I know I should be more aware of my city and who’s representing it and where my tax money is going. When I went to vote this morning, the most exciting part besides contributing to the decision of the next U.S president was voting for or against bonds and specific taxes. The problem is I had no clue about these things, nor did I recognize any name on the ballot for a district judgeship. I feel overwhelmed.
As a young citizen, I have to say the city of Albuquerque should do a better job of informing its young voters about these sorts of things. Otherwise they might do what I did when I had a pop-quiz in high school: close my eyes and pick.
School’s Out For Election!
All of my UNM classes were canceled today. Instead of catching up on homework, buying some beer and celebrating with others over the day off, I stuck around campus and observed the busiest day I’ve seen at UNM since the first week of school. “I had one class but decided to hang out and watch all the commotion,” says UNM student David Whatley. Booths are still set up with their political parties raised high like battle standards. “I’ll just be happy after today when the election is over and we can really focus on our country’s issues rather than divide ourselves over who we want for the next president,” says Whatley.
A Stove by Any Other Name
So just how did a kitchen appliance become the namesake of Stove art gallery and performance space? “Originally we came up with Stove as a set of designs and characters for a comic book,” says Thomas Haag, who co-owns Stove with brother Forrest and lifelong friend Naython Vane. All three grew up together in Wichita, Kans., and eventually parted ways to Seattle and L.A. “After the comic book thing didn’t really work, we turned Stove into graffiti/street art movement.” Naython and the Haag brothers would make trips up and down the West Coast, bombing stoves on any public wall they could reach. Today in Albuquerque, "We get people coming in all the time from out of town saying, 'Hey, I've seen that character of a stove before in L.A.’ ”