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    For Kabo and Rebels, Strength and Conditioning Is Year-Round

    By Mike Grimala

    Three months from the official start of practice for the 2014-15 college basketball season, the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels are working. Playing basketball at the Division I level is basically a full-time job (though the NCAA might beg to differ), and like the rest of the work force, the athletes don’t get the summer off. With […]

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    The Marlboro Fan

    By Rob Miech

    Ken Johann’s Hemingway-like visage nearly disappears in a tobacco cloud. Decades of Winstons have produced a deep, raspy voice. My throat and lungs nearly seize. When UNLV soccer coach Rich Ryerson calls to ask if Johann wants to accompany him to the Rebels’ basketball game that night, the octogenarian booms: “Does a bear shit in […]

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    Prodigal Daughter

    As UNLV basketball players high-five and joke with the ball boys and girls before a recent game at the Thomas & Mack Center, Kreigh Warkentien can’t help smiling. She spent a good part of her childhood out on that hardwood. Warkentien, 25, is UNLV’s director of basketball operations—one of only three women to hold such […]

  • Rebels: The Postseason

    Stretch, Superfan

    By Sean DeFrank

    Nobody refuses Stretch. The longtime UNLV basketball fan is a fixture in the tunnel of the Thomas & Mack Center after every home game, collecting autographs until the last player has left the building. Tonight, the Rebels have just finished off Boise State, and Stretch is joking with Kendall Wallace.

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    Sara Craven

    Year in school: Sophomore.Where from: Las Vegas (Arbor View High School)Major/occupational goals: Craven, who is majoring in Human Services and hopes to one day become a counselor, got her career motivation while attending Del Sol High School as a freshman and sophomore. It was kind of a bad area and I saw a lot of problems, so I decided I wanted to help try and fix some of them when I got older.""

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    Maire Chew

    Year in school: Sophomore.Where from: Farmington, N.M.Major/occupational goals: Entertainment Engineering and Design. Chew hopes to work for Cirque du Soleil someday. I was really good at math in high school, and I came on a visit to Las Vegas and watched KÀ. I was intrigued by the way the stage tilts from being totally horizontal to totally vertical. I thought that was cool, and an engineering degree would really challenge me.""

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    Brionna Simons

    Year in school: Senior.Where from: Colorado Springs, Colo.

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    Lindsay Cotterman

    Year in school: Sophomore.Where from: Las Vegas (attended Silverado High).Major/occupational goals: Cotterman says she aspires to dance professionally after college and then continue her passion by opening her own studio someday." But the psychology major also has dreams of working as an FBI agent. "I find analyzing and studying people's behavior very interesting. Plus I watch Criminal Minds a lot, so I kind of want to be like them I guess.""

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    Alex Ferdinand

    Year in school: Junior.Where from: Las Vegas (attended Silverado High)Major/occupational goals: Ferdinand's major is in special education, but she also has a minor in counseling. I hope to someday work with children who have brain disabilities," she says. "Then maybe get more into occupational therapy and work with people who have been in car accidents, or have brain injuries that have lost their motor skills.""

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    Erin Bush

    Year in school: Junior.Where from: Indiantown, Fla. (attended Coronado High School in Las Vegas)