Wednesday, November 18, 2009
UNM Student Leaders Set Stage for Krebs Vote
By Martin Salazar
Journal Staff Writer
Graduate student leaders at the University of New Mexico are laying the groundwork for a no-confidence vote in Athletics Vice President Paul Krebs over his handling of the Mike Locksley altercation.
UNM's Graduate and Professional Student Association plans to meet Nov. 23 to set the dates for a special election for all graduate students, the group announced in a news release.
UNM President David Schmidly declined to comment.
Among other items that might be on the ballot are:
n A question on whether $1.5 million in student fees that now goes to athletics should be reallocated.
n A call for changing UNM policy so the graduate student group could appoint a voting member to future selection committees for the VP for athletics position.
The votes would be largely symbolic. Ultimately, the university's administration and regents have final say on Krebs' fate, how student fees are spent and whether graduate students should be represented on selection committees.
The call for the special election is the latest fallout from UNM's handling of a Sept. 20 encounter between head football coach Locksley and assistant coach J.B. Gerald. UNM officials have admitted to mistakes in how the matter was handled but deny there was an attempt at a cover-up.
Graduate students also have raised concerns about the play of UNM soccer player Elizabeth Lambert, who was caught on tape yanking an opponent to the ground by her hair.
"The recent coverup of the Locksley-Gerald incident coupled with the egregious lack of sportsmanship displayed by Lambert exemplifies a lack of leadership within the UNM Athletics Department. ..." association President Lissa Knudsen said in the release. "It's time for the students to weigh in on this."