The Tamarind Institute, a part of the University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts, will be hosting a three-day-long series of talks featuring a variety of speakers.

The undergraduate study body elected 10 new students to serve as senators for the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico Wednesday evening.

The elected senators, in order of descending vote count, are as follows: Selina Montoya, Téa Salazar, Jacob Silva, Sara AlMidany, Mohammed Jaber, Emerald Goranson, Holly Gallegos, Gabriel Ruja, Nick Morgan and Isez Roybal.

In total, 1,402 votes were cast in the Spring 2018 election, which is a decrease from past elections including last Fall when a record breaking 2,149 votes were received.

The Board of Regents voted 6-to-1 Tuesday to approve the Department of Athletics’ proposal to balance the budget and start a repayment plan for the millions of dollars in accumulated deficit to the University.

Student regent Garrett Adcock, a former Lobo football player, was the lone dissenting vote.

Regent President Robert Doughty said the plan was a step in the right direction, but the BOR is still awaiting the creation of a line-by-line itemized budget from athletics.

The University of New Mexico is working toward becoming a greener campus.

The University has been increasing its renewable energy resource every year by adding solar panels. UNM has also been reducing the amount of water used in campus upkeep, according to Mary Clark, the sustainability manager for the Sustainability Studies Program at UNM.

Green Issue — UNM to plant trees for National Arbor Day

In celebration of National Arbor Day, the grounds and landscaping department will be planting different kinds of trees around campus the week of April 23 through 27.

Alan Billau, the arboriculture supervisor for the department, said these plantings, which are open to everyone, are a good way to connect with the community.

Green Issue — Student Family Housing provides community garden for residents

There are 70 plots in the two gardens at Student Family Housing at the University of New Mexico.

And for Denise Mitchell, “since their opening in late 80s, early 90s, the gardens have been one of the beautiful spots of their kind at the housing complex.”

Mitchell, the area coordinator for the SFH, said the idea began when wives of two students planted in kimchi pots.

Green Issue — Weed and ABQ businesses

Albuquerque decriminalized marijuana this past month, but even before that, cannabis-related businesses were thriving in the Duke City.

Cheba Hut — a marijuana-themed sandwich shop located on Harvard — has been open since 2008 and is a close campus option. It serves local beer on tap and makes sandwiches until midnight.

Isaac Montoya, the owner of Cheba Hut since 2012, said business is good primarily due to quality sandwiches, but also the growing number of states and cities legalizing marijuana across the country.

Green Issue — UNM to celebrate Earth Day with expo

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22 the University of New Mexico Sustainability Program is hosting the 10th Annual Sustainability Expo on Thursday from 10:30 a.m until 2:30 p.m. at Cornell Mall outside of the Student Union Building.

Every year UNM’s Sustainability Studies Program hosts an expo to educate students, staff, faculty and the wider community about recycling, composting, conservation and other forms of sustainability, said Jessica Rowland, a professor of sustainability and one of the faculty organizers of the expo.

Green Issue — Mexican gray wolf is recovering, slowly, from endangerment

The Lobo has been the University of New Mexico’s mascot for almost 100 years, but the Lobo, also known as the Mexican gray wolf, is making a slow comeback from the endangered species list.

The wolf’s habitat used to stretch as far south as central Mexico, as north as central New Mexico, as west as Arizona and as east as Texas, but now its habitat is confined to reintroduction zones along the Arizona-New Mexico border, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website.

Men's soccer: UNM sport being 'very seriously considered' for cut

The University of New Mexico men’s soccer program is being "very seriously" looked at as a sport to cut, according to an email sent out this afternoon by head coach Jeremy Fishbein.

In a meeting Monday morning, athletic director Eddie Nuñez told Fishbein that men’s soccer was one of the sports being seriously considered to be discontinued in order to save money for a department that has failed to balance its budget in eight of the last 10 years.

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