Student Life

Nevada Traditions

The University of Nevada, Reno-UNLV Rivalry and the Fremont Cannon

Football Players

Even early in their experience at the University, students quickly come to understand the importance of the Fremont Cannon, which is the largest and most expensive trophy in all of college sports.

The Fremont Cannon is a replica of the gun that accompanied Captain John C. Fremont on his expedition through Oregon, Nevada and California in 1843-44. The mountain howitzer was constructed in 1970 as a gift of the Nevada Mines Division of Kennecott Copper Corp. and is awarded each fall to the winner of the annual University of Nevada, Reno-UNLV football game.

Each year after a Nevada victory, the cannon is painted blue and is housed in a special alcove in the Cashell Football Center, next to Mackay Stadium.


Students at bonfire

Homecoming, occurring each October, represents a rising tradition at the University of Nevada, Reno where current students, faculty and staff take part in myriad of activities including a bonfire, residence hall and Greek competitions culminating in the homecoming parade & football game! Having grown significantly in just the past few years, the homecoming tradition is a great "Welcome Back" to all of the University's loyal and prideful alumni.

For more information on the activities and events of homecoming, visit the ASUN website.

Mackay Week

Mackay Statue with Balloons

Mackay Week, taking place at the end of each spring semester for the past 90 years, is a celebration of one of the University's largest supporters - John Mackay and his family. The week is also intended to celebrate Nevada's history with the mining industry which was once a major supplier of state funds. Organized by the ASUN, this tradition proves to be a very good ending to yet another very good academic year.

Painting the “N”

Student painting

Peavine Peak is the home to the large, unmistakable “N” of Nevada. An annual rite each fall occurs when University students make the trek up the flanks of Peavine to add a coat of fresh white paint to the “N.”

The Blue Crew

The creation of the Blue Crew in 2003-2004 coincided with the Wolf Pack men’s basketball team’s exhilarating run in the NCAA Tournament, which culminated with an appearance in the Sweet Sixteen. The Blue Crew is a group of spirited, sometimes wild, group of students who exhibit the spirit of Silver and Blue at athletic events, most notably basketball games. The Blue Crew has proven to be one of the prime reasons why Lawlor Events Center, home to the men’s and women’s basketball teams, has become one of the most formidable home court advantages in the Mountain West Conference.

Cheering at football game