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By Jacob Solis


Fighting breaks out hours before planned Yemen cease-fire Gun battles just north of the Ye- meni capital of Sanaa marred what was to be the start of a cease-fire in the country’s civil war on Sunday, according to Al Jazeera. The fighting between forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Houthi rebels killed more than 20, per reports from residents. Even so, Saudi forces, which have been bombing the Houthis for over a year, have agreed to abide by the U.N.-brokered cease-fire. The ceasefire is the fourth since March of last year, when the Saudi bombardment of Yemen began, and was to act as a preface to upcoming peace talks in Kuwait. Two rounds of negotiations last year failed to end hostilities in a war that has killed over 6,200. Though these new negotiations are set for next week, the Houthis have yet to inform the U.N. of their terms for a long-lasting cease-fire. The war began last February after Houthi rebels stormed the capital of Sanaa, driving President Hadi out. Both groups, however, remain opposed to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to the BBC.


Kentucky Gov. sued by own attorney general over education cuts Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin was sued Monday by his Democratic attorney general, Andy Beshear, over cuts Bevin made to the state’s higher education system, according to Time Magazine. The cuts in question were part of a larger plan to cut $650 million in spending over the next two years. In turn, the money saved would go toward Kentucky’s estimated $30 billion in public pension debt. However, when the state legislature rejected part of the plan, which amounted to a 4.5 percent cut to state university budgets, Bevin went ahead with the cuts anyway. Last week, Beshear gave Bevin one week to undo the order, but the governor ignored him.


New state voting law leaves nonpartisan voters without voice in some races Nonpartisan voters may be out of luck this November as a new state law governing the way one-party elections are handled goes into effect, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Before this year, races that only had candidates from a single party, which happens most often in state- level races, were decided in the general (if there were more than two candidates, the top two vote- getting candidates would move on to the general). Now, these races will be decided during the June primaries instead, and the winners there go on as the de facto winners of the election come November. Because Nevada’s primaries are closed, meaning only those registered with the Democrats or Republicans can participate in their respective primary, the tens of thousands of nonpartisan voters in addition to some partisans will be left without a voice come Novem- ber. The RJ found that in Senate District 4, the all-Democrat ballot leaves roughly 19,000 nonpartisans and Republicans out of the picture. In the Republican Assembly dis- tricts 13, 19 and 26, some 60,000 nonpartisans and Democrats will be left out.

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

Map provided by Wikimedia The U.S.’s long occupancy in the Middle East began after WWII
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The U.S.’s long occupancy in the Middle
East began after WWII when three factors
took hold of government interests — oil in
the Persian Gulf, Israel’s protection, and
containing the Soviet Union. The impact
of U.S. military intervention has proven
detrimental for countries like Iraq, and
beneficial for nations like Saudi Arabia.

By Marcus Lavergne

With the ever prevalent influence of corporate news and social media loom- ing overhead, organizations on campus are taking the time to help students hold educational conversations on important social and political issues regardless of their political affiliations. The Young Democrats: University of Nevada, Reno Chapter and University of Nevada College Republicans teamed up to launch their Wolf Pack Smart Talks cam- paign last Wednesday. The discussions are focused on national issues, most of which are surrounded by heavy controversy. That evening, the groups brought in adjunct professor of political science Dr. John Scire to lecture on the U.S.’s past, present and future in the Middle East. “What I wanted to do was take the issues that are most important to America, [that] people do claim they care about, and bring a professional to the university to give those

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students the facts and give them the chance to make an educated opinion,” said Young Democrats President Kyle Sharp. Most of the seats in the Ansari Business Building lecture hall were filled during the conversation with Scire, who began by ask- ing students a simple, albeit loaded, ques- tion: why is the U.S. in the Middle East? Some responded with popular theories like protecting oil producers, catering to busi- ness interests and facing the multitude of challenges presented through terrorist or- ganizations. Others based U.S. involvement off relationships with countries like Saudi

Arabia and Israel, and some discussed the ongoing and increasing destabilization of Syria. The actual answer to the question seems to lie somewhere in between, as the relationship between the U.S. and the Middle East is more than a little historically convoluted. Highlights from Scire’s presentation on the U.S.’s history in the Middle East in- cluded the recognition of Israel’s statehood in front of the U.N. in 1947; the U.S.’s initial importation of Middle Eastern crude oil in 1948; numerous coups that involved some form of CIA support throughout the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, along with missions to hinder Soviet Russian occupation; and communist influence in the area during the Cold War era. Scire also pointed out decades of military operations throughout the area that have shaped the U.S.’s connection to powers

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The trials of a life in politics

By Jacob Solis

What does it take to work in politics?

To crisscross the country at the helm

of a presidential campaign? These were the questions that Rick Gorka, a former campaign staffer with both the John McCain campaign in 2008 and the Mitt Romney campaign in 2012, came to the University of Nevada, Reno, to answer last Tuesday. The talk, organized by the con- servative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, focused mostly on getting a job working on campaigns, largely told through the life and times of Gorka himself as it

pertained to getting work in the field. More than anything, Gorka empha- sized the role of consistent hard work

in helping his climb up the ladder.

In 2000, after some college, Gorka

took to the campaign trail in earnest, volunteering for the campaign of

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Rick Gorka speaks to a crowd of students inside the Joe Crowley Student


congressman in his home state

Union Theater on Tuesday, April 5. Gorka worked communications for the Mc-


Washington. There, he spent his

Cain campaign in 2008 and the Romney campaign in 2012.

days stuffing envelopes, canvassing and generally doing “whatever the campaign asked.” “Having all kinds of experiences from a wide range of political posi- tions, from intern to manager, al- lowed me to know a campaign inside and out,” Gorka said. “That experi-

ence really helps.” Gorka also talked about his time on the Romney campaign, where his claim to fame came after telling reporters to “kiss [his] ass, this is a holy site” during a 2012 campaign visit to Poland’s Pilsudski Square.

Gorka quickly followed the comment by telling the reporters to “shove it.” The reporters had been shouting questions to Romney, who had been continually out of reach to them

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era of journalism began rising up out of the ground. The 1.6- million-square- foot edifice created from the vision of

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in 2007, and took its prominent position in Midtown Manhattan. It’s fitting for one of NYC’s most notable new structures to belong to a longtime, award-winning journalistic power- house. Throughout

its 162-year history, The New York Times has been awarded 117 Pulitzer prizes and has released around 58,000 issues. Within each, pieces of national and world history, along with the contro- versy, backlash, opinions and feelings surrounding them, have been preserved for years to come.

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Univeristy of Nevada, Reno, adjunct political science professor Dr. John Scire lectures a group of students on the U.S.’s long history in the Middle East in the Ansari Business Building on Wednesday, April 6. Scire was the first speak- er set to attend the new Wolf Pack Smart Talks put on by the university’s College Republicans and Young Democrats.


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throughout the region into what they are today. American military support of authoritarian regimes and Persian Gulf battles for oil security have created links with foreign powers that remain inconsistent, fairly unpredictable and generally shaky. After giving the compressed history lesson, the question remained: why does this nation continue to occupy the Middle East? Scire noted that, in actuality, the U.S. hasn’t been as reliant on crude oil from the area since 2008 when dependency reached an all-time high, which rules out the resource as the sole reason, and maybe even as the top reason. He says intelligence could be the most valuable, vital commodity making the stay so worthwhile. “[The] U.S. is trying to stay neutral, which is [one reason] why Obama recognizes Iran,” Scire told the group of students. “Having people there still allows for intelligence flow.” According to Scire, continued U.S. support for Israel also creates more motivation for the prolonged stay. Ties between the country and the Obama administration have become strained between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since the Israeli leader voiced his strong opposition of the Obama-backed Iran nuclear deal last March, but as closely associated allies the bond remains imperative to the U.S.’s stay in the Middle East. Scire remains wary of Netanyahu, even after the two leaders have sug- gested moving on from their differenc- es to pay more attention to problems in the Middle East. “I think Netanyahu is not good for the state of Israel,” Scire told students. “I don’t see him being kicked out, but I

don’t think he’s good in the long term. Does that mean we’ll walk away from him?” It’s important to address that the U.S. emphasis on military strength in the area has dwindled since the Obama administration took over in 2008, but according to Scire, the problem with the past is that repairs are difficult to make in the present. The U.S. has intervened in the politics of several nations throughout the area, and according to Scire, that intervention has left some countries, namely Iraq, with a fragile governmen- tal structure. Sunni Muslim extremists continue to attack government au- thorities and Shiite Muslims, and ISIS maintains a stranglehold over some northern stretches of the country. The conflict occurring in the Middle East has long been an open debate and a serious issue being addressed by world leaders and the current presi- dential candidates, all of which have the potential to transform U.S. foreign policy if elected, according to Scire. For him, the discussion being had on the future of the Middle East around college campuses is an important one. “There’s a massive shift in the gen- erations,” Scire told students. “I gave you the history, but going forward, the government and you have to say, ‘What are we gonna look like 10 years from now, 20 years from now?’ If you ever get the chance to talk to a politician, have a [political] discussion with them.” Sharp is in agreement, and although the College Republicans and his orga- nization hold starkly different values, bringing the two groups together along with a diverse group of students could open doors to more intellectual conversations. In light of the ongoing election cycle, Sharp believes that a more in-depth conversation can help students and

young voters make better decisions when it comes to electing a new president and new Congressional representatives. “It’s going to push students to realize the president has a huge amount of power in foreign policy,” Sharp said. “[Students] have to look at what can actually be obtained and what will actually work.” The choices voters make and the choices elected officials make will dictate more than just solutions to internal issues in this country. During a closing interview with Scire, he gave an ominous message about the future of each of the world’s superpowers if unstable countries were allowed to implode further. When asked if he could foresee war on a worldwide scale taking place in the near future, Scire told one student the chances are as high as 60 percent in terms of possibility within the next three years. “If we elect a president who’s very belligerent and intervenes on one side or another whether it be Israel or Palestine or Saudi Arabia and Iran, that will increase instability,” Scire said. “It wouldn’t take much to cause more chaos to spread.” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as a possible state sponsor to terrorism also remains a significant worry for Scire. He says the catalyst for war could be an all-out battle between the Sunnis and Shiites in the area caused by some act by the Korean leader or a group like ISIS. The potential for greater chaos re- mains one of the world’s most notable dilemmas as the Middle East continues to resemble a ticking time bomb.

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Senate rolls through fast-tracked agenda in final meeting of 83rd session

As the 83rd session of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada officially came to a close Wednesday, the ASUN senate rushed to pass the final few pieces of last-minute legislation. All in all, 10 separate pieces of legislation, from budget moves to resolutions, made their way onto the senate floor. One of those resolutions was one written by Sen. Sadie Fienberg, School of Journalism, on behalf of President Caden Fabbi, that would support the cre- ation of a memorial for students of the University of Nevada, Reno, who have died while in attendance. Though there was some mild apprehension at first over the resolution, as some senators thought the idea a bit morbid for a place of learning, Fabbi assured the senate that the memorial would be for all students a place of remembrance, not a place to grieve. After the discussion, the measure was approved unanimously. Also on the table was another resolution, this time aimed in support of creating a need-based aid program at UNR. Currently, the university only provides merit-based aid, itself meted out based on high school GPAs and standardized test scores. However, there is need-based aid disbursed to Nevada community colleges. The resolution, written by Sen. Jacob Boult, College of Liberal Arts, found that with a third of UNR students eligible for the Pell Grant, the uni- versity should provide some form of need-based aid. However, Sen. Makayla Ragnone, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, wanted to make sure that if the resolution were to be passed, it would only pertain to Nevada students. However, after a lengthy discussion the senate concluded that the Nevada legislature would likely make that move anyway, making it a moot point for the resolution as a whole. Thus the amendment to change the resolution to include only Nevada students failed 5-14 while the resolution on the whole was approved 16-2 with one abstention. The senate also tackled some last minute budget moves that drew some unusually testy discussion. One of those budget bills would have moved unused funds in the executive board account that would have paid for the ASUN honors and awards banquet that is not happening this session back to the host account in order to cover the remaining costs of a separate banquet. This didn’t sit quite right with Ragnone who questioned Fabbi and Chief of Staff Reina Benford over why the awards banquet didn’t happen. Fabbi explained that there simply weren’t any awards to give out, and that if the senate didn’t move the money, it would simply sit unused. With that, the senate passed the bill unanimously.

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during the several-country-long visit, ferried away from the press before they could ask any questions. The outburst drove the news cycle, completely overshadow- ing the purpose of Romney’s visit to Europe. Even so, Gorka was upbeat about the incident during his talk, speaking with a smile on his face. “If you want a fun exercise in public flogging, you can just Google my name and see what happened in Poland,” Gorka said. With that, Gorka launched into a detailed explanation of what happened and why. He talked about what happens when the campaign communications leave reporters without a story for an extended period of time. Indeed, the “gaffe,” as Gorka called it, was relatively tame. A 2012 article from Politico noted that “kiss my ass” was likely one of the nicest things to come out of the mouth of a press secretary. Despite that, he became the story, and thus it goes down as a failure of communications. Elliot Malin, an event organizer and senior field organizer with AFP Nevada, was pleased with the event, though he wished student turnout had been a bit higher. “We wanted to make sure that students had the opportunity to hear from someone who’s made it in the field,” Malin said. “I mean, this guy was front page in national news after a gaffe. It’s funny now, but it’s also important for students to hear. Sometimes we need to take a step back and realize that we make mistakes and that we need to have a little bit of fun, and he was a great example of that.” On the topic of this year’s presidential election, which has drawn international attention for its intensity, Gorka was confi- dent that the Republican Party will be safe from any doom-and- gloom this year, even if the national convention ends up being contested. “Ultimately, what this comes down to are men and women from across this country and Congressional districts that are going to come together in Cleveland in July and pick the next nominee for president,” Gorka said. “It’s up to [Republicans] to come together at that point to defeat whoever the Democrats nominate … I think every campaign is a tough cycle in the pri- mary, but at the end of the day we come together to win.” Gorka added that the most ardent phone-bankers for the Mc- Cain campaign were members of the so-called Party Unity My Ass movement. These PUMA members were disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters who were more than a little upset that then Sen. Barack Obama had won the nomination despite losing the popular vote to Clinton. But even with the PUMAs in tow, the McCain campaign wasn’t able to overcome the early bump in the polls Obama received following the convention, something that political scientists point to as one of the most critical determining factors when it comes to which candidate wins a presidential campaign. Even so, an open GOP convention would be the first contested convention from either party since the 1970s, and while the Democratic race for the nomination has been described by FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten as largely normal and civil, histori- cally speaking, the outlet has also characterized the Republican race as a “dumpster fire.” Add on to this a report from Enten just yesterday that Trump is the weakest modern GOP front-runner, based on historical primary voting trends, and a unified Republican Party seems a distant reality. However, there are still primaries left in the calendar and more than a month between the final primaries and the con- vention itself. In all that time, it’s not impossible for Trump to rally enough delegates for the nomination on a first ballot. Like most things politics, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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

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Tra c passes by the New York Times Building on a rainy night in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York on Friday, April 8. The Times hosted the “In the Times” student editor workshop earlier that day where notable speakers held Q&A sessions, and young journalists sharp- ened their skills in news writing and editing.


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The Times, a constantly expanding news company, has

served as a model at the highest tier of journalism for well over

a century, and for many young,

aspiring storytellers, it’s the endgame. But for some, the publication and its staff served a different purpose — to reaffirm what journalism really is. Hearing from current Times’ associate managing editor and former foreign correspondent Marc Lacey was a wake-up call. He began with an article that mentioned the top worst jobs in America, and journalist was sitting on the list. “I had black hair when I started,” Lacey said. “This is stressful; you can make more money doing other things. But it is not one of the worst occupations

on the face of the earth. I actually think it may be one of the better ones, the reason I can say that is I’m many years out of college and

I am still having fun doing what

I’m doing.” Lacey, who covered the White House during the Clinton administration and worked in East Africa doing international coverage as the Times’ bureau chief of that region, makes his friends jealous when he discusses the things he’s done and gets to do — friends that he says have “fatter 401(k)s, and drive amazing vehicles.” One notable experience the journalist talked about involved a coup d’etat in Chad. The airport was packed with people attempt- ing to leave the country as military

personnel rode in, and his plane held nothing but journalists. “So, that’s sort of the definition for a foreign correspondent,” Lacey told the large group of journalism students. “You’re going into a place where the people are running for their lives out of that

place.” Although Reno may sometimes seem like a town with little going on to the inattentive eye, the city is a bottomless barrel of endless stories to the trained eye. There’s no coup happening in Carson City, but it did become increas- ingly evident that more of those adventurous tales could come with experience. The esteem that comes with working for large, well-known news organization also comes with more readers, more watch- ers, more listeners and more responsibility. When credibility is at stake on a national-to-inter- national scale, does journalism become something different than what the instructors teach in entry level J-school classes? The question has always concerned

me, and it might intimidate others, but the Times’ “In the Times” workshop served as a much-needed eye-opener. A journalist is a storyteller, a public figure, a voice for those who need one and much more, when it all comes down to it. Ex- perience is essential and can only be gained by stepping out into the volunteer writer, staff writer and eventually editor positions. The word “amateur” doesn’t mean much in this world, because once the words are on the page and the page is in the hand of a reader, a writer’s or reporter’s reputation is already in firing range.

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is societally necessary and

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a woman’s last moments during

a flood. The woman was swept away by the waters, and in the “This American Life: Still Life” docu- mentary, Halevi ponders if he should have dropped everything to save the woman. Depressing experiences with photojournalism forced him to change course, and to this day he only photographs happy moments. When Jones asked students what they would do, there were several different responses. Some would’ve taken the photo out of a sense of duty, while some said they would’ve tried to save the woman first because it was the human thing to do. Others

suggested that they would have tried to do both. The bottom line was that Jones forced the group to think about the trials and sometimes galling encounters journalists face throughout their careers. Ironically, the discussion came after Editorial Page Editor Andy Rosenthal spoke to the group on making stories about the stories, rather than the writer. He discussed the differences between news and editorials. In both regards, he made it clear that the content is supposed to represent the truth, or an accurate account of what happened. Although he dislikes the word “objectivity,” it’s a basic lesson for all news reporters. “We’re journalists,” Rosenthal said. “Even though it’s opinion

journalism you can’t say the budget is $12 trillion if it’s not. You can’t misquote somebody, and you shouldn’t say things counter to what you know the facts to, what the reality is.”

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prominent journalists have been condemned for dishonesty in recent years, notably Brian Williams who was suspended for six months last year for lying about riding on a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq in 2003 by an RPG. The Times’ workshop provided proof that the rules stay the same, even in the big leagues. They’re continuously recycled in a field where there’s an infinite capacity for a multitude of stories, big and small.

Marcus Lavergne can be reached at mlavergne@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twittter @mlavergne21.

Students test mental mettle

By Jacob Solis

Though Sunday afternoon was marked by the gloom tied to overcast skies and persis- tent rain, it wasn’t enough to deter 18 students from various medical organizations on campus to come out to the Battle of the Brains. It was a test of mental mettle that the organizers, the University of Nevada, Reno’s University Advising Center, say will do plenty to make med students at UNR more well rounded. Held inside the William N. Pennington Student Achieve- ment Center, the students from Phi Delta Epsilon, the American Medical Student Association and Delta Epsilon Mu spent about two hours hurriedly writing the answers to a myriad of questions, read out loud by Derek Furukawa, UNR’s assistant vice provost for undergraduate academic advising and student achieve- ment. The questions popped up slowly, one by one, on the six projector screens that lined each wall of the room. From there, students whispered quickly in the most hushed of tones as they rushed to write down an answer before the end of the 20-second time limit. Pre-professional coordina- tor Grace Cardenas Leal was pleased with the turnout, and expects future iterations of the event in years to come with even more organizations and departments. “Many of the students are going to be expected to take very rigorous examinations, like the MCATs,” Leal said. “We really want to make sure that there’s a way that students are prepping up, but also having fun in the process.” But the questions weren’t just centered around medi- cine. The first category, bio- chemistry, was undoubtedly the forte of most students in the room. Some even correct- ed the pronunciation of the

event’s moderator. But it was

not long before categories like etiquette and world events began putting the room’s gray matter to the test. After two rounds and 90 questions, the answers were collected, scores tallied and PHIDE came out victorious. DEM came in a close second while AMSA came in a distant third. For the group’s efforts, PHIDE won a plaque in the undergraduate advising office, in addition to all- important bragging rights. More than that, however, the three organizations were able to expand their horizons

at a crucial time, according to

Furukawa. “Most professional schools have diversified what they’re looking for,” Furukawa said. “It’s no longer just knowing the subject matter of what

you’re going into; you have to know a broad range of things

… for instance, the MCAT just

changed their process and added a whole lot more in regards to philosophy, social sciences and things like that.” With that in mind, the Battle of the Brains tackled every- thing from philosophy to food security to movie quotes. It was a movie quote from “The King’s Speech” in particular that managed to break the silence in the room by pro- ducing more than a little bit of laughter. “F—,” Furukawa said. “F—! F—, f—, f— and f—! F—, f— and bugger! Bugger, bugger, buggerty buggerty buggerty, f—, f—, arse!” Beyond the levity though, Furukawa was pleased with the event and was excited for

where it could go in the future. “I’m just looking forward to continuing doing things like this in the future and bring- ing these students together

a little bit more and having

them work a little bit more together,” Furukawa said.

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

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DATE: Tuesday TIME: 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Reynolds

School of Journalism, Studio A INFO: Jaime Lynn Shafer will be discussing her time as the Nell J. Redfield Fellow in Book Arts at the Black Rock Press this Tuesday. Shafer has taught art internationally and is a Corcoran College of Art and Design Master of Art and the Book. Suffice it to say that Shafer is a qualified individual on the topic of the book. The speech will largely benefit anyone who is interested in the Black Rock Press or printmaking in general. Free entrance for anyone who wants to attend.


DATE: Wednesday TIME: 8:30 p.m. LOCATION: The Holland Project INFO: Pookie is back at The Holland Project, and he’s bringing his band and its quirky pop sound. The last time that the band made it to town it certainly made waves. With Pookie is the egregiously named Cumstain, with a self- purported dirty pop sound, and Reno’s all-girl surf rock band Snack. Rounding out the night is DJ Bloody Holly, so everyone can dance their Wednesday woes away. Cover charge is only $5.


DATE: Friday TIME: 9 p.m. LOCATION: Joe Crowley Student Union Theater INFO: Finally, the newest “Star Wars” is out of theaters and has made its way to the University of Nevada, Reno. Catch all

the action and pop culture phenomena with your peers this Friday. Nobody can say that "Star Wars" isn’t worth seeing, and

if you haven’t seen “The

Force Awakens” yet, then here is your chance to not only see it for free, but have free popcorn and drinks with it.



DATE: Sunday TIME: 3 p.m.


Museum of Art

INFO: This is for all the film buffs out there. NMA

is continuing with the old

Westerns that are related to history in some way. The

silent film is centered around

a twisting story involving

revenge, love and the breaking of a horse. Check out the early showing on your quiet Sunday afternoon and enjoy. Only $7 admission for the general public and $5 for students.

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Janaye Lunsford gives her speech on the issue of reparation of lost art during WWII on Saturday, April 9. Lunsford was last to speak at the forum.

Saturday, April 9. Lunsford was last to speak at the forum. STUDENT ART FORUM explores issues
Saturday, April 9. Lunsford was last to speak at the forum. STUDENT ART FORUM explores issues


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at the forum. STUDENT ART FORUM explores issues in detail Blake Nelson/Nevada Sagebrush The student speakers

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The student speakers of the Art History & Visual Culture Studies Stu- dent Forum pose for a picture together in the Wells Fargo Auditorium on Saturday, April 9. They participated in the forum with Dr. Brett Van Hoesen as the host and one of the discussants.

in examining the issues with an intelligent and comprehensive detail that elucidated the topics. One speech in particular given by Flora Toulouse not only related art history to modern animation, but also connected the topic to today’s issues of sex and gender. Toulouse examined the issue of chang- ing roles for women in the animation field. Not only was the topic explored, but Toulouse exposed issues

to a wider audience than a traditional study into art history. Followed by an open question section of the en- tire panel, each speaker was able to field questions from the audience. What followed was an open discussion about the topics; they allowed the audi- ence to better grasp or better understand an facet of the speeches just given. After each subsequent panel the audience became more comfortable with the speakers, allowing for a much warmer discourse between the two. Two more panels followed with a break in between each, in which the audience was allowed to further discuss the topics presented and enjoy some of the provided snacks. After the breaks, the students resumed their efforts into the discussion of art. The forum wrapped up on schedule, due to all the speakers having rehearsed for multiple hours the previous day, and with it, the audience heartily applauded the 15 speakers and discussants, and began to file out of the auditorium with a deeper understanding of art and more questions to re- search themselves. The forum worked on multiple levels, as not only

a platform to speak of art, but also to confer with

a larger audience on the issue at hand. If another forum on a topic of interest is being held at UNR,

it would be advised to attend, due the university’s

ability to have an open and informed discussion between the knowledgeable and those wishing to be informed.

Blake Nelson can be reached at tbynum@sagebrush. unr.edu or on Twitter @b_e_nelson.

Saturday afternoon hosted one of the University of Nevada, Reno’s most detailed investigations into art — the Art History & Visual Culture Studies Student Forum. Conducted with a host of students, graduates and faculty, the forum covered topics that ranged centuries and issues in art. Visitors were greeted with comestibles and an inviting, yet informative atmosphere that generated discussion from the crowd. With a short welcome from the heads of the organization, Janaye Lunsford and Dr. Brett Van Hoesen, the forum began. After Ashley Westwood and Megan Kay took the stage in the Wells Fargo Auditorium in the Knowledge Center, the two gave the audience of around 20 students and faculty the keynote address. Westwood, who graduated from UNR in 2010 with

a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting, spoke about the influences on her work and how she tries to capture a certain aspect of animal spirituality in her work. Most of her work consists of animals represented ethereally to further illuminate the

theme of what might be left behind in the situation

of violent animal death at the hands of humans.

Kay then gave her speech on the topic of con- temporary art in Reno. Kay graduated from UNR in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art with an art history minor. Through her research into Reno’s art scene and her job as the art installer for the Nevada Arts Council’s Touring Exhibition, Kay spoke on the trends of contemporary art in Reno and how the past shapes the present. The two keynote addresses primed the rest of the forum with their in-depth approach to an aspect of art. Dr. Elizabeth Cummins took the stage as the discussant for the first panel, which consisted of three students, each exploring a certain aspect of art history through the lens of contemporary study. Although each student’s interest in art history was quite varied, they all took similar approaches


‘Hardcore Henry,’ or ‘Video Game: The Movie’

By Blake Nelson

“Hardcore Henry” has been heralded as a groundbreaking film featuring first-person camera techniques and similar

action to that of a video game. Yet, what the film presents amounts to nothing more than watching someone else play a video game for an hour and a

half — in more ways than one, I assure you. The buzz for “Harcore Hen- ry” was largely based around a music video by the band Biting Elbows, made by the same filmmakers as “Hardcore Henry,” and featured a similar filming style. That’s fine and all, but a feature-length film in that style would be a stretch, right? Well, not according to the filmmakers. “Hardcore Henry” suffers

from what so many other films of this century suffer from:

style over substance. Beyond the quick action camera and the multitude of fighting se- quences is a story that beat for beat plays like a video game. No imagination was put into the climax or the plot points that lead to it. The twist itself was so telegraphed that any- one who wasn’t “just along for the ride” could tell what was going to happen. This film has also been compared to video games such as “Doom” and “Call of Duty,” which is an apt description due to the type of stories and characters present. But the thing “Hardcore Henry” lacks the most is the playability aspect of a video game. The film, even though not based on a game explicitly, seems to

also suffer what movies based on games suffer as well: one would rather play the game itself. Other aspects of the film that would snugly fit into a video game are the special effects and toilet humor used throughout. One scene in par- ticular is so laden with poorly done special effects that I swear they stole the effects from “Doom 64.” Other scenes are so unfunny that the viewer might just cringe. That all being said, the movie is a fun watch for the first 45 minutes and some of the shots are interesting, but by the third running sequence, the fun be- comes tedious. The film, only having a 90-minute run time, feels a little long-winded for what it invariably is — a really long video game cutscene.

Whatever the film was going for, whether it be exhilaration, style or humor, it ultimately does none, leaving the viewer feeling like they just watched a blender for an hour and a half. If the film intends to be a fore- runner for first-person action films, then it is setting a poor template for what is to come. The film does nothing other than showcase a technique that lends itself to being a gim- mick, rather than something that could possibly make a compelling film. I personally would not want to sit through another first-person video game film even if Kubrick him- self came back from the dead and directed.

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All I need in
this life of sin
is me and my
Poetry is not dead
Rage, rage against the death of poetry
“Do not go gentle
into that good
“I wandered lonely as a cloud.”
recognize the significance of National
Poetry Month. During the month of April,
publishers, bookstores, art organizations
and poetry aficionados seek to raise aware-
B efore Blake
Lively was Serena
Vanderwoodsen, the
most coveted girl in
think of the bond I shared with
my best friend Lexi, whom
ness of the
I met back in elementary
“This is the way the world ends / Not
with a bang but a whimper.”
the Upper East Side, before
America Ferrera showed us the
true meaning of inner beauty
in “Ugly Betty”, before Alexis
Bledel’s finale of everyone’s
Although Lexi and I had
met in our early fundamental
school years, it wasn’t
until entering adulthood that I
really realized how compelling
our friendship really was.
My friendship with Lexi
was a cultivation of drunken
For a genre of literature that is suppos-
edly dead, poetry provides some of the
most quoted material in the history of
quotes. Anybody with a westernized high
school English education could say that
the line
“To be, or not to be,
Girls”, and
that is the question”
stormed the
idiocracies, stories with no real
punchlines, obscene inside
jokes and an innate trivial
sense of intimacy that many
find in family members or
romantic interests. We had
at-home Jeopardy battles,
shared horror stories of our
experiences at the gyne-
cologist and tried to create
from Hamlet, regardless of whether or not
they actually read the play.
soap scene
Schultz Happens
Poetry has given us
one of the
biggest roles on “General
Hospital” the four girls came
together In “The Sisterhood
of the Traveling Pants.” They
played starring roles in one of
the most important cinematic
displays of the power of
female friendships.
I might not have known
the magnitude of the movie
as an 11-year-old when it
debuted, nor the priceless
importance of having strong
female relationships, but upon
rewatching the movie as a 21
year old with a little more life
experience, I was reminded
that there is no greater force to
be reckoned with than strong
female friendships.
There are many great big
screen depictions of female
empowerment through the
outlet of friendship. We have
the classics, “Thelma and
Louise”, “Beaches” (A real
frickin tear jerker) and “Steel
Magnolias”, but for millennials
there is such a sense of relat-
ability in the “Sisterhood”.
Rewatching this movie with
a shared Spotify playlist to
show each other what we were
listening to lately even if my
music preferences were too
pickup lines to use on potential lovers,
epigraphs in our favorite novels
literary genre. There are more public
poetry readings in April than any other
month. Practicing poets like to visit college
campuses and share their work — and yes,
poets still do exist.
National Poetry Month provides us with
ample opportunities to engage in the
world of poetry, and because of the diver-
sity of the genre, there really is something
for everyone. There is traditional poetry
from the days of yore, such as sonnets,
villanelles and Wordsworthian lyric
poems. There is experimental poetry that
reinvents language and form, whether it be
through seemingly haphazard line breaks
or through carefully selected words. There
folk-inspired for Lexi’s liking.
We never held back in sharing
our thoughts on politics and
asked for advice when we
came upon strange intimate
interactions. Lexi has always
been a constant in my early
adult life— cliche but I almost
feel like I wasn’t entirely me
before my friendship with Lexi
It seemed that there were
many things in life that
depreciated me whether it be
piling too much on my plate
or my love endeavors that
resulted in heartbreak. When
in fact, my relationship with
Lexi was just the opposite.
It provided fulfillment and
aided to mold the person I
wanted to become. Whenever
life became a little pressing I
found myself wishing Lexi was
always around. Our friendship
had a way of simplifying
is also
social media bios. More likely than not
have we quoted a famous poem to our
friends in order to sound smart.
But the web of poetry that surrounds
our lives is far more convoluted. We all
probably know somebody who loves
to write poetry and has written many
poems, somebody who has dabbled in
poetry and only occasionally writes, or
somebody who has only written one
poem that was required for a class assign-
ment. We even listen to a modern form
of poetry in the music of Kanye West, Jay
Z, Drake or any other rapper. Poetry has
affected us in a variety of ways, and as
obvious as it sounds, the world simply
would not be the same without it.
slam poetry that is usually written in
contemporary, informal language and is
performed in front of an audience — it
doesn’t even have to be read! No matter
one’s poetic tendencies
or predilections,
there is always some way to participate
during National Poetry Month.
As college students, we exist at an inter-
section of arts culture. There are programs
for visual art, writing, acting, music and
dance on our campus alone. Because of
this we are constantly exposed
I found comfort and joy in
artistic accomplishments and advance-
ments. However, students generally focus
on more popular art forms such as music
a few of my personal closest
girlfriends I realized just how
important this movie really
was for female friendships.
Through tragic deaths, boy
troubles, family drama and
more of life’s whirlwinds
there was one constant — the
girls were always there for
each other whether they
were experiencing some of
just about all undertakings we
took on whether it was work-
ing the world’s worst summer
job or going out dancing all
night. Lexi’s friendship was
enriching and dependable. It
didn’t require maintenance
and just was in its simplest
form — fun.
“The Sisterhood of The Trav-
eling Pants” reminds me of the
relationship I now share with
Despite the
pervasiveness of
and visual art, and poetry gets disregarded
somewhere in the process.
But this month we can do something
about it. Pick up a full-length collection
from a poet whose poetry was featured
in a literature or humanities class. Go to
life’s biggest blessings or life’s
most unfortunate tragedies.
There is something distinctly
special about the relationships
formed between your closest
When the workload
heightens, love life crumbles
and life’s odds just seem to be
against you there is a calming
reassurance women find in
confiding in their lady friends.
Adulthood isn’t easy. As a
female, navigating adulthood
Lexi. Although we do not share
a pair of magical pants we are
poetry in our everyday lives, people
continue to say that the genre is dead.
Perhaps this is a call into the void from
haters who would rather not be bothered
by another line of poetry. Maybe it repre-
sents how inaccessible some people find
poetry to be — understanding a poem
a public poetry reading, open mic night
or slam event. Write a haiku, a love poem,
often in very different places
on different schedules due to
college. But, our friendship
isn’t a task. Lexi doesn’t fall
short of providing the content-
ness many would say result
from romances or any other of
life’s relationships. The same
can be said for the rest of my
bonds with my female friends.
They don’t take second to any
requires extra effort,
to be sure. Regardless of the reason, saying
that poetry is dead only perpetuates the
mythology that it actually is dead.
This is why it is important that we
a nature poem or even a Shakespearean
Let’s keep poetry alive.
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and on Twitter @TheSagebrush.
is especially hard, but with a
solid group of girl friends it is
Upon reflecting on all the
relationships I have shared in
my life whether they be friend-
ships between males, love
interests or female friendships
other relationships because
the bonds women share with
their women best friend
counterparts is different — it’s
The fictitious bond the girls
Vote in light of hope, not fear this election
share is genuine. It is real and
relatable. The girls are never
I recognized a particular
trying to one up each other
or push their own agenda.
Whenever trouble calls, they
are there for one another. It
is a great example for girls to
T errorism is about spreading fear.
When we react with blind fear,
fear which causes us to take rash
decisions, the terrorists not only
affinity for the bonds I shared
with my best friends that were
As social norms change
and a large majority of
society tends to put marriage
and other relationships off,
women seek companionship
elsewhere — which tends to
blossom from friendships we
share instead. We are often
told romantic relationships are
supposed to make us whole,
when at my age, more often
than not the relationships
that ensured more of a sense
of completeness were the
relationships between my girl
The blast from the past in
watching “The Sisterhood of
The Traveling Pants” sent me
into a revelatory thought of
the completeness I found in
my own personal relation-
ships. Seeing the chemistry
between the fictional best
friends made me naturally
win, but their organizations grow. One of
our greatest presidents, Franklin Delano
Roosevelt, knew the danger of fear when
he uttered those immortal words, “the
I call upon my women
only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He
understood that there is
friends whenever I need
uplifting. I can rely on them
fear and hope. On one side, the Democrats
preach about the progress we can make, on
the other side, the Republicans talk about
ways to turn back the clock of progress, and
about ludicrous challenges to American
supremacy. ISIS may be a dangerous
and despicable organization, but they
are nowhere near a threat to American
sovereignty. While terrorism is a serious
issue, and has significant economic effects,
its cost in lives tends to be rather low. In
fact, from 2005 to 2010, an American was
to tell me the truth and act as
a moral guidance. They never
turn down a glass of wine and
tell me how pretty I am when
four times as likely to be struck by lightning
than to die in a terrorist attack. In the same
period, an American was between roughly
6,000 to 24,000 times more likely to die as
I find myself crying in the
no use scaring the pants
off of the public, even in
a time when America was
facing some of its greatest
threats. Instead he
valued working to solve
the issues confronting
the nation, which sadly,
seems like a novel idea in
today’s government.
a result of obesity than terrorism, but how
bathroom of some shady bar.
The women that aggrandize
my life give unselfishly and
supplement our friendships
without asking for much in
return. They are empowering
and enriching and women
should both acknowledge and
take more advantage of these
genuine bonds.
This aversion to fear
goes back to our nation’s
founding. George Washington was fond
of referencing Micah 4:4 from the Old
Testament, which reads “they shall all sit
under their own vines and under their
own fig trees, and no one shall make them
afraid.” He included the phrase in a letter to
the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, to let
them know that their religious views would
not endanger their safety in America.
The election of 2016 is a choice between
often do you hear about that on the news?
Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are dema-
gogues who use fear as a political tool to
get regular Americans to vote against their
interests. They have both directly acted
against the spirit of Washington’s words.
For Trump this comes in the form of calls
to ban all Muslims, including United States
citizens, from entering the country. For Cruz
it is a plan to have security patrols in all
Muslim neighborhoods. Both of these plans
will infringe upon the inalienable rights of
American citizens, as described in the Bill of
Rights, based simply upon their faith.
The Republican candidates also have
disastrous proposals for foreign policy,
especially when it comes to responding to
terrorism. Donald Trump wants to “take out
their families” while Ted Cruz has called for
carpet bombing ISIS (note that this would
undoubtedly affect the numerous civilians
in ISIS held territory). Both of these plans,
rather than combatting terrorism, would
provide fuel to the fire. Innocent civilians
harmed by such programs would grow to
hate America. Children impacted by such
programs will serve as the next generation
of extremist fighters.
I call on the voting public to have hope.
I call on the the citizens of this nation to
believe that America can still accomplish
greatness. This doesn’t mean expelling those
who wish to make a new life in America, but
improving the lives of our citizens. I firmly
believe that America is the greatest nation
on the planet, and that there is no reason
our citizens cannot have the same quality
of life as those in other developed nations.
We simply have to believe in progress, come
together as a people, and most importantly
put in a lot of hard work. We cannot let the
Republican Party’s fear mongering derail
the future of the United States.
Alexandra Schultz studies jour-
nalism. She can be reached at
alexandraschultz@unr.edu and
on Twitter @AliSchultzzz.
Paul Catha studies history. He can be reached
at alexandraschultz@unr.edu and on Twitter


Discrimination comes in all forms — gender, race, monetary worth and even age

S tereotyping and discriminat-

ing against individuals

or groups on the basis of

their age is no better than

discriminating against someone because of their gender, sexual

orientation, race or economic status. For a long time we as a nation have made strides in the right direction towards defeating

discrimination in its many forms. Though some of those forms have no current solution, the point is we have recognized this discrimination and have decided to make changes in our actions in order

to protect those who were, or still are, at the mercy of a major form of discrimination. Unfortunately, ageism has not been tackled as aggressively as it could be. For instance, we have organizations that fight for women’s rights, race equality, LGBT social justice — the list goes on. But organizations like Gray Panthers Twin Cities and American Bar both focus on ageism and the preservation of justice toward the topic. The fact is, neither are given the recognition they deserve. It could be because they’re not the most popular resources, or people just aren’t receptive to the struggles of ageism at all. A little over a week ago I found myself discriminating based on someone’s age in reference to a posi- tion they may or may not have been fit for. I did this and immediately knew it was wrong. It didn’t feel good and it’s something I should not have done. To that person I am sorry, but is it truly my fault? Or is it the fault of the society we have grown up in? We associate a lot of things with age in our nation: knowledge, work experience, ability to drive, drinking, etc., and no matter what the circum- stance, we rarely discuss ageism and the effects it may impose on people. We are living in a day and age where some people don’t even know ageism is working against them. It



even know ageism is working against them. It Bynum Terrance should go without saying, but for
even know ageism is working against them. It Bynum Terrance should go without saying, but for

should go without saying, but for the most part people associate older age with wisdom. On the other hand younger individuals are associ- ated with curiosity and a lack of life experience. No one should have the authority to tell someone they can or cannot do something simply on the basis

of age. The same goes for holding a preconception of someone’s charac- ter or skills based on age. When we look at an issue like this, it’s easy to think that maybe it’s not a big deal or that we can deal with it later, but that is nonsense. The fact is, there’s no logic behind discriminating against someone due to their age. One

cannot attribute self worth to age. If we don’t tackle this form of discrimination now, it may never be addressed and holds the potential to impede the progress America has made regarding other forms of stereotyping and discrimination. Let’s bring light to organizations that are standing up for age equality, come

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together, and come up with solutions on how we can solve ageism and make a dent on its prominence in our country.

Terrance J. Bynum studies jour- nalism. He can be reached at tby- num@sagebruh.unr and on Twitter @TheSagebrush.

End the fascination with the past & look toward the future

O ne day, I was on the phone with an old friend from middle school. After talking for more than an hour we had nothing to talk about, but neither one of us

wanted to hang up, so I asked bluntly, “If you could live in any time period, which one would it be?” His response was something along the lines of the ’80s or ’90s. Although both of us were born in the late ’90s, he just wished

he was a teen in one of those periods. He explained to me that he had always loved the music, the TV shows and how easy life seemed during those times. We talked about shows like “The Nanny” (one of his favorites), “Saved by the Bell,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and how terrible, yet lovable Mexican

soap operas were during that time. After talking for a while about how “hip” our parents looked with their crazy hair and their colorful shirts, he then asked me, “If you could live in any time period, which one would it be?” I immediately answered, “The 1920s.” He was a little thrown off by how quickly I had answered and I had to explain that I had just finished reading and watching “The Great Gatsby.” I mean, everything about that book and the movie screams “American Dream” in your face, and like Fergie most avidly says over and over again in her song, “a little party never killed nobody.” For me, the 1920s are portrayed as a time of abundance around the north side of the country, when New York City was seen as the city that never sleeps, and the slow beginning of the liberation of women. I would have loved to be one of the pioneers of that movement. But soon we came to the realization that if we were to live in those time periods we would not have had Daisy Buchanan’s or any of the “Saved by the Bell” characters’ lives. Both of us are some of the largest minorities in this country. I am a young Latina and he is a young homosexual Latino. We both are part of the lower middle class and still live with our parents. If I, a young Latina, were to live inside the United



I, a young Latina, were to live inside the United Peraza Luz States in the 1920s,

States in the 1920s, it would have been most likely as an immigrant, following my husband who probably would work in the fields, and I would be staying at home with our children. I wouldn’t have the party that Fergie promised, and there would be no Jay Gatsby building a beautiful palace for me. If he, a young homosexual Latino, were to live in the 1980s or 1990s, he would probably have it

a little bit easier than me because: He is a man,

and in those years we see a larger number of homosexuals trying to come out of the closet. Yet, we must remember that during the mid-1980s we saw many cases of AIDS, and if you were gay, you were immediately categorized as an AIDS carrier and were unjustly discriminated for your sexual

orientation. Also, as much as it hurts me to admit it, our Latino/Hispanic culture has not fully embraced homosexuality, and that would have made his life much harder with his family and his friends. We both understood the implications of those time periods and what they meant for us and for others. Our society has based itself in race and color, gender, sexual orientation and economic status since the creation of this country. At the end of the day, we both understood that even if we romanticize the “good ol’ days” and complain about our lives today, we have to admit, society has come a long way since then. This is no excuse to stop our fights against racism, gender discrimination or discrimination based on sexual orientation. On the contrary, it is an incentive for us to continue fighting because things do change.

It is not easy and it is not going to happen all in one

day, but we can change society. Today we should be grateful for life, for having

a higher education, for being able to marry who

we want, for deciding if we want to have a family or not, for being seen as human beings, but most importantly, we should be grateful for everyone who fought for us in the past. Our fight against discrimination is not over. We still have a long way to go. But today, I am grateful for living in the present, and for being able to fight for the rights of our future generations.

Luz Peraza studies international affairs. She can be reached at alexandraschultz@unr.edu and on Twitter @TheSagebrush.

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There are 162 games in a baseball season, so Ripken played over 16 seasons without sitting out, which is absolutely mind-blowing. Ripken’s historic record actually overshadows how great of a player he was. The Iron Man was a 19-time All- Star, had over 3,000 hits and was a two-time MVP. Ripken ended the streak voluntarily in 1998, and then went on to play for three more seasons.




DiMaggio is a baseball icon in more ways than one. He recorded at least one hit every game from May 15, 1941, until July 17, batting .408 in that span. The most recent player to challenge DiMaggio’s streak was Jimmy Rollins in 2005-06, when he hit safely in 38 consecutive games. As if hitting in 56 consecutive games wasn’t enough, DiMaggio also married Marilyn Monroe in 1954.



Favre was a tough-as-nails southern boy from Mississippi who happened to have a cannon for an arm. Favre started every single game from when he signed with the Packers in 1992 until he retired as a Viking in 2010. This is perhaps more amazing than the Ripken streak because of football’s violent nature. Favre often played through pain and had a number of concussions throughout his career.





There are very few dynasties in the history of sports, but John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins

are certainly one of them. From

1970 until 1974 the Bruins did

not lose a single game and won four straight national titles. Actually, the Bruins

won 10 titles in 12 years from

1964 until 1975 in what is the

most dominating stretch in American sports history.




From 1966 to 1993,

Nolan Ryan did one thing:

throw baseballs really hard. Looking at Nolan Ryan’s career stats is ridiculous:

seven no-hitters, 5,714 strikeouts, eight-time All-Star, 11-time strikeout leader, and he struck out seven pairs of fathers and sons. Ryan was famous for his unhittable fast ball that often clocked in at over 100 mph.





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Pack Back on track

Nevada creeps up to winning record with series win over Texas State

By Ryan Suppe Last weekend, Nevada won its fourth straight series and improved to 15-14
By Ryan Suppe
Last weekend, Nevada won its fourth straight series and
improved to 15-14 (6-5 MW) on the season. The Wolf Pack
traveled to San Marcos, Texas, for a three-game series against
Texas State (21-12). Nevada won the first two games by scores of
6-3 and 17-6, but it dropped the final game of the series 3-2.
Senior Christian Stolo started his eighth game of the season
on Friday and recorded his second win. He allowed three earned
runs off 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings.
Stolo retired the first three hitters of the game, but then he
gave up a solo home run to the first batter in the bottom of the
second inning followed by six more hits and two more runs as
the Bobcats sent all nine hitters to the plate.
Despite giving up three runs and seven hits in one inning,
Nevada head coach T.J. Bruce stuck with his veteran pitcher
and left him in the game. Stolo went on to throw 5 2/3 scoreless
innings, including a stretch of 15 straight outs.
Junior Trevor Charpie started on the mound for Nevada. He
threw for seven innings, giving up just two runs on three
hits, and he struck out eight. “If you base it on results, then
I probably should’ve taken him out, but it’s not about
results, it’s about the process of what we’re doing,” Bruce
told Don Marchand on the Bud Light pregame show on
Saturday, April 9. “He showed maturity and he showed
presence and that’s why we left him in.”
The Wolf Pack trailed 3-0 heading into the top of the
seventh when it had a big inning of its own thanks to some
small ball. Junior Miles Mastrobuoni reached
on a bunt single to leadoff the inning, then
sophomore Cole Krzmarzick doubled to left.
Sophomore T.J. Friedl and senior Justin Hazard
both reached on sacrifice bunts, scoring Mas-
trobuoni and Krzmarzick. Then Friedl and
Hazard executed a successful double steal,
moving into scoring position. A groundout
and a sacrifice fly scored two more runs and
gave the Wolf Pack a 4-3 lead.
Nevada would add two more runs in the
top of the ninth, and junior Evan McMahan
completed a four-out save with a scoreless
bottom of the ninth, sealing the 6-3 victory for
In game two, Nevada scored 17 runs on 18 hits,
season highs in both categories. Krzmarzick had
four hits in the game, and Friedl and Hazard each
drove in five runs.
Charpie improves to 3-1 on the season, and he
has the team’s best ERA at 3.10.
On Sunday, junior Trenton Brooks pitched six
shutout innings and drove in Nevada’s only two
runs of the game, but the Bobcats won the game
3-2 and avoided the series sweep.
The game was scoreless in the bottom of the
seventh with both starting pitchers still in
the game when Texas State put together a
three-run, five-hit inning. The Bobcats
chased Brooks off the mound but
not out of the game.
Brooks moved to the designated
hitter position after coming off the mound, and
in the top
of the eighth he broke up the opposing pitcher’s shutout with a
two-run home run.
After the home run, Nevada stranded two runners in scoring
position, and the Wolf Pack would go on to lose 3-2.
Ryan Suppe can be reached at jrieger@sagebrush.unr.edu and on
Twitter @salsuppe.

Photo courtesy of Andrea Wilkinson/Nevada Athletics

Nevada pitcher Mark Nowaczewski (24) winds up for a pitch against San Diego State on Sunday, April 3 at Peccole Park. Nevada won two out of three to win the series.








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If there was ever a time for the Pack’s men’s tennis team to win a match, it was on April 10. Nevada arrived at the Appleton Tennis Center in Boise, Idaho, to take on the 64th ranked Broncos. While most teams’ confidence would falter in the event of facing a nationally ranked team, the singles competition was ultimately a wash, as both Boise State and Nevada won three of the six matches. The true test came during the doubles competition. The first doubles match went Boise State’s way, with a 6-2 victory, but the Pack wouldn’t be defeated so easily. The team put its foot on the gas taking the last two doubles matches of the day. This win over Boise State ended the team’s five- match losing streak.


Coach Eric Musselman has added two assistant coaches to his staff who are highly respected in the basketball community. First off, we have assistant coach Yann Hufnagel, who’s spent time at Cal State, Vanderbilt and Harvard. CBS named Hufnagel as a part of its nine “Dream Team” assistant coaches and went on to call him “one of the most relentless and energetic recruiters in the game.” The second assistant coach joining the Wolf Pack is Ronal Dupree. Reno natives may remember Dupree from his time spent in the NBA D-League with the Reno Bighorns as well as his six years spent playing in the NBA. Coach Musselman had nothing but praise for the work Dupree did while at LSU, stating, “He’s a great mentor to student- athletes, both on the floor and academically.”


The Nevada women’s golf team won its first weekly award within the last four years. Celyn Khoo was named Mountain West Women’s Golfer of the Week due to her impressive performance at the Cowgirl Classic. Khoo was an unstoppable force, as she scored two 71s back to back. She went on to be one of three competitors to finish overall under par out of 110 contestants. Luckily for the Nevada women’s golf team, Khoo is only a sophomore. Khoo’s third-place finish allowed Nevada to be placed in the top five. The Wolf Pack’s next endeavor will take place on April 18 in Rancho Mirage, California. Here the team will play to win the Mountain West Championship and bragging rights for next season.

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


Golf is not dead by any means. The sport is in a transitional period. Golf is trying to find itself in the post- Tiger Woods era and is looking for life. Sure, the ratings for this year’s Masters weren’t exactly something to be excited about if you’re a die-hard fan of the game, but let’s not overreact. Every sport has its down periods. The NBA finals were on tape delay during much of the 1970s and people were saying the league was dead. Then Magic Johnson and Larry Bird came along and the league has never looked back. Golf is just in dire need of some characters to make it interesting.

just in dire need of some characters to make it interesting. Neil Patrick Healy VS THE

Neil Patrick




make it interesting. Neil Patrick Healy VS THE WEEKLY DEBATE Jack Rieger This year’s Masters was



This year’s Masters was the fourth lowest-rated Masters in the last 20 years. I think the main reason is because the sport no longer has any personality; everyone is buttoned up and corporate. Tiger was the most popular golfer ever because he threw his clubs, cursed and was outspoken. And the fact that he was black was important too; he looked different than the typical golfer and people were drawn to it. There’s no reason to watch golf anymore because frankly it’s boring. Everyone looks the same, dresses the same and respects one another, and there are no signs of that changing.

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As Danny Willett was on his way to a Masters victory, his brother PJ was live tweeting the best way you can — drunk. It is a tweet-by-tweet documentation of a brother’s intoxicated account of the Masters unfolding before his eyes, as his brother became the second Englishman to win the green jacket. The tweets start out with the simple dig as heavy favorite Jordan Spieth was going through an epic collapse. “Spieth is lining up his putt,” PJ Willett said. “If

I’m quick I can get a beer, go to the toilet, and paint the spare room b4 he hits it.”

A few tweets later, PJ Willett tweeted out a photo

of a bottle of champagne with the caption “Just downed in one. Work will understand. Behave yourself, Spieth.” Such golden nuggets like “Green makes you look fat, refuse the jacket” and “My boy has massive bollocks” lead me to believe that we all need support like this from our family members. If there’s one thing we learned, it’s that drunken Twitter rampages from our loved ones show that they truly care.



If you’re having a bad day this week, just be

thankful that you’re not Jordan Spieth. The entire sports world watched in horror as the reigning Masters champion squandered his lead on Masters Sunday by a quadruple bogey on the 12th hole. The ESPN headline later that day read, “Jordan Spieth’s collapse at the Masters is the most shocking in golf history.” Spieth had the tournament locked up for three and a half days, was getting ready to go back to back and had his green jacket fitted for him when he puked up a 1-stroke lead. He finished tied for second with Lee Westwood three shots behind Danny Willett, who shot a 67 in the final round on Sunday. People are already comparing him to Greg Norman’s Masters collapse in 1996, who also met his choking climax on the 12th hole. Talk about rubbing salt in the wound, you know your collapse was epic when people forget the name of the guy who won the tournament. On ESPN radio some hosts had to keep referring to Willett as “the Masters champion” because they kept forgetting his name. Golf is cruel because there are no teammates to lean on or help shoulder the blame. It’s all on him, so it’ll be interesting to see how Spieth responds, and if he can collect himself after such a mental meltdown.

Neil Patrick Healy can be reached at neil@sagbrush. unr.edu and on Twitter @NP_Healy.


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“I thought he controlled the offense very well,” coach Brian Polian said about Stewart. “I’m not too worried about the pick on the screen. We had not repped that play a ton, that’s a timing play. His decisions to pull the ball down and run were good. Overall, I was pleased with the job he did today.” The quarterback was also pleased with himself and the new offense the team has learned under new offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey. “Today I thought went pretty well,” Stewart said. “I think that’s probably the most points we’ve scored in a spring game since I’ve been here. A lot of explosive plays. It was nice to learn something new; it gave us a new energy. These practices are going to win or lose games for us.”


Last season, Nevada’s front seven was the team’s greatest strength. This season, it’s the team’s biggest question mark, as the Wolf Pack lost all four starting linebackers including Ian Seau, Bryan Lane, Jordan Dobrich and Matthew Lyons. On Saturday, the new front had four sacks and 13 tackles for loss. The secondary, which was the team’s youngest unit last year, is hoping to become a strength for the team this season. Redshirt freshman E.J. Muham- mad returned an interception for a touchdown on an errant screen pass, and Dameon Baber, who had a team- high six interceptions last season, had a pick of his own. When asked what he was most

pleased with defensively, Polian was quick to answer. “The pass rush. I could’ve blown the whistle half a dozen other times,” Polian said. “I thought Patrick Choudja had his best day of spring ball; maybe he just needs a crowd. Malik Reed has been great all camp. Overall, I was pleased.”


On Friday, April 8, the NCAA passed

a number of rules about recruiting.

Most notably, the NCAA has banned satellite camps, which allow colleges to host camps off campus. The reason schools like to do this is so they can host a camp closer to recruits they are targeting. Shortly after the rule was passed, Polian gave his opinion on

Twitter, a social media site he has been known to use in the past. Polian tweeted, “I completely disagree with the decisions made by the NCAA today – not finding a happy medium for these camps only hurts the


Polian was asked about his tweets after the spring game and reiterated his stance. “I think it’s shortsighted; it’s an overreaction to what was really a turf war between Big 10 coaches and SEC coaches. The people it hurts the most are the prospects. Really now for a young man to get the kind of exposure that they got in camps like USCs and Northwesterns and Ohio States means they’re going to have to spend more money, travel more. I don’t agree with it, but apparently my voice is in the minority.”

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


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Banning the camps is a shortsighted reaction by the NCAA due to some coaches complaining, while other coaches overdo it. Is this ruling in line with the mission of the NCAA? The mission statement reads as follows:

“Our purpose is to govern competition in a fair, safe, equitable and sportsman- like manner, and to integrate intercol- legiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount.” How does limiting the amount of exposure and opportunity a recruit can get from schools a paramount experi- ence? This ruling will not affect the big boys of the SEC and ACC, but it will bear consequences for prospects that won’t get looked at by the right schools that

want them. It only takes one coach or one scout to see something in a player to change that player’s life. If the NCAA truly cared about the kids, as it desper-

ately tries to claim in its endless string of propaganda, then this ruling wouldn’t have occurred. I challenge the NCAA to reverse this rul- ing. The solution is not the banishment of

a new and innovative practice that further advances the exposure and opportunities

of student athletes. If properly regulated, these camps can serve the function of ful- filling the mission statement by providing

a paramount experience for each future

student athlete who has to go through the difficult process of recruitment. If the NCAA wants to live by its own words, then satellite camps should be reinstated.

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


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New Mexico retaliated with a batter getting walked as well as back-to-back single hits to load the bases that led to two RBI singles off the center field. That gave New Mexico the win, the final score being 3-2. Bolinger struck out five Lobos in the game, and Arriaga had a game-tying RBI single, going 2-for-3

on the day. Sweet moved into third place on the all-time hit list, getting two hits against the Lobos, putting her at 224 for her career. With the three-game series finished, Nevada won 2-1. Bolinger and Isenberg pitched outstandingly, combining to allow only three earned runs in all three games. For the first time since 2006, when Nevada clinched its first ever NCAA regional appearance, the Pack was forced to pull together for a triple-header match on Friday against Niagara. Forced by weather conditions, the Pack swept Niagara in the triple header. Nevada played three different pitchers against Niagara: Isen- berg, Bolinger and sophomore Chase Redington. “We have talent pitching, and we felt like they were going to match up and give us a shot to be able to compete against that roster,” said head coach Matt Meuchel. “I thought they did a great job today.” In the first inning of game one, freshman Kwynn Warner, Sweet and Jenkins all loaded the bases. Purcell stepped up the plate and hit a line-drive floater off the pitcher, giving Nevada

a 1-0 lead. Niagara retaliated, getting a two-run RBI to take

the lead in the top of the second. The Pack responded in the bottom of the third, with a RBI triple from sophomore Aaliyah Gibson, scoring junior Raquel Martinez from second base. Sweet plated all the way from second off a throwing error that gave Nevada the lead 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh, after a solo home run from Niagara, Gibson hit a dime to right field that sent Martinez home for the walk-off victory for Nevada, score 4-3. Game two of the series was quick and easy for the Pack, as the team jumped ahead early with a three-run home run off Purcell’s consistent outstanding hitting. With Nevada up 3-0, Isenberg found her momentum. Retiring six straight Purple Eagles through the second and third innings, Niagara didn’t hit again until the top of the fourth. Nevada gave up three runs in the seventh, but went on to win the game 4-3 off a leadoff home run from Gibson. Fatigue did not stop the Pack, as the team came out onto the field to face Niagara one last time. “It was a tough day,” Meuchel said. “Having to play three games against a Division I opponent certainly takes a lot. There was a lot that we left out there.” Bolinger came out and retired seven batters in a row through the three frames, and struck out two more in the fourth in

the final game of the series. Warner sent a 3-2 pitch to the left center that sent Arriaga home and gave the Pack its first lead

of the game, score 1-0. Bolinger carried her own at the end of

the game, pitching her way out of a bases-loaded scenario in the sixth and retired the side in the last inning to complete the sweep of Niagara. “It’s good getting those three wins; I thought we pitched great and played solid defense all day long,” Meuchel said. “Three wins with some momentum going into UNLV, that will be big.” Nevada now looks ahead to its next match, as the Pack plays a three-game series against its division rival, the UNLV Rebels. “We just got to continue to pitch well and hit well,” Purcell answered when she was asked what she thinks is needed to sweep UNLV. “We have to have good defense, keep our energy up and everything like that.” Nevada will start its three-game series against the Rebels at UNLV this Friday at 6 p.m.

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NCAA shows hypocrisy with satellite camp ban

W henever there is

a major college

athletic event, the

NCAA puts out

a series of commercials that

paint a scene of helping student athletes reach their full potential

both on and off the field. It is the farce that the

NCAA tries to convince us in order to justify some of the flaws and hypocrisies in its organiza- tion. From making over $1 billion in 2014 while still being

listed as a nonprofit to making a majority of that money off free labor, the NCAA has been known

to have holes in its stance on

benefiting student athletes. In just the latest example of

NCAA hypocrisy, on Friday, April

8, it ruled to ban all satellite

camps effective immediately. Satellite camps have been a new and controversial trend in the college football recruiting world, and the issue came to a boiling point when Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh first stepped foot on Ann Arbor’s campus. To understand the effect this ban will have on student athletes, one must know exactly

what a satellite camp is. A satel- lite camp is when coaches from schools can be invited to camps held by other universities as guests. The NCAA prohibits programs from hosting a camp 50 miles from its campus, but the former rule did not specify coaches coming as guests. It is a loophole that allowed Harbaugh and other Power 5 conference schools to basically take over a camp hosted by Georgia State or Stetson. To simplify it, coaches from schools hundreds of miles away can get an easier look at prospects in other areas that aren’t as close to their campus

as their traditional recruiting

pipelines. The reason this became such

a hot-button topic in recruiting circles is because Harbaugh put the practice on steroids

by planning a nine-camp tour

spanning seven states. Many


Neil Patrick

tour spanning seven states. Many Healy Neil Patrick not want other schools poaching their recruits. For

not want other schools poaching

their recruits. For all the negative press that these camps have been getting from SEC and ACC

officials, they provide more opportunities for future student athletes to meet coaches and get looks from schools that would normally be out of the question. With this ban, schools are not allowed to be part of a camp that

is not on its own facilities. The

obvious winners are the SEC, ACC and other conferences with schools in talent-laden areas. Some losers are schools in the north and Midwest, who are at a disadvantage in accessibility to blue-chip prospects. The biggest losers are future fringe prospects that won’t get the same looks from schools outside of their area. They also provided hubs for coaches

from multiple schools to go, so the players wouldn’t have to go to multiple camps across the country. With summer

becoming more of a hit time for recruiting, it is becoming imperative to develop relation- ships with coaches and players ASAP. Athletes get five NCAA

recruiting visits in the fall of their senior year, but with the stress

in recruiting being in the spring

and summers of their junior year, camps were a financial and

logistical relief. Kids wouldn’t have to travel 1,000 miles and spend the travel money to go to one school’s camp. satelite camps provided shorter distances and the opportunity

to preform in front coaches from

multiple programs. With the camps now disbanded, recruits who come from financially disadvantaged areas will either have to put forth the money to

travel or not be able to get the same amount of exposure. Satellite camps provided the opportunities for student athletes to pick the best school and program possible, but the NCAA took them away because the coaches and athletic

directors from the SEC and ACC complained. Rather than ban- ning the camps, they could have

been regulated. For instance, maybe each school only gets three camps per cycle. Limit the

amount of coaches that can be

at each camp. Or a one-camp


those camps were planned

limit in a state. Anything is better


the talent-rich areas of the

than just banning them outright.

southeastern part of the country, where ACC and SEC schools do

See NCAA page A9

Pack softball riding high after 5-1 home stand

By Will Comton

The Nevada softball team had

a six-game homestand this past

week and finished with a near sweep, 5-1. Nevada opened up the Mountain West series play- ing the New Mexico Lobos. In

the bottom of the third, senior Megan Sweet went 1-for-2 with

a crucial three-run home run

that gave Nevada a 4-0 lead over the Lobos. At the top of the fifth, junior Melissa Arriaga was hit by the pitch with bases loaded and forced to take her base, which gave Nevada a 5-0 lead. The Lobos would get their

only score off a run in the top of the seventh. Freshman Brooke Bolinger came out and put the Lobos to rest, ending the first game 5-1 in favor of the Pack. Bolinger was the highlight of the game, striking out seven Lo- bos in seven innings. Bolinger

is now 12-3 on the season. Also,

Sweet’s home run put her at 33 home runs in her career, which is only one home run away from tying the all-time home

run record of Brittney Puzey at


Nevada thrived in the second game of the series off the out- standing play from sophomore Jennifer Purcell, who went 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs. “I’m just settled in now,” Purcell said. “Going into my

sophomore year I was settled, but I’m just more comfortable in the box now.”

Junior McKenna Isenberg shined in the first game as well, striking out four Lobos in a complete shutout. This is Isenberg’s second shutout of the season, a stat Isenberg is only trying to increase. When

Isenberg sat New Mexico down in order again in the top of the fourth, senior Jasmine Jenkins led off the home half of the fourth inning with a left-side single hit. Purcell followed Jenkins and brought a two-run

score to life, Nevada 2-0. Purcell wasn’t done, as she brought home another two-run score from a home run in the bottom of the sixth to seal the second game in the series in favor of Nevada. The New Mexico Lobos avoid- ed the sweep from Nevada in the

final game of the series, winning 3-2 over the Pack. The Pack was tied all game with the Lobos un-

til New Mexico’s Mariah Rimmer

hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth, making the score

1-0. At the bottom of the sixth,

a single hit up the middle from

Arriaga brought Purcell home to tie up the game 1-1. A left-line drive from senior Amanda Weis gave the Pack the lead 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth.

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lead 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth. See SOFTBALL page A9 Snap Three developments from

Three developments from Nevada’s spring game

O n Saturday, April 9, Nevada football held its annual spring

game at Bishop Manogue High School. The game was hosted off

campus because of the renovations taking place at Mackay Stadium. Nevada’s first team

taking place at Mackay Stadium. Nevada’s first team Jack Rieger offense, wearing white, faced off against



offense, wearing white, faced off against the first team defense, wearing blue. Because it was just a spring game, the scrimmage wasn’t nearly as physical or intense as it will be in five months. The white team ended up winning 53-49 in a shootout, although the final

score wasn’t really of much importance. However, there were a few interesting developments that may have some bearing on the games that do matter come September.


To no one’s surprise, Tyler Stewart led the first team offense on Saturday afternoon.


who will

be a senior in

the upcoming

season, started every game for the Wolf Pack last year in his first season as the starting quarterback. Stewart averaged 164.5 yards, one touchdown and completed 57 percent of his passes last year, and the junior led Nevada to an Arizona Bowl victory over Colorado State. Stewart was crisp on Saturday, completing 5-of-7 passes for 79 yards in a brand new Nevada offense. He looked especially good on throws down the field, which is some- thing he struggled with last year. Stewart did throw an interception on a screen pass, but during the scrimmage he was accurate and his timing with receivers was synchronized.

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timing with receivers was synchronized. See NCAA page A9 Three Nevada boxers claim titles, Nevada places

Three Nevada boxers claim titles, Nevada places third

By Neil Patrick Healy

This time last season, senior Kirk Jackson was watching his teammates claim the na- tional championship from afar. He had lost to fellow teammate Zach Smith in a three- round box-off to decide who would represent Nevada in the 147-pound weight division. Jackson got a second chance this season and

didn’t let it go to waste. Jackson, along with JJ Mariano and Garrett Felling, won individual national championships and helped Nevada place third as a team behind the United States Military Academy and the United States Air Force Academy. “An enormous weight has been lifted from my shoulders,” Jackson said. “When I missed regionals last year, I told myself every day I was coming back stronger. Last year I was extremely proud and happy for my team- mates and coaches. Although I was happy for what they achieved individually and what we achieved collectively, I still had an empty feeling and the ending didn’t sit right with me.

I had to come back and win.” After winning his first national champion- ship to end his career, Jackson was hit by a whirlwind of emotions ranging from relief to satisfaction. “It’s difficult to describe [how I felt],” Jackson said. “[I probably felt] every emotion

imaginable. I cried. I came to the realization that I accomplished my goal and I was just so relieved and thankful.” While Jackson was winning his first title,

Mariano wrapped up his career with a second straight national championship, finishing with a 23-3 record. Mariano leaves the ring with a sense of gratification. “It’s like a feeling of completion,” Mariano

said. “I am satisfied knowing I left everything

I had in the ring and that all my training paid off.”

I had in the ring and that all my training paid off.” Photo courtesy of Dan

Photo courtesy of Dan Holmes

From left to right: Dre Gordon, Zach Smith, Tristan Harriman, JJ Mariano, Kirk Jackson and Garrett Felling. The Nevada boxing team poses with the third-place trophy in the Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.

Felling finishes his junior season with third straight national championship while amass- ing a 19-0 record for his career. The Wolf Pack also had three fighters who did not win individual championships, but helped push Nevada to its third-place finish. Senior Zach Smith lost by decision to Air Force Academy’s Johnny Wells in the semifi- nals of the 156-pound division. First-year fighters Tristan Harriman and Dre Gordon both lost on the first day of nationals. Harriman, 156 pounds, lost to Roy Estes of the United States Military Academy via split decision despite Estes having more experience in 14 more career fights under his

belt. Nevada’s freshman Gordon suffered a hand injury in the first round and the coaches put a halt to the fight vs. Bobby Mey of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Smith (fifth year of eligibility), Harriman and Gordon all return next season to join Fell- ing for the quest to regain the national title. “For Dre and Tristan, [nationals] kind of opens their eyes to the next level of competi- tion,” Mariano said. “It gives them a new goal to strive for.”

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