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Chronicle The CNM Volume 19 | Issue 16 /cnmchronicle C o v e r i n g c n m a n d Grand Theft Auto V Pg. 4 t h e s u r r o u n d i n g September 24, 2013 c o m m u n i t y Disbursement goes off without a hitch By Jonathan Baca PHOTO BY JONATHAN BACA Staff Reporter Disbursement is always a logistical challenge, and CNM had made several changes to the process this year to make things more efficient, and are discussing even more options for the future, Lee Carrillo, Vice President of Student Services said. CNM disbursed $21 million to 11,777 students last week, and things went smoother than ever, thanks to less paper checks and a new office at the West Side campus, Carrillo said. “I’ve done this for 23 years, and I think over all, this is probably the best,” he said. For students with part-of-term or short term courses, their funds may be split and Nursing major susana molina gets her check from the cashiers office The library’s best kept secret Stacie Armijo Staff Reporter For students who cannot afford to buy laptops, iPads, textbooks and other materials they may need, the Reserve program in the library is set up to help, Main campus Library Manager Olivia Baca said. Students are able to borrow items for a three hour interval, although not all text books are available and often there is only one copy of each, Baca said. “We feel that the three hours gives students enough time to take it to class and not have to race to the library or race to class. BORROWING POLICIES By checking out this laptop, you agree to comply with the Laptop Borrower Terms, the CNM Libraries Technology Use Policy, and the CNM information technology use policy LAPTOPS SHOULD NEVER BE LEFT UNATTENDED In the event of damage, loss, or theft, you may be charged up to $1500 based on the degree of damage or loss, and a block will be placed on your CNM and library accounts until paid. CNM libraries are not responsible for loss of data due to laptop malfunction, battery or power failure, network interruptions, or any other reason. There is that window to accommodate whether it is a study session or a class session, but it is also reasonably brief,” Baca said. The three hour check out policy is set in place to ensure that an item will soon be turned back in for another student to use, she said. “With the three hours’ time frame the library is committed to maximizing resources for the most number of students,” Baca said. B u s i n e s s Administration major Irving Ramos said that he likes the fact that laptops are available for students to borrow. “I can do my homework here instead of looking for one in the computer lab,” Ramos said. The library recently added the availability of 20 laptops and 10 iPads to the reserve program, which helps adhere to the different types of tools students may need, Baca said. see RESERVE on page 7 disbursed in two or more parts, with subsequent checks going out ten days after the start of their late starting classes. This is an optional federal rule that CNM opted to comply with, mainly to discourage students with short term courses from receiving all of their disbursement, and then leaving school before the end of the semester, Carrillo said. “This was a way of keeping the student in the classroom, and hopefully making them successful,” Carrillo said. 4,676 students opted for direct deposit this term, having their money sent directly to their bank accounts. This is a 10 percent increase from last semester, and a trend that CNM hopes will continue, Carrillo said. see MONEY on page 7 Instructors object to lack of parking By Martin Montoya Staff Reporter For some teachers, a paid parking space is just not a possibility as the majority of CNM faculty and staff that are part time have other jobs and just cannot afford the extra fees, American and Native American History Instructor Dr. Benay Blend said. Blend said the biggest problem is that teachers have to show up nearly two and a half hours early just to get a parking space for a 10:30 a.m. class at Main campus. As a part time instructor with a salary that has gone down with the decline in the number of classes to teach, Blend said she just cannot find a way to budget for a convenient parking space. “I’m not going to be paying out of my measly salary for the privilege,” Blend said. If the value of faculty members was a high priority, people in charge would really understand that part time faculty does not make enough money to afford a permit, Blend said. “I would like to get here at a normal time,” she said. Unable to afford paid parking on an adjunct professor’s salary, Political Science Instructor Bob Anderson said that for two to three years at the beginning of his teaching career he hauled all his books and supplies from the far end of the parking lot on Montoya campus, where parking was available. “That really wiped out my back,” Anderson said. After going to the doctor’s office with pain, thinking being out of shape was the problem, Anderson said the doctor found that the pressure from the book bag he carried everyday had resulted in a ruptured disk in his lower back. Anderson said that he now has permanent damage to his lower back which is irreparable. “It just goes out on me and I go through a lot of pain,” Anderson said. Anderson said that he now has a handicap placard that enables him to park closer, which he qualified for after being forced to use a walker and other painstaking tasks since his injury. Stephen Andrews, History Instructor and Chair of History, Economics, Political Science, and Communications said that there has to be a way to solve this parking situation and the impact it has on not only faculty and students, but the part time instructors who do not have a significant amount of job security. see PARKING on page 7

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