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Liberal Arts graduate Pamela Brady with her husband Tech Sergeant Rene Brady in Incirlik, Turkey.


Graduating overseas

Volunteers working in the International District Community Garden for Southwest Organizing Project.

Sowing seeds of change long-term policy shift and engagement strategies,” said Rodriguez. The goal of the food justice Business initiative is to have educational Manager resources, create jobs and make Former student and local produce accessible to everyProject Feed the Hood coordinator one in a community by building Rodrigo Rodriguez said the goal of local gardens, said garden coordiSouthwest Organizing Project is to nator Travis McKenzie. “When people talk about empower communities to address several social, economic and envi- health care, they don’t talk ronmental inequalities occurring about gardening. They’re not talking about relationships, diet within their community. The 32-year-old Southwest or exercise. They are talking Organizing Project functions on about pills, money and hospimany levels in the community to tals. That’s not everything about build support and awareness for healthcare,” said McKenzie. Southwest Organizing Project grassroots movements, he said. “We’re an initiative-based has worked with community memorganization, so we have various bers, individuals in the educacampaigns. It’s about connecting tion system and public officials to the micro of food justice to the establish many community gardens macro of social and environmental in schools and throughout the city, justice. We try to support other said McKenzie. “Going into it, we never folks doing things to establish

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“The main reason we have not offered the highest level math classes Production Manager online is because there is only a small iberal Arts major Pamela demand for these classes and, as a Brady said she received result, we offer few sections of these her degree at the end of classes,” said Philip Carmen, interim the spring term in a mail- associate dean of MSE. box more than 8,000 miles away Carmen said he has had several from CNM in Incirlik, Turkey. students that have been either in the Originally an Engineering military or the spouse of a military major, and the wife of an Air Force service person. officer, she had to find a way to grad“Being cognizant of the chaluate in spite of being relocated, she lenges and often unpredictable cirsaid in an interview via Facebook. cumstances that these students face, “Since I found out that I wouldn’t I have always tried to accommodate be able to continue my engineering these students when the need has degree while I was out here, I looked arisen,” said Carmen. at what classes I did have in order to Brady moved to Turkey after make up a degree,” said Brady. her husband, Tech Sergeant Rene Many of the upper-level math Brady, was stationed at the Incirlik and science classes for an engi- Air Base. neering degree are not offered “We found out in November of through CNM’s Distance Learning see Graduate on Page 7 Program, she said.

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thought we were going to feed everyone in the neighborhood, but the functionality of the gardens are to be education and organizing spaces,” said Rodriguez. McKenzie said that as the community learns about gardening, many connected topics come up, like conserving water in the desert, unaffordable food and the rising costs of medical care. “The community garden is a vehicle for social justice. We want to use the garden as an educational space to teach people how to garden and use it as a space to talk about other issues,” said McKenzie. With the support of the project, community members are able to make long-term changes and improve the policies of the area they live in, said Rodriguez. “We’re not always necessarily see

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Faculty, staff receive excellence awards were given to recipients who were nominated by other faculty, staff members or stuSenior dents, said Moore. CNM held Reporter a luncheon for the recipients M e m b e r s and gave each a certificate, of faculty and staff recently said Moore. “I was very honored to received awards for going above and beyond for stu- be nominated and touched dents, said Brad Moore by the written testimony,” of the Marketing and said Adviser of the Executive Council of Students and Communications office. Twenty-three awards Director of Student Life and

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Discipline Kristofer Gaussoin, teaching, she said. a mentoring program to help students successful, she said. who was a recipient this year. Three terms ago the nurses adjust to teaching, she “Receiving this award In one way or another all nursing program was short said. Administrators liked makes me feel incredibly of the employees are here to 14 or 15 instructors despite her idea and tried it; her idea lucky and grateful to work support the students, so when efforts to fill the positions, helped solve the problem, at CNM with such dedicated some of them do something said Sando. said Sando. and compassionate individuthat improves a student’s life Instructors were taking on Other recipients are als,” said Kaemerer. it is wonderful for that to be double and triple loads because pleased to receive the award, Financial Aid Adviser recognized, said Gaussoin. the students had already been but give credit to having great Susan Chavez said she does not Recipient Virginia accepted, she said. colleagues to work with, said work any harder than anyone Sando was recognized for “We did what we could and CHSS Instructor Veronique else, but being recognized for helping create a mentoring worked like crazy,” said Sando. Kaemerer. Everyone at program for nurses new to Sando suggested having CNM plays a part in making see Excellence on Page 7

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EDITORIAL President Obama’s executive order giving some undocumented immigrants temporary relief from deportation is a great stride in the fight to help immigrants get a foothold in society. The reprieve will allow qualified undocumented immigrants to work or go to school for two years without threat of deportation. An estimated 800,000 immigrants will be affected, which will benefit the nation’s economy through the recorded activity of these immigrants. The process of obtaining citizenship in the United States is long and arduous. The longer immigrants stay illegal, the longer the economy will not be affected by the residual income that is being earned and used.

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There are a number of reasons why someone from another country would come to the United States and gaining citizenship is a top reason. Though this reprieve is not a direct path towards citizenship, this maneuver will benefit those on both sides of the border. Public schools, universities and colleges throughout the country, such as CNM, rely on federal funding. This funding is based on enrollment numbers and by having immigrants go through the country’s education process, they are more likely to contribute to society while not having to worry about being deported. Having two years of reprieve is a great start to become a functioning member of society, whether on the path to citizenship or coming here just to work.

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Sun Cat Chit-Chat By Scott M. Roberts Photojournalist

What has been your toughest class so far this term and why?

Antonio Acosta - Liberal arts

Melissa Sanchez - Biology

English 1102, because there is a lot of reading.”

Biology, because it’s a lot of memorization.”

Kyla Dennisson - Elementary education

S panish, because it is a language that I

don’t know.”

Derek Swain - Engineering


and MAT lab, because the program wasn’t even in the lab for the first week so we’re a week behind.”

Lucy Blanchard - Nursing

The nursing course, because there is a bunch

of new stuff and a lot of it.”

Brandon Velasquez - Engineering

Calculus, because we cover a lot of material

all at once, so there is a lot of studying.”

Jessica Mora - Film

That would have to be art, because I have

a problem with the concept of drawing versus painting.”

Miranda Nichols - Medical Lab Tech

Intro to Medical Lab Tech, simply because

it is like learning a foreign language and medical labs have a language all their own.”

Jamie Barella - Liberal arts

I would have to say math. It has never been

my best subject, especially since I never went to high school. I just got my GED.”

Summer Mesa - paralegal studies

English and Math, because there are too many

essays to do and I’m not really good with numbers.”


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Members of the Albuquerque Pride Board meet to discuss the new events and features in this year’s Albuquerque PrideFest.

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PrideFest celebration to offer past faves and new raves By Jodie Darrell Staff Reporter

The 2012 Albuquerque PrideFest will be the biggest in the 36 years of the celebration’s existence, said Albuquerque Pride President of Operations Neil Macernie. The week-long event, which commemorates National Gay Pride Month, will be held June 24 – 30 at many locations throughout the city including Sidewinders Bar, Effex Nightclub, The SOCH, New Mexico Expo Center, St.

Paul Lutheran Church, Lotus Nightclub and Morningside Park, said Macernie. “It’s going to be marvelous,” said Vice President of Operations J.R. LaBerge-Esparza. The June 30 Pride Parade’s co-Grand Marshals, members of American Veterans for Equal Rights, will be making history as being the first openly gay veterans in the parade since the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed, said Albuquerque Pride Director of Marketing and Media Anneke Blair. “We are excited this year, we can finally have open veterans participate in the march.” said Blair.

The parade will also feature AIDS and animal rights activist Linda Blair as the Grand Marshal, said Vice President of Public Relations Miranda Haynes. The parade will begin at Central Avenue. and Girard Boulevard. and continue to the Pridefest at the NM Expo Center on Central Avenue at San Pedro Drive. The newest additions at Pridefest start with the expansion of the event, said Haynes. There will be two stages this year. The main stage will feature award winning artist JoJo, the runner-up of the third season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Manila Luzon

and local R&B/pop vocalist JVigil. The second stage is reserved for local bands and drag shows. Pridefest is working with the Animal Humane Society to provide water stations and pet pools. There will also be a pet-sitting service available. Pets and owners can also participate in Dog Drag and Pet lookalike contests. This year’s fest will also introduce “Unleash,” the new sex safety and awareness portion of Pridefest, said Macernie. The program will showcase demonstrations, sex toys and safe practices, said Macernie.

“It’s a sexual education and experimentation center,” said Macernie. St. Paul Lutheran church will bring together seven different religious groups for the Annual Interfaith Worship Service on June 24, said Macernie. The service celebrates diversity within the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender community, said Macernie. “It’s about everybody coming together and sharing a spiritual moment,” said Macernie. On June 28 , the Seventh Annual Candlelight Vigil, held at Morningside Park, is an event unique to

the Albuquerque PrideFest, said Macernie. “There is no other event like it,” said Macernie. “It is an opportunity to share your coming out story. This year’s theme for the vigil is ‘Remembrance of our past and a celebration of our diversity; creating a future in unity and love.’” Pridefest also features a kids’ park, a classic car show, an art show, a poetry slam and same-gender weddings. Tickets are $15 per a person. Children 10 and under get in for free. For more information, check out

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Student to perform with nationally recognized pianist By Carrie Ratkevich Senior Reporter

Early Childhood Development major Patricio Tlacaelel Trujillo y Fuentes will be performing with Grammy-nominated pianist Douglas Riva this month, said Fuentes. The poem, “Enoch Arden” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and set to music by Richard Strauss will be performed by Fuentes and Riva at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on June 24, said Fuentes. “My question is whether Lord Tennyson and Strauss knew each other,” said Fuentes. This is a rare form of melodrama. The show is more like a radio drama, where the actions are not performed but the drama is delivered through speech and music, said Fuentes. “You are not going to this kind of thing often, even in Europe,” said Fuentes. He considers working with a Grammy nominee to be a big challenge, he said. They have already had a few small salon showings for some of the Albuquerque elite, said Fuentes. “I said to one woman, ‘I am just a little brown guy from the desert,’” said Fuentes.

This project began several years ago when Fuentes met Riva at a performance at an art museum, said Fuentes. The museum was exhibiting Spanish painters and included performance art to bring the show to life, he said. Riva was hired to play because he is a well-known Spanish pianist, said Fuentes. Fuentes was asked to play Pablo Picasso, he said. After the museum performance the two decided it would be fun to do another project together, said Fuentes. About two years ago, they began work on “Enoch Arden,” he said. The poem is about three children who grow up together and have to face the realities of love and destiny. It is set during the Victorian era, which focused on decadence, he said. “It was a very romantic and lyrical era,” said Fuentes. Although the characters are fictional, the events of the poem are based on actual events during the era, said Fuentes. Strauss set the poem to music for an actor friend. The music Strauss created is complicated and takes skill and practice to read the poem with the music, said Fuentes.

“Every time I read the poem I am getting better at putting the words with the nuances of the music,” he said. The next project Fuentes would like to undertake is turning “Enoch Arden” into a multimedia performance, said Fuentes. “My goal is… to have projections on a big screen with oceans and waves, and some dances and actors on stage,” said Fuentes. Fuentes started in the arts at the age of five, he said. He taught himself to play the piano and had starring roles throughout school. Fuentes also had the opportunity to study music and dance in New York City with some of the best known choreographers of modern dance The one-day performance of “Enoch Arden” will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on June 24 at 2 p.m., said Fuentes. Tickets are $20, student tickets are $12 at the door, said Fuentes. “The show is a really good opportunity for English majors and poetry lovers,” said Fuentes. PHOTO BY JYLLIAN ROACH | STAFF

Early Childhood Development major Patricio Tlacaelel Trujillo y Fuentes talks about his upcoming perfomance with Grammy Nominated Pianist Douglas Riva.



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2011 and our report-no-later-than date was set for March 10, 2012. I immediately started researching my options for school,” Brady said. Brady said that the help she sought at CNM connected her with little information on military resources. “I had to do a lot of research on my own on schooling for military spouses,” she said. After researching her options, Brady decided to obtain a degree that would fit her credits. “I only needed the IT 1010 class to obtain my associates in liberal arts, thankfully I was able to take it online which helped a lot,” she said. According to the Incirlik Air Base website, there are various incentives and resources for active duty members of the military as well as their spouses. Some of these include tuition assistance, career counseling and connections with various colleges offered directly through the base. Brady said that her husband’s rank is too high for her to qualify for tuition assistance, and most of the engineering degrees offered are aeronautical. In the meantime Brady said that she would continue to look for a college overseas that can offer the program she wants. Assistance Centers for Education supervisor Randy Crandall said there are many resources for distance learning students in most programs, but no particular ACE representative for veterans or military personnel. “I think that CNM’s work with veterans and military members will only improve,” said Crandall. With the recent visit from the Secretary of

Veterans Affairs and the hiring of a Veteran’s Success counselor, students associated with the military should have an easier time finding what they need, said Crandall. The Office of Veteran Affairs at CNM helps veterans and their families connect with the various resources available, according to Louis Adams who is in charge of the veteran affairs program. “Students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at CNM. We go over information that is available to them and now we can get them in touch with the Vet Success counselor,” said Adams. The Office of Veterans Affairs is located within the Financial Aid Department. Adams said he has been helping veterans through his department for the last seven years. The recent hiring of the Veteran Success counselor will open up more opportunity for veterans and their families, Adams said. “We’re really excited about helping veterans understand their resources and we’re hoping to get a veteran’s resource center,” said Veteran Success counselor Gwendolyn Nutter. “We want to make sure veterans don’t fall through the cracks,” said Nutter Gwendolyn Nutter has been full time since June 4 and the program itself was started about a year ago, said Adams. For more information on Veteran Success counseling contact Gwendolyn Nutter at 224-3265. The Office of Veterans Affairs at CNM can be reached at 224-3098.


“We have been working a lot with schools. We can make changes trying to pass a bill. It’s more about first through APS, and then the state cultivating the masses to be able to sup- education department to ensure the port a bill,” said McKenzie. work around community health would Community members have be institutionalized. Instead of being begun to build coalitions to make extracurricular and functioning after changes within their neighborhoods school, it would be ‘intercurricular,’” and schools, said Rodriguez said Rodriguez. “Between a few schools we have Rodriguez and McKenzie programs from pre-K all the way up encourage students to volunteer at a to twelfth grade. Potentially, stu- garden with SWOP or get projects dents will go through the entire K-12 going within their community. system with gardening all along the SWOP can host presentations way,” said McKenzie. in a classroom or after school proSouthwest Organizing Project gram. To get involved with the food began the food justice initiative in justice initiative, contact Rodriguez 2010 and has since helped develop at To check out many gardens in Albuquerque work- more initiatives by SWOP, call 247ing with systems already in place. 8832 or visit


her work is encouraging. “Everyone understands the important role we play in helping all students be successful. It is a joy to be part of the Financial Aid team,” said Chavez. Awards are a way for the administration to recognize those who go the extra mile to help students succeed, said Financial Aid Coordinator Rachel Buchen, who also received an award. “I have worked at CNM for eight years and have always felt that the work I do is appreciated; the excellence award I received is added reassurance that my efforts do not go unnoticed,” said Buchen. The award came at the perfect time for Employment Specialist


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Albuquerque Ninja Warrior By Jonathan Gamboa Layout Designer


ormer student and “American Ninja Warrior Season 4” contestant Josh Kronberg said that physical and mental preparedness as well as staying consistent with training will help future competitors get past the obstacles in the competition. Taking each obstacle aggressively and really attacking it was something he learned from his failure in seasons two and three, his first and second appearances on the show, he said. In season two he said he was too cautious and almost fell on the first two obstacles before finally falling on the third because he was intimidated. “The training course I built to match the obstacles I encountered in season two and three really helped out in the fourth season. I knew I could accomplish these obstacles at the Dallas mid-south regionals, because I already trained with an almost exact replica of the course for five months at home,” said Kronberg. He said he trained for the

fourth season of Ninja Warrior for three months before auditioning. He trained for another two months after being selected as a regional contestant. The mid-south regional competition aired Sunday, June 17 on G4 and Monday June 18 on NBC, he said. He placed 19 out of 100. The top 15 move on to the next round, said Kronberg. The first four obstacles: quad steps, log grip, bridge of blades and cargo net were easy because of all the practice time, he said. “There was this rope junction obstacle which was taking out a lot guys, because nobody had seen it before and nobody knew what to do,” Kronberg said. When he got to the high wall he could not get over it, he said. He was eliminated at the Dallas regional finals with the thirty-fifth best time. “One of the reasons why I didn’t make it up the wall was because I was emotionally, mentally and physically drained, I didn’t have any adrenaline left,” said Kronberg. This year “American Ninja Warrior” has become very

popular in the United States, because the Japanese version is no longer available, he said Nine hundred contestants are competing to be one of the top 100 who go to the finals in Las Vegas, NV. One hundred fifty participants tried out in each of the six U.S. regions – northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest, midwest and mid-southwest, said Kronberg. Fifteen participants from each region and 10 wild cards will compete in Las Vegas in July, said Kronberg. Kronberg and another “American Ninja Warrior” participant, Daniel French, plan to open a Ninja Warrior gym in the downtown area later this summer, said Kronberg. The gym will include Ninja Warrior 101 and Ninja Warrior advanced classes taught by Kronberg, he said. “I really feel that training on the specific obstacles make a huge difference in skill and confidence,” Kronberg said. To see Kronberg’s audition video, go to madwiseman. For more information on “American Ninja Warrior,” go to




(top left/bottom left) Josh Kronberg at his run in the mid-south regionals in Dallas.


(top right/bottom right) Josh Kronberg demonstrates his home-built obstacle course.