UNM Vice President for Student Affairs and Education Dr. Eliseo Torres will discuss curanderismo — Mexican folk medicine — at this year’s kickoff event for the Second Annual CNM Diversity Speakers Series, said Reference Librarian Olivia Baca.
The series gathers a group of speakers to discuss topics to benefit the community, said Baca. Torres is an expert in the field of Mexican folk medicine and teaches a class on the subject annually at UNM
“It’ll be quite the experience,” said Baca.
Torres said he has studied and practiced curanderismo for about 30 years and has been teaching it for about 12 years.
Financial aid check disbursement takes place three weeks into each term, which is a problem for students enrolled in programs such as Welding, Paramedic, Art, or Culinary Arts, said Culinary Arts major Josh Davilla.
The classes for these programs require equipment which is unavailable at the bookstore and must be purchased in time for the second week of classes, said Davilla. Often, students must produce this money out of pocket, said Davilla. Other students in Davilla’s class also said that they were unhappy with the disbursement process, but did not want to be included in the article by name.
“I think that it is wrong for disbursement to be done four weeks into the semester when we need our equipment by week two,” he said. “I think something needs to change.”
Senior Director of Financial Aid, Scholarships and Veteran Services Lee Carrillo said that while students do not receive financial aid checks until the fourth week of the term, all textbooks and equipment for courses can be ordered through the bookstore.
“A student can always order whatever they need. All they have to do is go in and say ‘I need this, charge it to my financial aid,’” said Carrillo.
However, Bookstore Manager Ann Heaton said that only equipment and textbooks are normally stocked, but currently sold out, can be ordered through the bookstore and that not all required for purchase through the campus bookstore. equipment is available
Davilla said that another problem is that disbursement checks are used for more than just equipment. Financial aid checks are often used for rent, transportation, food and other survival needs in addition to school supplies, he said.
“The Deal with Drugs” is a special fall term series that looks at various aspects and issues of drugs and drug addiction. Look for “Marijuana” in issue nine.
Drugs, both illicit and prescribed, and drug addiction are hot discussion topics for a variety of reasons. This CNM Chronicle special series will look at the social, legal, medicinal, economic and health arguments and issues for and against drugs of all types.
Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to express their thoughts on subjects surrounding drugs, and their benefits or drawbacks.
Part-time CHSS instructor Monie Arfai said drug addictions are not limited to any certain group of people and everyone knows someone who has had some type of drug problem, he said.
“You will see people from all walks of life. It’s not only poor people, or one race. Every race, this is a commonality we have. Every ethnicity, every age, you will see them,” said Arfai.
There needs to be more social awareness and proper support systems for individuals who may have a drug dependency. Increased awareness will also help individuals learn to say no to drugs if they are confronted with that situation, he said.
By: Jonathan Baca, Senior Reporter | Photos By: Scott M. Roberts
“Cool Classes” is a feature which focuses on an interesting program or class at CNM. To nominate a class or program, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Cuisine teaches students vital skills they will need to work in the culinary industry, said Chef Mark Patel.
Students spend the first half of CULN 2212 learning important skills like making hors d’oeuvres, setting up buffets and customer service, followed by three weeks of menu preparation and finally four weeks of operating the fully functional Global Café, where students serve meals to friends, family and faculty, he said.
Patel said he is excited to give his students a realistic look at what it will be like to cook in a fine dining establishment, and give them a chance to use the skills they have been learning in all their other classes.
Coaches Corner is a monthly column written by the CNM Acheivement coaches. Look for the next installment of Coaches Corner in issue 12.
Do you have a tendency to freak out before or during a test? Does your mind go blank even though you have studied the material? Does your heart rate go up, and do your hands get sweaty? If so, you may have test anxiety.
At the monthly Achievement Coach meeting, clinical therapist Merry Guild provided some training on reducing test anxiety.
Now, if you are anxious because you have not studied, then that is normal! However, if you have studied a little each day and taken good notes, your reaction is not healthy.
By: Stefany Olivas, Managing Editor | Photos By: Scott M. Roberts, Photojournalist
Education major Misty Lesiak said the First Amendment Awareness event presented by the Chronicle was an interesting approach, and that it definitely changed the point of view for some students.
The event offered students, faculty and staff free pizza in exchange for the loss of their First Amendment rights while eating in the Republic of Chroniclelandia.
“It definitely changed the game on a lot of people. Most people are used to meeting in social groups, being able to actually talk about things,” said Lesiak. “There are a lot of countries out there where there aren’t any rights like that. They can’t meet in groups, and can’t talk about what they want.”
The rules included no using devices that can access news or other information, no religious paraphernalia, no sitting with friends, no complaining and discussing only topics from a pre-approved list.
By: Daniel Johnson, Staff Reporter | Photo By: Scott M. Roberts, Photojournalist
Business Administration major Angelica Manzanares said she is interested in being on the dean’s list, but does not know where to look for the requirements.
The dean’s list, a nationally recognized honor for high-achieving students, is achieved by maintaining 3.5 gpa while completing 12 or more college-level credit hours in a single term, said Vice President of Academic Affairs Sydney Gunthorpe.