On Wednesday night, something amazing happened. I had the craziest dream.

It all started at an Elton John concert in Tingley Coliseum, where me and a friend had procured two $50 general admission tickets.

With delusions of grandeur, we snuck from our nosebleed section seats into the pit, hoping to blend into the crowd at the edge of the arena.

As the lights came down and music royalty took the stage, we looked at each other, in disbelief that we pulled it off.

Within moments of this telepathic celebration, a man with a flashlight approached us and I thought for sure the jig was up.


UNM Biology Undergraduate Society (BUGS) has been working hard to put together Wolf Fest, an event dedicated to wolf conservation and educating the public about wolves, alongside their cosponsor, UNM Wilderness Alliance.

According to Ryann Carter, one of the BUGS co-presidents, it’s been a challenge planning Wolf Fest.

“I've been able to learn how to network with different groups on campus, whether it’s student organizations, the activities office, the Parking and Transportation or Safety and Risk department,” Carter said. “I've had to fill out paperwork, I've had to get copies of insurance for live animals and pay service fees for things and rent tents, so it's really taught me a lot of life skills.”

On Wednesday night, something amazing happened. I had the craziest dream.

It all started at an Elton John concert in Tingley Coliseum, where me and a friend had procured two $50 general admission tickets.

With delusions of grandeur, we snuck from our nosebleed section seats into the pit, hoping to blend into the crowd at the edge of the arena.

As the lights came down and music royalty took the stage, we looked at each other, in disbelief that we pulled it off.

Within moments of this telepathic celebration, a man with a flashlight approached us and I thought for sure the jig was up.

For nearly a decade, a student group has been training engineers and helping small communities around the world.

Engineers Without Borders UNM is a local chapter of EWB-USA, its parents organization, and aims to build a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

“Our mission is two parts and focuses on two groups, one being the communities we work with,” said Santiago Trujillo, chapter president of EWB-UNM, “We build a better world by implementing a professional engineering process to assess a community’s needs, design, implement and assess a sustainable product through engineering practices that provide communities with the aid to meet their basic human needs.”


UNM Hobbit Society digs deep into Middle Earth

We may only be able to go to J. R. R. Tolkien’s Shire in our imagination with the help of his books and Peter Jackson’s movies, but at the UNM Honors College Forum, club members meet to do the second best thing: dive as deep as possible into Tolkien’s world.

The club is called UNM Hobbit Society and is run by Tessa Snyder, the club’s president, and Sarah Collins, the vice president.

“We try to bring in all different kinds of literature and popular culture and talk about how maybe it was influenced by Tolkien and his work,” Collins said. “He was considered by a lot of people to be the first of his kind, and everything kind of stems from that. So not only do we talk about the movies and the books and his life and everything, but we also to bring in a lot of different topics.”

Dueling pianists to throw down at Popejoy

On Friday, virtuoso pianists Paul Cibis and Andreas Kern will tickle the ivories in a “Piano Battle” at Popejoy Hall.

According to Cibis, the Piano Battle is a duel between the two pianists that lasts six rounds. At the end, the audience gets to decide who won. Instead of exchanging blows, the pianists strive to outdo each other with their musical skills.

Cibis said that Piano Battle all started when the two were called to play together in a place many miles from where they will be on Friday.

“We both were invited to a Hong Kong city festival, and then they thought because we are both German and from Berlin, maybe we could play a concert together,” Cibis said.

SWFC Preview: Cult horror hit "Green Room" comes to the SUB

On March 24-26 the Southwest Film Center will be screening the cult horror film “Green Room” at the UNM SUB. The film is the third feature film directed by Jeremy Saulnier who has directed the 2013 thriller “Blue Ruin” and the 2007 horror-comedy “Murder Party”.

“Green Room” is the story of a punk band consisting of members Pat, Sam, Reese and Tiger, as they tour the Pacific Northwest. After a cancellation of one of their gigs, they are booked at a rural Oregon bar which panders to skinheads.

Review: Long awaited return of "Samurai Jack" doesn't disappoint

After nearly a 13 year hiatus, the legendary adventure series “Samurai Jack” has made it’s long awaited return. The series was first teased in September of 2015 and since then has been the subject of anticipation, speculation, and adoration as the return of our childhood sci-fi samurai.

A critically acclaimed series during its original run, Samurai Jack was widely praised for its art style, camera angles, use of silence, and cinematography highly influenced by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. Like most series of its time in the early 2000’s, it faced the chopping block to pave the way for newer — and not necessarily better — series. This left a bitter taste in the mouths of its dedicated fan base.

The show’s creator, Russian-born Genndy Tartakovsky of “Dexter’s Laboratory” fame, has returned for the new episodes, making this a reboot not for the sake of rebooting but for closure, as the series never had a proper finale during its original run.

Q & A: Local musician Gabriel Fuentes

Gabriel Fuentes is a local guitarist and songwriter who fuses acoustic guitar melodies in a unique instrumental genre known as “math-rock.” A genuine musician and inspiring person, Fuentes, performs in and around the Albuquerque area.

The Daily Lobo talked to Fuentes about his upcoming projects and musical background.

DL: What kind of music do you make?

GF: Myself and my bandmates write a kind of rock referred to as “math-rock,” although some bands prefer to be seen as anything but that.

Cheap and easy spring break getaways

Spring break is finally upon us, and with unseasonably warm weather blessing the Land of Enchantment, it’s time to drop the textbooks and get out into the wild and beautiful landscapes that give our state its legendary nickname.

Here’s a few ideas for day trips, camping excursions and romantic getaways that are close to home and won't break the bank.


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