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Tuesday, October 06, 2015


Every afternoon, one corner of the Duck Pond park makes a transformation into what looks like a giant web of ropes strung between the trees. UNM students and the occasional curious passerby arrive at the spot to “slackline,” an activity based upon traversing these lines on foot above the ground.

"To do so requires an incredible amount of balance and focus," said David Bray, a UNM student studying geology. “But it feels incredible when you finally get it -- like you’re floating. You have to be totally relaxed.”

For many of the students who come to slackline, the sport is a way of relieving stress and unwinding at the end of the day. However, there’s more to the gathering than slacklining: each day students do yoga, meditate, play music, study and socialize in the middle of “The Web.”

As the sun goes down, slacklining gives way to music as people pull out instruments and sing songs together before packing up the lines and heading for home. On the weekends they make excursions to set up lines over rivers and harness themselves to lines high over canyons in the mountains. 


This past Friday at Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe, Will Shuster’s Zozobra burned for the 91st time in front of 40,000 people.

The annual event hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe consists of the burning of a giant puppet nicknamed “Old Man Gloom.” The burning of Zozobra, the 50-foot mobile statue made of muslin and then stuffed with shredded paper, is said on the event’s website to be based on the belief that “as fire consumes the beast, so go the feelings of gloom and doom from the past year.”

Being that the centennial of the Zozobra event is now only nine years away, the decade leading up to 2024 is going to reflect on the designs of previous decades, last year’s being the 20s and this year’s being the 30s.

All Star Game

Pole Fitness

By: Diana Cervantes

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

Taking it to the plaza

By Kanan Mammadli

A large, open, flat concrete surface? Limited foot traffic? Sign them up. Some UNM alumni take advantage of an empty Zimmerman Plaza every Sunday to square off in street hockey. Lacing up their skates and competing hard, they say it offers a reprieve from their everyday work life. 

A dying breed

By Nick Fojud

Webs, plates, rollers, joggers and folds are terms that are being added to the endangered diction list, as print journalism is slowly becoming extinct.

Stateofthemedia.org states that from the year 2003 to 2012 print advertising revenues have fallen by roughly $26 million, and online revenues are on a steady incline. With this shift from print media to digital media, daily papers across the country are shutting their doors and turning off their presses.

Vanguard Printing uses a letterpress-style printing press that is completely hands-on and has no computer oversight. During this process, pressmen Brent Sells and John Coates are constantly on the move, checking for focus, alignment and color balances.

Vanguard’s printing press is more complex than sending off documents through a computer, and Sells and Coates are a testament to the art behind it. In the ever-changing media landscape, species of professionals like Sells and Coates might not be around for too much longer.

Home sweet home

By Diana Cervantes

Tent City inhabitants have relocated time and time again throughout their battle with the city of Albuquerque for the right to to call someplace home. With each eviction notice, residents learned to adapt and create new homes wherever they went. This photo essay focuses specifically on the residents’ previous location near Interstate 40 and Lomas Boulevard. The small desert plateau offered little shelter from the immense heat, but the tent city residents offered no complaints. These snapshots represent a day in the life of Tent City. The future of Albuquerque’s Tent Cities has yet to be determined.

High hopes

By Hannah Glasgow

Freshman pitcher Matthew Smallwood has been playing baseball since the age of 5. He has Major League aspirations, but said “there’s a lot of other goals besides winning” that he’d like to accomplish as a Lobo, such as volunteering.

“I feel like we can make a big difference in the community just because we’re a part of the UNM baseball team,” Smallwood said. “But besides that, of course, winning a couple Mountain West conferences and a College World Series would be a dream come true.”

Smallwood is one of only nine New Mexicans on this year’s roster

“My mom always told me that hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard, and I really believed in that growing up,” he said.

Smallwood will be in Virginia to play for the Winchester Royals in the Valley Baseball League, a collegiate summer league.

No life without movement

By Di-Linh Hoang

Dalila Baied didn’t start dancing when she was 12 years old. She said she took hip hop and jazz classes, and only began taking dancing seriously when she was 17. “I want to be a dancer,” she said. “I don’t care if I’m not a ballerina or I didn’t start at four years old.”

A December 2014 graduate in psychology and dance, Baied has danced professionally since she graduated at the Santa Fe Opera, and she recently traveled to Austria to work with a dance company.

Baied recently became a certified yoga instructor as well. She began doing yoga as a workout while already in dancing.

“Yoga classes came pretty easy to me since I was already flexible and it was an asset to my dance training,” she said. Baied said she wants to get a master’s degree in psychology later in life, and she plans to continue dancing in the meantime.

“I know I love to dance,” she said. “Movement is something I can’t live without.”

A true Fighting Lion

By Denise Gallegos

Isaac Velasquez, a four-sport athlete at Santa Rosa High School, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma during his senior year. Although he struggled with his illness and treatments, Velasquez continued to suit up and support his team. He has since been cured of the cancer and is now participating in baseball and track and field. Isaac will graduate high school in mid-May.

Breaking norm

By Derrick Toledo

New Mexico is among the highest-rated states when it comes to ethnic and cultural diversity. With that great diversity comes large numbers of cultures seeking knowledge and education. UNM’s American Indian Student Services has no shortage of Native American students seeking opportunities. The alternative spring break started with the initiative of giving back to communities.

This year featured the second annual AISS Alternative Spring Break. The group traveled to the Havasupai reservation in Arizona. The Havasupai are an indigenous tribe native to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, which is only accessible by helicopter or an eight-mile hike down the canyon walls. A group of UNM students spent their spring break on a trip to the Native land as an alternative means to traditional partying. They spent their time working on environmental improvement as well as learning about the Havasupai tribe.

ASUNM Election Results Announcement

ASUNM Election Result Announcement

New Mexico Sand Volleyball vs. Grand Canyon Home Opener

New Mexico sand volleyball hosts Grand Canyon University for its inaugural season home opener at StoneFace Courts in Albuquerque on March 21. The Lobos lost to the Antelopes 4-1.

New Mexico Men's Basketball vs. Wyoming (Senior Day)

New Mexico 52, Wyoming 49 OT

New Mexico Women's Basketball vs. Fresno State (Senior Day)

New Mexico 63, Fresno State 60

Tent City

Albuquerque's Tent City


New Mexico Swimming & Diving vs. Colorado State

New Mexico Swimming & Diving vs. Colorado State (Senior Day)

Cairo Tentmakers

Tentmakers from Cairo presenting their work during Quilt Week put on by the American Quilter's Society running Jan. 14-17.