What's going on, Albuquerque?
It would probably do the lottery some good if they also raised the GPA requirement.
And, thanks for the tip on "Hawk and a Hacksaw." I'm enjoying them right now.
No, it definitely does sound elitist and it hurts to say it. However, long-term vision and planning wins every time. How is UNM going to withstand not raising tuition for some folks with the legislative shortfall? That just means those who are paying out of pocket will have to pay that much more to make up for the lottery tuition freeze.
Gonzalo, there are plenty of lobos who stick around and contribute to the community.
I'm gonna rant here and it's somewhat off-topic, but related to another mike's comment.
in re: UNM and tuition increases, a student association of which I'm a member had a speaker who is a member of the student fee review board and the unm cost containment committee. among many other things, she informed us that, while unm has a purported deficit of $28 million, there was a $65 million increase in discretionary funds in 2010. the fact that these funds are discretionary means that they could cover the $28 million deficit, if the university decided to use them for that purpose. however, when we pressed about why university leadership won't use the discretionary funds to offset the deficit (those funds are "unrestricted net assets" meaning they could legally be applied that way), we were told that the funds have been "promised" to various dept. heads, though we weren't told what departments those were. at a time when students and academic departments are being asked to make sizable sacrifices, why aren't those discretionary funds being tapped? the deficit could be covered and there would still be $36 million left!
concurrently, there are proposals for tuition hikes (potentially up to 10%, even though tuition has already risen 63% in the last 7 years) and increases in student fees, which have gone up 110% for grad students since 2003.
this information frankly pisses me off, especially as it doesn't seem to be widely disseminated--not accidentally, I believe. the university is claiming a deficit and putting the burden of balancing the budget on academic departments and most heavily on the backs of students, who are more and more frequently obligated to take out loans to continue their educations. yet the university has the funds available to cover the deficit. until I hear a very good explanation for why this isn't happening, I'm going to assume they are merely choosing not to because of unspoken prior
crap, lost the end of that for some reason
unspoken priorities that supercede unm's academic mission. meanwhile, I just saw an ad in the basement of the sub for the new "lobo village" housing on south campus, touting the "resort style pool" and sand volleyball court.
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