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What’s that smell?

Staff, students complain of foul odor in the Student Services Building Production Manager

Reports of a strong, unpleasant odor in the Student Services Center have staff and students concerned about the origin of the smell and whether it is harmful. Assessment C e n t e r Admi n ist rat ive Coordinator Jessica Forbes said because the Assessment Center is in the back of the building, close to the four bathrooms, the Health Center gym and the cafeteria, is it hard to tell where the rancid dry rot smell is coming from. “In the summer

when it is really hot, I think the smell is amplified to where it is unbearable,” Forbes said. Forbes began working in the Assessment Center a year ago and noticed the smell as soon as she walked into the building, she said. “It doesn’t affect our business of having students coming into the Assessment Center. I just think it looks badly on CNM having a foul smell around the Student Activities Center”, she said. Director of C om mu n ic at ions Brad Moore said there is a drainage issue in the plumbing system near the Bookstore

and Student Activity offices from periodic lack of water flow causing the drains to dry up. If there continues to be an odor, a plumbing company will be contracted to fix the problem. SSC Building Manager Eugene Padilla and Director of Mechanical Services in Facilities Blaine Henderson declined to comment. Employees, coworkers and students have all complained about the smell, said Forbes. She called Facilities to file a complaint in April of 2012. “I told them there is a very bad odor in the building and it is unbearable,” she said.

She said her primarily concern when she filed the complaint was to make sure the odor was not harmful since employees in the SSC building are constantly breathing it in. She said she could not count how many complaints she heard from both staff and students since Jan. 2012. The smell has been noticeable for months now, said former Liberal Arts major and Assessment Center Student Services Tech 2 Angela Perez. She said when she and other employees walk in to the SSC first thing into the

CNM Connect offers help to students with Workforce Solutions troubles By Daniel Johnson Staff Reporter

Students who are required to maintain contact with Workforce Solutions are running into difficulty when trying to claim unemployment benefits, apply for benefit extensions or request assistance looking for a job because of recent changes in software, said CNM Connect Achievement Coach Sally Moore.

The new software was implemented on Jan. 6, 2013 by Workforce Solutions to streamline the process of claiming unemployment benefits, but it is causing problems instead, she said. “The new software for claiming unemployment benefits was meant to make things easier and it has not operated the way it was meant to. Instead, it has become the cause of the problems

that everyone is dealing with,” said Moore. Students who tried to certify or check the status of their claim online were unable to access that information, she said. Wait times for the help line have become so long that many people just give up, she said. “I called to try and find information and was put on hold for see

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morning, the building is reeking. She said it smelled like a mixture of sulfur and rotten eggs. “Complaints have reached our immediate supervisor, I just hope someone can fix the problem soon,” said Perez. The smell does come from the back of the building behind the cafeteria, she said. Since the SSC building is one of the older buildings on Main campus, plumbing issues have occurred over years. “There was a see Smell on page


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Employee publishes murder mystery novel By Shaya Rogers Staff Reporter

Disability Resource Center employee Wolfgang Michel said he spent eight years writing his newly published book, “Camp Anaconda,” and is proud to see it in print. The book, available for purchase on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble, is a murder mystery filled with corruption and drug trafficking, he said. “I’m proud of it, you know, that all this effort bares a little fruit so not all that time was wasted. I’m proud of it because I never thought that it would happen” he said. This was Michel’s first attempt at writing a book, and even though English is his second language, he has always loved writing, and wanted a way to keep his mind active, he said. “I heard that if you exercise your brain you may live a little longer than if you don’t exercise your brain. So, you know, this was one of the philosophies behind the book: to just keep my mind busy,” he said. He reads often and his love for reading has been a constant inspiration in his efforts to produce a book, he said.

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“I’m just a compulsive reader. One book’s finished and I grab the next one,” he said. Reading many books throughout his life has helped him actualize his dream of writing one himself, he said. see Novel on page 7

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To submit items for Campus Bulletin, please email news item with a maximum of 150 words to or call 224-4755. 25th Annual Rio Grande Arts CNM’s Job Club Is and Crafts Spring Festival Accepting New Members

Emergency Winter Shelter Available

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.

The Emergency Winter Shelter program will run now thru March 15. The program accepts families with children aged 10 and under. Emergency pick up points are located at:

Free Résumé and Interview Workshops 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

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 advisement/job-connection/ employment-workshops . The club meets on Main Campus, Student Services Building, Room 207 on Tuesdays, at two, of course.

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 9984529 or speak to Connect Achievement Coach Chioma Heim at 224-4080.

Student Film Club Women’s Veteran Peer Looking for New Members Support Group

DAT, a student film group, has just formed and is looking for new members. The group creates student-led films. Students interested in making films are welcome. Students do not have to be in the film program to participate. Email Madison Coss at • First St. and Iron St. for more • Central and Alcazar information. St. • Central and CNM Theatre Dept. Wyoming (under Presents Sketchy 2: HillSon’s sign) Fast, Funny, Free! • Central and Eubank (under Home Depot Come enjoy an evening sign) of very short sketch comedy • Central and Juan written by CNM students and Tabo (northeast local comedy writers. corner) Twelve talented CNM • Central and students have been working Tramway (next to very hard to bring you many the United Artists different roles. sign) In one evening you can • Central and Parsifal watch Bruce Lee and Buddha (in parking lot) do the “horsey dance” with Psy, • Central and and hang out with Jimi Hendrix, Wisconsin (under Mother Teresa and Sigmund stop sign) Freud at a book club as they • Central and debate Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Louisiana (in front tell-all memoir. of the fairgrounds) You name it, we make fun of • Central and Truman it. With love, of course. (corner of parking Sketchy 2 will be performed lot) in Studio 17, a portable building • Central and behind east of Ken Chappy Dartmouth (in front Hall and south of the Student of the substation) Resource Center. • Central and Sunset The short comedy show Dr. (vacant lot) will run two weekends, Fridays, • Central and Coors Saturdays, and Sundays, Feb. (Behind the bus 21-23 and March 1-3. Friday stop) and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees are at Interested parties can 2:30 p.m. register at Abq. Rescue All shows are free, and Mission at 525 Second St. seating is first come, first served. SW, Mon. – Fri. from 3 Free parking right next to p.m. to 8 p.m. For more Studio 17 is available during information contact Darryl those times. K. Clark at 346-4673 ext. The show will last about one 248. hour. For contact Information call Joe Damour at 505-831-9131 or email

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Benefit Dance Benefit dance for The Safe House in honor of One Billion Rising. Feb. 14, 7:30-10:30 p.m. World-beat Music, Freestyle, Barefoot Dance! $10 at Yoga Mik’s Studio Blue, Located at 2205 silver. All Proceeds to benefit The Safe house. Come dance and have fun with friends and loved ones, all for a great cause! Contact

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act, or at least its pipes


What is the worst way you have been dumped?

Editorial By the CNM Chronicle Editorial Board

CNM literally stinks. As stated in this week’s article “What’s the Smell?,” for about a year now several offices in the Student Services Center have dealt with an unbearable odor and it has taken longer to fix than it should. People cannot work efficiently in that type of environment. It is discomforting to walk into the SSC during the day. Complaints have been surfacing as much as the smell has and some of the complaints have been sitting around for more than six months, so why has it not been resolved quickly and properly? The SSC is where most student resources are located and it is the main building at Main Campus. As students, we would like to register for classes with ease and a clear nose or go into the Assessment Center and focus on the placement tests instead of smelling a noxious odor. The environment where we work and where we interact makes a difference in how we perform. It is embarrassing for students and staff to be a part of a school with an unkempt main building. Worst of all, it looks bad on the part of the administration to have allowed the smell to linger as long as it has. If there has been an issue with the drainage then, when was it first noticed, is should have been fixed. The plan of calling a contractor if the smell continues sounds more productive than filling up five-gallon buckets of water daily and administration pouring it down the drains. This time, we hope there will be less rolling up the sleeves and more action. Employees and students do not deserve to spend their day breathing in a repugnant smell.

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“Getting slapped and walked away. She just hit me and walked away and I still don’t

know why. It was my first girlfriend.”

Vanessa Montoya, Education “I got told he wanted to meet up with me to tell me something sweet. I met up with him and he dumped me. He said it was better for both of us.”

Eileen Pino, Nursing “The worst way was through a text message and the worst thing is that I bumped into

him 30 minutes later. It was awkward.”

Roger Iglehart, Airgan Maintenance Tech “I caught my girlfriend at the time sleeping with my best friend on Valentine’s Day. So the only thing I like about Valentine’s is the Valentine’s Day Massacre.”

Morgan Gangwar, Networking Engineering “With a paper airplane; it said ‘we’re done.’”

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

In Response To Volume 18, Issue 16 “Terminated instructor continues fight to clear the record” I think Dr. Steve white, from further And several years Cormier, a 22-year veteran confronting the musi- ago I was in this same of our History Department cian who was black. cafeteria along with Dr. is not the villain as he was The performer had Winograd for a schoolpresent in the recent letter been singing proudly sponsored event when by Dr. Winograd. about labor and civil the music was far louder. Dr. Cormier was rights struggles. This That seems to have fired for supposedly has been his life-long been ok because the being uncivil to a female passion as a black man songs were not about faculty member.   in America. social justice as they But according to Dr. Cormier actu- were this time.   people at the Montoya ally stopped what could Is it that certain campus cafeteria Dr. have turned into a vio- things can be said on Cormier was calmly sit- lent confrontation with campus and some not? ting watching a music racial overtones. Dr. Cormier is performance when a It was said later the being smeared with female faculty member guitar was grabbed incivility it seems to rushed in and aggres- because the music was hide what looks to some sively took a guitar too loud, but no one else like a racial attack by a out of a musician’s said that.    faculty member on a hand abruptly stopping Near me was a table guest to the campus.    the performance and of white students who The Chronicle should shocking everyone. were being deliberately not be criticized for Dr. Cormier then loud and rude as they trying to get at the truth. went over and sepa- tried to drown out the   rated the female fac- songs, but no one told Robert Anderson ulty member, who was them to stop. Part-time CHSS instructor

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DIY’s from the heart By Shaya Rogers Staff Reporter

While some people may enjoy diamond jewelry or other extravagant gifts, many prefer thoughtful, homemade presents from their loved ones. Here are a few simple DIY gifts that really say “I love you.”

Tissue Paper Flowers These flowers can be made with one or several colors for a many-hued bouquet. These are easy to make, have a fun and creative look, and best of all, they will never die. Supplies: • A pack of tissue paper • String • Straws or Wire (for stems) • Scissors

Dinner for Two Forget the high-priced meals in over-packed fancy restaurants. Plan a meal at home for two. Get out a fancy table cloth (or nice white bed sheet in a pinch), light some candles and make a delicious meal with all the courses.

Lay three pieces of tissue paper together and cut into six inch strips. Fold into one inch sections, accordion style, and tie in the middle to hold once the whole strip has been folded. Cut the ends into an upside down V shape and start unfolding the tissue paper one piece at a time.







Homemade Cards Everyone loves receiving a homemade card. Write something genuine on the inside so your Valentine knows it was made with love. Supplies: • Construction Paper • Glue • Magazine Clippings • Tissue Paper • Scissors Fold paper, cut out shapes and glue together them together.

‘Fifty-two reasons why I love you’ Playing Cards Transform a regular deck of playing cards into a personalized gift.

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Supplies: A deck of cards Magazines Sharpies Scissors Glue stick

From the magazines, cut out images that represent the reasons and glue each image to a separate playing card. Include an explanation on each card with a permanent marker. When finished, there will be a full deck of cards with memories and sweet words. The hardest part is finding 52 reasons to love someone.


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Things to do on Valentine’s Day Here are a few fun options for couples.

By Shaya Rogers Staff Reporter



A pampering trip to the spa




Mark Pardo Salon and Spa 1100 Juan Tabo NE Feb. 14 and 15 By appointment only 298-2983

La Provence Brasserie Restaurant 3001 Central Ave NE $55+ per person Call to make reservations 254-7644

Stress-free dating Hinkle Family Fun Center is hosting a Valentine’s Day special. Purchase one Attraction Pass and receive a second pass for free. Spend the day playing games, riding go-karts, and eating slices of pizza. This is a great option for the Valentine’s Day couple looking for a fun date minus the pressure. Hinkle Family Fun Center 12931 Indian School Rd NE Prices Vary Visit for more information

Watch the sun set Take a romantic drive to the crest of the Sandia Mountains and have a picnic with a view. Pre-cut some fancy cheeses and gourmet artisan sausages, add a bag of grapes, and pick up some sparkling wine in cans from Jubilation (No glass allowed in National Forests). Make sure to bring a blanket and bundle up. To set the mood, bring a portable music player and play some love songs. Arrive before 5:49 p.m. to watch the sun set over the city.

An amorous musical experience Musical Theater Southwest presents: “Romance -- A Valentine’s Cabaret” with cast members performing memorable love songs. Theater seats include wine or soft drinks and snacks. Feb.14 to 16, 8:00 p.m. Theater Seats $25 Call 265-9119 to purchase tickets


La Provence is a romantic eatery in Nob Hill that serves authentic French dishes. From Whole Roasted Rack of Lamb to Fresh Alaskan Halibut and Duck a la Orange, this is definitely the place to go to treat your date to something special.


A romantic dinner


Mark Pardo Salon and Spa is running a Valentine’s Day special for women who want to look extra special for date night. For $35, the package includes a professional makeup application, a shampooing and a blowout.


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Gobs of jobs

Job Connection Center to host job fair By Daniel Johnson Staff Reporter

A job fair hosting more than 40 employers will be open to current CNM students and alumni, said Job Connection Services Manager Anna Watkins. The job fair will be held at the Workforce Training Center located at 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, she said. “We want all students and grads to show up because we have employers waiting to hire them,” said Watkins.

All employers participating in the job fair are required to have available positions for attendees, she said. Employers are not allowed to collect resumes for future placement or attend just to have a presence, said Watkins. “We hunt down employers that are looking for people to fill positions and are more likely to hire someone from the programs of study offered at CNM,” said Watkins. There will be members of the healthcare, applied technologies, business information and technologies and

culinary arts community present, she said. “They will be looking to fill positions that range from auto techs, banquet servers, pharmacy techs, branch managers and so on, all the way down to basic customer service,” she said. Some employers will be conducting interviews on site, so students should dress as if it were a professional interview, she said. “If students are looking for professional level jobs in their areas of study, then this is a great opportunity to find out from somebody on the inside how it

works so be organized and prepared,” she said. Students should have all materials that they wish to present from an updated resume to a portfolio, she said. Students should gather as much information as possible from potential employers to help with deciding if that is a place they want to work, she said. “Pick up business cards and look for information on the company that you want to work at,” said Watkins. This is an opportunity to get a preview of the field of interest and

students should ask questions and be ready to learn as much as possible about a specific company because it is extremely beneficial to the student, she said. Job Connection Services can aid in making or updating resumes, finding job leads and teaching students how to communicate with prospective employers, she said. “Learning to talk about your strengths and your skills is not easy, so we are here to help students learn how to communicate and develop professional relationships,” said Watkins.

Job Connection Services Job Fair

When: Wednesday, Feb. 27 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Where: CNM Workforce Training Center 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE

Participating employers • Frito-Lay, Inc.

• Hyatt Regency

• Office Depot

• New Mexico Workforce Connection


• Hertz

• Paychex, Inc.

• Volt Technical Resources

• Albuquerque Police Department

• Presbyterian Healthcare Services

• Team Technologies

• Bernalillo County

• Right at Home

• Graybar Electric

• UNM Hospitals

• Wells Fargo

• Express Scripts

• NM Taxation and Revenue

• Lovelace Respiratory Research

• Verizon Wireless

• Sandia National Laboratories

• Lowes

• New Mexico Army National Guard

• PNM Resources

• Manpower

• Comfort Keepers

• Bank of Albuquerque

• Heritage Home Healthcare and

• Staffing Solutions/Resource MFG


• U.S. District Court


• Enterprise Holdings

• Tri-Core Reference Laboratories

• Lovelace Health

• Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

• 310 Solar Energy

• Philmont Scout Ranch

• T-Mobile

• CNM Community College

• ABQ Health Partners

• City of Albuquerque

• Positive Energy

• UNM Human Resources

• Los Alamos National Labs


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similar smell in the LSA president’s building’s downstairs bathroom, which had a distinctive dry rot smell to it,” she said.


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“It helped me and inspired me, after reading all those books. Why don’t I try myself, writing one,” he said. Traveling all over the world and seeing


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more than four hours before I eventually just hung up,” said Moore. Because of the complications, students must now have appointments to

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Maintenance kept pouring water in the drains to keep the odors from coming up the pipes, she said. There would be a fivegallon bucket of water that

would be constantly filled and poured down the drains by employees of the LSA building if maintenance did not come. Moore said facilities will continue to monitor

the situation and add fluids to the drain as necessary. There have been three odor complaints filed with the Facilities Department in the past three weeks, he said.

many exotic places full of life and mystery has inspired his writing, he said. “I have traveled extensively. I’ve been in all four corners of the planet and you know, there’s always something that sticks, that you can make a

story out of,” he said. His vivid imagination has been a great tool for coming up with plot lines and creating a complicated story that has many different angles, he said. “I can compose a plot and make a big

thing out of it, I can do it because I have the fantasy to go along with it,” he said. Although he gets stuck with the occasional writer’s block, writing has been a fun and challenging experience for him, he said. “It’s a lot of fun

to come up with the plots that are involved in the story and then put this whole plot into words and make a good-sounding story out of it,” he said. Michel still cannot believe that his book was published and is available for sale, he said.

“In a way, I’m still in a state of denial that it finally happened and I’m very happy that it happened. I’m really happy.”

see someone at the Workforce Solutions facility, she said. It is recommended that anyone having problems with claiming unemployment or contacting Workforce Solutions contact Law

Access New Mexico, she said. Law Access New Mexico is recommending that students put their claims and job searches in writing and mail those to Workforce Solutions

to certify if access to the website is restricted or contact cannot be made with the call center. If students are running into financial problems because of the situation with

Workforce Solutions, they can apply for assistance by qualifying for things like the Rust Scholarship, she said. “It is very concerning that it is difficult for students to get those benefits and we

want to let them know to come and see us if they are having trouble with bills or other things,” said Moore.



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Happy Singles Appreciation Day You do it better yourself anyways

By Shaya Rogers

Self Serve, Albuquerque’s Sexuality Resource Center, is hosting a Valentine’s happy hour. Wine tasting and chocolate samples will be offered. What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than breaking in a new toy? Self Serve 3904B Central Ave. SE 6:00 p.m. Free 18+

Staff Reporter For those who are single and proud, here are some fun things to do that do not require awkward dates.

Occupy love The Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice is hosting “Occupy Love,” a night of music, peace activism and art. Celebrate with guest singer/songwriters Tom Neilson and Lynn Marie. This is the perfect night to enjoy good vibes and positive inspiration. Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice 202 Harvard SE 7:00 p.m. $5-$25 All ages

Betty’s Day Spa Betty’s Day Spa offers a relaxing and tranquil experience. Enjoy the “SelfIndulgence Valentine’s Special” including a 45 minute massage, a 45 minute sugar scrub, and a box of chocolates from Buffet’s Candies. The whole service is $130 and is the perfect excuse to splurge. Communal soaks in the hot tubs are free with any spa service. Betty’s Bath and Day Spa 1835 Candelaria NW 341-3456 Call to make a reservation. GRAPHICS BY JASMINE CHAVEZ

Get rid of the demon “The Ex-orcism Party.” There will be other singles looking for a good time too. Have a few beers, and let loose! It is mandatory to bring a photo of an ex-partner. Tractor Brewing Company 118 Tulane SE 8:30 p.m. No cover 21+

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

For those who do not participate in Valentine’s Day, throw an Anti-Valentine’s Party. Buy a few bottles of cheap wine and invite friends over to celebrate freedom and independence. Play some punk rock or some rap music and get crazy. Let all of the Anti-Valentine’s Day rage out by playing some egg Russian roulette. Get a dozen eggs, Boil only 11 and take turns smashing them on the heads of party patrons.


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