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Albuquerque participates in national protests of Syrian War
By Daniel Montaño Senior Reporter
Activists gathered in Nob Hill on Saturday Aug 31 to protest the possibility of a United States military strike against Syria, Joel Gallegos, Education
major and Answer coalition member said. The demonstration, which was part of a nationwide string of protests sponsored by the Answer coalition, drew more than 100 people who packed Central Avenue at Tulane Drive, filling
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Joel Gallegos chants slogans during the protest.
sidewalks and medians, and was endorsed by more than nine local activist groups, such as the Albuquerque Chapter of the United Nations Association and (Un) Occupy Albuquerque, Gallegos said. “We believe that our resources here in the United States are better spent on things like education, on things like housing and healthcare, not war,” Gallegos said. Protestors raised signs and chanted at passing cars, often receiving a honk in recognition: “Money for jobs and education! Not for war and occupation!” Protestors said. The protest started at noon just minutes after President Barack Obama made a national address in which he said that any possible military
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Protestors stand on Central Avenue to protest the possibility of U.S. involvement in Syria.
intervention in Syria would not be open-ended, would not include ground troops, and that he would seek congressional approval before making tactical military strikes against key locations suspected of housing chemical weapons. Gallegos said that he did not trust that Obama’s reasoning for striking against Syria — destroying locations which might hold chemical weapons that were
allegedly used against Syrian rebels — reveals the U.S. government’s true intentions for Syria. “I think it’s ridiculous that the United States government is still using this narrative of weapons of mass destruction. I think they believe the United States public is naïve — that we are going to buy the same old story,” Gallegos said. President Obama, said during his Saturday address that a chemical
Newly located bookstore adjusting to smaller home
By Daniel Montaño Staff Reporter
The main campus bookstore is feeling the squeeze of a smaller size, and students are taking the heat — literally. In order to reduce foot traffic inside the new smaller location in the Robert P. Matteucci building, there is a line to get into the store, and buy-backs, rental checkins, returns and refunds are handled through an
outdoor window, the line for which queues up — exposed to the elements — in the courtyard of the building, Ann Heaton, district director of the CNM bookstores, said. Bookstore staff members have been working to fix any issues that have come up since the bookstore opened on July 29, but have not had enough time to deal with every issue, including the outdoor line, Heaton said. “We’ve been here for a month, and so we have growing pains right
now. And I just hope the students and faculty and everyone can remain patient with us, so we can work out these hiccups,” Heaton said. Anna Hoefler, Paralegal Studies major, used the new window during the last week of the summer semester, and spent over an hour in direct sunlight waiting to sell her books back, she said. According to the National Weather Service, the average temperature that week was more than
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Lines at the new bookstore extended into the hallway.
88 degrees with a high of 92, and Hoefler said she thinks there needs to be something built to enclose the line. “In the winter it’s going to be too cold, and in the summer it’s too hot. I could see slip and fall hazards happening because of ice. It’s ridiculous!” Hoefler said. Heaton said that she is aware of the problem and has spoken with CNM administration to find a solution to the buy-back window’s exposed line, and that something will
be in place by the end of the fall semester. “We’re trying to figure out what we can do and how we can make things better, and if we have to rent a tent at the beginning of each term to put out there, then that’s what we’ll do,” she said. The reduced space of the facility provided has led to multiple issues for the staff at the bookstore, Heaton said. The storage room provided with the new location is not large enough to hold the books that would normally be
weapons attack, which took the lives of more than 1,400 Syrian civilians and injured more than 3,600 who showed signs of being exposed to sarin nerve gas, which was orchestrated by the Syrian government itself, and called the attack an “assault on human dignity” that was “the worst chemical weapons attack of the twenty-first century.” see SYRIA on page
on hand, and the team has had to rent a portable storage device that was placed in the parking lot near the bookstores back entrance and monopolize most of the space in a loading dock that is shared with the culinary arts department, she said. “We kind of joke and say that everyday my staff and I push up against the walls looking for more see BOOKSTORE on page 7
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Students line up in the hot weather to return books.
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Students and employees of the bookstore are feeling the pinch after relocating to the new building named after Robert P. Matteucci or RPM, as mentioned in the front page story “Shrinking Pains.” During the last few semesters, it seemed the bookstore employees were developing a decent system to deal with the overflow of students on certain days, but since being moved, the bookstore is trying to get back on track. For now, students will have to be patient until they work out the kinks. Since the beginning of the fall semester, students were forced to wait hours to get inside the bookstore, just to wait again in the checkout line to get school supplies. Bookstore employees are trying their best to get everyone through in a timely manner, but with system shutdowns and never ending lines, it is
hard for employees to even assess how to deal with the issues faced by the new move. Students have also had concerns about the new outdoor buyback window, because if students hope to sell their book back, he or she has to be prepared to wait in the elements for almost the same amount of time as buying books. This is not only an inconvenience to students outside, but also to people going inside because the line is right in front of the entrance to the building. The bookstore is not a place for children, but some students are forced to bring their children with them if they do not have proper childcare. Standing in line with children adds a new level to the inconvenience, as children typically do not do well waiting in line for hours. This can cause a problem for the parent, and those around them. If the bookstore had more room and the lines went quicker, the parents at CNM would not have to worry about bringing their
children along on what should be a quick errand. The bookstore is not the only area of the RPM building that is way too small for incoming students, as even the culinary arts side of the building has cut corners. Culinary students need to have as much space as possible in order to be able to move around and maneuver quickly, which is not the case in the new building. Instead, students have to constantly tell each other the “right behind you” rule, or they would bump into one another with hot plates and knives in hand. Hopefully, culinary art majors will not have to deal with an increase of on the job accidents, because no one wants to be burned or cut when going to class. Administration needs to fix these issues over the semester so students coming back in the spring do not have to go through the absolute nightmare that happened this fall when attempting to get supplies from the bookstore.
Letter to the Editor
A trip to the ‘new and improved’ Main Campus bookstore proved disastrous this past Tuesday. I would not have imagined beforehand that the move would be such a dismal failure. In fact, I was looking forward to seeing some improvements. Unfortunately, that was not the case. First of all, the location of the bookstore itself could not have been more inconveniently placed; tucked away in an obscure nook between the R.P.M. building, the parking lots adjacent, the constantly flowing traffic of University Boulevard, as well as a number of inexplicably placed tracts of loose, shifty, landscaping stone that seems purposefully positioned to dare one to haphazardly stumble over them for a more direct route. However, on the list of things wrong with the new CNM Main Campus Bookstore those minor flaws are way down near the bottom in terms of significance. The line for returns, refunds and buy-backs, which is not very clearly marked, as evidenced by the number of people I observed standing in line for several minutes before finally realizing their mistake upon reading a piece of copier paper labeling the line, that had been clumsily taped to the wall. Also, said line is outside and seeing as this is Albuquerque, with its a 278 days of sunshine annually, means that students are now being forced to stand out in the constantly blazing sun, or conversely as it does happen here as well, the bitter cold. Finally, after sweating profusely for 20 minutes, we, by which I mean the other poor souls in line with me, at last got around to the windows where employees were obviously overtaxed by the volume of students due to the start of the semester, which I may remind you has been a problem at the Main Campus Bookstore for years. That being said, one would have thought that this problem and others like it would have been addressed with the relocation of the bookstore. Sadly, it seems that is not the case. I even overheard one of the employees at the windows complain to another, as he excavated her from underneath a mounting stack of returned books, that there hadn’t even been a phone installed for them to call for backup, and that they don’t have a phone to call for assistance at a cashier’s station is simply unacceptable. Finally, it was my turn, and I noticed a posted assertion that it is common for the bookstore to buyback books from students for as much as 50% of their original price, which seems to imply that it will at least be in that neighborhood, Would it be that difficult to have posted a brief summary of the average rates? Seeing as it is too much to put up a sign that clearly denotes the line in which one actually needs to stand, I suppose that is the case. As is, they seem hard-pressed even to send an employee outside with a piece of paper, tape, and a sharpie. Anyway, I sold my Dugopolski 5th edition College Algebra book to them for $17 and on the CNM Bookstore website, used, it is $145. Now, if the Bookstore is able to flip my book for $145, a full 89% more than what they gave me for it, I would at least expect that such an enormous profit margin would provide for making a better bookstore, one that is not cluttered, chaotic, inefficient, and physically uncomfortable to go to. The sheer number of glaring problems are enough to encourage the discontinuation of my patronage unless I see some evidence of change for the better. Student, Joseph Wagner
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor, While going to pick up my wife’s Pharmacology book that she had ordered about a month and a half ago in used condition, I was perturbed that it had never been delivered. I then made the decision to pick up a new copy. After making my way to what I thought was the back of the line, some disgruntled people were glaring at me from behind some merchandise and it became clear that I was standing right at the front of the line. I thought it was funny that a bookstore employee was standing right there and said nothing. When waiting in line for twenty five minutes and watching two different employees standing behind a cash register and not taking any customers, I began to grow extremely irritated that there were only a total of two cashiers helping people with about twelve or fifteen registers closed down with nobody behind them. Halfway through my transaction, I asked to speak to a manager. The manager came over and I remarked that I had been standing in line for forty minutes and that there only seemed to be three cashiers working the registers with other employees milling about not helping customers get on their way a week before the semester was about to begin. Taking an attitude with me instead of owning up, she reported that she had two or three cashiers call in absent this morning. Upon leaving the building and realizing that I had left my sunglasses in the car, I was also highly annoyed that the exterior of the building is white, which blinded me momentarily as my eyes adjusted to the tremendous amounts of light being reflected off of the building. It drove me nuts that they spent loads of money on a new building but couldn’t afford to pay cashiers to operate the registers. Their prices are gouging and the service has mostly been terrible. I can factually say that I will NEVER use Follett again for ANY of my or my wife’s educational needs. Follett needs to get a clue and smarten up. Half.com and Amazon have my family’s business from this point forward. Student, Scott Gagnon
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Cool classes: African American Studies
Bringing African American history to the forefront of higher education Deborah Cooper Staff Reporter
Introduction to African American Studies is designed to outline the evolution, the goals, the philosophy and the method of African American studies or Africana studies, said Ph.D. Charles Becknell, Cultural Studies Instructor. “It’s really situated not to discuss African American history from a beginning to an end period,” he said. Becknell said there is a certain period of African American history that is discussed as one of the areas of focus in his class, while looking at the studies as a discipline, and that it important
to understand the evolution, social, and political climate that has fostered African American studies into higher education. “The core areas that we examine are important, which allow for a conversation on history, so it’s kind of imbedded in all of this,” he said. Becknell starts with early African history as the start of human history in which history is examined in the context of oppression and white supremacy, he said. “When we talk about early African American history we start with the 1400s, the beginning of the journey to America and move on up to the twentieth century while discussing the spirit of resistance, so
we look at individuals who resisted colonization and who tried to eliminate enslavement in Africa,” he said. The areas of African American history that are covered are sociology, religion, politics, also cultural production in the arts, and is really an overview of everything including economics, he said. “So we look at all of the areas that would encompass a discipline,” Becknell said. With fall of 2013 being Becknell’s fourth semester teaching the class, he said that enrollment has been strong every semester since he has been instructing the course. Zachary Shank, Associate Dean of the School of Communication,
Humanities and Social Sciences said, because the course is offered as an elective, students may be overlooking the class. “The course has been taught since 2006 and has had its ups and downs, however, Mr. Becknell has brought stability to the course,” he said. Shank said that word of mouth and student surveys conducted by the Cultural Studies Department are ways that the school is able to find out what classes peak students interest. “These are great classes for understanding what it is to be human and for students to experience the voices that aren’t usually heard,” shank said. Fitness Tech major, Santana Johns
said he did not think about taking the class because he was focused on what classes are a part of his degree, also that he believes hip-hop relates to the class very much because artists rap about African American history and heritage. “Hip-hop is major because it ties into African American culture, so if a student has already taken the Intro to African American studies, they won’t see hip-hop as some commercial product, it would be seen as being tied to a long historical experience of African Americans,” he said. Becknell said that this is the appropriate course to introduce AA studies because it builds foundation for students
to keep on learning. “There’s room for so much more because when you look at it, you could have one class on black economics, one class on black politics, as well as one class on black cultural production and expression,” he said. Becknell said that his father was the first Director of Afro-Studies at UNM 20-years-ago. “I’ve always been immersed in Black studies,” Becknell said. Becknell is an Albuquerque native and graduate of UNM, who also teaches African American history I and II at UNM.
Technology: Time saver or time waster? Nick Stern Staff Reporter
A plethora of gadgets and electronics seem to now dominate in today’s society especially with students, and when students come to class, there is most likely to be an electronic device in hand, said Liberal Arts major Erik Neumann. Devices such as smartphones, MP3 players and laptops are especially prevalent among students attending college, Neumann said. “It is next to impossible to be on campus and not see someone on an electronic device of some sort. Even though students can benefit greatly from much of the information and technology at their disposal, it is important for them to recognize the potential these devices have for being a complete distraction and waste of time,” Neumann said. In the majority of his courses, Neumann notices increasing numbers of students using electronic devices in
the classroom from the moment class begins until it ends, he said. Neumann said he notices many students appear to be taking and organizing notes with their devices such as tablets, laptops and even smartphones which he believes is a great idea. The problem is that while professors tend to be more lenient toward the use of electronics in their courses, students are taking advantage of such leniency and wasting class time on distractions such as social networks, games and movies, right in the middle of class, Neumann said. “I have lost count of how many times I have seen students watching Netflix, checking Facebook or surfing the internet for just about anything that has absolutely nothing to do with the class they are in,” Neumann said. Dr. Felecia CatonGarcia, CHSS instructor, teaches a class in pop culture, in which technology and the use of technology is a part of what is taught
in that class, she said. Garcia recognizes that some students will abuse the option to use devices in her classroom by looking at things that have nothing to do with the class she is teaching, she said. However, she is reluctant to ban laptops in her classroom because she recognizes how convenient and useful they can make classroom lectures go and how, for some students, the devices actually act as a learning aid, CatonGarcia said. She also has a strict “do not be on your phone” policy in class with very reasonable exceptions that require the student to communicate with her and let her know what is going on in advance, she said. “I give my students a
chance to liberate themselves from their cell phones for two and a half hours a week. In class, it is very important to me that my student speak to one another and small group discussions are a huge part of all my classes and in order to be fully engaged and fully present they cannot be dividing their attention,” Garcia said. Caton-Garcia believes that one of the functions of college is to make people come into contact with others who have completely different experiences and beliefs and get different perspectives from communication with each other, she said. “Social networking allows you to screen out all the people who do not
agree with you and I think it gives people a really narcissistic and solipsistic idea that the world is just how they imagine it, when it is not,” Caton-Garcia said. Psychology major, Carly Barnes said that she likes to go on Pinterest three to four hours a week, but can be a problem since she does not ever pin anything school related. Pinterest is addicting for her because it is a social network where people basically put up just about anything they find interesting for other people to look at online, Barnes said. Pinterest is a pinboardstyle photo-sharing site that creates theme-based image collections according to the Pinterest site. “I do not recommend it for students because you will get so distracted from school and waste so much time that you will never get anything accomplished,” she said. Despite the warning to other students, Barnes believes Pinterest is definitely worth the time she spends on there because she does find some of the information
useful, she said. She has even gotten school tips from Pinterest, but unfortunately the vast majority of her time is spent looking at “stupid stuff,” she said. Criminology major McKinley Smith said Tumblr and Netflix are her biggest distractions and tend to come before her responsibilities, because the very first things she said she does whenever she gets home from work or school is to get on these sites. Tumblr is a short-form blog that lets users post and share blogs according to the Tumblr site. “They certainly can take stress off if you are trying to get through school stuff, as long as they are used in moderation, which is not that hard. It is easy to wean yourself off, but when you go back you get sucked in again,” she said.
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Obama said that the attack was a menace that “must be confronted.” But Obama’s address did little to slow the Nob Hill demonstration because protesters believe that the U.S. government’s reasoning is an excuse to begin a war for natural resources and regional power, Gallegos said.
“It’s a way of maintaining power and control over that region, and I feel that the U.S. feels that they are losing control of that region because of recent political turmoil,” he said. Political Science Instructor, Bob Anderson was in attendance at the demonstration and said that he shares in Gallegos’ sentiments because of his personal experience in the U.S. Military. Anderson took part in orchestrating several
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space,” she said. The line to get into the store is also a symptom of the smaller size, Heaton said. After moving to the new location, Heaton walked the bookstore floor with security officers in order to determine how long to allow the checkout line to get before limiting access, she said.
A long line to check out is typical of the beginning of a semester, and if the amount of students going into the store was not restricted, then the checkout line would interfere with students browsing textbooks and could even cause a safety hazard, she said. “It would just become chaotic, and that’s what we’re trying to eliminate,” she said.
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‘false-flag’ operations during the Vietnam War, in which U.S. troops dressed as North Vietnamese soldiers and attacked fellow U.S. troops in order to justify military attacks, and feels that the situation in Syria is an example of a similar military tactic, he said. “We instigate civil wars so we can get people fighting against each other, and then in that chaos we create new leadership that is friendly to U.S.
intentions,” Anderson said. Anderson also believes that Obama’s reasons for striking against Syria are contrived and hide a deeper truth, he said. “I think Obama should be impeached for lying to the American public about what’s going on,” Anderson said. The chemical weapons attack in Syria on Aug 21 came after months of civil war between Syrian rebels and the Syrian government, which has
been ruled by the Assad family for more than forty years, according to a BBC report. The current uprising began in March of 2012 after 14 school children were arrested and tortured for writing a well-known slogan of similar uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt on a wall that said “The people want the downfall of the regime,” as stated in the BBC report. A peaceful protest against the children’s
arrest took place in the city of Deraa, and Syrian security forces opened fire into the crowd killing four demonstrators, according to BBC. Within days, the protests in Syria became more violent and unrest spiraled out of control until the Syrian army was dispatched to control the uprising, but instead of stopping demonstrations, the crackdown triggered protests across Syria, according to BBC.
While Heaton thinks the new building and location is beautiful, she recognizes that space is an issue, but Follett Higher Education Services, the company that runs the CNM bookstores, was not involved in planning the new RPM building, she said. Instead Follett was simply told by CNM administration that the bookstore would be
moving to a new location, was given the dimensions of the new space and had to design a layout that worked within the space provided, Heaton said. “CNM’s not in the business of running bookstores. That’s why we’re doing it for them, and we want to make it look pleasant and make sure that foot traffic is flowing and everything, and that’s what our team
in our corporate office does,” she said. Heaton said that she and her team are committed to trying to make sure that students receive the same service that they used to receive at the old location in the Student Services Center, and that she is working with administration to solve storage and student issues. Solutions to these issues will probably not
come until after the first few weeks of the semester are over, which is always the busiest part of the semester, she said. “We just hope that the students will be patient with us. Again, these are all kind of growing pain issues, and we’re trying to figure out what’s working, what’s not working, and what can we do better for the spring term,” she said.
UNM/CNM/Sunport Transit Study
Tell us what you think!
The fifth series of public meetings is scheduled for the UNM/CNM/Sunport Transit Study – working to develop transit, land use, and parking strategies to improve transportation in an area that attracts more than 74,000 people a day! The study area includes UNM North, Central, and South campuses, CNM Main Campus, the Sunport area, and the surrounding neighborhoods. At these meetings we will present the findings of the alternatives analysis, the draft locally preferred alternative, and the next steps for the project. Your participation will help select the preferred alternative and shape the future of this project. x
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, Noon to 1:00 pm UNM Student Union Building, Lobo Room A & B
Wednesday, September 11, Noon to 1:00 pm CNM Student Resource Center, Room 204
Thursday, September 12, 6 pm to 8 pm Loma Linda Community Center, 1700 Yale SE
More information about this project is available at: www.mrcog-nm.gov and www.facebook.com/transitstudy. For questions, please contact Tony Sylvester at (505) 247-1750 or email@example.com. To request Americans with Disabilities Act related accommodations for this meeting, please contact Lesley Maurer with Parsons Brinckerhoff by September 3, 2013 at: (505) 878-6523.
FEATURE Fire Science program heats up student training
8 | The CNM Chronicle
September 3, 2013
Veterans crew, known as VPP1, made up of members who have several certifications and years of experience.
By Martin Montoya Staff Reporter
Teachers and students are fighting blazing fires side by side all thanks to the CNM Fire Science program that offers an array of program concentrations, said Mike Kavanaugh, Fire Science Instructor. Recent graduate Noelle Gabaldon, said she got her associates in two concentrations through the fire science program at CNM, with one in wildland firefighting and the other in structural firefighting. “I owe it to CNM, because I think it is the only school in the state that has this fire science program,” Gabaldon said. With eighteen years of experience fighting wild fires, Brian Henington, Fire Science Instructor, said this will be his fourteenth fall semester teaching at CNM. Henington first got into wildland firefighting for summer employment, as many CNM students in the Fire Science program do, he said. “It’s a very competitive field; the training that CNM provides gives them the advantage over the student that doesn’t try to get an associate’s degree,” said Henington. Kavanaugh said that the Fire Science
curriculum has three different associate concentration programs, and these concentrations show employers that students are ready for a higher or supervisory position. The concentrations students can choose from are wildland and structural firefighting, as well as emergency medical service that is a newly offered focus, added about a year ago, as these three core programs are amongst the most popular fields in fire services, Kavanaugh said. “I think what is good about our program is that our students after one semester with Brian (Henington) are certified wildland firefighters,” Kavanaugh said. All over the country fire fighters have been battling wild fires since May and many are tiring and slowing down, as well as fire crews becoming affected by a common sickness called “Camp Crud,” Henington said. “If one person gets the sickness, the whole crew gets it,” he said. “Camp Crud” is the result of people from all over the country assembling together and working their bodies into the ground for 14 days straight at 16 hours a day, he said. The crew’s immune systems get weak and everyone catches horrendous colds, he said. “To do this you got
to be tough, as you can imagine,” he said. Throughout the fire season, Henington said most of his work was with a fire crew made up of military veterans, two of which are CNM students. Henington’s fire crew was assigned to attack the Tres Lagunas fire that burned near the Pecos River in the Santa Fe national forest, he said. According to nmfireinfo.com the Tres Lagunas fire was caused by a downed
power line that burned 10,219 acres from the end of May to early June of 2013. Having been there within hours of the fire starting, the crew’s first objective was to protect the nearby communities, with the biggest community being Holy Ghost, and had an estimated 100 to 140 summer homes, which some were occupied by residents, he said. Henington said that there was a little over a month of fire activity,
fire, yet he was still able to recruit from the fire line future CNM students. “Several students coming this semester that were not students that I talked to on the fire line are now enrolled in our program,” he said. With the Fire Science program on the rise and getting CNM students trained and into the work force, Henington said that with any one of the big fires that there was anywhere from 30 to 50 current or graduated CNM students. Throughout his career Henington said he has worked for both the State Forestry and the State Land Office. Having several certifications and PHOTOS COURTESY BRIAN HENINGTON years of experience, Henington as Incident Commander would primarily be placed with fires getting big on the fire line, but also very quickly driven by the wind and the impact worked on operations and safety for the veterans of the drought. crew known as, “VPP1.” “If we didn’t get “I was the youngest the moisture we did in July, we would prob- IC in State Forestry’s ably be burning like history at one time, a Idaho is right now, long, long time ago,” they are in pretty bad said Henington. For more inforshape,” he said. mation on the Fire The fire science Science associates proprogram has had many gram go to www.cnm. students throughout its time at CNM and e d u / p r o g r a m s - o f Henington said he ran study/all-programs-ainto many of his stu- z/fire, or call the prodents on the fire line gram director at (505) or at chow during a 224-4207.
PHOTOS COURTESY BRIAN HENINGTON
Tres Lagunas fire was caused by a downed power line that burned 10,219 acres from the end of May to June of 2013.