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.
The UNM School of Medicine led the University in the latest rankings released by U.S. News and World Report, followed by the UNM Law School and UNM School of Engineering. The UNM School of Medicine is ranked second among U.S. medical schools for its rural medicine program in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
Author Laura Kaplan will speak tonight on campus at 7 p.m. in the Kiva Lecture Hall about the controversial history of abortion prior to the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize it. Kaplan, who wrote “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service,” has worked as a midwife and an advocate for a nursing home residence and has also established a shelter in rural Wisconsin for domestic violence victims.
Sen. Steve Aguilar said he and other candidates on the Connection slate will not attend an election debate if they do not know and agree on the panelists who will ask questions. The debate is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. in room 123 of Dane Smith Hall. Aguilar, the vice-presidential candidate on the Connection slate, said he made a verbal agreement concerning the panel two weeks ago with Amanda Zubiate, vice-president of the Pre-Law Association, which is sponsoring the debate. He said they agreed that the panel would consist of one pre-law member, one College Republicans member and Margaret Toulouse from the College Democrats.
Fruit flies may provide some clues in the search for cures to muscle diseases, according to UNM assistant biology professor Richard Cripps.
KUNM-89.9 FM volunteers reached their goal of raising $175,000 in October two hours ahead of schedule, and they’re hoping to repeat their success this week. Rob Raucci, the stations’ volunteer coordinator, is busy scheduling on-air and phone volunteers because today marks the beginning of KUNM’s five-day spring fund drive.
UNM Chicano Studies Director Eduardo Hern†ndez Ch†vez beamed as students and community members passionately demonstrated what labor leader CÇsar Ch†vez meant to them Saturday at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Hern†ndez Ch†vez helped organize the annual celebration held on Ch†vez’s birthday that recognizes his contributions to the Latino community. Ch†vez was the co-founder of the United Farm Workers’ Union.
DETROIT — Lawyers for the University of Michigan and a group of minority students said this week they will immediately appeal a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman that the university’s race-conscious law school admissions policy is unconstitutional. In a stinging 90-page decision released this week, Friedman rejected the university’s arguments that race was one of many factors used in admissions and said the law school’s admissions policy overemphasizes race to attain the functional equivalent of quotas of minority students.
A new group called Campus Watchers is trying to draw attention to sexual assault on campus and hopes to bring the UNM community together to fight the problem. The group is made up of members of the Agora Crisis Center, a student-run crisis hotline; Students Educating Peers About Sex; Triota, a Women’s Studies honor society; Rainndrops, a national anti-sexual assault group; and Albuquerque Rape Crisis Center. “This isn’t a response to any single incident, it’s more of a response to the complacency and lack of knowledge about sexual assault,” said Jeremy Jaramillo, president of Students Educating Peers About Sex. “You can read a lot into the word ‘watchers’ and understand what this group is about. We want people to become more aware and watch out for others on this campus.”
Author Benjamin Jacobs will tell his story about how he survived the Holocaust to UNM students tonight. Jacobs, who wrote The Dentist of Auschwitz: A Memoir, will speak on campus at 7 p.m. in Woodward Hall, room 101. Shelli Rosenfeld, Student Special Events speakers’ director, said she the speech is part of a speakers series. Rosenfeld said she chose Jacobs as one of the speakers because she thought the Holocaust was something different to talk about. She added that many students don’t know about the personal effects of it because New Mexico does not have a very large Jewish population. “It’s not a big thing out here,” she said. “But now, with the opening of the Holocaust Museum, people are becoming more aware of it.” Rosenfeld said Jacobs will talk about how his profession saved his life during in the death camps. She said because he was a dentist, the Nazis assigned him to pull the gold teeth from bodies after they had been burned, in addition to dental testing and examining.
The UNM women’s basketball team suffered a bitter disappointment Wednesday night, losing a nail-biter in the National Invitation Tournament Championship to Ohio State University 62-61 in The Pit. The Lobos lost a late lead because of some careless mistakes, and the Buckeyes made several clutch plays in the final minutes to get the victory. UNM could not get going offensively all night and helped keep OSU in the game with some untimely turnovers. The quickness of Buckeyes bothered the Lobos offensive sets. “Their pressure got to us and that was the difference,” Lobo head coach Don Flanagan said. “They got out in the passing lanes and we had way too many turnovers. The main thing was that they were too quick.” The sellout Pit crowd stood in shock as Ohio State thwarted a Lobo celebration with two long 3-pointers by tournament Most Valuable Player Jamie Lewis and four free throws.