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  • Nuestra Historia: Otero resigns, students begin protests

    On May 19, 1970, Joe L. Otero stormed out of a Board of Regents meeting at La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, having failed to convince his fellow regents to name John Aragon as president of Highlands University. After he left, the three remaining regents named Charles Graham of Wisconsin as university president.

  • Work of Art — Try the ‘interrobang’

    An old-time commercial that advertised a controlled, measured laxative featured a woman asking the rhetorical question about prunes: “Is one enough? Are three too many?”

    That question goes right up my alley, but my preference is to think of too few/too many in the context of punctuation marks. Specifically, I believe people are slaves to the notion that “If one is good for you, two  are even better.” We can use that analogy when discussing aspirin, Tums, cough syrup, cigarettes and burgers.

  • Another Perspective — Can immigration save the GOP?

    By Bill Richardson and Eric P. Serna

    Submitted to the Optic

    As Democrats, it has been interesting to watch the GOP battle — not us — but each other as they try to save their Republican brand. In a giving spirit of the season, we offer a couple observations to our friends across the aisle.

  • Just a Thought - This is the year I will keep my resolutions

    By Rick Kraft

    Submitted to the Optic

    When Alice in Wonderland was lost and came upon the Cheshire Cat in the tree she asked “Cheshire Puss, would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

    “I don’t much care where...” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

  • Nuestra Historia: Regents name Graham, HU students organize

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    It all started at La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe on Tuesday, May 19 1970. Meeting in a private room of the hotel’s second floor, the Highlands University Board of Regents named Charles Graham of Wisconsin to succeed Tom Donnelly as president of the university – and the momentous events which followed remain at once the darkest and brightest days in the history of Highlands University.

  • Work of Art — Luminaria or farolito: That is the question

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the 2013 edition of Tradiciones.

    The question was: “What do you call those things you put a candle into and line your driveway with?” The answer was: “They’re luminarias, but in some places, they’re called farolitos.”

    Alas, but a once-and-for-all answer is not possible. Researching something like the difference between the two terms, which surface each Christmas season, isn’t a question of exhaustive sources; rather, it’s a matter of being selective:

  • Dulcey Amargo - Hitting the jackpot — not!

    I’d just made my way to the cashier at a local establishment, whipped out my debit card, and handed it to the young lady taking my payment. She rang up my bill, and suddenly, with her eyes bigger than teacups, she blurted out, What? ... I just had to see what had shocked her so violently, so I  looked at what the cash register told her to do. She was to give me change amounting to over $43,000!

  • Nuestra Historia: Donnelly retires, regents oblivious

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

  • Another Perspective — Tips for a safe holiday shopping season

    By Ben White

    For the Optic

    With the holiday season in full swing, a growing number of people are expected to shop online with their computers and mobile devices. No matter how a customer chooses to shop — through online sites, mobile devices, telephone, or at the store — it is important to stick to your budget and safeguard your confidential information.

    To help manage your finances during the holidays, consider following these important guidelines:

  • Work of Art — Affluenza vs. povertenza

    Just when you think you’ve heard it all, there comes a new excuse, a new diagnosis, a new cop-out. Anyone who’s followed the news recently probably has learned a new word: “affluenza.”

    Give us a break, your honor! But first let me explain:

    A 16-year-old boy, a Texas youth, drunk, with three times the presumed level of intoxication, loses control of his truck and plows into a group of pedestrians. In its wake, the massacre takes the lives of a woman, her daughter and two others.