The University of New Mexico Lobos are competing against the New Mexico State Aggies once again and on this occasion, they are saving lives at the same time.

UNM's ASUNM Community Experience kicked off its 3rd Annual Battle of I-25 Blood Drive against the NMSU. It is a friendly competition between UNM and NMSU that began two years ago to see which school could collect more blood. UNM has won the competition both years.

“It’s really important because it raises awareness and we get to spread a lot of information about the importance of donating blood,” said UNM senior Amelia Linde, executive director of ASUNM Community Experience.

The drive, which is run through United Blood Services, runs through Friday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in SUB Ballroom A and at mobile centers around campus. Bloodmobiles will be located near Biology and North Campus Pathology buildings.

“It’s always a good thing to save lives,” said UNM HR Consultant Alma Aguilar, who donated during the drive. “I’m not crazy about needles or blood, but the need is consistent and I think that it’s the way to give back.”

You can donate by showing up to SUB Ballroom A anytime during the drive or you can sign up online by going to and searching sponsor code: battleofi25. For more info, visit ASUNM Community Experience in SUB room 1062 or on the web.