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Friday, February 27, 2015

Dean: intellectual dishonesty perpetuates racism

An English professor by trade, Finnie Coleman served as the Africana Studies Department’s administrator at UNM in 2005 before he became the dean of University College.

Coleman has recently completed a book that is 10 years in the making. The book, which contains chapter titles such as “Am I White Enough For You?”, touches on a variety of subjects including hip-hop culture, authenticity, identity and post-racial America.

As Black History Month nears its end, the Daily Lobo sat down with Coleman to talk about issues of race in America.

UNM crime briefs for Feb. 27

Feb. 15: UNMPD was dispatched to the UNM North Golf Course in reference to a fight. According to the report, the victim told police that he was hit in the head with a golf club by the suspect. According to UNMPD officials the victim had a cut on his ... Read More

SUB advistory board considers renovation

Members of the Student Union Building’s joint advisory board are in the early planning stages of what could become the SUB’s first major renovation in at least 10 years.

Vice President of Student Life Walt Miller, who is spearheading the process, said the long-term needs of the SUB are their top priority. The current stage involves collecting data and conducting analysis of who uses the SUB and for what, to determine if a renovation is a part of those long-term needs, he said.

Community rallies behind part-time faculty

As part of Wednesday’s National Adjunct Walkout Day, community members from CNM and UNM gathered at the corner of University Boulevard and Coal Avenue to protest proposed right-to-work legislation and, what the demonstrators called the exploitation of part-time faculty.

The group, which consisted of around 30 people at the height of the protest, carried signs and informed passersby about the plight of part-time instructors. Those adjunct professors make up around 70 percent of the community college’s workforce, according to a press release issued by the protest organizers.

According to the release, adjunct or part-time professors teach 63 percent of classes at CNM. They receive an average of $1,000 less for each class than full-time instructors, and adjuncts are only compensated for four hours a week per class, regardless of the total time they spend creating curriculum, grading assignments and helping students outside the classroom.

Parking citations help fund maintenence

Parking citations are a universally disliked part of attending UNM, and most students have no idea where the money goes.

Citations have gradually increased over the past two years, producing relatively substantial amounts of revenue for the Parking and Transportation Services Department.

According to PATS, there have been 40,988 citations given out in fiscal year 2014 and 40,083 distributed in fiscal year 2013. At $20 to $25 a citation, the total fines for 2014 add up to $1,096,255. However, the actual revenue owed from the fines is $926,934 and about 85 percent of that is actually collected.

ASUNM affirms lottery bill stance

The Associated Students of UNM unanimously passed a resolution to further affirm its stance opposing possible lottery scholarship cuts.

Resolution 5S comes in the wake of a New Mexico Senate bill that would remove the mandate ensuring the scholarship 30 percent of lottery profits.

If passed, Senate Bill 355 will allow the 30 percent minimum to be done away with in favor of an increased amount of money going to the promotion of the lottery as well as lottery prizes.

Campus briefs for Feb. 25, 2015

Dr. Pope L. Moseley, professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the UNM School of Medicine, has been named dean of the College of Medicine and executive vice chancellor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, according to a Health Sciences Center press release.

Moseley, who joined the faculty at the UNM Health Sciences Center in 1995, is a School of Medicine distinguished professor, and he has also served at the UNM Health Sciences Center as an associate dean for research and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, the statement said.

Campus food pantry provides assistance

While students and other New Mexicans continue struggle with food insecurity, UNM has programs to help students and members of the University community. The Lobo Food Pantry, which was initiated a year ago, offers a food bank several times a year.

Headed by Lisa Lindquist, a student affairs specialist in the Dean of Students Office, the pantry has worked with Roadrunner food bank since February 2014. Roadrunner sends a truck to a mobile food pantry — usually once a month during the spring and fall semesters — to assist those students, staff and members of the UNM community who need help in stocking their kitchens, Lindquist said.

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