrooms equipped with
computers, projectors and the like.
The fee has since provided funding
for computer labs around campus,
like those in the Mathewson-IGT
Knowledge Centers @One, as well as
technical support for all the various
systems and hardware.

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62% of respondents polled by the Kaiser Family Foundation

Student voice of the University of

Nevada, Reno, since 1893.

felt that the federal government is not limiting the price of

prescription drugs as much as it should

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20% of respondents felt that the current level

of regulation is adequate








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$20 in 2013
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used to treat
severe allergic
reactions, went
from $57 in
2007 to $415 in
2015 (628%
increase) and
increased 32%
in 2015 alone

a drug used to
keep the heart
rate up during
surgery, went
from $65 to
$1,277 in two
years (1,865%


of respondents felt that

making sure that high-cost drugs for
chronic conditions are affordable to
those who need them should be the
top healthcare priority for lawmakers

63% pegged government

action to lower prescription

drug prices as their number
one priority



The AARP Public Policy Institute found that between 2002 and 2010, the price of name-brand
and speciality medication increased far more than the rate of inflation




SOURCE: The AARP Public Policy Institute, The Kaiser Family Foundation, Bloomberg Businessweek

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According to a report from the AARP

Public Policy Institute, even generic
drugs, which make up about 80 percent
of the market, have been losing their
thrifty nature. While the overall trend
for the generic market has seen most
drugs get cheaper, the rate at which they
cheapened has lessened to only 4 percent on average in 2013 and medications
for chronic illness didnt budge at all. For
comparison, generic prices dropped by
9.7 percent in 2010 and more than 11
percent in 2008.
The justification for all these increases
is usually hidden by the companies who
institute them, but the most often-used
explanation is that the money funds
research and development, or R&D, for
new drugs.
For instance, back in September the
drug Daraprim, used to treat the parasitic infection toxoplasmosis, increased
in price some 5,400 percent from $13.50
to $750 overnight. The CEO of Turing
Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, said
the increase was [Turing] trying to stay
in business. He later attributed the
increase wholly to research and development costs.
Though many have doubted Shkrelis
particular claim, the broader idea is not
without its own merits.


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Technology has changed a lot since

1999, Carman said. We have much more
needs for the campus. Wi-Fi, for example,
is a significant demand for the campus.
The revenues generated by the technology fee are just simply not enough to stay
up with the needs for our campus.
Carman added that the current fee of $7
per credit hour includes the $3 PeopleSoft fee, which pays for the Blackboard
platform that powers WebCampus, as well
as the people who keep it running. That
extra $3 will remain the same, should the
increase go into effect.
The increase would add about $30 per
semester to the total fees for a student taking 15 credits per semester. All in all, the
university would receive about $1 million
In terms of actual technology that
would be put in classrooms, Carman

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NOV. 4

Senate approves $152,000 for
new ASUN Center for Student
Engagement remodel after
lengthy debate
In a 14-4 vote, the Associated Students of the University of Nevada senate approved
$152,000 for a remodel of the
ASUN Center for Student Engagement on the third floor of
the Joe Crowley Student Union.
The money will come from
ASUNs capital account, itself
funded by profits from the Wolf
The remodel is largely the
result of the work of ASUN
President Caden Fabbi, who has
aggressively lobbied the senate
over the past few months. Back
in August, the senate approved
a $20,000 fee to draft up a concept for the redesign.
That design came back with
an estimated cost of $138,000
for construction, though that
figure does not include the
planned insertion of furniture
and technology into the space.
Coupled with a 10 percent
contingency budget of around
$14,000, the total cost will likely
be around the $152,000 approved by the senate.
Despite Fabbis efforts, some
senators remained unconvinced. Sen. Alex Crupi of the
College of Engineering called
the expense a waste of funds.
The entire time through my
campaign, all I ever heard from
students was that ASUN blew
money on stuff that students
didnt use, Crupi said. In the
dozen or so clubs that Ive been
a part of in my time here, never
once was it a concern that I
wished I could collaborate with
other clubs somewhere.
Crupi and his fellow dissenters, Sens. Austin Mathias,
Makayla Ragnone and Sam
Bruketta, were largely worried
that the expense to create the
new space would be lost if no
new students came to visit the
Center for Student Engagement. They noted that the
space had been renovated once
before to include the so-called
freshman hub, and that the
hub has largely failed to attract
any student interaction, least of
all freshmen.
Fabbi was dismissive of these
concerns, saying that the blame
for the failure of the hub lie in
its design. He added that to
succeed, every senator would
need to push hard for students
to visit and that advertising
alone wouldnt do the job.

A 2005 paper published in the Journal

of Law and Economics found that for every 10-percent increase in funding there
was an accompanying 6-percent increase
in R&D funding. They also found that
had the federal government limited price
increases to follow inflation, the industry
would have produced between 330 and
365 fewer new drugs between 1980 and
2001 and spent 30 percent less overall on
For student and UNR Neurological
Society President Josh Regalado, the
reasoning just doesnt add up. Regalado
believes the research should be about
bettering humanity, not making profits.
If people and corporations are profiteering off of [these increases], then its
undermining some of the initiatives that
these scientists have to create better
drugs, to help the public out Regalado
Regalado added that hes skeptical that
the money is being put into research.
In his view, the researchers in the field
constantly apply for grants and often
dont receive them. As a person studying
the field, he just cant see these billions
of dollars being poured into independent
research, though he does admit that no
one really knows where the money goes.
The debate even reaches beyond
scientists and doctors, down to the very
consumers affected most by the price
Andrew Zaninovich, a political science

student on campus, is primarily concerned that the increases could disproportionately affect students, the elderly
and the low-income and is equally skeptical that the money is going to research.
There is no legitimate explanation as
to why these drugs continue to increase
at such high rates, Zaninovich said. I
think a lot of people these days are questioning whether or not it truly is about
research and development, recouping
your losses for that, or how much of it is
just sheer profiteering.
Zaninovichs claim echoes the data,
as across the country more and more
people have become attuned to the dubious price increases.
On a broader scale, at least six states
have pushed for cost transparency bills
this summer that would force pharmaceutical companies to justify their price
hikes. This is in addition to investigations
from the Senate Finance Committee that
demanded answers to why hepatitis C
drugs produced by Gilead Sciences cost
$1,000 per pill after the cost began to tax
federal and state health programs.
Its clear now that a lens of scrutiny is
being held close to the goings-on of the
pharmaceutical industry. However, only
time will tell if the landscape will change
at all under this newfound pressure.

called most of it unglamorous. Things

like the computers on campus, of which
there are roughly 1,000, would be replaced
on a three-year cycle in order to keep up
with changing technology. More generally, technology in the smart classrooms
would be replaced on a four-year cycle.
Additionally, the fee would go to providing improved Wi-Fi in classrooms,
especially those that utilize clickers,
remote access for certain software,
video-recorded classes and a proposed
computer testing center.
The presentation also noted that the fee
would help improve the technology situation gradually, and not everything would
be fixed at once.
On the other side of the table, the
senators had a variety of questions for
the provost. Sen. Larissa Gloutak of the
Interdisciplinary Programs was curious
as to how useful a video-recorded class
would actually be.
In response, Carman pointed that the
video classes would be an opt-in program

that would allow for certain teaching

techniques like the flipped classroom,
where students watch lectures at home
and participate in discussion on campus.
He was also adamant that the plan is not
to give anybody an excuse not to come to
The administration is currently in talks
with all major student and faculty groups
on campus in order to build a consensus
on the fee before bringing it to NSHE.
We are proposing bringing this to the
board of regents in March, Carman said.
But we will only do so if you [the ASUN
senate] support this, and in fact, are enthusiastic about this. Were not trying to
push anything on you.
Carman also noted that the money
generated by the fee, which would go into
effect next fall, would be put back into the
university immediately.

New associate justice

appointed to ASUN judicial
Zachary Burgers nomination
to one of two open seats on
the ASUN judicial council was
roundly approved by the senate.
The senate was impressed by
his resume and was confident
that his background in strategic
communications would be
more than useful for the judicial
Only one of the four associate
justice spots on the judicial
council remains unfilled.

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Fraternity strives to set example
through philanthropic work
By Marcus Lavergne
A Greek organization at the University of
Nevada, Reno, wants to become one that
other fraternities can emulate by proactively
working to improve the community around
them. Currently, the Alpha Tau Omega Delta
Iota chapter has been deeply involved in a
fundraising event with the Nevada Military
Support Alliance.
According to ATO, theyve raised $6,500 so far
and anticipate another $1,000 by the end of the
week. During the first week of the campaign,
three members of the fraternity volunteered
and took on the challenge of performing their
daily tasks in a wheelchair to raise funds and
attention for the NMSA, active military personnel and veterans.
For Dylan Tedford, a member of ATO, participating in the fundraising event means learning
just how difficult life can be for veterans. He
said that demonstrating the difficulties of
being in a wheelchair was one of the most
impactful ways to raise community awareness.
One of the reasons we committed to wheelchairs is because we cant really do many of
the tough things that veterans struggle with,
Tedford said. A lot of [veterans] said that the
harder things they go through are those more
mental issues, not the physical ones. It kind of
gave these [ATO] guys the perspective that if
[being in a wheelchair] is easier for them, that
has to be really hard.
Connor Matthews was one of the members
who volunteered to raise awareness of the difficulties of living with an injury that can take
away mobility, a day-to-day process that he
believes people take for granted.
Honestly, at first its a little weird, Matthews
said. People dont really give you that eye contact you usually get walking around campus.
Matthews said that people did react positively once they understood what the goal of
the campaign was. For him, the public was
generally caring, and even helped him out
when he needed it.
Our school is really not meant for wheelchairs at all, Matthews said. It gets really slow,
especially going up hills. Especially when its at
the end of the week and your arms have had it,
random people who you dont know will help
get you up the hill. It means a lot because its
scary thinking you wont get home because you
cant make it up a hill.
Sebastian Atienza, a senator for the Associated Students of the University of Nevada and
ATO brother, says that people were blown
away by the awareness campaign. Atienza,
who talked to ASUN Sen. Thomas Greene, a
veteran, commended the group on their active
involvement in the community.
Hes part of the Alliance and he was like,

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(From left to right) Connor Matthews, Sebastian Atienza and Jared Meyer-Cordova sit in wheelchairs and pose for a portrait in front of the Alpha Tau Omega house on Thursday, Oct. 29. The
fraternity has raised money for the Nevada Military Support Alliance through their veterans
awareness campaign.

This is such a great thing that youre doing,

Atienza said. There was just so much positivity.
For NMSA executive director Theresa Di Loreto, working with fraternities like ATO yields
more support and results in the community.
Di Loreto says the more people that they can
educate about what the NMSA does, the better.
It broadens who receives our message, Di
Loreto said. Things like what [ATO] is doing
brings people to our website and they have
an opportunity to see what we do, and then in
turn, get involved.
ATO is dedicated to correcting the vilified
image of fraternity life on college campuses everywhere. Through philanthropy, the fraternity
has begun rebuilding its own image after losing
its charter at the university in the early 2000s
for alleged hazing.

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As with most fraternities, ATO has hosted

several charity events. On Halloween, the men
of the organization went trick-or-treating for
canned food around neighborhoods in the
area. Those collected goods were donated to
the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
Tedfords ultimate goal is to help ATO
become a fraternity that others can emulate.
For him, overcoming the negative stigma
surrounding Greek life involves becoming
proactive members of and supporting the
community. Overall, he hopes that the efforts
of the organization will stand out to other
Greek groups on campus and maybe around
the nation.
Marcus Lavergne can be reached at
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a large part of the campaign

is normalizing sex as a
topic for conversation. He
says maybe the traditional
shock and awe methods
arent the way to go.
We set out to get people
to recognize what consent
is, and encourage people
to ask for consent and empower people to either deny
it or give consent, Beaton
said. We found that a large
majority of people who
sexually assaulted someone
didnt realize that what they
did was sexual assault.
Beaton says that removing
the opportunity for people
to commit assault means
educating everyone on
what consent actually is,
something that he believes
was not taught well during
schooling before college for
many students.
We talked to a lot of
people and asked, how
was your sexual education, and do you think you
missed something out of
it, Beaton said. Nobody
ever mentioned consent as
something they received or
something that they would
have liked to receive.
YES! Always uses bright
colors and makes sure to
add some fun into their
campaign. A major component for it is their mascot,
Consentress. The pop-art
style superhero looks as
though she was cut from
a comic strip. Consentress
dons fishnets and knee
-high boots along with her
red and blue unitard and
yellow cape. For her and
the campaign organizers,
sexiness is a large part of
Consentresss personality.
Ashley Ploussard is the
heros alter ego. She says
that being the image for
the campaign is important
because the cause resonates
with her.
As a female, were not
always asked for consent
as the statistics show,
Ploussard said. Its kind of
exciting to be in this position. Im really excited to
see the students reactions
when Im walking around

Consentress and what

she stands for all goes with
the messaging and imagery
of the campaign. According
to Rachel Felix, another
reacted well to the positivity of the YES! Always message. She said that sexual
consent is something thats
misunderstood, but before
the launch the positive educational aspects resonated
well with students.
Students responded very
well to the fact that its positive, Felix said. It wasnt
making them feel bad about
their choices regarding sex
and things of that nature.
Students are going to make
the choices theyre going to
make in college.
A big factor in promoting
the YES! Always campaign
was funding for the Journalism 442 students who
organized it. The Associated
Students of the University
of Nevada stepped in with
funds to cover the costs.
ASUN President Caden
Fabbi said that assisting
students who are taking
initiative in promoting an
issue thats as important as
sexual assault and consent
is hard to say no to.
We have funds that I
can find and set aside for
projects specifically like
this to empower students,
Fabbi said. It was just the
right timing with the right
people. I know the J-schools
a really good school. I know
Bob Felten from past experiences as well, and I knew this
would be a very thought-out
and well-done program, and
thats what it is.
Students can get involved
with different YES! Always
events on Nov. 18 and
21. Consentress is also
scheduled to appear live at
different locations on and
off campus on Mondays and
Wednesdays for the month.
YES! Always can also be
found on Facebook and
Twitter, and resources for
other campuses to start
up their own YES! Always
campaigns can be found at
Marcus Lavergne can be
reached at mlavergne@
sagebrush.unr.edu and on
Twitter @mlavergne21.


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By Samantha Johnson


DATE: Tuesday Saturday

TIME: 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Church Fine

Arts, Redfield Proscenium

INFO: If you love unique
theater performances, youll
love the acclaimed group
from Oregon thats coming
to the university this week.
Wearing full masks, the
play will be wordless, but
nonetheless comedic.
Tickets are $5 for students
with a valid student ID.

brings Reno together

ts no secret that Reno is in the midst of an artistic revival that

began a couple of years ago. For some that attended the Off Beat
Music Festival from Thursday, Nov. 5 to Sunday, Nov. 8, it was
apparent that this movement is continually growing. Local and
regional bands and artists gathered at venues across the city to
share their talents, but also to celebrate what it means to be from
The Off Beat Music Festival was the first of its kind in the city,
allowing audience members to tour the town from venue to venue instead of
crowding their way into one amphitheatre or stadium. The Holland Project
offered a family-friendly place for parents to take their kids, while places like
Chapel Tavern catered to the 21-years-and-older audiences. Regardless, this
was the perfect opportunity for bands to gain exposure and fans to enjoy four
days of local talent.
Alex Ybarra, the senior account executive for Wolf Pack Relations and an advertising student at the University of Nevada, Reno, started doing promotional
work about three months ago with the Glenn Group and helped circulate
news about the Off Beat Music Festival.
Reno in general is going big places, Ybarra said. It is developing and
becoming a hip, trendy town.
The event raises money for Future Kind, a charity that educates people
about career opportunities no matter their background or situation. The Off
Beat Music Festival also helps local and regional bands gain exposure they
otherwise wouldnt have and helps them get placed in venues that reflect their
I think initially it is a big opportunity for them, Ybarra said. The Off Beat
Festival within the next few years has a lot of potential to develop and be huge.
Venues like Jub Jubs Thirst Parlor and 1Up hosted artists that showed a
funky, groovy style like Heidilicious and Phat Couch, while places that donned
a more casual, rustic style like Chapel Tavern hosted folk artists like Spike
McGuire and Actors Killed Lincoln.
One of the highlights of the Off Beat Music Festival, was the affordability.
Wristbands were $39 and were valid for the full length of the festival. Unlike
events like Coachella that gather thousands of people each year, the Off Beat
Music Festival drew a more close-knit community together and encouraged
local pride.
Moving into the future, Ybarra said it would be a great opportunity for the
City of Reno to partner with UNR for next years event. He said that students
could benefit from the support of local artists.
My dream job is to do advertising for a music festival or a specific artist,
Ybarra said. It was fun actually having the opportunity to work with real
Ybarra didnt have any clues as to which artists would be appearing in next
years Off Beat Music Festival, but he did say it was going to be an event that
continues to grow just like the city of Reno itself.
For more information about the Off Beat Music Festival or to stay updated
on next years lineup, visit www.offbeatfest.com.

DATE: Tuesday March 18
TIME: 9 a.m. 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Mathewson-

IGT Knowledge Center

Special Collections
INFO: The Western
Shoshone Defense Project
is hosting a gallery for Mary
and Carrie Dann. The two
sisters opposed the federal
government to fight for
their ancestral lands and
grazing rights for livestock.
The gallery is free to the


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DATE: Wednesday
TIME: 11 a.m. 12 p.m.
LOCATION: Downtown

INFO: Come celebrate

our countrys veterans

and thank them for their
sacrifice with a parade
starting at Court Street and
ending at Fifth Street. The
event is free to the general

Staff Report

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The Arts & Entertainment desk can be reached at samanthaj@sagebrush.unr.

edu or on Twitter @SamRayJohnson.

DATE: Friday
TIME: 10 p.m. 4 a.m.
LOCATION: Grand Sierra

Resort and Casino

INFO: Do you love
electronic dance
music? Steve Aoki will
be performing at LEX
Nightclub this week.
General admission is $35
but tickets are selling
out quickly. For more
information, visit www.

DATE: Friday - Sunday
TIME: Varies
LOCATION: Pioneer Center

for the Performing Arts

INFO: If youre interested
in seeing and listening to
authentic Irish music and
dance, the Riverdance
performance will be the
show for you. Back by
popular demand, you
wont want to miss this
event. Ticket prices vary
on the seating and for more
information, visit www.

Samantha Johnson can be

reached at samanthaj@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter

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(1) Liam Kyle Cahill plays the

guitar at 3rd Street Bar on Saturday, Nov. 7. (2) Royal Noble
performs at the Holland Project
on Friday, Nov. 6. (3) Members
of the band Video World, Nick
Minor, T.J. Mertikas and Ryan
Burt (not pictured) play for
audience members on Friday,
Nov. 6 at the Holland Project.
(4) Actors Killed Lincoln rocks
the house at Chapel Tavern on
Friday, Nov. 6. All the acts were
a part of the Off Beat Music
Festival, where local bands had
the opportunity

Fantasies in Chocolate
caters to glamour
By Samantha Johnson
There arent many people who dont
enjoy chocolate, especially around the
holiday season. Fantasies in Chocolate,
an event to raise money for the Reno
Gazette-Journal Foundation, was the
perfect post-Halloween gathering to
reuse costumes and satisfy the lingering
craving for chocolate and other sweet
treats. With bohemian circus as a
theme, attendees showed up in everything from Hollywood-style ball gowns
to animal-print tutus, all for funding the
RGJ Foundations ability to help local
nonprofits, schools and grant scholarships to individuals.
Fantasies in Chocolate took place in
the Summit Pavilion of the Grand Sierra
Resort. The room was decorated with
a canopy complete with a disco ball
and two large elephant sculptures from
the MGM Production of the cabaret
performance, Hello Hollywood, Hello.
Besides chocolate and dessert vendors,
other companies present were Men
Wielding Fire, Reef and Great Basin. Fine
wines and baked goods were expected
by audience members, but there were
also strange, new things to try, like bacon and cayenne-pepper-flavored ice

cream from IceCycle Creamery.

The night began slowly, with a judges
panel sampling everything long before
VIPs could enter around 5:30 p.m. Both
VIPs and volunteers wore elaborate
attire, from floor-length dresses with
sweeping necklines to animal costumes
with ears and tails. There were plenty of
clown suits, mimes and bearded ladies
as well. Stilt walkers with giant headdresses walked around the pavilion and
silk aerialists did acrobatic stunts while
participants watched. A lively jazz band
was playing while the VIPs made their
way through the venues and sat down
for dinner, which was provided by the
Grand Sierra Resort, but for the most
part the crowds were relatively small
until 7:30 p.m.
Around that time the event was
opened to the public and with it came
even more crazy costumes and hungry
chocolate enthusiasts. Couples wore
themed costumes like lion and lion
tamer, strong man and ballerina, and
showgirl and ringmaster. The jazz band
made way for a DJ later in the night,
and more people made their way to the
dance floor.

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Photo by Samantha Johnson/Nevada Sagebrush

Participants enjoy dinner at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino for Fantasies in Chocolate on Saturday, Nov. 7. The event gives local restaurants and culinary artists a chance
to show off their desserts in a competition for the best sweets.


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By Terrance Bynum
Offstage, Adventure Club is known as Christian
Srigley and Leighton James. The energetic pair is
known for meshing dubstep chainsaw synths,
delicate vocals and surprisingly upbeat melodies.
Friday, Nov. 6 marked their first show after
wrapping up their When Darkness Falls U.S.
fall tour. Though there were some technical difficulties in the switch between the opening DJ
and Adventure Club, they still managed to start
the show with a scream toward the crowd.
As the melody for their latest track Limitless

A decoration of a circus lady hangs over the

vendors at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
on Saturday, Nov. 7. The theme for this year
was bohemian circus and many participants
showed up in elaborate costumes.

began, the crowd shuffled in as close as they

could get to the DJ booth and sang the beginning
lyrics word for word. After that, they moved right
into their more bass-heavy mixes, and thats
when the crowd really got going. They incorporated popular radio songs, like Anaconda by
Nicki Minaj and No Type by Rae Sremmurd.
The set lasted about 2 hours, and once they got
to the end they topped off their set with some old
school R&B hits. The next DJ that will be making
his way to LEX is Steve Aoki this Friday at 10 p.m.
Terrance Bynum can be reached at tbynum@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @TerranceJBynum.

Photos by Terrance Bynum/Nevada Sagebrush

(Top) DJs Christian Srigley and Leighton James

play as Adventure Club at LEX Nightclub on
Friday, Nov. 6. College students and fans packed
the venue, setting the tone for next weeks appearance of Steve Aoki. (Bottom left) Attendees
groove to the first song Limitless. (Bottom
right) Unidentified girls dance to the side of the

For vendors, the event ended at 10:30 p.m.

when the Summit Pavilion shut down for clean
up, but for most of the attendees, the party was
only beginning. LEX Nightclub hosted an official Fantasies in Chocolate after party for the
lingering, rowdy participants and the casinos
were flooded with people long after 11 p.m. It
was very much like a modern circus, not only
because of the costumes but for the mix of
personalities gathered together. There were
strange characters and sweet ones, but Fantasies in Chocolate proved to be an opportunity
for local culinary artists to shine.
Despite the elegance and the whimsy of
Fantasies in Chocolate, the cost of the tickets
was one of the downfalls of the event. A single
VIP ticket cost $195 after Oct. 15 and general
admission was $80. For a nice dinner, a variety
of food samplings and drinks, it might not
have been worth it for those who would rather
spend $80 on groceries instead. If Fantasies in
Chocolate wants to open up its audience to a
wider spectrum, the crippling fee for a couple
hours of fun is what it will have to consider going into the future.
For more information on Fantasies in Chocolate or to stay tuned about next years event,
visit www.fantasiesinchocolate.com.
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Lets talk about how we elect people

he way we elect people in this
country is a broken system.
In America, representatives
at every level are elected using
a single-member-district, winner-takesall system. This means that for every
constituency every little bit of land
that has people who need representation theres only one representative.
It also means that the candidate with
the most votes wins the election, even
if they fail to win a majority of the
popular vote.
On a basic level, this makes a lot of
sense. Representatives would represent
relatively small constituencies, which
would allow the standard voter to get
nice and cozy with the person who
takes care of their interests on Capitol
Hill or in the state capital.
In the United States, the SMD system
works pretty darn well in this regard.
More often than not, its easy for the

average constituent to get buddy-buddy

with their representative and have real,
substantive discussion on local issues.
But theres a dark side.
When you expand the system and let
it work itself out over time, it becomes
less and less representative, less and
less democratic. For starters, the
amount of political parties will always
be whittled down to two giant parties.
In America, this leaves a whole fringe
of voters who feel that neither the
Democrats nor the Republicans really
understand the kind of issues they deal
Secondly, the system marginalizes
voters and wastes votes for anyone who
dares to vote for the losing candidate.
For a two-party system, this can
sometimes amount to 45 percent or
more of the vote that is ostensibly
ignored, leaving a bitter losing side that
will either stew in anger for two or more

years or leave voters feeling as though

they have no voice in the system thats
supposed to represent them.
Its no wonder Americans turned out
in the lowest numbers in years for the
2014 midterm elections.
But what if there were a solution?
What if districts had multiple members
and the seats were handed out proportionally? Good news! It exists!
And it also happens to be used by
most of the worlds democracies.
Ninety-six countries (not counting the
European Union) use some form of the
multi-member district system, though
admittedly a hefty 76 countries use the
plurality system, like the U.S.
Ultimately though, the draw is a
democratic one. Proportional systems
are by and large more democratic than
their single-member counterparts
because they allow multiple parties to
flourish. Since most parties only need

to meet a threshold in the voting, say 5

percent of all votes, votes are no longer
wasted. Parties who would ordinarily
be shafted will now maintain a voice in
the system.
More than that, a proportional
system requires cooperation. A single
party is usually unable to grab a majority of seats on its own, so its forced
to team up and form coalitions with
like-minded parties. This cuts down
on gridlock and forces cooperation,
something that is sorely needed on
Capitol Hill at this very moment.
The fact of the matter is this: By
the day, America gets more and more
polarized, and our Congress becomes
hampered by indecision and petty politics. Why is it impossible for America as
a nation to contemplate changing the
system? When do we take a hard look at
the system we created and admit that
we could do better?

It would be a sizable change, to be

sure, but it wouldnt be impossible.
Maybe states could take the initial
plunge, testing the waters to see if it just
might work. States are laboratories of
democracy, and theres no reason to not
try and see if things work out.
The way any democracy elects its
representatives is a vastly complex
issue that demands plenty of scrutiny
and hard thinking. But the way we, as
Americans, choose our representatives
demands an attention that just doesnt
exist. As a nation, we should genuinely
think about whether or not the way
we do things now is the best way, and
whether or not its the way weve
always done it is really a valid reason
not to care.
The Nevada Sagebrush editorial board
can be reached at tbynum@sagebrush.
unr.edu and on Twitter @TheSagebrush.

Dont let your

race be a barrier

here are probably a million types of societal

aspects influencing the average college
student. Walking around the campus, I see
people connected to their technology, and
Ive come to realize that headphones, laptops, phones
and pretty much any other type of machinery is a must
for everyday survival. But in my personal experience,
college is a little different because youre in a micro
society that actually cares about what
goes on in the world. While many
college students are still addicted to
technology, they still show that they
care about what is going on in the
Whether its local or international,
people like to get involved and shape
the future in both small and large
ways. Something I admire about my
fellow college students is that we
share the same passion to make a
Latino Voices
difference in the world. We are the
generation that is shaping the world.
As a Hispanic Woman I have never felt I was shorted
opportunities due to my race.
Its true that my parents were amazed to see how
opportunities like studying abroad or learning Chinese
or Arabic were opportunities so readily available to me.
Its also true that Ive always known that going to a
university was the path I was destined to take. Whether
it was in this country or another country, I would
have tried my best to expand my education and make
a better life for myself and my family, which I know
is a widespread sentiment shared by people of all
backgrounds attending college.
As a Hispanic, Ive never felt like my dreams were
too big for the color of my skin or the background that
I come from. I never really identified myself as being
different because I come from a different background
than most people around me. Im proud of the things
that make me different; whether thats drinking
Champurrado instead of hot chocolate in the winter, or
celebrating two independence days in a year instead of
one, these experiences have shaped who I am.
Though I also understand the difficulties that can
come with being a Hispanic woman at times. Learning
about controversial subjects like illegal immigration,
and whether or not women deserve equal pay to men
frustrate me because I recognize the fact that they are
still major issues in society. But with my generation,
I know we have the power to change the problems
society faces by using our voices to speak out.
The voices of Hispanics, though a minority, matter.
They matter when we vote for the things we want to
change in our society.
My purpose in looking for Latino groups around
campus was to make a change. It was an attempt to
meet people that came from the same background as
me, people who shared similar life experiences and
knew where I was coming from.
Its definitely not just university students that should
get involved. Everyday Latinos can be proactive in
many ways by getting to know issues not only in their
local areas but also in the nation and in the world. We
can join groups that advocate issues such as equal
rights, immigration and equal pay. This way more and
more people understand the facts of the issues and find
ways to add their opinion to sway the changes to their
Despite the fact that Im thousands of miles away
from the country my parents were raised in, coming to
the university has helped me become more in touch
with not only my cultural identity, but also a wide
variety of cultural identities.
It has shown me that to change things, a person
must speak their mind even if it goes against that of the
masses, because there is definitely strength in numbers.
I know a lot of Hispanics have been scared to speak out
against injustices for fear of problems they may face.
Yet, this is definitely not the way to go if people - not
just Hispanics - want to change the issues in our society.
Sure there are obstacles to be faced yet the struggle
is the thing that will lead us to getting our ideas at least
out there and known. Its all about taking that leap of
As I continue to learn what it means to be a college
student, sleepless nights and anxiety attacks and all,
I think back to the path that has led me to this point
in my life. As a Hispanic woman, I refuse to see any
barriers in my path, because although there are going to
be mountains to climb, I know that I just have to keep
putting one foot in front of the other to get where Im
Edurne Gonzalez studies BLANK. He can be reached at
alexandraschultz@unr.edu and on Twitter @AliSchultzzz.

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Construction vehicles sit parked in what used to be the University of Nevada, Renos largest metered lot on Sunday Aug. 23. The construction of
the E. L. Wiengand Fitness Center is causing controversy, because many students feel the funds used to built the fitness center could have gone

New gym was not a necessity

n the day and age where new is always

better, it seems like there are smarter
places the University of Nevada, Reno,
could spend its money. Parking, lecture
sizes and space on campus, are just a few of
many problems students are facing as the
university continues to expand. So why is
it that UNR went on to build a new fitness
center instead of combatting
real problems?
The new gym puts UNR
up to par with other schools
athletically; however, it
might not be a half-bad
idea to push the new
recreational center back
a few years. The delay of
this enormous project
would allow the university
to create enough parking
structures, to sustain the
student body and to entertain the next large
influx of freshmen and transfer students.
There isnt a desperate need for a new gym,
because Lombardi accommodates all the
needs of your average athlete already. Sure, it
may not have the luxuries of other high-end
gyms, but if youre a little innovative with your
workouts, you can get just as much done.
One daunting fact about the E. L. Wiegand
Fitness Center is that all short-meter parking

in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union is

now nonexistent. Not only is the gym being
built as a priority over parking, its also taking
away parking spaces! In Nevada Today, Vice
President of Student Services Shannon Ellis
stated that the new fitness center is to help
develop students mind, body and spirit.
Not many students will be thinking about how
well their mind, body or spirit has developed
while theyre freezing walking from their cars
to class come spring semester. This makes this
expansion appear to be more for looks than
student convenience; because when it comes
to necessities, more available parking closer to
campus, is much more important than a gym.
Another addition to this campus that would
be more useful than a gym, would be more
lecture halls for students. The class of 2015
boasted the largest freshman class to date.
As long as Nevada doesnt have any serious
hiccups, the following freshman classes are
predicted to gain size yearly. This does not
bode well for lecture and discussion sizes.
This year, through observation alone, any
student or faculty member can clearly see
that the amount of students in classrooms
has increased. Ive personally been impacted
by this problem. Just last Thursday, my music
appreciation class was filled to the brim. Due
to the lack of seats, multiple students were
forced to take their test standing, or sitting on

the ground. While an overflow of students may

not affect the entire student body as of now, in
a year or two it will.
Furthermore, as the university begins to
swell, transportation may become limited to
only foot traffic. At peak hours, it is almost
impossible for even the most skilled biker
or skater to weave their way through crowds
on their way to class. If anything, their use
of transportation is a danger to students
traveling by foot, during primetime hours.
These traffic jams of people not only impede
bicyclists and skateboarders, but also the
everyday person in a hurry. Sometimes its
impossible to maneuver your way around
these large crowds, and youre stuck walking
at a pace that might, just make you miss
the quiz at the beginning of your class. Just
something else Nevada shouldve looked into
before deciding to build a state-of-the-art
Parking, new lecture halls and space on
campus are just a few places where Nevada
could use improvements. Itd make a great
deal of sense for the campus to address theses
issues, before taking on less serious as issues
specifically the E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center.
Brandon Cruz studies journalism. He can be
reached at alexandraschultz@unr.edu and on
Twitter @brandon_cruz23.


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Dont ban

Illustration by Zak Brady/Nevada Sagebrush

Please, No-more-vember
Nothing great comes
from November

he month of November brings beards,

Thanksgiving and mental breakdowns.
Without a doubt, November is the worst
month of the entire year. I mean, what
the hell is so great about November? It starts
to get frigid outside, midterm grades come in
(scary thought) and boys around campus become
indistinguishable from cavemen. It seems like the
responsibilities during this month
are never-ending between bills,
grades and life responsibilities.
I am sure you are all thinking
I am some pessimistic princess
who seeks out reasons to
complain about life (not entirely
true). I am just saying think about
it. The only positive thing that
comes to mind when thinking
about the month of November
is Thanksgiving, which is vastly
Schultz Happens overrated. First of all, what even is
Thanksgiving? I get it, the premise
behind the holiday is wonderful. I would never
pass up a day with my family to eat spectacular
food cooked by the one and only Mama Schultz,
and to reflect on all the things I should be grateful

for, such as my health, beautiful friends and

family. But really, when is eating dinner at 2 p.m.
acceptable when there are so many responsibilities
awaiting us? Oh Ali, but set aside those worries for
the football games? Not that I am a sports enthusiast by any means, but I can say I enjoy a nice
pigskin game. But how in the hell am I supposed to
even stay awake through a football game when its
as if the tryptophan in the turkey is no better than
taking an Ambien? Most of us are only awake for
about 6 hours on Thanksgiving, so how do we really
know if its even that great?
But it isnt the famous sleepy meal that even
starts to irk me; it is the premature beards that
start to pop up everywhere. No-Shave November?
Listen, I am not opposed to beards. The whole
flannel hipster look boys rock isnt something I
am totally opposed to. However, if you are rocking an Al Pacino beard to the point where I can
mistake some of my peers as homeless Fourth
Street dwellers, then we should probably start
establishing ground rules. Then of course there is
the half-patchy-I-still-cant-grow-facial-hair-butstill-want-to-try beard, which is the absolute worst.
But the absolute worst thing of all is November
bringing midterm grades, class registration and the
undeniable stress finals will start to bring. Midterm
grades really have students feeling some type of
way. I know they have me re-evaluating if I am
going to pass this semester, let alone even going
to graduate college. Then comes class registration.
Anxiety is at an all-time high when waiting for

your registration date. We can all agree there is no

worse feeling than your stomach dropping when it
comes time for enrollment and all your shopping
cart classes are full. Dont even get me started on
the poor seniors. November is the pressured month
for seniors to start making crucial life decisions.
Its time to give up Wing Wednesdays and kick-start
grad school apps or the hunt for real grown-up
jobs. It seems the second midterms end, professors
begin handing out final exam study guides. This
month seems to be a buildup of never-ending
stress with little to absolutely nothing to look
forward to.
November is nothing but one big countdown for
December. Stores start to jam-pack their shelves
with Christmas decor. This just makes everyone
want to fast-forward to the Christmas festivities.
It cant come fast enough. It seems too early to
listen to Christmas music, and cable TV wont start
televising Christmas classics until at least after
Thanksgiving. This makes November a month of
anxious anticipation, which is never fun.
Something promising to keep in mind, students,
is we are only a month away from winter break, Elf
being regularly televised, clean-shaven faces and
a second of peace to end the year. So breathe and
buckle down students. We will make it through this
Ali Schultz studies journalism. She can be reached
at alexandraschultz@unr.edu and on Twitter @

ubway recently released

a statement stating it
would not be using any
kind of meat that has
been treated with antibiotics. In
the next few years the company
wants to be entirely antibiotic-free
in its restaurant chain, starting
with chicken this
March and turkey
sometime next
year. Subway
also hopes to
follow within
the next six
years with both
pork and beef.
According to
Reuters, Subways
competitors such
as Chipotle and
McDonalds plan to make a very
similar change one day.
The main reason Subway is
changing its policy is because
the company has recently been
targeted by advocacy groups
petitioning for the change. Subway
released a statement to its producers, so they could be prepared for
the change. Despite the possible
uproar caused by some, Subway is
moving forward with its antibioticfree implementation. Reuters
states that feeding antibiotics to
livestock could lead to antibioticresistant superbugs, a health
hazard for humans.
Many farmers are very upset
with Subways decision. Farmers
want to assure the public that
animal welfare really is in the best
interest of the farmers. Antibiotics
are often used as a treatment to
increase growth and productivity
of the animals; however, farmers
also administer antibiotics to their
animals when they are sick in order
to improve their well-being. Animal
antibiotics were made to help sick
animals and nurse them back to
health, just like human antibiotics.
If farmers stop giving antibiotics
to their livestock, they might as
well just put a bullet in the animals
heads; otherwise, they might just
have to watch them suffer.
Farmers use the antibiotics to
increase the weight of the animals
and help the animals stay alive and
healthy. If the animals weigh more,
they obviously have more meat for
the farmer to profit from. At the
same time, the animals are being
treated to ensure a better-quality
life. If animals are stricken with
disease, they shouldnt have to
live out their lives without being
treated. That is cruel.
Humans have been ingesting
meat with antibiotics for many
years and nothing has changed,
other than people becoming more
cognizant of what they are putting
into their bodies. Many advocacy
groups have been mixing up the
difference between antibiotics and
standard growth hormones. When
an animal is given antibiotics, the
farmer is required to leave that
animal on the ranch until the
antibiotics have left its system.
There is a certain time period
created by the FDA for this process.
When animals are given growth
hormones they stay in the meat for
the rest of their lives and humans
then ingest them. It is not even
necessarily the antibiotics in the
meat that are unhealthy for human
consumption, but instead the
meat that was given the growth
I cannot agree with Subways
decision. I know the ropes of
growing up on a farm. And because
of growing up on a cattle ranch, I
know the importance of taking care
of a sick animal. It is the humane,
right thing to do. If an animal was
given an antibiotic, it truly needed
It is neither fair nor ethically right
for an animal to suffer because a
company didnt want to deal with
the real problem: the uneducated
people who have not taken enough
time to research the implications
animals would face if companies
like Subway moved forward
and implemented this change.
People should know that cattle and
other livestock given antibiotics
are not the real danger, but growth
hormones are what we should be
concerned with.
Animals depend on their owners
to take care of them. If an animal
is sick and needs to be taken care
of, it depends on us to make it feel
better. It is important to factor in
the quality of life for these farm
animals while they are alive.
Subway and other companies
alike should consider the wellbeing of animals in making these
pressing decisions. We must not
forget to show compassion to our
furry and feathery friends. Reconsider your moves, Subway.
Brook Harmon studies ecology.
She can be reached at alexandraschultz@unr.edu and on Twitter


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vs. Arizona

W 31-17

L 44-20

at Texas
L 44-27


Best basketball
student sections


SDSUs student section,

nicknamed The Show, was
the first student section to use giant
cutouts as peoples heads behind the
basket. They also were the first school
to use the phrase I believe that we
will win, which they trademarked a
few years ago. When youre 64-5 at
home in the last five years, anything



Nicknamed The Izzone

after head coach Tom Izzo,
Michigan States student section
presents one of the best home court
advantages in college basketball, with
MSU winning 45 of their last 51 home
games. Students in The Izzone are
notorious for painting their bodies in
all white.

One of the biggest party

schools in country, the
University of Arizona is also home to
one of the wildest student sections
the ZonaZoo. Theyve won 38
consecutive home games and have
led the Pac-12 in attendance for 30
years in a row.

at Buffalo

vs. UNLV

W 24-21

L 23-17

vs. New
W 35-17

at Wyoming

vs. Hawaii

L 28-21

W 30-20


at Fresno
W 30-16

vs. San Jose

1 p.m.

Football vs basketball
Which is the better live experience?


The Cameron Crazies are

the most talked about student
section in the country, mostly because
they sit alongside the side of the
court instead of behind the basket
and spend the majority of the game
jumping up and down in unison. The
Dukies havent lost a home game to a
non-ACC opponent since 2000.

vs. San Jose State

Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m.

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vs. UC Davis



Although Kansas is considered

one of the most boring states
in the country, the Jayhawks create
a little pocket of excitement for
students in Dorothys state. Of the
17,700 seats in Allen Field House,
over one quarter are reserved for
students, making it one of the largest
student sections in the country.


Nevada vs San Jose State


Quote of the Week: My grandfather once

told me that there were two kinds of
people: those who do the work and those
who take the credit. He told me to try to
be in the first group; there was much less




Boise State



Air Force



Utah State



New Mexico



Colorado State









San Diego State






San Jose State






Fresno State









The average college football game in 2013 took 3 hours

and 23 minutes, which is about the same amount of time it
takes to fly from Reno to Chicago. Whats even more telling
is the ball is actually in play for about 11 minutes per game.
That means that for 3 hours and 12 minutes fans are doing
absolutely nothing besides running back and forth between
the beer line and their seat in order to get through the first
half of nonexistent play.
The average length of a college basketball game in 2013 was
2 hours and 10 minutes. Whats even better is that basketball
is fluid; play can go on for several minutes in a row without
stoppage, meaning students wont constantly be caught looking
at Twitter while waiting for the next play to start.

The Wolf Pack womens tennis team

put up a valiant effort in its most
recent tournament, the Santa Clara
Invitational. Although the teams first
day wasnt bright, day two came with
its shining moments. In the singles
portion of the tournament, Sheila
Morales and Claudia Herrero came
out with victories in three sets, while
senior Monika Magusiak won her
match in just two. Nevadas doubles
pair, comprised of Lea Schneider and
Monika Magusiak, used the fuel from
the singles matches to take home two
victories for Nevada.

Although Mackay Stadium is about as big as a Texas high
school stadium, witnessing all of the action is not easy. Thats
why older fans will bring binoculars to the game in order to
catch a glimpse of the 11 minutes of action. And if you happened
to miss the play live, good luck watching on the big screen,
which looks like it was constructed during the Reagan era.
This is basketballs single greatest advantage; fans are almost
on top of the court, creating an electric environment. The
snug Lawlor Events Center forces fans to be close to the
action. If Nevada basketball becomes a formidable
opponent, Lawlor should make for an advantageous
home court.


Nevadas womens swimming and
diving team notched another victory
in its belt, defeating Boise State in
quick fashion (199-101). With this
win, the team now stands at 7-0
overall and is the highest-ranked team
in the Mountain West Conference.
The charge was led by Yawen Li and
Teresa Baerens, who each earned three
swimming event victories, as well as
Krysta Palmer, who won both of her
diving events and remains undefeated
this season.

Nevada football hasnt had the greatest
year. Losing at home to UNLV and losing
to winless (at the time) Wyoming doesnt
exactly motivate fans to come out to
Mackay. Amazingly enough, if Nevada
wins their last three games of the
season, they have an outsiders
chance of playing in the Mountain
West Conference championship,
but dont hold your breath.
Nevada basketball has
excitement around
the program for the
first time in nearly
a decade thanks
to the hiring of
former NBA
head coach

Madison Foley and Madison Morell
led Nevadas volleyball team in a 3-1
victory over Fresno State. Foley came
away with her ninth double-double
of the season and Morell now has
consecutive 20 plus kill performances.
While these two led the offensive
efforts, the defensive side was led with
numerous blocks by Sam Willoughby
(seven), Kathryn Groenweghe (six)
and Peighton De Von (five). The Packs
next two games will take place on the
road, first at Utah State and Boise State
shortly after.

Awful news strikes the womens
basketball team, as guard T Moe suffers
a season-ending knee injury. Moe had
just finished rehabbing her knee after
dealing with an injury that occurred last
year, which also caused her to miss the
entire season. Head coach Jane Albright
states that the team is devastated by
the loss, but has to keep moving forward
because this is just the start of its

Eric Musselman. Musselman has

promised to play an exciting, up-tempo style of
basketball, which should make for an entertaining
live experience for fans. Musselman has already
recruited a couple freak athletes, like Cameron
Oliver, that might just keep Nevada students
filing into Lawlor.
Jack Rieger can be reached at jrieger@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @JackRieger.

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Indira Gandhi



Reno, Nevada, is notorious for three things: an abundance

of homeless people, deteriorating casinos and freezing-cold
winters. Nevada football has the unfortunate assignment of
playing from September until December, when the weather
dips well below freezing temperatures. Not even large quantities
of vodka can shield a college student from that type of frigid
weather, forcing most students to leave at halftime in order to
hide from the cold.
Nevada basketball has the fortunate circumstance of playing
their games in the heated dome that is Lawlor Events Center. Besides Wolfie the mascot who is almost certainly on the verge
of suffocating in his/her Wookiee costume most students
are comfortably viewing the game from their arena seats.
Although the climate is room temperature, most students
leave at halftime anyway.

Where: Mackay Stadium

Field Turf (30,000)

2014 season records: Nevada (7-6

overall, 4-4 MWC), San Jose State (3-9
overall, 2-6 MWC)

12:30 p.m.

at San Diego

By Jack Rieger

When: Saturday, Nov. 14,

1:00 p.m.

TV: Campus Insiders

at Utah State

Center AJ West (three) goes up for a two-handed dunk in a game last season at Lawlor Events Center. West averaged
12 points and 11 rebounds last season as a junior for the Pack.

Brandon Cruz can be reached at neil@

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First-year head coach Eric Musselman has brought a lot of
attention to the program and has gotten the fanbase excited,
but it is important to keep everything in perspective. If the
Pack finishes at or above .500 then that will be considered a
huge success. As Bill Parcells said, You are what your record
says you are. This team has shown improvement in the first
two preseason games, but the Mountain West is a tough
conference, so I think theyll pull some upsets and get everyone
stoked for the future. The fans will also enjoy watching Cameron
Oliver and Lindsey Drew.


Neil Patrick



When I talked to Coach Musselman last week, he told me he

wouldnt judge his teams success based on wins and losses, but
rather on improvement, attendance and attitude. That sounds
like a typical coaching answer, but I especially agree with the
attendance aspect because if attendance increases that means
the product has improved. Musselman has promised one thing
in particular: this team will play with lots of energy and will be
exciting to watch, so I think attitude and improvement are a
given. If Nevada which is a football school is drawing fans
to Lawlor, consider that a huge success.



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Chris Dick Blake sets your
fantasy lineup for week 10
RB Mark Ingram: The days of
a three-headed running back
carrousel in New Orleans looks to
be over. With the injury to Khiry
Robinson and
limited playing
time for C.J.
Spiller, Ingram
has been the
go-to guy as of
late. With Ingram
struggling a little
bit last week, the
Saints are going
Chris Dick
to look to get him
going. Luckily
Dicks Picks
for the Saints, he
has a terrific matchup against a
Redskins defense that has allowed
four straight 130+ yard rushers.
Prediction: 24 carries, 137 yards,
2 TDs 4 rec, 47 yards

WR DeAndre Hopkins: Hopkins has
been a stud this year despite not
having a good quarterback throwing
to him. He has been the one bright
spot on a Texan team that was
expecting much more. They face the
Cincinnati Bengals this week who
is one of three undefeated teams
remaining. I look for Hopkins to
struggle Monday night in Cincinnati
against a Bengals defense that will
be fired up.
Prediction: five rec, 46 yards

QB Blake Bortles: The second-year
quarterback has not been as bad
as you would think, considering
he is the leader of the 2-6 Jaguars.
Bortles has a better QBR than
Peyton Manning, Cam Newton and
Joe Flacco so far and has broken out
for a big game multiple times this
year. This week could be another
big game for Bortles as he faces
the worst secondary in football in
the Baltimore Ravens. With Allen
Robinson, Julius Thomas and Allen
Hurns all to throw to, I see Bortles
having another big game Sunday.
Prediction: 28-49, 355 yards, three
TDs, one INT.
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NEVADA 5-4, SJSU 4-5 Pack Preview

Here come the

nder the bright lights during
primetime on Thursday
night football on ESPN and
with bowl hopes hanging in
the balance, the Wolf Pack
stepped up on the road and
beat the Fresno State Bulldogs 30-16. The
game was full of big plays from the Pack and
its a win that got the fan base excited, but
lets not forget something: Fresno State is
absolutely terrible. Sitting
at an atrocious 2-7 after
the loss to Nevada, the
Bulldogs were the easiest
game remaining on the
schedule. While the win
last Thursday was huge
in terms of qualifying for
a bowl game, the rest of
the schedule is far less
Neil Patrick
forgiving. In the final home
game of the season, the
San Jos State Spartans
come marching into Mackay Stadium and
both teams are in must-win mode. In college
football, November is for contenders, and
both teams need this game to contend for a


The last time the Spartans beat the Wolf
Pack was in 2007 and I was a freshman
in high school. Its a funny story actually. I made the trip down to the Bay Area
because my dad was doing play-by-play
for Nevada and when San Jos State pulled
the upset over freshman quarterback Colin
Kaepernick, I stormed the field with their
fans because I just wanted to celebrate with
whomever. Despite the upset loss in 2007,
Nevada has an all-time record of 18-8-2
against San Jos State and is currently riding
a six game winning streak. That being said,
this San Jos State team may be one of the

better teams on the field since the 11-2

season in 2012.
The Spartans season has been on the
back of one man: running back Tyler Ervin.
Currently third in the nation in rushing
yards with 1239, Irvin is the key to this teams
success. In three of the Spartans five losses,
Ervin was held below 100 yards (93 against
Oregon State, 22 against San Diego State
and 80 against BYU). But when he is on, the
Spartans are a tough team to beat. In a 49-23
win over Fresno State back in September,
Ervin had 42 carries for 300 yards and three
touchdowns. Arguably the best running back
in the conference and a top running back
in the nation, the game will be won or lost
on Ervins play. Last week in the loss against
BYU, San Jos State went for the two-point
conversion to win the game in the final
seconds of the fourth quarter. The call was
a halfback pass designed for Ervin. Actions
speak louder than words, and the play calling
in crunch time shows that this is Ervins


Some of the usual suspects come into play
here. Running backs Don Jackson and James
Butler both eclipsed 100 yards for the game
(Butler with 122 and Jackson with 140) and
Hasaan Henderson had a monster game
with five catches, 136 yards and a huge
73-yard touchdown. Despite the playmakers
on offense stepping up, the star of the
game was freshman safety Dameon Baber
and his three interceptions. Since making
his debut start against Buffalo back in late
September, Baber has tallied 34 tackles
and six interceptions. After such a stellar
freshman campaign, Baber will certainly
be considered for some All-Mountain West
second team or honorable mention honors
when the regular season ends later this


This is going to be a game run-heavy game

and Nevadas front seven will have their hands
full with defending one of the best running
backs in the country. That being said, I have a
feeling that the key to the game is quarterback
Tyler Stewart. Will he be able to execute the
play-action pass and take advantage of San
Jos States defense when they load up the
box to stop the run? Nevadas no. 1 receiver
(either Henderson or Jerico Richardson) will
be covered by one of the best cornerbacks
in the country in Cleveland Wallace III. A
transfer from the University of Washington in
2013, Wallace was second-team All-Mountain
West last season and is on pace to do much
of the same in 2015. With three interceptions,
including a key pick-six late in the second
quarter against BYU last Saturday, Tyler
Stewart cannot afford to leave any passes up
for grabs with a ball hawk corner like Wallace
roaming around the secondary.

The hunt for that elusive sixth win will
have to continue for the Pack. Ervin is
too good of a running back not to expose
Nevadas defense. Just like Arizonas Nick
Wilson (183 yards and three touchdowns),
Texas A&Ms Tra Carson (137 yards) and
Wyomings Brian Hill (188 yards), Ervin will
gash huge holes in the defense. Nevada
will probably start slow in the first half like
usual, which will force Stewart to make
plays in the air and that is always trouble
for Nevada (0-4 this season when Stewart
throws the ball 29 times or more). San Jos
State will control time of possession with
Ervin and the Pack will have to beat either
Utah State or San Diego State, which is a
very tall order.
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The sports desk debates Nevadas

upcoming basketball season

Neil Healy: The shooting woes continue for the Pack, and I dont expect it to get significantly better. In the
first exhibition game against a lowly Dominican squad, Nevada shot 37 percent from the floor and only made
one three-pointer. This is a lowly Division II school holding Nevada to that low of a shooting percentage, so how
is the Pack going to do against teams like San Diego State, UNLV, Boise State and New Mexico? The teams only
real pure scorer is guard Eric Cooper Jr. and he isnt exactly a sharp shooter. Shooting less than 30 percent from
the floor last season, Cooper has a lot to prove before he can be a go-to shooting threat in crunch time. I know
the increased tempo will be huge for Nevada, but when they play teams who deliberately slow down the pace
of the game, expect the shooting percentage to go down.
Jack Rieger: The 2014-2015 college basketball season was one of the lowest scoring years in NCAA history,
and Nevada didnt exactly help those numbers. Nevada scored just 60 points per game last year, which ranked
322nd in the country. To call the team offensively challenged would be like calling Danny DeVito vertically
challenged accurate, but vastly understated. Nevada has one catch-and-shoot guy, Eric Cooper Jr., whose
only job is to score the ball. This means Nevada is going to have a hard time playing from behind, which is a
situation they might find themselves in often given the conference they play in. If they want to improve their
scoring, Nevada is going to have to depend on fastbreak points and free throws.


N: Im going (slightly) over, as in
one or two games. Ill bet Jack is
going to be negative on this question,
but this is a well-coached team that
can play tough defense, turn up the
tempo, draw fouls and make their free
throws. The freshmen will develop
before our eyes and they should be
able to steal some games from teams
they shouldnt. I do think theyll
stumble against teams that slow
down the pace and play half-court,
but guys like Drew, Oliver, West, and
even Cooper and D.J. Fenner should
put together some quality minutes.
I think the close games that Nevada
lost last year will turn into wins this
year because the team is in much
better shape and can hit their free
throws consistently, which are both
huge aspects in winning nail-biters in
the MWC. A solid above-.500 record
will lay the groundwork for what
Musselman will do with this program
in the years to come.
J: Sports writers have a tendency
to overhype teams in the preseason,
which includes you, Neil. Nevada
basketball hasnt had serious excitement around the team in a long,
long time, and theyre not ready to
contend quite yet. This team will be
more fun to watch than recent teams
and they will play much harder, but I
see them finishing around 13-17 in a
solid MWC. Eric Musselman had the
opportunity to coach as an assistant
in the NBA this season, yet chose to
coach a small, unproven basketball
program with a limited history.
Thanks to Musselmans dedication
to Nevada, It wont be long before
theyre winning 20 or more games a

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been around in my life, said Musselman. He used

to call them the three Es. Energy, effort and enthusiasm. And I think in any walk of life you have to have
all three of those to be successful.
Coach Musselman has applied his fathers theory
on energy and competitiveness to his coaching style.
In both of Nevadas two scrimmages this year, theyve
been adamant about pushing the ball in transition
and creating fast break opportunities. D.J. Fenner
and Cameron Oliver both had highlight reel dunks
that ignited Lawlor Events Center, something that
has been lacking in recent years.
We want to play in a way thats cosmetically
pleasing to the fans, said Musselman. We want to
play a fast and up-tempo game.
Like many coaches, Musselmans road to success
included several stints in developmental leagues
like the Continental Basketball Association and the
United States Basketball League. At the age of 23,
he was the youngest coach in CBA history, and also
became the youngest coach to win 100 games. He
spent the next 13 years bouncing around different
leagues, including multiple assistant coaching positions in the NBA.
Following his stint with the Kings in 2007, Musselman spent time coaching the Reno Big Horns,
the Los Angeles D-Fenders, and most recently as an
assistant coach for Arizona State and LSU. He has a
566-340 record in his 25-year coaching career, and is
described as a brilliant offensive mind by former
NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy.


N: Defense and free throws are the obvious choices
here. Despite working on offense more than 60
percent of the time in practice, Musselman says that
defense is the strength of most of the players on the
team. AJ West is the obvious guy here, but Marqueze
Coleman, Lindsey Drew and Cameron Oliver will
have a big impact on the defensive side of the ball.
One guy who may have as big of an impact as West
is guard Tyron Criswell, who has been labeled as the
enforcer of the team going into the season. He may
not be the leading scorer night in and night out, but
he will set the tone defensively. The other big strength
is free throws. For the life of me, I dont understand
why guys like Los Angeles Clippers center Deandre
Jordan shoot around 40 percent from the free throw
line. Notice the key word free in there? No one is
defending you; all you have to do is just practice your
free throws and youve got it. Obviously, the Pack has
been practicing their free throws. In the two preseason
games, Nevada has shot over 80 percent from the
charity stripe (82 percent against Dominican and 84
against Alaska-Fairbanks). That is a huge jump from
last years 70 percent. In last years dumpster fire of a
9-22 finish, the Pack lost 10 games by eight points or
less. Make some free throws and that record may be a
little different. Defense and free throws will reap major
benefits down the stretch of a tough Mountain West
J: With Eric Musselman, Nevada has the luxury
of being the only team in the Mountain West led by
a former NBA head coach. Think about that for a
second. Nevada basketball a team with four tournament wins in the history of their program and a budget
that ranks near the very bottom of the conference is
now coached by a guy with hundreds of NBA games
under his belt. Without a doubt the Packs greatest
strength is their coaching staff, which is a huge deal
in college basketball because of the immaturity and
youth of the players. After talking with coach Muss
over the last couple weeks, I have a feeling he wants
to be with Nevada for a long time, which bodes well
for Nevada fans who have suffered through years of
desolation. Great coaches have a tendency to get the
most out of their players, and I expect Musselman to
do the same with guys like Coleman, Fenner and Drew.

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J: Besides Stephons Mobile Bistro,
Cameron Oliver is the best-kept secret
in Reno right now. A 6-foot-8 power
forward who originally committed
to Oregon State, Oliver is an athletic
anomaly who plays almost exclusively
above the rim. During Nevadas two
exhibition games, Oliver delivered a few
who is this guy moments for fans in
attendance. He will benefit from playing
in Musselmans up-tempo offense,
where hell be free to use his athletic
skills in transition. There are plenty of
players who will control the ball more
than Cam, but Oliver is a wild-card
player who has the potential to lead the

Given his extensive coaching experience and

proven success, why would Eric Musselman choose
to coach at a smaller school like the University of
Nevada? Its a fair question to ask considering Nevadas limited success as a basketball program, their
restricted budget which ranks near the bottom of
their conference and their lack of support from the
local community. According to Musselman, his decision had to do with family, geography and recruiting.
Ive lived in Reno before while coaching the Big
Horns, said Musselman. My wife loves it here; we
have a 5-year-old daughter and we know its a great
area to raise kids. And then just as important as anything, I thought we could win here. When I looked
at areas that we would want to recruit, it was L.A.,
San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, and Las Vegas.
All those areas are places Ive spent a lot of time and
I know a lot of the high schools and AAU [Amateur
Athletic Union] programs in those areas, so I thought
geographically it made sense.
Regardless of why Musselman chose Nevada, the
Wolf Pack has struck gold. A team with just four
NCAA tournament wins, and hasnt been to the
dance since 2007, is now led by a two-time NBA head
Although Musselman has an extensive history of
success, turning Nevada basketball into a consistent
winner will be no easy task. Nevada won just nine
out of 31 games last year, and hasnt had a winning
season since leaving the Western Athletic Conference in 2012. But now with Musselman, Nevada has
the most elusive gift in sports: hope.
Jack Rieger can be reached at jrieger@sagebrush.unr.
edu or on Twitter @JackRieger.

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N: Well, now the Bistro isnt a secret
anymore. Way to go, Jack! Anyway,
AJ West is probably the best player
and Cameron Oliver will definitely
be the most exciting, but Im picking
freshman point guard Lindsey Drew
as the most important player. Nevada
lacks a true point guard who can make
key passes while being able to play
solid defense. If Drew develops like
Musselman and I both think he can,
then Drew is the answer for a lot of
those issues. Colman has failed to
develop as a pure point guard despite

being a great athletic guard who can

run the floor. Drew needs to improve
his shooting (much like the rest of
the team), but the further along the
season gets the better this kid will play.
His 6-foot-4 frame and his long arms
make him built to play tough defense
and when I watch I see the potential
in his ability to make the key passes.
This kid is for sure the future, but he is
also the present. There will be growing
pains, but Drew will figure it out. With
a former NBA player and coach for a
dad and two older brothers who played
college ball, Drew was almost born to
be a point guard.

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Nevada freshmen
look to make impact
By Neil Patrick Healy
First-year head basketball coach Eric Musselman managed to get the commitments of two key
players just weeks after taking the job at Nevada, and they will be key pieces in his plan to rebuild
the once great Wolf Pack basketball program. Nevada fans, meet forward Cameron Oliver and
point guard Lindsey Drew. Remember the names, because these freshmen are both the present
and the future of the program.

To say Lindsey Drew comes from a basketball background is an understatement. He has a
purebred pedigree in getting buckets. Drew is the son of former NBA head coach and the No. 17
overall pick in the 1980 NBA draft Larry Drew, while his two older brothers Larry II and Landon
both played Division I basketball. His oldest brother Larry II played at North Carolina and then
transferred to UCLA, while Landon played at Cal State, Northridge.
The 6-foot-4 point guard from Los Angeles possesses the qualities that make him perfect for
Musselmans system. His frame and athletic ability give him the ability to play good defense
against quality point guards that are common in the Mountain West, while his court vision
makes him perfect for making the outlet pass in transition. Originally committing to Arizona
State, Drew flipped to Nevada and will be expected to play a major role in the offense this season.
Musselman believes that his presence on defense will be his best asset this season.
He has unbelievable anticipation defensively, Musselman said in an interview with RGJ
sports writer Chris Murray. He gets his hands on so many balls and deflections. He came in and
everybody said he had a high basketball IQ, and he does. He needed to get stronger. He needs
to continue to add weight and get stronger. One knock on him was his ability to knock down
perimeter shots, but he gets better and better every day from three-point line.
With the lack of a solidified option in the backcourt, Drew is in a position to become the fulltime starting point guard.

This high-flying freshman forward is what SportsCenter is made for and what makes fans drool
with excitement. Oliver had originally verbally committed to Oregon State, but ended up sitting
out a year before committing to Nevada. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward from Sacramento has
all the ability to be the MWC freshman of the year with his athletic ability, low-post skills and his
overall ferocity with his dunks. He is the perfect running mate with senior center AJ West in his
ability to defend the low post.
[Cams play] was great, West said. For two years not really having anybody next to me and
then having Cam come in and take a load off my back personally is great. Defensively he helps
me with shot blocks and offensively he brings attention to him, so we go on towards the rest of
the season hell draw double teams and Ill be open and vice versa.
In the second exhibition game against Alaska-Fairbanks last Friday, Oliver had a stuffed stat
line of 19 points, 9-for-12 shooting, eight rebounds and four blocks. His points were not just
easy put-backs either. Midway through the second half, Oliver had the ball, faked inside and
drained a 15-foot step-back jumper with a defender in his face. Oliver can do it all.
Both freshmen will be looked to as major contributors this season and it is evident to both
their teammates and coaches that they dont play like freshmen.
You wouldnt have even thought they were freshmen out there, said senior guard Tyron
Criswell. They played great and we need them to continue to play great in order for us to play
Midway through the first half in the exhibition game against Dominican, Drew threw up the
lob pass to Oliver while he was running up the baseline. Oliver caught the lob in mid-air and
threw down the ferocious ally-oop slam. The crowd went nuts and there was a pulse of life in
Lawlor Events Center. With more big plays like this from the Packs new blood and Lawlor will
be brought back to its former glory.
Neil Patrick Healy can be reached at neil@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @NeilTheJuiceMan.
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(Left) Lindsey Drew (14) takes the ball up the floor during Nevadas exhibition game against Alaska-Fairbanks on Friday, Nov. 6 at Lawlor Events Center. (Right) Cameron Oliver (0) jumps up to throw down the dunk
against Alaska-Fairbanks on Friday, Nov. 6, at Lawlor Events Center. Both are freshmen this season and will be looked to play a big, role in the Packs upcoming season.


Preseason MWC
Power Rankings THE TIME HAS COME

By Neil Patrick Healy and Jack Rieger

San Diego State

MVP: Forward Winston Shepard

2014-2015 record: 26-8 (14-4)


Boise State

MVP: Guard Anthony Drmic

2014-2015 record: 25-8 (14-4)


Utah State

MVP: Foward Jalen Moore

2014-2015 record: 18-13 (11-7)


MVP: Forward Derrick Jones

2014-2015 record: 18-15 (8-10)


New Mexico

MVP: Guard Cullen Neal

2014-2015 record: 15-16 (7-11)



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Nevada basketball
begins to rebuild

he pristine blue and white banners hanging

over the court in Lawlor Events Center are
the last remnants of a golden age. From
2004 to 2012, Nevada basketball won six
conference championships, made the NCAA tournament four years in a row (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007)
and had six players selected in the NBA draft. Since
that time, the program has fallen into disarray.
In the three years since joining the Mountain West
in 2012, Nevada has a combined
record of 36-58 and hasnt finished
a season with a winning record.
After the departure of beloved
point guard Deonte Burton, the
Pack suffered its worst season in
recent memory with a horrific 9-22
record. Former head coach David
Carter was shown the door while
the school and the community
Neil Patrick
wondered if the program would
ever capture the same magic that
gripped the imaginations of the
entire fan base for so long. Then Eric Musselman was
hired as the next head coach and everything came
into focus. For the first time in the Mountain West
era, there is hope for the future.
Musselman has brought excitement back into the
program. Much of that attention is directed to next
year and beyond, but make no mistake, Musselmans magic is on display this season. It may take
time, but the 2015-2016 Nevada basketball team has
potential to surprise a lot of naysayers.


Dont expect much of last years slow half-court
offense that Carter ran. This new-look Wolf Pack is
all about high-tempo offense where good athletes
are allowed to make plays. Expect some high flyers
to thrive under Musselmans new system including
junior small forward DJ Fenner and senior point
guard Marqueze Coleman. The key to Nevadas
success is if the tempo stays high and fast. Freshmen
Cameron Oliver and Lindsey Drew will play huge
roles in their first year playing Division I ball; from
how they looked in the first two preseason games,
they wont disappoint. The lone star from last years
debacle season in center AJ West will still be looked
to for rebounds and defense while establishing a
presence down low. West is considered by many to
be the best big man in the conference and he seems
to have adjusted well to the high-tempo offense.


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Center AJ West (3) goes up for the layup against Utah State at Lawlor Events Center last season. West will
be looked to again for his defense and rebounding in his senior season.

If you love dunks, blocks and overall exciting

basketball, then Cameron Oliver just became
your favorite player. The freshman forward out of
Sacramento is, according to his teammates and
coaches, the best dunker on the team and it isnt
close. Rumor has it he can do a reverse 360, and the
world awaits seeing this on the court. The fan base
should be excited to watch this guy play ball because
he fits into Musselmans system perfectly. He runs the
floor well, has an insane vertical, plays great defense
and brings down the thunder when he dunks. In the
second exhibition game against Alaska-Fairbanks
last Friday, Oliver had a stuffed stat line of 19 points,
9-for-12 shooting, eight rebounds and four blocks.
He is exactly what Musselman wants paired with
West to defend the paint while putting on a highlight
show on the offensive end.


The front line of West and Oliver provides the
defense in the paint that is necessary in the Mountain West. With players like Tyron Criswell being the
enforcer on the floor establishing the presence on
defense, the improvement will show dividends. In
the two preseason exhibition games, the Wolf Pack
held Dominican to 32 percent and Alaska-Fairbanks
to 23 percent shooting. Granted, the competition
wasnt elite by any means, but it is evident that
the Pack has improved its defensive play. Another
important and underrated aspect that the Pack has
improved drastically is its free-throw shooting. In
both games in the preseason, Nevada has shot over
80 percent from the charity stripe (82 percent against
Dominican and 84 against Alaska-Fairbanks). In
contrast to last seasons 70 percent, Nevada will win

close games down the stretch of the season with its

ability to shoot free throws.


Despite all of the exciting plays and fun publicity
going into the season, this team is still in need of
improvement. In the first exhibition game against
Dominican, Nevada shot a meager 37 percent from
the floor and only made one three. The tempo of
the offense was slower than Musselman would like
it, which raises the question of what will happen
when the Pack plays teams that like to slow down the
pace of the game? Teams such as MWC contender
San Diego State will make it a point to slow the
game down and force Nevada to make plays in the
half-court. Can Coleman, Fenner and Drew execute
the offense without the luxury of full-court buckets
in transition?


An above-.500 record is more than plausible for
the Pack this season. With the emergence of Oliver
as a go-to player, West continuing to provide the
defense and rebounding down low and the increase
in tempo, Nevada can steal some games against
superior opponents. The lack of consistent shooting
and guard play will come and bite Nevada in some
close games, but at the same time Nevada has the
ability to steal games from higher quality teams.
Anywhere between 14-16 and 17-13 is a realistic goal
for the Pack.
Neil Patrick Healy can be reached at neil@sagebrush.
unr.edu and on Twitter @NeilTheJuiceMan.

Colorado State

MVP: Guard John Gillon

2014-2015 record: 27-7 (13-5)




Fresno State

MVP: Guard Marvelle Harris

2014-2015 record: 15-17 (10-8)


MVP: Center AJ West

2014-2015 record: 9-22 (5-13)



MVP: Guard Josh Adams

2014-2015 record: 25-10 (11-7)

Air Force

MVP: Guard Max Yon

2014-2015 record: 14-17 (6-12)


San Jose State

MVP: Forward Jaleel Williams

2014-2015 record: 2-28 (0-18)

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Former LSU assistant coach and current Nevada

coach Eric Musselman yells instructions during a
2014 basketball game at LSU.

Nevada strikes
gold with coach
Musselman hire


By Jack Rieger
When Nevada tips off their season on Friday Nov.
13, they will be led by their lively new basketball
coach, Eric Musselman.
Musselman was hired in March to replace former
Nevada coach David Carter, who combined for a
24-39 record in his final two seasons with the Pack.
Musselman is one of the most seasoned coaches in
all of college basketball, with over 25 years of coaching experience, including head coaching stints with
the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings. He
is the only coach in the Mountain West Conference
with NBA head coaching experience.
Musslemans basketball romance began in
Ashland, Ohio, where his father, Bill Musselman,
coached the Division II Ashland University Eagles.
I would come home from school and my mom
would drop me off at dads practices, said Musselman. When most kids were watching cartoons in
the morning, game film was on in our house.
Erics father was a notoriously fierce coach who
once famously said, Defeat is worse than death
because you have to live with defeat. Bill was so obsessed with his work, that he would sleep 3 to 5 hours
a night and would keep a VCR machine by his bed in
order to watch game film as he drifted off to sleep.
The younger Mussleman is also an ultra-competitor,
which he says stems directly from his father.
He was the most competetive person Ive ever

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