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Honors society members fail to attend elections By Daniel Johnson Staff Reporter

Alpha Upsilon Chi, the CNM chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society, could be in danger of becoming inactive on campus. The student

organization’s officer elections, held on Friday Feb. 1, had a turnout of four members and no candidates running for open positions, said current chapter President and Biochemistry Major Levi Turner. “I had a feeling this was going

to be a flop, but elections will be rescheduled for a future date when there is more of a commitment from members who wish to occupy the seats of the officers,” he said. Alpha Upsilon Chi members are willing to m a k e a difference, but when it is time to take a position of

authority, active members have been hesitant to step up, said Turner, whose tenure as president ends in May. Nursing Major and Alpha Upsilon Chi member Jenessa Potts was one of the four attendees at the failed elections. She said she expected the low turnout because there are not many current members who give back to the organization.

“There are more people who want to get rather than to give; it is a ‘You scratch my back and I will see if I can scratch yours’ mentality. PTK has become an unspoken joke of the school,” said Potts. M a n y members come to one event and

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Alpha Upsilong Chi president Levi Turner said that lack of active members in the organization has been a problem, but that the group has come back from worse.

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Disbursement kicks off, Wells Fargo representatives nowhere to be found By Jonathan Baca Senior Reporter

Spring disbursement went smoothly on Main Campus with the noted absence of Wells Fargo bankers aggressively reminding students to cash their checks at the nearest Wells Fargo branch. There were booths set up by Wells Fargo and Bank of Albuquerque on Main Campus, but their workers were told not to approach students, said Director of Marketing and Communications Brad Moore. “They know they are supposed to let students come to them. If they do get more aggressive, security will remind them,” said Moore. Students compared the absence of the

Wells Fargo bankers this term as opposed to the fall semester. “I do remember getting approached by them last time. It was uncomfortable that right after I get handed all this money, some guy comes up to me and tells me what to do with it,” said Nursing Major Elizabeth Brooklyn. In Volume 18 Issue 9, ”Joint Account: Students Complain of Bankers on Campus,” The Chronicle reported complaints of Wells Fargo employees approaching students immediately after receiving their financial aid checks and advertising their bank’s services. In the article, administration told The Chronicle that they were aware that the bank representatives

would be on campus, and administration said they felt that Wells Fargo was providing students a useful service by offering to cash students’ disbursement checks for free. Many students reported feeling harassed by the bank representatives. Apart from Wells Fargo employees, students also complained in the article that school employees handing out the checks also suggested that students take their checks to Wells Fargo. Moore said the arrangement with Wells Fargo to cash disbursement checks for free is still in effect this semester. The employees handing out checks did not mention this to students this time term, said students. see Disbursement on page 7

ECOS: Student organization center could come to Main Campus By Jyllian Roach Editor-in-Chief

A recent proposal from the Executive Council of Students could mean a Student Organization Center would be added to Main Campus in the future, said Criminal Justice Major and President of ECOS Stephen Martos. The Center was proposed to administration for inclusion in the five-year master plan at the end of the fall 2012 term, and has made it into the second round of the decision making process, he said. “Just making it this far is a big deal. We’re really happy that the proposal has made it into phase two of the selection process,” said Martos. ECOS felt prompted to submit the proposal

after being warned that the portable buildings east of Ken Chappy Hall and south of the Student Resource Center, which currently houses four student groups, could be removed from campus in the near future, said ECOS Vice President Cesar Silva. “Our building could be condemned soon enough, and a lot of other Chartered Student Organizations don’t have a building at all,” he said. Should the center be built, it would help students find likeminded students for a variety of interests, he said. “This is something that has been in the works for a very long. It’s not only a big thing for ECOS, but for all student organizations,” said Silva. The next step in the

process is to explore the cost and specific necessities of such a location, he said. Members of ECOS and members of the Purchasing, Budget, Facilities and IT departments will work out these details, and then send the proposal to Vice President of Student Services Phillip Bustos, according to an email sent to Martos from Planning Officer Juliane Ziter. If the center is approved in the second phase, it will become a part of the official master plan, she said. The length of time to complete the project will depend on the complexity of the project, she said. “College resources are heavily utilized when working on see

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To submit items for Campus Bulletin, please email news item with a maximum of 150 words to jonathan.chronicle@gmail.com or call 224-4755. 25th Annual Rio Grande Arts Student Film Club and Crafts Spring Festival Looking for New Members

Emergency Winter Shelter Available

Free Résumé and Interview Workshops

This March, the original Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will open its doors to celebrate 25 years!  Featuring a juried lineup of 200 fine artists and craftsmen from all over the country in a variety of mediums including glass art, jewelry, watercolor, ceramics, wood, photography, oil paintings, mixed media and more, this Albuquerque favorite never ceases to draw huge crowds of enthusiastic shoppers!  Festival goers enjoy live music, specialty foods, artists’ demonstrations, and the complimentary Kids’ Creation Station. Dates: March 8, 9 & 10 2013 Location: Expo New Mexico’s Lujan Building Admission: $7.00, kids are free, $9.00 Festival Pass (unlimited admission to weekend) Please visit our website for more details! www. riograndefestivals.com.

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

Whether you need a job now or want to prepare for employment after graduation, you can attend Job Connection Services’ Employability Workshops. Offered on alternating weeks during the Spring Semester, these workshops provide CNM students and graduates with quality instruction in résumé writing and interview strategies. Bring your questions, and let our staff help you prepare for the job search process. For workshop locations and schedules, go to cnm.edu/jobworkshops.

Women’s Veteran Peer Support Group If you are a female veteran, we are looking for you! Interested in gaining knowledge, insight and selfrenewal? Then this is the group for you. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in H-115 at Montoya Campus from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.. To sign up or for more information contact Gwen nutter at 224-3265 or g wendoly n.nutter@va.gov. or Barbara Barr at bbarr2@ cnm.edu.

DAT, a student film group, has just formed and is looking for new members. The group creates studentled films. Students interested in making films are welcome. Students do not have to be in the film program to participate. Email Madison Coss at 11mcoss@gmail.com for more information.

Law Access New Mexico Offers Free Individual Consultations Low income CNM students who have legal issues or questions have 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. 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.

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CNM’s Job Club Is Accepting New Members Join CNM’s exclusive job club, Tuesday at Two. Membership is open to CNM students and graduates. Hosted by Job Connection Services, Tuesday at Two provides weekly topics for discussion, opportunities to network with other job seekers and professional advisement from employment specialists. For further information, visit http://www.cnm.edu/depts/ advisement/job-connection/ employment-workshops . The club meets on Main Campus, Student Services Building, Room 207 on Tuesdays, at two, of course.

Veterans Club Recruiting New Members The veterans club will ne hosting a “Meet & Greet” on Feb. 8, from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Main Campus cafeteria in the Student Services Center. Refreshments will be served. Come and join brother and sister veterans for a good time.

CNM Theatre Dept. Presents Sketchy 2: Fast, Funny, Free! Come enjoy an evening of very short sketch comedy written by CNM students and local comedy writers. Twelve talented CNM students have been working very hard to bring you many different roles. In one evening you can watch Bruce Lee and Buddha do the “horsey dance” with Psy, and hang out with Jimi Hendrix, Mother Teresa and Sigmund Freud at a book club as they debate Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tell-all memoir. You name it, we make fun of it. With love, of course. Sketchy 2 will be performed in Studio 17, a portable building behind east of Ken Chappy Hall and south of the Student Resource Center. The short comedy show will run two weekends, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Feb. 21-23 and March 1-3. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. All shows are free, and seating is first come, first served. Free parking right next to Studio 17 is available during those times. The show will last about one hour. For contact Information call Joe Damour at 505-8319131 or email jdamour@ cnm.edu.

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L e t t e r To T h e E d i t o r

In response to Vol. 18, Iss. 4 “High Fructore Corn Syrup vs. Table Sugar” Editor’s note: This letter was cut for length. To read the full letter, visit the Public Opinion section at thecnmchronicle.wordpress.com This year, Sen. Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe) will propose an amendment to the Legislature for New Mexico Food Act to label GMO products. For the first time ever, New Mexico will have the opportunity to set the bar on what information is accessible to consumers, in order to make better decisions with consumer products. Genetically Modified Organisms are defined as “An organism whose genetic characteristics have been altered by the insertion of a modified gene, or a gene from another organism using the techniques of genetic engineering. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, insects, plants, fish, and mammals.” It has been ingrained into all of us, that the current-day food laws here exist to protect us from getting sick and to make sure a food is not bad to consume. This is a false impression of how things work. The assumption is that the FDA tests each product at least once before it goes out for people to buy, and that is not the case. By law, companies only have to submit voluntary safety studies to the FDA for approval; furthermore, the FDA does not conduct studies on genetically modified foods, and approves foods based on company studies only. The reasons why GMO crops have become the world’s major source of food in the last two decades are simple; mass yield and profit. Other reasons why GMO crops were apparently better were because they are made to be herbicide, pesticide, and weather or environment tolerant, as well as pest resistant, disease resistant, and could potentially feed the billions of people living on the planet. These admirable advances to the technology of bio agriculture, but there are many things in this world that are affected by these changes, including people, animals, and insects. We should have access to all the information, to make our own choices, to decide what food is good for us and what isn’t. Right now, we don’t really know what is safe to eat. Let’s change the way these foods are labeled in New Mexico, so we can gain some knowledge as to how these foods are being made. Rene Thompson English Major

By Jon Baca | Senior Staff Reporter

What animal would you want to be killed by?

Taz Kassam, Nursing “Probably an elephant, because it could just crush me and it would be done.”

Michael Gameros, Business “I would have to go with a lion because it is a majestic creature. It’s the king. I’d be killed by a king, sure.”

Nabahe Abeita, Civil Engineering “I would like to be killed by one of the black bears around here, because we are taking all of their habitat. They should get revenge.”

Stephanie Eiting, Nursing “Maybe a whale, because it would swallow you whole. It would be worse to be eaten by like a lion. Let’s just get swallowed!”

L e t t e r To T h e E d i t o r

Response to Vol. 18 Iss. 16 ‘Terminated instructor continues fight to clear the record’ I am responding to Kathie Winograd’s letter accusing the CNM Chronicle of bias in its reporting on Steve Cormier’s termination by CNM [see vol. 18 iss. 19 pg 3]. A wiser administrator would have kept the silence she falsely claims to have been practicing for “many months” (see the February 28, 2012 issue of the Chronicle) and not prompted the observation that it is ironic that in a letter that says President Winograd takes “allegations of aggression, intimidation and physical abuse very seriously,” she attempts to intimidate the Chronicle into silence about an issue it has covered since the day it arose. I can claim no objectivity in the Steve Cormier case. On the contrary. Steve and I have been a couple for almost 21 years. I know Steve better than anyone else does, and the inflammatory language Winograd uses about him applies neither to Steve generally nor to the incident CNM used as an excuse to fire him. Steve is never violent toward women. I ought to know. As eleven eyewitnesses testified, “physical abuse” did not happen. That the arbitrator chose to ignore those eleven eyewitnesses does not mean that they were lying or delusional. I may not be objective, but I can still read, think, and evaluate evidence.

I have seen all the evidence in Steve’s case, and I have read the arbitrator’s decision. That decision puts great weight on the testimony of the one witness who backed up the alleged victim’s version of events. That witness was a student in the alleged victim’s class who viewed the events from far across the room rather than from a few feet away like the other witnesses. The arbitrator decided that all the witnesses backing up Steve’s version of events were biased, but somehow saw no potential bias in the testimony of a student from the alleged victim’s class. Students are never influenced by their teachers it seems. I could go on at great length about the injustice of the arbitrator’s decision, but Winograd is right about one thing. The case is over. However, the damage to Steve’s reputation is not, and Winograd seems intent on inflicting as much further harm as possible by saying that Steve physically abused a fellow teacher. He did not. Look at the Chronicle archives (early November, 2011) for the article about the concert incident written before CNM took any action against Steve by a reporter who had never met Steve before. You’ll find that Steve acted appropriately, trying to preserve the peace and

defuse the threat presented by the woman who became his accuser. Winograd’s concern about allegations of intimidation and aggression is selective. When she says, “These kinds of behaviors are and will continue to be intolerable at CNM,” she should add “depending on who the accusations are against.” When a now-retired senior administrator was accused on more than one occasion of verbally abusing and threatening female faculty involved in union negotiations, Winograd not only did nothing to stop his behavior, she apparently condoned it. The CNM Employees Union has the details. CNM administration has already succeeded in silencing faculty and staff, with the firing of Steve Cormier being the most powerful move in a long campaign. I hope The CNM Chronicle will not allow itself to be silenced by President Winograd or her minions. Linda Oldham Retired Instructor of English School of CHSS Want to share your opinion on a recent article? Send a Letter to the Editor: jyllianchronicle@gmail.com. *All letters subject to editing for length, spelling and grammar.


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CAMPUS NEWS

February 5, 2013

And the winners are...

SkillsUSA students complete in-house competition By Jyllian Roach Editor-in-Chief

More than 200 B in Technology and Applied Technology students competed in the recent SkillsUSA

in-house competition in hopes of being named number one, said SkillsUSA Adviser and Director of Service Learning Sharon Gordon.

In 27 different categories, including baking, welding, automotive and public speaking, CNM students vied for the top spots in hopes of

competing in the state conference on April 3 6, she said. The winners of the top three spots in each category will compete at the state level, and

only the first place winners from that competition will move on to the national competition in June, she said. Twenty-one CNM

students placed first in the 2012 state competition, and brought home two medals from the national conference, according to skillsusa.org.

Applied Technologies Cont.

Applied Technologies Skills Competition

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ARDR — — — Automotive — — Aviation — — Cabinet Making — — — — Carpentry — — — Computer Maintenance Tech — — — Diesel Equipment Tech — — — Electrical Construction Wiring — — — Electronics Technology — — — HVAC/ACHR — — — Industrial Motor Control — — — Plumbing — — — Power Equipment Precision Machining — — — Related Technical Math — — —

John Pierson Jarrod Watson Patrick Podeyn Oscar Olivas Erik Macepura Harold Mares Kris Haverstick Alexxandia Snell Emilo Verastegui Marshall Ruff Mathew Cunningham Edgar Coyle Levi Barnes Patrick Cadreux Adam Clemmons Gabriel Raabfaber Abran Salazar Tyler Corey Allison Fragua Thomas Balch

1st 2nd 3rd ALT 1st 2nd ALT 1st 2nd 3rd ALT 1st 2nd 3rd ALT 1st 2nd 3rd ALT 1st

Rene Reyes Sheldon Blackhorse Gregory Romero John Patterson Kris Haverstick Grant Cadogen Garret Tauer Benjamin Chavez

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Anna McCall Juan Gabaldon Richard Gutierrez Duggan Matson Michael Mortimer Michael Gregory Bradley Miszkiel Jason Stanley Christopher Lujan Eden Silverstein Brett Velarde Debby Oscar Elisa Gagliano Patrick Sanchez Daniel Roper Brandon Miller Christoper Lucero Michael Sandoval Edward Gurule David Silva Nathan Kollarik John Lamar Alexander Weaver Jeremy Nighbert Debby Oscar Anna McCall Elisa Gagliano Mark Nolan

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Skills Competition

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Welding — — — Welding Fabrication Team — — — Welding Sculptures —

Kalvin Roughsurface Jake Hagen Ross Wilson Allen Arellano Jimmy Chavez Ryan Jim Adam Avaneti Alonzo Hess Lesia Luviano Aaron Emillio

Leadership Competition Student Name

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Extemporaneous Speaker — — — Job Interview — — — Job Skill Demo A — — — Job Skill Demo Open JSD Assistant Prepared Speech — —

Solomon Hill-Burke Erin Mulligan Saint Adeogba Kyle Bacoccini Solomon Hill-Burke Kyle Bacoccini Erin Mulligan Kimberly Hayden Kyle Bacoccini Anna McCall Mark Nolan Johnny Garcia Gabriel Raabfaber Jason Calderon Anna McCall Erin Mulligan Abran Salazar

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Skills Competition

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Baking — — Culinary Arts — — —

Breanna Riley Kristin Canarini Heather Fiegel Kiyoko Masuoka Jordan Rivera Jordan Ruiz Chris Raleigh

Leadership Competition Student Name

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Customer Service — — —

Rozlyn Griego Tammy Hadley Heather Gruber Deidra Hart

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Exemplary Speech — Prepared Speech — Job Skills Demo (A) Job Skills Open (B) Job Interview — Carpentry — — Related Technical Math Cabinet Making

Francisco Bolivar Clifford Evans Clifford Evans Francisco Bolivar Leo Kiyite Robert Ortiz Jorge Parra Sandoval James Rivera Robert Dixon Adam Perea Christopher Vetsch Francisco Velaquez Jonathan Santistevan

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Business & Information Technology

Dual Credit Student Placement

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FEATURE

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Te n m i n u t e s w i t h : S p e c i a l G u e s t J o h n P h i l l i p K i n g

Water Wars

Why Texas is suing New Mexico The water dispute between Texas and New Mexico is a complicated issue with many facets. In this special edition of “Ten Minutes With…,” The Chronicle reached out to NMSU Civil Engineering professor John Phillip King, a long time water resource advocate, often quoted in the Albuquerque Journal and other publications, to help explain the situation.

By Shaya Rogers Staff Reporter

The state of Texas’ recently filed lawsuit claims that New Mexico is using too much water from the Rio Grande River, said NMSU Civil Engineering Professor John Phillip King. The suit accused New Mexico of taking more than its share of water in the Elephant Butte area, leaving Texas with less water, said King. In reality, this problem is the result of a long-standing drought, he said. “We’re looking at the third really harsh year of drought here and so our ground water is tired and the surface water supply for 2013 is looking regrettably poor,” he said.

The lawsuit could take years to be resolved, but there is a hearing expected to take place in early summer, he said. “I have a daughter who is a sophomore in high school now and I’m sure she’ll be through graduate school by the time it is fully resolved. The Supreme Court doesn’t do things quickly,” he said. H i s t or ic a l ly, drought has always been a difficult issue in the region. Limited precipitation has directly affected the whole community and often causes conflict, he said. New Mexico, Texas and Colorado were part of The Rio Grande Compact, signed in 1938, which allotted to each state a portion of the water, he said.

The water in the El Paso Irrigation right now,” he said. southern New Mexico District, he said. While the two states was divided according “You can see the are different geographically, the Rio Grande Compact recognized the southern New Mexico area and Texas as one unit, he said. Since the dividing line is not at the Texas/New Mexico border, issues arose from the amount of water delivered to the area, the amount of water pumped out, and the remaining surface water that flows to Texas, he said. New Mexico has increased ground water pumping, which takes away from the PHOTO COURTESY JOHN PHILLIP KING amount of surface water allocated to El to relative size; 57 per- societal trauma caused Paso, he said. cent to Elephant Butte by drought. It’s unfor“If you pump an Irrigation District tunate having to see it acre foot out of the and 43 percent to first hand, real time, ground, ultimately that

El Paso Irrigation District

Elephant Butte Irrigation District

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is an acre foot out of the river,” he said. At this point, the damage is done and strong feelings toward the water situation on both sides make negotiation near impossible, he said. “If you go back to the 500’s and 600’s, sixth and seventh centuries, there was a greater drought there that makes this one look like kindergarten,” he said. New Mexico and Texas will have to come to an agreement over the water supply and the existing drought either way, he said. “I hate to quote Broadway musicals, but ‘the sun will come out tomorrow’ and we’ll play it from there,” he said.

GRAPHICS BY SCOTT M. ROBERTS PHOTOS COURTESY RIVER.NMSU.EDU


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CAMPUS NEWS

February 5, 2013

Administration to offer safety training on campus outside organizations that well as what actions stuVice President of have to be involved. dents should be directed Student Services Staff Reporter Director of Security to take, she said. Phillip Bustos With violence on the Ernest Chavez is working said the rise on campuses nation- closely with those groups major focus wide, students, staff and to make of the exerfaculty will be participatcises will ing in several exercises be active for campus emershooter gencies, said Chief situaCommunications and tions, Government Relations but the Officer Samantha Sengel. goal is A variety of drills will keepinclude active shooter, fire, i ng mechanical failure and others that will take place on all campuses throughout the year, said Sengel. S OBERT TT M R Y S CO B Additionally, updated N IO R AT IL LU S T P H OTO training will be given to members of staff, faculty people e. se Guid n and security at all camo trained and up to date with p s e R rg e n c y e puses, she said. m E T h e r e all potential situations. CNM “This year might feel a will also be voluntary Training staff on how little different than what sure the right training available for stu- to deal with a situation people are used to, but we people are present for the dents, faculty and staff involving someone with a want people to know that specific exercises being with specific agencies mental health disability is it will feel like this from conducted, said Sengel. like APD or Homeland also in the works, he said. now on to ensure the Those agencies are Security, said Sengel. He also hopes to safety of the staff, faculty, actively involved with the “We want to allow encourage more students and students,” said Sengel. planning of all aspects of all people on campus to to sign up for the emerSengel said that for the exercise, including become educated on what gency text alerts, he said. each different type of exer- how staff and faculty are to do during a potential Students can sign up cise, there are a number of supposed to respond as crisis,” said Sengel. for the texts through the By Daniel Johnson

Winograd launches community blog By Shaya Rogers Staff Reporter

President Kathie Winograd’s new blog is designed to encourage discussion on a variety of topics that relate to campus life for student, staff and faculty, she said. The blog, located at blogging.cnm.edu, will incorporate news and information on a variety of topics relating to the community, she said. “I think this blog has great potential because I know that the CNM community is home to a wonderful marketplace of ideas,” said Winograd. Her blog officially launched on Jan. 31 with a post entitled “Spring Break - Should It Stay? Or Should It Go?” which discussed the pros and cons of Spring Break. Winograd decided to start the blog as a way to give employees and students a voice and to engage with many different outlooks, she said. “I saw this blog as another means of encouraging dialogue and conversation, which would allow us to share and hear ideas and perspectives that

might be extremely valuable or enlightening,” she said. Giving students and employees an outlet to share their thoughts about significant issues is something that will be beneficial to the school, she said. “My hope is that students and employees will share their ideas on important topics related to our college,” she said. Since students deal with many different stresses, from schoolwork to outside factors, Winograd would like the blog to serve as a support system, she said. “I’ll post about the many challenges that students face in these unusual times and I’ll ask for ideas about how we can provide them more support,” she said. The educational system is always changing and educating the community while giving them a chance to chime in is one of her main goals, she said. “I will be posting a lot about the changing landscape of education and the specific challenges that CNM will need to address as we move forward,” she said.

Participating in dialogue about issues that matter to students and employees will prove as an outlet for the progress of our community, she said. “I’m hopeful that this kind of interactive, online format will encourage more employees and students to engage in lively, productive conversations that benefit us all,” she said. Director of Marketing and Communications Brad Moore said the blog will be managed by the Marketing and Communications staff, who will help Winograd oversee the blog. “Commu nications staff will help President Winograd keep an eye on the blog, so she knows when to post timely responses,” he said. Once the blog starts to grow, the vice presidents will also have a hand in the direction and information posted on the blog, he said. “The plan is to also have vice presidents post to the blog as it develops,” he said. To chat with Winograd, visit blogging. cnm.edu.

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Emergency Text Alert link on the Welcome tab of their MyCNM account. Sengel said the emergency texts alerts are to inform members of the CNM community and allow them to avoid potentially dangerous areas, and to inform people who might be in that area of possible danger. It is important for people to know that personal responsibility is the biggest thing for staying safe, she said. Informing security of a possible threat could allow for the protection of

many instead of the protection of one, she said. “Let’s all remember our own responsibility in making sure that we are aware and accountable for what’s happening, said Sengel. Bustos said the campuses are safe, but that preparing faculty, staff and students for possible emergencies allows for better response if a situation should occur. “We want to create a culture of preparedness with all the training and exercise, not one of fear,” he said.

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then do not participate in further events, he said. “What you put into it is what you get out of it,” said Turner Turner said he is designing a better process for event planning in an effort to encourage member participation. Potts said the group needs to emphasize that PTK is more than just something to

put on a resumé. “There needs to be a resurgence to revitalize the organization, since so many people are stepping away and if no one is able to fill the needed positions then things can go downhill quickly,” she said. Potts said that this has made her seriously consider running for an officer position in the future, but that more

members will have to step up for the group to thrive, she said. “I just don’t know what’s going to happen to the PTK,” said Potts. Former President of Alpha Upsilon Chi and Liberal Arts graduate Matthew Liguori said he was saddened that the group was struggling to keep active members again. “I had to put a lot

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Alpha Upsilon Chi has a scheduled meeting on Friday, Feb. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Portable ST-12A on Main campus. A new election date will be scheduled then, said Turner.

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Moore said he was unaware of any change in protocol. “As far as I know there was no conscious decision to change the way they do it,” said Moore. Several students also complained in the previous article that they were not allowed to cash their checks until they were subjected to what they

described as a high pressure sales pitch to open accounts and credit cards with Wells Fargo. President Kathie Winograd said she did not condone the behavior and would speak to Wells Fargo representatives about these practices. Moore said he was unaware of any such

follow-up that administration could do. “We wouldn’t really have any control over what they do there anyway,” said Moore. Students also reported that this semester the handling of disbursement checks was quick and efficient. “The way they have the lines set up, with lines split into last

names, it was really quick. I only stood in line a couple minutes,” said Welding Major Pete Gallegos. With more than $25 million awarded and 7,000 checks handed out in one day on all campuses, disbursement is a complex logistical challenge and takes serious planning, said Bursar

Christine Duncan. “It takes us a week to get ready. Financial Aid feeds over their files, and then we take out anything that students owe to CNM, bookstore charges and tuition, and then we produce a net check for them,” said Duncan. The process is a partnership between the Financial Aid,

Cashiers and Accounts Payable offices, and is a team effort in every aspect, with employees from all three offices volunteering to actually hand out the checks to students, said Duncan. “I’m glad to hear that students felt we did a good job. That is always our goal,” said Moore.

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State Supreme Court to hear pornographic film festival case

By Adriana Avila Managing Editor

The New Mexico Supreme Court has announced it will hear a case involving The Guild Cinema and the Nob Hill Neighborhood Association later this month over the erotic Pornutopia Film Festival. Executive Director of the ACLU New Mexico Peter Simonson said the ACLU will be defending The Guild Cinema and Self-Serve, a local sexuality resource center who sponsored the festival, on Feb. 13 in the State Supreme Court. “This case touches on free speech issues that we believe are protected under the First Amendment,” said Simonson. The appeal was filed after the Albuquerque Metropolitan Court ruled in 2008 that the festival violated city zoning laws

that monitor adult entertainment, according to a 2012 ACLU press release. Liberal Arts Major and Pornutopia volunteer Julian Wolf said a private group was concerned that The Guild Cinema was airing explicit films and complained to the Nob Hill Neighborhood Association about the film festival in 2008. “They pulled up an old law that has never been enforced for the area about adult content. If you read the letter of the law it also doesn’t allow rated ‘R’ movies at all so if they were going to enforce it then they shouldn’t allow any nudity because many rated ‘R’ movies have at least some form of adult situation,” said Wolf. The Nob Hill Neighborhood Association was unable to respond before print. The Supreme Court will hear the case because it has merit on First

Amendment grounds, said Simonson. Simonson said he disagrees with the Metro Court’s ruling that showing erotic films during a festival makes the Guild Cinema an adult entertainment establishment. New Mexico Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan B. Sutin said in his dissenting argument that there was not any compelling or considerable governmental interest against The Guild Cinema. “In my view, the City’s outlier zoning ordinance…cannot be enforced against the Guild for two distinct reasons. First, the Guild cannot be considered an ‘adult amusement establishment’ and, second, the Ordinance as applied to the Guild cannot withstand scrutiny,” said Sutin. This is not the first time a theater has battled

against zoning laws over erotic films. In the 1964 case of Jacobellis v. Ohio, the Supreme Court overruled the conviction of the French film ‘Les Amants’ shown at The Heights Art Theater to be obscene and was constitutionally protected. Justices Hugo Black and William O. Douglas said at the time of that hearing that the First Amendment does not permit censorship of any kind. The Lobo Theater also screened the Pornutopia Film Festival for years before it closed on Aug. 4, 2000 and became a church. Wolf said that the group of protesters in 2008 numbered less than half a dozen, while patrons of Pornutopia numbered in the hundreds. “It was sort of a joke, because it’s one of those times where they were

like ‘why would we want to follow this law until we see something [obscene]?’ as opposed to somebody or a group who actually cared about the law itself,” said Wolf. Wolf said it was a shocking to hear that people had negative opinions of The Guild Cinema. According to L orenavedon.com, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have laws that govern obscenity. The statutes normally prohibit the sale, lending, renting, giving, publication, advertisement or other publication of materials with the knowing of the pornography. In the state of New Mexico, the general statute prohibits the distribution of pornographic material, including computer disks, software and any computer or electronically created imagery. Wolf said Pornutopia

has shown several awardwinning films, including community award winners, in their soft and hardcore pornography, as well as some explicit documentaries. Wolf said that Pornutopia and other offerings of its kind are important because they support the understanding of sexual and gender diversity. “My official statement about Pornutopia was that it was a really positive experience. I was honored to be a part of it,” said Wolf. “It was an incredibly worthwhile film festival that did a lot of good for our city and it was heartbreaking to have it shut down.” The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Feb. 13 at the State of New Mexico Supreme Court House, located at 237 Don Gaspar Ave in Santa Fe.

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