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UNLV football borrows Strip magician to present walk-on scholarship

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Ray Maker/ Las Vegas Sun UNLV football’s Ammir Aziz hugs coach Tony Sanchez after learning he was put on scholarship on Friday, April 13, 2018.

=” Ray Brewer contact page” > contact) Saturday, April 14, 2018|2 a.m. Associated Content Ammir Aziz thought his Friday couldn’t get any better when, during his early morning shift working security at the MGM Grand, he was introduced to country music star Blake Shelton.

Aziz is no stranger to Shelton’s lyrics, regularly singing them and other tunes to his UNLV football teammates.” Ask any of the men, I love to sing,” he said.

Aziz, as he does most early mornings, left work about 5 a.m. and went to campus for spring practice and classes. He is a walk-on defensive lineman who has actually played just a handful of snaps in three seasons.

However coaches say he’s an important member of the team, nonetheless, and deeply respected by his teammates. That’s because of what the 6-foot-6, 335-pound senior endures to be a Rebel reserve.

Take Friday, for instance.

Although Aziz was just a few hours eliminated from finishing a 13-hour work shift, he was still filled with interest at practice. He’s also kept a 3.0 GPA and is on track to finish next spring with a degree in sociology.

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Ray Brewer/ Las Vegas Sun Magician Farrell Dillon, left, from the Masters of Impression program at Bally’s assisted UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez, right, present protective lineman Ammir Aziz a scholarship after practice on Friday, April 13, 2018.

When practice ended, Aziz’s day got better with the help of another Strip performer.

Coach Tony Sanchez arranged for magician Farrell Dillon from the Masters of Illusion show at Bally’s to carry out for the players.

Dillon, who donated his time, requested for the most significant Rebel to assist him, and the players all yelled, “Aziz.” At the end of the act, there was an envelope with Aziz’s name on it. He opened it to discover a message: “Congratulations on a complete ride scholarship.”

Within seconds, he was swarmed by his teammates in event.

” I didn’t know what was going on,” Aziz said. “This is such a true blessing. I am blessed to be on this team. I have 100 bros on this group. I would take a bullet for each among them.”

The scholarship will cover Aziz’s tuition, space and board for his final year. More important, he’ll no longer need to work the night shift to make ends satisfy.

This is the third walk-on Sanchez has actually granted a scholarship throughout his four years at UNLV. When he put Dalton Baker on scholarship 2 years earlier, Sanchez did a sophisticated discussion on the big screen at Sam Boyd Stadium.

That statement went viral, even finding its method to ESPN’s College Game Day. This one may likewise.

” It is Vegas. We can do cooler stuff than anyone,” Sanchez said. “There were a lot of ideas, however it’s hard to include 105 people into that. This worked out completely.”

Aziz, whose parents live out of the nation, has worked considering that he was a teenager at Durango High School to help support himself. During a night shift at Little Caesars 4 years ago, he was spotted by a UNLV assistant coach on a supper run.

The Rebels, in Sanchez’s initial spring, were brief on linemen for practice. This huge body working the pizza counter, a few months removed from playing in high school, would assist fill the space.

Little did the coaches know what type of person they were getting in Aziz. His character is contagious, his work ethic unmatched.

” He never ever had expectations of being on a scholarship,” Sanchez said. “It shows everyone out there that it is not always about (football), it is about doing the ideal thing each day.”

The balancing act of school, football and work isn’t really easy. However quitting was never a choice for Aziz– a mentality he credits Sanchez for helping instill.

” He established GATA in my life. You need to get after it,” Aziz stated, describing the acronym for Sanchez’s catchphrase: Get after them strongly.

The Rebels have actually enhanced their win total by one game in each of Sanchez’s seasons however still fell one win shy of getting approved for a bowl last season. This season will be different, Aziz said.

If his journey has actually taught him anything, it’s that the benefit for hard work isn’t really constantly instant.

” We have the talent. We have whatever we have to win,” he said. “We are a snap here and there away from winning, you know? Truthfully, this year I think we will take it all. We have the skill. We have the brotherhood.”

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Las Vegas Sands Present UNLV $1 Million for Fertitta Football Complex

UNLV Athletics announced Monday that the Las Vegas Sands will donate $1 million to the new home of Rebel Football, the cutting edge Fertitta Football Complex, with groundbreaking set for Jan. 23.

More than $22 million has been committed to the task considering that it was announced in 2016. The building, which will cost around $28 million, will open in early 2019.

“The kindness and support of the iconic Las Vegas Sands will assist make this transformational project a truth,” stated UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “The Complex and the opening of our new arena in 2020 will have an extensive effect on our university and on our cherished city and with leaders like the Sands out in front, Las Vegas can end up being the epicenter of sports in this country.”

UNLV Athletics announced the biggest single gift in its history in September 2016, as the Fertitta Household vowed $10 million toward the center. The 73,000-square-foot, two-level complex will be constructed on school in the north end of the group’s practice location and will ignore the Ernie Becker Sr. Football Fields at Costs “Wildcat” Morris Rebel Park. The Fertitta Football Complex will be the daily house of the football program and include a scholastic center, locker spaces, offices, meeting rooms, strength & & conditioning center, media room, training table and nutrition bar, athletic training center and gamer lounge.

“Through the extraordinary kindness of the Adelson Family and the Las Vegas Sands, our brand-new home is one action closer to conclusion,” said UNLV football head coach Tony Sanchez. “This job will help permanently transform our university’s football program and we can’t wait to experience all that it will provide for our student-athletes, coaches and personnel.”

UNLV Choral Ensembles Present “” Evocations”” Oct. 24

The UNLV Choral Ensembles provide their yearly fall show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Artemus W. Ham Auditorium. The concert theme, “Evocations,” provides 200 vocalists in choral works from over a lots composers, each text an uplifting or meditative evocation. Joseph Svendsen conducts the Show Singers and Argenta. The Chamber Chorale, Varsity Glee Club, and Las Vegas Master Singers are performed by David Weiller. The choirs are accompanied by pianists Zheni Atanasova, Maria Kolesnyk, and Jae Ahn-Benton.

Argenta sings renaissance music of Orlando di Lasso and contemporary works by Irish composer Michael McGlynn and American composer Andrea Ramsey. The University Glee Club uses 2 popular folk songs organized by John Rutter and Goin’ Up to Glory, a spiritual by André Thomas. The Chamber Chorale provides music of Johannes Brahms and two settings of the biblical text “I Am the Rose of Sharon,” as pictured by colonial author William Billings and modern Swiss author Ivo Antognini.

The Show Singers carry out music of early baroque composer Claudio Monteverdi with instruments, an anonymous setting of Bache, bene venies, and Rise, My Love, My Fair One by Canadian composer Healey Willan. The choir also provides a dramatic setting of Beat! Beat! Drums by Jeffrey Van, the contemplative Even When He is Quiet by Norwegian author Kim André Arnesen, and Everything is Sound by American songwriter Jason Mraz. The Las Vegas Master Singers, among the city’s best choral companies and chorus-in-residence for the Las Vegas Philharmonic, present sacred music of the renaissance age and 20th century, together with All Functions of Love set to the words of Mom Teresa, and the rousing Triumphal Scene from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Aida.

All UNLV choir alumni are welcomed to participate in the standard singing of the UNLV University at the conclusion of the performance.

The university choral ensembles enjoy a track record for dynamic efficiencies. The choirs recently were applauded for a show described as “… glorious, yet disciplined. The choruses performed with untouched charisma.” Yearly tours have actually included the southwestern United States along with Hawaii, New york city, Mexico, and Canada.

Tickets may be bought at the UNLV Carrying out Arts Center Box Office, at pac.unlv.edu, or by calling 702-895-ARTS (2787). General admission is $10; senior citizens, military and UNLV faculty/staff tickets are $8. UNLV trainees and high school vocal music trainees from the Clark County School District might get one complimentary ticket by presenting valid trainee ID at the box workplace.

The UNLV choral performance season continues with “Baroque Holiday– Handel’s Messiah” (Las Vegas Philharmonic show, Dec. 2 at The Smith Center), “The Flattened Earth” (Dec. 7 at UNLV), and “Rejoice!” (Dec. 15 at Green Valley Presbyterian Church). For further details, call the UNLV office of choral research studies, 702-895-3008.

UNLV Gets $1 Million Present to Create Endowed Chair in History

UNLV revealed a $1 million gift from business owner and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. to its department of history to broaden the research study of the Intermountain West.

The present is a cooperation between Sen. Harry Reid and Huntsman, who have been buddies for 35 years, and the endowed chair is being produced to honor Sen. Reid’s interest in history and life of public service.

“Sen. Reid is a dear good friend and a great, honorable male,” stated Huntsman. “He has actually been extremely important throughout his life, especially throughout his time in the U.S. Senate, although we are on opposite sides of the aisle.”

The donation supports the creation of the Harry Reid Endowed Chair for the History of the Intermountain West. The chair, to be housed in the history department in the College of Liberal Arts, will assist place the program as the national leader in the research study of the Intermountain West area, which extends from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Rockies and consists of all or parts of Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

“Mr. Huntsman’s present allows us to embark on special research study of the Intermountain West,” said Sen. Reid, former majority leader of the United States Senate. “There is a cash cow for academics to find concerning the history of the understudied American Intermountain West. Each state within the Intermountain West has an abundant history. There has actually not sufficed done to understand the relationship between states in the area.”

UNLV President Len Jessup applauded the partnership, noting the effort not just raises the track record of the currently exceptional history department but likewise exemplifies the direction UNLV is taking to guarantee its spot as a Top Tier university.

“We are honored by this gift and grateful for the research study opportunities it will offer in regards to academic significance as well as its potential for terrific neighborhood impact,” Jessup said.

The gift will support the recruitment of a top historian and scholar in the research study of the Intermountain West. Prospective subjects of research study will include religious beliefs, water concerns, politics, females, the economy, and other topics of interest.

“This is a great chance for an already strong Ph.D. program in history,” said Michael Green, associate teacher of history. “One of the primary fields we specialize in is the western U.S., and this contribution puts us on the road to adding another leading historian who will benefit all students, the department, the university, and the Intermountain West.”

About Sen. Harry Reid and Jon Huntsman Sr.

. Born in Searchlight, Nevada, Harry Reid served Thirty Years in the U.S. Senate and is the longest-serving senator from the state. He served in the management of the Senate for 18 years, including almost a decade as the Senate Majority Leader, where he took a leading function in forming landmark legislation. He is renowned for his work promoting financial advancement, purchasing facilities and clean energy development, and championing Nevada’s function as the country’s premier entertainment destination.

Sen. Reid recently signed up with UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law as its first Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy where he will deal with Boyd trainees and alumni, lecture and take part in classes, and pursue writing projects. Sen. Reid’s brand-new function at the law school coincides with the production of the MGM Resorts Public law Institute at UNLV, which he will co-chair with former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. The general public Policy Institute is a think tank that will look for bipartisan services on a variety of economic, social, political and workplace concerns.

Jon Huntsman Sr. is a prominent benefactor who has actually contributed numerous millions to higher education, consisting of to the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Pennsylvania. His kindness is most notable for the creation of the Huntsman Cancer Institute with the University of Utah. Huntsman is creator and chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, a global maker of chemicals for use in numerous industries, consisting of transportation, house life, building and construction, energy and fuels, and clothes and shoes. The business operates in more than 30 countries and uses more than 15,000 people.

UNLV Dance & & UNLV Music Present “” In Orchestra 2″” Oct. 16 && 17.

The UNLV department of dance and School of Music present “In Orchestra 2”– a collective show of dance, music, art, and design on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 17, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Artemus Ham Auditorium.

Dance faculty Dolly Kelepecz and Richard Havey developed a brand-new ballet and jazz dance-inspired adjustment of Stravinsky’s classic ballet burlesque Petrushka– the story of 3 puppets and their love and jealousy for one another. Petrushka has long been hailed as a production that joins dance, music, and design, and this production showcases professional marionette and puppetry artist Anthony Rais.

Department of dance chair Louis Kavouras tackles Toru Takemitsu’s sonorous and poetic contemplation of the circulation of water, Riverrun. With regard to the work, Takemitsu composes, “The music flows in the form of a musical tributary originated from a particular main present, wending its way through the scenery of night towards the sea of tonality.” This dance is an abstract formalist construction based upon the principals and motion of modern dance master Erick Hawkins. Kavouras has been a member of the Erick Hawkins Dance Business for more than 20 years.

The program also consists of the lovely climatic works by Erik Satie, Gymnopédies, choreographed by fall 2015 ballet artist-in-residence April Wexelman.

UNLV dance has a long history of inter-departmental partnerships. This performance includes installation art/scenic design by department of art sculpture professors Dave Rowe, piano performance by School of Music faculty Timothy Hoft, and lighting design by dance production professional Peter Jakubowski. The program is conducted by Taras Krysa, director of UNLV Orchestras and the Henderson Symphony.

Tickets to “In Orchestra 2” are $18, with discount rates available. Tickets can be bought at the UNLV Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.unlv.edu., or by calling 702-895-ARTS (2787).

PAC and School of Music Present “” La Bella Epoque”” Sept. 16

The UNLV Carrying out Arts Center debuts the first show of the 2015-16 season with the Chamber Music Series performance of “La Bella Epoque” at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, September 16. The performance– likewise sponsored by the UNLV School of Music– functions baritone Tod Fitzpatrick, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Weiss, flutist Anastasia Petanova, violinist Weiwei Le, cellist Andrew Smith, and pianists Timothy Hoft, Christina Wright-Ivanova, and Katie Leung, performing works by French authors Fauré, Duparc, Ravel, and Poulenc.

Tickets to “La Bella Epoque” are $25 and can be acquired at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by seeing unlv.edu/pac. Student rush tickets are $10 each (not inclusive of the facilities charge), and offered one hour prior to each occasion, based on accessibility and with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and personnel discount rates likewise are available. A $1.25 facilities charge, in addition to the ticket rate, is charged on all Carrying out Arts Center tickets. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Details about all of the season’s efficiencies can be discovered on the Carrying out Arts Center site, located at pac.unlv.edu.

For information on buying a season subscription, please call 895-ARTS (2787) or see pac.unlv.edu.

UNLV PAC Facts
Arts organizations, like the Desert Chorale, Las Vegas Master Singers, and Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society, have longstanding traditions right here.
With productions by the College of Fine Arts, consisting of productions provided by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre and the dance and music departments, Southern Nevadans can take pleasure in the arts nearly every day of the year.
The PAC remains to be excellent neighborhood residents hosting more than 50,000 Clark County School District students annual for productions, performances, and festivals; contributing over $100,000 in production expenses to the CCSD Fine Arts division to give students a quality efficiency experience at limited expense; and giving fellow not-for-profit organizations significant discount rates on facility rental fees.

Established in 1976, the Performing Arts Center at UNLV is Southern Nevada’s original performing arts venue. Found on the north end of the UNLV school, the PAC hosts a range of performances and is home to the Charles Vanda Master Series.

PAC and Department of Music Present “” La Bella Epoque”” Sept. 16

The UNLV Carrying out Arts Center debuts the first show of the 2015-16 season with the Chamber Music Series efficiency of “La Bella Epoque” at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, September 16. The concert– also sponsored by the UNLV Department of Music– features baritone Tod Fitzpatrick, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Weiss, flutist Anastasia Petanova, violinist Weiwei Le, cellist Andrew Smith, and pianists Timothy Hoft, Christina Wright-Ivanova, and Katie Leung, performing works by French composers Fauré, Duparc, Ravel, and Poulenc.

Tickets to “La Bella Epoque” are $25 and can be purchased at the Carrying out Arts Center Ticket office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by seeing unlv.edu/pac. Student rush tickets are $10 each (not inclusive of the centers cost), and available one hour prior to each occasion, based on accessibility and with legitimate student I.D. UNLV professors and personnel discount rates likewise are readily available. A $1.25 facilities charge, in addition to the ticket cost, is charged on all Carrying out Arts Center tickets. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Info about all the season’s performances can be found on the Carrying out Arts Center site, located at pac.unlv.edu.

For information on acquiring a season subscription, kindly call 895-ARTS (2787) or check out pac.unlv.edu.

UNLV PAC Realities
Arts organizations, like the Desert Chorale, Las Vegas Master Singers, and Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society, have longstanding traditions right here.
With productions by the College of Fine Arts, including productions provided by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre and the dance and music departments, Southern Nevadans can enjoy the arts nearly every day of the year.
The PAC remains to be good neighborhood residents hosting more than 50,000 Clark County School District students annual for productions, shows, and celebrations; donating over $100,000 in production expenses to the CCSD Fine Arts division to give students a quality performance experience at restricted expenditure; and giving fellow not-for-profit companies major discounts on center rental charges.

Established in 1976, the Carrying out Arts Center at UNLV is Southern Nevada’s initial carrying out arts place. Located on the north end of the UNLV school, the PAC hosts a range of efficiencies and is home to the Charles Vanda Master Series.

Q+A: Legendary Tony Hawk to present skate demonstration at Gumball 3000

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The Gumball 3000 rally started in Stockholm, Sweden, and ends its one-week, 3,000-mile international jaunt in Las Vegas today and Saturday after drop in Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Reno; San Francisco; and L.a.

Skateboarding legend, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Hawk is amongst the individuals in this year’s Gumball 3000 party of adventure, luxury and high-speed vehicles, music and partying.

But Gumball 3000 isn’t everything about enjoyable.

“We’re not just out there for a week screwing around,” Hawk said in a phone interview. “This is a terrific humanitarian opportunity.”

Hawk chatted over the phone ahead of Gumball 3000 today and Saturday at MGM Resorts Village throughout from the Luxor, where Hawk exists a skate demonstration on Saturday:

How did you first become aware of Gumball 3000, and when did you first participate?

I became aware of the Gumball 3000 rally from a couple of good friends from “Jackass.” I was in Europe on tour partying in Greater london and discovered exactly what it’s everything about. The rally and our skate trip paths crossed quite a bit.

I understand the creator, Max (Maximillion Cooper). He’s a fan of BMX and skating. I have actually belonged of it since, in some cases the whole occasion and others a couple of days at a time. Max is a buddy, and I like to support him. Gumball 3000 has become a brand name with auxiliary chances, consisting of the charity aspect.

And this year makes how many times total?

Seven or 8, I believe.

What has been a favorite Gumball 3000 memory?

Driving through the rainforest of Thailand. I never ever thought I ‘d do that and especially in my own automobile. At some time, we drove through Serbia, where law enforcement let us speed through. I was driving a Jeep 160 mph, a stock Jeep.

It was remarkable. It’s not about speeding and breaking the law, though. It’s an experience, and when you’re driving the speed restriction, you still arrive on time. It’s a time to cut loose, and it’s very good times.

What will you be driving in this year’s rally, and do you have a co-driver or rally partner?

A Mini Compatriot. It’s the exact same car I drive at home. I’ll have a rally partner and a videographer with us for shooting and video segments.

Your charity, the Tony Hawk Structure, is involved in this year’s Gumball 3000. Inform us a little bit about that.

The charity has actually been choosing the last 12 years. We develop public skate parks in low-income neighborhoods. Gumball 3000 has a charity arm now, and Max chose our group. It’s a big offer– it’s awareness of our work on the radar in the Gumball household.

It’s a big aid and has opened numerous doors, getting the word out and our work. I’m thankful that Max has actually selected us. We’re not simply out there for a week screwing around. This is a fantastic humanitarian chance.

Las Vegas is among the supreme party locations worldwide. What makes it the best city for this year’s finale occasion?

It is Las Vegas, so it’s an obvious option. It truly has the same vibe as the rally celebration and party. The crowd in Las Vegas will enjoy all the remarkable automobiles in one location. And to participate in a one-day rally versus the two-day celebration in Las Vegas is unique.

You are doing a skate demo on Saturday, May 30, in Las Vegas?

Yes, I’m bringing my ramp and setting it up right near the stage. It’s 14 feet by 30 feet large. We’ll have a few of the very best skaters in the world and a few of the very best action you ‘d generally see at the X Games.

What keeps you coming back to Gumball every year?

The charity element. It is difficult to mark off a whole week when I could be with my household at home, but Max is using his success and returning with the charities.

How has Gumball 3000 altered because you’ve been doing it?

It’s much more refined. It’s not reckless; it’s everything about experiences. The quality has actually enhanced.

Individuals say Gumball 3000 has a real sense of brotherhood. Could you talk a little bit about that?

When you do it, you understand it. You feel connected. It’s like traveling with your household on trip. When you meet up at these locations, there is a sibling there. I never ever believed that I ‘d become friends with the Prince of Saudi Arabia, however that’s exactly what Gumball 3000 can do.

Exactly what it’s like to drive in a 3,000-mile rally around the world?

It’s tiring, not very glamorous and incredible (laughs). Driving for 10 hours, period, is stressful.

You’ve been there, done that when it concerns these parties. What can individuals attending this occasion for the first time anticipate?

It’s a superior occasion with superior home entertainment: DJs Diplo and Skrillex and world-class ramps. It’s not something that comes along every day or year. It’s great home entertainment.

Exactly what do you want to do for enjoyable in Las Vegas?

It’s different depending upon if I’m with my kids. With them, the Pinball Museum is extremely cool, a covert gem in Las Vegas. When I’m with my wife, checking out dining establishments, betting a bit, the superior restaurants.

I existed relatively recently, a couple of weeks back, speaking at Bar & & Club. Tony Hsieh offered me a tour of his Container Park downtown, and we talked about a skate park project.

Anything else you ‘d like to include, Tony?

I’m excited to bring this chaos to Las Vegas where it belongs!

Tony Hawk is at the two-day Gumball 3000 celebration at MGM Resorts Village across from the Luxor on Saturday, the second and last day.

Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s arts and home entertainment senior editor and has been a reporter for almost 20 years.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous fame” has actually been a reporter for more than 50 years and has actually spent the previous 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Sun A&E Elder Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/ VDLXEditorDon.

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