UNM swimming to host weekend meet

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. – The University of New Mexico swim team will host a two-day quad meet this Friday and Saturday Nov. 22 and 23 in Siedler Natatorium.
The Lobos will be swimming against Wyoming, University of Nevada Reno, and Grand Canyon in 16 events over the course of the weekend. Eight events per day will be swam.
The meet starts at 3 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

UNM gets crafty

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. – The University of New Mexico will host its 50th Arts and Craft Fair from Nov. 20 till Nov. 22.
The fair will host 70 vendors selling local made art, food, and music. From 12 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be live music performed. This event is being sponsored by Student Special Events.
The fair will be open from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. every day. It is being held in ballrooms A and B of the Student Union Building on UNM’s main campus and admission is free.
For more information contact ASUNM Arts and Craft Studio by phone at (505) 277-6544 or by email at thinkart@unm.edu

Putting needle to flesh

Blacklist Tattoo Parlour helps to clean up the reputation of tattoos
ALBUQUERQUE N.M. – Art is the subject, needles are the instrument, and Ben Viamontes, 34, makes it come to life at Blacklist Tattoo Parlor.

Viamontes opened Blacklist Tattoo Parlour four years ago as a body modification shop, named Ascension. Very shortly after he went into business with another tattoo artist, Jason Radcliff, and Blacklist Tattoo Parlour became strictly about tattoos. This created a shell were both artist could accommodate their client list.

“When you come into my studio, and you hire me to make a tattoo for you, then that’s what you’re asking for, me to do what I do,” said Viamontes on his business.
Viamontes says that Blacklist Tattoo Parlour is not just a street shop but a studio where he, as an artist, produces some of his work. He says having both creative skills and technical skills are important in the tattoo industry.

“If you are creative and you can take that technical expertise and apply it in an imaginative way, then you can really get ahead,” said Viamontes.

The inside of Blacklist Tattoos is neutral according to Viamontes. He says that all the colors are in a neutral pallet to keep clients at ease, however; all the decorations are meant to distract the clients. Every design choice within Blacklist is aimed at keeping a client’s mind off the fact that they are being tattooed.

Viamontes says he is likes to work with clients that will listen to him and are serious about their artwork.

Blacklist Tattoo Parlour is located at 9901 Lomas Blvd. NE #F. To see more of Viamontes work visit blacklist-tatto.com and click under the Pows One tab. To contact Blacklist Tattoo Parlour call (505) 508.1870.

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Blacklist Tattoo Parlour is located at 9901 Lomas Blvd. NE #F. There hours are Tuesday-Saturday 1-9 p.m. (Kendra Williams/CJ278)
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“We paid a lot of attention to sensory distraction. All of the decorations and the layout of the video and audio stuff is to help distract the client” said Viamontes of his workspace along with the rest of the parlour. (Kendra Williams/ CJ278)
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Viamontes consults with his client before starting the session. (Kendra Williams/ CJ278)
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Viamontes has two art degrees from the University of New Mexico: one in art history the other in fine arts. Along with his degrees he has eight years in the tattoo industry. (Kendra Williams/CJ278)
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Viamontes has a sanitized station and is preparing the inks that he will use. (Kendra Williams/ CJ278)
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“I am selling a luxury item,” said Viamontes about tattoos hitting mainstream popularity. (Kendra William/ CJ278)
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Viamontes says that tattooing can become physically grueling at times because of the hunched position he has to sometimes take during sessions. (Kendra Williams/ CJ278)
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“I was looking for something art based, but didn’t want to be told what to do so much,” said Viamontes about one of the reasons he got into the tattoo business. (Kendra Williams/ CJ278)
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“I try to make it really clear to new clients when they come in here that this is not a tattoo shop really, like most people might think of it. It’s our studio,” said Viamontes. (Kendra Williams/ CJ278)
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Viamontes has experience as the client and as the artist and says he gets tattoos because, “I like them, that’s why I get tattooed, because I think they look cool”. (Kendra Williams/ CJ278)

UNM offers capoeria classes

By Kendra Wiliams
Albuquerque−Students ag the University of New Mexico are able to discover a slice of Brazil with the help of capoeira during the fall 2013 semester.
Capoeira is a martial art that incorporates dance and music. Speed and power are also important factors in this style.
UNM’s students are able to learn the martial art by enrolling in two separate classes. Classes will are being held by the dance department and welcomes all beginners.
The beginners will learn the movement, traditions, and history set to live music. The physicality of its training helps participants get in shape.
Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6:20 p.m.

Bands play Hooligans last show

By Kendra Williams
ALBUQUERQUE N.M.− On Saturday, November 2, rock bands will take the stage at Hoolligans Tavern for the last time.
In the taverns last hurrah the bands Psykick monkey, Darken the day, and Method Blank with play a show for the establishment. The show is all ages and the first band will take the stage at 9:00 p.m.
Hooligans is located at 9800 Montgomery Blvd. NE.

UNM holds 2nd annual student film festival

by: Kendra Williams
ALBUQUERQUE N.M. − The University of New Mexico in partnership with Southwest Film Center will hold its 2nd annual Student Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Located in the Student Union Building’s theater on UNM’s Main Campus, the festival gives students the opportunity to present their work. The Southwest Film Center left entries open to all students, not just film and media students.
The event starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.
For more information contact ASUNM Southwest Film Center by phone at (505) 277-5608 or email at swfc@unm.edu.

UNM puts on book fair for little Lobos

By: Kendra Williams
ALBUQUERQUE N.M.− The University of New Mexico will be holding a children’s book fair Saturday Oct. 26 at the main campus bookstore.
From 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. kids can participate in face painting, games, and receive a Lil’ Lobo ID. Lobo Louie and Lobo Lucy will make an appearance.
During the book drive Children’s books, plush toys, infant, youth, and toddler lobo wear will be 25 percent off.
Refreshments will be provided by Satellite Coffee.

‘Students on Stage’ displays the work of student choreographers

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. – The University of New Mexico’s Department of Theatre and Dance is hosting “Students on Stage”, a student choreographed dance show running for six performances, on Friday and Saturday only from October 18 till October 27.
Undergraduate and graduate students within the UNM Dance program choreographed original pieces in a varity of styles for the showcase.
According the “SOS” UNM webpage, the choreographers went through an audition process, offering them professional experience. In first audition, students showed a sample of their work to a panel of faculty members. If selected they were assigned a mentor within the dance faculty to extend any help. They were then out through to a second audition where the final pieces were selected for the show.
“Students on Stage” will be held on UNM’s main campus at the Elizabeth Waters Center for Dance in Carlisle Gym. Tickets start at $12 for general admission, $10 for faculty and seniors, and $8 for UNM Students and staff.

Community service opportunities through a brotherhood

Phi Sigma Pi’s community service projects is a prominent way for Randall Schweigert to gain experience that bolsters her Peace Corps application

By: Kendra Williams

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. – Helping others is a huge part of community service and that is one of the reasons Randall Schweigert, 21, lends her time and effort into volunteering.

Randall Schweigert, is new to the community service world. She said she did not start to think about community service until her decision to apply for the Peace Corps. Volunteering is a must on the application and so Randall started getting involved.

A year ago, Randall’s junior year, she joined the co-ed fraternity Phi Sigma Pi which came to the University of New Mexico in November of 2008.

According to the fraternity’s official facebook page, “[they] are the only co-ed Honor Fraternity founded upon a tripod of ideas: Fellowship, Leadership, and Scholarship”

Volunteering is a major aspect of the Phi Sigma Pi with four service opportunities for members to participate in each semester. The fraternity focuses more on community service compared fund-raising.
“We believe that being leaders in the community also means giving back to the community,” said Deborah Ramirez, President of the Epsilon Upsilon chapter.

They have participated in cleaning inside and outside of houses for Casa Esperanza and Albuquerque Christian Children’s Home and made arts and crafts with the children at the Children’s Hospital.
Closer to the UNM campus, they have participated in Fall Frenzy and Spring Storm, where volunteers participate in campus and community clean-up projects.

One of their fundraising efforts came in the form of a comedy night, “Laughter is the Best Medicine”, raising money for Agora. The money raised from the night helped Agora volunteers go into high schools and raise suicide awareness.

Phi Sigma Pi has made meals for the Ronald McDonald House.
“Just seeing the look on their faces when they came into the kitchen and saw everything prepared and they were just so happy,” Schweigert said.

According to Randall most of her community service events that she can uses for her Peace Corps application come from Phi Sigma Pi. The application consists of a series of test along with community service and supervisor recommendations, the application took her eight months to complete.
“I don’t really want to say that I doing the Peace Corps to help people cause that’s the standard thing people say, but I do want to help people,” Schweigert said.

Randall says she would like to serve after graduation and before she starts a master’s program. With previous experiences in Latin America, she has put it down as her first choice in places to serve.
Even though Randall is majoring in Economics and Political Science she says she wants to work in the field of agriculture.

Haunted house, Quarantine, gets set to scare Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. − Experiential haunted house, Quarantine, has come to Albuquerque starting Oct. 10 and running through the 31.
Blackout Theatre is putting on this zombie apocalypse themed haunted house. According to their website, quarantineabq.com, audiences will be led by a professional actor and will be asked to participate in tasks in order to survive the apocalypse.
Tickets can be purchased online or onsite. It is first come first serve when purchasing onsite. The tickets are $20.
“The Experience is an interactive haunted house unlike any other, a performance that puts the audience in the story,” as is stated on their flier.
To enter the show participants must be 13 years old.
The Quarantine is located at the Quelab at 680 Haines Ave. NW. For scheduling and ticketing information see the website QuartantineABQ.com or call (505) 676-8648.