It’s that time of year again — students are sleeping less, studying more and questioning if they really need a college degree. That’s right, it’s finals week.

Wheather someone is a Chemistry major, or a journalism major like myself, chances are they are counting down the days until winter break, and calculating exactly what grade they need on their final to still pass — C’s get degrees after all, right?

Preparing for finals has become so notorious for contributing to an exponential rise in stress that many students refer to it as “Dead Week."


I, as an older student, am here to say to younger students: never commit suicide.

I'll tell you why. It isn't as it I have never wanted to, because I have when I was in my 20s. I had two almost tragically close attempts. Then after the second attempt, I made a decision that no matter how hard life got, I would never do that.


This letter is written in response to a letter to the editor published on Nov. 19, titled "UNM should be careful with upcoming Banner overhaul."

Thank you for taking the time to respond to the UNM News story regarding the updates to the Banner system. The resources you reviewed on the published site were intended to provide a high-level view of the steps we have in place to prepare Banner 9 for go-live, and, as you note, they do not show the level of detail to address your concern about our approach to testing, nor do they represent the full project hours for each implementation. 

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published online in the UNM BioBlog on Nov. 23, 2017, written by the students of the Biology Department’s BioBlog class. This is part of our project to help connect the Daily Lobo audience to more members of our community.

When you look down on your Thanksgiving dinner plate, do you see a distortion of evolution? If not, you should. What we consider to be corn today is more robust than what was eaten by early settlers, and is unrecognizable compared to its ancestor, teosinte. A recent UNM BioBlog discusses how and why teosinte, a wild grass that produces a small, 2-inch “cob,” evolved into modern corn.

Column: Don't be afraid to come out to your family

This past Thanksgiving, my grandfather passed away. For most people, such an event would be very emotionally-trying.

Yet, from the moment he passed until the day he was buried, I felt strangely conflicted.

As cliché as it may sound, my grandfather was very religious. No — that’s putting it mildly. Religion, specifically Orthodox Christianity, was the dominant force in his life.

Letter: Religion has no place on campus


As I meet and speak with other students, as I notice which groups are setting up where and how often, I am struck by how great a presence religion has on campus. To be sure, it is always Christians evangelizing, but my concern stretches to any faith-based tradition.

Religion does not belong on campus.

We are here to learn. Importantly, we are here to sophisticate our knowledge.

Letter: Trump's insults put women in danger


The misogynist history of Donald Trump’s predatory mindset is nothing new and should not surprise anyone. The fact that it still does, speaks against the hypocritical self-conception of this country as a beacon of justice.

A quick glance at Trump’s trail of verbal abuse is indicative of even worse atrocities this man is accused of having committed during the course of his parasitic existence.

Column: Sports editor goes half-beard, full ridiculous to cap No-shave November experience

It's December now, but last month many people chose to forego shaving to take part in the phenomenon known as "no-shave November".

Many men started growing out their facial hair and some women stopped their routine of leg-shaving as the 30-day event kicked off.

A lot of people—perhaps even some of those who participate in no-shave November festivities—may not know there is a reason behind making the decision to forego grooming.

Column: Information literacy is as important as ever

A student has to write a report on Joan of Arc for her history class. She goes home and flips open her mother’s laptop hitting the Google Chrome button on the bottom of the screen. The icon brings up the search engine for her instantly, and she types in “Joan of Arc.”

It doesn’t matter if she even spells “Joan of Arc” correctly; it doesn’t even matter that she doesn’t know the last name of the individual she is researching. With the three simple words, “Joan of Arc,” the search engine comes to life, instantly connecting her to 29,700,000, results all providing information on the historical figure.

And isn’t that amazing?

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