Former Liberal Arts Major Mikki Browne said she thinks the Children, Youth and Families Department is in need of reform, and she plans to make it happen.
Browne said that after her two children went into foster care, she noticed that the system at CYFD seemed to be out of touch with its goal to help parents and keep kids safe.
“It seemed like if a parent had problems with drug or alcohol addiction, they go to rehab and a parenting class and have their kids back in three months. But if the parent was impoverished like me — if they had trouble finding a job or a home, then it would be at least a year,” said Browne.
Browne said that her plan is to speak with local and state representatives, including Governor Susana Martinez, and create a plan that would reform CYFD so that families can be reunited when the problem stems from poverty rather than abuse or neglect.
A recent bill, proposed by Governor Susana Martinez, could lower the number of students who need remedial courses at CNM.
The “No Social Promotions” education reform bill calls for public school teachers’ salaries to be based on the success of their students, as an attempt to improve low test scores in the state.
Department Chair of Reading and College Success Kenneth Chavez said the proposed bill could be the first step to looking at and adjusting education across the state as a whole.
“Success on a high school level may need to be judged off of mental preparedness as well as intellectual development to ensure that students are receiving the education necessary to move onto the next level,” he said.
Local band Pepper Griswald has woven together the classic punk music style with deep topics from history, literature and even philosophy for a new take on old ideas.
The four-member band, comprised of lead vocalist Chris Romero, drummer Kevin Bott, guitarist David Castillo and bassist Danny Crouch, has been conquering the local punk scene since forming in mid-2012.
“Lyrically I take a lot from things I’ve learned from philosophy and history. It plays a part in the lyrical content of the songs,” said Paralegal Studies Major Chris Romero.
The band has a do-it-yourself garage style, but the sound is hard to describe specifically, he said.
Tax Help New Mexico is offering a special student-only week for tax assistance, said Executive Director of CNM Connect, Ann Lyn Hall.
From Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, registered students will be able to get free tax assistance without the long lines seen during the regular open period, she said.
“It is often expensive to get taxes done so this is a really nice opportunity for students,” said Hall. After Feb. 2, Tax Help New Mexico will be open to all members of the community through April 15.
“Lines for taxes can be really long, but if students utilize the student-only days then the wait should not be as bad,” said Hall.
The effects of sustainability can be difficult to grasp. Health, energy, economics and inevitably, the environment have a single concept that links them — sustainability. Over the course of this term, guest writer Stefany Olivas, a biology major with a concentration in sustainability, will explore the issues and concepts involved in “going green.”
Upcycling, the practice of repurposing an object for another use, has become a popular practice. Communications Major Dana Chandler and Nutrition Major Ernest Padilla-Garcia are two such people.
C h a n d l e r said she started Project Reuse New Mexico to encourage residents to reuse disposable products, as a way to help the environment.
The idea began after a geology class in which students studied the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and a Public Speaking class where she used persuasive speech to encourage her classmates to use reusable plastic bottles and grocery bags, she said.
Critical thinking is perhaps the most important thing I hope to impart to my students here at CNM. Thus I was extremely dismayed to see such blatant illogical fallacy coming from a psychology major in your article “Shooting Club flyers create controversy.” This student said, as quoted by you, “I don’t want to be in a classroom with someone who has a concealed carry gun legally and then, if for some reason, they thought someone else was pulling a gun and they weren’t, or even if they were, they could pull that gun and shoot me or anyone else by mistake.”
Let’s see…you have someone who is carrying a gun illegally, intent on shooting and killing as many people as he can (because that seems to be the point of the game) on the one hand, and a trained citizen carrying legally, intent on stopping the shooter and protecting everyone else, on the other hand. Let’s see…criminal…law-abiding citizen. This student would prefer to take her chances with the criminal, who WILL shoot her on purpose, because the law-abiding citizen MIGHT shoot her accidentally?
The CNM Chronicle has published several stories regarding a full-time faculty member who was terminated, following an internal investigation, for using physical force against a fellow faculty member on CNM property. The decision to terminate the faculty member was upheld by an independent arbitrator.
While the situation was difficult for everyone concerned, one of the most troubling aspects of the situation was the biased reporting of the story and, particularly, the dismissive treatment of the victim. Stories in the Chronicle appeared slanted to favor a man accused of using excessive force against a woman, while discounting and discrediting the victim’s side of the story. The woman was victimized a second time in the Chronicle stories.