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Has UNLV Ever Had a Greek Row?

Not really. Back in the day, near the northeast corner of campus, squatted a pair of plain buildings fronted by Greek-ish columns. I would paddle my VW Rabbit past those Cottage Grove Apartments, with Greek flags (ATO! TKE! SAE!) proudly adorning sliding-glass doors. The apartments remain, but a parking garage, an elementary school and the Science & Engineering Building have since devoured the rest of that street’s real estate. Read More

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Illustration by Cierra Pedro

The Three M’s Leave Little Room for Full-On Libertarianism

Our history is complex, owing to the confluence of the Three M’s: Miners, Mormons, and Mobsters. Freewheeling miners may have created Nevada’s market for goods and services, but it was the rather less freewheeling members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who built the enterprises that served that market—from early dry-goods stores to the banks that funded the casinos. Read More

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What Is the ‘Vegas Vortex’?

When I was studying at our local institution of higher learning, it was saddled with a nefarious nickname: the University of Never Leaving Vegas. The implication? If you graduated from UNLV, you were destined to be a Vegas lifer. Maybe, maybe not. I know plenty of people, post-UNLV and otherwise, who have grown up Read More