10 Minutes with Carmine Russo: Culinary instructor talks food and bagpipes

By: Carrie Ratkevich, Staff Reporter

Culinary Arts instructor Carmine Russo joined a bagpipe band after he learned that the band offers free lessons, he said. When he was told Mac-Tire of Skye offered free bagpipe and Scottish drum lessons, Russo was surprised, he said.

“I used to play clarinet and nobody gives free lessons. You pay for lessons.” said Russo.

The free lessons are group lessons and casual, he said. The bands offer free lessons in hopes of recruit­ing people into the band. It takes three to seven years to become proficient in either instrument because it is challenging, he said.

“If you are a drummer already, Scottish drumming is a little different. It is pretty com­plex,” said Russo.

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Bikes for success

By: Carrie Ratkevich, Staff Reporter | Photo By: Scott M. Roberts, Photojournalist

Bicycles abandoned on campus are being donated to stu­dents in need to help them stay in school, said CNM Security Lieutenant Marquessa Hawkins.

The security department and CNM Connect have teamed up to help students with trans­portation, said Hawkins, who is in charge of the program.

“There are students who are really indigent; they really need the help,” said Hawkins.

Director of Security Ernie Chavez and Vice President of Student Services Philip Bustos created the pro­gram nearly a year ago. The program has helped five stu­dents so far, said Hawkins.


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The other energy crisis

By: Joel Gilleland, Staff Reporter | Photos By: Joel Gilleland, Staff Reporter

Health employees discuss pitfalls of energy drinks

Energy drinks can be dam­aging to students’ health, said part-time Nutrition instructor and Registered Dietician, Stefanie Tierny M.S.

Some possible complications caused by consuming energy drinks include jitters, dizziness, nausea, vom­iting, seizures, high blood pressure and can be especially dangerous for people with heart conditions and those taking stimulant medications for ADHD, she said

“We have the blood services van come and do blood drives here monthly. They have noted that they are turning away more and more students as a result of high blood pres­sure. I think energy drinks can be very dangerous. Because of the fact that it clearly causes people’s pressures to go up, I think it’s a mistake,” said Director of CNM Student Health Center, Marti Brittenham.

A lot of these drinks contain more B-vitamins than the recom­mended daily amount, she said. B-vitamins help the body convert food into energy, but if the consumer does not eat something with the drink the B-vitamins are practically use­less and the drink will cause a rise in blood pressure, said Brittenham.

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Letter to the Editor

Students of the CNM Community,

I appreciate the Chronicle giving me the opportunity to call attention to a wonderful oppor­tunity for CNM students: the Executive Council of Students. ECOS is the leadership arm of your student government and is your voice to the administration here at CNM. ECOS members serve as participating members on major decision making teams at CNM and regularly meet with high level administrators.

Membership in ECOS is an excellent opportunity to exercise and improve leadership skills and teamwork abilities. Though there are officer positions as defined by the ECOS Constitution, every member has an equal voice in deci­sion making. ECOS members have participated in many leadership development opportunities such as conferences out of state and the excellent Civic Engagement Leadership Institute here at CNM.

Past events sponsored by ECOS include an annual Honors Banquet recognizing outstanding students, especially those that have been a part of a Recognized Student Organization, and Spring Fling, an annual celebration of CNM students by CNM students. More recently the student leaders conducted a safety survey of Main campus and are compiling that data to present to CNM decision makers. Future events are limited only by the energy and focus of ECOS members.

ECOS currently has openings for motivated leaders who want to make a difference at CNM and grow as people and leaders. Applicants must be enrolled in at least three credit hours, submit at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can address the applicant’s leadership skills or potential, and have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Email me as the ECOS adviser at kgaussoin@ cnm.edu for an application or more information, or come see me in SSC 201 (Main campus).

I look forward to meeting you!

Kristofer E. Gaussoin,

Director of Student Conduct and Responsibilities

Adviser, Executive Council of Students.

Art major’s work chosen for exclusive exhibit

By: Jonathan Gamboa, Layout Designer

The SCA Contemporary Art Gallery will include a student’s artwork in the June gallery exhibition “The Finite Passing of an Infinite Passion”, said part-time Art instructor and gallery Curator, Danielle Miller.

The art major, who wished to be known only as “Photosynthesist,” will have two pieces displayed because the works fit into the theme of religious beliefs in a wonderful and unusual way, said Miller.

“Normally we would not include artwork from someone who does not have a degree or who is still working through their educational process, but Photosynthesist’s artwork exemplified the theme in a way that it questions the beliefs of religions,” said Miller.

The artworks titled “Torah Warrior” and “Messiah from the Apocalypse” are intended to show peo­ple’s ability to stand on the foundations of the spiritual text and have them transform their beliefs into personal body armor, said Photosynthesist.

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Patrons mingle and discuss works at the SCA Contemporary Art Gallery for the June exhibition “The Finite Passing of an Infinite Passion.” Gallery
curator Danielle Miller talks about the exhibition and selecting pieces that express spirituality and religious iconography.


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‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

By: Stefany Olivas, Business Manager

A mediocre delivery of an intriguing concept

“Snow White and the Huntsman” is a clever twist on a classic fai­rytale, but first-time director Rupert Sanders failed to realize the potential of his star-studded cast.

The movie is packed with adven­tures through mysterious lands that are enhanced by the stunning cinematogra­phy which enriches the imagery of fai­rytale creatures and the land in which they dwell.

The movie begins by telling the traditional story of how Snow White, played by Kristen Stewart (“The Twilight Saga”, “The Runaways”), came to be the kingdom’s only hope for sal­vation from the ghastly reign of her stepmother, the Evil Queen Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron (“Aeon Flux”, “Young Adult”). Theron and Stewart deliver good performances overall, but lack sincerity in some crucial plot and character development. Though the actors do what they can with their roles, the script leaves much to be desired.

When Snow White’s mother dies, King Magnus, Noah Huntley (“28 Days Later”), falls into a deep depression. It is not until he meets Ravenna that he finally forgets the sorrow of losing his late wife.

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Award-winning library director retires

By: Joel Gilleland, Staff Reporter

CNM employees as well as librar­ians from all over the region said goodbye to a cher­ished staff member, the Administrative Director of Libraries and Educational Resources, Ben Wakashige, said Poppy Johnson-Renvall, associate director of libraries.

Wakashige has only worked at CNM for two years, but has been a librar­ian for 40 years. During his time in New Mexico he made a big impact on the school and the state, said Johnson-Renvall.

“He really made this place bloom and grow like we knew it should, and could,” said Johnson-Renvall.

Wakashige had an instrumental part in bring­ing in the Discovery System to CNM libraries. Discovery System is a tool that allows students to easily search for all kinds of library materi­als. Before this system was developed, finding books, articles and prints was a bit of a hassle because students had to search for them all individually. The Discovery System allows students to search for them all at once, said Johnson-Renvall. She also said that CNM was the first school in New Mexico to have a tool like the Discovery System.

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Getting muddy for charity

By: Carrie Ratkevich, Staff Reporter

The Executive Council of Students has put together a team for the 18th Annual Aaron’s Mudd Volleyball Tournament this year, said Treasurer Daniel Meza.

The tournament to benefit the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation will be held Saturday, June 9, said Meza. Teams will face off in a round-robin tournament of mud volleyball, he said.

“It’s more about having fun and helping raise money for Carrie Tingley Foundation, than winning; however, we’re going to give it our best,” said Meza.

The team consists of Stephen Martos, Cesar Silva, Emily Sarvis, Lisa Rivera, Melissa Martinez, Esperanza Leyva, Leona Adams, Grace Rose, Daniel Meza and Terence Wesslith, he said.

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