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Female DWI rates on the rise in Dona Ana By Mario Selle | Staff Writer Although driving while intoxicated has historically been an offense where the majority of offenders were male, new statistics prove female incidences of DWI have been rapidly increasing over the past few years. According to the United States Census Bureau’s 20002010 “Adverse Drug Event” report, women made up nearly 22 percent of the DWI occurrences in Dona Ana County, a number that has increased from past years. While there is no clear-cut answer as to why these numbers are increasing, George Guynn,
court compliance division manager for Dona Ana County, said female DWI rates are on the rise due to a collaboration of factors. Guynn said he believes factors including more women attending college, driving themselves, partaking in lady’s night and taking work and social stress under their own wing make women more likely to obtain a DWI. “This issue was not as prominent 20 years ago,” Guynn said. Guynn said in the past, women would generally be taken to parties and late-night outings by men. “Men did most of the driving,” Guynn said.
DWI arrests in New Mexico are not uncommon. Since 1985, there have been nearly 20,000 arrests annually, with nearly 20 percent stemming from drunken car wrecks. According to the ADE report, the highest number of DWI arrests was in 1993 when roughly 24,000 men and women were apprehended. Students may know Crimson Cab is available, but the county also has its own transportation method for those who need a safe ride home. Project Home is the county’s initiative to help reduce incidences of DWIs. For $5-$10, the service will take anyone to any-
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where in the county, including Chapparal and Hatch. A DWI in New Mexico is a misdemeanor for the ﬁrst three offenses, but the fourth one is considered a felony. “Most people don’t think they’re going to get caught,” said Shane Sparks, lead compliance monitor for Dona Ana County. “Nobody wants to think about consequences.” More information pertaining to DWIs is available at the Dona Ana County Health and Human Services Department located at 845 N. Motel Boulevard.
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n what I can only imagine as a surreal moment, a student’s life is changed forever as soon as he or she is arrested for a DWI. For many who go through this process, it is likely the ﬁrst realization they are an adult and that parents have no power to shelter you from the consequences of major mistakes. Drinking while driving is a serious problem both in the state of New Mexico and nationwide, and for female students it seems to be getting worse. In late November I was contact by Dona Ana County ofﬁcials who were concerned about a growing trend of young female DWI arrests they were seeing. The Round Up decided to partner with the county and publish a series of articles focused on DWIs, the ﬁrst of which you will see in this edition of The Round Up Weekly. Throughout the rest of the month, our writers will take you through the DWI process from arrest, arraignment, sentencing, probation and beyond. This is a serious and devastating process for anyone to go through, and for college students arrested for DWI it is even worse. College is time for development and future building. We come here to create bright futures for ourselves and the families we have already or one day hope to have. A DWI arrest puts a serious road
block in the way, it is not impossible to recover from an arrest but it most deﬁnitely makes the road more difﬁcult. No college student ever wants to ﬁnd themselves in a jail cell at 3 a.m. or in front of a judge who is handing down a sentence. For students who have one too many drinks and then drive themselves home, a cell and a court date is exactly what they receive. I hope the series of DWI-focused articles that are to be published online and in print during the next few weeks open all of our eyes to the real consequences of a mistake a lot more students seem to be making. It only takes one drink too many to change your future forever. Throughout this special series, I invite our readers to write in with any questions or comments you may have about the DWI arrest, detention or probation process. It is my hope these articles can spark serious conversations throughout campus about the severity of this issue and the need for all of us to make smart, adult decisions when it comes to alcohol.
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By Candice Corley | Staff Writer In Dona Ana County and on the New Mexico State University campus, there are measures and programs in place to prevent occurrences of driving while intoxicated. The Dona Ana County prevention team has created a program to educate students about alcohol, communication, peer pressure and drug abuse in social settings. The program is also available for any organization or company that requests information. The curriculum the team delivers can be useful for several age groups, ranging from
elementary and high school students to college students and adults. DWI prevention procedures are already in place at high schools in the Las Cruces area. There is a required DWI driver education class students must take before earning their driver’s licenses. At both Mayﬁeld and Onate high schools, students are required to have four hours of this class under their belts before they can be eligible to receive their licenses. The county also provides Project Home, a DWI prevention program that offers cab rides for those 21 and over.
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Project Home was responsible for giving safe rides home to 400 people last year. The ride costs $5 for one or two people and $10 for three or four. Eric Bransford, the outreach and education division manager, said Dona Ana County wants to educate people to take a cab or call a friend rather than to drive drunk. The Project Home program prevents people from driving while intoxicated by giving them an easy, inexpensive way to get home safely, Bransford said. The county does not yet provide DWI prevention programs on the NMSU campus. George
Guynn, court compliance division manager for the county, said he would like to establish a program on campus soon. Guynn said NMSU students are an important part of the county’s family. “I am under no illusion that the partying will stop for NMSU students, but I want the students to be safe and focus on building our future rather than destroying it,” Guynn said. One of the goals of the Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education (WAVE) program on campus is to prevent DWIs for students through the use of presentations and by stressing the
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need for a designated driver or a call to Crimson Cab. WAVE uses social norming by conducting surveys on campus and presenting the positive behaviors students engage in to the NMSU community. This type of information can help students who tend follow the crowd by showing that other students are making smart decisions. WAVE also engages in tabling, where information is handed out to students about the dangers of alcohol and the importance of having a designated driver.
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Former US Ambassador to speak at Model U.N. dinner tonight By Amanda VanVeen | Staff Writer The New Mexico State University Model United Nations group will host its third annual beneﬁt dinner, “A Night at the U.N.”, tonight at 6 p.m. in the Las Cruces Convention Center. The highlight of the evening will be the keynote speaker, former U.S. Ambassador Edward Perkins. Perkins served as an ambassador to the United Nations and the U.N. Security Council in Liberia and Australia, as well as in South Africa during apartheid, said Caraline Murphy, vice president of Model U.N. and a senior majoring in civil engineering. After his service as an ambassador, he became director of the State Department Diplomatic Corps, and retired at the rank of Career Minister in 1996, Murphy said. The event will also feature a specialty menu created by an acclaimed chef, themed tables representing different countries, a silent auction and performances by students from the NMSU music department. The money raised from the event will help the Model U.N. team travel to New York City to compete in the 2011 National Model United Nations Conference. Each year, the students are assigned a different country to represent at the conference. The delegates on the team split into individual U.N. committees and write resolutions that highlight solutions to speciﬁc problems in the global community. This year the NMSU group has been assigned to represent Lithuania, said Ashley McMillan, president of Model U.N. and a graduate student in the history department. “This is a practice in compromise and diplomacy,” McMillan said. NMSU’s team has an excellent record of success at the conference. For the past three years, they have been awarded “Outstanding Delegation” and “Outstanding Position Papers”, which are the highest honors of the conference. Those awards have placed NMSU in the top four percent of over 200 schools, McMillan said. “I would like to encourage those interested to attend the event,” Murphy said. “The speaker will be exceptional and the specialized menu will be delicious.” See Beneﬁt Dinner pg. 6
Obama administration releases blueprint to change No Child Left Behind
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As mentioned in President Obama’s State of the Union address last month, the “blueprint for reform” outlining changes to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has been released by the Obama administration and posted on the United States Department of Education website. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization aims to “provide incentives for states to adopt academic standards that prepare students
to succeed in college and the workplace”, according to www. ed.gov. The act also will to create an accountability system that “measures student growth toward meeting the goal that all children graduate and succeed in college.” More speciﬁcally, efforts of the blueprint will help “improve teacher and principal effectiveness to ensure that every classroom has a great teacher and every school has a great leader, provide information to families to help them evaluate and im-
prove their children’s schools, and to educators to help them improve their students’ learning,” according to the website. Other goals for the reauthorization are to “implement college and career ready standards, develop improved assessments aligned with those standards, and improve student learning and achievement in America’s lowest performing schools by providing intensive support and effective interventions,” according to the website. Michael Morehead, dean of the
college of education, said the most important change would be to place less of an emphasis on standardized testing to rate schools, teachers and assess students. “As you look at the use of standardized tests, there tend to be students who don’t perform as well,” Morehead said. “It does not mean that these children will be less likely to be successful or that these children are not learning in school,” Morehead said. “It just means the stanSee Changes pg. 6
Student emotional health falls to all time low By Roy BerkeleyStaff Writer Incoming college students have rated their emotional health at a record low, according to the University of California at Los Angeles’s Cooperative Institutional Research Program Freshman Study. Students who previously rated their emotional health at above average dropped 3.4 percent in the annual survey from just one year ago. The study found incoming college women in particular are unlikely to report a high level of emotional health. “It is important to note that due to gender role socialization, women may be more inclined to report lower ratings of emotional health because it is socially accepted for women to express their vulnerabilities,” said Karen Schaefer, director of student counseling at the NMSU Counseling and Student Development Center. “But this is not necessarily the case for men,” Schaefer said. Schaefer said the primary reasons students sought counseling at NMSU during the fall semester were for depression, anxiety, relationship problems, concerns around substance use and post-traumatic stress issues. “We have seen a dramatic in-
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crease in the number of students seeking counseling services-in fact there was a 22 percent increase in students seeking counseling in the fall 2010 se-
mester compared to fall 2009,” Schaefer said. “The numbers of students seeking counseling in the fall 2009 semester was already approximately up by 18
percent compared to previous years.” Schaefer said students should take into account the encomSee Health pg. 6
DENTAL STUDENTS HELP NATIONWIDE EVENT By Antonio LuceroStaff Writer
NMSU pre-dental students Sarah Oushy and Aous Manshad assist Dr. Brian Gilbert during Dentistry From The Heart last Friday. Photos Courtesy of Cheryl Fallstead/ theRound Up
New Mexico State University students helped one of Las Cruces’ most philanthropic dentists last Friday in an event to give free teeth cleanings and ﬁllings to local citizens. Dr. Brian Gilbert, of Bright Star Dental, held the ﬁfth annual Dentistry From The Heart with the help of NMSU’s PreDental Society and community volunteers. Dentistry From The Heart is
a free day of dentistry for the citizens of Las Cruces, where free ﬁllings, cleanings and extractions are given to anyone over the age of 18 with a valid government-issued photo ID on a ﬁrst-come-ﬁrst-serve basis. “A colleague of mine in Florida named Vince Monticciolo started it about 10 years ago,” Gilbert said. “We got the idea from him, and I think we’re going to break a record this year See Dental pg. 6
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passing problems facing society today. She said there are factors beyond financial concerns that weigh on many people’s minds
Feb. 17, 2011|5 fer said. “This creates additional levels of demands and stress on the student.” The UCLA study also found in recent years, more students have demonstrated increasing support for the rights of gays and lesbians. Schaefer said she feels globalization is a key factor in helping more exposure to diversity.
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“Students’ being able to seek and identify resources both on and off campus is beneficial not only to themselves but also for others around them,” said Amanda Gallivan, health education coordinator at NMU. Gallivan said students can visit www.your.nmsu.edu, a useful resource that collaborates with many departments and address-
to see all the people here waiting and to see how important dentistry is for some people.” Oushy said she realized the seriousness for some individuals. “I saw some cases where they desperately needed some help,” Oushy said. “But it was great to see the dentists just put a smile back on their faces.” Although it was her first year volunteering, Oushy said she plans to participate again next year. “It’s good experience for me personally,” Oushy said, “and it just showed me that dentistry is exactly what I want to go in to.” Oushy said despite this event being only five years old for Las Cruces, Dentistry From The Heart continues to grow. “Every year more people will come for the free dental care and it’s great experience for us pre-dental students,” she said. Gilbert, who graduated from NMSU in 1985, said giving back to the community was one of his top priorities. “We wanted to do
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something to give back to the community, so this is the one thing that we can do,” Gilbert said. “We love the program and it’s a lot of work. ” On Monday, the Las Cruces City Council gave the event that helps approximately 200 residents annually a proclamation that Feb. 11 be Bright Star: Dental Dentistry From The Heart Day. In addition to Dentistry From The Heart, Gilbert created the Halloween Candy Buy-Back. “We always do it the day after Halloween,” Gilbert said. “We buy back candy from the children a dollar per pound and we send the candy to a group called Operation Gratitude.” Operation Gratitude sends candy and toiletries in care packages to soldiers stationed overseas, Gilbert said.
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dardized test is identifying children that may not be performing as well as others.” As for the structure of the NCLB system, Morehead said the process can no longer be punitive. “Threats of closing schools, threats of ﬁring and moving teachers, threats of removing administrators don’t necessarily add to the positive landscape of our educational system,” Morehead said. “The concept of assisting those schools facing the most challenges is imperative,” Morehead said. “Identifying incentives to those schools that are performing highly could be a positive step.”
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While Obama does have his own plan for changing NCLB, recent partisan political activity suggests what the president intends and what actually is made into law after going through Congress are two different creatures. Morehead said education needs to go beyond the desk. “The overemphasis on academics and seat work can have a major detriment to the development of children,” Morehead said. “All children need to have active lifestyles, where they can develop their physical and motor skills in order to be successful in school-- which we’ve lost an emphasis on through a lack of emphasis on art, music, physical education and movement.”
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Aggie baseball keeps WAC title in sight By Andrea Mitchell | Staff Writer The NCAA coach’s poll ranks the New Mexico State University men’s baseball team ﬁfth in the projected Western Athletic Conference standings for 2011. Though the Aggies only received 16 points in the poll, with projected WAC title winner Fresno State receiving 32, the players said they are remaining optimistic for the upcoming season. Junior pitcher Scott Coffman said the ranking has made the whole team anxious for opening day.
“Everyone is ready to go,” Coffman said. “We are ready to stop practicing and get out there and play.” The Aggies ended last season with an overall record of 361-23 and a conference record of 14-1-9, falling short to only Fresno State. The Aggies start the season off with a majority of new players, since 13 seniors graduated after the 2010 season. “We are young this year, but we have a lot of talent,” Coffman said. With only six seniors on the roster, Coffman said it is al-
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most like being on a brand-new team. “The new guys coming in will able to ﬁll the shoes of the key players we lost from last year,” Coffman said. The Aggie season opener is Feb. 18, starting with a three-
game series against Houston Baptist. Coach Rocky Ward said in a press release the team’s toughest test will come later in the season against Oregon and last year’s WAC tournament champion Hawaii. The Aggies will take on
Hawai’i May 19-21, and the Rio Grande rival match up against the New Mexico Lobos will start at home Tuesday, March 8. “This [season] will be a little different because we have not played UNM this late in the seaSee Baseball pg. 10
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NMSU students. “We feed off the energy of large crowds, and we should be an exciting team to watch” Coffman said. For more information on Aggie baseball visit www.nmstatesports.com.
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Charlie Brown parody premieres Friday By Antonio Lucero | Staff Writer
The Dog Sees God production will be Feb. 18 - March 6 at the NMSU Theatre. Amanda Crowe / theRound Up
A twist on a classic comic will premiere this Friday as Charlie Brown drops f-bombs and uses homophobic slurs in “Dog Sees God: Confessions Of A Teenage Blockhead”, the latest production by the American Southwest Theatre Company at New Mexico State University Theatre Arts. What are otherwise known as innocent comic strip characters, the parody shows the ‘Peanuts’ gang in a different light as they deal with drugs, sex and bullying, as well as homosexual and suicidal situations. “You see the ‘Peanuts’ characters thrown into modern-day public schools,” said director Ken Peterson, “and dealing with the issues that our youth deals with today.” “There is adult content, but it’s the content that exists in high school today,” Peterson said. “So it’s pretty accurate if you’ve been to high school in the past 15 to 20 years.” Elizabeth Staski, a sophomore theatre major at NMSU, plays Tricia, the teenage version of Peppermint Patty. Staski said after reading the script for the ﬁrst time, she did not fully comprehend the impact of the play’s
context. “It’s a very serious play,” Staski said. “It has a lot of accurate situations whether you want to face it or not. It’s real.” “Through the entire process of putting on this production, it carries a really heavy meaning,” Staski said. Despite being a theatre production, the actors said they were able to relate on a personal basis to the characters they play. “We had to do a lot of pulling from actual experiences,” said Trevor Nazario, a sophomore theatre major who plays Beethoven, the teen-aged version of Schroeder. “I was that kid; I’ve been that kid and I’ve seen people have those awful things done to them,” Nazario said. Overall, Nazario said this production is different from past plays. “It’s been an interesting experience,” Nazario said. “Ken had us moving from the get-go, so I knew from then it was going to be a different play than I had ever been in before. It’s very intense but in a great way.” Peter Huckabee, a sophomore theatre major, said despite individual life experiences, the audience will relate to the play as well. “There’s a reoccurring theme of loss-- what’s it’s like to lose
somebody,” said Huckabee, who plays CB, the teenage version of Charlie Brown. “We’ve all lost somebody. Whether you like this play or not, that’s something that will speak to you.” Like his fellow actors, Huckabee said the production was a new experience. “This was my ﬁrst play at NMSU,” Huckabee said. Having only done high school theatre before, Huckabee said this production was a lot more intense. “I’m getting a lot more into the character, but also getting a whole lot more out of it. It’s been intense but also very rewarding.” The cast highly recommends students come to the show. “Come with an open mind,” Huckabee said, as student should expect to both laugh and be moved. “As a director, I believe in bringing the party back to theatre for today’s youth. I believe that’s what’s going to revitalize it,” Peterson said. “This is a show for the students.” The show opens Friday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and plays every weekend until March 6. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults.
Antonio Lucero is a staff writer and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
MTV’s Skins creates controversy, advertisers back out By Kendra Slown | Staff Writer The MTV show “Skins” has enjoyed popularity among the American public, but is losing advertisement backing due to the highly controversial nature of the program. “Skins” is one of the few scripted programs on MTV’s reality show-dominated network. The show portrays teenage life where casual sex and drug abuse are in the forefront of many episodes. Relatively young and unknown actors and actresses play the lead roles. The youngest actor is only 15, which has caused controversy and even legal disputes, according to “A Racey Show With Teenagers Steps Back from a Boundary”, an article written by Brian Stetler of the New York Times. Network executives worked with producers to tone down the Jan. 31 episode in the hopes of preventing a child pornography lawsuit, according to the article by Stetler. The Parents Television Council named Skins the “most dan-
gerous program that has ever been foisted on your children” in an action alert on www.parentstv.org before the series even premiered. However, MTV producers said they feel the show should not shock or offend viewers since it is rated TV-MA, indicating content might be unsuitable for viewers under the age of 17. “‘Skins’ is a show that addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way,” said MTV spokesperson Jeannie Kedas in an interview with the New York Times. “We review all of our shows and work with all of our producers on an ongoing basis to ensure our shows comply with laws and community standards.” “Skins” airs after 10 p.m. Eastern time, which allows producers to feature more adult topics than daytime television guidelines allow. Despite MTV’s stance that the show is appropriate, some advertisers have decided to remove ads airing during the programming so as not to be asSee Skins pg. 12
Major corporations have removed commercials due to the controversial content in the MTV show “Skins”. Courtesy of mtv. com/theRound Up
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sociated with the controversial content. Companies including Taco Bell, General Motors, Wrigley and H&R Block have removed advertisements, and some companies have issued statements apologizing for endorsing content that could offend consumers, according to “’Skins’ Loses More Advertisers” by Lauren Shuker of the Wall Street Journal. MTV issued statements in January via the“Skins” Twitter account that the program will continue to air, even without big sponsors. The Hollywood Reported cited an industry source as estimating the loss of advertising could cost MTV $2 million per episode. If MTV cannot ﬁnd sponsors willing to support a controversial and potentially
offensive show, it is uncertain how long the program will last. Some NMSU students can understand why these companies removed their support. “I think the show is offensive, but people are watching it because it is offensive,” said Laura Trivizo, a freshman at NMSU. “However, I can see why big companies might not want to represent it; they might get a bad reputation.” Other students feel the companies are overreacting. “If I found a TV show inappropriate, I might stop watching it and the company would lose some of its advertising power that way, but I wouldn’t stop using a product just because it was connected to certain show,” said freshman Rachel Kim. “You know it’s bad when you’ve lost support from Taco Bell,” said Jordan Lohcamp, a sophomore majoring in digital ﬁlm.
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