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LoboTHON supports young cancer patients By Megan Holmen @megan_holmen

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Morale captains, students who aimed to motivate the crowd, took the stage to lead participants in a choreographed dance at UNM’s LoboTHON on March 3, 2018.


Homemade grenades and pipe bombs found on University Blvd. By Kyle Land @kyleoftheland A LoboAlert was sent out by the University of New Mexico Police Department regarding police activity occurring on University Boulevard Wednesday at 3:35 p.m., advising citizens to “please avoid until further notice.” Subsequent alerts said a “suspicious package” had been removed from the scene — UNMPD has now confirmed that the package in question consisted of homemade grenades and pipe bombs. Lt. Trace Peck, public information officer for UNMPD, said in an interview with the Daily Lobo that the initial incident occurred following a traffic stop, when police stopped the suspect’s vehicle because his license plate did not match the vehicle he was driving. The suspect pulled over in the parking lot near the UNM Health Sciences Outpatient Surgery and

Imagery Services building. During the stop, the officer saw a firearm and what looked like various explosive devices in the backseat of the vehicle. Once UNMPD removed the suspect from the vehicle, officers secured the scene and brought in the Albuquerque Police Department bomb squad to dispose of the explosive devices. “He actually pulled over in a parking lot, so we were pretty confident we had the area secured anyways,” Peck said. The suspect was arrested and then taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque. There is currently no information as to whether or not the suspect is out on bail, Peck said. Kyle Land is a news editor with the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted by email at or on Twitter @kyleoftheland.

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The University of New Mexico hosted the fifth annual LoboTHON Saturday. Organized and run by UNM students, this fundraiser aimed to support UNM Children’s Hospital, the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in New Mexico. LoboTHON is a 13.1 hour dance marathon created to support children who have or have had cancer, said Jessica Marrello, LoboTHON committee member. According to Marrello, LoboTHON is UNM’s chapter of Dance Marathon, an organization with chapters across the country in over 300 colleges and universities. Dancers and volunteers for LoboTHON have spent the last few months raising money and awareness for the UNM Children’s Hospital. This year the goal was to raise $66,000 for the 66,000 children that UNM Children’s Hospital treats every year, said Sarah Putnam, the internal executive director of LoboTHON. “The money raised at LoboTHON goes to the UNM Children’s Hospital and benefits numerous areas of the hospital. The money we raise also pays for equipment, uncompensated


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By Megan Holmen @megan_holmen Recently, a study conducted by SmartAsset evaluated cities across that nation to determine

which locations were best for women in the technology field — and Albuquerque was rated as No. 5 in the nation. The study also stated that Albuquerque has the fifth lowest gender pay gap in the technology industry. The University of New Mexico’s

Computer Science Department and Computer and Electrical Engineering Department are continuously working to support and encourage female students pursuing a career in tech, said Soraya Abad-Mota, a professor of


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care and cancer awareness,” Marrello said. For the duration of LoboTHON, attendees do not sit, they only stand. This demonstration acknowledges and supports the journey that hundreds of children with cancer have experienced, Putnam said. Daniel Soria, a volunteer at LoboTHON, said 13.1 hours of dancing is nothing compared to the pain and suffering these children go through. He said LoboTHON participants remain standing for 13.1 hours to appreciate and understand the battles these children face. Performances occured throughout the event. Dancers could perform as individuals or in teams. Some teams included members of UNM Greek life organizations, such as Chi Omega, Kappa Sigma and


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Kappa Kappa Gamma. Other teams were comprised of members of other clubs on campus or came from UNM residential halls, Event Operations Director Nicholas Montano said. “Empowering these miracle kids and their families while coming together as a community to support them is so amazing, and being at Dance Marathon is such a humbling and meaningful experience,” said Evie Pope, one of the dancers for LoboTHON. The event included screen printing, a silent auction and gift card giveaways to raise additional funds. This year, multiple families and children who have been treated by UNM Children’s Hospital were in attendance. One wall at the

event was dedicated to these children. The wall included photos of the children and short stories about their experiences with cancer and about their dreams for the future. One of the cancer patients who attended the event was Ethan Lombardi, who was diagnosed with cancer when he was only 18 months old. Ethan had cancer in his kidney, lungs and liver. The UNM Children’s Hospital provided the critical care that Ethan needed and worked tirelessly to ensure Ethan and his family felt as supported as possible, according to Ethan’s mother, Esther Lombardi. Ethan’s cancer is now in remission, she said. “I think it’s amazing that UNM does this fundraiser. I can’t imagine what it would

have been like if we didn’t have UNM Children’s Hospital,” Esther Lombardi said. At the end of LoboTHON, volunteers revealed how much money was raised for UNM Children’s Hospital. This year, dancers and volunteers raised a total of $95,432.18, which was $29,432.18 more than the original goal. “It is our mission that LoboTHON will help foster hope, health and happiness to ensure that no child fights alone,” Marrello said. Megan Holmen is a freelance reporter for news and culture at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at, culture@ or on Twitter @megan_holmen.


of computer science and electrical engineering. Abad-Mota is originally from Venezuela but has been teaching at UNM for the past five years. She is currently teaching classes in computer programming and computer organization and said she finds teaching at UNM fulfilling. “I find teaching at UNM rewarding, because you can feel (students’ frustration) trying to learn as they try to understand programming in the beginning — but as they learn and begin to be able to program, it is rewarding to see them succeed,” Abad-Mota said. She describes her experience in technology as engaging and challenging. She said that while she feels supported at UNM, the ratio of male to female students in her

classes is still not equal. These ratios are somewhere between 60to-40 and 70-to-30, male to female, Abad-Mota said. Kristiana Rendon is a computer science student working on her master’s degree. She said she has been extremely lucky to have never experienced gender discrimination during her education and as she pursued a career in technology. However, she has noticed that there are more men in technology than women. In most of her classes, she is one of few, if not the only, women. “UNM has been supportive and always tries to provide a lot of opportunities for women in technology, such as scholarships, internships and other projects,” Rendon said. Melanie Moses is a professor of

computer science at UNM. She said she has been interested in science and technology since she was a young girl. Moses’ work focuses on the interdisciplinary applications of computer science. Currently, she and her students are working to create and perfect biology-inspired robots, she said. According to both Moses and Abad-Mota, one of the most important ways to support female students pursuing a degree in computer science or computer and electrical engineering is by being their teacher. Moses said that it is beneficial for students to have a female role model. “There are a number of ways to support women in your classes. One great thing is that we have eight

women faculty in our department. Most universities don’t have this. We do a lot of projects to support women and other underrepresented groups as well,” Moses said. Moses is also part of a UNM program called Advance. Advance is a program funded by the National Science Foundation and aims to retain women in STEM. The program helps support women working toward tenure and helps reduce bias in the hiring process, Moses said. Vanessa Surjadidjaja is working on her master’s degree in computer science, focusing on how computer science can be used to study biology. She said her current project analyzes how T-cells deal with the flu and other infectious diseases using biological simulations.

Surjadidjaja said that when she first started studying technology, there was not a lot of support for women. Now, there are more women and there is more support, she said. UNM’s Computer Science Department has a number of female professors that are excellent role models working to encourage and support their students, Surjadidjaja said. “Albuquerque and UNM have a lot of opportunities. We have a vibrant startup culture. People realize that women and technology are the future,” Moses said. Megan Holmen is a freelance reporter for news and culture at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at news@, or on Twitter @megan_holmen.


Lobos pull ahead for win after tight contest By Matthew Narvaiz @matt_narvaiz It took the entirety of the game, plus some, for the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team to pull out a victory on the road at Fresno State, 93-89. And the Lobos got scoring out of a trio of players — Cherise Beynon, Tesha Buck and Jaisa Nunn — in the process. Beynon led UNM with a triple-double performance, putting up 22 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. It marked the third triple-double of her career.

Buck, however, was a problem on offense for the Bulldogs. She scored a team-high 30 points while going 12-of-23 from the field. She also had two threes, though she attempted a total of 10. Nunn scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds, ultimately giving her the 17th double-double of the season. Though the numbers look great, UNM still trailed Fresno State most of the game. In fact, the Lobos didn’t get their first lead until after the end of regulation. Beynon, in the fourth quarter, grabbed a rebound, passed it to Buck and got it back on the pass again to score a bucket and bring

the game within six points with a little under four minutes to go. UNM then tied it with 1:21 left in the game when Madi Washington hit a dagger from 3. After that, the Lobos were able to put up five more shots but made none. The game ended with a tie, forcing it into overtime. That’s when Nunn, with 1:51 left in the extra time of play, gave UNM an 85-84 lead. Fresno State’s Candace White then answered back with a shot of her own to take a one point lead. Beynon scored again to put UNM up. After the Bulldogs were able to get to the free throw line, they missed both. UNM, in re-

sponse, sank all six of its free throws in the last 21 seconds of the game. Fresno State added a 3, but it was too late as the Lobos pulled away for the win. For Fresno State, White scored a game-high 32 points while also adding 10 rebounds and five assists. The Lobos made 42.4 percent of their shots compared to 51.5 percent for the Bulldogs. UNM, though, had just six turnovers. Fresno State had 15. The Lobos, who were already the sixth seed regardless of the outcome at Fresno State, will now face San Jose State, the 11th seed, in the opening round of the Mountain West

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“Simon” offers great teen romance novel By Colton Newman @Coltonperson “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli is a new-age gay romance novel that follows the ever-deepening relationship between Simon and an unknown closeted gay student identified by the alias, “Blue.” Simon and Blue’s relationship starts off simply. They talk about their favorite foods, the music they like and their similar situation of both being closeted in high school. The two only communicate through email, anonymously. The

book takes a dark turn as Simon then finds himself being blackmailed by a fellow classmate who discovers his secret. Simon states early on he feels as if his storyline is only worthy of being a sub-plot to the love stories of his friends. This couldn’t be more wrong — I will give it to him and say that I wouldn’t mind a book that features his best friends’ small love triangle, but Simon’s story can hold its own against any other young romance tale and hold an audience’s ever-shortening attention span. If I had to describe this book in two words it would be: blush-worthy. The development of Simon and Blue’s relationship is innocent with

light touches of maturity sprinkled into it. It is hard as a reader not to feel as though you are a close friend sitting at the school lunchroom watching the two fall for each other with every small interaction. The conflict between Simon and his blackmailer is a bit of a distraction, as the real emotional depth is in the relationship between characters. As Simon and Blue delve deeper into their relationship, it acts as a mirror to their own self-discovery. Simon’s ever-growing need to discover Blue’s true identity is also a search for his own self. Simon and Blue encourage each other to

express themselves truthfully to their families. “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” is coming to theaters this spring under the new, sleek name “Love, Simon” (if you read the book you’ll get it). Topically this book can please many audiences and may be just the sweet loving distraction many teens need in 2018. The novel may prove to be the next “Fault in Our Stars” and might be what teen fiction has been leading up to. Colton Newman is the photo editor and a music writer for the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at or on Twitter @Coltonperson.

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Genome research could allow life-saving therapy By Danielle Prokop @ProkopDani When asked about his work in genomics — the study of the human genome — Dr. Tudor Oprea said, “This science is borderline philosophy. We asked ourselves, ‘What is truth?’ And we don’t always have a good answer.” Oprea is a professor of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as the Translational Informatics Division division chief at the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and a leading researcher in biomolecular research. His team collaborated with universities across the world and has the mission to curate,

archive, then index all the information about all human proteins, known and unknown. Their findings were published in the Feb. 23 issue of Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, titled Unexplored therapeutic opportunities in the human genome. Oprea’s previous work has spurred clinical trials for anti-AIDS medication and anti-cancer agents studied at the UNM Cancer Center. Cristian Bologa, research professor for both the Department of Internal Medicine and the Translation Informatics Division, specializes in drug discovery and data mining. He said these unexplored proteins could be used for drug design. “Our mission is to understand the proteins that are under-studied,” Bologa said. “And have other researchers understand better how these (unexplored proteins) function.”

Proteins are complex biomolecules produced at the cellular, tissue and organism levels. They perform various functions necessary for life, such as transporting molecules throughout the body, replicating DNA, creating responses within the body and helping with vital functions. Now that the human genome has been mapped, scientists are examining the possibilities of proteins. This branch of study is called proteomics and is considered one of the next frontiers of science. The team performed a comprehensive review of genomic, proteomic, chemical and disease-related data in order to track which proteins identified by the Human Genome Project in 2001 were being studied the most. By tracking the proteins’ target development level, or TDL, and placing

them into categories, researchers were able to identify lesser-known proteins. Oprea said his team identified 85 million data points alone in their first data set but cross-referenced with a collaborating partner who used a different process to identify proteins — meaning the actual number was much larger. The teams cataloged 140 million data points. Oprea said the research began in 2011. Canadian Structural Genomics Consortium director Aled Edwards wrote commentary on the Human Genome Project on its 10-year anniversary in the premier science journal, Nature. The commentary shocked many researchers at the time. He


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Syria ceasefire not so good for victims of Syrian Wahhabi rebels Editor, The recent signing of a ceasefire at the U.N. for the area in Syria known as East Ghouta is not something that Christians, Jews and decent Muslims should necessarily be celebrating. The reason I say this

America’s democracy hypocrisy Editor, In late February, Venezuela’s government began accepting presidential candidate registrations and announced a snap legislative election for April. The country’s opposition denounces the process as a sham and Maduro as a dictator, both of which may be true. Oddly, a third voice — the U.S. government — also weighed in. Per U.S. state media outlet Voice of America, “The United States, which under President Donald Trump has been deeply critical of Maduro’s leadership in crisis-torn and economically suffering Venezuela, on Saturday rejected the call for an early legislative vote.” Given the perpetual public pearl-clutching over alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, that’s some major league chutzpah.

is because whether it was in Syria or Iraq, these so-called rebels made it a point to ruthlessly persecute religious minorities like Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims. Actually, even though they claim to be Sunni Muslims, these rebels also made it a habit to murder honorable Sunni Muslims who refused to cooperate or support their various crimes against humanity. If the recent ceasefire eases the suffering of innocent Syrian civilians, then that is fine, but the people living in the west should not be under any illusions about

the head-chopping, heart-eating rebels. Syrian President Assad believes in religious pluralism while his opponents believe in raping, enslaving and murdering religious minorities. The rebels fighting the Syrian government have a particularly disturbing interpretation of Islam which hails from Saudia Arabia. This form of Islam is known in the Islamic world as Wahhabism, and it basically divides the world into a clash of civilizations pitting Muslims against non-Muslims. While these Wahhabis are thankfully on the brink of defeat in Syria, the world

should recognize that so long as Saudia Arabia is not censured and pressured to give up its hateful, satanic interpretation of Islam, then the world can expect to see many more groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS in the future. The world must know that the child of Wahhabism, aka Islamic extremism, has a mother, and her name is the kingdom of Saudia Arabia.

The U.S. State Department wants ”‘a free and fair election’ involving full participation of all political leaders, the immediate release of all political prisoners, credible international observation and an independent electoral authority.” Let’s take that one at a time. Participation of all political leaders? In some U.S. states, it’s harder for a third party to get on a ballot than in, say, Iran. The immediate release of all political prisoners? Last I heard, U.S. President Donald Trump hadn’t pardoned (among others) Leonard Peltier. Credible international observation? The U.S. proper committed to admitting international election observers in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s 1990 Copenhagen Document, but many US states forbid international observers or, for that matter, local observers who aren’t affiliated with one of the two ruling parties.

Electoral authorities? The two ruling parties control them all and routinely use them to suppress threatened competition, as do pseudo-private entities like the Commission on Presidential Debates, which makes giant illegal (but government approved) in-kind contributions to the Republican and Democratic candidates in the form of televised candidate beauty pageants which exclude the opposition parties. Writing in the Atlantic, veteran election meddler Thomas O. Mela — formerly of the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House — argues that election meddling is different when the U.S. does it, because... well, “democracy.” Mela asserts a “difference between programs to strengthen democratic processes in another country (without regard to specific electoral outcomes), versus efforts to

manipulate another country’s election in order to sow chaos, undermine public confidence in the political system and diminish a country’s social stability.” The U.S. government spends a lot of time and money (USAID’s budget alone is about one 10th the budget of the entire Russian government) on foreign election meddling, and somehow “democracy” always gets interpreted as “whatever outcome the U.S. government prefers at the moment.” Perhaps we should get our own democratic house in order instead of, or at least before, presuming to tell the rest of the world how democracy does or should work.

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found that 75 percent of published research was focused solely on 10 percent of identified proteins, which were the same that had been studied 10 years prior. This spurred a 2014 initiative by the premier medical research center, National Institutes of Health, to explore the unknown of the human genome. They created the Common Fund, where 27 institutes and centers pool funding to explore trans-disciplinary projects of interest. On their website, NIH describes the grant as a means to “change paradigms, develop innovative tools and technologies and/or provide fundamental foundations for research that can be used by the broad biomedical research community.” Oprea said the struggle with illuminating the human genome is that scientists must study unexplored options. “The mission has been to identify what we

know, but to advance in new directions we should study next,” Oprea said. “To answer what we should explore, what will be important to focus on.” With such an impossible data set the team innovated data-mining techniques though deep machine learning — the computer read it for them. The team collected information from different sources such as NIH-funded abstracts, primary literature and identified patents. Oprea said one aspect that made their database unique was that some of the data was not published in scientific journals, but rather in private company research and patent applications. “Surprisingly, we found a number of key sets of information are only available in patents. People just publish patents because they work in companies, probably, but I cannot

speak for all of them,” he said. “When you look at all these proteins, you find that two out of five proteins are under-studied,” Oprea said. “Meaning, there’s nothing in publications and not enough molecular tools to generate these publications. Molecular tools can include antibodies, antigen specific probes, chemicals or specific RNA. If none of the tools are available, no one studies the proteins, Oprea said. “This is perhaps a Catch-22,” Oprea said. “Are these proteins not studied because there are no molecular tools available, or are the molecular tools not available because they’re not interesting? I cannot answer that, but my guess is that the lack of molecular tools causes the problem.” The goals of this project are lofty and long-term. It can take 15 to 20 years for a protein project to be explored and medical

trials passed. In proteomics, the stakes are unknown. This is why it is vital that scientists explore the unknown, Oprea said. “These proteins might be important, they might save lives and elevate us to new therapeutic approaches,” he said. Oprea said his personal role in the research is unimportant — instead, it is his team that shines by laying the groundwork for other scientists to explore. “The role of the team is similar to casting a light in dark, unexplored corners. We don’t necessarily tell people, ‘Go do this,’ but guide them to interesting things,” Oprea said. Danielle Prokop is a freelance reporter with the Daily Lobo. She can contacted at news@ or on Twitter @ProkopDani.

Sonia Rankin loves watching students learn By Shayla Cunico @ShaylaCunico Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of five profiles on women associated with the University of New Mexico, who have been recognized by Albuquerque Business First as women of influence in New Mexico. Sonia M. Gipson Rankin is an Africana Studies senior lecturer, the Associate Dean of University College and the director of first-year success projects at the University of New Mexico. She teaches a course at UNM’s School of Law and is also a wife and mother of three. She never fails to find inspiration from her students, she said.

“It’s watching them unpack the material in the classroom. It’s watching them figure out how to navigate campus. It’s watching them find their community, watching them take leadership positions, watching them translate their classroom work into the workplace and the things they want to do,” Rankin said. Born and raised in New Jersey, Rankin pursed a bachelor’s degree in computer science, she said. She pursued a law degree in Illinois and then moved to Albuquerque, where she began teaching at a career college, she said. “Nothing is better than standing in a classroom and working with students toward a thought or an idea and watching the revelation that comes forth,” Rankin said.

She said there is something special about UNM. “We got something really, really unique here at the University of New Mexico that I think we are just on the cusp of really being able to strongly articulate that to around the state, throughout the nation (and) internationally,” she said. Rankin has always had the dream and desire to explain world and societal topics to the next generation, she said. “I have been teaching since I was in the second grade,” she said. “I lined all my dolls up, all my Barbie dolls, my Cabbage Patch Kids, and they were all in my class and I would teach my dolls all day long.” Between teaching and her administrative work, Rankin continues to take a personal deep dive into other

parts of herself to continue to explore her identity. “I love to read any and everything. I like to write stories and ideas, just things I’m pondering,” she said. Rankin’s recent literary obsession is “The Lady Sherlock” series by Sherry Thomas, but comics are her favorite form of literature, she said. Rankin is not sure of what the future may hold, but she wants to continue to create positive work and inspire more students at UNM, she said. “I hope to keep doing more administrative work. I hope to keep being a part of the University and help it to think about where it wants to be next, where it can be next,” she said.

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UNM opens new medical research facility By Mikhaela Smith @MikhaelaSmith18 The University of New Mexico will host a grand opening ceremony Monday to celebrate its newest research facility — the Autophagy, Inflammation and Metabolism Center for Biomedical Research Excellence, or AIM CoBRE. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Dominici Center and will feature an inaugural speech by Randy Schekman, who is a Nobel laureate, professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. The speech will be followed by a reception and ribbon cutting ceremony, according to Vojo Deretic, Ph.D., a professor and department chair of Molecular Genetic and Microbiologyand director of the Autophagy, Inflammation and Metabolism Center at the UNM Health Sciences Center. The center is funded through a grant that was awarded last September by the National Institutes of Health, according to an email sent to the Daily Lobo from Lea Cook, program coordinator for AIM CoBRE. Deretic said receiving funding for an autophagy research center is a unique opportunity.

“An NIH-funded center focused on autophagy is a first of its kind nationally,” he said. “(University of Texas) Southwestern in Dallas has an institutionally-supported center on autophagy — showing that universities are prepared to make an investment in this developing field. We are fortunate to have obtained NIH funds to jump-start our center.” Autophagy, or “self-eating,” is a digestive process cells use to cleanse their interiors of intracellular components that are malfunctioning or no longer needed. If this process fails, it can cause or worsen the state of a variety of diseases such as Crohn’s, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes and cancer, Deretic said. Studying inflammation and metabolic processes will be another area of research at AIM CoBRE. Deretic said studying autophagy, inflammation and metabolic processes in conjunction is important due to the nature of their relationship. “Autophagy is both a quality control process and a metabolic process,” he said. “If autophagy, in its quality control function, does not properly cleanse cellular interiors, inflammation ensues. There are many inflammatory diseases — when you go to a see a doctor, you often hear them say words that end with ‘itis’— and this is where the inflammation research comes in.” If autophagy fails in its metabolic — which is primarily catabolic — function, cells do not burn fat or otherwise tend to overgrow, Deretic said. He said this is of relevance for

obesity and diabetes, as well as cancer, which is another important research intersection to be studied in the AIM Center. During his speech at the grand opening ceremony, Schekman will speak about his research on cellular communication and how diseases can affect the process. “The cells in our body traffic material inside the cell in little packets — they are membrane envelopes called vesicles,” he said. “The protein molecules that build membranes and export proteins, like hormones, are funnelled around in the cell to various destinations….The belief is that these little vesicles in the blood, or in other body fluids, may allow cells to communicate with each other over long distances.” He said the vesicles can transport the ribonucleic acid, or RNA, from one cell to the interior of a target cell. There, it can change the pattern of genes being turned on and off. Schekman said this process can be hijacked by certain diseases, such as cancer, which can change the RNA inside these vesicles in a manner that causes the cancer to spread. In diseases like dementia or alzheimer’s, vesicles inside the brain can promote the movement of proteins that damage nerve cells. Deretic said it is an honor to have Schekman speak at this event. Schekman has won a Nobel Prize for his work concerning cell processes that are the foundation for other aspects of how

cells organize and remodel their interiors, autophagy being one of these processes, Deretic said. “Dr. Schekman is a scientist of global renown...He is a high-profile scientist and an individual of broad impact on biomedical research with strong views on scientific policies and directions. We could not hope for a more appropriate person to come and help us open the AIM center,” Deretic said. Despite just opening, Deretic said he believes the AIM CoBRE has a bright future that will be highly beneficial to UNM and New Mexico as a whole. “The AIM Center is in Phase One, funded by $11.5 million for 5 years,” he said. “If we are successful, and I am sure we will be, this will lead to Phase Two and Phase Three, which bring their own $11 million, for a grand total of over $30 million being injected in the New Mexico research community and local economy. This is a very clear future for the center itself, and the burden is on us and our administrative support structures to make sure we succeed for the benefit of all of us at UNM.” Mikhaela Smith is a news reporter at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at or on Twitter @MikhaelaSmith18.


“Red Sparrow” comes short of impressive By Hector Valverde @hpvalverde

“Red Sparrow” had me totally breathless in its opening scenes. The seamless interflow between a prima ballerina’s beautifully tragic final performance and the thrilling intrigue of a CIA spy exchange had me going well into the first chunk of the film as the situations diffused into what would become the central plot. Unfortunately this initial momentum progressively fizzles out throughout the film’s girthy 120-minute runtime. Sabotaged and permanently crippled by her fellow ballerinas, Dominika Egorova (Jennifer

Lawrence) is coerced by her uncle, a high-ranking member of Russian intelligence, to serve as bait for a politician. Following problematic outcomes, Dominika is sent to a secret Russian facility training spies — known as “sparrows” — for the state. You’re always rooting for Dominka, and though Lawrence gives another good performance, it’s ultimately more or less forgettable. Dominika’s relationship with her mother and her unfortunate circumstances should be more than enough to make an audience care for her, but the film often feels too impersonal and detached to really make one invest in her. It’s a spy film, sure, but there’s no emotional anchor driving one’s investment in any character whatsoever.

In addition, Dominika’s transition from ballerina to semi-spy doesn’t feel earned. In the context of the whole film, she’s at once overly competent, but also wholly incompetent. In her training, there are also quite a few sexual moments that don’t feel integral or at all earned toward the central narrative. It’s obvious they’re meant to be horrific critiques of the spy culture, but they simply don’t work well in the context of the film — they’re just cruel. The performances all around are good enough, though the mostlynot-Russian cast acting as Russians has some wonky accent work that sticks out badly, especially in regards to Lawrence and Jeremy Irons. The supporting American side of the cast

tends to overshadow its “Russian” counterpart, offering much more dynamic performances that don’t play on the trite evil stereotypes associated with the former. In execution, “Red Sparrow” does fairly well. If a bit much at times, the score is powerful and very Russian. The film is also shot and directed excellently, milking every drop of tension from every scene. The fact that there’s almost no action in the film makes it all the more impressive. Unfortunately there’s some inconsistent editing plaguing the film. Scenes between the Russian and American sides are cut too often together, making for some awkward transitions that take away from the momentum generated previously.

It’s overall just too long; I thought the film ended probably two or three times before it actually did. The film just kept going, making sure to wrap up every loose end neatly. “Red Sparrow” is a good enough spy film — it’s just not very special, save for some occasionally hardto-watch brutality. There are plenty of twists and turns keeping the tension between its two spy leads interesting, but the film is ultimately just tiring. Grade: BHector Valverde is a freelance reporter at the Daily Lobo. He primarily writes movie reviews. He can be contacted at culture@dailylobo. com or on Twitter @hpvalverde.

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“A Chorus Line” national tour comes to Popejoy By Sherri Barth

@SherriJBarth23 Tony Award-winning director, actress, choreographer and author Baayork Lee brings Michael Bennett’s original production of “A Chorus Line” back to life with a 33-city national tour stopping at Popejoy Hall for three nights, beginning Thursday, according to Lee portrayed Connie Wong in the original 1975 Broadway play, and now she is taking the musical

across the Pacific to Tokyo, Japan after the national tour. Since her outbreak performance on “A Chorus Line,” Lee has gone on to direct and choreograph 35 international productions of the musical, according to Lauren Garriott, “A Chorus Line” stage actress, said it’s an unbelievable occurrence to be able to work with Lee. Garriott described Lee as “beyond words” and “incredible.” “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with someone

like her…She’s a legend in the Broadway and theater community…She has a passion for the project,” Garriott said. She said Lee is able to tell stories others could not and has a strong understanding of the characters, because she knew and worked with the original cast. Over 100 individuals who competed for a role in “A Chorus Line,” and Garriott was the lucky dancer/singer chosen to play Judy, she said. “I think me and Judy have a lot in common,” Garriott said. “We’re

both very bubbly. She just has this energy about her...I think I have that same energy about me.” The production is based on the 1975 Broadway musical, in which a group of dancers tell their stories, their sacrifices and what it takes to “make it” on a Broadway stage, Garriott said. The performances that will hit the Popejoy Hall stage are true to the original script, even as the new cast puts their own personalities into the characters, she said. “It’s a brand new cast…but everybody puts their own spin on it.

People are playing these characters in ways that I’ve never seen them played…putting their own experience into the stories. I think (the audience is) going to be excited how each of us interpret the characters,” Garriott said. Anyone interested in learning more about “A Chorus Line” can visit Sherri Barth is a volunteer sports and culture reporter for the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at or on Twitter @SherriJBarth23.


Growing the Albuquerque fighting community By Aleks Mihailovic @AleksMihailovic Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on Feb. 13 in the New Mexico News Port, under the headline, “Growing ABQ’s fighting community: Former Lobo athlete trades field for ring,” written by Aleks Mihailovic. This is part of our project to help connect the Daily Lobo audience to more members of our community. Victoria Mihok, just shy of 23, will fight in her first U.S. Muay Thai Open in Phoenix this April. The move ends an 18-year soccer career as she shifts her focus to Mixed Martial Arts. “Fighting, for me as a person, has brought out a fire and passion in me that I lost in soccer. It’s given me my confidence in myself again and

has pushed me to do everything on my part to get to where I want to be,”Mihok said. Meet Mihok, an aspiring MMA fighter who “never settles.” Mihok started her collegiate career in women’s soccer at New Mexico State University. In 2015 she transferred to the University of New Mexico under head coach Heather Dyche. In Mihok’s 2015 season with the Lobos, she was an Academic AllMountain West Selection. Making 10 appearances as a defender for the Lobos, she collected 226 minutes of playing time. However, the following season was not how Mihok wanted to end her college career. The Lobos finished with an overall record of 9-7-3 and did not make the Mountain West Tournament that year. “After finishing up soccer at UNM — since I didn’t have the

(NCAA Division 1) career that I wanted due to injuries and unforeseen circumstances — I had a very strong desire to be the absolute best at something and wanted an opportunity to compete in a solo sport,” Mihok said. Mihok’s family has always supported her, including in her collegiate career and through everything, the good and bad, she said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t give them the best career collegiately, but I intend to do everything in my power to show them how successful I can be in fighting even though they aren’t the happiest with the idea of me taking punches, elbows and knees,” Mihok said. A former teammate and friend at UNM, Eileen Zendejas, praised Mihok’s qualities. “She is just so motivating because she’s Vic… a woman that can literally do and pursue anything she wants. Like MMA and

training with men, that doesn’t affect her at all. She’s an amazing woman,” Zendejas said. Mihok may have played a team sport, but she showed competitive qualities when it came to individual challenges, Zendejas said. “When it came to fitness tests, we competed all the time because we would either get the same score or she would be better than me by one point or vice-versa,” Zendejas said. “She would not be afraid to take players on and shoot when she was playing the outside back position. That’s one of the things I loved about her… defender with a forward mindset.” Albuquerque’s fighting community propels Mihok to aim high As Albuquerque has become home to a notable MMA community, including a number of elite fighters like Johnny Tapia, Carlos Condit, Holly Holm and “Cow-

boy” Donald Cerrone, Mihok hopes to join the community and represent the city as they have, she said. Pursuing Muay Thai — a form of kickboxing — requires Mihok to change her training regimen — while demanding another level of determination — and grit. Luttrell/Yee MMA & Fitness has been Mihok’s gym where she started with private lessons with her striking coach, Raymond Martinez in addition to regular Muay Thai classes. An Albuquerque native, Martinez said he has been training fighters for 13 years, while admiring the fighting community Albuquerque has to offer. “MMA got a lot of attention here in New Mexico because of the rawness of it. Us New Mexicans mad dog everyone we see but we are super friendly once you get past that,”


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Martinez said. Traditionally, boxing has been a top hit in Albuquerque but recently MMA is starting to rise in popularity, Martinez said. With Mihok, Martinez has been focused in altering her soccer mobility to make her a successful MMA fighter. “I think the biggest thing is training how she reacts to certain movements to be different now,” Martinez said. “Victoria already has good reaction time, and instead of getting out of the way of stuff like hitting, it’s modifying the reaction to be correct.” Life balance is key While Mihok is focusing on her goals in MMA, she is also balancing the life of a full-time student,

trainer and wife. “Being a full-time student at UNM pursuing a nutrition degree, I have to make time for my studies but I’m pretty good about staying on top of my work and getting it done early,”Mihok said. A trainer herself, Mihok looks to others to succeed with her. By inspiring others, one of her goals is to set high standards to young aspiring athletes she trains, she said. “Being a strength coach is also a big stressor for me right now having to program for athletes that are looking to better themselves in their sport as well and being sure they’re moving well and working out to the best of their ability as well,” Mihok said. Despite the stress, Mihok

gets her work done, even with challenges that arise with her hectic lifestyle. “For me it’s really just focusing on what I have at that moment and not worrying about everything I have to do in that day. Writing out everything I have to get done in the day has helped me out a ton,” Mihok said. Recently married to Taylor Mihok, a former golfer at NMSU where the two met, Mihok mentions that she had to take time off from fighting, for just a moment. “Since I recently got married I did take a couple of months off from fighting leading up to the wedding simply because I didn’t want to risk an injury or anything,” Mihok said. “Taylor has really pushed me to get

back into it because he knows it’s something I’m really passionate about. Even though there are times when I’d rather be with him than spending hours practicing.” But with her upcoming fight in April, Mihok said there is no time to settle or slack off. What’s in store for Mihok’s future? With Mihok’s upcoming fight, her diet has been disciplined, measuring her macro-nutrients and limiting foods that will not replenish or restore her body properly to compete in her goal weight class. “My diet definitely has started to become cleaner seeing as though I have to drop 10 pounds to fight at the weight class I am to compete in. I’m fighting in the 119.1 to 126 weight class,” Mihok said.

April 26 is the day of her first fight in the United States Muay Thai Open West Championships. However, the three days in Phoenix, is not her final destination with fighting. “My future goals after this Muay Thai fight are to transition to fullon MMA and focus solely on that. I want to do an MMA fight shortly after this fight and hopefully work out a contract as a fighter in the future,” Mihok said. “If I do well, I’d eventually like to become a pro, and my overall goal is to make it to the UFC.” Aleks Mihailovic can be contacted on Twitter @AleksMihailovic.


UNM knocks off Bulldogs to finish third in MW By Robert Maler @Robert_Maler Slated as a preseason selection to finish ninth in the Mountain West, the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team finished the season far from it — knocking off the Fresno State Bulldogs in overtime on Saturday night to overtake third place in the conference standings. New Mexico ensured itself of a winning record this season, finishing the regular season 1714 overall and going 12-6 in Mountain West play. The Lobos also extended their season-high winning streak to five with the 9586 win over the Bulldogs, but three will be the important number moving forward. UNM will shift its attention to next week’s 2018 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship in Las Vegas Nevada, where it will compete as a No. 3 seed and hope to win three games in three days to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The win over the Bulldogs may have made the road to achieving

that goal a little bit easier, as the win afforded the Lobos a chance to avoid No. 1 Nevada until a potential meeting in the championship game. In Saturday’s game, New Mexico got on the board first against Fresno State after senior forward Joe Furstinger made a layup at the 18:20 mark to open the scoring. Things got off to a slow start as the referee’s whistle blew early and often — and seemed to disrupt the pace of play as the team’s tried to figure out how the game was going to be called. The score remained close for the majority of the first half. Junior guard Troy Simons rose up and connected on a 3-point shot to give the Lobos a 19-15 lead, a four-point bulge that was matched on the next possession after fellow junior guard Anthony Mathis nailed another one from deep with 9:40 remaining in the half to make it 22-18. Fresno State continued to stick around though, thanks in large part to junior guard Deshon Taylor, who notched 14 first-half points to lead all scorers. With seven minutes remaining in the first half and the score

tied 24-24, New Mexico was able to create some separation by reeling off a 15-3 run — seizing a 39-27 advantage with 2:42 left in the half. But Fresno State responded to close out the half on a 7-0 run, slicing into the Lobo lead and pulling within 39-34 heading into the locker room. The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the second half with a basket to make it a single-possession game, but then the Lobos exploded for a 13-2 run to seemingly regain control in the matchup — enjoying a 14-point margin, up 52-38, at the 14:38 mark. To make matters worse for Fresno State, Deshon Taylor had been whistled for his fourth personal foul and was forced to the bench. But the Bulldogs had another Taylor in its repertoire. Senior guard Jahmel Taylor had been quiet — scoring just five points through the first 34 minutes of the game — but went off for 16 over the final six minutes of regulation to cap an impressive comeback. The Lobos appeared to be in good shape after Furstinger hit a layup to give UNM a 77-68 lead

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Troy Simons drives past Fresno State’s Sam Bittner during Saturday’s game at Dreamstyle Arena, The Pit. The Lobos won 95-86 in overtime.

with just under three minutes remaining in the game, but Jahmel Taylor’s — coupled with some costly turnovers by New Mexico — left the door open. Jahmel Taylor made back-to-back 3-pointers, but a pair of Lobo free throws and a Mathis layup pushed the UNM lead back to seven. Jahmel

Taylor lost the handle on the ensuing possession, giving the ball back to the Lobos. New Mexico, up seven points with the ball and less than 90 seconds to play seemed to be a lock to close things out — but then the unthinkable happened.


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Trans sex workers share their experiences By Tasawar Shah @tashah_80 The LGBTQ Resource Center at the University of New Mexico hosted a round table discussion Friday as part of their Sex Work Education Week. Sex workers and people who work to fight human sex trafficking facilitated the discussion surrounding a variety of topics related to the life and work of transgender women sex workers. The talk featured three trans women sex workers and one member from a Native American anti-human sex trafficking group. All of them wished not to disclose their identity and will be referred to as Speaker 1, Speaker 2, Speaker 3 and Speaker 4 throughout this article per request. Speaker 2, who identifies as a Native trans woman, started the discussion outlining the difference between sex work and sex trafficking. Sex work is when a person chooses to do it — sometimes someone will do it for survival, but it is still a choice, she said. Sex trafficking is when a person is forced into sex work by someone else.

Speaker 3, who identifies as a half-Mexican and half-Middle Eastern trans woman, outlined the difference between sex work and human trafficking. She said when liberty, or any rights as a human being are compromised, sex work becomes human trafficking. She also said someone usually goes into sex work because the social system never supports trans women. Therefore, she said trans women often have to go into sex work for survival, and trans-women of color are the greatest victims. Speaker 1, who identifies as a caucasian trans woman, discussed the stigma surrounding sex work. She said people think that sex workers are selling their bodies and harming themselves. “There are harms in other jobs, too,” Speaker 1 said, adding that she enjoys sex work. “I am not harming my body,” she said. “I take precautions to protect my body through tests every three months but (people) believe that my body is in danger — how ridiculous.” Speaker 3 said the darker someone’s skin color is, the stronger the negative stigma concerning sex work is.

Speaker 1 said that sex work starts with survivability. She said she started her sex work career on the phone and then through web camera, but she had not been left with any other choice but to go into in-person sex work, because she said she did not have any other support to survive. Speaker 2 discussed the discrimination sex workers face inside their circle. She said this discrimination does not stop even among co-workers, clients and others involved in the industry. She said most of the clients assume they have bought a sex worker’s body, so they want them to work like slaves. Speaker 2 said sex workers are often assaulted by clients, who tend to be “rich, white men.” Addressing the discrimination among co-workers, Speaker 2 said, “Even in our own community the phrase, ‘You work in a street, and I work in a hotel,’ is quite common.” She said one of the directors once told her people prefer Latinas over Native Americans. Speaker 3 said working on the streets makes people treat sex workers differently. “If you are indigenous or black, you will (hear) the harshest remarks

(on the) streets,” — this discrimination prevails, from the streets to the industry at large, “It’s everywhere,” she said. “Nobody chose to be on streets, but people put us (on) the street,” Speaker 2 said. Speaker 3 said the people behind sex work are men in power and they do not let workers discuss the negative aspects of sex work. Speaker 2 said that before the introduction of Christianity into Native American communities, trans women were accepted, but now Native Americans also have a phobia of trans people. “We are murdered, commit suicide and face criticism at a higher rate,” she said, adding that being a sex worker is hard. Speaker 1 said to combat the maltreatment she faces by her clients and the overall flawed system, she is trying to have sex on her own terms now, which is difficult because of the industry. “(Sex workers) have the ability to bring the change, but we are stuck in the industry where we are being forced (into facing different adversities), unfortunately,” she said. Speaker 3 said every system and institution is flawed.

She said society is living under a system that assumes four things — women are always going to be property, black people are always going to be slaves, foreigners are going to assimilate and indigenous people are going to be eradicated. “We need to change the system, not the profession,” Speaker 3 said. The speakers agreed that they never report incidents of assault, because their clients are usually powerful men, and society assumes that sex workers sell their bodies. “Me reporting is absolutely nothing,” Speaker 1 said. “I’m already (considered) a bad person...I’m a sex worker and what good could come of my reporting?” Speaker 2 said sex workers are told their occupation is a crime. Speaker 4, representing a Native American anti-human sex trafficking group, said there are two agencies — The Life Link and 505 Get Free — sex workers can reach out to for help in Albuquerque without the fear of being reported to the police. Tasawar Shah is the news reporter at the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at or on Twitter @tashah_80.

UNM students prepare for Model U.N. conference By Tom Hanlon

@TomHanlonNM Debating world problems in a Central American country is not on the list of typical spring break plans, but the University of New Mexico’s World Affairs Delegation club will be doing just that. Members from WAD will travel to Panama City, Panama on Saturday to compete in Harvard University’s World Model United Nations conference. The conference is an annual event held by Harvard in partnership with a university in the host country, and this year it will take place from March 12 to 16. “This conference is really exciting, because it’s in Central America, which is a place our club hasn’t gone in a while, so this will be a new experience for our members,” said Devrim Tiryaki, president of UNM WAD and a senior studying economics and political science. Tiryaki is one of the 16 members who will travel to Panama.

The WMUN conference describes itself as “the Olympics of Model United Nations.” It is the largest model UN conference outside of the United States and Canada, hosting more than 2,000 college students from about 110 countries. Students act as delegates and participate in 20 simulated committees based on real U.N. committees. “It’s really a good way for our people to see what it’s like, the next level, post-graduation. This is what diplomacy really feels like,” Tiryaki said. Tiryaki, whose father is from Turkey and worked for the Turkish government, said he has been interested in diplomacy from a young age. UNM WAD is “a way to really challenge yourself on critical thinking and problem-(solving) at the highest level,” Tiryaki said . Sara Gutierrez, vice president of UNM WAD and a senior studying political science and philosophy, has attended two previous WMUN conferences. She said interacting with


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UNM World Affairs Delegation members participate at the club’s weekly meeting on Feb. 25, 2018.

application, students prepare and research the position of the country they will represent at WMUN. This year, UNM WAD will represent Thailand. “You have to spend hours, weeks in preparation just so you know what would really happen if you

were that person as a representative of Thailand and what you would do,” Gutierrez said. Students who were chosen to go needed to help fundraise for the expenses of the trip.


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Lobo Winners! Baseball

defeated Nevada 8-5

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defeated Colorado State 108-87 and Fresno State 95-86

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defeated Texas Tech 14-13

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defeated UC Santa Barbara 4-3

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The Lobos committed three consecutive turnovers, each of which lead to immediate Bulldog baskets. The final one, a backcourt violation following a UNM timeout set up Jahmel Taylor for a game-tying 3-pointer to square things up at 81-81. New Mexico had two looks at the end of regulation but couldn’t get either of them to fall and the

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game headed into overtime. Things were tightly contested in the extra period, but the Lobos exhibited solid defensively play. New Mexico didn’t allow a single field goal in the bonus session — limiting the Bulldogs to five points, all of which came at the free throw line. With 1:16 remaining in overtime and UNM clinging to a onepoint lead, senior transfer Antino

Jackson squared up and drilled a big 3-pointer to put the Lobos on top 88-84. It was the 10th make from downtown as a team for New Mexico, and went a long way to clinching the win. Junior guard Chris McNeal pushed the margin back to seven, sinking two free throws to make it . And this time around, the lead was safe as UNM held on for a 95-86

win over Fresno State to send off its players with a win on Senior Night. Mathis and the two Taylors from Fresno State all ended up tied with a game-high 23 points. While seniors Sam Logwood, Furstinger and Jackson each wound up in double figures and playing a major role in the win as well. New Mexico will face the winner of the game between No. 6

Wyoming and No. 11 San Jose State, with the Lobos’ first game scheduled to tip-off at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

afford the trip, Tiryaki said. “Fundraising is a huge part of our organization,” Tiryaki said. “We do appropriations through ASUNM, we have bake sales every week in the (Student Union Building) and we have all of our members apply to various scholarships.”

Once UNM WAD arrives in Panama City, they will have some time to prepare and sightsee before the conference begins. Each night the conference also hosts social events so that delegates can get to know one another. Delegates who perform well

are given awards. Gutierrez said that although UNM WAD does not go to the conference just for the awards, the older club members are hopeful. “I think a bunch of our seniors this year are really striving for those awards,” Gutierrez said. “There’s

been a lot of preparation this year. Hopefully we’ll get something that shows how hard we’ve worked.”

Robert Maler is the sports editor for the Daily Lobo. He primarily covers basketball, football and tennis. He can be contacted at or on Twitter @Robert_Maler.


Registration fees for the conference were about $2,500, lodging was about $500 and individual plane tickets were about $700 — the club obtains funds through the Associated Students of UNM club appropriations but that other fundraisers are necessary to

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Jaden Smith’s “SYRE” a mixed bag of tracks By Colton Newman @Coltonperson

A lot can be said about Jaden Smith — but, in a much more real sense, not much can be said about him either. He’s the son of one of the most famous celebrities to ever grace this planet, he wore a white Batman costume to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s wedding, his sister had that one song a while back called “I Whip My Hair” and he somehow caused a stir when he cut off his dread-locks and carried them around. Seemingly following in the steps of his father and sister, Jaden decided to dip his toes into the world of music. On Nov. 16, 2017 Jaden Smith released his first attempt at an album, “SYRE.” “SYRE” proved to be a 70-minute vacation from reality where I found myself in either blissful music heaven or completely questioning the state of hip-hop as well as the mental stability of the young Smith. “SYRE” was

able to produce a handful of good songs and prove that, even with all the money in the world, you still can make a bad album. The first 14 minutes of “SYRE” turned out to be promising and undoubtedly memorable. The first four tracks are individually titled “B,” “L,” “U” and “E” — despite being separate tracks, the four play into and bleed out onto each other. The first voice opening the album is actually Willow Smith, where she pours out a sweet dream-like lullaby. This being one of the sweetest moments of the album, I was startled when Willow’s voice alters to a deep monstrous bellow aided by a haunting bass. After Willow’s voice dips out, Jaden takes over with a truly surprising and actually quite impressive flow that leads directly into the next track, “L.” “L” has a similar production style, with at least three beat switch ups, making for an interestingly complex song with a super catchy hook: “I could put you on a wave/I just put you on a wave.”

On the track, “U,” Jaden takes a step away from trap production and gives a musical shout out to rock and roll when, toward the end of the track, a chaotic guitar and drum duo take over. This carries over to the last of the Blue tracks, “E.” Here, Jaden slows the beat down and continues to spew melodic bars until he starts to reiterate Willow’s lines from “B,” bringing the Blue songs full circle. Sadly, after the Blue tracks, the album’s mood takes a 180 and turns from creative and complex to basic and tedious. It takes two tracks after “E” for Jaden to find his groove and personality again, which happens on the track “Falcon,” featuring Raury. “Falcon” shows off a side of Jaden rarely seen in his music — Jaden sounds like he is actually enjoying himself, compared to his usual emotionless and heartless delivery. This style of rapping is most evident on his first single for “SYRE,” “Batman.” “Batman” is probably one of the weakest rap songs of 2017. During its 3:05 runtime, Jaden fits the word Batman into this

shaky song a total of 39 times, (yes, I counted). The track is seemingly directionless and meaningless, and the production does the song no favors either. Along with the song came a cringe-worthy music video featuring yet again another appearance of the white Batman costume. Following the unforgivable track, “Batman,” Jaden gives listeners an audibly pleasing yet lyrically flawed track “Icon.” “Icon” has the makings of a possible radio hit with stylish production and promptly timed voice alterations, which on face value offer a catchy and danceable three minutes. However, lightly scrape at the song’s content, and its previous effects wear thin. In a recent interview with Genius, Jaden was questioned about the lyric, “icon tatted on my torso,” and asked if this was actually true — it wasn’t. A lyric that is far more indicative of Smith’s mindset is “I’m an icon living.” This is an idea that is spread far and wide throughout the entire album — he calls himself Martin Luther King, compares himself to Kendrick Lamar, says he

has more swagger than Mick Jagger and even name drops Elvis. All this takes place on his first album with absolutely nothing to back up his claims, and the album doesn’t make a convincing argument either. Jaden’s only claim to fame is his family name, and with “SYRE,” Jaden stretches the limits of how far even that can take him. Simply put, the album is far too long and could have easily been saved with a small intervention. The tracks “B,” “L,” “U,” “E,” “Falcon” and “Ninety” could have made a spectacular EP and given listeners something to be desired from Jaden. Similar to Icarus, Jaden learned to fly, but on his first attempt flew too high and with “SYRE,” crashed down with nothing but widespread criticism to show for his efforts. Colton Newman is the photo editor and a music writer for the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at or on Twitter @Coltonperson.

Lobo Life Monday-Wednesday, campus calendar of events March 5-7, 2018 Current Exhibits LOBOMANIA! UNM Sports through the Years 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Saturday Zimmerman Library, Frank Waters Room 105 This exhibit encompasses all the varieties of sports at UNM and explores the development of Lobo Athletics over time. The exhibit also spotlights well-known UNM athletes and coaches. Long Enviromentalism in the Near North 9:00-5:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday University Art Museum The exhibition presents a selection of Subhankar Banerjee’s photographs, writing, lectures, interviews and other activist initiatives over the past sixteen years that collectively continue to contribute to the long environmentalism in Arctic North America. People of the Southwest 9:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday-Friday Maxwell Museum of Anthropology The exhibition celebrates the cultural history of the Southwest, especially the close relationship southwestern people have had with the land around them. In Which They Bathe in Jellyfish 9:00am-4:45pm, Monday-Friday John Sommers Gallery Works from Laura C. Carlson and Nicholas B. Jacobsen. Throughlines 9:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday-Friday Tamarind Institute A collection of Tamarind lithographs and monoprints,

curated by Gallery Assistant Kylee Aragon.

Lara Goldmann in collaboration with Peter Gilbert.

New Releases 9:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday-Friday Tamarind Institute This exhibition includes most recent projects completed by artists who have been invited to collaborate with Tamarind master printers.

Last Supper 10:00am-4:00pm TuesdaySaturday Maxwell Museum of Anthropology Last Supper is a site-specific conceptual installation pointing to the effects of how the food we consume is making a negative impact within our communities. Stevens’ builds a visual narrative based on private and public memories and experiences to deal with the devastating effect of diabetes throughout native nations.

Here Now: 24th Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition 10:00am-4:00pm, TuesdaySaturday UNM Art Museum “Here Now” includes approximately 50 artworks by 26 artists, all of whom are current graduate students in University of New Mexico’s Department of Art. This dynamic and diverse group of works surveys what is happening at UNM right now and includes painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, video, and performance art. Cross Currents: China Exports and the World Responds 10:00am-4:00pm, TuesdaySaturday Maxwell Museum of Anthropology In the early 1700s the Chinese reorganized their porcelain production to cater to Western demand. This exhibition highlights that history and its impact on cultural dynamics spanning hundreds of years and featuring dozens of ceramics from around the world in exploring this phenomenon. In Between Lines / Scores and Some Notes 10:00am-6:00pm CFA Downtown Studio This synesthesia exhibition is cocurated by Alan Zimmerman and

No Hate, No Fear: Responses to the Presidential Ban on Refugees and Immigrants 10:00am-4:00pm Maxwell Museum of Anthropology In this exhibition, which features both musical instruments from the countries singled out in the original ban and coverage of the protests at airports against the ban, we encourage visitors to contemplate the implications of the ban, as it continues to be debated, litigated, and revised. Meridel Rubenstein, Eden Turned on its Side 10:00am-4:00pm, TuesdaySaturday University Art Museum Meridel Rubenstein, Eden Turned on Its Side is a major photographic artwork comprised of three parts: Photosynthesis, Volcano Cycle, and Eden in Iraq. The work is about human relationships to the environment on the scales of human time, geological time, and mythical time.

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Entering Standing Rock: the Protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline 10:00am-4:00pm Maxwell Museum of Anthropology The exhibition features photographs, posters, film, music, news reporting and other works by artists, journalists and activists who have supported or participated and offers a glimpse into life at the camp and shows how artists and protestors use social media to spread the message of protest. Ancestors 10:00am-4:00pm, Tuesday-Friday Maxwell Museum of Anthropology This exhibit introduces our ancestors and close relatives. These ancient relatives will take you through the story in which all of our ancestors had a role. Art in Elementary with Gina Medina-Gay 11:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday Masley Gallery ARTE Faculty Invitational 11:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday Masley Gallery

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Spring Blood Drive 11:00am-4:00pm SUB Ballroom C ASUNM Community Experience is sponsoring their annual Spring Blood Drive.

Lectures & Readings How To Get Published 9:00-10:00am Honors College, Classroom 9 Workshop brought to you by MMUF Advisory Board. Dissertation Presentation 1:00-2:00pm Economics Building, Room 1015 Christopher Erwin, Economics, presents “Transitions from Higher Education to the Labor Market: Merit Aid, Time to Degree Signals, and Major Choice.” AIM CoBRE Grand Opening 3:00-4:00pm Domenici Center Auditorium Dr. Randy Schekman, University of California, Berkeley, presents “Sorting and Secretion of Small rNAs in Exosomes.” Forensic DNA Evidence in Criminal Law Lecture 5:00-6:00pm UNM Law School, Room 2402 Dr. Gregory Hampikian, Boise State University, presents “Power to Convict or Power to Confuse?” Dr. Hampikian, Founder and Director of the Idaho Innocence Project, is a pioneer in the field of forensic DNA analysis. Presented by The New Mexico Innocence and Justice Program at The UNM School of Law.

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Art & Music Shen Yun 7:30-9:30pm Popejoy Hall Performance of classical Chinese dance and musical compositions.

Young Americans for Liberty Meeting 6:30-8:30pm SUB Amigo Young Americans for Liberty is a liberty based non-profit dedicated to identifying, educating, and empowering youth activists on the UNM campus.


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ASUNM Mock Trial 5:30-8:00pm UNM Law School, Room 2525 This semester’s Mock Trial centers on Sara Collins, the sitting Chief Justice of the Student Court. In the scenario, she stands accused of taking a bribe from an ASUNM official to influence her decision in the trial of that official’s friend. Senior Associate Justice Ian Carrillo will be presiding in this case.

Rapid HIV Testing 10:00am-2:00pm LGBTQ Resource Center Free and anonymous HIV testing through the New Mexico Department of Health. Results are available twenty minutes after the test.

UNM Entrepreneurs 7:30-9:00pm SUB Isleta

Meetings Survivors Writing Together 2:30-4:00pm UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, Room 1048 Discover the healing power of writing to express thoughts and feelings. No prior writing experience needed; spelling & grammar do not matter. This group is offered in partnership with Cancer Support Now. Conceptions Southwest 3:30-4:30pm Honors Forum

Spring Blood Drive 11:00am-4:00pm SUB Ballroom C ASUNM Community Experience is sponsoring their annual Spring Blood Drive.

Thesis Presentation 3:30-4:30pm Ortega Hall, Room 323D John Benjamin, Foreign Languages Literatures, presents “Cathartic Concentration: Meditation and Altered States in Apuleius Metamorphoses.” Dissertation Presentation 4:00-5:00pm CFA Downtown Studio Charis Fleshner, UNM Art History, presents “All The Feels.”

Art & Music Shen Yun 7:30-9:30pm Popejoy Hall Performance of classical Chinese dance and musical compositions.

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Women’s Resource Center Advisement 1:00-4:30pm UNM Women’s Resource Center Visit Meghan Lippert from Arts and Sciences to answer questions about academic holds or classes.

Coco - Mid Week Movie Series 8:00-10:00pm SUB Theater Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his greatgreat-grandfather, a legendary singer. Kids free with paying adult. Box office opens 30 minutes prior to each screening. Cash/LoboCash only.

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Dissertation Presentation 1:00pm-2:00pm Advanced Materials Laboratory, Room 159 Nalin Andersen, Nanoscience & Microsystems, presents “Spectroelectrochemical Platforms for Dynamic Analyses of Catalytic Cascade Systems.”

Out Womyn Meeting 4:00-5:00pm LGBTQ Resource Center

Meetings Meditation and Relaxation Group 10:30-10:50am UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, Meditation Room, 3rd Floor

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A guided meditation, relaxation and guided imagery group to help ease stress and improve coping. Open to patients, loved ones and staff. Reinvesting in Life - Finding Yourself Again 1:00-2:00pm UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, Meditation Room, 3rd Floor This can be a time of intense selfreflection that teaches new ways to seek and find joy after the initial feelings of devastation have been examined and processed. We will look at strategies and activities that support you as you go through a personal metamorphosis. UNM Health Sciences Center Committee Meeting 8:30-9:30pm Scholes Hall, Roberts Room

Wednesday Campus Events

Donut Days 8:30-10:00am Hodgin Hall Alumni Center Coffee and a free donut (from of Donut Mart). Sponsored by UNM Alumni Association, GPSA, ASUNM, and Donut Mart. Peace Circle 5:30-6:00pm Front of UNM Bookstore Silent prayer circle for peace.

Lectures & Readings Dissertation Presentation 9:00-10:00am Anthropology, Room 178 Cl Nail, Anthropology, presents “The Structural Violence of Maya

Sacrifice: A Case Study of Ritualized Human Sacrifice at Midnight Terror Cave, Belize.” Womans Heritage Month: Traciana Graves 12:00-1:00pm SUB Atrium Traciana, was voted ‘America’s Most Fearless Women’ by the Huffington Post, for the work that she has accomplished to foster greater inclusion and innovation as a corporate strategist, keynote speaker and internationally acclaimed vocalist. Overcoming Imposter Syndrome Workshop 1:00-2:00pm CTLB, Room 110 Sponsored by the Graduate Resource Center (unmgrc.unm. edu). CQuIC Seminars 3:00-4:00pm Physics & Astronomy, Room 190 Ludwig Kunz, University of Warsaw, presents “Noisy propagation of coherent states in a lossy Kerr medium.” Dissertation Presentation 3:00-4:00pm Education Building, Room 212 Tim Schroeder, Organization Information Learning Science, presents “Exploring the Variability in Institutional Characteristics Related to Meeting Various National STEM Baccalaureate Agendas.”

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Campus Calendar continued from pg 11 Chemical & Biological Engineering Seminar 4:00-5:00pm Centennial Engineering Center Auditorium Scott Calabrese Barton, Michigan State University, presents “Quantitative Assessment of Channeling Mechanisms in Nanoscale Catalytic Architectures.” Consulting Consortium 4:00-5:30pm SUB Alumni Discuss case studies and work with local businesses towards sustainable development.

Arts & Music UNM Jazz Combos 8:00-9:30pm Hotel Andaluz UNM Jazz Combos will be playing at Hotel Andaluz. Free to attend.

Theater & Film Coco - Mid Week Movie Series 4:00-6:00pm SUB Theater Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his greatgreat-grandfather, a legendary singer. Kids free with paying adult. Box office opens 30 minutes prior to each screening. Cash/LoboCash only. Coco - Mid Week Movie Series 7:00-9:00pm SUB Theater Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his greatgreat-grandfather, a legendary singer. Kids free with paying adult. Box office opens 30 minutes prior to each screening. Cash/LoboCash only.

Student Groups & Gov. Meditation 9:00-10:00am WRC Group Room

Salud Toastmasters Club 12:00-1:00pm Domenici West, Room B-116 Network with others from HSC and the rest of UNM to improve your communication and leadership skills. Signal Transduction and Trafficking Journal Club 12:00-1:00pm CRF Room 204 Cancer Thriving & Surviving 2:00-4:30pm 1201 Camino de Salud NE, Room 1048 For cancer patients and their loved ones, tools for coping during and beyond cancer, including the Mind-Body Connection, Fatigue Management and Healthy Eating. World Folk Art Weekly Meeting 5:00-6:00pm SUB Isleta Strategy sessions to promote folk art and a commemorative swatch for the 15 year celebration of the International Folk Art Market. BSU Women’s Bible Study 5:30-6:30pm Baptist Student Union Study the book of Romans and

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