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CNM CHRONICLE VALENTINES DAY EDITION Breakin’ Hearts Page 5
The history of Valentine’s Day
Page 4 Registration change proves fruitful for students success By Dan Chavez Staff Reporter
The school’s updated registration policy that prohibits students from registering after the first day has not affected many students’ schedules since its inception at the beginning of the semester, and Brad Moore, Director of Marketing and Communications said that the strategy has been going as smooth as expected, also that there is a definite plan to continue the new rule into future semesters. Moore said he believes the spring 2015 semester
will start with much fewer difficulties because CNM’s offices will be open January 5, but classes will not start until January 20, which gives students two weeks to register for classes. Moore said the new registration policy was a result of studies conducted by CNM, which showed that students who started a class later would tend to struggle a great deal in their coursework because they had fallen behind from the very start. “CNM has known this for a while, that grades did drop off for students who started late,” he said.
Late starting students would have lower success rates and were more likely to drop out, and those who stuck with the course would still end the term with lower grades than those who were present from the first day of class, he said. CNM felt that the previous way of registering was basically a disservice that the school was letting students start late, and that these students were already falling behind in their coursework from the very beginning of the class, Moore said. see
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Workshops offered to help transfer students April 7 until April 10 for CNM students to learn Senior Reporter just how easy it can be to Transferring from transfer over. The CNM website a two-year college to a four-year college can be advises that students interintimidating for some stu- ested in transferring to a dents, and CNM has taken different degree-granting that into consideration by institution should begin by making transfer work- meeting with an academic shops located at the Student advisor at CNM to figure Services Center in room out which courses can be 203, where students can completed for a transfer come at their leisure and degree, and it also encourdo not need to register for ages students to look into academic programs at colthese events. These workshops will leges by attending these be at 1 p.m. from Monday, transfer workshops. Feb 10 until Thursday, Feb 14 and again from see TRANSFER on page 7
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Commercialism at its best By The Chronicle Editorial Board Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that makes one wonder why does this holiday exist, is it to make singles feel miserable, or is it there to force couples into some ridiculous tradition of buying each other insignificant crap on a specific day; either way Valentine’s Day is one of the most useless holidays throughout the year. Flowers, candy, and jewelry companies
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EDITORIAL CARTOON BY NICK STERN
Letter to the Editor: Disability Resource Center Not Much Help Dear Editor, I have been a CNM student since the fall 2011 semester. I hope to graduate at the end of summer, with my Elementary Education degree. I am on the Dean’s list, with a 4.0, so I definitely work hard to do well in my studies. Since April of 2010, I have been listed on the UNOS transplant list for a kidney. While I have had some impact from my inherited disease, it was not getting in the way of my studies. However, towards the end of 2013, I found myself getting a few phone calls with kidney offers. While these first few didn’t pan out, I knew my time was near. In anticipation, I visited the disability resource office at Main in early January. I first had to be scheduled for an orientation to even determine if I would qualify.
This appointment was set for the 24th, three weeks after my initial contact. I attended the orientation and it was determined that yes, I just might qualify. Mind you, I knew I would really only need a few weeks of leeway in my courses, as I had mostly chosen online classes this semester, in anticipation of this surgery occurring sometime in the semester. My appointment to meet with a counselor was scheduled for the 30th. I was nervous, but hoped to make that appointment. As luck would have it, I got ‘the call’ on the 28th at 5 pm, and had my kidney transplant surgery on the 29th at 2 pm. The surgery was a success and I am on the road to recovery. This is the good part. The next is not. I called the disability office, to let them know I would not be able
to make the scheduled appointment and why. The first person I spoke with on Tuesday could not think with what to do, how to handle my call or assist me in any way. In frustration, I hung up. On Wed, prior to surgery, I called again, in an attempt to do something. Again, no help. The office will not do phone interviews, and I was told to schedule myself once I recovered. However I am on immunosuppressant drugs, and heavy doses right now, so cannot be on the germ-filled campus that is CNM. I tried to tell the person this, but again, no understanding. I asked to have my husband attend the appointment and fill in for me. No go. So, in spite of the promise of assistance, I have had to work on my own, with my instructors, to make any concessions. Fortunately,
all but one has been very amenable to assisting me and I should be able to make up any missed course work. It is time of the disability office to look at its policies and procedures. Not everyone has a learning disability, which they seem to be able to handle well. Some of us have temporary medical disability, and need to be able to have the assistance of the office in order to make our time at CNM productive. A simple phone interview would have made all the difference. I ask the administration to relook at their policies to see what can be done to truly service the students of CNM. Kim Wagner
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FEATURE A brief history of love
February 11, 2014
The Chronicle looks at the evolution of Valentine’s Day
day for this new creation on Feb. 14, LoveWilliamson said. But St. Valentine was never associated with the romantic love that is celebrated today, at least not initially, he said. “No one really knows why St. Valentine’s feast day got associated with romantic love,” LoveWilliamson said. One story that was created was that St. Valentine liked to send little love letters to people in his church or people he had converted, GRAPHIC BY ANGELICA MANZANARES where he would use romantic language and sign the letThe modern By Jonathan Baca ters “from, your Valentine,” holiday that is Copy Editor Love-Williamson said. loved by couples and dreaded But during this same We all know that Feb. by singles today seems to be time and long before it, a 14 is a day for sending out a commercial creation, but different celebration existed Valentine’s Day cards, whis- ancient, pagan celebrations pering sweet nothings, or of fertility had been cele- that was much more erotic in buying flowers and boxes of brated on Feb. 14 long before nature, he said. In ancient Rome, a candies and giving them to sugar hearts and bouquets pagan fertility festival our sweethearts, but it was of roses were given, Lovecalled Lupercalia was Williamson said. not always this way. conducted from Feb. 13 In the early Christian The Chronicle spoke to 15. to Mark Love-Williamson, church there were many During this festival, arisInstructor of Religion and martyrs named St. Valentine, tocratic families would travel Humanities, to tell readers a and it seems that they were to a nearby cave and make a little bit more about the his- all lumped together and the sacrifice. After this, the men church celebrated the feast tory of Valentine’s Day.
Ancient Rome Lupercalia, a pagan holiday, is celebrated to ensure fertility.
St. Valentine of Rome dies as a martyr.
would strip naked and run through the streets of the city carrying whips. The women would hold out their hands, arms, and even their bare breasts, and the men would run by and whip them, in order to ensure their future fertility, LoveWilliamson said. Lupercalia was celebrated well into the 600’s, after Rome had officially become a Christian city, because, Love-Williamson said, many of the older families still identified with it as part of their past culture. There may have been an effort by the Church to try and stamp out Lupercalia and replace it with St. Valentine’s feast day, he said. “The Christian bishops, particularly in Rome, were always saying ‘why are you guys calling yourselves Christians and you’re still having these ancient festivals?’ So having a feast day could have been a way of kind of taking the wind away from the pagan festival,” LoveWilliamson said. Even after this, Valentine’s Day was just like any other feast day, and for a period of hundreds of years, there was no connection to romance associated with it at all, he said. Then, in 1382, the English poet Chaucer wrote
1382 AD English poet Chaucer makes first reference to Valentine’s Day as a day for romance in his poem “The Parliament of Foules.
what most scholars consider to be the very first Valentine poem, “The Parliament of Foules,” in which he wrote the lines: “For this was on St. Valentine’s Day; when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.” The poem described Valentine’s Day as a special day of love, when all the birds chose their mates, and this was the first known reference to Valentine’s Day as a romantic occasion, LoveWilliamson said. The next major reference in literature came in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, when Hamlet’s lover Ophelia speaks of the day as being a special day for love and for lovers: Shakespeare was one of the earliest and best known of the romantic poets, who LoveWilliamson said helped to create the ideal of romantic love, and many of his sonnets are among the western world’s most popular love poems. L ove -W i l l i a m s o n pointed out that Hamlet, however, was not particularly romantic; in the play Hamlet seduces Ophelia and then dumps her. “Of course Ophelia and Hamlet didn’t get along, and in the end they both die,” LoveWilliamson said. The modern version of Valentine’s Day didn’t really begin until the 1700’s in England, when people began giving out the first printed cards to their loved ones, he said. But the craze of printed Valentine’s Day cards really began in the early nineteenth century, when they also became very popular in America. “It took two things; cheap printing and a good,
In Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet,” Ophelia speaks of Valentine’s Day as a day for lovers.
cheap postal service,” LoveWilliamson said. In 1847, Esther Howland received an English Valentine’s card from a friend. Her father was the owner of a book and stationary store, and Howland seemed to love the card, and saw it as a lucrative commercial opportunity, Love-Williamson said. “She thought, ‘I could make money off of this.’ And it was wildly successful,” Love-Williamson said. Since then, the greeting card industry has become big business in America, and Valentine’s Day would forever be a celebration of romance and love, created as a commercial holiday and marketed by businesses like flower shops and candy makers, he said. Although the holiday has caught on in some other parts of the world like Taiwan and Japan, there are some parts of the world that do not recognize it, and some cultures who do not even really appreciate the idea of romance, he said. “Marriage in so many other cultures has nothing to do with romantic love. It is very much an economic relationship between two families. You’re supposed to make kids, you’re supposed to support the older generation, you’re supposed to carry on the family traditions,” LoveWilliamson said. So next time you buy a box of chocolates, eat a candy heart or receive a bouquet of roses; stop for a moment and remember the long and strange history of Valentine’s Day.
GRAPHIC BY ANGELICA MANZANARES
1847 AD In America, Esther Howland Creates the first mass-produced Valentine’s Day cards.
February 11, 2014
ENTERTAINMENT Breakin’ Hearts
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Former students organize street culture festival By Jonathan Baca Copy Editor
For the past 12 years hiphop has had a home here in Albuquerque, and every b-boy, break dancer, DJ and MC in town has known where to go when they want to show their skills and earn the respect of their scene; Breakin’ Hearts. Scheduled for Saturday, Feb 15 at Warehouse 508 and Sunday, Feb 16 at the Heights Community Center, the Twelfth Annual Breakin’ Hearts hip-hop festival will bring dance competitions, street art, rap battles and free vendor space to the Duke City, celebrating hip-hop culture in an all-ages, family friendly extravaganza. Former student and Event Coordinator, Cyrus Gould is part of the United Hip Hop Family (UHF) Krew, a competitive dance crew that shares their love of b-boy culture with Burque’s youth in workshops and dance classes, and has helped put on Breakin’ Hearts and other hip-hop events locally for more than 15 years. “It’s a really great, positive event, and it can change a lot of stereotypes,” Gould said. Over the past 12 years the event has grown from a small, tight-knit community to a huge, two day event, with exhibitions and competitions
that encompass every facet of street culture, Gould said. On Saturday at Warehouse 508, there will be a 2 vs. 2 dance battle with a $1,000 prize, along with $100 prizes for a live painting canvas battle and a beat box contest, and a $50 prize for “Freshest Dressed.” On Sunday the party moves to the Heights Community Center, where the one-on-one open style and pop n’ lock battles will be held, each with a $100 prize. Each night also has a 21-and-over after party, at Art Bar on Saturday and Sister Bar on Sunday. Saturday’s after party will also have MC and DJ battles. Throughout the weekend there will be performances from hip-hop groups like Diles, the 2bers, and L’Roneous, and dance exhibitions from the UHF Krew and their youth group, Jr. UHF. “There’s all these chances to really be involved in a meaningful way as opposed to just being a spectator. I think it gives people an opportunity where maybe there was none before. People like to get a little bit of the limelight,” Gould said. Former student and Event promoter “Shuga” Shane Montoya said that UHF Krew and Breakin’ Hearts has always been about creating
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The United Hip Hop Family (UHF) Krew.
a positive, creative scene for kids and people of all ages, by focusing on education, competition and reflection. “It’s nice to be able to share what you love to do with other people that really get into it. We see a lot of shifts and changes in people’s lives too, where maybe they are a little more outgoing. Because it’s hard to get out there and dance,” Montoya said. In addition to all the performances and competitions, and in the spirit of education, there will also be free community workshops starting on Friday and continuing throughout the weekend, where local spray paint artists, dancers and DJs will be teaching their crafts, Gould said. They will also be offering free vendor space at the event, where anyone in the
community can sign up for free space to sell whatever they want, Montoya said. In the past, people have sold their handmade art, jewelry, screen printed t-shirts and clothing, b-boy accessories like head spin beanies, handmade hip-hop dolls, and anything else, Montoya said. Dancers can sign up the day of the event, and the only entry fee is the cost of the admission. “Just come early, sign up, and get ready to battle,” Montoya said. Tickets are $15 at the door each day, and two-day passes can be purchased before the event for $25, and are available at Caps Paint Shop, LA Underground and Silver Skate Shop. Gould and Montoya have been sharing their love of dancing and the hip-hop
scene since 1999, when they first formed UHF Krew, Gould said. The crew has competed all over the country, and they are passionate about community outreach, teaching the skills of break dancing to kids with their Urban Summer Hip-Hop Camp and regular dance classes at Marshall’s Performing Arts Conservatory, Montoya said. They have also worked closely with groups like Children, Youth and Families Department, the Southwest Organizing Project, the Youth Detention Center and Title 1 Homeless Project. “We work closely with a lot of these organizations, and they really believe in what we do,” Montoya said.
Montoya said that the crew learns as much from the kids as they teach, and that it is this cycle of learning and growing that is the most rewarding part of the job. “Working with these guys has really been a blessing. It’s amazing to see what they can do,” he said. Although hip-hop and street culture has often been sighted by many as being a bad influence on youth, Gould said that if people could see what they do and how much of a positive impact their work can have on kids, they would change their minds. “I would just encourage people to come to the event and make their own judgments and opinions. Come out and have a good time, see how much of a family event it is and how great it is,” Gould said.
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STUDENT NEWS Romance on a budget
February 11, 2014
Spend less this Valentines Day
from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Staff Reporter Monday through Friday. Manager, Keith Roessler Valentine’s Day is a special day to treat loved ones to a fine said that for their Valentine’s dinner, and Albuquerque has Day special, Seasons will be many restaurants that would serving a special four-course surely make this day one to dinner, which includes a bottle of Feuillatte Brut Rose from remember. The Chronicle has high- France with the first course, lighted four restaurants that for $55 per person. The main course might make this Valentine’s Day truly spectacular that offer entrées include Crispy Valentine’s Day specials and Duck Breast, Pan Seared treats for couples looking to get Sea Bass, and Fresh Lobster Tail and Filet. out on the town this holiday. “The Brut Rosé is valued Seasons Rotisserie and at about $50, so this dinner is a Grill in Old Town at 2031 really good deal,” Roessler said. Roessler said that resMountain Rd. NW specializes in cuisine rooted in the ervations are required and American classics, serves can be made through the simple dishes created website or by phone. According to the website, with the freshest ingredients and features an open Seasons purchases locally or kitchen where guests can regionally whenever possible see the restaurant kitchen and they have been able to find in action, which creates an amazing variety of ingredia very memorable dining ents from local sources. experience, according to For those who would the restaurant’s website. According to the web- like to dine in the Nob Hill site, guests of Seasons can area this Valentine’s Day, choose to sit in a dining there is Scalo Northern room that features natural Italian Grill located at 3500 wood, terra cotta, and hand Central Avenue SE and this restaurant is open for lunch wrought light fixtures. According to Season’s from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. website this restaurant is and then opens for dinner at located at 2031 Mountain Rd. 5:30 p.m. daily, according to NW and is open for lunch the restaurant’s website.
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Manager, Sarah Williams said that they will be running their regular menu and will add a special Valentine’s Day dinner, which will be an appetizer and two course dinner and can been seen at the restaurant’s online menu at scalonobhill.com/file/Valentines_ Day_2014.pdf. Williams said that pasta will run from $13 to $18 and dinner entrées will be from $24 to $32. Reservations are recommended and can be requested by visiting the website or giving them a call, she said. “Nothing says love like a glass of wine coupled with great Italian cuisine. Pair that with the backdrop of Historic Nob Hill, and you are sure to have a memorable Valentine’s Day,” a passage from the website reads. El Pinto is the largest New Mexican restaurant in the state, with three indoor dining rooms, a cantina, and five patios that are enclosed during the colder months so that visitors can dine by a warm fire, according to the restaurant’s website. According to El Pinto’s website, this restaurant is located at 10500 Fourth St. NW and is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to
9 p.m.., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. According to El Pinto’s menu, which can be seen online at elpinto.com/menus, most large dinners are from $18 to $20 per plate and there are many varieties of healthy and vegetarian plates ranging from $13 to $20. Manager, Doug Evilsizor said he believes El Pinto would be a fine place for a romantic dinner because it has an old world feel with fireplaces and a romantic atmosphere. El Pinto has tasty guacamole, delicious steak, and traditional enchiladas, he said. Evilsizor said that they have a wide variety of dishes, including healthy and vegetarian dinners that are delicious. “There’s no better place to be for Valentine’s. We have good salads, great New Mexican food, and the best margaritas around,” he said. Evilsizor said that there are a limited number of reserved tables, but reservations are not necessary because there are lots of tables for walkin visitors.
Restaurants with V-Day Deals SCALO NORTHERN ITALIAN GRILL 3500 Central Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 255-8781 scalonobhill.com/ Lunch: Daily 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner: Monday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
EL PINTO RESTAURANT AND CANTINA 10500 Fourth St NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 898-1771 elpinto.com/ Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
SEASONS ROTISSERIE AND GRILL 2031 Mountain Rd NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 766-5100 seasonsabq.com/ Lunch: Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner: Monday through Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Chit Chat: What is your best and worst Valentine’s Day? By Nick Stern
Patti Haaland, Registered Nurse at the Student Health Center
“Feb. 14, 2005, me and my husband got married on Valentine’s Day and that was the best Valentine’s Day ever.”
Andrew Strenger, Food Services Supervisor at Westside Campus
“Actually my best Valentine’s Day was when I was single. My worst was when I had a girlfriend.”
Deedee Velazquez, Biology major
“The worst Valentine’s Day ever was when I got ditched because my boyfriend at the time wanted to go out with his friends and watch a football game.”
Erik Neumann, Computer Technician major
“Me and my girlfriend jumped out of an airplane on Valentine’s Day.”
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Angela Perez, Testing Technician
“My worst was when I was getting everything prepared for Valentine’s and my boyfriend at the time came home drunk from the strip club.”
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February 11, 2014
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to students regarding the registration policy before the next term begins so that they “That’s the main reason will remember to sign up for behind it,” Moore said. their classes before the startThe large issue delaying ing date, and so that registrathe implementation of this new tion can go along smoother in policy had to do with the short upcoming semesters. window between the date CNM did offer a signifiCNM offices were opened over cant number of late starting the break and regular class classes in anticipation of stustart times, he said. dent need during this transiCNM plans to continue tion phase, but these classes the policy barring late registra- are shorter and are also more tion and administration will condensed, so the curriculum monitor any effects it may have, is equivalent to regular classes, he said. he said. Moore said that CNM Moore said that there will continue to communicate will be several late starting
classes offered during the summer semester that are 8 weeks in duration, rather than the standard 12 week course, and that the fall schedule will also start to offer more 8 week courses as well. “We know a lot of students need those classes due to work issues and family obligations and so forth. We try to accommodate all different types of students, so we’ll definitely continue to offer late starting courses,” Moore said. Alexandra Fowler, Chemistry major, said she
has been a CNM student for quite a while and she would advise any new student to meet with an academic advisor as early as possible to find out what classes should be taken and when to do so for each semester, or to find out if more classes are available to take during certain semesters. Fowler said she felt that CNM spread the word about the new registration policy adequately enough. “Teachers really drilled it in last semester and it was all over the website, so
I think we did know ahead of time,” she said. Dereck Swain, Engineering major, said he gets to pick his classes early, so he registers for the courses he needs way before the next term begins. Swain said he had no major problems registering for the spring term and the new policy locking classes from registration after their beginning date did not affect him at all. Swain said he was not aware that late starting registration was possible in previous semesters, and he advises
newer students to go to the CNM catalog and write down the Course Reference Numbers (CRN) of the classes that are needed, as well as to register instead of doing a class search online, and to get it all done early. “Don’t procrastinate. Try to get it done as early as you can,” he said. Moore said that CNM will evaluate student performance at the end of the spring term to determine if final grades improve or not under the new registration guidelines.
me so that we can set up a oneon-one advisement appointment,” she said. To contact Kieltyka, UNM Advisor, Sarah Kieltyka said CNM Academic call 659-6488 or email for Advisement and UNM intend email@example.com. to co-host these four CNM to more information on how to get started on transferring UNM transfer workshops. Kieltyka said that the to a four year college. Ariel Tyson, Psychology workshops will teach students how to learn the necessary major and former CNM stusteps to properly exit CNM, dent said she has had much the transfer process to UNM, experience with transferring how to determine which between colleges, and transcourses transfer to UNM as ferring from CNM is actually easier than some students well as how they transfer. If students are unable might think, so students just to make it to the workshops, need to know the right steps Kieltyka said she would be needed to do so. Tyson said she is a former more than willing to meet with students at scheduled CNM student who transferred to UNM quite successfully appointments to give advice. “If you cannot make it to and said that the process of the workshop but you are still transferring from CNM to interested in transferring from UNM was surprisingly painCNM to UNM, please contact less and simple.
“It was the easiest school to transfer from. Other schools usually involve running all over campus tracking down different people and getting totally lost in the ridiculous bureaucracy that is a university system,” Tyson said. She was very fond of the way that everything she needed was all in one building, which was Main Campus’ Student Services Center, she said. The best time for students in their undergraduate career to start applying and to transfer is definitely prior to the junior year, she said. “Lots of classes may turn out to not transfer to your new school and it is a real pain to have to take prerequisites as an upperclassman. Furthermore, because many classes may not transfer, the less you have taken the better, because you
are less likely to have to retake a bunch of classes,” she said. Ordering transcripts, which she had been told was hard to do, was easy at CNM, because all she had to do was pick up the form or print it online without waiting a long time, she said. The first thing students should do after applying and being accepted into their desired institute is to make sure to have their official transcripts from every previous college attended, and sent to the school the student is transferring to before doing anything else, she said. Students can have their previous schools either mail transcripts to them directly or transcripts can go directly to the school they are transferring to after community college, she said.
Tyson said it is also very important to prepare for the transfer as early as possible because it is good to have a great deal of time to take care of anything and everything that may come up like websites crashing and mail getting lost. Other than that, the CNM transferring process is very streamlined and the courses are basic enough that most classes will usually transfer, she said. The CNM website also has tips and advice for students who wish to transfer, along with some very helpful resources, which can be found at cnm.edu/ students-resources/transfer/ transferring-from-cnm. The transfer process, according to the CNM website, says that students should
first review all the transfer agreements between CNM and other colleges, which also includes a link allowing students to review those agreements for many different programs within New Mexico. According to the CNM site students should research their college of choice and then begin requesting their official transcripts and also includes the link that leads to the form for requesting official transcripts. The final step in the transfer process is to meet with an academic advisor from the intended institution a student wishes to transfer to in the near future, according to CNM.
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February 11, 2014
Instructors get students out of the classroom
PHOTO COURTESY OF CARMINE RUSSO
Chef Carmine Russo’s Culinary Arts class with Chef Rick Bayless at the Shamrock Foods’ Show.
By Angela Le Quieu Staff Reporter
Students are getting out of the classroom and going on field trips around New Mexico thanks to many of the CNM instructors initiating outside classroom activities and learning tools for a variety of the classes offered in the Spring 2014 term. Presidential Fellow of Innovation, David Valdés’ said teachers who participated in the Fall 2013 Focus Groups of faculty, administration, community, and students suggested field trips as a way to improve academics, and according to the report “Focus Groups Report: Part 1 Ideas Generated by the groups from Fall 2013. The program of innovation and the report’s public access are ways in which ideas from the focus groups find implementation at CNM, Valdés said.
These focus groups, however, do not represent the entire population of CNM, Valdés said. Larry Bob Phillips, Fine Arts instructor, will be meeting with his Art History of the Southwest class at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the UNM campus on Feb. 13, and he said that this trip is an opportunity for his students to see the artifacts that they have been studying in his class. “I think being in the actual environment, like a museum setting for a history class, students get a feel for the subtleties that cannot be gotten any other way,” Phillips said. Ideally he would take at least one field trip for every section he teaches in art history and studio arts, Phillips said. In class guest lectures are also important tools used to enhance the learning experience of their students, Phillips said.
Every Spring term Anthropology Instructor, Shepard Jenks Jr., Ph.D. holds an unofficial trip to Chaco Canyon as well as other events on campus, he said. On Feb. 20, 2014 former CNM Instructor and Navajo linguist, Jay Williams who is working with the Bureau of Indian affairs, will be speaking with living anthropology students at CNM about Navajo langue and culture, Jenks said. “I offer it to anthropology students as a tourist thing; it’s a wonderful place for students to see.” Jenks said. Students that go on the Chaco Canyon trip arrange their own transportation and meet up with Jenks who acts as a tour guide where he shows students Pueblo Bonito and other historical structures, he said. Though most students stay only for one day, the trip offers a camping opportunity that sometimes allows them to look at the night sky as
Chaco is a Night Sky Heritage site, Jenks said. The Albuquerque Astronomical Society has telescopes in the area that scientists and park rangers can set up for students, Jenks said. “Chaco feels like you are on another planet. You really feel like you’re just in a completely different place and I like it because it gets students out of their urban mindset,” Jenks said. Jenks said he lets students know the weekend he will be going up to Chaco and invites them to join him. The trip is an opportunity for students to complete a paper in which they visit a site or an event and write a response on the trip, Jenks said. Anthropology instructor, Sue Ruth works with the CNM Anthropology club who also goes on field trips, such as, going to Petroglyph National Monument to do voluntary cleanup of
construction and other debris dumbed at the site, she said. She also takes classes on field trips to Petroglyph National Monument when she can, Ruth said. “It’s great for people to see archeological sites first hand rather than just reading about them,” Ruth said. Theater Arts Instructor, Joseph Damour said that instead of students going all at once to a play, they are required to go to a play on their own and write a paper on their experience. Students chose one of three showings during a given weekend, which is then discussed in class, and in that way they still get a field trip experience that would otherwise be difficult to arrange, Damour said. “It’s almost impossible to get 15 to 16 people together to go to a play outside of class time and at night.” Damour said.
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Jenks said that he thinks field trips are just a wonderful opportunity for students in terms of organization and the real world where people are working around town. “CNM should be bending over backwards to accommodate this process so that we have legitimate field trips,” Jenks said. Culinary arts instructor, Chef Carmine Russo has taken his classes on field trips regularly over the years, he said. Due to budget and time constraints he is unable to take his first term class on any field trips, but in the past he has taken classes to restaurants, food suppliers and warehouses, and to see renown Chefs such as Rick Bayless, Russo said. “I believe students can learn more out of the classroom then if they spend all their educational experience in lecture and lab,” Russo said.