There is a universality to certain qualities and experiences for every student who pursues the challenge of higher education. Late night study sessions, the pressure of examinations, and steep textbook prices are reliable and ubiquitous features of most university narratives. Other stories are unique, and they serve as a reminder of the value of diversity and the power of persistence.

Pablo Galarza will graduate from The University of New Mexico on Friday with a Master of Architecture degree and can tell one of these unique stories.

Former Daily Lobo editor in chief, Elizabeth Sanchez now enjoys sleeping in on Sundays instead of working fourteen hours straight to produce the state’s largest student newspaper.

Sanchez is now getting ready to graduate from the University of New Mexico with a double major in Spanish and Multimedia Journalism.

Sanchez said through journalism, she has expanded her knowledge of everything from beetles to medical devices. But her favorite part is meaningful connections and sharing the information she finds.

Jose Carrillo, a first generation college student, will be graduating this semester with a bachelor’s degree in music education.

Carrillo was born in 1975 and raised in Zacatecas, Mexico. He first came to Albuquerque in 1991 as a teenager and brought an affinity for music with him, mariachi music specifically.

Carrillo said he first got involved in mariachi music through his family, but did not have the means to play when he was growing up.

Rossana Suarez’s journey, which began hundreds of miles away from Albuquerque, is far from over.

She is set to graduate this fall with a degree in political science and Spanish. Already in the process of applying to law school at the University of New Mexico, she plans on practicing employment and labor law.

“You get to talk to workers from all over the state and realize that there is a lot of injustices and there is really not that many lawyers that represent workers,” Suarez said. “That’s not where the money is at.”

Protests continue after teacher cuts Native American student’s hair

Another protest ensued days after the Albuquerque Public School District “severed” their relationship with a teacher who allegedly cut off the braid of a Native American student.

The packed Board of Education’s meeting saw about 30 speakers address APS’s governing body. Many speakers were there to express their outrage at the board for allowing the incident to happen and for not removing the teacher.

“It took more than a whole month for this apology to happen,” said Demetrius Johnson, the brother of the student who said her teacher referred to her as a “bloody Indian.”

Johnson, his parents and the other speakers were limited to one minute each during the public comment period, instead of the typical five minutes. Board member Yolanda Montoya-Cordova said the change was to give all the speakers time to speak.

Photo Story: La gente between

Since March 2018, a caravan of migrants from Central America began their journey to ask for asylum in the U.S.. The caravan grew, and more people desperately ran from the violence and hunger experienced in their home countries.

Photo Story: Laid bare

Homelessness in Albuquerque is an unavoidable beast that, when last tallied in 2015, stood at 1,287 Albuquerque citizens — and that’s not the whole story.

Sharpie scrawled across stained cardboard, shopping carts overflowing with people’s lives and humanity laid bare.

Photo Story: School's out(side)

University of New Mexico students took to the San Pedro Mountains earlier this month for a three day backpacking trip. Students enrolled in the UNM Honors College Anthropology and Archaeology of Trails program spent the semester taking day hikes in Albuquerque and elsewhere in New Mexico. This backpacking trip was a part of the course’s final project. Students hiked for an hour and a half into the mountains before setting up camp in the snowy wilderness. Students cooked food over a fire, stargazed, hiked and engaged in other outdoor activities for the duration of the trip.

Photo Story: Wish you were there

I wish I could share some of my childhood memories with you. I wish you could inhale the same heavy, humid lake air that I did. I wish you could feel the sand between your toes. I wish you could see the water, smooth as glass, in the morning and see the reflection of millions of stars sway during a cool summer night.

Photo Story: Crane calls

New Mexico fall means achingly blue skies, contrasted behind golden-crowned trees and high above is the cacophony of flight.

In the stands of cottonwoods south of Socorro, thousands of sandhill cranes come to rest, picking their way through shallow water and waving grasses for seeds and tubers. Coyotes prowl around the edges looking for tired snow geese to catch.

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