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Financial stresses challenge UNLV law school

Budget problems could hurt UNLV’s Boyd School of Law.

In a state with few higher education bragging rights, UNLV’s law school stands out.

The law school is ranked among the top 100 by U.S. News and World Report and its graduates are in demand locally, with students doing well on the state bar exam.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal

UNLV freshmen move into dorms

UNLV freshmen move into dorms

It was move in madness on UNLV's campus Wednesday. The university welcomed its biggest freshman class ever.

The school is seeing an unprecedented number of students choosing to live on campus this year. According to the school, 1,700 students are filling up its four residential complexes.

On Wednesday, 1,200 freshmen started moving in. The rest of the students start moving in Friday.

UNLV had a hard time coming up with rooms for everyone.

"We're at capacity this year and there was actually a waiting list. So we're even adding on some more students who are just signing up to live in the dorms," UNLV spokesperson Afsha Bawany said.

The university says it has a diverse freshman class with lots of international students and many coming from Nevada, California and Hawaii.

Incoming freshman Sterling Booker is coming from the Bay Area. He chose the school because of how close he is to family.

UNLV graduation ceremony set for Saturday

Thousands of UNLV students will be celebrating graduation this weekend.

According to the school, nearly 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students are eligible to walk in this spring's commencement ceremonies, which will take place Saturday.

The first ceremony will be at 9 a.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. The colleges included are schools of business, dental medicine, education, engineering and hotel administration.

The next ceremony will be at 2 p.m. and include law, fine arts, health sciences, nursing, liberal arts, sciences and urban affairs.

Graduates range in age from 18 to 71, represent 37 states and 61 countries.

Board of Regents looking at tuition hike at UNLV

Board of Regents looking at tuition hike at UNLV

UNLV Board of Regents met Friday to discuss a possible tuition rate hike.

If approved, the hike would take effect next year. Many students are upset about the hike and the student government sent a letter to the board outlining all the reasons why they shouldn't have to pay more.

The students argue that the school has not seen many of the improvements that were promised after the eight percent hike in December 2011.

Some graduate students said the benefits the school would receive would be worth the increase.

"If we have this goal of improving the quality of education and improving the quality of our university, increasing the tuition and fee costs for us, especially this very modest amount, doesn't seem unreasonable." student Sharon Young said.

A decision on the rate increase should be made in June.

Business leaders, acting UNLV president want school to become Tier 1

Business leaders, acting UNLV president want school to become Tier 1

LAS VEGAS -- Acting UNLV President Don Snyder addressed a group of business leaders from the Metro Chamber about his plans for the university's future.

The main topic of Wednesday's event was transforming the school to a Tier 1 Carnegie research status. Tier 1 schools are considered more prestigious, giving the university the ability to get more funding for research.

Snyder says making a UNLV a Tier 1 school would be a big boost to the local economy.

Japanese Slot Maker Donates $2.5 Million to UNLV

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Japanese slot machine maker has donated $2.5 million to the hotel administration school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The gift from Konami Gaming, Inc. to the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration was announced Monday.

The money will fund the construction of a new academic building called Hospitality Hall.

Harrah graduate Thomas Jingoli, who is now a chief compliance officer for Jingoli, says the gift is an investment in future industry leaders.

The new building is expected to include classroom, laboratory and meeting spaces. The project is expected to cost $50 million, with $30 million in public funding and $20 million in private support.


Architectural Contract Approved for UNLV College

Architectural Contract Approved for UNLV College

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Funding has been approved for architectural and engineering work on the new hotel college building at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The Board of Examiners chaired by Gov. Brian Sandoval approved the $2.7 million in funding on Tuesday.

Legislators approved the new college in 2009.

State public works officials say the design phase will take about a year. Construction will then take 15 to 18 months. Costs are being shared on a 60 percent to 40 percent basis between the state and UNLV.

Officials estimate the total cost of the project at $50 million.