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UNLV Scarlet & Gray Free Press UNLV's award-winning student newspaper covering the campus and everyone in it. The first UNLV Scarlet & Gray Free Press issue was published on Jan. 23, 2017.

UNLV Scarlet & Gray Free Press is the award-winning official student newspaper of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Beginning as the Nevso News in 1954, the first issue under the original Rebel Yell masthead was printed on April 25, 1955. In 2006, the Society of Professional Journalists honored us as Best Non-Daily Student Newspaper of 2005. The Free Press is published and distributed each Mond

ay of the fall and spring semesters. Newsstands can be found at nearly all locations on campus and several popular locations around the university corridor.

Attention UNLV students 🚨‼️Applications for the 2023-2024 Editor in Chief position at the Scarlet and Gray Free Press ha...
04/08/2023

Attention UNLV students 🚨‼️

Applications for the 2023-2024 Editor in Chief position at the Scarlet and Gray Free Press have opened! 📰

To apply, click the link in our bio! 📲

If you have any questions, please reach out to Rick Velotta at [email protected]. 📧

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Head Coach for the UNLV Lady Rebels Lindy La Rocque was announced as a finalist for the Pat Summitt Trophy on March 30.T...
04/07/2023

Head Coach for the UNLV Lady Rebels Lindy La Rocque was announced as a finalist for the Pat Summitt Trophy on March 30.

The Pat Summitt Trophy is awarded to the NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year and is voted by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

The trophy was named after Summit who is the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history in any division in men’s and women’s basketball. In Summit’s 38 years as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteers, she won eight NCAA national championships and 16 SEC Tournament championships.

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UNLV Thomas & Mack Concourse was opened for students to meet over 200 employers from around the region and country on Ma...
04/07/2023

UNLV Thomas & Mack Concourse was opened for students to meet over 200 employers from around the region and country on March 29. The Executive Director of Career Services Eileen McGarry answered questions and explained the specific details related to the cross-campus Career Fair.

McGarry began by outlining the work done by the career services office, particularly with outreach to students. “Our UNLV Career Services office, our campus, is organized where we are kind of a hub for all of the career services on campus, including our centers that offer specific services for students. We all work collaboratively on students’ behalf,” McGarry noted.

The career fair has been a regular occurrence at UNLV and has a standing relationship with employers regularly in attendance as an avenue for students and employers to create and build connections.

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Over spring break, a special cohort of students was given the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles to study mass incarce...
04/07/2023

Over spring break, a special cohort of students was given the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles to study mass incarceration. I was one of those students.

Although the idea of “school” during spring break seems uninteresting, the lessons learned and experience gained are enough to heighten anyone’s sense of curiosity.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government expanded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, bu...
03/31/2023

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government expanded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, but these emergency benefits were rolled back on March 14. Many recipients of emergency SNAP benefits were left unaware. Under these expanded emergency benefits, more college students were qualified to receive SNAP benefits, but now they may not.

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The UNLV Lady Rebels concluded the 2022-2023 season being nationally ranked in the top 25 with a 31-3 overall record and...
03/31/2023

The UNLV Lady Rebels concluded the 2022-2023 season being nationally ranked in the top 25 with a 31-3 overall record and finished the regular season first in the Mountain West Conference with an 18-0 record.

The Lady Rebels for the second season in a row won the Mountain West Tournament Championship and clinched a bid to the NCAA Women’s National Basketball Tournament.

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Pop music superstar Taylor Swift took to the Allegiant Stadium stage this past weekend for her “Eras” tour. Amidst a spa...
03/30/2023

Pop music superstar Taylor Swift took to the Allegiant Stadium stage this past weekend for her “Eras” tour. Amidst a sparkling backdrop, Swift sang to thousands of fans who packed the venue and made history as the first woman to headline Allegiant Stadium.

In response to the packed show, Swift posted on Instagram thanking her fans for all of their support and announced her excitement to perform again. “Vegas, you were WILD,” said Swift. “The crowd of childhood dreams. What’s there to do but play again tonight?”

Did you go to the concert? Click the link in our bio to read more. 📲

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People preaching religion at UNLV is not anything out of the ordinary. Anyone is welcome to share their thoughts with th...
03/30/2023

People preaching religion at UNLV is not anything out of the ordinary. Anyone is welcome to share their thoughts with the students on campus, whether it be a guest or student organization. Although allowed, many students are not so welcoming to the guests who are disruptive and disrespectful.

The UNLV Policies website on speech and advocacy reads: “On University grounds open to the public generally, all persons may exercise the constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, and assembly.”

To read how students feel about this, click the link in our bio! 📲

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The UNLV Lady Rebels 2022-2023 season was nothing short of a historic campaign. The Lady Rebels totalled a record 31 win...
03/29/2023

The UNLV Lady Rebels 2022-2023 season was nothing short of a historic campaign. The Lady Rebels totalled a record 31 wins as well 18 straight in conference making them undefeated in conference play.

The Lady Rebels tallied more field goals, more 3-pointers and shot the highest free-throw percentage in the clubs history. To go along with those historic marks, this season makes it the Lady Rebel’s second straight regular season title as well as back-to-back Mountain West conference championships. Head Coach Lindy La Rocque has built a mid-major powerhouse with a fairly young team returning next season.

To read more, visit our website. The link is in our bio. 💻

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During the Consolidated Students of UNLV Senate meeting on March 20, former Senate President candidate, Zachary Johnigan...
03/29/2023

During the Consolidated Students of UNLV Senate meeting on March 20, former Senate President candidate, Zachary Johnigan withdrew from the election with the following statement:

“At this time, the HOPE ticket does not meet the minimum requirements to be recognized as a ticket as per the CSUN By-Laws. At this time I will have to withdraw my candidacy for election to the CSUN executive board. This campaign was a good learning experience. I will use these experiences for my leadership journey moving forward into the future of my service to students and my community. I also intend to continue the mission that was instilled upon me while I served at the College of Southern Nevada, which is to empower our communities and students to achieve, succeed, and prosper.”

To read more about this, click the link in our bio. 💻

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Are luxury gyms worth the cost? 💪🏼💰While many people would associate the word gym with working out, this visualization i...
03/01/2023

Are luxury gyms worth the cost? 💪🏼💰

While many people would associate the word gym with working out, this visualization is now being challenged by the emergence of luxury gyms. From chains across the nation like SoulCycle to Equinox Sports Club, gyms that offer high-quality services are rising in popularity.

Clientele of these exclusive gyms often can be anywhere from high-profile influencers to upper-middle-class citizens, yet there seems to be a commonality that draws different demographics to the same companies.

What do you think? Click the link in our bio to read the full story! 📲

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As a solution to the Las Vegas drought, UNLV’s Dr. Jeremy Cho is working on a patent for his team’s research on a device...
03/01/2023

As a solution to the Las Vegas drought, UNLV’s Dr. Jeremy Cho is working on a patent for his team’s research on a device they created which captures water v***r from the atmosphere.

His research team, Da Kine Lab, looks into hydrogels and thermodynamics to trick water v***r in the atmosphere to become liquid, and thus become usable. Cho explained hydrogels as soft, plastic-like materials that absorb water. An example of a common object made of hydrogels is contact lenses.

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UNLV welcomed Brookings Institution senior fellow Dr. Richard Reeves to the Greenspun auditorium on Feb. 22. Reeves was ...
03/01/2023

UNLV welcomed Brookings Institution senior fellow Dr. Richard Reeves to the Greenspun auditorium on Feb. 22. Reeves was brought to host a discussion about his book, “Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It.”

This was the first return of a Brookings Mountain West lecture of this style in the Greenspun auditorium in three years. In his book’s byline, Reeves posited “A positive vision for masculinity in a more equal world,” and this lecture followed that story through the data and context that shaped the struggles Reeves described.

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The Hustlin’ Rebels were looking to get off to a hot start on Friday against the Pacific University Tigers in the first ...
02/23/2023

The Hustlin’ Rebels were looking to get off to a hot start on Friday against the Pacific University Tigers in the first game of a three-game series.

This would be the Rebels’ home opener, drawing a large crowd to Earl E. Wilson Stadium, where the atmosphere was electric. Everyone was anticipating the opening ceremony and the first pitch to kick off the Rebels 2023 campaign.

To read the results of the game, head over to our website. The link is in our bio. 💻⚾️

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The UNLV Lady Rebels extend its winning streak to 16 by defeating the San Jose State Spartans at the Thomas & Mack Cente...
02/22/2023

The UNLV Lady Rebels extend its winning streak to 16 by defeating the San Jose State Spartans at the Thomas & Mack Center 77-60 to clinch for a second year in a row the first seed for the Mountain West Championship Tournament on Feb. 16.

“Winning the Regular Season is really difficult, at any level in any state, no matter the gender, men or women,” Head Coach Lindy La Rocque said. “This is a big-time championship.”

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Students gathered under a backdrop of neon streamers, strobe lights, and brightly colored balloons on Feb. 16 for Rebel ...
02/22/2023

Students gathered under a backdrop of neon streamers, strobe lights, and brightly colored balloons on Feb. 16 for Rebel Event Board’s (REB) first Rebel’s After Dark Event of the year called ‘Rebels Glow Crazy.’

The event originally was anticipated to have a large turnout as it gained the attention of about 500 students on Instagram but saw a turnout of approximately 350 students in total. In comparison, last semester’s Rebels After Dark saw a record-breaking turnout with 643 students in attendance, according to the Involvement Center’s Event Pass database. Although this event saw a slight drop in attendance, it fares better in comparison to the historical trend of Rebels After Dark events in May of 2022 which recorded roughly 280 students in attendance.

Didn’t make it? Check out our website to read more! The link is in our bio!

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UNLV completed the regular season sweep against the Wyoming Cowboys defeating them 69-59 to improve the Runnin’ Rebels r...
02/17/2023

UNLV completed the regular season sweep against the Wyoming Cowboys defeating them 69-59 to improve the Runnin’ Rebels regular season record to 16-8 and their conference record to 5-7.

The Runnin’ Rebels have turned the page after a 1-6 start to conference play winning four of their last five conference games.

EJ Harkless led the Rebels with 33 points which is tied for his season high and he scored half of the Rebels’ 3-pointers knocking down five of them. Harkless also led the team in rebounds with a total of eight.

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Disgruntled fans let out sighs of frustration and angst. Sent from will-call to staged tables and back, picking up ticke...
02/16/2023

Disgruntled fans let out sighs of frustration and angst. Sent from will-call to staged tables and back, picking up tickets for the event was an unpleasant process. However, confusion and long lines did not discourage fans from attending the highly anticipated Future concert. Once inside Thomas and Mack, energy was high. Hip Hop fans were excited; the lineup for this concert was loaded with southern-based rappers. K Camp, NoCap, Moneybagg Yo, and Future were set to perform.

A concert curated by a Las Vegas-based team, Ikon Presents, was held on the UNLV campus at Thomas and Mack on Feb. 9. Announced on Dec. 15, 2022, ticket prices ranged from $50 to $150 (without taxes and fees). Approximately 15,000 fans filled the venue.

Didn’t make it to the show? Click the link in our bio to read all about it! 💻

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Have you seen your Valentine Gram yet? In this week’s special edition check out our sweet theme. Pick up a copy at a new...
02/14/2023

Have you seen your Valentine Gram yet? In this week’s special edition check out our sweet theme.

Pick up a copy at a newsstand on campus! 🗞️

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Scarlet and Gray Free Press! 💌

In an effort to provide more mental health resources to the campus community, UNLV hosted a mental health town hall and ...
02/13/2023

In an effort to provide more mental health resources to the campus community, UNLV hosted a mental health town hall and resource fair Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the UNLV’s Strip View Pavilion at the Thomas & Mack Center. During the seven-hour event, attendees visited to hear President Whitfield speak at a town hall, enjoy refreshments with music, and visit resource booths from a variety of mental health organizations.

According to Mental Health America, Nevada ranks last in access to mental health services. A report published by UNLV’s Brookings Mountain West & The Lincy Institute this past year detailed this ranking by also specifying that Nevada ranked 51st and last among the 50 states in overall mental health rankings. With the Center for Disease Control ranking Nevada 7th for the overall rate of suicides, campus leaders responded to the crisis by hosting biannual resources fairs for students. These past fairs often included workshops, discussions, and resources booths similar to the ones present at this Tuesday’s fair.

Didn’t make it to the event? Check out our website to read more about it. The link is in our bio. 💻

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Students gathered to attend a showcase of talents at the second Open Mic Night of the school year in the Pida Plaza on W...
02/08/2023

Students gathered to attend a showcase of talents at the second Open Mic Night of the school year in the Pida Plaza on Wednesday night. Under ambient lights, students watched live performances from singers, rappers, comedians, and magicians while eating food from Ike’s Love & Sandwiches.

In October, Rebel Events Board (REB) hosted this event as a trial expansion. It originally used to be held in the Student Union theater on campus. After it debuted as a success, the committee decided to continue with its hosting in Pida Plaza.

Mounzer Zein, a long-time member of REB stated last fall that the committee experimented with having the event outside instead of indoors in order to create more of a “cute little cafe vibe.”

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Didn’t make it to Open Mic Night? Click the link in our bio to read all about the event. 🎤

Hey Rebels! 🥰Our Valentine Grams sales have started and will go through Friday, February 10th, 2023! 🗓️♥️What is it? For...
02/03/2023

Hey Rebels! 🥰

Our Valentine Grams sales have started and will go through Friday, February 10th, 2023! 🗓️♥️

What is it? For just $5, you can write a message to a friend, loved one, faculty, etc., and your message will be published in our 2/13/2023 issue (80 character limit). 💌

For more information about how to get your message out, DM or email [email protected].

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The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels were tasked with capping off a basketball double-header, which began with the Lady Rebels beatin...
02/02/2023

The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels were tasked with capping off a basketball double-header, which began with the Lady Rebels beating UNR earlier in the day.

The Runnin’ Rebels were greeted with their largest home attendance of the season, rewarding fans with a 68-62 victory to send the Wolf Pack home with two losses in the day.

“There’s no words that can describe how great it was to go out there and see that,” coach Kevin Kruger said postgame. “It had that buzz of a rivalry game.”

To read more, visit our website. The link is in our bio. 💻

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UNLV Professor Pradip Bhowmik’s materials chemistry lab has been at the forefront of green chemistry research and more r...
02/02/2023

UNLV Professor Pradip Bhowmik’s materials chemistry lab has been at the forefront of green chemistry research and more recently, achieving a breakthrough discovery on ionic conductivity.

To read more, visit our website. The link is in our bio. 💻

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Three top student government positions were vacated last semester after students stepped down following a public controv...
01/27/2023

Three top student government positions were vacated last semester after students stepped down following a public controversy, leaving the succeeding senate president to fix the damage.

“The main task that I have is to repair our image,” said student body president, Kevin Leon-Martinez.

Last semester, the previous student body president, Issac Hernadez, student body vice president, Dyana Melchor and senate president, Jesse Welch, stepped down from their positions halfway through the school year.

According to their new interim advisor, Marni Dow, the bylaws and constitution of the organization states that if the president, vice president and senate president step down, the third person in line is the senate president pro tempore.

To read more, visit our website. The link is in our bio. 💻

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The UNLV Lady Rebels finished their road trip strong and stayed undefeated in conference play as they earned a regular s...
01/24/2023

The UNLV Lady Rebels finished their road trip strong and stayed undefeated in conference play as they earned a regular season sweep defeating Colorado State Rams 63-58 on Saturday to improve their record to 19-2. 🏀

The Lady Rebels defeated the Rams in overtime 91-88 in their first meeting on New Year’s Eve. McKenna Hofschild scored 37 points in that first meeting. The Lady Rebels were able to keep her in check on Saturday, holding her to 17 points. 🏆

To read more, visit our website. The link is in our bio. 💻

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Happy Sunday, Rebels! 🥳Meet Sophia Coronel, our Director of Marketing and Advertising Sales. Sophie has been with the pa...
01/23/2023

Happy Sunday, Rebels! 🥳

Meet Sophia Coronel, our Director of Marketing and Advertising Sales.

Sophie has been with the paper since the Fall of 2022. 🗓️

Her most favorite part about her role is having the creative ability to find solutions that increase sales, client engagement, and awareness. 🗣️

After Sophia graduates this semester, she will be working on a marketing team for a gaming fintech company called Global Payments Gaming Solution. 📉

A fun fact about Sophia is that she coaches a recreational 6th grade soccer team! ⚽️

On Rainbow and Oakey Boulevard, there is a boutique unlike any other. Blaspheme Boutique celebrates the dark arts all ye...
12/06/2022

On Rainbow and Oakey Boulevard, there is a boutique unlike any other. Blaspheme Boutique celebrates the dark arts all year round and is decorated wall-to-wall with apparel, candles, books, accessories, tarot decks, and other mystical goods.

Charlie Hanks, owner and “head witch” of Blaspheme Boutique, describes her store as a “cool, fun, goth, witchy shop.”

Hanks first opened Blaspheme Boutique in March 2015 as an online Etsy shop. Seven years later, in June 2021, she gave the boutique a physical storefront after achieving virtual success.

To read more, visit our website. The link is in our bio. 💻

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The UNLV women’s basketball team beat the University of Albany 78-55 in another dominant showing to open the UNLV Thanks...
12/02/2022

The UNLV women’s basketball team beat the University of Albany 78-55 in another dominant showing to open the UNLV Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday.

The Lady Rebels’ success in this game can be partially attributed to Nneka Obiazor’s dominant performance.

She scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while shooting an efficient 50 percent from the field and 3-point range.

To read more, visit our website. The link is in our bio. 💻

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Just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12th, tents lined the campus sidewalks from the Valerie Pida Plaza to Pioneer La...
11/29/2022

Just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12th, tents lined the campus sidewalks from the Valerie Pida Plaza to Pioneer Lawn. Some tents were dedicated to different schools or clubs within UNLV and others served food. 🌮

There were plenty of options for food, including potato wedge fries, chicken legs and walking tacos. All of which were free to those wearing the red UNLV wristbands. 🎟️

Did you go to Rebel Homecoming this year?

To read more, visit our website, The link is in our bio. 💻

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