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Terminated instructor continues fight to clear the record By Jyllian Roach Editor-in-Chief

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Former Full-time History Instructor Steve Cormier said that he will continue to fight to set the record straight about what happened in an incident with Part-time SAGE Instructor Cheryl Brown.

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Safety and Security staff members have been working to fix security issues on all campuses. The CNM Chronicle Volume 18, Issue 10 article of the titled “Second Safety Walk Finds More Campus Hazards” reported problems discovered during

around campus and more accessible in case of an emergency. “You’ll probably be seeing vendors on campus in the coming weeks, doing a little cosmetic work, buffing and polishing them, giving them wax jobs, bringing out the color of the code blues,” he said. see

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A proposal to match student work study wages to the new city-wide minimum wage was passed unanimously by the Governing Board, said Director of Commu n icat ions & Media Relations Brad Moore. The new minimum wage, approved in the Nov. 2 general election,

did not apply to state employees, work study students included. There had been some question about whether CNM would be able to pass the raise on to student employees. Administration and the Governing Board decided that student employees should get the same raise as the rest of the city,” said Moore. see

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the Campus Safety Walk and the Volume 18, Issue 11 article titled “Lack of Accessibility Disrupts Learning Env iron ment ” reported accessibility issues with automatic door openers. S a f e t y Director Gilbert Gallegos said CNM staff and contractors have been repairing the code blue phones so they are more visible

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Governing Board approves $1 work study raise

Improvements to main campus underway By Shaya Rogers

ormer Fulltime History Instructor Steve Cormier said that he may have lost the arbitration for his case, but he will continue to fight to set the record straight. The now retired instructor has filed a grievance against the arbitrator for gross negligence in the decision, he said. The arbitration decision, issued in October, 2012, sided with CNM and found Cormier responsible in accusations that he used excessive force against Part-time SAGE instructor Cheryl Brown in November, 2011, said Cormier. Cormier has contended since a complaint was filed that he treated Brown gently and respectfully, he said.

“I gave 22 years of my life to something and it’s just ripped out from me based on false charges,” he said. Cormier’s grievance with the arbitrator centers on the findings, which is based on the specific language used by witnesses to the event. The Arbitrators Grievance Board could find the arbitrator negligent, which could result in disciplinary action for the arbitrator, but would not reverse the decision. “It’s over. My career is over,” said Cormier. The arbitrator Elvis C. Stephens stated in his written decision, which was provided to the Chronicle by Cormier, that he believed the testimony of the eleven eyewitnesses to be

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LEONARDO, CNM’s annual student arts and literary magazine, is now accepting •Jeanette Stromberg Hall, Rm. submissions of poems, 312-G, 224-3000 short stories, flash fiction, •Student Health Center, SSC creative non-fiction, art, and Rm. 206, 224-3080 photography until Feb. 2, 2013. Writers: Submit written Montoya Campus works in a single MS Word e-mail. There is no limit to Front desk staff provides access. the number of stories/poems •I Building, Rm. 211, submitted. 224-5881 Artists: All art (paintings, •G Building, Rm. 201, sketches, sculptures, ceramics, 224-5516 photos, etc.) must be submitted •J Building Rm. 121, digitally as a Photoshop, 224-5993 Illustrator, or PDF file (minimum 150 dpi resolution). South Valley Campus Send all submissions to: Staff in Rm. 40 provides access. Patrick Houlihan at houlihan@ •SV Rm. 32, 224-5056 cnm.edu. Type “Leonardo” in the email subject line. Include Westside Campus name, address, and phone in the email message, and send from Front desk staff provides access. your CNM email account. •MJG Building LEONARDO is created by and for CNM students, and is edited and designed ECOS Accepting by CNM student volunteers; New Members the magazine is published and distributed every April The Executive Council (National Poetry Month) with of Students is accepting the generous support of CNM new members. Student Activities. ECOS meets every Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Westside, Rio Rancho ST12-A. Writing Group Meets to For more information Share Writing, Inspiration email smartos@cnm.edu. The Westside/Rio Rancho Writing Group meets twice a Student Film Club month to share a love of creative Looking for New Members writing and to inspire each other. The group spends the oneDAT, a student film group, hour meeting time doing short has just formed and is looking writing exercises and sharing for new members. their work with each other. Students interested in Everyone who writes making films are welcome. or loves writing is invited to Students do not have to be in attend. Writers of all genres are the film program to participate. welcome. For more information Email Madison Coss contact Rebecca Aronson at at 11mcoss@gmail.com for raronson@cnm.edu more information. Main Campus

Low income CNM students who have legal issues or questions have a free civil legal service available to them. CNM has contracted with Law Access New Mexico for the provision of legal services to CNM students who fall within 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Students may call Law Access directly – 998-4529 and identify themselves as CNM students; or Students may contact a Connect Achievement Coach to sign up for on-campus individual consultations. Law Access Attorney Sandi Gilley comes to each campus twice a month to meet with students in need of legal assistance. For more information about this free program, contact Law Access, NM directly at 998-4529 or speak to Connect Achievement Coach Chioma Heim at 224-4080.

Allocation Board Accepting Membership Applications The Student Allocation Board is accepting member applications. Allocation Board meets monthly and distributes money among student organizations for events, activities, travel and equipment. Members must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be enrolled for at least three credit hours and have completed six credit hours. For more information contact James Roach at jroach8@cnm.edu.

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CNM Connect Accepting Scholarhip Applications

The Emergency Winter Shelter program will run now thru March 15. The program accepts families with children aged 10 and under.

Tuition assistance is available for qualifying students. The CNM Advantage Scholarship is accepting applications until Friday Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. Applications can be obtained and submitted only at CNM Connect office locations on all campuses. For Connect office hours and locations call 224-3186. The scholarship helps students with no other forms of financial aid. Students must bring a class schedule and a personal statement addressing why they need financial assistance, academic goals, and how they plan to fund future education expenses.

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Editorial By the cnm chronicle editorial board

It is disheartening to find that only a handful of instructors take the time to attend graduation ceremonies each term, as stated in this week’s article “Low number of instructors at graduation raises concerns.” For GED recipients, including our Editor-in-Chief, this will be their first graduation, and for students headed straight into the workforce, such as nursing graduates, it will be their last. For some students, graduation with any higher education degree will be a first for their whole family. In academia, an associate degree goes unacknowledged. There is no graduate hood for an associate holder. In fact, those with an associate degree are still considered undergraduates. Most non-trades employers require a Bachelor’s degree to be considered for anything beyond an entry-level position – and often even for entrylevel positions. The education section on the initial paperwork for doctors’ appointments lists “High School diploma, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Ph.D.” This ceremony is all the acknowledgment graduates will get. It is not fair, but that is how it is. According to the CNM 201112 Factbook, the average age of students is 29. Many of whom have jobs and families who rely on them. Nearly 50 percent of CNM students receive financial aid. Almost 70 percent of students attend only part time because of other responsibilities. For a lot of students, just getting through a semester can be a trial. Teachers are in the best position to appreciate what an achievement graduation from CNM can be. Teachers are pals and confidants during the semester. Teachers hear about sick children, car accidents, shut-off utilities, marital problems and any number of other obstacles that can affect a student during a term. Which brings us to our next point: Faculty are an integral part of student success; not just though lectures and grades, but also by listening and encouraging. Many students are deeply affected by the relationships they have with instructors, which makes it surprising that so many teachers choose to skip the culmination of all the hard work done by the students and by the instructors. So here is the bottom line – teachers, please come to graduation. Help us celebrate what we know to be a major success, even if the rest of the world does not know it.

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Movie Review: Promised Land By James Roach Guest Writer

Matt Damon (“Bourne” series, “Adjustment Bureau”) and Director Gus Van Sant (“Milk,” “Finding Forrester”) last worked together on 1997’s “Good Will Hunting”, which won an Oscar for best screenplay. Sadly, the duo’s efforts in their newest film, “Promised Land” will not be winning any awards this time around. “Promised Land” had a $15 million budget, star power and a wellrespected director. Sadly, it was plagued with a poorly realized plot about the issues surrounding fracking and a boring script. Even the handsomeness of Damon couldn’t save the movie. If “Promised Land” wanted to be a movie about the perils of fracking, then it should have been about that. Instead, it was a confusing film about Steve Butler, who (Damon) works for an evil corporation. He keeps telling people that the corporation is evil even though he continues to work for the company. Butler is a salesman for a $9 billion a year company named “Global”. Butler’s partnered with Sue Thomason (Frances Mcdormand, “Burn After Reading,” “Almost Famous”), a mother who misses her kid, but can’t see him because she is on the road for work most of

the time. Damon and Mcdormand are sent to a rural farming town called McKinley to convince farmers to lease their land to Global for fracking. The townsfolk are split between those who want Global to come in and save the town and those who are against fracking because it would destroy the land. Many of the characters seem like they might have amazing back stories, but they are never explored. Butler gives us several small hints to his backstory, but even his backstory is never fleshed out. What is mentioned about Butler’s past is only done so when the character needs to seem more sympathetic. He came from a farming town that died after a manufacturing plant shut down. So, for him, going into small towns to help save farmers by getting them to lease their farms to a large corporation is the right thing to do. Butler; however, does not act as though he believes that what he is doing is right. He struggles with himself throughout the movie. It is difficult to know if Damon’s and McDormand’s characters are supposed to be pitied or vilified. The two are portrayed as hard luck types, but they are supposed to be bad guys working for a large natural gas company, so as a reminder of this, they use bribing techniques a

couple of times to either buy off a city official or get rid of an upstart environmentalist (John Krasinski, “The Office,” “It’s Complicated”). Krasinski’s character, Justin Noble, is a source of ire for audience members. Noble is a vocal opponent of fracking and is meant to be the audience’s source of information on the subject. However, Noble does so by explaining fracking to a group of schoolchildren. It is so dumbed down that it leaves the audience with the sense that the writer’s expected the audience to be filled with four-year-olds. The big plot point of the movie is when the mayor of the city, who Damon bribed, speaks to a group of citizens. One stands up in opposition of Global coming in to start fracking, and at the end calls for a vote on the matter. The movie builds up around the vote, and perhaps a decisive point on whether fracking is good or bad. It never comes. The politicallydriven movie instead ends on a forced love story subplot and offers no other resolutions. “Promised Land” does not live up to the high standards audiences have come to expect from Damon, McDormand or Van Sant and would have been better off on the cutting room floor rather than in theaters. “Promised Land” gets two pensive Damon head’s out of five.


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2012 Fall Graduation By Stefany Olivas and Daniel Johnson Senior Reporter and Staff Reporter

Fall 2012 graduation was the largest graduation ceremony yet, with 620 graduates registered to walk, said Student Activities Coordinator Brandon Seber. Graduation is valuable to students because the ceremony is a way for them to celebrate their achievements with their family and friends, he said. It is especially important for them as role models to the youth in the students’ lives who get the opportunity to see the graduates achievements symbolized in the ceremony. “The best part is seeing the graduates walk the stage with their smiles. There is a lot of hard work and effort that they do to get them to graduation and it should be a happy moment in their life,” he said.

Harriet Engle, Liberal Arts and Pre-Health Science What are your plans for after graduation? “Get a job, find work and pay off student loans. I am going to do the tax prep volunteer next semester at South Valley so I can keep my student status and my bus pass. They can’t just get rid of me.” What was the hardest part of your college career? “Other than finances, was probably just finding time to do it all, and Chemistry class. I hadn’t had a Chemistry class in 30 years.” What was the best part of your college career? “All the cool people I got to meet at CNM in all these different classes and meeting with people who weren’t just in my field of study, but all sorts of different people. It’s kind of cool being back in school again, trying to increase my skills and my knowledge base, and hopefully give back to the community.” What advice would you give to students still in school? “Don’t put off the studying. Get study buddies, form friendships, network. Get to know the people who are running the department in your major and get on good terms with them. ”

James Certain, Emergency Medical Services Paramedic What are your plans for after graduation? “I am working towards a UNM Bachelor’s degree.” What was the hardest part of your college career? “Hardest would be working while going to school, so the sacrifice was the hardest and being willing to take a step back to achieve my goals.” What advice would you give to students still in school? “It would be there is fun times, there is good times, there is hard times and there is easy times but you have to keep going because it’s not going to be easy for everybody so you have to be able to tough it out.” What was the best part of your college career? “Graduating is the best part of this because I am the first in my family to complete college. My whole family will see me graduate even though everyone told me I could not go to college.”

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What are your plans for “I am starting up a smal ing, tax prep work and thin the home and keeping it real How long did it take yo “Two and a half years. Y and I dropped out and decide my kids convinced me to get choice, there’s two of them where I sleep and everything What was the hardest pa “I think the hardest part going to classes listening to than me, telling me this is t the way I’ve always done it.” What was the best part o “The best part is just the older, so I’m coming in and It’s so neat to see the fresh, y ate the chance to get that ty


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How long did it take you to graduate? “It took four semesters to complete the program.” What are your plans for after graduation? “I got a job set up in the industry.” What was the hardest part of your college career? “Paying bills was the hardest.” What was the best part of your college career? “Best part was learning everything that I learned.” What advice would you give to students still in school? “My advice would be to make sure that your hard work pays off be to class every day and keep at it.”

What are your plans for after graduation? “I’m going to apply at the School of Engineering at UNM. I’m just going to go straight back to school, no break. I’ll start in January.” How long did it take you to graduate? “It took me two years.” What was the hardest part of your college career? “The hardest part was paying for school. I had some scholarships, but every semester I had to look for money and apply for scholarships.” What was the best part of your college career? “The best part I think is finishing. One step at a time.” What advice would you give to students still in school? “Just keep working hard and don’t give up. Whatever barrier you might have, financial or time, just keep going until you get your degree.” PHOTOS BY JONATHAN GAMBOA & SCOTT M. ROBERTS | GRAPHICS BY JONATHAN GAMBOA

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Guns and Mental Illness: Discussing Mass Shootings By Shaya Rogers Staff Reporter

The recent tragedy at Sandy Hooks Elementary School has inspired many debates regarding gun control, mental illness and other possible causes of the rise in mass shootings. Adam Lanza was able to obtain firearms by stealing them from his mother, and there is much speculation about possible mental illness. The CNM Chronicle asked teachers and students their thoughts about the arguments about mental illness and gun control as possible causes of mass shootings. Part time Sociology Instructor Karren Johnson is diagnosed with

Schizo-Affective Disorder and said the relationship between violence and mental illness is not direct, but providing treatment options can help alleviate unpredictable behavior. “I am diagnosed with Schizo-Affective Disorder and have never been violent toward another person,” she said. Instead of harboring fear towards mental illness, society needs to embrace the idea of treatment and support funding to make sure people get the help they need, she said. “Just as a diabetic cannot control their insulin, someone facing a psychiatric illness cannot control their brain chemistry,” she said.

Treatment is crucial for a healthy life and although she has had many challenges, Johnson remarried her spouse and they are expecting their first child, she said. “When not adequately treated, I have faced suicide attempts, 12 psychiatric hospitalizations, 11 treatments of electro-convulsive therapy, a month in partial hospitalization, and even divorced my spouse during a manic phase,” she said. Even with insurance coverage the cost of care and medication is too high and it is hard to find hospital options in our state and throughout our country, she said. “A therapeutic dose

of a newer anti-psychotic medication can run over $1,000 per month,” she said. We need to have a national conversation regarding the stereotypes surrounding mental illness and the necessity for proper care for anyone in need, she said. “We need to reexamine how we ‘pass around’ those in need of psychiatric care. Also, we need to work on eroding the stigma surrounding these disorders,” she said. General Studies major Peter Atkinson said he owns more than one gun, but believes in some forms of gun control. “Restricted access to high volume magazines, restricted

access for the mentally unstable,” he said. He uses guns for recreational activities like hunting, for personal safety, and thinks society would benefit from conscientious gun ownership, said Atkinson. “I believe more responsible law abiding people should conceal and carry,” he said. He would like to carry his weapon on campus for safety reasons, he said. “I believe I have the right to conceal and carry on campus, although I won’t until the policy changes in favor of that,” said Atkinson. Changing gun control laws because of tragedy seems counterproductive because there should already be strict enough

regulations for gun ownership, he said. “We shouldn’t eliminate high capacity magazines because some wacko can kill a lot of people, we should eliminate high capacity magazines because they’re not needed except to kill a lot of people, or to target practice,” he said. Although Atkinson has an in between view on gun control, he understands the benefits and necessities of gun ownership and thinks people should educate themselves on all aspects of ownership, he said. “It’s important to be educated because we don’t want to be ruled by disasters,” he said.

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unreliable because they were either friends of Cormier or members of the CNM Employee’s Union. A phone call to Stephens’ office was not returned. “In my many years as an arbitrator (first case in 1972) I have often found statements from

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witnesses which appear to have been ‘slanted’ in order to favor one point of view – usually to put the grievant in a more favorable light,” said Stephens in the decision. The decision stated that Stephens mulled over whether Cormier gently led Brown by the arm, as some witness state, or grabbed her by the arm, as other put it. The decision also

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The college has contracted with vendors to service the blue emergency posts but trying to get them to come out in a reasonable amount of time is sometimes difficult, and is an extra expense, he said. “Due to the safety walk, the project was given more of a priority. Because of this inspection, we were able to get funding to entice the vendors to come out and take care of these issues,” he said. The safety walk was sponsored by the Executive Council of Students in November,

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The pay rate for a Student Employee I will go from $7.50 to $8.50 per hour, and the pay rate for a Student Employee II will go from $8.10 to $9.10, said Moore. Physics Major Sarah Thomsen said she has been a student employee for almost two years and this is the first raise she has ever heard of. “I think a student employee should have their wages raised with inflation because it would be nice to take my son to the movies every so often, but I also know that, as a work study, I am not meant to make a lot of money or have what a person would call a real job,” said Thomsen.

2012. During the walk, many emergency call boxes were found to be broken or poorly maintained, said ECOS President Stephen Martos. “I am very happy that we were able to help in finding these problems and I am even happier that the problems were attended to so quickly,” he said. Gallegos said the school has a long-term plan to replace most of the boxes with new ones, but for now they are working on improving the existing ones. “The college has been really good about funding the repairs. It wasn’t due to funding or repairs, it was a

includes Brown’s version of events, in which Cormier was combative and grabbed her arm hard enough to crush the soft tissue there. A crushed soft tissue injury is “the result of the body or a body part being forcefully compressed between two hard surfaces. Compression of the muscle mass blocks the flow of blood and

matter of trying to get qualified vendors to come out,” he said. Safety and Security is also working on replacing the lights on the boxes with LED bulbs to save money and energy. “CNM is all about the green initiative so we’ve been trying to change out all of our code blue lights with LEDs,” he said. As for the automated door openers, a locksmith was sent out to discover why they were not working and he was able to pinpoint a few different reasons. Some of the devices just had a weak signal, while many of them had drained batteries, he said.

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oxygen to tissues (ischemia), resulting in tissue death (necrosis) within a few hours,” according to webMD.com. No evidence of medical attention or on-going trauma was given during the arbitration, said Cormier. Brown did not respond to an email requesting comment. Stephens further found that CNM was

not out of compliance when administration members refused to turn over any evidence, including knowledge of another witness, discovered during their investigation, because the contract asks only that the parties make on a good-faith effort to exchange information. This was the first case in his memory in

which CNM refused to exchange all evidence in a case, said Cormier. The grievance against Stephens was filed on Dec. 5, 2012, but no decision had been made as of this printing.

“[The locksmith] worked with a door company that specializes in ADA openers and they switched out some with a stronger signal, but unfortunately with those, they go through the batteries quicker,” he said. The Safety and Security team members have created a schedule to ensure that the buttons are better maintained, he said. “I don’t know if they actually had a maintenance routine before, but they have one now and what they will do now is switch out the batteries at the beginning of each semester and maybe more often in certain areas,” he said.

Safety Specialist Jim Moffett said that he recently scoured all CNM campuses looking for trip hazards. “I got together with Dennis Serna, who is the head of maintenance. He and I walked every inch of all of our campuses to check for uneven surfaces, making a determination for if it needed to be ground down, if it needed to be uplifted, or replaced all together,” he said. The areas they found have been recorded and they are working on getting every one of them fixed, he said.

“We have identified the areas that need some type of repair, and now the repairs are in process,” he said. He and Serna have also added stop signs and crosswalks to the parking lot by the Smith-Brasher building to ensure fewer accidents, Moffett said. Moffett and Gallegos would both like students to know that if they notice anything that needs attention, especially if it is a high security concern, that they should contact a teacher, administrator, or a work-study student so that the problem can be fixed.

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Psychology Major Nathan Mallom said with the social security tax going up and the whole fiscal cliff issue he is happy to receive the raise. “I am very grateful to the board for budgeting out the raises because if they did not a lot of student employees might end up down in the dirt or struggling to survive,” said Mallom. He said he is concerned that CNM may have to downsize the number of students employed. “If the school does not budget out the amount that has to be paid to a student right then I am afraid of losing my job or financial aid,” said Mallom. A s s o c i a t e Vice President of

Enrollment Services Eugene Padilla said students do have a limited amount of financial aid, but the raise will not put them over this semester because the 7extra dollar is coming out of a separate fund. “No student employee has to worry about losing their job for lack of funds,” he said. In the future, a student will have their financial aid award adjusted accordingly to include the extra $1 per hour earned as a student employee, said Padilla. Financial aid awards and student employment eligibility will not be affected by the raise, he said. Office Technology Major Debra Gallegos

said it is wonderful that the school is looking out for the students since everything else in the city is going up in price. “The school has allowed students to better survive, since

they have limited incomes,” said Gallegos. Thomsen said it is awesome that the school is giving a raise to the student employees since they really do not have to.

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January 8, 2013

Low number of instructors at graduation raises concerns students, and administration is trying to inspire Managing Editor more instructors to attend Only about four dozen in the future. instructors attended the Dean of CHSS Erica fall 2012 graduation of 620 Volkers said she sends out By Adriana Avila

PHOTO BY SCOTT M. ROBERTS

Low attendance by instructors left many empty seats at the Fall 2012 graduation ceremony.

several emails reminding faculty and staff to attend graduation, but still many do not. Volkers said she send out emails encouraging all of her instructors to participate in the ceremony, but that for many of them, it is difficult to balance attending the ceremony and completing end-ofterm responsibilities. It may also be that instructors do not see their participation as important to students, she said. “Perhaps there’s a perception that ‘No, me being there isn’t that important to them, it is their day with their family, this is their day with their friends, they had me for one semester what is me sitting in there going to do? It’s not my day it’s their day, it’s their family day,’” said Volkers. Part-time Reading Instructor Joseph Combs said mass emails even from a dean can be easily overlooked or disregarded, but if a student personally wanted an instructor to attend, he believes that student would ask them.

“If a living person walked up to me, looked me in the eye, and invited me to a graduation ceremony I would go right after picking my jaw up off the floor,” said Combs. Combs said that 70 percent of instructors are part time and feel like they do not get paid enough to participate in activities like graduation. Biology major Chase Valleu said that he is not so sure students would invite an instructor on their own. “I think instructors should be encouraged to go, because maybe the students would feel weird inviting them,” said Valleu. Political Science Graduate Matthew Liguori said that he had participated in two graduation ceremonies and noticed a difference in attendance between the two. “I attended two ceremonies: One as a volunteer and the other as a graduate and student speaker. When I graduated, there were far fewer teachers in attendance,” he said.

Liguori said he hopes administration can find a way to encourage more instructors to attend the ceremony. “If CNM could come up with some benefits for the instructors that do attend, then that would be a wonderful idea,” he said. Full-time English and Cultural Studies Instructor Felicia CatonGarcia said she enjoys attending the graduation ceremonies because of the amount of energy and time put into students. “I love attending graduation because it is both a privilege and a pleasure to participate in this longstanding academic ceremony with students and families, many of whom sacrificed a great deal to make that day possible,” said Caton-Garcia. She said one of their primary obligations as instructors is to help students successfully reach their educational goals. Part-time Math Instructor Stephen Bracht said he has not attended any of the graduation ceremonies before because he

usually had other things to do. He said he was not trying to avoid the event, but also was unaware of how few instructors did attend the ceremony. “It seems like it’s important to the students that instructors be there, so it’s good for instructors to make an effort to be at graduation,” said Bracht. “Maybe they care more than I realized.” Part-time Math Instructor Jeffrey Otis said he did not attend, but that it is worthwhile to see students graduate and show support. “When you reach an important milestone in your life, you kind of want the people who have been involved in getting there to be there,” said Otis. Caton-Garcia said the goal of an instructor is to help students learn and to find their path academically and professionally. Graduation marks the success of this, she said. “It’s a culmination of our collaborative work as a college, and, personally, it’s a joy,” she said. Jyllian Roach contributed to this article.

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