Monday, January 16, 2017

A Walk Around UNLV

One thing I really enjoy is walking around different college campuses and seeing what is there. For all the many times, I have been to Las Vegas I have never walked around UNLV. I have been to a bunch of games at the Thomas and Mack Center (Home of UNLV basketball) but I last time I was there I decided to take some time and see the campus. It was a wonderful walk and it is a very nice campus to stroll around:

The Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies

Beam Hall-Home of the Lee Business School and Harrah College of Hotel Administration
Greenspan Hall-College of Urban Affairs
Dedicated to those who established UNLV
The Flora Dungan Humanities building
Beverly Rodgers Literature and Law Building
The Pascal Rose Garden
"An Affair of the Heart"
In honor of those who have served
"The Flashlight"
Howard Hughes College of Engineering
"The Cube" representing the many faces of engineering
And here is some of the Lied Library:

UNLV is a newish University, it opened in 1957, but it is a beautiful campus to take a stroll in or if you just want get away from the Strip.

UNLV mascot Hey Ree

Music Monday: The British Invasions

Music Monday: Going to play some songs from the many so called British Invasions:

And even  they are Irish they are still under the Commonwealth and this day is Martin Luther King's Birthday:

Hope everybody enjoyed a little music from over the pond.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Black Panthers at 50

Growing up in East Bay of the SF Bay Area in 70's and 80's, means that you were exposed to the Black Panthers. I know several members of Black Panther Party (BPP). The Panthers were founded in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale at Merritt College in Oakland as watchdog to police brutality.  J.Edgar Hoover who was the head of FBI called BPP "the greatest threat to the internal security of the county." and by 1982 (ten years after Hoover's death), the BPP was a thing of the past.

Many people still think of the Panthers as a revolutionary group but the Panthers created programs to serve African-Americans such as  free  breakfast programs to feed the kids who had no breakfast at home (School districts started their programs after the Panthers did), had free food programs and free medical clinics.

The Oakland Museum had an exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Panthers:

Huey Newton's wicker chair
SF Sun Reporter `1966
Black Power Fist
Black Panther Newspaper 1969

Jack in Box 1970

The Black Panthers Winchester Rifle
Black Panthers free food bag

The Black Panther 1971
The Black Panther 1971
A black panther dress
A free Huey flag
 The Panthers came of age in a time when things in this country were changing. Were they perfect-NO, co-founder Huey Newton proved to be an unstable leader, prone to drug abuse and violent, unhinged behavior. But the Panthers did a lot of good in different communities and the Oakland Museum did a great job is telling their story.

Monday, January 9, 2017

UNLV's Xeric Garden

Geez, the Holiday Season has come and gone and I posted a bunch of holiday related posts and largely forgot my trip to Las Vegas in November where I took tons on pics, not necessarily related to the strip. I guess I should start sharing them. This one is the Donald H.Baepler Xeric Gardens which is located on the campus of UNLV, near the entrance to the Barrick Museum. It opened in 1988 and was the first large-scale demonstration garden in the Las Vegas Valley:

UNLV's Xeric Garden was a very relaxing and enjoyable spot on campus.