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The Block N SocietyBlock N Society

Author: Vincent Bush

The Block N Society was a university club with a great history of service to both college athletics and local high school athletics. The Block N Society was formed in January of 1912, drawing its membership from lettermen from various sports. According to the Reno Evening Gazette, in order to become a member, one had to play in at least one-half of a football game, or five innings in a baseball game, or score one point in a track meet. These initial requirements would change over time. Those joining the club received a certificate that documented their membership.

Marion MotleyMarion Motley: Nevada Athlete, All-American Hero

Author: Shelby Harris

Marion Motley was born in Leesberg, Georgia on June 5th, 1920 to Shakeful and Blanche Motley. His family moved to Canton, Ohio (birthplace of the National Football League) when he was two. When Motley went to high school at McKinley High in Canton, he was discriminated against because of his African American heritage and was denied football pads and a uniform. Motley reportedly practiced without the equipment, bowling through the other players who did have pads. His high school team lost only three games in Motley’s three years there, each to rival school Massillon, coached by future Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Paul Brown.

ChoirMusical Education and Performing Groups at the University of Nevada

Author: Eric Jo

Music is an essential part of life. During its history, the University of Nevada has offered an outstanding music program for aspiring musicians and music teachers as well as formal and informal opportunities for students to perform music together. The university has sponsored numerous ensembles, choirs, and bands, showcasing all types of music. These musical opportunities have brought joy to the student participants as well as to the public who have been privileged enough to experience performances.


Coffin and Keys CrestNevada's Least-Hidden Secret: The Conflicting Collaboration of Coffin and Keys

Author: Michael McCraven

The first generation of Coffin and Keys were ten men from the university who requested permission from the president of the University to form a secret society. These ten men asked to form the group as a means to “uphold tradition” and “promote school spirit”

Soldier PortraitThe Origins, Evolution, and Legacy of the Wolf Pack Battalion

Author: Anton S. Koszuth

At many universities throughout the United States there are rare individuals that seek challenge and opportunity in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). This organization was created with the passage of the National Defense Act on June 3, 1916. The foundation of the national ROTC program is “Leadership Excellence.” Now, almost 100 years after its inception, the national ROTC program produces almost 65% of the officers in the U. S. Army.

Sigma Nu CrestSigma Nu: The Oldest Fraternity on Campus and the Development of Greek Life

Author: Ciara Garcia

Sigma Nu, the first nationally chartered fraternity on the University of Nevada campus, began the whole new culture of “Greek life” on campus that still exists today. Sigma Nu had humble roots. In 1868 at the Virginian Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, the three founders of Sigma Nu, James Frank Hopkins, Greenfield Quarles and James Mclvaine Riley, opposed the hazing given to cadets at VMI. At first, Sigma Nu was simply the Legion of Honor, and on the first day of the new year in 1869 the Legion went public as a “college Greek-letter organization” now known as Sigma Nu.

The Student RecordThe Student Record: A Century of Campus Journalism

Author: Breanne DeHaven

The Nevada Sagebrush we know today, a free, student-run weekly newspaper with a daily-updated website, began as the Student Record, a small, semi-monthly periodical established in 1893. The Student Record staff had a very clear purpose for their specific public, and editor Charles Magill broadcast this in the introductory issue’s Salutatory: “No apology is needed for the publication of such a journal, as it enters a field unoccupied by any other of its class.”