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Letter from the President

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Hello fellow Aggies! I wanted to close the fall semester by commending all of the students on their diligence in their studies and to wish everyone a happy holiday season and a very prosperous New Year. For those of you graduating on Dec. 14, congratulations! A few years ago, you decided to come to New Mexico State University to pursue your college career. I am hopeful (and confident) that you found New Mexico State University a “caring community that has helped transform your life through discovery.” As you reflect upon your time on campus, I hope you remember a number of important discoveries you may have made. Perhaps you have discovered who you are and what you want to do with your life. Perhaps you’ve found a career field or a network of friends and supporters who can help you for the rest of your life. Perhaps you’ve even been a part of an important academic or research discovery in one of our classrooms or labs. Whichever scenario is yours, you are now ready to go out into the world. For those of you still working toward graduation, I look forward to seeing you again next year. (I don’t want to miss the opportunity to ask you to enroll for next semester before you leave for the holidays.) Students are our core business and without your academic success, we don’t have success as a university. I hope you have discovered an academic field you are passionate about, an area you enjoy where you can focus your attention. I encourage you to continue to study hard. Trust me, it’s worth it. NMSU has more than 100,000 alumni living around the world. I hear frequently from those graduates that their degrees have contributed significantly to their success. They also say that they would put their NMSU education up against any other. While attending NMSU, your job is to work to earn your degree and join those graduates. I have mentioned before that this is an outstanding university and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as its president. There is an unmistakable spirit of collegiality, cooperation and support from students, faculty and staff across the NMSU system. It’s only by working together as a “caring community” that we will be able to achieve continued success. Please enjoy some well-deserved time off during this holiday season. I hope you are able to spend it with those who are special to you. I also wish you a happy New Year filled with blessings and good fortune

Garrey Carruthers

Christmas Carols and Luminarias

The annual Luminarias and Christmas Carols on the Plaza will take place Dec. 24 in Mesilla. Christmas Carols will be sung from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Photo by Kyle Chancellor

Time: 5:30 p.m. Day: Tuesday Place: Old Mesilla Plaza

Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D. President and Professor of Economics New Mexico State University

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Noël Coward’s “Private Lives”

Student teachers forced to commute

by David Norton Contributing Writer

As the fall semester at New Mexico State University comes to and end and students are getting their schedules for the spring, students in the College of Education are finding themselves more and more discouraged. Only 12 of 38 student teachers at the elementary school level were placed in the Las Cruces area, which means the others will have to commute to places such as Hatch, Mesquite, Sunland Park and Anthony. While student teachers aren’t forbidden to have a job, it is discouraged not to while in the program because student teaching hours amount to more than a full time job. This makes juggling both areas a struggle if a student teacher tries to work both. While not all student teachers had placement issues, especially those in middle schools, student teachers in the program said not being able to have a job and having to pay for travel expenses could get pricey. NMSU College of Education faculty members Herman Garcia, Ph.D., and Teresa Valenzuela argue that while it can be hard for a student teacher to travel to these farther locations, most everything in the area is relatively close and the diversity of the experience is

Dec. 24 in Mesilla

much more valuable. “It’s important to go to different districts because they are all so different,” Baker said. “It is preparing student teachers for the future.” Garcia said, regarding student teacher placement, a major factor was if they had any prior experience in a school district. Those who had taught in Las Cruces would try and be placed elsewhere to get a more diverse experience. Even more of a contributing factor to whether school districts accepted student teacher or not is the implementation of new standardized teaching and testing practices, as well as teacher evaluations, Baker and Garcia said. “More programs, less schools where we can place student teachers,” Garcia said. While the faculty assures students they will settle into their placements and find the value of being placed outside of Las Cruces, some students have reserves. Clara Welles, a NMSU senior who was placed in Las Cruces because she requested a middle school, says she “feels for the students placed outside of the district.” Baker and Garcia said they send a list of names to the school districts that are approved, altered or

denied and have no real input on how many students are accepted. Amanda Burns, another student who is obtaining her master’s degree, said she feels like more effort should be placed in Las Cruces because “as a student teacher you don’t have time to work or commute.” However, she admits the experience will be good. After she found out her cooperating teacher, the actual teacher whose class she will work in, was a “master” of her profession, driving an hour or more each day was well worth it. While many people involved in the process are frustrated with the placements, the issue seems to lie with certain decision makers in the school district’s leadership, Baker and Garcia said. School districts are facing new common core standardized teaching and testing this year, along with many other new programs being implemented that are making it harder for schools to use student teachers, Garcia said. Regardless of heresy if the program will lose participants, Baker and Garica said they are confident the program will strive to give the best experience and preparation it can to all of its students, present and future.

The movie screening of Coward’s “Private Lives” takes place in the 1930s and focuses on the storyline of a divorced couple who discover their rooms are adjacent to each other while on a honeymoon with their new partners. When: Dec. 11, 7 p.m. Where: 8401 Gateway Blvd. W, El Paso

White Sands Guided Tour Take a one-hour sunset stroll of White Sands as the ranger guides you through the sand dunes. Topics covered will range from geology, plants and animals of the White Sands National Monument. The program will start at the sign along Dunes Drive, 5 miles from the visitors center. When: Dec. 12, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Where: 19955 U.S. 70 Alamogordo Other: Occurs weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Price: Entrance fees do apply but the program is free.

Living Christmas Tree Performance The First Baptist Church of Las Cruces is set to showcase Christmas traditions with this performance. When: Dec. 14-17, 11 a.m. matinee performance on Dec. 14 and 7 p.m.; 7 p.m. for following shows Where: 106 S. Miranda St. Price: $5

Farm Volunteer Days Come and volunteer at the Mountain View Market farm in Mesilla and learn about organic farming, local food production, vermiculture, composting and more. When: Dec.14, 9 p.m. - noon Where: 2653 Snow Road


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Workers on NMSU site underpaid

by Jesca Cervantes Managing Editor El Paso resident Albert Lopez began working for El Paso Insulation Systems on the Pete V. Dominici Hall this August but the company laid him off Nov. 20, and he was later notified he was getting underpaid. In order to support his wife and three children, Lopez must look for another job, but he’s not alone. Two former co-workers, Gabriel Jimenez and Lauro Lucero Sr., are also searching for work after being underpaid and laid off by EPIS. The three non-contracted workers received $20.30 an hour while the other workers received $41.64, according to the certified payroll. Enrique Cabrera, the union leader for the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulator and Allied Workers, said EPIS is violating the prevailing wage rate in New Mexico by incorrectly classifying the three workers as “common laborers” instead of “insulators.” Lopez said on the job site he would move insulation, cut, measure and install it, which would classify him as an insulator, said Jeremy Olverson, certified teacher for New Mexico apprenticeship. Olverson also said misclassifying workers is something he’s recently seen more of in New Mexico. The contractors don’t pay the prevailing wages so they can have the lowest bid and eventually pay significantly lower wages for the labor. The work on the site is not contracted through New Mexico State University directly because for state-funded projects more than $60,001, such as the Dominici Hall project, the university must go through a bidding process. Jayne’s Corp. was selected to contract the project after winning the lowest bid for the job. Jaynes then uses Metro Mechanical Inc. to find the actual work for the job site — EPIS. According to Business and Legal Resources website: “To give organized labor a fair chance when bidding for government contracts, federal law requires all employers

ers, but, if he is, he will make sure the workers get their full pay. Lucero said he is having problems with the union wanting to “run out small businesses.” “It’s unfortunate to see this happen in New Mexico,” said Jose Gurrola, representative of the union. “It brings the standard of living down.” EPIS was also fined for lack of an adequate supply of potable water and equipment at Puentes Elementary School in El Paso May 29, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration documents. On Nov. 12, Cabrera said police arrived at the scene where workers posted a sign reading “EL PASO INSULATION SYSTEMS VIperforming federal contracts to OLATES IT’S EMPLOYEES pay prevailing wages to their work- RIGHTS (sic),” but the police ers. This ensures that non-union told the workers they had the right employers cannot gain an unfair to protest so long as they didn’t habidding advantage by paying wages rass anyone. far below the union rate and passHowever, this incident occurred ing the savings three times preon to the govviously at this ernment in the site. form of lower Cabrera said bids.” he spoke with However, Glen Haubold, Abraham Luassistant vice -Jose Gurrola cero, manager president of for EPIS, he facilities, about the protest, but said he is not misclassifying work- Haubold said to speak with

“It’s unfortunate to see this happen in New Mexico.”

Jaynes instead since, according to Haubold, the university had nothing to do with the situation. NMSU respects free speech but doesn’t “know much about the situation,” Haulbold said. “If the work force solutions people (of New Mexico) came to us and said ‘Jaynes is not paying people properly’ then we have to do something, but that hasn’t happened,” Haulbold said about Cabrera’s encounter. But after this situation, Cabrera said he did try to speak with people from NMSU but “no one wants to talk.” Student Denali Wilson helped organize a rally Nov. 21 to help

spread the word about the situation and is in high apprehension. “It’s concerning to me as a student to see these trends (disregard of worker’s rights) in administrative policies on campus,” Wilson said. The United States Department of Labor will soon investigate reasons why workers are not receiving the prevailing wage rate, Cabrera said.


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Anthony says it all by Anthony Albidrez Staff Writer

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very once in a while the unexpected person crashes into the situation of emotion and actual need: the hookup. This phenomenon occurs in our time of need and in the time of coincidence. The person playing beer pong becomes the person of attraction. Some people believe the hookup means having sex, but a hookup can also just be a night of kissing. If that’s your situation, pray that the person is a good kisser. Stay away from biters, overactive tongues and the dreaded shy kisser, also known as the bad kisser. The question arises: are they attracted to me or not? It is the moment when your eyes meet with the attractive person across the room and one thing leads to another.

It turns out that half the time the personwho has been staring you down from across the crowded room is really into you. The smell of spilt beer and the sound of pong distracted Blayke from the person, whose eye lashes bantered. Aaron played the game of mystery and sexual attraction. Aaron is 19 years old. Blayke is 22 years old. Should he approach or should he evade? Aaron is pretty and a good kisser, but the mystery lingers. There is always the mystery of an unknown hookup: who is this person? What do they have going for them? The actual intentions of this person are unknown, and, hell, the intentions regarding you are left unknown. Is a hookup just a hookup or possibly a potential lover? You never know.

The end of 2013 defines love in many areas but ultimately leaves love anonymous and undefined. The main question is if love actually exists in our generation. Parents with marriages of 20-some years are divorcing. People are scared of commitment and would rather move on than work things out with a lover. Where does the love go? It cannot just simply die. Maybe it is transferred to the next person in line. People fall in love and live a life of dependency. Is commitment a state of love or a state of slavery? The hookup allows you to stay a mile away while releasing sexual frustration, and then when it’s all over you go home. There is no extra baggage that comes with a relationship.

Why owning a car is all it’s cracked up to be by S.O Nicli Staff Writer

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hey’re all around us and almost everyone we know has them, but it’s incredible that such a common, necessary thing tends to be expensive and difficult to acquire. It’s one of the first steps to becoming an “adult.” Owning a car, be it a hand-me-down or purchasing a brand new vehicle, it is what establishes one’s individuality and independence. Yet the actual journey to owning a car is tediously expensive and seemingly never-ending to some. Most new cars, at the lowest price, cost about $20,000, and most used cars run about 3,000. For full-time college students who work part time, it is difficult to accumulate enough money to purchase a car. In the meantime, individuals without a vehicle are generally forced to use public transportation, which means they are subject to the schedules set forth by the city. Although there are positives to

using public transportation, such as paying less, not having to pay for gas and saving the environment by not spewing exhaust from your individual car, the luxury of actually having a car is something everyone desires. The necessity of a car is especially apparent in cities such as Las Cruces and El Paso where the public transport system falls short. These cities are so large, land wise, that it’s difficult to spend so long going from bus to bus only to get to a specific part of town, when driving there would take half the time. In cities like New York, London, Paris or Barcelona, almost everybody uses the underground metro lines and not many people actually own cars because of how unnecessary they are. But the one thing all those cities have in common is how close everything is. In order to actually get a car, one must save up for years or get a job that pays well so they can

make car payments each month. It’s the first step into adulthood, paying your car and sometimes also paying its insurance. But then begins the vicious cycle. How can someone get a job to pay for a car when he or she doesn’t have a car to drive to his or her place of employment? The alternatives lead to thoughts of dependence on public transportation yet again. And there are cars all around us, teasing us into the life we could have. Maybe that’s just the romanticized version of what owning a car is, in the mind of a carless person. But cars really do make one’s life easier, and it’s apparent how tedious life is without a car.

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WORD ON THE STREET How do you survive finals? ONLINE Read more at nmsuroundup.com

Raul Urena Junior

“Turning studying into a drinking game. Every time you get an answer right, you take a shot and every time you get an answer wrong, you have to study.”

Scott Kost Senior

“Stay up and work on projects.”

Colton McAlister Freshman

“Being prepared and paying attention in class.”

Ryan O’Hea Junior

“Sleep on the left side of the pillow.”


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VIRGO Still frantically trying to keep the peace? It’s a cute trick, but not even you can maintain harmony at all times.

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Get moving. Your planetary helpers are called “hectic” and “frantic,” so prepare for some skilled tap-dancing through a long list of tasks.

“I pretty much wear whatever is clean. And I also wear a lot of V-necks. I have about 15 to 20 of them.”

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SCORPIO A chunk of blazing planetary power is beaming down on you, ready to start the engine for the trip of a lifetime. Which doesn’t mean you can sit back and relax.

CAPRICORN That confident edge has a desirability all of its own. Which means the object of your desire is unlikely to resist. Not that you’d take “no” for an answer anyway.

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This time you’re going to need more than the obligatory toothbrush to get where you’re going. This week’s journeys want you looking good.

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If you use logic you can solve the puzzle without guesswork. Need a little help? The hints page shows a logical order to solve the puzzle. 1. EyesdontlieWe Like SongsHotelUse it to identify the next square you2.should solve. Or use 3-Wish the answers page if you really get stuck. Machinedrum Pompeya Ducktails This track entrances while it works throbs toward a build up. North Carolina producer Machinedrum’s latest record “Vapor City” is a must to check out.

Light and dance infused, this single by the Moscow pop band first full length “Tropical” will delight fans of Two Door Cinema Club and Empire of The Sun.

Extended and languid, the title track from Ducktails newest EP puts smooth, diverse instrumentation at the forefront.

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Buzzing and upbeat, the Burger records band lean toward optimism on this lead track off their new similarly titled sophomore album.

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Melding ’60s pop influence with psychedelic elements, Foxygen drummer Shaun Flemming croons excellently as Diane Coffee on his new projects debut release entitled “My Friend Fish.”

Sure, the workload has piled up. Don’t let it get to you. The trick is to do what you can, comfortable in the knowledge that the world won’t collapse if it has to wait an extra day.

ARIES One of those news items that hits you in the solar plexus could radically alter your love life. Before you overreact, do your best to find out the truth.

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Self-respect is needed. Before you face the day, gaze into the mirror and remind yourself how fabulous you are. Otherwise you might start believing those who think you have to lose for them to win.

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GEMINI Dr. Daniel P. Dugas Assistant Professor in Geography

by Amaya Worthem Staff Writer With interests in geomorphic aspects of landscape ecology and a doctorate in geography, a master’s degree in geology, geography and anthropology as well as a bachelor’s degree in geology, Daniel Dugas certainly knows his way around a rock. Dugas has been part of the geography family at New Mexico State University since 1996. Dugas received a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1981 along with master’s degrees in geology, geography and

anthropology from the University of Oregon in 1989. He also received a doctorate degree in geography from the University of Oregon in 1993. Dugas has worked as a geographer, geologist, paleontologist and geoarchaeologist. His research has focused on the geomorphic, stratigraphic, pedologic and paleoclimatic assessment of landforms and depositional environments. He is currently researching the spatial/climatic linkages of pattern development at White Sands Dune field, and tech-

It’s not that the promises are insincere, it’s that the person making them lacks the authority to get them going. Don’t waste time worrying.

CANCER Your life is more complicated than you’d like. Simplify and throw out. Make a list of priorities and let the rest go. It’s not necessary to control the entire planet in order for it to keep functioning.

niques of geomorphic landform mapping using satellite imagery. His teaching includes courses in the geography of the natural environment, map use and analysis, aerial photo interpretation, geomorphology and climatology.

LEO Before boredom takes precedence over achievement, change your goals. It takes more than discipline to stick to something new.

SAGITTARIUS Not even the most pessimistic can fail to be moved by the jubilation of your surrounding planets. You’re on the verge of something big, with inspiration and opportunity rushing in from all directions.

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Review:

by S.O Nicli Staff Writer

Albums of the year

It’s hard to believe “Reflektor” is only Arcade Fire’s fourth album. The fourth album is regularly when a band has become a tired, overdone image of what they used to be. But, thankfully, Arcade Fire is not a regular band. They’re an ever-changing combination of dramatically gifted musicians. Their first album, “Funeral,” shattered the previous notions of what music was and after, countless bands tried to replicate Arcade Fire’s sound but none succeeded. The Arcade Fire didn’t try to redo what they had already done. But after their second album “The Suburbs,” we kept wondering what else the Arcade Fire could create, and they released “Reflektor,” which was unlike anything anyone could have ever expected. It’s no accident that the first and title track “Reflektor” features vocals from immortal rock god David Bowie. “Reflektor,” again, sees the Arcade Fire destroying what our common ideals of music are and swiftly replacing them with a new sturdy foundation of danceable, tropical sounds that will inspire many other bands and individuals for many years to come.

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Gift-giving hassles

A guide to painless shopping by Liz Baker Staff Writer

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he holidays can be a stressful time, especially for college students in a financial bind, but finding Christmas presents on a budget doesn’t have to turn you into a Scrooge. Whether you are on a budget or don’t know what to purchase for a picky friend, here are some ideas to make gift shopping easier this season. There are, of course, the everpopular gift cards that work for both budgets and for people who are difficult to shop. Yet, if you want to get more creative, take the DIY inspired approach and take them directly to the place where you would’ve purchased the card. Helping a friend pick out music on iTunes or taking them to dinner at their favorite restaurant will help them appreciate the personal thought without breaking the bank. There are also many specialty gifts to fit the person’s interests.

There is: a pound of cashews, pistachios etc. for the nut lover; a teapot or cup with tea for the tea lover; a coffee mug with biscotti and several sample size gourmet coffees for the caffeine addict; or, a movie night basket with a gift certificate for movie rental, boxes of candy, soda and a bag of microwave popcorn for the film buff. If you’re looking for a more sentimental gift that will last a while, make a “quote/compliment/whatever you want a day” jar with sayings you find amusing, inspirational or complimentary to brighten their day. This is an easy and money saving idea. The quotes can be printed on colored paper, cut apart, folded up and placed in a nice jar or container. For the most part, everyone loves baked goods. Get a box and fill it with handmade chocolates, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate chip cookies or a personal favorite treat everyone loves. When it comes to food, pretty

much anything is allowed, and if the person you are preparing the gift for is kitchen-challenged, you can rest assured any one of your food-related ideas will work like a charm. There are also gift bags. Visit a few dollar stores/arts and crafts stores and stock up on items needed to fill the bags. Use stockings or few baskets and arrange a bigger gift (a bottle of wine, some candies or decorative scented candle.) If you are happier shopping from the comfort of your own home, there are sites online like cafepress.com that offer great personality specified ideas such as gifts for her with categories like fitness freak and nerdy-hipster or for the modern man or sports lover. Thinking about Christmas gifts ahead of time will eliminate the last minute stress and leave you with interesting, budget-friendly Christmas presents for everyone.

“Moring’s come you watch the red sunrise/the LED still flickers in your eyes,” is the verse sung sweetly by Vampire Weekend front man Ezra Koenig which opens up their third album, “Modern Vampires of the City.” With this moment of waking up and grudgingly greeting a new day, you’re instantly sucked into this new, yet strangely weathered world of Vampire Weekend. It’s been three years since their second album “Contra” was released, and the changes are instantly apparent. They’ve shed the programmed drums and sounds from “Contra,” but polished the pop sensitivities into the luster of a rare stone, all while showing a return to the roots of their self-titled album. Koenig’s lyrical fixation on New York, California, life in the city, fancy cars, expensive universities as well as some strangely dubious subject matters. The lyrics tend to not make sense in some instances, but they still come off as beautiful pieces of wisdom and knowledge. This album is one that will be looked back upon as a classic.

Electric Lady - Janelle Monae This sprawling, 19-song album is so far ahead of its time. The album, which is made up of two “suites,” is a continuation of Monaé’s “Metropolis” concept. Suite IV opens up with a jangly, instrumental introduction reminiscent of soundtracks that are generally reserved for westerns or Quentin Tarantino films. Suite IV is made up of faster paced pop songs with an incredibly amount of contributing artists like Prince, Erykah Badu, Solange and Miguel. It’s an album of resistance, overcoming and loving the person you are without changing in order to conform to the norms society has set in place. This album is life changing. It’s necessary.

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Dec. 14. Drake has had a sol- Christmas present for The Agid year so far with seven wins gies and their fans. On Dec. 28, NM State will and only one loss on the seathe South son. NM State took an easy 71- host Volume Intermediate Sudoku by KrazyDad, 3, Alabama Book 7 University Jaguars, who currently 55 victory overSudoku the Bulldogs in #2 their last meeting in the 2012 have a record of five wins and 8 2 3 5 9 7 4 1 6 three losses this year. The JagSears “Bracket Buster” game. 7 1 4travel 2 6 3 5 9 8 NM State will then to uars and t vvhe Aggies have 9 6Mexico 8 1 4never 3 met 2 7before on the basthe University 5 of New ketball to battle the Lobos in the sec2 3 8 1 5 9 7 6court, 4 but so far the Sun Belt’s Jaguars ond game of the Rio Grande 9 6 7 4 3 8 2 5 1 have lost both of Rivalry. The two met for the their games on the road. 4 5 1 6 7 2 9 8 3 After ringing in the new first time this season Dec. 4 7 the 2 game 9 8 6 1 4 5 year, the Aggies will travel and the Aggies3 lost 6 4,72014 2 to Phoenix, Ariz. 1 8 have 9 3won 4 5Jan. 79-70. The Lobos The Aggies the last 11 out6of 12 meetings 2 1 8 4 5 7 3 9 will face a tough and familiar opponent in the between the two. The Aggies return to Las Western Athletic Conference, Sudoku #4 II the Grand Canyon University Cruces, to host a Division 2 of 5 Northern 8 3 7 This is the Aggies 9 4 1 6Antelopes. foe, the Eagles New Mexico 3University on first game of the 6 7 9 5 8 4 conference 1 2 Dec. 21 at the4Pan8 American year, and it’s the first appear1 3 2 7 5 9 6 Center. Taking on a Division ance of GCU in WAC basket5 9 3 1 6 4 2 7 8 II opponent with a home court ball. However, the Antelopes 6 2be 8an early 4 Pacific 3 7 9 5won 1 the advantage should West division

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championship last year with a record of 23-8. NM State will return to Las Cruces and host the Seattle University Red Hawks (WAC) Jan. 9, 2014. The Hawks currently have five wins and three losses on the season and fell to the Aggies in both of their meetings in the previous season. The “in-between semesters” stint ends with the Vandals of the University of Idaho coming to the Pan American Center Jan. 11, 2014. The Vandals are also in the WAC and were easily dispatched by NM State on both conference meetings last year. They are currently having an even season with four wins and four losses.


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