V.21 No.51 | 12/20/2012
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #276: An autopsy in the UNM stacks.
In the UNM stacks, I take the second door. Most desks have been taken, with books spread out. My friend is doing an autopsy at a fluorescently lit table. He holds up bones that are wet and squishy and turn to mush when squeezed.
UNM climbs the polls early
With the Lobos' victory over the Valparaiso Cruisaders last weekend, they improved to 10-0, their best start since going 12-0 back in 2009. Fans are extremely happy because there is a high chance that they can at least match that opening record this season.
This Lobo team is just as deep as last year's and possibly even deeper. Alex Kirk sat last season out due to an injury, but has started this season off with some exciting play that has helped earn the Lobos the number 17 spot in the Associated Press top 25.
"They are being mentally challenged right now," head coach Steve Alford said in the post-USC victory radio interview in reference to the final exams that the players were focusing on. But he admitted that they would also be physically challenged in attempt to keep their undefeated record alive. Challenging the players during finals week paid off with another victory, and we'll just have to wait and see how it affected them academically.
The next three games that the Lobos play are games against unranked opponents that should add more victories to their impressive resume. In fact, the next game that should pose any challenge will be when they face the 11th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats on the road. Starting with this game on the Dec 27th, the Lobo's schedule will increase in difficulty as they move into conference play soon afterwards.
This year, the Mountain West Conference is arguably the most competitive it has ever been. While the Lobos are definitely one of the best teams in the conference, there are several teams that would like to take the conference championship away from them this year.
San Diego State is currently ranked just below the Lobos in the AP top 25. This makes sense considering last year the Lobos were able to win two out of three matches against the Aztecs. There are also the UNLV Runnin' Rebels and the Wyoming Cowboys who are going to give the Lobos tough matches. While Wyoming is not currently ranked, there is a good chance that they will be because they are receiving votes in both the AP top 25 and the USA Today Coaches polls and have also started out with a perfect 10-0.
With high expectations this year, the Lobos are going to have to practice hard and show some true resilience as they face the stiff competition of conference play.
V.21 No.50 | 12/13/2012
Grayson Kilmer graysonkilmer.com
Raunch rock act’s flyer causes a commotion
If you read the Daily Lobo or watch KRQE News, you may have already heard about local rock outfit Glitter Dick’s release party flyer controversy at UNM. I take a deeper look at the situation in Queering Public Spaces. Check out sights and sounds by performing acts below. Launchpad • Glitter Dick album release party • CanyonLands • Black Maria • Terri Schiavo Dance Party • Fri Dec 14 • 9:30 pm • $5 • 21+ • launchpadrocks.com
Grayson Kilmer graysonkilmer.com
Queering Public Spaces
Glitter Dick’s aesthetic causes kerfuffle at UNM
Owing to a homoerotic flyer, sleaze rock outfit Glitter Dick stumble onto free speech issues and GLBTQ representation at UNM.
V.21 No.48 | 11/29/2012
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #273: I ride my bike onto the UNM campus.
I ride my bike onto the UNM campus from Central. I meet my boss walking west. He has some suggestions for me. I ride on. Everything seems new and different from when I went to school. I see my boss again, who has some more suggestions. G is waiting for me on the mall with her friends. I am 5 minutes late. We must get to McGee’s restaurant. We ride together across campus. I am able to ride up and down the steps smoothly. In a concrete drain V, people lay reading. In the V, I run over a girl's stick of butter. My tires start to slip a little. We arrive at McGee’s. The waiters are all well-dressed and there are fancy green and yellow oil lamps on the long central bar. It seems like a pretty nice place for UNM.
V.21 No.46 | 11/15/2012
Home sweet art
Check out the house that Delahunt built for her master’s in fine art. For her final project, the 3D artist decided to ensure her future living quarters so she can continue to pursue her art.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Burqueño blues-rock revivalists confess grand ambitions
Lizzy Von Stange sat down with Gage Bickerstaff and Jeff Bell, aka The Limbs, and shares the resulting reportage in this week’s Show Up!, Articulating The Limbs. Check out tunes from other featured acts below. Launchpad • The Limbs • Full Speed Veronica • Sputniq • Broken Animals • Thurs Nov 15 • 9 pm • $4 • 21+ • launchpadrocks.com
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Articulating The Limbs
Blues-rock revival gets hyper-local
Lizzy Von Stange chats with bluesy rock and roll duo The Limbs about classical training, musical influences and touring aspirations.
3D artist builds herself a dwelling as her master's thesis
With salvaged scrap materials, artist Bethany Delahunt created a real house for herself as her master’s thesis.
V.21 No.45 | 11/8/2012
The Daily Word in real life Ken, Wreck-It Ralph, Illegal horse racing
NBC plans benefit for Sandy relief efforts.
UNM hosting ugly photo contest to promote areas of campus that need improvement.
Wreck-It Ralph is a winner!
This horse is also a winner!
Illegal horse racing is running wild in New Mexico.
Friendly person shares electricity in Sandy aftermath.
Gas shortages add more woes to Sandy recovery.
Cleaning tips and tricks for the OCD person in all of us.
Real-life Ken has no interest in real-life Barbie.
It’s Friday! Here is a cat video for your enjoyment.
V.21 No.40 | 10/4/2012
Lobo Soccer Continues to Win
UNM looks impressive despite weather delay
The No. 4 University of New Mexico Lobos looked a bit sloppy against the Houston Baptist University Huskies on Sunday, allowing a goal in the 16th minute. However, they managed to put two in the back of the net to come out on top in Houston.
The Lobos continue their march forward in the wake of last year's undefeated season—a remarkable season that, due to the odd rules of soccer, concluded in the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a match that sent the Lobos home, but did not count as a loss.
The Huskies have lost five games this season, but the Lobos have taken only a single loss. Their tenacity after a 13-hour weather delay and a site change for the game shows how focused this team is on improving last year's considerable accomplishments.
This game was the conference opener for the The Lobos and who now face nine consecutive matches with members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation all vying for the NCAA Tournament automatic bid. UNM's last conference game will be another against Houston Baptist on Saturday, November 3. In between, of course, there will be plenty of tough matches, though none against the old giants of the MPSF, Sacramento State and Colorado. The Lobos should still brace themselves October 21 for a home battle against CSU Bakersfield, another Mountain Pacific team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year.
In a year full of individual accolades that continue to pile up for the Lobos, the most promising praise is the national ranking and the knowledge that, after such repeated success, this team deserves to be considered among the national title contenders.
This weekend, the Lobos will continue their assault on two in-conference visitors: Air Force on Friday and Denver on Sunday. Both matches should showcase the Lobos' talents and serve as excellent opportunities for fans to jump on the wagon and get behind a local team that could make waves come championship time.
V.21 No.39 | 9/27/2012
Free speech on campus
Reporter Jes Abeita covers controversy at UNM about racist anti-abortion posters.
Freedumb of Speech
Racist anti-abortion posters draw student ire
Native American students were shocked by posters displayed on UNM campus. They led a demonstration of their own in response.
V.21 No.38 |
The Daily Word in iPhone 5, Amanda Palmer and Endeavour
Chick-fil-A bows out of homophobe politics.
Students protest racist anti-abortion propaganda at UNM.
At 11:30 a.m., Endeavour will fly over White Sands.
The Mars rover got some snaps of an eclipse.
OK, so why isn't New Mexico big in solar?
Oh, that Jon Stewart: Chaos on Bullshit Mountain
Beyoncé is a good role model for the Obama daughters, says the president.
Maybe we should elect Canada as POTUS.
How will LGBT youth fare in a new Tunisia?
iPhone 5 lines are forming around the country.
It's OK if you don't want kids. In 2008, you could just drop them off in Nebraska.
A woman screaming "I'm Jack Sparrow" hijacks a passenger ferry and crashes it into other boats.
Amanda Palmer got more than $1 million through Kickstarter to make an album. People are wondering what the hell she's spending it on.
Work backward out of a creative rut.
What's next in body mods?
V.21 No.37 | 9/13/2012
Hangover Sports Roundup
Lobos crash back to reality, 49ers bully Packers
When the University of New Mexico defeated the Southern Jaguars 66-21 their opening weekend, it was the fresh start the football program desperately needed. For the first time in three years every part of the team worked in sync, showing some potential for Lobo Football to be successful again. The only only damper on the victory was the fact they beat a poor team from a weak conference. Southern offered little opposition and little opportunity for UNM to show their stuff beyond a spectacular halftime show. So when the Lobos squared off against the No.15 Texas Longhorns, fans and critics were given an accurate depiction of New Mexico's football program.
Lobo fans watching the first half had reason to feel okay as their defense kept Texas to a less-than-terrifying 17-0 lead at halftime. But after UNM quarterback B.R. Holbrook suffered a concussion in the second quarter, the optimism quickly turned into panic. The Longhorns proved why they are a true college football powerhouse by forcing four Lobo turnovers and a crushing final score of 45-0. Even though UNM suffered another beat-down at the hands of a top college football team, the Lobos had a solid ground attack and were even able to rush for 206 yards. Local sports talk radio were surely filled with calls angry and depressed fans already claiming this season was a failure. But sensible fans can hardly expect head coach Bob Davie to work a miracle in one season. Former coach Mike Locksley caused huge damage to an already fragile program. It's going take years to transform UNM into a threatening college football program. As for this season, if Davie can lead his team to a decent performance at Texas Tech before the big grudge match against New Mexico State, the Lobos should feel confident heading into Mountain West Conference play.
NFL Opening Weekend
Just two years ago, The San Francisco 49ers looked like the shell of a franchise that won five Super Bowls. But ever since second-year head coach Jim Harbaugh took over, honor and respect have been restored to the Bay Area. Last year, the 49ers proved to be a dark horse when came out of nowhere to go 13-2, win their division and play in the NFC Championship game. With the target off their backs, the 'Niners looked towards a tough season opener against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field this last weekend. Meanwhile, the Packers were looking to erase the memory of losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champions the New York Giants. If the 49ers could defeat Green Bay on the road, it would seal their place as one of the elite teams of the league.
San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith exercised his new offensive weapons Mario Manningham and Randy Moss while picking apart the Packer defense. Along with Frank Gore's power-running game, he led the 49ers into a 16-7 lead at halftime. Aaron Rodgers was able to move the ball for Green Bay but failed to make the game-changing play that would have captured the lead. The Packers cut the Niners' 16-point lead to just 8 in the fourth quarter. But Harbaugh's signature defense held steady and managed to avoid a last-second Green Bay comeback. San Francisco’s 30-22 victory should give them the momentum they need moving forward into the season and will potentially set them up for a repeat of last year's success and beyond.
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