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OPINION: Sensory-sensitive and style-conscious fashion: a guide

  Tactile sensitivity associated with sensory processing disorder can be make-or-break when it comes to personal fashion style and choices. And still, when you look online to find solutions for sensory sensitivities, the answers have a practically nonexistent range between “meeting sensory needs for kids” and lists of colorless, shapeless adult clothing. Neither of these solutions genuinely address the issues or acknowledges that people with sensory sensitivities might still want to express themselves with fashion. If you like wearing a beige strip of fabric every day, more power to you — for the rest of us, there are some simple changes to maintain levels of sensory comfort while still wearing the things we like.


Sexual Assault Youth Support Network empowers, advocates for survivors

  In 2017, 16-year-old high school student Abrianna Morales formed the Sexual Assault Youth Support Network. What started as a small, independent project has since become a place for victims of sexual violence to find stories like theirs and share a safe space after traumatizing experiences. Morales, now a senior at the University of New Mexico, started SAYSN following an experience with sexual violence. While it started small, 2019 marked the year the network was fully incorporated, having registered as a nonprofit with tax exemption status and taking a step toward becoming a larger project, according to Morales. “It was pretty informal; I had a couple of friends in high school that I worked with on it and, really, it was an independent endeavor for a few years. Just in 2019 was when we formally incorporated,” Morales said.

GALLERY: Galentine's Day

UNM students celebrate friendship at ‘Galentine’s Day’ event

  On Monday, Feb. 13, the University of New Mexico hosted a “Galentine’s Day” celebration in the Student Union Building atrium. With a combination of information tables and fun holiday activities, the event was equal parts entertaining and educational; conversations around consent and activism were a focal point, according to event organizer Courtney Love. Several tables sporting festive pink and red tablecloths were set out in the atrium. Students could circle each table and participate in cookie decorating and card making. Attendees also took turns in front of a decorative backdrop to have their photos taken by Love with a polaroid camera.

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