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By Daniel Johnson Investigative Reporter
The CNM Shooting Club believes that carrying firearms should be legal on campus, Mitchell Jackson, CNM Shooting Club president, said. Illegal weapons are brought on campus, and the issue has not been addressed, he said. “The law-abiding, licensed individuals that could make a difference in the event of a school shooting are following the law. We know they don’t have a weapon, but there are weapons at the school,” he said. To protest the ban of firearms on campus, the shooting club is holding an Empty Holster Protest, which began on April 8 and runs through April 12, Jackson said. The protest is designed to inspire thought among students
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Otto Mossberg (left) and Tim Torres (right), members of several organizations from CNM prune brier patches of raspberries.
awesome because it gave him an in our community and that opportunity to put in hard work made all the hard work worth at a site that grows food for the it,” he said. local community. “We worked together well see CNMUNITY on page 7 as a team to make a difference
and staff about allowing licensed owners to carry on campus, he said. No firearms will be brought on campus for the protest, but those participating will be wearing empty holsters. “We just wear it around campus, if we’re asked about it then we’ll explain our position, but we’re not trying to cause a lot of trouble. We won’t get together; we won’t march on the administration’s office,” he said. The protest is a nationwide event, sponsored by the grassroots group Students for Conceal Carry. CNM is the only participating school in New Mexico, he said. “It’s a national protest to demonstrate our disagreement with school policies that prevent legally licensed individuals from carrying see
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Shooting Club: Allow students to carry Features Reporter
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Inaugural CNMUnity day attracts many students, orgs
By Shaya Rogers
SkillsUSA brings home 19 medals
he Executive Council of Students is trying to create a semi-annual CNMunity Day, since the first event received so much support, Stephen Martos, Criminal Justice major and president of ECOS, said. The event gathered about two dozen student volunteers from student organizations to help at four local non-profit organizations: Contact Tree New Mexico, Rio Grande Community Farms, Restore and Mandy’s Farm, he said. “Our new goal is to make it a bigger and better event and hopefully have it held twice a year,” he said. Some of the participating student organizations were Anthropology club, Phi Theta Kappa-Alpha Upsilon Chi, Chemistry Society, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Art Club, TRiO Achievement Group and Math League, Martos said. Patrick Byers-Smith, Systems Administrations major and TRiO Achievement Group member, said the experience was
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A pretty dress does not mean yes SlutWalk protest comes to Albuquerque By Shaya Rogers Features Reporter
More than 300 people are expected to attend this month’s SlutWalk to raise awareness about rape culture and sexual violence, Bianca Villani, Prevention Education Coordinator for the Rape Crisis Center, said. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the free event, sponsored by the Rape Crisis Center and UNM Women’s Resource Center, will be on Saturday, April 13. Protestors will begin at The Pit arena, at 1414 University Blvd. SE, then march
along University Boulevard to Central Avenue and wrap back around. A community fair will follow the event from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., she said. “Part of this march is raising awareness about this ugly culture we have, which we call rape culture, that says somebody, based on what they’re wearing, how they’re walking, how they’re flirting, what they’re drinking; they deserve to get raped,” she said. The SlutWalk is open to everyone and creates a venue for the community to come together in support of see
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David Twomey, the Associate Director for Enrollment Services, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013 after he collapsed while walking his dog. He was 52. The CNM Chronicle spoke with those who knew Twomey about his life and the loss to the community. Twomey worked at CNM for 10 years. He was very thorough at his job, worked things to a ‘T’ and had a sense of humor and was a very nice guy, Linda Garcia, administrative coordinator for Enrollment Services, said.
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“He touched everyone’s life just by taking the time to talk to you about your day, or say a little joke and that’s what I will miss about him. He made my day so much better and now that he’s gone, things are sad,” she said. Yvonne Martinez, associate registrar for Enrollment Services, said Twomey was a very smart man, and a great asset to the CNM community. He was student-centered, and was vital in making the see
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Student counseling needs increase, Health Center staff size does not By Rene Thompson Staff Reporter
There has been a steady increase of students seeking out counseling services on campus, and it is causing some problems, Merry Guild, licensed therapist and Student Health Center employee, said. About 250 students visited the center last semester, even though only about three out of 10 students know about the services, she said. “I think CNM does a terrific job with support services, and the students that do know about these services express a lot of positive feedback for what we provide. Unfortunately though, we seem to be expanding more than the services provided right now,” she said. The Student Health Center, located in room 206 in the Student Services Center on Main campus, has taken on two interns from UNM to help with the load, Guild, who
counsels up to six students per day, said. “If we didn’t have UNM interns, there would be at least a month waiting list, so they really help with the volume of students seeking help,” she said. The center offers a free, one-time, eight-week counseling session and referrals for low-cost or free long-term counseling, she said. Guild believes that the increase comes from a wider acceptance of counseling and those who seek it, she said. As many males as female request services from many different social and cultural backgrounds, she said. “Times are changing; it is more acceptable and less of a stigma to go to counseling these days to seek help,” she said. For more information, visit CNM Mental Health Services website at cnm.edu/depts/ health-center/counseling.
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By the CNM Chronicle Editorial Board
It is not surprising that most students do not know about the many services offered at CNM, as mentioned in the front page article “Student counseling needs increase, Health Center staff size does not.” There is but one counselor on Main campus to serve a population of 30,000 people and even that service is not well advertised. It is not a viable solution to the alarming number of students that have diagnosable and treatable issues, such as depression or anxiety. One out of four college students suffers from some form of diagnosable mental illness and 44 percent of American college students reported feeling symptoms of depression at some point in their college careers, according to psychcentral.com. Measures need to be taken to expand the mental health services provided on campus. CNM should expand its services and aim to put a counselor on each of its campuses, so that students can get the help they need without a long wait or overtaxing a lone therapist.
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY SCOTT M. ROBERTS
Letter to the Editor
Response to Vol. 18 Iss. 26 Having seen issue 26 of the CNM Chronicle, I would like to add my view on this topic. First, while I’m not a journalist or journalism teacher, my thought was that a newspaper is supposed to report news, not create it. Issue 26 seized on a sensationalized topic (SEX) and created news, but also discussion, more readership, and a reaction from students, faculty (myself included), and administration. Further, by broaching this topic, the Chronicle brought to the forefront the problem that while we have or have had sex, we don’t want to talk about sex. Hence, there is little sex education that takes place in our public schools and homes. Instead, sex is glamorized in the media and used to sell anything from cars to shampoo, but the health aspect of sex gets little attention. And the less education and
discussion that takes place, the more unwanted pregnancies and diseases we will see. It’s certain that people will have sex, regardless of whether you write about it or not, and yes, especially minors. Minors are the ones putting New Mexico at the top of the list of states with the highest teenage pregnancy rate. Instead of preventing minors from accessing information about sex, we should inform them much more about sex, which is hardly as glamorous as it is portrayed in movies, magazines, and advertisements, and instead illustrate to them that sex can have serious, real life consequences that will last a lifetime. The only real difference the Chronicle can make here is to inform its readers about safe and healthful sexual behaviors. And while I have no problem with the topic of issue 26, the slant of some, not all, of its articles could
have benefitted from some adjustment. Going forward, please provide more information about sexual health instead of sexual pleasure. As one of the organizers of the Student Health Fair, I saw absolutely no coverage of our event by the CNM Chronicle. Posters advertising the Second Annual Student Health Fair in February 2013 were taken down before the event. There was little to no publicity for the event anywhere, but especially none in the Chronicle. Both student health fairs provided valuable information about reproductive health/ choices, maternity issues, and rape crisis management. Why was there no coverage by the CNM Chronicle about the more mundane matters related to sexuality? Angelika Schwamberger SAGE English Instructor
Suncat Chit Chat: Student Services Edition By Rene Thompson Staff Reporter
“What was your favorite cartoon as a child?”
“Dexter’s Laboratory, because he was a badas*.”
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Kimry Coan: “Bugs Bunny, because I always had a stuffed bugs as a kid, and I would cry when someone would take it away.”
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Going for the gold
SkillsUSA winners head for nationals
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This year’s CNM SkillsUSA state competition winners show off their medals.
By Daniel Johnson Investigative Reporter
The CNM chapter of SkillsUSA will send 19 students on to the national SkillsUSA competition this summer, Alain Archuleta, State Coordinator for SkillsUSA and part-time Electrical instructor, said. The 19 students earned theirs spots in the nationals, which will be held in Kansas City, Mo. from June 24 to 28, by placing first in the state championship held April 4 through 6, he said. CNM students took 19 gold medals, 19 silver medals and 15 bronze medals for a total of 53 medals during the state championships. “The students that participated and represented their respective trades were awesome, but if they thought they were in a pressure cooker while competing at state, wait until they are on that national stage representing New Mexico instead of just CNM,” Archuleta said. Lesia Luviano, Welding major, won the gold medal in Welding Sculpture and said the competition was not bad because it was
her second year competing. She plans to work on details and gain as much knowledge as possible before the national competition, she said. “Getting to test your skill at this competition is a once-in-alifetime opportunity and more of the student body should sign up to compete next year,” Luviano said. Erin Mulligan, Transportation Technology major, won the silver medal for Extemporaneous Speaking, and said the competition was great because he felt little pressure and even without the gold he is still very proud and excited to have competed. “You never want to under ]estimate your competition and always make sure you keep yourself in check by practicing,” he said. Breanna Riley, a Culinary Arts major who won the silver medal for Commercial Baking, said practicing and working hard on what judges considered competitors’ mistakes is going to be the key to placing at Nationals. Going to the national competition will be a challenge for all the competitors, but having the experience of the
state competition under their belts will allow them to know what has to be improved for the national level, she said. “I am so grateful for this opportunity, but I wish more students would participate because we could always send more people to represent New Mexico while being proud CNM students,” she said. Archuleta said SkillsUSA is a wonderful organization in which students are allowed to receive education and training while taking responsibility for what they get out of it. Win or lose, this experience will allow students a better opportunity to take what life throws at them, he said. All the students participating are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty for this organization, he said “I would love to see all participants medal, but they are all top guns in my book, no matter how they place at nationals. They may not realize it, but they all have golden hearts already and the doors of opportunity have opened wide for all of them,” Archuleta said.
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SkillsUSA Students from the Criminal Justice program stage an arrest situation during the competition.
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Knowing the unknowns By Rene Thompson Staff Reporter
For many Art majors, the Known Unknowns art show is the first gallery exhibit they experience. The show, which opened earlier this month, features artwork from 21 students in this spring’s Art Career Concerns class, Danielle Miller, Art instructor, said. This exhibition, which opened on April 5 at the Downtown Contemporary Gallery, features the work of several local student artists attending CNM, with various styles and approaches that form a diverse collection of works, she said. “These students from Art Career Concerns class are required in their degrees to learn how to exhibit their art in a real art show, so we have these events to give them the experience of learning how to get their art up for other people to see and have their art for sale so they know
how to market their work in a gallery,” she said. The pieces include everything from drawing and paintings – even on skateboards, to printmaking, naturalism, and abstract projects; showcasing the emerging talent in the Albuquerque area, she said. Dania Heeter’s mandala-style paintings, which use symmetry on each side, had renditions of fairy tale characters such as Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Hansel and Gretel. They were inspired by old folk art imagery with simple colors and two-dimensional depiction, she said. Heeter said that her three pieces each took her anywhere from two to three weeks to finish. Inka Murkowski’s said her pieces were inspired by maps and globes, and used vivid colors to symbolize space and distance. “I wanted to take maps, which are usually used for utility, and bring out the
aesthetically pleasing contrasts, and circles always seem to be a recurring theme in my work,” Murkowski said. Emily Watson’s many pieces were done in realism with scratchboard and depicted an array of eyes from different species. The pieces showed an extreme close-up of a person’s, frog’s, goat’s, bee’s and alligator’s eye. “I chose to do these particular
eyes because each of them are so different, and each piece took anywhere from a few hours to a few days to finish,” Watson said. The Known Unknowns Exhibition will run until April 26 at the Downtown Contemporary Gallery at 105 Fourth Street. SW. For more information, go to downtowncontemporary.com/ gallery.html.
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Inka Murkowski stands in front of her three painted works that were displayed at the Known Unknowns art show.
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Dania Heeter poses with her two multi-media works displayed at the Known Unknowns art show.
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Emily Watson stands with her nine scratchboard works displayed at the Known Unknowns art show.
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Nom nom nom: Instructor hopes to teach students about science behind food By Jamison Wagner Staff Reporter
A new nutrition class could be added to the catalog soon, said Lisa Gurule, Nutrition instructor, said. Intro to Food and Science would go beyond what is taught in the Culinary Arts classes and focus on the science behind the food, said Gurule. “I remember when I took this class at NMSU and it was my favorite, favorite, favorite course ever,” she said. While this class teaches the basics of low-level chemistry, it is something the students can connect to because it relates to structure in food, she said. “Culinary students do know how to cook beautifully, but now they will know some of the science behind it,” she said. The difference between this class and the Culinary Arts class
is that Culinary is about the nature, deteriora- products, said Gurule. mix, but they will not tell by over-mixing muffins preparing the food, while tion, food processing and “People will tell you you why you cannot do and see what happens to Food and Science is about the development of new not to over-mix a muffin that. We will experiment the muffins,” she said. Students will learn how to measure the thickness of different sauces, she said. This is important for certain dishes that require a sauce that may need to be heavier according to the recipe and students will learn how to set this up, she said. “The starches you use can change viscosity and we will go over why this is important,” she said. This course will not be required for the associate degree in Nutrition, but will possibly be offered as part of the transfer agreement to NMSU’s Bachelors of Science in Human Nutrition and Diabetic Sciences degree, she said. To find out more about the class, and when it will become available, contact Donna Diller, Dean of Business and Information Technology PHOTO COURTESY VIRGINA MATHES at firstname.lastname@example.org. Line spread is used to measure viscosity of a sauce so it can be changed as needed.
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L e t i s h a Bustamante, Digital Media major and member of AISES, said she had a blast participating in an event that she feels is a really beautiful thing. “I feel outstanding because of all this,” she said. Getting more people together and doing the event again would be a great idea, she said She has used the experience to help her in planning an organization that does events similar to the
CNMunity day on a regular basis, she said. Tiffany Ruelas, an Anthropology major who is a member of the Anthropology Club and Phi Theta Kappa-Alpha Upsilon Chi, said the event was enjoyable and really rewarding. “It gave us an opportunity to work with a bunch of different people and I really loved being able to play with the baby goats as a reward,” she said. Chandra Germain, Anthropology major and member of the Anthropology Club, said working in that kind of environment was a new experience,
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but well worth it. “I liked it and I would love to participate in something like that again because it was fun, but at the same time I learned that community service is not easy thing to do,” she said. Otto Mossberg, a Biology major who is a member of the Math League and Chemistry Society, said everything went well and a lot of good work was done. It was a lot of fun to be able to put the spirit of Engineering into community service, he said. “To solve problems using tools that I
Twomey rushed her to the hospital from Main campus when she went into labor with her third child. “He was really concerned and, when we
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have learned felt very firsthand,” he said. rewarding,” he said. The volunteers put Tim Torres, a in five hours of hard Chemistry and work, but they all made Engineering major new acquaintances and who is a member of connections in the the Chemistry Society, process of helping the The CNM Chronicle Chess Club, Math community, he said. League and Phi Theta “I think ECOS putKappa-Alpha Upsilon ting this all together Chi, said being able to was cool, but other apply knowledge that organizations should he has learned to the step up and help with real world was ben- the planning and setup eficial not only to the of the event in the community, but also in future,” Torres said. keeping him motivated Martos said there in continuing on with is always room for his studies. improvement, but the “When you put forth amount of people who an effort in helping the came out for CNMunity community, it gives day was great. you the ability to see In the future, inforwhat you have learned mation about the event
arrived at Lovelace Women’s Hospital, he jumped out and insisted I have a wheelchair even though I was okay,” she said. Twomey was one
and the available volunteer sites will be available sooner, he said. “I was impressed and deeply touched with the turnout and the work that we accomplished for the community at this event,” he said. All of the participating organizations agreed that they are willing to participate in something like this again and will try to get more people involved for the next event. For more information about ECOS and upcoming events, email email@example.com.
of the most encouraging supervisors in Admissions Services, said Turner. “David would always take the time to help cheer up someone
if they were having a bad day. He would take the time to joke around with them and make them really feel like they were part of the team,” she said.
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handguns on school campus’,” he said. Anyone can join in the protest. It is not something that is exclusive to the Shooting Club and the more support, the better, he said.
“You don’t have to be organized with the group. You don’t have to be involved with Students for Conceal Carry on campus,” he said. There are students on campus who believe in the right to conceal carry at school, but have never gotten involved and this
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participate in the protest,” he said. The point of the protest is to open a dialogue about guns on campus that takes a strategic aim since guns have a negative reputation in our society, he said. “I hope that students will be encouraged to at least think about the fact that there are guns on this campus, at least think that’s what we hope to about the realities of if achieve,” she said. something happens, do Arlette said she hopes that supporting these A d v e r t i s e m e n t community events will open a dialogue about sexual violence. “It’s almost epidemic here. Unfortunately it’s an issue that we don’t like to talk about because there is stigma with it and it’s uncomfortable for people,” Villani said. SlutWalk protests began in Toronto, Ontario in Canada in 2011 when a police officer said that to be safe, “women should avoid dressing like sluts.” Since then, SlutWalks have become a worldwide protest, taking place on six continents and in more than100 countries.
they really want to wait for police?” he said. The school should not be able to choose the way in which students are allowed to protect themselves while on campus, he said. “We don’t get to choose when violence happens or where violence happens, and as much as our good wishes would want to prevent a shooter on campus, that doesn’t actually do anything,” he said.
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Instructor’s thoughts on By Rene Thompson Staff Reporter
The oft-used website RateMyProfessors.com, can help give students an idea of what to expect in an upcoming class, but what do instructors think about their scores on the site? The CNM Chronicle asked instructors what they think of the site and whether it is a good tool for students. The site’s rating system ranges from 1.0 to 5.0, with 5.0 as the highest. Categories include class quality, clarity, helpfulness, and easiness of classes, as well as a “Hotness” rating. These scores, except the “Hotness” score, are combined for an overall quality total. Angie Alley, a Communications instructor, said she is humbled by the overall 5.0 quality scores given by her students. “It is good to see that I am doing a good enough job to help my students and that they know I am here for them, and to help them grow in their educations specifically with communication,” she said. Alley said she feels she is making a positive impact on her students. Alley said she also uses the site to find out in what areas her students think she can improve, but that she objects to the site’s “hotness” rating. “I wish the rating wasn’t there because we are not here to be objectified; we are there to learn, and grow, and be a part of a community,” she said. Kristen Roush, Psychology instructor, has an overall 4.7 quality rating and said she thinks that while teachers could get some kind of valuable feedback on how students feel about their instructors; the site is not a reliable or valid indicator of effectiveness as a teacher. “I don’t want to be an easy teacher, and I think I give my students all the resources they need to do really well. I give them explicit study guides that I go over very clearly with several tests and chapter reviews. I
think it gives a more valid assessment of student’s comprehension, so I’m glad people have the perception that I am challenging but fair,” she said. Roush said that she does not take the “Hotness” rating too seriously. “I think it is innocent enough and I don’t feel objectified because it all depends on what the intention behind someone saying that really is, so it’s just kind of funny to me,” she said. Stephen Andrews, History instructor, who has an overall 4.8 quality rating, said that he visits the site a couple times a year to see his ratings. His criticism of the site is that students who bother to rate and comment will only do so when they really like or dislike a professor, so people are going to only see these two extremes, he said. “I try to find the negative comments, because I try to notice in the sea of students who don’t enjoy my class in order to figure out and better understand what I am doing right and wrong, and be able to learn from it,” he said. Andrews said that while he thinks he may be an easy professor, he is proud of his clarity rating on the website because he teaches political and economic concepts that are hard to understand. Andrews said he is wary of the site’s “Hotness” rating, which he thinks is a shallow and academically inappropriate rating system. Yvonne Darcy, History instructor, who has an overall 4.5 quality rating, said she has mixed feelings about the website. “I think it is both good and bad, because it troubles me that students look for teachers that are easy even in their majors. I do think it is a good tool to figure out a way not to have to kill themselves in a class as well because all this nickel and diming has really got to go away in classrooms. Overall,
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I do think this technology is good thing,” she said. Regarding the “Hotness” rating, Darcy said she can understand why students would be drawn to people who take care of themselves and enrich themselves in mind and body because America is a more visual culture. Veronique Kaemerer, an English instructor whose overall quality rating is 4.1, said she likes that students can express their opinions, but expressed concern that students use the site as their sole source of information about instructors. “I wouldn’t really rely on those ratings though, because anyone can get on there and rate someone without even having taken any classes,” she said. Her goal is to help students
write and think critically, she said. “What matters most to me is that my students can write a decent, college-worthy paper, and if I have helped them accomplish that, then I feel I have succeeded in teaching them what they needed to learn from me,” she said. Kaemerer said she found the “Hotness” rating on the site funny but a bit creepy. “It’s just funny to me, because instructors go into their classes and are professional with their students. It is all about balance and making the class fun for the students, but it is funny and kind of creepy,” she said. For more information about instructor ratings, go to ratemyprofessors.com.
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