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By Andi Murphy|News Reporter New Mexico State University Engineers Without Borders are gearing up for another trip across the Mexican border to help a small community. A group from the NMSU EWB chapter will visit Satevo, a community in Chihuahua, Mexico ,during winter break to gather information about what the community needs, record some measurements and get to know the people, said Thomas Jenkins, EWB adviser and engineering technology professor. “We are going down there to talk to the people involved,” Jenkins said. “We’re trying to get the funding ready.” The project could go multiple ways, Jenkins said. The community may need a new water pumping or waste management system or clean sanitation facilities with running water. The project goal depends on what the people want and need, See Engineers pg. 4

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No state fair is complete without a ferris wheel, and the Southern New Mexico State Fair did not disappoint. Despite rainy weather and a drop in temperature, the fair continued throughout the weekend. Among the events were a Bengal tiger sideshow, a petting zoo and a rodeo. See pg. 3 for more pictures. Krista Avila/ the Round Up

Hillrise Elementary School students will take part in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, which means New Mexico State University students will have to be more careful when driving around school zones. NMSU students need to remember that, with walking comes safety issues, said Suzanne McQueen, Safe Routes to School coordinator for Hillrise Elementary. “College students should be informed about the efforts being taken to make the routes children take to school safer,” McQueen said. McQueen said efforts such as participation in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, are increasing physical activity, reducing traffic and promoting clean air quality. “Close to 200 students walk See Walk pg. 4

Students across the nation participate in a dangerous new drinking trend College students cut the calories to drink more without gaining weight By Tom Standford|News Reporter Students at colleges around the nation, including New Mexico State University, are choosing to refrain from eating food to allow for consumption of more calories by drinking alcohol. The new trend, “Drunkorexia,” involves students restraining themselves from eating during the day so they can balance out their calories by drinking at night, said

Benjamin Diven, the medical director of the NMSU Student Health Center. “It is kind of new, and we don’t inquire about it,” Diven said. “It’s one of those things that people have to tell us.” Diven said the trend does not pose a health threat to healthy students, but can affect those who are already anorexic. “The worry is that students aren’t getting the nutrients [they need],” Diven said. “If you’re going to down a six-pack, you are going to get a lot of [empty] calories.” Drunkorexia is a combination of

binge drinking and anorexia, both of which occur at NMSU, Diven said. Anorexia is an eating disorder, generally affecting women, that can cause hormone and metabolism complications, Diven said. Men can also be anorexic, although it is much less common, Diven said. Binge drinking is the act of drinking five alcoholic beverages for men and four beverages for women within a two hour period, said Debra Darmata, NMSU Wellness, Alcohol and Violence See Diet pg. 4

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aggie Calendar Tuesday, Oct. 6 What: Meeting to discuss the schematic design for the proposed Barnes and Noble University Bookstore Who: Open to the public and held by the Facilities Planning and Construction Department Where: Second floor of Corbett Center Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Contact: NMSU Facilities Planning and Construction at 646-1016, or e-mail fpc@nmsu. edu.

Wednesday, Oct.7 What: Pizza with the president and the provost Who: Open to students Where: Hadley Hall Lobby Time: 12 to 1 p.m. What: Department of Computer Science Colloquium Who: Rob Sinclair, Microsoft Where: Science Hall Room 107 Time: 3:30 p.m. Reception in Science Hall Room 124 to follow Contact: Jenny Griffith at 6464570 or the Computer Science Department at 646-3723

Saturday, Oct. 10 What: Unravelers Knitting Guild tour to Natural Dye Garden Who: All knitters and lovers of yarn are welcome Where: Ric Rao’s gardens Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact: Diane Taylor at 5520603 What: The Las Cruces Branch of the American Association of University Women meeting Who: Sister Donna Kustusch will talk about the women’s cooperative Centro Santa Catalina, which is a safe haven for women and children in Juarez. Where: Mountain View Hospital, Community Education Room. Time: 10 a.m. Contact: Kathy Mayer at 6471939, or visit the association Web site www.aauw.org.

Briefs ... Aggies for Christ invites all students to attend weekly meetings to play basketball, volleyball, meet new people, worship and attend a college Bible study. We meet in the gym of University Church of Christ on the corner of University Avenue and Jordan Street on Wednesday evenings at 7. It is recommended that adults in the United States get tested for HIV at least once a year. At NMSU, this testing is free every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Corbett Center in the San Juan Room 206. This excludes the dates of Nov. 11, 18 and 25.

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Top right: Many children enjoyed spending time sitting on the large tractors displayed at the fair. Above: Despite rainy weather and drops in temperature, the fair continued on throughout the weekend. Five-yearold Lane Wright fed the sheep at the petting zoo featured at the fair.

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based on EWB preliminary visit this winter. Jenkins said one community water pumping system requires a lot of labor and pressure regulation. Pressure regulation is a twohour process of checking levels and walking around to different areas and regulating pressures, Jenkins said. “If they don’t do that, some homes might not have water,” Jenkins said. Satevo is near Las Boquillas, the community EWB visited last year during spring break where the team built a bridge. Jenkins said without the bridge, the citizens of Las Boquillas could be trapped during floods and unable to receive food or supplies. The bridge project cost about $5,000. “The [bridge] project in Mexico is completed,” Jenkins said. “Everyone’s happy with it.” In the future, Jenkins hopes to see nursing or agriculture programs get involved in EWB projects with. Jenkins said these students could set up a health clinic for students to get handson experience or teach the people about new methods of farming. EWB also initiated an annual fundraising banquet for local professionals and members of the campus community, said

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or ride their bikes to school on ‘Walking Wednesdays’ at Hillrise,” McQueen said. “I hope that NMSU students take extra precaution on Wednesdays.” McQueen said there are several precautions NMSU students can take in order to dive more safely in school zones. “I would really encourage NMSU students [to] put their cell phones away and not text while they are driving,” McQueen said. The elementary school students will be joined by several NMSU women’s basketball players. “The basketball team members [are] prime examples of how sustaining an active lifestyle keeps you healthy,” McQueen said. NMSU women’s basketball coach Darin Spence said some women basketball players will attend the walk to encourage physical activity, hand out prizes and stay involved in the community. “Our players are looking forward to the walk,” Spence said. McQueen said NMSU students can learn a lesson from Hillrise Elementary students. “NMSU students can take a cue from the little ones and get walking themselves,” McQueen said. For more information, contact McQueen at smcqueen@ lcps.k12.nm.us.

IF YOU GO WHAT: Engineers With out Borders weekly meetings WHEN: Every Tuesday WHERE: Ed & Harold Forman Engineering Complex Room 230 TIME: 6 p.m. Dorothy Lanphere, EWB chapter president and an industrial engineering graduate student. The first EWB banquet took place in September and brought in $1,417 and featured guest speaker, Lowell Catlett, dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. EWB does community service and plans on participating in Keep State Great, Aggie Experience and the NMSU homecoming parade. Some members are taking part in Habitat for Humanity, Lanphere said. Kenly Maldonado, EWB member and junior in mechanical engineering technology who went to Las Boquillas last spring to help build the bridge. “They [EWB] really want to make a difference,” Maldonado said. “That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to stay with the group, because they actually get out there and help.”

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IF YOU GO WHAT: International Walk to School Day WHEN: Oct. 7 WHERE: Hillrise Elementary TIME: Meet at 7:15 a.m. at Apostolic Tabernacle Church WHY: To encourage physical activity and healthy transportation Jenna Candelaria is a news reporter and can be reached at trunews@nmsu.edu.

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Education coordinator. Binge drinking, is the most harmful part of the Drunkorexia trend and is itself a big problem at NMSU, Diven said. “Drinking to get drunk puts [students] in positions of vulnerability,” Diven said. “We’ve had [binge drinking-related] deaths before.” Darmata said binge drinking is an issue at NMSU, but no more than at any other college campus. According to a campus survey conducted in 2008, 45 percent of students admitted to binge drinking at least once within two weeks prior to the survey, Darmata said. However, NMSU has seen a significant decrease of 15 percent in binge drinking from 2006 to 2008, Darmata said. Darmata said women are more likely to be “Drunkorexic,” since they are more concerned about their caloric intake than men may be, and would rather reduce their food intake instead of their alco-

hol consumption. Alcohol contains a large amount of sugar and carbohydrates, and has little to no nutritional value, Darmata said. Saving calories is not the only reason students decide to go hungry. “This is a new word for an activity that’s been going on for many years,” Darmata said. “[Students] purposely don’t eat to get buzzed quicker, which makes them more susceptible to alcohol poisoning.” Owen Cortner, a senior in environmental science, said he has never heard of “Drunkorexia” and does not know anyone he would consider a “Drunkorexic”, but said he could easily see the possibility for it. “People always say that beer is liquid bread,” Cortner said, “unless it’s Bud Light.”

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WAVE program Web site, www.nmsu. edu/~wave/alcohol/ eCHECKUP TO GO selfassessment on alcohol use, www.interwork.sdsu.edu/ echug2/?id=NMState&hfs =true Caraline Murphy, a junior in civil engineering, said she was aware of “Drunkorexia” and the health hazards that come with it. “I think it’s unhealthy,” Murphy said. “You don’t get the proper nutrition you need in a strictly-beer diet.”

Tom Sandford is a news reporter and can be reached at trunews@nmsu.edu


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From OurReaders Response to web comments, ASNMSU diversity bill To the NMSU community: I was immensely disappointed to read online comments for The Round Up article, “Minority groups petition ASNMSU for more money.” The comments made by some anonymous students were nothing short of hate speech. I felt discouraged that such closed-mindedness was being cultivated on our campus. Arguments against the passing of this bill were weak, selfish to a fault and ignorant. Several of the fallacies of the arguments should be corrected. 1. The bill will allow each program to request $10,000, an increase from the $5,500 of previously allotted funds. Not every program will receive the full amount. The bill allows the program to request that amount. To receive any amount of money, they still have to go through the process of writing a bill for the amount and it being passed by our student government. This applies to every student organization on campus. 2. Several online comments indicated frustration that there

are no “white” cultural programs at NMSU. Historically, minority cultural programs were initiated in schools to assist students in finding a niche to facilitate success. It is not the fault of existing minority programs that there are no “white” focused groups, thus they do not deserve an attack on their community organizations. The NMSU Department of Student Activities invites everyone in the student body to create chartered student organizations. Any Irish-American, EnglishAmerican, German-American, or any other culturally/nationally unified group can apply to be recognized by NMSU. In fact, NMSU recognizes organizations from Asia and the Middle East as well. Web site: www.nmsu.edu/StudentOrganizations/StudentOrganizationList.php. 3. Money appropriated to these groups is not a hand-out. For ASNMSU to approve the spending a group has to, in great detail, explain what the money is going to, how it can improve the experiences of the participants of the organization and how it can improve the experiences of the entire student body. Events such as Fiestas Latinas, Black History Month and American Indian Week, are never exclusive. On the contrary, each year these events are

open to all. These events are an outreach for education, sharing and understanding. 4. Enrollment by race/ethnicity for the NMSU system (academic year 2007-08) was approximately 42 percent Hispanic, 37 percent white, 4 percent international, 3 percent African-American, 3 percent American Indian/Alaskan native, 1 percent Asian/ Pacific Islander and 9 percent unknown. The NMSU Web site, www.nmsu.edu/General/ NMSU_At_a_Glance.html, enforces a quote from the article. Evangelina Miranda states that 53 percent of the student body is a minority, and discredits one of the rude comments online. Minorities are the majority on campus. The passing of this bill was not a case of affirmative action, minority hand-outs or pandering. Passage of the bill by ASNMSU represents that our

student government is aware of our multi-cultural community and would like to see it flourish. As a student of NMSU, a Chicana, a feminist, a board member of a chartered club and a potential graduate student, I hope that the general attitude about our status as a “minority as majority” campus becomes something to embrace, rather than attacked ignorantly. --With Respect, Naomi Ruth Estrada

Apology: women deserve respect Dear women at NMSU and of the world, I would like to take this time to apologize for any mental or

physical abuses you may have had to endure by my male counterparts just for being a woman. Although, I, as a male, will never fully understand the way women are treated by men, I am sorry if I and other men have stared at you just as sexual objects and not as equal human beings. I have this disgusted feeling in my stomach, as I am in the middle of reading the life story of Yvonne Johnson, co-written by Rudy Wiebe, called, “Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman,” for one of my classes. I am appalled at how many men she has had to endure, as they force themselves upon her. On more than 10 occasions she has been raped. This caused me to ask myself, “Is there a behavior being passed down to men that says it’s OK for this type of violence to happen to women?” See Readers pg. 6

Voices of NMSU

What do you like most and least about life at New mexico state university?

“It’s a very clean environment.”

“The learning environment. Everybody minds their own business. Everybody is friendly. And the baseball team. I wish I could say the football team.”

Reyes Hernandez, sophomore Secondary education

Anthony Perez, sophomore Criminal justice

“Bikers and skaters up and down the walkways.”

“The food in Taos and the locks in Garcia. It makes it feel more like a prison.”

the good:

the bad:

“NMSU welcomes diversity. It’s multicultural in the way that different departments align. It makes for stronger alumni.”

Danielle Flores, senior/ sophomore Criminal justice/Biochemistry “The lack of funding for a lot of programs.”

“All the people are nice around here.”

“The campus isn’t too big. It doesn’t feel like it’s overwhelming as you’re walking to classes.”

Trevor Peters, sophomore Criminal justice

Tiera Owens, freshman Elementary education

“How Taos is so repetitive.”

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Then during the week, I heard several stories from women and a man, who say they have had their drinks spiked or “roofied” at parties. Now, I am even more disgusted. Are our men being taught to degrade women, or has sexual promiscuity run amok that we now see our counterparts in sexual ways first? If it is true that men are spiking drinks with roofies, what does it say about our young men who are supposedly being groomed to become the next leaders in business and government? Where has the love gone? It seems that our sisters are constant targets for sexual violence. In 2006, 232,960 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted, according to the National Crime Victimization Survey. That’s 600 a day. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year. Less than 20 percent of battered women sought medical treatment following an injury, according to www.now.org/issues/violence/ stats.html. In a survey of college women, 13.3 percent indicated that they have been forced to have sex in a dating situation, according to statistics from www.pcar.org/ about_sa/stats.html. Although I have never forced myself on any women, I, like many of my counterparts, have used explicit words to describe men and women. I, too, catch myself looking upon all the beautiful women on campus this year with lust and think to myself, that I am just appreciating their beauty. Still, staring is not polite. I apologize for any of my actions and thoughts that have added to this cycle of sexual violence towards women and I vow to continue to improve myself and my community. --Peace. Sincerely, Christian Sarmiento

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theRound Up SPORTS New Mexico State University Vs. Hawaii

Top Left: Sophomore Jennah DeVires looks on as her teammate spikes the ball over the Hawaii defense Saturday at the Pan-American Center. Top Right: DeVires sets up one of her teammates for a kill in the first match of the New Mexico State University/Hawaii game Saturday at the Pan-American Center. Bottom: Bryanna Brown serves during the Aggies bout with No. 4 Hawaii. The Aggies lost in four matches. Frank de la O/the Round Up

Aggies suffer first conference loss to No. 4 Hawaii in four sets Korey Middleton|Sports Reporter Coach Mike Jordan said the New Mexico State University volleyball played three good games Saturday night, but in the end, the Aggies were unable to overcome the Wahine from Hawaii and fell three games to one. The Aggies had trouble on the attacking end in the first set. The team committed nine errors in the 25-21 loss. After the change of court, NMSU sprang back to life and defeated Hawaii soundly in the second set 25-15. Hawaii committed several errors that kept Aggie rallies alive and resulted in the NMSU second set victory. The third game was a close contest, with the teams battling back-and-forth for points. Hawaii pulled ahead late in the game and won 25-22. “I was happy with the first three games,” Jordan said. “Then the fourth game just went south.” The Aggies seemed to fall apart in the final game, committing several errors and had a lot of difficulty passing the ball. Hawaii seized the opportunities that the Aggies gave

them and dominated the final game 25-11. “They forced us to make a lot of passing errors in the final game, and we became predictable on offense,” Jordan said. Despite the loss, the Aggies are the only team in the WAC to win a set against Hawaii this season. The Wahine have blanked all of their previous opponents three sets to none. “I’m not so ecstatic about that,” Jordan said. Kayleigh Giddens and Krista Altermatt led the way offensively for the Aggies with 18 and 14 kills respectively. Giddens and Kelsi Phillips added nine and 11 digs on the night. Giddens said she was not happy with her teams’ performance, however. “I felt like our team gave up.” Giddens said. “We looked scared. We looked nervous.” The Aggies also held Hawaii to a single service ace. The Wahine led the division in aces, averaging 1.87 per game. The Aggies, on the other hand, are last in the division

What does it all mean? 4The Aggies are the first oppo- nent in conference this sea- son to win a game against Hawaii 4The Wahine coming into this game were 11-0 after winn- ing set one 4Hawaii has outscored oppo nents 816 points to 619.5 this season 4Hawaii has only played four sets five times this season Apostolic Tabernacle Church at the game. “They did a nice job,” Jordan said. “They were consistent and put a lot of pressure on them.” The Aggies will be back in action next week at Boise State on Thursday. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. for service aces, averaging .93 per game. On the servicing side, Erin Birmingham and Bryanna Brown

added three aces and one service error. However, the Aggies as a team committed five service errors

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Aggies run out of gas in fourth quarter, lose to San Diego State 34-17 Round Up Reports Seventeen was the magic number Saturday night in San Diego. The Aggies and Aztecs were tied at 17 early in the fourth quarter. After that, the Aztecs scored 17 unanswered points, beating the New Mexico State football team 34-17 – a 17-point victory. Turnovers were a big issue for the Aggies all night. Two interceptions, two fumbles and three turnovers on downs hurt the Aggies, especially late in the game. “We can’t turn the ball over four times and win a football game,” football coach DeWayne Walker said after the game. “We didn’t take the ball away enough and they scored a touchdown on defense. We made too many mistakes. We fought hard and we’ll have to go back to the draw-

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WHAT: Nevada vs. Louisiana Tech WHEN: Friday Oct. 9 @ 5 p.m. WHERE: Reno, Nev. Watch on ESPN

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Football around the WAC Round Up Reports Boise State continued its dominating season and stayed undefeated after beating UC Davis 3416 Saturday. The Broncos are ranked fifth in the nation and have the tougher part of their schedule behind them. They play Tulsa Saturday and then play seven straight WAC games, including a bout with a surprising Idaho team on Nov. 14. Thus far, Idaho has been the surprise team in the WAC. Picked to finish dead last in the WAC, the

WAC FOOTBALL STANDINGS: WAC Boise State 1-0 Idaho 1-0 Louisiana Tech 1-0 Nevada 0-0 San Jose State 0-0 Utah State 0-0 Hawaii 0-1 NM State 0-1 Fresno State 0-1

Vandals are sitting at 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in the WAC. With impressive wins over New Mexico State University and San Diego State, the Vandals are second in the WAC heading into a sevengame conference stretch. The underachiever so far this season is, without a doubt, Fresno State. After blowing out UC Davis 51-0 in its first game, the Bulldogs have lost three games in a row and are sitting at the bottom of the WAC standings.

OVERALL 5-0 3-1 2-2 1-3 1-3 1-3 2-2 2-3 1-3

NEXT GAME Tulsa San Jose State Nevada Louisiana Tech Idaho NM State Fresno State Utah State Hawaii

SOCCER 2-0 IN WAC Round Up Reports After wins against Idaho on Sunday and Boise State on Friday, the women’s soccer team is 2-0 in the WAC and showing the rest of the conference that they are no pushover. “This game was huge for us,” soccer coach Michael Needham said after the win against Boise State. “It starts us off on the right foot.” Two day later, the Aggies knocked off Idaho 3-2 at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggies continue conference action on the road. They travel to Fresno State, Oct. 9 to take on the Bulldogs.

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Swimming dives into the season with high expectations Korey Middleton|Sports Reporter After a third place finish last year in the WAC championship, coach Rick Pratt and the Aggie swimming team are hungry to finish higher in their conference. “We were 67 points behind the top team, which isn’t much,” Pratt said. “We’ve tasted success and now we’re ready to improve on that.” Pratt said the team has a good schedule this year. New Mexico State University will get to compete against national powerhouse Arizona, who won the NCAA swimming title last year, and other PAC-10 conference elites such as Oregon State and Arizona State. The team isn’t daunted, however. “We’re starving,” senior Elisabeth Thomson said. “We’re ready to win. It’s going to be a tough season.” During the annual intra-squad meet on Sept. 30, the Crimson and White Dual, Thomson and the Crimson team edged out the White by a score of 50-36. Thomson posted the best time in the 200-meter freestyle race. Pratt said the squad “really embraced” the meet. “It was the best dual we’ve had so far,” Thomson said. The Aggie team, which will graduate its first class under coach Pratt, is excited by the effort they are getting from both their veterans and their new faces. “The seniors have improved tremendously since I’ve got here and that means a lot to me personally,” Pratt said. “They’ve sacrificed a lot to get here and they want to end on a high note. They’re making every day count.” Pratt added that the new additions to his team have a lot of raw talent and add a balance and depth to the team – a sentiment that senior Victoria Eckerman echoed. “They keep challenging the seniors,” Eckerman said. Thomson said she thinks the attitude in the water is really great. “We all feed off of each other,” Thomson said. “There’s definitely a positive vibe around here.” The Aggies are buying into the team concept and Pratt said it is showing in the pool. On Sept. 18, the Aggies spent the day at Cabal-

Members of the New Mexico State University swim team compete in the annual Crimson and White meet Sept. 30 in Las Cruces. The Crimson team beet the White team 50-36. The Aggies are back in the pool Friday at the WAC shootout in San Jose, Calif. Frank De La O/the Round Up

What to Watch for 4WHAT: Swimming at the WAC Shootout 4WHEN: San Jose, California 4WHERE: Hillrise Elementary 4TIME: October 9-10 @ 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. 4NMSU: Finished 3rd in the WAC last season lo Lake where they participated in team building events, such as scavenger hunts and canoe obstacle races, and discussed team goals and expectations. “They work hard,” Pratt said. “Here we try to create a culture that supports each other. Swimming is an individual sport, but we try to support each other.” The Aggie swimmers’ first meet will be the WAC shootout in San Jose Oct 9 through 10. The action starts at 5 p.m. Friday and the finals start at 11 a.m. Saturday. “It’s nice to be able to have the WAC Shootout,” Pratt said. “We get to see our conference competition early.”

Korey Middleton is a sports reporter and can be reached at trusports@nmsu.edu.

Maria Spies was one of the swimmers at the Crimson and White Duel on September 30. The competition was made up of 10 events, which included the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke. Frank De La O/the Round Up


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