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Students awarded two-year scholarship

PHOTOS BY JONATHAN GAMBOA (left to right) Melanie Mullins, Steve Fye, Crystal Perea, Natasha Spencer, Kathie Winograd, Adrianne Sanchez and Stephen Martos pose together after the students recieved their scholarships and medals commemorating the event.

By Jyllian Roach Editor-in-Chief

Six students were honored at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe by the House and Senate Education Committees for receiving the All State Academic Scholarship, which awards students with free tuition to any four year institution in New Mexico for two years for demonstrating leadership and community involvement.

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Pre-Health Sciences

“It will be really helpful. I am a single mom, so paying for school is not easy.”

Mullens earned her scholarship by volunteering with the Mats Mobile Detox, which helps people with addiction and at Crossroads, an organization that helps women in domestic violence situations. She plans to transfer to UNM and major in dental hygiene. Her goal is to open a private practice in a rural area.


Steve Fye Culinary Arts

Crystal Perea Fine Arts Studio

“I feel proud and accomplished for the first time in my Fye plans to attend life.”

“I’m really honored to get this.”

UNM as a journalism major and weave his loves of food and writing into a career as a food writer. He is a member of the six-month-old Veteran’s Club on campus and is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa-Alpha Upsilon Chi. Off campus, Fye volunteers with a non-profit called the Society for Creative Anachronism, which is an educational historical re-creation group.

Perea helped to raise scholarship money with Miles of Coin, designed the Lobo Paw and fed the homeless through Stand Down. On campus, she and three others organized a cleanup day on multiple campuses. She also created art installations for the Westside campus. Perea with autistic and at-risk children hopes to do so by transferring to UNM and earn a master’s degree in art therapy.

Natasha Spencer

Pre-Health Sciences

“I am excited about this, it is such a relief.”

Spencer is a member of Phi Theta Kappa-Alpha Upsilon Chi and has participated in the group’s jacket and food drives, as well as other fundraisers. She also volunteers at The Albuquerque Roadrunner Tournament. She plans to transfer to UNM and major in either dental hygiene or medicine so that she can work in public health.

Stephen Martos Criminal Justice “I feel very honored to receive this award. It’s a really great opportunity.”

As President of the Executive Council of Students, Martos is no stranger to community service. ECOS has volunteered with many campus-sponsored events, created campus safety trainings and safety walks and has held food, clothing, shoe and toy drives to help those in need. Martos is unsure where he will continue his education, but eventually wants to attend law school.

Adrienne Sanchez

Integrated Studies “I feel really good, it’s free tuition.”

Sanchez plans to transfer to UNM to become certified as both a nutritionist and a nurse, She has volunteered with March of Dimes and the Storehouse. She is also a SkillsUSA member and went to the State Leadership Conference in 2012. For tips on applying for the scholarship from this years recipients go to page 5.


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Part time instructor goes ‘Old School’ By Adriana Avila Managing Editor

Old School is teaching the arts of traditional and sustainable living, said Part-time Communications Instructor and Old School founder Maggie Shepard. Based in the Albuquerque Mennonite Church on Girard Boulevard, Old School teaches the basics of a viable lifestyle that have been used for centuries, she said. “People are finally getting back to their roots and the natural way to live,” said Shepard. The program offers several classes that include canning, cheese making, as well as a kitchen cosmetics class that teaches students how to make skin cream and lip balm. “Some of the coolest classes we’ve gone on now are our herbalism class, that teaches people how to make medicine from plants,” she said.

Shepard teaches classes on how to make homemade deodorant, chicken cooping, and how to traditionally manage women’s menstrual cycles, she said. Former Electrical Engineering major and former Old School Instructor Peter Rice said the idea of the Old School benefits people because members of the community have different skills that can be shared. ”I think the strength in the Old School is that it provides a platform for these diverse members of the community to strut their stuff without making an uncertain time commitment,” he said. Former Applied Sciences major and Old School attendee Jessica Sanchez said she likes Old School’s approach to the frugal lifestyle. “I like how everything’s homemade. You can do it yourself. It doesn’t contain a lot of terrible ingredients

and it’s relatively inexpensive,” she said. Shepard said many of the classes cost less than $30 and the money collected from the classes pays for supplies, teacher’s pay, rental space and the website. Money that is left over is donated to the charity Water for People. Since modern versions of products can be expensive, the traditional methods of homemade items can benefit people’s wallets and is also less harmful, like making products such as deodorant, she said. “The modern versions are much more efficient at destroying odor, but in the process, it also destroys our health,” Shepard said, “If you know you’re using an all-natural deodorant that they’re not going to be involved with the chemicals that cause cancer.” Former Applied Sciences major Laura Carlisle said Old School

is enjoyable and she knows exactly what ingredients are used in the products as opposed to store bought items. “I’m actually kind of scared of everything they put in food and I don’t think you ever know what’s in anything,” she said. Carlisle said she is interested in taking more classes, especially the Backyard Chicken Keeping course. Rice said he took a French bread making class and it taught him a different method of baking bread that he still uses today. “All my life I had to grease the pan and let it rise in oil. One thing I learned from the Old School is that you don’t need to do that, it works just fine,” he said. Shepard thought up the idea of paying people to teach traditional skills because she wanted to save money by making her own food, she said.

“I wanted to learn these skills like how to can your own food, make your own cheese, make your own bread, cook with the sun and all these skills that our ancestors did and we kind of lost it, most of us,” Shepard said. Rice said he knew Shepard for some time and she asked him to become a teacher. “I’ve known Maggie for a long time and she recruited me to teach a class about buttermilk because it’s a real old school sort of beverage or something you could use for cooking,” he said. Shepard said she wanted to call the program ‘Old School’ because the skills learned are old and traditional. Old School began in May 2011 and started with 14 classes. Soon after, people started contacting Shepard about teaching, she said. There are now 40 classes offered per semester. “It just grew and

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teachers started to coming out and saying ‘I can teach beekeeping, and I can teach how to culture milk, and I can teach how to cook with the sun and sewing and darning socks’ and all of these skills to be more practical and functional came,” she said. With an average of 10 students in each class and 40 classes offered per semester, Old School has grown to having hundreds of students. Old School welcomes people to share their skills in traditional and frugal methods of living because it helps the program grow. “That’s what’s kept this program alive was that it’s evolved because we’ve added more and neater stuff as we’ve gone,” Shepard said. Old School has partnered with Erda Gardens in the South Valley and classes will also be hosted there soon, said Shepard. For more information and a full list of classes, visit

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Part-time communications instructor Maggie Shepard instructs the class to make “Easy homemade deodorant” along with many other classes on traditional and sustainable living.



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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.

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.

• 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, 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

Job Connection Services’ Employability Workshops are offered on alternating weeks during the spring semester, and 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.

“Action is Our Middle Name” CNM’s Conservative Action Group is moving to bring programs of enlightenment to CNM campuses, such as speakers on the US Constitution and the free market. Come help us plan a student debate on gun control at CNM. For more information, call Dan at 304-0244.

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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.


CNM’s exclusive job club is open to students and graduates. Hosted by Job Connection Services, Tuesday at Two on Main Campus, SSC Room 207. Provides weekly discussion, opportunities to network and advisement from employment specialists. For more information go to d e p t s /a d v i s e m e n t / job-connection/ employment-workshops.

Be the Honeylicious! CNM’s Film Program is trying to raise $1,000 for a short film “Honeylicious,” about two unlikely friend that end up fighting for their lives in a road trip/bromance/ dramedy adventure. It’s Pineapple Express meets Collateral meets Fargo. Please check out our kickstarter video and help us create our film. Visit www.kickstarter. com/projects/421290428/ honeylicious-a-short-film0?ref=live

To submit corrections, please email corrected items to or call 224-4755. • In Volume 18, Issue 23 editorial “Students should not have to wait for legislative vote for healthy food options,” should have stated that Marketing and Communications Director Brad Moore said that CNM would follow the law if the bill were to pass, but that resources would not be devoted to the process until it passes. • In the Volume 18, Issue 23 “Organization opens assistance to homeless students” should have stated that residents are allowed visitors from whomever they would like; they just cannot spend the night or cause any problems; • In the Volume 18, Issue 23 “Organization opens assistance to homeless students” should have stated that there will be 15 apartments for 15 potential residents; Potential residents • In the Volume 18, Issue 23 “Organization opens assistance to homeless students” should have stated that potential clients can stay in the shelter only if they are under 18 years of age.

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Banning of the use of electric cigarettes in common areas and classrooms on campus is not right. In the article “Electronic cigarettes may be formally banned from indoor use on campus” on page 10, Director of Marketing and Communications Brad Moore said that the school has always considered electronic cigarettes to be the same as cigarettes, but often, these devices are used by students, staff and faculty in an effort to quit smoking. It is true that the FDA is still researching the effects of electronic cigarettes on a person’s health, but many people have quit or cut down on regular cigarettes because of the e-cig. If there were compelling evidence that e-cigarettes caused health concerns through the second-hand vapor, the ban would be understandable, but so far the FDA has only acknowledged possible health risks to the individual using the device. Further, the policy, modeled after the Dee Johnson Clean Air Act, states that it bans products that use nicotine, but liquids for electronic cigarettes are available without nicotine, just flavor. Another flaw is that students who leave in the middle of class, shoes with lights on them and people with brightly colored hair are also a distraction. None of these things are banned. A better policy on campus would be to allow faculty members to decide what is best for their classroom until a time comes when there is conclusive evidence that electronic cigarettes are a hazard to non-users in the area.


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Congratulations to the All State recipients Editorial By The CNM Chronicle Editorial Board

We are very happy to see a boost in numbers for the All Statescholarship. Six students applied for and received the All USA scholarship, as mentioned in this week’s front page article “The CNM six.” In 2012, only one student applied for the award, even though the school can nominate up to 10 students. Tuition at many four year institutions in New Mexico is very expensive, and students should take any opportunities for money toward furthering their education. The All State scholarship is an excellent choice because it offers such a high reward and is rewarded based on community involvement, something every student to be doing. To the six students who received the scholarship: Great job. To other students reading this editorial: We cannot wait to publish your name as a recipient for next year’s scholarship. We hope to see all 10 spots filled for next year’s scholarship.



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The fine art of misery

Depression: Before you reach for the Prozac, part 2

By Kristin L. Roush, Ph.D Guest Columnist

On a serious note: please know that this series is intended to be a spoof, a lighthearted invitation to look at how we create our misery. It is by no means meant to be disrespectful or minimizing of many people’s true pain, particularly around depression and anxiety. A proven technique to generate an internal state of depression is to start on the outside and work your way to the inside. In the second of this two part article, we will concentrate on your outward behavior and internal thought patterns. This systematic approach will slowly but surely destroy your life spirit. How to Behave Depressed Person



Listen to sad, depressing music.  Adele is a good choice.   Sit in the dark at home, alone. Pull the shades, turn off the lights and withdraw into your own little world of misery. Avoid exercise or any physical exertion. A mere 15-20 minutes of exercise could trigger the release of endorphins and this will increase your experience of pleasure. Avoid at all cost. Do not express your anger. Be sure to stuff it deep and hide it behind a contrived happy face. That buried anger will gel into some fine quality depression. Avoid sunshine. Again, a mere 15 – 20 minutes of sun exposure per day could cause your Vitamin D levels to rise resulting in improved mood. You’ve worked too hard to backslide now. If you must go outside, cover yourself up and wear a floppy hat and sunglasses.  Besides, that pasty, sickly quality to your skin is quite attractive and really complements your overall depressed look. How to Think Like a Depressed Person It’s not as easy as you might think. Negativity must become second nature to you. Don’t get caught off guard by a sudden compliment. “That’s a really nice shirt you’re wearing” could shift you into a moment of pleasure if you’re not on your toes.  Be quick with a sharp retort, “I

guess you think my pants are ugly, since they’re not worth mentioning.” This makes people feel crazy and they will stop complimenting you. Generally speaking, your thoughts are an extension of your beliefs and attitudes, so let’s begin at this fundamental level. You must develop a solid foundation of cynicism about life, people, the world, love, relationships, and especially yourself. Here are a few suggested beliefs to get you started. Feel free to adapt them according to your parents’ and your culture’s particular dysfunctional nuances. • “Life is not meant to be ‘enjoyed,’” (try to spit out that last word with a snide, mocking tone for added effect.) “life is about working hard, being a good citizen, raising a family and then dying. Our reward will be in heaven.” • “Don’t trust anyone. People are just out to protect their own self-interest and will rip off and step on anyone to get it.” • “Gee, I’d like to apply for that job, but I probably won’t get it. I shouldn’t even bother applying for it. Somebody else is probably more qualified than me. Besides, it’s not what you know, but who you know.” • “I’m so screwed up. I have so many problems, who would ever want to get involved with me?”  Here are a few suggested thoughts to keep your mind occupied while you›re in the shower or walking to your car in the parking lot, or any other time that life slows down enough to get in some concentrated depressed mental exercise. In a very short time, these will develop into what we in the ‘biz call “automatic thoughts.”  This will become your default way of thinking because now all this negativity has slipped beneath your awareness into your sub-conscious. And that’s the most powerful place to be if you want fundamental personality change. Congratulations! I hope you found these tips helpful in your efforts to become a truly depressed person. Stay tuned for other installments from The Fine Art of Misery series in issue 27 of the CNM Chronicle.

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Considering applying for next year’s scholarship? Here’s some advice from this year’s winners: “Don’t give up. People get intimidated with the amount of work you have to do to get the scholarship, but it is really not that bad.” – Melanie Mullens “If you can help someone out with your time and get some money to go to school, it’s worth it.” – Crystal Perea “Don’t be afraid to get out there are help in the community. It will benefit you in more ways than you can imagine.” – Stephen Martos “Don’t be lazy. Write the essays. It is easy, but a little time consuming. It’s definitely worth it.” – Natasha Spencer “Document everything you do. Make sure you have good references and you get everything done on time.” – Adrienne Sanchez “Do it. Stick with it and keep working on your essays.” – Steve Fye

Sun Cat Chit Chat By Shaya Rogers | Features Reporter PHOTOS BY JONATHAN GAMBOA

What is your favorite mixed drink?

Bo Sanchez Networking Administration “Long island iced tea because it does the job quickly and tastes good.”

Jeremiah Goodson Fire Science “It would probably be Jack Daniels and Coke. I guess because I’m from Texas so we drink Jack and Coke a lot.”

Daisy Hercules Nursing major “Probably Malibu pineapple. It’s a sweet drink.”

Nathan Steinman Nursing Assistant “Honestly, I don’t really have one. I guess I can’t come up with one off the top of my head that stands out. That Fireball stuff is pretty good.”

Tasha Davidson Mechanical Engineering “I like beer. I don’t like alcohol. Beer I can have more of because I don’t really drink often.”

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From gutted beast to cherry ride Auto club restores antique car By Daniel Johnson Investigative Reporter

A car has been donated to the Auto Club as a project car, said Fulltime Automotive Technology Instructor and Auto Club advisor Barry Mills Jr. Mills said the 1950 Ford Coupe was donated five years ago by former automotive student and was just collecting

dust until the Auto Club decided to make it a project car. The car should be completed and painted by the summer. Once it is ready, it will be used for parades and car shows as a mascot car for the club. “The paint job that was voted on by members of the Auto Club was going to be the Suncat tearing out of the car, but that paint

job was a little too expensive for us so the second place winner will be used for now,” said Mills. The plan is to paint the top half of the car blue and the bottom half black with a yellow pin stripe down the side, he said. The club members have also discussed putting Suncat decals on vehicle after it has been painted, he said.

“We are also thinking of hooking up electronics in the trunk and getting a TV set up to show slide shows or videos of students working in the automotive programs,” said Mills. A bonus to working on the club car is that members who do so may also work in their personal vehicle in the shop, said Transportation

Technology major and club Treasurer Harold Mares. When a student wants to work on a vehicle the labor estimation has to be completed and if it is a job that can be completed within three hours job they are allowed to do so, he said. Students are not permitted to leave vehicles in the garage

overnight or for long periods of time, he said. “This is an awesome opportunity because you learn a lot from working on your vehicle and ours,” said Mares. The next Auto Club meeting is March 30, 2013 and then every other Saturday after from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Ted Chavez Hall room TC-116.


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PHOTO BY SCOTT M. ROBERTS This 1950 Ford Coupe is the Auto Club’s current project. The group wants to use it as a club mascot when it is finished.

PHOTO BY SCOTT M. ROBERTS Full-time Automotive Technology Instructor and Auto Club adviser Barry Mills Jr, and club treasurer Harold Mares assess the work that must be done to the car’s brakes. GRAPHICS BY SCOTT M. ROBERTS


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(from left to right) The “Boys will be Boys” line up will include: Matt Peterson, Mike Long, John Cuellar, James Morrow, Joe Quesada and Rusty Rutherford.

Guild comedy event will be ‘Poop your pants funny’ By Rene Thompson Staff Reporter

The one-night-only “Boys will be Boys Stand-up Comedy” event will be coming to The Guild Cinema later this month. The March 15, 18 and over show will feature six local comedians including former General Studies major and event coordinator Matt Peterson, who said he began holding local comedy events after Laffs Comedy Club closed in 2008. “We hear people tell us that they don’t hear too often about local comedy events, and comments like these are what drives us to make our own open-mic

and stand-up shows almost every day of the week throughout Albuquerque,” he said. Peterson was a contestant on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2007, and has been a part of the local comedy scene for more than a decade. The rest of the lineup includes comedian and author Mike Long, known for his dark sense of humor; comedian and former Laffs veteran John Cuellar; sharp-witted James Marrow; Young, Dumb and Full of Comedy member Joe Quesada and “Last Comic Standing”

contestant and Terrene Hookah Lounge Comedy Contest host Rusty Rutherford. The group draws from comic legends Louis C.K. and Doug Stanhope as well at their personal experiences. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Mean Bao Asian Bakery at 3409 Central SE, from 10am7pm, Tuesday- Sunday, or at the Guild Cinema on the day of the show for $10 each. For more information on local comedy shows, go to and click schedule. “This show is going to be nonstop laughs, and poop your pants funny,” Long said.

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Montoya campus When: Tuesdays 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Where: Montoya Library room J-123

Westside campus When: Wednesday 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. PHOTO BY SHAYA ROGERS

(from left to right) Joel Wigelsworth, Glenn Norman, Rebecca Aaronson and Thomas Gay read and discuss poetry written by one another in the Main campus Student Resource Center.

Where: Michael J. Glennon Building 101

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“Being around other writers groups not only Features Reporter gets you to write and get Three separate writ- the brain hand connection er’s groups have sprung going, but also you hear up on different cam- other writers that have puses, because of a high different styles from you,” demand for a place to he said. meet and write. Hall said each member The Writers Group of the group has a voice provides a welcoming which produces a unique environment for students style of writing. to be inspired and engage “The one unexpected in all forms of writ- benefit I get is I’m amazed ing and literature, said from everybody’s different Main campus Writers perspective,” he said. Group adviser and fullNetworking and time English Instructor Systems Administration Rebecca Aronson. major Jimmy Gravina said Aronson said she this is the first time he has startedThethe ever been a member of a CNMMain Chronicle campus group about writing group. two and a half years “I’ve never done any of ago because she knew this, but it’s pretty amazwhat it was like to ing doing the writing feel as if there was no prompts. You gain someoutlet for writing. thing from it,” he said. “I’m a writer and I had Sharing work can be noticed that many of my an intimidating experistudents were interested ence, but the group crein creative writing and it ates an atmosphere of seemed like there wasn’t respect and appreciation, really an outlet, a place for he said. people to just go and write “If I walked into a and meet other writers,” very critical group that she said. would’ve been very hard, General Studies major but people are very polite Sean Hall attends the in this group,” he said. Main campus group and English Instructor and said the group is focused Montoya Writers Group on expressing creativity adviser Gary Jackson said and sharing works created. the informal meetings of

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the Montoya groups make it easy for anyone who is curious about writing to consider attending. “It’s highly informal, and students are encouraged to come when they can, even if they’re 30 minutes late or have to leave 30 minutes early, and it’s important to emphasize that the group is not a class, so it’s not run as a class,” he said. The group creates time to enjoy the art of writing and literature and it can motivate students in all aspects of their lives. “As a published poet, I really value creative writing and the difference it can make in people’s lives, whether it’s reading or writing it,” he said. The Montoya Writers Group’s main objective is not to judge works, but to achieve a level of comfort that keeps its members reading and writing. “We always remind people that the Writing Group is not a place for critique, grading, or giving feedback, it’s meant to be a place where students can share whatever they would like no matter how rough it may be around the edges, and encourage one another to

keep writing, keep reading,” he said. English Instructor and Westside/Rio Rancho Writers Group Advisor Diane Paul said the demand for a Writers Group in their community was high. “Sometimes a group member brings in a section of a novel he or she is working on and asks for input, or sometimes we talk about writing issues in general, such as how to get past writers’ block or how to best describe a fight scene,” she said. There are many

difficult aspects to writing, and the group acts as a crutch for any needs, at any level, she said. Aronson said many students and faculty members do not set aside time to write creatively and this group provides that moment. “The main goal is to generate new writing, to give people a chance to fit writing into their busy lives,” she said. All three groups are open to students, staff and faculty who have an interest in reading and writing. For anyone looking to

join, there is no pressure and all three groups have an open door policy. “Whether the support is constructive feedback, encouragement, new ideas, an outlet for frustrations, or tips of the trade, just having peers to talk with can be enlightening,” said Aronson. “Student Organization” is a feature which focuses on student clubs or groups at CNM. To nominate a club or group, send and email to


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March 5, 2013

Waiting to exhale:

Electronic cigarettes may be formally banned from indoor use on campus By Daniel Johnson Investigative Reporter

The campus smoking policy is under review and may soon contain language that will specifically prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes outside of smoking areas, said Director of Communications and Media Relations Brad Moore. Electronic cigarettes have been considered to be the same as other tobacco products by Administration since the devices became popular and are banned from use within buildings, but the current policy does not identify them by name. “As of right now there have not been any

changes to the smoking policy but, the smoking policy does apply to tobacco cigarettes and it is applied the same way for e-cigarettes even though the current language does not specifically say e-cigarettes,” he said. Not everyone agrees that electronic cigarettes are the same as other tobacco products. Culinary Arts major Trevor Odom said he believes that e-cigarettes are less harmful than traditional cigarettes because it releases water vapor rather than smoke. “I use e-cigarettes instead of real cigarettes since they are considered

healthier for you. Not allowing people to freely use e-cigarettes the way they were intended could cause possible problems for students that are using them to try and quit smoking,” he said. According to the FDA’s website, there are ingredients that have been linked to cancer in some electronic cigarettes. The FDA is conducting ongoing research on the products, but early research suggests that electronic cigarettes may not be a healthy alternative to smoking. Moore said that even if the product is not a health risk; it can be distracting in the classroom.

Odom said that he has not seen or heard of any student or instructor being distracted because of an electronic cigarette. The language of the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act, which took effect in 2007 and banned smoking indoors and within 25 feet of a doorway, can be interpreted as including electronic cigarettes.

The bill reads “‘smoking’ means inhaling, exhaling, burning, carrying or holding any lighted tobacco product, including all types of cigarettes, cigars and pipes

and any other lighted tobacco product.” There is no projected date for when the language would be changed in the official policy.

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Not just theory, but real-world experience By Shaya Rogers Staff Reporter

Networking and Systems Administration major Freddie Denetdale said the Interpersonal Communications class, taught by Sherry Smestad, is helping him to connect with other people. The class teaches students how to improve relationships through problem solving, he said. Smestad said her COMM 2221 communications class is helpful because communication is necessary in almost every part of life. “We’re social animals so it’s an important class, and it’s a fun class, too,” she said. This Interpersonal Communications class requires students to complete a term project: either writing a

research paper or participating in service learning. Service learning offers students the opportunity to volunteer with organizations in the community. “It’s a positive thing and I feel good about it,” Denetdale said. Denetdale volunteers at a shelter that provides food to people who cannot make ends meet, he said. “Most of my career I’ve been in the service sector and I’ve gotten used to helping people so it makes me feel better when I’m able to do that,” he said. Service Learning is an important component of Smeastad’s class because it creates potential for students to get out into the community, Smestad said. “I’ve had so many students say, ‘I’ve

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wanted to volunteer and give service, I just didn’t know who to connect up with and how to get there,’” she said. Having students relate real life actions to the communication learned in class helps them better understand what they are being taught, she said. “The other end is that we know that when students can connect what they’re doing to the real world, that they’re going to learn the concepts better, that it’s going to make more sense to them,” she said. Since communication is a skill that is practiced inside and outside the classroom, the service learning helps students recognize communication from a social as well as an academic aspect, she said. Denetdale said linking interpersonal

communications and service learning helps him get active in the community, and do something other than write a paper. He is happy to help others and is looking forward to the communication skills he gains from working with so many different types of people, he said. “What I like best is just helping people, and my goal as far as Service Learning is working on my communication skills,” he said. “Cool Classes” is a feature which focuses on an interesting program or class at CNM. To nominate a class or program, send and email to

Service learning organizations • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Albuquerque Meals on Wheels American Red Cross in New Mexico ARCA Big Brother/Big Sister of Central New Mexico Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico Cuidando los Niños Explora Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Good Samaritan Wellness Programs— Manzano del Sol Village Indian Pueblo Cultural Center MADD New Mexico Manzano del Sol — Good Samairtan Wellness Programs Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque National Hispanic Cultural Center of NM La Plazita Institute American Red Cross in New Mexico Rio Grande Food Project Roadrunner Food Bank St. Martin’s Hospitality Center Senator Tom Udall Share Your Care Adult Day Services The Store House United Blood Services Wings For Life

The CNM Chronicle makes leap at international journalism conference

Editor-In-Chief Applications are now being accpeted for summer term Editor-In-Chief applicants must: • • • • •

Be work-study qualified Have passed English 1102 with a B or higher Have at least three terms remaining at CNM Be flexible with scheduling Must have adequate leadership and commuintcation skills

PHOTO BY LINDSAY GROME | ACP (Back row) Faculty adviser Jack Ehn, (center row from left) Distribution Manager Brandy Valles, Features Reporter Shaya Rogers, Editor-in-Chief Jyllian Roach, Production Manager Jonathan Gamboa, Managing Editor Adriana Avila, (front row, from left) Art Director Scott Roberts and Investigative Reporter Daniel Johnson pose with their third place certificate.

By Jyllian Roach Email resumé to Jack Ehn at


The CNM Chronicle placed third in a recent international journalism Best in Show competition. The contest, held by the Associated Collegiate Press in San Francisco, was among two-year

institutions from the United States and Canada. At least 10 schools entered the competition; the ACP’s policy is to not disclose the total number of applicants in a category, according to the ACP’s website, In the spring 2012 conference, the Chronicle

placed ninth. The Chronicle’s goal had been to score eighth or higher, so the leap to third came as a happy surprise to the eight Chronicle members at the ceremony. Prior to the fall 2012 conference, the Chronicle had not placed in the competition.

The group is very excited to be recognized for the hard work and dedication they have put into the weekly newspaper. As for the future, the Chronicle intends to remain in the top three at the upcoming conference in the fall.

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March 5, 2013

Celebrate Spring Break without shiny metal bracelets By Jyllian Roach Editor-in-Chief

Since Spring Break is just around the corner, The CNM Chronicle has compiled a list of local designated driver companies to help students, staff and faculty have an intoxicating spring break without getting arrested. This list is a guide to services available in the area and is not an endorsement of any of the following services. For those going out of town, visit the National Directory of Designated Driver Services at

Ordo Dei Imperceptus 717-8158 ODI can be found at the corner of Fourth and Central, in front of Maloney’s from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. every Friday and Saturday night. The group can either drive one of their cars or an individual’s car home to anywhere in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, Santa Fe and areas in between. The rate is $2.50/mi in an ODI car, with a flat rate or $12 for under five miles or $3.50/mi in the clients car with a flat rate of $17 under five miles. The not-for-profit organization is completely volunteer-run walk-up service, which means individuals can sign up early in the night or just walk up when they are ready to go home.

Designated Drivers on Demand 225-0834 DDoD is a members service that will get individuals and their cars home 24 hours a day. The LLC offers month-to-month and annual memberships to individuals, couples and families for unlimited rides. There is a $50 activation for the membership, and a required driver tip per ride.

Tavern Taxi 999-1400 Formerly the Saferide program, Tavern Taxi runs from 10 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 8 p.m. to midnight on Sundays. The free service gives rides to intoxicated individuals for free and can also do so for some special events with prior authorization.

Party Trolley 443-7386 The Party Trolley is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. The service charges $5 to $10 per ride and offers both pickup stations and reservation services.

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