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It seems like the whole world is crying for you

Regents to look at code again

Chair Rosenberg questions changes to constitution
Jessica Estepa
News Editor

Pietrzak in critical condition at St. Marys

Brian Duggan and Jessica Estepa
Staff Writers
A 20-year-old University of Nevada, Reno student is still in critical condition and on life support after he fell down a ight of stairs Saturday afternoon in an off-campus house on West 15th Street, friends and police said Monday. Mike Pietrzak, a general studies major, suffered a seriONLINE ous blow to the back of his head as a result of the fall and For updates as the story was then driven by his friends unfolds to St. Marys Regional Medical Center, according to a UNR NEVADASAGEBRUSH.COM police report led Sunday. Hospital staff said Pietrzak was brain dead and was not going to make it, the police report said. Damon Booth, a 20-year-old criminal justice major, said he found Pietrzak, his fraternity brother, unconscious Saturday afternoon in the basement of his off-campus house about the time the Nevada-UNLV game ended. It was a freak accident, said Booth, who assisted in transporting Pietrzak to the hospital. Pietrzak, who serves as the social chair for the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, underwent emergency brain surgery that evening, said

p A woman cries at the candlelight vigil for 20year-old Mike Pietrzak Sunday night on the front lawn of the Alpha Tau Omega house. Pietrzak is in critical condition at St. Marys Regional Medical Center after falling down a ight of stairs Saturday afternoon at an off-campus house on West 15th Street. t Photos are projected onto the ATO house during the candlelight vigil Sunday night. About 400 candles were passed out.


The Board of Regents will take another look at the University of Nevada, Renos student constitution after one regent questioned the process the document went through to be passed. Greg Green, speaker of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada Senate, said at last weeks senate meeting that the constitution will be reviewed by the regents at their next meeting on Oct. 11 and 12. Because the regents plan to take back their approval of the constitution so they can look at it more closely, there is a possibility that the regents may decide to go back to the old constitution, Regent Howard Rosenberg said. ASUN President Sarah Ragsdale said shes comfortable with the constitution being back on the agenda. Im happy to answer any questions that the regents may have, she said. When (the constitution) rst came before the regents in August, no one discussed it. I explained what happened, and they approved it. Before the constitution was presented to the regents, two



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Nick Coltrain


Maritza Perez, 19, looks at her two signs supporting Barack Obama and the United States troops after taking them down Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. from her window in her room in Canada Hall. Perez was asked by university ofcials to take them down to comply with the no sign policy in the dorms. Perez plans to ght the policy by passing along signs to her friends to hang up in their rooms.


Student claims free speech violation

Canada Hall resident vows to ght sign policy
Managing Editor
Until Sunday night, Maritza Perez had an anti-war and a pro-Barack Obama sign clearly displayed in her fourth oor Canada Hall window overlooking the parking lot between Canada and Nye Halls. But by Monday morning she took them down so Residential

Nick Coltrain

Life, Housing and Food Services wouldnt punish her for violating a ResLife policy that prohibits anything from hanging on or around a window and being visible from the outside. She faced consequences ranging from a verbal warning to expulsion from the dorms, according to the ResLife handbook. I dont want to do this. I really dont want to, Perez said at 11:59 p.m. Sunday while climbing on her bed to tear the signs down. She closed her blinds after she ripped the two signs down, saying she didnt want to look at an empty window.

Im so pissed at these (University of Nevada, Reno) people, she said, her signs lying on the bed. It feels like the school betrayed me. Rod Aeschlimann, director of ResLife, said one reason the policy exists is to keep obscenity out of sight of people driving down Virginia Street and potential students touring the campus with their parents. He said ResLife wanted to stay away from determining obscene content. We dont get into trying to determine whats offensive, we

With the regional reaccredidation team starting their tour of the University of Nevada, Reno this week, university ofcials expect to be docked for lack of classrooms, but praised for quality faculty members. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities will be examining UNR and nding its faults and strengths as part of an inspection that usually happens every 10 years. If the team composed of faculty and administrators from all over the country nds too many problems, they could deny UNR students access to federal nancial aid. But in a more likely scenario, the team will give university administrators a list of areas that need improvement and areas UNR succeeds at. I dont have any concerns that we wont be accredited, UNR President Milton Glick said. Will they nd some blemishes? Im sure they will. The team will be on campus until Wednesday, when they will give a preliminary report to

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Weekly Update


Police cited two University of Nevada, Reno students for possession of marijuana at Nye Hall. Ofcers cited a driver for minor in possession and consumption of alcohol and exceeding the posted speed limit during a trafc stop on North Virginia Street. Police also cited a passenger in the car for MIPC.





Workers are doing a nal cleaning on the third oor and installing the carpet on the fourth level. Workers are also nishing the landscape and cleaning the outside.

UNRPD to sponsor second annual memorial golf tournament


Workers are completing and cleaning all the brickwork. The workers are nishing the glass insulation on the outside of the building. Workers are starting to install ooring and lights on the rst oor.

Ofcers responded to a report of a ght in front of Lawlor Events Center. Police arrested an intoxicated male on a parole and probation violation. Police arrested an intoxicated student after he refused to obey a trespassing warning at Mackay Stadium. Police arrested an intoxicated student for MIPC at Mackay Stadium. Two vehicles collided as they attempted to exit the Peccole Lot. No injuries were reported. Ofcers observed grafti painted on a building at a Stead property. A citizen reported that an adult male had thrown a chair at her vehicle causing damage to the rear door at Peccole Lot. Police cited the subject for destruction of property. A university student reported that an unknown male had struck both her and her boyfriend in the face while standing outside Mackay Stadium. Police cited the male subject for battery.


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University of Nevada, Reno Police Services will sponsor the second annual Sgt. George D. Sullivan Memorial Golf Tournament Friday, Oct. 26 at the Wolf Run Golf Club. The Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. and will include a lunch rafe and silent auction. Registration for the memorial tournament is $150 per player or $500 for a team of four, due by Oct 19. Sponsoring a hole costs $300. Fees include carts, water, range balls, continental breakfast and lunch. Proceeds from the event will benet the Police Services Honor Fund, which provides funding for the department Honor Guard and other ofcer recognition activities. For more information about the event, contact University Police Services at 784-4013 or at unrpd@police.

Associated Press exhibit visits Reynolds School of Journalism through Oct. 5

To recap what we learned during last weeks Sex Week, The Nevada Sagebrush presents this sex quizthink of it as your humble guide to all the itching and burning youve had since that crazy party last weekend.
1. What is the most common sexually transmitted disease reported on campus? Howd you do? If you missed even one question, you need to keep reading. Here are some facts, tips and resources for being safe. 2. True or False: The human papillomavirus is not transmittable through oral sex. 3. In addition to genital warts and cervical cancer, evidence suggests HPV can also cause _______ cancer. 4. T or F: Only women can get HPV. 5. T or F: Condoms are reusable as long as youre having sex with the same person right away. 6. T or F: When you have an STD, youll know. 7. Of the gonorrhea cases reported by the Washoe County District Health Department last year, what percent were in the 15-24 age range? a) 53 percent b) 71 percent c) 63 percent d) 82 percent 8. T or F: Only water-based lubricants should be used with latex condoms; oil-based lubricants can cause condoms to break.


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Ofcers responded to a reported injured and disoriented person at the 7-Eleven store on North Virginia Street. An intoxicated male was treated for injuries on his hands and transported to Washoe County Jail for an outstanding warrant.

All STDs can be transmitted through any kind of unprotected sex - even if its your rst time. If you have a cold sore and perform unprotected oral sex on your partner, you have just given them a type of genital herpes. Sharing isnt caring. The more partners you have, the higher the chance for an STD.

The Associated Press exhibit Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace and Everything Else is on display in the Reynolds School of Journalism atrium Tuesday through Friday. The exhibit displays various AP pictures and the story behind the story, said Zanny Marsh, communications director for the College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and the Reynolds School of Journalism. The exhibit has the ability to tell the story of modern history from a different perspective, she said. The exhibit is composed of a series of giant AP photographs with the story behind the picture as well as the events that caused them. On Oct. 3, Ellen Hale, Martha Mendoza and Brendan Riley will speak in Reynolds School of Journalism room 101 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the exhibits presentation. Hale worked as a journalist for almost 30 years before becoming APs Vice President of Communications, journalism professor Deidre Pike said. Mendoza won a Pulitzer prize in 2000 for investigative reporting. Riley has been an AP correspondent living in Carson City since 1972.

A university student reported being harassed by phone and in person by a former acquaintance.

Condoms are your best defense and the best come with spermicide to make sure none of those little swimmers survive. Dental dam should be used if performing oral sex on a woman.

Enterprise Road to be closed from Oct. 8 until December


HPV is the most common STD on campus, said Dr. Cheryl Hug-English from the Student Health Center. Sometimes it can go away on its own, but some specic strains account for up to 70 percent of all cervical cancer in the nation. Its now known to cause throat cancer. The HPV shot is a womans best defense against HPV but doesnt cure it, and no immunization is available for men.

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Enterprise Road will be closed to through traffic starting Oct. 8 at 6 a.m. until about the end of December, said Buzz Nelson, the University of Nevada, Renos assistant vice president for facilities services. Work will be done on road and storm drain systems, from east of East Stadium Way to just west of Evans Avenue.


If you think you have an STD, stop having sex (especially if you are prone to having unprotected sex). You need to get tested, treated and you need to tell your partner(s). Being treated at the same time is vital to preventing the spread of the disease. Two easily accessible places to go for treatment are the Student Health Center and Planned Parenthood. The Student Health Center is located at the north end of campus, past the tennis courts and next to Lawlor Events Center and the other medical buildings on campus. It has a full staff with both nurses and doctors available to see and treat students. The number at the Student Health Center is 775-784-6598. You can call to schedule an appointment or just to ask questions. Walk-ins are welcome. The Planned Parenthood is located at 455 W. Fifth St. (across the street from Starbucks) and the number is 775-688-5555. Walk-ins are welcome. Both places will respect your privacy and not release your information to anyone without your approval.

Deadline for literary journal Brushre approaching

The Brushre, the University of Nevada Renos literary journal, is looking for submissions of any and all media. Students who want to submit their work must do it by Friday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. by dropping it off at the Jot Travis Student Union Information Center or e-mailing it to

USAC to hold passport fair Thursday in Virginia Street gym

The University Studies Abroad Consortium will hold a passport fair on the rst oor of the Virginia Street gym in the USAC lobby Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. USAC will process students passport applications. Photos will be available along with refreshments.
**According to the online health professionals at WebMD *According to Dr. Cheryl Hug-English, University of Nevada, Reno Student Health Center

Answers: 1. HPV.* 2. False, all STDs are transmittable through oral sex.** 3. Throat cancer.** 4. False, men carry and transmit the disease to their partners.** 5. False, you should always use a new condom with every sexual encounter.** 6. False, many STDs dont have obvious symptoms, get tested.** 7. b-71 percent. 8. True**

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Students hope to revive school tradition

Flipside programming brings spirit back
Kristen Sroczynski
Staff Writer
New events, more student participation and Lt. Dangle of Reno 911 will help redene Homecoming 2007, student programming director Eli Reilly said. After years of lackluster support at homecoming events including only eight oats in last years parade Reilly said he hopes this years event will be a success.


What: Bulldoze the Bulldogs When: 11 a.m. Tuesday Where: Jot Travis Student Union lawn What: Root Beer Pong Tournament When: 4 p.m. Tuesday Where: JTSU lawn What: Wolves Frolic Talent Show When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Associated Students of the University of Nevada Auditorium When: 9:30 p.m. Thursday to midnight Where: JTSU lawn What: Blue Flu WEAR BLUE free barbecue When: 11:30 a.m. Friday Where: The Quad What: Bonre When: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday Where: North Parking Lot What: Homecoming Hookah When: 9 p.m. Friday to midnight Where: The Quad

This whole year is about bringing tradition back, since it has been lost in the past couple of years, said Brita Muller, Flipsides university weeks chair.
Traditional events will be brought back to homecoming, but there are many newly added events that planners in Associated Students of the University of Nevada hope will become tradition. This years parade will feature 25 organizations from various fraternities and sororities to John Mackay Mining Club to the University of Nevada Equestrian Team and will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. The parade will begin at the intersection of Ninth and Virginia streets, and end on 17th and Virginia streets. The parade will be cool for freshmen who have never seen it, and good for upperclassmen who see that its improving, Reilly said. Nevada hasnt had a big parade in a long time. Reilly said they have learned from the past, and the improvements should be shown this year. Lt. Dangle from Reno 911 will also be leading the parade, which should bring out many fans. I think its going to be pretty cool, Ive heard that its going to be 10 times better than a high school homecoming, said Drew Wheeler, an 18-year-old freshman. Wheeler participated in building the Mackay oat. A new event that will hopefully become tradition is the Blue Flu, a community event that will be held on Friday, Reilly said. Alumni, faculty, students and various members from the community are invited to this free barbecue and live concert on the universitys quad.

Nevadas N was painted red by UNLV fans on the side of Peavine Mountain, Saturday morning before the start of the Nevada, UNLV football game, Sept. 29.


Universitys past traditions include alcohol and violence

Clint Demeritt
Features Editor
all of the student population knew each other, which helped students carry traditions. But when the university started to grow, Mackay Week petered out. Davies said in the past few years Mackay Week has been little more than a barbecue and a rock concert on a Friday afternoon. Davies said there have also been other lesser-known traditions on campus. At the beginning of the 1900s, rush week wasnt a time to recruit potential Greeks. It was a week where sophomores would viciously beat freshmen with canes. A drinking club known as the Sundowners has been a part of campus for decades. Crowley said although many alumni pride themselves on being members, the Sundowners existed in an era that drinking was almost expected. Crowley said the club was banned from campus after recruit John Davies died of alcohol poisoning in 1975. But the ban didnt stop the group from being an entity on campus and popping up from time to time at Homecoming parades. Crowley said a few traditions have survived through the years, like Cofn and Keys, the secret organization that puts out a newsletter every semester. He said the university has outgrown or forgotten most of its strong traditions. These things were great in their day but they have just kind of passed their sell-by date, Crowley said. Crowley said over the years students change perspectives or refuse to carry on traditions. Crowley said freshmen were expected to wear beanies on campus but freshmen refused to wear them after returning from World War II. He said the quad used to be sacred ground where students would not walk. Crowley said the university has had many good traditions over the years such as the universitys yearbook, the Artemisia, Homecoming Week and painting a giant N on the hills outside of Reno. Crowley said the reason for most of the traditions fading over the years is because the student body has shifted so much. He said not only has the student population gotten larger but also there are a large number of international, nontraditional and graduate students. Crowley said older students, like graduates, arent interested in traditions because they are too busy with things like working and children. Davies said another reason for poor tradition is a weak athletics history. He said athletic traditions have been building in the last 25 years but need to continue for another 15 years to be a really big part of campus. He said this is shown during the week the Wolf Pack plays the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in football.

What: Beat the Bulldogs barbecue When: Noon to 2 p.m. Wednes- What: Homecoming Parade day When: 9 a.m. Saturday Where: JTSU lawn Where: It starts at Ninth and Virginia streets and ends at 17th What: Comedian Lee Levine and Virginia streets. When: 8 p.m. Wednesday There will be 25 organizations Where: ASUN Auditorium ranging from the Greeks to the University of Nevada Equestrian What: Midnight Madness Team all led by Reno 911s Lt. When: 11:59 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dangle. Wednesday Where: ASUN Auditorium What: Student Tailgate and Meet and Greet with Lt. Dangle What: Pack Pride Lunch Wear When: 10:05 a.m. Saturday Nevada Gear and Eat Qdoba for Where: Intramural Field parkFREE ing lot When: Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday Where: JTSU lawn What: Homecoming game When: 1:05 p.m. Saturday What: The Bourne Ultimatum Where: Mackay Stadium Movie Series
We decided to add Midnight Madness because of the amount of success that the Pancake Breakfast had during Welcome Week, Muller said. Midnight Madness is an event on Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. that will be a dessert bar, free for all students. Comedian Lee Levine will perform Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Jot Travis Student Union. Various events throughout the week will be judged and awarded through a point system, Reilly said. Groups with the most points win the Silver and Blue cup, and the representatives from the winning groups will become homecoming king and queen.

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A rich, bloody history of canings, alcohol-fueled week-long parties, animal sacrices and cadaver-stealing is something most students would expect to nd in their Core Humanities books about ancient Babylon but similar traditions can be found in the yearbooks of the University of Nevada, Reno. Out of the few traditions that have developed over the years the university has either outgrown, lost touch with, or outright banned most of them. History professor Richard Davies said UNR has had few traditions today, compared to other institutions. Homecoming is one of our traditions and it hasnt been spectacular, Davies said. He said the Homecoming parade a few years ago was embarrassing before they discontinued it. Out of the few traditions UNR did have, most have died out, Davies said, a few even deserved to die. Former UNR President Joe Crowley said one of UNRs strongest traditions had been Mackay Week up until the 1970s. He said the celebration basically started as a week-long drinking party, where male students would carry around sometimes-loaded revolvers. Before the 70s, the student body was fairly small and almost

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limit all or allow all, he said. If someone wanted to express themselves, we would certainly work with them on posting on the bulletin boards or starting activities and events. Aeschlimann said ResLife also doesnt want to worry about possible damage to the windows from tape being baked onto the glass. Since the ght started about a week ago, Perez, a 19-year-old journalism and Spanish major, has enlisted the American Civil Liberties Union. Lee Rowland, staff attorney with the ACLU, said she supports Perez in the ght. Rowland said the ACLU is only acting in an advisory manner as they try to settle the matter informally. Rowland said this is a First Amendment issue and laughed when she learned the university banned signs because they didnt want to deal with obscene speech.

Quite frankly, (banning signs because) some speech might be offensive or disruptive is absolutely ludicrous, especially from a government entity like UNR, Rowland said. She said the ACLU has contacted UNR President Milton Glick and theyve been talking about the matter. Glick said he sees both sides of the issue and has not committed to one side. He said hes open to discussion and looking at the policy deeper. Its one of those issues where good people can disagree on it, he said. Perez bickered with ResLife ofcials for about a week before taking the signs down. While Perez took the signs down, she said it wasnt because she was worried about being kicked out of the dorms her friends offered her places to stay but because she wanted to make her argument stronger. Perez said because she took the signs down, ResLife succeeded

in limiting her free speech. If she left them up, she would look like a troublemaker, she said. Glen Elam, a 19-year-old geology major living on the fth oor of Canada Hall, said he and his suitemates were forced to take down a black ag with a skull-andcrossbones emblazoned on it. He said they hung the ag from the window in honor of Talk Like A Pirate day Sept. 19. Elam and some of his suitemates said they took down their ag because they signed the policy agreement, but they felt singled out because other dorms had signs in their windows. They complained about the perceived disparity to the Canada resident director, but Elam said he would ght against the policy if someone else raised the issue. Perez said she would start working with the Residence Halls Association this week. Perez, a newly appointed Associated Students of the University of Nevada senator, said she would bring it up at the Wednesday senate meeting too.


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Calders service on Oct. 9

Staff report

Professor discusses journalists in USSR

Latest in Nevada Speaker Series draws about 40 students
C.W. Wilkinson
Staff Writer
In the most recent installment of the Nevada Speaker Series, University of Nevada, Reno history professor Barbra Walker spoke to about 40 students in the Jot Travis Student Unions Pine Lounge Tuesday about the relations between Soviet dissidents and the Western media. The dissent movement in the former Soviet Union centered around gaining human rights for Soviet citizens though peaceful methods and arose from educated social circles in Moscow, Walker said. All of Walkers information for the speech came from her own research in Russia and the former Soviet Union over the past several years. During the 1960s and 1970s, U.S. newspapers sent reporters to Moscow to keep abreast in Soviet issues. Often, these reporters became engaged with dissident groups who were struggling for human rights, Walker said. Walker said these relationships were an important part of the Soviet dissent. Without Western media coverage, the Soviet government would have destroyed the dissident groups. Walker said the relationship between U.S. journalists and Soviet dissenters was shaped by a cultural identity crisis the dissidents were experiencing. They were critical of their society and their state, feeling that it didnt observe human rights, and they felt very alienated in it, so they felt very much like outsiders in their own society, Walker said. But at the same time they actually felt very loyal to it. Overall, they were more into changing it within the socialist

UNR history professors talk centered around how Soviet Dissidents viewed U.S. journalists.
Dr. Barbra Walker
model than revolutionizing it to capitalism. Eventually the dissident groups grew dependent on the journalists to carry letters, manuscripts and other objects across the Iron Curtain. Journalists also met many dissidents in their homes, which Walker said was a traditional place for making alliances in Soviet society. But what U.S. journalists didnt really understand was that traditionally, entering in the home is a very big deal in Soviet society, insofar as it meant more than just socializing it meant alliance-building, Walker said.


Lori Lipman-Brown, executive director of the Secular Coalition for the Separation of Church and State. Shell be at the Pine Lounge Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
This confusion, combined with gift-giving, often led to hostility between the dissidents and the journalists. The hostility arose when the journalists failed to show as much commitment to the dissident cause as the dissidents would have liked. They had very high expectations because those expectations had been raised by the way that some U.S. journalists were relating to them, Walker said. Some students at the speech were happy to listen to a subject unrelated to their major. It was really cool to see something that was not in music or biology, said Ray Jacinto, a 20-year-old music performance and biology major. After the speech, Walker took several questions, which she

Family and colleagues will remember University of Nevada, Reno associate professor Judy Calder at an Oct. 9 memorial service. The service starts at 7 p.m. in the Sandra Neese Room of the Sarah Fleischmann building. All are welcome to share their memories of Calder at the service. Refreshments will be served before the memorial begins. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Calder, 64, had worked for the College of Health and Human Sciences since 1991, where she studied health issues in Nevada. Calder was stabbed to death Aug. 18 at a Reno business, police said. Mexican authorities detained the man charged with Calders murder last month. These last few weeks have been hard for many of us in the college and across the university, Charlie Bullock, Health and Human Science dean, said in an e-mail. To RSVP, send an email to Peggy McGraw at or call 775-327-5708. Calder was buried in Arlington National Cemetery Sept. 12. Her husband James Calder served as a U.S. Marine.

said showed the audience was engaged in her subject. Many of the students present asked her to relate the topic of Soviet dissent to the situation in modern Russia and former Soviet states, such as Georgia. The number of questions showed that people were really engaged in the discussion, said Timothy Taycher, organizer of the Speaker Series. Walker was the second in a bi-monthly series of speakers who are coming to UNR. The speakers will speak in the Pine Lounge until the Joe Crowley Student Union opens in November, when the speaker series will move there. In addition to the pending change in venue, Taycher said next semester there will be speakers every week.

Study nds college students know little about U.S. history

Tristin Beckman
Staff writer
U.S. college students are halfblind to the foundation of their country, according to a recent study. Not one of the 50 surveyed colleges including some Ivy League schools scored higher than a D overall on the test, which asked about U.S. history, politics and economics. The study, done by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, also tested seniors to see if theres any improvement. The average college freshman picked the right multiple-choice answer 50.4 percent of the time on the 60-question test. The average senior scored 54.2 percent. The freshmen scored better than seniors at eight schools, including the University of California-Berkeley, Princeton University, Yale University and Cornell University. The University of Nevada, Reno did not participate in the study. The test asked questions about a range of topics, from the inalienable rights in the Constitution to Platos desirable government in The Republic to denitions of terms such as free enterprise. Josiah Bunting, chairman of the ISIs National Civic Literacy Board, said colleges failing to give students a broad understanding of U.S. civics are not preparing their students to be informed and engaged citizens. Without an informed populace, you cannot have a stable democracy, said William Rowley, a UNR history professor, quoting Thomas Jefferson. We should know what the great thinkers have thought, Rowley said. But some students argued they didnt need to know about political philosophy and economics in college. I came to college to get a good job, said Bo Bernhagen, a 22-year-old marketing major. Knowing civics wont help you come upon a better job. Nitin Kohli, a 28-year-old working on his masters in business administration, said that it would be better for American culture and political perspectives if students were more informed with where the United States is coming from and what it is doing now. Politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, are able to use peoples ignorance, Kohli said. Nobody seems to know what is really going on. UNR has worked to x problems shown in the study since 2001. The university has received almost $4 million in federal grants to teach Washoe County teachers. History professors, using book seminars and study groups, teach the teachers more about U.S. history, hoping the teachers can take that knowledge back to their classrooms. UNR has received three grants, more than any other university, Rowley said.

A recent study showed incoming university students know little about U.S. history and civics. Here are the average-, best- and worst- scoring schools and the most improved.

Head of campus recycling considers $30,000 jump-start

One year recycling grant ends but services wont stop
Rebecca Chase
Staff Writer
Lack of money didnt stop Vincent van Gogh from painting and it wont stop the University of Nevada, Renos recycling program from recycling. A $30,000 grant to UNRs Environmental Health and Safety Department ran out in June and wont be renewed. John Sagebiel, UNRs environmental affairs manager, said the money was more for starting up the recycling program than keeping it going. Sagebiel said he didnt expect it to be renewed. Theyre not giving out any grants this year to anybody no grants period, Sagebiel said. The Nevada Department of Environmental Protection gave the grant to the Environmental Health and Safety Department, sparking the biggest growth in the latter departments history. It could now buy more operational bins, hire employees and put a recycling basket in every room in the residence halls. The estimated 15,000 pounds of material recycled since the grant money ran out is proof the program shows no sign of stopping. UNR is progressing rapidly



university ofcials. Their nal report will go before another reaccredidation board in January, which will make the nal decision on accreditation. The universitys biggest strengths may lie in its faculty, according to the self-study. The faculty is exceptionally well qualied, with 94 percent of tenured or tenure-track professors and 79 percent of full-time faculty holding the highest degrees attainable in their respective elds, the selfstudy reads. Professor Eric Herzik, who headed the UNR self-study that the reaccredidation team examined, said the biggest problems his team found center around the enrollment surge the school saw at the turn of the century. In the last decade, enrollment has increased by about 25 percent. As a result, classrooms are fuller and there is less research space, Herzik said. All these problems are linked with growth, he said. Its a better problem than were shrinking and no one wants to come here. Herzik said the universitys biggest improvement since the 1997 reaccredidation is in advising. The last accreditation team knocked UNR for poor advising, so ofcials restructured the system and added a central advising ofce. But at an open forum for students to talk to the accreditation team Monday, their biggest complaints centered around advising. Reena Kahan, a 25-year-old nursing major who came to UNR from Pakistan, said she had a hard time adjusting to Reno and her advisor didnt offer much help. Kahan said she wished she knew about more campus services like the writing center when she rst started at UNR two years ago. Kahan suggested creating specic advisors for exchange students to help ease the transition. Matt Polasko, an 18-year-old chemical engineering major, said he went to several advisors before he declared his major and they sent him running around campus to have his questions answered. Stephen Reno, head of the reaccredidation team, said the facultys biggest complaint so far seemed to be a lack of resources for them to teach and research to the best of their ability, but they remained dedicated to students at UNR. Without going into details, I was really struck by faculty commitment to students, he said.

Freshmen 50.4 percent Seniors 54.2 percent.

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in growth as far as recycling in concerned, Sagebiel said. With the money, the department was able to increase the number of pounds recycled by about 40,000 pounds to a total of 50,000 pounds in the 20062007 scal year, according to the departments Web site. The program is currently being funded strictly out of the departments estimated budget of $2,000 a month, said Sagebiel. That money pays for the bins, operational upkeep and the three part-time workers they can afford to pay. The president of the campus environmental group, Students and Educators for Environmental Development and Sustainability, said they want to see more expansion of the program. Recycling at UNR should not be limping along on year to year grants, but should be an integrated part of the waste management duties, the clubs President Kendra Zamzow said. SEEDS does consider expanded recycling at UNR to be a primary goal. But increasing campus recycling means more money, Sagebiel said. He said expansion is something his ofce hopes for, even if the how isnt clear yet. We do a whole lot of good in this ofce, Sagebiel said. And if you really want to get alarmed about the environment, talk to a trash man.


Pietrzaks father, Mike Pietrzak. Friends and family gathered at 10 p.m. Sunday night for a candlelight vigil on the front lawn of the ATO house to remember Pietrzak. At least 400 candles were given to people as they crowded around the houses front steps. Many in the crowd, largely composed of fraternity and sorority members, wiped away tears as they watched a slide show of Pietrzak projected onto the face of the ATO house. Members of Pietrzaks family,

including his mother and father, also attended the vigil where they shared stories of him. Thank you, all of you, for making this so special, Pietrzaks father, Mike, said. I know he feels your spirit, he hears you. It hasnt even been a day and a half, but it feels so much longer than that. Nathan Digangi, a 24-year-old philosophy and computer engineering major, read a Biblical passage, John 15:13, to the crowd: Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends, he said. Digangi, who serves as ATOs chaplain, said Pietrzaks accident reminded him of the fragility of life.

Lots of people on campus need a reality check, Nathan Digangi said. Its just too bad this is the way it had to come.
Active ATO members gathered on the front porch to sing Our Jewels, one of ATOs traditional songs. Friends and family then shared stories about Pietrzak. One friend reminisced how Pietrzak wanted a bowl haircut for Halloween in order to dress up as one of the characters from the movie Dumb and Dumber. Another recalled a rush event

where ATO members went cliffdiving and Pietrzak was the rst to do a backip off a cliff. Adam Cardona, a 19-year-old ATO pledge, said Pietrzak befriended him when they met during this semesters rush events. If he affected me in that way, I can only imagine how he affected other people, Cardona said. When the vigil ended around 10:45 p.m., ATO President Christian Reviglio invited people into the house for a chance to look at photos of Pietrzak. Shannon Ellis, UNRs vice president of student life services, attended the vigil and said it was very heartfelt. Throughout (the vigil), you

could hear the crying, Ellis said. Maggie Dunning, a 20-year-old UNR student, left a message on Pietrzaks Facebook wall Monday afternoon. Its so gloomy out today, she wrote. It seems like the whole world is crying for you.

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changes were made to the constitution on the advice of the universitys legal counsel, Ragsdale said. One change was to add a comma and the word Reno to the phrase, We, the undergraduate students of the University of Nevada. The second change was to remove the clause or other offenses from the removal from ofce sections of the constitution. Regent Howard Rosenberg said he did not agree that the consti-

tution should have been changed after students voted to approve it during the March ASUN elections. Its about the process, and (the constitution) didnt go through the correct process, Rosenberg said. Once students have voted on it, no one can touch it. ASUN Sen. Sean McDonald, who spoke to the regents about the constitution, echoed Rosenbergs concerns. The only changes can be made by the regents once students have approved a constitutional amendment, McDonald said. McDonald compared the situation to changes made to ASUN constitutional bylaws

in 1984, when Chris Polemini, ASUN president at the time, recommended that the regents change the amendments on legal counsels advice. The minutes from the May 17 and 18 meeting stated, ASUN does not want to add, delete or change anything and put it in by ASUNs discretion without having the students vote on it. In an e-mail addressed to the student senators, Green outlined the timeline that the constitution went through. The constitution, drafted during the 2006-2007 school year, was passed by last years student senate, then voted on and passed by the students. The document

then went to legal counsel, who suggested removing the phrase or other offenses because it was vague and allowed for students to be charged and treated unfairly, said general counsel Mary Dugan. In Dugans memo to ASUN director Sandy Rodriguez, said, ...or other offenses is vague and fails to give notice to the ofcer of the conduct that could give rise to removal. The memo is dated June 21. After Dugan sent her memo to Rodriguez, Ragsdale issued another memo to ASUN senators and executive ofcers, where she said she agreed that the language should be removed before the

constitution could move forward. The brieng papers attached to the document made no mention of the changes made to the constitution and said it was the same document that students voted on, Green said in the email. At the executive council meeting in August, Green said he brought up that the regents needed to know about the changes made to the constitution. Ragsdale took the constitution off the regents consent agenda so she could make a statement about the situation. The regents then approved the constitution at their August meeting.

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President Rachel Miller, middle, listens to input from the members during Fridays Young Democrats club meeting inside the Jot Travis Student Union, Sept. 14.


Student turns trivia knowledge into cash

Freshman pulls in $25,000 from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Assistant Design Editor
Like some other college students, Richard Hansen plans to pay off his student loans, travel and get involved in charity work. And to get started on that list, the 18-year-old University of Nevada, Reno student will use his $25,000 winnings from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Hansen said when he was a high school senior, he looked for ways to help pay for college. He applied to be a contestant on the game show Jeopardy, but it wasnt until his uncle suggested applying to compete on a different game show that he saw results. Within a week of completing an online application for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Hansen had scored an audition. He ew to New York City and, along with 150 other potential contestants, took a preliminary 30-question multiple-choice trivia quiz as part of the audition process. After the quiz, Hansen and about 20 other people moved on to the interview portion of the audition. In a large room, executive producers from the show asked contestants a variety of questions.

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Political groups plan for caucuses

Krystal Bick
Staff Writer

A caucus is a meeting of members of the same political party to determine group policy or nominate candidates for ofce.

Say caucus around some University of Nevada, Reno students and theyll respond with blank stares, shrugged shoulders and some I dont knows. The rst thing that came to my mind was cock-ghting, said Kendall Barrett, a 21-year old health ecology major. I know Ive heard of it, but I just have no idea what it is. As the 2008 Nevada caucuses approach, two UNR clubs the Young Democrats and the College Republicans look to change this lack of political awareness and educate students about the importance of caucus participation. State caucuses are conventions where party members meet to discuss important issues, support individual candidates and nominate candidates for president. Methods to increase involvement among students have been studied, trying to nd the most effective to reach young voters. According to the study Young Voter Strategies from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, canvassing with yers or talking to target voters in person can increase youth turnout by 7 to 10 percent. Both are key strategies for the Young Democrats and College Republicans. Rachel Miller, UNR Young Democrats president, plans on talking with students more, feeling the necessity as both the Nevada Democratic and Republican caucuses have been scheduled for Jan. 19. The Nevada Caucuses are second behind Iowa. A student turnout for the caucus is one of our biggest goals this year, Miller said. We want to keep students involved and aware of what is going on in the election as it is such a big year for Nevada. Jordan C. Butler, a 21-year-old political science major, plans to attend his rst caucus this year and considers awareness essential for the student voting population, especially with the prominence Nevada has in this election. Young voters should recognize that Nevada is going to be inuential in this election, Butler said. It is one of the rst caucuses, which means whoever gets the nomination in Nevada will have a strong lead in other caucuses and primaries throughout the entire country. To encourage students to participate once the January caucus arrives, the Young Democrats are planning several events, including a mock caucus, or mockus, on Oct. 25 on campus. Fashioned in the style of an actual caucus, the mockus will allow students to experience the process of a caucus, which Miller said she hopes will dismiss any fears or doubts concerning the ofcial process. Miller said Jill Derby, chairwoman of the Nevada State Democratic Party, and Nevada Assemblyman David Bobzien, D-Reno, will be speaking and helping out at the mockus. Jason Fromoltz, president of the Young Democrats state chapter, said students can expect more of these events as part


The interview process was very nerve-wracking, Hansen said. They asked a lot of vague, personal questions. I was very loud and eccentric. Hansens personality may have appealed to producers as he received a postcard in the mail weeks later Hansen made the contestant pool. After the postcard, Hansen received a phone call and heard even better news. He had been picked to appear on the show. I couldnt believe it, Hansen said. I was going nuts, calling everyone. To prepare for the show, Hansen kept a notebook of anything new he learned. He memorized dates of events and other information that he thought would help him for the show. He says his knowledge is a result of his own curiosity and self-learning. Hansen arrived for the taping several hours before it was scheduled to begin to speak with producers and the corporations lawyers. The contestants waited their turns in a green room. I was exhausted when it was my turn. When I arrived, I was all pumped and excited, and after waiting several hours, I was really tired, Hansen said. When

Richard Hansen appeared on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on Sept. 26 on ABC hosted by Meredith Vieira.
it was nally my turn, I had to pull all this energy from out of nowhere. Hansen moved through all the easier questions and won $25,000. Going for $50,000, Hansen used his Phone-a-Friend lifeline and then switched the question with another lifeline when he didnt get a clear answer from his friend. He answered the question about which Pop-Tart avor was not an original avor incorrectly. He wont receive his prize money for another month, a week after his birthday, but


Hansen said he doesnt mind too much. With the money he plans to pay his student loans, travel and get involved in charity work of some kind. He said hes interested in micro-credit loans. A micro-credit loan is an interest-free loan given to start businesses in other countries. Hansen hopes to graduate with a political science degree, with a minor in journalism. His plans also include pursuing a career as a print journalist and eventually working for the U.S. State Department.

The National Conservative Convention will be at John Ascuagas Nugget in Sparks from Oct. 11 through 13. There will be a caucus workshop and keynote speakers such as Republican presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. College Republicans plan to set up a booth every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the JTSU lawn to discuss with students caucus and election information they are confused about.



A mock caucus on Oct. 25 will help students to experience the caucus process while eating pizza with friends on campus.


More information regarding Wanna Caucus will be operating by mid-October.

of the statewide launched plan, Wanna Caucus. This plan is designed to inform and educate students about the January caucus and will provide ways to get involved with the election effort. Opportunities like attending youth delegate conventions and actually running precinct meetings will be offered. With Wanna Caucus the Young Democrats will be able to get the word out and students will realize that they do have an effect on the caucus and election, Fromoltz said. Similarly, the College Republicans are preparing for the upcoming caucus. Club members recently attended training workshops and mock caucuses earlier in the school year. This type of experience was necessary in order to inform the rest of the student body of the caucus procedure, said Samantha Guttry, UNR College Republicans president. I consider myself a very politically conscious person but it never hurts to gather more information, Guttry said. We had to educate ourselves before we could educate others. Matt Welborn, chairman of the College Republicans State Chapter, wants to continue this political momentum and establish an on-campus political presence. Your government tells you what you can and cannot do, so its important for students to realize that they can be a part of that, Welborn said. We want to let students know why there is a caucus, what you can do at it, and for most people, just what the word means.

Jessica Osborne, 20, answers the phone in the Jot Travis Student Union at the information desk Thursday afternoon. Osbourne is also involved with the InterVarsity group on campus and leads a bible study Wednesday nights.


Building through involvement

Jessica Fryman
Staff Writer
Jessica Osborne attended a predominately white and Hispanic Catholic school when she was a child. As an AfricanAmerican, she was different. The more others thought she was weird, the more her selfesteem plummeted. She wanted to change who she was, so she could belong. Now Osborne, a 20-year-old English major at the University of Nevada, Reno, celebrates who she is: an African-American, a spiritual leader and a straight A student. I denitely take pride in who I am, she said. I would never change. Osborne rebuilt her condence her freshman year at UNR when she joined InterVarsity, an oncampus Christian organization. After attending a conference to discuss accepting her ethnic identity, she overcame her past experiences. Once ashamed and timid, Osborne is now outgoing. At the start of this semester, Osborne moved back to the dorms after living off-campus for a year. She said she needed to be on-campus again to be closer to her activities and to feel more involved. Spending about 15 hours a week working with InterVarsity, Osborne leads a Bible study group every Wednesday, participates in large group sessions, demonstrations and other events sponsored by the organization. She adds a lot of depth to the things that we do, said Sarah Burk, a 27-year-old InterVarsity campus afliate. She challenges people to think deeper about themselves and about things bigger than themselves. Osborne also donates her time, money and items to a homeless shelter, where she once stayed to learn what the lifestyle was like. Aside from InterVarsity, Osborne keeps busy academically. She is on track to graduate within four and a half years, the outlined time for her specialty program. The full-time student is working toward an English major and secondary education emphasis. She said she wants to teach at an inner-city school so she can inuence and inspire less fortunate students. I just decided that I can live and do everything to succeed myself, or I can live and succeed but also help others, Osborne said. She also works about 10 hours a week at the Jot Travis Student Union information desk, doing custodial work or whatever else is needed.


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Its hard, Jessica Osborne said. I constantly have something to do, and if Im not doing something I am thinking of what I can do.
Osborne admits to being schedule-happy so that she can keep everything in order. Her Nye dorm room is lled with Post-it notes to remind her of the simplest things like getting more quarters, she said with a laugh. Despite her obsessive planning, Osborne loves to be spontaneous. She also enjoys taking road trips, reading and dancing.

Every Friday morning until 2 p.m., Osborne escapes from her hectic routine and keeps to herself. She either takes a drive or just relaxes, and refuses to study during her me time. Now in college, Osborne still faces struggles with her character. This time, it is not her race that makes her different, but her faith. The tension between college social life and her personal values caused her to feel disrespected for her choice not to drink. It is my impression that she is able to stand rm on her views while being able to be respectful of others opinions, her father, David Osborne, said. This time, Osborne doesnt think about changing herself to belong. She knows who she is, and she is proud to be different.

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Its time for ResLife to change sign policy

aritza Perez, a 19year-old journalism and Spanish major at the University of Nevada, Reno, is ghting the good ght. Shes ghting for her right to openly express her political beliefs on a publicly funded college campus. Thats right, well say that again. Perez is ghting for her constitutional right to express her political beliefs on a publicly funded college campus. That statement shouldnt sound just strange it should be downright alarming.

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And its true. Perez is the newest student to be suppressed by Residential Life, Housing and Food Services draconian policy regarding hanging signs in dorm windows. You see, its not allowed here at UNR. Students who live in dorms cannot hang anything in their windows including campaign or political signs. Its pretty simple logic why the policy exists: its designed to keep the image of the dorms as benign as possible for all those prospective students and their parents who, of course, have pocketbooks.

Perez was given until 11:59 p.m. Sunday to take down her pro-Barack Obama and anti-war signs or else face the consequences, which ranged from a verbal warning to eviction from Canada Hall. She took down her sign, not in compliance of the policy she said, but to prove a point: UNR ofcials suppressed her First Amendment rights. The American Civil Liberties Union is unofficially involved and should consider making this an official case. If its not painfully obvious by now, UNR officials need to change

this policy - and fast. Moreover, the Residence Hall Association, the governing body for the dorms that created this policy, needs to take a stand against the rule and abolish it. Of course, a fear among ResLife ofcials is the possibility of obscenities dotting the windows of dorms. But such a fear is no grounds to suppress all speech. Three years ago a group of students also living in Canada Hall were asked to remove their political speech from their windows in the midst of the 2004 election. But like Perez, they fought

back and eventually won. The ght was far from over, apparently. Upon advice of the legal council ... the university elected to allow political signs until the university has an opportunity to review the policy further, Rod Aeschlimann, director of ResLife, said in 2004. Well, it looks like they reviewed the policy and decided students who live in the residence halls are exempt from the First Amendment. Maybe it would be better if ResLife officials reviewed their civics books.

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UNRs recycling system sets a good example

hen it comes to saving the environment, most students talk a good game. The university has been taking a lot of good steps to help the environment, but students need to improve their conservation habits. When students are asked, most say they think recycling is a good idea, and do it when they have the chance. But when it comes to the act of recycling, most students wont put in the small amount of effort and forethought to help conserve. The University of Nevada, Reno has been doing a good job with its sustainability practices, the new student union is a model of energy efciency, and the universitys heating has been retrotted to save money and energy. Although the campus recycling program has been working hard, students need to catch up and improve their recycling habits. A year-long grant for the universitys recycling program just ended. The grant provided seed money to help kick off the program. A third of the grant money went to buying bins for the residents halls and the rest Clint went to varied operations costs. Demeritt Since then, a handful of students have been roaming the campus on electric-powered carts picking up recyclables and sorting them. The program has been growing slowly buildings around campus will buy bins if the students haul away the recyclables. John Sagebiel, manager for environmental affairs, said he is happy with how big the program is, but he said if he had more money he would spend it to help educate students about how to recycle better. According to a few dumpster dives the program did, they found 15 percent of all trash could easily be recycled. Sagebiel said the most valuable and common items thrown out that can be recycled are plastic beverage containers, but not things like Starbucks cups. With the recent water bottle craze in the past few years, students are always carrying empty bottles around, but they are always throwing bottles away in the regular trash. If students just hold on to those empty bottles a little longer, they are sure to run into a recycling spot on campus during the course of the day. If students use a little patience and thought, they can make our state a little greener. At our apartment, we have mountains of empty bottles just waiting to be recycled. It not only makes environmental sense, but economic sense. Trash has what they call in economics a negative value, meaning we have to pay people to take it off our hands. But companies will pay for recyclables, turning something that used to cost the university money to something that makes us a small prot. And if you are more interested in seeing the greener side of the university, the environmental lobbying club on campus, SEEDS, was in desperate need of undergrads to help out last time I checked. They meet every other Tuesday in the journalism school Reading Room. The next meeting is today at 4 p.m.

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Editors note: A story posted Sunday night about a vigil for UNR student Mike Pietrzak attracted these comments: October 1st, 2007 at 3:04 pm You are in my prayers for a fast and complete recovery. Tim Grifn Worthy Master 1965 Colin says: October 1st, 2007 at 7:09 pm My prayers as well as my families prayers are with you and your family during this time. I pray everything turns out for the best!!! God works in mysterious ways and I pray he is at work right now!!!

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Dear Editor, As Im sure you have seen, there were ve 70-foot Homecoming banners displayed around campus with three on the quad, one hanging from the Whalen parking garage and one hung on the fence on Virginia Street next to Argenta Hall. At some point last weekend, the quad banners and the banner on the parking garage were stolen. It is easy to place the blame at the feet of the UNLV fans that were in town (which is entirely possible); however the even more disturbing possibility is that this was perpetrated by Nevada students. If this is true, then I call upon every man, woman, and child (that includes the Davidson Academy) that is a student of this University to nd the idiots behind this heinous crime. With apathy hopefully on the decline, an act like this does nothing but cripple the potential for this campus culture to mature into an institution centered around tradition. Nevada students, hear my call: if you are at a party, dorm room, fraternity house, or even a house in Vegas and see one of our banners (a symbol of the seeds of tradition on this campus) confront them and make them feel ashamed. It is despicable that an act like this could even be fostered in the mind of a student at this University. Have a little pride in your school and dont be an apathetic toolbag. Return the signs and god help you if I ever nd them in your house. Eli Reilly Director of Programming ASUN


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Halo 3, because the cannon has no signicance to me and I have an X-box.
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State archivist Guy Rocha came to UNR in 1975, but did not nish his doctorate. The Rebels mens basketball team has only one NCAA championship.

Denitely the cannon because it represents a school tradition and we dont have too many of those.

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I was born and raised in Las Vegas and an athlete so the Fremont cannon is very important to me.

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Just a regular day on the beach The Jena 6 can illuminate cultural differences tragedy cannot be ignored

his summer I was lucky enough to spend some time in Barcelona, Spain. On my rst visit to a beach there, I was mildly shocked to see women taking their tops off left and right, until I remembered that I was no longer in the United States, and that seeing breasts exposed while sunbathing on a beach or at a pool is considered acceptable in Europe. While it is a little strange at rst for an Uh-merican, it then becomes just another part of the experience, and, according to most men, another great part of the experience. Later on in the summer, while Karah on a beach in Southern California, I wondered Lucas what would happen if I decided to whip off my top and sunbathe my entire upper half. I could foresee men gawking, small children crying and their mothers covering their faces to block them from this shameless pornographic display going on in front of them. Yes, my friends, it is quite a different story across the pond here in the old USA.

You can blame it on the Puritans if youd like, or maybe the Quakers or all of the founding fathers. Or you can blame it on no one and thank God you dont have to look at offensive, disgusting breasts at the beach. I personally like to blame the Puritans just so I can imagine getting sent to trial after being caught without my bikini top, then being forced to stitch a big letter S for sunbather on all of my clothes thereafter. The shame of it all! So while men can be offensive as they like on the beach think fat men in Speedos (does anyone else think they look like theyre smuggling potatoes?) without a word being said to them, a woman with no top on can be arrested for indecent exposure. But the American obsession for sex and nudity has cheapened and dirtied this act, which is seen as being free and comfortable in Europe, by making it commercial. A few hotels in Las Vegas have created adult-only, topless pools, to make sunbathing a more mature experience. In order to have this mature experience, you must pay anywhere up to $30 for women and $50 for men. Rumor has it that it is an unspoken rule that the ratio of women to men must be two to

one, and if you go in with a group that has less than that, dont expect to get let in. Once inside, you will be lavished with fine food, drinks, and naked women. But dont think this is a free-for-all, guys. You need to keep your pants on. Girls only. Nobody wants to see your private parts, so keep them covered in your minimalist swimsuits, potato smugglers. My question is, in a country that dominates the pornography market, and where over 240 million pornographic Web sites exist, why are we afraid of a little nudity so much that our government makes it illegal to show nudity in public? This country obviously likes nudity; some may say were obsessed. Are we obsessed because it is illegal, and therefore scandalous and risqu? Maybe the porn industry and the owners of Las Vegas pools works alongside Congress to keep nudity down so that their businesses can flourish. Whatever it is, I think you should bring these thoughts up in your philosophy classes, because Im beginning to believe this should become a course on its own: Phil 360 - Boobs in the United States.


LACK OF NEWS COVERAGE Dear Editor, My name is Mayo Thompson and I am a rst year AfricanAmerican grad student in the Geophysics dept. here at UNR. I am also a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. which is a Historically Black Greek Letter Organization and I would like to express my disappointment in the lack of coverage of events relating to the Jena Six. The following is from the Democracy Now! website, Six black students at Jena High School in Central Louisiana were arrested last December(2006) after a school ght in which a white student was beaten and suffered a concussion and multiple bruises. The six black students were charged with attempted murder and conspiracy. They face up to 100 years in prison without parole. The ght took place amid mounting racial tension after a black student sat under a tree in the schoolyard where only white students sat. The next day three nooses were hanging from the tree. This synopsis does not highlight the fact that school ofcials called the nooses being hung a prank. Or that an assembly was called after the
black students staged a protest in response to the nooses hung in the tree, where the DA told the students that he could end their lives with the stroke of a pen. Or that after a white student pulled a gun on some black students who wrestled the gun away from the white student, the black students were charged with assault and robbery of the gun while the white student was not charged. Or that they were charged with second degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder of a white student who, after being released from the hospital the two hours later, attended a party that night. Or that, Mychal Bell, one of the Jena Six was found guilty by a jury of his peers that was all-white. I cannot understand how such newsworthy events, events that have culminated in a Selmalike protest on September 20th, cannot make it into a school publication. Is it because stories of Brazilians and Lesser known Majors is more important? There are stories about civil rights and a threat to American ways. Isnt discrimination a threat to the American way. Maybe it is because the Nevada Sagebrush covers stories that relate to the student body at the University of Nevada, Reno. I am a student, an African-american student, roughly 2.4% as a matter of fact. Maybe I am not a big enough part of the student body to warrant the coverage of a story that has been ongoing since December 06? Let me know. Mayo Thompson, African American Graduate Student, Member, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and you dont need to be taught by a newspaper article written by a non-professional novice! Can the paper strive to get above the gutter? I know you all can do better. Regards, Dr. John Burnett, Director of EO/AA

COMPLAINTS ABOUT PERSPECTIVES AND STAFF EDITORIAL Dear Editor, Free speech is one of our most cherished constitutional rights. However, with that right we all have responsibilities. I feel your staff editorial did not do the campus newspaper or our university justice by ending the editorial with a profanity against UNLV. It was not funny and it made the newspaper look immature and unprofessional. In regards to the sex column, I have complained about this before. Is this column really necessary? The newspaper is not Penthouse or Playboy and is funded from state taxpayer funds. Further if you dont know about sex by the time you are in your twenties, you probably dont need to know

COMMENT ABOUT THE COLUMNISTS Dear Editor The other day I picked up a copy of the Sagebrush, hoping to pick up on a little campus news and hear what the student columnists have to say these days. What I did not expect was to read a Penthouse article about genitalia grooming and visual alteration of the lower intestinal tract. Am I wrong, or has the Sagebrush become an extension of Jerry Springer Inc.? Does the editor really conceive of such pornographic drivel as speech worthy of publication in a university newspaper? And we wonder why certain cultures in other unnamed warmer regions of this earth perceive us as a sickeningly depraved lot. God help us Danyal Petersen, Ph.D. candidate, Atmospheric Sciences

s I look on at the growing tragedy that has engulfed the tiny town of Jena, Louis., this line from rapper Kanye West is the one that rings most true in my head: R acism still alive, they just be concealin it. For all the successes our fathers and grandfathers achieved during the Civil Rights movement, at the end of the day were still far off from that ideal goal of unity and brotherhood they set over 40 years ago. Unfortunately, here is little proof that it will get better. Let us look at how this ugly incident of the Jena Six began. Three nooses were hung last September by white students from a tree at Jena High School, normally congregated by whites. The students received a mere three days of in-school suspension and a month at an alternative school (it should be noted that the principal at Jena High School recommended expulsion, but his suggestion was overturned by the Board of Education). Fights began breaking out, divided along racial lines. A wing of the school was set on fire, which fueled fights on Brian back-to-back days, one at an all-white Ault party. The other was at a convenience store in which the black student involved, Robert Bailey Jr., was charged with theft of a firearm, disturbing the peace, and second-degree robbery while the white student who initially showed off the gun was not charged for anything. Then there is the trial of Mychal Bell. The public defender charged with defending Bell didnt challenge the composition of the all-white jury pool, which included a friend of the victims father. The defender also urged Bell to take a plea deal and rested his case without calling a single witness. Even though the public defender did show the prosecutions holes during the proceeding cross-examination, Bell would be free if the defense had done its job then. The two-day trial ended with a three-hour unanimous guilty verdict handed down by the jury. It does not take too much to see the cloud of noxious stench that hovers over this case. Predictably, knuckle-dragging scumballs like the Aryan Nation and the KKK have descended to Jena to un-spool their latest pile of fresh manure on the world. Like any other brand of racists, they deserve as much ink as your typical insane asylum-brand nut jobs. Their mere existence today, though, proves my main point: Contrary to popular belief, racism is still alive. It may not be as rampant or noticeable as the Jim Crow Laws in the South or the fire hoses being used by white firefighters on black civil rights supporters in the 60s. But it is still there, silent, hidden between our apathy and nave complacency. Racism lurks in the minds of those who yearn for those days once again, yet cannot show it to fit in with the mainstream. Like Sylar from Heroes, it waits in the shadows to show its power once more. To those who want to fight back against this terrible power, from here to Jena, the time to fight is right now. White or black, it will take all of us to hammer down that last nail.
Brian Ault is a weekly political columnist for The Nevada Sagebrush. He can be reached at editor@nevadasagebrush. com.


If campus was a TV show, these would be the characters

amekillers is an amazing show. For those who havent seen it, the show centers around a couples rst date made difcult for one of them by the Gamekillers, who are sent in to ruin it. Each actor portrays a stereotype of an annoying person, such as the One-Upper or Handsome Waiter. If I were allowed to do a spin-off show on campus, Id call it Sanity Killers. Therese These are some Vradenburg of the people Id include: The Opinionater loves the

sound of his voice more than anything, torturing you and your professor with it endlessly. His arm defies gravity, frantically waving to and fro as he anxiously awaits his turn to voice his ever-present opinion. His answers are always incorrect, his opinions unfounded and his self-righteousness more firmly in place than his slickeddown hair and polka dot bow tie. The Aimless Wanderer wanders around the library in search of the rest of her clothing or maybe some attention. She is characterized by a permanently blank expression and a carefully choreographed pout. Graduating with a B.A. doesnt interest her. Shes out to get her MRS degree. A future cougar of America, she

doesnt let anything stand in her way. The Cell-athon Operator either the most popular person in the world or the proud owner of Paris Hiltons old cell phone. Theyre a telemarketers dream, answering all calls, all the time. Leaving their cell ringer on loud, they believe vibrating devices should be saved for sex toys and massage parlors. No conversation is private and all of their callers appear to be deaf. The Giggling Gossiper manages, within ten minutes, to tell the life story of every person in the whole world. She remembers the entire social past of each student on campus, but cannot, for the life of her, pass a test. MySpace is her guru. More dramatic than a Greek

play, she doesnt die at the end, although many wish she would. The Pointless Professor drones into eternity on pointless topics, like the economic value of flax. Hes deaf both to student questions and class interruptions and blind to the hands of the clock signaling class has been over for half an hour. Speaking incessantly with hopes that constant mumbling will make time move faster and bring his much anticipated mid-life crisis that much closer, he puts the Energizer Bunny to shame and keeps speaking and speaking and speaking... The Athletic Cult travels in herds, sticking together in matching gray sweatsuits. Demi-gods

of campus, pathways clear before them because they do not separate for anything - neither doorways, nor students nor oncoming trafc. The embodiment of a team, they live, sleep, eat, pee and die together. The Overworked Overachiever rushes breathlessly from class clutching Starbucks cup in one hand and a suitcase on wheels in the other. The front row is the only acceptable seating for them. Professionals at sucking up, they brown nose their way into As. Teachers pets now, Xantax addicts later, these frantic few are well on their way to a home full of cats and Oprah.
Therese Vradenburg is a columnist for The Nevada Sagebrush. She can be reached at

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aliens out to destroy as much as possible. Flood is another word that references Christianity. Halo harkens to a tradition of war lms and science ction movies, Coake said. Where the single soldier is greater than the movements of generals and armies. David Fenimore, an English professor, said the focus on the individual in a lawless landscape is prevalent in western culture. The idea of heroes in environments pre- or post-civilization runs from The Iliad and The Odyssey up to Mad Max. That part is woven into our narrative of Western civilization, Fenimore said. The fascination of what is the next stage going to be of civilization. Whats the end going to be like? Fenimore said modern narratives are not generally used as morality lessons anymore, like the mythology of ancient Greece and Rome were, but they still perform similar functions of escapism. Its sort of that imaginary place, Fenimore said. This is the origin of literature. People are imagining life with their stories about the gods and demons, a world where the kids arent sick and you dont have to get up and toil every day. Videogames take that one step further. You not only participate. Youre directing it.

Karl Mulner , a 22-year-old computer science major, plays Halo 3 at the UNR Tech Expo 2007 on Wednesday.




Halo an easy analogy for the war in Iraq. Coake drew parallels to J.R.R. Tolkiens Lord of the Rings series. Although Tolkien didnt intend to parallel WWII, his experiences ghting in it did inuence his writing. I cant imagine living in a world with war without having it inuence the literature youre writing, he said. During Halo 2, one of the Covenant, the Arbiter, defects and ghts alongside Master Chief.

The Arbiter, whose name means a person with power to settle a dispute, is out to redeem himself. You see that a lot in literature, Coake said. The Arbiter might as well be Jason Bourne, a soldier who has cause to think about the war hes ghting in. On the other hand, Coake said Master Chief is kept with as little personality as possible. He doesnt question orders, Coake said. Hes like Bruce Willis in Die Hard, without the doubt. Also, Master Chief and the Arbiter stumble upon the release of the Flood, another race of



paign mode gives hours of gameplay. Sharp detail makes every aspect in Halo 3 dened to perfection. Everything from the landscapes to the characters to the vehicles is spot-on. The addition of special equipment allows Halo fans to use features never before experienced, such as a portable bubble shield, radio jammer and a land mine. Along with new equipment, there are also new weapons and new vehicles. ATVs, motorcycles, laser cannons and gravity hammers make up just a few of the great additions to the game. Customization is also a major component to Halo 3 as well. Players have the ability to change their characters appearance with

unlockable armor and varying colors. Also, the players are able to forge, or edit, any of the various existing multiplayer maps, giving players complete control of their environment. All of these new elements are extremely useful in the multiplayer, custom game mode, where players battle anywhere from two to sixteen people at a time. These features give the entire Halo series a fresh look, making the game that much more fun. The highlight of the entire game is the Xbox Live feature. Xbox Live and shooter games have always gone hand-in-hand. It is no surprise that Halo 3 and Xbox Live take trash-talking and 16-player battles to a whole new level. Overall, Halo 3 is a piece of art, beautifully crafted to dene the greatness of the series that fans originally fell in love with.

The Brute is an angry gorilla-like foe in Halo 3.



OCTOBER 2, 2007 A11 Hug High School 2880 Sutro St. 7:30 p.m., Sat: 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $8 Bruka Theatre opens its collection of Samuel Becketts short works in Beckett Undressed. Bruka Theatre 99 N. Virginia St. Thurs-Sat until Oct. 26 8 p.m. $16

Author treks from Vegas tunnels to Reno

Krystal Bick
Staff Writer

The Heartbreak Kid Genre: comedy Ben Stiller plays a commitmentphobe who nally gets married, only to nd his perfect match on his honeymoon. Reno Little Theatre presents the melodrama Fashion, poking fun at 1800s pretensions.


Emo/hardcore band Silverstein at Stoneys 71 S. Wells Ave. 8 p.m. With From Autumn to Ashes, Strike Anywhere and A Day to Remember


The ashing lights and luminous glamour of Las Vegas have captivated people for years. But what many miss is that underneath the multi-million dollar casinos and hordes of tourists lies another Sin City that Hollywood doesnt lm. In Matthew OBriens rst book, Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas, a different Vegas emerges in underground tunnels that snake beneath the city. OBrien, who trekked some of the most dangerous underground ood control tunnels in the city, held a book signing Sept. 29 at Sundance Bookstore. OBrien ran two stories about his experiences in the Las Vegas newspaper, CityLife, in the summer of 2002. OBrien started the project after hearing about a rapist and murderer who used the tunnels as an escape route. He said he grew curious of what actually lay underneath the Strip. I remember the murder was just a paragraph in the newspaper, OBrien said. But it really got me thinking what the murderer may have encountered down there, what he heard, what he saw, what he smelled or if there were any other people down in there. OBrien, an editor at CityLife, joined up with freelance writer, Joshua Ellis, and the two began

Theres a whole different side to Las Vegas that I think is overlooked, author Matthew OBrien said. I just hope this book brings a little more balance to the dialogue and coverage of the city.
documenting their tunnel explorations in the summer of 2002. Equipped with ashlights, tape recorders and batons, OBrien and Ellis faced the unknown darkness stretching for miles under Vegas, not knowing how it would eventually change them. While I was scared at rst, the tunnels soon were like a refuge from above-ground Las Vegas and I become a part of the tunnels as much as the people that live down there, OBrien said. The homeless and their sub-culture illustrate OBriens book. He said drug and gambling addicts, hookers and war veterans dying of cancer ll the passageways. OBrien said many had enlightening stories to share, showing how the other half of Vegas lives. What we usually read or see about Las Vegas is a lot of the glitz and the glamour, with the poker rooms, show rooms and the showgirls, OBrien said. Theres a whole different side to Las Vegas that I think is overlooked. I just hope this book brings a little more balance to the dialogue and coverage of the city. OBrien, who often returns to the tunnels to bring food and check up on the inhabitants, is fascinated with the underground exploration. OBrien said he considered himself not an explorer, but a writer who could sense a story in the unknown. Just not knowing whats down there is what really fascinates me the most, OBrien said. Going into a tunnel and not knowing whos going to be beyond in the shade or what strange discoveries youll nd while in there is exciting. These discoveries, as OBrien described, deserve a city of their own. Art murals, religious shrines and marriage proposals scrawled on walls clutter the tunnels, testimony to a distinct culture and people. When asked if he had found the secrets beneath the neon as the end of his introduction teases, OBrien seemed satised. I found a lot of stuff, OBrien said. I found bowling balls, full sized cars, murals and poetry, but most importantly I found people just trying to nd a way to get by in this world. I had found real life.

A photo exhibition fundraiser from the Student Association for International Water Issues at the Church Fine Arts Building. 6:30 p.m. $5

Circle K brings bands to benet kids

Kristen Scroczynski
Staff Writer
University of Nevada, Reno club Circle K brought two bands to campus for a mellow fundraiser Thursday but was met with a small crowd, said Gracie Geremia, club president. This was the presidents idea to bring in bands to bring up school spirit, said Stephanie Casino, the membership development and education chair for Circle K. Circle K is a volunteer group on campus. The concert beneted the Stand Up for Kids Organization, which helps bring homeless children off the streets. This Circle K branch also has chapters in California, Hawaii and Nevada. Altogether, their goal is to raise $7,000 for Circle K. Club leaders dont know how much was raised yet. The concert was only one of the events UNR is holding to help reach this goal. All proceeds from the event and the sale of demo CDs were donated to the cause. Days No Different and The Mark Sexton Band played at the Jot Travis Student Union. Both local bands include UNR students. Days No Different played a previous benet concert, Relay for Life. The sound of The Mark Sexton Band is mellow with a bit of a reggae vibe. Days No Different played a smooth, calm set that sounded like Jack Johnson. I heard great reviews about the band, and I like listening to something different, said Don Anukam, a 21-year-old senior. I hate going to an event for a good cause that doesnt get a good turnout. Anukam was at the concert for both bands and said The Mark Sexton Band had a great beat. This rst concert is denitely a learning experience, said Circle K member Michael Morin, a 20-year-old junior. I like to help people out since I used to be homeless myself, said

23-year-old freshman Stryder Smith. I know how hard it is. Smith was one of the few students who happened to pass by the auditorium and decided to venture inside. You got to feel good, said guitarist Mark Sexton, a 19-yearold sophomore. Youre helping homeless kids. Both bands were happy to play at the concert. Alex Korostinsky, bassist for The Mark Sexton Band, said he only found out that night what he was beneting. This further drives in the fact that many students were unaware of the whole event. Korostinsky and Dan Weiss are 19-year-old students. The bands saxophone player is a 16-year-old junior at Reed High School. It was denitely a cool atmosphere for an acoustic show, said lead guitarist Dan Johnson for Days No Different. The band had a jovial attitude about playing and even agreed to the request for an encore of their song Me and You.

OCTOBER 2, 2007

HALO 3 takes over earth


Relevance extends beyond Xbox controller


he explosive popularity of the three Halo games has beget its share of spin-offs novels, comic books, action gures and a rumored in-the-works-movie with Peter Jackson. But the videogame might be a lot closer to Core Humanities than the Halo gamers realize. The plot of Halo references sources from science ction movies to Christianity. The videogames center around Master Chief, one of the few remaining humans left to protect earth. He and an articial intelligence, Cortana, ght alien forces, The Covenant. The Covenant are religious zealots, who believe martyrdom is the ultimate honor and that when they activate the doomsday rings called Halos, they will go on a great See PLOT Page A10

journey. The leaders of The Covenant are called Prophets and they call Master Chief the Demon. Covenant, demon, prophet and halo itself are all words that reference Christianity. The truly groundbreaking thing about Halo is that the enemy, The Covenant, are religious fanatics, said Christopher Coake, an English professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Coake is also a frequent gamer, who beat the rst two Halo games. Halo calls into question ideas of the afterlife, martyrdom, suicide bombing, Coake said. Things we hear about in the news today. Though Coake is quick to point out this doesnt make

Master Chief (John) recruited by secret military Spartan-II Project at age 8, along with other children. MC and other Spartans trained as super soldiers to suppress rebellious human colonies. Covenant an empire of multiple alien races attack human colonies and the Spartans mission repurposed to save humanity. Human military planet Reach destroyed as the Covenant search for Earth most Spartans die.


Starship Pillar of Autumn, with MC onboard, escapes Reach and nds rst Halo. Pillar of Autumn crashes on Halo. MC searches for Halos purpose and releases the Flood parasitic life form that consumes all life. MC and Cortana articial intelligence; realize Halo kills the Flood by destroying all life in the galaxy. MC and Cortana destroy the Halo.



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Master Chief and Arbiter nish the ght and dont disappoint
Julian Rhodes Staff Writer
HALO 3 Chief aside to Developers: save his race Bungie Studios from complete Publisher: destruction and Microsoft Game reap vengeance Studios on the Prophet. Genre: The camFirst-person shooter Rating: paign mode of Mature the game alPlatforms: lows anywhere Xbox 360 from one to Grade: four players A to follow the storyline and beat the game. With nine levels of intense fun and four difculty levels available, the cam-

Earth MC nds fellow humans in Halos debris, steals Covenant ship and returns to Reach where MC nds surviving Spartans. On the way to warn Earth of Covenant attack, MC and surviving Spartans destroy Covenant shipyard and oating city.

With loads of new features and an epic storyline, Halo 3 lives up to expectations. From player customization to realistic graphics, Halo 3 delivers as the best Halo yet. The game continues the saga of Master Chief who, after landing on Earth, must defend his home planet from aliens lead by the Prophet of Truth. Master Chiefs only hope is to nd Cortana, a computer system with the secret to saving Earth. To do this, he battles whole armies of the Covenant alien race and a mass infestation of the parasitic Flood. Teamed with Master Chief is the Arbiter, an elite alien leader who has put his rivalry with Master See REVIEW Page A10

general who failed to save the rst Halo is punished, MC tries to protect Earth. MC and humans follow a Covenant ship to another Halo and decide to destroy it as well. MC kills a Covenant religious leader who wants to activate Halo. Arbiter defects from the Covenant after realizing Halo is a weapon, not a religious artifact. A civil war starts in the Covenant between Elites and the rest of the Covenant: Brutes, Jackals, Grunts. MC tries to stop the remaining Prophets from reaching Earth Arbiter stops the Brute Tartarus from activating the Halos.
Source: Halo: The Fall of Reach, Halo: The Flood, Halo: First Strike, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2

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Members of the Nevada football team celebrate near the end of the game against UNLV Saturday afternoon at Mackay Stadium. The Pack defeated the Rebels 27-20 and will keep the Fremont Cannon.



Mackays packed, footballs back

Ault bothered by shaky offense despite 27-20 win

Colby Balkenbush
Staff writer


evada football means something again. The proof doesnt lie in the Wolf Packs 27-20 win against UNLV on Saturday or the Fremont Cannon remaining blue. It doesnt even show in all the young talent the Wolf Pack used to take out the Rebels. Instead it showed in how 25,000 fans exploded when Kyle Sammons caught the game-winning 43-yard touchdown with less than a minute to play. It showed in how the students, after spending most of the day baking in the sun, spilled over the guard rail and onto the eld to celebrate, eventually congregating in front of the UNLV section for several minutes of taunting and object-tossing. Was the display childish, unsportsmanlike and a bit inappropriate? Sure, but at least the students cared. Garrett Ill take blind arrogance over apathy Hylton any day. The community cares about the Wolf Pack again. Ault talks a lot about restoring Mackay Stadium and creating the kind of environment the Wolf Pack enjoyed as a Division I-AA powerhouse when Reno was one of the toughest places to play in the nation. For his part, Ault has delivered on that promise. The


Nick Graziano is pressured by a UNLV defender.


UNLV vs. Nevada photo Head coach Chris Ault was essay not impressed with sophomore SEE PAGE B7 quarterback Nick Grazianos play UNLV vs. Nevada football entering the fourth quarter of notebook Nevadas 27-20 win over UNLV Saturday. SEE PAGE B4 Graziano had completed just UNLV vs. Nevada past 12 of 28 passes and thrown an scores and future schedule interception, and the team hadnt SEE PAGE B3 scored since Grazianos 90-yard touchdown pass to Mike McCoy game again with only 1:02 remainin the rst quarter I was very, very, very disgusted ing, Graziano took Nevada 65 with that offense in the third yards in ve plays, hitting a wide quarter, Ault said. We had some open Kyle Sammons for a gamenice passing lanes open. I thought winning 43-yard touchdown with Graz was just really sporadic in 27 seconds remaining. It was pretty impressive scoring some really key situations and you could feel it on the sideline. We in under two minutes, Graziano lost momentum and condence. said. Its always a great feeling as But when the game was on the a quarterback to lead your team down the eld. line, Graziano performed. Graziano credited the offensive With the game tied at 13, he engineered a 65-yard drive down line with giving him time to nd the eld that culminated with a Sammons. I sat back there for a long time, 15-yard touchdown pass to senior Graziano said. I didnt have any Adam Bishop. When UNLV responded with a touchdown of its own to tie the See GRAZIANO Page B4

Kenishia Warren and Cristen Drummond celebrate after scoring a goal during Sundays game against UNLV.


Nevada completes weekend sweep

Assistant Sports Editor
The Nevada soccer team nished out a rivalry-lled weekend by dominating UNLV 3-0 Sunday afternoon at Mackay Stadium. Up to this point, the Wolf Pack was 0-4-1 against the Rebels in the all-time series record. Theres a rst time for everything, interim head coach Antoinette Marjanovic said.

Ashley Belka

Freshman Cristen Drummond and Nevadas improved offense commanded the game and capitalized on scoring chances to land a result that they had been striving for. The rst half wasnt so promising, however, as Nevada started the game like it has so many times this year. Once again, the Wolf Pack outshot its opponent, an ongoing trend, but didnt have anything to show for it at halftime.

In this case, it had eight shots, compared to the Rebels ve. Since the beginning of the season, Marjanovic has pointed the teams focus toward nishing opportunities. Coming into the second half, after being reminded of this goal by Marjanovic in the locker room, Nevada began to take advantage. Senior Kenishia Warren con-

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Inside Scoop


Fresno State Saturday @ 1:05 p.m.



THE SKINNY: Nevada has gone undefeated at home this season and will look to remain that way against the Aggies.

Northern Arizona *Friday @ 7 p.m. *Soccer, Etc./ Nike Classic @ Boise, Idaho

THE SKINNY: The Wolf Pack now has its rst winning streak of the season afer beating UNLV and UC Davis.

Hawaii Friday @ 7 p.m. in Honolulu, Hawaii

THE SKINNY: After winning three matches in a row, Nevada will look to extend its winning streak against the Rainbows.


Friday @ 2:30 p.m. @ Lombardi Recreation Center

Sophomore Maria Mizyuk is the rst player in Nevada history to make it to the qualiying rounds of the All-American Championships.


THE SKINNY: Last years WAC Champions will kick off their season with its annual interquad dual meet.


*Friday All Day *Saturday All Day *Sunday All Day *Bulldog Classic @ Fresno, Calif.

Nevada sophomore makes history

THE SKINNY: Nevada will play in its second tournament of the season.


*Monday, Oct. 8 All Day *Tuesday, Oct. 9 All Day *Wolf Pack Classic @ Reno, Nev.

THE SKINNY: After placing 11th at the Shoal Creek Invitational, the Wolf Pack will take advntage of being at home for its only time this fall.

Sophomore Maria Mizyuk made history over the weekend at the 23rd Annual Riviera AllAmerican Championships in Pacic Palisades, Calif. Mizyuk defeated Denvers Ute Schnoy in three sets (6-0, 5-7, 6-1) to win. This is the rst time in our program history to get a player to the (qualifying rounds), Nevada coach Sylvain Malroux said. She played an incredible match. It was probably the best match she has played. The qualifying rounds begin today and Mizyuk will compete in the singles draw and will compete with junior Caroline Bailey in the doubles draw.


*Monday, Oct. 8 All Day *Tuesday, Oct. 9 All Day *Jeannie McHaney Invitational @ Lubbock, Texas

THE SKINNY: Nevada will look to redeem themselves after its 15th place nish two weeks ago.

p Wolf Pack fans cheer during Saturdays game against UNLV. While the winner of the game was not decided unitl the last minute, Nevada prevailed with a 27-20 victory. The Wolf Pack now leads the all-time series 18-15. t Nevada students heckle UNLV students after the game. UNLV VS. NEVADA



Avena rst runner in for Wolf Pack at Stanford Invite


UTEP Saturday All Day Sunday All Day in El Paso, Texas


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MARIA MIZYUK WOMENS TENNIS The sophomore singles player won her pre-qualifying
draw and advanced to the qualifying rounds of the 23rd Annual Riviera All-American Championships in Pacic Palisades, Calif. This is the rst time in Nevada history that a player has made it to the qualifying rounds.

The Truth

UNLV FOOTBALL AND SOCCER The Rebels lost the football game 27-20, allowing the Wolf Pack to hold the cannon for another year, and the soccer game was lost 3-0. UNLV defender LaChere Anglin scored the rst goal of the game for the Wolf Pack as she headed a kick from Nevada into her own teams goal.

Wolf Pack is 17-3 at Mackay since Aults return. The Packs won a share of a conference championship, gone to two bowl games and beat UNLV three straight times. Until Saturday, however, the other half of the Wolf Pack the fans wasnt keeping pace. Crowds didnt have much to celebrate when Ault rst came back in 2004 to resurrect the Wolf Pack theyd watched the Wolf Pack lose ve straight to UNLV and hadnt sniffed a conference title yet and theyve been slow to come out even with Nevadas recent success. Even last season, with a loaded Wolf Pack team defending a conference championship, sub-15,000 fan crowds were the norm at Mackay Stadium. Sure, the place was packed for the Boise State game, but the Broncos were basically one big roll of blue turf away from playing a home game. Saturdays attendance 25,278 is the second largest at Mackay in the last ve years, except for that Boise State game, and it was the biggest pro-

Wolf Pack crowd in recent memory. School ofcials moved kickoff from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. to cut down on the belligerence, but the student tailgating area was still packed by 10 a.m. Student tickets sold out in less than three hours on Monday, and there was a line of students running the length the stadium Saturday morning waiting for the gameday-issued tickets to be handed out. The days of trying to win in front of a half-empty stadium appear to be at an end, which makes this season possibly Aults most important at Nevada. As important as beating UNLV is to Nevada fans, all the victory did was amplify the rest of Nevadas season. Fan support is a ckle thing, especially for a program trying to establish itself among the nations elite. If Ault wants to truly establish the Wolf Pack as a Western Athletic Conference power, the Wolf Pack needs to keep winning. Coach Ault nally has the communitys attention, now its time to see if he can keep it.
Garrett Hylton is the senior editor of The Nevada Sagebrush. He can be reached at

The Wolf Pack cross country team nished 11th in the 28-team, 6K Stanford Invitational this weekend. Christa Avena crossed the nish line in 35th place and rst for Nevada. Head coach Kirk Elias experimented with his underclassmen during this race as four of the seven competing in the 6K were freshmen. Samantha Davis led the freshmen, placing 45th with a time of 22:13. Tournament host and defending national champions Stanford won the meet with four of its runners placing in the top 10.


September 29, 2007 Nevada UNLV

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Sophomore leads Nevada at Shoal Creek Invitational

September 30, 2007 Nevada UNLV

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November 24, 2007 @ 7 p.m.

December 28, 2007 @ 7 p.m.


March 25, 2007 @ 4 p.m.

The mens golf team nished 11th at the Shoal Creek Invitational, Monday and Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala. Nevada had a three-round total of 34-over 898. Sophomore Taylor Coffman led the Wolf Pack at the tournament as he tied for 18th, while senior Chase Cooper tied for 24th. No other team members placed in the top-25. Texas Tech won the 12-team tournament with a ve-stroke victory over host University of Alabama, Birmingham. Auburn came in third, while Mississippi nished fourth.


April 30, 2007 @ 2 and 4 p.m.

For more of Garrett Hyltons thoughts on Nevada sports, check out his blog. TRUTH. NEVADASAGEBRUSH.COM


Nevada kick returner Dwayne Sanders was named this weeks WAC Special Teams Player of the Week. Sanders returned three kickoffs for 100 yards, including a 45-yarder that helped set up Nevadas game-winning touchdown against UNLV.

Nevada kick returner named WAC Player of the Week




B4 OCTOBER 2, 2007


Thrown into the position, senior now quarterback of the court

Miller emerges as teams leader
Emerson Marcus
Staff Writer
but this was nationally ranked competition. The setter, once recruited by Michigan State, notched 60 assists and led the Pack to its biggest win of the season. It was denitely exhilarating, she said. I wasnt sure how well Id play. The Pack nished the season 10-1 with Miller at setter and 7-1 in conference. Millers ability to take advantage when opportunities are presented has led her to a successful collegiate career. Her numbers have risen, even though she sat out the 2006 season as a redshirt because the Wolf Pack had two senior setters. She notched her 1,000th assist Sept. 13 against Louisiana Tech. She is only the eighth Nevada setter to reach that mark. I didnt realize I was even close, Miller said. The only reason I was able to do it was because of all the great hitters I have. Miller was able to show off her talents on the world stage last summer. She and 12 other U.S. collegiate volleyball players traveled to South America to take on Argentinas national team. We traveled all over the country, she said. The main goal was to get their country involved in the sport. Many of these accomplishments can be accredited to her all-around athleticism. She lettered in basketball at Avondale High School in Auburn Hills, Mich., and was also recruited by many Division II schools for softball. I wasnt sure if I wanted to play volleyball, she said. There were a lot of schools on the East Coast who wanted me for softball. In hopes of playing Division I

Nevada improves to 5-2 on road

Assistant Sports Editor

Wolf Pack faces Hawaii in nal game of road trip

Thomas Ranson

It was the most important nonconference match of the season for Nevada volleyball. The Wolf Pack was playing No. 21 California in 2005 when starting setter Tristin Johnson left the game due to injury. Ashley Miller, in her rst year at Nevada, was forced into the vital position of setter the quarterback on a volleyball court. My hands were shaking, Miller, now a senior, said. I was ice-cold ... I kept saying to myself Oh my gosh, oh my gosh. Miller had experienced stints at two different junior colleges,


Millers best game came in 2005 against Louisiana Tech

was the number of assists

66 13 5 1

was the number of digs

Ashley Miller sets the ball during last months AT&T Invitational at the Virginia Street Gym.
sports, Miller decided to use junior college as a stepping-stone in volleyball. After one year at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, she transferred to Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif., where her junior college won the state championship. Following the win, D-I schools came asking for Millers services. The decision was between going home to possibly start for Michigan State or going out West and playing for coach Devin Scruggs at Nevada. Michigan State wasnt sure how much playing time theyd be able to offer, Miller said. They kept telling me that one of their setters was going to leave and that they would really want me if she did. When the Spartans setter left it was too late- Miller had already made her decision. I told them I was going with a program that actually wanted


was the number of blocks

was the number of service aces

me, she said. I had already committed myself to Nevada. After ve years, three colleges and a successful career, Millers experience is important to helping the Wolf Pack turnaround an inconsistent season. The Wolf Pack is currently 6-6 with 14 games left in the season. In order to win the WAC, we are going to have to grind down, Miller said. I have to just keep putting my hitters in successful positions.


Butlers return a big boost

Colby Balkenbush
Staff Writer
He played half the game against Northwestern, but suffered a mild quadriceps injury and was held out of the Nicholls State game the following week. I think today was the start of his senior season, Ault said.

Both teams frequently started drives with excellent eld position Saturday, a product of some bad kicking and good returns. Nevada kicker Brett Jaekles first two kickoffs flew out of bounds, resulting in UNLV getting the ball at the 35-yard line. Nevada got better eld position on kickoffs than UNLV, on average starting from the 40-yard line while UNLV started from the 36-yard line Sophomore running back Dwayne Sanders helped Nevada get better eld position than UNLV, returning three kickoffs for a total of 100 yards. One of those came at a crucial time. After UNLV scored a eld goal to take a 13-10 lead in the fourth quarter, Sanders returned the kickoff 45 yards to the UNLV 49-yard line, taking the momentum away from the Rebels and setting up an eventual game-tying eld goal by Jaekle. I thought Sanders did a great job for us returning the ball, Ault said. In fact, our kickoff return team played the best they have in our four games.

Nevadas 27-20 win over UNLV Saturday marked the return of senior linebacker Ezra Butler to the lineup. Butler was a force on the eld in leading the team with 10 tackles and disrupting the Rebels by frequently hurrying quarterback Travis Dixon. I think he arrived this week, coach Chris Ault said of Butler. Were not blessed with guys with that kind of talent on our sideline, so hes got to play and hes got to be a producer for us. Senior Matt Hines said Butler was a leader on the eld. He gives us that emotion out there, Hines said. Butler said the fact it was his rst full game back and it was going to be his last chance to beat UNLV energized him. You dont want to be remembered as the senior class that gave the cannon away, Butler said. I felt like I needed to reestablish myself. Butler was suspended for the season opener against Nebraska for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Nevadas third consecutive win over UNLV Saturday was watched by a sellout crowd of 25,278, including a packed student section that was on its feet the whole game. Nevada coach Chris Ault said the fans made a big difference in the game. I thought it was electric, Ault said of the crowd. We felt it coming into the stadium and we felt it when we went out to our run-through. He said he was especially pleased with the student section. I tell you what Im real proud of though, we came back to practice at 10:30 (a.m.) and you got a student line out there wrapped around the stadium, Ault said. You got something going on. When they (students) do it right, they really energize the crowd and thats the fun part of college football.

Ezra Butler tries to pump up the crowd during Saturdays game against UNLV. The senior played his rst full game of the season against UNLV and led the Wolf Pack with 10 tackles.


Two key Nevada starters were injured during Saturdays game. After putting a big hit on UNLV wide receiver Ryan Wolfe in the rst quarter, stopping him for a no gain, sophomore cornerback Jonathon Amaya had to be helped off the eld because of a strained knee. Ault said he is probable for next

weeks game against Fresno State. The second injury was to wide receiver Arthur King Jr., who suffered a mild concussion and shoulder separation in the second quarter. Ault said he is unlikely to play next week. Also, Ault said senior defensive end Erics Clark is in the hospital with a serious case of pneumonia and will likely not play next week.

The Nevada volleyball team will take its season-long winning streak to Hawaii when it faces the Rainbow Wahine Friday night. The Wolf Pack (4-2 Western Athletic Conference, 7-6) won its third match in a row Saturday after defeating San Jose State in straight sets and sweeping Fresno State Thursday in California. Nevada will try to defeat Hawaii, the 11-time WAC champion, for the rst time in league play. Hawaii comes into the match with an 11-3 record (5-0 WAC) and a No. 12-ranking in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll. Nevada has never beaten Hawaii in 19 tries, but came close in 2004 when two of three matches went ve games. Hawaii won the WAC Tournament title over Nevada in four games that year. The Wolf Pack won its fourth and fth road matches of the season last week. Nevada is now 5-2 on the road. Nevada beat the Spartans 30-28, 30-18 and 31-29, and the Bulldogs 30-28, 30-23 and 30-28. Senior Teal Ericson led the Wolf Pack with 20 kills, senior Karly Sipherd added 11 and sophomore Jorgan Staker had 10. Junior Ashley Miller dished out 46 assists and junior Allison Hernandez had a game-high 22 digs. Attack percentage separated the two teams with Nevada averaging .250 and San Jose a .113. Nevada used a 5-0 run in the rst game to break a 12-all tie with Ericson ending the game with her 10th kill. The Wolf Pack out-hit the Spartans .286 to .217. Nevada never trailed in the second game as it raced to a 60 lead and the defense limited San Jose States attack to a -.111 percentage. Nevada hit .200 for the game. The Wolf Pack came back from game point in the third frame when Kylie Harrington tied the game at 29 with a kill. Sipherd and Harrington blocked the next point and Staker hit her 10th kill to end the match. Nevada bested San Jose State in attack percentage in the game, .250 to .190. Ericson and Sipherd combined for 30 kills against Fresno State with each hitting 15. Nicole Link recorded 10 kills and Miller posted 39 assists. Hernandez led with 20 digs and Miller added nine. Sipherd also had six block assists as Nevada out-blocked the Bulldogs 11-6. The rst game saw the Wolf Pack jump to a 7-1 lead as it never trailed. Nevada hit .333 in the game, while Fresno Stage managed to hit .045. Nevada needed a big rally in the second game after it trailed 16-10. The Wolf Pack took the lead after a 16-5 run to go up 26-21 and end the game hitting .163. The Bulldogs nished with a .070. Multiple ties surrounded the nal game when both teams tied 13 times before Nevada pulled out a two-point win. Link hit her 10th kill to give Nevada the win. Nevada returns home next week against Fresno State on Thursday and Utah State on Saturday.


pressure on me and I was able to throw it how I need to throw it and everything else is history now. It goes to show that the line really stepped up their play in the fourth quarter and was pass protecting how they can.

For the game, Graziano threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 31 yards. Ault said despite his harsh words about Graziano, which included calling his play very, very average, he was pleased with the young quarterbacks composure at the end of the game.

Now dont get me wrong, for three quarters Ill be right in his ear, but that last quarter it all comes back to you, Ault said. He found a way to get it done. He was very comfortable and condent and if we had to go into overtime he was ready and I felt real good about that if that were the case. In the fourth quarter Graziano

completed eight of 10 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Earlier in the game Graziano had trouble with his consistency, throwing occasional pin-point passes such as the gem to McCoy, but also overthrowing the ball frequently and forcing Nevada to punt. Weve got to settle ourselves down as a whole offense,

Graziano said of what needs to improve. Me personally, getting more accuracy with my balls because they were ying around today. He said not being relaxed hurt him in the rst three quarters. Just not being calm, just having too much adrenaline, Graziano said. As a quarterback you want to get amped up but

you got to remember that the basics come down to fundamentals and being able to deliver the ball where you need to. Ault said hes critical of Grazianos play because he knows how good he can be. Im being hard, but hes a better player than what you saw today and were counting on him, Ault said.


OCTOBER 2, 2007 B5

Millers size and speed on different levels

Forward spent recruitment time proving collegiate coaches wrong
C.W. Wilkinson
Staff Writer
With her short and slight frame, some coaches thought that Samantha Miller would never play college soccer. Nevada interim head coach Antoinette Marjanovic said when she was rst scouting Miller, now a junior forward, some of the coaching staff was unsure if Miller would be able to compete physically with the other Division I players. However, Miller has shown at Nevada that her speed makes up for her lack of stature. In her rst two years as a member of the Wolf Pack, Miller has racked up 75 shots, 11 goals and 31 points. Now other teams are starting to take notice of Millers speed and skill, and are taking extra care to mark her on the eld, which creates chances for her teammates. Shes carrying a couple players with her and thats going to open up some holes, Marjanovic said. Millers road to Reno started early. She decided she wanted to play a sport when she was six. Her father decided she would play soccer. When she was in fourth grade, Miller met her future teammate Miranda Montejo, a junior midelder and captain for Nevada. Montejo and Miller eventually joined the same soccer team during middle school and played together for a season. After that, the two stayed in the same league. The rst time Marjanovic saw Miller play was at a tournament for her club team. Marjanovic said she had her eye on a different player, but was ultimately drawn to Millers speed. I ended up watching her (Miller), and shes a great player, Marjanovic said. Montejo also played a part in bringing Miller to Nevada. When she was approached by Marjanovic, Miller was interested in attending a different college, but when Montejo told her how much she loved the campus at Nevada, Miller was convinced to visit. I wanted to go somewhere where I could really make a difference, Miller said. Montejo was glad to see Miller join the Nevada team. I hadnt played with her since I was really young, Montejo said. Meeting up with her and playing with her again was really cool. Now that Miller has come to Reno, she has made a difference. One factor in Millers success is her chemistry with Montejo and other players. As a midelder, its really easy to nd her because she always has pops and hoppers, Montejo said. Her speed really benets the way I play. Another factor is her aggressive play style. Im shooting a lot more, but I need to get the ball in the back of the net, Miller said. Miller is currently pursuing a degree in human development studies. She said that she doesnt know what shes going to do after college. Miller said she isnt planning on playing professional soccer, but she does want to continue playing soccer after her time at Nevada is over. (Ill) probably play on an old lady team, Miller said. In her time at Nevada, Miller also made a good impression on her coaches.

Merritt misses 3 tourneys

Golf coach will miss upcoming home meet
Assistant Sports Editor

Ashley Belka

Samantha Miller dribbles the ball down the eld during the Nevada vs. Sacramento State game on Friday, September 14, 2007.


Shes just a great role model, interim head coach Marjanovic said. Comes from a great family and is a great player.


Freshman goalkeeper maturing in win streak

Julian Rhodes
advance after some early season struggles. Ive improved technically, Cove said. I have worked some tweaks out. Coves saves this past week are a result of her hard work ethic, she said. Ive just been working my butt off, Cove said. suffered a knee injury, while forward Samantha Miller hurt her shoulder. Millers shoulder injury was minor, interim head coach Antoinette Marjanovic said. Her shoulder popped out, Marjanovic said. Shell be ne though. Noe was not quite as lucky, however. The status of her injury is unsure, and Marjanovic is uncertain as to whether she will play anytime soon. As a crucial part of the teams defense, Noes absence could possibly affect the outcome of next weeks game against Northern Arizona. Noe, a sophomore, recently switched positions from outside defender to middle defender. Last season, Noe played outside defender all year. It wasnt until about three weeks ago that Marjanovic decided to change her position. (Noe) just has great organization, Marjanovic said. Shes a great leader. Since her position change, the Wolf Pack has been 3-2-1 after the teams relatively rough start of the season.

Staff Writer For two games straight, goalkeeper Marie Cove has played as though she has years of college experience. Friday night against UC Davis, Cove held the Aggies to only one goal and had ve saves. During Sundays game against UNLV, Cove contained the Rebels with four saves, forcing a shutout victory of 3-0. With two straight wins, Coves skills have appeared to


At Fridays game against UC Davis, the womens soccer team scored a season-high four goals. In the following game against UNLV, the team scored another three goals to earn back-to-back victories. Before these two games, the Wolf Pack had a total of eight goals.

Sunday afternoons home game against UNLV had two injuries for Nevada. Defender Devin Noe

Mens head golf coach Rich Merritt missed Nevadas rst two tournaments and will miss one more due to an NCAA violation committed earlier in the season. The fourth-year coach admitted he violated departmental and NCAA rules and was willing to accept the consequences deemed necessary. After an investigation, we determined that there had been a violation of NCAA rules, we self-reported it and then decided on the appropriate penalty, athletic director Cary Groth said. As a department, we are committed to following NCAA rules and investigating any possible violations. Rich understands the importance of following department and NCAA rules and will work diligently to follow them in the future. Merritts suspension began with the rst tournament of the year, as he did not travel with the team to the Saint Marys Invitational in Pebble Beach, Calif., on Sept. 8 and 9. He also stayed behind as the Wolf Pack traveled to Birmingham, Ala., for the Shoal Creek Invitational this past week. Merritt will conclude his suspension at next weeks home tournament, the Wolf Pack Classic. Nevada is set to play at Wolf Run Golf Course on Oct. 8 and 9. This has been a valuable lesson in my career, Merritt said. The University of Nevada operates with the highest degree of integrity, and I am committed to upholding the standards and expectations of being a part of the Wolf Pack family. I look forward to moving on with our team and getting back on the road with them after the Wolf Pack Classic.





Team Conference Standings Overall Hawaii 2-0 5-0 Fresno State 1-0 2-2 San Jose State 1-0 2-3 Boise State 0-0 3-1 New Mexico State 0-0 3-2 Nevada 0-0 2-2 Idaho 0-1 1-4 Utah State 0-1 0-5 Louisiana Tech 0-2 1-3

Volleyball Soccer
Team Conference Standings Overall Hawaii 5-0 11-3 New Mexico State 5-1 13-3 Utah State 5-1 8-7 Nevada 4-2 7-6 Idaho 3-2 6-9 Fresno State 2-4 4-12 Louisiana Tech 1-5 6-13 San Jose State 0-4 6-9 Boise State 0-6 3-11


Team Conference Standings Overall Hawaii 0-0-0 7-2-1 Boise State 0-0-0 5-4-1 Idaho 0-0-0 4-5-0 Utah State 0-0-0 4-6-0 Nevada 0-0-0 3-5-1 Fresno State 0-0-0 3-6-0 Lousiana Tech 0-0-0 2-7-0 San Jose State 0-0-0 1-7-2

Indoor Soccer
Game F.C. Upper Kings Row vs. Potato The Rockstars vs. Gradation Team Grabass vs. Brew Crew

Monday Mens 9/24

Flag Football
Mon A - 9/24
Game Brew Crew vs. Team Casey Team Sausage vs. Fade to Black Bonecrusher vs. The Mooninites Score 30-28 26-24 20-6

Game Score Free Agents Blue vs. Stallions 2-0 Team Laplace vs. Team 2-1 Hells Wind Staff vs. Free Agents Silver 4-1 The Gooch vs. Bullets W-Forfeit


Thursday, Sept. 27
Game Score Boise State (W) vs. Southern Mississippi 38-16


Monday, Sept. 24
Game Hawaii (W) vs. San Jose State Score 3-0 Score 3-0 3-0 3-0 3-0 Score 3-0 3-2 1-3 3-1


Friday, Sept. 21
Game Score Hawaii (W) vs. Weber State 1-0 Fresno State (L) vs. UTEP 3-2 Nevada (W) vs. UC Davis 4-1 Idaho (L) vs. Loyola Marymount 3-1 San Jose State (L) vs. Cal State Fullerton 1-0

Monday Coed 9/24

Mon B - 9/24

Score W-Forfeit W-Forfeit W-Forfeit

Game Score Skidmarkz vs. Keystone Crew 20-6 Stingrays vs. Better Believe It! 21-19 Caucasion Invasion vs. Las Place Winners 35-6 NO NAME vs. Deep Fried Twinkie 35-28

Tuesday Mens 9/25

Saturday, Sept. 29

Thursday, Sept. 27

Game Score Nevada (W) vs. UNLV 27-20 Hawaii (W) vs. Idaho 48-20 New Mexico State (W) vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff 20-17 San Jose State (W) vs. UC Davis 34-14 Utah State (L) vs. Utah 34-18 Fresno State (W) vs. Louisiana Tech 17-6

Game Utah State (W) vs. San Jose State Boise State (L) vs. New Mexico State Idaho (W) vs. Louisiana Tech Nevada (W) vs. Fresno State

Game Score Keystone Crew vs. Rainbow Warriors 3-1 Superbad vs. GVE 3-1 Iron Lotus vs. Team B 4-1

Tues B - 9/25

Sunday, Sept. 30

Saturday, Sept. 29


Game Nevada (W) vs. San Jose State Louisiana Tech (W) vs. Boise State Idaho (L) vs. New Mexico State Utah State (W) vs. Fresno State

Game Score Hawaii (W) vs. Hawaii Paci c 11-0 San Jose State (L) vs. Eastern Washington 3-2 Fresno State (L) vs. Cal State Fullerton 3-2 Louisiana Tech (W) vs. McNeese State 1-0 Nevada (W) vs. UNLV 3-0 Boise State (L) vs. Utah 3-1 Idaho (L) vs. Oregon State 2-1

Fraternity 9/25
Game ATO vs. TKE Sig Ep vs. Sigma Nu Lambda Chi vs. Phi Delt

Score 4-0 4-2 8-2 Score 2-0 4-2 4-3 7-3 6-0

Game Score Reno B vs. Pacmans Rainmakers 44-13 Free Ballin vs. Da Ninjas 18-12 Little Giants vs. Team America 36-13 Team Magnum vs. ASME 40-14 Calder vs. Showboatin 24-7 Crabcakes n Football vs. Optimus Prime 32-0

Wednesday B - 9/26

Wednesday Women 9/26

Game Soccer Studs vs. Dehahn Theta vs. The Brits Pi Phi vs. Tri Delta Team Pirrucello vs. Sigma Kappa Killer Ks vs. The Wolves

Game Score Craigs Younger Sister vs. Balls of Fury 26-19 BCE vs. NWA 30-6 Mud Dogs vs. Cash Money 25-6

Wednesday A - 9/26
Game 808 vs. Primetime Team Hunt vs. The Pretty Boyz The Storm vs. Bad Newz Kennelz Bologna Chodes vs. Big Kahunas Moltz Pack II vs. Corndogs Game ATO vs. TKE SAE vs, Phi Delt Phi Kap vs. Sig Ep Sigma Nu vs. Lambda Chi

Category Name Statistic Rushing Luke Lippincott 80.75 yds/game Receiving Marko Mitchell 54.75 yds/game Tackles Joshua Mauga 11.75/game Total Offense Nick Graziano 278.25 yds/game (25.25 rushing)


Category Kills Assists Points Serves Digs Blocks


Category Goals Assists

Name Statistic Teal Ericson 230 Ashley Miller 491 Teal Ericson 251 Kelly Lauren 21 Allison Hernandez 218 Karly Sipherd 57

Name Statistic Karen Zmirak 4 Karen Zmirak 2 Cristen Drummond 2 Shots Karen Zmirak 21 Shots on Goal Karen Zmirak 11 Cristen Drummond 11 Saves Marie Cove 27

Thursday Mens 9/27

Game Score Los Nakos vs. Fancy Footed Fenams W-Forfeit Team Canada vs. Fancy Footed FenamsW-Forfeit

Score 32-25 29-14 18-13 20-0 33-6 Score 19-12 26-25 7-6 18-7

Thursday Fraternity - 9/27

Thursday Coed 9/27


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Game Score Water Wonders vs. Bonch 2-1 RamRod vs. Lawn Fairies W-Forfeit SuperBad 2 vs. Hells Wind Staff 3-1 Team Lynch vs. The Smiths For et-For et pRd vs. Shin Kickers 6-2

Thurs Mens A - 9/27

Friday Coed 9/28

Game Score Feels Good vs. TRIO Allstars 4-0 We Always Win vs. Coopers Droopers 3-2 The Felons vs. Da Bears! 5-1 Team Powder vs. The Felons 5-4 No-Town Suckas vs. I Love Travis! 2-1

Game Score The Heavyweightz vs. Shake N Bake W-Forfeit The Tallywhackers vs. Fern Garden 19-18 The Matadors vs. TNT 28-20

Thurs Coed - 9/27

Game Score The Show vs. Tight Ends 26-0 Team Rowe vs. The Ducks 23-9 End Zone Pellucida vs. Team Ram-Rod 22-18

Fri Womens - 9/28

Mens Rugby

Game Theta vs. High Five Tri Delta vs. Pi Beta Phi BSO vs. Sigma Kappa

Score 20-8 12-6 W-Forfeit

Fri Coed - 9/28

Score 30-10

Friday, September 28
Nevada (W) vs. Nevada Old Boys

Game Score Going Deep vs. Rize Patties 28-0 Silly Salamanders vs. Children of Thunder W-Forfeit The C Nuts vs. CKI 18-6

nected with Drummond deep inside the goal box and Drummond drilled it to the right. UNLV defender LaChere Anglin was there waiting to knock it away, but instead headed it into the Rebels own net. Marjanovic said she has talked to the team about getting the ball behind the defense when they are in the goal box. When they do, it sets up goals much like this one. I was ecstatic, Drummond said. It was a good kick from Kenishia that came right to me perfectly. Less than 10 minutes later, in the 62nd minute of the game, Warren saw Drummond in front of a Rebels defender and connected with her once again, allowing her to nail the ball into the top right corner of the net. It was a brilliant play by Kenishia, Drummond said. Since the rst few games of the season, the offense has made a turn around. Communication has replaced frustration on the eld, and the new forwards have assimilated to the offense. They are also looking around the eld to see what other teammates are doing, instead of focusing solely on the ball. The last goal came from Karen Zmirak with 20 minutes left to play in the second half as she fought her way through a clump of UNLV defenders and midelders to have a wide open shot at the net. It was a great team performance in the second half, Marjanovic said. Nevada nished the game with 13 shots compared to the Rebels 12 shots, and had a 6-4 advantage with shots on goal. It always feels good to capitalize and to win games, Drummond said. After the win, the team celebrated with gourds of hugs, ear-to-ear smiles and jumping. Its an in-state rivalry so a win will always be huge, Drummond said. Because Im a freshman and this is my rst one, it was very exciting. We completely brought home the cannon this weekend.

B6 OCTOBER 2, 2007



OCTOBER 2, 2007 B7




One heck of a ball game

Nevada triumphs in electric atmosphere



The student section empties onto the eld after Nevadas 27-20 win over UNLV at Mackay Stadium Saturday.


A student is led out of Mackay Stadium in handcuffs by a Washoe County Sheriff.


Nevada players run out onto the eld during the pregame indroduction.


Nevada running back Brandon Fragger runs through a UNLV defender.


The Fremont Cannon is escorted from the eld by members of the University of Nevada, Reno Reserve Ofcers Training Corps Wolf Pack Battalion and football players Matt Hines, left, Luke Lippincott, back, Charles Manu, right, and Mundrae Clifton, far right.


Nevada coach Chris Ault celebrates Kyle Sammons gamewinning touchdown.

Multiple photo galleries from the UNLV vs. Nevada game Audio slideshow Audio from Chris Aults post-game press conference


OCTOBER 2, 2007

at Nebraska L 52-10


SEPT. 15

SEPT. 29
UNLV W 27-20

OCT. 6
Fresno St. TIME: 1:05 p.m.

OCT. 14

OCT. 20

OCT. 27

NOV. 2

NOV. 16

NOV. 24
at San Jose St. TIME: 1 p.m.

DEC. 1
La. Tech TIME: 1:05 p.m.

at Northwestern Nicholls St. L 36-31 W 52-17

at Boise St at Utah St. Idaho at New Mexico St. Hawaii TIME: 5 p.m. TIME: 12:05 p.m. TIME: 1:05 p.m. TIME: 5 p.m. TIME: 8:05 p.m.

1. LSU (33) 5-0 2. USC (32) 4-0 3. California 5-0 4. Ohio State 5-0 5. Wisconsin 5-0 6. South Florida 4-0 7. Boston College 5-0 8. Kentucky 5-0 9. Florida 4-1 10. Oklahoma 4-1 11. South Carolina 4-1 12. Georgia 4-1 13. West Virginia 4-1 14. Oregon 4-1 15. Virginia Tech 4-1 16. Hawaii 5-0 17. Missouri 4-0 18. Arizona State 5-0 19. Texas 4-1 20. Cincinnati 5-0 21. Rutgers 3-1 22. Clemson 4-1 23. Purdue 5-0 24. Kansas State 3-1 25. Nebraska 4-1
FLorida State 101, Miami (FL) 83, Illinois 59, Auburn 52, UCLA 49, Texas A&M 29, Michigan State 16, Michigan 15, Connecticut 9, Alabama 6, Arkansas 5, Colorado 5, UCF 5, Penn State 4, Virginia 3, Kansas 3, Boise State 3, Washington 1.

Which Fresno State team will show up?

Nevada aims to take advantage of Bulldogs inconsistency
By Colby Balkenbush
Staff writer
Nevada will play an inconsistent Fresno State team Saturday. Fresno State got a 17-6 win over Louisiana Tech last weekend, in which the Bulldogs didnt score in the rst half, nished with just 262 total yards of offense and converted 6 of 22 third-down attempts. Then theres the 47-45 triple overtime loss two weeks ago to then-No. 23 Texas A&M where the Bulldogs gave the Aggies all they could handle, erasing a 19-point decit to force overtime. In that game, Fresno State actually out-gained the Aggies 399-397 in total yardage. Whichever Fresno State team shows up Saturday, the Wolf Pack will have to do three things if it wants to be 1-0 in Western Athletic Conference play at the end of the day.


*National ranking in parenthesis

185.50 (36) 255.75 (35) 441.25 (31) 30 (48) 258.25 (117) 172 (17) 110.06 (32) 430.25 (89) 31.25 (86) 33.84 (78) 3.08 (114) 24.25 (30) -1.00 (98)

Category Fresno State

OFFENSE Rushing Passing Total Scoring DEFENSE Rushing Passing Pass Efciency Total Scoring Net Punting Punt Returns Kickoff Returns Turnover Margin 191.75 (95) 118.75 (2) 95.65 (12) 310.50 (29) 27 (68) 36.60 (37) 9.44 (63) 26.63 (11) -1.75 (114) 158.75 (54) 207 (81) 128.54 (56) 365.75 (74) 26.75 (64)

133.80 (42) Pass Efciency




1. USC (45) 4-0 2. LSU (14) 5-0 3. California 5-0 4. Ohio State (1) 5-0 5. Wisconsin 5-0 6. Boston College 5-0 7. Florida 4-1 8. Kentucky 5-0 9. South Florida 4-0 10. Oklahoma 4-1 11. Georgia 4-1 12. West VIrginia 4-1 13. Oregon 4-1 14. Virginia Tech 4-1 15. Hawaii 5-0 16. Texas 4-1 17. Missouri 4-0 18. South Carolina 4-1 19. Arizona State 5-0 20. Purdue 5-0 21. Rutgers 3-1 22. Clemson 4-1 23. Nebraska 4-1 24. Cincinnati 5-0 25. UCLA 4-1
Miami (FL) 68, Michigan State 63, Kansas 48, Florida State 46, Auburn 42, Kansas State 33, Boise State 25, Connecticut 23, Illinois 21, Tennessee 17, Virginia 15, Penn State 12, Texas A&M 10, Michigan 10, Alabama 5, Colorado 3, Georgia Tech 3, Indiana 1, UCF 1, Wake Forest 1, Wyoming 1.

Fresno State Player Category

Ryan Mathews Bear Pascoe Marcus Riley Tyler Cutts Rushing Receiving Tackles Tackles for loss

53.50 64.25 11.75 1.13


In both its losses to Top 25 teams, Fresno State has shown a weakness against the run. The Bulldogs gave up 318 yards on the ground against the Aggies and 307 against then-No.19 Oregon. Nevada had a mediocre 128-yard rushing game against UNLV and will need to do better against Fresno State if it wants to open up the passing game. The Bulldogs held Texas A&M and Oregon to a combined 233 yards passing, although both teams run ground-oriented offenses that feature the option, and will give Nick Graziano and company trouble if the run game is shut down. If Nevada can get the run game going like it did against Nicholls State when Lippincott went for 127 yards and the team nished with 333 yards rushing, it should be ne.

Nevada Player


80.75 54.75 11.75 .75

Luke Lippincott Rushing Marko Mitchell Receiving Josh Mauga Tackles Josh Mauga Tackles for loss


Standings Conference
Hawaii Fresno State San Jose State Boise State Nevada Idaho Utah State Louisiana Tech 2-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 0-1 0-2

5-0 2-2 2-3 3-1 3-2 2-2 1-4 0-5 1-3


In its rst four games, Fresno State has shown quite a propensity to turn the ball over. In the season opener, a 24-3 win over Sacramento State, Fresno State lost three fumbles. Against Oregon, the Bulldogs had a fumble returned for a touchdown and quarterback Tom Brandstater threw an interception that led to a quick seven points. Brandstater is still young and prone to bad decisions, so Nevadas defense needs to put pressure on Brandstater and be opportunistic when the ball comes loose. Its about time for the defense to turn up the pressure.

New Mexico State 0-0

DROPPED FROM RANKINGS Penn State 19, Michigan State 23



Fresno State @ Nevada

Nevada was held scoreless in the second and third quarters against UNLV and allowed the Rebels to regain the lead after seizing momentum with a long touchdown in the rst quarter. That cant continue for the Wolf Pack to take down the conferences elite teams. Fresno State has shown it can be explosive, as it was against Texas A&M when it out-scored the Aggies 29-10 in the last two quarters to force overtime, and a similar offensive lapse by Nevada could lead to the rst home loss of the season. Much of Nevadas offensive troubles in the UNLV game stemmed from weak blocking by the offensive line and bad decision-making by Graziano. When Graziano settles down and gets good protection, he creates big plays, but balls miss their target and the offense stops moving when Graziano gets ustered. Nevada will be facing a 2-2 Fresno State team that is still looking for a win over a good team, and it cant afford mistakes and inefciency.

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Opponent Time/Result
Nevada Sacramento State at Texas A&M at Oregon Louisiana Tech at Idaho San Jose State Boise State Utah State at Hawaii Kansas State at New Mexico State 1 p.m. W 24-3 L 47-45 L 52-21 W 17-6 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 6 p.m. 2 p.m. 8:05 p.m. TBA 5 p.m.

When: Saturday, 1:05 p.m. Where: Mackay Stadium

(29,986; FieldTurf)

Radio: ESPN Radio 630 T.V.: None. Season records: Fresno

State 2-2 (1-0 WAC), Nevada 2-2

All-time series record:

Fresno State leads the series 22-15-1, including last years 28-19 win in Fresno. his 11th season and has a 78-53 record. Nevada coach Chris Ault is in his 23rd season as Nevadas coach and has a 187-80-1 record.

The coaches: Pat Hill is in

Brandon Fragger, above



OPTIMIST SAYS: The Fresno State team that barely beat Louisiana Tech and failed on 16 of its 22 third-down attempts will show up at Mackay Stadium on Saturday. Graziano will erase the memory of his mediocre play against UNLV and have a breakout game. Ezra Butler and company will shut down the Bulldogs running game and force several turnovers. OUTCOME: Nevada wins 34-17 PESSIMIST SAYS: With both teams possessing tough pass defenses, one of the deciding factors will come down to which team can run the ball effectively. The Bulldogs rank second in the country in pass defense and held Oregon to 154 yards. An interception could separate either team from winning the game, but Fresno State will hand Chris Aults rst loss to the Bulldogs in Reno. OUTCOME: Fresno State wins 24-21


Built like a bear at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, hes Fresno States most dangerous receiver. Bear Pascoe leads the team in receptions and yards after Fresno State defeated Louisiana Tech Saturday. Although the Bulldogs have shown more of a running game, Pascoe will test Nevadas pass defense, which ranks 17th in the country. The junior tight end, who was recruited as a quarterback, averages 15.1 yards a reception and has scored four touchdowns so far. Pascoes longest reception of the year is 44 yards.