In celebration of World Refugee Day, an international event voicing support for displaced persons in every community globally, one Albuquerque group hosted a crafts fair where refugee women sold handmade goods.

Women’s Global Pathways is a branch of the Immigrant Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque, whose mission is “empowering the most marginalized populations of New Mexico including refugee, other immigrant local low income women, girls and their families.”

Their work aims to help this population with some of the common issues they face, including acquiring transportation, breaking language barriers and securing jobs.

Many UNM grad students have come to rely on the Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color. Now, after a significant budget cut, the student-led group supporting graduate students of color is fighting to keep its influence.

After a recommendation from the Student Fee and Review Board last semester, PNMGC funding was cut from $50,160 to $9,907 — a nearly 80 percent decrease.

From event programming to assistant salaries, funding pays for everything the group does.

The cuts came after an SFRB recommendation that PNMGC “functions more as a student organization and should be classified as such.”

The SFRB is a student committee made up of undergraduate and graduate students who determine how student fee revenue should be spent.

Two weeks after the retirement of Athletic Director Paul Krebs and the naming of Janice Ruggiero as interim director, investigations by state officials into athletic department spending continue.

In a letter to President Abdallah, Attorney General Hector Balderas explained he was opening an investigation into “the University of New Mexico Vice President of Athletics, Paul Krebs, and the June 19, 2015, through June 25, 2015, golf trip to Scotland.”

State Auditor Tim Keller also opened a special audit into the Spending record of UNM Athletics, which includes the same golf trip. The investigations come after the athletic department reported a $1.6 million deficit over the last fiscal year.

Kicking off National Pollinator week and the beginning of the summer solstice, the Open Space Visitor Center hosted the Burque Bee City and Pollination Celebration Sunday.

Cities across the globe are celebrating National Pollinator week by teaching the public about the benefits of pollinators – and why we can not live without them.

“Every insect, intrinsically every living creature has a job to do here and if we continue to disturb the balance of nature, we’re going to pay, and we are paying,” said Lu Lu Sage, local bee lover.

Regents approve budget for next year

UNM’s $2.9 billion budget was unanimously approved by Regents on Tuesday.

The approved budget plans for $833 million in total revenues and an equal amount of expenses, leveling out to a 1.9 percent overall decrease compared to last year.

In his administrative report to Regents, Interim President Chaouki Abdallah said decreases in state funding and Lottery Scholarship support were primary drivers of the revenue reduction.

Photographer Mark Holm: Remembering a true mentor

Mark Holm was an extraordinary visual storyteller, who with a quiet disposition, steady hand and ready heart captured amazing photographs that have since been published in The New York Times, The Albuquerque Journal and The Guadalupe County Communicator.

Holm came on board with the Daily Lobo as a photo coach in 2011, and remained a mentor here until his departure in the fall of 2015.

Top 5 resources for LGBTQ students

The Daily Lobo has compiled a list of the top five resources for LGBTQ students and community members:

Common Bond

  • For over 20 years, this support group has brought together LGBTQ youth under age 21 to talk about issues and join in activities in a judgment-free environment. Common Bond creates a safe environment every Friday night for those in the Albuquerque LGBTQ community to express themselves and learn while having fun.

Pulse Nightclub victims remembered at Pride Week vigil

As part of Albuquerque’s Pride Week celebrations, a candlelight vigil in remembrance of lost loved ones in the LGBTQ community was held at Morningside Park on June 9.

“Over the past 47 years we have been working on this thing that we call pride,” said Neil Macernie, president of Albuquerque Pride.

After 41 years of celebrating pride in Albuquerque, this year’s vigil held special importance. On June 12, 2016, an attack on Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida left 49 people dead and 53 wounded.

Recent UNM grad begins mayoral campaign with community event

After walking across the graduation stage at UNM just weeks ago, Gus Pedrotty is now making a bid for the Mayor’s office.

On Sunday afternoon Pedrotty hosted an event to thank his volunteers and reengage with the community.

A chemistry and psychology grad, Pedrotty and his team secured a spot on the ballot with 3,000 signed petitions while the semester was coming to a close. Now that his campaign has accomplished their first goal, it’s on to the next phase.

“There’s more work to be done,” he said.

National Briefs for June 6

Arab countries sever ties with Qatar

Accusing Qatar of supporting terrorist groups and backing Iran, Saudi Arabia was one of many Arab powers to sever diplomatic ties Monday with Qatar, moving to isolate the energy-rich nation that is home to a major U.S. military base, the Associated Press reports.

Qatar was plunged into chaos after the decision ignited the biggest diplomatic crisis in the Gulf since the 1991 war against Iraq, the AP reports.

The U.S. military base in Qatar is home to about 10,000 U.S. troops and the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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