UCAM's News clips for Thursday, January 29, 2009
1. Lobos Sit Atop MWC (Albuquerque Journal)
By Mark Smith, Journal Staff Writer
During the football season, the University of New Mexico has a no re-entry policy. If fans leave, they can't come back in without paying again.
On Wednesday night in the Pit, UNM athletics director Paul Krebs just might have been toying with a no-exit policy even paying those brave souls who remained until the conclusion of Lobos' contest with Colorado State.
2. Women Continue CSU Mastery (Albuquerque Journal)
By Ken Sickenger, Journal Staff Writer
It wasn't easy, or especially pretty, but the University of New Mexico women's basketball team put another road win in the books Wednesday night.
3. News from the Daily Lobo:
* Cutting UNM's energy costs
The Physical Plant Department said it is well on the way to its goal of saving $75,000 in energy costs over winter break. The project, known as the Winter Setback Program, aimed to save money by reducing temperatures in unoccupied buildings and was introduced in President David Schmidly's final Monday Morning Message before the break.
* Groups jockey for share of funds
Many campus groups fearing a loss of state funding redoubled their efforts to claim part of the estimated $8 million the Student Fee Review Board can distribute as it sees fit.
* Forums discuss establishing smoking corridors at UNM
The burning question at the Smoke Free Environment Committee's open forums this week was whether designated smoking corridors will be set up across campus.
* Schmidly takes step in right direction by shifting funds (Letter to the Editor)
As luck would have it, on the day that the Daily Lobo published my letter criticizing University administration for expanding at the expense of academics, President David Schmidly announced changes that addressed my concerns.
* 'Deferred compensation' makes president's promises worthless (Letter to the Editor)
Did everyone read President David Schmidly's e-mail that was sent Monday? No? Well, I don't blame you. It's hard to take anything he says seriously, especially if you witnessed his red-faced antics at the economic forum he hosted for students, staff and faculty last month.
* Students of color will suffer from proposed budget cuts (Letter to the Editor)
On Friday, I learned that many of the campus programs serving students of color have been recommended for cuts or elimination by the state's Legislative Finance Committee. Last year, more than 100 UNM "special projects" received more than $18 million directly from the Legislature. These include programming and staffing for the ethnic centers, outreach to high school students, support for research and graduate fellowships, and the "free" student bus passes.
* Ethnic centers provide help for first-generation students (Letter to the Editor)
I am writing as a very concerned student regarding some of the proposed Legislative budget cuts being proposed for the upcoming fiscal year. Some of the programs slated to have their budgets slashed have been ones that have supported and enabled me to continue my education at UNM, and others have done the same for countless other students.
4. NMSU May Avoid Budget Cuts (Albuquerque Journal)
New Mexico State University's interim president has asked college leaders to develop budgets that assume a cut of $3.16 million, or 2.5 percent, in state funds for instructional and general budgets.
5. APS Chief Wants Cuts of 5% to 10% (Albuquerque Journal)
By Andrea Schoellkopf, Journal Staff Writer
Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks has ordered administrative budget cuts of 5 to 10 percent.
6. CNM Starts on $32M Building (Albuquerque Journal)
Central New Mexico Community College broke ground this week on a $32 million building that will house a library, tutoring center, computer labs, classrooms and a cafe.
The Student Resource Center will be the first instructional building to go up on CNM's main campus since 1991. The 106,500-square-foot structure will open in August 2010.
The structure will be built at the former site of the Heights Community Center Baseball Field, near 901 Buena Vista SE, just south of Coal Avenue.
Its design meets the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Rating. Among the green features being incorporated are: positioning it to absorb more sunlight in the winter and less in summer; a rainfall collection system; and energy-efficient mechanical systems.
Substantial green space will remain in front of the building. The project is being paid for with CNM and general obligation bonds.
7. Chaco Canyon Inspired Life's Work (Albuquerque Journal)
By Frances LéOn Quintana, Journal Staff Writer
Frances Léon Quintana's introduction to archaeological field work came amid the ruins of Chaco Canyon.
8. Economic pessimism seems to have spread to NM Lottery (Las Cruces Sun News)
By Ashley Meeks Sun-News reporter
New Mexico Lottery revenue is down 5 percent $4.5 million so far in fiscal year 2009, according to officials.
At the same time last fiscal year, gross sales amounted to $84.4 million. As of Tuesday, that total was $79.9 million, said New Mexico Lottery spokeswoman Linda Hamlin.
9. Post Office Could Go To 5-Day Mail Delivery (Albuquerque Journal)
By Randolph E. Schmid, The Associated Press
Massive deficits could force the post office to cut out one day of mail delivery, the postmaster general told Congress on Wednesday, in asking lawmakers to lift the requirement that the agency deliver mail six days a week.
10. News from the Chronicle of Higher Education:
* Recession On Top Of Energy Crisis May Mean Power Boost For Universities
The Brookings Institution says the federal government should increase its support for energy research to more
than $20-billion a year, with about a quarter of that going to university-based institutes.
* At One University, Matching Students With Scholarships Just Got A Little Easier
Programmers at the University of Michigan have developed a system that identifies students who meet donors'
11. News from Inside Higher Education:
* Good Money After ... Mediocre?
As House passes stimulus bill, experts on college access and affordability question recent policy approaches that economic package would reinforce.
* Tolls of Med School
Medical students and residents have high rates of depression, and a significant percentage have frequent
suicidal thoughts, a new study finds.
12. News from Diverse Issues in Higher Education:
* Courses Going, Jazz Coming at Southern University
In addition to more than 158 course cancellations, Southern University is listed among several Louisiana colleges and universities targeted as having underperforming programs, according a press release issued by the state’s Board of Regents.
* Colleges Cut Budgets as Market Erodes Endowments
When the markets were booming, billionaire colleges like Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University tapped their swelling endowments and launched spending binges on faculty, buildings and scholarships.
13. Other News:
* Despite crunch, some colleges go on hiring spree (Boston Globe)
Amid the gloom of hiring freezes across much of academia, some New England colleges are seizing on the opportunity to scoop up the brightest newly minted PhDs to bolster their faculty ranks and gain ground on their competition.
* State's public colleges, universities stand to lose in budget plan (Boston Globe)
Massachusetts public colleges and universities will lose more than $100 million in state subsidies next year under Governor Deval Patrick's proposed budget, a financial blow that coincides with a sharp rise in student interest in public schools.
* Official: New initiative for Iraqi students (Denver Post)
Iraq's minister of higher education says a new initiative for Iraqi students and professors will see increased academic cooperation between his country and the United States.
14. Albuquerque Media Monitoring
News clips from Wednesday, January 27, include stories about:
* Legislature May Cut Money for Free Bus Rides for UNM Students
* Mike Locksley Lands New Lobo Recruit
* Home Prices Falling in UNM Area
* Lobos Beat CSU 68 – 50
* Lobo Women Beat CSU 76-68
* Legislature Proposes Cuts in Ethnic Programs at UNM
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