New Mexico has the second-worst school system in America, according to a recent WalletHub study.

The research for the study was developed by a specific methodology created by WalletHub’s research team in conjunction with academic experts in the field, Jill Gonzalez, a WalletHub analyst, said.

The data used to create the rankings is aggregated from reputable, mostly government, sources including the U.S. Census Bureau and National Center for Educational Statistics, Gonzalez said.

The new Lobo Rainforest building, located in downtown Albuquerque, is now home to UNM students as well as multiple innovative groups hoping to influence students, the community and other businesses by networking and creating opportunity throughout the city.

“The University has been involved in a project called Innovate ABQ for the last four and a half years,” said Lisa Kuuttila, CEO and Chief Economic Development Officer at STC UNM. “The vision for the site as a whole, was to develop this live, work, play environment to stimulate creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation.”

Albuquerque did not previously have an innovation district, Kuuttila said, which is why the concept to build a corridor between the University and downtown was created.

More than 50 people gathered outside the UNM bookstore Sunday evening to show support and solidarity for the victims of the violent riots in Charlottesville, VA. The event was organized by the Party for Socialism and Liberation and Stop the War Machine.

“It was really just a matter of time before this happened,” said local activist Torrance Green in response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend. “(These protests) are setting the trend and precedent that, ‘Hey, if you show up and show out nobody is going to stop you.’”

Participants joined in chants of: “Alt-Right that’s a lie, you’re a nazi in disguise,” “Ain’t no power like the power of the people ‘cause the power of the people don’t stop” and “Bash the fasc.”

Sunday night’s event was held in response to “Unite the Right” rallies organized by white supremacy groups in Virginia last weekend.

It’s no secret that New Mexico has more than its fair share of crime.

In 2015, New Mexico had the third-highest violent crime rate and second-highest property crime rate in the U.S. according to FBI data.

According to the UNM Annual Clery Report for 2016, the number of auto thefts, burglaries and aggravated assaults have nearly doubled since 2013 on campus alone. In February the Daily Lobo reported that car thefts doubled from 64 in 2015 to 124 last year.

UNM Main Campus, South Valley and Downtown Albuquerque are heavy areas of crime with generally high numbers of auto thefts and burglaries, but the city is working hard to remedy these issues.

How does GPA factor into employment?

Grade point average takes center stage as a means of tracking a student’s performance throughout their academic career.

In a collegiate setting, merit-based scholarships and financial aid heavily rely on a student’s GPA, and their eligibility for these services may be negatively affected by a lower GPA score.

At the University of New Mexico, students who are receiving financial aid are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. Failure to maintain the required GPA may result in the loss of financial aid assistance.

If students wish to receive extra benefits such as internship opportunities, a GPA. of 3.0 is often the minimum acceptable score. A 3.0 is also the required GPA for any graduate students seeking to continue their education through an accredited Master’s Degree program. Graduating with Honors requires a minimum GPA of 3.5 — 0.12 points above the UNM average GPA score of 3.38.

Crime Briefs for Aug. 14, 2017

Battery on a healthcare worker at UNM Psychiatric Center

On Aug. 2, two officers were sent to the UNM Psychiatric Center in reference to a battery, according to a UNMPD report. Upon arrival, one officer spoke with a female in the meeting room who said she and another patient were in an altercation concerning community phone use.

She said the other patient had already used the phone for 15 minutes before she spoke on the phone. The female said the other patient asked her to hang up the phone after she had only spoken for 10 minutes. Then, the other patient hung up the phone while the female was still using it. Out of anger, the female said she went after the other patient.

UNM finds interim athletics director

UNM interim President Chaouki Abdallah has appointed Janice Ruggiero as Acting Director of Intercollegiate Athletics while UNM continues it’s search to fill the position permanently.

The transition from Paul Krebs’ term has gone as smoothly as possible and her experience has prepared her for the temporary position, Ruggiero said.

“I have been very fortunate to have overseen most departments within our athletic department excluding the external operations,” she said. “I have been here for almost 28 years so I know the different individuals to go to for most situations that may arise.” 

Getting there and working hard: A peek inside The New York Times

“This is my scene,” said Caroline Que, Editorial Director for the News Desk at the New York Times. “I’m grateful to have found something pretty early in my adult life that is interesting to me and is different every day and keeps me engaged at a place where my skills and core values are easily applied.”

Que started her career as a journalist in her sophomore year of college, working as an editor at her college newspaper, the Davidsonian.

“The second week we published that semester was September 11, 2001, so I had a pretty quick entry to the power of the press, and the need to get information to people and the need that people had for information at that moment,” she said. “When I was starting out I always felt like that was the first moment, and it was kind of a done deal.”

Crime briefs for Aug. 7, 2017

Battery on a healthcare personnel at UNMH

On the evening of July 30, an officer was dispatched to UNMH in reference to a battery on a health care worker, according to a police report. Upon arrival, a nurse told the officer a female patient became angry while she was being triaged by another employee. The nurse said the patient began to curse at and threaten staff members, saying the patient was going to leave. However, the patient needed to complete a medical evaluation, because she lives in a group home and had taken multiple aspirin pills. The nurse told the officer the patient was interfering with her own medical care.

At this point, the nurse said the patient punched her in the stomach once, but she was uninjured. The patient fell to the floor as she was being taken to a stretcher; she was then lifted to the stretcher, restrained and given medication to calm her.

Lobo Rainforest housing development move-in ready this month

A technology- and innovation-based student housing option, UNM’s newest student living option is scheduled to open its doors to residents this month.

After three years of planning and construction, Lobo Rainforest is now only days away from completion. The new off-campus student housing is located downtown at the corner of Central Avenue NE and Broadway Avenue NE and is open to Innovation Academy Scholars, UNM upperclassmen and returning UNM residents.

“(Lobo Rainforest) has been in the works for a number of years now,” said Lisa Kuuttila, president and CEO of Supporting Technology Transfer and Catalyzing Development at UNM. “It was originated by our president, Bob Frank, at the time who had a vision that we could take our entrepreneurial ecosystem to the next level.”

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