Water Utility Authority Deseves Credit for Thinking Ahead

It could have been a PR nightmare, but the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority prevented that from happening.  The Water Utility Authority was planning to close part of University Blvd. southbound early this week for construction, but after checking with the University decided to delay the closure until after the 14-thousand fans expected to pack the pit for the TCU game on Wednesday night cleared the area.

That means southbound University between Hazeldine and Basehart Road will narrow to a single lane on Thursday.  The construction is only supposed to last for one day.

Thanks to the Water Utility Authority for thinking ahead, and not trapping Lobo fans in a supersize traffic snarl.


UNM Athletics Celebrates December Graduation of 33 Athletes

University of New Mexico Athletics celebrates the December graduation of 33 student-athletes from 12 sports with degrees from 12 different academic areas of study.


  • Kevin Atkinson, University Studies
  • Mike Brownstein, Psychology
  • Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Sociology
  • Daniel Grubbs, Business Administration
  • Dane Hamilton, Communication & Journalism
  • John Hesketh, Economics
  • Max Willett, Business Administration


  • Jonathan Brooks, Exercise Science
  • Roland Bruno, University Studies
  • Benjamin Contreras, University Studies
  • Erik Cook, University Studies
  • Daryl Jones, University Studies
  • Chris Mark, Construction Management
  • Daniel Martin, Business Administration
  • Clint McPeek, Business Administration
  • Adam Miller, University Studies
  • Donovan Porterie, Communication & Journalism
  • Frankie Solomon, Business Administration

Golf, Men’s

  • Guillermo Chavez, Business Administration
  • Jacob Lestishen, Business Administration
  • Parker Pemberton, Communication & Journalism
  • Steve Saunders, Business Administration

Golf, Women’s

  • Morgan Grantham, Art History

Skiing, Men’s

  • Rick Grahn, Civil Engineering

Skiing, Women’s

  • Karin Ohlin, Business Administration

Soccer, Men’s

  • John Smithson, University Studies
  • Christopher Wright, Portuguese

Soccer, Women’s

  • Kaci Paetz, Communication & Journalism


  • Samantha Hughes, Business Administration

Track, Men’s

  • Anthony Fairbanks, Business Administration
  • Joseph Garcia, Nursing

Track, Women’s

  • Brittany Smith, Business Administration


  • Jeanne Fairchild, Comunication & Journalism

Congratulations to these athletes and all of UNM’s Winter 2009 graduating seniors!

– Benson and Carolyn

UNM Athletics’ Top 10 Stories

‘Tis the season for media outlets to come up with all of their Top 10 lists. Top 10 news stories of the year, top 10 Tiger Woods mistresses, etc. We at the UNM Underground decided to give you our own top 10 lists for the year.

And to start off, these are the top 10 Lobo Athletics stories you might not have heard about this year. In between all of the press that we received this fall, some really uplifting stories unfortunately fell through the cracks.

– Benson and Carolyn

Top 10 Lobo Stories for 2009

  1. For the first time in UNM history, four fall sports programs made it to the postseason: men’s soccer, volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country each made their respective NCAA Championships.
  2. Women’s cross country took its second consecutive Mountain West Conference championship and placed 13th in NCAA Championships, while men’s cross country was the MWC champions and placed 8th in the NCAA, the highest ever at UNM.
  3. Lobos were the MWC champions in men’s basketball, women’s golf and men’s tennis.
  4. UNM had 42 All-Americans in 2008-2009 and nine student athletes were named conference athlete of the year: Ola Abu-Zekry, MWC Women’s Tennis; Mike Brownstein, MWC Baseball; Lee Emanuel, MWC Men’s Indoor Track & Field; Jodi Ewart, MWC Women’s Golf; Jeanne Fairchild, MWC Volleyball; Lacey Oeding, MWC Women’s Cross Country Freshman of the Year; Johnny Parkes, MWC Men’s Tennis; Steve Saunders, MWC Men’s Golf; and Thomas Schwab, Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association (RMISA) Alpine Skier of the Year.
  5. Four Lobo coaches were honored as Coach of the Year: Steve Alford, MWC Men’s Basketball; Alan Dils, MWC Men’s Tennis; Joe Franklin, MWC Women’s Cross Country; and Martin Kroisleitner, RMISA Alpine.
  6. Two UNM athletes were national champions in 2008-2009: Lee Emanuel won the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships; and Malin Hemmingsson won the women’s slalom at the NCAA Skiing Championships.
  7. Lobos are good students as well as good athletes. They posted a school record GPA of 3.14 in the fall of 2008, followed by a 3.12 in the spring of 2009, the second highest all time.
  8. Simon Edejmyr was 2009’s top men’s soccer ESPN The Magazine academic All-American.
  9. 13 of the 17 sports had a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the spring of 2009; while the combined GPA of UNM student athletes has been 3.0 or higher for 13 of the past 14 semesters.
  10. Freshman graduation rate for athletes is 55 percent, which is 12 percent higher than the average UNM student body. Graduation success rate, which factors in transfers, is 72 percent for the class entering 2002-2003.

Nothing New on Locksley

I just checked in with the Athletics department and the Human Resources department at UNM.  For those of you who don’t know, the University of New Mexico head football coach Mike Locksley is under investigation for an altercation with one of his assistant coaches that left the assistant coach with a split lip.  After the incident the case was referred to Human Resources for an investigation of a violation of UNM policies.

Now earlier today there were reports in multiple media outlets that UNM was preparing to hold a press conference tomorrow to discuss the outcome of the investigation. After talking with people in Athletics and Human Resources, there was no reason to believe this is the case.  I was informed that the investigation is still going on and there is no expected announcement tomorrow.  That said, the investigation could end at any time, including today, tomorrow or next week. Once the investigation is over and there has been notification of the results to the people involved, then an announcement will be made.  I’ll keep y’all updated as this continues.

— Benson