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New Mexico Daily Lobo

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Students go homeless for a night by Kallie Red-Horse

At least 17,000 New Mexicans are homeless, and for one night UNM students can experience what that might be like. Six graduating communication and journalism students, The Happy Campers, organized the event as part of a service-learning assignment, student Bryan Wilcox said. “We hope people leave with a better personal understanding of what is like to be homeless,” he said. “It is a firsthand experience of what the homeless community has to go through. It is not exactly what it is like, but it gives perspective.” From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., attendees will be fed dinner and breakfast, enjoy live music, hear firsthand


one person in my family was having troubles at one period of his life and had to deal with it.” Local music group, the Noms, will perform along with Amberzytte, Wilcox said, but entertainment will only go until 9:30 p.m. “It will be cold out on Johnson and kind of lonely after the entertainment ends,” he said. “You can only talk and hang out for so long before you realize it is boring and uncomfortable, and it is definitely not ideal sleeping conditions.” Pecherand said everyone should do his or her part to help, even if it’s in a small way. “We could spend our entire lives trying to solve everything, but I think if everybody at least could help out with one cause, that would be helpful,” she said.

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inclination right now is to continue discussing fees, but if students don’t want it, then I can’t see how my vote would determine that.” Cardenas said regents have students’ best interests at heart, even if fees increase. “I think students will look at the increase, (and) I’m sure they will question a few of them,” he said. “But I think, overall, it’s going to the academic mission. Fortner said Athletics is part of the academic mission.” GPSA president Lissa Knudsen said the regents aren’t


accounts of homeless experiences and build a box to sleep in for the night. The students worked with St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, Wilcox said, and donations will go to the nonprofit organization. “We are asking for people to bring one pair of white socks to donate,” he said. “It is the least donated item, but one of the most important for homeless people because their feet are their only source of transportation. Being on their feet is everything, and there are so many problems correlated with that.” Happy Camper Estelle Pecherand said more New Mexicans have lost their homes since the recession. “It is not just affecting random people, and I hope that people can become aware of what it is and how it can happen,” she said. “I know

dispersing the financial burden evenly throughout the University. She said if Athletics wants to be a part of the UNM community, it should endure funding cuts like other departments. “Faculty and staff are going to be expected to take a cut in salary and still do the same job,” she said. “And yet, Athletics doesn’t have to abide by that. The fee increase is only 1 percent of their budget. They have no problem putting that increase on us. We see it as a tax on education.”

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considered it illegal, we started taking it off our shelves,” Anderson said. “If people wanted it, they had to ask.” Now, Congress is taking action to form a federal ban after 150 midshipmen were kicked out of the Naval Academy because they alleged used synthetic marijuana. The U.S. Senate will conduct a hearing investigating synthetic marijuana and other chemically formed drugs, such as “bath salt,” a legally sold product intended to mimic the effects of cocaine.

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A bill sponsored by Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) would create a federal ban of the products. Products like K2 Spice typically consist of plant material coated with chemicals that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Despite the law, student Dave Ramirez said drug use in the state will remain a problem. “Some crack head broke into my house two months ago,” he said. “I caught the guy and had him arrested. Apparently, he had a history of mental health and drug abuse, and

he had been in jail more than eight times. I think guys like that need rehabilitation and not just jail. I know he’ll be out soon.” Still, Martinez said the legislation will make New Mexico safer. “I have made it a top priority to protect and promote communities in which our children can feel safe and New Mexico’s families can thrive,” Martinez said. “New Mexico now joins the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and a number of other states in recognizing that ‘synthetic’ does not mean ‘harmless.’”

Quran burning sparks riots by Solomon Moore Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — Suicide attackers stormed a police compound with AK-47s, grenades and an explosives-rigged ambulance in southern Afghanistan Thursday in an escalation of fighting that coincides with demonstrations — some of them deadly — over the burning of a Quran in Florida. Six Afghan security troopers died in the attack in Kandahar province. Riots in the same province incited by the Quran burning killed 10 people on Saturday, part of a wave of protests that has forced international aid organizations and embassies to virtually lock down their facilities for more than a week. More protests are expected Friday. Last month’s book burning at the Gainesville, Florida, church led by the Rev. Terry Jones further inflamed anti-Western sentiment in Afghanistan, where many people were already fed up with the presence of foreign military forces and civilian casualties. Outrage at the desecration also spurred a deadly assault on a U.N. headquarters in the northern province of Mazar-i-Sharif last week that killed seven staff workers. On Thursday, about 300 teachers, students and clerics gathered outside a Kabul mosque with banners demanding that Jones be

prosecuted and that foreign troops withdraw from Afghanistan. Afghan police closely monitored protesters, who were peaceful in their behavior but strident in their rhetoric. “America is a terrorist,” read one banner. “No to American military bases in Afghanistan,” read another. Sabor Fakhri, one of the protest organizers, said he viewed the Quran burning as a personal affront to him and his family. “This holy book belongs to all Muslim nations and when they burned the Quran they burned me and my people,” he said. “We demand the U.S. government stop such ignorant people. Long live Islam and death to the enemies of the Muslims.” “We didn’t send tanks or helicopters or weapons to America, we have sent the holy book, a bridge of knowledge,” Muslim cleric Abdul Salam Abad told the crowd. “America claims they are giving us human rights and freedom of speech and religion, but their burning of the Quran shows their hatred of Muslims.” Many Afghan Muslims will attend weekly prayer services at mosques today, and there are concerns that civil unrest will follow angry sermons about the Quran burning, as it did last weekend. The demonstrations are occurring as Taliban fighters return to

the battlefield in greater numbers to take advantage of more temperate weather. In the attack on the Kandahar police compound, three heavily armed suicide bombers set off a furious gunbattle that raged for at least 45 minutes. The complex sits on the main road between Kandahar and Kabul and houses a weapons training facility, a literacy school and an unfinished headquarters building for the provincial police department. American Blackhawk helicopters and at least eight U.S. armored vehicles rushed to support dozens of Afghan troops battling the assailants at the three-building police complex in restive Kandahar province. The fighting was punctuated by large explosions as two insurgents detonated bomb vests. A third insurgent pretended to be an ambulance driver and set off the explosives-laden rescue vehicle after injured officers were placed inside. “I heard a blast and after that continuous fighting with rocket launchers,” said Kandahar provincial policeman Ashrafullah Agha. As the ambulance detonated in a thunderous explosion, Agha cut off the interview and ran to assist his comrades. The Red Cross said using an ambulance as a weapon is a violation of human rights and the neutrality of health care services.

The University of New Mexico Student Publications Board is now accepting applications for

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Applications are available in Marron Hall Rm. 107 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Term Of Office: Mid-May 2011 through Mid May 2012 Application Deadline: 1 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2011. Requirements: To be selected editor of Best Student Essays you must: Have completed at least 18 hours of credit at UNM or have been enrolled as a full time student at UNM the preceding semester and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 by the end of the preceding semester. The editor must be enrolled as a UNM student throughout the term of office and be a UNM student for the full term. Some publication experience preferable.

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