Pro-life vs. Pro-life

By: Daniel Johnson, Staff Reporter | Photo By: Stefany Olivas, Managing Editor

Student Believes Pro-Life Group Goes Too Far

The pro-life group that protested near the Student Services Center on Main campus recently went too far, said Cosmetology major Connie Gashler.

The pro-life Christian organization, Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, held a demonstration on campus on Oct. 15 and 16 which included large post­ers of aborted fetuses and pamphlets that compare abortion in the U.S. to the Holocaust.

“This is not right. The use of gore and horrific images, or reference to the term holocaust as a way to scare people into a form of belief, is not right,” said Gashler, who identi­fies as pro-life.

Kyle McNeill, member of Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust’s national aware­ness outreach group, The Campus Life Team, said the California-based group travels to college campuses around the country to pro­mote their pro-life message.

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Student Government and Non-Profit Team Up in Early Voting Campain

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

The Executive Council of Students and New Mexico Public Interest Research Group have teamed up to encourage students to vote early, said Criminal Justice major and ECOS President Stephen Martos.

Early voting infor­mation is available to stu­dents until Nov. 3, said PIRG Campus Organizer Marisa Valdez.

“Early voting is convenient and easier because it shortens lines during the voting process,” said Martos.

Valdez said NM PIRG is a nonpartisan organization and the student chapters focus on public issues con­cerning students, then research the best ways to raise awareness and make changes.

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Joint Account

By: Jonathan Baca, Staff Reporter

Students Complain of Bankers on Campus

Political Science major Bob Bilodeau said he thinks that CNM may be giving Wells Fargo Bank special privileges on campus.

Representatives for the bank were on campus during the fall 2012 disbursement day on Sept. 21 offer­ing students free check cashing, said Bilodeau. When students went to the bank for the service, they were sub­jected to multiple high-pressure sales pitches to open accounts and credit cards, he said.

“Wells Fargo was the only bank with representatives. They basically had what felt like unre­stricted, exclusive access all over the campus,” said Bilodeau.

A service manager at the Richmond and Central branch who refused to give her name con­firmed that Wells Fargo was on Main campus on Sept. 21 with the purpose of promoting checking accounts to students.

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The Deal With Drugs: Marijuana

By: Christopher Pope, Staff Reporter

Marijuana can have potentially harmful psycho­logical side effects, but it can also yield short-term benefits, said part-time CHSS instruc­tor Karren Johnson.

Marijuana also contains THC which turns into tar when smoked and impairs lung func­tion. Cannabis can have many positive psychological effects, such as calming people with anxiety disorders and PTSD, she said.

“It’s highly psychologically addictive, even though it’s not physically addictive. What we mean by that is someone can become psychologically depen­dent on it, but quitting won’t cause physical withdrawals like with cocaine or heroin. That’s why everyone always says ‘it’s not addictive; it’s not a prob­lem,’” she said.

Liberal Arts major Daniel Berry said he thinks marijuana use is much safer than alcohol use. He said he does not think there is anything wrong with it. It should be legalized because it does not do damage to the body like alcohol does, said Berry.

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Reviewing the Applicants

By: Christopher Pope, Staff Reporter | Staff Reporter

A Non-Definitive Look at the Presidential Candidates

With Nov. 6 just around the corner, the CNM Chronicle has provided a short look at the presidential candidates who will be on the New Mexico ballot. All answers for President Barack Obama came from Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Javier Gonzales. All answers for Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson came from Johnson. Representatives for Republican candidate Mitt Romney and Green candidate Jill Stein did not respond to interview requests, so all information provided is from their websites, mittromney.com and jillstein.org, respectively.

Why are you running for president, and if you were elected what would be the most important issue on your agenda? 

President Barack Obama

He is running because he believes in the promise of the future of this country. He knows that there are incredible opportunties not only for those Americans who are middle aged, but also for younger Americans to be part of a country that gives them an opportunity to live in a free society where everyone cares for one another.”

Governor Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney believes in America. He believes that liberty, opportunity, and free enterprise have led to prosperity and strength before and will do so again. America, however, must take decisive action to roll back the misguided policies of the last three years, empower our citizens, and restore the foundations of our nation’s strength.”

Jill Stein

The Green New Deal is an emergency four-part program of specific solutions for moving America quickly out of crisis into the secure green future. We call these solutions a Green New Deal, because they are inspired by the New Deal programs that helped us out of the Great Depression of the 1930s. And these solutions are ‘Green’ because they create an economy that makes our communities sustainable and healthy.”

Governor Garry Johnson

I bring a distinctly business-like mentality to governing, and believe that decisions should be made based on cost-benefit analysis rather than strict ideology.”

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Voting: What State Bonds B, C Could Mean for CNM

By: Daniel Johnson, Staff Reporter | Photo By: Jonathan Gamboa

Listed on the 2012 elec­tion ballot are two proposed state bonds that affect CNM directly. Since political vocabu­lary can be intimidating, the CNM Chronicle has decon­structed these proposals into intelligible language.

State Bond B:

“The 2010 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act authorizes the issuance and sale of library acquisition and con­struction bonds. Shall the state be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed seven million eighty-two thousand one hun­dred ten dollars ($7,082,110) to make capital expenditures for academic, public school, tribal and public library acquisitions and provide for a general prop­erty tax imposition and levy for the payment of principal of, interest on and expenses incurred in connection with the issuance of the bonds and the collection of the tax as permit­ted by law?”

Reference Librarian Olivia Baca said that Bond B would help academic libraries across the state by giving them $3 million to purchase and update materials and equipment includ­ing CNM’s six campus libraries.

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Cooking in Season: Winter Sqash

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

Late summer and early fall bring a stunning variety of squashes for the creative cook.

Many grocery stores will only have the ubiqui­tous pumpkins, but farm­ers markets and specialty produce stores will have dozens of different hard-skinned squashes.

Pattypans — or Starburst squash — can be picked while young and tender and pickled for the cold winter days, or stuffed and baked. Delicata and Turban squashes are wonderful mashed and sea­soned. Butternut squash is great grated, steamed and cooked like potatoes for vitamin-rich and brilliantly colored hash browns.

Squash is equally good for sweet or savory dishes. Honey and brown sugar added to roasted squash makes a delicate dessert, while butter and bread crumbs mixed with nearly any kind of peeled and diced squash can make a great replacement for potatoes, pasta or rice.

Butternut Squash Soup with Herbed Whipped Cream

For the Soup:

  • 1 large Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded and cut into ½ inch dice (about 2 pounds)
  • ½ pound Carrots, washed, peeled and cut into about ½ dice.
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive or Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground White Pepper
  • 2 quarts Chicken, Vegetable or Beef Stock
  • 2 Tbsp. Cider Vinegar
  • 3 cups Heavy Whipping Cream, cool
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Blinded By the Light

By: Stefany Olivas, Managing Editor

The window-lined study cubes in the upstairs south­west corner of the library are too hot and too bright, making it difficult to work on the computers in that area, said Computer Lab Assistant and Environmental Safety and Health major Kathy Johargrove.

The sun makes it hard for the students to see the material on the screens of the computer stations in the area, and the Instructional Technicians also struggle to see the screen when helping students, she said.

“If you’re facing away from the sun, it shines right on your screen. If you’re looking into the sun, it’s so bright you can’t see the screen,” she said.

The Computer Help Station had been located in the study-cube area and moved because of the lighting problem, but the student stations are still there. Johargrove said she and the other work-study students attempted to block the sun with large pieces of paper on the win­dows, but had to remove them at the end of each day. Now they are not allowed to put anything on the windows, she said.

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Book Review: ‘Occupying Dissent:’ There are Worse Books, Maybe

By: Jyllian Roach, Editor-In-Chief

Aside from the controversy of trying to capitalize on an anti-capitalism movement, there are a lot of problems with local author Robert P. Francis’ almost-novella “Occupying Dissent”.

At some point in every writer’s career, usually when the writer is around 14 years old, she gets so excited about a story idea that she writes it down, but focus only on the cool parts and ignores character develop­ment, plot, grammar, story detail and basically every­thing else needed to make a story readable and enjoyable. “Occupying Dissent” reads like that sort of story.

The 86-page book blends events of the Occupy Albuquerque movements and the fictional tale of Andrew and Leela Torrez, twenty-something cardboard cutouts who move to Albuquerque after Andrew loses his job with a non-descript company whose unnamed higher-ups are paring down the number of employees to fatten profits.

The book suffers from the same problem that nearly all self-published pieces do — a complete lack of editing. The editing process is supposed to help refine a story; to fix gram­matical errors, and find the spots that need more or less writing. “Dissent” would have benefitted from all of those functions. The grammar errors are so rampant that they bog down the reader, while the story itself is unfo­cused and reads like a rush job.

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