Student Spotlight: Graduating overseas

By: Bradley Pearson, Production Manager | Photo Courtesy: Pamela Brady

Liberal Arts major Pamela Brady said she received her degree at the end of the spring term in a mail­box more than 8,000 miles away from CNM in Incirlik, Turkey.

Originally an Engineering major, and the wife of an Air Force officer, she had to find a way to grad­uate in spite of being relocated, she said in an interview via Facebook.

“Since I found out that I wouldn’t be able to continue my engineering degree while I was out here, I looked at what classes I did have in order to make up a degree,” said Brady.

Many of the upper-level math and science classes for an engi­neering degree are not offered through CNM’s Distance Learning Program, she said.

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Sowing seeds of change

By: Stefany Olivas, Business Manager | Photo By: Scott M. Roberts, Photojournalis

Former student and Project Feed the Hood coordinator Rodrigo Rodriguez said the goal of Southwest Organizing Project is to empower communities to address several social, economic and envi­ronmental inequalities occurring within their community.

The 32-year-old Southwest Organizing Project functions on many levels in the community to build support and awareness for grassroots movements, he said.

“We’re an initiative-based organization, so we have various campaigns. It’s about connecting the micro of food justice to the macro of social and environmental justice. We try to support other folks doing things to establish long-term policy shift and engage­ment strategies,” said Rodriguez.

The goal of the food justice initiative is to have educational resources, create jobs and make local produce accessible to every­one in a community by building local gardens, said garden coordi­nator Travis McKenzie.

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Faculty, staff receive excellence awards

By: Carrie Ratkevich, Senior Reporter

Members of faculty and staff recently received awards for going above and beyond for stu­dents, said Brad Moore of the Marketing and Communications office.

Twenty-three awards were given to recipients who were nominated by other fac­ulty, staff members or stu­dents, said Moore. CNM held a luncheon for the recipients and gave each a certificate, said Moore.

“I was very honored to be nominated and touched by the written testimony,” said Adviser of the Executive Council of Students and Director of Student Life and Discipline Kristofer Gaussoin, who was a recipient this year.

In one way or another all of the employees are here to support the students, so when some of them do something that improves a student’s life it is wonderful for that to be recognized, said Gaussoin.

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That is so gay

By: Jodie Darrell, Staff Reporter | Photo By: Jyllian Roach, Managing Editor

PrideFest celebration to offer past faves and new raves

The 2012 Albuquerque PrideFest will be the big­gest in the 36 years of the celebration’s existence, said Albuquerque Pride President of Operations Neil Macernie.

The week-long event, which commemo­rates National Gay Pride Month, will be held June 24 – 30 at many locations throughout the city includ­ing Sidewinders Bar, Effex Nightclub, The SOCH, New Mexico Expo Center, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lotus Nightclub and Morningside Park, said Macernie.

“It’s going to be marvelous,” said Vice President of Operations J.R. LaBerge-Esparza.

The June 30 Pride Parade’s co-Grand Marshals, members of American Veterans for Equal Rights, will be making history as being the first openly gay veterans in the parade since the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed, said Albuquerque Pride Director of Marketing and Media Anneke Blair.

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Student to perform with nationally recognized pianist

By: Carrie Ratkevich, Senior Reporter | Photo By: Jyllian Roach, Managing Editor

Early Childhood Development major Patricio Tlacaelel Trujillo y Fuentes will be performing with Grammy-nominated pianist Douglas Riva this month, said Fuentes.

The poem, “Enoch Arden” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and set to music by Richard Strauss will be performed by Fuentes and Riva at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on June 24, said Fuentes.

“My question is whether Lord Tennyson and Strauss knew each other,” said Fuentes.

This is a rare form of melodrama. The show is more like a radio drama, where the actions are not performed but the drama is delivered through speech and music, said Fuentes.

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President Obama’s executive order giving some undocumented immi­grants temporary relief from deportation is a great stride in the fight to help immigrants get a foothold in society.

The reprieve will allow qualified undocumented immigrants to work or go to school for two years without threat of deporta­tion. An estimated 800,000 immigrants will be affected, which will benefit the nation’s economy through the recorded activity of these immigrants.

The process of obtain­ing citizenship in the United States is long and arduous. The longer immigrants stay illegal, the longer the econ­omy will not be affected by the residual income that is being earned and used.

There are a number of reasons why someone from another country would come to the United States and gaining citizenship is a top reason. Though this reprieve is not a direct path towards citizenship, this maneuver will benefit those on both sides of the border.

Public schools, universi­ties and colleges throughout the country, such as CNM, rely on federal funding.

This funding is based on enrollment numbers and by having immigrants go through the country’s education process, they are more likely to contribute to society while not having to worry about being deported.

Having two years of reprieve is a great start to become a functioning member of society, whether on the path to citizenship or coming here just to work.

Albuquerque Ninja Warrior

By: Jonathan Gamboa, Layout Designer | Photos By: Jonathan Gamboa & Josh Kronberg

Former student and “American Ninja Warrior Season 4” contestant Josh Kronberg said that physical and mental preparedness as well as staying consistent with training will help future com­petitors get past the obstacles in the competition.

Taking each obstacle aggressively and really attack­ing it was something he learned from his failure in seasons two and three, his first and second appearances on the show, he said. In season two he said he was too cautious and almost fell on the first two obstacles before finally falling on the third because he was intimidated.

“The training course I built to match the obstacles I encountered in season two and three really helped out in the fourth season. I knew I could accomplish these obstacles at the Dallas mid-south regionals, because I already trained with an almost exact replica of the course for five months at home,” said Kronberg.

He said he trained for the fourth season of Ninja Warrior for three months before audi­tioning. He trained for another two months after being selected as a regional contestant.

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