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Grand opening of resource center celebrates veterans

Student veterans celebrated Veterans Day this year in a very special way — with the grand opening of the new Student Veterans Resource Center. Located in the former LGBTQ Resource Center building, the facility provides a wide variety of resources geared toward giving student vets what they need to succeed in college, said Eliberto Calderon, president of Student Veterans of the University of New Mexico. “Personally, it’s a source of pride that this University not only talks about being veteran-friendly, but carries it out,” Calderon said. “They actually put some resources behind it and are walking the walk when it comes to supporting us.”


A Tribute to Tom Petty, an American Rock Icon

Last week, the world lost an American rock icon, someone who helped shape rock music for 40 years. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Tom Petty died in the early morning of Oct. 2 of cardiac arrest in Santa Monica, California. His death was sudden and came as a heartbreaking shock to his millions of fans around the world. He was only 66. Petty’s career was prolific, impressive and far-reaching, and as an icon he was larger than life. His unusual, nasally singing voice made him instantly recognizable, and his ability to write enduring and beloved songs made him one of the biggest rock stars of the last 50 years. In 2002 his accomplishments were officially recognized when he was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.


Candidates hold final forum before election

Several mayoral candidates came to the University of New Mexico campus on Thursday, Sept. 28 in the Student Union Building for a final forum before the Oct. 3 election. Timothy “Tim” Keller, Augustus “Gus” Pedrotty, Michelle Garcia Holmes, Daniel “Dan” Lewis, Susan Wheeler-Deichsel and write-in candidate Stella Padilla participated in the forum. Brian Colón gave an introduction but left early due to scheduling conflicts. The forum was hosted by the Associated Students of UNM and a University political science class. ASUNM Vice President Sally Midani and UNM law student Zachary Quintero moderated the event. Candidates were chosen two-at-a-time at random and took the stage to answer a randomly selected question submitted by students.

A visitor at the UNM duck pond wears a hoodie depicting an upside down American flag on Sept. 27, 2017. The flag should only be displayed or flown with the union down ?as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property,? according to the United States Flag Code.

Column: President's attack on NFL players is blatant hypocrisy

Despite Hell-on-Earth conditions in Puerto Rico (a territory of the United States) after the ravages of Hurricanes Maria and Irma, despite the very possible nuclear holocaust between the U.S. and North Korea, despite the possible destruction of healthcare benefits for tens of millions of Americans — our President is tweeting about...the National Football League. And what is his beef with the much beloved NFL? That some players, and now many owners and coaches, are standing — and kneeling — with one Colin Kaepernick, a 49ers quarterback, who decided over a year ago to take a knee during the National Anthem. Kaepernick did this in protest of widespread police brutality against unarmed, innocent black men who were (and are) being gunned down in the streets by the men and women sworn to protect their communities.

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Column: Why you should work at the Daily Lobo

Are you the kind of person who’s always telling their friends about the news? Do you want to dive into your college experience and learn about everything that’s going on around campus? Do you want to write reviews of movies, TV shows and music? Are you a Lobo sports fanatic? Do you want to hone your skills at sales, design and multimedia? Do you want to turn your photography hobby into a job? Then you should really consider working at the Daily Lobo! The Lobo has been the student-run independent voice of the UNM community since 1895. We’re one of the oldest daily publications in the state, and our alumni have gone on to succeed in journalism, politics and many other fields.

Governor Susana Martinez speaks during a higher education summit on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in Albuquerque, N.M. Despite student government leaders’ initial considerations for a new student regent, Martinez appointed a representative from the Athletic Department after going through the process a second time.

UNM student government, others question student regent selection process

Despite the appropriate processes being undertaken by UNM student leaders and administrators for nominating a new student regent, Gov. Susana Martinez chose to reopen the process, resulting in a nominee who wasn’t previously submitted for consideration. The new student regent nominee, second-year law student Garrett Adcock, was recently announced by Martinez after student government members scrambled to find new candidates at the request of the governor in February.

The Springs Resort and Spa, Pagosa Springs, CO.      Courtesy, creative commons

Cheap and easy spring break getaways

Spring break is finally upon us, and with unseasonably warm weather blessing the Land of Enchantment, it’s time to drop the textbooks and get out into the wild and beautiful landscapes that give our state its legendary nickname. Here’s a few ideas for day trips, camping excursions and romantic getaways that are close to home and won't break the bank.

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Column: Milo's downfall shows even the alt-right limit speech

After all the riots and battles he caused on campuses in the name of free speech, alt-right activist and former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ career has completely imploded — ironically because of something “unacceptable” he said. Yiannopoulos — a gay, Catholic British alt-right firebrand — raided and pillaged across U.S. liberal college campuses as part of his “Dangerous Faggot Tour,” essentially a hate-filled series of live trolling events. There were riots at UC Berkeley when he was scheduled to attend, and because of the huge car fires and mayhem that violent anti-Milo protesters had created, campus police decided it was too dangerous for him to appear.


Music Column: Growing Up With the Beatles

When I was a kid, my sister, who is 13 years older than me, made it a mission to expose me to the musical phenomenon known as the Beatles. She was being paid by my mom to “babysit” me over the summer. I was about 12 years old, and I was like a dry sponge ready to soak in anything that I came in contact with. She started by showing me what she was most interested in at the time (she was in her mid 20’s), the psychedelic side of the Beatles. My first favorite Beatles songs were “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “I Am the Walrus.” I know that I was lucky in my early musical exposure, but I can’t stress enough how important the Beatles were to my personal musical and creative development. My favorite movies were “Yellow Submarine” and “Help!” All thanks to my sister, whose tastes cannot be questioned.

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Newly selected regent steps down due to constitutional conflict

Former New Mexico House Speaker Don Tripp announced Tuesday that he will step down from his appointment to the UNM Board of Regents, due to a regulation in the state Constitution. Governor Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Alex Romero, CEO of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, to replace him on the board. Tripp was appointed to fill one of the two vacant seats on the board just three weeks ago, but in a statement released Tuesday, he said he was removing himself from consideration due to a section in the state Constitution that prevents legislators from serving in a civil government post during or within a year after serving in Congress.

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