By: The CNM Chronicle Editorial Board
There are many chartered organizations within CNM that are created and ran by students to create opportunities for their peers, but the problem lies in raising awareness about the groups and motivating people to get involved.
These students are willing to help each other gain experience in fields they may be pursuing as a career or even as a lifetime hobby.
Leonardo is an annual magazine that the Chronicle writes about during every publication season, and in this week’s issue Leonardo’s adviser, Full-time CHSS instructor Patrick Houlihan, is calling for more student involvement to continue a tradition that has been occurring for over a decade.
They have a board consisting entirely of student editors and designers who dedicate their free time to putting together a unique compilation that helps express the artistic styles of other student photographer, writers, and other artists of various types of mediums.
Leonardo consistently experiences difficulties in publishing because there is a lack of student involvement on the editorial and designer boards.
This was not only a problem for Leonardo, but is a continual problem for multiple student organizations like Executive Council of Students, Shooting club, and the Allocations Board.
Unfortunately CNM has a high turnover rate and administration has many other focuses such as building enrollment numbers and employing the community while dealing with budget cuts, so student involvement is not currently a top priority.
It is time that students seek out and get involved in student organizations and recognize them as valuable assets to utilize.
Being active in one or more chartered student organizations helps build community, leadership skills, and character.
There are many options available to get involved, and often times the group will be willing to volunteer with outside organizations that an individual may already be involved with.