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March 10, 2009
By John Trent
University of Nevada, Reno President Milt Glick has made a campus-wide call for this week’s Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament in Reno.
“The Wolf Pack men’s and women’s teams need our help this week,” Glick said Tuesday in asking that all Nevada students, staff and faculty wear blue starting Wednesday as the Nevada women’s team tips off action at Lawlor Events Center for the WAC Tournament. The men’s team begins play on Thursday at Lawlor on Thursday.
“The WAC Tournament and our athletics program in general is a great way to bring our community together as we rally behind the Wolf Pack,” Glick said. “In that spirit, I invite all of you to wear blue each day the Wolf Pack men’s and women’s basketball teams take the court at Lawlor. The Silver State should become the Silver and Blue state all of this week.”
This week the University is partnering with the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority and numerous sponsors to host the Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament at Lawlor Events Center, March 10-14. With berths in the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tournament hanging in the balance, the WAC Tournament will bring fans from across the conference to the region and provide an appreciated tourism boost.
The Wolf Pack women play Boise State on Wednesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. and on Thursday, March 12, at 6 p.m. the Wolf Pack men play San Jose State.
Glick said the campus-wide call is part of a larger effort in northern Nevada, where other businesses and organizations across the region are encouraging their employees to wear blue in support of the Wolf Pack.
“Wearing blue does more than celebrate our athletics teams,” Glick said. “It demonstrates pride in the University and shows we collectively stand behind our students and each other, as faculty and staff.”
Glick also said this week’s show of school spirit raises a larger question regarding future campus and community efforts to celebrate the University’s successes. He is inviting feedback from the campus about future “wear blue days” on campus for important academic achievements.