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Student struggles and succeeds By Stacie Armijo Staff Reporter

Liberal Arts major, Lupe Fuentes, loves CNM so much, that even after graduating with a degree in Integrated Studies, she is staying on to get a second degree in Liberal Arts, and was recently hired as a full-time administrative tech in the Facilities and Planning Department, she said. “I love coming to CNM for the sense of community,” she said. Although Fuentes has been taught math, science, and English, what she really learned in college is the strength within herself, she said. Fuentes admitted when she first came to college she was terrified, but with the help of the faculty and staff she found the confidence she needed, she said. “I got the courage and confidence I needed to pursue my dream,” she said. Once she finishes her Liberal Arts degree, Fuentes plans on attending UNM to obtain a bachelor’s degree in studio art with a minor in art management, she said. Fuentes has taken several art classes here at CNM and found a passion for it, despite the fact that she was not very experienced with art before, she said. “I am not a natural born artist. I am not the kind of person that can


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go in and draw a beautiful picture,” she said Eventually, Fuentes learned the techniques she needed to know, and now she can draw and paint because of the patience of her art instructors, she said. “The instructors here bring out the best of you,” she said. Fuentes credits her teachers for inspiring her to get involved with school, she said. Among those teachers are Peggy Brock, Jack Ehn, and Rebecca Aronson, she said. “They made school interesting, and are near and dear to my heart,” she said. Fuentes is a nontraditional student, because she came back to school after all of her children had grown, and had some problems with classes when she first came back, she said. But Sally Moore from CNM Connect helped Fuentes get in touch with a one-on-one tutor, so Fuentes could move ahead academically, she said. “She recognized that I didn’t learn the traditional way and needed a little extra help,” she said. Fuentes said that the tutors at ACE are all great when you need general help, but some students like herself just need a little help from one consistent person. For Fuentes, that see

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Lupe Fuentes working full-time as an administrative tech in the Facilities and Planning Department.

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Beth Giebus-Chavez specializes in teaching academic english and writing to those whose first language is not english.

of an eastern Turkish accent could be heard explaining English verb Managing Editor tenses to a lush, vowel Every Tuesday and rich Jordonian cadence Thursday, a symphony of that sang understanding, twangs, inflections and which was interrupted by accents come together in a quick-syllabled Mexican harmony in Beth Giebus- inflection asking for Chavez’s classroom, she said. clarification. Because she is the Last Thursday, the long, thick syllables only full-time English for

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Speakers of Other Languages Instructor at CNM, those sounds are typical in any of Giebus-Chavez’s classrooms, she said. “It’s great! It’s wonderful! It makes for a really interesting class when you have people from all over, and they’re all speaking English but learning about the world from each other,” she said.

ESOL courses differ from traditional English as a second language (ESL) classes because they focus on academic English, Giebus-Chavez said. While ESL classes teach students general conversational English for


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Local judge credits schooling for her success July 18, she said that without her interaction with CNM she would not have achieved the same amount of success that she has now. “CNM propelled me forward. I can say with conviction that I would not be where I am today if it were not for CNM,” Parks said in her speech. She considers everything she received from her experience to be indispensable, she said, from the support, encouragement, and care shown by her instrucPICTURE COURTESY OF WILLOW MISTY PARKS tors to the value of perAlumna Willow Parks started down the road to sistence she discovered success at CNM. while working towards her associate degree. believes that CNM has played By Nick Stern In 2011, Parks was a large part in getting her to Staff Reporter elected as a Probate judge where she is now, Parks said. and now handles informal Judge Willow Misty In a speech she probates, which involves Parks is Bernalillo County’s wrote for the Donors’ the handling of estates only probate judge and she Appreciation Dinner on after someone passes away,

whether there is a will or not, Parks said. She appoints personal representatives who are legally qualified to manage and settle the deceased’s affairs, according to Parks and the Bernalillo county website. The personal representatives distribute the assets to the rightful recipients which could be heirs, devisees named in a will, or even creditors, according to the website. As a Probate judge, Parks can also perform marriages within Bernalillo county, which she especially enjoys doing, she said. She loves her job and agrees that it was initially see

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Yet again... asking people if they were TSA agents, according to By The Chronical Another incident recently Editorial Board occurred right here in Christopher There have been a number Albuquerque. Chase died in shootout and car of devastating shootings, and chase with police that ended our government needs to at Fourth Street and Montano take these situations seriously and start building reform for Road on Saturday, Oct. 26, mental health in America. On according to It is almost infuriating Friday Oct. 1, at LAX airport, that the media is so concenshooter Paul Ciancia pulled a trated on the suspects and .223-caliber assault rifle from their motives, down to what a bag and shot TSA officer tattoos a suspect may have had. Gerardo Hernandez and then It is redundant the way media went from person to person


covers these issues, instead of speaking with the victims, and finding out how these incidents really affect the people who are injured or forced to be witnesses to such crimes. No one should have to be subject to such atrocities; it is because our government does not care either way, and pretends not to have the capability to change how these individuals are treated mentally. Gun laws will always be an issue, but mental health is something that has not been addressed in t h i s

c o u n t r y s i n c e t h e 7 0 ’s , a nd t h is editor ial board t h i n k s i t ’s h i g h t i m e t h e gover n ment took responsibi l it y for t he people it gover ns by g iv i ng bet ter and more accessible facil it ies to people t hat t r u ly need help, before i nc ident s such as t hese occur aga i n, wh ich t hey w ill, a nd hopefully t he gover n ment w i l l see t hat cha nge is t r uly needed i n ment a l hea lt hc a re f ields before it is too late.

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provide support for their students, and allow students to learn at a pace that might be easier when dealing with a second language, she said. “In ESOL we’re trying to provide a safe atmosphere where if, for example, you’re mispronouncing a word, it’s OK, because we’re all kind of struggling with it,” she said. Because all the students learn together at the same pace, and oftentimes take the same series of classes together, Giebus-Chavez said there is a community mentality among the students in ESOL classes. The instructors help to foster this feeling by hosting book clubs, and

throwing parties and events just for ESOL students, she said. “We offer a lot of support to those students, because they’re new. They feel vulnerable sometimes. So we try to find ways to make it into a community, so they feel comfortable, and so they have people to come to if they have any questions,” she said. Nasser Alhajali, Business major and one of Giebus-Chavez’s students, said he has issues trying to keep up with what native English speakers are saying because they speak too fast. “When American speakers speak fast, I can’t catch anything. It’s hard to me,” Alhajali said.

But in his ESOL classes, Alhajali has been able to improve on his English speaking while also learning the basics of academic writing, he said. “In this class, all the teachers speak slowly. They’re patient with students. It helps a lot,” he said. Although GiebusChavez is the only fulltime instructor who devotes all of her time to ESOL classes, there are two full-time English instructors and six parttime instructors who teach some ESOL classes, she said. That is a total of 10 teachers, including the chair of the ESL/ESOL department, who can teach

these classes to the 862 international students at CNM this semester, which may not sound like much, but many of those international students are not signing up for classes, she said. “I think a lot of people aren’t aware of it. I think our only difficulty has been informing people about it,” she said. ESOL classes are offered every semester, and are held mainly at Main and Montoya Campuses, she said. Those interested in the program can feel free to email Giebus-Chavez anytime at with questions, she said.

Fuentes said at one point she was getting a little frustrated with school, homework and the time spent at school, which was taking away from her family. Fuentes has four children, aged 27 to 32, and six grandchildren, all of

whom she wanted to spend more time with, she said. “I wanted to devote time to my children, grandchildren and boyfriend. I learned that everything is a journey and if I do what I am supposed to, show up to school every day and do my best

I would be rewarded with something valuable for life,” she said. She stuck with school, however, and was rewarded with an education, she said. Fuentes said she thinks that although it may be hard to stay in school

sometimes, and that sometimes financial burdens can be overwhelming, if one is patient and works hard, it will all be worth it in the end. “Everything good comes with time. If everything came quickly we wouldn’t appreciate the journey,” she said.

Fuentes said that coming back to school was one of the best things she has ever done. “I have learned that anything is possible and there is always time to follow your dreams,” she said.

She had attended UNM for a couple years and felt lost after having challenging to be a direc- trouble finding what her tor of a position where interests were and having people have been working a loose grip on her classes, for many years, she said. she said. She has to develop Then, in January of relationships and support 1994 when her daughand was fortunate that ter was 1-year-old, she the judge before her was a enrolled into CNM’s night mentor and teacher she had classes in the Paralegal met at CNM, which helped studies program, and soon create a smooth transition she discovered her interfor herself, she said. ests were in law and learnCNM was actually ing, Parks said. Parks’ second attempt In 1996 she earned her at college following associate degree in paraleher attendance at The gal studies and also realUniversity of New Mexico, ized that she wanted to she said. become a lawyer, she said.

The idea to even push for a bachelor’s degree never occurred to her until her mentor, Merri Rudd, from her Wills class suggested the idea of law school to her, she said. “On the last day of the Wills class, Merri gave all the students personalized cards. Mine read, ‘when you are ready for law school, I will be happy to write your letter of recommendation,’” Parks said. Up until then, she had never even thought of pursuing anything beyond her associate degree and now realizes with each and every success at CNM, her

aims and her dreams grew higher and larger, she said. After a few years of practice, one of her former CNM instructors and the then current director at Metropolitan College asked Parks if she would like to teach paralegal studies, which Parks had never even considered doing previously, she said. She ended up teaching at Metropolitan for close to two semesters until the school went bankrupt and closed, she said. The experience helped her realize that she enjoyed teaching, and she then began teaching at UNM’s Anderson

School of Management, University of Phoenix, and ended up giving back to CNM by teaching here, which she still does to this day, she said. Parks believes that teaching at CNM is definitely a good way for her to give back for everything she received, she said. She teaches in CNM’s school of Business Information Technology, a school that gets in touch with the business community and has a lot of interaction, which is important to her, she said. “I really feel a strong connection to CNM and it is a way for me to bring

back around the gifts and the inspiration that led me to start finding things that interest me, and paths and opportunities that were available,” Parks said. Her simple advice for students is to show up to class and to do the reading and preparation that is required, because it is all meant for the student’s benefit, not the teachers’, she said.

Continued from Page 1 day to day living, ESOL classes are traditional English classes, such as practical writing or essay writing, that are tailored to students for whom English is a second language, she said. “We’re able to address the challenges that are unique, or the problems that are unique, to speakers of other languages,” she said. Giebus-Chavez said that some students who already speak basic English can sometimes struggle in college level English courses, particularly in a classroom full of native English speakers.

ESOL classes help those students by delivering the same information in a clearer manner, ensuring that students do not get lost in the din of conversational American English, she said. “When you’re with native speakers you get to hear all the nuances of American way, American culture, and there’s some validity to learning that way, but for others it can be overwhelming,” she said. All ESOL classes count as regular English credit because the instructors are trained to teach traditional English classes and traditional ESL classes, Giebus-Chavez said. Their special training allows these instructors to

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The Monster Mash Halloween costume contest that spanned over all seven campuses brought everything from pirates to the Iron Man, and at least 82 entries

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were put up on the school’s Facebook page for voting with a chance to win CNM swag and individual prizes, said Marketing Coordinator Katy Boyles. Voting for the costume contest closed Sunday Nov. 3 and voting was determined on Monday Nov. 4 with “The Breaking Bad crew” from Information Services wining with 195 Facebook like votes. Here are some of the winners and Chronicles favorite costumes from the Halloween Monster Mash 2013 contest.

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The Breaking bad crew from Information Services won with 195 votes

Iron Man Devil and Devil’s Advocate

Athena back from the dead

Dr. Horrible

Second place winner Addams Family at job connection services with 126 votes

King and Queen of Hearts

Mascaras de la muerte The competition was part of Johnson’s Psychology of Death and Dying class, in which students are required to give presentations on a variety of topics, including Dia de Los Muertos, he said.

Masks were expected to incorporate creativity, ingenuity, design, and effort, and some students used gauze or plaster of Paris on their own faces, while others used decorated masks made of paper or purchased templates, he said.

By Nick Stern Senior Reporter Alma Vega, Architect Engineering major, enjoyed the spoils of victory in the fourth annual Dia de Los Muertos mask competition, winning a gift certificate to a local restaurant of her choice and bragging rights in her class, Jim Johnson, psychology instructor said.


Drafting major Alma Vega’s mask was this year’s winner

Johnson’s class covers all the aspects of death in American culture including the history of the funeral industry, hospice, suicide, homicide, genocide, grief and bereavement, as well as much more, Johnson said. Students were made aware of the project near the beginning of the semester,

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so they had nearly 10 weeks to complete their masks, he said. Below are a some of the winners and Chronicle favorites from the fourth annual Dia de Los Muertos Mask competition.

EVENTS Day of the dead comes to life in South Valley

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By Jonathan Baca Copy Editor

Dia de los Muertos is a big deal in the Land of Enchantment, and for the last 21 years in the Duke City, hundreds of people don their best skeleton face makeup and celebrate the delicate balance of life and death at the South Valley’s Marigold Parade.

This year, spectators lined a stretch of Isleta Boulevard and watched as dozens of floats and classic cars decorated with colorful flowers and political statements rolled by, and parade members threw candy into the crowd. The parade ended at the Westside Community Center at 1250 Isleta Blvd. SW, where musicians, vendors, and food trucks waited for the painted crowds. The Chronicle was on hand to document this year’s spectacle.

A crew on stilts, high above the crowds.

African dancing in the south valley.

An elaborate mask and headdress.

Beautiful, handpainted makeup.

Lupe Garza rocks his giant skill mask. “It’s healthy celebration of life and death. Its one and the same.”

A huge skeleton with a first class seat.

The Lost Tribes of Mardi Gras have been preforming at Marigold for 13 years.


A dainty skeleton waves at the crowd.

Handmade figures on a float.

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Up in vape

Student helps lead e-cig revolution waking up to a lot less phlegm in the morning. Staff Reporter This is the world of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, There is a new wild and on the edge of this new west in the world of nicotine consumption filled frontier is the specialty shop with billowing clouds of Vapor Space. Vapor Space sells nothvapor, where the choices ing but e-cig products, and seem endless, and smokers everywhere are manager and CIS student Luke

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Vapor Space 8220 Montgomery Blvd. N.E. Ste. C


CIS student Luke Merry shows off his products.

Merry, owner Freddy Olsen, and assistant manager Jordan Tronolone said they have been hard at work here catering to the growing “vaping” community since June. “What sets us apart is our genuine enthusiasm for vaping. It sets the stage for a high level of customer service. We really want people to get the most out of it,” Olsen said. E-cigs are a new alternative to traditional cigarettes that proponents, including Merry and his coworkers, believe to be far safer and less harmful than other tobacco products, he said. Most e-cigs consist of a battery and a small tank with a heat source, which literally vaporizes a flavored nicotine solution, or e-liquid, resulting in a cloud of odorless water vapor, Merry said. “You can’t say that it’s harmless, but it’s a thousand times less harmful than smoking,” Olsen said. Vaping has exploded in popularity in the last four years, and in the beginning Merry said he and Olsen were simply enthusiastic converts to the new technology, quickly embracing it and making the switch from real cigarettes in a matter of months. They both came from computer and technology backgrounds, and soon they began tinkering with the seemingly endless stream of

new innovations, and eventually began mixing their own e-liquid, Merry said. Early on the two had ideas about opening their own store, even though neither of them had any experience owning or even managing a business, Merry said. “It kind of started out as a joke, like ‘we could make some money selling this stuff,’” Merry said. Their knowledge and excitement about e-cigs continued to grow, and they started seeing the steady business that other shops in town were getting, so they finally decided to give it a shot, said Merry. They began to scout out these shops, doing research, testing new gear and deciding on the kinds of products they wanted to sell, Olsen said.

“That consisted of Luke and I doing hours and hours of internet research, and sitting around my kitchen table until 11:30 at night, pretty much five nights a week,” Olsen said. Eventually, Olsen asked his brother Tronolone to join the team, partially because

Tronolone had s o m e business experience from managing several restaurants, he said. Being a small business owner for the first time is a huge undertaking, however, and Olsen said he still gets nervous about the whole thing from time to time. “It’s still scary. I still wake up and go ‘holy shit, I own a vapor store,’” Olsen said. Olsen said his shop tries to cater to every customer, from the first time e-cig user to the seasoned enthusiast who is looking to find the best possible vaping experience. For those hardcore customers, Vapor Space seems to have found a niche, offering the more advanced, hobbyist level devices, he said. These high-end models, which can run up to $100, offer seemingly endless options, with variable voltage and wattage, different Ohm resistances, digital displays, and re-buildable, customizable atomizers, Merry said.

“Those are for people who are chasing a better experience. We made a commitment to sell quality equipment only. A lot of shop owners aren’t really mindful of that, so there is a lot of crap out there,” Merry said. Though Olsen said he understands this view, he thinks that the health benefits of vaping as opposed to cigarettes far outweigh the negatives. “We fully believe that in a sense this is saving lives,” Merry said. The FDA has said that they will release an in-depth study of e-cigs soon, but until then, Merry said the whole e-cig business is in a legal limbo of sorts. Although there are no laws currently governing their sale, Vapor Space chooses not to sell to minors, and enforces their own quality control in mixing their e-liquid, Tronolone said. “Personally, I think that law should be put in place. We want that kind of regulation,” Tronolone said. Whatever happens, the guys at Vapor Space will keep doing what they love, Olsen said. “We believe in this. We’ll roll with the punches,” he said.

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