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.
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.
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.
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