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Lisa McCulloch is executive director of the CNM Foundation, which awards money to students.
The Rust Opportunity Scholarship provides emergency assistance to students who are in danger of dropping out of school due to an unforeseen expense, Lisa McCulloch, Executive Director of the CNM Foundation, said. Through the Rust scholarship, students are eligible to receive a gift of up to $800, once a year, to help pay for anything from a rent payment to an electric bill, McCulloch said. Students can receive the benefits in as little as 48 hours, she said. “A student might experience a financial hardship that they weren’t anticipating. Maybe a spouse lost their job, or their child care payment went up. For many students this can cause them to abandon their plans to pursue higher education, and we don’t want that to happen,” McCulloch said. The scholarship was set up in 2005 by Jack and Donna Rust, with a gift of $500,000 to the CNM Foundation. According to the Foundation’s literature, the fund has been used for childcare expenses, vehicle repairs and emergency bus passes, healthcare expenses, testing and certification fees, and daily living expenses such as grocery bills, as well as school related expenses like books and equipment.
McCulloch said the Rusts understood that students are usually on very fixed incomes, and that any unforeseen cost could disrupt a student’s life and cause them to drop out of school. “A lot of times, it’s the little things that break the camel’s back,” Donna Rust said. The gift was given to the CNM Foundation, which is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization set up by the school to raise private funds for students. The Foundation offers more than 75 different scholarships, McCulloch said. “The sole purpose of our organization is to raise the extra financial assistance that students need to be successful,” McCulloch said. The Foundation also funds CNM Connect, which works closely with students in need of Rust benefits, she said. Students who want to apply for the Rust scholarship need to fill out an application at Financial Aid, and need to bring a letter of support from an instructor, she said. “We ask that they do that, so that we can get a reference from an instructor about what kind of student they are as far as their commitment to their education,” McCulloch said. Students then need to meet with an achievement coach from CNM see
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Diversity grows among student body from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds, Copy Editor and to share our own Diversity is one of unique views on the world, CNM’s most important said Achievement Coach gifts, giving our stu- Monika Monje. The Chronicle gathdents, faculty and staff the opportunity to learn ered data from official
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CNM sources to give our readers a snapshot of what our student body looked like in 2012, and how it has changed since 2002. Monje is part of Inclusive Excellence, a group of CNM staff
members whose goal is to promote, educate and encourage diversity among students, faculty and staff, she said. “I think diversity is great because it brings different perspectives, either to the classroom or to any conversation or discussion. It also provides a safe place for students to feel comfortable, I think it is very important and it’s something that should be recognized across CNM,” Monje said. Monje is not only interested in promoting tolerance and understanding among our diverse student body, she would also like to see more diversity among the faculty as well, she said. In 2012, 45 percent of the school’s student population declared themselves Hispanic, and 34 percent declared themselves White, according to the CNM fact book statistics. In comparison, 19 percent of the faculty declared themselves Hispanic, while 70 percent of them were white, according to the CNM fact book. Monje said that her group is trying to see
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Abortion measure could change Albuquerque as we know it Editorial
By the Chronicle Editorial Board The late-term abortion ballot measure has been fueled by out-ofstate and out-of-touch anti-abortion activists, who have no vested interest in the values or daily lives of New Mexicans, and should be stricken down with a steady hand by true Burqueños. Two of the major players in these groups, Bud and Tara Shaver, moved to our city for the specific reason of drumming up anti-abortion regulations, nothing more.
These groups call our city “the abortion capitol of the United States,” saying hundreds of people flock to Albuquerque to get lateterm abortions. In reality — as in, the real world — according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico hosts less than half of the abortions that our neighbors Arizona and Colorado do, and less than a sixth of the number Texas does. Out of the comparatively small number of abortions that are performed, only five percent are performed on people who come from out of state.
In light of these facts, the title bestowed upon us by these propagandist groups seems less than fitting. These groups falsely claim that abortion is dangerous to women. In 2008, the most recent year for which this information is available, only 12 women died out of the more than 825,000 who received an abortion, according to the CDC. That’s a 99.9985 percent safety rate; according to the FDA that is a higher safety rate than ciprofloxacin, a common antibiotic widely considered safe and widely prescribed for urinary tract infections.
The fact of the matter is that the arguments against abortion largely trends toward those of a moral and religious standing, and if one’s beliefs lead them to view abortion as wrong, so be it; that is one’s own personal conviction and decision to make. That does not mean, however, that laws should be enacted to regulate a personal and heartbreaking decision — particularly not when the people who are leading this charge are more concerned with the politics of the issue than with the people who would be affected by this abortion ballot is passed.
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Achievement coaches can help students with an array of issues, By the Chronicle but most of all they help them to Editorial Board get through the issues that life can bring and can makes a student’s If a student has an issue with goals seem unattainable at times. an instructor, is struggling to pay They not only help with scholbills at home or just needs a little arships such as the rust fund menhelp to do better, the best place to tioned in The Rust Fund front page get help with these issues is with story, but if students are feeling individual department achieve- trapped in a class or are not getting ment coaches, who go above and the help they need, an achievement beyond to help students to succeed.
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Battle of the ban The late-term abortion issue heats up in Albuquerque By Daniel Montaño Managing Editor
With one week left until the votes are done being cast in Albuquerque’s contentious late-term abortion ban ballot measure on Nov. 19, campaigns on both sides of the argument are working harder than ever to get people out to the polls. The Chronicle spoke with representatives from both sides to shed a little light on the argument.
Argument against the Argument for the ban ban Because there are so many varied opinions and personal motivations within the group of people opposed to the upcoming ballot measure, Respect ABQ Women has taken an eclectic approach to lead the charge in striking the ballot down, Micaela Cadena, Respect ABQ Women member and policy director at Young Women United, said. Respect ABQ Women is a coalition of local groups, including men and women, the young and the old, religious or not, families and individuals, dedicated to protecting women’s right to make private medical decisions regarding their own body and family, Cadena said. “For us, it’s really about each family being respected and trusted to make the best decisions for themselves,” she said. The real issue at stake for Cadena and other groups opposed to the ballot measure is not an issue of abortion, but one of personal responsibility and the right to have one’s own personal life and health free of government interference, she said. Cadena said that regardless of one’s personal opinions on abortion, there should not be a law forcing anyone to fall in line with a particular belief. “It’s not actually a debate between pro-choice and pro-life. It’s about accurate information and respectful conversations, because our families, for many reasons, don’t believe in government interference in our private lives,” she said. Julianna Koob, a local Attorney who works with Planned Parenthood of New Mexico, which is also partnered with Respect ABQ Women, echoed Cadena’s sentiments, and added that the people within this coalition are New Mexico natives, who care about what happens within their home state, she said.
Koob’s comment reflects some of the controversy surrounding how the petition that this ballot measure is based upon was started — by groups of anti-abortion activists who came to New Mexico from other states specifically to lobby for a ban here in Albuquerque, she said. “We’ve been protecting women’s access to reproductive healthcare for generations. We’re invested in New Mexico, and we’re not going anywhere after the elections,” Koob said. Both Koob and Cadena also hold issue with the language of the ballot measure itself, they said. “This ballot is completely misleading and biased,” Koob said. The language of the proposed law does not allow exceptions for cases of rape, incest or complications, forcing women who are in these circumstances to carry the resulting pregnancy to term, Cadena said. The law also does not allow for exception in the case of fetal anomaly, abnormalities or diseases that are found with the fetus in utero, meaning if this ballot passes, women will be forced to continue a pregnancy that would end with a child that could not survive outside of the womb anyway, Cadena said. The way the law stands now, in cases such as these the woman in question has the option of ending the pregnancy, reducing the chances of complications and infections that can threaten her life or cause problems with future pregnancies, Cadena said. “Many times these are wanted pregnancies, families are excited about the new beings that they’re going to bring into their family, and they have no options. These can be pregnancies that may never be viable outside of the womb,” Cadena said.
Some women do chose to complete the pregnancy even in the case of fetal anomaly, and that is exactly the freedom of choice that Respect ABQ Women and opponents of the ballot like Cadena are seeking by striking down this bill, she said. “We cannot stand in a woman’s shoes. We cannot make those decisions for her. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be in this situation,” she said. Although the ordinance would allow for an abortion if the life of the mother is “endangered,” the language is vague and indistinct, Cadena said. Respect ABQ Women representatives took the language of the ballot measure to Albuquerque physicians in order to determine if doctors could make a viable medical decision while keeping within the limits of the proposed law, Cadena said. The physicians agreed that the language is so vague it effectively eliminates the possibility of ending a pregnancy if the woman’s life is in danger, Cadena said. “When we brought the language of the ballot to medical professionals, they told us ‘we don’t know what this means. If you’re 30 seconds away from death can we perform a procedure then?’” Cadena said. Doctors would be forced to make decisions about how to best keep a family healthy and well based on governmental oversight, not necessarily the option that is best for the woman, Koob said. “A doctor should not have her hands tied when she is trying to get the best care to her patient,” Koob said. For more information on Respect ABQ Women, or to get involved in their campaign, go to www.respectabqwomen.org.
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President of Students for Life UNM, Samantha Serrano, said one thing is at stake with the proposed ballot measure: the lives of children. Serrano believes that life begins at conception, even if the child is not able to survive outside of the womb at that time, and that abortion ends a human life, she said. “If we do not win this election, babies are dying,” she said. The term that is used when a fetus is capable to live outside the womb is “viable” and for Serrano, the magic number is 20 weeks old, she said. The conceptual basis of viability provides a frame of reference for the larger philosophical question of when a fetus becomes a person, and for those in favor of this ballot measure, it is undisputable that a fetus is a living human being by five months, Serrano said. Although the number is up for debate and has been said to be anything from 20 to 28 weeks, 20 weeks is the time when Serrano said a pre-born human can begin to feel pain. For supporters of the ballot measure, knowing a human being can feel pain, subjecting that human to pain and ending its life is inherently morally wrong, Serrano said. “By allowing for abortion in the later terms of pregnancy, we are basically saying we acknowledge this is a human being, we just don’t care,” she said. Serrano said she is also a part of Project Defending Life, a local pro-life ministry headed by Father Stephen Imbarrato. Imbarrato believes that in addition to saving the lives of children, he is working for the health and well-being of the women in question, he said. “Abortions are not safe. They’re potential risks to
women, especially when you start getting into late-term abortion,” he said. Imbarrato said he is pushing for reform to give women “real options” when it comes to pregnancy. As part of his ministry, Imbarrato provides counseling services to women with unexpected pregnancies, providing housing assistance, access to pre-natal care, such as ultrasounds, and assistance receiving social services, he said. “Women have abortions, not because of choice, but really because they feel they have no choice. They’re in a desperate situation,” he said. For Imbarrato, the question should not be whether or not one should have access to abortions, but why a woman would feel as if she needs to get an abortion in the first place, he said. Being a catholic ministry, Project Defending Life provides these services under the guidance of the church, counseling women on the teachings of the Bible, he said. Serrano however, does not take that approach with her outreach efforts, she said. She believes it is important to include people of all faiths in her discussions, so she approaches the topic from an academic perspective, she said. “We may not agree about religious beliefs, but we can find common ground in biology and philosophy,” she said. With this approach, Serrano said she has found success when discussing lateterm abortion procedures, which account for about 1.5 percent of all abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive health non-profit organization. However, her and Imbarrato’s goal is to completely ban all abortion, regardless of how far along the pregnancy is, she said. “From a pro-life point of view, I think that this
is a stepping stone toward ending abortion all-together, and that is the ultimate hope,” she said. For Serrano, there is no difference between having an abortion at two weeks or five months, and killing a child two years into life, she said. She said she believes the motivation is the same. In response to the argument that abortion is a private medical and moral decision, and that there should not be laws regulating such decisions, Serrano thinks that certain private decisions do require legal regulation, she said. Just because a woman has a right to make private decisions, does not mean she will always make the right decision, both morally and legally, she said. “Women can make private choices to prostitute themselves; the law says that’s wrong. Women can choose to drink alcohol while pregnant, but the law says that’s wrong,” she said. Albuquerque has become a battleground state in the legal abortion debate in part because of the Southwest Women’s Options clinic, one of only a handful of clinics nationwide that will provide abortion services throughout the pregnancy, which has led supporters of the ballot measure to dub Albuquerque “the late-term abortion capitol of the United States,” Imbarrato said. The most recent available data, from 2009, shows 5 percent of all abortions in New Mexico are performed on women who come from out of state, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “People come here from all over the country, and other places outside of the country, come here, to Albuquerque, to get an abortion,” Imbarrato said.
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them, saying that abortions may be regulated in order to Managing Editor protect the life of the mother Regardless of individual and the fetus. Opponents however, have political leanings, the vote on said that the language of the Nov. 19 has been subject to measure, while including a debate regarding the ballot section that allows for abormeasure and voting in itself. tions if the mother’s life is in New Mexico Attorney danger, is so vague and narrow, General Gary King, and doctors will not be able to conformer Attorney General fidently make medical deciPatricia Madrid, have both sions in those cases. publicly said they believe the City Councilor Trudy measure to be “unconstituJones put in a request to introtional and unenforceable.” duce a resolution that would Opponents of the meaallow independent legal counsure have also said that it is cil to take the ordinance to unconstitutional based on the a judge to determine if the 1973 Supreme Court decision in the case of Roe v. Wade, measure was constitutional, which decriminalized abortion, and thus the measure should not even be up for vote. Supporters, however, have said the measure is constitutional, citing a later Supreme Court Case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which affirmed the decisions of Roe v. Wade, but also expanded upon
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according to an official press release statement from city council President Dan Lewis. Lewis denied the request because he believes that whether or not the law is within the limits of the constitution should be decided by courts if the regulation passes, he said in the statement. “In the city of Albuquerque, we follow a democratic process. Our citizens have done the work to place the ordinance on the ballot,” he said. The city council has also garnered recent attention surrounding the polling locations for the measure, said Respect ABQ Women volunteer and
member of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Shaya Rogers. UNM was denied a polling location by the city council in a special meeting on Oct. 21, Rogers said. Councilor Rey Garduño repeatedly pushed to have the council add a voting center on UNM campus, and when it was denied, he said the council was essentially denying voting rights to younger voters. “With this bill, we’re saying to folks ‘we don’t want you to vote,” Garduño said. According to the Albuquerque Transit Department and Cobb
Fendley, an engineering firm that works with the city, the University Area has the highest concentration of people who use non-traditional methods of transportation, such as bikes, walking or city busses. The closest early voting location is downtown at the City Clerk’s Office, 600 second street NW, about two miles from UNM and CNM campuses, which could be difficult for some people to walk to, Rogers said. “It is unfortunate and we are upset about it, but we’ve moved on to provide people with assistance, so we can make sure that they
have their voice heard,” Rogers said. The feminist Majority Alliance is providing rides to the early voting center on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every half hour, Rogers said. The shuttle will be leaving from Redondo Drive on UNM campus, between the UNM Bookstore and parking garage, she said. On Election Day, the closest voting centers to CNM will be at Isotopes Park, 1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez S.E., and at Jefferson Middle School, 712 Girard Blvd. N.E.
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• A vote “for” the measure is in support of the ban on abortion after 20 weeks • A vote “against” the measure is in opposition of the ban • A valid photo I.D. is required to vote • Polling locations are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and locations can be viewed at cabq.gov • City Clerk Amy Bailey recommends voters view the sample ballot on cabq.gov; once a ballot is issued at a polling location, it cannot be taken home for review.
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COD: Ghosts brings more of the same, and it’s awesome The single-player campaign is still packed to the brim with the explosions, firefights and narrow escapes that players have come to expect in a Call of Duty story, while there is a new co-op mode that gives players something new to scrutinize. Infinity Ward, the games maker, places players in incredible environments that are stunning to look at and fun to navigate through while trying to stay alive during all the action-packed chaos. Sometimes the environments are so marvelous, one finds it hard to continue playing rather than simply watch the world burn around them. GRAPHICS COURTESY OF GAMESTOP.COM AND INVERTEDMOODZ.COM For example, while trying to narrowly escape and we will be breaking down a factory that was in the By Nick Stern exactly why this game has middle of getting blown to Senior Reporter managed to surpass previous bits of fiery rubble, I found it If it is not broken, then chapters of this series. hard not to stop running in Though much of the favor of turning around and do not fix it! The same old formula that has defined and game does feel like the same getting a better look at the carried the Call of Duty series old COD, the game has impending doom that would to its worldwide success is tweaks in all the right places have ended the game. still present in the new Call that make it even more of a Each mission has its of Duty: Ghosts, which is not blast than before. own unique approach and The universe in this game turn-of-events and this entirely a bad thing. is different from the Modern allows for an experience that The Chronicle decided to Warfare series — allowing is interesting to play and is review this much anticipated for an entirely new storyline not overly monotonous. new installment of the Call of — while the extremely popuDuty series to find just how it The only cut scenes exist lar multiplayer has changes holds up to the rest of the series. during the loading screen Our review resulted in a three that now give each and every between missions and all of the out of five for storyline, four player the chance to have their real plot development happens out of five for gameplay, and own personalized soldier and during actual gameplay, which three out of five for graphics, experience. could be missed by players that
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are too focused on stuff getting blown up. With that being said, the storyline is still a lot of fun to spend hours beating and blowing stuff up, and it is definitely longer than previous stories in the franchise, which is a big plus when it comes to the amount of playable content. Of course it is a well known fact that many people across the globe buy Call of Duty not for its single player campaign, but for its multiplayer mode which is the backbone of the series, and Ghosts is no exception. The controls are just as tight and easy to control as ever and many of the same game modes have returned and are still as fun or in some cases as dull as previous games in the series. There are minor changes however, and they make the player-versus-player experience even better than ever, with the biggest addition to multiplayer being the “Create a Soldier” system, which lets players customize 10 of their soldier’s features, such as gender, physical features, clothing, and of course guns, perks and kill streaks. Ghosts boasts of having over 20,000 variations available for these soldier modifications, and now players can actually feel like they are bringing their own soldiers
to the battlefield, which is a fantastic new addition to the series. But as fun as it is, it can definitely be overwhelming, which can be good or bad depending on the player’s preference. Squads mode, a new single-player version of multiplayer, in which the player takes on the computer with a squad of his or her own bots, is a good way to test out the many different variations of soldiers, but is honestly not as fun as playing against a bunch of real people. Overall the multiplayer experience is phenomenal, especially with its new dynamic maps system, which causes terrain to change during matches and makes for a much more authentic feeling of being immersed. For example, when getting an enemy in the crosshair, a tremor might cause the whole map to shake and crumble during the battle, letting the target get away. One of the coolest new features and game modes to be added to Ghosts is the new, alien-fighting, survival mode now known as Extinction,
which is a mode in the tradition of Black Op’s “Nazi Zombies” mode. It allows up to four players to join forces and fight through ferociously agile monsters while leveling up and earning money towards equipment that will save the team’s life throughout the game. The mode is intense and fun to play and is a very welcome new addition to the series. Overall, Call of Duty: Ghosts is not an example of devel-
opers taking much of a risk to change the game up and possibly draw in an even bigger crowd. At the same time the series already has a huge following, so why risk losing the fans who love the series as it is? There is definitely room for improvement and innovation, but Ghosts is very entertaining with its new and lengthier campaign, improved multiplayer, and thrilling Extinction mode. This might very well be the best Call of Duty since the original Modern Warfare.
Difficulty: Medium Across 4.Series of post-apocalyptic role playing games set after nuclear war with underground vaults (1997-2010) 7.One of the first multi-player arcade fantasy games by Atari, where one could be a warrior, wizard, Valkyrie, or elf (1985) 10.The Legend of Zelda character (1986) 13.Mario’s brother in super Mario brothers 14.Addictive tile matching puzzle video game (1984) 16.Video game of a gorilla throwing barrels at Mario while climbing platforms (1981) (2 words) 17.First person shooter game fighting the alien covenant (2001) 19.Namco video game where the object was to eat dots and stay away from ghosts in a maze (1980) 20.Video game series of a female British adventurer and Archeologist (19962013) (2 words)
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1.Tennis themed, and one of the earliest video games developed by Atari (1972) 2.First person puzzle game that allows the player to make teleporting wall openings (2007) 3.A shoot ‘em up arcade game by Atari where the player defends against swarms of insects (1981) 5.Light gun shooter game from Nintendo where the objective is to hit moving targets in mid-f light (1985) (2 words) 6.Sega’s Hedgehog (1991) 8.Atari’s best-selling space shooter video game of all time (1979) 9.First-person shooter survival horror video game with big daddies and little sisters 11.An open world game that has no specific goals with many modes from building structures to surviving (2011) 12.Originally an arcade game where the player directed amphibians through traffic avoiding cars 15.The fifth game in the Elder Scrolls series of a vast world with dragons, from Bethesda Softworks (2011) 18.An action role playing game with the Hero of Oakvale who could be good or evil depending on gameplay (2004)
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don’t know if that is present right now,” Monje said. Monje said that the encourage the recruitment current faculty and staff of more diverse faculty, receive regular training which she thinks would on diversity issues, and better reflect our student are encouraged to probody and increase the mote tolerance and sensinumber of learning oppor- tivity among their varied tunities for everyone. students. “We want to make sure Achievement coaches that students feel more have been trained on how comfortable here, that this to better create a safe is their community. We atmosphere for LGBT stuwant them to feel that this dents, and have also been is a safe zone…that they can schooled on state bill 582, represent any flag, anything or the DREAM Act, legthat they want to represent islation that was passed for themselves or whatever to promote higher educagroup they’re in. And I tion for undocumented
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benefits are made out to vendors, McCulloch said. Students must bring a copy of the bill Connect, so they can receive they cannot pay, and show assistance with their issue, par- why they are unable to pay it, ticipate in a screening analysis, in order to get the money. The and receive financial coaching check is then made out to the to ensure that their academic company or person who made plans are sustainable, she said. out the bill, she said. “The student needs to Although some of the CNM Foundation’s scholar- give us proof that it is an ships are paid directly to the unforeseen financial obstacle,” student, the Rust scholarship McCulloch said.
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immigrants, and offers many students a path to citizenship through college education, she said. “We are moving towards having the staff trained across the board on diversity issues so that they are more aware of student issues, proper language, all of that stuff,” Monje said. Another group that helps immigrant students is MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán), which is a national organization that promotes education and tolerance of Chicano and all other
ethnic and social groups, local President and Family Psychology major Oriandi De La Rosa said. MEChA seeks to “open the doors of higher education (for our communities) and strive for a society free of imperialism, racism, sexism, and homophobia,” according to nationalmecha.org. “For me diversity is about getting involved and sharing where you are from with different people,” De La Rosa said. Although many of the immigrant students MEChA helps are Hispanic, De La Rosa said
that the group works with people of any nationality, providing them with legal information and directing them to other helpful resources. “Having opportunities is great, but also hearing the opinions of different people can teach you a lot, and also give you a different perspective from where you’re at and where other people are,” De La Rosa said. As the CNM student body has grown in the last ten years, our diversity has grown as well, with more Hispanics, more students
who are 18 years old or younger, and a closer maleto-female ratio since 2002. Monje said she hopes diversity of all kinds continues to grow, among students, faculty and staff. “We are already making strides and moving in a positive direction,” Monje said.
After receiving the scholarship, students are asked to continue meeting with an achievement coach from CNM Connect, she said. “Building a relationship with an achievement coach can help students be more successful in the long run,” McCulloch said. The Rust scholarship was created in 2005, when Jack and Donna Rust attended a
fundraising event put on by the CNM Foundation. “We have an annual donor appreciation dinner every year, to honor the folks who have contributed to the Foundation,” McCulloch said. At the dinner, several students told stories about how their lives were changed when they received scholarships given by the Foundation. After
hearing these stories, the Rusts were inspired to help, McCulloch said. They were told that the Foundation was in need of funds that could be given to students who run into hard times, or are forced to leave school because of outside financial burdens, she said. They decided to help by giving a gift of $500,000, for the sole purpose of helping
those students for years to come, she said. “They are really pretty amazing people,” McCulloch said. More than 2,000 scholarships have been awarded since the Rust fund’s inception, and according to the CNM Foundation, more than eighty percent of students who receive the scholarship finish out the semester.
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Novel Slam boasts best turnout yet By Nick Stern
Senior Reporter This fall, the Westside Campus’ Novel Slam was easily the largest and most successful slam CNM has ever seen, and it was a great time for everyone who attended, English Instructor, Veronique Kaemerer said. For the past five years that the event has existed, there has never been anything quite like the hundreds of students that showed up for this year’s event, which lasted from Oct. 28 through Oct. 31, Kaemerer said. “This was probably the largest novel slam ever and we have been doing this for five years. We had about 800 students this year and it was just packed,” she said.
Novel Slam is a student event that is held twice a year, once during Halloween and once roughly four to five weeks after spring midterms, and is a great time for Westside CNM students to get together to claim their academic voice, and to feel like they are a larger part of the community, she said. Most participants read ambitious pieces of literature, some that are written by the readers themselves and others by celebrated authors, she said. This year, students read spooky works from authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Shirley Jackson, and H.P. Lovecraft, she said. Anyone can perform a reading, and are not limited to having to read from
texts and stories selected by Kaemerer, but can read poems, play music and show off just about any talent they have, she said. More and more people are expected to show up to the future events after this year’s turnout, and many students already have high expectations for what is yet to come, she said. Kaemerer said that she shared many beautiful moments with her class during this year’s Novel Slam beginning with one of her students, who is blind, getting up and choosing to be the very first one to read aloud to the entire audience. This led to many tears of compassion and also paved the way for everyone else to get up and read aloud, she said.
“Everybody in my class was just weeping and soon everybody got up and read,” she said. Kaemerer also has another student who has had troubles publicly speaking and was courageous enough to get up and read with another student who helped her along the way, which also brought tears to the eyes of the audience, she said. The support and compassion that each student shows towards each other is a huge part of what makes Novel Slam such a great event to witness, she said. No one is forced to get up and read, and anyone can simply show up and sit down in the audience, get a sense of what is going on, and enjoy the show from their seat, Kaemerer said.
Kaemerer is the creator of Novel Slam, which was basically the creative solution to a growing problem among students, she said. The idea for the event came to her about six years ago, when she was chatting with her colleagues about the importance of the relationship between reading and writing, with the idea that being a good reader is key to being a good writer, she said. “I teach English and there is a huge symbiotic relationship between reading and writing and what you read is what you write. So if you read some very ambitious, critical stuff it really does help your writing,” she said. After realizing that more and more students do not read, Kaemerer decided that
she wanted a creative solution to the problem and realized that an event like Novel Slam is a great way to engage her students and interest them in reading, she said. Kaemerer attended CNM many years ago when it was still TVI and had always felt it was a wonderful place for students to plant their own roots and find their own educational purposes and goals, she said. She feels that Novel Slam has been a great way for her to give back because it gives students a chance to come together as scholars within a community, and also gives many students the confidence to shine when they might not have had it before, Kaemerer said.
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