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Tent City residents ordered to break camp

Tent City residents ordered to break camp

The intersection of Iron Street and First Street now goes by an unofficial name — “Tent City” — due to the substantial homeless population that camps beside the rail yard fence. Neighboring homes and businesses have called upon the city of Albuquerque to help with the situation, relying on charitable organizations like St. Martin’s Hospitality Center to relocate and assist those who live on the small stretch of sidewalk.

Sneakers suit VIPs' call for cancer awareness

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College of Education makes upgrades to entice students

Over winter break, the College of Education underwent major renovations to entice new students while providing a professional ambiance for those already involved in the college’s programs.

Program Operations Director for the College’s Center for Student Success, Smith Frederick said the changes implemented in the college have been driven by the needs of the students. The college utilizes the opportunity to have students take surveys and provide feedback in other ways to address support services and potential areas in need of updates or enhancements, he said.

Frederick said a major concern of the students was the need to update the areas in which advisement occurs in the Center for Student Success, located in Travelstead Hall.

Crime briefs for Jan. 29, 2015

Tool stolen from UNM employee

On Jan. 20, a UNM employee made a report with UNM Police Department in reference to larceny. According to the report, the employee’s work drill was stolen from a storage room in Hokona Hall between 4 p.m. on Jan. 16 and 9:30 am on Jan. 20. Several people have access to the storage area and there are currently no suspects.

Smoking policy may soon get strict revision

The University Policy office is in the preliminary stages of updating the University’s smoking policy to include enforcement of protocol, among other initiatives.

University Policy and Administrative Planning Director Pamina Deutsch said she hopes to revise the policy to include cracking down on smokers outside of designated smoking areas on campus has been a goal of hers for some time.

“Ever since I’ve taken over this role — I’ve been here since Feb. 2012 — there have been concerns about enforcement (of the smoking policy),” she said.

Sustainability manager applies eco-friendly mindset to her job

Before the term “sustainability” was coined, Mary Clark was interested in leading an environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

Now, Clark is the manager of UNM’s Office of Sustainability, a one-person department that oversees the University’s recycling programs, green fund, conservation initiatives, energy use reports and the promotion of sustainable practices on campus. The position is part of the Physical Plant Department, which produces and distributes all of UNM’s utilities.

Interdisciplinary research center to open

UNM will soon open the doors to its newest research facility, the Center for Stable Isotopes, which will allow researchers from a wide range of fields to delve into the mysteries of the natural world by looking at its smallest building blocks.

The new facility will expand an already existing program based within the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences into an interdisciplinary center.

UNM campus briefs for Jan. 28

The UNM Human-Centric Security Initiative presents speaker Adrian Chavez from Sandia National Laboratories, with the lecture “Projecting the Integrity and Confidentiality of Security Functions Through Provable Code Obfuscation” on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m.

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