UNLV to issue tickets for Joe Biden, Lady Gaga rally

UNLV will begin issuing tickets Tuesday morning for a free rally hosted by Lady Gaga and Vice President Joe Biden at the school this week, White House officials announced Monday.

The event, which takes place at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion, is open to the public. Tickets will be distributed Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center box office and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Student Union.

The Nevada visit is part of a multicity tour Biden is holding to promote the “It’s On Us” campaign, aimed to raise awareness about sex abuse in campus communities nationwide. Biden, who wrote the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, intends to leave a legacy as a defender of battered women.

The duo teamed up at the Academy Awards in February. Biden received a standing ovation when he introduced the singer, who performed her Oscar-nominated song “Til It Happens to You,” about sexual assault on campuses.

Biden, in an interview with Billboard magazine, said he admired Gaga for inspiring women to speak out against abuse.

“Lady Gaga is brave and sincere,” he told the magazine. “She’s a survivor who has the courage to speak out.”

UNLV spokesman Tony Allen said that while the event is open to the public, it will be “student-focused.”

Biden also will visit the University of Pittsburgh and University of Colorado, Boulder.

Contact Ana Ley at aley@reviewjournal.com or 702-224-5512. Find her on Twitter: @la__ley

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