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Zombie attack Pg. 5

Holiday history Pg. 8

Tournament time Pg. 12

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Culinary tutoring a cut above the rest By Stefany Olivas Managing Editor


ulinary tutors are available for students in need of help with learning different culinary concepts, said Part-time Culinary Instructor Brianna Dennis. The tutors use many approaches to help students learn the material from their classes like visual aids in the cooking lab, or hands-on worksheets the students would use in the industry. “I love seeing students succeed, and watching them make the connection. Seeing them learn about their passion only increases their motivation to feed their passion which amazing to me,” said Dennis. The culinary tutors are located in Smith Brasher Hall near the cooking labs to make it easier for culinary students to access them. “We’re right here instead of being all the way across campus. We get more of the students when they come out of class,” said Dennis.

The instructors encourage the students to visit the tutors because sometimes students are scared to ask questions in class, she said. The tutors can help with any subject related to the culinary classes and the industry such as safety and sanitation, culinary math, pricing, recipes, and project ideas and even the Introduction to Computers class IT 1010, said Dennis. “We can help them understand why they need to know Excel, and which points they should be really strong in, and how to relate all those programs to our industry,” she said. The tutoring program for the Culinary Arts is not very well known, but the past year has been busier than usual, she said. Culinary Arts and Business major Frederick Dotson said he attends tutoring sessions with Culinary Tutor Denise Terrazas where she helps him not only with his schooling, but with tasks he will be using in his culinary and business

career as a pastry shop owner and head baker. In order to start, he first needs to figure out the yield of his ingredients and how much everything will cost, he said. Terrazas helps him by breaking down the process to understandable terms, he said. “I’m actually going to have to do this in real life. She really breaks it all the way down to elementary form, which a lot of people need and a lot of teachers don’t do, so she’s really good at that,” said Dotson. Dennis said that every student has a different style of learning, but the tutors can usually figure out the best way for them to retain the material. “Usually after working with a student for a few minutes, it’s easy to understand if students need visual aids to understand or charts, or if they need to work out the problem step by step,” said Dennis. “Sometimes taking students into the kitchen and showing them the tools we use to measure helps them understand

culinary math or measurement conversions.” She said when helping students figure out a problem, she first takes a look at the primary steps, and depending on their level, will decide whether or not to move on to the more complicated concepts. “I go back to the basics to see what they know and that helps me understand where to begin. If they are confident there, then I know we can jump forward,” said Dennis. The subjects that students struggle with the most are the culinary math and projection sheets, said Dennis. “Usually measurement conversions is the biggest thing students have trouble with, also converting recipes to smaller amounts,” said Dennis.  Dennis encourages the students to be active students in the classroom, especially now that finals are approaching, she said. “Practice, read chapters aloud, and ask the tutors questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions,” said Dennis.


(left) Culinary Tutor Denise Terrazas and Culinary Arts Major Nitika Dhawan discuss ingredients for a recipe to be used in a cooking project.


The part time instructors portable on Main Campus has filthy carpet, neglected walls and desks separated only by filing cabinets.

Deplorable portables Part time instructors unhappy with office space By Shaya Rogers Staff Reporter

The part-time instructor offices located in the portable buildings West of Ken Chappy Hall on Main campus are in serious need of maintenance. Not only do the instructors lack any sort of privacy, but there are also doors, desks, windows and carpets in need of repair. P a r t - t i m e Journalism Instructor Maggie Shepard said there needs to be more priority for maintenance of the part-time offices. “There has been more attention to part-time needs since I’ve been here, but a lot of us feel like it’s still not enough to make us feel wanted and appreciated,” she said. To open the window for ventilation, the instructors have to prop it open with a paper clip or a book, she said. “For those of us who work here we’re like, ‘Great, I’m pretty sure

people in the Dean’s office have nice carpet and the full-time faculty have nice offices too,’ and that’s the priority,” she said. Shepard said having functioning and responsive computers and printers is a requirement for teacher success. “During finals last semester the printer was out — during finals — and the copier was out,” she said. Part-time Biology Instructor Steve Glass said he has submitted multiple requests to get the light over his desk replaced since last semester, but it still has not happened. “I teach in the evenings mostly, so if I have to be here preparing for my 7:00 lecture, I’d like to be able to read. At this time of year, it’s dark by 5:30. It just seems like a light bulb replacement would be easy enough to do,” he said. see

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Lack of participation leaves student group without officers By Shaya Rogers Staff Reporter

Lack of student involvement has left many officer positions available, said SkillsUSA Historian Abran Salazar. Students within the technical trades program decide the outcome of the elections, but not many

know about the organization, which gives students the opportunity to further prepare and win competitions in various trades programs, he said. “We really didn’t have a lot of students that had applied, there was only one at the beginning so we had to really push it that day,” he said.

SkillsUSA is a campus organization that prepares students in various trade programs for success in their career. Enrolling in a trade program at CNM automatically places students into SkillsUSA, but putting in the time to either become an officer or become a strong competitor is

what gives a student real credibility, he said. “Skills just comes in and offers opportunity to pick out those dedicated skilled students from each program,” he said. Being an active member of SkillUSA gives students the opportunity to win awards, receive certificates and strengthen

resumes, he said. “Your classmates will be applying for the same jobs when you finish your trade or degree and the employer will see all the extra hard work you are willing to put in and say, ‘that’s the guy I want to hire,’” he said. Salazar said SkillsUSA prepares

students for their professional and personal life by building confidence and teaching leadership skills. “The small percentage of time that is needed is nothing compared to the rest of your life and the outcome,” he said. see skills on page



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twice a month to share a love of creative writing and to inspire each other. The group spends the one-hour meeting time doing short writing exercises and sharing their work with each other. Everyone who writes or loves writing is invited to attend. Writers of all genres are welcome. Next meeting is Nov. 28, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Westside Campus in MJG101.

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EDITORIAL Part-time instructors deserve better

November 27, 2012

Welcome to your new office.

Editorial By the CNM Chronicle Editorial Board

Since the Administration and Governing Board see fit to pay part-time instructors a pathetic annual wage, they should at least have the decency to provide these dedicated instructors with a decent work space. In the article “Deplorable portable: Part-time instructors unhappy with office space,” adjunct instructors spoke only about a fraction of the problems they face in their office on Main Campus. Aside from what was mentioned, the bar that ensures the entry doors shuts completely is broken, the windows are without screens, the carpeting is filthy, the walls are in desperate need of paint, the whole office has only seven computers and one printer and the instructors desks are separated only by filing cabinets. At an institution that boasts more than 30,000 students and can buy up property because it has a pretty backyard (see Volume 18 Issue five’s “CNM to purchase more property”) no one should be left to contend with such a pathetic workspace. By workspace we mean a metal portable building the size of a single-wide trailer, which does not have its own bathroom and retains heat too well in the summer and not at all in the winter. As of this printing, CNM employs 506 part-time instructors and only 307 full-time instructors. On average, fulltime instructors teach five classes each term, while part-time instructors teach anywhere between five and eight classes per term. Part-time instructors are obviously an important part of the educational process on campus and they should be treated as such. Yes, there have been lean years in the state lately, and perhaps large wage increases are out of the question. That should not mean that instructors should have to work in crowded, hot, broken workspaces.


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The new part time instructor offices were quite a step up from the previous facilities.


“We are gathered here to remember Ted the Turkey.”

What to do with all this damn leftover Turkey By Steve “Mo” Fye Copy Chief/ Food Writer

It is the annual question: What can be done with all this turkey? The ubiquitous turkey sandwiches are often dry and boring. Dry chunks of breast meat or stringy, fatty dark meat on a slab of bread is no way to treat this noble fowl. Here are a few suggestions to breathe new life into the leftover bird. A bright and tasty Turkey Salad can be made easily by substituting cooked turkey for the protein in a favorite tuna salad or

chicken salad recipe. A half cup each of finely diced or shredded red onion, carrots and celery to two cups of shredded turkey breast meat produces a lovely base. Add ¾ cup of mayonnaise, a few good squeezes of lemon juice and a bit of the zested peel, some salt and pepper and a dash of hot sauce (Sriracha is ideal) and the result is a salad that is terrific over some fresh greens or on toasted sourdough bread. Nuts, especially southern New Mexico pecans, are in season right

now, so a handful of pecan pieces will add crunch and flavor. If the drumsticks are left over, they are perfect when braised overnight in a bit of wine or stock in a crock pot. Remove the skin and pull out the tendons that run the length of the drumstick. Just cover with liquid and cook on low for hours until the meat simply falls apart. Add some flavor with a bay leaf, some whole garlic cloves and sliced, seeded jalapenos. Some lime juice added before shredding the meat adds brightness to the mix. Be sure to

remove any tendons left over when taking out the bones. The tendons can be a choking hazard similar to fish bones. Wrap this in tortillas with a bit of cheese and perhaps some cooked potatoes or refried beans, or mix with red or green chile for a tasty enchilada filling. This can also be the basis for a tasty tamale recipe. Turkey hash is another easy and delicious recipe to use up the fattier and tougher pieces of dark meat. Chop the dark meat. Mince any remaining skin and mix with

finely diced pieces of potato and onion and sauté as you would corned beef hash. Turkey patties can help use up leftover mashed potatoes as well. Shred the turkey meat well and mix with mashed potatoes at about a one-to-one ratio. Add a bit of beaten egg as a binder. Form into patties and roll in bread crumbs and fry in a bit of oil over medium high heat until the patties reach 165°F at the center. These are spectacular with a bit of leftover gravy or cranberry sauce.


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Sun Cat Chit-Chat By Shaya Roger Staff Reporter

What is your plan for the zombie apocalypse?

Andre Lynch, Radiology

Carol Washburn, Elementary Education “My plan? I really don’t think about that. I would find some place to hide and take my sister, she really wouldn’t like to be around zombies.”

Monique Garcia, Criminology “I already have it planned out. The first thing I’m gonna do is go up to the mountains and get my friend because she is my best friend and I cannot survive it without her. I’m gonna go to Wal-Mart, raid it, take all the stuff, then go up to a cabin I have where we have some horses, some cattle and some chickens. We’ll just hide out there and eventually when the zombies come, my plan is to go to Santa Fe prison and camp out there.”

Sean Herrera, Business Administration “I don’t know if you can call it a plan, but I would probably do what Bill Murray did in Zombieland and dress up as a Zombie that way I don’t get attacked if I’m anywhere where there are zombies. I think I would go with something like that. And of course have guns and stuff just in case. I think strength is in numbers so it would be better if you had a group of people.”

Jasmine Carpenter, Nutrition and General Health “I’m being really optimistic and I’m hoping that we’re not gonna have a zombie apocalypse, but worst-case scenario, I would hope that I could find some kind of underground bunker and get in with people who know what’s going on because I’m not very zombie savvy.”

Edem Adzokpa, Computer Science “I think it would be fun to watch. I would jump on people. I would dress as a zombie with paint and everything all over my face and myself and just play along.”

John Eichorn, Welding Certification “Stock up on everything. I already have a lot of guns and I live in the North Valley and it’s pretty secluded.”

Lester Joseph, Architectural Drafting Tech/ Engineering “Run and hide and have as much ammo as you can to survive the zombie apocalypse. I’d go with friends and family, the people that are important to me. I’d barricade them in one spot. We talked about it, we were thinking a prison yard because they can’t climb the walls. But you would have to bring extra ammo because it would suck if the guards had turned because they wear ammo and they wear bullet proof vests and riot suits.”

Emily Martinez, Pre-Health Sciences Anthony Mccomb, Multimedia “I don’t really have a plan. Honestly, I don’t really know what I would do for the zombie apocalypse if it ever happened. Even though it sounds like it might be fun, I don’t know what I would do. I would probably try to fight back, I’d probably go hide in the mountains somewhere away form the city because thats usually where all of the zombies are.”

“My plan for the zombie apocalypse is to hide in my house and have treadmills all the way around it so they just keep walking. That’s my plan. I will find a way. Anyone who wants to come is fine, as long as you bring something — bring a treadmill.”

Joey Montoya, Liberal Arts

Valeria Pedroza, Liberal Arts “I’d probably just let them kill me. I’d probably lock myself in, but if they came in I’d just let it happen.”

“Get as many guns and possible and survive. I’d probably go to Cabela’s Sporting Goods in Phoenix, I’d use my 65’ GMC pickup truck to get out there. I’d pick up anybody on the side of the road that needed a ride and didn’t want to get eaten alive.” Photos by Stefany Olivas

Graphics by Scott M. Roberts

“Just be happy and be natural because I know I’m gonna be saved by God. I have a really good outlook on it.”

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It’s the most wonderful time of year again, and Albuquerque is buzzing with things to do. Here is a list of things the Chronicle recommends. By Jonathan Baca Senior Reporter

Nutcracker on the Rocks River of Lights What: The Albuquerque Botanic Gardens becomes a wonderland of light sculptures this time of year. Local musicians, dinner at the Shark Reef Café and free arts and crafts projects on the first three Wednesdays make this a great one for the kids, too. Where: Albuquerque Botanic Gardens When: Nov. 24 to Dec. 13, 6-9 p.m.; Dec. 14 to 30, 6-10 p.m.; Closed Dec. 24 and 25 Cost: Adults- $10, Children 3-13 yrs- $5; Children under 3- free

What: Keshet Dance Company turns the classic ballet up to eleven with this award winning rock-n-roll rendition of the beloved Christmas classic. With music from James Brown, Janis Joplin and the Rolling Stones, this performance will warm up anyone’s sugar plums. Where: The National Hispanic Cultural Center When: Dec. 4 to 6; Friday: 7:30 p.m.; Sat: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Cost: $20

Christmas Lights Tour

ASUNM Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair What: The 48th annual craft fair brings more than 75 booths full of handmade, local crafts to the UNM Student Union Building. Jewelry, pottery, clothing, handmade soaps and more will all be for sale. All items are handmade in New Mexico. It is a great opportunity to ditch the crowds and find some one-of-a-kind gifts for the discerning, locally-minded people on that shopping list. Where: UNM Student Union Building, Ballrooms When: Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Cost: free

What: Since the legendary Bugg House began dazzling neighbors and the rest of ‘Burque decades ago, many private residents have begun to erect their own annual light extravaganzas. Most groups set up their displays three to four weeks before Christmas and leave them up until January. Many websites list prime light-gazing locations to help design a custom tour. Where: The Bugg display is now set up at Menaul School. Other notable houses: 7124 Eagle Canyon Rd. NE (synchronized to music), 6600 Terra Dolce Ave. NW, the 300 block on 51st St. NW, 19th and Slate St. NW, 12204 Pineridge Ave. NE (synchronized to music), 8310 Calle Ensueno NW, the Plourde House near Universe and Irving boulevards When: Bugg Lights- Nov. 30 to Dec. 24, on weekends, sundown to 9 p.m.; Cost: Bugg Lights- suggested donation, all others free

Los Ranchos North Fourth Holiday Stop and Shop What: More than 30 shops and restaurants invite the citzens of Albuquerque to the village of Los Ranchos to check out unique gifts, food and culture. Free gifts, discounts and Grand Prize Basket giveaways will take place at participating locations. Signs will be posted outside participating businesses. Where: North Fourth Street, from Griegos Road to Roy Avenue When: Dec. 2, 5 p.m. Cost: free


Twinkle Light Parade, Nob Hill Shop and Stroll What: The City of Albuquerque moves its annual parade to Nob Hill this year. Floats, classic cars and horses will be decked out with holiday lights and will travel down Central from Washington Street to Girard Boulevard to the merriment of all. Central Avenue will be closed to traffic from noon to midnight so shoppers can stroll to their hearts’ content. Where: Central Avenue between Girard Boulevard and Washington Street When: Dec. 1. Parade begins at Washington at 5:15 p.m. Cost: free

Luminaria Tours What: Luminarias are a New Mexico tradition dating back to the 1500s. The candlelit paper bags line the streets in front of homes in neighborhoods all over Albuquerque. The city offers bus tours, and maps of major luminaria destinations can be found online at Where: Bus tours launch from the Convention Center downtown and go through Old Town and the Country Club neighborhood. The Ridgecrest area is great to tour on foot or by car. When: Dec. 24; bus tours begin at 5:20 p.m. and leave every 25 minutes until 7:40 p.m. Cost: Adults- $3; Children and seniors$1.70; Children under 9- free

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How to Help this Holiday Season By Adriana Avila Staff Reporter

Food Delivery Once per Month 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Suite 200 The Jewish Family Service of New Mexico is a hands-on program that delivers food boxes the first Thursday of every month to homebound seniors. The service is in need of drivers to deliver boxes. For more information, visit or call Debbie GarduĂąo at 348-4514.

Rio Grande Food Project 600 Coors Blvd. NW The Rio Grande Food Project is looking for someone to restock shelves from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are also looking for someone to pack a week’s worth of food boxes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information visit

In Albuquerque there are an estimated 17,000 homeless people and the majority are children. It is easy to forget these numbers or someone sitting on a street corner because everyone has his own struggles to deal with. This holiday season instead of giving them a shrug or a stare, give them some extra time and resources. It is a great gift and it is not expensive. Listed below are a few organizations that offer these resources and would love a helping hand.

The Storehouse 106 Broadway Blvd. SE The Storehouse need volunteers to help register customers at the front desk, assist customers in the food court, stock food shelves, sort and grade donations of food and clothing, direct traffic in the parking lot, and clean. For more information visit

Meals on Wheels 5901 Harper Dr. NE Meals on Wheels deliver meals to those who are unable to prepare their own food. They serve hot and healthy meals to anyone in need. The non-profit is in need of a kitchen office volunteer to help a couple of mornings for three hours starting at 9 a.m. They are needed to match up menus to meal sacks and lids and labeling the meal sacks and lids. For more information, visit or call 823-8060.

Hospice of the Sandias 105 Hospital Loop NE The Hospice of Sandias is looking for volunteers to help take care of the terminally ill. They provide palliative and supportive care to people and their families who are confronting incurable illness or those who have a life expectancy of less than six months. For more information, visit or call Maralee Self at 881-5342.

Bernalillo County Council of the PTA Clothing Bank Joy Junction 4500 Second St. SW Joy Junction is a homeless shelter that is in need of volunteers for a variety of assignments that include serving meals, reading to children, tutoring adults, and more. Volunteers are needed to entertain the children by either playing games with the kids, stage a carnival, and even put up a concert. Suggestions are welcome. For more information visit joyjunction. org or call 463-4818.

1730 University Blvd. SE BCCPTA is having a clothing drive Dec. 3-7 and there will be Reflections Intake Day Saturday Dec.8. It is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. For more information, visit

Coronado Giving Tree 6600 Menaul Blvd. NE The Giving Tree will be at the Sears entrance in the Coronado Shopping Center. Spread throughout the tree there will be a tags with holiday wishes from worthy children. Purchase a gift and bring it back to The Giving Tree with the tag attached before Christmas. They will make sure all the gifts are delivered on time to the children for a much deserved Christmas. For more information, visit their website at or stop by for a look.


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10 Minutes with... Sarah Egelman

The ghosts of holidays past By Jonathan Baca Senior Reporter

From the worship of the Roman god Saturn to the crowds at the mall on Black Friday, Christmas has evolved with each new culture

that celebrates it, said Part-time Religious Studies Instructor Sarah Egelman. Some of the season’s most cherished traditions have surprising origins, she said. The celebration itself is a result of the many


Adjunct Instructor of Religion and Humanities Sarah Egelman uses the Holiday celebrations to teach how religions evolve and change over time.

hardships societies faced during the winter months. “It’s the middle of winter, and life is hard. So people have always had festive celebrations this time of year,” said Egelman. Early Christians first agreed to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Dec. 25 around the fourth century, she said. They knew this was not the actual day that Jesus was born, but chose that date to gain followers, she said. “Christianity was becoming the dominant religion in the Roman world. They chose the date partly because they had to compete with the pagan holidays that came before it,” she said. Ancient Romans celebrated the midwinter feast of Saturnalia, honoring the god Saturn with feasting, lighting of lights, and the exchanging of gifts, she said. Christians were practical, it seemed, timing their new holiday to coincide with the existing religious festival. Early Christians borrowed some of the same traditions, giving gifts, lighting candles and sharing meals with family and friends, said Egelman.

Other cherished traditions were borrowed from other beliefs, she said. Around the year 1000, Jesus’ birthday merged with the Norse holiday of Yule as well, she said. “That’s when you start seeing the Yule log, possibly Christmas trees and, early on, certain leaves and branches used as decorations,” she said. These elements came from pagan traditions held by Norse, Germanic and Celtic people, she said. As more of Europe converted to Christianity, existing traditions were incorporated into the celebration of Christmas, she said. “People think of religion as being really rigid, but it has to be flexible. Otherwise it doesn’t survive,” she said. Christmas is a perfect example of how new religions evolve and change when they arrive in a new place, incorporating what came before and giving old symbols new meanings, she said. “People don’t want to give up everything that means something to them, so to have these old symbols carry over meant a lot to them,” she said.

The modern day image of Santa Claus came to be in a similar process, she said. Gift giving was already a part of the holiday, and different cultures had different gift givers, she said. Baby Jesus was the bringer of presents in many places, along with Father Christmas in France and England and Christkindl in Germany. Santa Claus as he is known today came from the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas, a fourth-century Turkish bishop known for his generosity and love of children. His feast day in early December was celebrated with the exchanging of gifts, she said. During the Protestant Reformation, many Christians refused to recognize the saints, and the gift-giving holiday was moved to Dec. 25. By the sixteenth century, he became the plump, bearded Santa Claus known today, she said. His sleigh and reindeer came from the winter traditions of countries like Sweden, she said. “Over time he becomes Americanized into this jolly, plump guy

used in marketing. He is pretty much a mixture of four or five different characters,” she said. Other parts of the world created their own unique traditions. In Germany, the character Krampus was the evil counterpart of Santa, punishing children who were naughty. In Mexico and Guatemala, the tradition of Las Posadas emerged, where people reenacted the scene of Joseph going from inn to inn looking for a room for Mary and the infant Jesus, she said. “Las Posadas is unique to this part of the world. It is still done in New Mexico,” she said. Traditions may change, but the importance of family, generosity and the lighting of lights to ward off the cold and darkness of winter are universal, she said. “It is a hard time to survive all over the world. So when you make it to the winter solstice, you’ve made it halfway through the hard times of winter, and that has always been a reason to celebrate,” she said.

Instructor collects 1,600 books for students By Daniel Johnson Staff Reporter

The goal was to collect one novel for every student enrolled in the developmental reading program, said Fulltime SAGE Instructor Patrick Flink. Flink wanted to enable students so they could practice reading on material other than homework, he said. “Getting a student excited about reading in general is a great foundation for continuing that student’s education,” he said. Flink, who is collecting and handing out the books on his own, hopes to collect 2,000 books before the end of the term, he said. So far,

1,600 books have been donated and more are coming in, he said. “When the whole thing started I was thinking maybe I would get 100 or 200 books, but people really responded,” said Flink. Sending out one email request for books started something big, he said. Faculty and staff from Main and Montoya campuses, the Workforce Training Center and Admission Services donated, he said. “Once the email was out, the whole thing just took off. Books were being dropped off and I was asked to pick up books from peoples homes as well as other campuses,” said Flink. The books were distributed to students

enrolled in RDG 750 and RDG 950 classes, he said. Students were allowed to select from a variety of books including romance, fiction, nonfiction, science fiction and history, he said. “They were not in a situation where we just gave them a book and said ‘Here go read this,’” said Flink. Students with children were allowed to select a book for themselves and a childrens book, he said. “Having a student read to their child will not only allow the student to practice reading, but also get a future generation excited about reading,” said Flink. Melinda Petty, who received a book from the program, said she thought it was a

wonderful thing to do for students. “I think it’s a good idea since a lot of students cannot afford to go buy books for their own pleasure or even for their kids,” said Petty. Flink said that students who received the books appreciated the opportunity. Flink said that the project was a great success but it would have been nothing without the assistance of all the people who donated, he said. “Thank you very much, to all the people who donated, from myself and all the students who have received books and I will still accept donations if people are still willing to give,” said Flink.


Students of the RDG 750 and 950 classes browse through the donated books provided by Full-time Sage Instructor Patrick Flink.


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S k i l l s U S A Reporter Solomon Hill-Burke said he tries to spread the word about SkillsUSA and wants students to understand the benefits so they will realize what a great opportunity it is for them. “With the elections, we were constantly trying to convince people to run saying, ‘You know, it’s really not that hard and it’s

a lot of fun. It looks great on your resume and you’ll really enjoy it,’” he said. SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete at a local, state and national level within their trades, he said. “All those company owners that are judging the competition are going to see you and remember your name. If you take third or fourth place, you’re pretty much guaranteed a job in this state,” he said.


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Glass said that beyond the cast-off furniture, the dirty and ripped carpet and the general lack of maintenance, he would like to have a private place for conferences with students. “My biggest concern is the lack of privacy. A lot of students come to instructors with fairly significant personal problems,” he said. Students deserve a place to talk freely without having to worry about being within ear shot of many other people, he said. “Sometimes we’re counselors as well as instructors; they come up with some amazing challenges. Sometimes they just

need somebody to talk to and it’s really not fair to them to have to share that stuff right out in the middle of everything,” he said. Part-time Psychology Instructor Dr. Ron Reid said another issue is that faculty members are not allowed to use the office on the weekends, which can make it difficult to complete responsibilities before Monday, said Reid. “They might come in on a weekend to get their work done if they don’t have the resources at home, and then security comes and kicks them out. It’s hard for faculty members sometimes to successfully strategize how to fit that in. We need to loosen up on that,” he said. Director of Marketing and

Holding an officer position gives students the chance to experience all that the national competition has to offer even if they aren’t competing, he said. “A certain amount of the officers go to the national competition in the summer as voting delegates to vote for the national officers. Even if you don’t win competitions to get to the national competition, you can still go,” he said.

Communications Brad Moore said that at a recent Facilities Master Plan forum, it was discussed that improving the office space for parttime teachers needs to be a priority. “There have been several building renovations over the past few years that have caused some groups of employees to be relocated as space availability has been constricted,” he said. There are plans to expand part-time teacher offices, expected to be completed by the middle of the spring term, he said. “Currently a project is being planned to renovate a space in Ken Chappy Hall that would provide 26 new spaces for part-time faculty members,” he said.

Being an officer gives students an outside perspective to the competitions and inspires their abilities as leaders, he said. “Really what the SkillsUSA officer team does is organize the events and make sure everyone has enough information and that they know what they have to do to compete, make sure all of the teachers and advisors have the resources they need to hold these competitions and to promote

Moore said that CNM is in the process of a space audit which will help them divide and appropriate the use of the space on Main campus. “CNM is striving to make more informed decisions related to the allocation of space on a very busy Main campus, where space needs for different areas of the college are often fluctuating,” he said. As for the work orders, Moore said the Physical Plant is responsible for repairs. “Once a work order has been submitted, the Physical Plant’s maintenance department assesses the situation and conducts repairs as necessary,” he said.

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a pro-active mentality in the technical program,” he said. Students should know that becoming active in SkillsUSA will help them be successful leaders in their various trades, he said. “It really doesn’t take that much time and it only benefits you. You really have nothing to lose. You have everything to gain in terms of your field and making money and getting a job,” he said.


Being an officer has given Hill-Burke the confidence and life skills to meet new people and to get involved in many different ways, he said. “It’s a great place to meet people and I know I’m having a lot more fun on campus just because I’m involved in it. Other than that I would just be coming to class and going home,” he said.

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Contact James Roach Black Friday Queen returns to ‘burque to teach, shop Fresh from her record-breaking shopping extravaganza at the Mall of America, Lucinda Portnoy announced she will be returning to her hometown of Albuquerque. “I am ready to settle down and show the students at CNM how to spend all these taxpayer dollars they get through student loans and grants,” she said. Known for her ability to search through ads and spot deals, she noted that looking at ads in The CNM Chronicle is one of the best ways to find the things she wants and needs, and “even things I don’t know that I want.” Recently making headlines for her Black Friday run through the Mall of America, Portnoy was documented having spent $71,631,832.69 in just under 20 hours. Most of the purchases were socks and underwear, but she took time to get car repairs, and sign up to attend a special seminar to be conducted in p

Albuquerque next month. “I’m very excited about going home,” she said. “I know that I can find a lot of good things to shop for in the Chronicle. And I know that the students at CNM and their friends and family are all regular readers and shoppers.” When asked why she thinks the students at CNM need her expertise in shopping, she replied that “I don’t think they really need much instruction in shopping, just some fine tuning.” Portnoy got her start in competitive shopping about a dozen years ago. “I was in high school and saw an ad in The CNM Chronicle for a new restaurant that was opening near the campus. I clipped the coupon and went there to eat. Soon all my friends were going there on a regular basis. I started going to the shops of other advertisers in the Chronicle and pretty soon got on the competitive shopping circuit,” she said. Most recently, the shopping took her to the fourteenth annual Black Friday event at the Mall of America. She was a decided favorite, having won the event twice previously. She noted that

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The second annual Child’s Play Gaming Tournament is projected to have a turnout of 200 individuals, said former General Studies major and event organizer Ryan Leonski. The Dec. 2 tournament in the UNM Student Union Building will give gamers the opportunity to be crowned the champion while raising money people participated in tournaments for video, board, or card games for charity, he said. “I really just wanted to help out in some way,” he said. The $12 entrance from each participant is donated to UNM Children’s Hospital for the purchase of video games and systems for children to use

during their hospital stay, he said. This year, participants will be able to play in tournaments of Halo 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and various card and board games, he said. Gamers Anonymous will be providing some of the prizes, selling shirts and hosting retrotournaments, where older games like Super Mario Bros. will be played, said Leonski. “My friend has an amazing board game collection. He has over 80 board games and he’s going to bring a ton of those for us to play,” he said. Former Cultural Studies major Roxanne Youngblood is looking forward to the event because not only can she have fun playing games, but her entrance fee will be donated to the hospital. “Just because you play video games doesn’t mean you can’t do something good for the community. It’s a great way to get a bunch of people together,” said Youngblood. The event will be much larger than last, so Youngblood is most excited to see what the turnout will be, she said. She plans on playing games at the event but also wants to volunteer

with anything that may be needed during the event, she said. “I enjoy playing video games, and it’s kind of nice to see that you can take something like that and put it into a way that is beneficial for the community,” said Youngblood. Getting games and consoles for the children is not only beneficial for brightening their moods and some children can even benefit physically from certain video games, she said. “It makes it a little more bearable. Never underestimate the power of positive emotions, and motion gaming can help refine motor skills,” said Youngblood. Leonski said he is a part of the international organization Game Developers Association that is helping host the event. In the past there was a lot of support for the event, but there is even more for this year, he said. All consoles, video, board, and card games are donated for the day to be used by participants, he said. “The gaming community is seriously one of the best communities I know. They’re so happy to help out and give. I was able to get this together last year with about a hundred dollars. This year I haven’t invested a single dollar,” he said.

Child’s Play Charity was created by Jerry “Gabe” Holkins and Mike “Tycho” Krahulik, of Penny Arcade, said Leonski. “They wanted to get game consoles and toys for children’s hospitals, specifically for pre-teens to teenagers because they kind of get left out whenever people buy toys,” he said. Not only was the program boosting morale for the children at the hospital, the games proved to benefit them physically as well, he said. “A happier patient is more likely to recover, but what they also found is that the hospitals are using them for physical rehabilitation. That was just a natural side effect that happened,” said Leonski. The Child’s Play Gaming Tournament is still in need of volunteers, Xbox 360’s, and HD TVs, he said. “We always need volunteers for helping run things, making sure people don’t steal things, making sure tournaments go smoothly, or just general things like people saying where the bathroom is. I believe that we can do it,” he said. For more information contact Leonski at ryan. or 489-4817.

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Former Cultural Studies Major Roxanne Youngblood will participate in the Child’s Play Charity Tournament in the UNM SUB.

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Twinkle Light Parade Moving to Nob Hill By Adriana Avila Staff Reporter

This year, the Nob Hill Shop and Stroll has partnered with the Twinkle Light Parade to save resources, said Special Events Manager Eric Werner. The Nob Hill Merchants Association and Nob Hill Main Street usually organize the Shop and Stroll while the City of Albuquerque organizes the Twinkle Light Parade. Werner said it would be more efficient to combine the events because each uses the same resources.

“There were two events that had to close Central, so by combining it we would be combining resources and we could also combine resources when it comes to promotion and marketing and the economic impact,” said Werner. The Shop and Stroll is usually on a Thursday but this year it will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 from noon to midnight. Central Avenue will be closed from San Mateo Boulevard to Girard Boulevard. Vehicles parked on

Central Avenue near shopping areas after noon will be towed. The parade used to be downtown but the groups decided to try something new. Werner said bringing the events to different areas of the city is great and by combining them it would be the biggest event in the city. Both the Twinkle Light Parade and the Nob Hill Shop and Stroll attract thousands of people separately. The parade can bring up to 30,000 spectators and the Shop and Stroll about 10,000 shoppers, said Werner.

“It would make more sense to bring the events’ thousands of people to one area and encourage them to do their holiday shopping and promote their economic development to Nob Hill,” said Werner. Shop and Stroll will have traffic-free shopping and there will be live entertainment such as mariachi bands along with the shopping deals. Werner said the parade will begin at 5:15 p.m. at Washington Street and head west to Girard Boulevard. He said there will be 100 floats from a variety

of groups. There will be several church groups and organizations participating in the parade. There are also some unafiliated groups who have decided to join the parade and design their own float. “The biggest attraction is going to be the Santa float which is always the very last float in the parade,” said Werner, “Families come out and the kids always love to see Santa, so that’s always great.” He said there are several groups represented in the parade and there is always

something in the parade for everyone. The parade has been presented for more than 25 years. It became the Twinkle Light Parade nine or 10 years ago, said Werner. The parade was originally in Rio Rancho, but the Joiner family brought it to Albuquerque and named it the Twinkle Light Parade, he said. There are about 33 restaurants, cafes, pubs and other eateries and more than 50 stores located throughout Nob Hill.

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