A little cooler for the Fall Semester

Robert Slevin
Senior Reporter

Temperatures soured into the low 100’s for weeks straight at the end of the summer semester
here at CNM and students are happy that’s over.

Gabriel Herrera, a nursing student at CNM, says “in July he felt as though every day was a 100+
degrees outside.”

“Everywhere I went it was hot, even at home, it just felt like the AC wasn’t working even though
it was on just about 24/7”, he stated.

Herrera was asked what he did to try and beat the heat, and he responded by saying, “he would
jump in the pool when possible and just try to sit in front of a fan or an A/C vent.” “He also
mentioned going to CNM main campus to do homework and study as their A/C worked quite

With the heat down and Fall classes two weeks in, Gabriel says “he fells confident and cooler!”


Robert Slevin

Senior Reporter

The Executive Council of Students (ECOS) is a form of student body government at CNM and they meet every Monday at 5:00 pm, via Microsoft Teams to discuss issues and interests students may have while also trying to offer possible solutions.

In addition, ECOS determines what amount of allocation funds all other student groups, clubs, and committees receive while also offering other monetary stipends and fundraising ideas for clubs with extra needs.

            “ECOS hopes to change the environment so that students come to us as a body with their questions and issues,” said ECOS Outreach Officer, Angela Lechuga.

ECOS plans on making this change by fully participating and trying to be more visible to students on CNM campuses.

As the group continues to grow and the student body becomes more aware of who they are the council plans to make changes by welcoming people with different mindsets and from different backgrounds, Lechuga said.

Students can present issues or interests to ECOS by filling out a request form from the ECOS website. Those requests will then be looked over and the ECOS executive committee will then decide on what makes the agenda, Lechuga said.

Meetings are open to all students and if the student body would like to request membership, they must attend 3 consecutive meetings, submit an application, and acquire a letter of recommendation from a CNM faculty member, Lechuga.

If students would like to attend a meeting they can use this Microsoft Teams link:


CNM Library Series: Anatomy Models

By Senior Staff Reporter

Devonny Grajeda

Event Coordinator for CNM Libraries, Tiffany Tomchak wants all students to know that they are allowed to check out a variety of anatomical models from the library as needed for free.

For science classes the library has anatomical models, skeletal models, muscle models and different models that display organs and parts of the body, she said.

If people wanted to check out these models, they can go to the help desk inside the library, she said.

There are boxes at main campus that just have bones in them said Ms. Tomchak. People can examine the bones individually and, on a skeleton, to see it as a whole she said.

The limitations for these models are the same as the computers, she said. A 3-hour period of being able to use them or checking them in 15 minutes before the library closes, she said.

“So, for example the Main Campus library closed at 7:00pm so if you came in to check it out at 5:00pm you wouldn’t have utilized the full 3-hour period. You would have had to turn it in 15 minutes before the library closed,” she said.

Although most people only check them out for half an hour, she added.

This is yet another of the many resources the CNM library offers to CNM students. Continue to stay tuned to see what other resources that the CNM library offers that could help you during your time at CNM!

CNM Library Series: Laptops

By Senior Staff Reporter

Devonny Grajeda

Event Coordinator for CNM Libraries, Tiffany Tomchak wants all students to know that they are allowed to check out laptops from the library as needed and for free.

There is a kiosk or what could be called a little vending machine that has a barcode scanner and a touch screen, she said.

Students can use their student ID and scan it, which will then cause the machine to register a laptop to them and it will then be ejected out to the students, she said.

The checkout period is either 3 hours or 15 minutes before the library closes whichever comes first since it is not permitted to keep them over night, she said.

Once a student is done with them they can slip them back into the machine and they are all set, she said.

The kiosk locations consist of two at main campus SRC holding 18 between the two of them.

For locations at other campuses please check in with library staff on those campuses, she said.

This is only one of the many resources the CNM library offers, stay tuned to hear what other resources the CNM library offers that could potentially help you at during your CNM career!

CNM Library Series: The Basics

By Senior Staff Reporter

Devonny Grajeda

The CNM libraries provides numerous resources that many students may not be aware of. Tiffany Tomchak, Event coordinator for the CNM libraries gave her insight on all the resources available to students and expressed her joy of wanting to help students. 

She said that the basics of what students can use at the library can be found at 


“This one website I use a lot when teaching classes about library and it has a pretty good overview of various resources that the library offers as well as some tutorials on offering basic services,” she said.

When a student first starts off at CNM there is so much that they are learning for the first time, she said. 

Like how to just be in college, managing your time with classes, plus a possible part-time job, or family responsibilities she added. Those are a lot of demands on someones time and attention, she said. 

The library is a tool meant to help make it easier for students and make it so their getting the most out of their college experience, but she understands it can feel like it is just another thing that they have to pay attention to and learn even though they are already so tired, she said.

“We’re not here to increase your cognitive load or stress you out, we really are here to help. That’s really the main thing I would want students to know is if you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed out, there is probably something in the library that can help,” said Ms. Tomchak.

Figuring out the interface of the library may feel like it can take a lot of extra time, but it will ultimately save you time because the content available is going to be more useful than other resources said Ms. Tomchak.

Also check out The Main Website for the Library https://www.cnm.edu/depts/libraries

For other things that can be offered.

Leonardo magazine

Staff reporter 

Joshua Duvall-Houston

Staff reporter

Robert Slevin

Leonardo magazine is a student art and literature magazine that publishes CNM students, short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual arts, and essays, said student editor Isabella Zamarchi.

Students can enter submissions on the webpage, which is leonardomag.com, and you have to be a current CNM student to submit your work to the magazine, she said. 

Students and faculty can get copies of the magazine by going to on campus libraries, where there will be current issues or accesses all past issues going back to 2012 on the website, she said. 

It is important to Leonardo staff to promote the work of young artists and student writers and to give them the opportunity to get experience submitting their work, said Zamarchi. 

“We believe that art pushes boundaries and can spur personal change and growth in the larger community; it’s a way to open people’s minds, push the limits, expand consciousness, and draw attention to issues within our society,” she said. 

Leonardo is published once a year in April, said Zamarchi. 

Every April, there is a release party where students can read their work, talk with other writers, and build the community a little bit; all CNM students and faculty are welcome to attend, she said. 

There are also poetry nights that happen twice a year, one before publication and one after. The one after is to highlight the people who got published, said Zamarchi. 

The magazine has been in print since 1991, so 32 years, she said.

Leonardo is very loosely affiliated with CNM so it is not advertised or accessible through the CNM website, said Zamarchi. 

Daylight Savings Time Change


Robert Slevin/Staff Reporter

Daylight Savings is fast approaching. March 12th marks the day when clocks will spring an hour forward yet again for New Mexicans.

“This loss of an hour of daylight in the morning, yet a gain in the evening messes with people’s biological clocks and sleep schedules, especially our grade school aged youth.” According to an article written by Dan McKay with the Albuquerque Journal in 2019.

On the other hand, there are some who say they benefit and enjoy the time change in Spring. Matthew Roach a CNM student said, “I like it in the spring when it’s still light out when I get home from work after 6pm. I can still do stuff.”

Losing an hour of sleep to gain an extra hour of sunshine has been quite a debate and has been for years.

One thing that you can do to keep Daylight Savings or do away with it all together is to vote. New Mexico is currently asking voters if, in getting rid of the twice-a-year clock change, they would prefer switching to permanent standard time or permanent daylight savings time.

Basic Needs As Human Rights Survey

By Web Designer and Staff Reporter Jonathan Wolfgang

CNM and others in higher ED are assessing need within the community, all students, and staff are invited to participate in the survey. With a chance to win a one of 150 gift cards with a $40 value for Amazon or Walmart.

The goal of the survey is to create awareness and fund support services to prioritize basic needs of students and employees, all responses will be anonymous.


Please contact Renee Quintana of CNM’s Office of Data Strategy if you have any questions. She can be reached at rquintana66@cnm.edu

Street Food Institute Back In Action. 


By Staff Reporter

Joshua Duvall-Houston.

CNM has food services available at the main campus in the form of contracted food trucks, the suncat café that is run by the bookstore and the cafeteria on main campus. 

The CNM cafeteria at main campus is ran by the Street Food Institute (SFI), which is a nonprofit and an extension of the culinary arts program at CNM as said by Tina Garcia-Shams the executive director of the Street Food Institute. 

SFI has been working with CNM for 9 years by allowing culinary students opportunities to participate in internships working in the CNM cafeteria kitchen, food trucks, and within other food industries jobs, she said. 

SFI attempts to highlight student ideas and recipes in the kitchen and they try to source all of there baked goods from student owned small businesses, she said. 

The cafeteria is open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday to Thursday and serves a variety of fresh food cooked from scratch like breakfast burritos, sandwiches, soups, and deli items, she said.  

“SFI has very competitive prices and is beginning to revamp operations at CNM recently since pandemic regulations have eased, unfortunately, at the moment we do not have the staff to be open in the evening at the moment, but we hope to see the student body come get some of our delicious and healthy food this semester,” said Garcia-Shams. 

Parking at CNM

By Staff Reporter

Robert Slevin

Students at CNM need to purchase a parking permit that is available through the CNM website or from Student Parking Services.

According to Fleet Compliance Manager, Michael Griego, all CNM parking officers follow the same protocol when it comes to checking vehicles parked on campus. If you do not possess a valid permit, you can obtain a temporary day pass from parking services or from a fleet compliance officer directly, he said.

CNM main campus has general and reserved lots, but all other campuses only have general lots, he said. 

Griego also stated that, “After 4pm, essentially all reserved lots become general lots.”

If you are just visiting a CNM campus for the day and are not a student, you also will have to park in either a meter parking space or visit the Parking Services office on campus and they will provide you with a day pass, said Griego.

Freedom from Thought

Big Day for CNM Students

On Thursday, November the third CNM was visited by President Joe Biden, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Senator Ben Ray Lujan, and Congressional Representatives Melanie Stansbury and Teresa Leger Fernandez

President Biden reaffirmed his commitments to reduce economic burdens for students. However, as of the time of this publication, it should be noted that the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has deemed the measure unconstitutional. It is not known if the injunction will be appealed (Source CNBC).

While speaking, President Biden stated that the vast majority of holders of student debt are in delinquency and will most likely never pay their dues back to the federal government. Forgiveness allows the government to focus its forces on recouping viable loans. While allowing forgiven borrowers to avoid financial destitution.

By Senior Staff Reporter; Jonathan Wolfgang

Please see our coverage below;

President Biden
Teresa Leger Fernandez, Melanie Stansbury, and Ben Ray Luján
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

Sexual Health Stations at CNM

By: Devonny Grajeda

Senior Staff Reporter

CNM is introducing new sexual health stations on campus that are supposed to help students feel comfortable regarding sexual health. Former Phi Theta Kappa President and CNM graduate student Analaura Prado came up with the idea to implement sexual health stations around CNM’s campus.

Ms. Prado & PTK members were inspired by UNM’s sexual health stations around campus which had sexual health stations scattered around the campus she said. She then thought that the sexual health stations could benefit CNM as well.

For now, the stations are mainly located at main campus, later they might add on around the rest of the campus she said. Right now, one of the stations is located downstairs in the boys and girl’s restroom near the library she said.

“Even though I’m not president or even a student at CNM I’m still happy I can be a part of it. Or still kind of be a part of it since it was my idea,” said Ms. Prado.

The stations have latex condoms, pregnancy tests and bookmarks on how to take them, and informational sheets regarding sexual health she said.

Right now, the future of the stations is to focus on expanding to other CNM locations and possibly adding new items such as pads and tampons. Everything is still a work in progress, kind of a trial and error, having adjustments, and finding funding she said.

“The purpose basically is for students to be comfortable and just go in the bathroom and take what they need but not too much, I hope. Use it without judgement because I know it can be kind of nerve wrecking to buy it in stores and get it in front of people. Comfort is one of the main things” she said. The stations are meant to serve the students and give back to students at CNM she said. Mostly for comfort, resources, and just having that outlet for these types of situations she added