Who’s running this place?

By: Daniel Johnson, Investigative Reporter | Photos By: Daniel Johnson

Alpha Upsilon Chi’s new officer team

(left to right) President: Tracy LaForteza, Secretary: Darlene Campbell and Vice President of Scholarship: Vice President of Fellowship: Public Relations Officer: Gabriel Roybal.
(left to right) President: Tracy LaForteza, Secretary: Darlene Campbell and Vice President of Scholarship: Vice President of Fellowship: Public Relations Officer: Gabriel Roybal.

The Alpha Upsilon Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has a new officer team to lead the organi­zation, Levi Turner, cur­rent chapter president and Biochemistry major, said.

The new officers will begin their duties on April 20, 2013 at the new member induction ceremony.

Office Technology major Tracy LaForteza was elected to the officer position of president.

Her main goal for the organization is to get the chapter the local, regional and national recognition she feels it deserves, she said.

She wants to use and share her experience with all members of the chapter to allow them to have an opportunity to grow in the knowledge of what it really means to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa, she said.

“I want to inspire all members to get active in community service events and allow our organization to gain national recog­nition while building a bigger, better chapter for all our members,” said LaForteza.

Getting members to be more proactive with fundraisers is a way to recruit new members, which is also one of her goals, she said.

She also wants to set up a fundraising plan that will allow new member­ship fees to be less of a burden to a person who may have interest in join­ing the chapter, she said

“I want to lead by example and be as active as I possibly can so mem­bers can see that the pres­ident is dedicated to the chapter, so they should be too,” said LaForteza.

Political Science and Biotechnology major Darlene Campbell was elected secretary.

She is going to work hard at keeping clear records of all chapter meetings and provide all information that is needed to current and future members, she said.

“I hope to work with our new president to make membership more attainable to people that wish to join the chapter and use all the experi­ence and resources I have to keep records clear and organized,” she said.

Business major Brendan Miller was elected treasurer. He will apply the math and organizational skills he has to keep the financial records of the chapter in order while trying to increase membership numbers while working hand in hand with his fellow officers to better the chapter, he said.

“I plan to keep a close eye on the funds avail­able and communicate to the president when fund raisers may be needed to raise the amount of funds that are available,” he said.

Paralegal Studies major Gabriel Roybal was elected public rela­tions officer, vice presi­dent of scholarship and vice president of fellow­ship and will choose which position he will fill later this week.

As public relations officer, he will try to get membership numbers up while raising the amount of participation from cur­rent members, he said.

He is going to use his experience and educa­tion to establish a clearer picture of the chapter so people can see how the organization really is involved in the commu­nity and school, he said.

“I believe that I can build relationships with students, staff, faculty and other student orga­nizations while putting a positive light on Phi Theta Kappa,” he said.

As vice president of scholarship, he will try to get members to realize that good grades are not just a goal but a true ben­efit to all members and students, he said.

It is difficult to try to get people to change their ways, but this organiza­tion should be able to push for the student body to raise their grades and use the chapter as example of what all students should strive to be, he said.

As vice president of fellowship, he will try to let students know that even if they are not chap­ter members they are still free to serve their community by helping Phi Theta Kappa with any community service projects as a way to give back, he said.

“I also would like to get more information about the events that are planned out to the stu­dent body as a way to build on event participa­tion.” said Roybal.

Former Student to compete in karate national tournament

By: Jamison Wagner, Staff Reporter

Scott Gampert, a former Engineering major, will head to the Amateur Athletics Union karate national tour­nament this summer.

The tournament, held in Cincinnati, Ohio June 26 through 30, will host thou­sands of martial artists from across the nation.

Gampert swept the black belt divi­sion of the regional Amateur Athletics Union karate tourna­ment in March, win­ning five medals and securing himself a spot at the larger competition, he said.

“It feels good to win, but seeing all the different contend­ers; I wonder, ‘What did I do better than them? What did they do worse than me?’ I think about how I can compete better next time,” he said.

This will be the fourth degree black belt’s second national tournament; Gampert’s first was two years ago in Florida, he said.

Gampert gives much of the credit for his victory to his karate school and the advice the instruc­tors have given him over the years.

“You have to learn to stay relaxed; don’t try to force a tech­nique. Let the tech­nique flow; you have to work on your speed and not on power. It does not matter that you hit hard; it mat­ters that you make contact fast,” he said.

The main objective of the regional tour­nament is to promote friendly competition, Shihan Ray Barrera Jr., the tournament’s orga­nizer, said. The AAU is a non-profit volunteer sports organization founded in 1888. For more information on the AAU competitions, visit aausports.org.

Letters to the Editor: In response to Volume 18 Issue 26 Sex Issue

Editor’s note:

 The point of any news article, other than to inform, is to create civil discourse. Issue 26 of the CNM Chronicle has done this more so than any other edition of the paper in its 18 years of publishing. This and the following four pages have been dedicated completely to the responses we have received, both negative and positive.

It is important to note, however, the not all discourse remained civil. On the Central New Mexico Community College Facebook page, some of the conversation became nasty. This was never the intention of the paper.

Many people who commented negatively about the paper did not wish to have their comments published because of the cruelty of some newspaper supporters.

These commenters said that CNM had been in the right to shut down the paper and to confiscate copies; that the staff of the Chronicle should be fired; that the paper had been offensive, especially to those who were religious and that the paper exercised extremely poor judgment in creating an issue focused on sex. One commenter wanted to let us know that the sexual position Chit-Chat was creepy and completely inappropriate.

While we could not convince those people to allow us publication of their comments, we wanted to ensure their voices were heard.

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The good, the bad and all the rest

What Facebookers had to say about the sex issue

Stephanie Acg

 It was really disappointing to see the administration jump off the deep end about a topic that should be talked about and yet isn’t. I’m glad they reinstated the paper, but their inconsistent statements as to why leave no doubt in my mind as to their intent. One can only hope that in the future they will consider the students’ reactions and legal ramifications of trying to suppress The Chronicle. Unfortunately, I think that this is going to drive them to harsher scrutiny of the paper. We all know that they have been left uncomfortable on numer­ous occasions when the paper has published informa­tion regarding the actions of the administration. The Cormier case is one good example of that. Either way, as long as I am a student at CNM, I will support the Chronicle in its efforts. great job keeping your heads together through this!

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Bike Swap to raise money for rider advocacy

By Shaya Rogers, Features Reporter

Bicyclists looking to trade up or buy a new set of wheels will have a chance to do so while also doing some good for the com­munity, Willie Smoker, office manager for TRiO Support Services on Main campus, said.

The 19th Annual Bike Swap, held at Sport Systems at 6915 Montgomery NE on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will donate 18 percent of all the sales to BikeABQ, a nonprofit bike advocacy and educa­tion group, he said.

“The event helps them financially because they get money off the sales, and within that it helps them get out there, and be more evident within the community and actually help with bike advocacy,” he said.

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By Adrianna Avila, Managing Editor

Instructor searching for speakers for lecture event

To inspire innovation and the sharing of ideas, TEDxABQ, an offshoot of the well-known Tedtalks, is in search of speak­ers for this year’s event and the deadline is closing in, Bill Meador, part-time U.S. History instructor, said.

The three-question applica­tion for the Sept. 7 event, found at tedxabq.com, is due by April 30 so that speaker training can begin in May, he said.

Meador has been involved with TEDx for three years and this year he is trying expand information resources for the community, he said.

“The title of our organiza­tion is TEDxABQ but we’re trying to reach out into other parts of New Mexico and are really looking for speakers and people to attend from all over the state,” Meador said.

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