Crime Spree

By: Jyllian Roach, Editor-In-Chief | Information From cnm.edu/depts/security

Cleary Report Reveals Increased Crime Trend on Main Campus

The number of crimes on campus for 2011 was higher than any of the three previ­ous years, according to the Cleary Crime Report.

The report, which was released earlier this month, reveals that crime on campus is at its worst – especially on Main campus.

Larceny, which has been the highest crime on the Cleary Report for 2008 – 2011, was reported 210 times; a 27 percent increase from 2010.

Simple assaults were only up two from 2010, which had had 13 reported.

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Dean of Students:

By: Stefany Olivas, Managing Editor

University Students May Be Stealing Parking Permits

There have been reports that UNM stu­dents may be stealing CNM parking permit decals, said Dean of Students Rudy Garcia.

He said the permits are at risk of being stolen because some students may want to avoid paying the higher parking fees at the UNM lots.

The general parking lots at Main campus on University Boulevard and Avenida Cesar Chavez are located near a UNM shut­tle bus stop, which makes the CNM general lot enticing to some UNM students, he said.

“The reason parking permits are now required, especially at Main, is to ensure CNM students, fac­ulty and staff have available parking,” said Garcia.

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Follow Up: Wage Proposal to be Included on Nov. 6 Ballot

By: Jonathan Baca, Senior Reporter | Photo By: Stefany Olivas, Managing Editor

The proposed ordinance to raise the city’s minimum wage was officially included on the Nov. 6 ballot by the Supreme Court of New Mexico, said County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver.

After being denied in District Court because of concerns with the scope of the proposal which would raise the state minimum wage to $8.50, OLE New Mexico, a community organization group, appealed the decision.

The State Supreme Court then upheld the validity of the petition and ordered the County Clerk to place the ordinance on the ballot, said student and OLE NM orga­nizer Lucia Fraire.

“It’s a huge victory for us obviously, but there’s a lot more work to be done,” said Fraire.

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Special Series: Alternative Transportation

By: Stefany Olivas, Managing Editor | Photos By: Stefany Olivas, Managing Editor

ABQ City Bus System

“Alternative Transportation” is a special fall term series that looks at various means of transportation. Look for “Walking” in issue six.

Chemical Engineering major Ben Chesebrough said he commutes on the bus four days a week from Rio Rancho to Main campus because it is more time effi­cient and saves him money.

It takes 45 to 50 minutes every day to get to campus, but he spends that time studying and saves $8 a day — and he said neither would be the case if he was driving.

“It’s a really great money saver. If you add up four days a week for the entire semester at eight dol­lars a day that’s quite a bit of change,” said Chesebrough.

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Cooking in Season: Tomatoes

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

“Cooking In Season” is a monthly column designed to help students learn to cook using locally available ingredients. Look for the next installment on squash in issue nine.

Students lucky enough to have the time to garden are likely inundated with tomatoes right now. Even those who are too busy for a garden prob­ably have friends who are growing tomatoes and have a plethora of the lovely, juicy beauties.

Like zucchini and yellow summer squashes, tomatoes tend to give their fruits all at once, leaving gardeners with so much produce that they will push it on anyone who stands still long enough to accept a bagful.

That leaves the question of what to do with the bounty when it all hits at once. There are nearly endless uses for this beautiful gift of nature.

A way to take this staple veg­etable (yes, technically tomatoes are fruits, but all fruits are vege­tables, while not all vegetables are fruits) to a higher level of elegance is to make an “Insalata Caprese.”

In the simplest form, this “Salad in the style of Capri” is just sliced fresh tomatoes with slices of buffalo Mozzarella cheese and fresh basil, drizzled with olive oil. This easy recipe can be dramatically flavorful when made with garden-fresh toma­toes, basil just trimmed from the plant and a good Mozzarella and extra virgin olive oil.

There are many ways to tweak the recipe: Drizzle some fine balsamic vinegar on top; finish with a nice vinaigrette; or stack the cheese on thick slices of tomato and broil just until the cheese starts to brown and gar­nish with finely chopped basil.

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Outstanding Student Organizations: Early Childhood Education Organizations

By: Jonathan Baca, Senior Reporter

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After five years dormancy, the Early Childhood Education Organization has been re-chartered by five student members, said Faculty Adviser Andrea Olguin.

Olguin said the stu­dents want the club to keep growing and invite those who have hopes to work with children professionally to join the ECEO.

“It’s fun to see that light bulb go on, when you know that they’ve mastered something or figured something out on their own,” said Early Childhood Multicultural major and club President Annie Sanchez.

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CNM to Purchase More Property

By: Adriana Avila, Staff Reporter | Photos By: Scott M. Roberts, Photojournalist

CNM plans to pur­chase property at 2120 Oxford Ave., but there are no sure plans on what the space will be used for, said Finance and Operations Vice President Katherine Ulibarri.

The purchase of the property on the northeast corner of Oxford Avenue and Buena Vista Street was approved by the Governing Board earlier this month.

The property includes a 1,000 square foot house that has a historical feel to it and adds to the character of the neighborhood, she said.

“It would be a really nice addition,” Ulibarri said.

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Library Creates Quiet Study Space

By: Christopher Pope, Staff Reporter | Photo By: Jodie Darrell, Layout Designer

The library section of the Student Resource Center now includes a quiet zone for students to study away from the hum of computers and foot traffic, said SRC Librarian Olivia Baca.

The second-floor quiet space on the south side of the building was created, at no cost, in response to a spring 2012 survey in which students requested study space in a noise-free space, said Baca.

“We want to listen and be responsive. To see that space really being utilized kind of helps emphasize how badly it was needed. Our mission is to support stu­dents and support stu­dent success,” said Baca.

Interim Director of Libraries Poppy Johnson-Renvall said she saw this as an opportu­nity to listen to student’s needs and to meet them quickly. It is something the library staff prides themselves on, she said.

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‘Dredd 3D’:

By: James Roach, Guest Writer

Dreadfully Violent and Dreadfully Pointless

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“Dredd 3D” will be able to join the ranks of other 2012 remakes and reboots like “Three Stooges,” “Dark Shadows” and “Total Recall” as an utter disappointment.

Director Pete Travis (“Endgame,” “Vantage Point”) decided to not only remake 1995’s “Judge Dredd” which starred Sylvester Stallone and was based on a popular comic, but also to hop on the new technology bandwagon and make it in 3D with the help of Slumdog Millionaires cinematographer, Anthony Dod Mantle. However, no amount of special effects can make up for poor character development, bad acting and large plot-holes.

Karl Urban (“Star Trek,” and “Red”) fumbles in the role of Judge Dredd. Urban never takes his helmet off, a staple trait of the comic character, but on screen it makes him wooden and disconnected.

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Editorial: It’s Broke, So Fix It

CNM, especially Main campus, has a serious infrastruc­ture problem. Some of the build­ings have leaky roofs; others are in desperate need of replace­ment carpeting.

Many of the security kiosks are out of commission, which could leave students or employ­ees without a way to contact help during an emergency.

While it is great to see CNM purchasing property near Main campus, as well as demol­ishing damaged buildings in the area to help beautify the neigh­borhood, there is a much more important issue at hand.

Several departments and student organizations have been displaced because of fire code violations, many of which do not appear to have been resolved.

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