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City council passes resolution to donate animal tissue to UNM HSC

The city’s Animal Welfare Department will now be directed to donate animal tissue from spay-and-neuter clinics to the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center for biomedical research, after a resolution unanimously passed during the Monday, Nov. 21 Albuquerque City Council meeting. This tissue will be used to create in-vitro culture models with the intention of reducing the number of animals used in laboratory testing. Dr. Xiaozhong Yu, a professor at the UNM College of Nursing, said that they have been working at UNM to develop and validate methods for using in-vitro models as a substitute for animal testing.

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UNM student killed, NMSU student injured in gunfight on campus

On Saturday, Nov. 19 a University of New Mexico student was killed and a New Mexico State University student was shot and injured in an altercation that resulted in a shooting at approximately 3 a.m. in the parking lot of Coronado Hall, a UNM dormitory. The shooting occurred when 19-year-old UNM student Brandon Travis and three other conspirators lured NMSU basketball player Mike Peake on campus to assault him. Travis then confronted Peake with a gun and shot him. Peake, who was also carrying a gun, then shot Travis, according to a press release from the New Mexico State Police. Travis was pronounced dead at the scene and Peake was taken to a nearby hospital, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

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OPINION: It’s about time to put an end to the daylight savings dispute

The times are a-changin’: when daylight saving time ended on Sunday, Nov. 6, it wreaked havoc and confusion as I stepped into my car that morning and thought I was an hour late for work. U.S. senators seem to agree on the annoyance: In March, they unanimously passed the Sunshine Protection Act, which would make DST permanent. It has been stalled in the House, due to split opinions on whether time should be permanently set to DST of standard time, according to The Washington Post.

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5 and Why: 5 films to get into the Christmas spirit

The weather has reached a frigid chill, which can only mean one thing: it’s time to stay in the house, make a cup of hot chocolate and settle in with a Christmas movie of your choice. For those looking to get into the holiday spirit, University of New Mexico student Miranda Gallegos has shared their nostalgic favorites. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993, dir. Henry Selick) For those uninitiated, this 1993 classic is currently available on Disney+. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, and his quest to take over Christmas festivities.

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City Council: Tensions high over deferred proposal to end zero fare

On Monday, Nov. 7, the Albuquerque City Council unanimously deferred an ordinance which would end the current zero-fare bus program and replace it with a bus pass model. The ordinance will be heard again on Monday, Dec. 5. The proposed free bus pass model would require those who wish to ride on Albuquerque transit to present a photo ID or free bus pass with tracking information on it. Application for the free pass would also require photo ID, with a nonrenewable 30-day pass available to those without a photo ID. The new fare would be set at $1 for buses and $2 for the Sun Van Paratransit Service for those who do not or cannot obtain the bus pass.

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“Happy Time/Doomsday Time” captures time and temporality with plant-based printmaking

On Nov. 4, University of New Mexico associate professor of art Meggan Gould’s exhibition “Happy Time/Doomsday Time” had its opening reception at the Sanitary Tortilla Factory. Running until Friday, Nov. 25, the exhibit explores capitalism, temporality and the nature of photography itself. The exhibition consists of a series of prints of clocks printed through anthotype, a form of printmaking that uses photosensitive plant materials to produce an image. Gould used whatever plant materials she had available, from berries to greens to flowers mixed with liquids to create a photosensitive dye emulsion.

GALLERY: ‘It’s alive!’: UNM production of ‘Frankenstein’ electrifies Rodey Theatre

‘It’s alive!’: UNM production of ‘Frankenstein’ electrifies Rodey Theatre

On Friday, Nov. 4, lights went up in the University of New Mexico’s Rodey Theatre for the first performance of “Frankenstein,” an original adaptation of the novel written by UNM associate professor Gregory Moss. The show is performed, directed and designed by University students and faculty and will play through Nov. 12. The show offers a fresh yet faithful adaptation of the beloved Mary Shelley novel. “I think it’s a fun show. You know, it has themes and it has brain, but I think I’m more interested in it as an exciting story, something that can actually be a little scary and have a visceral effect,” Moss said.

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GO bond 3 passes, securing $89.2 million for capital projects at UNM

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, general obligations bond 3, providing $215,986,000 toward higher education in New Mexico, passed with 61% of the vote. This money will be distributed among colleges, universities, specialty schools and tribal institutions across the state, with $89.2 million going to the University of New Mexico. With the money, UNM’s two main projects are the creation of a new children’s psychiatric center at the UNM Health Sciences Center and a new center for the arts — dubbed the Center for Collaborative Arts and Technology — on main campus. They also plan to make infrastructural improvements to the four branch campuses in Valencia, Gallup, Taos and Los Alamos, according to UNM spokesperson Cinnamon Blair.

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Men’s soccer still kicking at UNM through club team

Many were dismayed in July 2018 after it was announced that the University of New Mexico’s nationally competitive collegiate soccer team was cut by the Board of Regents. However, that doesn’t mean that UNM’s legacy of men’s soccer has died out. After having come back from their fall regional tournament where they competed with nationally ranked teams, UNM men’s club soccer keeps the community and competitive spirit alive on campus.

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GO bond 3 puts $215 million in higher education funding up for vote

With early voting already started and the upcoming Nov. 8 election day rapidly approaching, the University of New Mexico anticipates the results of general obligation bond 3, which would allocate $89.2 million to UNM and a total $125 million to higher education across the state for capital projects if passed. A general obligation bond is money borrowed by the government to fund capital projects such as new facilities and improvements to old buildings and infrastructure. Bonds are paid for by the state and its property owners through property taxes — however, G.O. bonds do not cause an increase in property taxes.

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