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New program checks lab availability on smartphones, tablets By Adriana Avila Managing Editor
Labmaps is a new program that allows students to use smartphones and tablets to check the availability of computers on all campuses in real time without the hassle of going to the labs, said Computer Center Supervisor Merigen Naranjo. Sometime in the spring semester, students will be able to access the availability map on a smartphone or tablet from anywhere on campus through a secure network, said Naranjo. “It’s horrible weather out there, would you hate to get to the Student Resource Center or
to the BRC just to discover there weren’t any computers and you went through the hassle of parking?” said Naranjo. This program is a solution to make student life easier and faster because students have lives of their own, she said. Fire Science Major Thomas Sedillo said he visits the computer labs often rarely finds an open workstation. When there is not a computer available, it affects his school work, he said. “Most of my books are online this semester, so if the computers are taken I can’t really read them,” said Sedillo. The Labmaps program will save time and effort, he said.
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Cracks litter the PPD parking lot, posing hazards to vehicle tires and pedestrians.
Cracks in the pavement
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The map view of SRC 203 computer lab in Labmaps allows students to see which computers are in use (red) and those that are not (green), outside of campus on their computers and mobile devices.
Assistance Centers for Education tutor Richard Avila said that in order to access the program, students must be logged into CNM’s secure network, but that the lab techs and ITS are working to
provide access off campus, said Avila. It would benefit the students more if they could see what stations are available before deciding what campus to go to and see
Administration developing plan to repair broken parking lots
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By Shaya Rogers Staff Reporter
Main Campus parking puzzle By Shaya Rogers Staff Reporter
Part-time Theater Instructor Joseph Damour does not park his car on Main Campus because finding free parking is a hassle and parking permits are too expensive — especially since he is only on campus part time, he said. Teachers often have issues finding parking since the lots are shared among teachers, administration and other faculty, he said. “It’s just too difficult at the beginning
of the term. I have this thing about looking for a parking spot — I hate it — I just hate it,” he said. Director of Marketing and Communications Brad Moore said CNM charges a low fee for parking and that free parking is offered on certain areas of campus. “Most colleges and universities do not offer any free parking,” he said. The school often receives complaints about issues with parking and many students and teachers have complained that there are
just not enough spaces for everyone, but there are, he said. “Parking in the Smith-Brasher Hall
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Students (blue parking pass) and Instructors (yellow parking pass) compete for parking spaces in the SSC parking lot between Ken Chappy Hall and the Student Resource Center.
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lots or the BMX lot is Teachers and usually the best option students may not be for finding a park- aware that these lots ing space easily and see PARKING on page 7 quickly,” he said.
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The parking lots north of the Student Resource Center, as well as sidewalks and stairways around Main Campus are in disrepair. Many lots have large cracks in the pavement, but the time and funds for fixing the lots are limited, said Parking and Transportation Services Supervisor Michelle Guajardo. The priority depends on the severity of the damage, she said. “The procedure depends on the type and scale of repair. The different types of repairs include striping, crack sealant, seal coats, and other items,” she said. “Parking lot repairs can be very costly. Due to those costs, the funds for repairs are not always immediately available,” she said. Director of Marketing and Communications Brad Moore said that the big projects tend to take a long time to fix due to limited funds. see
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Campus problems reported, repaired Editorial By the cnm chronicle editorial board
Students, faculty and staff may have been noticing — more than usual — that several areas of Main Campus have been repaired since the fall term. The CNM Chronicle would like to applaud students, faculty and staff for raising concerns and the Safety and Security and Physical Plant departments for following through on these problems. Both parties must continue to do so. In the Chronicle’s first article of the “Main Campus Falling Apart” series, “Ted Chavez Hall dirty, plagued by maintenance and custodial concerns,” in Volume 18 Issue 7, we reported several problems, many in a single restroom, that affected dozens of students and employees. The same week the article was published, the problems in that restroom were resolved. In last week’s article, entitled “Improvements to Main Campus underway,” the Safety and Security department discussed the repair of blue emergency poles and the resolution of issues with automatic door openers. There were several instances where the automated doors either did not open or did not stay open long enough for disabled students to get through. These improvements occurred in a timely fashion after concerns were raised by the Executive Council of Students and reported in articles from Volume 18, Issue 10 and 11 titled “Lack of accessibility disrupts learning environment,” and “Second safety walk raises more campus concerns,” respectively. After several semesters of broken and poorly maintained school property, these repairs show that the administration does care about the working and learning environment of CNM faculty, staff and students. Members of the community should continue to raise awareness of issues that affect the learning environment, whether it is a maintenance concern or personnel issue. Calling to attention a problem is one thing, holding the proper people accountable and seeing that the issue is dealt with is another.
Sun Cat Chit-Chat By Daniel Johnson Staff Reporter
Tyler Debel, Business “I was not disappointed or let down, but I did tell everyone if they believed it was going to happen they could sign over all their valuables and possessions to me.”
Do you feel disappointed the world did not end as predicted by the Mayans?
Jacqueline Gutierrez, Psychology “I knew it was not going to happen because they are always predicting the end of the world and they are always wrong.”
Joel Gilleland, Liberal Arts “We had a party for it because we wanted to go out with a bang but it did not happen.”
Tara Diaz, Business Technology “I think all that stuff is stupid. People are making a big deal out of all of that when nobody really knows when the world is going to end.”
Brandon Sullivan, Liberal Arts “I knew they were wrong just like everyone else, so there was no disappointment for me.”
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Revolutions International Theatre Festival By Jonathan Baca Senior Reporter
The Tricklock Company is turning the key on a new kind of theater experience with the Revolutions International Theatre Festival 2013, said Artistic Director and a curator of the festival Kevin Elder. For this, the thirteenth year of the festival, Tricklock Company
is bringing performers from all over the world to Albuquerque, for 30 unique performances in venues all over the city from Jan. 15 to Feb 3. Theater companies from Australia, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, Poland and many others will be featured this year, said Elder. “We bring shows that rarely would anyone have the opportunity to see, certainly in the
Southwest, if not in the entire U.S.,” said Elder. Along with the performances, there will be free workshops with many of the visiting companies, as well as parties, Q and A’s and many opportunities for audience members to interact with the performers, said Elder. These events are part of a larger attempt by Tricklock to make theater into a more dynamic, interactive experience, he said. “Revolutions is really about cultural connection and experiences, and the communication that comes out of art. It is very important to us that our audience has access to the artists. Whether people are asking artists to explain their work, or whether it is more of a PHOTO PROVIDED BY TRICKLOCK COMPANY
friendly community celebration, that is really important to us and also to the kinds of companies we invite to perform here,” said Elder. With shows every day throughout the three weeks of the festival, and as many as four shows per day, Revolutions also aims to change the way people think about attending theater, said Elder. “First you can see a show from Poland, and perhaps you go have lunch at O’Niell’s, and then you can go see a show from Italy or Switzerland in the evening.” When people think of theater destinations in the U.S., Albuquerque is usually not high on the list, but Tricklock hopes to change that with this festival, said Elder. By bringing companies from around the world who share their artistic ideals to Albuquerque, Elder said he hopes to make lasting connections and to increase
Albuquerque’s profile in the theater world. “Every year we have people who travel from all over the country to attend the festival. As it grows every year, and we continue to bring such high caliber performers, we hope to make Albuquerque more of a theater destination,” said Elder. Company member and former Acting I instructor Dodie Montgomery has been involved in the Revolutions festival for six years. The festival is a great chance for theater students to learn about the craft, she said. “With all the workshops and artistic exchange, if you are actually studying the art of theater, it is a really incredible opportunity. There is really nothing else like it,” said Montgomery. “The shows that come are very inspirational to the artists here in town. There is a great back and
forth that goes on, and we all learn from each other,” she said. Relationships with local businesses are important to Tricklock, said Elder. The festival receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the McCune Charitable Foundation, as well as local sponsors Tractor Brewing Co., O’Niell’s and Il Vicino. “We are always looking for ways to connect with the community. Whether they are local businesses or restaurants and bars, we want to make relationships beyond the theater community,” said Elder. Tickets for individual shows are $18 for students, or a passport can be purchased that includes four or eight tickets good for any performance. Visit tricklock. com for tickets and a calendar of events.
Group combats opiate addiction through awareness By Jonathan Baca Senior Reporter
desperately need. Nobody has to die,” said Duran. The HAC began in April 2010 by holding seminars in Albuquerque high schools where parents, health care professionals and recovering addicts spoke to students about the increasing use of prescription painkillers and heroin among young people, said Duran. Bishop, who has been clean for nearly two years, began speaking at these seminars with only 90 days clean. “They reached out to me, so I told them my story and basically said I would do whatever I could to help. So I started going to schools and talking to students, basically sharing my story and telling them that it can happen to you too,” said Bishop. After speaking at high schools all over Albuquerque, Bishop agreed to participate in an educational documentary the HAC was producing called “No Exceptions.” The film featured
interviews with recovering addicts and their families, with the message that anyone can be susceptible to addiction, said Bishop. “I didn’t know what to expect, but it was a great experience filming it,” he said. A large factor in the epidemic is young people who start using prescription opiates recreationally, said Bishop. Many teens start by taking a few pills occasionally, then find that they are physically addicted. Once teens can no longer get the pills, or they become too expensive, many teens turn to heroin, he said. “Where high school kids used to drink beer or smoke pot on the weekends, now they are passing around a bottle of pills,” said Bishop. The HAC has tried to tackle this problem by calling on legislators to change the laws, making it harder for youths to illegally obtain opiates from pharmacies, said Duran. While the HAC has
made huge strides in awareness of this epidemic, there is still a lot of work to do, said Duran. “We have made a huge step in awareness and support, but as far as actual help and recovery centers, not much
has changed. That is why I feel that opening our recovery center is going to be extremely instrumental in making a difference,” she said.
Drug-Induced Death Rates in leading U.S. States, 2007
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In the battle against drug addiction, knowledge is power, and the Heroin Awareness Committee is aiming to bring their knowledge to as many young people and their families as they can. Formed in response to the fatal overdoses of many Albuquerque teens, the non-profit group is trying to teach the community about the dangers of opiate addiction through high school outreach, educational documentaries and attempts to affect legislation, said committee Vice President Lou Duran. “The HAC now also stands for Hope, Awareness and Change. In reaching out to the young people, we’re trying to show them that they can make change in their schools, and that there is hope for anyone to recover,” said Liberal Arts Major Vaughn Bishop, a recovering addict and guest speaker
with the committee. “We are committed to providing education to parents, teens, educators, legislatures and health care professionals about the drug problem plaguing our community. We do this by holding seminars and building relationships with people and other organizations who share our same goals,” said committee President Jennifer Weiss. In addition to their outreach work, the HAC is currently planning to build a transitional recovery center, where young people in their teens to mid twenties can get clean, get their GEDs or enroll in college, receive help with job training and placement and become part of a community of recovery, said Duran. “The recovery center is our main goal right now. So many families who are looking for help find that there is really nowhere to go. We want to build this facility so that these kids can get the help they so
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Election in progress for CNM Governing Board City residents vote for a candidate within their Staff Reporter district. Voting details can CNM Governing be found at county-clerk. Board elections are net. To view a district map Tuesday, Feb. 5 2013. visit the CNM website By Daniel Johnson
and search for “governing board districts.” Early voting is now available. According to the board website, the Governing Board is
responsible for deciding what classes and areas of study are available to students. They also make decisions concerning the purchase and maintenance
of CNM properties. Members decide who will be president of the college and other goals the president must achieve, according to the website.
A full list of Governing Board responsibilities, mission statements, rules and regulations is available at cnm.edu/about/ gov/handbook.
Ernest W. Sturdevant
Deborah L. Moore
Michael D. DeWitte
Pauline J. Garcia
Robert P. Matteucci, Jr.
Garcia is a graduate of Albuquerque High School and attended UNM and University of Phoenix. She is the chair of the Pastoral Council at St. Joseph at the Rio Grande Catholic Church, a tutor for the Albuquerque Reads program, a volunteer builder for Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity and a docent for the Albuquerque Museums historic Casa San Ysidro, she said. Garcia currently is not affiliated with CNM, but was on the TVI Governing Board in 1997 for one term during which she, along with the board, decided to fund the building of Westside Campus. She said she has a deep appreciation for employee unions and understands the necessity of open dialogue between union members and administration. Her main objective is to promote and continue the positive contributions CNM makes to the community of New Mexico, she said. “Iwanttobeamember of the Governing Board because I am proud of the role that CNM plays in providing diverse educational opportunities to the community. As it has grown, it has maintained the ability to respond to the changing educational needs of the community. As CNM progresses, I would like to assist the administration, faculty and students as we all strive to meet the educational needs of a changing community,” said Garcia.
Germain has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Accounting from Hunter College, NY. She is a steward for AFSCME with Local Union 1211, a volunteer at the Albuquerque Rescue Mission and is involved in several community organizations including the National Congress of Negro Women, she said. “One of my responsibilities is to be accessible to district residents and to listen to what their educational needs and expectations are. I believe that teachers are one of our greatest resources and they need to have an active voice in how the day-to-day operations affect their ability to provide the best education possible to students,” said Germain. Despite budget cuts, she wants to continue to hire new instructors and maintain quality among faculty to increase student achievement. “It is time to reach out into our changing community, to think beyond what seems to have become the status quo and to add diversity into the planning and shaping of what the next group of students is offered,” said Germain. No photo was provided from the candidate.
Matteucci graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law, , as well as Tulane University with an MBA and UNM with a BA in history. He has volunteered with the New Mexico Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program, volunteered for the campaigns of Judges Alisa Hadfield and Gerard Lavelle and for President Obama. He was appointed to the APS Drop Back in advisory committee and the City of Albuquerque Downtown Corridor Revenues Committee. He is the founder of Suitable for Success, a shoe drive sponsored by Shoes on a Shoestring. “I believe I have the background and dedication necessary to help CNM continue to service the people in my community,” said Matteucci. He would like to obtain additional funding for the school to provide the necessary support for employees and students, he said. “We should start by focusing on the student; like what is needed to provide the best possible education to the student with the limited resources this institution has. Typically, this begins with supporting the employees and having the learning tools that have the most direct contact with the students,” said Matteucci.
Dan Serrano District 1
No information or photo was provided from the candidate.
Sturdevant has earned the endorsement of the CNM Employees Union, Local 4974, AFT-New Mexico, AFT, AFL-CIO. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Missouri with minors in Theatre & Conducting, he was a graduate student at Michigan State University and the University of New Mexico. Performed volunteer service with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center, the Stop the War Machine antiwar group and Write for New Mexico, said Sturdevant. He has worked at St. Chad’s Episcopal Church as the music director and organist and is an independent contractor of musical instruction, conductor, actor, singer and a certified and licensed massage therapist. “As a lifelong student and an educator for 35 years, I would bring a unique and practical voice to the Board. Together we can address the specific needs of the community, students and faculty with open communication. The community, faculty and staff must work together to enable community leadership that better meets the needs of students entering CNM from high school, veterans and other adults returning to school for re-training,” said Sturdevant.
District 3 (Running unopposed)
Moore is a community college graduate and has worked as a part-time instructor at a community college. Currently she holds the position of Secretary of the Governing Board and chair of the Finance Committee. She is also a member of the audit committee. She is President and CEO of the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber with more than 29 years of experience in working with multiple chambers and non-profits. She also has professional experience in marketing, advertising, commercial real estate and property management. Moore said she believes in the value of the education students receive and knows firsthand how vital CNM is to the community. “It is my sincere desire to play an active and participatory role in the continued development of CNM Rio Rancho, including establishing communications with its citizens. I will continue to champion student excellence, affordable and accessible education and open communications. I want to make a difference in the lives of students, faculty, staff and administration,” she said.
Blair L. Kaufman
District 5 (Running unopposed)
No information or photo was provided from the candidate.
District 7 (Running unopposed)
DeWitte has a BS in Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a MS in Engineering from the University of Illinois, a MBA from UNM and attended executive management programs at Northwestern and Harvard Universities. He was elected to the Governing Board in 2009 and currently is Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Planning Committee. He 35 years of manager and volunteer experience which includes being on the Board of Directors as well as former Chair of Economic Forum, Board of Trustees at Presbyterian Central NM Hospitals, Medical Group Board of Directors for New Mexico Public Broadcasting Service. He is creator of School to World, Science Bowl, and many other programs, said DeWitte. He is the President of ApertureNEXT, LLC and is a licensed professional engineer. “I wish to continue the journey with a focus on relevant and quality education to enable and support student success, respond to the needs of the community and employers and ensuring that CNM is a community college of integrity, innovation and excellence while being an example for all institutions of education,” said DeWitte.
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Playworks uses fun and games to help students learn By Jonathan Baca Senior Reporter
Playworks New Mexico is using recess to help children succeed in the classroom. The non-profit organization works with seven elementary schools in Albuquerque, leading the students in structured games during recess, as well as running beforeand after-school programs that include clubs, sports leagues and homework help, said Executive Director Laura Zachar. “Playworks looks to improve school climates by making recess a safer place for kids to be,” said Zachar. With many schools cutting recess time, some teachers have seen an increase in children acting out, which has gotten in the way of learning, said Zacher. “We have found that we are able to make the academic performance of the schools better by
giving the kids a safe outlet to play and get their energy out,” she said. In only two years in New Mexico, the non-profit organization has already produced dramatic results for the schools involved, said Zachar. Playworks calculated that over the course of one school year, the program gave back an average of 28 hours of productive class time to teachers. “There is less time spent on disciplining kids for misbehavior, so the teachers can just teach,” said Zachar. Playworks New Mexico was recently voted one of the 10 best small companies to work for by New Mexico Business Weekly. It is a great job for students who have graduated, or who want to go back to college, said Thomas Rodriguez, former Business major and Playworks program coordinator for Petroglyph Elementary School.
“Playworks is a company that really invests in their employees,” said Rodriguez. “The amount of time they spend and the training they give you; they really make you feel valued.” Playworks employees are also members of Americorp, and in addition to a salary, at the end of the year employees receive an education award of $5,500 that can pay for past or future college tuition. “It’s a great place to work, but that was the icing on the cake for me,” said Rodriguez. Each program coordinator, or coach, works closely with one school for the entire school year, custom designing a program to fit the school’s particular needs. Seeing and working with the children every day allows the coaches to build strong relationships with individual children and with the school community at large, said Rodriguez.
In addition to learning how to work with children, coaches also learn how to organize activities, manage time well, collaborate with co-workers and school administration and use their own unique talents to build their program from the ground up, said Rodriguez. Rodriguez began at CNM as a Business major, but his experience working with Playworks has encouraged him to go back to school with a focus on sports science and exercise, he said. “I always had a passion for working with youth, and working for Playworks solidified that for me,” he said. Playworks aims to match coaches with the school that will make the most of each coach’s particular strengths and talents, said coach William Allen. Once they are placed, coaches have a lot of independence and control, creating a program that will utilize their own
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William Allen and Rebecca Minton cheer on young participants during a daily excercise
unique skills and meet the needs of their school, said Allen. “They give you everything you need to succeed, then they encourage you to make things your own at your school,” said Allen. Allen said that although working with kids can be challenging, the relationships he has made with the kids at his school are the best part of the job. “It can be exhausting
and crazy, but at the end of the day it’s the most satisfying job I’ve ever had,” said Allen. Playworks will hire new coaches in March. Students who are graduating or who can commit to working a full school year are encouraged to apply, said Zachar. For more information, visit http:// www.playworks.org/ make-recess-count/play/ new-mexico.
How to: where lost belongings are found By Adriana Avila Managing Editor
Even though the security office is the designated lost and found location, items are not being sent there directly or in a timely fashion and that affects retrieval, said Lt. Bernard Rogers. Departments that find lost items are supposed to call security for pickup, but there are times where items are called in weeks later. This delays the items being returned to students, said Rogers. There is a lack of communication between security and the people who store lost items. This can slow the retrieval process, he said. “Students could have come here looking for something but we had no idea it was even found because no one called in to give it to us in a timely fashion,” said Rogers, “They’re slow about calling us and having us to pick it up and if they call us immediately upon finding it, we can get it. We log it in.”
Contact Services Manager Jolita Barnes said the Student Services Center has a lost and found at the help desk. The staff there normally call security as soon as items such as wallets and keys are found but it is imperative for items like jackets and hats. Barnes said that security officers are quick to pick up found items and usually arrive within 30 minutes to an hour. If it is a backpack or a wallet officers come more quickly and make an inventory of the items. Welding Major Thomas Kyle Sanders said he had little luck retrieving his laptop after visiting the security office. “When I reported it to security they just had the attitude of ‘Do you think anybody is going to report that?’” said Sanders. Computer Science Major Andrew Salas said there should be one lost and found location because he feels that it could be confusing for students. Salas said that security should be the
only ones to have lost and found items. “If they see something like a missing book just lying there and no one’s there, they should take it and put it in their office,” Salas said, “When students come by for it they should be the first to say they have it instead of somewhere else.” Education Major Nicholas Sheridan said he works in the computer lab in the SRC, which has its own lost and found. Computer lab employees are trained to hold items for 24 hours before contacting security, he said. “Right now we have a couple of flash drives,” Sheridan said, “We normally have cellphones, flash drives, and whatever else people leave.” There have been occasions where officers have retrieved more than 15 items in a day. Rogers said officers have even found keys left in cars’ ignition switches. “Students can often be in quite a rush to get to class, and they just run off and forget their keys,” said
Rogers. “The students are always glad when they find out that it was security who found their keys.” When officers bring in lost items, they fill out a description of the item so when the owner comes in security can verify it belongs to the student, said Rogers. He also said anyone wanting to recover an item needs to have some identification such as a photo ID. “We don’t accept blank written statements saying that they’re five-foot-two, they have to have a photo ID,” Rogers said. “We’ve had people get mad about that, but it’s better than giving your stuff to someone it doesn’t belong to.” People normally pick up important itemes, but anything not claimed in 90 days is either donated or destroyed. Credit cards and driver’s licenses are shredded after the 90 days and school supplies like backpacks and books are given to CNM Connect where they are distributed to students in need. Items such as laptops, iPods and cellphones are also
donated if not retrieved within 90 days. Items such as sunglasses, pieces of clothing, and coffee mugs are not collected by security because they are rarely claimed there is not enough storage for them. Items of this sort can be found in the buildings where they were lost, said Rogers. “It makes sense not to keep it, if it’s an item most people can forget about. A sweater left on a chair, they won’t,” Rogers said, “People would come back for their recorders and all the other things that are important to them.” Since security does not deal with clothing and miscellaneous items, Barnes and the SSC building hold on to the items for a few days and if they are not picked up they are donated to places like Goodwill. Rogers emphasizes the importance of items being brought to security’s attention as soon as they are found. “As soon as you find something, contact
security and we will pick it up,” Rogers said. “Drop it off at the nearest office and if they call us right away we’ll get it. The quicker we get it, the faster it will get back to the people.” Students who want to report lost items can contact security dispatch at 224-3002. Christopher Pope contributed to this article.
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Students will be able to find missing electronics in the lost and found locker provided by security.
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where to park, he said. Child, Youth and Family Development Major Henry Santiago said he relies on the computer labs for school because he does not have internet access. Having to find a Wi-Fi connection in order to search for open stations at school would be more inconvenient for him, he said.
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are available because they are hoping to find a space closer to their class or their office, he said. In the early 1990s, CNM had free and reserved parking for faculty, but students parked in the lots, so eventually the reserved spaces were eliminated all together, he said. “In 1995, CNM contracted with a consultant group to assess parking at CNM and make recommendations for improvements. Those recommendations included creating paid parking lots that were closer to the
“Main Campus is a large campus with many maintenance demands. CNM has a limited budget and has to prioritize maintenance projects,” he said. The school is in the process of developing a schedule to fix the parking lots, he said. “A request for proposals is being developed for the lots that are in the most need of repair. Repairs to some lots will be made this year,” he said. Guajardo said the damage is fairly major and since the parking lots are fully utilized during the semester, timing is also an issue. “There are only certain time periods between the terms that we can close down the entire parking lots for repairs. This gives companies a very short time period to
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Santiago said he also has had trouble with the lack of computer availability, but said the program might not be very useful because not all students have the resources to use it. “Somebody would have to have a smartphone that works on the internet, so it’s a self-defeating purpose because it’s only going to work for those people that have a smartphone or an iPad,” said Santiago, “It’s a waste
of time and energy. Buy more computers and have a bigger lab.” Avila said the program is in its infancy but it is functional. He is looking for better coding to make it more appealing. In the future there will be a kiosk for students to view the maps on a larger screen that will refresh every 10 seconds, he said. While Labmaps is more convenient and suitable for students, its parent program, Labstats,
has more features to allow technicians to track trends, he said. The program generates data on the average numbers of students using a lab per day and can report what applications are being used the most. He said that Labstats will eventually show features of each computer station so students do not have to search for a particular program.
Naranjo said that Labstats has been very beneficial because the ITS department has collected enough data to allow the school to get an Adobe site license so all students can use programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator at school. There is collaboration with MCO to market the program through the CNM news link or to have it as screen saver for school computers so students can have easier
access to Labmaps. “We’ve been wanting to get it live for spring term. It is live to an extent, but the marketing for it to make students aware, we haven’t gotten that far yet,” said Naranjo. Avila said there is a link available but ACE is waiting to get it posted on the school’s computer lab page. Students should regularly check the CNM and ACE websites for Labmaps’ final release.
buildings and free parking lots on the perimeter areas,” he said. President Kathie Winograd is the only person on campus who receives a free permanent parking pass, he said. “It’s an allowance provided to the person serving as CNM President,” said Moore. Damour said he has even received a ticket from the Parking Enforcement. “I was mistaken, I thought the first week they kind of gave you a by. They didn’t. It was the first day. I got a ticket. Then I went over to security to pay for it and I couldn’t find a place to park,” he said.
He was unable to find parking anywhere on campus and saw that many others had the same problem, he said. “I couldn’t even park anywhere across the street on University. Nothing. And there were loads of cars going up and down trying to find a spot,” he said. At Montoya and Westside finding a parking space is much easier, he said. “This problem doesn’t exist at Westside Campus or at Montoya. When this place started — this is the oldest — it didn’t exist and it was not near the size it is now,” he said.
Even if students are prepared and leave early to get to school on time, finding parking can still be hard, he said. “Even if you leave 20 minutes earlier than you normally would in order to spend 20 minutes looking, you might not find a spot,” he said. What concerns him more than finding a parking spot is the effect it has on students emotionally,
thinking that this is a challenge faced everyday, he said. “A student walks in and they may have just gone through harassment of this type, you know, just, ‘Where is a spot?’ And then they’re supposed to come in bright eyed and bushy tailed and sit down for class,” he said. Damour can even recall a time when someone waited for him to
leave from his same spot around the same time everyday in order to have a place to park, he said. “I noticed after a while that the same car when I would leave hours later, the same SUV was sitting just about where I was parked, waiting for me to come out. She had seen me leave so she waited every day for me to leave at that time,” he said.
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do lot repairs,” she said. There is a plan to fix the parking lots and the stairs, and the school has put together a team to attend to the problems, she said. “We are creating a parking lot maintenance program and CNM has created a Building Maintenance Team to discuss and create not only a maintenance program for our parking lots, but also for buildings and other items like the stairs mentioned before,” she said. The Building Maintenance Team will also work on making the crosswalk areas more visible, she said. “Due to vehicle use and weather conditions, parking lot crosswalks and other markings are not permanent and need to be re-striped periodically, usually about once every three years,” she said.
Moore said that when contracting outside companies it takes time to find the most suitable contractors for the project. “CNM is responsible for initiating the projects. When repairs require CNM to hire a contractor, a Request for Proposals is issued by the Purchasing Department,” he said. The problems have been noticed and the school will be working to fix issues as quickly as the process permits, he said. Until then, he said he would like students to know if there are any issues with the parking lots or sidewalks to contact the school. “If there is a dangerous situation, CNM will react accordingly and address the issue expediently. Students can report any physical hazards on CNM property by calling 2243000,” he said.
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Viable Earth: an overview The effects of sustainability upon society can be difficult to grasp. Health, energy, economics and inevitably, the environment all have a single concept that links them — sustainability. Over the course of this term, the CNM Chronicle will explore the issues and concepts involved in understanding “going green,” with faculty, staff and students. In the upcoming articles we will examine disposable products and how to reuse, not just recycle, various aspects of gardening and agriculture, and sustainable architecture on a large scale and around the home. This week’s article about a CNM instructor and his research on wild horses is an introduction providing a foundation to the concept of sustainability.
Tracking adaptation By Stefany Olivas Senior Reporter
Part-time Biology Instructor Paul Polechla has studied wildlife for 30 years, and horses for 12 years. Polechla said he tends to domesticated horses and observes wild Spanish mustangs that are naturally adapted to dry habitats. Climate change in desert regions may not drastically affect the mustangs he studies because they have already adjusted to warmer and drier climates, said Polechla. “They’re pre-adapted for dry conditions, so they’ll probably fare a little better,” he said. Species that have a smaller home range are more vulnerable to rapid climate change because in the past, climates tended to shift more slowly, said Polechla. “If they shift rapidly, the plants and animals don’t have enough lagging time to adjust— make physiological changes and ultimately evolutionary changes,” he said. The horse population is naturally maintained within the means the environment can provide, which is an important concept of sustainability — long-term economics, he said. “That’s the trouble, we’re going to have short term economics and interests take over and that’s not sustainable,” he said. An important factor to people living within their means is supporting locality, he said. “Act locally and think globally. We have to be mindful thoughtful of the children we produce and see that they’re well cared for,” he said. Indigenous cultures used to practice sustainability, he said. These people lived within their means with local resources which meant sustainability, he said. “Native American cultures, Hispanic cultures, indigenous Anglo cultures,
from their point of origin all had one thing in common— they were sustainable,” said Polechla. “For two reasons, the low impact nature of their improvements and number two, the population was so much lower back then.” Sustainability is a term that is often misinterpreted, he said. “I find it interesting that now sustainability is such a hot topic and kind of a buzz word that’s been used and sometimes over used,” he said. ”It was kind of naïve because we were thinking that this one day we’ll solve all the Earth’s problems, and now 40 years
later we’re still talking about the same issue.” He said he believes that when fossil-based fuels are no longer readily available, horses will again be a major mode of transportation. “We either have to go really high tech, or we have to go low tech. if we go low tech, then why not have a mode of transportation that renewable, consumes renewable products, and then it’s highly adapted for the climate we might expect in the future,” said Polechla. “When the fossil fuels run out, wouldn’t it be nice to have another option?”
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Part-time Biology Instructor Paul Polechla tracks wild mustangs in northern New Mexico.
ECOREGION GRAPH FROM HORT.PURDU.EDU
These ecoregions consist of desert, alpine tundra, mixed coniferous forests, and grasslands. Southern Rockies Arizona/ New Mexico Plateau Arizona/ New Mexico Mountains
Chihuahuan Deserts Western High Plains Southwestern Tablelands Madrean Archipelago
Although New Mexico has an overall drier climate, as a whole it is one of the most ecologically diverse sates in the nation, said Polechla. Along with the natural diversity, cultural diversity will provide approaches to dealing with climate change from several angles, he said. “New Mexico has such diversity in nature and in cultures, it will be an important factor in figuring out ways to deal with global warming,” he said.
As late as 1925, Tenth Street in Albuquerque was the edge of town. The development of agriculture then infrastructure has changed the landscape from sprawling grasslands to city blocks with little evidence of what the natural environment used to be, he said. “From the edge of town all the way to the base of the Sandia’s, this was all just prairie. It was so open that it was just prairie dogs and wild horses running around as late as the 50s and 60s,” he said.
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Current and predicted southwest temperatures.
New Mexico’s dry climate and limited water resources make working toward sustainability very important, said Polechla. New Mexico, and the Southwest in general, has been in drought for decades and has not seen as severe conditions as today, he said. “Earth has experienced climate change numerous times before in geological history, but
it’s the rate of change that’s so much more rapid,” said Polechla. According the National Climate Data Center, there have been consistent natural patterns throughout history of minor and severe warm and cold periods correlating with Carbon dioxide levels. Earth should be heading into a mini ice age, but is instead heating up at a record rate.
Scientists have data that takes into account volcanism and solar flare patterns. Climate data that dates back hundreds of thousands of years into the past has been recorded in tree rings, fossils and ice core samples. There have also been consistent thermometer recordings over the past century from locations worldwide.