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By Marcus Lavergne


Scientists retrieve mystery space junk in India Saturday morning, scientists from the International Astronomical Cen- ter of Abu Dhabi collected what they believe to be part of a rocket booster that fell to Earth Friday night. The Center, which organized the collection with the United Arab Emir- ates Space Agency, said the debris fell off the coast of Sri Lanka. The Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona sighted the object in 2013, but according to the European Space Agency, the object was just named WT1190F on Oct. 3 of this year. Although there have been no reports of important findings among the wreckage, the scientists are calling the response effort a success. Those involved said the effort was a positive test of mechanisms that could protect Earth from, or at least lessen destruc- tion from, a large asteroid strike. The debris’s return to Earth has sparked controversy involving the vast amount of space junk outside the atmosphere. NASA administra- tor Charles Bolden voiced concerns about the trash and the potential danger it poses to the planet. Bolden spoke at the Council of Foreign Relations last Thursday, mak- ing it clear that more countries need to invest money into ”debris removal development.” NASA officials believe there could be around 500,000 pieces of trash larger than a marble surrounding the planet, along with more than 100 million smaller junk fragments.


Weapons stolen from Army Reserve Center The FBI reports that weapons were stolen from the Lincoln Stod- dard Army Reserve Center in Mas- sachusetts Saturday night. Unknown assailants broke into the center in Worcester, making off with over a dozen weapons includ- ing M4 assault rifles. According to the FBI and Worcester police, the weapons were taken after the assail- ants entered through the roof of the building. At this time, officials do not know who broke into the Army Reserve Center. After Saturday’s terrorist attacks devastated parts of Paris, France, resulting in a death toll of over 150 people, U.S. cities made ef- forts to tighten security, but the FBI stated the act doesn’t seem to be tied to any terrorist organization. The weapons’ information is in a national database and both the FBI and local police are in the earliest stages of the investigation.


Holland Project to remain on Vesta Street Reno’s well-known arts and music initiative, The Holland Project, raised enough money during a fundraiser to buy the building it currently oc- cupies. The initiative desires to do so before a rent increase negatively impacts its goals. The organization raised 90 percent of the $600,000 necessary to buy the building through partner donations. Some of the money will go to much- needed renovations. The Holland Project relied on com- munity support during its Grounded for Life campaign to raise the final 10 percent. The initiative managed to collect over $61,000, surpassing its original $60,000 goal.

Marcus Lavergne can be reached at mlavergne@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @mavergne21.



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Demonstrators with the Million Stu- dent March pose for a group photo in the historic Quad on Thursday, Nov. 12. The march aimed to achieve free tuition, complete student debt forgiveness and a $15 minimum wage for student workers.

Students march for a more aordable college experience

By Jacob Solis

On a brisk November afternoon, roughly 45 students stood clumped together on the sloping steps of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. A third of the crowd stood with signs in their hands, slogans of defiance, slogans like “education should not require a debt sentence,” scrawled by hand onto the stark white cardstock. Part of the so-called “Million Student March,” a student-led nationwide effort

that took place last Thursday in schools from Oakland to Pittsburgh, students

at UNR demonstrated and marched to

demand free college tuition, cancella-

tion of all outstanding student debt and

a $15 minimum wage for all student

workers during an hour-long demon- stration. Turnout for the march varied wildly from school to school, from the Uni- versity of Nevada, Reno’s less than 50

students to over 1,000 at the University

of California, Santa Barbara.

The name “Million Student March” may have been a bit auspicious for student Jose Olivares, who helped the Reno Justice Coalition with communi- cation and outreach for the event. In his eyes, the outreach didn’t go far enough, making the event a far cry from some previous RJC rallies held last semester. He added, however, that the turnout wasn’t really a disappointment as the quality of the demonstration was more important to him than the quantity of demonstrators. Additionally, RJC co-

founders and event organizers Thio Marigny and Chenay Arberry felt that the event was merely a first step in a longer fight and downplayed the rela- tively low attendance. As to why students decided to stay home for this rally, Olivares felt that students just don’t care as much about education compared to gun regulation or systemic racism, the targets of the RJC’s prior protests.

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targets of the RJC’s prior protests. See MARCH page A2 Photo provided by the National Oceanic
targets of the RJC’s prior protests. See MARCH page A2 Photo provided by the National Oceanic

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A thermal map of the world shows the band of warm water that characterizes El Niño. The phenom- enon a ects climate on a global scale, from wetter winters in the southwest United States to drier droughts in South Africa.

So does El Niño bring the snow?

By Jacob Solis

No, as it turns out. Well, not technically anyways. For starters, El Niño is a cli- mate phenomenon that’s char- acterized by unusually warm surface waters in the Pacific Ocean near the equator. This has all kinds of consequences, the most visible one being plenty of extra rainfall for the southern U.S. In the two years when El Niño was at its histori- cal highs, 1982-83 and 1997-98, the Sierra Nevadas saw more than a little bit of snow fall from the sky. This year is seeing another his- torically strong El Niño through October, and predictions from

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Local urban farm owners down, but not out

By Marcus Lavergne

A journey through Reno, Nevada’s Midtown thrusts you from the city’s vintage, casino- filled backdrop into a Bohemian paradise abundant in everything from music to museums. There, a person can find a variety of shops and venues that provide goods ranging from art products

to bottled craft beers. The area has gained a reputation for its urban growth and contempo- rary flair, with businesses that incorporate many of the styles and tastes of today’s youth. On Oct. 30, the area did, how- ever, lose a slice of its own rural Americana culture in a 1-acre produce plot, which fed the community for the past three

years. Lost City Farm provided fresh, organic produce to local restaurants as well as the Great Basin Community Food Coop- erative. Farmers Toni Ortega and Lyndsey Langsdale leased the land in October 2012, but a $1-million price tag on perma- nently owning the land was too hefty for the partners. Ortega and Langsdale have

closed down the farm for the time being. The two are pursu- ing new land options in hopes of starting fresh. Although the price for land ownership was too high, Ortega said she under- stands. In an area that is growing consistently, it’s natural when things like this happen.

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Making sense of the Paris attacks

By Jacob Solis

Editor’s Note: THE WHOLE STORY will be an occasional feature where The Nevada Sagebrush takes a comprehen- sive look at a story, be it local, national or otherwise, that developed quickly — often too quickly — causing some details to remain hazy to those of us not glued to the newswires. All the facts, from what we know to how we know it to what we don’t know, will be in one place. On Friday night, eight ter- rorists from the so-called Is- lamic State, more often called ISIS, launched an assault on civilians across Paris, France. Suicide bombs exploded outside the country’s largest stadium, the Stade de France, where French president Fran- çois Hollande was watching the French national soccer team take on Germany.

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Within minutes, hundreds were mowed down or taken hostage inside a concert hall while bombs and gunfire erupted at three other locations. For the better part of the night, the city was under siege. By the end of the day, over 100 Parisians were dead and more than 300 were wounded. Across the world, people joined France in mourn- ing the victims of the deadliest terrorist attack on European soil since attacks on Spanish trains in 2004 that left nearly 200 dead and almost 2,000 wounded. But how did it happen and why? Here are the facts so far:


The attack began with three explosions outside the Stade de France at around 9:20 local time. Broken into three teams, the attackers then launched assaults on several restaurants and cafes not too far away from the stadium, as well taking hundreds of concertgoers hostage in the Bataclan concert hall. By night’s end, 129 people were dead, mostly from the attack on the Bataclan. Roughly 350 were wounded, 99 of whom were in critical condition as of Sunday. There were eight terrorists in total. Seven were dead by the end of the night, though most of those deaths were caused by suicide bombs. The eighth attacker, identified as Salah Abdeslam, remains on the run, according to The Associated Press. One of the attackers who died, Ahmad al-Mohammed, was found with a passport that logged his entry into Eu- rope through the Greek island of Leros. Four of the identified terrorists were French nationals, while two were Belgian. Belgian police have arrested

seven in connection with the attacks while French authorities and intelli- gence officials have pegged the Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud as the probable mastermind of the attack. An AP profile of the attackers notes his whereabouts are unknown, though he is likely some- where in Syria. Days after the attacks, Paris remains a city on edge. A vigil for victims of one of the restaurant shootings was interrupted by panic after firecrackers were thrown into the candles and flowers. Even so, many Parisians in interviews with multi- ple news outlets have vowed to continue their daily routines unchanged. Hollande declared a state of emer- gency and called for three days of national mourning. Moments of silence have peppered life over that same span of time. Even in the U.S., people rallied around France with moments of silence and French flags at professional football games and solidarity on social media. French flag Facebook profile pictures have become the norm and #peacefor- paris and #prayforparis filled Twitter. ISIS claimed responsibility for the at- tacks shortly after they happened, saying that France’s campaign against them, and by extension Islam, prompted the attack. The Paris attacks come after ISIS claimed responsibility for the downing of a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai peninsula and a deadly attack in the heart of Beirut, Lebanon.


While the military reaction from the French was swift, the future of the European political landscape remains uncertain. As refugees and migrants continue to pour into the continent from war-torn Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and the politically unstable Somalia, Europe has begun to shift away from open-border

and quota policies that became wide- spread toward the end of the summer. Because one of the bombers looks to have entered Europe from Syria via Greece, many in Europe’s emerging far- right have begun to push even harder for tighter immigration laws. Even in France, the controversial Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, called for an immediate halt to France’s intake of migrants, according to Agence France-Presse. On the international stage, signs are pointing to increased intervention in Syria on the part of Western actors. Hol- lande was quick to call the attacks “an act of war,” and on Monday promised to “intensify [French] military operations in Syria” before a joint meeting of Parlia- ment. Hollande’s statements come just a day after heavy French bombardment of the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria. In the U.S., President Barack Obama has denounced the attack, calling ISIS “the face of evil” during a news confer- ence in Turkey, where Obama is attend- ing the G20 summit. He called for an intensification of the current plan of attack in Syria, which has mostly involved airstrikes from an international coalition. Even so, Obama has been forced on the defensive over his noncommittal stance in Syria, and on Friday said that most of what his detractors are calling for are already being done, according to NPR. Facebook commenters and op-eds alike have called for swift military responses, galvanized by the perceived audacity of ISIS to attack the West. All the same, only time will tell if the US and other Western nations follow France’s lead into an active role in tackling ISIS.

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“It’s disappointing to see how a lot of university students are just walk- ing by even though it’s something that directly affects them,” Olivares said. “There seems to be this re- ally disappointing sense of apathy towards it. A lot of people maybe think that nothing can get changed anymore and nothing’s ever going to change, that doing these direct actions isn’t going to do anything” What the protest may have lacked in attendance was more than made up for by the passion of the speak- ers. From Reno/Sparks NAACP President Patricia Gallimore to the student heads of the Young Demo- crats Club and the Reno Justice Coalition, more than a few voices were raised for the cause. Bob Fulkerson, a co-founder and state director for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, had some choice words for the powers that be. “[This is] to get the attention of your peers, who should be god- damned pissed off at a system that is killing them,” Fulkerson said. “It is a system that has been created by people that look like me, privileged white people who are lobbyists and who are legislators and who are people who have created a system to jack up your tuition and to extract wealth from students and working-class communities in order to funnel wealth to the upper 1 percent.” Fulkerson went on to praise the role of student activists and activists in general for bringing things such as feminism, apartheid and climate change to the forefront of political discussion and “kicking ass” in the process. Following all the speakers, the students finally took to the side- walks in a march to UNR’s historic Quad, shaking noisemakers and chanting “education should be free, no hikes, no fees” and “education is a right, not just for the rich and white” all the way there.

Once at the Quad, the students found some opposition in a lone heckler standing in front the Paul Laxalt Mineral Engineering Center who shouted “no one cares” down to the protesters. While the heckler was met with a heavy mix of expletives and level- headedness alike, the idea that no one might care was emblematic of a greater partisan divide for marcher and president of the UNR Young Democrats Taslima Shams. “Economically speaking, con- servatives are much more likely to think, ‘OK, nothing comes free,’” Shams said. “Many students will say, ‘No, we don’t support it because it’s going to make it free,’ but at the same time they don’t understand that they’re one of those students who are in debt, they are the ones in the ‘Game of Loans,’ so why not support it?” The presidential campaign trail has reflected this divide, as the two Democratic front-runners, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, have each proposed robust plans to over- haul the way students currently pay for college. On the other side of the aisle, only Ohio Gov. John Kasich has proposed some reform on the issue, a student debt relief fund, according to ontheissues.org. Every other GOP candidate still in the race has had little to say on the topic. On top of the inattention from the Republican side of the ticket, the demonstrators have faced some heat on social media, with TIME Magazine reporting that “com- menters described them as whiny, entitled, and yes, even delusional.” The student leaders behind the “Million Student March,” both in Reno and across the country, have vowed that Thursday’s demon- stration was only the beginning. Though whether or not the move- ment survives may just depend on who sits in the White House come January, 2017, and in any case, the battle looks to be uphill.

Jacob Solis can be reached at jsolis@ sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @ TheSagebrush.

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NOV. 11

By Maddison Cervantes


Senate OKs new deputy chief of sta position

Senate Bill 83, An Act to Create the Deputy Chief of Staff, received its second reading at the ASUN Senate meeting on Nov. 11, 2015. Sen. Brandon Boone of the College of Business stated that the #ileadnevada Men- torship Program should not be overseen by the ASUN vice president or current chief of staff, and that the details for the Sustainable Nevada Ini- tiative Fund should be over- seen by someone new that will be required to supervise these programs. After some amendments, the bill passed unanimously.

Senate turns down ballot measure to increase credit requirement for ASUN ocers and ocials

With the senate bill intact

in its first draft, a student will need to be enrolled in at least 12 credits as opposed to the current minimum of seven. According to College of Edu- cation Sen. Emilia Carro, the bill passed last year and was placed on the ballot, but was rejected by a small number of votes. A few of the senators began to question the sudden jump from seven to 12 credits and argued for a smaller jump in the range of nine credits. ASUN President Caden Fabbi discussed the fact that the seven-credit minimum was set over a decade ago, and is important for the senate to set

a standard. However, College

of Agriculture, Biotechnol- ogy & Natural Resources Sen. Makayla Ragnone disagreed and stated that many students who are currently part-time simply want to be. In this case, Sen Ragnone believes that they can be of benefit to ASUN by providing more of their time. Chief of Staff Raina Benford stated that it has been shown over the years that students who are not full-time are less involved and have a tendency to refrain from being dedi- cated to the university. Speaker of the Senate Nick Andrew explained that the same discussion took place

last year, when the bill was first introduced, and it was eventu- ally left up to the students. Carro agreed that the constitu- ents should be informed and made to understand exactly what the bill is proposing. After more discussion, a number of senators became

in favor of raising the require-

ments to no higher than nine credits. Though, Carro stated that 12 was significant because the Millennium Scholarship requires as much to be em- ployed on campus. Ragnone closed by explain- ing that simply because the majority of part-time students may not have the ability to commit to ASUN, the senate should not assume that it is the same across the board. With that, the motion failed.

Maddison Cervantes can be reached at jsolis@sagebrush. unr.edu and on Twitter @ TheSagebrush.

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Behind the scope

School of Medicine grant brings about new possibilities for women’s health

By Marcus Lavergne

The University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine is putting money it recently received on behalf of the Nevada Attorney General’s Office toward addressing and figuring out solutions to some of the nation’s leading women’s health problems. In a settlement involving a case between Nevada and the drug and pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Wyeth and Pharmacia & Upjohn, the state was awarded $9.5 million. The companies re- portedly misled doctors and consumers on the benefits and risks of the drugs, and physicians found that an increased risk in breast cancer came with using them. Most of the settlement was divided between the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, and UNR’s School of Medicine. UNR obtained approxi- mately $3.8 million. Those funds became available for use on Monday, Nov. 2, and now they’ve resulted in some positive research involving women’s health. The School of Medicine dedicates a multitude of resources and research towards women’s health improvement, facing down issues like hormone therapy, disease screening, cardiovascular disease and the mysterious quandary that is breast cancer. Dr. Iain Buxton, Pharm.D, and pharmacology department chair has invested funds in a powerful $500,000 device that has allowed faculty to dive deeper into cells and tissue than ever before. “I didn’t buy [the microscope] for myself, even though I’m a user,” Buxton said. “I bought it because we have a team of people that said [they’re] working on things that are important to women. We have people that are interested in Alzheimer’s and stroke and various prob- lems. You know Alzheimer’s occurs more in women than men.” Buxton is currently leading an investi- gation on breast cancer metastasis — the

process by which cancer spreads from one cancerous tumor to other parts of the body. According to Buxton, when the breast cancer does metastasize, it always spreads to the bones, liver, lungs or brain. With the help of the new super- resolution microscope that Buxton pushed for, faculty and the grad students he works with have been able to view the subcellular structures of cells in greater detail than ever before. “If you look through an optical mi- croscope at light, you will not be able to see anything more than 250 microns apart,” Buxton said. “That was great for hundreds of years, but it ain’t any good anymore. We have to know more precisely where things are to know how things work.” The microscope interacts with a computer system that allows for the examination of cellular structures on a nanoscopic level. To give an idea of how small that is, the National Nanotechnol- ogy Initiative gives this example among many others: A sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. Being able to observe cells at that level has yielded results that Buxton did not expect. For more than a decade, Buxton and his team have been interested in why breast cancer cells put molecules outside of themselves. “Literally imagine a cell without a nucleus, without any mitochondria, but full of stuff,” Buxton said. “DNA, RNA, proteins, proteins inside and proteins in the surface — some of these are so small that they defy the imagination.” He said that upon observing the pro- tein closer through the microscope they could see that it wasn’t coming out of the cell as a soluble molecule, but instead, it was coming out as a vesicle or an exo- some as cargo. According to Buxton, a cell is on the order of around 30 microns across the surface if it’s round. The vesicle is a 1000th the size. “We found one outside of the cell

is a 1000th the size. “We found one outside of the cell Photo by Anne McMillin,

Photo by Anne McMillin, APR

Dr. Iain Buxton, Pharm.D, describes the power of the School of Medicine’s new half-million dollar, super-high resolution micro- scope on Nov. 2. Buxton’s team of researchers is making discoveries in women’s health, including what could be a solution to breast cancer metastasis.

when we grew it in a culture,” Buxton said. “That’s a little crazy because what it means is the cell is expending its energy to make the protein, and then it’s pump- ing it outside.” He calls the discovery an accident. Through that system, the vesicles travel through the body to create a “home” for the larger cancer cells. Buxton said that if his team can stop the actions of those vesicles, they can potentially stop the traveling cells, which are too large to move through tiny capillaries without harming them or blocking blood flow. Buxton says people are always discuss- ing cures for breast cancer by developing drugs to treat women who have tumors, but nobody talks about treating the actual breast. His mission is presenting proof that his team can create a drug that will not just treat the original tumor, but stop metastasis first. “I would like to see a woman go on a suppressive therapy for maybe three months evaluating both the primary tumor and the rest of her body to prove that she does not have obvious disease at that time,” Buxton said. “Then [we’ll] be able to say it’s appropriate to remove the tumor because we’ve suppressed this pathway.” By experimenting with mice models,

this pathway.” By experimenting with mice models, Henry MacDiarmid/Nevada Sagebrush The University of Nevada,

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The University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine sits under the sun at the northern end of campus on Monday, Nov. 16. The School houses scientists, doctors and grad students who are dedicated to solving some of the world’s most pressing health concerns.

Buxton’s team has yielded results that make him optimistic about the future of breast cancer treatment. If the theory they have crafted is correct, it could revo- lutionize how physicians treat patients with cancerous breast tumors. Buxton says the funds and research that happens at the School of Medicine puts UNR on par with top medical institutions like

John Hopkins University. A half-million dollar microscope and funding from the state has helped researchers like Buxton make strides towards improving women’s health.

Marcus Lavergne can be reached at mlavergne@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @TheSagebrush.

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Barren soil, trash and vehicles lie in what used to be Lost City Farm’s leased plot on Monday, Nov. 16. Farm owners Toni Ortega and Lyndsey Langsdale are currently searching for a new location before the spring growing season.


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“This is our third year,” Ortega said. “Our lease just ended; the city loves us. We love farming, but as everyone knows, we’re on an upswing. It’s great for business. It’s great for some people who made the right move and purchased a home, but if any- thing it pushes us kind of out. The land is going to go up for sale. They want to sell it to a developer.” Ortega said it’s only fair that the landowners are looking to sell their property. She did say that the owners offered her and Langsdale first dibs on the land. Ortega is hopeful that the two will find another place to farm, although it might not be in Midtown. The two have taken around 24 possible land sites into consideration, and in the winter, Lost City Farm plans to talk with many landown- ers. Community support was vital to maintaining the farm, but according to Ortega, Lost City Farm was a positive piece of the area as well. She said it makes sense to have a sustainable area that supports the local economy and educates people where people can “happen upon the farm” and see and learn about where their food is grown. She said having dialogue on the present and future of the farm is helpful and might even lead to new opportunities. “I think that though it’s really disappointing for us to not renew the lease and we are in search of a new location to start a farm again, I think that the dialogue is really exciting,” Ortega said. “I think it’s exciting how many people want to be part of that dialogue, which really goes to show what the community-at-large’s priorities are for the

redevelopment of Reno and the neighborhood we live in.” Ortega and Langsdale didn’t solely rely on sup- port from friends and neighbors, but also the city. Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus represents Ward 1 in Reno — the area that encompasses Midtown. Breckus has an extensive background in land use and urban planning, and she personally loved the farm. Although the city doesn’t have much control over land sales and ownership, Brekhus said using the land for farming benefited the com- munity. She believes having usable land for other projects that help with the revitalization of Reno are always positive. “I do think there’s a growing, strong demand for locally grown food,” Brekhus said. “I think to that degree they succeeded as a business model. Also, what we have is a lot of underused parcels, and it is really great to have activity. Particularly, it adds some real interest and it was pretty and all, but also it prevents undesirable activity on these vacant lots.” Lost City Farm, with the help of Brekhus and her husband Armando Ornelas, who takes care of his own backyard harvest, also accomplished the task of constructing new ordinances for ur- ban farming — something that was not in place before the farm was established. For Ortega, time is of the essence. She’s hoping to maintain momentum heading into the spring growing season, one of the periods where she said many people purchase their produce.

Marcus Lavergne can be reached at mlavergne@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @TheSagebrush.

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Snow falls on the University of Nevada, Reno, campus on Sunday, Nov. 15. This winter has seen the most snowfall in the region since the drought began three years ago.

El Niño

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the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminis- tration have the phenomenon keeping its strength throughout the winter, peaking sometime in the next month. While plenty of snow has already fallen in only two storms this November and more snow will likely fall, it’s not necessarily due to the effects of this warm equatorial water. The problem lies in the fact that statistically, El Niño just doesn’t correlate with lots of snow, at least according to a handout put out by the Uni- versity of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada State Climate Office. “El Niño has very little relationship with win- tertime precipitation in the Sierra and western Nevada,” the handout reads. “Since the 1930s, we’ve had dry El Niño winters and we’ve had wet ones … [and] a strong El Niño does not guarantee us a wet winter in 2015-16.” It’s an upsetting reality for residents of the Tahoe Basin who had been (and in some cases still are) excited for a wet, wild and El Niño-driven winter. Though the lack of an El Niño in western Nevada doesn’t mean Reno won’t get any snow. The Farmer’s Almanac has plenty of periods of snow and rain coming in the next few weeks — a welcome sight for skiers and boarders around the region. But even with the added precipitation, the region will still be wracked by a severe drought.

After three sustained years of lower-than-average rainfall, it’ll take more than one wet winter to pull the region up. “One thing to keep in mind is that our precipita- tion deficits are so large over the past three years that even with a very wet winter we’d still likely be in some form of drought status next year,” said Chris Smallcomb of the National Weather Service in an interview with the RGJ. “So bottom line our outlook for this coming winter remains quite nebulous.” El Niño won’t be so welcome in other parts of the world though. This year’s is shaping up to be one of the strongest on record and has shaken up swaths of Africa. A report from the BBC and UNICEF found that Ethiopia is being hit by severe drought due to El Niño, and that some 8.2 million food-insecure Ethiopians are threatened by it. More than that, the same report found that neighboring Kenya and Somalia are at risk of being hit by flooding and landslides. UNICEF has expressed fears that it could worsen what it calls “severe acute malnutrition” in the region. In any case, the effects of El Niño will certainly continue to develop over the coming months. A Nov. 12 press release from NOAA noted that while the 1997 El Niño, one of the strongest ever, peaked in November, its strongest effects were not felt until the following spring in the U.S. It just won’t be packing on the snow in Lake Tahoe. At least, not for certain.

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DATE: Thursday TIME: 11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. LOCATION: Mathewson- IGT Knowledge Center, 2nd floor INFO: Ever find yourself watching puppy videos when you’re stressed? Studies show that interactions with animals can help you unwind and the UNR Counseling Services will be hosting a puppy event just for you. Come see some adorable pups for your health this week.


DATE: Thursday TIME: 6 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. LOCATION: Joe Crowley Student Union, Milt Glick Ballroom INFO: New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins will be inducted to the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, along with Silver Pen recipients Mark Maynard and Laura McBride. Tickets are $40 and it will be held on the fourth floor of the Joe.


DATE: Friday TIME: 6 p.m. — 9 p.m. LOCATION: Joe Crowley Student Union, 4th floor ballrooms INFO: If you’ve ever wanted to explore different cultures from around the world, this event would be the perfect opportunity. Held every year by the UNR International Club, this event will be promoting cultural awareness, and there will be food prepared by students for you to try.


DATE: Friday TIME: 7:30 p.m. LOCATION: Church Fine Arts, Nightingale Concert Hall INFO: Do you love opera? There will be a performance with pieces of famous operas like Charles Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Jules Massenet’s “Manon,” and more. Student tickets are $5 with a valid student ID and it will be hosted by the Nevada Chamber Opera.



DATE: Thursday — Saturday TIME: 8 p.m. LOCATION: Church Fine Arts, Redfield Proscenium Theatre INFO: Put on by the UNR Division of Dance, the annual Fall Dance Festival will showcase student and faculty choreographed works. Tickets are limited, so reserve yours soon. Come enjoy the talent and skill of UNR’s dancers and choreographers.

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The Holland Project meets fundraising goal to buy space
The Holland Project meets
fundraising goal to buy space

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By Samantha Johnson

Samantha Johnson can be reached at samanthaj@sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @SamRayJohnson.

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For more information on upcoming
shows from The Holland Project, visit
To check out Häsler Goméz’s
work, follow his Instagram
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Some artists say that the experience
that The Holland Project offers is
invaluable. For sculptor and installa-
tion artist Häsler Goméz, whose work
is currently on display there, the op-
portunity to practice art has changed
his life as well.
Goméz’s gallery, called “The Uni-
versity of the Waves,” opened on
Tuesday, Nov. 10 at The Holland Proj-
ect. It features the idea that people
are in control of their own destinies
through installation art and conveys
the uncertainty of life. Goméz sent in
the application for his exhibition dur-
ing the summer and was pleasantly
surprised by the atmosphere of the
“They really made it a comfort-
able experience,” Goméz said. “It’s a
unique thing that we have here. In
other cities it’s really tough. You’re ei-
ther really lucky, or you have to work
your way up.”
Goméz said The Holland Project is
good for the art community because
there aren’t any political maneuvers
young artists have to take before
getting approved for a gallery. While
other commercial venues might
look down on it, he said The Holland
Project is a great way for them to get
experience they wouldn’t have other-
wise in the art world.
“They’re here to stay,” Goméz said.
“Now that they’re grounded I think
that greater art community can begin
to take them more seriously.”
Goméz’s show is running from now
until Friday, Dec. 4, and he said he
is definitely going back for another
show if the opportunity arises.
“You have to check it out,” Goméz
said. “Yeah, you can go to other
places, but it’s not the same energy.
There’s a liveliness there. I feel it’s
kind of void in the art community in
general, it’s usually very austere, but
they’re really excited about art and
that’s important.”


Holland Project in Reno has been a center for young

artists and

cians to learn and create. Hosting over 150 all-ages events

every year, the venue has served the art community as a space of opportu- nity, but at the beginning of this year it faced a daunting obstacle. The rent was due to increase by almost double and The Holland Project had only two options: raise the money to buy the building or clear out. After various pushes for fundrais- ing with programs and shows like the Reno Instagrammys, The Holland Project finally received the last $1,000 to ground them in their space on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Britt Curtis, the director of the Holland Project, said

it was an exciting moment for every- one.

“It was really powerful,” Curtis said. “The fact that our community’s major philanthropists saw value in Holland

was a really amazing testament

young people here and to Reno’s all- ages community.” Curtis has been involved with The

Holland Project since its sister venue, The Vera Project, began in Seattle. She said she was amazed at how far the organization had come in this year alone and didn’t expect to pur-

chase the space for another 10

years. Now that The Holland Project

has laid down its roots, Curtis

there’s still a lot of work to be done. “It’s an old building, but we love it and it’s our home,” Curtis said. “We feel really confident that it’ll always be a place that’s shaping and chang- ing and reflecting who is going there and who is making [it] what it is.” Next on Curtis’ list are repairing the building to sustain it for another 30 years, such as fixing the roof, electri- cal rewiring and coming up with new self-sustaining programs to protect The Holland Project as the economy changes. Curtis said the venue will always be a work in progress but that she is very proud to be a part of it for every step of the way. “Every week there is something I’m impressed by,” Curtis said. “The resilience and pioneering spirit that I

Photos by Breanna Denney/ Nevada Sagebrush

(Top) The Holland Project open sign stands outside the venue on Friday, Nov. 13 to promote the opening reception for “The University of the Waves” exhibition. (Bottom) Artist Häsler Goméz stands next to his installation piece within the gallery space.

get to see every day has changed who I am forever.”


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Video game paves the way for next generation

By Samantha Johnson

It’s been seven years since the last “Fallout” game was released and this year’s “Fallout 4” was nothing short of record-breaking. With 12 million copies sold to re- tailers on launch day, according to Gamespot.com, it’s been one of the most widely anticipated games of the year. Bethesda, the company that developed previ- ous games like “Elder Scrolls:

Skyrim,” is saying that “Fallout 4” was one of the most pre-ordered games as well, setting a record- high demand for the game. But does the game live up to the hype? As a “next generation” game, which means it’s only available on the newest consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, it begs the question

of whether or not the nearly $60 game is worth the buy. With im- proved graphics, a new storyline and an open-world user experi- ence, players could only hope to get what they’re paying for. The Reno Smash Community, which focuses on “Smash Bros” tournaments in various Reno venues including the University of Nevada, Reno, was only one of the groups of gamers anxiously waiting for its release. Riley Moore, the admin for the Reno Smash Community, has already spent 20 hours playing the game, even though he had no inten- tions of buying it. The game was a gift to him from a friend, and in the beginning he had doubts. “At first I kind of didn’t like it,” Moore said. “I wasn’t used to the combat system and it felt really

clunky to me compared to other first-person shooters.” Moore had never played any of the “Fallout” series before this game and he said that the more he played the more he enjoyed it. An aspect of the game that Moore said was appealing was the open-world experience, but unlike other open-world games that detract from the original storyline, “Fallout 4” has a strong story that motivates you to find out what happens next alongside being able to level-up the char- acter. “I didn’t know what all the hype was about,” Moore said. “But I would say that I’ve been having a lot of fun with it and from what I’ve seen, veteran ‘Fallout’ players like it a lot too.” Websites like Neurogadget.

players like it a lot too.” Websites like Neurogadget. com are already making predic- tions that

com are already making predic- tions that “Fallout 4” will win “Game of the Year,” and accord- ing to Gable Foertsch, a veteran gamer of the “Fallout” series, it’s an accurate statement. “They made a lot of good changes,” Foertsch said. “Every- thing ‘Fallout 3’ could have been is ‘Fallout 4.’” Among the qualities Foertsch listed, the voice acting and character interactions were what he said made the game unique

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and went above and beyond the previous games. He said it was the first time in the “Fallout” series that the first-person character had a voice instead of being mute and the conversa- tions between characters made the user become more invested in the storyline. What most next generation’s games lacked in plot for the sake of graphics, Foertsch said “Fallout 4” excelled in both. “It’s crazy how deep they went into it,” Foertsch said. “I would

recommend anybody to give this one a try because it’s one of the greatest games of all time.” While it’s only been available to the public for about a week, “Fallout 4” critics will have to give it a little more time to decide whether or not it lives up to its predecessors.

Samantha Johnson can be reached at samanthaj@sage- brush.unr.edu or on Twitter @SamRayJohnson.

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Skiing and snowboarding films misrepresent winter sports

By Alejandro Montalvo

Take a minute and name your favor- ite skiing film. How about your favorite snowboarding film? It’s no surprise if it’s difficult. Skiing and snowboarding are not as well-represented in film as other sports like baseball or boxing. Often when skiing or snowboarding are featured on film they’re a smaller part of a larger story, not the main focus. Only a handful of films have solely been about skiing or competitive skiing. And out of that handful, even less take it seriously, in the same way “Hoosiers” presents basketball seriously. “Down- hill Racer,” released in 1969, starring Robert Redford and Gene Hackman, is such a film. Chronicling Olympic skier David Chappellet’s race to become a champion, “Downhill Racer” presents skiing as competitive and cutthroat, even within the United States Olympic team. The film features exciting hand- held footage from the perspective of the skiers, something that hadn’t been done before and it effectively translates the excitement and speed of downhill racing. Unfortunately, it is a lonely exception in accurately portraying the sport on film.

“Aspen Extreme,” released in 1993, is another attempt at a ski-driven film. Marketed as “Top Gun on the Ski Slopes!” it’s laughably melodramatic and very ‘90s. It does, however, pres- ent skiing as an exciting endeavor. Two working-class buddies make their way to the Aspen slopes to work as ski instructors, showing up pretty much everyone on the mountain. With its excess of synth-driven music, early ‘90s hairstyles and bright neon colors, “Aspen Extreme” isn’t exactly a perfect picture, but it does bring skiing to the big screen with enthusiasm. But what about snowboarding? How about “Johnny Tsunami”? It’s a Disney Channel movie from the early 2000s that follows a boy who moves from Hawaii to Vermont where he applies his surfing skills to snowboarding. But according to the “cool” kids (i.e., rich kids) he’s picked the wrong sport. The “cool” kids at school do not snowboard (said with disgust), they ski! It’s clas- sism used to effectively distinguish the antagonists. The film ends with a race, Johnny on a snowboard and his stuck- up rival on skis. It’s a Disney flick, so it’s pretty easy to figure out who wins. What’s significant here is the unfortu-

nate stigma against both snowboard- ers and skiers. Skiers see their sport as somehow above and better than snowboarding. In truth, both sports are equally enjoyed by all ages, neither better than the other. But you couldn’t guess that by looking at Hollywood. “Agent Cody Banks,” teenage spy for the CIA, rides a jet-propelled snow- board in his adventures. He could have very easily been on skis, but clearly skiing is for adults only! James Bond, a 20th-century male icon, skis. Only briefly did he snowboard, in 1981’s “For Your Eyes Only,” but for the most part Bond has ridden skis while taking on enemies on the slopes. Skiing and snowboarding are two sports well-suited for film but so often get dumped into B-movie, direct-to- video flicks like “Shred,” “Snowboard Academy,” “Ski School” and “Out Cold.” It’s an unfortunate designation that perpetuates the stereotype that both skiing and snowboarding are somehow “lesser” sports. Nothing could be fur- ther from the truth.

Alejandro Montalvo can be reached at samanthaj@sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @TheSagebrush.

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Islamaphobia in the wake of tragedy must be denounced

F riday night, tragedy

struck. An ordinary

night in an extraordi-

nary city turned into a

bloodbath that shook the world to its core. A bombing took place at The Bataclan concert hall during a rock concert, a mass shooting occurred in a restaurant and a bar, and an- other bombing took place in the Stade de France stadium in the suburb of Saint-Denis during a football match between France and Germany. Terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks. As of Monday, there have been an estimated 137 deaths and 352 injuries according to The Guardian. In a matter of hours, millions were reminded that the violence of extremism is not confined by the borders of the Middle East. While the horror and heart- ache brought on by the terrorist attacks in Paris may tempt us to seek retribution against those responsible, we must resist, and indeed denounce, the urge to turn our anger against groups that have no part in terrorism’s ever-rising death toll. In the hours following the attacks, social media was set ablaze with the kind of Islamophobic rhetoric that has become an all-too common response to acts of extremism. Facebook users posted disgust- ing, hateful comments such as “If pigs ate muslim they would get sick!” and “If eating bacon means it’s fuck islam day [then] EVERY day in my house is fuck islam day. Oh wait it already was…” It is far past time we col-

Oh wait it already was…” It is far past time we col- lectively recognize that the

lectively recognize that the Muslim faith is not to blame for the existence and actions of ISIS. Islam is a religion with more than 1.6 billion adherents worldwide, according to Pew Research Center. Claiming that all Muslims are somehow proponents or executors of terrorism is not only gravely illogical, but also reflects a disturbing generalization that is used to justify hate crimes. Following the last major act

of terrorism to strike Paris, the Charlie Hebdo shootings on Jan. 7 of this year, Al Jazeera America reported that “128 anti-Muslim threats or actions were recorded in France” in the two weeks following the shooting. Condemning deadly acts of terrorism is well within reason, but threatening or committing violence against individuals because of their religion or national origin is absolutely in- excusable. Terrorism is borne of

hate and the desire to cultivate fear and animosity among the “enemy groups.” Responding to ISIS’ attacks — in Paris, Beirut or elsewhere — by targeting all Muslims only serves to ensure that more innocent people suffer. What we may forget is that many Muslims in Europe are refugees from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries, where ISIS is committing the kind of atrocities seen in Paris on a

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regular basis. They are fleeing the fear and torment brought on by the same violence that was for them a daily reality, yet we in the West are quick to cast blame on them, too, when those we consider our allies are targeted. The reality is that this reaction is playing right into the hands of the group that is actually to blame. In its own publication, Dabiq, ISIS railed against what it calls the “grey zone,” or the overlap-

ping of Western and Muslim cul-

tures. It seeks to “bring division to the world and destroy the grey zone” according to excerpts of the publication quoted in The Guardian. Placing hatred for the violence of extremism on all Muslims only serves to create the division that ISIS is aiming for. Propos- ing to close national borders to any and all further refugees only serves to trap those refugees in the grips of fear and violence, and effectively makes other countries enablers of the exact forces they seek to keep out of their own borders. When tragedy strikes, as it did in Paris on Friday, and in Beirut on Thursday, and in countless other cities before that, we have

a responsibility to stand with

those who have been affected. Hate, however, has no place in international solidarity. We must not only stand with Paris, we must stand with the Muslims being targeted by hate speech

and the refugees fleeing strife in their homelands. As President Obama stated in his address following the

attacks, “

of humanity and the universal values that we share … the bonds of liberté and égalité and fraternité are not only values that the French people care so deeply about, but they are values that we share.” If we want to truly claim that these values — liberty, equality and brotherhood — are values that we stand for, we must actively condemn not only acts of extremism but also individual acts of hate. In order to combat the global scourge of terrorism, we must replace the urge to divide ourselves with the knowledge that, in these times of fear and uncertainty, only uniting across barriers of religion can give us the strength to move toward a safer world.

it’s an attack on all

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LDS church needs to be more progressive

I n the Christian community it is arguable that there may be no greater taboo word than “apostasy.” Apostasy, by definition, means

to fall away from the truth of God and religion as an entirety. In recent news, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints enacted a new policy that would

Christ of Latter-day Saints enacted a new policy that would Ali Schultz Schultz Happens inhibit children



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inhibit children of same-sex parents to become baptized and practice the Mormon religion. It would not be until the child enters the legal age of adulthood in which the individual must move out and disavow support for same-sex marriage in order to

proceed with religious practices. For members who engage in same-sex marriages, their choice of who to spend their lives with is now defined as an apostasy, along with rape and murder. The LDS church is forcing children to go before their clergy members and announce that they are A-OK with the excommunication of their parents from the church as well as casually state in more or less words they do not condone their own parents’ marriage. The Mormon religion is not only rejecting societal progression but pegging children against their parents, which is absurd to say the absolute least. Progression in religion is an absolute must. There have been countless oc- currences in history where religion has had it wrong. Let’s not all forget there was a point in time where Christians condoned practices such as human sacrifices. Was that ever OK? Absolutely

not. However, I am a firm believer in the fact that as time progresses, there must be changes made as we become more knowledgeable in different departments in order for religion to stay relevant. Being a part of the LGBT community is not a choice by any means. That is a fact that has been swept under the rug by religious groups for far too long. The Mormon church is failing to realize its new policy is doing nothing but driving a wedge between families. It is presenting children with an option:

Either you choose your family or your faith, a choice no one should ever have to make. Other religions of course are not necessarily where they should be either; however no other Christian branch of religion is enacting new policies that would push children away from their parents in order to continue practicing their religion. This past Saturday, an influx of LDS members sent in resignation letters to the church. Over 1,000 members decided to leave the church in the wake of the recent implementations. Salt Lake City Fox news received a statement from the LDS church stating, “We do not want to see anyone leave the church, especially people who have been struggling with any aspect of their life. The church exists to build people and help them heal. We hope that today’s guidance from Church leaders and the additional commentary will help provide understanding and context to some who may be considering resigning their membership.” Understanding? Context? I apologize, but it is very hard for me to find under- standing in a policy that was made up by men that only furthers intolerance of the LGBT community. It is the 21st century. I have respect for the faith of the Mormon

people; but, I stand strong in my belief that in order to keep something reputable and understandable it must possess components of modern ideals. And in modern times, we understand being gay isn’t a choice. The choice is religious groups such as the LDS church rejecting fellow children of God. Despite the backlash the church has received, there has not been any further discussions on revoking the new policy despite the mass exodus. Collin Haire, a member of both the LGBT community and the LDS church, articulates how he feels regarding the policy change. “The pain comes in all forms. It is damaging and is very real, said Haire. I strongly believe it [the policy change] is not from God, but just from man to demand to lead like this.” Haire goes on to say that “Being gay is not a myth. I cannot stress enough how important this really is. It’s not something you can just ‘turn off’ and it is definitely not something to be repressed.” The LDS community should take time to acknowledge progression is an absolute must in order to continue a strong follower base. There should never be a time where religions force children to make a decision between faith and family. If the LDS church wants to continue to claim that it holds family values and love for God’s children in such high regard, then it must do away with a policy that tears families apart and condones nothing more than discrimination.

Ali Schultz studies journalism. Ali can be reached at alexandraschultz@unr.edu and on Twitter @AliSchultzzz.

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Beauty is subjective — it has no concrete definition

B eauty is a term that has been tampered with for centuries. It has con- stantly been redefined

to try to keep up with the current trends, but unfortunately, the kind of redefining we have been trying

to do for years is not the redefining that is meant to

be paired with the term beauty. For example, during the Renaissance era, the most beauti- ful women were curvy. As time continued and the Victorian

age approached, women were expected to wear a corset to have the illusion of a small waist, which was the representation of beauty at that time. As we entered the 20th century, every decade called for a new size of women to be beautiful until the


Since the ’60s, we as a society have been promoting smaller and smaller women. What this has done is allowed the media and big corporations to move in and promote a thin ideal to unat- tainable proportions in order to create a sense of discomfort within oneself. This discomfort will drive individuals to buy products that will attempt to have them look more like what is considered beau- tiful, which in turn, will feed the corporations to push to even more



will feed the corporations to push to even more Rocco Anna extreme measures of the criteria

extreme measures of the criteria for beauty. It is a never-ending cycle that revolves around money. The Huffington Post reported on Lady Gaga releasing a statement regarding Photoshop. She advised young people to “fight back against the forces that make them feel like they’re not beautiful” and went on to explain how excessive Photoshop is offensive. “It is fair to write about the change in your magazines. But what I want to see is the change

on your covers

When the

covers change, that’s when culture changes.” The truth of the matter is that a majority of the head of magazines morally do not believe in all the fad diets and pictures of women they are publishing, but it sells so they do not move to change the problem. What needs to be recognized is not the flaws that the media have currently installed into our heads, but instead the pattern of redefining beauty. It is true that

beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

It is inevitable that there will

come a plateau in the future regarding the thin ideal where

society cannot go any thinner, and

a new more radical beauty ideal will emerge. However, if we look at the past, the reason why this way of redefining beauty never works and constantly needs to change

is because there cannot be one

standardized model of beauty. We literally cannot redefine beauty by changing physical appearances because beauty is not meant to be standardized or physically changed. Beauty is not definable. It is different for each

person, society and culture. Beauty

is not objective; there are many

definitions. It is the way that one expresses how they are through their passions, or the way that someone can smile or laugh and

light up an entire room. It is the way that a person’s eyes can shine when they get excited, or the way a body can make beautiful movements.

If we, as a society, can focus on

all the things that we are blessed with in regard to our body and how perfectly it is created, then I believe each and every one of us will find peace and content, which we can currently imagine. This is what true beauty looks like, and this is how we are supposed to redefine beauty, by bringing it back to the true form, which is open for every single person’s individual beauty.

Anna Rocco studies nursing. She can be reached at alexandra- schultz@unr.edu and on Twitter @ AnnaRocco.


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Michele Fiore glamorizes guns while ruining Nevada’s image

T he right to own a firearm is

a foundational right of the

United States. In fact it is a

right that many Americans

hold so dear that any attempt to

restrict the sales of guns is imme- diately struck down, most often by the National Rifle Association. However, there

is no question that America is ravaged by violence with 290 mass shoot- ings since the start of 2015 according to the Gun Violence Archive. Of course the partisan debate over gun control has many faces on

both sides of the aisle in Congress, but one of the most outspoken voices of the pro-gun right is Nevada’s own assemblywoman Michele Fiore. In a recent feat of ludicrous behavior, Fiore has released a calendar filled with pro-gun rhetoric and photos of Fiore herself sensually posing with a variety of different models of firearms. To put

it lightly, Fiore has effectively made

a laughingstock of the Nevada

Legislature, which is already considered a borderline circus on the national level. This isn’t the assemblywoman’s first run-in with being skewered by the media for reprehen- sible comments regarding guns. Fiore sponsored several pieces of gun-rights legislation in the Nevada Legislature this year, most notably her effort to get guns on campus as a means for stopping campus rape. Fiore, for all of her ridiculous claims, found previously unexplored depths of ignorance when she was quoted in a New York

Times article that “young, hot little girls” armed with guns would be the cure for the rape epidemic that faces college campuses across the country. Right. Let me guess, the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is

a hot, little girl with a gun. This is

the kind of rhetoric that the great state of Nevada is known for on the national level. The “hot, little girls” comment is enough of a misstep

(to put it lightly) for any politician’s career, but Fiore doesn’t do things halfway. The calendar and its content are particularly disturbing. Gun violence has become a greater killer of the American population than automobile accidents according to an article on forbes.com. Yet, here is the state assemblywoman posing with

a family, each member armed to



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posing with a family, each member armed to Solis Alexa the teeth celebrating the birth of

the teeth celebrating the birth

of Jesus Christ, one of history’s better-known pacifists. Even more troubling than the thought of a heavily armed Christmas gathering, is the little boy who is featured front and center of the photo. He can’t be older than 6, and he has a gun. Regardless of an individual’s stance on guns, there are some sta- tistics that every American should be aware of. In 2015 alone, there have 614 children under the age of 11 who have been killed or injured by guns and 2,296 children between

the ages of 12 to 17 according the

GVA. Altogether there have been 2,910 children whose lives have been ended or greatly affected by gun violence in this year alone. One child killed by guns is too many; nearly 3,000 is indefensible. Fiore’s glamorization and imagery regarding gun use in her calendar is destructive to the perception of guns as dangerous weapons that end lives, something that few gun advocates seem to mention. They are not toys or accessories, but Fiore’s treatment of the weapons contributes to the highly weaponized culture within the United States.

Tweet via Michele Fiore @VoteFiore

However, it is up to the citizens of Nevada to take a stand against this kind of deplorable behavior by our representatives. Email or call assemblywoman Fiore’s office and make your voice heard. Vote in local elections. Participate in the demo- cratic process. Otherwise, the door is left open for extreme politicians to dominate the discussion surround- ing some of the most divisive issues facing our state and country.

Alexa Solis studies journalism. She can be reached at alexasolis@ sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @thealexasolis.

alexasolis@ sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @thealexasolis. Illustration by Zak Brady/Nevada Sagebrush I dont care,

Illustration by Zak Brady/Nevada Sagebrush

I dont care, it’s senior year

Freshman try not to care so much what others think

W inter is coming. The Starbucks cups change, the temperatures drop and freshman girls risk frostbite as they speed-walk in masses between

fraternity houses. As the end of my college career rapidly approaches, I can’t help but reminisce about my first winter in Reno. I owned over 10 pairs of tights in varying neutral

shades. My cardigan collection rivaled that of Hillary Clinton, and I refused to leave my

rivaled that of Hillary Clinton, and I refused to leave my Rachel Yelverton dorm room wearing



dorm room wearing Uggs because they were strictly slippers. I never ceased to look like anything less than a Pinterest princess every single day. It was freshman year. I was 18, flirty and thriving. Fast forward three years later, and I can now hardly muster the energy to put on jeans. I know I am not alone in this fashion deteriora-

tion; it’s always blatantly obvious who the freshmen and the seniors are at a party. But why does this transition inevitably happen? What is it about these formative years that make bras so uncomfortable and makeup such an overwhelming task? College is the time for self-actualization. Think back to your freshman year when you were a vulnerable child looking for a sense of security. Think about where you thought you would be at this point in your life. Most of us never imagined that we’d be doing the things we currently do. We have been told our entire lives cliches based on the fact that college is our chance to reinvent ourselves. These are supposedly the best years of our lives, and we make our own destiny. For so many of us, we think that curling our hair for 8 a.m. lectures will result in acceptance from our peers. I spent the same amount of time getting ready for my first college party as my senior prom. It also didn’t help that my only sources of inspiration regarding collegiate fashion came from “Gossip Girl” and “Degrassi”—not exactly setting realistic standards. I was constantly worried if my hair was doing that weird flippy thing, and I didn’t even realize I was meeting the people that would soon come to mean the world to me.

We all have growing up to do in college, and as I have gotten older I have realized that the extra hour of sleep is way more valuable than contouring my jawline. I have come to realize the relationships you develop in college are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. It is time to acknowledge it is not about quantity of friends in college, but quality. Freshman year is such an overwhelming time and it can be hard to remember where our priorities should fall. It’s easy to make fun of freshman girls. They wear a lot of makeup and very little clothing. They care too much what others think and attend too many poorly- themed frat parties. They don’t know the difference between a Tom Collins and a Shirley Temple. But they will soon begin to swap their skinny jeans for sweatpants and embrace their North Faces as “going out attire.” By no means am I saying that caring about your appearance makes you immature or desperate, but learning to care more about my friendships and quality library time more than my J. Crew sweater collection has helped the rest of my life truly fall right into place.

Rachel Yelverton studies political science. She can be reached at alexandraschultz@unr.edu and on Twitter


A letter to my past self enlightened by sexual positivity and a cause

D ear 18-Year-Old Judgmental Version of Myself, You were naive and worried about what others thought of

you. You were misinformed about sex. You used stereotypes to define others’ sexual actions and choices, as well as your own.

You used words like “slut,” “tease” and “whore” in jokes with your friends, but little did you know that you were contributing to an underlying misogynistic culture. You shamed yourself for the one-night stands, yet chose the

men who were praised for the number of women they slept with. More double standards piled up fueled by misguided cultural values. Then, when friends would recall inco- herent hookups with someone at a party, your first thoughts were to question how much they’d been drinking rather than make sure they were OK — or recognize that something wasn’t right. You weren’t completely lost though. Thanks for not taking yourself too seriously and being open to change. Thanks for standing your ground on your morals and being confident enough to have a voice and make you own decisions, even if you thought they were once mistakes.

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you thought they were once mistakes. Maddison Ho ff man NOW: HERE AT 24 AND THE


When I was in high school, I always felt a need to adapt myself to others’ standards. I was me — but I didn’t really have my own voice. My ability to feel empowered was heavily shadowed by the everyday stereotypes that sur- rounded me. Even now, acknowledging the existence of sexual stereotypes is a subconscious notion such that I still register those types of judgments. Granted, I choose not to think about those stereotypes or act upon them, and instead I surround myself with positivity. So how did I come to this drastic change of individuality and sex positiv- ity in the last four years? I’ve found guidance from my parents who’ve always allowed an open forum for ideas and let me make my own mistakes. They’ve always supported my decisions and reminded me how proud they are — constantly positive. There’s something about consistent positive reinforcement that enhances an

individual’s ability to strive to be great. My parents gave me that. However, my parents weren’t the only shapers of my individuality. In college I began surrounding myself with people who inspired me. They were a little different, but they actually gave a shit about something other than themselves. At the beginning of this semester I was sitting in a room full of educated, bright and creative people. We were asked if we could support any cause, what would

it be. Everyone had something to say

about each cause they chose, and all of their reasoning was selfless. When we decided on consent as our cause, it resonated with all of us. It stood out and needed a student voice; it needed our voice. There was the door and I was ready to open it. Choosing to approach consent through sex-positive messaging was our way of kicking down that door. Controversial, yes. But how does that saying go? “If you’re not pissing some- one off, you’re not doing your job.” Controversy usually just means that someone is uncomfortable with an idea,

but if we really look at what sex positiv- ity is, it shouldn’t be uncomfortable at all. Sex positivity empowers individuals to make their own choices, whether that’s choosing to say yes or no to sex. Sex positivity allows someone to have

a voice and helps shape his or her

individuality. That actually sounds quite comforting to me. I’d rather have a voice, know my decisions from my mistakes and endorse

a cause that really matters than silently

allow ridicule and judgment from others to cloud a cause that research has proven needs championing. To find more information about sex-positive messaging and consent, visit YesAlways.org. The Yes! Always campaign is focused on educating students about consent. Look for the Yes! Always symbol and Consentress walking around campus for additional information.

Maddison Hoffman studies journalism. She can be reached at alexandraschultz@ unr.edu and on Twitter @TheSagebrush.


Gameday NEXT WEEK’S GAME at Utah State Saturday, Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m. A10 @SagebrushSports |


at Utah State Saturday, Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m.

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vs. Hawaii

at Fresno

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Top 5 Sports Couples Ever



So Davis isn’t exactly an

athlete (sports model), but this was too good to pass up. Jeter has an absolutely legendary history of girlfriends including Jessica Alba, Adrianna Lima and Scarlett Johansson. Jeter might be better at romancing women than he was at pulling through in the clutch. Hypothetical child: Chase Jeter, shortstop for the Boston Red Sox.



In his book, Agassi admitted

to taking meth and wearing wigs during his playing days. He also won eight grand-slam championships and eventually went bald. Graff is considered a top three women’s player ever, winning 22 grand slam titles. Hypothetical child: Nicolas Agassi, second baseman for the Dodgers.



While they’re no longer

together, Woods and Vonn were two of the most dominant athletes in their respected sport. Although he’s known for getting around the block, Woods started dating Vonn in 2013, when he won PGA Tour Player of the Year. Hypothetical child: Carly Woods, United States skier.



Mia Hamm is arguably the

most famous female sports star ever, and Nomar was a six time all-star shortstop and two-time batting champion. What do you think they talk about at dinner, besides how unbelievably athletic their potential child would be. Hypothetical child:

Max Garciaparra, midfielder for Manchester United.



Arguably the two most powerful figures in the sports world, Jackson and Buss both hold managerial positions in the NBA. Phil is the general manager of the New York Knicks and Jeannie is the team president of the Lakers, where Phil used to coach. Hypothetical child:

Andrew Jackson, coach for the Chicago Bulls.


Nevada at Utah State

When: Saturday, Nov. 21, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Maverik Stadium AstroTurf (22,059)


2014 season records: Nevada (7-6

overall, 4-4 MWC), Utah State (10-4 overall, 6-2 MWC)

Quote of the Week: In the end, it’s about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me.

—John Wooden

contender or Pretender?

Nevada looks the part early in the season

By Jack Rieger After two meaningless tournament wins in Hawaii, I’m all in on Nevada
By Jack Rieger
After two meaningless tournament wins in Hawaii, I’m all
in on Nevada basketball. If there were a way to buy stock in
this team right now, I would refinance my parent’s house, sell
my 2002 Toyota Camry, steal my roommate’s rent check and
buy as much stock as humanly possible.
I realize they’ve played just two games against small
schools in a tournament that will be probably be forgotten
by the end of the season, but I’ve seen enough. Nevada
basketball is no longer a bottom-dweller in the Mountain
West Conference thanks to the human refresh button that
is coach Eric Musselman, who has not only vastly improved
the team, but has also implemented an exciting, fast-paced
style of play that produces an entertaining product.
The quality of a collegiate team is all about coaching.
College coaches are the CEO of their teams; they control
recruiting, game planning, hiring of assistant coaches, rule-
making, and of course the play on the court. Eric Musselman,
a former NBA coach, is now the CEO of Nevada basketball
and his influence on the team has been palpable.
Nevada scored 83 points in its game on Sunday against
Montana State, which matches last year’s season high. It also
shot 50 percent from the field, which bests its 2014 high of 48
percent. On Friday night, Nevada beat Coastal Carolina by
17 — a team that made the NCAA tournament in 2013 and
2014. Both wins also came on the road, where Nevada was
2-17 last season.
Coach Musselman spoke with Reno Gazette-Journal
reporter Chris Murray on the phone after the Pack’s first win.
“After the Coastal Carolina game, I’ve never been in a
locker room at any level where I saw so many happy faces
and so much enthusiasm,” said Musselman. “Tonight, after
the win, it was like they expected to win. There was no cel-
ebrating. They came into the building tonight expecting to
win but respecting Montana State, and that’s a huge step in
our development men-
tally as a group.”
M u s s e l m a n
stressed the impor-
tance of invoking
confidence from his
team before the season
even started.
“We want them to start
believing in themselves again
because I think their confidence
has been rocked off the last two
years,” he said.
The pessimistic angle would be that
Nevada won its first two games last year as well, then
went on to lose nine straight. But that’s not happening
with this team because it is too well-coached and too
talented to be outplayed for weeks on end.
Nevada plays in an average Mountain West Confer-
ence, led by San Diego State, Boise State and New
Mexico. Odds makers have given The Wolf Pack close
to no chance of winning the MountainWest or making
the NCAA tournament, which makes sense consider-
ing it’s gone 37-58 in the last three seasons and hasn’t
made the tournament since 2007. But 2015’s team
could care less about its recent history because it
is led by a veteran coach who’s won at every level
he’s coached.
Nevada will upset a lot of critics and teams
this year, and come March, maybe even
compete for a Mountain West champion-
Jack Rieger can be reached at jrieger@
sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @Jack-

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Guard DJ Fenner attacks the rim for a layup on Friday, Nov. 6 against Alaska-FairBanks. Fenner has averaged 16.5 points and 7 rebounds per game for the pack.





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Nevada’s doubles pair, comprised of Blaga Delic and Sheila Morales, came up empty on the first day of the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. They dropped their first match of the day in two sets while squaring off against Ohio State’s doubles duo. North Carolina’s doubles team also defeated Delic and Morales in two sets. The Wolf Pack’s doubles pair still has another match this Friday, in which its opponent is yet to be determined.


The Wolf Pack’s cross country team acquired its second top-10 finish in five years. On the morning of Nov. 13, Nevada’s cross country team took ninth place at the Mountain Regional Championships. The team was led by senior Emily Myers, who made her first ever top-20 finish, coming in at 17th place. While this championship marks the end of cross country season, the runners are now switching gears and focusing on the upcoming track and field season.


Women’s basketball received a loss Sunday afternoon, against Montana State at Lawlor Events Center. The team was led by senior captain Nyasha LeSure, who was a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the court. She tallied a career-high 20 points, while producing one block and one steal on the defensive side. This loss to Montana State isn’t the end of the world; in fact, many facets of the team’s game improved, including field goal percentage, rebounding, assists, steals and three-point percentage.


Nevada traveled to Utah State, only to meet its demise; even the efforts of reigning Mountain West Player of the Week Madison Morell weren’t enough. She recorded her fourth straight 20-plus kill performance in a 3-1 loss to Utah State. The Pack found itself down 2-0 early in the match. The team would go on to win the third set, but eventually lose its footing and fail to win the fourth set.

Brandon Cruz can be reached at neil@ sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @SagebrushSports.


The king has to be Drake. I know he’s a legit Raptors fan, but he is also the biggest bandwagon fan of all time. There is an entire article called “30 worst Drake fanboy moments” and it is painful to read. There is a meme that shows him hugging everyone from LeBron James to DeMarcus Cousins and the caption says that he “looks like the proudest girlfriend.” Let’s not mention that he is the biggest Kentucky basketball bandwagon fan ever, that is until they lost to UCONN in the title game back in 2014. Then he just goes to celebrate in UCONN’s locker room.

Then he just goes to celebrate in UCONN’s locker room. Neil Patrick Healy VS THE WEEKLY

Neil Patrick




locker room. Neil Patrick Healy VS THE WEEKLY DEBATE Jack Rieger On my way home from



On my way home from Tahoe this weekend I was forced to listen to Justin Bieber’s new album “Purpose,” in a car full of girls for an hour and a half. That’s an hour and a half I will never get back. How many problems could a guy worth $200 million have? I’ll tell you; 90 minutes worth. Not only does every song sound exactly the same, but Bieber is doing this wining thing the entire time where he sounds like he’s painfully giving birth while simultaneously enjoying it. To be fair, a lot of people really love his music.


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Chris “Dick” Blake sets your fantasy lineup for week 11


Stud: WR Dez Bryant: No one is more excited for the return of Tony Romo more than wide

receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant has struggled since

returning week nine from a foot injury as Matt Cassel has failed to get the ball to the receiver. I look for Dez to get back into superstar form against

Chris “Dick”


get back into superstar form against Chris “Dick” Blake Dick’s Picks a Dolphins secondary that continues

Dick’s Picks

a Dolphins secondary that continues to get beat deep. Prediction: 8 rec 144 yards, 2 TDs


Dud: QB Andy Dalton: Andy Dalton has had a stellar season so far. The key phrase being “so far.” Dalton and the Bengals are notorious for crashing hard when it counts. The Bengals have been a top team in the AFC and haven’t had their signature collapse yet. Week 11 may be that week. I see Andy Dalton struggling on the road against a fast and physical Arizona Cardinals defense. Prediction: 25-43, 202 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs


Got Guts?: RB Darren Sproles:

Darren Sproles is the smallest man in the league. Listed at 5-foot-6, the running back has relied on his quickness throughout his NFL career and has been successful. However, Sproles is third on the depth chart in Philly. But with Ryan Mathews going down week 10 with a concussion, Sproles may see an expanded role week 11. With Mark Sanchez’s love of checking the ball down and Sproles’ ability to catch the ball for big gains, I could see Sproles having a big game. Prediction: 7 carries, 48 yards, 6 rec, 93 yards, 1 TD

Chris “Dick” Blake can be reached at neil@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @SagebrushSports.

Wolf Pack athletic teams add recruits on early signing period

By Neil Patrick Healy

In college sports, recruiting is what determines the fate of a program years before games are played. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, multiple Nevada teams signed their recruiting classes to bolster their rosters and set the course of the future here in the early signing period.


In head coach Eric Musselman’s first season he has already made big headlines on the recruiting trail. His debut class was ranked at No. 35 in the nation and second in the Mountain West (behind UNLV), ac- cording to Rivals.com. Four players signed their letter of intent last week:

point guard Devearl Ramsey, small forward Josh Hall, power forward Kenneth Wooten and small forward Sam Williams. Hall and Ramsey are rated as four-star recruits and help bolster the 2016 class to be the highest-rated class since 2008, which included future first round pick Luke Babbit. Williams, a Reno native and former Hug High star, played junior college ball at Mt. San Jacinto College in California and will be allowed to join the team in December, while the other three will join before the 2016- 2017 season.


First-year head coach Lee Nelson signed four players last Wednesday. The class includes 6-foot-2 middle blocker Shayla Hoeft, 5-foot-8 setter Dalyn Burns, 5-foot-8 libero Camille Davey and 6-foot outside hitter Ayla Fresenius. Fresenius and Davey are teammates from Laguna Beach, Hoeft is from Hawaii and Burns is from San Jose. Fresenius and Davey are team- mates from Laguna Beach, Hoeft is from Hawaii and Burns is from San Jose.


The women’s basketball program added its own top-tier recruit in 5-foot-11 guard Desirae Gonzalez. She averaged 29.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game last year and was Arizona’s leading scorer her junior year. Head coach Jane Albright said that she intends to add a transfer and wants to add a post player before the final signing period date.

to add a post player before the final signing period date. Henry MacDiarmid/Nevada Sagebrush Nevada head

Henry MacDiarmid/Nevada Sagebrush

Nevada head coach Eric Musselman stands on the sideline and watches the Wolf Pack take on Alaska-Fairbanks on Friday, Nov. 6 at Mackay Stadium. Musselman inked the No. 35 recruiting class in the nation last Wednesday according to Rivals.com.


Eight recruits committed to Nevada for the early signing period, which included a number of international students. The class includes distance runners Adria Barich, Delaney White and Hiley Dobbs, javelin throwers Zo Fitch and Raffaeka Wiesbech, thrower Emma Hickman, sprinter Tegan Wilson and hurdler Franziska Kindt. Wiesbech and Kindt are from Germany, Wilson is from Canada and

Fitch is from England. Wiesbech was with Nevada when she won the silver medal in the 2014 Mountain West outdoor championships and is now returning to the program. The final signing period date is Nov. 18, but the various Nevada programs look to have added both numbers and talent to their new recruiting classes.

Neil Patrick Healy can be reached at neil@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twit- ter @NeilTheJuiceMan.



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Besides Gipson, most of the offense gets kudos for their performances. The two-headed monster at running back with Don Jackson and James Butler set the tone on the ground, with Butler tally- ing 119 yards and a 58-yard touchdown on 16 carries while Jackson tacked on 84 yards and the tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Both backs are inching closer to eclipsing the 1000-yard mark for the season (Butler with 997 and Jackson with 897) and are leading a team that averages 5.1 yards-per-carry. Quarterback Tyler Stewart had his most complete game of the season with three touchdown passes while throwing 16-for-26 for 174 yards while also having a huge 4-yard run to convert on fourth down and kept the game-tying drive alive.


This game all comes down to the offensive line of Nevada and the front seven of Utah State. Who will be able to establish themselves? Nevada’s running game is coming in with a lot of momentum, especially Butler who has run for over 100 yards in four out of the last five games. Utah State has a stout run defense and out of the Aggies’ five wins, only Wyoming’s Brian Hill ran for over 100 yards (201 yards on 26 carries). The run defense of Utah State only allows 3.7 yards-per-carry and 159.2 total rushing yards. Let’s not forget that this is the defense that forced Boise State to commit eight turnovers (five fumbles and three interceptions). Tyler Stewart showed last week that he is capable of leading come-from-behind drives and performing in the clutch, but can he do it if the running game is neutralized? When Stewart has thrown 29 times or more, Nevada is 0-4. This is an important statistic because if the Aggies shut down the Pack’s running game he will have to make plays through the air.


Styles make fights and this matchup is actually a very intriguing one, but the Aggies have too much going for them to give up their first home loss in two years. This will be a close one, however. I’m not totally sold on this pick because of what Nevada managed to do in crunch time last week against the Spartans. If Nevada steals this win and San Diego State somehow manages to lose to UNLV, then the season finale will have the West Division title on the line.

Neil Patrick Healy can be reached at neil@ sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @Neil- TheJuiceMan.

neil@ sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @Neil- TheJuiceMan. Winter Sports Club Continued from page A12 “We’re losing

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“We’re losing local athletes for sure because we can’t offer them full scholarships for tuition or to pay for their competition expenses,” said Monforte. “It’s been a little frustrating since I’ve been here. There’s a lot of talk within the team along with our boosters, but what we’re really struggling with is a clear path to what we need to do to get the recogni- tion.” Monforte was respectful of the university’s deci- sion to demote the club, but he also pointed out the school’s lack of support. “I think the effort is there, but the actual steps the school has given us isn’t there,“ Monforte said. Monforte is one of the most talented skiers in the United States, having competed with the national ski cross team as a senior in high school. He also competed at the junior world championships for team USA. He was convinced to come to Nevada because of the opportunity to lead a program he’s looked up to since he was a kid growing up in Squaw Valley. Monforte’s frustrations with the university in regards to establishing the club as an NCAA team are legitimate for a few reasons. Firstly, local boosters have supported the Winter Sports Club financially for many years, including after the university dropped the team following the 2008 season, meaning there are many people invested in the club’s future.

More importantly, the club is within an hour drive of one of the most prestigious ski destinations in the world — Lake Tahoe. Of any sport at Nevada, you would assume skiing has the greatest potential for success because of the proximity to Lake Tahoe, which is a breeding ground for skiing prodigies and home to the nicest ski facilities in North America. Instead of taking advantage of the club’s geographi- cal advantages, the university remains unwilling to encourage the Winter Sports Club’s potential. Monforte, who just recovered from a broken tibia and fibula suffered on a warm-up run in Italy last year, has set high personal goals for the upcoming season. “I’d like to be on the podium at our local confer- ence races, and then have top-five results in nation- als,” said Monforte. Despite the lack of support from the university, Monforte has also set high goals for the team, whose season begins on Jan. 16. “Our team goal is to qualify for a spot at Nationals in Lake Placid, New York and to be competitive,” Monforte said. “A lot of other schools have a lot more support, so for us, being the underdogs, I want to see us pull off some good results.” While the Winter Sports Club isn’t an NCAA team and doesn’t have financial support from the univer- sity, its label as a club doesn’t quite do it justice. The team’s priority is to be competitive and to go to na- tionals, with or without the support of its university.

Jack Rieger can be reached at jrieger@sagebrush.unr. edu and on Twitter @JackRieger.

the support of its university. Jack Rieger can be reached at jrieger@sagebrush.unr. edu and on Twitter


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Photo courtesy of Nico Monforte Nico Monforte races in the North American Skicross tour in
Photo courtesy of Nico Monforte
Nico Monforte races in the
North American Skicross tour
in Mount Hood, Oregon during
the 2013 /2014 season. Mt.
Hood Meadows is the largest
and most popular resort in
Club team? or
Winter Sports Club has potential for
success, but lacks university support
has potential for success, but lacks university support By Jack Rieger The definition of “club,” according
has potential for success, but lacks university support By Jack Rieger The definition of “club,” according

By Jack Rieger

The definition of “club,” according to Google, is “an association or organization dedicated to a particular in- terest or activity.” As many college students can tell you, universities have all sorts of clubs. There’s the “Nevada Students for Hillary” club, whose sole purpose is to pro- mote presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. There’s the “Puzzle Club,” where members meet the first and third Tuesday of every month to assemble and discuss — you guessed it — puzzles. There’s even a “Magic TCG Club” whose members meet to analyze and debate a surpris- ingly popular card game created in 1993. Clubs serve an important purpose for college stu- dents. As young people mature, they are exposed to new experiences and develop unique interests. Clubs act as a platform for those curiosities, providing resources and people interested in similar activities as you. But where is the line drawn between a club and something like a football team? It would be inaccurate to refer to the Nevada football team as a club because of its financial support, and more importantly, its label as an NCAA team. It operates more like a business that partners with the NCAA, with the primary goal being to win, and hopefully, to turn a profit in the process.

One athletic club attempting to make the leap from club status to an official NCAA team is the Winter Sports Club, which consists of a skiing and snowboarding team. The club was created in 1936 by Wayne Poulsen, who was also one of the original creators of Squaw Val- ley in Lake Tahoe. In the ’50s, Poulsen convinced the NCAA to establish the club as an official NCAA team. Except for a period in the ’80s and ’90s, the Nevada ski team retained its NCAA label until the economic reces- sion of 2008, when the athletic department decided to drop skiing as a varsity sport. The team’s demotion to the club level has been challenging for the program. It lost its ability to offer scholarships to team members, it no longer has access to Nevada facilities, and it isn’t excused from class for competitions. The club’s current alpine captain, Nico Monforte, explained how difficult recruiting is without the school’s support.


Photo courtesy of Nico Monforte

Nico Monforte races in the Far West FIS Slalom race at Heavenly ski resort in Lake Tahoe in the spring of 2012. Monforte broke his Tibia and Fibula in the spring of 2014.

Photo courtesy of Nico


Nico Monforte competes

in the North American Ski-

cross tour at Mt. Hood. The Skicross was added to the Skiing World Cup in
cross tour at Mt. Hood. The
Skicross was added to the
Skiing World Cup in 2004.
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Pack Preview: Tough road test awaits Nevada in Aggie land

By Neil Patrick Healy

T ime to celebrate Wolf Pack Nation! Why? Nevada is bowl-eligible. After the debacles of the

UNLV and Wyoming games earlier

this season, the Pack qualified for

a bowl game for the tenth time out

of the last 11 years with their win against the San José State Spartans last Saturday.

win against the San José State Spartans last Saturday. Neil Patrick Healy The seniors went home

Neil Patrick


The seniors went home happy after their last home game, the 17,215 fans that made the trip to Mackay Stadium (lowest attendance since 2011) got to see

an entertaining matchup and the Spartans didn’t get to metaphorically Spartan kick head coach Brian Polian into the pit of despair like the Persian messenger

in “300.” In what turned out to be

a thrilling, watch from the edge of

6-4 with two more games left on the schedule. The final stretch of the season is a grueling one, with a road trip to play the Utah State Aggies up first. Utah State is a team that is tough to diagnose. The Aggies pulled off an enormous win against Boise State and played

close with PAC-12 contender Utah, but have dropped the game against New Mexico and were creamed by San Diego State 48-14. Tough to diagnose indeed.


Nevada leads the all-time series against Utah State 17-5, but the Aggies won the last matchup with a 21-17 win back in 2011 that ended a Wolf Pack six-game winning streak. After coming off a close 35-28 loss at Air Force, the Aggies sit at 5-5 with the Pack being their lone game remaining before taking on in-state rival BYU. Despite the so-so record, Utah State ranks in the top 40 nationally in 11 different categories. The most noteworthy stats come

on the defensive side of the ball,

(18.2 per game) and 29th in total defense (341.8 yards per game). But the most important aspect to keep in mind is Utah State is one of the toughest opponents to beat at home. The Aggies are currently riding a 12-game home winning streak and have only lost two home games since 2012.


Can we just take a minute and point out that tight end Jarred Gipson was completely wide open on the game-winning touchdown in overtime? I’ve been saying all season that Gipson is arguably the most important piece for the success of the offense and he came up with a huge game. Gipson finished with three catches for 55 yards and the clinching touchdown in overtime go along with his two huge plays on the game-tying touchdown drive in regulation. First was his 27-yard grab to set Nevada up with first and 10 on the Spartan 12-yard line and then he drew a pass interference call two plays later to set up first and goal at

and 10 on the Spartan 12-yard line and then he drew a pass interference call two