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Tuition increases approved for 2013
by Nick Njegomir executive news producer The New Mexico State University Board of Regents met Wednesday morning to approve changes to student tuition and fees, housing and meal plans and parking permits for the upcoming academic year. For fiscal year 2013-2014, the NMSU main campus will see an increase in tuition of 3 percent. Tuition for in-state students is currently $3,020 per semester; a 3 percent in-
crease will be $90.60, making tuition $3,110.60. Out-of-state students currently pay $9,534 for tuition per semester, and will pay $9,822 after the three percent increase. The increase for outof-state, full-time graduate students is $295.20 per semester and $97.20 for full-time resident graduate students. Tuition has steadily increased in recent years. This year’s 3 percent increase is slightly less than the tuition increase students experienced last year. Some of the NMSU branches will also experience an increase in tuition and fees. The Alamogordo campus will see an increase of 1.3 percent, the Carlsbad Community College will have a 2.3 percent tuition increase and Doña Ana Community College will see a 1.6 percent increase. The Grants campus will not have a tuition increase. All of the tuition increases were approved by all of the regents except for student regent Jordan Banegas, a
marketing and psychology major at NMSU. “One of my priorities when I was appointed to this board was to keep education costs affordable for all students…I just simply cannot vote for students to continue to bear the brunt financially without further exploring alternate sources,” Banegas said.
“For the students, it appears that the burden gets larger every year.” -Ike Pino Angela Throneberry, the senior vice president for administration and finance, presented the proposed tuition increases at the meeting and said NMSU’s tuition remains competitive with peer institutions.
Housing rates were also discussed at Wednesday’s meeting; there will be no increase for housing rates for the year ahead. Tammy Anthony, assistant vice president for auxiliary services, said the housing price rates at NMSU are also competitive with NMSU’s peer institutions. Over the past two years, NMSU has seen a decline in the number of students who use campus housing. Anthony attributed this decline to the declining numbers of people enrolling at NMSU. To react to this occupancy decline, Monagle Hall will be brought “temporarily offline,” Anthony said. There will also be cost increases for some of the meal plans available to students. There are two categories of meal plans: mandatory and voluntary. Incoming freshmen who live on campus have the mandatory meal plan, and all other students can get a voluntary meal plan if they choose to. The mandatory meal plans include the Aggie Unlimited Plan and the Aggie Choice 230 Program, which will have increases of 3.37 percent
and 3.4 percent respectively. This will bring the Aggie Unlimited plan up to $1,673 and the Aggie Choice 230 Plan to $1,628. The Aggie 64 and Pistol 400 meal plans are voluntary plans, and will have price increases of 3.28 percent and 3.43 percent respectively. Both of the Family Resident Optimum meal plans will remain at the same price. Parking passes will also remain at the same price. Faculty passes will stay at $95 annually; both commuter student passes and student resident passes will remain at $50 per year. The final action item on the meeting agenda was the consideration of the NMSU football program joining the Sun Belt Conference. While tuition increases may not be what students want, Regent Ike Pino, the board’s secretary and treasurer, said there is a necessity for these increases. “For the students, it appears that the burden gets larger every year,” Pino said. “The sources of revenue are something we have to continue to work on, but that (student tuition and fees) is the primary source of revenue unfortunately.”
Aggies protest DOMA and Prop 8 on Capitol Hill
Fire in Jett Hall calls for relocations
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During spring break, a group of Aggies stood on Washington, D.C. soil with hundreds of Americans protesting for hours for one common reason: marriage equality. Members of Aggies For Feminism raised money and traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the National Young Feminist Leadership conference last week. They spent the first day touring the nation’s capital and two days at the conference. The conference was full of workshops on feminism, racial issues, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual and Queer issues, violence and people being manipulated by the prison system. They listened to accomplished women speak such as Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, as well as Executive Director on the White House Council on Women and Girls. They also heard from well-known feminists such as Terry O’Neill and Dolores Huerta speak. “I was extremely happy to get the opportunity to meet and talk with some incredibly strong women who are leading the world into a better place,” said Christina Lombardo, AFF secretary and New Mexico State University student said. Members of AFF also interacted with other students from different states who are working on feminist issues in different circumstances. Brandon Proctor, AFF member and NMSU student said he learned from the other perspectives that feminists on other college campuses have a harder time reaching their students than AFF has at NMSU. Since they traveled in a larger
A campus fire with an unknown cause set flame to Jett Hall Saturday and is forcing dozens of students, faculty and graduate students to relocate classrooms. In an e-mail Sunday, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department Head Ian H. Leslie said the west wing of Jett had received the most damage. The damage came mostly from smoke, soot and water and will remain closed. There will be temporary access to offices on the 500
The Aggies for Feminism group traveled to Washington, D.C. for a conference and to protest current gay rights issues, which are being discussed in Congress. photo by Matt Stopera for buzzfeed.com group, they were able to split up into groups to see different events and in accordance won an award for the largest group of people traveling the farthest distance. According to AFF member and NMSU student, Davey Jones, they all said they felt empowered leaving the conference with information, ideas and tips on how to be more active on campus. Rainy Estrada, AFF member and NMSU student said the conference left her feeling empowered and unafraid to speak her mind now. “You walk around this campus and people fight you on being a feminist,” Estrada said. “And this conference empowered me to know that others believe in what I do.” On March 26, the Aggies For Feminism took their newfound activism and stood on Capital Hill in protest against the Defense Against Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, both of which are being debated on by the United States Supreme Court.
“It was exciting, there were hundreds of people there as well as a strong feeling of comradely,” said Emily Burr, AFF member and NMSU student. Anne Marie Roberts said of protest: “The love and support from those people was inspiring. And the hate from the other side was sad, how can anyone be so full of hate?” Aggies For Feminism is growing and increasingly building a community on campus. Their goals are to work on issues such as women and GLTBQ rights, sexual assault, worker’s rights, visibility on campus, as well as reducing the stigma around the word “feminism.” “We cover a wide scope of issues and voices,” Burr said. “We want to be as inclusive as possible, this includes men.” Aggies For Feminism holds their meetings 7 p.m. every Monday in La Vista Learning Center in the Garcia dormitories.
“I can say that 12 faculty, two instructors and two visiting scholars were displaced. In addition, many of our graduate students can no longer use their office space.” - Ian H. Leslie wing. It is unknown how long the repairs will take. Most of the offices that were damaged from water had the rugs removed over the weekend. The Office of Facilities and Services have been working since Saturday to clean up the building. They are offering assistance to any faculty needing to relocate. “I can say that 12 faculty, two instructors and two visiting scholars were displaced,” Leslie said. “In addition, many of our graduate students can no longer use their office space.” The first priority is to be able to
A fire in the west wing of Jett Hall caused relocations for dozens of students, faculty and graduate students. photo by Monica Soltero find room to hold classes and then get faculty relocated. The building was fogged Saturday to lessen the smoky smell. A sub-contractor out of the Detroit area will be coming in for electronic cleanup. Leslie said to faculty and staff should contact the OFS before turning any electronic devices back on. The basement and Aerolab in Jett Annex were suggested for temporary relocation. There are also offices in Regents Row available for use. Many of the offices were available by Monday morning. Room 102 in Jett Hall is being used for semester advising.
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Dick’s Café occupies last open spot in Frenger
New Mexico State University has had notoriously lax admission standards in its long history, but the times may be calling for a change. Currently, entering freshmen for NMSU are required to have a 2.5 grade point average and a composite score of 19 on the ACT. The philosophy of NMSU has been to provide higher education to a low-income area, granting those without the highincome means a quality and thorough education. Given NMSU serves a relatively low-income population, the state cannot provide extensive educational benefits in primary education, as the limited money must be divided appropriately to meet all the needs of the state. “I’ve thought that NMSU’s open door policy was a good idea,” said Christopher Erickson, Ph.D., an economics and international business professor at NMSU. “Even if you think a student is not fully qualified, why not give them chance at a high quality college degree.” Such a philosophy may require a change as the cost of higher edu-
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Dick’s Cafe has been a local eatery since 1959. photo by Jonelle Lopez pace from the chain restaurants and stores that have been opening their doors at the university,” said Brandon Sparks, a student at NMSU. The restaurant will offer a large breakfast selection, including French toast and pancakes. Their lunch menu boasts burgers, fries, sliders and barbeque. Dick’s Café will be the only place on campus to offer barbeque selections. “We smoke brisket overnight for twelve hours at the (original) restaurant,” Perez said. Every morning, the
brisket will be brought onto campus for NMSU students, faculty and staff to enjoy. Dick’s Cafe will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. This will make them one of the only restaurants of campus open on Saturdays, along with the new Panda Express and TCBY. Dick’s Café is scheduled to open Tuesday.
cation increases and it may cause students to accumulate extensive amounts of debt without ever graduating. “It’s not fair to admit a student who you don’t think can succeed only for them to drop out without a degree with thousands of dollars of debt,” Erickson said. “I now support raising admission standards so as to weed out students with limited chance of graduating within a reasonable period of time (say 6 years).” Erickson said less qualified students can be diverted to one of the NMSU community colleges for remedial help, then articulate to NMSU in their junior or senior years. Tuition continues to increase in a job market that does not allow for a student to pay it back in a sufficient amount of time. The student remains in an endless cycle of debt, and the educational institution must take action for the student’s sake. Statistically
“I now support raising admission standards so as to weed out students with limited chance of graduating within a reasonable period of time.” -Christopher Erickson, Ph.D.
North Korea to restart nuclear reactor
SNRA recommends arming school staff
North Korea announced Tuesday it is going to reopen a nuclear reactor capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium, but implied it will be used for other purposes, Reuters reported. North Korea has recently threatened South Korea and the United States. According to the report, the Pentagon announced another guided missile destroyer has been sent to the western Pacific to assist with missile defense. KCNA, the state-owned news agency of North Korea, reported that all of the nuclear reactor facilities are going to be used for electricity and military purposes. According to CNN, Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. would not accept North Korea as a “nuclear state.”
A group sponsored by the National Rifle Association issued a report Tuesday calling for at least one armed security guard to be present at every school in the United States, the Washington Post reported. According to the report, the measure comes after the killings in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 26 students and teachers in an elementary school. The incident led to a public outcry for gun regulation, but despite months of negotiations, senators have been unable to work out a plan for other safety measures, according to the Washington Post. According to washingtonpost. com, recent polls show 90 percent of Americans support universal background checks when purchasing a firearm.
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by John Paul Schmidt staff writer Dick’s Café will be opening another store in the Frenger Food Court at the main NMSU campus Tuesday. Dick’s Café has been a part of Las Cruces culture since 1959 and will soon be a part of New Mexico State University’s array of restaurant choices. Ace Perez owns the business and many of his family members will be a part of running the new restaurant on campus. “That’s my uncle, my dad and my son back there working,” he said during an interview at a table in Frenger; pointing out each family member doing their part in creating the new restaurant. “I’m the third-generation owner of the restaurant,” Perez said. “We’ve been around for a long time.” Perez said he is excited about opening up the restaurant at NMSU because his restaurant and the university have been connected in several ways for years. “I’ve had people come up to me and tell me their grandfather and my grandfather used to go to NMSU together,” Perez said. He also said he feels Dick’s Café has been a favorite of NMSU students for many years. “The opening of a local business on campus will be a great change of
speaking, the current admission and graduating process at NMSU tells a different story. “Our graduation rates have been slowly improving over the past decade, and we are seeking to
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Gov. Susana Martinez was in Truth or Consequences Tuesday afternoon to sign legislation to protect commercial space travel companies from damage lawsuits, kob.com reported. According to the report, the goal of this piece of legislation is to keep Virgin Galactic as the anchor for Spaceport America and attract more commercial space travel com-
panies to New Mexico. Martinez said this measure is crucial for New Mexico to develop a commercial space travel industry. The liability limit would provide partial legal protection for spacecraft manufacturers and their suppliers, kob.com reported. Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, plans on flying tourists into space from the Spaceport, which is nearly complete, according to kob.com
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features ASNMSU to host scholarship banquet by Lillian Bowe staff writer The Associated Students of New Mexico State University will be hosting a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Corbett Center Student Union Ballrooms to raise money for the “Students Serving Students” Endowed Scholarship. The banquet will have a dinner and a dance for NMSU students and others who want to raise money for the scholarship. The banquet will be about students and student organizations and Interim President Manual Pacheco, Ph. D., will be in attendance. “We are hoping to accomplish our endowed fundraising goal as well as raise awareness of the importance and need of scholarships for students at NMSU,” said Charlene Shroulote,
ASNMSU Chief of Staff and cochair of the organizing committee. Shroulote said the meal being served will be “fancy” and the dance will have a DJ as well as other entertainment. “We want to have a fun final celebration before the hectic time of finals comes around; all while raising funds for a great cause, scholarships for students,” Shroulote said. The banquet will also be an opportunity to connect to the community and alumni and showcase what the students and student organizations contribute on NMSU campus. The scholarship that ASNMSU is hosting the banquet for was an idea of ASNMSU President Breeana Sylvas. One of Sylvas’ platforms was to find more scholarship opportunities for students. The scholarship, when funded, will be awarded to two
Admissions policies continue this trend,” said Melody Munson-McGee, planning officer at student affairs and enrollment management at NMSU. “For the class that entered in 2004, our six-year graduation rate was 45 percent, compared to 55 percent nationally for other public institutions in the same acceptance rate class as NMSU (75 to 84.9 percent of appli-
NMSU students, an undergraduate and a graduate student which will be picked randomly by a computer. All students who pay the ASNMSU fee will be eligible, but to be considered, students must fill out Scholar Dollars application. The scholarship is under ASNMSU and future ASNMSU presidents can continue the scholarship and make it grow. “We have been working hard to make this a great event,” Shroulote said. “We would love all students to attend and celebrate with us all the hard work of the past year. It is going to be a lot of fun.” Tickets for the banquet are $50 or $15 for students with IDs. Tickets can be purchased in the ASNMSU office with cash or check. For more information about the banquet call the ASNMSU office at 646-4415 or e-mail email@example.com
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cants accepted).” NMSU continues the process of raising the percentage of graduates over a six-year time period, indicating that the current admission standards and process is working. “We welcome all students who meet our admissions criteria, and we are not currently seeking to change these criteria,” Munson-McGee said. NMSU con-
tinues to serve a non-traditional student population, and the admission process reflects such a diverse population, giving many opportunities they would otherwise not be able to obtain. The future of NMSU admission standards is foreseeably not changing, unless graduation rates plummet to a widespread low.
Cost of a killer tan is more than skin deep by Rebecca Atkins staff writer With the summer season quickly approaching and the warm weather in Las Cruces already well on its way, tanning salons will soon see a rise in traffic. As the only tanning salon still in business in the area, Gecko Tans has grown increasingly popular since January, said Miranda Lovato who has been working at Gecko for almost a year. “I do tan,” Lovato said. “I think overall I look better and much healthier when I have color to my skin.” One worry for tanning salon owners is the fact that all but one salon has closed down within the last year in Las Cruces. Some believe this has been caused by statistics relating to tanning and cancer. Lovato said during the winter months business is definitely slower than when it is warm outside. In the winter, Gecko would see about 80 customers a day and now they are getting around 180 customers a day. Another factor that will increase customers is the lack of options in the city. However, according to The Cen-
ters for Disease Control and Prevention, indoor tanning has been linked to skin cancers such as melanoma, which is the deadliest of all skin cancers. It may also cause squamous cell carcinoma and cancers of the eye, which is called ocular melanoma. This raises the concern as to whether frequent tanning bed users care or know about the dangers associated with indoor tanning. Lovato said: “The dangers of tanning do concern me, but because of that, I try to not tan too frequently. Once I get a base tan I just try to maintain it, but I definitely don’t tan every day.” Gecko offers Mystic tans and airbrush tans, which Lovato said are much healthier than the actual tanning beds. The CDC website reported indoor tanning exposes users to both UV-A and UV-B rays, both of which are highly damaging to skin. Also, if you are under the age of 35, you have a higher risk of getting cancer from the tanning beds. According to the CDC, the majority of frequent indoor tanners are between the ages of 18 to 21. Gecko offers discounts on tanning for NMSU students with a valid ID.
opinion Take It To The Streets What businesses would you like to see a discount from (from the ASNMSU program)?
“I would like to see discounts from the movie theatre. Students don’t have a lot of money but we also need some time to relax and catch a movie, so a discount would be nice.” –Annmarie Rascon
“I think we should get discounts at Village Inn. A lot of students go there to do homework as well as Starbucks. We frequent these establishments so a discount seems fair.” -Isabella Lucero
“Andeles, because I go there a lot and I know other students do as well.” –Oz Munoz
“I would love a discount at Celebrate.” –Greg Reinow
Rancher ads do not depict real farm life by Lillian Bowe staff writer Commercials can be annoying, funny, stupid and sometimes offensive. A particular commercial that can be viewed as controversial, showed farm animals being abused. This commercial was not only offensive but classifying a group of hard working people as torturers. This commercial was about vegetarians and was sponsored by Mercy for Animals. Becoming a vegetarian is not a bad thing nor should it be condoned because being vegetarian is person’s right and they are supporting agriculture. This commercial was offensive because it depicted farms and ranches as concentration camps, where animals are living in small cramped places and all animals raised for meat are tortured and abused. On my family’s ranch, when it came to if the family or the cattle got the most money, it was the cattle, while my family had to cut back on shopping or other activities like going to the movies. Seeing videos of animals dying on ranches is troubling, and it is baffling to think that a farmer or rancher devoted to their livelihood would ever do this. Farmer and ranchers in New Mexico make a special effort to keep their animals well fed and healthy, and they put their need second to the animals. The pigs, sheep, dairy cows, cattle and goats are not cramped in tiny pens but are in the pastures running and playing. The reason hurting and putting animals in a stressful environment is such a ridiculous idea is because a stressed animal does not
produce good product. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported stress in animals has “a significant deleterious effect on food safety…” Then why would a rancher who cares about his product induce stress on his livelihood? Some believe the majority of farms are “factory farms” when most farms are residential or lifestyle farms in which operators report having another occupation and retirement farms. Both these farms produce less than $250,000 and do not fall under the category of “factory farms,” according to the USDA. According to the National Animal Interest Alliance, Mercy for Animals posted a video in 2010 of abuse on a dairy farm. The video was highly edited and did not show the whole story of the abuse. The worker committing the abuse to the animals was fired immediately after the abuse happened, which the video did not show. The
video was also edited to show the owner of the farm to be encouraging the worker to abuse. The owner of the farm was charged with animal cruelty, but after the grand jury saw the whole video, the charges were dropped. This is one of the reasons not to believe in all the content in animal abuse commercials, but the main reason should be because of that rancher who spends all night with a cow having trouble giving birth, which he then might get kicked by that animal and then dusts himself off and goes back to working. Animals should not be living in harsh conditions and abusing them is just as wrong, but a commercial that accuses the majority of ranches and farms being as places of torture also is wrong.
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by Andrea Rojas executive news producer The Downtown Art Ramble is a monthly showcase of different art, vendors and performers that spreads awareness regarding local artists in the Las Cruces area. For more than five years, the Downtown Art Ramble has hosted monthly events the first Friday of every month in an effort to bring in people to the otherwise desolate downtown area. Flo Dougherty, owner and artist of the Blue Gate Gallery, said since the first ramble there has been a strong following of patrons. Currently, the ramble draws in roughly 300 people per event, reported lascrucescvb.org. Aside from socializing at the event, perks include light refreshments, music and other kinds of live performances that vary from event to event. Dougherty said “Webster defines a ramble as ‘a pleasurable stroll for enjoyment,’ which is exactly what they hope to achieve.”
Participation from local vendors and surrounding businesses that are looking to make a home sale has also been particularly good, Dougherty said. Typically, each ramble has a fitted theme to accomplish and all participants are expected to accommodate this theme. In the past, some of the most popular themes have been the annual Fourth of July celebration and the Centennial theme where the elements were very “vintage.” The last ramble, held on March 1, had involvement from venues including: Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art, Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, The Main Street Gallery/The Big Picture, Southwest Environmental Center Cottonwood Gallery, M. Phillip's Gallery, Rio Grande Theatre's El Paso Electric & Carolene Herbel de Mesilla Galleries, Gallery 309, Justus Wright Galeria, MVS Studios, Gina's Cantina, Quillin Studio & Gallery, Mountain Gallery, Aralia
Gallery, New America School, Art Studio Las Cruces and West End Art Depot Gallery All ramble events are free to the public and take place in the downtown mall area. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Friday and continue until 7 p.m. Maps are available at the Max Phillips Gallery, 221 N. Main St. For more information call 575-523-2950.
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The Rio Grande Theatre is one of the spots on main street that hosts art for locals at the Downton Art Ramble. photo by Jonelle Lopez
Panda Express is a new option for Chinese food in Las Cruces by Christopher Kelly staff writer The popular Chinese restaurant chain Panda Express recently opened its first location in Las Cruces on the New Mexico State University Campus on the corner of the Barnes & Noble building. Never previously eaten Panda Express before, the chance arose last week to try out the new Chinese chain. They have quite a nice selection of food to choose from with many that are labeled as low calorie or healthier choices. I chose for my meal the Orange Chicken, Broccoli Beef and Honey Walnut Shrimp with a side of steamed rice. The chicken and shrimp were really quite flavorful while the Broccoli Beef seemed a little bland. The broccoli was not over cooked and still had a good crunch to it though. Other dishes looked extremely appetizing.
The overall selection of entrées was rather large with various chicken, beef and shrimp meals along with plenty of vegetables either mixed with the meat or as separate dishes and sides. The restaurant itself was very nice with tasteful decoration and lighting, even if it seemed a little plain compared to other Chinese places. Above all everything looked very clean and maintained, which greatly helped set my mind at ease regarding food quality and safety. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, and while the restaurant is not set up traditionally with a wait staff, the staff were willing to answer questions about the food and help anyway they could. As a college student, pricing is always pertinent to the dining experience and while Panda Express was not the cheapest place, it was certainly not the most expensive. My three entrée with a side order was $11.69 in
total with a drink and an additional dollar charge for the shrimp dish. The amount of food and how full I was were perfect testaments to the value of the price. Compared to other venues for
Chinese food Panda Express was a step above in food quality, if not necessarily in décor. The amount of food they give seems a little less compared to places such as The Mix Express.
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Alina Bourger, 21, died in a car accident March 27 in Tucson, Ariz. Photo courtesy of legacy.com.
by Jessica Cervantes managing editor Editor’s note: Aspiring journalists are taught never to write “I” in their articles – even in opinions; however, rules should be broken when appropriate. How I would have written the lead journalistically: A recent New Mexico State University student and graduate of Mayfield High School died in a car accident last week in Tucson, Ariz. How I am writing the lead personally: Last week, my life changed in a way I would not have expected. I lost an old friend who I took for granted and realized I believe some people were born to save others. Alina Bourger was a 21-year-old girl who would have had a bright future. She recently transferred to the University of Arizona from NMSU to study education. She was a dedicated basketball player, loved barbecue chips and the color purple. Simple things she will now be remembered by. We met in middle school and were best friends for the beginning part of high school.
Eventually we did grow apart. But after her mother died a few years ago and I met her at her house to give my condolences, there was not a hesitation or beat skipped in our first hug in months after trying to keep up with our busy lives. On the morning of March 27, she took an “Arizona-left turn” and was T-boned by a Mustang in her silver Toyota Corolla on East Aviation Parkway and 22nd Street, according to recent reports. Driving was when we spent the most time together, so the thought of her losing her life in an accident was devastating since my strongest memory of her was eating lunch off campus in high school every day and listening to hip-hop. Usually for a story of this caliber I would have immediately thought about sources and photos, but this time was different. Instead, I made zero phone calls and used my graduating classmates as my sources. However, journalistically speaking, thoughts about the infamous Arizona-left turn arose. Based on Google Maps, the turn on 22nd Street
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crosses a huge intersection that allows one to turn on a left with no green arrow, yielding to oncoming traffic. Streets merging onto major roads in big cities should not allow drivers to turn at risk. According to the Tucson Department of Transportation website, permitted and protected arrows allow drivers to “turn when there are adequate gaps in opposing traffic” during the “green ball cycle” of the light between arrows. This has been reported to reduce wait time at lights. But if accidents in such intersections happen often, I would rather wait the extra minute at a green light listening to music than wait countless days to be healed after someone’s death. Maybe to you Alina Bourger will be a girl you read about in the newspaper, but to me Alina will always be a beautiful reminder that being a good person does matter even if in your lowest moment you may not believe it is the truth. I never would have made it through some of the hardest struggles if it were not for you. Rest in peace my friend.
New Mexico State University’s football program will be joining the Sun Belt Conference for the 2014 season after the Board of Regents approved the move Wednesday. According to a press release from the NM State Sports website, the Sun Belt Conference is “a league on the rise in football.” The Sun Belt Conference finished the 2012 season with its best ever computer-ranking average. Now that the Sun Belt has 12 teams, it can play a football championship game. The Aggies will be immediately eligible to play for the Sun Belt Championship. NM State football was last in the Sun Belt Conference from 20012005. The Sun Belt currently has 10 teams: Arkansas State, the Florida
Atlantic Owls, Florida International, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, South Alabama, the Troy Trojans and Western Kentucky. Along with NM State, Idaho will be joining the conference. “I look forward to joining the Sun Belt Conference in football in Fall 2014,” NM State Athletics Director McKinley Boston, Ph.D., said in a press release. “The Sun Belt has established itself as a solid football conference and our goal is to be a contributing member going forward….” NM State football played better in the Sun Belt Conference than they did in the Western Athletic Conference. In the four years the Aggies were in the Sun Belt, they finished as high as third place with an overall record of 20-27 and a conference record of 15-11. In the last five seasons the Aggies were in the WAC, they had an overall record of 13-49. NM State football will be an independent team for the 2013 season, and has 12 games scheduled; some of those include rivalry games against the University of Texas-El Paso and the University of New Mexico. After that, NM State football will become a member of the Sun Belt Conference. “The addition of New Mexico State marks a significant moment for the Sun Belt Conference,” said Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson in the press release. “The administrators from our league have been working hard and taking the initiative for the conference to continue its expansion during a time when national realignment has been extensive. Having an FBS program join the league will give us a school that is instantly ready to compete for a bowl bid.” NM State Head Football Coach Doug Martin said he also looks forward to joining the Sun Belt Conference. “The Sun Belt is a conference that is on the rise and we look forward to contributing to it,” Martin said.