UNM’s Draft & Table serves up a ‘World of Beer’

Also Published in the New Mexico Newsport

By Courtney Salinger

University of New Mexico students asked for it and they got it: New Mexico’s first ever tap room on a college campus.

The idea of a campus taproom was first proposed in 2016 — partly as a nod to the booming beer industry in New Mexico. The proposal sparked petitions leading to the UNM Regents approval.

The new establishment, Draft and Table is located in the Student Union Building (SUB), and opened its doors to UNM students and faculty just over a month ago. The tap room currently sells draft beers from both local and national breweries, non-alcoholic beverages, and food such as street tacos and flatbreads.

UNM’s Draft & Table, located in the SUB. Photo by: Courtney Salinger

“I enjoy the tap room. It’s a cool place to come and hangout, do some work, drink beer, it’s nice,” said UNM student DaShaun Vahn. “The people who work here are very friendly, so I enjoy it.”

UNM faculty have already taken advantage of the SUB’s newest development by incorporating the tap room into course curriculum, like the geography department’s World of Beer class.

“We are in this big topic right now which is engagement with our local scene,” said World of Beer course instructor, Maria Lane. “Every class we have two brewers come in and tell us what’s going on locally and that has just been awesome.”.

World of Beer class guest speakers, Angelo Orona from Craft King Consulting and Gabe Jensen from Bosque Brewing, along with course instructor, Maria Lane. Photo by: Courtney Salinger.

Lane’s World of Beer curriculum explores the historical, cultural, and regional geographies of beer. Each class features a guest panel of sommeliers and entrepreneurs in the beer industry. Representatives from Draft & Table, along with other local breweries, have made visits to Lane’s class.

“We’ve got an incredibly high density of award winning brewers in this city and the quality of beer is very high,” Lane said. ”I think Draft and Table has done it in the right way… They’ve been really thoughtful of how to make it a place for socializing and welcoming for students of all ages.”

World of Beer course instructor, Maria Lane. Photo by Courtney Salinger.

According to the Brewers Association, New Mexico brewers produce over 116,000 barrels of beer each year. That’s a total of 2.4 gallons per legal adult, ranking New Mexico 23rd in the nation.

The Beer Serves America organization recently studied every U.S. state for how beer affects the economy, ranging from tax revenue to economic impact. New Mexico’s beer industry generates $87,840,300 in business and personal taxes and $60,205,500 in local and consumption taxes. Nationally, the beer industry pays more than $63 billion in taxes (see infographic)..


Infographic from beerservesamerica.org                               

To learn more about the World of Beer class, you can follow them on Twitter @BeerGeography.

You can follow Courtney Salinger on Twitter @lookinfresh23.

Retailer’s Fashion Trucks Attracting Business from College Students

By: Courtney Salinger and Jennifer West

Aerie, a chain store that sells loungewear, casual wear, shoes, and accessories for both men and women, drove their truck to the University of New Mexico on September 17 and 18, 2018. The Aerie truck came to sell clothes and accessories and promote new merchandise, such as their new Real Me collection, which is a lingerie collection. The fashion truck parked between UNM’s Student Union Building (SUB) and the Zimmerman Library and was full of students. Aerie was giving away popcorn to students and also set up a sack toss game for students to enjoy. Associates were inside and outside of the truck to be ready to help customers when needed. These fashion trucks coming to campus makes shopping easily accessible to students while keeping the store in business by making additional sales on campus.

“It’s easily accessible and you can get a feel for it and maybe they’ll want to go get more” says Iris Gonzales, a UNM student and Aerie employee, talking about how trucks coming to campuses can encourage more students to visit the store and how the store is now easily accessible to students.

UNM student and Aerie employee, Iris Gonzales. Photo by: Courtney Salinger.

Aerie provided 40% off of merchandise when students sign up to be a rewards member of Aerie and made a purchase from the truck. In addition to the discount, every order over $75 received a free Aerie yoga mat. Merchandise prices range from $10 to $75.

The Aerie fashion truck visited UNM on September 17 and 18. Photo by: Courtney Salinger.

“It’s pretty nice, especially with the 40% off. I think a lot of people used to go to Victoria’s Secret but now Aerie opened up, it’s cheaper and has a lot of really cute stuff, so I would say yeah, people are willing to go visit Aerie in the mall after seeing the truck,” says UNM student and Aerie truck customer, Jaylynn Bulsterbaum.

“I think it’s really nice because a lot of people have the college kid budget and a lot of us don’t have the money to spend it on the more expensive stuff, so the price point and the 40% off is actually really interesting to me.” says Kylie Dorsey, a UNM student and Aerie Truck customer. Dorsey says that if the store continues to provide discounts, she will be more persuaded to check out the store knowing that she will save more money as a student. Dorsey also says that it is possible that more stores will send out trucks to come visit college campuses more often if it does well and if it positively affects their business by getting more sales and customers. “They’re going to possibly realize that the student community is a really big community and that if they can give us discounts, they’re going to get more business.” says Dorsey.

This is not the first time a fashion truck has stopped by the University of New Mexico. Victoria’s Secret’s PINK, which also sells loungewear for women, has had University of New Mexico as a stop on their bus tour. PINK also came to the campus again on Thursday October 4, 2018 to promote their merchandise.

The Aerie truck featured an activity where students can sit down to make do-it-yourself roller balls for the Bright Pink charity, which helps support women with breast and ovarian cancer. “The roller balls are a really good incentive for students too. People seem to be enjoying it, even if they only donate a dollar.” says Gonzales.

Bringing fashion trucks to college campuses can be a way for a company to promote the store by getting the students interested to visit the store or their website to purchase items. Fashion trucks on college campuses are also able to easily connect with college students by bringing the store to the students instead of having students come to the store, which makes it convenient for students when they have spare time on campus.

The American Mobile Retail Association worked with California Lutheran University for the 2nd year to conduct a national survey about the mobile retail industry. The survey provides information such as the yearly gross revenue and the ownership percentage for the mobile industry.

Survey on the mobile retail business industry

by American Mobile Retail Association

Wealth and investment manager, Credit Suisse, reports that within five years, 20% to 25% of malls will begin to shut down.

To learn where Victoria’s Secret or Aerie’s next campus visits are going to be, check out their facebook pages.

You can follow Courtney Salinger and Jennifer West on Twitter at @lookinfresh23 and @JenniferLWest97.

Albuquerque’s Newest Gym Touts New Way of Working Out

Also Published in the New Mexico Newsport

By Courtney Salinger and Jennifer West

Marissa Lopez and her mother Kristy Garduno, are two of the owners of Albuquerque’s newest gym, Body Mass Foundation, hope to change the way people make healthy gains — with “no rules.”

Body Mass Foundation, BMF, opened Aug. 26 and is located on the first floor of Cottonwood Mall, across from Conn’s and the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

The “no rules” approach allows gym members to “slam weights, bring food and drink into the workout area, and to just have fun,” said Lopez, whose family owns the company. Body Mass Foundation is a family run business, consisting of Lopez; her father, her brother, and her mother.

Gym poster in Body Mass Foundation at Cottonwood Mall in

Albuquerque, New Mexico. Picture by Jennifer West

Lopez said it all started when her father, Arthur Lopez, was frequently attending a gym and came up with the idea to open up his very own gym. Lopez said her father did not like the rules in other gyms and they were always full of people.

Her younger brother came up with the gym name, Body Mass Foundation because he liked how Body Mass is another term for body weight and Foundation is like the structure of a workout program.

According to Lopez, all of her family members help run  the gym,but her father is the main boss because he prepared and opened the business. He also handles  the money and orders equipment.

Workout equipment in Body Mass Foundation gym at Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque, New Mexico, picture by Jennifer West

Lopez described working with her mom as “awesome, but it’s hard at the same time because we are together 24/7 anyways.” Lopez said co-managing with her mother meant not getting along well some days, but that overall she enjoys the time they spend together.

Garduno, described working with her daughter as “a challenge,” because Lopez tends to  exercise during work time. But Garduno said she loves being able to work with her daughter. Lopez says that her and her mother are closer now than they were before.

Garduno said the family’s goal for the gym is to keep their members happy and to make people  feel comfortable working out. “We don’t discriminate and we don’t have all of these rules like other gyms that make people feel uncomfortable,” Garduno said.

The monthly gym fee is $19.99, with no contract or sign up fees. That’s a competitive price compared to similar gyms like Defined Fitness, which charges $39.99 per month.

Lopez said she hopes to expand the business into a bigger space within Cottonwood Mall or possibly its own stand-alone location. The family is currently working on collaborating with gym supplement store, GNC, and Monster fitness clothing. To help promote the business, the family has a booth in the mall located across from Boba Tea, where they dress up in BMF and Monster merchandise,pass out fliers and hold raffles for prospective customers.

To learn more about Body Mass Foundation Gym, visit their Facebook page and website.

You can follow Courtney Salinger and Jennifer West on Twitter at @lookinfresh23 and @jenniferlwest97

Top Golf and Urban Air to Hit ABQ

Also in New Mexico News Port

By: Courtney Salinger and Taylor Rains

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Over the next two years,  popular entertainment chains TopGolf and Urban Air will swing into town.

With this Albuquerque residents can start to see new, fun, and interactive entertainment venues hit the scene. This could bring more business and traffic through the city.


Screenshot of Topgolf’s tweet announcing an Albuquerque location/Topgolf

Top Golf features different games surrounding golf, dining, and drinks. The company is set to open in spring of 2019, located at Montano and I-25. Top Golf will replace the location of Albuquerque’s The Beach waterpark, which closed down in 2004, due to poor health inspections.

Urban Air Adventure Park is a trampoline park which features basketball, rock climbing, indoor skydiving, virtual reality, a warrior course and battle beam, a kid’s area, a roller coaster, a cafe, and much more. The company is set to open sometime this year, off the Pan American freeway.

Albuquerque currently has two main entertainment venues, Dave and Busters and Main Event.

Dave and Buster’s offers a sports bar, dining, and video games. The company opened its doors to Albuquerque in 2014. Dave and Buster’s tends to receive new game options every couple months, with Wednesday’s being half price on all games.

Main Event offers bowling, video games, laser tag, billiards, gravity ropes, and dining. The company has been in Albuquerque for two years. Main Event plans to continue expanding throughout the country.  

Dave and Buster’s has a curfew for citizens younger than 18, which is open until midnight. For 21 and older, they are open till 2 a.m., depending on the day of the week. Otherwise, Dave and Buster’s, Main Event, Urban Air Adventure, and Top Golf close around 1a.m.  

Audri Sanchez provided us with a pamphlet with Main Event’s core values on the back/Taylor Rains

General Manager of Main Event Ronnie Prieto is not intimidated by the competition as he knows that they have more to offer, he said.   

People enjoy it (Main Event) so much more because they come with more than just one attraction such as golf or trampolines, Prieto said.

“We have an arcade, it’s a family establishment, and on top of that it is a full restaurant and a full bar. And we also have a bowling alley,” he said.

Prieto thinks with the new attractions, Main Event might see a dip in business and activity but since TopGolf will be right across the street, he’s guessing everyone will end up at Main Event anyway, he said.

“I honestly think it will help us. Think about it, there will be long waits and everyone will come over here. And on top of it, we’ve been the number one center in the company for all of last year. It’s what Albuquerque wants,” Prieto said.

Terra Gelinas, a student at UNM, thinks that having more options available to residents will not only give people more to do, but it could also better the economy for New Mexico, she said.

I think having it come here will expand in what people can do for fun and have economical benefits for another place people can spend money at,” Gelinas said.

While Gelinas thinks expansion of entertainment opportunities is a good thing, she said she likes Main Event because it provides something new and exciting to do.

“I like that they have options for adult friendly events because they are open much later and it’s another thing to go do on a weekend night… I like the two story laser tag because it’s different than anywhere else in town… It’s nice being able to order food and drinks at the bowling area as well because it’s a little nicer than other bowling alleys,” Gelinas said.

Gelinas did voice concern in regards to the incoming business Urban Air as opposed to Top Golf as she said there are already a few trampoline parks that seem to compete amongst themselves.

“Adding a third may be difficult to make a profit, whereas Top Golf is going to be the first one in Albuquerque,” Gelinas said.


Screenshot of tweets showing community excitement/Taylor Rains, Courtney Salinger

In addition to each attractions that these companies bring, they also hold fundraising capabilities and offer parties and special deals for big groups. Most of the companies offer rentable rooms and dining areas for any special occasions.


UNM to Enforce New Freshman Residency Requirements

Also in The Daily Lobo

By: Courtney Salinger and Maria Gomez

The University of New Mexico-Main Campus’ freshman retention rate is 80 percent, making it higher compared to the nationwide average of 71 percent, according to College Factual.

However, UNM’s graduation rate of first-time/full-time students is lower, with a four-year graduation rate of 15 percent. First-time/full-time students in the UNM class of 2012, were less likely to graduate on time. After six years, the graduation rate was 47.8 percent and by 2016, 54.7 percent of this class had completed their degree, according to College Factual.   

(Graph of UNM-Main Campus first-time/full-time graduation rate compared to nationwide rate. Source: Collegefactual.com)

With hopes to increase success for first-year students, UNM is requiring all incoming freshman to live on campus for one year, beginning the Fall 2018 semester. There are five exceptions to the live-in requirement, including students who live within 30 miles of main campus and students who will be at least 20 years old at the start of the academic year.    

“We believe very strongly that freshman students in particular really do have a much higher success rate when they have their first year living on campus,” said Teresa Ortiz, the Residence Life/Housing operations manager.

Students living on campus have easier access to campus resources and events, she said.

“They’re close to class, tutoring, professors’ office hours, the dining hall is right here for them and there’s a lot of activities and programming for the students that live on campus,” Ortiz said.

“This helps give them a connection to campus, so they feel that they are apart of things — they’re not just coming to school, leaving and going back home,” she said.

Roughly 1,900 students are expected to live on campus this upcoming fall semester, according to Ortiz.

“When we last looked at some statistics about students living within the 30 mile zone that were freshman that weren’t living with us, there was only about 300 that weren’t, so we can definitely accommodate those,” said Ortiz.

In order to accommodate incoming freshmen, previous deluxe singles created to give one student more room are being converted back to double spaces to make sure that no student who’s chosen to live on campus gets left out, according to Ortiz.

UNM Police Detective Alfredo Bouquet said the UNM Police Department are not looking to make changes to their security based on the Freshman Residency Requirement.

“At this time I have no information that there’s going to be more officers or security hired,” Bouquet said.

UNM is an open campus, allowing students and the public to come and go off of the property as much as they want at any time.

UNM police are always patrolling on foot, bikes and cars, Bouquet said. There aren’t a lot of incidents on campus in regards to personal safety, most issues are related to property crime.

“For the most part, I am going to say the campus is relatively safe,” he said.

Adam Biederwolf, the Assistant Director of Associated Students of UNM Lobo Spirit, thinks the Freshman Residency Requirement is beneficial for students but shouldn’t be mandatory.

“I think it can be beneficial for freshmen to have to live on campus just because they’re surrounded by so many resources on campus and I feel like their grades will reflect that in a positive manner,” Biederwolf said. “However, I just think it’s wrong to force incoming freshmen to live on campus because some freshmen might be uncomfortable with the environment.”