‘Love Trumps Hate’ Rally Held on Campus

By: Albert Luna

Valentine’s Day at New Mexico State University featured a group of students and community members partaking in a protest march across campus.

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New Art Building Now in Development

By: Albert Luna

The New Mexico State University Department of Art and University Art Gallery will be getting a drastic face lift in the form of a new two story building.

The project, which was able to get a kick start in the design phase due to some major local fundraising efforts, is being primarily funded through the General Obligation Bond C (GoBondC) that was passed by the state in November.

An update on the development of the project was given at the January 20 Board of Regents meeting by Heather Watenpaugh, University Architect, and Andrea Tawney, Senior Vice President for University Advancement.

“It is a really nice compliment to be able to infuse private dollars into a capital project on our campus” Tawney said, regarding the fundraising efforts, at the meeting, “Construction dollars always stretch thin whenever we’re building; things tend to fall short at the end of this process.”

The building will take the place of the current D.W. Williams Hall, which was initially the first gymnasium that was used for Aggie Basketball up until 1957.

  The new building is expected to have new state-of-the-art equipment including labs offices. The second floor will be mainly dedicated to course-specific studios including some for Drawing/Painting, Photography, and Graphic Design.

“The architecture is consistent with the preferred style here [at the University], with the Spanish Renaissance theme” Watenpaugh said.

In addition, the first floor of the building will feature a  sizable art gallery as well as additional studios for ceramics, sculpture, and other exterior works, along with the administration.

“We expect a lot of activity from the Art Gallery at night, bringing the community into this building” Watenpaugh said.

The gallery will have an open space design with a main ceremonial staircase featured in the middle. Main architectural designs were formally presented to the Board of Regents at the meeting.

Watenpaugh says that the project is now in the design development phase and, if all documents are in order, construction is expected to begin in January, 2018.

“I would say we expect completion/move-in the Fall of 2019.” The official expected completion is in July of 2019.

Another point that was brought up was the distribution of costs amongst in-state and out of state contract dollars. Watenpaugh reported that over 84 percent of Architectural/Engineering and Construction dollars will be staying within the state.

“The voters [that approved GoBondC] for the state of New Mexico really gives back to the state contract dollars and the state 84 percent of architecture, engineering and construction dollars are staying within the state” Watenpaugh said.

Although GoBondC was only recently approved in November of 2016, allocating over $22 .5 million solely to

the building project, the project is widely ahead of schedule in terms of having schematics already drawn up, in large part to donors.

Tawney says she credits patron Ammu Devasthali who, along with her husband, Ramakrishna, are one of the University’s biggest donors, for leading a group that is raising financial support for the project, having garnered around $800,000 so far.

“We are really hitting the streets now and trying to encourage our business community [to donate], we have a small fundraising committee with the college of Arts and Sciences led by the Dean and their Dean’s Counsel Chair, that will be getting out and really trying to activate the community to participate” Tawney said.

Despite the money that has already been raised from private donations and the bond, Tawney says that there is still roughly $1 million that is still needed, mainly to furnish the building. “Our goal is to raise another $1 million to really outfit it with the appropriate furnishing needs and lab needs that look a little bit different than our typical facilities and labs on campus.”

Tawney said she encourages the community to consider giving towards the project, “We would like to spread the word and if you know anybody interested please share with them the opportunities [that can come from giving to the project].”

To see the presentation in its entirety, visit the Meeting Webcasts tab on the NMSU Board of Regents website.

Legal Editor Yesenia Luna contributed to this report.

Photo by: University Art Gallery

Election Results

By: Isaiah Silva

With 279 electoral votes, Donald J. Trump became the President-Elect of the United States Wednesday morning.

Trump was able to surpass the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the Presidency, despite losing the popular vote to democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who ended the election with roughly 228 electoral votes in her favor.

While the results were being released the nation was split between the two candidates. Each won a state by either a landslide or as close as a point, which was essentially as few as a thousand votes in some places.

In the state of Michigan, Trump won by exactly one point, with 97.54 percent precincts reporting. In Nevada, however, Clinton had 47.8 percent of the vote while Trump had 45.7 percent.

“He started a movement throughout the United States, though it may not have been worded the way a politician would word it, I think he used the media to be covered a lot.” Samantha Morales, a senior at NMSU said.

Trump supporters are ecstatic that their candidate, who began his journey to the White House in June of 2015, came out victorious. Clinton supporters, on the other hand, essentially mourned the results. Messages on social media, blogs, news outlets and other sources came from many people asking Americans to come together and help the country move forward peacefully.

“I think that we as a country should all unite because I was prepared for Hillary to win. I wasn’t going to say any hateful stuff, nothing like that, and I just feel we kind of deserve that kind of respect.” Morales said.

Once the results were out, both candidates congratulated each other on their campaign; albeit Clinton sending her entire watch party of supporters home for the night just minutes before she called to congratulate President-Elect Trump.

“Now it is time for all Americans to bind the wounds of division,” Trump said during his victory speech. “It is time for us to come together as one united people.”

Clinton offered to work with Trump during her concession speech Wednesday morning. She thanked her supporters while saying they “Must accept this result and look to the future.”

Most predictions gave Trump a narrow path to 270. However, he was able to pull off victories in states that had previously leaned towards a Democratic candidate, including the swing states of Ohio and Florida.

According to Yale’s Ray Fair, which used economic factors and the Democratic Party’s time in office to make projections, he predicted that Trump would win 56 percent of the vote.

According to the Wall Street Journal, about 130 million Americans were expected to cast their vote in what was considered the most unpredictable election to date.

Many voters lacked confidence in each candidate.

Supporters of Clinton had been very vocal about their opinions regarding the results.

“I feel like Trump is an all around bad person, I feel like he has no good intentions for this country.” Jocelyn Jimenez, a sophomore at NMSU said. “Hillary was under federal investigation, which made me uneasy, but then when you look at everything Trump did it’s like I would rather have that than what he wants. No one is perfect.”

According to the Associated Press, at publication time, Clinton led by about 175,000 votes. Although Clinton had more votes, Trump won more states and the states he won carried more electoral votes.

Morales says despite the election being over, Americans still have plenty to be proud of, “We as Americans should embrace our diversity- politically, religiously, and racially- this election has come to an end, and let’s see what the next four years have to come. We’ll see how they turn out.”

Donald Trump’s inauguration into office will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

What To Think About Before You Vote

1. Your Family

Considering your family before you place your vote in the upcoming election is extremely important because of the benefits that one candidate, or the other will offer you.

2. Know the Best Times to Vote

The most popular voting times usually happen between 12:00 and 5:00 p.m. on voting day. This is mainly due to work schedules as well as voters taking lunch breaks or getting off of work a few hours early to cast their ballot. Try to vote early and skip the long lines.

3. Benefits

If you are on any state assistance, be informed on what candidate will be most helpful to you.

4. Know your Candidates

Although Trump and Clinton have ruled the national spotlight for over a year now, they are not the only election that will be on the ballot. State Senators, local District Attorneys, as well as even school board members for many districts are also up for grabs. Get educated on all the candidates on all levels, not just the Presidential race.

5. Know Where you can Vote

Can you imagine going through the trouble of taking off work, driving 30 min to a polling station to find out that you can’t vote there? Be informed on where to vote and even check out a sample ballot at http://www.donaanacounty.org.

6. Exercise your Voice 

As a United States citizen it is your constitutional right to participate in your democracy. The first step to that is to have your vote heard in the election of public officials.