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UNR Student Nutrition Association's Fashion show models

Fashion for Food

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The UNR Student Nutrition Association recently hosted an annual fashion show fundraiser on November 10th in partnership with On Common Ground, a local organization that aims to connect the community with educational tools to help adults and children meet their potential with nutritious food. This show featured Reno’s twelve best local designers along with models of all races, ages, genders, and sizes. The show was hosted in the Joe Crowley Student Union on the UNR campus.

The show began with a pre-act of four local artists performing songs. With hit songs by Whitney Houston and other amazing covers, this section was a hit with the diverse crowd who enjoyed the variety of music being sung.

After the performances ended, OCG (On Common Ground) gave a presentation on their mission. The fashion show was created in order to raise funds for mobile markets to serve areas with limited access to food and a food processing plant to convert food into a shelf-stable products.

Audience members could buy faux cocktails and participate in a silent auction that included art and fashion pieces offered by the designers in the show.

The show then started with a brand called Northern NV Thai Fashion. They showcased designs that represented Thai culture, featuring Thai music and dance. Their garments were vibrant colors with intricate headpieces that represented different parts of their culture.

The show also included Onomé Wowo Ladies Fashion, Drag on A Budget by DemenCha, Taylor Uchytil Designs, Playa Wear a la Haute Trash by Paula Povilitis, Zozobee Bikini & Flexwear, Polyesther’s Costume Boutique, Banana Republic GAP Stores, Lily’s Décor la Barata and Upcycled Youth Trends by Kids-Repurposed apparel.

The show’s closing designer was fashion designer Edward Coleman, who’s brand is Edward S. Coleman Designs. It ended on a dramatic and melancholy note, with dark dresses of black and burgundy, and details with lace and leather. The models walked slowly down the runway with a serious expression. The closing act blew the audience away, however there were some standout designers that I personally loved.

Taylor Uchytil featured outfits that defined the model’s personality. The personable items made this segment fun to watch. Some models walked down in leather with red accents rocking a ‘motorcyclist’ look while some walked down in flowery head garments and long skirts showcasing an ethereal look.

I also enjoyed Lily’s Décor which revealed puffy, sparkly, and sleek dresses that any little girl wishing to be a princess or any teen girl waiting for prom would love to have. Their models ranged in all ages, as well as the designs being made for people of all shapes and sizes.

All of the designers came together to truly make the audience appreciate fashion and all of the hard work the designers and artists involved are put through in the process of showcasing their unique designs.


Tournament of Hope

The Fight Against Children’s Cancer

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Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation is a local charity organization that helps diagnosed children and their families with finances, support, and hope. They host events all over the city to raise awareness and money. Some of the important events are the yearly NNCCF Benefit Horse Show at Meadowview Equestrian Center and the Tournament of Hope.

They take not only financial donations, but blankets, hats, and stuffed animals as well. These items help the kids that go through relentless hours of chemotherapy to feel more comfortable and less nervous at long appointments. Throughout the process, the team at NNCCF is there to provide aid and advice to the family. They help negotiate prices such as travel, medical, and hotel expenses. When a child successfully completes their chemotherapy, there is a special event where they ring a silver bell, signaling the end of their battle.

The Tournament of Hope, one of the biggest events they host, took place in September. They have raised $1.4 million, and this year the tournament held 144 golfers. The event has strengthened their resources and expanded their support within Nevada. They also host St. Baldrick’s, where anyone can register to shave their head in support of the children losing their hair during chemotherapy.

NNCCF has raised over $1.6 million in funds for the head shaving event. Their benefit horse show has also grown in the past six years from $10,000 to $60,000 raised, and from 100 volunteers to 400. It is now a three-day event that hosts live auctions, large corporate sponsors, and a speaker who has undergone the harsh treatment. The continuous expansion of NNCCF just goes to show what we can do when we put our minds to it.

As a local organization for such an important cause, it is vital that NNCCF gains awareness and attention so that they can continue to help these children. Their future goal is to fund treatment specifically for children that does not have the same effects as the adult treatment. Although 80% of children with cancer survive through the process, two-thirds of children suffer long lasting effects from the harsh treatment.

Shirley Folkins-Roberts, the co-founder of NNCCF says they hope to better the treatment so that the adult treatment does not ravage their bodies.

Roberts is passionate about the families that come to them for help and the stories that they tell. For 14 years, they have continually expanded and reached out to more families than ever before. They have raised $3.9 million for 483 families and grown 100 times bigger in revenue.

From one staff member, they have expanded to eight with the help from full time volunteers. With many family activities, as well as the Inspire Scholarship for survivors, they have changed so many lives. Now NNCCF even goes on a yearly trip to Washington D.C. and takes families to advocate on a national level with representatives for children’s cancer research.

Roberts is a co-founder along with her husband and her best friend, Debby. It has allowed me to see the best side of the community and the generosity of Nevada, said Roberts.

I have had the privilege of knowing and supporting some of the bravest people I will ever meet, including the children and young adults for which the diagnosis changes them, she continued emotionally.

Roberts is proud to say that NNCCF has become a sanctuary for the children affected by this diagnosis. The journeys of these angels are represented by the Wall of Courage which shows the battles they have undergone and the courage they have gained.

There are many ways to actively be involved in the fight against children’s cancer, and NNCCF always has an open position for anyone interested. Anybody wishing to be involved can call them at (775) 825-0888 or visit their website

From the Holiday Adopt-A-Family which provides gifts to the family, or volunteering to make baskets at the Tournament of Hope, there is no shortage of things to help out with. Even students at UNR can visit their tailgates to assist them. NNCCF has grown tremendously and gained a massive group of support, and they can aid more children with Nevada’s generosity and kindness.

Math Center table board

UNR’s Campus Resources

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There are many free resources on campus ready to aid undergraduate students in their academic, financial, and emotional endeavors, yet many students don’t know about or choose to utilize them. Here are some of the great organizations at the student body’s fingertips.

The University Writing and Speaking Center: The UWSC is open six days a week to assist with all types of writing, from a lab report to a personal statement. In addition, the UWSC provides support for ideas, speeches, and presentations related to public speaking. Located on the third floor of the PSAC in suite 350, this center offers writing feedback through conversation rather than the standard red-pen-edited work that can be one-sided in an academic setting.

The Math Center: UNR’s students know math can be challenging ó but a lot less so with the help from the Math Center. Open six days a week right across from the Writing and Speaking Center, the Math Center allows for one-on-one assistance, class-wide review sessions, and a friendly environment that students can thrive in to promote success in their math-related courses.

The Tutoring Center: Also on the third floor of the PSAC sits the Tutoring Center, an organization dedicated to helping students learn a variety of subjects. Through 50-minute sessions, study groups, and walk-in appointments, the Tutoring Center offers assistance for subjects ranging from business to foreign language from experienced, high-achieving students.

E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center: Stress can get to even the most dedicated students, and many find relief in exercising at the gym. The E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an expansive 108,000 square foot space equipped with basketball courts, cardio equipment, a weightlifting area, and a 1/8th mile running track. In addition, they offer drop-in classes including acroyoga, Zumba, CrossFit, and more.

The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center: The campus library, more often referred to as the KC, is an expansive building that offers databases, book checkout, and computers equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud. Perhaps most important, the library offers areas for quiet study, so you can feel ready for tests in an environment free of the distractions of campus life. The KC is open seven days a week and is large enough to accommodate for the influx of students cramming for exams right around finals.

Counseling Services: Students cope with many things during their collegiate years, and Counseling Services are available to all students who need an extra hand. With group therapy, self-help resources, outreach activities, and individual counseling, students are able to seek help with stress, grief, and other circumstances in order to promote academic and personal success. Students are able to make an appointment, complete an anonymous, personal health screening, or experience the virtual relaxation room through visiting

Student Health Center: The university’s Student Health Center is no stranger to campus flu season or the strange cough developed from life in a dorm, but rather, offers resources to prevent and remedy health concerns. Students are able to make free, one-on-one consultations by phone to assess any health issue in total anonymity. In addition, the Student Health Center offers free flu shots around campus, and will post their immunization dates and locations online starting in October. Complete with a fully stocked pharmacy and an efficient, same-day appointment system, students are able to tend to their healthy quickly and easily.

Hannah Jackson


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A closer look at the faces behind the Associated Students of the University of Nevada

Hannah Jackson

Hannah Jackson is the current president of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN). She plans on graduating in May 2019 with a major in journalism and a minor in political science. She has been involved with ASUN for four years, starting by working with the senate as a legislative intern and then serving as a senator for the College of Education. She is also involved in the Blue Key Honors Society and fraternity and sorority life.

Insight: What made you want to join ASUN senate?

Hannah Jackson: When I was a senior in high school, I was in a class called We the People. The class cumulates into a mock congressional hearing competition, where the students serve as experts on The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, various aspects of United States history, as well as various current events. This class completely changed my life. While I was in the class, I was researching policy at all levels of government. I came across a Reno Gazette Journal article that was about the ASUN senate passing a resolution in favor of creating gender inclusive restrooms on campus and how it was being implemented. I couldn’t believe how much power students on this campus had, and how they used this power to create positive social change. I wanted to be part of it.

I: What issues do you advocate for in the senate?

HJ: Throughout my time in ASUN, one of my most passionate causes has been enchanting civic learning and democratic engagement for students on our campus. For me, it is all about helping others find their voice and how they can create the change that they want to see – which can happen in so many ways. Within that focus are many priorities: equality and inclusion, safety, sustainability, campus wellness, professional development, and fiscal transparency.

I: Why did you run for president? Are you enjoying it?

HJ: The same passion that I had as a first year student still burns inside of me today. I ran for president because I believe that students have the opportunity to make this campus the best that it could be. Through this position, I want to empower others to make the changes that they want to see both on and off campus.

I love my job. Sometimes I have to pinch myself and remind myself that yes, this really is something that I get to do. Serving as president is the most fulfilling job I’ve ever had. Doing work that impacts others, and knowing that you’ve made someone’s experience better is unlike any other. On top of that, I get to work with people that inspire me every day. They give me energy.

I: What are the worst and best parts about being president?

HJ: The best part about being president is also one of the most difficult parts about being president – and that would be that you’re always learning. We learn by stretching ourselves outside of our comfort zones, which is often times very uncomfortable. Some of my biggest learning moments have been due to making big mistakes, which have been painful to go through. It’s a lot of stress, and it’s a lot of pressure.

However, at the end of the day the lessons that you learn are so worth it. It’s not like anything that I’ve ever experienced. I learn so much every day from my experiences and from the people that I get to work with and for – they are the best part. Whether it be going to a meeting to see the great work a club is doing, working with my team on a shared vision, or meeting one-on-one with a student, getting the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people has been the best part.

I: What kind of impact do you want the 86th Session to have on the university? What kind of changes do you hope to implement?

HJ: If I could accomplish one thing during my time here, it would be for students to see that this government is THEIR government – a government that will advocate for them, and a government that they can be part of and use to create change. We all have the power and the responsibility to make the student experience better for current students, and ones that follow us.

Carissa Bradley

Carissa Bradley is the current vice president of ASUN and a senior with a major in environmental science with a minor in public administration. She started her involvement with ASUN as a legislative intern and then later served as the senator representing the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources. Last year, she served as the chief justice on the Executive Board. She is also works at the Nevada Career Studio and is involved in the Blue Key Honor Society and fraternity and sorority life.

Insight: What made you want to join ASUN senate?

Carissa Bradley: I was involved with student government in high school, so I knew that I wanted to be involved in some capacity when I came to college. That said, I had no idea the world I was stepping into. ASUN is truly a one of a kind organization. We are handling issues on our campus, that other colleges and universities could only dream of. The innovation and caliber of work that ASUN is able to do is why I wanted to join and stay in the organization as a prominent leader.

I: What issues do you advocate for in the senate?

CB: I am a huge advocate for women’s rights and empowerment. During my term as chief of staff, I brought Elect Her to campus with Hannah Jackson to empower more women to run for elected positions on campus and in our community. The results of that were incredible. For the first time, to our knowledge, there are more women than there are men in ASUN offices which is representative of the university demographic.

I am also an advocate for environmental initiatives. Over the years, I created the director of sustainability position within the ASUN Executive Board and have helped to increase infrastructure for the Sustainable Nevada Initiative Fund which awards $10,000 for sustainable projects on campus.

In addition to these two issues, I have worked on many bystander intervention programs and initiatives. During my term as a senator, I brought the It’s On Us campaign to Nevada to increase awareness of sexual assault prevention.

I: Why did you run for vice president? Are you enjoying it?

CB: I ran for vice president for multiple reasons. The first being that I love the Reno community, and the vice president role handles a lot of community relations with the Pack Internship Grant program and the Pack Friendly Business Campaign, both of which I oversee. The second was that I felt that I could genuinely represent the students of the University of Nevada. I am a first generation, low income, female who has been involved with nearly everything on campus, and I felt that I had a really good grasp of what the students want/need. The third reason is that Hannah and I work VERY well together. Her strengths are my weaknesses and my strengths are her weaknesses, so we compliment each other’s leadership styles very well. I knew from an early time that Hannah would be an amazing leader on this campus, and I wanted to be right there with her and empower each other to be better.

I am enjoying every second of being ASUN vice president. It is unbelievable to me that our terms are halfway done. I love being able to bring student voices to decisions and understanding the role of being a student leader on our campus.

I: What are the worst and best parts about being vice president?

CB: Good question, I think the most difficult part about being vice president is that the role does not directly oversee anyone and no one directly oversees it. In the past, the vice president has tended to drift away from the association and lose motivation. I have not encountered this, but I have seen this become an issue over the years.

The best part of being vice president is also the worst part, but it is that I don’t have a lot of responsibilities that are explicitly laid out. I am allowed a lot of freedom to do what I want and get creative with the role. I have been able to pick up a lot of side projects that other officers might not be able to take on because of their responsibilities laid out in the governing documents.

I: What kind of impact do you want the 86th Session to have on the University? What kind of changes do you hope to implement?

CB: I think that the 86th session of senate has shown the importance of gaining student voice in decision making. For example, our department of Legislative Affairs has begun to host town hall meetings where they can gain input from students about issues on and off campus in order to craft our legislative agenda moving into the Nevada State Legislature. In addition to this, this session has shown the importance of thinking about who is not being represented in the decision making. For example, reaching out to more non-traditional students or people who are not directly represented at the table and getting their opinion before.

Anthony Martinez

Anthony Martinez is the current speaker of the senate. He is a junior and a dual major in political science and international affairs with a minor in Spanish language and society. He began his involvement with ASUN his freshman year when he became a legislative intern. He has been a part of ASUN for three years. He works as a career mentor at the Career Studio and at the front desk of the New Student Initiatives Office and is involved in the Blue Key Honor Society and fraternity and sorority life.

Insight: What made you want to join ASUN senate?

Anthony Martinez: In high school, I had four very influential people in my life. Like Charlie’s Angels but Anthony’s Angels + 1. Their alias names are Ms. Wright, Ms. McInturff, Coach Dinkel, and Coach Streets. These Angeles made me believe I would make a difference one day, to represent all who do not know how. Each of them demonstrated the vital aspects of leading which I saw a lot of in the ASUN senate. They demonstrated what authentic leadership looked like, informed me how to talk with purpose and that my words have power behind them, trained me to keep going when the race gets tough, even when everyone is cheering on the person next to me. Finally, they educated me on the strength of government and the power of the people.

I: What issues do you advocate for in the senate?

AM: As speaker of the senate, I remind myself my job isn’t to advocate for specific issues, I must support senators to put pieces on the table that matter to the students and facilitate conversation about topics that are important to students. My primary duty is to ensure our conversation is germane, pertains to students, and ensures our senators are working with integrity. Best stated under Title 1 Chapter 101 Section 2 of the Statue of the Associated Students “The Senate shall elect from its membership a Speaker of the Senate who shall act as Chair of the Senate and the Committee on Oversight.”

I: Why did you run for speaker? Are you enjoying it?

AM: I wanted to challenge myself and become uncomfortable once again. For a while I found myself to be content, but that’s no way to learn and grow in an environment. Some flowers need optimal weather conditions to create beautiful blooms that last through an entire season. I think that shows a lot to an individual in adapting to your environment and overcoming it to become your best self. I also wanted to give voice to those that I have seen be silent for so long, and I do everything in my power to ensure the senate table is welcoming to all! Conservative, liberal, moderate, or anarchist! You are all welcomed to the table!

I: What are the worst and best parts about being speaker?

AM: The worst part is for sure having to follow Nevada open meeting law and post agendas all over campus just for nobody to read them. It is at times a waste of paper (bad for the environment) and knowing that students pass a document that has so much information concerning them, is devastating to me and should change. However, one of the best parts is when senators get so involved with their colleges they begin to make a difference. Watching students grow and make an impact on our campus is the best gift of all. Knowing that I have given students the tools to achieve greater heights gives me the confidence that I have done my job right.

I: What kind of impact do you want the 86th Session to have on the university? What kind of changes do you hope to implement?

AM: I hope the 86th Session can learn from past mistakes and build an environment that welcomes all to ASUN. I no longer want a stereotype around the association because every single student at the institution pays into the association, and all deserve to be represented in some capacity. I also hope legislation comes to the table to make an everlasting impact. Finally, I hope to impact not only the student body’s minds but their hearts as well.

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Opinion: The Impact this Election has on the Future of Nevada’s Environment

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It’s easy to assume national elections are more important than local elections. It makes sense, why wouldn’t we assume the president’s decisions will have the greatest effect on us? After all, the presidency is the highest position of power in the United States. But, the truth is, local elections will always have a more direct impact on you and your community.

During the midterm elections this November, Nevadans have big decisions to make. Specifically, decisions that involve the environment. The Sierra Club and other environmental organizations in the state urge you to vote “no” on Question 3 and “yes” on Question 6. Both are related to renewable energy, but the context of the questions is crucially different. Question 3 is about who provides your energy. Question 6 would require all energy utilities to provide more energy from renewable resources. The information below is provided by the Sierra Club’s official website. For more detailed information, head to

Here’s why you should vote “no” on question 3:

  • NV Energy has changed course on its renewable energy policies and has proposed projects that will double its current level of renewable energy generation by 2023. Voting “yes” on question 3 would force NV Energy to sell these plants, sending Nevada’s energy market into uncertainty and disarray.
  • Nothing on Question 3 guarantees renewable energy.
  • Deregulating the energy market in Nevada could substantially raise electricity rates.
  • If Question 3 passes, it becomes constitutional law, meaning it will be very difficult to reverse if anything goes wrong.

Passing Question 6 means:

  • All electric suppliers would be required to provide at least 50% of their total electricity from renewable resources by 2030.
  • This would help our state significantly by creating a diverse array of job opportunities, from engineers and installers to office employees and factory workers.
  • Our environment would be greener and cleaner. Currently, Nevada receives 80% of its energy from out-of-state fossil fuels such as, gas, oil, and coal.

The vote on these questions will have an enormous impact on the future of our environment and its progression towards clean, renewable energy. This November, I urge you to make a decision that will benefit both the environment and our economy. Increased renewable energy will help ensure a sustainable future for Nevada.