Newly Elected Students Government Officers Prepare for New School Year

By: Stefany Olivas, Business Manager

The newly elected officer team for the Executive Council of Students has big plans for the student body this year, said Criminal Justice major and E.C.O.S. President Stephen Martos.

Among other projects, the group is planning a fall carnival, a campus clean-up and a few fund­raising events for student scholar­ships, said Martos, who was elected as student-body president by the members of the council during the Summer/Fall term break.

Members and participants of student government look for prob­lems students may be experiencing on campus and also attend differ­ent administrative meetings, such as the Publication Board, Faculty Senate, and Governing Board, in order to stay informed on subjects that may be affecting students.

“We want a presence with all of these organizations to make sure that we’re staying in touch with everything that is going on that has to do with the students,” said Martos.

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Cool Classes: Poetry Class

By: Jyllian Roach, Editor-In-Chief

Not For the Faint of Heart

The Creative Writing: Poetry class may be designed to help begin­ning and advanced poets refine their craft, but what the class really does is help those who take it become better writers and learners overall, said full-time CHSS instructor Felecia Caton-Garcia.

The class, which cur­rently has openings for a few more students, gives students the opportunity to learn the many forms of poetry while also learn­ing to express themselves in a way that will impact their writing on a whole, she said.

“I think that all arts are useful to helping other arts. Study some­thing, and it will make you better at whatever else you do,” said Caton- Garcia. “I think that pushing yourself into new ways of understanding, respond­ing to and using language is always going to both deepen and broaden your ability to write in any situation.”

Liberal Arts major Joaquin Johnson Y Lucero said he has taken two classes with Caton-Garcia, including the poetry class.

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Special Series: Alternative Transportation

By: Stefany Olivas, Business Manager | Photos By: Stefany Olivas, Business Manager

Bicycling

Many students, fac­ulty and staff com­mute to CNM by means of alterna­tive transportation. Bicycling is one of the many ways people choose to travel because it saves money and reduces pol­lution in the environment — now it is a lifestyle.

Liberal Arts major Jacob Hollenbeck has been riding his bike since he was ten years old and said he often rides his bike as a hobby and looks for places to take pictures.

He said bicycles are simple devices and things are usually very easy to fix when some­thing malfunctions.

“You don’t need to be a mechanical engineering stu­dent to understand how it works and understand how to fix things if something goes wrong,” said Hollenbeck.

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How to: Shopping for locally made products

By: Stefany Olivas, Business Manager

Incorporating the habit of buying American made prod­ucts into everyday life can be easy. It just requires patience. To immediately begin buying a U.S. made version of every single product that is used in the household is unrealistic. Small persistent steps are how habits are built, and little by little producers react to consumer choices.

Individuals who prefer a par­ticular brand name can look to see if which of the company’s products are made here rather than overseas. The Mr. Clean cleaning supply line, made by Proctor & Gamble, is pro­duced both here and in China. Make the choice to buy the one product made locally, or look to the next name-brand over to see if there is a similar locally made product.

Online shopping for U.S. made products is very easy. Ebay.com, amazon.com, and overstock. com clearly specify if a product was made in this country.

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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Far From Horrible

By: Jodie Darrell, Staff Reporter | Photo By: Scott M. Roberts, Photojournalist

Cardboard Playhouse Theatre Company’s pro­duction of “Little Shop of Horrors” at The Box is more than a little entertaining and horror-licious to the bone.

The production of the “Little Shop of Horrors” is the first adult musical for The Box.

“The fans picked “Little Shop of Horrors” and none of the content has been adjusted,” said Doug Montoya, who plays the mind-controlling alien plant Audrey Two.

The play follows the nerdy, awkward and com­pletely lovable Seymour played by registered tudent Easton Douglas in his dis­covery of a sadistic, blood thirsty plant from outer space while realizing he is madly in love with his fellow employee at Mr. Mushnik’s flower shop.

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Rasoi: Erratic but Delicious

By: Steve “Mo” Fye, Copy Chief | Photos By: Steve “Mo” Fye

Weekday Lunch Buffet a Consistent

There is no short­age of East Indian food in Albuquerque. Some places are terrific; some are not so great. Rasoi Indian Kitchen on Yale near Main campus is a good example of how Indian food should be done. Well, usually.

Rasoi — Hindi for kitchen — has an exten­sive menu with options for nearly everyone. There is the usual Indian fare found in every restaurant in town, but there is a depth to the menu not often found in the strip-mall buffets. Not every place in town has Curried Goat.

The problem at Rasoi is that there seems to be two sets of staff with wildly varying skill. Sometimes there is wonderful service and quick, delicious food. Other times, expect to be kept waiting and to be served food that is signifi­cantly different from what was presented just days before. It must be said that even on the off days, Rasoi’s food is tasty.

What customers expect — and demand — is con­sistency. One place where consistent quality can be found is on Rasoi’s impres­sive buffet. The buffet is beautifully presented in gorgeous copper and brass chafing dishes.

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Editorial: The Great Rape Debate

There is no such thing as illegitimate rape. Rape, whether forcible, coerced or because consent could not be given, is always legitimate.

The simple truth of the matter is that it is easy for a person who has never expe­rienced rape or the threat of rape to talk about what a victim should or should not have done, but in reality, people make good and bad decisions all the time. Bad decisions do not lessen a per­son’s claim of violation.

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