Rebel Yell, 2007-11-01, page 4


Rebel Yell, 2007-11-01, page 4
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Page 4 1 News The RebelYeil Thursday, November 1,2007 Alumni donate statue Hey Reb appears outside Tarn Center courtyard BY SAMANTHA WILLIAMS The Rebel Yell In commemoration of UNLV's 50th Anniversary, alumni Chip and Helen Johnson recently donated a statue of the school's mascot, Hey Reb. The 6-foot-6-inch, 1,400-pound bronze statue is located in the Richard Tarn Alumni Center courtyard. Approximately 400 people attended the dedication, which was held in the courtyard following the alumni dinner Oct. 19 at the Student Union. President David B. Ashley made a champagne toast while fireworks were lit around the statue. Russel Kost, associate vice president for the alumni relations and development, attended the ceremony and said he was impressed with r v. ; ' i i i ; - ! L ( . ' - - t ; ,' I -m ii r ' - PHCTO BY NICOLE FUCHS THE REBEL YELL UNLV Alumni Chip and Helen Johnson donated the Hey Reb statue which was dedicated Oct. 19. the finished product. The Johnson's commissioned and paid for the statue themselves as a gift to the school that helped them so much along the way, Kost said. Sophomore Kendall Schmid said it placing the statue in the courtyard was appropriate because Hey Reb is such a huge part of the university's history. The mascot today has gone through many transformations and is much different from the original mascot in 1957. The school's first mascot, called Beauregard, was a wolf dressed in a uniform resembling that of a Confederate Civil War soldier. The uniform was to symbolize the north and south rivalry between UNLV and UNR. However, some students did not see the confederate uniform as appropriate, resulting in a complete redesign in the early 1970s. The next mascot became known as the Minuteman. However, the title never caught on because students could not relate to a Revolutionary War figure. On Dec. 9, 1982 the new mascot was dubbed Hey Reb. Designed by Mike Miller, Hey Reb is a mountainman symbolizing an institution that was an explorer and a pathfinder. To Schmid, the mascot embodies all that UNLV stands for, and the statue is a beautiful way to express what the school is about. "When I walk by the statue it gives me a sense of pride," she said. Twins named Most Caring Americans f . $-t . s'' " - - ' ''. : , '' " ' '' ' ' , '- . ' t i M I i ' mt - ' - '-!'' - J COURTESY PHOTO Mollie (left) and Jackie Singer's work with diabetes awareness earned them the "Most Caring American Award" from the National Caring Institute. BY NATALIE LOMBARDO The Rebel Yell Two UNLV Honors College studentshave been selected as the 2007 "Most Caring Americans." At age 18, twins Mollie and Jackie Singer were two out of the six young people in the country to receive this award. The two will be inducted into the "Hall of Fame for Caring Americans" on Nov. 15 at the Frederick Douglass Museum & Hall of Fame rjf - 'AJ W x? V4 S ' - - vQ ,'. tTiri - LMMllaJ LINCOLN , for Caring Americans on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Mollie Singer, who was diagnosed with diabetes when she was four, has been cared for and supported by her sister Jackie Singer. The two girls have completed numerous outstanding efforts to help those with diabetes and to help those without it to have a better understanding of the disease. The girls said they focus on three main areas which are fundraising, mentoring and advocating. For the fundraising aspect, the girls created a walk team for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a Walk to Cure Diabetes. The girls' walk team is called Mollie's Mafia and employs a Godfather-styled slogan of "Give us a cure we can't refuse." The twins have also raised over $500,000 with other various fundraisers. Through mentoring they created the first chapter of Diabetic Angels which was to help their friends better understand what diabetes is. "We taught them how Mollie tests her blood sugar," Jackie Singer said. "And basically how Mollie lives with diabetes day to day, what to do in emergencies and why she takes shots." The girls created a video diary for "Good Morning America" to show young kids that people can go on with their normal lives with diabetes by showing them what Mollie Singer does to maintain her diabetes. Another aspect of the girls' efforts is advocating on behalf of Juvenile Diabetes Research, which included testifying at Congress and Senate hearings to lobby for more funding for Juvenile Diabetes Research. They said they even asked President Bush to increase funding for the cause. It is because of the girls' outstanding efforts that they were announced two of the six 2007 National Caring Award Young Adult Winners by the Caring Institute. "We are really looking forward to the ceremony," Jackie Singer said. "And we are so honored to be apart of this." The ceremony starts with a cocktail party on Nov. 15 at the Frederick Douglass Museum. It follows with a press conference the next day, a luncheon and then that night there is the black tie affair, which the twins are very excited about. "It is going to be wonderful meeting the different people and getting to spend time with them," Mollie Singer said. The Caring Institute was founded in 1985 by Val Halamandaris to honor those special individuals who devote their lives to helping others. This institute emphasizes the message that people can make a difference. This institute has been recognizing the efforts of young adults, such as Mollie and Jackie Singer, since 1990 because it is more likely that young adults will be inspired by the accomplishments of their peers. For more information on the Caring Institute visit
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