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ECOS asks for more student involvement at upcoming event

Employment freeze affects work-study

By Angela Le Quieu

CNM has initiated a hiring freeze for all workstudy employment positions, and all departments will be unable to hire any new student employees until July 1, when the new fiscal year begins, said Lee Carrillo, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. The hiring freeze should not affect any current workstudy employees, but any

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The Executive Council of Students wants to introduce themselves to the student body at CNM, and inform students about their group, including what they will bring to the school at the upcoming ECOS night, said Carrie Ratkevich, Criminal Justice major and President of ECOS. ECOS plans to host a meet and greet type function on Friday, April 11 at 5p.m. in the Richard Barr room at the Student Resources Center, she said. “We are going to have free food, pizza, who doesn’t love free food right,” Ratkevich said. The purpose of ECOS night is to give students a forum to speak with the student council about any concerns they might have at school, to develop relationships with the administration, and to give students, who may be interested in student government, a chance to find out more about the organization, Ratkevich said. Phillip Cox, Criminology major and Administrative Officer said that the evening will help to give a face to the student representatives, and to give people more exposer to what the CNM student government does. “I think ECOS is under appreciated, I don’t think a lot of students know exactly what ECOS has to offer,” Cox said. Ratkevich said that many students do not realize that CNM has a student government, and the event on

April 11 is one of the things that ECOS is doing to change all that. The student government has worked in many ways to better CNM and the surrounding community, Ratkevich said. Projects that ECOS has worked on include safety walks around campus to identify things like trip hazards and areas with lighting issues, and also helped to change where motorcycle parking was in the PPD lot after many fender benders occurred last year, because of poles installed around the previous parking area, she said. Ratkevich said that they organized the CNMunity Day in the 2013 spring semester, in which several clubs volunteered at local non-profits around Albuquerque. “I know some people went out to the farm and had to clean up whatever, they had to plant plants, water plants, or they helped organize the Re-store. So just different things that make people feel good about us and make us feel good about our community,” Ratkevich said. The work that ECOS does for the community is the main reason why Ana Martinez, Psychology see

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ECOS Night When: Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m. Where: Richard Barr Room, SRC


Carrie Ratkevich, Phillip Cox, Ana Martinez, and ECOS advisor Kristofer Gaussoin meet to discuss community involvement.

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departments who lose any employees will not be able to replace them, and will have to make do until they can hire new employees in July, Carrillo said. “It all comes down to one thing; we have limited funding,” Carrillo said. The school currently hires about 300 to 350 work-study employees per year, he said. One change that will affect current employees is that pay periods will not go

up from 20 to 30 weekly hours this summer as it has in the past, because there are no extra funds this year, Carrillo said. This increase had been done in summers past, because there had been a surplus at the end of those years, and the school is required to spend the entire allocation before the end of the fiscal year. If there is any money left over at the start of the new year, the amount of money the State and Federal

Leonardo magazine release party By Angela Le Quieu Staff Reporter

The magazine features art work and writing that was submitted throughout the year up until early in the spring term to PHOTO BY ANGELA LE QUIEU Houlihan, and Dr. Patrick Houlihan and editor Hope then is selected Hart-Petrie show off this year’s issue by volunteer of the “Leonardo”. editorial staff, same as the title of the cover Houlihan said. In this edition, the edi- art, which Hart-Petrie said tors were able to solicit not reflects the content of the just poetry but also short sto- magazine that seems to ries, as well as a wide range have a theme of identity of art from the CNM art and experience. Works range from tradidepartment for the magational drawing and painting, zine, Hart-Petrie said. “We really want to to mosaics and photography, encourage people with poems in both Spanish and all their different artistic English, short stories, and backgrounds and skills to computer graphic art, Harttake this opportunity to Petrie said. “We have a huge showcase their work,” Hartdiverse culture in here Petrie said. The title of this year’s and it reflects the student addition “Who I am and body at this school and I Where I’ve Been” is the am really pleased with the finished product,” HartPetrie said. Leonardo Release Party

The Leonardo is the CNM student based literary magazine that gives students the opportunity to showcase their creative skills and talents, said Hope Hart-Petrie English major and one of the editors for the magazine. On Friday, April 11 at 11a.m., this year’s Leonardo release party has been planned to be located at the Student Resource Center, first floor library outside the cafe, which will include a poetry reading and music from student authors who have been published in this year’s magazine, HartPetrie said. “The whole idea is to validate the arts and validate that side of ourselves that’s reaching for that kind of expression,” HartPetrie said. The event will also be the main distribution shot for the magazine, which is free to CNM students, said English instructor, Dr. Patrick Houlihan, who is the Friday, April 11 at 11a.m. in faculty advisor for Leonardo. the SRC


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governments give would likely be adjusted, and the school would receive less the next year, he said. This is the second year in a row that a hiring freeze has had to be implemented in order to ensure that enough money was left to continue paying existing student employees, he said. Although the school could cut student employees’ hours in order to keep from running out of funds, Carrillo said that the school has looked at the affect this would have, and would only do this as a last option. “We look at all those things, and we hope it doesn’t come to that, which I don’t think it will,” Carrillo said. The funds that go toward paychecks for all work-study employees come from a collective fund from Federal and State allocations, and from CNM itself, he said. Director of Marketing and Communications, Brad Moore said that $600,000 comes from the Federal government, $1.2 million is given by the State, and the school kicks in an additional $650,000, which is more than the 25 percent the school is required by law to contribute. “We want to be able to hire and employ as many work-study students as possible. The administration feels it is important for students to get an opportunity to have employment here, so the decision is made to add money to that fund,” Moore said. At the start of each fiscal year, the school must estimate how many work-study employees it can hire based on the amount of money in see

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School hosts second annual digital design showcase up, eat some food, and enjoy the awesome work that will Senior Reporter be on display. The Digital Design This year CNM is Showcase will give students planning to host the from Crawford’s and other Second Annual Digital instructor’s digital media Design Showcase on the classes the opportunity to second floor of the Student show people their art and Resources Center in the Richard Barr Boardroom, feel proud of their achieveFull-time Faculty member ments, she said. “Essentially the showcase of the Business Information is going to be a poster session. and Technology Department Students are going to have Sonia Crawford said. black presentation boards Crawford said the showwhich they are going to print case is a three hour event that all of their work on and then will happen on Good Friday display it in that room so April 18 from 1 p.m. until people can walk around and 4 p.m. and she encourages everyone and anyone to show look at their artwork. It is

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open to the CNM community, Albuquerque community, and everyone. It is just open to everybody,” Crawford said. Crawford came up with the idea for the first Digital Design Showcase during the 2013 spring semester and believes it can benefit the community immensely and she hopes to have a bigger and better one every year to eventually use as a catalyst for students to get notice and even get into internships or employment, she said. The showcase is intended to honor the participating artists and get their

work out in the public eye and many of the student artists involved in the showcase will also be graduating this semester, so the event is a great way to recognize the work and the progress that has been made, and will be made by all of them on their journeys through college and life, she said. “The way that I always think about these artists is that it is not just about what they have created this term, but it is sort of everything that has brought them to this point. It is all their talent sort see

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Bringing together Veterans in an effort to assist each other in being successful in college. Come join us at the meetings for coffee, chat and ideas to benefit Veteran students and find volunteer opportunities in the local community. Where: Rio Rancho Campus. Meetings: Bi-weekly every second Friday at 1 p.m. and forth Friday 9 a.m. If interested email advisor at hramos4@cnm. edu for specific dates and times.

Join physics league The CNM Physics League is a chartered student organization with a goal of supporting physics students. We meet every Saturday in JS 303 at Main Campus for a study session from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. with the CNM Math League. We also hold an official meeting once a month, location TBA. Please contact our president, Jenny Smith, at or our secretary, Joseph Denison, at jdennison2@ for more information.

Chemistry Study Sessions Available: Weekly study session for any chemistry subject. Meet people and get homework done at the same time! The study group always has free coffee and snacks. Contact: Tim Torres (President) Phone: 928-699-9834 Email:

L Building Announcement As of May 14, the lockers in the L Building will no longer be open to student use due to the renovations.

Current students qualify for a free general parking pass and AbqRide bus pass. The passes can be obtained at the Main campus Student Activities Office. Name, schedule, and student ID number are required. For a general parking pass vehicle and drivers license information must be provided. To register the online parking system for the free general parking sticker log-in to myCNM and follow links from the “transportation” section.

CNM changes prerequisites for Phlebotomy and Medical Laboratory Technician programs As of fall 2014, CNM will change entry requirements for the Phlebotomy (PHLB) Certificate and the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Associate of Applied Science degree programs. Students should plan accordingly. PHLB questions? Contact Paul Fornell at 224-4128 or pfornell@ MLT questions? 224-4000 ext 52158 or

Blood Drive Find a hero in you! CNM Main Campus will be having another Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 9 in front of Student Services Center at the Blood mobile. Eat a meal beforehand and bring a picture ID. For more information or call 246-1457.

Meeting with UNM PsychologyAcademic Advisors Mr. Keelan O’Riley, Sr. academic advisor and Ms. Michelle Gallegos, UNM Psychology undergraduate advisor will be heading a discussion in regard to transferring to UNM Psychology bachelor program, research opportunities and graduate degrees in psychology. This event is open to all CNM students, and we are meeting at CNM main campus, Jeanette Stromberg hall, room 209 (behind the elevator) on April 11 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. To RSVP or for more information please contact Ms. Tyie DeBeary via email We hope you can join us for refreshments, pizza and much more!

Montoya Campus Guest Speaker Series Heroin Addiction: How You Can Help Someone Struggling With Addiction Learn how prescription opiates and heroin affect the brain and body and how you can help someone who may be struggling with addiction. New Mexico’s overdose rate is more than twice the national average, and New Mexico young people are twice more likely to use heroin than young people in other states. Find out why this is such a problem and what you can do to help stop it. Presented by Jennifer Weiss, Executive Director of Healing Addiction in Our Community. Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Montoya Campus, Room H-126 Free and open to the public. For more information call 224-5524 or email


In issue number 38, Volume 19 the article “Native American club hosts fun run” should have said “AISES” referring to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society where it read “THEATER”, and where the 5k fun run was dated to be held on March 6, the article should have said April 6. The event was organized and hosted by the Native American Task Team with help from their community partners, and AISES members were able to volunteer during the race.

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By The Chronicle Editorial Board Students that take the time to get into a student based organization certainly get a much better experience out of going to CNM than the average commuter student. There are so many reasons why student clubs are a great opportunity, but first and foremost it is because student organizations help students to see the inner workings of the school and can sometimes even have the chance of changing CNM for the better. Not only do some student organizations open up opportunities for grants and scholarships, but they also give students a sense of community, and allow them the chance to network with like-minded people who hope to achieve the same goals. Student clubs can also help students when they leave CNM to move on to a four-year college or to help get

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ARTWork s! CNM Art Club Me etin gs are held as schedu led at artwork s.w ix.c om , 12 p.m. to 12:3 0 p.m. at Ma in Campus , room N-15 Nex t meeting: Frid ay, Apr il 25, R.S .V.P. to artwork sCNM@ gm Dan ielle Adv isor : Fac ulty .edu) cnm Mil ler (DR Mil ler@

CNM’s Art Club, ARTWorks is a student organization whose members include students, faculty and alumni at CNM, said ARTWorks club president, Letitia Hill. The club works to organize and fund exhibitions, art sales, studio time, visiting speakers and museum tours, as well as to provide members with a connection to the greater arts community, Hill said.

One great aspect of the club is that it holds a variety of workshops throughout the year, which provides members the opportunity to experience new and different applications, and to learn new techniques in a supportive and fun environment, she said. The club works to support student artists transitioning to becoming professional artists, and can help them develop valuable social networking skills, “which are vital to becoming successful artistic entrepreneurs,” she said. Students interested in joining the club can find member applications and more information at, where students can also RSVP to events, Hill said. “Are you passionate about art? Wish to be challenged and learn new artistic skills? Want to be supported in creative endeavors? Meet likeminded students? Join ARTWorks Art Club,” Hill said.

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American Indian Science and Engineering Society AISES meets the second Friday of every month at 12 p.m. at the SSC, room 205 Next meeting: Friday, April 11 Dee Advisor: Club Bluehorse (DBluehorse@

AISES is a diverse group of students from different Native American tribes and backgrounds, who have come together to create a supportive and dynamic community of students, said Troy Blackdog, engineering major and AISES president. “I’ve been involved with AISES for a while and I love it. Everybody there is very welcoming and friendly, and there’s a lot of opportunities, especially with internships and scholarships,” said Bertishia Begay, Physics major.

Aside from the opportunities for internships and scholarships, club members get involved with groups and events in the greater Albuquerque community and beyond to strengthen ties between the club and other communities, Blackdog said. “This shows us that the students are willing to step up to the plate and become an active member, and that shows a lot, not only to me, but to the faculty, CNM, and to our advisor,” Blackdog said. Blackdog said he invites students looking for a diverse and supportive group on campus to come and attend one of the meetings to meet people, network and possibly make friends. The club is open to all students, and though it is based in Science and Engineering, the group accepts students from other majors as well, he said.


AISES club President, Troy Blackdog chats with fellow club member Bertishia Begay. PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH GALVEZ

Club President Letitia Hill works on an ARTworks project.

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The Shooting Club displays their firearms on a group trip to the shooting range.

American Welding Society


AWS Vice President Thomas “Hass” Saunders and President Henno Van Arkle show off their tools of the trade.


“One great thing I get out of AWS in general is the netAmerican Welding Society, CNM chapter Meetings are Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. working,” Saunders said. Students who join the group are also automatically in room W-102, plus additional events as scheduled. enrolled in the state and national chapter, Van Arkle said. Next meeting: Wednesday April 9 Over the past few months he and Saunders have been Faculty Advisor: Kay Hamby ( working to reboot the club and have planned monthly one scheduled for April 25 to a Club President Henno Van Arkle said for those who field trips, with the next Arkle said. Van join AWS, there is a $15 annual fee that goes to the national company called CEI, to organize events and bring outThe club also wants organization, which helps to provide scholarships and field speakers to teach seminars on specific topics or give side trips for AWS members. as well as provide networking Vice President, Thomas Saunders said CNM’s chapter is presentations to the club,companies, Van Arkle said. local also involved with the state union, NM Local 75, which pro- opportunities with other know to get to rs membe vides opportunities for club For more student clubs go to welders across the state.

STUDENT LIFE Instructor and martial arts sensei schools students

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By Carol Woodland Staff Reporter

Dr. David Jackson, Professor of Business and Technology said he has many passions in life he has been lucky to turn into lucrative careers, but the most recent of which is teaching martial arts classes at his dojo, Aiki-Karate martial arts training hall located at 112 La Veta St. NE. Jackson has been practicing martial arts for 37 years, and owns a dojo here in Albuquerque and another in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he got his start on the martial arts path and it is also where he worked as a Gladiator at Cesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino, he said. Jackson said when he was 10 years old he was “a very bad kid” and at that time children were put into martial arts as a discipline. “My very first Tae Kwan Do class, my instructor told me I would never get a black belt because I was so ornery,” Jackson said. Jackson said he remembers that day vividly, and though he was kicked out of that particular dojo, he went on to earn five black belts in

five different styles of martial arts as well as a doctorate in Business Management, and he later thanked the instructor who told him he would never earn even one black belt. “Negative energy came at me, I took the negative energy and I made positive out of it,” said Jackson, who said that he was grateful that though the instructor had put him down, it gave him the drive to succeed. Jackson said that martial arts teaches you to be a better person, “to be the best that you can be,” and the skills you learn in the dojo transfer to all facets of life. In the dojo, students learn to avoid conflict and how to move it away from themselves or how to evade it, whether that conflict is a kick, a punch, a sword, a knife, or gun, he said. Not only do his martial arts students learn how to protect themselves, but they can also learn specific skills like how to use a sword or bow staff, or how to meditate, Jackson said. “I meditate every single day, because you can’t be this positive, and not meditate. You can’t,” Jackson said.

His dojo teaches a hybrid of martial arts systems called Aiki-Karate, which is a mixture of five different martial arts systems Jackson blended, he said. One style incorporated is Wing Chun Kung Fu, which Jackson says can be seen practiced in any Bruce Lee movie, and is a system of martial arts with an interesting history. “Back in the feudal days, women weren’t allowed to learn martial arts, they were very chauvinistic back then,” he said, explaining that Wing Chun Kung Fu was created by a woman, who studied Chinese monks and adapted their Kung Fu style to fit her body. Jackson said he believes that in addition to developing skills for self-defense, students of Aiki also learn to develop their own confidence, and fear can be a good thing in that sense because people who practice martial arts can learn to hold on to fear and convert it to confidence. Jackson said that when he feels negative energy he makes it his goal to convert it to positive, and to bring about positive changes in people’s lives.

“I’ve integrated martial arts into everything I’ve taught here at CNM in my teaching, I do it automatically. My students don’t even realize that they’re really learning martial arts, but it’s in a business setting,” said Jackson. In the classroom, the dojo, or out on the streets in everyday life, confidence and success comes from diligent and steady practice of techniques learned, he said. He said he also enjoys making costumes, such as a hand crafted Iron Man costume in his spare time, and running his personal consulting firm, when he’s not teaching classes at CNM. The Iron Man costume was made for Halloween of 2013, and when he posted pictures of it on Facebook a few likes turned into him being propositioned into doing kid’s birthday parties, and a new business had been born, Jackson said. “I’m blessed because my passion, something that I love doing became a business, just like karate was and teaching is— same thing,” he said. Jackson said he encourages students in any major



David Jackson teaches his students powerful life lessons in the dojo and the classroom.

to consider taking business classes for the invaluable skills to be learned such as how to manage people, how to plan, and how to organize and control things, as well as learning about human relationships and conceptual skills. “Even if they’re non-business majors, they still need to take my classes because my classes will help them with whatever career they’re going in. Karate or CNM, or take them both,” Jackson said. Jackson said that learning martial arts changed and helped his

life, and taught him that he needed to teach, which he loves to do. “I am a sensei. Sensei is Japanese for ‘the one before, who taught me, teacher.’ My purpose in life was to be a sensei, to teach others the right path to walk,” he said. For more information on Dr. Jackson’s Martial Arts classes, email senseitoshi@ or call 382-0692.


Rapper Engineer saves world one rhyme at a time By Nick Stern

Senior Reporter Mechanical Engineering major Malcolm Shelby, also known as MXK, is an Albuquerque-born rapper whose music is meant to be the complete opposite of being meaningless and negative, he said. Shelby said he has made it a point to create music that is inspirational in positive ways and can be the target of different audiences with broader tastes in music. “I really try to create music that is in a sense universal and something that has a positive message in it. I am trying to create something positive so everyone can enjoy it,” Shelby said. Shelby has been writing poetry since elementary school, which he said is where the evolution of his music began, and he also played the saxophone for band starting in middle school. Eventually Shelby became a student at CNM in 2012 where he discovered a way to improve his music and stage presence while still being able to focus on his education, he said. His improvement methods at school were practiced during his free time,


Malcolm Shelby represents the 505 in his song “Albuquerque Anthem”.

between classes, when he and his friends would walk around Main campus and find random people to perform for without any warning whatsoever, he said. This method not only helped Shelby boost his own creativity but it also taught him how to be a better performer by learning to become personal with his audience, he said. “We would sit in the elevators, my friends and I, and we would wait for somebody to come in and then we would just start singing to them. That is like the most personal singing you can get, is right there in the elevator,” Shelby said. Shelby not only raps but he also does party promotions for local businesses, records music, produces music, and even DJ’s house parties, weddings, skating rings, and just about anything he can get his

talents on, he said. He also has a YouTube channel called MXKS5, where he has uploaded quite a few music videos and even has one called the ‘Albuquerque Anthem,’ which is meant to represent his hometown in a positive way and also has had more than 11,000 views, he said. Being a native of Albuquerque, Shelby saw the chance to write a song that could be listened to and appreciated by the Duke City as a whole, so he went with it, he said. “I was born and raised here and that is where the origins of ‘Albuquerque Anthem’ came from. I really just wanted to create a song that all of Albuquerque can relate to and enjoy,” Shelby said. While Shelby has been heavily involved in his music, he also has a job as a fulltime employee with First

Convenience Bank and is still a part-time student working hard towards getting his degree, he said. Shelby said he has had a passion for engineering since he was a child and wanted to build spaceships or cars, and he also has dreams of working for NASA or an aviation company at some point in his career, he said. Shelby said he still has intentions to perform and work on his music whenever he can, but he also wants to work at an engineering firm, because he believes that, like his music, he can seek to improve the lives of people with mechanical engineering. “It also falls into wanting to help build up society and help others in a way because with technology I would be helping other people. So it is more than just my music I want to use to help people with,” he said.


Shelby said that on top of his music, CNM has truly helped him to be tough and persistent in pursuing his career goals and his time spent at college has taught

him a lot in his intended field and also has taught him to work hard for his degree. For more information on Shelby’s music, go to facebook. com/MXKTG4T.

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South Valley campus Veterinary Technology program raises the bar By Nick Stern

Senior Reporter


The Veterinary Technology Program at the South Valley Campus has exceeded the nation’s expectations and raised the bar in veterinary medicine, said Program Director, Bonnie Snyder. Since the program’s inception in the 2004 fall semester, 98 percent of the graduates from the program have gone on to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), while the national average pass rate for the exam is only 72 percent, Snyder said. “It is a whole lot of hard work and I feel pretty proud of our students. A 98 percent VTNE pass rate is very good,” she said. This high success rate has not only succeeded in giving the college and Vet Tech graduates good numbers, but it has also helped those graduates and future graduates have a better chance of finding employment, because the school has begun to be recognized as setting high standards within the field, she said. Students who graduate from the program have been hired consistently by veterinarians all across the country because of the growing recognition of prestige in the Vet Tech program and its students, she said. “We are developing a national reputation that leads to the point where other veterinarians in other states are recognizing that if they graduate from CNM, then they have a pretty good training and I am proud of that,” Snyder said. The Vet Tech program is a rigorous, 20 month program which is spread over five terms and is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Snyder said. Once all 28 classes and the 435 hours of clinical experience are completed, the program itself is complete and those students receive an Associate of Applied Science but are

then required to sit for the VTNE, she said. Passing the VTNE is how graduates become registered Veterinary Technicians and can then practice legally and the only way to be eligible to take the exam is by graduating from an accredited program, like the Vet Tech program, Snyder said. “So it is kind of a waste of time in New Mexico to get the Associate of Applied Science if you do not intend to sit for the national exam. It is just kind of finishing what you started. I tell students when they get accepted into the program that they have two goals— one is to graduate and the other is to pass the VTNE because if they do not, then they are not registered vet technicians,” Snyder said. CNM only accepts 26 students every fall into the Veterinary program and there is a pre-screening application that must be filled out and submitted by June 23 each year, along with quite a few other prerequisites, she said. Applicants must have passed biology and chemistry, both lecture classes and labs, with a B or higher, along with a math course, English course, psychology, and IT 1010. GPAs must be at least 2.75, and students must have passed the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test, also known as the H.O.B.E.T, Snyder said. And even if an applicant does meet all the requirements of the pre-screening process, Snyder advises that it helps tremendously if students have real life experience with animals, because some students in the past have been unable to handle everything that is involved with being a veterinary technician, she said. “Being a vet tech is not all about holding Fluffy and petting Taffy. They have to be able to handle surgery and blood, cleaning cages and a lot of other things. We have a certain number of students who get into the program and decide they do not want to do it because they did not realize

what it was and that is kind of a shame, because they worked very hard to get into the program in the first place,” Snyder said. Snyder is very proud of the students in the program and the program itself because it has benefited so many people in the community in so many different ways, she said. She is proud of the program for helping the students become good at what they want to do by supplying the information, and making it possible for the students to become someone that is beneficial to so many in our society, she said. Snyder believes that the benefits from the program go full circle among the community, starting with the students who get jobs, all the way to the clients who bring their pets in for medical help, she said. “Everyone benefits starting with the students who graduate and get jobs. The veterinarians who hire them benefit a lot too. Of course the animals they work with benefit along with the owners of the animals because they are increasing the standard of practice of veterinary medicine,” Snyder said. Snyder said for students who plan on applying for the program, to remember that experience with animals helps in the long run but a strong background in science and math is very important because the program is a heavily science-based program. “You cannot understand about pharmacology until you understand anatomy and physiology. You cannot understand about surgery until you understand the science behind surgery. So you need to have a good science background,” Snyder said. For more information on the Veterinary Technician program, students can go to cnm. edu/programs-of-study or email Snyder at


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had also given back to her community in Mexico. “I like this, because it’s my way to help the stumajor and Budget Officer, dents,” Martinez said. joined the group, she said. Cox said that he Martinez said that joined to help reach out to ECOS has been an oppor- students because an active tunity for her to give back student government can to her community here in help change things for the Albuquerque, just how she benefit of the students.

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“So our primary thing right now is to improve membership; because once we have more members we’ll have the strength to go out and really do some really wonderful things for this community, make some very positive changes,” Ratkevich said. Currently the membership in ECOS is low and the

group hopes to get more members by informing students about their organization, and by adding incentives beyond the $100 scholarship for active members, Cox said. There are requirements for joining ECOS such as an application, being voted into the group, as well as a 2.5 GPA requirement, and there

is also a limit of 15 members, Ratkevich said. “But it’s the satisfaction you get from just helping your fellow students, that you can’t really replicate with any other organization on campus,” Cox said. Students interested in ECOS can attend the event on April 11 or students can go to

one of the groups meetings, which are regularly held on Fridays at 4 p.m. in the portables at room ST-12A, and Ratkevich said the meetings are open to all students who wish to speak or inquire about the student council.

make it in, but the online edition allowed for the editors to put some of that work in, Hart-Petrie said. Houlihan said that offering the publication online has allowed editors to include more works than they were able to put into the printed edition which is limited on space. Student activities fees pay for the publication of the magazine; although the small budget covers only basics, such as ink and paper, this

year they should be able to print more copies than they have been able to in the past, Houlihan said. “Print edition is paper and ink; it’s the money that limits its size, also at a certain level how much you can staple, it’s really crazy that it becomes a limit but it is—we are going to have the first online edition, and I think that allows them to include some works that physically won’t fit,” Houlihan said. This year the event at the SRC will also be filmed

again, as it has been in the past and it should be available on the CNM website,, as well as the online version of the Leonardo, Hart-Petrie said. “This is here for us, and we also subtitled the magazine ‘A Celebration of the Arts,’ because the arts get so neglected and yet the arts are such an enrichment of our lives,” Hart-Petrie said. Hart-Petrie said that her experience working on the Leonardo literary magazine

has been a rewarding one, and that for her going to CNM is not just about her degree, but for life enrichment, and it has given her a chance to retool some of her skills for the current job market. For students who cannot make it to the event on April 11, copies of Leonardo will be available in the CHSS office on the fourth floor of Max Salazar Hall, on Main campus or through creative writing instructors throughout other campuses, Houlihan said.

Students who cannot make it to Main campus, or who wish to submit work for consideration in the next edition of the Leonardo literary magazine, may contact Dr. Houlihan by email at, he said. “The most important thing we can say about the Leonardo is for people to submit (work),” HartPetrie said.

gave work-study employees an additional ten cent raise in January, Carrillo said. Carrillo said that the the fund, the number of hours recent increases have changed in a typical pay period, and the the math significantly and conhourly wage, Carrillo said. tributed to the recent freezes, Although it was not but that the school is still dedilegally required of them, cated to hiring as many stuthe school did raise the dent employees as it can. hourly wage to $8.50 when “Once we hit that plaAlbuquerque voters raised the teau, we’ve got to freeze. And city’s minimum wage at the everybody who has a job can start of 2013. The school then keep that job, but we just have

to make sure that we make it to the end of the funding year with the allocations we have,” Carrillo said. Carrillo said that budgeting for the work-study fund can become a delicate balancing act, since some employees work less than others, some quit or are fired, and some vacant positions stay open for long periods of time. The Financial Aid department has to keep a constant

eye on these ever-changing factors in an attempt to predict how much money will be needed to last the entire year. This hiring freeze is the final tool in the toolbox that ensures the money will not run out, Carrillo said. Moore said that the work-study program is very important to the school and to the employees themselves, because the work they do is valuable to so many

departments, and because the students get experience and important references for their future. “It’s great to have student employees in the work environment because it helps keep us in tune with students and how their day to day lives really are. It’s highly valuable for regular CNM employees to have work-study employees around, to stay in touch with student life,” Moore said.

With talk in Washington about the possibility of raising the Federal minimum wage to $10 an hour or more, Carrillo said that the school would most likely be forced to hire significantly less work-study employees if the raise were to pass, unless they could secure more funding.

might be interested in can also benefit greatly by the showcase because by going to it they will be able to see what digital media is really all about, what cool stuff they could possibly be getting in to. and whether that is their cup of tea or not, Crawford said. It is basically like an art opening that is a one-time deal until next year and Crawford encourages everyone who is even remotely interested to show up and see

what it is all about and she also claimed that many of her students are truly amazing at what they do and their art real truly amaze, she said. The idea and purpose of the showcase revolves around the best advice that Crawford can give all art students which is to always show their work any way they can to get recognized and get their work out in public, she said. “What graphic designers do not understand is that

they think they go to the work but often it is the other way around. People come to them because of their work. So I am surfing the internet and I see someone’s work and say ‘they are amazing! I want them to design my logo for me, my presence package, my website, or whatever.’ It is important for artists and designers to get their work out there so people can see it and come to them for it,” she said.

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One of the many differences with the magazine this year is that the literary magazine will be online, as well as in print, Hart-Petrie said. The various pieces of writing and art work chosen for publication had previously been based on votes from the editors, and due to the subjective nature of those votes, some quality work did not


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of culminating and they just get better and better with time,” she said. Being able to push one’s work out in to the community and be seen is a very important part of graphic design and art in general but it is also a very satisfying and good feeling when people see someone’s

work and are actually excited or impressed by it, Crawford said. That is why the showcase is such an important experience to the artists involved, and since many artists are instilled with a sense of selfdoubt about their own art and even their artistic capabilities in general, it is helpful when people see the work of a selfdoubting artist and are openly impressed because it improves the artist’s mindset and helps

them realize their work is good, Crawford said. “It is validating for them to see their own work on display and have the community see the work and be like ‘oh wow, look at what you did’ or ‘ how did you do that?’ so I really think the students are the center of the showcase and the focus is totally on them and their work,” she said. People who are undecided about what field they

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Tutor and poet has book release reading misappropriated over the centuries, abused just like women have Copy Editor been abused: raped, pillaged and Award winning slam poet, oppressed to this day,” Lopez said. The book features femiactivist, former student, and ACE nist poems about the violence tutor, Jessica Helen Lopez brings a against women in Juarez, the passion for language to everything beauty of the female body, she does, painting vivid pictures reproductive rights, the process with words, and bringing wit and of transitioning from girlhood attitude to her many causes. to womanhood, and Chicana Lopez is scheduled to read pride, she said. from her second published book Lopez has been involved in of poems, “C*nt. Bomb,” at the Albuquerque slam poetry Bookworks on 4022 Rio Grande scene since 2005, when she Blvd NW, April 15 at 7 p.m. took a creative writing class at C*nt Bomb is a follow-up to CNM, she said. her highly acclaimed collection One of her assignments “Always Messing with Them Boys,” was to attend a poetry readand is a provocative exploration ing, where she met instrucof gender, sexuality, power, and tor and local poet Don the realities of being a woman and McIver, who convinced her Mexican American in the modern to perform for the first time, world, Lopez said. she said. As for the controversial “That was it— man, I was title that the Chronicle has cenhooked,” Lopez said. sored, Lopez said it is an attempt She has since been on five to take the power of the word poetry slam teams, and has com“c*nt” back from people who use peted in eight national events, it to abuse women, and instead she said. use it to empower them. “Then I found my place in “It used to be a fertile this community. And I’ve been word. It’s only been taken and

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writing, performing, publishing, and been an educator of spoken and written word ever since,” Lopez said. In 2012, she was the Women of the World slam poetry champion for Albuquerque, and she repeated this feat just two weeks ago, and will once again go on to represent the Duke City in the national competition. Her first collection of poems, “Always Messing with Them Boys,” was published in 2011 on West End Press, and has won the Zia Book Award and was featured on the Southwest Book of the Year readers list. The book has since been part of the curriculum for several literature classes at UNM, where Lopez also teaches poetry, she said. “I found a lot of success with that book. It really opened my eyes to the publishing world, and the ability to tour with a book that was published by a press,” Lopez said. Lopez was also featured at TEDxABQ in 2012 where she spoke about the power of poetry to tell personal

stories, which can be found on She said that without the help of mentors like McIver and support from a tight-knit community of local writers and performers, her teammates in the Albuquerque Slam Team, and the rest of the poetry community, she would never have gotten to where she is today. “I really had to model myself after my teammates, who were more experienced than I, and I learned a lot from them. It’s like that within Albuquerque, it’s a mentorship model,” Lopez said. Lopez said that her advice for anyone who wants to break into the world of the written and spoken word is to read and write as much as possible, to find a community that can support you, and most of all, to never be afraid of failure. “Allow yourself to be surprised, allow yourself to be disappointed, but don’t allow yourself to be stagnant. If you want to be a writer, writing will find you; it won’t leave you alone, it will gnaw on you like a bone, and you just have to meet it in the middle,” Lopez said.

The following is an excerpt from the poem “C*nt. Bomb.” by Jessica Helen Lopez.

C*nt. Bomb. the c is as insidious as a paper cut as pleasurable as a paper boat — if you happen to know how to fold one and let it ride the u of it lies between your legs look down lovingly lucky you if you happen to have one pet it if you will pet it as if it is the pet rabbit your mother never let you have the c*nt is absolutely not a bomb it will not hand-grenade explode your skull open like a cantaloupe brain matter writhing against the wall behind your head it will not shred your hands to lace if you happen to finger the trigger every now and now


the c*nt is most definitely a bomb

Jessica Helen Lopez performs at one of many poetry events.

Westside campus puts on Arts Jam By Nick Stern

Senior Reporter Arts Jam is back at Westside Campus for the spring and people have used the opportunity to express themselves in many different ways. Arts Jam is an annual event that is all about arts and culture in which students and faculty alike get the opportunity to showcase their different talents and have a richer experience within the college environment, Mark LoveWilliamson, Religion, Humanities and Philosophy Instructor said. The Arts Jam is one day a week for five consecutive weeks starting from Monday, March 24 until Thursday, April 10 and is exclusive to the Westside Campus within the Michael J. Glennon rotunda, he said. “I always insist that my students get outside experiences. So the motivation was to

enrich campus life and enrich the students’ experience,” Love-Williamson said. Everyone who participates is allowed to perform an array of arts that include music, poetry reading, novel readings, dramatic readings and art shows, he said. Love-Williamson said that students were so involved in this event that even the promotion posters were designed by students who were interested, he said. The Anthropology Club also has workshops that are a part of the event and explains many different prehistoric skills from making pinch pots to rubbing sticks together for a fire, Love-Williams said. Students and faculty are the primary performers while many faculty members brought their entire class to either perform or to watch and support other performances, he said. “Many faculty will bring their class, like an English class will come and the students will take turns reading.

We encourage faculty to bring their classes or to suggest that their students come down and check it out,” he said. Arts Jam is part of the student organization known as Novel Slam which is supported by the college and throws the Novel Slam celebration during every fall semester as well, he said. Currently there are no plans to host similar events related to the Arts Jam or Novel Slam anywhere other than the Westside Campus in the future but the event will keep on being held every year and does play a large role in creating the campus’ identity and is highly anticipated by many in the Westside community, he said. “It helps establish that this is unique to Westside and it helps establish a sense of community and identity here. Students and faculty who have been here a while look forward to Arts Jam and Novel Slam each year and it is our thing, but I would be

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willing to help other people get started someplace else,” Love-Williamson said. All events Located in Michael J. Glennon Rotunda Communications and Education Major, Charles WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 from 11 Sanzone-Wood is part of a a.m. to 4 p.m. Reading, poetry, short theater class that attended the Arts Jam this year and read stories, live music and a pinch pots from several different plays for workshop with the Anthropology the experience, and of course Club from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. — extra credit, he said. THURSDAY, APRIL 10 from 11 a.m. The experience has always been cherished by him to 4 p.m. Reading, poetry, short stoand he believes that the event is ries, live music and reception from important to people in the the12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ater department because the performances can help build a sense of confidence among shy students, he said. “It is always really cool but it is especially cool in theater because it is hard for some people who are not used to speaking in public to go out and read in public. You have to project and speak loudly and it kind of sounded like a bunch of people whispering, but next time they go up there, they PHOTO BY NICK STERN are going to have more conCharles Sanzone-Wood prepares for Arts Jam. fidence,” he said.

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