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The Mexican drug wars: what the U.S. can do to help stop the violence By Heather Lang|Contributing Writer In his only campus visit this year, a New York Times Bureau Chief said in a speech Tuesday night in the Corbett Center Ballroom, the United States can take steps to decrease the demand for illicit drugs and combat drug-related violence in Mexico. More than 80 New Mexico State University students, faculty and staff and Las Cruces residents attended James C. McKinley Jr.’s speech titled “Addicts, Guns and Money: How the United States Feeds the Violence in Mexico,” in which McKinley detailed some problems manifesting in Mexico as a result of drug and cartelrelated violence. McKinley, chief of the Times’

Houston Bureau, said U.S. citizens tend to place the blame for drug-related violence on Mexico and watch in horror as the violence in Mexico escalates. “It’s tempting to shake our heads,” McKinley said. McKinley said the United States contributes to the drug wars in several ways, including the creation of addicts in an overmedicated society and the subsequent condemnation of addicts through extreme legal recourse. “Our society is filled with magic potions, and what are illicit drugs, if not magic potions.” McKinley said. McKinley said the United States has failed to sufficiently fund or offer drug rehabilitation for addicted

persons. About 22 million people in the United States over the age of 12, roughly 9 percent of the population, are addicted to drugs, McKinley said. “As long as that demand remains,” McKinley said, “Someone is going to try to sell them drugs.” The United States also contributes to drug-related violence through lax gun laws and an ineffective guntracking system, McKinley said. “If your goal is to create a system that makes it easy to smuggle guns, you couldn’t do much better than our system,” McKinley said. Under the current system, guns can easily be bought and sold from person to person without proof of the See Speaker pg. 4

New York Times Bureau Chief James C. McKinley Jr. spoke about the drug war in Mexico and how it affects the US on Tuesday September 29. He covered how it was that the war got started, what the Mexican authorities are doing to control it and what the US can do to help among other things. Frank De La O/the Round Up

Empty Bowls for full plates Another Aggie Victory

NMSU Greek Life gives to charity, helps local families

Aggies overcome Lobos in canned food drive for second consecutive year By Kristina Medley|News Editor

Center and Monagle Hall Wednesday and invite students to craft clay into bowls and paint them. The students’ finished bowls were taken and fired, and saved for Oct. 14, when the bowls will be sold on campus. The bowls will cost $5 to $8. Archey will have $13 advanced tickets for sale for the larger Empty Bowls event on Oct. 16. All proceeds will go to El Caldito Soup Kitchen. This was the fifth NMSU Empty Bowls event. Last year the Potter’s Guild raised $1,000 on campus, which contributed to the $20,000

The Aggies not only overcame the University of New Mexico Lobos during the football game Saturday, but New Mexico State University Greek Life also triumphed in a competition to collect canned food for charity. Jason Frampton, Greek Life Activities coordinator, said Greek leaders from the NMSU and UNM campuses got together two years ago and decided to hold a canned food competition between the rivalries in conjunction with the football game. “These types of competitions play into peoples’ natural instincts,” Frampton said. “Combining competition with helping out others is a great combination.” Frampton said members of NMSU Greek Life collected donations for three and a half weeks. NMSU collected a total of 15,638 pounds of canned food, whereas UNM collected 2,395 pounds. The results were announced at the game on Saturday. “I’m really proud of all the work we’ve put into it,” Frampton said. “It speaks about the strength of the Greek community.” Frampton said Greek members hosted tables at Toucan Market, on University Avenue, and Lowes, on Solano Drive, to collect donations from the community. Members also donated canned food at chapter

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Top: Students gathered in front of Corbett Center to make and decorate bowls Wednesday afternoon for a Potter’s Guild charity event. Bottom: Junior nursing majors Crystal Phillips (left) and Caitlin Potter made bowls Wednesday afternoon in front of Corbett center. The bowls will be sold on Oct. 14. All proceeds will go to El Caldito Soup Kitchen in Las Cruces. Frank De La O/the Round Up

make a bowl To help feed the hungry Students create bowls in support of Potter’s Guild event

By Andi Murphy|News Reporter The annual Potter’s Guild Empty Bowls charity fund raiser is firing up more than 1,000 clay bowls to help feed the hungry and is inviting everyone, including New Mexico State University students, to help in the effort. “This is something that the campus community can be a part of,” said Jan Archey, a community education potter instructor at NMSU. “It’s a great event … anyone can make a bowl for free.” At the NMSU Empty Bowls event, Archey and organizers set up tables under the trees between Corbett



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meetings and other events and did their part to help in the combined effort between all 18 Greek fraternities and sororities, Frampton said. Frampton said all canned food items were donated to the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico. “They are an organization [dedicated] to helping the southern [New Mexico] community,” Frampton said. “It seemed like a natural fit.” Rebecca Reyes, director of Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, said the organization donates food to six counties in Southern New Mexico. Reyes said the donations from NMSU Greek Life are very helpful to local families. “It has an incredible impact on families that suffer from hunger in our own community and in very rural areas,” Reyes said. Reyes said Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico works with non-profit agencies to distribute goods to those in need. Reyes said there is often a lot of paperwork involved, whereas working with Greek Life entailed less restrictions. “[Because of fewer limitations] we were able to reach families that may not otherwise get the food,” Reyes said. Reyes said the 15,638 pounds of food donated by NMSU Greek Life would feed about 300 families with about 50 pounds of food per household.

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Surviving Graduate School

Graduate School workshop will give students a chance to network By Jenna Candelaria|News Reporter In a never-ending quest to prepare students for further education, the New Mexico State University Graduate School will host the third annual “How to Survive Graduate School” workshop Oct. 6 and 7. The workshop will be held in the large conference room in Anderson Hall from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with speaker Luis Vazquez, associate dean of graduate school. “This is a chance for students to become organized, become disciplined, reduce stress and have a good support group,” Vazquez said. The workshop will help students learn to organize priorities, network, manage time commitments

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the Guild raised from all bowls made from the community, Archey said. “I really believe in the event,” said Klyf Brown, Potter’s Guild member. “It’s not about entertainment; it’s about knowing that there are a lot of hungry people in our town and doing something about it.” Brown made 130 bowls for the larger Empty Bowls event on Oct. 16, which will take place at St. Paul’s Methodist Church. Brown said there are usually around 1,200 bowls at the event, ready to be picked up by people who buy tickets. The bowls are a reminder that people in the city, and in the world, are hungry, Brown said. They are also a collector’s item that people come back to buy year after year, Brown said. At least 800 people are expected to attend the event. It is a quick process, but lines move fast and volunteers are always needed, Brown said. After bowls are picked out by buyers, attendees can have a bowl of

and communicate in graduate level courses. “It’s not about going to graduate school because of the economy,” Vazquez said. “It’s about your desires and what you want to do.” Soon-to-be-graduate Tony Almanzan said the application process can be intimidating. “It’s scary, especially when you’re thinking of schools where there is more competition,” Almanzan said. Almanzan, a communication studies major, will graduate in December and plans to apply to graduate school to study international business. “I’m confident that I will get into one of my top choices,” Almanzan said.

soup provided by local restaurants in the city. Since the fist Empty Bowls event in 1993, the Potter’s Guild of Las Cruces has raised more than $200,000

Almanzan said a workshop would make a big difference in his preparations for graduate school. “There is always room for improvement, and a workshop would help me be better prepared for what awaits me,” Almanzan said. In the preparation for higher education, Vazquez said time management is a main focus. “It’s about taking care of yourself and being preventive,” Vazquez said. “Don’t wait until you’re struggling to come to the workshop for help.” Any students interested in attending the workshop may RSVP for either date by contacting Jenny Torres at

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transaction, McKinley said, making it very easy for cartels to gain access to guns. Of the guns recovered in Mexico, only 44 percent can be tracked to their original source, McKinley said. Additionally, the U.S. government is not informed of the purchase of assault rifles. McKinley also brought attention to differing cultural attitudes regarding guns. In the United States, McKinley said, guns are regarded as a symbol of freedom, but in Mexico guns represent fear. In his speech, McKinley also cited free trade as a contributing factor to drug trafficking and cartel violence. “We in the United States love free trade, and that’s a problem if we want to stop trafficking,” McKinley said. Because the U.S.-Mexico border is open to trade, it cannot be sealed off to drugs, McKinley said. The solution, however, is not to end trade with Mexico, which, McKinley said, would be an economic nightmare. The United States can take steps to eliminate its contribution to the Mexican violence by enacting more sensible gun laws and making a stronger commitment to understanding and preventing addiction, McKinley said. “As long as there is human frailty, there will be drug addicts,” McKinley said. McKinley suggested combating drug use and addiction by creating more social pressure to abstain from drug usage. McKinley also said it is important to show drug users the link between their vice and the drug wars. Users, McKinley said, must connect the cocaine to the dead bodies. Current drug education programs should also be re-evaluated, re-designed and better funded to be more effective, McKinley said. In closing, McKinley fielded questions from the audience. When asked by Bruce Berman, a NMSU photography instructor, when the violence would end, McKinley said the violence would end when the cartels decided peace would be good for business. “They’ll work it out, but we’re not near that. We’re nowhere near that,” McKinley said. Melinda Rouse, a senior majoring in photography, said she enjoyed the presentation. “It was very informative on a subject that I don’t hear a lot about outside of school,” Rouse said. Rouse said she strongly agreed with McKinley’s stance on drug addiction and education in the United States. “They [cocaine and marijuana] are such dangerous drugs, even the ones that are legalized like alcohol,” Rouse said. “With a more potent drug, there needs to be help.” During the question and answer session, journalism sophomore Ryan Kelley asked McKinley about the possibility of legalization of marijuana and what it might mean for Mexican agriculture. “I like how he was accepting of the fact that Mexico should be able to use marijuana as a cash crop,” Kelley said. McKinley became chief of the Houston, Tex., New York Times bureau in the summer of 2008. McKinley has served as the chief of the Mexico and Albany bureaus respectively. In 1997, McKinley received the Overseas Press Club Award for his reporting in Africa.

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Voices of NMSU

Do you plan on attending graduate school? After the Graduate and Professional School Fair came and went Tuesday, The Round Up asked students to share their graduate school plans.

Gabrielle DeShais, freshman ,Undecided

Adrianna Sampedro, freshman, Art

Gabe Salazar, senior Biology and Chemistry

Brian McEnnerney, sophomore, Psychology

Ramon Galaviz, sophomore Creative media

“I just don’t know. I don’t even know what my major is yet.”

“No. It’s not really necessary for my career. A bachelor’s is barely required. I’m just going to school to figure out what I want to do.”

“Yeah, I’m going to pursue a professional school – probably something in the medical field. A pharmacy school or medical school probably.”

“I do plan on going to grad school. I want to finish my degree and get a full major in psychology so I’ll have a secure and safe future.”

“No. I haven’t thought about it honestly. I guess this is the first time it has been brought up.”


Cruzado’s interview with UTPA, maybe Former New Mexico State University Interim President Waded Cruzado recently visCruzado ited Edinburg, Texas, to make her case at public input meeting held for presidential candidates, the Las Cruces SunNews reported on Sept. 22. One of four finalists for president at the University of Texas at Pan American and one of three finalists at the University of Montana, Cruzado seems to be a top presidential contender. Perhaps the interview with UTPA went something like this: theRound Up Jon Blazak Editor in Chief Carlos A. Lopez Design Editor Kristina Medley News Editor Dustin Edwards Opinion Editor David Chavez Sports Editor Tiffany Car0penter Arts Editor Krista Avila Photo Editior Heather Lang Copy Editor Nikki Shook Online Editor \Leslie Hibner Assist. Design Editor Mark Castelo Adversting Manager Michael Perez Business Manager Box 30004, Dept. CC New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM 88003 Phone: (575) 646-6397 Fax: (575) 646-5557 E-mail:

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UT-Pan American Hiring Committee: It’s great to meet you Waded. Your curriculum vita is very impressing. Waded Cruzado: It’s great to be here, thanks for the opportunity. UTPA: Let’s get started. Tell us a little about your current position. Cruzado: Well, I am currently the provost for NMSU. I also served a year-long stint as interim president for the same university. UTPA: It seems as though you were very well liked there. We are just a little confused as to why you weren’t hired fulltime at NMSU. Cruzado: Well… UTPA: You had the support of several faculty members – not to

mention the senate faculty. Cruzado: Yeah, well... UTPA: It’s just confusing. A protest was staged in your honor. The students seemed to be well connected to you. And you delivered weekly Monday morning memos intricately detailing all the goings-on at the university. Cruzado: Yep… UTPA: Plus, you took the helm after the former president, Mike Martin, quickly left NMSU for another job. The university was under scrutiny, as it faced a sexual harassment and discrimination controversy. NMSU’s administration faced stark criticism, and you were the next leader of the university. With your inheritance of the controversy, it’s amazing that you still

managed to maintain a good rapport with the campus community. Cruzado: Yeah, it was tough… UTPA: Sorry to interrupt, but I’m confused about something else that happened at NMSU. What happened to the budgeted $150,000 for the first presidential search? Cruzado: Um … UTPA: And another question: Are you still being considered for the president position at NMSU? Cruzado: That’s a good question… UTPA: I’m sorry we’re out of time. But this has been eyeopening.

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Each week The Round Up poses questions on its opinion Twitter account, truopinion. Here are some of the questions and responses:

Do you feel safe on campus? Why or why not?

User: revout Message: Driving to and from campus is probably the most dan- gerous thing at NMSU (or anywhere for that matter).

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Who is our bigger football rival?

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What do make of the Taylor Swift/Kanye West incident?

User: C_Rose11 Message: : [West] seems to be jerk who wants all the attention, all the time. I feel bad for [Swift] but she handled it with dignity.

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Fresh off a victory over UNM, the Aggies head to San Diego State to take on the Aztecs By David Chavez|Sports Editor The New Mexico State University football team will travel to San Diego Saturday to take on the San Diego State Aztecs in their final tuneup before beginning a three-game WAC tour. The Aggies sit at 2-2 on the season and the Aztecs are 1-3. “These guys are starving for a win too,” football coach DeWayne Walker said. “They are going to be ready for us.” Although the Aztecs are a nonconference foe, they and the Aggies

have a long history. The series between the two schools dates back to 1936. The first game was played in Las Cruces and finished in a 7-7 tie. The Aztecs lead the all-time series with NMSU 6-1 and have won all games ever played in San Diego. The last game played in the series was in 1975 and the Aztecs won 48-3. Former University of New Mexico football coach Rocky Long is now the defensive coordinator for the Aztecs and brought with him a formula for beating the Aggies. In his 11 years with UNM, Long beat the Aggies eight times.

“Defensively, with Rocky [Long] there, they are tough,” Walker said. “They run to the ball, they tackle. He’s going to put pressure on our offense. We’re going to have our work cut out for us.” The game will be broadcast locally on KGRT 104 FM beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. The game will also be available in Spanish on Vista 98.7 FM.

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Breaking Down the Game 4Record: 4Points per Game 4Points Allowed per game 4Passing yards per game 4Rushing yards per game 4Key Wins 4Key Losses

NMsu 2-2, 0-1 WAC 15

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164 UNM (20-17) Idaho (6-21) UTEP (12-38)

71 S. Utah (35-19) Idaho (20-34) UCLA (14-33)

QB situation still unresolved heading into fifth game By David Chavez|Sports Editor Jeff Fleming or Trevor Walls? For fans, and journalists, figuring out who will be the starting quarterback for the Aggies next game has become a weekly guessing game – a trend that football coach DeWayne Walker said will continue until either Fleming or Walls prove themselves as a legitimate starter. “We are approaching this week like we have two starters and we are going with the hot quarterback [against San Diego State],” Walker said. This week, both quarterbacks got snaps with the first-team offense and Walker said a final decision will be made Friday. Quarterback controversy has been a recurring theme for the Aggie football team this year. After a tense preseason battle for the top quarterback job, Fleming emerged as the starter for the first game against Idaho, and kept his spot for the two following games against Prairie View A&M and UTEP. In those games, Fleming completed 35-of-66 passes and threw for 367 yards. Fleming had four interceptions and zero touchdowns. Thus, out goes Fleming; in comes Trevor Walls. In a surprise move, Walls was named the starting quarterback

against the University of New Mexico. He held that spot for a little more than three quarters. In three quarters of work, Walls completed just 10 passes, was sacked three times, threw one interception, and the Lobos led 17-13. “We were in panic mode at that point,” Walker said. “I had to come up with something.” Walker reinstated Fleming, who led the Aggies to a game winning touchdown in the final minute of the game. “Jeff [Fleming] was sitting for three quarters and fortunately he was able to roll in and he was able to find Marcus [Andersen] for a game-winning touchdown,” Walker said. Despite Fleming’s late game heroics in the Rio Grande Rivalry, Walker remains reluctant to name him as a starter for the Saturday contest against San Diego State. “It is good for both quarterbacks because now both quarterbacks have to be prepared to go into the game,” Walker said. Quarterbacks are generally leaders on offense and the only voices heard in the offensive huddle. Running back Seth Smith said having two quarterbacks coming in-and-out of the huddle has not disrupted team chemistry. “There are no leadership issues,” Smith said. “I think we are all on the same page. “[Center]Mike Grady is the vocal leader in the huddle and he is

Trevor Walls (left) and Jeff Fleming (right) split time with the first team offense this week. The starter will be announced Friday. Frank de la O/ the Round Up

good at keeping everything positive.” Grady said the two quarterbacks are so similar that each of them fit right into the offense. “They both do the same kinds of things – it’s not too different,” Grady said. And that seems to be why neither quarterback has emerged as the rightful leader on the Aggie offense.

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Quarterback Breakdown 4Jeff Fleming •Games Played: 4 • Completions: 39 • Attempts: 71 • Interceptions: 4 • Touchdowns: 1 • Classification: Redshirt sophomore

4Trevor Walls •Games Played: 3 • Completions: 15 • Attempts: 30 • Interceptions: 1 • Touchdowns: 1 • Classification: Redshirt freshman

Volleyball 2-0 in the WAC, prepares for Nevada and nationally ranked Hawaii By Korey Middleton|Sports Reporter

After a quick 2-0 start to the WAC season, the New Mexico State University volleyball team now has a daunting opponent in the form of conference powerhouse Hawaii. Volleyball coach Mike Jordan said that the team’s victories were great.

“We knew that Utah State was tough,” Jordan said. “But to sweep them, that was great. There’s been a lot of improvement here.” Jordan added the game against Louisiana Tech was a wake-up call for the Aggie team. After dropping the first game to the Techsters 19-25, the Aggies ral-

lied back to win the match in three straight games 25-22, 25-14 and 2521. Junior Whitney Woods led the Aggies to victory over LA Tech, racking up 19 kills and 13 digs, just one shy of tying her career record. For Woods, it was just another day at the office. “I just did what I normally do,”

Woods said. “They didn’t pay much attention to me in the first game. I was getting single blocks all game long until about the fourth game.” Now that the Aggies are 2-0, Woods said there is a little more room for the team to breathe. “There’s no stress on us,” Woods said. Jordan said having the squad healthy has been the key to improvement “Everyone’s in good spirits,” Jordan said. “We’re closer to being healthier and there’s a lot of room for improvement. This team has a good work ethic.” The Aggies will face a Hawaii team that is ranked fourth in the nation. Jordan said the team is loaded with talent and beating them will take a good effort from his young team. “They have a lot of blue chip recruits,” Jordan said. “We need that community support to make noise in the stands and help us.” NMSU fields many of new faces on the team this season. Jordan said he

If you go 4WHat: Volleyball vs. Nevada & Hawaii 4WHEN: Oct. 1 & Oct. 3 4Where: Pan American Center 4Time: 7 p.m. is happy with the production that he has received from his new players, a sentiment that Woods agrees with. “They’ve stepped up a lot,” Woods said. “They give us lots of competition. We scrimmage a lot with the starters versus the non-starters and they always give it 100 percent and treat it like a game situation.” The Aggies will face the Wahines of Hawaii Saturday Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Pan American Center and take on Nevada at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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theRound Up ARTS Cutter Gallery Rich in history and full of antiques and fine art, Cutter Gallery is a historical building that holds the past of the first NMSU president, children and fraternity boys.

Specializing in fine arts, antiques and jewelry, the Cutter Gallery is located at 2640 El Paseo Road. The gallery offers a wide selection of arts and antiques, as well as a jeweler who does most any jewelry repair. Frank De La O/ the Round Up

By Tiffany Carpenter | Arts Editor The big, beautiful yellow brick house on the corner of El Paseo Road and University Avenue – most have driven or walked past it, but are unaware of the history behind the house and the treasures that now lie inside. The first New Mexico State University president, Hiram Hadley built the Georgian style house in 1908 after he retired from NMSU. Hadley and his wife, Katherine, lived in the house until Hiram Hadley’s death. Sally Cutter, one of the current owners, said the house was later purchased by the Ludwick family after Hadley’s death. Throughout the years the house was utilized as a private residency, a nursery and later as a fraternity house. In 1974 Mr. and Mrs. Don Dwyer purchased the

home and then began to rent it to various college students and later to two different fraternities: first, Sigma Nu and later Lambda Chi Alpha. Glenn and Sally Cutter, the current owners of the Hadley House, now known as Cutter Gallery, purchased the home in 1990. Sally Cutter said the house had been nearly destroyed after the years of use by college students and parties. The Cutters, who were avidly involved in the art business, decided to open an art and jewelry gallery at the historic house. The couple officially opened the doors in 1993 after renovations and remodeling to repair damage from previous years. As the years have gone by, the Hadley House has seen many changes, but is still ravishing. The huge windows and open curtains are inviting to outsiders, and the

structure of the building sparks people’s interest as they glance at the old house. The possessions inside of the house are just as beautiful and interesting as the outside. “It [the house] really is a special place. We feature many regional artists, estate jewelry, new jewelry, and glass and bronze art,” said Sally Cutter. The atmosphere inside the house is instantly captivating. There are works of art hanging on each wall and glass cases covering the floor. Each case is filled with sparkling pieces of jewelry including rings, bracelets, pins, hair pieces and necklaces. Not only is there women’s jewelry, but men’s as well. While venturing through the house, there is much more for guests to see: paintings hung on each square-inch of every wall

and beautiful antiques set up on tables. The downstairs gallery extends to the second floor of the house, which is part of the original floor plan. The gallery still looks and feels like a home. “We are in close proximity to NMSU and we try to feature art that the students and faculty would like,” Cutter said. “We love it when students pass by and come take a look in the gallery.” The gallery also hosts art shows and has a new theme each time. There is a room which houses art history books, where a gallery art historian researches the pieces found at estate sales. Cutter Gallery also specialized in services which students may find particularly useful. “We have jewelry for students and we do watch repairs,” said

Glenn Cutter. “We also have wedding rings and bands.” Cutter Gallery not only serves as one of the few fine art galleries in Las Cruces, but also as a historical landmark in which the students and faculty of NMSU can feel at one with founder of the university. The historical presence of the building lingers on, and the Cutters have worked to preserve the essence of an early 1900’s home. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located on the corner of El Paseo Road and University Avenue.

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Street festival and convention teach importance of art in Southern New Mexico By Katy Barnitz | Arts Reporter Performing, literary, culinary and visual arts will hit the streets this weekend for the Second Annual What’s Art? Convention and street fair held at the Alma d’Arte Charter High School. The What’s Art? street fair will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is free to the public. The street fair will include food vendors, dancers and storytellers, among other artrelated demonstrations and sales booths. “Visitors can expect to experience all kinds of art,” said Shanna Ontiveros, receptionist

at Alma d’Arte. “It’s basically a festival where artists can come and expand their knowledge in art, and the public can come experience all kinds of art.” The convention, begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday with a reception and presentation by John Villani, author of “100 Best Small Arts Towns in America,” and food prepared by Chef Maurice Zeck from New Mexico State University’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Convention participants will also partake in art workshops offered on Saturday in subjects varying from “Insuring and Collecting Art” to “Culinary and Ice

Sculpture.” The NMSU School of Business helped organize the festival as part of a civic engagement project through the Small Business Consulting class with David Boje, who holds a Bank of America Professorship with the business college. “[The class] does service learning by going into the community,” Boje said. “We see if we can help create positive social and economic change. We have sessions in the What’s Art? convention specifically for people involved in the development of arts in Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico.”

The festival began after a group of local artists contacted the School of Business and asked about methods of increasing sales so that they can live as artists. “It’s important that we have a presence on the map as an arts and cultural destination,” Boje said. “If our area isn’t recognized as an arts center, and [the state doesn’t] say that Southern New Mexico has a great urban center and a rural spiral all around it of great art venues, then we can’t have a really viable art situation.” The What’s Art? Convention aims to educate artists in both new artistic techniques and busi-

ness methods, in hopes that Las Cruces will eventually be recognized as an arts and cultural district which means the city will receive state and federal support, Boje said. Tickets to the convention are $30 for adults and $20 for students. Scholarships from local businesses, The Ford Foundation and the New Mexico Community Foundation are available. For more information on What’s Art? visit

Katy Barnitz is an arts reporter and can be reached at


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