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Local Mall Hosts UNLV Day Sunday

Local Mall Hosts UNLV Day Sunday

 

Looking to promote more than just its athletics department in the local community, UNLV will host an event at The Galleria at Sunset this weekend.

The mall will host UNLV Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The university will have information and displays available from many of its departments – from admissions to alumni to athletics – for interested students, parents, community partners and athletic fans. There will also be activities for kids introducing them to UNLV and higher education. 

“UNLV is a vital partner in our community and it’s important that we let people know of the opportunities that we offer,” said UNLV President Neal Smatresk. “This will be a great way to find out more about becoming a Rebel and for those who are to celebrate with us.” 

Occupy Las Vegas Occupying New Location

LAS VEGAS -- A group called Occupy Las Vegas has county permission to camp in a vacant lot near McCarran International Airport and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. But they'll have to bring their own toilet paper.

A Clark County spokesman says the group obtained a 30-day permit Friday for the site near the Thomas & Mack Center arena -- and within walking distance of the Las Vegas Strip.

He says the group must provide portable toilets. The arrangement comes after days of negotiations with Clark County officials.

Some demonstrators also planned to change voting registrations to "nonpartisan" on Friday to show that Occupy Las Vegas isn't affiliated with a political party.

The demonstration is modeled after Wall Street protests in New York City blaming corporate interests for the nation's economic pain.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Huge County Auction Upcoming

Huge County Auction Upcoming

 

The most interesting county auction of the year is on the way.

Clark County and several public agencies will host the last and largest government surplus auction of the year at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The popular auctions are held three times annually at a county storage lot at 4320 Stephanie St., off Flamingo Road near Dog Fancier’s Park. The auctions feature items used or acquired by government agencies ranging from cars and trucks to office equipment and lost and found merchandise.

“The third and final auction of the year is always the biggest,” said David Johnson, manager of the county’s Automotive Division. “Budgets are set for the current fiscal year and any surplus vehicles that are being replaced can be put up for sale. We also expect to see five months’ worth of lost and found items from McCarran, including jewelry, computers, cameras, Kindles and i-Pods.”

Interested participants are urged to preregister as bidders during a three-day preview and preregistration period in advance of the sale. A registration office will be set up on site at the auction lot from Wednesday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the preview, the public also can see some vehicles and merchandise being offered for sale.

Wayne Newton to Open Home to Public

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas icon Wayne Newton says he hopes to open his Sin City home for public tours by February.

Newton told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a yearlong effort to transform his sprawling Casa de Shenandoah estate into a tourist destination is almost complete. The attraction was initially slated to open in December, but Newton says the project was delayed because construction permits were not approved as quickly as expected. Revised building plans submitted last month call for expanding the attraction's museum space and a theater where Newton will perform at least occasionally.

Newton received permission last year to turn his lavish home into a tourist venue. Visitors will be able to survey his European antiques and celebrity mementos, including Nat King Cole's watch and a Johnny Cash guitar.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Runnin' Rebels Take Over Fremont Street Experience

Runnin' Rebels Take Over Fremont Street Experience

 

The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels want to give fans a whole new experience. The athletic department is teaming up with Fremont Street Experience for The Runnin’ Rebel Experience.

The event starts at 6 p.m., Friday at the 3rd Street Stage next to Fitzgeralds Casino. A short program to introduce the team starts at 7 p.m. The festivities are free and open to the public. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the evening.  

UNLV Receives Major Gift from Las Vegas Family

UNLV Receives Major Gift from Las Vegas Family

UNLV has received major help from a southern Nevada family.

Ted and Doris Lee and their family donated $15 million to the university’s business school. Starting Thursday, The College of Business will now be known as the Lee Business School. UNLV President Neal Smatresk says the gift could not have come at a better time.

“We really needed a turnaround because some of the cuts have been pretty tough, and a $15 million gift signals the beginning of a new era for UNLV. We are growing. Our quality brand is going to improve, and this gift is going to make all of the difference in the world for the College of Business because it brings in terrific people, and it supports our students.” Smatresk said.

The money will pay for 10 endowed professors, a traveling professorship and a lecture series. The funding will also pay for $2.5 million in scholarships.

Media Pick Runnin' Rebels Second in MWC

Media Pick Runnin' Rebels Second in MWC

 

UNLV has been picked to finish second in the Mountain West conference as the team returns four of five starters and two players getting preseason all-conference honors.

Conference officials announced Wednesday that UNLV was picked second to New Mexico in a poll of media covering the conference. New Mexico received 22 of 26 first place votes, while the Rebels received the other four.

Guard Oscar Bellfield and combo guard-forward Chace Stanback were picked to the preseason All-Mountain West team.

The Rebels finished 24-9 last year and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

Coach Dave Rice is in his first year, taking over for Lon Kruger. Kruger left UNLV after seven years to go to Oklahoma.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.