N.M. GOP drops fee for press at conventionSANTA FE – The Republican Party of New Mexico is dropping a $100 fee for media seeking to cover its state convention.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports state GOP officials backtracked Friday on requiring news organizations pay $100 a piece for press credentials to the May 21 convention. State GOP spokesman W. Tucker Keene says the idea of a fee was to help defray costs not discourage media from attending.
The Republican National Committee for the first time is charging a $150 access fee for seats on the press stand at this summer’s national convention in Cleveland.
Gathering founder appalled by venue ALBUQUERQUE – The founder of North America’s largest powwow is appalled at the University of New Mexico’s decision to no longer host the Gathering of Nations.
Derek Mathews said in a statement last week that organizers are in discussions to secure a new venue in Albuquerque for 2017.
UNM data show the powwow resulted in a loss for the university of more than $2,300 in 2015, compared to a rodeo competition last year that brought in about $261,400 in profit for the university. Talks to renegotiate the Gathering of Nations contract were unsuccessful last year. The 33rd annual event drew more than 100,000 people.
UNC French, German majors suspendedGREELEY – Students will not be allowed to declare majors in French or German for at least a year at the University of Northern Colorado while it improves curriculum and course offerings and looks into a partnership with other departments.
The decision will not affect 26 current French majors or 21 German majors, and students will still be able to minor in French or German until the majors are restored.
UNC associate professor of French Lorie Sauble-Otto said the yearlong suspension could affect other students, including a K-12 licensure program in French and German.
School officials were criticized last year after they announced a decision to pause admission into the Mexican-American studies major because there were only two students majoring in those studies. After a month of protests, the pause was lifted.
‘Undie Run’ goes on despite oppositionFORT COLLINS – Colorado State University students went ahead with Friday’s annual “Undie Run” despite opposition from university officials.
The event started as an end-of-semester clothing donation drive but has devolved over six years into a raucous gathering.
University police say there were no serious incidents as students ran about in their underwear. University official said in a campus-wide email that it will throw away all clothing discarded in the event.