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Kyle Land

Interim-Provost Richard Wood

Changing of the guard: Q&A with Richard Wood

Richard Wood has been a sociology professor at the University of New Mexico since 2002. However, in the past couple of years that he has served in his biggest role yet — Interim Provost & Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs.  During nearly one year in the position, Wood has faced a host of issues at UNM, including budget cuts, decreasing enrollment and struggling to retain faculty. He recently sat down with the Daily Lobo , just before his replacement, James Holloway, fills his position in July. 

UA-UNM and Jackson Lewis

UNM, Union reach agreement (updated)

The University of New Mexico and United Academics of UNM (UA-UNM), the proposed faculty union for the state’s flagship university, reached an agreement late Monday night, according to multiple sources close to the matter.  The compromise reached between the University and the union includes two bargaining units organized under UA-UNM. One bargaining team will represent full-time faculty and a separate unit will represent part-time faculty, according to Associate Professor Matías Fontenla, a member of the union’s organizing committee. He also said faculty from branch campuses will be included in the full-time bargaining team — which was a sticking point in negotiations. Both Fontenla and James Montalbano, an attorney representing the union, said the exact language of the agreement would be publicized Tuesday morning, sometime before a meeting of the general faculty at Popejoy Hall at 10 a.m. 


UNM to hold hearing on faculty union Monday

The next chapter of the University of New Mexico faculty’s effort to form a union will take place on Monday, April 29.  The UNM Labor Management Relations Board (LMRB) will hold a hearing on Monday. The three-person board which handles all UNM labor disputes are weighing the certification or rejection the faculty’s petition to unionize. The petition was signed by over 900 part-time and full-time faculty members. There is no guarantee the board will make a final decision on Monday.  The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Marriott Pyramid North Hotel. UNM spokesperson Cinnamon Blair said the hotel was selected because it is a neutral location.

James Holloway portrait

UNM announces new provost

James Holloway was officially named the new provost for the University of New Mexico, according to an announcement made by the University last week.  “Dr. Holloway is an inspired choice for UNM Provost and we are thrilled to welcome him and his family to Albuquerque and to the Lobo community,” said President Garnett Stokes in a written statement.  Holloway previously served as Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan, and was selected for the position at UNM following a nearly six-month long search process. 

Madelyn Lucas

Column: ASUNM changes law based on hunches and assumptions

Last night, the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico voted to remove a law requiring them to advertise their elections in the Daily Lobo. The bill passed 13 to 6. As editor-in-chief, I find the nature of the bill and the way it was introduced a little more than concerning. Frankly, the opinions expressed by those who supported this bill proved exactly why recent election turnouts have been at some of their lowest points ever.  Firstly, one of the most baffling moments of the meeting came during a presentation Victoria Knight, Joint Council’s representative to ASUNM, made to the Full Senate. She said that President Becka Myers had asked the council how they would feel if they were in the Daily Lobo and this legislation was introduced?


Part-time vs. Full-time: The debate around who can join a faculty union

Why is full-time and part-time faculty organizing together such a controversy? This debate has dominated nearly all conversation around faculty unions in the U.S., which have grown in frequency the past few years. Around 35 percent of all public colleges and universities have some sort of faculty union.  The University of New Mexico is experiencing the same controversy now. Their response to a petition from the proposed union — United Academics of UNM (UA-UNM) — recommended rejecting the possibility of a union. This is partly because UNM considers adjunct and other part-time faculty to not be “regular, non-probationary employees,” a category they say the Public Employees Labor Relations Act forbids part-time faculty from unionizing. 

Winning Coffee Closure

Winning Coffee to go out of business

Winning Coffee — a coffee shop located in the University of New Mexico area — will be closing its doors after 24 years of business.  Matt Jacobsen, a partner at Winning, said they were hoping to keep the store open until the end of the month, but it's much more likely they will be closing their doors one last time on April 20.  On Sunday, baristas were informing customers that it would be the last Sunday the shop would be open.  Jacobsen told the Daily Lobo that the restaurant, which serves coffee and baked goods, needs to bring in about $4,000 to $5,000 more per month in order to stay afloat. 

KKB Concert

Concert Review: Kero Kero Bonito comes to Sister Bar, plays eclectic mix of genres.

Kero Kero Bonito is one of those bands you come to know even less about the more you listen to their music. The image they create from each song becomes shattered on the next, and so on and so on.  The indie pop trio from London recently brought their eccentric, and often bizarre, live show to Sister Bar in Albuquerque on April 8, redefining their signature fusion of indie rock, J-pop and other genres.  Sister was nearly-packed as the show began (surprising for a Monday night show), with many of those in attendance donning extravagant costumes and multi-colored hair.  Any review of Kero Kero Bonito would be incomplete without the voice and face of the group, lead singer Sarah Bonito. While already a charismatic vocalist, the energy she exuded on the stage served as the linchpin of the entire performance. 

The Setonian

Budget Summit rescheduled to April 22

On Monday, April 22, the University of New Mexico Board of Regents will decide what to do about the University’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, after rescheduling the vote twice before.  The first budget summit was rescheduled to be congruent with the previously scheduled April 9 regents meeting. The second summit had to grapple with a last-minute letter from the New Mexico Higher Education Department.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

Gov. Lujan Grisham to speak at Spring 2019 commencement ceremony

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be giving the commencement speech for the Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony.  University of New Mexico Preside Garnett Stokes said in a written statement that the decision to invite the recently-elected governor came after she spoke to student leaders around campus. 

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