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University of New Mexico
The University of New Mexico or UNM was founded in 1889 before New Mexico was even a state. Bernard Shandon Rodey pushed for the university to be in Albuquerque and after some debate he was victorious. Because of his efforts he was named “the father” of the university. Under UNM’s fifth president Davis Ross Boyd, the university was expanded from 20 acres to 300. In 1922 UNM was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities and under James Zimmerman’s presidency, the school underwent it’s biggest expansion. More departments were added, new buildings went up and enrollment increased drastically. In 1948, the first native New Mexican, Thomas L. Popejoy was appointed president and remained in charge for the next 20 years.
The UNM Lobo mascot came about in 1920 as a suggestion from student George S. Bryant, a sophomore at the time. "The Lobo is respected for his cunning, feared for his prowess, and is the leader of the pack," read Bryan's editorial in the Oct. 1, 1920 issue of the UNM student newspaper. "... All together now; 15 rahs for the LOBOS."
The Lobo became the official mascot of the school. For a brief period in the 1920's, a live wolf pup appeared at every football game, but UNM administrators were forced to cease the practice when a child teased the wolf and was subsequently bitten. Now Louie lobo and Lucy lobo have taken over as the school’s mascots.
Please come to the wonderful living history museum just south of Santa Fe, El Rancho da las Golondrinas, during the weekend of May 5th and 6th, 2012 and help us honor the men (and women) who fought for their beliefs 150 years ago.
Green or Red?
Some say that the official state question for New Mexico is green or red? New Mexican chile is much different than chili from any other state or region and you can not find the same chile anywhere else.
Chile is a fruit, considered a berry. It is in the same family as bell peppers and can range from a sweet bell pepper to a fiery habenero pepper. Chile starts out green (green chile) and if the pods are not picked they will turn red (red chile). Green chile is usually roasted and peeled and seasoned to perfection to eat. Red chile is typically dried out and crushed into a powder or liquified to sauce.
Originally, chile was found in the Americas but probably sprouted from Bolivia or Peru. When Columbus founded the new world, he ran into chile. He compared it to black pepper and took some back to Spain calling it red pepper. From Europe, chile spread through the spice trade all the way to Africa and Asia. Today a quarter of the population eats some from of chile daily.
New Mexicans consume more chile per capita then any other group in the United States. The New Mexico climate is ideal for growing chile, and as a result it has become a main ingredient for the Southwest. While chile, the pod, is sometimes spelled chili, chilli, or chillie elsewhere, U.S. Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico made this state's spelling official by entering it into the Congressional Record.
Gabriel Iglesias will be at the Kiva Auditorium on January 28th at 8pm
He has been described as unbelievably funny, electrifying, and a gifted performer who has the ability to consistently deliver a quality comedy experience in every venue he performs in. His high-octane show is a hilarious mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring all his personal issues to life. Gabe’s clean, animated comedy style has earned national crossover appeal. Ask anyone who has seen him in concert and you will probably hear the same thing,