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Art program move raises concerns among students with my other family obligations,” said Snee. Most of the classes for the program will be moved to the N-building on Main campus for the summer term. The decision to move them was made because of fire safety concerns in the portables, said Risk Management and Safety Director Gilbert Gallegos. The electrical wiring in the portables are not able to handle the amount of power needed by some of the equipment used by the program, said Gallegos. The move to the N-building is only a temporary solution until a more suitable situation can be found, said Executive Assistant to the President Samantha Sengel. “We wanted to be sure art classes could be offered at Main campus,” said Sengel. Although the art program has plenty of students, it has been in a temporary situation for quite some time, said Casper. “I’m not getting the impression people care for
By Carrie Ratkevich Staff Reporter
Students have many concerns about the move of the art program from the portables on main campus to other locations on Main, Montoya and Westside campuses, said Art Studios Major and Art Club President Alexander Casper. The situation has already caused some issues with registration because printmaking was moved to Westside and painting was moved to Montoya, said Casper. To make matters worse the classes were not listed correctly, so students were emailed and told to reregister, he said. “The shuffling will be confusing for new student and annoying for current students,” said Casper. The loss of some classes at Main has also caused students to miss out on some requirements, said Art Studios Major John Snee. “I can’t take my Print Making 2 or Painting classes because they will be at Montoya and Westside. It is too far for me to drive
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President Katherine Winograd announces Jared Miller as the student employee of the year during the student employee luncheon.
Jared Miller: Student employee of the year
By Steph By Muha Steph Muha and Jyllian and Roach trouble with a medical condition came to Miller’s work area. Miller rushed off to Jyllian Roach Staff Reporter and Managing Editor find the items needed to care for the stuiberal Arts major Jared Miller dent, who was then able to return to class, is the 2011-2012 Student said Winograd. “I just try to help people, it was nice Employee of the Year for going to get recognized. I just wasn’t expecting above and beyond in his job duties at the Student Services Center on it,” said Miller. Miller was awarded a glass pin handMontoya campus, said CNM President crafted by Marti Brittenham, director of Katharine Winograd. the CNM health center; a Trapper Keeper In one occasion, a student having filing system; and a $150 scholarship from
ECOS Student Survey on Academic Calendar Would you be in favor of an eight-week session in the summer term rather than the existing twelve-week session? 54.5% - No
How do you feel about the length of the current summer term? 35.5% - Too Long
2,442 Students Answered
11.8% Too Short
52.8% - Just Right
2,442 Students Answered
On a scale from one to three how much would changing the academic calendar by shortening the summer schedule impact you? 41.9% - 1 High Impact
43.7% - 2 Some Impact
3 No Impact 2,297 Students Answered
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Students contribute to summer term debate through survey
45% - Yes
former financial aid employee Rita Rivera. “Jared is always willing to help others and asks for nothing in return,” wrote Miller’s supervisor in the nomination letter. There were also three honorable mentions: Jerome Dorr in Applied Technologies, Leona Adams in Academic Advisement and Daniel Freelong in Health Wellness and Public Safety. All three students received
The survey, which focused on the issue of changing the summer schedule, gave three possible term Staff Reporter length options: keeping the calendar The lack of student the same, having the fall and spring voices over the length of the summer terms remain the same with an eight term has been an ongoing concern week summer term or having three of the administration, but a survey 15 week terms, said Sengel. “We narrowed the options down to offered through the MyCNM website three to keep the survey user friendly,” has helped to reach more students on said Sengel. this topic, said Executive Assistant to Opinions were split as to whether the President Samantha Sengel. an eight week term would be better Eighty-seven percent of students than the current 12 week term, accordwho took the online survey sent out ing to the results. earlier this month by the Executive Some students were concerned Council of Students would be affected about the amount of information that if the summer term were shortened, would be taught in a short time period. according to the survey results. “It would force instructors to teach
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more material in less time, which would make classes more difficult, and also have a negative impact on retention of knowledge,” wrote one student. Other students see the possible change as giving them a chance to take vacations and spend time with family. “I think the courses being a little shorter will give me a bit more time with my kids,” wrote one student. A few of the participants responded positively to a question that asked if students would prefer to see a schedule that aligned with Rio Rancho Public Schools, Albuquerque Public Schools, or UNM. see
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“Having a shorter summer term would correlate with the APS schedule; summer classes are still going on when APS is starting school and I work for APS,” wrote one participant. Still others suggested to getting rid of spring break as an alternative. “Not having spring break would be more suitable,” wrote one student. A few of the students worry that shortening of the summer term for classes like sciences and nursing program courses would make the classes too intense and cause students to fail. Similar concerns were also voiced for the students with special needs and disabilities. “Computer classes tend to be pretty intensive, so shortening the term would make it even more difficult to understand concepts,” wrote one student. Many students commented that the shorter term would help
prevent burnout. “The shorter summer session would give students an opportunity to regroup and hit it hard again in the fall and spring,” wrote one student. Some of the participants worried about a shorter term adding time spent completing their degree or preparing for a transfer. “Shortening the summer session would make it difficult to complete 12 units of credit and could, therefore, add four or five months to the time it takes to complete an associate degree or transfer to a university,” wrote one student. The debate over the shortening the summer term has been ongoing since last fall, she said. The survey inlcuded 2,442 students and faculty. The information gathered is very helpful, said Sengel. The survey results will be given to a new calendar committee which will come up with the best solution for most students. There is currently no timeline for a final decision, said Sengel.
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the event. The winner was chosen by a blind panel who reviewed all glasswork from Brittenham, a nominees, said Smoker. “I can’t thank you enough for Trapper Keeper and a $25 scholarthat. Thank you times five for all ship from Rivera. Thirty-six work study stu- that you do to make this place dents were nominated for the incredibly special,” said Winograd. The Student Employee award, said Administrative Support Specialist for TRiO, Appreciation and Recognition Willie Smoker, who co-organized Luncheon is an annual event
Continued from Page 1 us,” said Casper. Most of the students in the program transfer to a four-year institution rather than graduating. Because the program does not have the graduation numbers, it is not respected, said Casper. “They don’t really cater to our needs,” said Casper. A short-term plan has been implemented to allow art classes being held in the portables to complete the semester, said Communications, Humanities, and Social Sciences Associate Dean Erica Volkers. “We received a list of issues and identified short-term solutions to finish the semester successfully. Fortunately, the college leadership is supporting our move to new facilities, and we’re grateful they are responding quickly to support the art program and students while we investigate longterm solutions,” said Volkers. Students are worried that the
open to all work-study students to honor the hard work they do throughout the year, said Smoker. More than 100 of the 350 student employees at CNM attended the luncheon, said Smoker. All attendees received pizza and salad from Sodexo, and a $10 gift certificate to Pizza9, said Smoker. Door prizes, which had
alternate facility will not be adequate for their needs, said Casper. The area only has one sink for three studios, said Casper. “We use the sink so much; it’s going to be pretty tough,” said Casper. The pottery kiln used to fire clay for some of the art classes is what started the problem said CNM President Katharine Winograd. Gallegos said the portables were not built to handle the power requirements of the kiln. The problem was known to the administration and a plan to correct the issues was made, said Winograd. An anonymous complaint was made to the Fire Marshal and immediate action had to be taken, said Winograd. Calls to the fire marshal have not been returned at this time. It is hoped that a permanent building can be put in place of the portables someday, but the state currently has a hold on those kinds of projects, said Winograd.
been donated by various corporate businesses in the area, were also raffled off during the event. “I think the Student Employment Appreciation and Recognition Luncheon boosts morale and helps. It’s nice to get recognized,” said Miller.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR In a recent Chronicle article on part-time faculty salaries, a CNM marketing and communications officer defended the current pay rate with the explanation that the rates are competitive with those offered by other community colleges nationwide. The statement may be correct, but so what? That does not make the compensation rates fair, just or right. The problem with inadequate part-time faculty salaries is a national one and is part of the trend that began decades ago, most notably in retail department stores, like Walmart, and in the fast-food industry with chains like McDonald’s. The goal was to reduce costs to become more “competitive,” i.e. more profitable, by reducing labor costs. The race to the bottom for cheap wages drove some businesses to relocate overseas. Where it wasn’t practical to relocate, the number of fulltime employees in domestic enterprises was reduced in favor of more part-time workers, who were typically paid less and less likely to receive benefits like
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health insurance and pensions. The trend that began in the private sector spilled over into public sector; institutions of higher education like CNM are no exception. The logic of reducing costs in the public sector was not to ensure profitably, but to realize savings, in part, to offset reduced public and private support. The same downward trend in compensation in this corporate model excluded the salaries of the architects of cost-cutting, the top administrators or chief executive officers, who were typically rewarded, often ridiculously so, for eliminating jobs and/or reducing the salaries of their co-workers. This trend helps to explain the growing disparity in income and wealth that ignited the Occupy movement and is effectively symbolized by the widespread view that 1% has immensely profited at the expense of the 99%. Actions justified because “everyone else is doing it” are the refuge of conformists seeking to avoid or
deflect personal responsibility. The labor movement had to battle these arguments in the late 19th century when it advocated for the “radical” notion that workers should be entitled to a two-day weekend, an eight-hour work day, or that children should be treated differently than adults in dangerous workplaces. “Everyone else is doing it” was the rationalization used by opponents of the Civil Rights Movement, which sought to end racial segregation and discriminatory practices that treated large groups of Americans as second-class citizens who deserved less. Exploitation today, when justified by the claim that “everyone else is doing it,” is as cowardly and gutless as it was then. Seamus O’Sullivan, Ph.D. PT faculty, political science and sociology Member, CNM Employees Union
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The Chronicle salutes student employees The CNM Chronicle would like to congratulate the students honored at Friday’s Student Employee appreciation day. Being a student-run organization, we understand the important role that student employees play in CNM’s daily operations. Getting involved with one’s institution can be a very beneficial and fulfilling experience. Becoming a student employee is a great way to be a part of the inner workings of CNM. However,
there are more ways that students can be active. Volunteering, joining a student organization, attending public meetings or voicing opinions on matters involving CNM are all excellent ways for students to get involved with the school. Students who take the time to get involved get a better understanding of the way things work at CNM and in turn have a better understanding of who holds responsibility for the issues that students encounter every day.
The CNM Chronicle would like to encourage readers to voice opinions about CNM and address the issues or concerns that they may be facing. Students can write a letter to the editor or simply start a conversation with us on Facebook. We are here to serve the CNM community by providing truthful information and investigating concerns raised by students and faculty. Go to facebook.com/cnmchronicle to voice your opinion and take an active role in the CNM community.
“Suncat Chit-Chat” By Scott M. Roberts
If CNM has the money for renovations,
they should have the money to build us a new building.” - Maria Haberle, Art Studio Major
art department should be on the bottom floor of the SRC which it was originally intended for, we’re tax payers, and we shouldn’t be forced to travel because of this.” - Lori Hirsch, Digital Arts Major
CNM has been fixing these portables for
so long, now they won’t meet code.” - Terry Sexe, Fine Arts Major
think it’s bogus because the art department is very important at CNM.” - Katie Reale, Fine Arts Major
What is your opinion on the portables being shut down by the fire marshal at the end of term?
don’t like it, but I’m not surprised because CNM is the ghetto stepchild of UNM.” - Breagan Wood, Fine Arts Major
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Everyone makes a choice A non-spoiler review of ‘The Cabin in the Woods’
By Jyllian Roach Managing Editor
The executives at Lionsgate films earned themselves a special place in movie heaven when they bought “The Cabin in the Woods” from MGM, saving it from a long life on a dusty shelf alongside other unreleased films. The $30 million directorial debut of screenwriter Drew Goddard (“Cloverfield”) is a genre dissection that provides a unique twist on the classic “creepy house in the woods” film with clever surprises at every turn. Co-written by Goddard and Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Avengers”), the film opens on an immediate twist which is slowly explained over the course of the movie which moves along at a speedy but clear pace with the exception of the first 10 minutes, which are choppy and confusing. Both plot and dialogue were witty and well-conceived – trademarks of any Whedon production. The funny moments were laugh-out-loud funny, and the scary moments were screamout-loud scary. Don’t be fooled though, this is a horror film that makes the viewer think. In a typical movie, the audience is looking in on the action, but in this film, the audience is looking in on an audience watching the action – an innovative plot device not seen before. The characters were believable and as developed as needed for a horror film. Whedon fans will recognize a few cast members from some of his earlier projects: Fran
Kranz (“Dollhouse”) who plays stoner Marty, Amy Acker (“Angel”, Dollhouse”) as scientist Lin and Tom Lenk (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) as awkward intern Ronald. Special effects were incredible, detailed and frequent without being over the top. There are few scenes with gore, but those scenes are done right. However, the film pushes the limits of disbelief suspension more than once. Characters are violently beaten into bloody pulps, but then manage to make a full recovery as soon as the beating ends. Here is a short, spoilerfree synopsis of the movie: Five archetypal college kids, Curt (Chris Hemsworth); Jules (Anna Hutchinson); Dana (Kristen Connolly); Holden (Jesse Williams) and Marty (Kranz), go on a weekend vacation in a secluded cabin apparently owned by Curt’s cousin. It becomes quickly clear that the cabin has a bloody past and previous owners who haven’t entirely moved on — be sure to look for poor typecast Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill, Case 39) as creepy kid Patience. To make matters worse, a group of scientists have inexplicably hidden cameras around the cabin to spy on the college kids. Newcomer Connolly is convincing and delightful as the naïve, broken hearted Dana. However, it seemed as though the part had been written with someone else in mind for the role. Hemsworth proves that he is more than a one-trick pony and looks shockingly young with his short haired, clean-cut look. Goddard also does an incredible job of balancing screen time between the nine principal actors. In the end, “Cabin in the Woods” is a funny, stimulating film that redesigns a classic horror style while asking some interesting ethical questions about the nature of sacrifice. It’s also very worth seeing on the big screen. The CNM Chronicle gives “The Cabin in the Woods” 4 ½ out of 5 creepy deserted cabins.
Curt (Chris Hemsworth); Holden (Jesse Williams); Jules (Anna Hutchinson); Marty ( Fran Kranz) and Dana (Kristen Connolly) are five college students on a weekend vacation at a cabin in the woods. IMAGES COURTESY DISCOVERTHECABININTHEWOODS.COM | WEB
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Art Club provides resources for aspiring artists By Stefany Olivas Staff Reporter
The members of the Art Club are developing many projects to expand membership and further strengthen the group, said Fine Arts Studio major and Art Club President Alexander Casper. The group offers workshops and instructional videos for painting with water colors and book making, he said. “We want to let people know we’re here. We have a lot of resources to offer and we’re available for the members to utilize. We have the resources and you have the imagination. Let’s work together,” said Casper. Students don’t have to be artists to join, and he said he wants to give all the members the opportunity to succeed. The Art Club meets every Friday at noon. To join, students fill out a simple application and pay a fee of $5 for access to all activities and services for a lifelong membership,
said Casper. There are resources such as an art supply closet for members to use in the studio and a paper closet where they sell different kinds of paper at wholesale prices. These are available anytime during studio hours, said Casper. “We want students to get their hands in the material and experience it,” he said. Members can also bring in their own materials to work in the studio during studio hours, said Casper. He said there are also life art drawing classes for members, where a nude model sits for about three hours every Sunday. “Life drawing is good for any artist no matter what field they’re going into to understand anatomy,” he said. Casper said he is planning summer activities such as raffles, art contests and street chalking around campus to raise awareness for the club. Next year club members plan to get more involved with Galleries to host showings and have a
stand at ComicCon to provide members the opportunity to showcase their art, said Casper. Treasurer Debbie Foster envisions sub-committee chairs to help plan and run workshops presented by the club or individual members and she said anyone can come up with a workshop and plan it. “There are openings and the sky is the limit. Someone was interested, we had the time and resources to plan it and order everything and it worked out,” Foster said. The Art Club works with the school’s art department frequently and they share supplies, contributing to the success of the students and members, she said. “We have the materials for people to use. That’s why it’s there — to use. I hate to see stuff get old then you can’t use it anymore,” said Foster. Eventually an album of all the artists in the club will be created and he said some of their work will be published in the book which will be updated every year.
“I’m pretty jazzed about the whole thing. There is a new generation coming in who is hungry for these kinds of opportunities. I’m going where the community is telling me, and I feel like I can get it in the right direction,” he said. There is a lot of support from the community and many companies already work with students and teachers in the art program, said Casper. “We give them the framework and they can go for it. There is so much we can do. Art club should just be an extension of the growing community here and there is huge talent out there,” said Foster. Students can submit two-dimensional artwork to be a part of a showcase catalog. The works may be displayed at the upcoming Albuquerque Comic Expo June 8 - 10. To submit files or for questions concerning the upcoming event email email@example.com For more information PHOTO BY SCOTT M. ROBERTS | STAFF about the Art Club, students can contact Casper at alex- Art Club President and Fine Arts Studio major Alex Casper firstname.lastname@example.org (background) and Integrated Studies major, Dave Durham (foreground) discuss plans for future events.
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County to CNM: Environmental safety and health grads needed By Stefany Olivas Staff Reporter
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Lauren Poole, who played Lynette in the Blackout Theatre Company video “Shit Burqueños Say,” discusses regional dialects in Shep Jenks’ Language, Culture and the Human Animal class.
Eee, this class is all cool, huh! Linguistic anthropology with Shep Jenks
By Stefany Olivas
iberal Arts major David Adcock said he recommends taking Language, Culture and the Human Animal with full-time instructor Shepherd Jenks. “The thing I enjoy is he wants you to engage and talk to people about the subject matter. I’ve always had a profound interest in Anthropology, and particularly in language. He stokes that fire,” said Adcock. Students are expected to do work outside of class, so when they arrive for the period, it is based mostly on discussions, and it is not “death by PowerPoint,” said Adcock. Jenks said he occasionally invites guest speakers to the class, and last week he brought in Black Out Theatre troupe performer Lauren Poole, also known as Lynette from the viral internet video “Shit Burqueños say.” “No one wants an instructor to stand in front of the class and read from the text in a monotone. There are so many things in our community that connect with our class topics. The special thing about Anthropology is it’s so relevant to everyone’s lives,” said Jenks. He said making these connections for the students is really important. It’s not just about memorizing the material and doing the test. It deepens the education they get.
Jenks, Poole, and the students discussed various topics inspired by the character of Lynette like accents, jargon, colloquialisms, paralanguage, gestures and stereotypes. There are many things that make the videos unusual and special because although there is personal experience incorporated, it is essentially made up, said Jenks. The character highlights larger aspects such as metaphors people use like ‘close the light,’ have really become a part of average American language, said Jenks. “Whatever region in the country, people celebrate their unusualness. Negative stereotypes happen, like dumb rednecks or dumb New Mexicans, but there is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone speaks with an accent. It’s our culture and who we are,” said Jenks. Lauren Poole said she enjoyed discussing the different aspects of how Lynette speaks and acts because people in New Mexico can seem so different. When they made the character of Lynette they were not necessarily trying to make the video about New Mexicans and the way they speak, said Poole. Then one day a director of the troupe encouraged them to make videos similar to those commonly found called ‘shit girls say,’ and do a version of ‘Burqueñoisms’ and ‘New Mexicanisms’ so they pursued it, said Poole.
“For so long it was important for a person to speak a certain dialect in order to sound ‘educated.’ They want them to speak to erase their accents. So it’s always been perceived that people with accents weren’t as smart,” said Poole. Poole said it was disappointing to see comments left on the “Shit Burqueños say” video, assuming New Mexicans were dumb because of their gestures and accents. “One thing I like about Lynette is people think Cholas are mean, scary, and rude but she’s actually smart, silly, and happy. She’s not a jerk walking around and stealing things,” said Poole. She said there is not much acting involved when she plays the character of Lynette because she is a part of Poole’s personality in real life. “Some people were like, ‘she white and she’s pretending to be Mexican’. No I wasn’t, I was being New Mexican. She is based off of multiple people I’ve met in my life and some of them are white and we talk like that too because we’re New Mexican too,” said Poole. She said her New Mexican accent comes and goes depending on who she is with and where she is at. “Speech patterns shift. Sometimes I don’t have one. Then if I absorb it back from somewhere, and I’ll be like ‘eee!’ Lynette is my code-switch. She’s kind of not a fake character,” said Poole.
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There is a demand for students with an associate degree in fields related to Environmental Safety and Health. They are likely to get a job, said Risk Management Director for Bernalillo County Government Joseph Crelier. “We contacted CNM and offered to host interns to help promote the industry. A total of about ten interns were hosted,” said Crelier. He said he was invited to a Governing Board meeting by CNM to provide input on the ES&H industry two years ago. On August 9, 2011, Dean of the School of Math, Science and Engineering, Rich Calabro presented a resolution and stated that program review continued to show a trend of low graduates and poor job placement for degree holders, according to Governing Board meeting minutes. A teach-out plan was to implemented and would be completed by the end of summer semester 2012, according to the minutes. Program graduate Bill Howard is disappointed to see the removal of the ES&H program, and he said no one has made contact with him to confirm any progress he has made since he graduated. “It’s a really good program, they’re not pushing for it hard enough. I’m not impressed with CNM’s follow-up,” said Howard. Before Howard graduated in April of 2005, he had already received a job offer from Safety Matters LLC and began working the following March with a salary over $50,000 per year. He now works full time as the Primary Safety Consultant, he said. Having a degree has benefited him throughout his career and he said his credentials helped him gain promotions within the company. “There were guys there who had been with the company way longer, but they were let go because they didn’t have they degree. I do,” said Howard. He said industries are always looking for people with the degree and the job market for the field is booming in New Mexico, especially since there are many large research and testing laboratories. Crelier currently employs one student who graduated from the program two years ago, as well as an ES&H instructor. When hiring, his company
typically looks for people with a background in safety education and college experience to provide college-level research and writing skills. He said the combination of having background knowledge in the field and college experience works well for the company and it is what they really need. “I liked the program because it was a reliable source to find people. They’ve been previously graded in college. Without this pool of well-qualified candidates I could be faced with the kind of applicants I had four years ago,” said Crelier. The board of Certified Safety Professionals is considered the pinnacle of certifications in the safety industry, said Crelier. He said anyone who did earn an associate degree related to the ES&H field needs to know the lead trade group in this profession recognizes the title. “That should say something about the industry and the future of it. For years the minimum education was a bachelor’s degree, but now they accept associate degrees in safety health,” said Crelier. He was confident that CNM would recognize the merit in this type of program but now feels the program did not have time to grow, he said. “What about private industries and all the large independent contractors? Did they even know this program existed, and would they be interested in hosting an intern?” said Crelier. He said if students are sure they want to pursue an ES&H career, they could ultimately go somewhere else, but that would mean losing someone from the local economy. “A lot of people stumble upon this and discover it’s what they want to do, but that option to discover it is gone,” said Crelier. He said he is disappointed the program is being removed and hopes to see it return eventually, but understands it is not very popular with students. “People usually don’t intend to go to a community college with the purpose of getting an ES&H a degree,” said Crelier. According to the Governing Board minutes, Calabro stated certificates in various specialty areas of the degree had been developed and that core courses would continue to be offered through the Workforce Training Center.
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Former instructor teaches Middle Eastern dance By Carrie Ratkevich
elly dancing is more than a way to exercise, it is also a way to meet new people and be a part of something, said former CNM Instructor and professional belly dancer Maria Chavez. Anyone can learn how to belly dance regardless of age, sex, or body type, said Dancer Cynthia Florence. “It is an accepting dance that is fun and good exercise,” said Florence. Learning to dance takes a lot of practice and support from the belly dance community, said Theater major Lauren “Lorena” MartinezBurr and Sonography major Kimberly Hawley who both learned to belly dance at CNM. “We saw the class as an elective and thought it would be interesting,” said Hawley. They began dancing as an elective three years ago. Hawley and Martinez-Burr have now formed their own troupe called Scarlet Aishling, said Martinez-Burr. The girls perform both separately and as a duet, they said. CNM has cut the Middle Eastern dance classes from the curriculum, but people can still experience belly dancing through the Jewels of the Desert showcase, said Chavez. The show includes choreographed performances and an open dance, said Chavez. During the open dance performers bring up members of the audience to participate in the show. Any dancer who wishes to perform is welcome, said Chavez. The free show takes place the first Saturday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Blackbird Buvette, said Chavez. Dancers can sign up to perform at the show by contacting Chavez. Drummers experienced in Middle Eastern drumming can also sit in with the band. Belly dancing, which began in the Middle East, was traditionally taught by a mother
to her daughter, said Chavez. This is true for Cynthia and Hanna Florence. Cynthia Florence took up belly dancing 20 years ago after seeing some dancers at a street fair, she said. Pre-Nursing major Hanna Florence said she grew up watching her mom belly dance, and decided to learn it herself when her mom started teaching the technique at her high school. After watching a friend’s wife belly dance, martial artist Eric Koenig said he decided to learn the art as well. “It was very interesting because she is normally a very reserved person. But when she danced for people she was very commanding. A different side of her came out,” said Koenig. No matter how bad he feels, belly dancing can make him feel better, he said. “I like how it makes me feel. It brings out the best in me,” said Koenig. Biology major Jade Walters started belly dancing 11 years ago when her mom suggested they take some classes together, she said. “My mom had taken some Middle Eastern dance classes in college and she loved it,” said Walters. Shortly after she started the classes, Walters’ sister started dancing and her dad started drumming, she said. “I love the music and the connection with the music,” said Walters. Beginner belly dancing classes are taught by Chavez at the Enchanted Ballroom, at 337 San Pedro NE. The one hour classes are $7.50, said Chavez. For more information on belly dancing, how to find classes or the Jewels of the Desert show, contact Maria Chavez at 505-319-6213 or email@example.com.
PHOTOS BY SCOTT M. ROBERTS | STAFF
(from left descending) Local belly dancers Hanna Florence, Lauren Martinez-Burr, Cynthia Florence, Eric Koenig, Maria Chavez, Jade Walters and Sadie Calderon perform at Blackbird Buvette’s “Jewels of the Desert” showcase, which takes place on the first Saturday of every month.