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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.