Graduate and professional students can vote for GPSA president today through April 12. The candidates, Rachel Jenks, Keith Valles and Dathan Weems, are second-year law students. The ballot has no other issues or amendments on it this year.
The GPSA Council passed next year's budget and elected Bill Dials as its next council chairman during its monthly meeting Saturday. Dials had been running for council chairman unopposed until Brigette Buynak, a law school representative on the Graduate and Professional Student Association Council, decided to run as a write-in candidate at the last minute.
UNM hit the jackpot Thursday when Gov. Gary Johnson signed two bills into law that give UNM staff and faculty salary increases and fully funds the Lottery to Success Scholarship. Johnson had until noon Friday to sign bills before they would be automatically pocket vetoed. Thursday he signed UNM’s top legislative priority, which was to improve faculty and staff compensation.
Carla Kay Barlow illustrates that hard work leads to success. Barlow, a graduate student working toward a master’s degree in composition, is the winner of the 2001 UNM Composition Prize for her piece “Tease thru Twos, Threes,” which will be featured at the “New Music, New Mexico” concert in Keller Hall Monday night at 7:30 p.m.
Future hospital in Las Cruces needs doctors LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — At least 50 doctors are needed to adequately serve the Las Cruces area’s health care needs, an official from Triad Hospitals Inc. said. Triad plans to build a hospital in Las Cruces. If 50 or 60 new doctors “across all specialties” can be attracted to Las Cruces within the next five years, “the community would be well served,” said John L.
SANTA FE - Numerous State Troopers and Santa Fe Police stood shoulder-to-shoulder blocking the entrance to a community hearing on a bikini-clad depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Museum of International Folk Art Wednesday morning. The 10 a.m. hearing called by the Board of Regents of the Museum of New Mexico sought public input on the continuing exhibition of Alma L¢pez's "Our Lady" in the exhibit "Cyber Arte: Tradition Meets Technology." The hearing was supposed to be held in the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture next door to the folk art museum and the room quickly filled with more than 300 people. Santa Fe Police and State Troopers blocked another 200 people who sought entrance to the hearing, citing orders from the fire marshal.
The Senate passed appropriations and amendments with few arguments Wednesday night, though Sen. Da Vonda Bowens expressed disappointment with the group during her closing comments. At the end of the meeting, Bowens said she thought it was rude that senators were not paying attention to each other during the meeting. “People are talking and walking — what happened to order?” she asked.
Members of The People slate answered questions about campus safety and group affiliations at Tuesday night’s election debate sponsored by the Pre-Law Association, while the Connection Slate opted not to participate. Following candidate questions, most of the forum focused on Senate Bill 5-B, which would eliminate the use of student fees to fund the Daily Lobo. Sen. Steve Aguilar, vice-presidential candidate for the Connection slate, said he and members of his slate did not participate because they did not agree with who the panelists were or the atmosphere of the debate. He said Tuesday night’s audience was not as diverse as it would have been had the ASUNM Election Commission organized the event.
Abortion activist Laura Kaplan told a sparse gathering at the Kiva Lecture Hall Tuesday that legalizing abortion was one of the first steps to break the silent repression of women. Kaplan, who was a member of the Abortion Council Service of the Women’s Liberation in the late ’60s and early ’70s, said that, before various movements of ’60s, women were almost powerless about their lives, children and their bodies. She said the expected view of women was that they were less than men, childlike and to be seen and not heard. Kaplan said women never spoke to each other about any private matters, and if they did, it was always in whispers.