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Monday, July 06, 2015

Regent's divestment vote fuels controversy

Although UNM regents voted not to divest from fossil fuel companies during its June 12 meeting, pressure from pro-environment organizations and individuals continues.

Several of those parties don’t think the Board’s vote serves the best interests of those whom the University serves: its students. This has left some, including Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino (D-Abq.), wondering whether University officials have the right priorities in mind.

“I am afraid we did not light the fire that we had hoped,” Ortiz y Pino said. “They didn’t even discuss the issue behind the suggestion to divest: the reality of climate change.”

Daily Lobo to take web-first approach

Daily Lobo to take web-first approach

In its most significant shift since going to a daily publication in the 1970s, the New Mexico Daily Lobo will transition to a digital-first approach beginning this fall semester. The Daily Lobo, UNM’s student-run news organization, will focus ... Read More

Bill funds facelift for UNM facilities

Gov. Susana Martinez signed a Capitol Outlay Bill earlier this month that includes more than $10 million for UNM as part of a five-year master plan focused on updating campus facilities.

Matt Munoz, a specialist at UNM Government Relations, said the funds going to the University are part of an overall bill that also involves city and county projects.

On UNM’s side, the money will go toward various development priorities including health education, engineering and athletics facilities.

Community sows seed for future

Members of the Mountain View Neighborhood Association have teamed up to fight pollution and promote healthy eating by establishing a community garden near the Rio Grande Bosque.

Community members, including a retired UNM professor, aim to turn this garden into a greenhouse and farming training center in the future, said Lauro Silva, president of the Mountain View Neighborhood Association.

“This project is really important for the community,” Silva said. “We are facing a lot of environmental and health problems due to the zoning policies of the Albuquerque city.”

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Law school hopefuls increase for UNM

At a time when applications to law schools are at an all-time national low, the Law School at UNM is on an upswing.

Jeffery Dubinski-Neessen, assistant dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at UNM, said that contrary to a recent story run by the Albuquerque Journal, applications to the University’s law school are actually on the rise.

When looking over a five-year period, application numbers have gone down; but this year, UNM School of Law applications are up 9 percent.

Lobo life shines in ABQ Sunport

The University of New Mexico recently unveiled its newest branch location: in the main terminal of the Albuquerque International Sunport.

Last Monday UNM President Bob Frank and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry presented the all-new LoboScape, an eye-catching visual representation of UNM for visitors and natives flying into the city.

Frank, before a crowd of about 40, called the project a marriage between the arts and sciences, a union that the city prides itself on. He said the University had been looking for a way to accentuate Albuquerque’s college-town status when it came up with LoboScape, an innovative way of relaying that message to visitors.

Brewery backpedals on proposed plaza project

Plans for the University to create an entertainment plaza on South Campus have grinded to a halt after project partner Marble Brewery decided to back out of the venture.

Tom Neale, interim director of UNM Real Estate, which manages all property holdings of the University, said they were notified in late May of 
Marble’s withdrawal.

Neale said that despite presenting financial figures of their plan to the Lobo Development Corporation earlier in the year, Marble became uncomfortable as they and the University worked to finalize a contract.

LGBT edition: Resource center seeks campus-wide Safe Zones

The LGBTQ Resource Center is arranging Safe Zone trainings across UNM campus to make the University more welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

The resource center will offer cultural competency workshops to build allies who recognize homophobia and stand up against it, said Alma Rosa Silva-Banuelos, director of the LQBTQ Resource Center.

“Providing the Safe Zone trainings has been part of our mission to make sure this campus is welcoming and safe for LGBTQ-identified students,” she said. “We really want our students to be able to go to school and not worry about all the other issues that they face when they are in higher education or at college.”

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