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V.23 No.43 | 10/23/2014
Sam White (Tessa Thompson) would like you to rephrase that last remark.

Film Review

Dear White People

Unabashed comedy-drama about black and white college students plays all the race cards

Freshman director tackles race relations on campus in unabashed comedy-drama Dear White People.
V.23 No.35 |

news

The Daily Word in "Longmire" cancellation, kids with guns and affirmative consent

The Daily Word

Nidal Hasan, who was sentenced to death last year for fatally shooting 13 people at Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009, has asked to be made a citizen of the Islamic State.

California passes an “affirmative consent” bill to address the problem of rape on campuses.

A police officer in Atlanta was arrested for allegedly killing a woman he met online and then burning her body.

Soaring rents prove problematic for people living in urban areas, as that's where everyone wants to be.

The Washington Post on young children and guns.

Albuquerque authorities are investigating a robbery at a Dairy Queen, during which an employee shot and killed the suspected robber.

So, not only did they still a car, but they left a bag of caca and a gun?

A judge will decide today whether to grant the $350,000 buyout for former APS Superintendent Winston Brooks.

Longmire,” formerly shot in Garson Studios in Santa Fe, has been canceled. Now fans wonder whether another network will pick it up for a fourth season.

A couple guys found out why those rocks in Death Valley move.

V.23 No.24 |

news

The Daily Word in hungry gators, a stegomastodon skull and a POW's return

The Daily Word

Colleges look at fraternities to ease the pressure.

Secretary of State John Kerry sent a message to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, urging Iraqis to “come together,” as Al Qaeda-inspired militants continue their march toward Baghdad.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an American prisoner of war, has been returned to the states.

A priest was shot and killed at a church in Phoenix, Ariz., while another was wounded.

Bobby Lee Pearson, who was on trial for a burglary charge, died in a fight mere hours after being acquitted.

You don't want your gun? Take it to the landfill!

Two Chinese nationals were apprehended and face federal charges for trying to buy military sensors from an Albuquerque company and smuggle them back to China.

Doctors at UNM Hospital are trying to reconstruct an 8-month-old child's organs after she was allegedly raped by her mother's boyfriend.

It's a stegomastodon skull!

A Louisiana tour guide likes to swim with gators … and feed them … with his mouth.

V.22 No.16 |

news

Onward and inward

“Look toward the future.” This saying has been engraved in my mind since ... well, since the beginning. I’ve been told by my parents, teachers, advisors, bosses, nearly everyone to strive for what’s ahead, to keep on pushing forward. I realize this is a common theme in society. I’m sure most people have had at least a few anxiety attacks in the middle of the night concerning that overbearing word: “future”.

I’ll admit I’m slightly terrified by its presence. However, my perspective is shifting. I graduate from high school next month and suddenly, the world seems to be spinning multitudes faster than it used to. What happened to barely keeping my eyes open in first-period calculus? Or lugging around a backpack that felt like it was full of anvils? Now, I’m being thrown a diploma and told to go off into the real world, leaving this part of my life behind. Granted, graduating from high school is an accomplishment I’m proud of and while I had a great time overall, I cannot wait to throw my cap in the air while ironically performing a “High School Musical” signature jump. In the grand spectrum, these past four years account for a minuscule portion of my life. That isn’t to say they weren’t important, but there is so much more to experience and learn outside of the state-required curriculum.

But then here it comes again: the future spurning an existential crisis on my exhausted brain. Between worrying about what college will be like to what sort of chips to buy for my graduation party, my head is filled to the brim with anticipating the undeniable future. Perhaps the most frightening part is that in approximately four months, I will be moving over 2000 miles away to Boston.

That single fact awoke an urge to stop focusing primarily on the future and to really enjoy what I have right now. While moving and running toward reality is exciting, I also know I have to make an effort to really soak up all that’s around me right now. Boston will present me with some amazing adventures, but what about the adventures that are yet to be had here?

So, Alibi reader, welcome to “Blair rediscovers ABQ” (I’m sure I’ll come up with a catchier title later). Given the opportunity to blog for the Alibi, I hope to not only find new things about this beloved desert city that I never knew existed, but also let you know about them. This place has so much to offer and before I leave, I want to be able to say, “I know Albuquerque,” and share my newfound knowledge. Before Boston, diplomas, packing all my stuff into not-so-neat little boxes; before my life turns upside down, I want to explore my home to the absolute fullest during the last summer I have the privilege to call it that.

Thus begins the Albuquerque adventures. Next stop: Food trucks.

V.22 No.8 | 2/21/2013

dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #284: My young fiancee.

I learn that my fiancee is only 17. She was able to finish college, where I met her, at such a young age because she "worked all the examples."

V.22 No.3 | 1/17/2013

dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #280: She gives me a white, gaudy leather jacket.

I am back in college, visiting two girls (Reese Witherspoon and Lara Flynn Boyle.) L is very tall and smells good. A guy named Kenny sits on the floor fixing a fish tank for them. We shake hands awkwardly. We all take a walk down the street, two by two, me with L. We are in downtown Denver. We cross the street. L suddenly has an idea and we return home. I give R a "chicken" crochet sweater. She seems to love it and puts it on over the sweater she's wearing. We discuss her "color." She lets on that she knows about my painting method. She gives me a white, gaudy leather jacket with appliqued colored trinkets. I try it on. It is very stiff and my hands don't seem to fit through the sleeve holes. I do some Russian accent shtick, rather unfunny, with my brother. He pulls on my hand, but pulls me forward and I fall over the couch.

V.21 No.37 | 9/13/2012

news

The Daily Word in Bill Clinton, Genesis and Zozobra

The Daily Word

I-25 / Paseo overhaul will be on the ballot in November.

Are you going to Zozobra tonight?

Doug Vaughan sentenced to 12 years for Ponzi scheme.

UNM considers making Lobo Village booze-free.

Ex-President Clinton at the DNC, a recap.

Wheelchair rugby players are rock stars.

Does email cause stress?

Freddie Mercury’s private cultural identity.

Prog awards honor Genesis.

Hungarian artist makes a subway stop magical.

Voyager’s getting close to the edge of the solar system.

Sun burp.

NASA’s Sunita Williams fixes the International Space Station with a toothbrush.

Jennifer Aniston’s going to be in a movie shooting in New Mexico soon.

V.21 No.3 | 1/19/2012
Julia Minamata juliaminamata.com

News

A break for (some) students

In the fall, we heard all about the president’s executive action that lightens the load for students paying back federal loans.

But the plan only applies to certain people. Are you one of them?

Read Elise Kaplan’s “How to cash in on Obama’s student loan plan and find out.

V.21 No.3 |

news

The Daily Word in film caps, Gingrich and Megaupload

The Daily Word

17-year-old student stabbed and killed at school.

City pays woman back after police destroyed her weed.

State lawmakers looking to banish the $50 million cap for film rebates imposed last year.

Look inside the Fukushima containment vessel.

Santa Fe's minimum wage will be the highest in the country.

Congress is going to hold off on PIPA and SOPA votes.

Romney may lose to Gingrich in South Carolina.

College students are playing the fainting game. I thought that was for kids.

Hackers retaliate after Megaupload is shut down.

A matrilineal state in India (where women rule).

If that capsized cruise ship dumps its fuel, it will pollute one of the most pristine segments of the Mediterranean.

Why is it hard to believe in evolution?

Advice that doesn't make sense until you're too old to need it.

Pulitzer Prize: Meh.

V.21 No.3 | 1/19/2012
Julia Minamata juliaminamata.com

FAQ

How to Cash in on Obama’s Student Loan Plan

Like 56 percent of college students in New Mexico, Alibi intern Elise Kaplan took out student loans to finance my education. In this article, she breaks down Obama’s student loan proposal.
V.20 No.38 |

news

The Daily Word in Troy Davis, Edupunk and Corrales' chicken mayor

The Daily Word

World reacts angrily to the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia last night.

Ron Paul's supporters are scared of N.M.'s ex-Gov. Gary Johnson, who's in tonight's national debate.

Dog? Horse? Donkey? Chicken? Who will be Corrales' mayor?

Urban farm in Downtown Albuquerque on Second Street and Silver.

Meet TV's fact-checkers.

Images of the satellite that's falling to Earth.

Parking meter wasteland.

Universities seek students with cash money.

Uncreative writing.

Edupunk: A guide to a free online education.

Man builds lady cave to sleep in. (NSFW if your work sux.)

One Million Moms seeks to halt Schweddy Balls.

V.20 No.37 | 9/15/2011

news

The Daily Word in cocaine, doves and plus-size

The Daily Word

We might lose 50 post offices.

Politician wears blackface to say he’s Germany’s Obama.

Guy backs car into someone’s living room.

State on a $70,000 hunt for teachers who change students’ test scores.

FBI curriculum: Mainstream Muslims are likely terrorist sympathizers.

Auditor says chairman is blocking a review of the PRC.

Journal complains of the number of police escorting a bike safety ride.

Whites-only scholarships.

Moms say the darnedest things. So do significant others.

The recession has affected yet another business: Cocaine.

Doves are tasty.

Department of Transportation wants to ban e-cigs on planes. Here’s a list of other stinks that should be banned first.

American Apparel and a plus-sized debate.

Overconfidence works.

V.20 No.33 |

news

The Daily Word in Phil Spector, religion and a new oil sheen

The Daily Word

The Burqueño who saved the little girl from a kidnapper is being praised and rewarded by people around the country.

What's this about a new oil sheen in the Gulf?

President Obama tells Assad to split.

Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr.—the admitted pharmy addict who won't resign—had his driver's license suspended.

In Japan more than $78 million was found in the post-earthquake wreckage. The people who find the wallets and cash and safes keep turning them over to authorities. Weird.

California high court won't hear Phil Spector's appeal.

Coco Chanel: Nazi agent?

The taxonomy of graffiti.

Veteran APD officer made a deal with a decoy prostitute, according to police. He was arrested.

This person could die if she combs her hair.

Hey little girls: It's never to early to think about dieting.

Religion is going … going … gone in nine countries.

U.S. agency wants to know what it would take to travel to another star. Figuring it out could take a hundred years.

Not everyone is meant for college.

V.20 No.21 | 5/26/2011

news

The Daily Word with fights, Chihuahuas and Lady Gaga

The Daily Word

Serbian general accused of massacring 8,000 Muslims has been captured.

Patriot Act expires tonight at midnight—and Congress is rushing to renew it.

Cibola student taken to the hospital after a fight leads to broken facial bones and seizures.

Errant golf ball kills Chihuahua.

Gov. Martinez ditches her own No. 2 and sits nonchalantly near Heather Wilson.

Growers’ markets open today in Nob Hill and Downtown.

PayPal co-founder will pay college students $100,000 to drop out of college and start companies.

Parents won’t announce baby’s sex.

Maui Time ordered by police to turn over users’ IP addresses.

Supreme Court upholds Arizona law that punishes employers who hire undocumented immigrants.

The Isotopes’ policy on booze. (Not unlike most policies on booze.)

Legislators sue guv over vetoes.

Lost pyramids spotted from space.

The ADHD of Lady Gaga.

V.20 No.4 | 1/27/2011

news

The Daily Word 01.20.10: Garbage hotel, mafia, Gov. Martinez

The Daily Word

Remember that TSA trial in Albuquerque I was talking about? After much delay, it’s happening today.

130 arrested from seven mob families in a mafia crackdown.

This guy’s trying to learn how to speak prairie dog.

How about an extra year to decide about college without losing your lotto scholarship?

Only 70 percent of the population can see 3D movies.

What was served at the “quintessentially American” dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao?

National Republicans may be considering Gov. Martinez for bigger things.

UNM Regent Jack Fortner is sure the governor will reappoint him. Did the $40,000 he donated to her campaign help?

Michelle Obama teams up with Wal-Mart on her healthy food campaign.

A hotel made of garbage! What will the Spanish think of next?

The ladies of death row. (Not the record label.) Wait, why is this a story?

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