SANTA FE, N.M. — The latest state legislative session wrapped up Thursday as representatives and senators worked until the last second to get as many bills, memorials and resolutions passed before the noon deadline.

Below is a look at how three pieces of legislation — two of which directly affect the University of New Mexico — fared in the State Legislature.


KUNM Generation Listen will host a listening party Friday, where members of the community are encouraged to learn about radio.

This month, Generation Listen plans to cover student-generated podcasts on a wide variety of topics, from politics to sports.

Jalila Arthur, the 2016-2017 president of Generation Listen, and current president Seth Brewer encourage everyone to attend.

The University of New Mexico BeKind Initiative in collaboration with UNM Student Affairs put on a Kindness Carnival Monday in the Student Union Building as part of Kindness Week.

The event featured games, food and prizes. According to Kim Kloeppel, chief operations officer for UNM Student Affairs, the Kindness Carnival was hosted by the BeKind Initiative to encourage students to give back to the community and spread kindness.

This was the second year that UNM hosted the Kindness Carnival, said Jessica Carlton, a student volunteer at the Kindness Carnival and volunteer with the Be Kind Initiative.


Gunman arrested after incidents at Duck Pond and near campus

University of New Mexico students, staff and faculty received an alarming alert Thursday morning about a man on campus who pulled a gun on several people.

According to the LoboAlert — sent out at 10:38 a.m. — a dark-skinned male wearing a green pancho started heading south towards Central Avenue after brandishing a gun in front of multiple people.

Lt. Trace Peck, of the UNM Police Department, said that the first incident took place at the Golden Pride restaurant on Lomas Boulevard. This was followed by a second report from two joggers who saw the man holding a gun on the same street — Peck said he did not know whether or not they were under a direct threat from the suspect.

Regent Alex Romero resigns, cites lack of respect

Tensions among Board of Regents members came to a head when one decided to leave the position entirely, citing ineffective communication and leadership.

Regent Alex O. Romero resigned from the University of New Mexico Board of Regents Wednesday after only serving in the position for eight months.

“It’s a lack of respect,” said Romero during an interview with the Daily Lobo when explaining his reasons for leaving.

Brief: Bake sale benefits cancer patients

The New Mexico Tumor Registry organized and held a Valentine’s Day bake sale Wednesday at the Cancer Research Facility. All proceeds went toward cancer patients and their families.

NMTR Program Manager Virginia “Ginger” Williams, who headed the event, said NMTR holds three fundraisers each year for this cause.

NMTR works with the social workers at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center to identify cancer patients who are most in need, she said.

Regents approve Abdallah as 22nd prez — also talk taproom, athletics, communication

The proposed Student Union Building Taproom and Chaouki Abdallah’s time at the University of New Mexico were discussed at Tuesday’s Board of Regents meeting, among Coronado dorm renovations, communication between regents and athletic debt.

Associated Students of University of New Mexico and UNM faculty representatives expressed concerns regarding the proposition that the athletic department’s $4.7 million deficit be forgiven.

The concerns involving the athletics department debt were discussed during the public comment section of the meeting. Pamela Pyle, the Faculty Senate president, was the first to speak against the idea of forgiving the debt. She said she received 25 emails from fellow faculty members that agreed with her aversion to the idea.

Cox aims to give everyone the chance to vote

Focusing on the integrity of the voting process will be part of attorney JoHanna Cox’s first steps to run for New Mexico Secretary of State.

“There are several different locations where people's votes weren’t counted that people weren’t able to even get to polling locations, because they didn’t know about them or where they were located,” she said.

On Jan. 11, Cox announced her candidacy for New Mexico Secretary of State, planning to run as a Republican.

Brief: Annual BeKind Week kicks off with safety theme

The University of New Mexico began its annual BeKind Week Monday, continuing a 16-year-old tradition involving more than 18 campus departments promoting kindness and goodwill.

Some groups involved this week include Student Health and Counseling and UNM Children’s Campus. A teddy bear drive, Cuddle a Canine and other events will happen throughout the week.

“Kindness means helping each other out. Being a community that supports each other and in this time and age where people need positive reinforcement in trying to be proactive each and every day to help someone out,” said Kimmerly Kloeppel, Ph.D., chair of the BeKind team.

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