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UNM Regents save diving; cut men's soccer, skiing, beach volleyball

Patrick Hayes
August 17, 2018 11:08 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The UNM Board of Regents reinstated women's diving Friday. However, they voted 7-0 to cut men's soccer, men's and women's skiing and women's beach volleyball.

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The regents voted after nearly five hours of discussion. 

The diving team could barely contain itself after hearing the news.

"I just bursted into tears. It was unreal to hear that I have a chance to complete my senior year and junior year of diving and that diving wasn't going to end in New Mexico because that was a real concern for me," said UNM diver Natasha Dark.

More than 50 people signed up to ask the regents to save all the programs, including several local lawmakers. They suggested letting the New Mexico Legislature help find funding. But the regents weren't interested. 

"Well, it was incredibly disappointing. I guess for me it's unusual for me to have an HAFC chairman attend something like this and extend a helping hand. Generally, that doesn't happen and I can tell you I've never been treated more rudely. In mid-sentence to be cut off, tells me they really don't want a solution," said New Mexico Rep. Patricia Lundstrom.

Administrators said the school cannot financially support 21 different programs, amid a multi-million dollar deficit. 

Officials say the cuts will also help the school become Title IX compliant. 

Friday's meeting was held after the Attorney General Hector Balderas said the regents violated the Open Meetings Act during the July 19 meeting.

Following Friday’s meeting, Balderas said, “This is a dark and sad day for the student-athlete community. My office will advocate for stronger fiscal management that does not harm students and review all legal options to ensure compliance with state law.”

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