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New instructor contracts forbid ‘inflammatory’ statements By Jonathan Baca Copy Editor
In the recently ratified contracts for full time and part time instructors, there is language that could be used to limit instructors’ ability to speak freely about “Union matters.” The contracts forbid Union members from using college resources, including communication with “student media,” to discuss anything “inflammatory, derogatory, or disruptive to good labor-management relations,” according to the contract document. Dianne Layden, a part time English instructor who has 40 years of experience in labor relations and studies, and previously worked as Assistant County Manager for Labor Relations, said that the language in the contracts is unethical, is a restriction on instructors’ First Amendment rights, and shows an attempt by the college to suppress any dissent among faculty. “This is a gag order,” Layden said. The full contracts can be found at cnm.edu/facstaff, under “collective bargaining agreements.” In the contract for part time instructors, Article 26.6 states: “Nor shall College resources (including but not limited to the use of College student media) be used for any union business of any type, a political campaign for an individual candidate, an issue or an organization. In the event the College believes a violation of this provision has occurred it shall be brought to the attention of the Federation President and the distribution in question will be halted until the
parties agree on how to proceed (Emphasis added). In an official statement to the Chronicle, administration addressed this article: “The language in Section 26.6 of the Part-time Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement was agreed upon by the part-time faculty union and administration. It addresses the operations of the part-time faculty
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contains communication that violates these provisions. A document obtained by the Chronicle showed that during the negotiating process, there was language put forward by the college that specifically named the CNM Chronicle as one of the resources union members could not use to distribute “inflammatory, derogatory or disruptive” statements.
“This is a gag order.”
- Dianne Layden
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William Duran looking up campus statistics.
union, not an individual’s right to freedom of speech. It is intended to articulate that college and taxpayer resources are not to be used for union organizing or lobbying, or political activity.” But the broadness of this language could be problematic, and while administration said that it would not limit an individual’s freedom to speak, any concern that an individual union member has concerning their work could be construed as “union business,” Layden said. “An instructor can have a matter that is a personnel matter. By definition, because that instructor is covered by the collective bargaining agreement it also becomes a union matter, but it didn’t generate there,” Layden said. Another point of concern is whether faculty now has limits on their right to speak freely to the Chronicle, whether the Chronicle is a “college resource,” and whether administration reserves the right to halt the distribution of the paper if it
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The part-time faculty contracts last until 2016.
That language was changed, and the CNM Chronicle is not named specifically in the final contracts, which now refer to “student media.” “The CNM Employees Union and the College did have some long, spirited discussions about the school newspaper and whether it was a ‘college resource’ or an independent entity, as those questions relate to the rights of faculty and the union officers,” said Andy Russell, History instructor and Vice President of the CNM Employees Union, who was part of the bargaining process for the full timers’ contracts. In their official statement, the school denies that the language is meant to refer to the distribution of the student paper. “The sentence that includes the word ‘halted’ would not apply to the operations of the CNM Chronicle. It is intended to refer to fliers with disputed content that would be posted on bulletin boards at CNM locations,” according to the statement. However, the broadness of the language in the provision is worrisome to many, and shows that the school has a definite attitude toward the paper, Layden said. “Maybe CNM was conveying a message to the bargaining team that they don’t like it when faculty members talk to the Chronicle reporters,” Layden said. Frank LoMonte, Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center, pointed out that regardless of
From catching bike thieves and working with the Albuquerque Police Department, to helping disabled students to get around in our community, William Duran, Security Director, who is also a part-time instructor in the Health, Wellness and Public Safety Department, said he has big plans to begin instilling a new customer service friendly philosophy within his department. Duran also said he plans to put a new face on the security forces here on campus, which is all part of the new community based policing program he has introduced here at CNM. In the months of January and February the CNM security office has been working with APD as well as the University of New Mexico Police Department to assist in apprehending three individuals so far, who had
allegedly stolen high dollar bicycles from both campuses, and Duran said he has been dedicating more security to problem areas and also plans to continue working with these agencies until thefts have been reduced. “Actually we’ve had a slew of bike thefts, and we’ve been working with UNMPD because they’re having the same problem. Also it’s not just one thief, it’s a group of thieves and they’re not associated with each other, so we have different groups stealing bikes here, mainly high dollar bikes,” he said. Because of these occurrences, security will be starting new safety procedures to ensure less theft on campus to include, a new reporting system and will start having students and faculty begin registering their bikes just as car owners do, he said. Security does plan to do a massive media campaign on campus before this registration rule will be required of bike owners, and Duran said this will be to ensure everyone’s property is safer overall on campus and elsewhere, so if a bike is stolen off campus, information saved during
registration can help to retrieve stolen bikes. “So it will be tagged with a sticker, and if that bike gets stolen here or wherever, we’ll have all the information on file,” he said. The security team has also been working closely with the Disability Resources Center to address concerns from a safety perspective, Duran said, and one of his goals is making sure CNM is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards, as well as even helping new disabled students to find the best routes to classes. “We did a critical assessment of the campuses, and we’ve addressed most of the critical issues, such as fire alarm devices, fire extinguishers, and that kind of thing. We are also in the process of bringing Automatic External Defibrillators, so we’ll have staff members that are trained and every building will have one. Also, DRC has it set up so if students need something, that DRC
whether a school contributes money to a student-run newspaper; they do not have the right to control the content and distribution of the paper. “I’ve never heard anything like that, that singled out any particular method of communication, any particular media organization or type of media. It
is worrisome both for the rights of journalists and the rights of the faculty. That’s really remarkable,” LoMonte said. Although the Chronicle was not named specifically in the final contracts, the restrictions on instructors’ speech made to “student media” is still in the contracts, and
could theoretically be used to limit what the paper prints, LoMonte said. Since the Chronicle was not part of the negotiations, the contract cannot pertain to how it operates or communicates with instructors, he said.
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Security makes effort to keep students safe during emergencies By The Chronicle Editorial Board It is great to hear that Security Director William Duran in the article “Security department deals with thefts and starts community based initiative,” is taking steps to ensure that all campuses are up to date with a new access control system that will incorporate intrusion control. That means that if there ever were a shooter situation students and faculty could have their classroom doors lock automatically to prevent injuries or loss of life. With shooter incidents becoming frequent in schools throughout the nation, it is relieving to hear that measures will be taken to make sure students and staff are safe on campus. Not many schools are taking the initiative at the community college level to get this type of access control system, so
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Band provides pipeline to Celtic culture By Angela Le Quieu Staff Reporter
The bagpipe and drum band Mac-Tire of Sky Pipes and Drums connects with CNM and Celtic heritage through community involvement and performances, Suzanne “Aden” Kemp, Psychology major said, who is the Pipe Major and President for the band. There are three people in the band who are also part of the CNM community, and the band also plays twice a year at CNM graduations, Kemp said. “And we’ll keep it, we have CNM pride here,”
said Tara O’Mahony, English major, and who is the Drum Major for the band. Although the band plays at multiple occasions every year, such as Veteran’s Day events in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque and multiple St. Patrick’s Day events, CNM is one of the band’s main supporters, Kemp said. The bands sponsors and supporters help to cover expenses and allows them to offer free lessons to students who wish to learn how to play the bagpipes, Scottish drums, or to learn about Celtic heritage and the history of bag pipes, O’Mahony said.
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The Mac-Tire of Skye bag pipe band performs locally at Two Fools Tavern.
“The most good we do is the free lessons we offer,” O’Mahony said. The lessons are offered on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hope of Cross located at 6104 Taylor Ranch Rd NW church and more details can be found at their website mactireofskye.webs.com, O’Mahony said. The free lessons that they give often help parents who want their kids to have more musical experience, but who go to schools that do not offer music programs, Kemp said. The band also does educational performances at schools in the community, teaching people about the origins of the bagpipe, Kemp said. “A lot of people are just drawn to the sound and the feeling they get when they hear bagpipes and drums,” Kemp said. Chef Carmine Russo, Culinary Arts instructor, who is also in the band, said that his wife was interested in bagpipes, but that it was not until he saw a pipe band play at a TVI graduation that he got interested.
During Russo’s early years with TVI, he and another teacher were trying to get other teachers to attend graduation, and for him, one of the main reasons to go to the graduation ceremony was to see the bagpipes played at the end, he said. There was one teacher at the time who was not interested in going to hear the bagpipes because her husband was in the band, and it was that teacher who told him about free bagpipe lessons being offered and how he could start learning to play, Russo said. “I had never heard of free lessons, nobody gives free lessons, I’m saying you’re kidding, and she said no it’s free, you have to buy a practice chanter and a book and they’ll get you started,” Russo said. Currently there are 40 different kinds of bagpipes around the world, Kemp said. Another part of the band’s connection to Scotland comes in the tartan kilts that are a part of their uniforms, the tartan that they use is the Ancient Urquhart which comes
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Suzanne “Aden” Kemp, Tara O’Mahony, Carmin Russo play in the local bag pipe band.
from a clan near Loch Ness in Scotland, Kemp said. “The Irish have what they call a saffron kilt which is a solid color, but the Scots have the tartan and I hate to call it plaid, but people call it plaid; plaid is when there is no name assigned to it, no anything assigned to it, it’s just like a made up tartan,” Kemp said. A tartan belongs to a clan or a family, O’Mahony said. Pipe bands like MacTire of Skye are a recent development in the last two
hundred years, but drum corps had marched with military regiments,and that military tradition is still with the bands who operate the same whether they are military or civilian, O’Mahony said. “Before the drummers used to march in front of the pipers when they first started putting pipe bands together and that’s a, us pipers are a little proud for that so now we are in front of the drummers when we march with the military regiment,” Kemp said.
Student keeps it in the family at local business Nick Stern
Senior Reporter Business major Justin Gabaldon has used his education to help keep the tradition of The Bird of Paradise liquor store and Antonio’s Café and Cantina which are conjoining local businesses that have been family owned and operated for more than 50 years, Gabaldon said. Gabaldon is the coowner of Antonio’s and he also helps with the daily duties involved with running the liquor store, which he knew he would be a part of someday, because aside from being tradition, he holds a lot of love in his heart for the business that his grandparents started in 1963, he said. “Since I started high school I always knew that I would follow in the family footsteps and ensure that the business would continue on. It is my family’s heritage and it is what we have left throughout all the years. People may pass away and many things
may change but we have constantly had the place,” Gabaldon said. Gabaldon said he is convinced that going to CNM was one of the best decisions he has ever made because it has helped him learn how to handle and manage just about everything that comes his way while keeping the businesses operating smoothly, and the majority of what he has learned from attending CNM has been successfully applied directly to his work. “I carried a lot from CNM over to my work here. I learned a lot of managerial concepts, a lot of accounting, but one of the most important things was the idea that if anyone works hard and puts their mind to what they need to accomplish, then what they are working for becomes much more attainable,” he said. One of Gabaldon’s favorite aspects of CNM was the number of highly capable and greatly experienced instructors there were during his time there, he said.
The professors he had during his time at school did not just teach him what he learned by taking everything straight from a textbook, but much of what he learned seemed to have come from actual experience, because so many of his instructors had actually worked in the field they taught and had even owned their own businesses, which helped Gabaldon see what he was learning up close and personal, he said. “They (CNM) have a lot of teachers that are knowledgeable in the field and have been through the stuff they teach themselves. Teachers seemed to have first-hand experience in their fields and that made a huge difference in how well they taught me. That is what it is all about is experience, because when you can actually apply it to real life and when you have people who can help you see it for what it really is, it makes it so much easier to understand,” Gabaldon said.
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Justin Gabaldon cooking pizza at Antonio’s Café and Cantina.
His plan to follow the family tradition and help run the family business aided Gabaldon to make his decision to pursue a business degree at CNM, right out of high school in 2008, he said. He strongly believes that in this day and age, an education is one of the most important things to have in just about every facet of life, and he understood then as he does now that receiving a higher education is a strong asset not
only to his own success but to the continued success of his family’s businesses, he said. Gabaldon said he believes that any student can get a lot out of pursuing their education further than high school and that most of all, it is important to not give up. Ever since his grandparents Albert and Carmen Gabaldon started the Bird of Paradise more than 50 years ago, it has remained family operated since its creation
and has expanded in size and had Antonio’s (restaurant) added to it, which has gone through many names but has still remained a family-owned and operated business, he said. Gabaldon encourages anyone to come by to either the Bird of Paradise or Antonio’s Café and Cantina, which he said will always have great prices on both food and drinks.
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The uncertain truth about space trash By Nick Stern & Rene Thompson
Senior Reporter & Editor in Chief Ever since Sputnik 1 was launched into space in 1957 by the Soviet Union, people have been launching rubbish called orbital debris or more commonly known as space trash, and as of 2010, according to extremetech. com, there are more than 20,000 pieces of debris that are five centimeters or larger, and are as big as whole satellites. There is an estimated 500,000 pieces of marble-sized debris about one centimeter, because of collisions and are un-trackable because to their small size. These debris can be from rocket stages, which are pieces of detached rockets, to broken or near useless satellites, and experts say the problem is becoming a major issue for future space flight and navigation, so it is an issue that must constantly be monitored. One of the many reasons why the world is having this problem is that every single space launch has contributed to this junkyard, and according to nasa.gov the debris sometimes move at ludicrously high speeds of 4.3 to five miles per second, and five miles per second is 18,000 miles per hour, so that speed is almost seven times faster than a bullet, and can cause massive amounts of damage to working satellites, space stations, and space shuttles, which could be dangerous to astronauts and affects space exploration in general. Math, Science and Engineering Instructor, Joseph Piscitelli said the extreme shaking caused by the thrust of launching shuttles causes all sorts of things to pop off during flight and that space shuttles are especially well known for losing heat tiles, which protect the shuttle from the extreme temperatures in space and during atmospheric re-entry during every launch.
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“So, NORAD maintains a database constantly of man-made debris, taking into account debris from new launches and the debris that have fallen back to Earth,” Piscitelli said. According to “The Clutter Above” at ebscohost.com.libproxy. cnm.edu, there is even more cause for worry as there have been many instances of debris falling from the sky all over the world, such as in 2000 in South Africa and again in 2001 in the Middle East, and the most famous examples of debris impacts were the American Skylab crash in Australia in 1979 and the Russian MIR crash in 2001. According to the Japan Daily Press, there might be some hope though, as the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, in partnership with other companies, will be launching a shuttle with a newly invented “electrodynamic net” to slow down debris and tether them into the lower orbit of earth, where it will hopefully burn in the atmosphere. After managing to deliver payloads out of the Earth’s atmosphere and into space, there are still bits and pieces of junk that have become loose or are impacted
by micro-debris and get lost while in orbit, Piscitelli said. “In general, physics is one of the most common problems to calculate the impulse (and navigation) needed to launch a rocket into space. What most people do not take into account with space launches is that the ridiculously large rocket thrust that is required to lift something out of Earth’s gravity well and produces enormous vibrations in the rockets and their payloads,” Piscitelli said. Space Stations and shuttles have to maneuver themselves out of the way of catastrophically fastmoving trash but satellites are extremely relevant in the information age as well, and according to the “The Clutter Above” article, these satellites are used for the majority of communications, internet access, navigation, military surveillance, and spatial environmental research. There could also be implications to early warning satellites if they were destroyed by an impact, and there would be no defense against nucleararmed nations or any way of knowing when attacks would occur.
According to the article, the results from a NASA risk assessment stated that of the 20 most likely situations that could lead to the loss of another shuttle, space debris was number 11. Piscitelli said that the manmade debris has really become an issue since the 60’s and has only gotten dramatically worse, so unless nations with space exploration programs start taking this issue seriously,this could be hazardous to the whole world. According to extremetech. com, NASA has experimented with the idea of a “laser broom,” which is said to be an Earth-based laser that fires up into space, shifting debris that is on a collision course, or possibly de-orbiting it, but has yet to enact this idea as a solution.
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Space trash that fell in the Middle East in 2001.
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STUDENT NEWS Suncat Chit Chat
February 25, 2014
By Jonathan Baca Copy Editor
What do students think about all the spam mail that is sent every week to school email addresses? Briana Martinez
Nursing major “It’s moderate. I don’t really look at it though. I read what it says on the subject line, and if it doesn’t seem like it’s really important, then I just delete it without opening it.”
Liberal Arts major “I read some of it that I feel pertains to me. It doesn’t annoy me at all. There is enough email that I get from any other place, so I kind of just pick and choose.”
Communications major “It’s going to happen whether you want it to or not. If it’s really too much of a hassle for people to click ‘delete’ if they don’t want to read it, then that’s their problem.” ALL PHOTOS BY JONATHAN BACA
Welding major “I don’t like it. It just clogs up my email, and then you look at it and it’s usually the same thing multiple weeks in a row. It’s just kind of pointless, because it’s never anything that really involves the students very much.”
Culinary Arts major, work study employee “It’s a little excessive. It’s not bad, I mean some of it is useful, but I don’t ever use most of it. Some of it is useful, but there is a lot that isn’t.”
Nursing major “I honestly don’t check it. It’s not excessive, I just don’t really pay attention to it unless it’s like a reminder for renewing stuff.”
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more blatant violation of the First Amendment than to restrain the distribution of a publication,” LoMonte said. “If anyone ever tried to LoMonte also pointed restrain the distribution of a out that words like “inflamstudent publication on the matory” and “derogatory” grounds of a faculty conare not really legally recogtract, that person would be nized terms and lack clear committing a four-alarm definitions like libel or fire violation of the First slander, and that the interAmendment. There is no pretation of these words
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can call us to get students help to get around,” he said. Duran said if any disabled students are having a hard time finding how they can get to certain areas of the campus that they can call the DRC at 224-3259 or go there in the Student Services building on the second floor. And for any emergencies students can call campus dispatch at 224-3001 or for nonemergencies at 224-3002. Before Duran’s hiring seven months ago with the CNM security force, he was previously a Homicide Sergeant, and said he plans to change outdated policies and update campus security over the next couple years. Duran said he hopes to change many aspects of his department as well, from installing new locks at the Montoya campus, which are sparse on most individual classroom doors, to bringing all campuses up to with to have proper surveillance and cameras to improve overall campus security and ensure safety on a more comprehensive level. On Jan. 13 at Montoya campus there was a breakin at the office of the food court in the H building, where thieves got away with a couple hundred dollars and took a computer and monitor, Duran said.
But APD is investigating the case and now has a suspect because of finger prints obtained from the scene, he said. Duran said that his department will always work with APD because there are certain things that his department cannot address, such as this kind of crime that occurs on campus, and said that he feels supported by local law enforcement in resolving issues efficiently. “Chief Banks (of APD) said ‘whatever resources we need he will provide,’ so it’s good to know we have the help,” he said. Duran said the fingerprints were a good break in the case and that his department will continue to work with APD to conduct more interviews on this matter, and that he will be focusing on getting security up to date at Montoya. “I know that Montoya does not have any cameras right now and we will get some. I have tons of cameras all over the place, but there are some campuses without cameras, so we’re in the process to find out where we need more. I’d double the amount of cameras we have now, but it is just a matter of money and funds,” Duran said. He said his department is conducting a reassessment of the surveillance system and as the campuses keep growing, so will the need
could cause problems when enforcing the contracts. “I think it is completely inappropriate as a matter of academic freedom for the college to make that request, to ask the union to make that concession,” LoMonte said. The school’s official statement said the Labor Board, which consists of a
union rep, a member of management, and a neutral party would interpret the agreement and make determinations and recommendations. Russell said that the “complicated” agreement still needs to be tested on many different levels, especially concerning communication between union officers
and Chronicle reporters. “The officers of the FT faculty bargaining unit must now be more careful about issuing any statements that are ‘inflammatory, derogatory, or disruptive to good labor-management relations’ when communicating via channels CNM claims some control over
(on-campus e-mail, bulletin boards, mailboxes, and now ‘student media’),” Russell said. The school’s official statement did not mention any plans to reevaluate, clarify or change any contract language any time soon.
for more surveillance, so all campus cameras will soon be incorporated and all tied together by a new control system Duran hopes to begin using soon. “We have some really outdated locking systems, I mean really outdated, like a quarter of a century old that really need to be upgraded, so we are in the process right now of setting up an access control system,” he said. Duran said this new system will not only be tied to the cameras on campus but will also incorporate swipe card locks on doors, so that staff and faculty can be able to access doors much more easily that will lock when closed if required, and to be able to free up the security force for more pending issues instead of unlocking doors for people. Also, if it was ever needed in a shooter situation, every door could be locked or unlocked from a master control system. “My goal is to have all of my campuses run on the access control system, which will incorporate intrusion control, surveillance and that kind of thing, but we’re just not there yet. It should have been something that was done over the last 10 years and nobody really ran with it, but now I have support from the President’s office and IT (Information Technology Services),” Duran said.
Another big thing that Duran plans to do is to change the way the officers in his department will be seen, by altering the uniforms that security wears on campus in the near future, he said. Duran said one of the reasons why is because his security force are not police officers, yet they are seen that way sometimes, and that the uniforms worn now could potentially be a safety issue in a shooter situation, because they are not armed, but could be perceived as police officers and this could potentially put them in harm’s way, he said. “I’ve talked to a lot of the students, including my students because I teach here part time and they say ‘your guys look like cops, and they act like cops,’ and that’s not the role because we’re a community college. They will instead have tactical pants and a polo shirt. It’s a utility uniform, but they will not look like police officers, the pants will be tan and the shirts will be black,” Duran said. He said he wants his security force to be seen as a resource that students can utilize, and compared his force to the UNMPD, explaining that they are a different breed of enforcement, because UNM has residents, alcohol issues, and large events that require having a police force, but that CNM does not need to have that kind of presence,
at least not yet. “We’re not law enforcement right, so it’s kind of a non-threatening or nonauthoritative uniform; it’s more of a customer service type look, it’s just softer and that’s what I want here. We need the help of everybody on campus, and we’re not going to get the help if we’re always walking around in a militant type authoritative manor, so it will take some time, but I want our department to be the leadership group for all of CNM,” he said. This new community based initiative is not just for the community, but is also to better the school and for the officers too, because Duran said that research has shown that community based policing helps to get officers more involved in not only the school, students and faculty, but the surrounding area as well. “They feel more valued, and then they really become an integral working part of the community, and it gets rid of that us versus them mentality,” he said. Lately some of Duran’s officers have been doing safety walks with students and Duran said he hopes to get more students on the reinstated safety committee of more than 35 people from most departments, because students have a different view than the staff do, and because his team sees the school every day, and they do not see the safety issues that
are seen by students that are not on campus on a daily basis. Duran said that he also wants to start seeing students taking the initiative to call his office when they see something going on at any of the campuses, whether it is with an instructor, administrator, student or his own officers. “If people see something, we need to know about it. Please call and let us know, because I am all about accountability here; I expect my officers to hold me accountable and I expect students to do the same. I don’t want people to think we condone bad behavior, and not just from my officers, but from any staff or students, because it needs to be addressed. They should call so I can address it, because if I don’t know about it, I can’t fix it,” he said. Lastly Duran hopes to update the security web page to include interactive software where students or faculty can make incident or safety reports more easily, or if anyone has any general concerns, they can also be addressed with this upcoming feature, he said. “I don’t think our web page has been visited for a long time, so I need to put a lot of infrastructure in place before we can get to that,” Duran said. Until then, if anyone does have any issues or concerns at any of the campuses, they are urged to call the school’s non-emergency dispatch number at 224-3002.
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February 25, 2014
Linguist teaches Navajo to Anthropology class By Angela Le Quieu Staff Reporter
Former instructor, Ph.D. and linguist, Jay Williams came to CNM on Thursday Feb. 20 to speak with students on Navajo language and culture, and why the Navajo language should still be important in today’s society. Williams, who is now a technical writer with Chemega Federal Systems, spoke to Anthropology Instructor Shepard Jenks’ class on linguistic anthropology and to give a practical demonstration about how linguistic anthropologists work, Williams said. “I love teaching, spreading light and spreading knowledge,” Williams said. Williams has a passion for teaching, and although he left CNM for a position with Chemega to better
support his growing family, it is speaking to students that he enjoys, he said. Williams said when he speaks with anthropology students, he gives a twopart lecture, which is comprised of an emersion exercise in Navajo and then does a PowerPoint presentation on Navajo place names around Chaco Canyon. Jenna Abuhilu, Anthropology major, attended the lecture, she said. “It was awesome,” Abuhilu said. She described the presentation as starting out all in Navajo, without any English, and said that no one understood what Williams was saying, but that he pointed at and passed around objects repeating what he said five or six times, Abuhilu said. After that Williams talked with the class about what he was saying and the class began to figure out how the Navajo language was constructed, Abuhilu said. In Navajo sentences, the subject of a sentence is
at the beginning and then the verb, and the way the language works is that the sentence has no meaning until the speaker qualifies or gives the content of the sentence, Abuhilu said. “It stuck with you, it made you more interested,” Abuhilu said. Jenks said the first 15 minutes is all in Navajo and most students do not know any Navajo at all, but then after 15 minutes the students realize that they do know some Navajo now. This part of the lecture fits in with what Jenks was teaching during this portion of the class, which is on language, the phenology and morphology, as well as how language is connected with culture, Jenks said. “He (Williams) explains the structure of the language and how it’s different than English and it really reinforces some of the things I do in terms of the nuts and bolts of language,” Jenks said. The second part of the lecture was on how the Navajo mythology and place names relate to the
geographical features of the Four Corners area, Jenks said. The Navajo use stories from their mythology to orient themselves in the landscape, Jenks said. One example of this from Williams’ presentation is what Albuquerque is called in Navajo; it means “suspended church bells,” because it was where people went to church and where you could hear and see the church bells hung in the seventeenth century, Jenks said. “That really gives students a really good perspective on living here because it has this mythological meaning that it doesn’t have to most people who live here,” Jenks said. Williams describes the place names and their stories in mythology as an oral Rand-McNally, he said. By knowing the stories, a person knows physically where they are in the landscape, and then they do not get lost, Williams said. Williams said that he likes to come back to teach students about Chaco Canyon and the Navajo language which he
worked on at UNM for his Masters and Doctorate level degrees. “It’s a feeling that you don’t get anywhere else, you know when you run into a student and they are a better writer or they say ‘Hey Dr. Williams, I made an A on my sociology term paper because of you,’” PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. JAY WILLIAMS Williams said. When Williams “It’s part of what worked at CNM he makes me, me. I think taugh most of the differwhat makes a lot of teachent types of English and ers, teachers is that you technical writing classes have a passion for teachoffered at Westside, Main ing, that you have a pasand mostly Montoya camsion for going further for puses, he said. making things better than For Williams, teaching is a passion for making what they are, making things and society better, by society better, but teachgiving his students the tools ers do it one class at a to go out in the world, to time with one student at a be successful and to teach time,” Williams said. others, he said.
- Jay Williams
Issue 34 of Volume 19 of The CNM Chronicle