Chilewood Beats Hollywood

New Mexico is a rising star of the film world, with recent Golden Globe and Oscar winners and, according to yesterday’s State of the State address, more than 130 major movie and television productions in the past 8 years. Now, Albuquerque leaves Los Angeles and New York City in the dust, topping MovieMaker’s “10 Best Cities To Live, Work & Make Movies in 2010.”

UNM’s Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media Program helps New Mexicans tap into the creative and professional opportunities of the growing film industry. The holistic program connects students in business, theater, cinematic arts, communication & journalism, computer engineering and computer science, balancing professional specialization with a broad knowledge of the industry. That expansive approach is the unique to UNM’s program, giving students an edge in a world where the ability to multi-task is increasingly prized.

And for those (like me) who aren’t in the industry, getting to see a movie filmed on campus (“Gamer”) or next door to home (“Breaking Bad”) is pretty neat, too.


Office of the State Historian Offers Fellowships

If you are doing research in the area of New Mexico History, here’s a great chance for financial assistance.  The Office of the State Historian has fellowship grants for students doing research in any field or discipline that will foster and understanding and appreciation of New Mexico history, and who has academic or work qualifications.  For details…

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.

UNM ECE – We’ve Got Game

This morning, the UNM Electrical and Computer Engineering Department fired up its yearly Video Game Competition and review. Unlike other video game competitions, this features games that are designed and programmed by students in ECE Professor Pradeep Sen’s Introduction to Computer Graphics class.  Students in this class learn the basics of developing video games (usually for the Xbox platform) and for their final project they have to design and create a video game.

UNM Professor Pradeep Sen explains the ECE Department's yearly video game competition to Channel 13.

Students, staff and faculty then get to playtest the games at the end of the semester in a daylong game-o-rama.  The games are later judged, and awards and feedback are given out at the end of the evening.

This is the third year of the program by professor Sen, who came to UNM from Stanford, and is working to create a Computer Graphics program at UNM that mirrors the one he saw at Stanford.

One of the video games displayed at this year's video game competition at UNM

This year, many of the student groups worked with electronic artists to add better visuals and music to their games.  This is also the first year for the department to offer an advance computer graphics class at the same time.  Many of the students in this class took the intro class last year, and spent this class better refining the games they had created for this class.

After the semester ends, students are also encouraged to license their games and provide them to the greater public on Xbox Live.

I’ve attended each of the three competitions (I was one of the judges last year) and it’s been great to see how the program has grown and the variety of games being offered each year.  If you have time today (Thursday, Dec. 10) you should swing by the ECE building and check out some of the cool work these students have done.

– Benson

UNM Lobos vs. NC A&T Aggies, Nov. 27, 2009

Yale just got beaten by Toledo in the Holiday Inn & Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament. Holy Toledo! And now we’re waiting for UNM to take on North Carolina A&T….is that like Atchinson Topeka? We’ll represent for the “Santa Fe” since we plan to railroad ’em!

OK…quick search reveals that the NC school is in Greensboro, nice place, and that A&T stands for agricultural and technical…They should know that Lobos don’t like Aggies…of any variety.

Here we go!! Nikia Gorham, 44, vs. Jessica Kielpinski. Kielpinski to Halasz. Amanda Best’s ball falls short and its in NC hands. Foul and UNM brings it in…Here comes Best. Around we go. Georonika misses. NC ball. 44 shoots, 2.

Best bringing it. Around we go. Halasz’s shot falls short. NC’s on the run again. 14 to 44 to basket for NC, now up 0-4.

Amanda Best makes it happen for the Lobos almost 3 minutes in. Another score by NC and it’s now 2-6.

Working around, Halasz shoots misses, Taylor gets it. Halasz shoots misses, NC gets it. 44 gets robbed on a rim shot. UNM moves it. 4, Crystal Murdaugh fouls and UNM’s bringing it in. Taylor shoots, makes it and gets fouled. Taylor misses, NC ball. 4-6 Lobos. 45 shoots for the Aggies and its 4-8. Lobos moving it. 44, Nikia Gorham, fouls and UNM’s strategizing as we get ready for sumo wrestlers brought to you by Baillio’s.

Halasz shoots, misses, NC ball, scores. 4-10. NC steals off Kielpinski moves it down court. Out of bounds on UNM and NC brings it in. Taylor fouls number 10 Tierra Thomas. Thomas brings it in. Out of bounds, UNM ball.

Here comes Best. Jackson, Kielpinski, Best…score! 6-10. 14:06 in the first half.

Lobos hold ’em. Halasz drives and scores. 8-10. Come on Lobos!!!

Lobos are striving hard to bring a tough D, but 3,Tyronnica Alford, scores. 8-12. Kielpinski misses and NC’s moving the ball. They get a rebound, Beggin comes in for Jackson.

Jump ball and NC gets it. A missed traveling call on 45, Lamona Smalley, but double dribbling gets the call and here comes Beggin!

They are tentative…Beggin shoots for 3, misses, foul puts the ball back in NC hands.

Here comes a time out and your spirit program and soundpack. Apparently we’re the LOBOS part of the U-N-M LOBOS cheer! LOBOS!!!

11:54 left in the first half and cheerleaders are standing on top of one another and the band plays on.

NC’s moving the ball. NC gets the rebound, but the shot clock runs out. LOBO ball.

Porsche Torres comes in for Sara Halasz.

13, Jaquayla Berry, fouls and UNM gets the ball. Another foul and UNM is again bringing in the ball. Time out.

Amanda Best is 2 for 3; Halasz 1 for 5 and Taylor 1 for 1.

Taylor tries for 3, misses, NC’s got the ball. They miss, get the rebound, and they score 8-14.

Best gets fouled, at the line shoots…it’s in…second is in as well. Go BEST! 10-14.

NC’s moving it around. Driving…13 shoots, misses, rebound by NC, foul by NC and UNM has the ball again.

Beggin shoots, misses, NC’s moving. 14, Amber Calvin, misses. UNM ball. Beggin’s moving it to Kielpinski, Taylor shoots 3! GO TAYLOR!!! 13-14. Come on LOBOS!

Band calls for sharks. NC’s moving. 14 shoots for 3 13-17.

Best gets robbed on a rim shot. NC ball. Kielpinski steals. Beggin shoots, misses, NC ball. Beggin steals, Kielpinski shoots. 2! 15-17.

Ball’s out of bounds for the Lobos to bring back in after the break. We’ve got 7:34 left in the half.

Taylor leads scoring at this point – making 2 of 3. Best has 2 of 4 and Kielpinski 1 of 3.

Best tries hard to flip one in, is unsuccessful. NC ball down the court. Time out.

Band plays fight song. GO FIGHT WIN LOBOS!

NC ball. 45, Lamona Smalley, to 4, Crystal Murdaugh, to the basket. 15-19.

Lobos are moving it around. Halasz fails on a 3 pointer. She scrambles, comes up with her second foul. Here comes NC. Powerful team. Bigger girls than the Lobos in girth, but not in height.

32, Jaleesa Sams, shoots from the free throw line. Misses the first. Second one goes in 15-20 with 6:20 left in the game.

Out of bounds on UNM off Torrance’s hands. UNM gets a rebound. Georonika Jackson works it under the net. Scores! 17-20. They get a steal and she follows it up with a 3 pointer. TIE GAME! GO LOBOS. The crowd goes wild. The sound is exquisite, but the Aggies follow it up with 2. 20-22.

Porsche Torres gives us two more and another tie. UNM is working the defense and we’ve got a scramble on the hardwood. 22-22 2ith 4:11 left in the half. Kast comes in for Taylor.

Beggin’s bringing it down court. Around it goes. To Kast to Jackson, off the rim and out of bounds. Ball goes to NC.

We’ve got toilet races. How do you explain this to visitors from outside the US??

Jackson is now 2 for 4, Kielpinski 1 for 3, Taylor 2 for 3; Halasz 1 for 6, Beggin 0 for 3, Torrance 1 for 1.

Out of bounds on UNM, it bounces off several fingers before sailing through NC’s net. 22-24.

Kast ties it with an under the basket easy- in. She’s working D. So are her teammates. Out of bounds on NC.

Beggin throws it up, NC snags, UNM gets it back. Berry, 13 for NC fouls Jackson. She’s at the line. In like Flynn. 25-24…first Lobo lead. Misses the second. Kast gets a foul, ball to NC. 2:24 left in the half. Steal by UNM has Beggin racing down the court. She’s fouled under the basket. Beggin’s at the line. It’s up, it’s in….Second one rolls off the rim. 26-24. NC’s moving. Gets called for traveling. Kast is out, Kielpinski’s back in. Here come the LOBOS!

On an awesome move from Kielpinski to Beggin to Best we get a score, followed by a Beggin steal and another score. UNM 30-24.

Jackson gets called on a foul. 23, Jaleesa Sams is at the line. It’s in, but the second rolls out. 30-24, 44 seconds left.

Jackson gets fouled by 32. She shoots and it’s in. Second is nuttin’ but net 32-25. A scramble under the basket goes to NC…11.9 seconds left. Sloooooow substitution by NC….

And some debate, I guess. We wait and wait and wait. The refs confer. The players chat. 10 seconds on the shot clock. They score.

Best runs down and scores as time expires. 34-27! Go AMANDA!!!

Not an easy half for the Lobos, but they made some adjustments, especially on defense and got more aggressive offensively, as well.

Half time stats. Jackson 2 for 4; Kielpinski 1 for 3; Taylor 2 for 3; Halasz 1 for 6; Best 2 for 5; Beggin 0 for 3; Torrance 1 for 1 and Kast 0 for 0. Best played 16 minutes in the first half, followed by Taylor with 15; and Kielpinski with 13. Jackson and Halasz each played 10 and Beggin 9. Kielpinski and Taylor each had 1 offensive rebound. Best had 3 defensive rebounds and Torrance 2, while Jackson had 1. Total point leader at the half is Best with 6. Jackson and Taylor each scored 5. Best had 3; Torrance 2 and Jackson, Kielpinski and Taylor 1.

Second half gets under way.

Beggin misses a 3 pointer and NC moves the ball, misses, Beggin gets the rebound, Halasz misses, NC gets the ball. Back in UNM hands on a foul, around we go. Everyone is on their feet clapping waiting for that first score. Out of bounds on NC, Beggin’s bringing it in. Taylor shoots. 36-27.

Halasz gets aggressive swats it out of bounds on 14. 32 brings it in. 32 moves it to 4 who misses completely. Out of bounds on UNM. 14 brings it in to 32, shoots, but the shot clock runs out. Herecomes Halasz who loses the bal. 45 runs out of bounds and up the bleachers. GO GIRL.

Lobos drive down court. Beggin to Best to Kielpinski to Taylor to Beggin to Best to Taylor to …score! 39-27.

44, Gorham, scrambles under the basket, hangs tough with several defenders but comes away pointless. UNM ball on a foul. Here we come! Kielpinski to Halasz to the net. 41-27. 16:43 left. UNM steals. UNM foul puts it back in NC hands.

Gorham scores 41-29.

Lobos work the outer edge and Beggin breaks her quiet streak and scores 3. 44-29, followed by an NC score, 44-31 with 15:42 in the game.

And in the time out we have HEY! GO LOBOS!

Beggin moves, drives, to Kielpinski to Best…Beggin fouls and we have a time out. We also have GO FIGHT WIN LOBOS!

I love these seats.

Stats! Taylor still rocks, scoring4 out of 5. Best brings it around and under. 46-31.

NC ball. 13 to 10 to 13 who drives, off the rim and into Best’s hands. Jacson,Taylor Beggin, Best, Tyalor, shoots, misses, NC Ball.

13 drives, scores, Beggin fouls her. She’s shooting 1 off the rim and into Best’s hands. Beggin drives, collision, Kielpinski and 3. Beggin shoots another successful 3. 49-33 then gets fouled down court.

Here come your LOBOS! A nice little under the basket action and Kielpinski scores   — 51-33 with 13:07 left.

13 scores a pretty 3. Jackson misses and the ball is moving North Carolina way.  3 misses and she and Georonika fight for it. Georonika wins the battle. Ball moves down and Beggin hot hot hot shoots 3 more 54-36. Kast comes in for Kielpinski. Thank goodness. Easier to type.

3 gives some payback shoots 54-38.

Kast misses, NC’s 3 hands off to 4,Murdaugh, who shoots 2.

All that effort and no time left and no points. Come on Lobos. Nice steal by Torrance. Beggin scores again 56-40.

10 misses and Best gets it back, loses it and 3 scores again. 56-42 with 10:03 left.

Amanda Best shoots A BEAUTIFUL 3. 59-42. 3, Alford, shoots, misses, rebound falls short. Time out.

Stats: Amy Beggin’s numbers are up – now 5 for 9. Taylor is 4 for 6.

32 gets ready to shoot her free throw….It’s in. So’s the second shot. 59-44.

Nikki Taylor coems in for Best. Amy Beggin shoots another 3. 62-44.

Kast steals! Jackson shoots, misses, ball’s in NC hands. Kast gets called on a foul. 3’s shooting. Up and in. Halasz comes back in for Jackson as 3 misses her second shot. 62-45 with 8:11 left.

Ball’s Lobo bound…and outta bounds as Kast fires it through Nikki Nelson. WOW.

Time out again with your Lobo “soundpack.”

New stats: Beggin 6 for 10; Best 6 for 9, and Taylor 4 for 6.

NC scores 3 – 62-48.

Lobos are moving. Torrance to Kielpinski to basket. and a steal by Beggin and 2 more. ROCK ON LOBOS!!! 66-48.

Lobos on the move again. Beggin misses but Torrance gets the rebound and scores. 68-48.

14 shoots and misses, Lobos moving with 5:49 left. Torrance misses NC ball. Taylor’s in for Beggin.

Torrance brings the ball in post-foul, and they’re driving. Kielpinski scores 70-48.

Rebound to UNM and Taylor’s moving. She scores! 72-48.

Lobo ball on a foul.

NC ball out of bounds. Fans call 32 “Air Ball.” Nick names are so hard to lose. Steal by Nelson to Halasz to Kielpinski to Taylor to Nelson to basket. 75-48.

25, Nakia DeBlanc, completely misses the basket and the Lobos are driving once more. Missed basket.

Cheerleaders are doing handsprings down the court. Hair ribbons go flying.

Stats: Beggin is now 7 for 12; Best 6 for 9, Kielpinski 4 for 6.

NC free throw…one in for 25, score now 75-29 with 2:31 left. NC drives, Kielpinski fouls 13….it’s in for 1….it’s in for 2. 75-51.

Kielpinski’s called on a foul and NC gets the ball again. UNM steals under the basket. Erskine, Stark and Durbin came in. Torrance scores 2. 77-51.1 minute left….10 drives. 24, Durbin, gets called on a foul. 10, Thomas, shoots. It swirls and goes out. Stark fouls 10. She shoots….it’s in. Second shot is through. 77-53 with 45 seconds. The rookies are working, but tentative. 42 throws to NC. They get 2 more. 77-55. Nelson’s guarding the ball. It’s all over. 77-55.


Game time tomorrow at 7:15 p.m.

Beggin finishes the game 7 of 12; Best 6 of 9; Torrance 3 of 4; Kielpinski 4 of 6; Taylor 5 of 7.

Postgame, Coach Don Flanagan gave his assessment. “I like the way we played, we picked our spots. We started slow, without Amy, but did a good job figuring out weaknesses,” he said. .He said that Beggin’s ankle injury kept her out of practice and in therapy. A team rule applies to starting when a player is unable to make practice.

Flanagan indicated that rebounding was a factor early. But, he said, “I like what we did in the second half. we had good shot selection, good shooting percentage. had no nervousness. no lack of poise.” He added that the Lobos did a good job of evaluating what the NC Aggies were doing.  He assessed that Torrance played a solid 22 minnutes, Kielpinski played 29 and that he rotated everybody. “Foul trouble early required making adjustments,” he said.

Flanagan said that NC A&T played a lot of zone before shifting to man-to-man.  Flanagan said that Beggin stayed on the bike to keep warm and still played 28 minutes.

“Nikki Nelson did a good job coming in. I was happy to see her play calmly. Iwant her to play side by side with Amy and then get her out of there, expand our bench.” Flanagan said the freshmen need more minutes. “We need to get  kids in there who feel comfortable,” he said.

Tomorrow the Lobos face  Toledo.  He said that the Toledo Rockets are very aggressive and bring a pressure defense. “We’ll see what happens under pressure. We feel pretty comfortable. We played a lot of minutes with the zone, something we haven’t done. Need a week at it in practice. It will be a different look tomorrow.  If we do what we did today, make adjustments, be calm, get good looks and be accurate in our shooting, we’ll do fine.”

Amy Beggin and Amanda Best met with the media post-game.

Beggin said that her ankle’s sore. and didn’t mind coming off the bench. Georonika deserved to go in there. I just want to help however ia can, contribute however I can whether I’m in 2 or 20 minutes,’ she said.

Amanda Best noted that she had to play point guard, something she’s done in practice. “I’d rather play with Amy, and hopefully the ankle thing won’;t linger on,” she said.

Best reiterated their lack of experience in zone, in fact this was only the second team to present it against the Lobos. A reporter said that a lot of teams will be looking at film from the Oklahoma State game, she quickly responded, “They can look at this tape, too.”