On Wednesday dozens piled into the Waters Room at Zimmerman to hear Yale University professor Alicia Schmidt-Camacho speak about the effects of militaristic surveillance on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Her talk — “U.S. Border Surveillance, State Optics and the Production of Migrant Illegality” — was the last of the month-long Borderlands Event Series spearheaded by UNM English assistnt professor Bernadine Hernández.

The series was a nod to Women’s History Month and a branch off Hernández’ Borderlands Cultural class, which she described as “on the ground,” “grassroots” and “multidisciplinary.”

Election season for the Associated Students of UNM is in full swing, with early voting for the next ASUNM president and vice president taking place on Thursday. Election Day is March 29, while senatorial elections will be held in a few weeks.

The Daily Lobo reached out to the four presidential candidates on the ballot to find out what their priorities would be, if elected, as well as their previous ASUNM experience and their thoughts on UNM's current weaknesses and areas of improvement.

Domestic Violence Battery on a Household Member at UNMH

On March 5, two UNMPD officers were dispatched to the New Birth room at UNMH, in reference to a potential domestic violence battery, according to a report. During the call, UNMH security stated a male struck his wife, a female patient, in the face during a dispute.

Here's a quick rundown of bills that passed during the 60 day Legislative session that affect UNM. The descriptions are taken from the bill summaries as stated in the fiscal impact reports.

National Briefs for March 23, 2017

Terrorist attack at Parliament

“A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage at the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing an armed police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament,” according to an Associated Press report.

Four people were killed in the incident, including the assailant, while 20 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a "sick and depraved terrorist attack," according to the report. The attack caused lawmakers, lords and staff to be locked inside buildings as the wounded were treated and police secured the area.

Students help refugee families settle into life in America

After traveling across the globe in search of a home safer than the one they left behind, refugee and immigrant families coming to Albuquerque are being welcomed with open arms.

Brought to the University in 2006 by associate professor Jessica Goodkind, the Refugee Well-being Project pairs UNM students with a family that has emigrated to or sought asylum in Albuquerque within the past three years.

Refugee and immigrant families are recruited for the program through friends, current and past participants, employees of the RWP and partner organizations.

Young American Leaders Initiative host talk on political polarization and engagement

The Young American Leaders Initiative hosted a talk on political polarization Wednesday afternoon.

With only seven students, the turnout was small, but YALI founder and president Sonny Haquani said the group filmed the event so that it would be available to a broader audience.

Along with Haquani, the event was led by UNM political science professor Michael Rocca, who said the event was not designed to show students how to change polarization, but to encourage students to improve the level of political discourse.

ASUNM prez, VP candidates discuss issues at forum

On Tuesday, the candidates for ASUNM president and vice president answered questions and debated issues at the Endorsement Forum.

The fate of the lottery scholarship and other avenues of funding for UNM was a major talking point, with all candidates pledging their support of the Lottery Scholarship and their commitment to keeping college affordable.

“The Lottery Scholarship would be a priority if elected president for me,” said presidential candidate Gabriel Gallegos.

LoboAlert: Non-student sexually assaulted on campus

A LoboAlert was distributed to the University community late Tuesday evening, warning of a sexual assault of a non-student that occured on Johnson Field.

The incident occured at 11:30 p.m., according to the alert, and involved a male identified as being Native American, 5'8" and weighing between 160 and 170 pounds. The alert goes on to describe him as being in his late 20s, and wearing a gray beanie, black T-shirt with white lettering and a backpack.

HSC Briefs for March 22, 2017

UNM researcher joins consortium for vascular dementia

According to a UNM Health Sciences Center press release, a UNM neurologist has joined a new national consortium to study small blood vessel disease in the brain to assess its role in contributing to cognitive impairment and dementia.

Gary Rosenberg, director of the UNM Memory and Aging Center, is studying telltale biomarkers in magnetic resonance imaging and cerebrospinal fluid for evidence of injury to white matter, the tissue that surrounds neurons in the brain and helps transmit signals.

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