By: Diana Cervantes
By Kanan Mammadli
A large, open, flat concrete surface? Limited foot traffic? Sign them up. Some UNM alumni take advantage of an empty Zimmerman Plaza every Sunday to square off in street hockey. Lacing up their skates and competing hard, they say it offers a reprieve from their everyday work life.
By Nick Fojud
Webs, plates, rollers, joggers and folds are terms that are being added to the endangered diction list, as print journalism is slowly becoming extinct.
Stateofthemedia.org states that from the year 2003 to 2012 print advertising revenues have fallen by roughly $26 million, and online revenues are on a steady incline. With this shift from print media to digital media, daily papers across the country are shutting their doors and turning off their presses.
Vanguard Printing uses a letterpress-style printing press that is completely hands-on and has no computer oversight. During this process, pressmen Brent Sells and John Coates are constantly on the move, checking for focus, alignment and color balances.
Vanguard’s printing press is more complex than sending off documents through a computer, and Sells and Coates are a testament to the art behind it. In the ever-changing media landscape, species of professionals like Sells and Coates might not be around for too much longer.
By Diana Cervantes
Tent City inhabitants have relocated time and time again throughout their battle with the city of Albuquerque for the right to to call someplace home. With each eviction notice, residents learned to adapt and create new homes wherever they went. This photo essay focuses specifically on the residents’ previous location near Interstate 40 and Lomas Boulevard. The small desert plateau offered little shelter from the immense heat, but the tent city residents offered no complaints. These snapshots represent a day in the life of Tent City. The future of Albuquerque’s Tent Cities has yet to be determined.
By Di-Linh Hoang
Dalila Baied didn’t start dancing when she was 12 years old. She said she took hip hop and jazz classes, and only began taking dancing seriously when she was 17. “I want to be a dancer,” she said. “I don’t care if I’m not a ballerina or I didn’t start at four years old.”
A December 2014 graduate in psychology and dance, Baied has danced professionally since she graduated at the Santa Fe Opera, and she recently traveled to Austria to work with a dance company.
Baied recently became a certified yoga instructor as well. She began doing yoga as a workout while already in dancing.
“Yoga classes came pretty easy to me since I was already flexible and it was an asset to my dance training,” she said. Baied said she wants to get a master’s degree in psychology later in life, and she plans to continue dancing in the meantime.
“I know I love to dance,” she said. “Movement is something I can’t live without.”
By Denise Gallegos
Isaac Velasquez, a four-sport athlete at Santa Rosa High School, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma during his senior year. Although he struggled with his illness and treatments, Velasquez continued to suit up and support his team. He has since been cured of the cancer and is now participating in baseball and track and field. Isaac will graduate high school in mid-May.
By Derrick Toledo
New Mexico is among the highest-rated states when it comes to ethnic and cultural diversity. With that great diversity comes large numbers of cultures seeking knowledge and education. UNM’s American Indian Student Services has no shortage of Native American students seeking opportunities. The alternative spring break started with the initiative of giving back to communities.
This year featured the second annual AISS Alternative Spring Break. The group traveled to the Havasupai reservation in Arizona. The Havasupai are an indigenous tribe native to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, which is only accessible by helicopter or an eight-mile hike down the canyon walls. A group of UNM students spent their spring break on a trip to the Native land as an alternative means to traditional partying. They spent their time working on environmental improvement as well as learning about the Havasupai tribe.
ASUNM Election Result Announcement
New Mexico sand volleyball hosts Grand Canyon University for its inaugural season home opener at StoneFace Courts in Albuquerque on March 21. The Lobos lost to the Antelopes 4-1.
New Mexico 52, Wyoming 49 OT
New Mexico 63, Fresno State 60
Albuquerque's Tent City
New Mexico Swimming & Diving vs. Colorado State (Senior Day)
Tentmakers from Cairo presenting their work during Quilt Week put on by the American Quilter's Society running Jan. 14-17.
New Mexico 66, Colorado State 53
Burlesque Noir has been “berlesking bad” since its founding by Holly Rebelle in 2005. Rebelle discovered early on as a solo performer that performing burlesque allowed her to fully express herself artistically and was so exhilarating; it gave her “glitter hangovers” for days after being on stage. Knowing that art history extensively celebrates the female form, she wanted to be a part of this artistic body expression movement. The desire to share this experience with a group of women gave rise to the creation of her very own burlesque troupe.
“[Burlesque] has been a deep exploration of identity for me,” Rebelle said. “One of the things I am most proud of is creating an open space for women to creatively express themselves using their bodies.”
Rebelle said she enjoys the journey of creation that goes into burlesque and knows there truly is artistry in its performance.
“I have seen burlesque open up discussions that are often only discussed within the academic sphere such as cultural appropriation, feminism, racism, ageism, critique on capitalism, the problems of the patriarchy, violence, privilege, body shaming, slut shaming and power dynamics. I am so thankful to be part of a community where this dialogue is ongoing and is possible,” Rebelle said.
Nudity during any burlesque show is the controversial part of the art form. Rebelle said she is familiar with the stigma and believes the continued shaming and hiding of the naked body, especially of women’s bodies, is what keeps some people from accepting burlesque as a true performance art.
“I think it is OK and normal, that once in a while, people are offended by art,” she said. “Art inspires us to talk about the difficult issues in society and can open a door to explore the world with different eyes and new perspectives.”
~ Photos by Sergio Jiménez