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CNM renames buildings for donors
By Daniel Montaño Senior Reporter
Advertising saturates many aspects of modern life, and soon CNM will be no different because starting in October corporate names will be attached to many buildings on all campuses, Lisa McCulloch, executive director of the CNM foundation said.
For example, Students will no longer get tutoring or use computers in the Assistance Centers for Education; instead students will be going to the Wells Fargo Assistance Centers for Education, McCulloch said. That is because of the “building community campaign,” a new
fund-raiser launched by the CNM foundation through which the permanent naming rights for buildings are up for sale, she said. “It gives community organizations the opportunity to have their name on something which demonstrates their support for education, and lets the community
Who deals with all this parking? By Martin Montoya Staff Reporter
The goal of the CNM Parking Services is to educate students, faculty and staff about where people can and cannot park, Nicholas Aragon, Parking Ambassador with the CNM Parking Services said. Once a CNM student himself, Gutierrez said he realizes how easily the need overcomes you to find a parking spot in a hurry, and if students just took a few minutes to read the posted signs that could easily help with unwanted citations. “We encourage students, staff and faculty to always look around their surroundings so they know where they are parking,” said Gutierrez. While the Chronicle was out on patrol with parking enforcement, Gutierrez said the enforcement deals with various issues. For instance, “This person is parked in a fire lane,” said Aragon. “Excuse me sir, you are parked in a fire
lane can we please have that clear?” asks Gutierrez of a student. The driver then slowly pulled away from the fire lane to go find a more suitable spot to park and wait. Taking the time to register your vehicle is very beneficial for all that attend CNM and saves time and money for both parking services
and whomever is on the receiving end of the citation, Andrew Gutierrez, Parking Ambassador said. While patrolling the lots Aragon said they are looking for the sticker to be on the lower left corner of the rear window but if drivers do not adhere by that policy and decide to put it on their vehicle see
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know who really cares for CNM,” she said. So far 14 businesses have already snatched up rights for the permanent advertising slots, including Presbyterian Hospitals, Sandia National Labs and French Family Funeral Homes, she said. The Workforce Training Center’s sustainability lab is becoming the PNM Sustainability Lab, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union sponsored the new student mall on Main Campus and Lovelace Health Systems bought the rights to name a nursing facility, she said. “I don’t know of any other higher education institution that’s done this
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Wesley Jackson, Christopher Rhodes and Kaleb Jones excited about gun club achievements.
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try, to the best of our ability, to ensure that they don’t have to drop out,” she said. The foundation felt there wasn’t enough funding for their scholarship programs to give help to every student in need, so they devised a way to entice businesses to make bigger donations, she said. “It’s really working. Lovelace Health Systems has donated $5,000 a year for many years, and they contributed $150,000 to this campaign,” she said. The fundraiser serves to help students — because of the massive funding going into scholarship programs — and the investing businesses, which will receive a permanent billboard that will be seen by the more than see NAMES on page
Shooting club takes aim
By Stacie Armijo
Nicholas Aragon ticketing in the Smith Brasher parking lot .
before, and we are just really grateful for the forward thinking of our leadership and our governing board to give us this opportunity to support more students,” she said. The fundraiser, which is open to businesses, foundations and individuals, has already raised $1 million of the $10 million within three years goal, McCulloch said. One-hundred percent of the money raised will fund programs dedicated to helping students, such as CNM Connect, and scholarships such as the milestone fund and the RUST scholarship, which provides emergency funds for students in need, she said. “The number one reason that students drop out is financial problems, and our roll in that is to
President of the shooting club and Automotive Technician major Wesley Jackson said the shooting club joins together once a month to practice marksmanship and recently competed in Project Appleseed, an event focused on accurate shooting and the historical aspects of gun ownership. The event was held in Raton N.M. on July 14 and 15 and teaches students the fundamentals of sharpshooting, instructor of the Project Appleseed event and Engineering major Kaleb Jones said. Two students from the shooting club won Project Appleseed’s Rifle Man
patch for having excellent marksmanship that is graded on silhouette paper targets, Jones said. “They shoot a lot better from the first day that they have shown up; there is a lot of improvement that happens over the course of two days when these events go on,” Jones said. In order to win the Rifle Man patch students have to receive a marksmanship score of 210 or higher, Jones said. “The maximum score anyone could possibly get is 250 points,” and the highest score Jones has ever seen is 247, he said. Students get tested on how proficient are with their rifle and how well they take instruction, Jones said.
“If they don’t hit anywhere in the silhouette it’s not a score, because they didn’t hit the target in order to access level they are proficient and listened to the instruction, and pretty much accessing the individual on their marksmanship based off the scores they are reading on these targets,” Jones said. On the paper target they are scored by how many shots they hit in the score rings of the paper target, he said. If a shot is not within the score ring then they are not scored for those shots, and Jones said the students shooting skills get much better after the two day event, he said. “The look on their faces is priceless, because they did it,” Jones said. Students can go to www.cnm.edu and do a search of the CNM shooting club in the search box at the top of the right hand corner of the page, he said. “You just hit join (on the linking page) and you will come up in the register, so when we have activates going on it will be see
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Parking Services seems to going above and beyond when it comes to informing new students that a parking permit is required for every lot including the free parking lots with a general permit. But parking enforcement policies and the crackdown on students and faculty have weighed heavy on some who have had to stop parking at CNM at all, find other forms of transportation, such as biking or taking public transit, or in some cases stop attending school because the costs and inconvenience of parking in free general lots. Some students who buy paid parking permits for certain lots every semester have complained of still being cited with tickets when their permits were clearly visible from outside of their vehicles. Students who have to deal with this dilemma have to go through an appeals process that puts a hold on their account, and can jeopardize their success here at school especially if a ticket was given at the end of the semester. Students could have a variety of things happen, from not being able to register for classes to not being able to get financial aid while waiting on the appeals process that could take up to a month or two to be resolved. Sometimes the appeal does not favor the recipient if sufficient evidence has not been provided to show that a permit was in place when a ticket was issued. Some students also take advantage of the parking system, not getting any permits at all including just the general permit, and accumulate tickets throughout the semester without any intentions of paying their fines. This backs
up the appeals process causing students that bother to follow the parking rules to have to wait to get their issues resolved. Some faculty also feel that as instructors and tutors they deserve to be able to have a faculty parking area, or to at least be able to have access to parking permits before the semester. If faculty members do not have the means to pay the $43 fee before the semester, most have to wait for their first checks that arrive weeks after school starts, and by that time all paid lots are completely sold out, leaving teachers in the same lurch as students. Some teachers end up being late to their own classes because they have to circle the lots alongside their own students. Instructors and tutors, whether full, part-time, or volunteers, deserve to have their own area to park, and not be treated as if they don’t matter more than the students, because they do. The dedication and tolerance of these great people enrich our lives with knowledge every day, and they deserve a little more respect than they have been given as educators and as the foundation of what CNM really should be about, which is the education of students. Parking enforcement needs to take notice and be more aware of who is really out there in the lots following the rules and who is not. The Chronicle knows that Parking Enforcement’s job is a hard one to say the least while dealing with irate students, thefts, and blatant disregard for the parking rules, but they also need to take into consideration the people that do bother to pay their permits and still get ticketed.
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state that the problem was beyond their control. As a group, volunteer tutors tend to be older individuals who may have difficulty walking long distances and climbing stairs and hills. In my case, as a 72 year old cancer patient, I find it difficult to play dodge the cars while crossing University Blvd. and climbing the stairs from the main lot near the Student Resource Center can be tiring. For a while after the decision to stop providing parking spaces, I tried cruising the general parking areas looking for a space and then making the trek to the LC. I reluctantly came to the conclusion that after nine fulfilling years as a volunteer tutor at CNMCC, I would have to end my association with this institution that had such little regard for my contribution. I have since found other means for continuing to tutor Physics and Mathematics where my work is appreciated. The tragic aspect of this problem is that it is completely unnecessary. Parking Services could issue
parking passes for volunteer tutors to use empty spaces in paid lots adjacent to the Learning Center. I have surveyed these lots and there are plenty of empty spaces at all times of the day. By ignoring the plight of volunteer tutors the administration of CNMCC has shown how little value they place on the contributions of community members who generously donate their time to make CNMCC a better institution. State government is placing increasing emphasis on improved graduation rates and it would seem that CNMCC would do more, not less to accommodate the volunteer tutors who help students graduate. I hope that by bringing the volunteer parking issue to the attention of the CNMCC community, someone will step forward and correct the situation.
The administration of the Central New Mexico Community College, (CNMCC), does not appreciate the contribution made by volunteer tutors. This lack of regard is demonstrated by the fact that Parking Services has cancelled parking privileges for volunteers at lots near the Learning Center, (LC). This action is arbitrary and unnecessary as there are ample spaces near the LC for the few volunteers who are on the Main Campus at any given time. CNMCC provides outstanding support for students. At the Learning Center students have access to a staff of paid tutors who supplement the student’s classroom experience. Volunteer tutors also work with members of the Albuquerque community who may need remedial work to improve their language skills and to correct deficienYours truly, cies in their secondary education before William S. Kehrer, enrolling in CNMCC classes. Previous Volunteer Tutor For many years CNMCC had provided approximately six reserved volunteer tutor parking spaces in a lot on the North side of Coal Avenue E d i t o r i a l C a r t o o n b y N i c k S t e r n immediately west of the South/ Records and Property Control Going once... buildings. During construction of the new LC and the renovation Going twice... of Jeanette Stromberg Hall, the And the Student reserved volunteer parking spaces Health Center is SOLD were eliminated. Parking Services to McDonalds! then provided passes for volunteers to use in the Ted Chavez, TC, lot and later in the Physical Plant, PPD, lot. About two years ago Parking Services ceased issuing passes for volunteers to use in these lots. This action was simply an exercise of bureaucratic power. The result is that volunteer tutors must find parking in the general lots which are remote from the LC. Sadly when I Pricing brought this situation to the attention of my supervisor, I received no support. The response was to write a memo about the situation and to
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OPINION Local Band Spotlight
September 10, 2013
The Howlin’ Wolves
By Jonathan Baca Staff Reporter
Something is howling in the night, and it is on its way to a stage near you. Former students Tyler Pilette and Emilio Sathanas make up the Albuquerque drum and guitar duo The Howlin’ Wolves, and any given night their stripped down, high energy brand of rock n’ roll can be heard echoing down the city streets to the delight of audiences all over the Duke City. “It’s a big ferocious sound; primal, simple rhythms. There’s nothing complicated about it,” said Sathanas. Rising from the ashes of their last band, RedRum, Pilette and Sathanas decided to keep it simple this time around and play honest, headbanging rock as a power duo, Pilette said. Pilette, who had played mostly bass in the past, switched to guitar, and for the first time took up vocals, he said. The duo has been performing steadily at bars and house parties all over the city for a little more than a year, and has now developed a loyal following, said fan Emily Stixrud. “I can’t not move at their shows; I’m always exhausted by the end,” said Stixrud. From the start, audiences responded to their high energy performances and musical chops, said Sathanas. “Every show we’ve played, the people have had nothing but good things to say about us,” he said. The duo started playing music together in high school, and have been a part of many bands, both separately and together, Pilette said. Both bandmates feel that all their past experiences have led them to this project and that as musicians are finally doing what they really want, he said. “Other bands felt like it was somebody else’s project. This time it really feels like this is my band,” Pilette said. The two are incredibly dedicated, rehearsing as often as possible, which has led to
extremely tight performances, said Sathanas. “When we’re practicing, we don’t really have to talk. The music just talks for us,” he said. Pilette agrees, and he thinks the duo’s work ethic is one thing that has set them apart. “We’re doing things the hard way, which I think is the good way. We have very high standards for ourselves,” Pilette said. Playing with only two members does have its challenges, Pilette and Sathanas said. Singing and playing guitar at the same time took some practice, and performing with one guitar could be limiting, Pilette said. He came up with a creative solution to these problems, using a looping pedal when playing live, he said. With the pedal, Pilette could play a rhythm guitar part, record it, and loop it so that it continued to play, all without taking his hands off his guitar, he said. This freed him up to play a guitar solo, lay down a bass line, or simply to put down his guitar, pick up the microphone, and run around the stage or into the audience, which he said figuring it out was a process of trial and error. “It’s fun. It’s a toy as much as a tool,” Pilette said. This helped The Wolves give a more dynamic performance, something both said sets them apart from other local bands. “When you go to a show, you want to see a
They have made connections with bands from all over the country who have invited them to come play in their home towns, Pilette said. The band has opened for national touring musicians such as the Russian rockabilly band Red Elvises, and MF Ruckus a Portland rock band, according to the Howlin’ Wolves facebook page. The two eventually plan to relocate to a bigger city with a larger music scene, where this band can hopefully quit their day jobs and take their music to the next level, Pilette and Sathanas said. “Albuquerque is our home base. We’ve gotten to know everyone, and there’s a lot of love there, but it can be kind of rough in this town,” Pilette said. Whatever happens in the future, the Wolves have no plans to slow down any time soon. “We’re not going to stop. It’s too late, we’re in it; look out, The Howlin’ Wolves are coming to a town near you,” Sathanas said. PHOTOS BY JONATHAN BACA For upcoming shows, Guitarist for The Howlin’ Wolves Tyler Pilette plays with his bandmates. check out The Howlin’ Wolves at facebook.com/ performance. Otherwise with Tyler. I can’t already have plans to do howlinwolvesmusic. it’s like, I could’ve just slack off,” he said. more recording, he said. stayed home and listened The two have been to the record,” Pilette said. just as busy in the studio, Pilette is not the only and are finishing up one who animates the work on thirty songs, stage. Sathanas has been which the band plans to called a “manimal” on the release simultaneously drums, with his wild solos, on three records, titled rock-steady rhythms, and Werewolf, Therewolf and wild flowing hair, which Hear Wolves, Pilette said. he violently flings around Pilette said throughout the show, The Wolves have Pilette said. big plans for the future, “Drums are the Pilette said. They hope to only thing I’m good tour this winter to supat,” said Sathanas. port their new albums, “I’ve got to keep up and amazingly, the two
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STUDENT LIFE Keeping your book buying options open
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September 10, 2013
By Daniel Montaño Senior Reporter
In the wake of a turbulent semester opening at the new main campus bookstore, some students have said they are looking for options that can save time and, sometimes more importantly, money when buying textbooks. Jacob Lujan, Digital Media major, said that he now shops for his books online, usually at amazon. com, because his books have been significantly cheaper and he does not have to wait in a long line, but when he was receiving financial aid he would only go through the CNM bookstores because he could use financial aid deferment to avoid paying for his books out of pocket. “It’s usually a lot better online. You don’t have to stand in that line or deal with the chaos in that place.” he said. Jasper Newman, manager of the aptly named Campus Bookstore located at 2720 Central Ave SE, said he thinks that the key to
keeping book prices low is having more than one place to go to buy texts. It is business 101: when customers have options, businesses have to compete for those customers and prices are driven down, Newman said. “When you just go into that on-campus bookstore with tunnel vision, you’re narrowing the competitive advantage that other locations have, and they can keep charging more,” Newman said. Newman said that students on financial aid don’t need to feel bound to the bookstore on campus because his store offers a plan where students can get books and do not have to pay until after they get their financial aid checks. “Treat your financial aid as if that’s a paycheck coming to you. Do everything in your power to preserve it, because I think the idea now is that the campus wants to hold your money for up to a month to see how many times they can get you
to swipe it in their loca- see in the bookstore on they need and plan ahead, Despite having a reption,” Newman said. campus,” Hensley said. Koger said. utation for steep prices, Beside offering payAshley Koger, “I always buy online. CNM’s bookstores can ment deferment, Campus Nutrition major, has I’ve found that’s always save students money if Bookstore on Central made use of multiple the least expensive way students take the time avenue and Vassar Drive websites to buy her to go in terms of books. to weigh the options of finds out what textbooks books, and said that she You have to wait for buying a new book versus will be required at CNM saves 75 percent com- them, but I’m willing to buying a used book or in upcoming semesters pared to the bookstore wait,” Koger said. renting, Heaton said. and offers those books for when using websites The team at Follet — “We saved CNM stuless than CNM bookstores, like chegg.com, text- the company that owns dents in 2012 over $3 miland will even price match books.com, abebooks. and operates CNM’s book- lion by offering used books, websites like amazon.com, com, valorebooks.com store — do offer ways to rental books, digital books Newman said. and even eBay, she said. make buying books easier, and so forth,” Heaton said. Larry Hensley, It can be easy to find Regional Director of the Renting is one of the President of M & L savings if students take the CNM bookstores, Ann best ways to maximize University Bookstore time to research the books Heaton said. see BOOKSTORE on page 7 located at 1916 Central Ave SE, said Local Independent textbook stores: that his store also does the research to find and stock the required textbooks Local Options Online Options: for upcoming semes- • Campus Bookstore • Campusbooks.com ters, but does not 2720 Central Ave SE, 255-1114 Searches online bookstores and have a deferment plan Offers financial aid deferment finds the lowest price offered available, he said. New, used, rentals and buy-back M & L’s books • Amazon.com usually run $50 – • M & L University save up to 90% on new, used and $100 cheaper than the 1916 Central Ave SE, 503-8193 rental texts same titles offered at New, used and buy-back the CNM bookstores and they will price Check out thecnmchronicle.wordpress.com for more online options match any websites, Check out thecnmchronicle.wordpress.com for more online options Hensley said. “The price online is the true price of a book, not what you
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bumper or dash board, parking services will take the time to look for the location of the permit, said Aragon. “As long as they have it we are happy and move on to the next,” he said. The same goes for paid parking applicants who have placards that hang from the rear view mirror, if it is not seen parking services will make their best attempt at trying to spot one that has possibly fallen within the vehicle, if found they will leave a warning nicely asking to place permit properly in view, said Aragon.
spots on all CNM campuses and investments of more than $100,000 dollars “receive prominent signage” at the venue of the investors choosing. McCulloch said that the sponsorships are of a physical space only, meaning they will not
impact the way that the college is run. “But I hope in years to come we will have an impact on students being able to complete their degree and find a job that supports themselves and their family that’s meaningful,” she said.
The CNM foundation was established over 20 years ago by the college as a not-for-profit organization that is separate from the college itself, and is governed by 75 board members from Albuquerque businesses as well as community leaders,
McCulloch said. The foundation strives to make sure that no students are deprived an education because of a lack of financial resources, so this fundraiser–while unorthodox–reflects the foundations general goals, she said. “We typically
raise three to four million dollars per year, 100 percent of it to support students,” she said.
“A lot of it is just being real polite about things and educating the people,” said Aragon. Criminal Justice Major, Kapaya Lukusa had no idea his parking permit was expired and spoke with parking services about what he can do on the issue. “I got lucky I got here in time, I got the info right here, I got to go take care of business,” said Lukusa. Gutierrez said fall term at CNM has the highest enrollment and for the first week of class a grace period is given to students to learn the system and obtain a parking permit. “This fall has run really smoothly as far as
everyone getting their permits,” he said. However the grace period does not include the paid lots for the fact that some students do pay well in advance for this specific lot and they want to be able to park there, said Aragon. CNM offers free parking in all general lots and students can take four or five minutes to log on to myCNM and input their vehicle information, hit submit and pick up the current general parking permit from the activities office, said Gutierrez. “We are doing everything we can to help students get the required information,” said Gutierrez.
Paid parking permits are $43 a semester which beats the chance of paying $10 every time you might park in general with no permit or $20 for every time you might park in a paid lot without a paid permit, said Aragon. “The lots that sell out the fastest are the JS lot and the central lot,” Aragon said. Each parking lot is labeled on both the entrance and exit with the lot name and whether it is a paid or a general lot, and the BMX parking lot has a new big sign saying it is a general parking lot for CNM, said Gutierrez. “Its good people are learning about this lot,
it has been pretty full lately,” said Aragon. CNM does have overflow lots which belong to both the Isotopes and UNM, students and faculty are able to use the parking lot at the baseball stadium and the west lot at the football stadium with a general parking permit, said Aragon. Based out of main campus, Parking Services is made up of three parking ambassadors and two student work studies whom cover all CNM campuses and are usually in the field six hours out of an eight hour work day patrolling the lots, said Aragon. “It is a big school it is a lot of cars to go through,” said Gutierrez.
To get a job with Parking Services you have to have a minimum of two years customer service and be able to deal with a diverse population of students, said Aragon. “Customer service and your attitude play a big part in this job,” Aragon said. Parking Services patrol the lots and enforce the rules Monday through Friday until 4:30 p.m. when all lots are open for parking, said Gutierrez. “At the rate CNM is growing this is a big job and we just have to take it one parking lot at a time,” said Aragon.
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Appleseed event for marksmanship is held six times a year, he said. sent out to all new memMembers of the bers,” he said. shooting club use their This meet is federally own personal firearms recognized. The Project for events and for their
monthly meeting which is normally held at Calibers shooting range, he said. “The gun club has been around for nine years,” although it has only been really active
for the past two or three years, he said. In the shooting club, instructors teach firearm safety first and foremost with students using personal fire arms, and are
being taught how to safely become better marksmen, Jones said. “A lot of people see guns as a very negative thing and what people don’t understand is that
what we want is for people to know that firearms are only harmful in the wrongs hands,” Jones said.
new books, the buyback at the end of the semester is never guaranteed, Heaton said. “The rental program, students need to remember, that’s going to save them money up front. They’re potentially saving
up to 50 percent right out of the shoot, right out of their pocket, right then and there,” she said. Follett is also offering a new service called Endless Aisle, which allows students to order almost any item they
could need for school, even if it isn’t physically available in CNM’s store, or even normally offered by Follett at all, Heaton said. “We have partnered with other third party vendors out there to
provide students with basically everything that is essential to succeed in school,” she said. Shopping online with the CNM bookstores is another way to save time when looking for books because financial
aid deferment can still be used through the bookstores website, and students can avoid long lines by having those books shipped directly to the student’s house for a flat fee of $7.50, Heaton said.
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September 10, 2013
CNM Speaks: Where performance and creativity meet Nick Stern Staff Reporter
CNM Speaks, an open microphone event focused on poetry and spoken word, is being held at Main Campus at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 12, English Instructor for the School of Adult and General Education, Kathy Arellano said. CNM Speaks is for students, faculty, staff, and community members to come hear poetry and spoken word, and is also for people to share their own works.
The event will be in the Student Resource Center and will feature two local poets, Manuel Gonzalez and Demetria Martinez, Arellano said. Anyone can show up for the event including students in the writing club, students in creative writing courses, or even students in Applied Technologies or Health and Wellness programs that do not have time to take creative writing courses, she said. Having this event really gives students the outlet to be creative
and express that creativity, she said. Even though it is mainly a poetry and spoken word event, Arellano is open to people who show up wanting to perform music and would really love to have someone sing or dance as well, she said. The event has seen students, faculty, staff, UNM students, and even people visiting from other countries and cities perform on the open microphone, Arellano said. “I just ask students to come out to the event. The ones who
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Demetria Martinez, author of ‘The Block Captain’s Daughter,’ will be one of two guest speakers at CNM Speaks.
have come, have really enjoyed it and I think if people give it a chance they will really enjoy it as well. Please tell a friend and bring a friend,” Arellano said. Arellano’s students taking the developmental English course generally do not get to express themselves creatively because it does not fit the course curriculum, but the event gives students that creative outlet, she said. “The benefit to me is to give a chance for students to express themselves outside of the classroom. My students are not taking creative writing and it is a long time before they have the chance to, if at all. I noticed my students were creative and they wanted to express that and that is what gave me the idea to start CNM Speaks,” Arellano said. Manuel Gonzales is a great performer and poet who teaches poetry and self-expression workshops and has represented Albuquerque by performing with the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team, according to the CNM Speaks event flyer. D e m e t r i a Martinez, an awardwinning writer and activist, said that at the event she will be reading fiction from her novella, ‘The Block Captain’s Daughter.’ The book is about five activists living in Albuquerque and how
their attempt to change the world changes their own lives in the process, Martinez said. “The book is really about transformationpolitically and personally,” she said. One of the biggest events that made Martinez who she is today-politically and as a writer was a federal indictment 26 years ago, when Martinez was charged with conspiracy against the United States Government in connection with smuggling Salvadorian refugees into the country along with a Lutheran minister, she said. Martinez was invited by the minister to take a trip to the U.S. and Mexican border where he brought two Salvadorian women, and that she was a religion reporter at the time who went along to cover the Sanctuary Movement, which was a faith based movement to aid refugees fleeing their home as a direct cause of U.S. policy in those countries, she said. In the end Martinez was found not guilty on grounds of the first amendment, Martinez said. “The Lutheran minister was found not guilty as well because Governor Toney Anaya had declared New Mexico a sanctuary state for refugees fleeing Central America which was a huge courageous thing for him to do,” she said.
Her very first novel, ‘Mother Tongue,’ was born out of the experience and it won the Western States Book Award for Fiction. The border and Central America have been important aspects of her work and her father, Ted Martinez, the former president of TVI, goes to the border on rescue missions looking for immigrants who are dying from starvation and dehydration, Martinez said, and according to ‘Bridging Borders,’ a story covered in issue 5 of the Chronicle. “So it is kind of a family fascination,” Martinez said. Martinez believes it is extraordinarily important for people to be able to show their art and themselves through selfexpression, whether it is a painting or a poem, people learn to develop their own vision of the world, and unless an individual has his or her own personal vision, they will never be able to give something original to others, Martinez said. Martinez’s advice to student is to “Make writing a habit, something you get addicted to; read really good writers, don’t get discouraged, and feel good about what you do because it is important. Writers are visionaries and help all of us think about ourselves and society.”
CNM Speaks WHEN: September 12th 3 p.m. WHERE: Main Campus, SRC WHO: Guestspeakerswillinclude local poets Manuel Gonzalez and Demetria Martinez