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Student crowned Miss Albuquerque Miss Albuquerque 2013. Chavez won the Editor-in-Chief title on Feb. 9 after C om mu n ic at ions previously winning major Stephanie Chavez the titles of Miss Doña has won the title of Ana County 2012 and By Jyllian Roach

Miss Albuquerque 2012, she said. “It feels great. It’s a little surreal, just getting used to the title, but I’m just staying

in school and keeping things as normal as possible,” she said. Chavez’s goal as Miss Albuquerque is to focus on child literacy because reading

was something she schools and shares her struggled with as a story and how practicing child, she said. gave her a love of reading. To help children “I just teach them who struggle with lit- that reading can be eracy, Chavez visits A lbuquerque-a rea see albuquerque on page 7

Fun fact: The Miss America Crown is not just a pretty headpiece; each of the four points stands for a specific ideal that the wearer tries to emulate during her reign. Service – helping others in the community

Success – comes when the other three points have been fulfilled


While miss Albuquerque, Stephanie chavez will focus on child literacy.

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“We are happy and proud to register any student, faculty or staff member that has a bike because the main goal is to try and prevent bikes from being stolen at all,” said Rogers. Once a registration form is completed, owners can bring the form and their school IDs to the Main campus security office for a registration sticker that should be placed on the bike somewhere that is not easily seen by a potential thief, he said. The very adhesive stickers include the CNM Security phone see bike on page

that is constantly being of five finalists for this on-campus services like done at CNM for the esteemed national award,” achievement coaching; Editor-in-Chief cause of student success. said Winograd. scholarship information CNM is one of We are definitely honored Moore said Connect, five finalists in the to have been named one which offers both see aacc on page 7 American Association of Community Colleges Growth in graduates and dual credit students since 2006 2013 Excellence Awards. The school is a finalist in the new category graduates of Student Success, pridual credit students marily for the creation of CNM Connect, said Director of Marketing and Communications Brad Moore. President Kathie Winograd said she is very happy for the school to be named a finalist. “Being named as a finalist for the AACC Student Success Award is 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 a highly appreciated affirGRAPHIC BY JASMINE CHAVEZ mation of the great work

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The new bike registration program on campus is a free and easy process that could assist security in returning stolen or lost bikes, said Security Lieutenant Bernard Rogers. Registering a bike will give security detailed information such as brand, model, color, wheel size, value, and type of bike which allows officers a better opportunity to search for and locate a missing bike, he said. To register a bike, owners must complete a simple registration form, he said.

Scholarship – having a love of learning

CNM finalist for excellence award in student success

Registration program to assist in return of lost, stolen bikes By Daniel Johnson

Style – being a modern woman


Inventive Students

Movie Madness

Getting ‘Sketchy’

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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. Phi Theta Kappa-Alpha Upsilon Chi Calendar AYX will be holding a number of meetings and events throughout the term. Unless otherwise noted, events will be held in portable building ST-12A, in the portables east of Ken Chappy hall and south of the Student Resource Center on Main campus. • Feb. 21 – Free pizza lunch social, Main campus Cafeteria, 1 – 2:30 p.m. • Feb. 22 – Meeting, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. • March 8 – Meeting, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. • March 22 – Campus Clean-up, meet at ST-12A, 1:30 p.m. – sunset. • March 27 - Free pizza lunch social, Main campus Cafeteria, 1 – 4 p.m. • March 29 – Meeting, 1:30 – 4 p.m. • April 16-18 Book Exchange, outside Main campus Cafeteria, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. • April 20 – New member induction ceremony, Smith Brasher Auditorium, 6 p.m.

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

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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 Women’s Veteran Peer the job search process. For Support Group workshop locations and schedules, go to If you are a female veteran, jobworkshops.

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 gwendolyn. or Barbara Barr at

Student Film Club Looking for New Members DAT, a student film group, 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 for more information.

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Emergency Winter Shelter Available

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.

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: • First St. and Iron St. • Central and Alcazar St. • Central and Wyoming (under HillSon’s sign) • Central and Eubank (under Home Depot sign) • Central and Juan Tabo (northeast corner) • Central and Tramway (next to the United Artists sign) • Central and Parsifal (in parking lot) • Central and Wisconsin (under stop sign) • Central and Louisiana (in front of the fairgrounds) • Central and Truman (corner of parking lot) • Central and Dartmouth (in front of the substation) • Central and Sunset Dr. (vacant lot) • Central and Coors (Behind the bus stop)

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.

Interested parties can register at Abq. Rescue Mission at 525 Second St. SW, Mon. – Fri. from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Darryl K. Clark at 346-4673 ext. 248.

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@

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The CNM Chronicle Publication Board would like to extend its congratulations to CNM, and specifically to CNM Connect, for a job well done in becoming a finalist for an AACC award, as mentioned in “CNM finalist in excellence award for student success” in this week’s edition. Being one of five finalists in an award for student success is a great honor, and we are proud that CNM has gone to such great lengths in creating the CNM Connect program. The employees of Connect work hard to help students both academically and in their personal lives. The staff in the Connect offices often has heavily booked schedules, yet always seems to make time for any student who needs assistance. This program has helped many EDITORIAL CARTOON BY SCOTT M. ROBERTS students find homes, get scholarships and much more, and the Editorial L e t t e r T o T h e E d i t o r Board is very happy to see CNM and In response to Vol. 18, Iss. 20 ‘Empty Seats, honors society members fail to attend the program recognized for its work. election’ L e t t e r To T h e E d i t o r

Response to Vol. 18 Iss. 19 ‘Disturbance in SRC leads to arrest’ Featuring the article about the disturbance in the SRC as the lead for the Chronicle with the photograph of person who caused the chaos on the front page of the Chronicle was disturbing to us. Is it the Chronicle’s intent to publish pictures of students that act out at CNM? There is no question that this individual’s actions were potentially very harmful and certainly alarming given the fact that across the country students have been shot and killed. How we respond to these circumstances is central to our humanity. What we found compelling about your article was the description of the woman’s actions who confronted this student- her actions are a good example for us – we found her actions heroic as well! It seems to us that in these times the manner in which we respond to violent behavior can move us toward resolution of violence or into fear. Publishing the offending student’s picture on the front page of the Chronicle put the focus on the violent behavior rather than CNM’s response. WE don’t know why this student behaved in the manner in which he did – and his removal from campus is essential at this time. However, it’s our hope that our response to violence will focus on how we handle that violence – not so much on the events of violence. We would have preferred that this student’s picture was not featured on the front page – and we’d have preferred it not be published at all. If it is the Chronicle’s policy to publish pictures of campus offenders, then we would like to engage in a discussion about that policy. Sally Moore Terry Dominguez Chioma Heim

As I read your article, “Empty Seats: Honors society members fail to attend elections,” February 5, 2013, about the lack of participation at the PTK elections, I was also concerned about the attendance issue. I joined Phi Theta Kappa last year and I have tried to participate as often as I can. The problem isn’t with attendees not caring or wanting to participate, as President Levi Turner would have you believe. The problem is extremely poor communications from Alpha Upsilon Chi chapter. I addressed these concerns via Facebook and email, but only was given excuses as to why nothing was happening.  In the past year, PTKAYX has called few meetings to be held at the SRC. Upon arriving to these meetings, there would be a note saying the meeting was canceled. We may receive an email fifteen minutes beforehand if we were lucky. Eventually, PTK-AYX was able to obtain a portable building to hold these meetings in. I know for myself that my time is limited and to have a few meetings canceled at the last minute is not only disrespectful of our precious time, but very unprofessional. It is difficult to keep members participating for any group when the leadership fails to follow through on their commitments. The same holds

true for the elections. On Jan. 28, President Levi Turner sent an email about a very important meeting that Friday in SB 100. The email didn’t specify a time so on Jan. 31 I replied back and asked what time the meeting was scheduled for. I didn’t hear anything back from Mr. Turner and Mr. Arfai wrote back saying he couldn’t do 1 to 3. This explains the attendance issue for elections. On Feb. 2, Mr. Turner sent another email stating that we had another meeting that included the elections on the agenda and a contradicting Word document attachment. At this point I am confused as to what to expect and what is going on. On Feb. 4, I sent an email explaining my confusion and that I didn’t think these elections were being done according to PTK guidelines. I even referenced and quoted the procedures for him to review. On Feb. 7, Mr. Turner wrote back stating he understood my confusion but also said, “Really, the best way to reap rewards from our program is to first ask yourself, what do you want to gain from ptk. Then make it happen.” It is hard for anyone within PTK-AYX to even know the rewards when we don›t schedule meetings properly nor have clear agendas. As far as making things happen, that is why I wrote my emails,

copied everyone that I think should know and now I write the CNM Chronicle. I believe that PTKAYX’s communications problems could be avoided if the leadership used all the resources available to them, such as phone calls, emails, Facebook and The CNM Chronicle. Additionally, members should be given more than a few days notice/reminder of the events so they can plan their work and/or school schedules. Candidate recruitment is key to any organization. We should be given a copy of any organizational rules and descriptions and duties of each position. We should also send an email out about the candidates and ways for us to contact them. As I mentioned to Mr. Turner, not performing these actions undervalues PTK and its purpose.  I disagree with Mr. Turner and think that if things don’t change that this chapter may become inactive. Rick Abraham PTK Member Want to share your opinion on a recent article? Send a Letter to the Editor: *All letters subject to editing for length, spelling and grammar.

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Vigils of peace

Employee celebrates 30 years protesting at Sandia Weapons Lab By Shaya Rogers features reporter

Former CNM instructor and current Disability Resource Center note taker Chuck Hosking is celebrating 30 years of peaceful protest outside of Sandia Weapons Lab. He has held more than 16,000 protests just outside the entrances to the weapons lab and hopes that his peace vigil will inspire the Sandia employees to consider what effect their career has on others, he said. “Basically, what I’d like to do is to get these employees to think about something other than weapons of mass destruction; to think about the ethical implications of their work,” he said. Hosking holds banners outside of the gates of the Sandia Weapons Lab which pose questions that require thought and cannot be answered easily, he said. “One of the things that’s important to me about the banners is that they all be questions; a question drives people crazy because you have to think about it,” he said. The banners promote the practice of peace and understanding over violence and aggression, he said. “That’s basically the message of all the different banners, to try to promote peace through global sharing and not through nuclear weapons,” he said. Hosking said he believes that the only way to achieve peace is through peaceful action. “I consider designing weapons of mass destruction to be a


Former instructor Chuck Hosking celebrates 30 years of peaceful protest outside the Sandia Weapons Lab.

crime against humanity,” he said. It is important for citizens to identify ways to better attain peace on a global level, he said. “What does it mean to love your enemies? I know that when other countries build bombs and point them at me, I don’t feel very loved by them,” he said. Many people in the United States have a selfcentered world view, he said.h American culture is full of an arrogance of exceptionalism, which perpetuates the idea that America is better than every other country, he said. “We just need to acknowledge that other people feel as good about their country as we do about ours,” he said. Hosking is a traditional Quaker who values the simplicity of life and the sharing of wealth and resources, he said. “Rather than take all of my income and use it on myself, for the last five years, I’ve basically averaged living on 7 percent of my income and giving away the other 93 percent” he said. When he started the peace vigils 30 years ago, Hosking did car counts at

the gates to find out which of the areas had the most traffic and would benefit most from his vigil, he said. He found that the gate that exits onto Wyoming Boulevard often had the highest traffic, he said. “This gate has roughly five thousand people coming out in that hour and a half and five hundred coming in,” he said. He has been the only PHOTO BY JONATHAN GAMBOA person in constant atten- The original canvas made by Hosking’s wife used in his 30 years of peaceful protest. dance at the vigil the last 30 years, but has had many people from different A d v e r t i s e m e n t walks of life put in their time and energy, he said. “There’s probably been a hundred different people who have been involved over the years,” he said. His wife started the tradition with him 30 years ago, but died five and a half years ago and Hosking said this is a way for him to live for them both and to continue on the values they once held in their home. “I’ve been basically trying to live my life in such a way that it is a tribute to her,” he said. Hosking holds peace vigils every Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Kirkland Air Force Base gate that exits on Wyoming Boulevard, he said.

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Students invent new product to curb texting and driving accidents By Adriana Avila Managing Editor

In just three months Business Administration major Greg Mascarena and former Health Information Technology major Daisy Mascarena invented a hands-free smartphone accessory which they hope will prevent texting and driving accidents. The product is a wrist strap that attaches to a smartphone so that wearers can talk on speakerphone while doing other things, said Greg Mascarena. “This is an age where people are driving and texting while holding their smartphone and what we’re hoping is to prevent this with the iStrap where you can wear it on your wrist and talk on your speaker phone or use voice to text on your speaker phone and have your hands free to drive,” said Greg Mascarena.

The idea and the preparation for his product came to him from CNM and he believes it has been a worthwhile experience, he said. “It happened in school, when I saw the phone and I do believe going to CNM has helped improve my skills to be a better person and be more creative and more innovative,” he said. Greg Mascarena earned a Business Certificate and will receive his associate degree during the spring graduation ceremony, he said. “I feel good about going to CNM. My experience at CNM has been great,” he said. Daisy Mascarena had taken the spring semester off to take care of their two daughters, he said. The iStrap is being sold in the Cottonwood Mall at the “Phones


Students Greg and Daisy Mascarena attribute their success to attending CNM.

Gone Wild” kiosks, as well as on Amazon, eBay and the couple’s website, With the recent acknowledgement by the State Governor’s office and the support of the community, Smartphone Straps, LLC’s future is looking bright, he said. Mascarena said he will be receiving an acknowledgement letter from the governor recognizing his new business, the creation of jobs and its positive standing.


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fun, it’s not just for school,” she said. She has worked mostly with preschool and elementary school children because she understands the impact illiteracy can have on a student, she said. Students who struggle with reading are often looked upon as bad students and do not always get the support they need, she said. The next step in her pageant career is the Miss New Mexico competition on June 23, she said. If Chavez wins the title, she said she

will be taking her literacy project statewide so that she can help as many children as possible. Should Chavez win Miss New Mexico, she said she would have the opportunity to compete in the Miss America competition. Unlike television shows like “Toddlers and Tiaras” that give the impression that beauty pageants focus solely on physical appearance, Chavez said that the pageants emphasize service and intellect. “Often on these televisions shows, we see parents pushing the children. It should be

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number, so if someone finds a stolen or lost bike security can be contacted quickly, said Rogers. “With a registration sticker, we can easily identify who a bike belongs to and access their contact information which simplifies the return process,” said Rogers. In the past, security had no way of

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and workshops and offcampus assistance for food stamps, legal services, housing and even child care placement, has been emulated by more than 20 other colleges since it was created in 2011, and is credited with higher student retention. The creative approach of CNM Connect has led to an increase in student retention, said Moore. About 80 percent of first-time students who used the programs in fall 2011 returned the following term, whereas only 71 percent of new students who did not use the program returned, he said.

CONTINUED the child’s choice. Pageants teach good lessons about winning and losing, but at the same time, these kids don’t want to compete and it’s the mothers or the families pushing them to do so,” said Chavez. She said the pageants also helped her with public speaking and confidence, but that it was always her choice to enter the pageants. The Miss America organization is the largest women’s scholarship provider in the nation, she said. The winner of Miss New Mexico will receive a $10,000 scholarship and the winner

of Miss America is awarded a $50,000 scholarship. “It is a huge help as a college student,” she said. Chavez said that she realizes pageants are stereotyped as being only about looks, but that it is a stereotype she hopes to help break. Chavez encourages any students that want to compete for a local title to do so by going to missnewmexico. org, she said.

verifying if a found bike belonged to a student, staff or faculty member and returning the bike to someone trying to claim it was a difficult process, he said. The registration form also requests information on what type of lock an individual is using for the bike, he said. “We will be using the lock information to give people advice on the locks they are using

and let them know if they should invest in a better one because some just don’t work and some thieves just stay away from altogether,” said Rogers. The program is a tool that can be used to locate a stolen bike, but by no means is it a guarantee that a bike will never be stolen, he said. “Security wants to be more proactive then reactive because there is no way we can

be everywhere at once, but we do want to get the bikes back to the people that spent their hard earned money on them because that could be their only means of transportation,” said Rogers. Bicycle registration forms are located at cnm. edu/depts/security.

Similarly, 75 percent of non-first-time students who spoke to someone at Connect returned, compared to only 67 percent of non-first-time students who did not speak with a Connect employee, he said. Winograd said that this speaks well of the program’s success. “ The development of CNM Connect, which is a very innovative service with a fresh approach to serving students in a more holistic way, has led to great progress in how we support our students. There is great promise for this student-support model,” she said. Connect was not the only factor in CNM’s

position as a finalist, said Moore. Increases to graduation, transfer and dual credit rates played a role as well, as have the 16 program-specific transfer agreements created between CNM and UNM, he said. The winner of the Student Success award will be named on April 23, at the AACC annual convention in San Francisco, according to the organizations website. Winograd, Vice President for Academic Affairs Sydney Gunthorpe and CNM Connect Executive Director Ann Lyn Hall will be in attendance to accept the award, should CNM win, said Moore. Whether or not

CNM wins, Winograd said she is happy that the school has been recognized. “There is so much terrific work that goes on at CNM every single day in the name of helping students succeed. I say very often that I think CNM is one of the best community colleges in the country. And I firmly believe that. We have so many devoted faculty and staff who care deeply about helping our students achieve their academic and career goals, and they work very hard to make it happen. That commitment is very evident in our increasing graduation numbers,” she said.

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Theater group gets ‘Sketchy’ By Jamison Wagner Staff Reporter

The Student Theatre group has created a variety of comedic sketches for two weekends, said production Director and full-time Theater instructor Susan Erickson. “Sketchy 2,” which will run on Feb. 21 to 23 and March 1 to3 in portable building ST-17B, will be an hour of comedic shorts written by and starring students, she said. “Most of the pieces you will enjoy were created by CNM students. Ask writing students to put famous people who live in different eras in a scene together, and you get Jimi Hendrix hanging out with Mother Teresa,” said Erickson. Theater major Cheri Lynn Mascarenas said she started acting shortly after she completed a two-year tour of duty in the military. “I had just gotten out of the Army when I started my first acting class and was very much in my shell still. I’d be quiet and just observe and my acting teacher was like, ‘Try this’ and I was like ‘No you need to tell me exactly what to do,’” said Mascarenas. Her teacher insisted that she was a guide and it was up to her to create the role, said Mascarenas. She said she was later grateful for this as it helped her to grow as an actor as well as a person. “You’ve got to make time in your life for what you’re passionate about,

otherwise you aren’t really living,” said Mascarenas. The teachers involved in creating these skits said the production is exciting, despite some difficulties involved with getting 12 students with wildly varying class and work schedules together to rehearse. “Because CNM students have very busy and full lives, I have not been able to get all the students in the room together at the same time,” said Erickson. Erickson is confident that the production would come together beautifully, regardless of the challenges faced in getting a complete rehearsal, she said. P r o d u c t i o n Coordinator and parttime Theater instructor Joe Damour said the play is worthwhile for the actors as well. “We want to tell the world one way or another, ‘Here I am.’ You have someone come in who talks real quiet and they find they can express themselves through a role, and it’s like ‘hallelujah.’ Ours is to allow people the joy and maybe see the need for self-expression,” said Damour. The production “Sketchy 2” will run from Feb. 21 through March 3 at ST-17B, south of the Student Resource Center on Main Campus, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. on Sundays and is free.


Students in the production of “Sketchy 2” rehearse bowing for the audience for the end of the play.


Students in the production of “Sketchy 2” rehearse “Shelley the clam,” which is one of 12 sketches to be performed.

‘Sketchy 2’ performances Feb. 21 - March 3 | Main campus ST-17B Friday’s and Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. Free


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