On Sunday Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis (District 6) and City Council President Ken Sanchez (District 1) announced legislation to authorize the prospective Netflix deal to buy Albuquerque Studios will have its own special session this Thursday, instead of being discussed at Monday’s City Council meeting.

“We had looked at holding this meeting on Monday, but we just felt the issue was too critical and too important,” Sanchez said.

Davis said having the meeting pushed back allows the public to “examine a deal shrouded in secrecy and excitement for months.”

The University of New Mexico announced in an online statement on Saturday, Oct. 6 that the UNM Police Department will be increasing their presence on campus.

“Officers will saturate the community and increase the visibility of mobile unit, bicycle and foot patrols, especially during the evening and late-night hours,” UNM President Garnett Stokes’ statement read.

This statement followed two armed carjackings, one on Friday, Oct. 5 at A Lot and another on Sunday, Oct. 7 on Las Lomas Street, east of Yale.

In the final hours before the start of Fall Break, Senators of the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico voted on three bills: a resolution, nearly $12,000 in appropriations and the fall budget.

ASUNM passed a bill that would prohibit the funding of “classroom components” starting in the spring 2019 semester.

As for what qualifies as a classroom component, the working definition, according to Standing and Rules Chair Jorge Rios, is “including but not limited to assignments, work for projects that may result in academic grade and credit. This does not include extra credit.”

Students and community members gathered at the University of New Mexico LGBTQ Resource Center Wednesday, Oct. 10 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day.

According to the Human Rights Campaign website, National Coming Out Day was first celebrated in 1988 on the anniversary of the Second National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights, which took place on Oct. 11, 1987. It was created to encourage and celebrate those who made the decision to come out.

“For a lot of people coming out is a moment of being able to say, ‘This is who I truly am,’” said Frankie Flores, educational director at the LGBTQ Resource Center. “Being LGBTQ is not just about who we love and who we chose to share our lives with, it’s also a culture. It’s history. It’s tradition.”

Crime Briefs for Oct. 15, 2018

Possession of Controlled Substance at Yale Parking Structure

On the morning of Oct. 1, three officers were sent to the Yale parking structure due to a disturbance, according to a report. Dispatch said a person with a baseball bat broke through the windows of a red Toyota parked on the top floor of the parking structure, and the person was inside.

When officers arrived, the windows were not broken, but at least two people were inside. One officer told the people to exit the vehicle one at a time. A male exited from the driver’s seat — he was handcuffed and patted down for weapons. When asked if he had weapons or needles, the male said he had a knife, but he did not know if he had needles.

The federal elections on this year's ballot

Midterm elections are approaching and there are countless races voters need to know about. Early voting begins on Saturday, Oct. 20 and the General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. On the ballot are two Federal Offices, seven New Mexico State Offices and more than 10 other items.

For this article, we’ll be focusing on federal elections that will be on this year’s ballot. Local and state elections will be covered in subsequent articles.

Nonfatal shooting outside Frontier Restaurant

A non-fatal shooting occurred across from the University of New Mexico on Tuesday night outside the Frontier Restaurant.

Around 11:00 p.m., an adult male was shot multiple times on Cornell and Central by an unknown assailant. No other injuries were reported. The identity of the lone victim is currently being withheld by the Albuquerque Police Department.

Controversial murals in Zimmerman Library may be removed

The conversation surrounding a piece of art at the University of New Mexico’s main library may be coming to an end soon.

The Three People’s Murals, located in Zimmerman Library, have been a point of contention for decades. However, UNM Associate Vice Provost Alex Lubin has presented a plan for the murals to the Office of the President.

The murals are composed of four different paintings that hang in the West Wing of Zimmerman Library and have been criticized by many for their “racial undertones.” The murals were painted by Kenneth Adams and completed in 1939.

Centennial Library to temporarily close for repairs

The University of New Mexico Centennial Library will be temporarily closed from Oct. 11 to Oct. 13 because UNM Facilities Management will be replacing sewer lines in the surrounding area.

The maintenance work was planned because of a severe water leak last month. According to Karl Benedict, an associate professor and director of Research Data services at UNM libraries, there was a water leak during the week of Sept. 22. The leak impacted staff and faculty offices.

Bus Routes to change for Fall Break

The University of New Mexico shuttle service is tapping on the brakes this week on Thursday Oct. 11 and Friday Oct. 12.

As students gear up to celebrate the beginning of the fall season, or just enjoy two days without classes, they can expect their usual commute to look just a little different during Fall Break.

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