UNR Student Body prez lied to students, brought up for impeachment

(Note: The Reno Gazette-Journal has published a story on Pereira’s impeachment. It can be found here.)

Newly elected ASUN President Jake Pereira has been brought up for impeachment by the student judicial council stemming from his involvement in UNR secret society Coffin & Keys.

The student judicial board, in a 3-2 decision released on April 27, found that Pereira alongside fellow Coffin & Keys member Steve Bezick intimidated ASUN Attorney General Steven Kish (all of whom are members of Sigma Phi Epsilon) into deleting an accidently sent email regarding Coffin & Keys activity.

The council also found that Pereira lied to students about his membership in Coffin & Keys during an ASUN Presidential debate. (Remarks start at 18:00)

During the debate, Pereira stated, “Going back to those allegations of being in secret societies such as Coffin & Keys…I’d like to deny my membership in said organization as well as the fact that these organizations will dictate any part of the visions and goals of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada.”

Pereira said his answer was more focused on ensuring that his presidency would not be influenced by Coffin & Keys, and that he’s tried to act with transparency since being elected. He said that since taking the oath of office, he’s fully dedicated to fulfilling his role as ASUN President.

“I was a candidate then, I’m the president now,” he said.

Pereira said that he plans on releasing a statement shortly, and being addressing the situation during Wednesday’s Senate meeting. However, Pereira said he will retain membership in Coffin & Keys.

Pereira said he agreed with the two dissenting justices, who found Pereira’s actions in asking Kish to delete the email not serious enough to warrant impeachment. The dissenters, who filed different opinions, found that Kish’s initial charge sheet asked for the council to not levy judgement against either Coffin & Keys or Pereira’s involvement.

According to the decision, Pereira planned to appoint former Senator and current Coffin & Keys member Steve Bezick to the position of Chief of Staff. Bezick is still on the Senate agenda for confirmation to that position.

Additionally, a large coffin-shaped sign was erected on campus Tuesday, listing the names of alleged Coffin & Keys members. The alleged members include former ASUN President Ziad Rashdan, Pereira, current ASUN Vice President Alex Bybee and Speaker of the Senate Caden Fabbi. Among the alleged members is current ASUN justice Jake Pinocchio, who dissented in the council’s decision.

(Note: I previously had a picture of the sign itself up. After talking to several Coffin & Keys members, I’ve decided to take it down, as several of the names listed are not members of Coffin & Keys. I will be reaching out to everyone on the list to ask whether or not they’re members in the next few days.)

Pereira said the sign was not entirely accurate, and he was not in the position to confirm or deny any names listed. He said that he didn’t know who put the sign up.

ASUN’s judicial council criticized Pereira for falsely campaigning, noting that it was setting a precedent in not allowing “this type of behavior” to jeopardize the integrity of ASUN. In the decisions, the justices clarified that it was not Pereira’s membership in Coffin & Keys that lead to their decision, but the fact that he lied to students about his association, as well as intimidating Kish into deleting the email.

Coffin & Keys is a male-only secret society that occasionally publishes obscene, humorous newsletters often commenting on campus politics and life (An excellent history can be found here). Pereira said that he has never written anything in the Coffin & Keys newsletters.

The council ordered the ASUN Senate to stay Pereira’s executive board appointments, as Bezick is one of the nominees, and instructed the senate to hold an impeachment hearing on May 7. The judicial council also provided instructions for ASUN to purchase advertising space in the Nevada Sagebrush relating the council’s decision.

As of April 29, the Sagebrush has not posted any story on Pereira’s impeachment. A Sagebrush writer confirmed that a story on the impeachment will be published in next Tuesday’s issue.

A copy of the decision has been posted below.

ASUN Judicial Opinion Assenting Impeachment

UNR Fraternity/Sorority GPAs released

UNR’s Greek Life program released the average Spring 2013 GPA for each fraternity and sorority on campus today, and the results are interesting:

  • Best: Delta Delta Delta had an average GPA of 3.203, which is pretty crazy considering they have more than 100 members. Overall, Panhellenic sororities averaged a 3.1 GPA, which is higher than the average for all women at a 2.99 GPA.
  • Worst: Kappa Alpha Psi, which counts 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick as a recent alum, averaged a 2.12 GPA for the Spring semester. Overall, the Kappas had the lowest GPA out of any Greek organization on the UNR campus.

For more numbers/breakdowns, check out the pdf file below:

Spring 2013 Summary Final

UNR student charged with stabbing at White Pine Hall

The University of Nevada, Reno has released several statements regarding a stabbing that took place last night in the lobby of White Pine residence hall. According to the reports, 18-year-old University student Christopher Williams allegedly stabbed a female residence hall employee last night at around 2:30 a.m. The employee is currently in stable condition at an area hospital, and Williams was arrested & charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon Causing Substantial Bodily Harm and Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and is currently being held in Washoe County Jail.

Both the University’s Media Relations department and Campus Police have released statements. You can find them below:

Media Relations:

RENO, Nev. – At 2:30 a.m. Saturday, University Police responded to a report of a stabbing at White Pine Hall on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Upon arrival, officers found a University residence-hall employee who had been stabbed in the lobby of the building. The victim was transported to an area hospital where she underwent surgery for her wound and remains in stable condition.

Officers arrested 18-year-old University student Christopher Stephen Williams at the scene. He has been charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon Causing Substantial Bodily Harm and Assault with a Deadly Weapon and is in the Washoe County jail. The incident remains under investigation by University Police.

UNR Campus Police:

This is to update you about an incident that occurred on campus Saturday morning October 13, 2012.

 

At 2:30 a.m., University Police officers were dispatched to White Pine Hall on the report of a stabbing that occurred in the lobby.  Upon arrival officers found a residence hall employee who had been stabbed in the abdomen. The victim was transported to an area hospital where she underwent surgery for her wound and remains in stable condition. The suspect, a student, was arrested at the scene and has been lodged at the Washoe County Jail on charges of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Causing Substantial Bodily Harm and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

 

It would appear that the employee should be commended for her actions – despite being severely injured she had the presence of mind to alert others in the residence hall and give police necessary information for an arrest prior to seeking assistance for her own wounds. President Marc Johnson joins me in conveying admiration and heartfelt appreciation for this employee’s bravery and actions.

 

As a faculty member, staff member or student, it is important that you be apprised of these matters. These incidents are isolated but provide an opportunity for the University to reaffirm its commitment to continually work to enhance campus safety measures. A complete overview of our campus safety program can be found on the UNR Police Services webpage (www.unr.edu/police), however I would like to highlight three key aspects of this program:

 

–          The University’s Emergency Messaging System informs subscribers of emergency situations or campus closures by text and/or email messages. All faculty, staff and students should sign up for the Emergency Messaging System at http://www.unr.edu/general-information/emergency/alerts

–          A number of free training opportunities are available, including self-defense and personal-safety training. Information can be found atwww.unr.edu/police

–          The University’s annual security and fire safety report is available online at http://www.unr.edu/Documents/administration-finance/Police/2011-Annual-Report.pdf 

 

A significant incident often raises the question of crime overall. This experience is unusual. Typically, campus crimes are non-violent crimes, such as thefts or alcohol-related crime. The University is subject to the Cleary Act, the federal law that requires that any major or violent crime on University property be widely communicated to the campus community. We fully comply with this act. In many ways the University is a city within a city, and no one corner of any city is entirely without crime and it is important to report crimes, suspicious people and situations promptly by contacting  University Police Services to 334-COPS (2677), the Police duty phone at 745-6195, or 911 in an emergency.

UNR releases more details on Michelle Obama visit

The University of Nevada, Reno released more details regarding First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to the university on Wednesday. Copied below is an email sent out to the undergraduate student listserv:

The University of Nevada, Reno’s Quad will be the site for a public event featuring First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday, October 3. Access to the morning-long event on Wednesday will begin at 8:15 a.m. and tickets will be required.

Additional event information, including information about the on-campus ticket distribution beginning Monday morning, is posted on the University’s online calendar at www.unr.edu<http://www.unr.edu>.

As always, please keep pedestrian and traffic safety in mind and watch for directional signage that will be posted primarily on Virginia Street for this event. It is anticipated that no changes will be made to the regular student parking plans. The public will be directed to park on the upper two levels of the West Stadium Parking Complex and in the parking lots north of campus. Changes are anticipated for parking areas in the vicinity of the Quad and Morrill Hall, and these changes will be communicated to faculty and staff next week.

This information is being provided as a courtesy, in recognition of the significance of this public event.

–              Division of Student Services

UNR Fraternity suspended

The University of Nevada, Reno chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha has been suspended by the university, according to Greek Life Coordinator Dennis Campbell. In an email, Campbell said, “The chapter is currently suspended pending a University investigation.”

The university’s Inter-Fraternity Council has taken no disciplinary action against the organization as of Monday.

Full Disclosure: I am a member of the local Phi Delta Theta chapter, and as such I do not feel comfortable reporting or writing an in-depth story about any aspect of UNR Greek Life. I’m only writing this post because I believe that it’s important for students and members of the community to know the truth. This post serves only to get the necessary information out for this story, and I would be more than happy to get the input or response from a member of Lambda Chi and post it on this blog. Please email me here if you want to comment.

Reaction to Marc Johnson becoming UNR President

  1. The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents approved Marc Johnson as the new President of UNR today. Here’s a timeline of events from when he was first recommended to when the Regents made their decision.
    Yesterday, the search committee for the next UNR President recommended Marc Johnson to the BoR. Here’s how the story broke:
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    The regents have just voted to recommend Marc Johnson to be the next President of UNR.
    Wed, Apr 18 2012 20:57:55
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    RT @donica: The regents have just voted to recommend Marc Johnson to be the next President of UNR.
    Wed, Apr 18 2012 20:59:27
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    Marc Johnson is the final candidate for #UNR president. The board of regents will vote on his appointment Friday.
    Wed, Apr 18 2012 20:59:59
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    Board of Regents search committee recommends Marc Johnson for UNR president fb.me/1ZPHYvFnW
    Wed, Apr 18 2012 21:11:46
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    Johnson is currently UNR interim president. Final decision by Board of Regents Friday. on.rgj.com/ImTeea.
    Wed, Apr 18 2012 21:22:31
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    “@donica: The regents have just voted to recommend Marc Johnson to be the next President of UNR.” solid move, provides stability.
    Wed, Apr 18 2012 21:23:22
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    MT @rgj: Marc Johnson recommended as UNR’s president… on.rgj.com/JcCZ6w // Did anyone not know this when the search began?
    Wed, Apr 18 2012 21:48:37
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    Marc Johnson recommended as UNR’s next president. Will be forwarded to Board of Regents who meet Friday in Vegas. #UNR
    Wed, Apr 18 2012 23:04:38
  11. The BoR met today for a special session (here’s the agenda: http://bit.ly/JtrbLa). After the news broke, most of the reaction was positive, with some detractors.
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    Marc Johnson has been picked to become the University of Nevada, Reno president. Get updates on rgj.com.
    Fri, Apr 20 2012 14:53:47
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    RT @rgj: Marc Johnson has been picked to become the University of Nevada, Reno president. Get updates on rgj.com.
    Fri, Apr 20 2012 14:54:27
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    Congratulations to our newest University President, Marc Johnson. We’re happy to have you 🙂 GO PACK!
    Fri, Apr 20 2012 15:22:46
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    Marc Johnson approved as UNR president: The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents selected Universi… on.rgj.com/I8LsGd
    Fri, Apr 20 2012 15:25:33
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    Congrats to @phidelt alum Marc Johnson for becoming the 16th #UNR president!
    Fri, Apr 20 2012 15:30:03
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    Marc Johnson is a good man and a strong leader. The university made a great decision. #PackCity
    Fri, Apr 20 2012 15:32:44
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    Marc Johnson, the 16th president of the University of Nevada. Welcome aboard! 🙂
    Fri, Apr 20 2012 15:45:33
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    RT @RSJNevada: Marc Johnson selected as #UNR president. Congrats! on.rgj.com/I8LsGe
    Fri, Apr 20 2012 16:12:17
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    RT @NevadaWolfPack: Congratulations to Marc Johnson on being named the president of our great institution here at the University of Nevada!
    Fri, Apr 20 2012 16:32:39
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    Congrats to Dr. Marc Johnson on being named President of @UNRnews. Students, faculty will benefit from his continued leadership
    Fri, Apr 20 2012 17:27:17
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    Reid statement on Dr. Marc Johnson: HARRY REID NEWS RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C.- Sen. Harry Reid issued the followi… bit.ly/HYnkTr
    Fri, Apr 20 2012 17:53:39
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    The decision is in. Johnson will become UNR’s new president. I am certainly not surprised. It’s impossible to divert or bit.ly/JrjHpm
    Fri, Apr 20 2012 18:59:37
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    The best: Marc Johnson named University of Nevada Reno UNR President j.mp/IaYFKw
    Fri, Apr 20 2012 19:26:03

Future of College Media: What role should collegiate outlets have on national issues?

This post is the third in a series of 10 about the future of collegiate journalism, focusing on specific projects undertaken by members of college journalists around the country. This post focuses on how collegiate newspapers can stay financially solvent in a depressed market for advertisements.

Image courtesy of blog.oncampusadvertising.com

Two days ago, The Daily Tar Heel at the University of North Carolina published this column by DTH news reporter Memet Walker, detailing his attempt to interview Newt Gingrich at a rally in Greensboro. According to Walker, after asking one question about a spat between Gingrich and Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, he was immediately and forcibly detained by security. The subsequent column has been making the rounds, from a Washington Post blogger to College Media Matters to Dave Weigel, and the response from Gingrich’s side has been typical- “It didn’t happen and the journalist is lying.”

While most of the reaction has seen this as yet another example of Gingrich being a cranky old man, I think it reveals a larger issue; collegiate journalists covering non-relevant topics. Of course, collegiate journalists want to cover ‘Big Events’ such as a presidential candidate coming to town, but oftentimes it can backfire (as with the must-discussed Onward State incident and death of Joe Paterno) or not reach the same quality as other, more professional organizations. The audience for a college paper is college students and campus life; unless there’s a direct or plausible connection (such as Barack Obama coming to campus) there’s little value in reporting on it.

Let me explain. One of the many, many of excellent pieces of advice I received from my old editor-in chief is that there’s no point for a college paper to report on something another outlet can do better and faster. While it’s tempting to try and get an interview with a big name like Newt Gingrich, any story coming from such an event should have some connection or tie to your campus. What kind of direct or indirect connection is there between Gingrich and that specific area of North Carolina?

Here’s an example using my own work: last September, I wrote a story detailing the congressional special election between Democrat Kate Marshall and Republican Mark Amodei. Rather than give an overview of the race, which had been done to death by the RGJ and Las Vegas Sun, I decided to make the main focus of the article related to how the race would affect higher education, as well as the relationship between the candidates and the state’s colleges and universities. Although there is plenty of room for improvement in that story, I believe it accomplishes my goal of having a unique viewpoint distinct  to my audience (UNR students).

Compare that story with this recent one, about the visits Republican candidates made to Nevada before the state’s primary. There’s no direct link to higher education at all in that article; it’s primarily concerned with the national race. If the audience for the Sagebrush wants to know about what GOP candidates are saying, they’d most likely check first with national outlets, then local media outlets, and then the school newspaper. There’s no point in covering any event or story if it isn’t relevant and unique to your audience. Especially online, where readers can pick and choose the articles that interest them, writing and reporting on unique content is critical to attracting readers and separating one media outlet from the rest.

Now, this isn’t to say that a college paper should be confined entirely to cover on-campus events or student government affairs. While there’s nothing wrong with covering those events, no enterprising journalist wants to cover that during their college careers. The answer to this quandary is to find a piece of unique content that has at least some relationship with one’s home university. A great example of this is something I’ve blogged about before, when the University of Oregon Daily Emerald partnered with a professional  paper in Eugene to investigate some of the financial dealings made by a former Athletic Director. A few days ago, the Daily Princetonian published this investigation into the reasons surrounding a former professor’s suicide, one year later. These examples are potentially state-wide or even national news, yet their reporters were able to find a unique angle for their readers.

While collegiate outlets understandably won’t have that kind of in-depth reporting week-in and week-out, there are hundreds of awesome stories happening at college campuses every single year. Collegiate media shouldn’t try to cover national stories that don’t have anything to do with their campus, just because it’s a prominent issue. As a college media outlet, you have a responsibility to understand, follow and write what’s happening on your campus, because more often than not other local media outlets will either ignore or only reprint press releases from your university.

Agree? Disagree? Think I’m an idiot? Let me know in the comments. I’ll try to respond to all of them.

First vs. Right: The role of social media in the false HIV outbreak at UNR

Photo courtesy of topnews.in

Things got a little crazy at the University of Nevada, Reno last Wednesday when a handful of rumors about a possible HIV outbreak began to spread through social media outlets (I’m going to try my hardest to avoid any ‘viral’ based puns) and ended up as features on local broadcast news affiliates. In order to help clarify what exactly happened, I’ve attempted to put together a comprehensive narrative via Storify (which you can find here and recommend reading if you missed it.)

As one can see, the ‘rumors’ increased dramatically as soon as members of the Nevada Sagebrush began to tweet about it and post details of the story in their Opening the News Facebook group. Although they were careful to use words such as ‘possible’ and ‘rumored,’ most of the responses that I saw ignored those words and assumed that there actually was an HIV outbreak. What I can gather from group messages is that there was some kind of newsletter posted in the bathrooms of Nye Hall, which convinced Sagebrushers to start scouring through the social media landscape.

The allegations of someone trying to spread a sexually-transmitted disease aren’t something to be taken lightly. But even the process of launching an investigation into such a sensitive topic should be taken extremely seriously, and with the upmost caution. What the Nevada Sagebrush did, and more importantly how they went about reporting on this issue, was in my opinion irresponsible and not serving to the interests of their readers. While the rules of social media are constantly evolving and changing, there’s no reason why a serious news organization would publish inquires into rumors on their official social media accounts. To provide some criticism and context, I’m going to go bullet-by-bullet point through this event, and point out what the staff of the Sagebrush should of done to avoid the shitstorm that they partially caused.

  • Unreliable Sources:

It’s one thing to listen to rumors from friends, and then try to look into their veractiy. It’s another level entirely to take something published in a dorm bathroom as anything close to factual. If reporters heard additional rumors about an HIV outbreak, it might of made sense to give someone at Health Services or the dorms a call, but posting questions all over Facebook and Twitter is unlikely to lead to any kind of useful information, and is more likely to cause the kind of panic which happened on Wednesday. Keep any story which has the potential to be this damaging quiet, or the flood of rumors, half-truths and lies can overwhelm a news staff.

  • Suggestive headlines and a failure to update

A few hours after posting the HIV-related statuses on Facebook, a story went up on the Sagebrush website called, “BREAKING NEWS: Investigation over rumored HIV outbreak continues.” Rather than post any information in the story, the page suggests readers visit their Facebook page and ‘Opening the News‘ group. Although the last actual information about the story comes from Wednesday afternoon, the story is still up on the Sagebrush’s website six days later. After a letter from Health Services came out, news reporters on the Sagebrush have not commented or posted any additional information on the group, or on their website. It’s a bit of stretch to say that a rumored HIV investigation is continuing when there is no investigation. While I appreciate the sentiment of having an open group for students to comment and contribute to the Sagebrush, it’s not going to work if the staff doesn’t update, confirm and moderate the page.

These kind of social media mishaps aren’t uncommon. Although it happened on a much larger scale, Onward State got into a similar mess when covering the death of Joe Paterno. As documented in this Poynter article, editors at the site were deceived by an untrue email, and the subsequently false tweet was picked up by @BreakingNews and CBS Sports, both of which reached millions of readers. Subsequent criticism and outcry lead to a kind of infamy for the site’s editors and warning lesson about the power of social media.

Social media is a great tool to reach readers directly- there’s no argument there. What I’m saying is that it’s always better to be right than to be first. Readers commit to a publication when they feel that they can trust what it’s saying. Every error you commit, whether it’s a spelling error in a story down to an erroneous tweet, chips away at the public’s trust for a publication. And in an era of lower profits and decreased readership (especially for small collegiate papers), it’s more important than ever to be factually correct and responsive to the truth.

UPDATE: Turns out I’m not the only one who saw an issue. Enjolie Esteve of the Sagebrush wrote a column for the latest edition of the Sagebrush, detailing her issues with the over-reliance on social media. She hits a lot of the same points that I made, as well as some more unique perspectives. Definitely worth a look.

HIV rumors go viral at UNR

Storify works best if you start at the bottom, then work your way up.

  1. As of today, the Nevada Sagebrush still has an un-updated story on their website.
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    #USA – Rumors of #HIV outbreak at #UNR spread like wildfire bit.ly/I1v5MH (via @hivhaven)
    Thu, Apr 05 2012 12:46:50
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    Ohhh really? RT @EasyGayLife: Rumors of HIV outbreak at UNR spread like wildfire – msnbc.com on.msnbc.com/HOSlNz
    Thu, Apr 05 2012 01:00:00
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    In #Reno #NV, a rumor of #HIV cluster spreads through college campus: ow.ly/a6hlk #AIDS
    Thu, Apr 05 2012 16:01:04
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    I got an e-mail saying the HIV outbreak thing isn’t true. BUT STILL b safe ppl
    Thu, Apr 05 2012 00:44:47
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    @kysisson Medical director at UNR Student Health Center: unfounded rumor of HIV infection on campus. SHC sees no indication that rumor true.
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 18:57:05
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    Rumors of HIV outbreak at UNR spread like wildfire fb.me/F8kAtdFx
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 21:14:46
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    Supposed Health Outbreak at UNR Not True bit.ly/HW9Zhe
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 19:41:15
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    Relax people, it’s only a rumor. RT @KRNV Rumors of HIV outbreak at UNR spread like wildfire mynews4.com/news/local/sto…
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 21:24:47
  10. Both KRNV and KTVN picked up the story. KRNV left the narrative open, while KTVN’s denied it. As it turned out, KRNV’s ended up getting linked to by a number of different sources
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    HIV rumor fact or fiction? It’s looking more and more true.
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 17:43:44
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    The #UNR health center is denying rumors of an HIV outbreak on campus, but @TheSagebrush sez 75-100 students checked in past 48 hrs for HIV
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 18:56:46
  13. At 3:23, Student Health Center Director Cheryl Hug-English sent out an email saying that any rumors about the outbreak didn’t appear to have a factual basis. However, she did say that about 75-100 students had checked into the health center for STD testing. It is free STD testing week, after all.
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    RT @TheSagebrush: Everything we know about the unproven HIV scare at UNR is updated on our Open the News group on.fb.me/HgU7bC UNR admin comment included
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 19:05:33
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    BREAKING: Alleged HIV outbreak on university’s campus. Waiting for press release.
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 17:18:06
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    apparently there’s an outbreak of herpes and HIV in 2 of the dorms #renoproblems #scaryAF #whyidontsleeparound #HERPESISFORLIFE
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 17:59:07
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    I heard there was an hiv outbreak at unr, well I’m glad I go to kaplan and all we have is herpes
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 16:24:04
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    RT @NieshyWins: Over 20 confirmed case of HIV in the UNR dorms. Go get tested students• Oh my God!•
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 15:08:45
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    Uhhhh I hope this HIV breakout thing at unr isn’t true. Wrap it up ppl
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 14:39:59
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    Da fuck is dis shit!? RT @TheSagebrush: If anyone has input about the unproven HIV outbreak at UNR, contact reporter @srmward
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 13:50:33
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    Alright, so in the last few days we’ve been hearing rumors about an HIV outbreak in the dorms at UNR. One of our reporters called up Jerome Maese, the director of residential life, and he said he has been getting phone calls about it, but can’t confirm it’s true. Anybody with information about this please privately message me.
    Also, if anyone knows why Mike Ball was booted from the Nevada Wolf Pack football team please private inbox me.
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 14:28:15
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    RT @TheSagebrush: If anyone has input about the unproven HIV outbreak at UNR, contact reporter @srmward
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 13:46:51
  23. At this point, several Nevada Sagebrush reporters began to look into the matter. Reporters sent out tweets and posted in an open Facebook group. Most people didn’t see the addition of “unproven” or “possible,” and began to assume that an actual outbreak had taken place.
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    My prayers go out to the students from UNR who recently found out they are infected with HIV. Its going to be ok, its not the end.
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 13:24:35
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    Apparently there’s an HIV outbreak at UNR… #howprecious
    Tue, Apr 03 2012 03:16:36
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    Free sti and hiv testing at UNR health center. All you bitches better go!
    Tue, Apr 03 2012 16:27:28

Finalists named for UNR president

Here’s the release from the University:

Finalists named for University of Nevada, Reno presidency
Six candidates presented to joint meeting Thursday of the Presidential Search Committee and Institutional Advisory Committee

RENO, Nev. – Six individuals have been identified as finalists for the position of president of the University of Nevada, Reno:

  • Steven Roger Angle is provost of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Angle previously served as dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and director of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Program at the University of California, Riverside.
  • Rachel Toni Algaze Croson is division director of the Division of Social and Economic Sciences, part of the National Science Foundation’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate. Croson serves in this role while on leave from the University of Texas at Dallas, where she served as professor and director of The Negotiations Center, a joint appointment between the School of Management and the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.
  • Yash P. Gupta is president and chief executive officer of SDP Telecom, Inc. Gupta previously served as dean of the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.
  • Marc A. Johnson is interim president of the University of Nevada, Reno. Johnson previously served as executive vice president and provost at the University.
  • Sabah U. Randhawa is provost and executive vice president of Oregon State University. Randhawa previously served as vice provost for academic affairs and international programs at Oregon State.
  • Stephen G. Wells is president of DRI, the Desert Research Institute. Wells previously served as executive director of DRI’s Quaternary Sciences Center.

“The University of Nevada, Reno is a vibrant, public university, with a growing national reputation and a long-standing history of service to our state,” said James Dean Leavitt, member of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents and chair of the Regents’ Presidential Search Committee. “We are looking for a visionary leader to guide the University to the next echelon of quality and national visibility. These candidates bring strong academic, research and administrative experience, and we appreciate their interest in this vitally important role.”

The finalists will be invited to participate in a series of campus forums on April 13, 16 and 17 to allow faculty, staff, students and the community to meet them and provide input to the search process.

The search for the University’s next president is conducted with two committees that meet jointly and in accordance with Nevada’s open meeting law. The Presidential Search Committee includes six members of the NSHE Board of Regents. The Institutional Advisory Committee includes 11 representatives of the community and 12 representatives of University of Nevada, Reno faculty, staff and students. The President Search Committee engaged the services of William Funk, president of R. William Funk & Associates, as the consultant for the search process. The desired characteristics of the next president are summarized in the University of Nevada, Reno Presidential Prospectus, prepared after a series of open meetings with campus and external constituents and approved by the two committees.

The two committees will meet April 5 in the Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom, starting at 1 p.m., to discuss the finalists and review their resumes. It is planned that the committees will then reconvene at 9 a.m., April 18 in Lawlor Event Center to hear from the search consultant regarding the forums and conduct interviews with the finalists. At that meeting, the Presidential Search Committee may potentially select a candidate to recommend to the full NSHE Board of Regents for consideration.

The University of Nevada, Reno president reports to the chancellor of the NSHE, who holds an ex-officio, nonvoting membership on both committees.

For more information about the presidential search, visit http://www.unr.edu/president-search.