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Funding limits available work study positions at CNM

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There is a hiring freeze at CNM because the funding limit of 300 work positions that are offered were filled at the end of August, said Senior Director of Financial Aid, Lee Carrillo. “Unfortunately, the allocations have gotten a little bit smaller and the pay has gone up, if you’re paying students more but you’re getting less money then things are going to get tighter as far as positions are concerned, and that’s kind of what we’ve ran into right now,” said Associate Director of Financial Aid, Joseph Ryan. Students get paid the minimum wage in Albuquerque, which is $8.60, he said. The hiring limit is because there is a certain amount of money that can be spent, Ryan said. The award given to CNM is divided into an amount that allows for roughly 300 students to be hired as work studies, he said. “I think we have a little bit higher than what the calculation might actually kick out, because we know some students don’t work all 40 hours every single two weeks, some students take a week off or only work 10 hours a week,” Ryan said. There are funds coming in from the federal government, from the state government, and from CNM, Ryan said. The specific amounts from each are 1.312 million from state, 690 thousand from federal, and 600 thousand from CNM for the 2014-2015 school year, Ryan said. “The total state and federal funding includes a match that CNM has to make for those funds, 20% for state and 25% for federal,” he said. In the totals above 20% of the state total is comprised of CNM funds and 25% of the federal total is comprised of CNM funds, he said. New positions will not be available until the spring but for this term there is no waiting list, Carrillo said.

“There is no one waiting to be hired, we’re glad that we were able to provide these workstudy positions to 300 of our students,” he said. Eloy Chavez, Student Employee at Job Connection Services said that students constantly go into the office to ask for work study employment. Some students get upset and do not understand, he said, but most realize that just like with jobs outside the school, jobs at CNM are hard to get. “I continue to help them get their resume started and their application, everything, and when December 11 starts, hit the pavement,” he said. This is because December 11 is when employment is going to open up again, he said. Job postings will be available December 1, he said. However, the employers will not be hiring until next semester, said Amanda Rubio, Supervisor of the Student Employees for Job Connection Services. “For individuals without a job that’s a long time not to be working so it’s really hard on me to have to turn people down but also hard on me being where I can’t hire a student employee, I do have an open position and I’m not able to hire,” she said. At Job Connection Services, they assist students and graduates with applying for jobs, Rubio said, and currently they have to turn down a lot of people primarily looking for student employment jobs. She tells the students that there might still be something outside of CNM, she said, but they are not having any of it. “They’re looking for a job here on campus for the convenience. They know a lot of employers out there won’t work with the school schedule, so they’re looking for the flexibility that you’re pretty much guaranteed to have with a student employee position,” she said.

Her colleagues and other employers also find themselves with job openings and inability to hire anybody, she said, they are dependent on student employees to get things done, and without them it hinders their job. Most people think it is Job Connection Services who control student employment because they are the ones having to turn students down but it is dependent on the funds that financial aid has, she said. “It’s all government funded, and there’s only so much funds to go around, so the students that do qualify for student employment should start looking right away to find a job, because if they procrastinate then their chances of finding a job will go down,” Chavez said. FAFSA bases its work study qualifying methods largely on low-income criteria and that helps CNM identify who is eligible for work study, Carrillo said. “Being qualified for work-study allows students to become eligible for work-study positions. Students are selected based largely on who has the greatest needs based on the lowincome criteria,” Carrillo said. Qualifying them does not mean that there is funds to pay them, he said. “CNM needs to make sure there are enough students eligible for the positions in order to fill the maximum number of positions within the funding limits,” he said. Work-study is a form of financial aid and it is a part-time job for students on campus, Ryan said, to help them cover the expenses that come with being a student. Students work up to 20 hours a week and no more than 40 hours every two weeks, he said.

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Current students qualify for a free general parking pass and AbqRide bus pass. Name, schedule, and student ID number are required. Main Campus, SSC111, MondayFriday 8am-5pm Montoya Campus, TW207, or Westside Campus, WSII-104, 8:00am-12:30pm/1:30pm-5:00pm The South Valley Campus (Admissions Office) and Applied Technology Complex (Front reception desk) can also provide the bus pass to the CNM community. For a general parking pass, vehicle and drivers license information must be provided. To register your vehicle, log in to myCNM and follow links from the “transportation” section. The passes can then be obtained at the Main campus Student Activities Office.

The weekly study session for any chemistry subject. Meet people and get your homework done at the same time! We always have free coffee and snacks. Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Main Campus JS Hall, Room 301 Contact Tim Torress at for more information

‘The Mystery of Irma Vep’ will be playing at The Vortex Theater new location at 2900 Carlisle. A hilarious spoof on supernatural creatures by former CNM student Bryan Lambe, and directed by Susan Erickson, a CNM theater instructor. Showing Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. from October 10 to 25, with the final week feature will run on the Thursday, October 30, at 7:30 and two special Halloween performances on October 31 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 for general admission and $15 with student ID. Reserve or purchased online at or call 505-247-8600.

Mindfulness at CNM The film “The Mindfulness Movie” will be showing on Friday, Septermber 12 at 12 p.m.1:30 p.m. in SB 100. This is a free event as a kick off to starting to create a ‘CNM Mindful Community’.

Student Planning to Attend Graduation Ceremony? Don’t Forget to Submit Grad Application If you are planning to participate in the Fall 2014 Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, December 06, 2014 at Tingley Coliseum, don’t forget that you must submit a graduation application for your degree or certificate by Friday, October 17, 2014 by 5 p.m. For specific instructions on how to complete the graduation application process, log on to myCNM, and click on the “Students” tab at the top of the page. Then, in the Graduation and Change/Update Your Major channel on the right of the page, click on “Your Guide to Graduation.” Follow the instructions on this page to complete your graduation application.

The Executive Council of Students

The Executive Council of Students (ECOS) is looking for new students to join the CNM student government this semester. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, be enrolled for at least 3 credit hours, have a letter of recommendation, and be willing to be an active student in the CNM community. The Chile Festival For more information or to apply to ECOS students can pick up an application in the Passion Church is celebrating this years Student Services building in room 201, student Chile Festival, featuring roasted chile, New life office of Main campus. Mexican food and games for children. Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 5528 Join Physics League Eubank NE. Go to for more The CNM Physics League is a chartered information. student organization with a goal of supporting physics students. Big Love Physics league meets every Saturday in JS301 at Main Campus from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. The play follows 50 brides who arrive at a with the Math League. villa on the Italian coast, seeking refuge from Physic League Officers: their 50 grooms-to-be. The play follows 50 President- Chris Bryer at brides who arrive at a villa on the Italian coast, Secretary- Bobi Drummond at seeking refuge from their 50 grooms-to-be. Playing at the Tricklock Performance Laboratory at 110 Gold SW. September 25 CNM Shooting Club September 27 and October 2 - October 4 8 p.m. The CNM Shooting Club is accepting Tickets are $18-$20. Go to for new members and has openings for board more information. members. If you are interested please contact the Faculty Advisor of the Club, Dr. Lisa M. Orick-Martinez at LISAO@CNM.EDU or 224-4000 X50062

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“The Voice of Slavery” By Donald Seals

“My Sorrows, My Pain” By Donald Seals

I once was a slave, but I’ll never be one again, because ive learned how to think, and be proud of the color of my skin.

I’m tired of felling sorry for myself, because it causes me nothing but pain, and even when the sun is shining all I feel is the cold chills of the rain.

I can remember the times when I walked with my head towards the ground, and I jumped with fear at every little sound You never really knew me, so you didn’t know I had a brain inside and now you wonder why I’m so successful, it’s because of the 400 years of thinking I always had to hide. I can’t even explain to you what 400 years of pain has done to me, but I can tell you a million stories of how good it feels to be free. I don’t feel hate towards you, because you were a slave inside of yourself, So all the times you beat me was because you didn’t know how to ask me for help.

The emptiness inside me has become like the darkened skies of the night because I had given up on myself, and I couldn’t see any Hope in sight. I walked around with the pain of failure living deep inside me, and even when help came my way it was almost impossible for me to see. My life had created its own pain and sorrow, and the emptiness inside me hurt so bad I diddn’t care about my tomorrows. But those times are now gone, and hope has come my way, because I’ve found faith in myself that helps me to Succeed Day after Day

I always use to wonder if I would be better off inside of a grave, Because I suffered the pains of death everyday that I was a slave. But I never gave up, and I continued to help build this land, and now everyone calls me Mr. President, and exslave, and a Black Man.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is about two newly engaged college age people, Janet Weiss and Brad Majors who go to a nearby castle to ask for help after their car breaks down, said Rocky Horror New Mexico Director, Tim Coggins. “They get sucked into a bit of a whirlwind of sexual promiscuity, aliens, and it really tests the two main characters Brad and Janet’s resolve as normal people,” he said. Janet is an innocent girl, who while staying at the castle experiences weird things, said Melanie Gruber. “She ends up turning into a slut for many different reasons. She was a virgin when she got there and she ended up sleeping with two people in that castle in one night,” she said. Rocky Horror is a creation by the transvestite and he is very illiterate, she said. According to, the transvestite is a mad scientist named Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who creates the perfect life form for himself to have as a sexual toy. Other characters in the castle are servants Riff Raff and Magenta, a groupie named Columbia, the ex-delivery boy Eddie, a rival scientist Dr. Everett V. Scott, and an expert and narrator The Criminologist. The night of each production starts with a pre-show where the rules are introduced and they kind of play around with the audience, said Coggins. Those who have never seen the show before are called virgins and they are all gathered up right before the show, he said.

“They are basically some sort of uncomfort of cereal out of someo times they are forced t are sexual innuendo,” h This is called the v just a way to loosen u little raunchy, he said. They are a shadow act out the entire movie plays on a screen behind “We also have a g Trannys and they are th act with the audience, that have become class Rocky Horror has been “We pride ourselv screen accurate, we tumes as close to the actually sing and recite the dancing, we perfor there is multiple costu Rocky Horror New 2010 by Teresa Ewers Mexico producer Dus Rocky Horror back to N It had been ten ye mance of the show anyw Their official nam Mexico, but they are m as The Hotdogs, he sai “It’s a reference to th the movie where the m N-Furter is called a ho members as an offensive was kind of funny and f


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y mocked or made to do table task like eating a cup one else’s pants or someto eat bananas since they he said. virgin sacrifice and it is p the audience and be a . w cast, which means they e on a stage while the film d them, Coggins said. roup referred to as the he party goers, they inter, they do the call backs sic over the 40 years that n a film,” he said. ves in being extremely try and make our cosfilm as possible, we do e all the lines, we do all rm a full floor show, and ume changes,” he said. w Mexico was started in and Rocky Horror New stin Martinez, to bring New Mexico, Coggins said. ears since the last perforwhere in the state, he said. me is Rocky Horror New more commonly known id. he movie, there’s a line in main character Dr. Frankotdog by supporting cast e term and we thought it fitting,” he said.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is presented once a month, every fourth Saturday of the month, Coggins said. September’s show will be of Guest Performer theme, he said. It will be at the Aux Dog Theatre on Sept. 27 and will start at 10:00 pm. Other themes have included Back to School Night and in the Gender Bender themed show that they do every June or July, men play female roles and women play male roles, he said. “But in October we’ll have multiple shows, two up in Santa Fe and two in town at the Guild Cinema,” he said. These will be on Oct. 24, 25, and 31 and will include a Nov. 1 show. Tickets are only $10 except for the Halloween shows, those are $15, Coggins said, and they ask that the audience be of an appropriate age to watch an R rated film. “We always sell prop bags which allow our audience to interact with the show by utilizing the props like cards, and rubber gloves, we have noise makers for you to use, we have all kinds of different props, those are for $3 - $5,” he said. As a tradition, everyone at Rocky Horror New Mexico usually walks around Nob Hill on the Friday before the show to advertise, he said. Their next audition will be the first Tuesday in December, and they usually have auditions to join the cast the Tuesday after the performance, he said, and they do not allow anyone bellow the age of 18 to join the cast.


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Cast of Rocky Horror New Mexico, during the song ‘Sweet Transvestite’.


Cast of Rocky Horror New Mexico doing a floor show.

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This story was submitted by a CNM student expressing their opinions on the situation with the gates by Roosevelt Park, and those of the individual writer and do not necessarily represent the beliefs of The CNM Chronicle or its staff. If you want to submit a short story, poem, cartoon, or other works, send them to - Subject to editing for space.

Locked out: Another inconvenience for the pedestrian Additionally, entry-ways to supermarkets and shops are specifically designed for Guest Writer vehicles, though, this is not the case for Across the board, let’s all agree Albuquerque. Unlike the state of California that Albuquerque is not a walkable city. and others, New Mexico does not have a Finding benches on sidewalks is as uncom- law called “The Pedestrian Right-of-Way;” mon as a vehicle yielding to a pedestrian. this law states that as soon as a pedestrian steps into a crosswalk, all cars must yield to the person walking. Additionally, this law can also protects those pedestrians crossing roadways without crosswalks. In contrast to the city of Albuquerque, it can often be expected that junior colleges and universities are designed for people on foot. Unfortunately, CNM is not in this category and anyone who has walked the very dim lit area between the TC trailers and SSC parking lot know exactly what this means. The gate access between Roosevelt Park and Smith Brasher Hall is no longer accessible. I am invested in this issue because the gate eased my walking commute to and from campus and my apartment. After noticing the gate being locked for a couple of days straight, I rang the Security PHOTO BY ADDRIENNE WEBB Office on Main Campus to Gate between Roosevelt park and CNM. inquire. After being transferred

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a couple of times, I was finally able to talk to the person responsible for making the decision to close the gate: William Duran, the Chief of Security at Main Campus. Through our discussion, I was informed that other faculty/students had contacted him about the issue. Furthermore, he informed me that the idea of locking the gate has been a topic of PHOTO BY ADDRIENNE WEBB discussion for Parking on Hazeldine road. years now and he took it upon the road that is parallel to SB and adjacent himself to close the gate indefinitely. I to Coal Avenue. Unfortunately, the right inquired about why suddenly the gate is side of Hazeldine rd. has no sidewalk and being locked and he stated that it’s due is usually crowded with parked cars. to “regulations.” The specifics of why the Would you like to inquire about gate was being closed was not divulged the gate closure and voice your opinto me. In suggesting an alternative route, ion? Please contact the Chief of Security, Mr. Duran said I could walk on Hazeldine, William Duran at (505) 224-4639.

The Chronicle staff has located the following information on New Mexico State Statue: State Statue (66-7-334 NMSA 1978) - Pedestrians have the right-of-way when crossing a street within a crosswalk: As long as the pedestrian does not suddenly leave the curb and get in the path of a vehicle that does not have time to react and stop; And only for the half of the roadway that they are actually on. (Vehicles on the other side do not have to yield until the pedestrian is close enough to be in danger). For more information on state statutes visit


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Letter to the editor This letter was submitted by a CNM student expressing their opinions on foriegn policy in the Middle East are those of the individual writer and do not necessarily represent the beliefs of the CNM Chronicle or its staff.

Mid-Eastern Foreign Policy Flaws Dear Editor: I am sure we all are concerned about the crises that are occurring in the Ukraine and in the Middle East as these seem to be our major flash-points for a future major war unless we can defuse them ASAP. This letter deals primarily with Israel vs. the Palestinians and, to a lesser extent the rift between secular Arabs and moderate Muslims vs. the religious fanatical brand. A well-thought out article in the latest PROGRESSIVE magazine (Author unnamed; September, 2008) sets forth how the growth of religious fanaticism on all sides: the new ISIS (Iraq and Syria); orthodox hardline Jews in Israeli who have taken over that country’s armed forces and government; hardline Christian Neo-Conservative fundamentalists in the U.S.; etc. increases the danger of the current conflict spilling over into outright world war. One of the biggest ironies in this story is that Israel, despite its stronger democratic values for Israeli citizens, has had foreign policy relationships since 1948 that contradict its once cosmopolitan progressive Judaic western values. It supported Apartheid South Africa that also came to power in May or June of 1948 despite the fact that several whites in South Africa still had the same pathological hatred against Jews as they did against non-white people. Several white South Africans before and during the Second World War openly supported Hitler despite South Africa’s alliance with the British. Israel also supported the violently anti-Semitic Galitieri regime in Argentina prior to its 1982 overthrow

following the Falklands War. Indeed, one of the Argentine dictatorship’s chief victims, a Jewish person named Jacob Timmerman who described his ordeal in PRISONER WITHOUT A NAME; CELL WITHOUT A NUMBER, came down very harshly on Israel’s practice of siding with anti-Semitic and other repressive rulers over the world. The hardliners in Israel falsely accused Timmerman of being antiIsraeli, a charge that Timmerman indignantly denied. In addition, Israel along with some other western powers, helped mass Ugandan murder Idi Amin come to power when they trained him and his army how to kill and torture their enemies more effectively. As long as Amin confined his victims to black leftists, Israel never protested. Not until Amin made the mistake during the 1972 Olympics in Munich of killing several Israeli athletes did Israel and the rest of the West started yelling, “bloody murder,” against Amin. Israeli soldiers are divided among themselves about whether or not to serve in Gaza instead of only inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders. Several have risked courts-martial and prison for their refusal to serve in Gaza. Also, allegations that Israeli soldiers may have received orders to use Palestinian civilians (including children of both genders) and unarmed POW’s as human shields is very disturbing. Additional allegations that the Israeli military command is killing its own Israeli combat soldiers to prevent them from being taken alive by the Palestinians is also very troubling. Apparently, Israel’s command fears that any Israeli soldier taken prisoner by the Palestinians might make embarrassing political statements that could damage Israel’s international standing.

The West, who depends on Middle Eastern oil, has chosen since the 1940’s to align itself with violently anti-Semitic and anti-western regimes like Saudi Arabia (before 9/11) instead of with progressive more leftist regimes like General Nasser in Egypt (pre-1970) or with Iran’s Mossadegh (pre-1953). The West allowed its overdependency on oil to cause it to support rulers who, despite their previous alliances with us, despised our democratic way of life in the West. Osama Bin Laden may have developed his anti-western hatred as a result of our supporting anti-democratic elements in Saudi Arabia like the Saud Royal Family. This country also once supported Saddam Hussein prior to his August, 1990, decision to invade Kuwait. Hussein was just as bad before, as he was after August, 1990. The point is that religious fanatics often pose a greater threat than secular nationalist fanatics in that the religious group is generally more irrational than the secular group. Those of us who believe in a sensible foreign policy that protects our people WITHOUT entangling us into any reckless warfare (especially one involving ground troops) need to assert ourselves now!

William R. Delzell Reader-Writer (DRC).

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from knife to stage CNM culinary arts student takes on a new role

“I like playing Janet the most, because I like to be on the stage, I like to be the person that Staff Reporter everybody likes to look at,” Gruber said. Having to dance around in a corset, underMelanie Gruber is a Culinary Arts major at wear, fishnet, and high heels is very nerve-rackCNM who regularly performs in the Albuquerque ing, however, because she is shy, she said. production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. “The first time it was really bad because A few years ago she went to her first Rocky my mom’s boyfriend was in the audience and I Horror Show and won a costume contest dressed was like oh gosh… before the show I did a lot as Janet, Gruber said, then in November 2013 of hyperventilating ‘cause I wasn’t sure exactly she found out through Facebook that they were how I was going to feel about it and when I got holding auditions, so she auditioned and made it. out there I just blocked everything out, I was She had no acting experience before she like, I’m doing this by myself nobody else is here, auditioned for the show, she said. nobody’s watching,” Gruber said. “The audition was very nerve-wracking we had Her first performance as Rocky was for their a scene that we had to read, and then we had to Gender Bender show, Gruber said. do the same scene while they were yelling the call “He makes weird noises, so it’s really hard backs at us, and we had to do a Q&A,” she said. to get comfortable with him, because you don’t The cast does not discriminate if you do not say anything really, you just make grunting have any skill, if you cannot sing they are not noises,” she said, “it was difficult at first because going to turn you away because it is a fun show, you have to grunt the right way, or else you just she said. sound awful.” If you do not have any acting experience “When I was doing the gender bender show they will try to train you, if not you can be part and I was playing Rocky for one of the scenes of the crew or a Tranny, which is mostly singing Rocky has to be touching Janet seductively, and and dancing, she said. the guy who was playing Janet decided to motor“They just work with everybody they don’t boat me into his fake boobs and put me under his like to turn people down unless they slip,” she said. have a bad personality, if you’re going Usually it is just touching or rubbing the to cause problems then they won’t chest area but he took it to a whole new level, let you on the cast,” Gruber said. she said. She initially auditioned for To prepare for the show she watches the Janet Weiss, but everyone who movie a lot and practices to ensure that she does makes it automatically becomes a not mess up, she said. Transylvanian, or a Tranny, before Before the show, she does vocal exercises becoming main cast, she said. because she has to do a lot of singing, she said. “A Tranny is a Transylvanian, For the show, the movie is projected onto a they’re like the party guest/ screen and the cast are on stage performing the chorus, so if you’ve ever seen exact same thing that the characters are doing in the film they’re the people in the film, at the same time, she said. the tail coats and fun hats that “We kind of block it out, we block out the movie were weird looking,” Gruber and we block out the call backs- because the audisaid. ence is screamShe has been in every performance since she started and she ing obscenities has played a Tranny, Janet, and as part of the show,” she said. Rocky Horror, she said. “I put a lot When she is not playing Janet of acting into she plays a Tranny, she said.

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it, actually for a show I become that character not just somebody in a costume saying lines, I pretend that I actually am that character,” Gruber said. Her performance is a lot better than when she started, she said, she knows her lines and dance moves more and she does not get as nervous as she used to. This is just a side thing and she never thought she would do theatre until she saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show, she said. She first watched the movie when she was 6 years old, her whole family used to sit and watch the movie together all the time, she said. “I just fell in love with the movie, and I was like I have to do this I can’t not act in this movie, I have to do it… you have to be a pretty big fan to run around in your underwear,” she said.

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