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Student government elects new officer team By Daniel Montano Staff Reporter

The Executive Council of Students has a new officer team ready to take the reins in the fall 2013 semester, said Stephen Martos, current president of ECOS. ECOS held elections Friday, May 31 and all officer positions were filled except for that of vice president, the vote for which was postponed until Friday, June 7 because one of the candidates was unable to attend, Martos said. Emily Sarvis was elected president and said that she will draw on her experience as a member of ECOS to establish an active council. “Helping students is important and we have taken steps as a group toward doing that, but I

feel like we could do more. We’re here for the students and we are students so I think that should be one of our main goals: to get out there and talk to students to see what they need so that CNM and its students can be more successful,” she said. Despite the lack of a vice president selection just yet, Martos said that as president he has worked with the people who have been elected for a year and he is confident that the team selected so far will work hard for CNM students. “I’m very happy that we have all these great people coming up into our positions and I really look forward to seeing ECOS grow. It’s been a process to bring this group up to where it can really help the students the most,” he said.

Ana Martinez was elected treasurer and said that she is excited to start her position. She will make use of her experience in her father’s store, where she helped to manage money, in order to be an effective treasurer, she said. “I’m good with numbers and I’m very organized. I hate to see money unorganized,” Martinez said. Bianca Cowboy was elected into two officer positions, Public Relations and Administrative, and she is also running for vice president. Cowboy will choose which position she will accept after the vice presidential elections are concluded, she said. see

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Alpha Upsilon Chi, CNM’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, is laying out a plan for the next year as well as a welcome mat for anyone who wants to get involved, said Gabriel Roybal, Paralegal Studies major and vice president of PTK. Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society for twoyear college students who maintain a 3.5 or better GPA. PTK provides scholarship opportunities for its members and helps communities through service and charity. The first general meeting will be held on Friday, June 7, Roybal said. Although there are hundreds of PTK

members, Roybal said that there has been poor participation in PTK recently, with only about 10 members participating on a regular basis. The newly elected officer board wants to change that in the upcoming year by spreading the word about what PTK does at CNM. “I think a lot of students just don’t know what it actually is. There hasn’t been a lot of outreach on getting people to know what it is until now,” he said. From a scholastic standpoint, PTK gives its members recognition for their hard work by inviting students to enter the honor society and rewarding them by giving them the opportunity to apply for scholarships, he said. see

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(left to right) Emily Sarvis, President | Vice President not elected | Bianca Cowboy, Public Relations & Administrative Relations | Ana Martinez, Treasurer.

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Phi Theta Kappa Meetings are held every other Friday starting June 7. For more information email: President Tracy LaForteza Vice President Gabriel Roybal


Cadaver practice deceased By Jamison Wagner Staff Reporter

In response to a petition to keep cadaver practice, signed by more than 600 students, administration is clarifying its decision to discontinue the use of the cadavers, which is based on several different issues, said Richard Calabro, Dean for the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering. One of the issues is the cost involved. Ending the practice means the school will save roughly $25,000 a year, he said. Much of that money goes to paying contractors to cut open the cadavers for the students, he said.

“Students at this level do not yet have the skill to open up a cadaver so you can see the muscles and the blood vessels. In the old days we would have the faculty do it but as the demand grew it became too burdensome to ask that, so now we pay people to do it,” he said. Another ongoing issue is finding people to cut open the cadavers, and CNM has found and hired someone for the summer term, but administration was worried that they would not be able to find someone for later semesters and that the cadavers would lie unused, he said. see

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Bulletins To submit items for Campus Bulletin, please email news item with a maximum of 150 words to: or call 224-4755. ECOS Accepting New Members The Executive Council of Students is accepting new members. ECOS meets every Friday at 4:00 p.m. in ST12-A. For more information email

Student Film Club Looking for New Members DAT, a student film group, has just formed and is looking for new members. 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.

Westside, Rio Rancho Writing Group Meets to Share Writing, Inspiration The Westside/Rio Rancho Writing Group meets twice a month to share a love of creative writing and to inspire each other. The group spends the onehour meeting time doing short writing exercises and sharing their work with each other. Everyone who writes or loves writing is invited to attend. Writers of all genres are welcome. For more information contact Rebecca Aronson at

Law Access New Mexico Offers Free Individual Consultations Low income CNM students who have legal issues or questions have a 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 in need of legal assistance. 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.

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Job Connection Services invites CNM students and graduates to attend free Employability Workshops

At Main (SSC-207) and Montoya (TW-105) campuses. Presented in two 45-minutes sessions, the workshops focus on resumé writing strategies and offer tips and pointers for answering job interview Veterans College questions effectively. Achievement Network Registration is easy! 1. Go to: https://cnm-csm. php 2. Follow directions to sign-into your Symplicity account 3. Click on the “Events” tab 4. Click on title of workshop you wish to attend 5. Click on the “RSVP” box

Current students qualify for a free general parking pass and AbqRide bus pass. The passes can be obtained at the Main campus Student Activities Office. Name, schedule, and student ID number are required. For a general parking pass vehicle and drivers liscense information must be provided. To register the online parking system for the free general parking sticker log-in to myCNM and follow links from the “transportation” section. Locations to pick up stickers: • Main- Student Activities/ ID office. • Montoya and WestsideStudent ID office. • South Valley and Rio RanchoAdmissions office • Advanced Technology CenterFront desk

This class, and the flash drive class, are highly recommended for new computer users and will prepare you for more advanced computer classes. Take Basic Computer Skills for Adult Learners. The next class starts Friday June 7th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; and costs only $39!

You’re done! You will receive a confirmation email. For more information: 224-3060.

Fun classes for the summer Want to impress your friends and colleagues about how to use your iPad? Do you want to learn more than the basics about your iPad? The Workforce Training Center is offering Introduction to the iPad Friday June 28th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The class is only $49, but is filling up quickly. Be sure to enroll soon to guarantee a place! Are you returning to school in order to get a really good job? Is this the first time you have needed to use a computer? Computer skills are necessary for almost every job. Develop your confidence and master basic skills needed to succeed on your home or work computer!

meetings once a month and requires members to maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher. To learn more or to attend informational meetings go to

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Theme: Propulsion and Motion Whole Foods will be providing healthy eating samples (Veterans CAN) July 19, 2013 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Working directly 224-8300 with CNM’s VetSuccess 1701 Mountain Road NW on Campus program, Veterans CAN is a near- Poetry Reading peer AmeriCorps program designed to offer critical Barbara Rockman, Santa Fe supports to stduent veterans poet who teaches at the Santa Fe and their dependents. The Community college, and was program offers specific, featured at Fixed and Free, will individualized gidance be the Adobe Walls featured related to veteran benefits poet on June 11 at Page One such as the GI Bill, located at 11018 Montgomery transferring and appealing Blvd. NE. This event is free. college credits, tutoring, housing, and/or any additional support you need Volunteer work to be a successful student. study positions AmeriCorps member Nicholas Aragon is located At pottery studio not made in the Student Acativites in china. Come volunteer here Office at CNM’s main at NMIC and get jumpstart on campus: (505) 224-4342 learning ceramics. Volunteer Stop one day a week and earn: in today! unlimited clay, glaze, and fire, with free access from 12 Join Phi Theta Kappa to 7 p.m. every day. Contact for more Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha information. Upsilon Chi chapter honor society is looking for new Use the CNM Chronicle’s members. classified section Phi Theta Kappa supports the Community Selling your books or need College Completion a roommate? Put an ad in our Challenge by providing classified section. Free for all resources and encouraging CNM students. Email Daniel members to stay in school Johnson at djohnsonchronicle@ and complete their degree for more or certificates. information. There is a yearly membership fee. PTK offers many sources to excel in college and future careers. The organization holds

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Why student involvement in the community is beneficial The Chronicle salutes people like Stephany Olivas, See Story titled “Community garden sprouts unity” on page 8, Project Feed the Hood, and growing awareness urban farming, who work hard to make sure children in underprivileged communities have the information to make better choices with the foods they consume, which will hopefully have a lasting effect on future generations. Nutritional education has not been a priority in the American education system since the simplifying and changing of the national food pyramid. It is such a great thing to see that organizations such as Project Feed the Hood are helping to educate

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children in school and community gardens on the nutritional value of fresh whole organic foods. Families and children are empowered when they are taught how to plant and care for organic fruits and vegetables. Giving the community a chance to learn about genetically modified foods and the importance of proper nutrition is truly invaluable. Unfortunately, only prosperous American schools teach or explain the differences between GM foods and organic whole foods, and it is commendable that non-profits are going out into deprived communities and teaching these children about proper sustenance.

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Have you always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but have never gotten around to it? Now is the perfect time to get with a friend, or schedule some lessons with a local music school or store. Starting now ensures that by August, you will probably have some sort of grasp over your craft, which is exciting to think about.

Get active New Year’s resolutions are an excuse to take better care of our bodies, but why not start in the summer? Something as simple as walking around a local park and getting some Vitamin D can change your whole mood. Consider making small changes. Start by walking for ten minutes a day, and gradually either add more time or speed up. Before you know it, you will have added an activity that helps you look and feel better.

Get outdoors There are many great places all over New Mexico to stay, whether it is a day trip or an overnight trip. The Sandia Mountains are a thirty minute drive from town and provide a backdrop for a beautiful day, surrounded by nature. In most national forests, they charge a fee for parking or for camping, but it’s always reasonable, especially if you split it between friends. If camping is not your cup of tea, there are also many options around town that will excite your senses. The BioPark is a great example of adventure without the commitment. Sharks, gardens, and elephants are all just a short drive and 9 dollars away.

Become an activist Summertime is when many organizations are planning events and making things happen. Whatever you are interested in, call and ask what you can do. Many places will be more than happy to have a helping hand, even if all you can spare is an hour here and there. Project Share and The Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice are just a few of the places around town currently looking for volunteers. This is the perfect time to make a difference in the community, get experience, and do something important to you.

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Support for Army PFC Bradley Manning extends across the country, with thousands protesting for his immediate release, said CNM Political Science instructor Bob Anderson. There have been signs around school and around the community that say, “Free Bradley Manning,” and on Saturday May 29 at 5309 Menaul Blvd. NE, residents joined together to bring even more attention to Bradley Manning and his June 3 trial, he said. Anderson, a member of Stop the War Machine and Veterans for Peace, said the persecution is wrongful and unacceptable. “We’re trying to send a message to the administration that they have got to stop this intimidation of the press and the media and people like Bradley Manning and to free Bradley Manning. There are a lot of demonstrations around the country in many different cities and we’re trying to be a part of that,” Anderson said.

Manning, who has been held in detention for the past three years, was charged with 22 counts of violating federal law by releasing more than 700,000 classified government and military documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks in May 2010. One of these charges, aiding the enemy under article 104 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, could result in the death penalty for Manning if convicted. Manning is being used as an example of what happens to individuals when unwanted secrets are exposed, he said. “They’re trying to punish him; they’re trying to make an example of him. Trying to terrorize and intimidate people and oppress the media and people who are trying to speak out for truth. People around the country know this and we’re going to support him. We would like to see him released and free,” Anderson said. Charles Powell, Vietnam War veteran and president of the Albuquerque chapter of Veterans for Peace, said he is in support of Manning and believes his trial is unjust. “When we see crimes being committed in our name, by our government, it should be revealed, and we should

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Pentagon but not for us. We’re not being consulted about this,” he said. Even though Manning broke some laws in the process of exposing the truth, the charges were not justified, Wood said. “It goes beyond civil law; it goes into international law, issues that affect people in a very, very real way. I guess technically maybe it’s forbidden, but you know, I broke the law when I fought Jim Crow in the South, and I’m glad I did, because they were racist laws, and people say, ‘law and order.’ Well ok, but only as long as the laws are just,” Wood said. Manning is a hero for exposing the injustice of the United States government’s actions against the people of the world, he said. “He knew he would face repercussions, but he was acting on behalf of millions of people who are tired of having their countries invaded, having their children starved, having their schools bombed, all that stuff, they’re just like us,” Wood said. PHOTO BY JOHN TYCZKOWSKI

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Here is a short list of upcoming events that are either free or inexpensive in the Albuquerque area. Participating in an event outside of CNM? Let us know. Students and staff can email Shaya Rogers at with details.

When: June 14, 2013 6:30 p.m.— 10 p.m. Where: The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History 2000 Mountain Road NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 505-243-7255 Chronicle Crossword : Awwww, animals Description: The NM Jazz Workshop presents Salsa Under the Stars at The Albuquerque Museum. This week’s performer is Ivon Ulibarri & Cafe Mocha.  Tickets may be purchased through the NM Jazz Workshop’s website, their offices, or at the Museum on the evening of the performance Price: $14 Adults; $12 Seniors (60+), Students w/ID and New Mexico Jazz Workshop (NMJW) and Albuquerque Museum Members. Children 12 and under are free.

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A Petroglyph Hike

When: June 09, 2013 9 a.m.— 12 p.m. Where: Elena Gallegos Pino Trailhead Simms Park Road NW Albuquerque, NM 505-452-5222 Description: On Sundays, starting at 9:00 a.m., unless stated otherwise, knowledgeable guides and members of our community lead explorations and offer demonstrations in an assortment of fields and specialties. Please call Bill Pentler at 452-5222 for Pre-registration if stated.  Our wish is to nudge you and your family to expand your views and begin a lifelong ritual of returning to your newly discovered favorite Open Spaces. June 9th        A Petroglyph Hike – Meet at the trailhead for Piedras Marcadas Canyon.  A 2 hour moderately strenuous hike led by Jim Marmon of Open Space.  Bring water, hat, and whatever you need for a comfortable hike Price: Free

Music, food, libations, kids, fun and more!

When: June 15, 2013 5 p.m. — 10:30 p.m. Where: Street Party 8100 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87113 505-768-3556 Description: Come join the City for a great night out, as we bring Summerfest to the Northeast Heights for the first time! Heights Summer fest is located on Wyoming Blvd, just north of Paseo del Norte.   Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Rattle them Bones-20th Anniversary Tour 2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s remarkable arrival onto the music scene Price: Free

Discover the active night life of the Bosque on this guided tour.

When: June 18, 2013 7:30 p.m. — ­ 9 p.m. Where: Tingley Beach 1800 Tingley Drive SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 Description: Part of the ABQ BioPark’s summer evening programs. During this guided tour, you’ll travel to the Bosque wetlands to look for bats, hoot for owls and search for other nocturnal animals. Bring your flashlight and your sense of adventures as we hike through the woods. Tour begins at the Tingley Beach train station. Limited space available. pre-registration is required. Call 848-7180 for more information or to register. Price: $10 adults, $6 children (3-12) and seniors (65+). All ages welcome.

Across 5. Sometimes called the smartest mammal in the ocean 6. Black and yellow insect 9. Pixies song on their Come on Pilgrim debut album released in 1987 10. They are electric sea dwelling creatures 11. The mane thing is that we know what Ikea puts in their meat now 14. Slimy little in vertebrae insects

that live in water and dirt, also people and animals 18. Solitary and nocturnal bird of prey 19. Largest living trunked mammals 22. Tiny drone 23. Marsupials with pouches 24. Geckos, dragons and iguanas

Down 1. Scavenger birds that live off of dead carcasses 2. Who framed Roger______? 3. “If it quacks like a ____...” 4. Long-necked tallest living mammal 6. Caterpillars final form 7. Lambert the sheepish lion’s mother was one 8. High in Omega-3 fatty acids

12. The largest mammal ever known to have existed 13. Known as male chickens that annoy with crowing in the mornings 15. “You dirty ___” 16. Black and white stallions 17. Kung Fu _____ 20. “When ____ fly” 21. Fin-footed marine mammals

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PTK also works with charities such as Roadrunner Food Bank and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, to give its members the chance to make a positive impact on their community, he said. “So basically it’s two things: it’s an honor society that rewards your

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a work study in enrollment services to help establish strong relationships between ECOS and students, faculty and staff. “That’s just something that ECOS needs to move forward with. We need

to build relationships with administration faculty and staff so that we can organize more events that will have their support as well,” she said. The current officer team will continue

to serve for the summer semester, Martos said. Looking back over his presidency, Martos said that he is going to miss ECOS, because it has grown to be a large part of his life ever since he

joined two years ago. “Moving on is something that is part of growing and beginning new chapters, but this is always something that I’m going to look back on fondly,” Martos said.

For more information on the Executive Council of Students or to apply for membership, pick up and submit an ECOS application at Room SSC 201, Student Life Office at Main campus.

hard work in school and it’s also a community service organization that pools the honor students together so that they can really give back,” he said. The honor society’s meetings and events are open to any student looking to participate, he said. PTK will also be offering a CNM bookstore scholarship for $100 that will be granted to

any non-members who participate in community service events, he said. “A community is not just members of an honor society, whoever that is. If you’re a student at CNM and you’re interested in participating in community service activities, if you think that you can improve your community by volunteering, I encourage you to join the

meetings and to participate,” he said. Although there is a membership fee of $75, Roybal said that there is a hardship scholarship that waives the fee. The scholarship can be granted to students who want to be a part of the society and participate in the events, but don’t have the funds to pay the membership fee.

If a non-member who meets the GPA requirements participates in a few community service activities and goes to the meetings, it’s possible to qualify for the hardship scholarship, he said. “It’s an incentive for people who don’t have the ability to pay. If you still have the merit and the will to do it and the desire to serve, then we’ll waive

the fee for you,” he said. PTK meets every other Friday starting June 7. For more information e-mail Vice President Gabriel Roybal at, President Tracy LaForteza at, or visit

are not 100 percent sure what that mold is, then I am not too comfortable with the teachers and students having to deal with it,” he said. CNM has already seen a decline in enrollment for Anatomy and Physiology I and II Labs since students know that it is no longer required for the Nursing program, he said. The school is not willing to spend $25,000 a

year for classes that will likely decline in demand, he said. No single issue was the deciding factor; instead it was a combination of factors that made it unappealing to continue the use of actual cadavers, he said. “After sharing this information with the faculty, I asked them to make compelling arguments for keeping this program. No

arguments were made at this time,” he said. In place of the cadavers, CNM will use models, diagrams and software programs for student learning, he said. This will also work better in situations where the cadavers in lab could be a problem for a syllabus designed for distance learning, he said. It is important to note that cadaver use is not essential to learning in

Anatomy and Physiology I and II and is very rare not only at the community college level, it is also rare at the university level, he said. The decision to discontinue the use of cadavers will not affect future student success, especially since no disciplines at this time call for the use of cadavers at the undergraduate level, he said.


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CNM plans to use the savings from discontinuing use of the cadavers to replace them with high-quality, reusable models, he said. While the initial cost would be higher, this would be offset by the reusability and lack of healthrelated issues, he said. The program has had a lot of problems with mold

growth on the cadavers, so even though the cadavers are preserved there are some fungi that can grow even in those conditions, he said. “In the absence of being able to identify these molds that grow on the cadavers it is not a good risk to have instructors exposed to these molds for five to 10 hours a week or students being exposed for one to two hours a week. If we

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Community garden sprouts unity By Jamison Wagner Staff Reporter

For Biology major Stefany Olivas, working at the International District Community Garden is a valuable opportunity to learn more about garden ecosystems and how they can affect the community for the better, she said. The garden is located at 1410 Wellesley Drive SE and has been running for the last four years. The group Project-Feed-TheHood likes to focus on non-GMO seeds, as well as organic and cultural foods, she said. Olivas is a former Chronicle employee and said she has been an intern for the project for several months now. Her focus is the International District Community Garden, the surrounding community and also the schools, she said. Eventually though, the goal is for the garden to be completely run by the community, she said. “When we are at the community garden working with these people we can give them this fresh-picked food and it goes straight from the garden to their table, and that is how it should be,” she said. The members grow foods in a large lot and when harvest comes around everyone who has

helped tend the garden will get a piece, she said. “A saying that we have is ‘he who puts in takes out.’ It’s kind of like, ‘you reap what you sow’ but with a more positive aspect,” she said. Part of what the group is doing is creating a model for a sustainable farm to help support this project, she said. The community engagement that the project creates by getting people involved also helps to get healthier foods for the local families and children, she said. Along with supporting garden clubs, the project is also working on creating a curriculum that can be merged into the schools based on gardening, as well as personal and community health, she said. Another issue the project is looking into is food deserts, how long it takes for someone to get to a grocery store where they can buy fresh produce, and also what it takes for a consumer to get fresh organic fruits and vegetables, she said. “This kind of situation falls into food justice. What are the inequalities in our food system? How do we raise awareness about that? We are trying to make healthy food more accessible,” she said.

The group focuses on raising awareness about our food systems, she said. “We support garden schools, we work at getting engaged with the community, and we get involved in creating overall total change to the food system. So it is very proactive. We want to work on the solution and not just talk about the problems all the time,” she said. According to the group has helped three schools in Albuquerque with making gardens and has two farms in addition to the International District Community Garden location. Olivas said this job is perfect for her because she gets to work with UNM Service Corps and Southwest Organizing Project in communities where she can put her studies to use. As far as her Biology degree goes, Olivas said she wants to eventually pursue plant and soil sciences, then agriculture, but right now she wants to study garden ecosystems and how they can have an effect on the community and its health. For more information on Project-Feed-The-Hood or to volunteer, go to

Upcoming Events: • Come Unity Yoga: Thursday June 13 6:15 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. International District Community Garden 1410 Wellesley Drive SE Albuquerque, NM 87106

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Volunteer Training Day 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.

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