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A performer dances at this year’s TED X ABQ, held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

TEDxABQ highlights the uniqueness of Albuquerque

Burqueños gathered for a two-day TEDxABQ event chalk full of speakers, dancers, musicians and activities at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Sept. 28 and 29. This year marked the 9th annual TEDxABQ event. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and TEDxABQ is a yearly independently organized event run by members of the Albuquerque community. This year was the first time TEDxABQ held a two day event. The event had 20 different speakers and focused on Albuquerque and New Mexico as a whole, delving into issues that hit close to home. Friday’s event was called “Imagine Albuquerque” and Saturday was the main event. Friday night included six speakers and multiple performers, all who focused on Albuquerque and ideas surrounding the unique heritage and the close knit community of ABQ. Speakers discussed entrepreneurship, education, history, language and teenage pregnancy — and these were just a handful of the topic touched on.

From art to food, an abundance of items were up for auction at this years Scribendi Silent Auction in the Honors College lobby. 

Honors College hosts fundraiser for Scribendi

Featuring a bounce house for the kids and mimosas for the adults, the University of New Mexico Honors College hosted an alumni outreach event and silent auction for Scribendi. Following this year’s homecoming “Wolfstock” theme, the Honors College brought back many of its alumni to celebrate and ask for donations to both the college and its nationally syndicated literary arts magazine, Scribendi. “We’re locked out of doing a lot of the stuff that regular student organizations do,” said Amaris Ketcham, the faculty advisor of Scribendi and professor of interdisciplinary liberal arts at the Honors College.

Photo courtesy of Jessy Gonzalez/ Flickr

Concert Review: Lauryn Hill owns the show at Isleta

Taking the stage an hour late wearing a tie-dye hoodie, an oversized jean jacket and an explosive white dress, Ms. Lauryn Hill demanded respect throughout her hour and a half, heart wrenching performance of her iconic album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” The evening began with a bumpy start as the rumors and articles of Lauryn Hill arriving late to performances held true on Monday night. The Isleta Amphitheater stage was left vacant for more than an hour as many attendees began to wonder if she was going to cancel her performance and just not show. For most people waiting an hour was nothing, as most concert goers had been waiting for 20 years to experience Hill’s live performance. All I can say is the show was well worth the wait. Ms. Hill did all but disappoint. Her ability to rap breathless bars wasn’t affected by Albuquerque’s elevation or the cold she admitted to hating, neither was her ability to produce pitch perfect cries of heartbreak.

Logo from the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico Twitter page, @asunmlobos.

ASUNM: A guide to undergrad government at UNM

Editor’s Note: The undergraduate population of the University of New Mexico is represented by the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico — an organization with several moving parts. The purpose of this article is to familiarize students with ASUNM. There is a small, unassuming office on the bottom floor of the Student Union Building. A clear sign with crimson letters, reading “Associated Students of the University of New Mexico,” hangs above a heavy wooden door. Inside this clean little office resides a few free blue books, plaques of presidents and senators past, and about $1,000,000 of student fees — your money — bound-up in documents and records.

Christian Ristow’s sculpture “Becoming Human” stands outside of Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NM.

Fall bucket list for New Mexico

In the midst of Albuquerque's seasonal transition, there are so many things to do with all the time the fall season has to offer. Albuquerque has a variety of fall events coming up, along with events for those who celebrate Halloween as well. The Daily Lobo has put together a list of things to check off of your bucket list before fall 2018 comes to an end.

A UNMPD officer stands behind a police cruiser on Sept. 23, 2015. UNMPD is currently under an assault allegation for an officer punching a women Aug. 25, 2017.

Crime Briefs for Sept. 30, 2018

Battery and child abuse at UNMH lobby On the morning of Aug. 27, an officer was sent to the University of New Mexico Hospital, due to a disturbance and individuals refusing to leave after UNMH security asked them to, according to a UNMPD report. A hospital security guard told a police officer that family members fought in the lobby. The officer spoke with a woman who said she and her mother came to UNMH to visit her aunt, who was a patient there. The woman and her mother saw other family members yelling at each other on the second floor. Security and the other family members told the woman and her mother to leave the area. The woman and her mother went to the lobby, and other family members approached them. A verbal argument began. Then a female suspect pushed and struck the woman and her mother, who was holding her grandchild. The suspect struck the child during the incident. The officer saw that the child’s left cheek was slightly red.

Portrait of Terry Davis.

Five and Why: Terry Davis' favorite musicals

Terry Davis, the marketing manager for Popejoy Hall the past 20 years, is passionate about musicals. He has been involved in the arts since the fourth grade, the beginning of a lifelong devotion sparked by playing the drums. A co-producer of the New Mexico High School Musical Theatre Awards, Davis spreads support for theatre through New Mexico high schools. He encourages students to delve into theatrical texts and enjoy the creative storylines developed with artistic flares. Here, Davis shares his top five musicals.

Image of Tevaka Tuioti courtesy of his twitter @TevakaTuioti. 

Football: Lobos to start Tuioti on Saturday

Tevaka Tuioti will start at quarterback for the Lobos on Saturday, head coach Bob Davie announced after practice on Tuesday. “I’m excited to get back on the field,” Tuioti said. It’s a different feeling when gametime comes, you’ve got the adrenaline coming and I don’t worry about (getting hurt) though, I’m just here to play football and have fun.” Tuioti, who suffered a concussion in the first quarter of the Lobos matchup against Wisconsin, missed two weeks of practice and returned to practice on Monday. He had to earn the starting job back after a rusty return to the field Monday and a week of strong practices from Sheriron Jones, who started for the Lobos against New Mexico State.

Clip art made by Colton Newman. Images from UNM School of Medicine and Mediaite.

UNM professor weighs in on Kavanaugh

A University of New Mexico professor has found himself in the conversation surrounding allegations against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh after he was quoted in an article published by The New Yorker following allegations from Deborah Ramirez, a college classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale University. Mark Krasberg, a research assistant professor of Neurosurgery in the School of Medicine, was a college classmate of the two and told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh’s behavior was a common topic among his classmates after his nomination was announced. According to the article, “in one email that Krasberg received in September, the classmate who recalled hearing about the incident with Ramirez alluded to the allegation and wrote that it “would qualify as a sexual assault... if it’s true.””

A student looks out over dancers during the 2016 Silent Lights in Smith Plaza.

Silent Night returns to UNM for homecoming

On Thursday, Sept. 27 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Silent Lights 2018 will be held on the Smith Plaza. The event is a silent disco that will feature six DJ’s throughout the evening with three DJ’s playing at a time. All of the music will be color coordinated for ease of syncing the sound to your headphones. Changing the channel on your headphones connects you to a different DJ on stage. For example, if you want to hear what the green DJ is playing simply switch channels and you’re listening to that music as your headset glows green.

Construction on the new physics and astronomy building can be seen outside of the art building. Students report smelling chemical fumes that are causing nausea and headaches.

Construction fumes raise concern for art students

Art students are raising concerns of distractions and health problems caused by fumes in the Art Building due to the construction site south of it. First reported by KRQE, students say they have been dealing with the fumes for the entire fall semester so far.

Self portrait by Zac Travis.

Student combines artificial intelligence and art

Third year graduate student Zac Travis is the latest artist to occupy the John Sommers Gallery at the University of New Mexico. Travis is a student in the art department at the University of New Mexico in the photography area and is the visual artist and creator of Content Nausea. “My primary inspiration for Content Nausea resides in our persistent and almost absent minded use of technology,” Travis said. Travis utilized artificial intelligence (AI) to create text phrases calculated by an AI algorithm. Travis said he is interested in the idea of algorithmic processes and the way they are handled by corporate businesses.

A UNM stops to pet a dog on her way to class.

Therapy dogs come to UNM for homecoming

The University of New Mexico kicked off Wolfstock Homecoming week with “Peace, Love and Puppies” a dog kiss, furball-filled event Monday at Smith Plaza. Students could play with dogs from Southwest Corps of Canine Volunteers. There were nearly 10 dogs of all shapes and sizes, all of which were licenced therapy dogs. According to Sue MacEchan director of UNM Alumni Relations, this is the first time homecoming week has involved a dog therapy event. However, Southwest Corps of Canine Volunteers has come to UNM campus before on multiple occasions. UNM Alumni Relations is one of the groups in charge of organizing homecoming week along with other groups across campus. The idea fit in really well with the wolfstock theme too, MacEchan said.

Dannelle Kirven talks to the ASUNM Senate Wednesday night about recent racialized comments made by members of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

ASUNM brief: Racial remarks and resolutions

The Vice President of the Black Student Alliance spoke to Senators of the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico during their full senate meeting Wednesday evening regarding racial remarks allegedly made by members of a University of New Mexico sorority. According to a statement from the BSA, members of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority made racial remarks during a speech by the director of Counseling Services at Student Health and Counseling, Dr Stephanie McIver.

A UNM student washes their hands in a bathroom that was recently reviewed on a Twitter page that has gotten attention. 

UNM student's bathroom review makes big splash

Twitter is now flush with reviews of local bathrooms — and some of the University of New Mexico’s toilets are tanking. Nicholas Sandoval, a 3rd year communication and interdisciplinary film and media Major at UNM, has gathered buzz from his bathroom reviews on campus and around the Albuquerque area. Sandoval started the Twitter account @BathroomReview5 around the beginning of September, and has already gained 127 followers in that time.


Dr. McIver responds to racial remarks made by UNM sorority members

The University of New Mexico chapter of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority has recently come under fire for racial remarks that were allegedly made by members of the sorority during a welcoming event for new Greek Life members. As previously reported by the Daily Lobo, the remarks were made during a presentation by Dr. Stephanie McIver, director of Counseling Services at SHAC, which focuses on mental health, anxiety and the various resources available at SHAC.

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Column: In light of new allegations, Kavanaugh confirmation must be postponed

Christine Blasey Ford is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this Thursday regarding an alleged incident of sexual assault that occurred 35 years ago. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denied the allegation in no uncertain terms. “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation,” Kavanaugh said in a statement released by the White House. “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

A protestor holds a sign during an anti-NRA protest on Sept. 23, 2018.

NRA-sponsored shooting competition sparks protest in ABQ

Red and blue lights flashed over protestors from Fight for Our Lives, a gun reform activist group, as they blocked the entrance into the Embassy Suites Hotel on Woodward Drive Northeast, Sunday. The activist group met at Martineztown-Santa Barbara Park before convening at the hotel to protest against the City of Albuquerque hosting the NRA National Police Shooting Championship. Jonathon Alonzo, a highschool student who co-founded the group, said he believes the NRA should not have a place in local police departments.

South Lot and Lobo Village shuttles wait to be used in T-lot.

New shuttle route drives mixed reactions among students and staff

The University of New Mexico shuttle system has a new combo route, drawing the ire of many students and staff. Since the end of August, the University combined the South Lot and Lobo Village routes every Monday through Thursday after 3:30 p.m. Barbara Morck, the director of Parking and Transportation Services (PATS), said the combo route was implemented due to a shortage of drivers.

An art gallery attendee interacts with an exhibit at the University of New Mexico Art Museum on Sept. 19.

Exhibit combines art and political conversation

Politics and artistic expression crossed paths last Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the “For Freedoms Party,” an exhibit through the UNM Art Museum. For Freedoms Federation, a project with the goal of combining art with civic participation, worked in conjunction with the UNM Art Museum to bring the exhibition to the University of New Mexico. After a keynote speech from artist Aram Han Sifuentes, the interactive art exhibit began. Attendees were able to voice their own political opinions by filling in cards with statements like “Freedom From...” and “Freedom Of...” and added them to the walls of the exhibit.

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