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Have a bite of language for lunch on Wednesdays. Both are open from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. All students can attend, even if they Staff have no prior experience. The Reporter only thing required is a thirst for A new forum is now avail- knowledge, said Frenchette. “It’s a chance for stuable to students for learning and practicing French and dents to practice the lanSpanish language skills in the guage skills they’ve learned Main campus cafeteria, said if they’d like to. It’s a chance full-time CHSS Instructor for them to ask questions for clarification if they didn’t Christopher Frenchette. For French speakers, La understand something in PHOTO BY SCOTT M. ROBERTS | STAFF Table Française occurs on class,” said Frenchette. Full-time CHSS Instructor Christopher Frenchette helps Fine Arts major Mariama Mondays and for Spanish speakRivera practice French at La Table Française in the Main campus cafeteria. ers La Mesa Espanola occurs see LANGUAGE on page 7

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he proposed city ordinance that would increase the city’s minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50 an hour is currently in limbo because of a typo, said CNM student and Organizers in the Land of Enchantment member Lucia Fraire. The mistake is a single sentence in which the ordinance states that employers, rather than employees,

would be paid $8.50 an hour. Fraire said that the mistake is clearly a simple typographical error that does not confuse voters or change the true meaning of the ordinance. “It’s definitely a fight,” said Fraire. OLE New Mexico collected 26,000 signatures from Albuquerque voters to present the issue on the Nov. 6 presidential election ballot, but the typo in the ordinance has slowed the process and could completely end it, said Director of City Council

Services Laura Mason. “That’s added a whole new twist to the issue,” said Mason. OLE New Mexico’s petition enacted a rarely used legislative process called Direct Legislation, said Mason. Once the signatures were collected, the city clerk verified and counted them, and the petition was then presented to the City Council. The Council did not rule on it, so according to the city charter it must now go to a special ballot election, said Mason.

“There’s all sorts of factors involved and everyone’s been knocking their heads against the wall to try to get it figured out,” said Mason. Some people do not want the issue to appear on any ballot and are doing everything they can to defeat it, said Fraire. The Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce has been very vocal about its opposition to the increase, saying that it will hurt the local economy by costing businesses more

money, said Fraire. The New Mexico Restaurant Association and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties are also opposed to the potential wage increase, said Julian Moya, Policy Analyst for Councilman Ray Garduno. NMRA and NAIOP representatives did not immediately respond to an interview request. Fraire said she and see

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ride and maintain than a bicycle. “The only thing I can Managing remember was exciteEditor ment. It was the coolest Culinary Arts major thing on the planet to Zachary Carris said he has me at that point. Half my been riding his unicycle life later, I’m still going since he was eleven years strong,” said Carris. He said he the old, and now he rarely ever single contact point rides a bicycle. His parents thought with the ground and the his desire to ride a uni- minimal length of the cycle was just a phase, unicycle make it easier but he said he contin- for him to maneuver. “Getting through ues to use his unicycle because it is easier to crowds of people is easier,

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probably survive this way, provided that student had no interest in saving any money for the future. Most full time students will only work part time. In that case, the student is left with $8 after monthly rent. If a student has dependents, fullor part time, that student’s expenses will go up exponentially — ­ kids are not cheap. Online, ehow, cnn, msn, forbes and a host of other websites recommend not spending more than 30-35 percent of a monthly paycheck on housing. That means the full time working student needs an apartment that costs no more than $476/month and the parttime working student should look for one that costs $238. Perhaps, that is reasonable for a single student who does not mind a roommate or two. In the end, the proposed wage increase will not help already low-income New Mexicans and will just give businesses a reason to raise prices. What is needed instead is a more robust wage increase that allows New Mexicans to find this fabled 35-percentof-their-income housing and includes language that caps the amount businesses can increase their prices. Until then, any other wage increase is just a bandage on what is fast becoming a gaping wound.

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I don’t like the fact they are trying to get rid of Medicare or giving half answers until after the election.”

“What did you think of the recent Democratic/Republican conventions?” Mycah Scott | Bio-chem

It seems like it is all a dance, just

to blow smoke to sway people to vote for them.` I think actions speak louder than words.”

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I am a republican and I think Obama

has had his chance to prove himself and it is time for a new change so I am going to vote for Romney.”

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Proposed Wage Increase Not Enough for Students, Families A $1.00 minimum wage increase, as proposed by Organizers in the Land of Enchantment New Mexico, would certainly help many New Mexicans, but it is just not enough for students or workers with dependents. When the minimum wage for Albuquerque was raised to $7.50/hr in 2009, a one bedroom apartment cost $628/month, a loaf of bread cost $1.77, tuition at CNM was $492 for a full-time student, electricity ran $45/mo. and a gallon of gas was $2.66. Today, a one bedroom apartment costs $672, a seven percent increase; bread is $2.25, a 27 percent increase; tuition is $579, a 23 percent increase; electricity runs $88/ month, a 95 percent increase; and gas is $3.63/gal, a 36 percent increase. A minimum wage increase of 13 percent will not make the difference for most students. A monthly paycheck for a student with a full time job will be $1,360 before taxes. Half of that goes to rent. Now we will pretend that this student fills the car up once a week, that is $43.56. $88 goes to the robberbarons at PNM, and we will pretend the student eats about $100 in groceries a month. The student has $456.44 left before taxes, mind you to pay a phone bill, internet, car insurance and other monthly necessities. A student working full time with no dependants could

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thought they both were really great, both candidates got nominated and people seemed to like them, they didn’t seem to like Mitt Romney as much as Obama but we’ll see.”

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know one was for real and one wasn’t. The conservatives are more like a religion than a political party.”

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I did not watch them because I think they are both full of crap.”


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Art Club to Present Chalk Show at Mall “There are all these different tools but when it comes down to it, it’s finger painting on the sideManaging Editor and walk with chalk in a dry form,” Staff Reporter said Stauffer. The inspiration for the The Art Club is planning a sidewalk chalk art project to event began with full-time take place outside of Coronado instructor Lynn Johnson and Mall, and members are inviting club members in the Drawing II other CNM artists to participate, class, when they participated in a sidewalk chalk art show outside said Art major Steve Stauffer. There will be eight days the Main campus cafeteria last of drawing beginning Oct. 6. year, said Stauffer. The members and other Students who are interested can contact Art major and Art Club participants drew 5’x 9’ themed President Alexander Casper at paintings in chalk, each an original piece inspired by famous artalexandercasper@gmail.com. “We’ll have artists who work, said Stauffer. “It was one of the best times we love participating. We’re emerging and we’ve got some I’ve ever had here. The turnout really talented people over was insane,” said Casper. It takes several days to here. Our community is complete the art because difyours,” said Casper. The Coronado Mall ferent layers are carefully is a suitable venue to draw applied, said Stauffer. After the first couple of large pieces, reach out to the community and have a days it is painful on the fingers large number of artists come and joints but the artists keep going, said Stauffer. together, said Casper. The base of the art piece “Coronado will have a part in this as much as us, and we is children’s chalk art, and the are looking into several possible top layers are a special type of chalk that is lighter and sponsors,” said Stauffer. A total of 20 artists will be smoother, said Stauffer. “Alex did a really pheworking on two pieces drawn in chalk that will take eight nomenal piece. The woman days to finish, said Stauffer. who I worked with took first Artists must present proposals place. There was a very narrow by September 21 to draw at the margin,” said Stauffer. event, said Stauffer.

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(top) Fall 2011 Art Club students put the finishing touches on a sidewalk art piece. (bottom) (left) Secretary Jacob Wolff, (middle) President Alexander Casper, (right) Co-president Steve Stauffer of the CNM Art Club going over plans for the chalk art event.

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ENTERTAINMENT |5 ‘Dezert Banditz’ Stealing the Scene the CNM Chronicle

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The Duke City’s hip-hop scene is alive and kicking, said Liberal Arts major and local MC Jeremiah Cordova who performs under the alias Kron Jeremy. Cordova is a member of the Dezert Banditz, a collective of local MCs, DJs, promoters, producers and artists the goal of which is to support the growing hip-hop scene in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, he said. The Dezert Banditz help to sponsor shows to keep the scene working together as well as help new MCs get recognized, said Cordova. “We’re trying to show love and stay humble,” he said. Cordova said the name is a reference to the intention of the group — to steal the hip-hop scene back. The group formed in 2011 as a response to the local scene at the time, which was very exclusive and hard to break into, said former student, member and producer Bryan Higgans, also known as Kuma. “This town, at times, has not really been open to people who are not politically connected with the big venues,” he

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said. “It was hard for us to get shows, and the Banditz really opened up the door.” Higgans also manages a recording studio out of his home, called The Kave Productions, and has recorded tracks for all of the members of Banditz. With help from all the other Banditz, Kave Productions recently released a compilation CD featuring all members of the crew titled “Dezert Banditz,” he said. The Banditz also accomplished establishing a Mic Club, a series of competitions where new MCs perform on stage, said Cordova. The Mic Club competitions featured twelve 15 minute sets, followed by headliners from the Banditz. The competitors were evaluated by four judges and the winners received $250 in prize money, said Cordova. “It gives them a lot cooler of a venue to perform at, and gives them a chance to get seen on a big stage,” said Cordova. The Mic Club shows are open to all those who want a chance to prove themselves, and are a great way to get started, said Cordova. The next Mic Club is scheduled to take place in October, downtown at The Launchpad, he said.

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Kron Jeremy, member of the Dezert Banditz, performing at a show.

Many members of the “We started doing things on Banditz have been featured on our own and it has been a great “Street Beat,” a local radio show thing. Now we’re just doing our on 89.9 KUNM. Host DJ and own thing and finally getting Banditz member Jason Waldren, our music out there,” he said. also known as J-Dubbz, said Not just anyone can MCs from the Banditz have become a member of the been featured live in the studio Banditz, said member and MC and he plays various tracks from Jon Biggs, also known as Big J. the Banditz. “Nowadays you’re

competing with a hundred guys making music in their closets,” he said. “A lot of people have been trying to become Banditz, but we’re very serious about what we do and the level we’re trying to take it to,” he said. Biggs, and the groups he has been a member of, have toured with MCs like KRS-One

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STUDENT LIFE

The Fine Art of Misery

I am here to help you. Follow this series to learn a step-by-step guide to the joys Guest Columnist of misery. We will be covering all This series is intended to be a the major topics designed to spoof, a lighthearted invitation to create self-perpetuating, lifelook at how we create our own misery. It is by no means meant to be disre- long drama. Each topic skillfully spectful or minimizing of anyone's true pain, particularly regarding builds on the last one, illustrating a common-sense prodepression and anxiety. gression of skill development This series is being and attitude changes leading to brought to you as a public a lifetime of pervasive misery. service. I have recently Here is the list of topics we observed an alarming will be covering: number of CNM students 1. Stinking Thinking: smiling, walking with long, confident strides; their The Sweet Smell of Successful heads held high, greeting Misery 2. Low Self-Esteem: total strangers with kindness, remaining optimistic in How Low Can You Go? 3. Depression: Prozac is the face of disappointments, and perhaps most alarming, for Sissies 4. Anxiety: How to exhibiting generosity while searching for parking spaces. Work Yourself Into a Panic Now, to the casual in the Absence of Any Real observer, these might Threats 5. Finding True Love: appear to be positive behaviors. Don't be fooled! Look Trample Over Those Pesky Red around you. It is not normal Flags 6. Fair Fighting? Nice to be happy and carefree. Guys Finish Last If you are well adjusted, 7. Create a Toxic physically healthy and you enjoy a satisfying relation- Workplace: Take This Job and ship, you are a social outcast. Shove It! 8. Using Misery to You are in a minority that enjoys no legal protec- Destroy Your Body 9. Create a Lasting tions. You are hopelessly doomed to a life of being Legacy: Parenting to Create misunderstood, judged, Crazy Kids 10. Your Deathbed and socially shunned. The normal person won't be Reflection: A Life Lived Badly drawn to you. You will I bring several years of never be able to relate to Wednesday Afternoon TV tried and true experience to Specials or Lifetime Channel this column. I have personally movies. With no excuses for tested all of the techniques poor performance, people described in these articles. My affiliation as a provider will expect quality outcomes from you. The pressure will within the managed health care system taught me how to masbe too much. Think about it. The vast terfully keep my clients stuck majority of Americans are in their dysfunctional living depressed and overweight. patterns while being limited to The divorce rate is over 50%. their six allotted sessions. Stay Drug abuse is on the rise and tuned for these titles coming even the planet is taking a soon! nose dive. Do you want to risk social alienation at such The first five installments of a time of misery solidarity? “The Fine Art of Misery,” including There is a reason for the this introduction, appeared on Dr. saying "safety in numbers." Roush’s blog movedandshaken.com. Rejoin our ranks and relax in the safe and strong arms of Topics five through 10 will appear on her blog following publication in mediocrity and melancholy. the CNM Chronicle.

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Cool Classes

It’s Always Sunny in the Photovoltaic Program By Amy Foster Staff Reporter

The Photovoltaic program is designed to train students in the steadily emerging technology that helps save the environment through solar energy, said full-time instructor Jessie Harwell. CNM’s program is in its second year and its four-course series of classes is at full capacity, said Harwell. Photovoltaics are the solar panels that appear blue or reflective silver from far away and are grouped together in large square grids. “The Photovoltaic system is just another branch of electrical to me. It’s a

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branch that I’ve always loved. My favorite days are always out in the field installing solar modules,” said Harwell. In the lab courses, students break down grids to see how they are put together, wire systems and install modules on roofs inside the WTC laboratory, said Harwell. There is a part of the course when the student will learn to hang from a safety harness after building a scaffolding, said Harwell. “I have to say they have a solid program. You really learn what you’re doing,” said Construction Technology major Debbey Oscar. Students begin with a safety class, where they have the opportunity to earn an OSHA10 card and move on to the lab

courses, said Harwell. The program also offers a curriculum approved by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, said Harwell. This means that any graduate is qualified to test to become a certified installer, said Harwell. In the past, there has been a lack of experienced electricians to work in the rapidly growing solar field, said Harwell. Many people, whether in construction or the electrical trade, do not specialize in solar energy and attempt to improvise, said Harwell. “That’s one of the things that has motivated me to come here and be a teacher is to increase that knowledge base,” said Harwell. The growing interest in green energy has caused an

increase in people wanting solar panels installed on their homes, said Harwell. The state of New Mexico is a good location for solar energy, said Harwell. A high number of undeveloped areas, ranches and farms are located in places where it is costly to get the utility companies to travel, said Harwell. “We’ve always been a good solar area here in the Southwest. We get the big blue skies. We have the best solar resource in the country,” said Harwell. “Cool Classes” is a feature which focuses on an interesting program or class at CNM. To nominate a class or program, send an email to jyllianchronicle@gmail.com

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Students in the Photovoltaic program practice taking measurements, installing and uninstalling solar power panels. Students completing the program are eligible to test for certification.

How to: Get a Campus Security Report of personal information or the risk of identity theft, he said Family Staff Educational Rights and Reporter Privacy Act protects A student who needs information such as Social a security report from any Security Numbers, birth campus can get one from the dates, and other personal security office beginning 10 information which is business days after the report withheld from the secuis filed, said Campus Security rity reports. He said APD is conLieutenant Bernard Rogers. The reports are consid- tacted for criminal activities, ered public information and but if a minor incident, such can be requested at the Main as a traffic violation, occurs campus security office, at on CNM campus the security the corner of Basehart Road office handles it, he said. “APD would be called and University Boulevard, out to the scene on any crimhe said. “This includes all inci- inal activates such as sexual dents that occur at all CNM assaults, armed robbery or anything that would fall into facilities,” said Rogers. Because of the safety a felony crime,” said Rogers.

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If APD is called to campus, the officers will write their own report, which is accessible through the department’s public records office, located at 5408 Second St. NW. APD is involved only with incidents or reports at CNM if called by a security officer. APD does not request information or reports from CNM security. Because of the Clery Act, which requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on or near their campuses, CNM security releases an annual report with the total count of all

incidents that have occurred on campus. “All information regarding campus incidents is totaled and reported at the end of the year. Be it sexual assaults, stolen bikes or anything crime-related that happens on campus,” said Rogers. Rogers said that CNM retains all incident reports for no less than seven years and if a student needs to obtain any information it will be made available. “If they require any information on the safety of the campus all they have to do is go to the security office and request any information they may need,” said Rogers.


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Every day will be different; there will be no set agenda and the entire hour will focus on students’ questions, said Frenchette. The hour will be about more than just learning a language; it is also a great opportunity to discover the world and experience new things, said Frenchette. “I want people to understand these are really broad world languages and be willing to discover them,” said Frenchette. “Taking a look outside of the space we live shows us the round world we live in.” Students can become comfortable learning in a relaxed environment. It will complement their classwork in language courses, said Frenchette. “Students who ask

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questions are going to be stronger students and my objective is to promote curiosity,” said Frenchette. Students who are curious and comfortable asking questions are less likely to let confusing classwork go unaddressed, said Frenchette. “It’s the ultimate job of the student at CNM to ask for clarification. Be curious. The curious mind is the one that absorbs and learns,” said Frenchette. The idea to have language tables originated from one of Frenchette’s college professors. The professor had different language tables in the cafeteria every day, said Frenchette. Frenchette said he wants students to have the same fun with the experience that he did. “My job is to bring down anxiety and let you play with the language, setting up confidence and trust,” said Frenchette.

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going. Stopping was kind of scary,” said Carris. He said people usually have positive responses when they see him riding his unicycle, and that sometimes they want to try and ride it. If he has the opportunity to talk to someone for a few minutes and they are tall enough, sometimes he will let them try. “Most people love it. Everyone is constantly honking and giving me thumbs ups, and my favorite is when someone sees me coming and holds out their hand for a high five,” said Carris. He said he has only had a very few negative experiences. Once a group of kids at UNM started throwing rocks at him as he rode by, so he stopped and confronted them, asking for an apology. He said the whole group tried to fight him. “Someone who later became my friend annoyed me to no end saying, ‘four wheels are better than one!’ every time he saw me, but I later learned he was just doing that thing kids do,” said Carris. Carris said that he would highly recommend students pick up unicycling, and that

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a whole world of commuting and unicycling sports is open to explore. “Unicycle sports are some of the most fun things I’ve ever done. Playing hockey on one of these things is great,” said Carris. He said it is important for students to be aware of their surroundings while cycling, and that beginners should wear a lot of pads and a good helmet. “Situational awareness is really important when you’re doing any kind of biking. Just knowing where you are and where everyone else is, it’s the biggest thing for not getting yourself killed,” said Carris. He said falling off of a unicycle is not as scary as it seems, and is easier than falling off of a bicycle because there is nothing in front of or behind the cyclist to fall on. “I’ve only been laid out once and that’s because I was riding on gravel. I was turning too hard and it gave out under me,” said Carris. He said some bike shops have supplies for unicycles, but they usually have to be ordered. For more information on how to get started unicycling and a list of brands, sports, and events, visit unicycle.com.

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Alternative Transportation Motor Scooters “Alternative Transportation” is a special fall term series that looks at various means of transportation. Look for “Trains” in issue four.

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motorized scooter is a good money saver with lots of other benefits, said Youth Development major and Lobo Scooter repairperson David See. A 50cc scooter has a two gallon tank and gets up to 90 miles per gallon, said See. With gas prices above $3 per gallon, a scooter costs far less to fill than a car, truck or SUV, said See. “Oil prices are through the roof right now. Gas is expensive. I just went to the station and filled up my tank. Cost me $6,” said See. Expenses to drive a scooter after purchase are also less than a car. Scooters with less than 50cc do not require taxes, ownership titles or a driver’s license to operate in the state of New Mexico, said See. Parking is stress-free for owners in Albuquerque because all parking meters are free for scooters, even downtown, said See. “You can park on any lot for free, at any campus, and get right up front in the first row where the bikes park. Then you don’t have to walk so far to class,” said See. Part-time SAGE Instructor and scooter owner Patrick Fairbanks said he has only needed to pay for one oil change and one belt replacement since he bought his scooter three years ago. Fairbanks uses his scooter as daily transportation from Montoya Campus to Main campus and home, he said. He said he was frustrated with the amount of money it took to buy and take care of a vehicle. After a trip to Shanghai where he saw gangs of scooters, pedestrians, bikes and cars move in traffic together and

fill the sidewalks around every corner, he decided to buy his own, he said. “Right after I returned, I bought one. It takes 12 minutes rather than the half hour I spent in traffic when I drove in rush hour to arrive here at work at eight o’clock in the morning,” said Fairbanks. A variety of engine sizes and body styles are available for scooter enthusiasts, including those that reach high speeds, said See. Faster scooters are still less expensive than many vehicles, said See. “I put a Big Boy kit on my small scooter so that it now does 45 miles per hour. You can get any kind of scooter you like and do anything you want to customize it. I own a scooter from 1957 that still runs,” said See. The industry has been around for a long time, but it has grown in the past decade and there are new designs that were not available before, said See. Brands have come out with their own styles to keep up with the new generation, said See. “There are scooters with three wheels, scooters that look like motorcycles and just about whatever you can imagine. Nowadays you don’t have to own a car,” said See. One big concern for first-time buyers is not doing enough research on manufacturers, he said. Students should be careful of Craigslist, Ebay or unfamiliar manufacturers because of the risk of getting bad vehicles, said See. “I recommend  that before purchasing any scooter, do a little research online. Read some scooter-related forums for the bike you are interested in,” said See.

Motor Scooter Information Pedals and Transmission

• Mopeds, or motorized pedal cycles, are named so because they usually require pedaling to start the motor. A moped is propped up onto a kickstand with the rear wheel elevated, while the driver holds the clutch in and pumps the pedals to start the engine. Most mopeds have two wheels but in some jurisdictions low-powered three- and four-wheel vehicles can be classified as mopeds. • Scooters have an automatic transmission and require a key for ignition. Scooters do not have pedals. Engine and Fuel

• Moped engines have a maximum of 50cc and their top speed ranges from 30 – 35 mph. They usually have one chamber where the gasoline and oil are mixed to propel and lubricate the piston. • Scooter engines range from 50cc – 800cc. Like automobiles, scooters require motor oil only for lubrication and require standard gasoline. Wheels

• Scooters usually have wheels less than 16 inches in diameter. • Moped wheels are often comparable with wheels of motorcycles.

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(top and middle) Scooters displayed outside Lobo Scooter on Yale Boulevard at Garfield Avenue SE. (bottom) Parttime SAGE instructor Patrick Fairbanks rides his scooter to and from classes daily.

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