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Here’s a free public relations tip for the University of New Mexico: Quit stinking up the joint with questionable use of taxpayer money and you wouldn’t have to spend $152,000 this year on a Washington, D.C., hotshot to polish your image.$152,000? You’ve got to be kidding. No, I’m not. More on that later.First things first. UNM is an excellent institution, the state’s showcase center of higher educational achievement. It is renowned for solid academic achievement.(Well, okay, maybe we could have lived without the UNM study that concluded Albuquerque fertile topless lap dancers earned twice as much in tips than non-fertile Albuquerque topless lap dancers, but, dang it, research geeks deserve to have some fun, too. “She’s Got Eggs,” chortled New York Times Magazine.)Fun aside, too often UNM is trying to match state government on the stink-o-meter. One recent example is diversion of state taxpayer funds intended for a think tank but used instead to pay travel and tuition expenses for a women’s rugby team.The Center for Regional Studies website describes its mission: “Create new sources of knowledge about New Mexico and the U.S.
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