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The Daily Word in Waffle House splurges, totally real hoverboards and Justin Bieber's junk

Sometimes, it pays off to be bad at your job. Just ask Mae Keane, whose boss told her to use her lips to sharpen the point of a radioactive paint brush. She refused, got fired and, unlike many of her more cooperative coworkers who died in the 1920s, lived to be 107.

UNM student fees seem to have been supplementing shopping runs at Nordstrum's and the cops are looking into it.

More photos of Justin Bieber's stint in jail are on their way, but his junk will be blacked out.

After being closed down following a month of fires and radiation leaks at WIPP, new waste is now piling up outside the facility.

Hoverboards! They're totally real! Or at least this straight faced viral video featuring Christopher Lloyd is real. And that's almost as good, right?

A misplaced decimal point underlines why it's a good idea to check your receipt before leaving the Waffle House.

PHOTOS

An Education Without Borders

Winning photograph speaks volumes

Winning photo by UNM art education graduate student Junfu Han
Winning photo by UNM art education graduate student Junfu Han

An older Latina woman stands clutching a telephone pole painted with colors of the American flag in a border town of the Southwestern United States. She’s expressionless except for a squinting of her dark eyes during the midday sun. Her gaze is slightly off camera and a silver cross is half hidden under her blouse. Her left wrist is bandaged, yet she doesn’t seem broken. Rather, she's solid and stoic with an unassuming strength. The author of this photograph is Junfu Han, a UNM Art Education graduate student and the winner of the 1st Annual International Education Week photo contest.

During the week of Nov. 11, UNM’s Global Education Office hosted International Education Week, and unlike previous years, this year’s event included the photo contest. The week focuses on the benefits of studying abroad and celebrates the diversity of UNM students. Photographers entered the contest, whose theme was “International Experiences,” with portraits, landscapes, architecture, street photography, abstract or experimental pictures. Han’s striking composition of the Latina woman in the Chihuahuita community in El Paso, TX was declared the winner with its portrayal of American mythos and Mexican experiences on the border.

V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013
Can you blame them for loving it?
Daniel Schwen, via Wikimedia Commons

Letters

The readers write: a postcard from the UK and an apology from F. Chris Garcia.

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Hour of the Lobo

Nightlight short illuminates UNM

"UNM @ Night" still
Kamiomedia
"UNM @ Night" still
In the mood for something a bit artsy and altogether local?

Kamiomedia recently released a short media production titled “UNM @ Night.” The short spotlights a variety of beautiful scenes on Albuquerque’s favorite campus—sorry CNM Suncats, but I’m a Lobo—from within the mantle of midnight.

The Kamiomedia video team—Kyle Maier, Amie Gibson and Rico Ramirez—captured images reminiscent of a light show. In some instances, the filmmakers demonstrate their creative expertise by highlighting the glowing colors of campus with special effects like a fisheye lens and slow motion. And nearly all Kamiomedia productions feature original music by the trio themselves. This brief cinematic outing is only one example among many works by the visual and musical artistic collective.

Sometimes I fail to fully appreciate the beauty of my own campus, and this short film gave me a fresh appreciation for UNM's eclectic visual landscape—natural fall color juxtaposed with bright neon. If you have three minutes to spare, check it out below.

Kamiomedia
"UNM @ Night"

Speaking of UNM and short films, swing by the Southwest Film Center—located in the Student Union Building—on Nov. 9 for the second annual UNM Student Film Festival—where more sublime cinematic treats await you.

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The Daily Word in Nevada shootings, online health care woes and the zombie obsession

President Obama will give a talk today addressing problems people have been having with HeathCare.gov, a new health care website that allows people to compare insurance rates, understand health care laws and more.

A lawyer for a Roma couple accused of kidnapping a little girl in Greece says that the couple adopted her from her birth mother, though they still haven't located said mother for verification.

Hurricane Raymond is getting stronger.

There was a shooting at Sparks Middle School in Nevada this morning. Police say the suspect was “neutralized,” though it's not clear how many were shot, but the children were evacuated to the nearby high school.

There was another shooting in Nevada this morning, though this one was at a Las Vegas casino, in which one person was pronounced dead and two were wounded. Police say the suspect is in custody.

Joseph Sandoval, 50, was killed on Saturday after being struck by a Rail Runner train that was headed north to Santa Fe. Police are still trying to figure out why Sandoval was near the tracks.

Scott Chandler, owner of Tierra Blanca Ranch, spoke to Matt Lauer on "The TODAY Show" about the allegations of abuse and the Amber Alert for nine missing kids last week.

You think UNM has a solution to the national debt?

Are zombies holding America's imagination hostage?

Film

Campus Film Series Acts as Eye-opener: UNM org hosts People Before Profit screenings

via People Before Profits Film Series’ Facebook page
via People Before Profits Film Series’ Facebook page
UNM is, unfailingly, full of hidden gems—those thought-provoking spray-painted works of art behind random pillars on campus, the Beatles music course students can take for upper division credit, Eli's burger sauce at the newest restaurant in the Student Union Building. There’s always something new to discover as a regular wanderer of the campus I call home. And today I stumbled upon another: the People Before Profit film series, which happens every Monday in the SUB Theater.

This fall marks the sixth semester in which UNM's peace studies program and Students Organizing Actions for Peace will have hosted the film series. Begun as an internship for a peace studies student, People Before Profit aims to raise awareness about social issues and encourage students to think and talk about these problems. Long after its commencement, the event is still going strong.

Encouraging respectful, responsive discourse, the series is still facilitated by UNM students and professors, but it’s now open to the community—and free. Previously it brought films like Salt of the Earth, Genetic Chile and An Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, and it continues to bring up topics such as war and gay rights. Last night, PBP screened Gus van Sant’s popular 2008 Harvey Milk biopic Milk.

The PBP series is essentially a free course about events and trends that, at some point, will affect us all. With recent, rattling terrorist attacks on Kenya and Pakistan, and the always active social and environmental justice climates, I can't think of many better ways to spend a free Monday night. Catch it every Monday at 7pm in UNM's SUB Theater.

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The Daily Word in Syria developments, crazy UNM frat, Anasazi building

France may become the primary U.S. ally in a possible strike against Syrian forces.

More on Facebook's privacy policies.

Lamar Odom arrested for DUI.

UNM's Sigma Alpha Epsilon comes in at number three on Rolling Stone's list of top 10 out-of-control fraternities.

Police say a woman gave birth to a baby boy in the bathroom of a busy sports bar, killed the infant, and then headed back out to finish watching a wrestling match.

APD declines use of dashboard cameras, doesn't have the best history with using their lapel cameras.

Anasazi building in Downtown Albuquerque begins pre-selling units as construction continues.

V.22 No.35 | 8/29/2013
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Arts Feature

Beyond Legend

UNM professor searches for truth in his mother’s desert murder

By Nora Hickey

Son of a Gun: A Memoir

How the legacy of Wyatt Earp and the Old West helped precipitate a shocking death.
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Join or Be Exterminated: Whovians find home on campus

via UNM Whovians Facebook page
via UNM Whovians Facebook page

Where can you find the UNM fight song translated into the language of Gallifrey? Try UNM's newest fan club, UNM Whovians.

The new “Doctor Who” fan club debuted at UNM's Welcome Back Days last week, in time for the popular British sci-fi show's 50th anniversary in November. Which means we now have a quantitative measure for exactly how far behind New Mexico is compared to the rest of the planet.

The television program currently features Matt Smith as the Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara, his mysterious companion. The Doctor, a Time Lord who spends his days traveling through time and space, saving the universe from certain doom, is the star of the phenomenon. On and off the air in the UK since 1963, the show returned to public consciousness in 2005 with its new series. It began gaining popularity in the US around 2010 and Americans have been dressing up as bow-tie wearing aliens ever since.

The UNM fan group was formed and is headed by Ben Ginsburg, a sophomore majoring in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media. On the UNM Whovians Facebook page, Ginsburg describes his inspiration to form the club:

"I am a pretty shy and awkward guy unless conversations are brought to me rather than me starting them. But after wearing my TARDIS hat around campus 2 days, I get so many people coming up to me telling me they love my hat and sometimes [we] get into some hardcore [Doctor Who] discussions. Conclusion = Whovians are the most awesome people on campus."

The group's Facebook page also contains information about club events, student fan art and tons of opinions about newly cast Peter Capaldi.

American Whovians tend to be a sprightly, enthusiastic group, often excited to meet others whom they have traveled with through time and space all these years. As a proud Whovian-Lobo, I believe this club has the potential to unite a whole group of great friends who've yet to meet one another. Ginsburg likewise hopes that the club will bring together Who fans who otherwise “have no common ground.”

Keep an eye on the group’s Facebook page for upcoming events.

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The Daily Word in Mubarak's potential release, bear maulings and Pistorius' indictment

Egyptian officials are calling for the release of former President Hosni Mubarak from prison, which some say could result in more violence in Egypt.

A study shows that US unemployment rates increased in more than half the states in July, and hiring, which has been steady since January, took a slow decline in July as well.

Oscar Pistorius, Paralympic champion, is being indicted for premeditated murder for the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

This is why I don't go jogging in Michigan, Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming … or pretty much anywhere.

I don't care if you raised the prices. We came to see some polar bears!

UNM has incorporated a new system where students can log in online to report crimes they witness on campus. … because phones are so last year.

It's not every day that you pay 25 cents upon receiving a parcel from China. … and then get arrested for it.

Just in case you ever wondered what would happen if you stuck a fork into your meat and two veg, a 70-year-old Australian man has the answer.

V.22 No.33 | 8/15/2013
The West Wing of UNM's Zimmerman Library
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Feature

Do It In Public

Study like a Burqueño

By Samantha Anne Carrillo
Samantha Anne Carrillo shares anecdotal research on and analysis of environmental ambience and a short list of Downtown, Nob Hill and University sugar and caffeine purveyors.

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The Daily Word in fat shaming professors, highway robbery and craigslist baby sales

UNM psychology professor Geoffrey Miller, who sparked controversy by tweeting that overweight people don't have the willpower to complete graduate work, will return to New Mexico this fall. We assume that he will be continuing his important work on studying the effects of being a huge asshole on one's career.

Official Alibi dating advice: never try to sell your prospective girlfriend's baby on Craigslist.

Highway robbery! A guy in Russia managed to steal an entire road.

Federal cuts to food stamp programs will hit New Mexico families hard.

Ariel Castro's house, where he held three women captive for over a decade, has been scraped off of the Earth.

The US and Russia are still in a spat over this whole Snowden business.

Hey! Here's how to make a toilet out of a banana!

London sewer workers discovered a 15-ton mass of congealed grease and wet wipes in— excuse me, I'm going to be sick now.

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The Daily Word in Boston Bombings, celebrity’s getting arrested and Cinnamon Challenge danger

A moment of silence will be observed today for the victims of the Boston Bombings.

Over the weekend, 3 Doors Down bassist charged with vehicular homicide and Reese Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Formerly homeless UNM student is graduating in May.

Tijeras couple warns of possible dognapper.

Zooey Deschanel mistakenly named as one of the Boston Bombing suspects.

A car accident at Central and Louisiana on Sunday left 1 dead and 3 injured.

The “Cinnamon Challenge” is no joke.

Need words to live by? These 22 movies have you covered.

V.22 No.15 | 4/11/2013

Reel World

By Devin D. O’Leary

Experiment Like You Mean It

Experiments in Cinema v8.53 washes over the Duke City this weekend like a cinematic fever dream. This is the eighth year for the alternative film festival (or something like it, that numbering system of theirs is pretty wacky). The multi-day festival is billed as “an annual celebration of international cinematic experimentation.”

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