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Getting to know the new ECOS candidates By Nick Stern Copy Editor

The Executive Council of Students has begun its annual election process this July and its current members who are now running for office have proven to be a capable group of folks promising that, no matter the outcome, the voice of the student body will be represented properly and efficiently, said President of ECOS and Criminal Justice major Carrie Ratkevich. Ratkevich said four nominees have been chosen for the election which is scheduled for July 11, and that she is satisfied with the candidates because she knows that they are each qualified and driven to do what is best for the student body of CNM. “I am really happy to see that the members we have do care about things that are going on and they do understand the amount of effort that will have to be put in. Regardless who wins, I will be satisfied knowing that,” she said. The four nominees each have different plans and ideas for what they would like to see happen during their time in office, yet Ratkevich is also confident that each of them understands the main purpose and goal of ECOS and are driven to pursue that goal, which is a promising prospect, she said. “I think they are all serious and they have different viewpoints so it is really going to push them further into doing things that are the most good for the most students and as long as they have the students in mind, I think everything is going to be perfect,” she said. The election process, Ratkevich said involves nominating members at least a week

before the actual election and only official ECOS members are allowed to be elected and vote. The people who are nominated are required to have a mission statement and answer any questions that the members feel are important, she said. Ratkevich said that the election process is taken very seriously because ECOS holds a lot of responsibility as the representation of the students’ voice, and that means electing officers who are fit for the job. “It should be an important thing on campus for us to be able to invoke positive changes for the student body with the administration, so it is important that we take this job seriously, thus elections are important. There is a lot of work you have to do so it is important that you have a good solid officer too,” she said. The people who get elected will not take office until the beginning of the fall semester, so the time between the election and then will ensure that new officers learn everything that is needed to get a running start in the fall, she said. Any student can become a member of ECOS by having a GPA of at least 2.5, two letters of recommendation from staff or faculty, and by filling out an application from the ECOS office located at Main Campus, Ratkevich said. Ratkevich said she looks forward to seeing who wins the elections and knows that ECOS and the student body will be in good hands no matter what the outcome will be in the fall. “We do not serve anybody but the students. That is our purpose here and I think all of them know that and take that job seriously,” she said.

Any current students looking to make a difference at CNM with ECOS can submit an application at Room SSC 201 in the student services office at Main campus, which requires at least a 2.5 GPA and one recommendation from an instructor.

Thomas Saunders confident that he will serve to the best of his ability, he said. Saunders has been a member for less than a month and said he is greatly qualified for the position as administrative officer because he is experienced and skilled with administrative work such as making purchase orders and event requests. Welding major, Thomas He is also running for comSaunders is running for munications officer because he said Administrative Officer and that student issues and communiCommunications Officer, he said. cation with the school are a priorSaunders would like to ity to ECOS, just as he is passionate become an officer of ECOS who about opening a dialogue where represents the voice of the other students can feel free and comforttrades students such as himself, able to address their concerns. he said. Saunders understands that “What I bring to the table is I ECOS is the “echoed voice of am obviously a trade student, so I the students” and he originally am more of a blue collar voice of joined the organization because the group. I would like to repre- he wanted to make sure that his sent all the trade students—all fellow trades students’ voices were the welders, the machiners, the being heard and put into considercarpenter, and be their voice,” ation, Saunders said. Saunders said. He sees becoming communiSaunders said when he cations officer as a great chance to becomes the Administrative seek the thoughts of the students at Officer he will be willing to do CNM, he said. everything and anything that “Ask them (the students) ‘hey ECOS needs him to do and is what do you think about the school,

what do you think could be better, and what do you think about your teachers?’ Start hearing their voices because I know a lot of students, particularly in the welding program complain left and right about this and that, and sometimes their voices are not heard, so that is kind of what I want to be for them,” Saunders said. Saunders’ currently has one main desire for bettering the school and that is for communication to become something that is improved upon, he said. Saunders said he sees a lot of communication issues, especially in the trades departments where teachers and students do not communicate well, or where students are afraid to confront certain issues involving instructors or safety violations. “I want to see more communications open up and see more friendly ground in the trades department because it is everybody versus everybody, and it should not be like that. We should all work together one way or another,” Saunders said.

Ana Martinez and be able to accomplish every idea,” she said. Martinez has also had experience with the responsibilities as Vice President and Treasurer and has helped with many presidential responsibilities, she said. “Vice president is something that I have been doing for this last Psychology major, Ana term, so I know how to do it, I Martinez said she is run- know what to do, and I know the ning for President and Vice responsibilities of the position,” she said. President of ECOS. One idea that Martinez is She has been a member of very passionate about is to create ECOS for more than 2 years and a spring fling during the spring said she believes that her lengthy semester so that students can involvement has given her the take a break after their midterms, experience needed to become a she said. leader for the organization. Martinez envisions the “I would want to be president spring fling as a carnival-like because I think that with ECOS setup that could also allow the we can do a lot of things. So, what possibility for different student I want to do is push a little more organizations to have a chance

to have their own fundraisers during the event, she said. “I would like to see the spring fling so students could get some relief after the midterms. Right now we are talking about the idea and thinking about it but next term I am really going to push it and talk about details,” Martinez said. Martinez said that her experience with ECOS has showed her all of the ins and outs of being an officer in the organization and she believes she has learned how to handle the many responsibilities of being a leader with the organization, she said. “I have seen three presidents with all the responsibilities they are doing and all the stress that they have and I think I can handle it now better than the previous terms,” Martinez said.

Phillip Cox Criminal Psychology major, Phillip Cox is also running for President and Vice President and said he sees being elected as an opportunity to better the circumstances of the CNM’s student body, which has always been something PHOTOS BY NICK STERN he cares about as a student. “I definitely care about the livelihood of the students at CNM. It has always been something that, as a student, I have always had an interest in and I really want to make sure that the interests of the students are being represented at the higher levels of our particular college,” he said.

Cox said that if he made office, his first goal would be to get more attention focused on student government so that more students can take advantage of the great things ECOS can do for them. “The first thing I plan to do in office is to bring more awareness to student government. ECOS has a lot of power before authority and I want students to become a part of it,” he said. Cox is currently serving as the Administrative Officer of ECOS, which involves getting correspondents’ contributions for events and fundraisers, and keeping tabs on officers by making sure that they keep up with attendance and essential paperwork, he said. Cox said that though he has had a lot of experience in politics as far as student government is involved, what he believes is more important is his desire to make sure that

the voice of students is loud enough to be heard by the right people, he said. “I think that people voting for me will definitely provide them with a much louder voice in school. I definitely want them to feel as though, if they have issues, talking to me as their president, they know it will get addressed in some way, shape or form,” Cox said. Cox believes that the most important responsibility as a leader in ECOS is to be a representative to the students and to make use of every option available to reach out to them, he said. “It is finding out exactly how the students feel about policies, their situations or whatever is going on in campus and making sure it is represented to the leadership of the school. That is my primary responsibility,” Cox said.

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Los Compadres has the best traditional eats for the whole family

By Daniel Johnson Investigative Reporter

Los Compadres is a family-owned and operated authentic Mexican and New Mexican cuisine restaurant located at 2437 Central Ave NW near Old Town. Manager Fred Gallegos said that this quiet little restaurant has been preparing some of the best authentic New Mexican and Mexican cooking for more than 20 years. “The name Los Compadres was decided upon because it means “the buddies” in English which was meant to represent the group of friends that wanted to open the restaurant,” Gallegos said. The menu consists of family favorites like carne adovada and menudo, which are prepared in traditional Mexican styles, he said. Sitting down at the table during lunch to feast on a meal and to smell all the great mouthwatering aromas gives an atmosphere that elevates one’s senses and overall mood in one shot. The entrées chosen by this reporter were carne adovada and eggs, with menudo, a carne deshebrada stuffed sopapilla, and

a green chile smothered chicharron burrito. The carne adovada is slow-cooked and simmered in a succulent red chile that provides just the right amount of heat yet packs a punch in the flavor category. The carne deshebrada is rich and tasty, while still keeping its integrity of being a slow- cooked meat, without all the greasiness that a lot of slow cooking can cause. The sopapillas are made from scratch and are light and fluffy while still capable of being stuffed and packed with mounds of mouthwatering marinated meat. The chicharron burrito is definitely not a handheld version, as it is served smothered in green chile and cheese and gives an explosion of spicy flavors that makes this reporter’s taste buds dance with joy. The chicharrones were cooked to precision by having just the right amount of exterior crunch to go with the right amount of tenderness once bitten into that can bring out the carnivorous side in us all, but without making the jaw feel like it did all the work afterward. Lastly, but most definitely not the least, is the award winning menudo that is prepared in a way

that really does call to mind the memories of a Mexican grandmother slaving away in a kitchen for hours to make this menudo just right. Unlike most menudo served at other restaurants where it is cooked way too greasy and the tripe is under or over-cooked with mushy hominy, Los Compadres cooks their menudo to perfection. It is seasoned with red chile and has enough flavors to surprise but not destroy your taste buds, or have you regretting it the next day.

Los Compadres seems to pride themselves on having a well cooked and consistently scrumptious menudo that is worth writing home about via self-foodie photos and hashtags online. Tripe by nature can be gristly and if over-cooked it tends to be a slimy and leathery mess of nastiness to eat sometimes. But when cooked properly it can be tender and consumed in a matter of seconds, as Los Compadres cooks it every time and is definitely

the standard for traditional Mexican menudo by far. Overall this is a restaurant that has a great tasting menu no matter what you get, and also makes your wallet happy too, because even though Los Compadres is located next to the Albuquerque Aquarium and Historic Old Town where many restaurants are not cheap, they keep the prices to the standard of a family affordable establishment. The restaurant is now owned and operated by Robert Martinez, his brother Fred

Gallegos and his sister Marissa Candelaria, who are all children of the original owners Roberto and Janice, he said. “The idea was to make sure the food that was offered was the same as what we all grow up eating at home,” Gallegos said. People love the ability to come in and sit down to a meal that will be prepared the same way as it would if you were to walk in to a Mexican’s house who had been cooking for her family and friends for years, he said.


Los Compadres’ traditional Mexican menudo, topped with onions, oregano and lime.


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1. Man of Steel 3. He can teleport through walls and has passion in his religious convictions 8. A wealthy businessman that uses gadgets and technology to help the people 9. Uses an ever changing mask to cover his face 11. She can make hurricanes and tornados 12.Type of poison plant 13. He’s an otherworldly immortal that wields a hammer 16. Toxic waste blinded him as a child 17. His superpower mutation gave him super-strength and blue fur 18.She has nine lives and loves milk


1. He was bit by an insect 2. Big, red, and loves cats 4. Mythical Greek known for his strength, and is son to Zeus ruler of Mount Olympus 5. He came back from the depths of hell to get his revenge 6. A pilot with super powers derived from an alien ring (2 words) 7.Has sharp claws when he needs them 10. He may use a wheel chair to get around, but he can stop time and manipulate minds 12.He uses technology he created to stay alive and to be a superhero (2 words) 14. Green and mean, sometimes 15. He can manipulate metal The crossword clues in Issue 7, Volume 20 were incorrect for the puzzle given. Here is the correct version. The CNM Chronicle applogizes for the error and inconvinence to our readers.

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Albuquerque’s economy is one of the worst in the nation right now

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Many students at CNM have felt the pain and suffering that came along with the recent great recession, and many have had to resort to going back to school as a last alternative to move into another field in hopes of finding a decent paying job, but that is after months or even years of looking for employment in the desolate tumbleweed that is the Albuquerque job market. And analysts at the Brookings Institute have said that as of 2014, Albuquerque is now back in a recession after three quarters of steadily dropping job losses in the metro area, with only 54 percent of the population in the workforce, according to the Rio Grande Foundation and We as current students are fortunate that there is a local community college for people to go to when times are tough to be able to find another occupation through low-cost education, but what will happen when we all leave college and there is indeed nothing out there for us to move on to and the student loan debt starts to accumulate. Development has come to a screeching halt in most of the city and state, especially with industry development and exporting; seeing that many companies have either attempted to come

here, have come here and failed, or were driven away by our politicians who have had their own agendas when bringing in new jobs and companies. Some examples of this neglect are such as with the Richardson administration that lost $31 million in state grants and funds to two solar companies in the late 2000’s for not securing the return of funds through contracts, or the film bill from Martinez’s administration that essentially drove away most television series from producing in New Mexico because of last minute tax break negotiation changes. The reality is that our politicians are not fighting hard enough to make adequate contracts that protect the state, and are not giving enough breaks or other incentives to bring new companies here— at least without preventing ruin or outright pullouts. It honestly is a sad state of affairs when U.S. state officials are desperately competing with one another to win contracts and jobs for much needed development from the few companies still willing to base their operations out of the country. But it is essentially up to our leaders to be innovative enough to develop a better economy with more jobs to determine whether outgoing students will have

a fighting chance or not out there in the Albuquerque job market. So it is extremely important, more than ever in fact, to pay attention to local politicians and to become part of the voice that dictates what our leaders do with our great state’s economy, because every day more and more people do not feel it is worth it to keep struggling in this now rapidly declining economy and are fleeing the state for better opportunities, which has unfortunately been an issue for many years here in New Mexico already. Pay attention to the local general elections on November 4 if you plan on sticking around the state after school, and vote for the candidates that build their policies and reform around more steady jobs for New Mexico residents. Because our city and state can no longer rely on government, scientific, or military jobs to get the state through this now overlapping recession, and what the state really needs to do is to bring back more blue collar industries and corporations to give New Mexico more middle and lower class jobs, as well as to give an opportunity to the residents to thrive, instead of to just merely survive.


Universal Design Team commends CNM Chronicle I n r e s p o n s e t o V o l u m e 2 0 I s s u e 6 ‘ E x e m p l a r y i n s t r u c t i o n g i v e s d i s a b l e d s t u d e n t s a f i g h t i n g c h a n c e .’

To the Editor of the CNM Chronicle, We, the leadership team of the Universal Design Team at CNM, wish to commend the CNM Chronicle reporters and editorial staff for their insightful story on how faculty at CNM support students with disabilities and the statement from the Editorial Board. The examples given in the story about the success of the student in Instructor Carol Martinez’ class demonstrates how powerful the principles of Universal Design can be in enhancing students’ learning experiences. Her creativity in designing learning objects shows us how incorporating the Universal Design Principles of “equitable use,” ”simple and intuitive,” and “perceptible information” can improve learning for all students in a chemistry classroom. We are glad that our fellow team member was willing to share her methods and that her student was given a voice in the article. It is our hope that the CNM Chronicle continues to include examples of Universal Design in action in further issues. Mark Cornett, Director Disability Resource Center Carol Martinez Chemistry Faculty School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering Katherine Duquette, Administrative Coordinator WTC Paula Smith-Hawkins, Ph.D. Associate Dean, CHSS School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences



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Open Chemistry Study Sessions

The weekly study session for any chemistry subject. Meet people and get your homework done at the same time! We always have free coffee and snacks. Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Main Campus JS Hall, Room 301 Contact Tim Torress at ttorres44@ for more information

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Interested in Chemistry? Learn what courses at CNM will help you complete your Associates of Science Degree and transfer to complete an UNM Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. June 26, Main Campus SB 100 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. For more information contact Doni Hardy at 224-3253

The Executive Council of Students (ECOS) is looking for new students to join the CNM student government this semester. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, be enrolled for at least 3 credit hours, have a letter of recommendation, and be willing to be an active student in the CNM community. For more information or to apply to ECOS students can pick up an application in the Student Services building in room 201, student life office of Main campus.


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Are you interested in transferring to NMHU? New Mexico Highlands University will be visiting the Westside Campus. Stop by MJG Bldg. near the Security Office to visit with a NMHU representative. Wednesday, July 9, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Westside Campus - MJG Rotunda Contact Sharon Gurule at spadilla83@ or call 224-4000 x 52624

The CNM Physics League is a chartered student organization with a goal of supporting physics students. Physics league meets 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. Contact the president, Jenny Smith at or the secretary, Joseph Dennison at jdennison2@cnm. edu for more information.

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All applicants must be work study qualified, be able to work a 20 hours a week, with a flexible schedule and a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Staff Reporter Applicants must: Have passed ENG 1101 Have at least two terms remaining at CNM Expository writing (ENG 2200) and/or Journalism (JOUR 1171) a plus Advertising Sales Applicants must: Produce two ad sales per month with a minimum of 10 ad inquires per week Are able to canvas surrounding CNM campus areas with reliable transportation Distribution Assistant Applicants must: Have reliable transportation Editor Applicants must: Have a knowledge of Associated Press style writing a plus Ability to edit gramatical errors, sentence structure and overall quality of writing Be able to tutor writers/reporters

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