Students seek solution to childcare woes

By Daniel Montaño, Staff Reporter

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College is hard enough with the pressures of essays, finals, pop quizzes and Blackboard out­ages; students should not have to deal with the added pres­sure of trying to find affordable child care, Torrey Moorman, Nursing, Nutrition and Health Information Technology major, said.

That is exactly what Moorman said she is looking to change.

In the hopes of improving gradua­tion rates and student morale, Moorman, Khoa Pham, business major, and Karissa Trebizo, Engineering major, are submitting a proposal to CNM president Katharine Winograd that is aimed at establishing an on-site daycare at Main Campus that will provide free or low-cost childcare to students in need, Moorman said.

“I have worked with pregnant women as a doula (birthing assistant) for over 20 years now, and I’ve learned that women have a real hard time going to school or having a job if they do not have adequate childcare. If they don’t know that their children are safe then they can’t function properly at work and they can’t function properly at school,” Moorman said.

The daycare, if approved, would be staffed by stu­dents enrolled in the child development, early child educa­tion, social work and similar programs which require students to partake in intern­ships, she said.

“All of those stu­dents have to do internships and at this point in time they have to go off campus to ful­fill those internships. There’s no reason that they can’t do their internships here on campus and that would fulfill our faculty need for the daycare,” Moorman said.

The proposal is in the final stages of development before Moorman submits it to administration, but needs more data from stu­dents before being final­ized, Moorman said.

CNM students interested in helping to get the project off of the ground can go to facebook.com/groups/139377162935626/ files/to fill out a brief survey to get Moorman the infor­mation she needs before submitting the proposal to President Winograd.

Most of the frame­work for the project is already in place or would require rela­tively small funding to establish because the plans make use of available resources, Moorman said.

“We talked to housekeeping and there are never fewer than three empty classrooms on campus each term. In order to run a full-scale child­care facility all we need is three empty classrooms, one for each of the age groups, and if we had five we could conceivably serve the majority of the students who have a need,” she said

The proposed day­care would be focused on filling the needs of students whose income falls between 100 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level, she said.

The Children Youth and Families Department of New Mexico previously provided childcare vouchers for residents of New Mexico who fell within the 100 to 200 percentage income level, as mandated by the federal govern­ment, but indefinitely froze funding for the program in the fall of 2012, she said.

“So that leaves a huge chunk of our student base who are just above the poverty line—maybe by only $10 or $11 a month— and now can’t receive assistance but don’t make enough money to pay for childcare out of their pocket. So with CNM decreasing student loan amounts, how are students sup­posed to finish school if they have to stay at home with their kids?” Moorman said.

Insurance costs are the major reason administration has not yet set up an onsite daycare, and is the only major obstacle in her proposal, which would rely on stat funding to cover insurance costs. Moorman said.

“Getting funding for the insurance costs seems to be the biggest issue and the reality is our society is way more focused on money than it is on what’s healthi­est for children and people. If your bottom line is a dollar then children are an incon­venience,” she said.

While CNM does have an agreement with the Tres Manos Development Center, located right behind Main Campus at 823 Buena Vista Drive SE, the child care facil­ity only accepts kids between the ages of three to five and has a cap of 38 children, which has led to a waitlist for parents in need, Moorman said.

“The slots fill up so quickly and the waitlist is so long that people in need now are still left in the same situation. Also, people who have had their vouchers frozen for being over one-hundred percent of the federal poverty level still can’t afford it, even with the discount given to CNM students,” she said.

The proposal origi­nally started as a project for Ying Xu’s English 2219 course, wherein Moorman, Trebizo and Pham were assigned to write a proposal to fix an issue at CNM, Moorman said.

The project soon developed into a personal matter for Moorman, who is a single mother, she said.

“We’re taking this a step further than just an assignment. We already aced the paper and now we’re waiting to get the rest of the data, which we weren’t able to get in time to submit with the paper, so that we can finalize the proposal. Then we are submitting it to Winograd the CYFD (Children Youth and Families Department), and we want to submit it to Governor Martinez to explain why this needs to be in place,” Moorman said.

To help the assign­ment group get the data they need to finalize the proposal, go to face­book.com/ groups/139377162935626/files/ to download and fill out a brief survey, which afterwards can be pri­vate messaged to the group’s Facebook page.

For more informa­tion on Tres Manos Development Center visit Financial Aid and Scholarship Services on main campus, or call their district office at 841-4825.

Underage children no longer allowed in the SRC computer labs

1-3By Jamison Wagner, Staff Reporter | Photo By Jamison Wagner

Nursing major Cynthia Corona said she had no difficul­ties from the staff of the Student Resource Center at Main campus when she had her son Aidan with her in the computer center, but other stu­dents have had differ­ent experiences.

Corona said she had been using the computers on Friday July 12 with her son, age four sitting next to her for about an hour but none of the staff said anything. However the SRC has signs posted in the tutoring and computer center that states chil­dren are not allowed in that part of the build­ing unless their parent is meeting with an Achievement Coach.

“Aidan was quiet and none of the staff told me anything. This was my first time in the com­puter center with Aidan and I did not even know the sign was there,” she said.

If she was not able to bring her son with her in the future it could be a prob­lem as her Health I n f o r m a t i o n T e c h n o l o g y class homework requires that she make use of the software that is avail­able at the SRC, but not available at home, Corona said.

Integrated Studies graduate James Roach said that he has had problems in the past with having his sons with him for even a short amount of time in the computer center at the SRC. He said An employee that was not wearing a name badge came up when he dropped in to print a document and told him he had to leave even though his sons were being quiet.

“This happened on April 26 (2013), where this guy would not identify himself as an employee and would not stop being rude to me in front of my kids. He then called secu­rity after I told him to shut up as he would not stop being rude, even as I was leaving with my kids,” he said.

Three security guards showed up after he and his sons moved from the computer center to the library side of the SRC where children are allowed, he said.

Roach said that at the time of the inci­dent there were no signs that stated chil­dren were not allowed in the computer center and that he specifically asked one of the secu­rity guards if there was a policy prohib­iting children from being in the computer center and the guard said no.

“If there is no sign saying children are not allowed, you do not have the right to tell someone to leave. It is like saying, ‘sorry you cannot listen to music with head­phones because we do not allow that in here and do not have a sign to tell you about that’,” he said.

Cesar Silva, Engineering major and former president for the Executive Council of Students said that he took his 11-year old son to the SRC with him about a year ago when he needed tutoring for one of his classes, and he was told that his son was not allowed to be with him because he was under the specific age range.

“I utilize the SRC a lot as the tutors there have helped me to get to the point where I am now, and it has been hard to try to utilize the tutors and have some childcare,” he said.

Silva said he under­stands that some chil­dren may be a little young and may not be able to be quiet for other students that are study­ing but if there was a policy that said “As long as you keep your child quiet and under control” then there should not be a problem.

“It is sad because everyone knows that CNM serves older stu­dents that have chil­dren and it conflicts with CNM’s goal of providing the best edu­cation, the best oppor­tunity for students to succeed,” he said.

Brad Moore Director of Communications and Marketing Relations said that he was not aware of the SRC having rules about children other than the basic policies laid out in the Student Code of Conduct and the Employee handbook.

The Student Code of Conduct as laid out on the CNM website says, “Children (or other non-students) are not allowed to accompany adults to class or lab. All children who are under age 15 and are on CNM’s campus, must be accompanied by an adult at all times,” under Rules Governing Classrooms/Labs.

The Employee handbook states the following, “CNM is a public institution for adults and has an obli­gation to its students to maintain an atmo­sphere conducive to learning at all times. Therefore, the fol­lowing policies shall govern children on campus: 1) Children under the age of 15 must be accompa­nied by an adult at all times while on CNM property, 2) Children under the age of 15 may not be left unsu­pervised anywhere on CNM property, 3) Children may not accompany a parent or other adult to any class or lab, 4) Children left unattended on CNM property will be brought to the atten­tion of the appropriate enforcement agency, and 5) Children on CNM property under adult supervision are expected to behave in a manner that is not disturbing to other CNM patrons.”

SRC supervisors could not be reached for comment at the time of this article.

To contact SRC about where it is okay to have children in the building, call 224-3285 for more information.

Editorial : Providing childcare at Main campus

Editorial, By the CNM Chroni­cle Editorial Board

In relation to the day care and no kids’ policy in the student resource center stories on the front page of this issue, one has to wonder if CNM officials even care if single parents succeed at this school.

Because the day care associated with CNM only providing child care for 3 to 5 year -olds and has a cap of 38 children, this facility only helps a small population of the student parent community and is not a viable resource for the stu­dent-parent population.

The Chronicle applauds Torrey Moorman, Khoa Pham and Karissa Trebizo for their innovative idea of proposing a student-run daycare here at main campus and following through with trying to make it a reality. This idea could truly help struggling parents with not having to worry about where they can have their children on campus and can provide an ongoing program to help student parents succeed.

Some students have it hard enough with limited class availabil­ity in some majors, and have tight schedules with classes, a job, and children to take care of on top of all that, which can sometimes be over­whelming. Student parents some­times have to drop classes because they cannot fit four to eight hour courses, (depending on major) into their daily lives. Especially during summer semesters, and with the implementation of more eight-week courses, students sometimes have no choice but to bring their chil­dren with them to campus, which has proven to be an issue at certain campus locations. Students should have a safe place where they can bring their children to campus— for a low, or no-cost fee—because so many students at this school are parents learning a specific trade.

Having a place on campus for all student parents is something that should already be in place. With costs for child-care soaring, student parents have a hard enough time finding proper daycare facili­ties for their children, especially in the area surrounding the college. Student loan changes are alter­ing the way student parents are helped with financial aid and since resources are being tightened this proposal would be ideal to help keep student parents in school.

With students selectively being asked to leave resource rooms in the SRC because their children are with them, this proposal could stop any further such events from happening. Students could take their children to an onsite facility and be able to use resources without feeling demeaned for having to get an assignment in, or use software only available to them through the school.

A student-run day-care could also help majors going into teach­ing fields, and if proposed work-study or credited internships were to occur students could have yet another resource to learn from in a real teaching environment.

High schools throughout Albuquerque already have similar programs with child-care classes that are incorporated into day-cares on campus that have been successful for more than a decade. Also, col­leges throughout the United States have day-care centers for student parents that facilitate the popula­tion of the school’s students.

Our school should think about getting up with the times and con­sider opening a student-run day care center to at least try it out, because many schools have done the same and have great programs for student parents that benefit both the school and student.

Going back to school can be tough, especially for a struggling parent, and having a campus day care center could really help stu­dents with the convenience of being able to have their children at an easily accessible location through­out a students’ school day, and can help students to focus on school and class instead of personal matters of being able to afford proper day care.

The Chronicle hopes that the school’s officials take the time to hear the upcoming proposal from the three students mentioned and can come to an agreement on how to better the college for student parents to help those parents do well, and be able to successfully graduate from CNM.

Summer blockbuster is delightfully despicable

By Jamison Wagner, Staff Reporter | Photos provided by wallpiph.com

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Bee-doo bee-doo bee-doo. This will be the noise for which Despicable Me 2 is for­ever remembered.

This time the min­ions voiced by Pierre Coffin (Brad & Gary, Despicable Me) and Chris Renaud (The Lorax, No Time for Nuts) do not steal the show, they are the show in this film.

From the minions’ antics in attempting to put out a fire in the office of their boss, Gru who is voiced by Steve Carrell (The Office, The 40 Year Old Virgin), to the outra­geous attempts to drive a getaway car, the minions alone are worth the price of ticket admission.

SPOILERS ahead!

While the Gru’s daughters Margo voiced by Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly, Our Deal), Agnes voiced by Elsie Kate Fisher (Despicable Me, Home Makeover) and Edith voiced by Dana Gaier (30 Rock, Home Makeover) do not play as large a role in this movie as the girls did in first movie, they do remain compelling characters on screen.

From Margo’s dif­ficulties with boys to her young siblings struggles with their own growing pains the children remain char­acters the audience can readily understand and be engaged by.

The newest char­acter introduced is Lucy voiced by Kristen Wiig (How to Train Your Dragon, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs) whose zany antics make for an interesting foil to Gru’s more dour mien.

From her kidnap­ping of Gru in a bid to recruit him for the Anti-Villain League as she tasers’ him, to her diving out of a moving airplane to return to his side as the duo endeavors to bring down the villain of the movie, Lucy is an oddly idiosyncratic heroine that never bores.

The animation is as solid as it had been in the first movie without any pixilation or tearing in the filming frames so the viewer is never pulled out of the film experience.

The story is not quite as unique as the first movie’s plot as it comes across as remi­niscent of a roman­tic comedy at times, which lacks the quirky pull of a villain becom­ing a father but is still solid overall.

The tale begins with a science labo­ratory in the Arctic being completely abducted by a giant flying magnet, who knows why the scien­tists insisted on hang­ing onto metal objects as they were pulled up that seems like poor planning. Fast-forward to Gru’s house where he is hosting a birthday party for his youngest adopted daughter Agnes with the help of his minions who engage in some amusing hijinks at each other’s expense.

The next day Gru when walking his dog he is accosted by Lucy who then kidnaps him by knocking him out and then stuffing him in the trunk of her car. Lucy is pur­sued by two minions in an absurdly amus­ing chase scene who are then knocked out and taken by her along with Gru to a submarine base.

Gru is then introduced to Silas Ramsbottom (insert bad joke about sheep rear ends here) the head honcho of the Anti- Villain League. Silas attempts to recruit Gru to the League, but Gru refuses.

Gru returns home to his base which is now making jellies and jams where Dr. Nefario voiced by Russell Brand (Arthur, Get Him to the Greek) announces he is taking a new job. Gru gives Nefario a 21 fart gun salute as a rather wry sendoff and then decides to sign on with the Anti-Villain League.

Gru is partnered with Lucy as the two of them attempt to track down the villain that stole the chemical compound from the lab at the start of the movie. Gru and Lucy base themselves out of a cupcake shop in a mall with some slightly half-baked moments as the League detected trace amounts of the chemi­cal in the mall itself.

All in all, the sequel is not quite as compelling as the first movie was but it is still a pleasant experience.

Carousel spun out of control

By Adriana Avila, Senior Reporter | Photo provided By Max Woltman

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Like sardines, Carousel is an acquired taste and I have been left tasteless from this play.

The play Carousel written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, playing at the Rodey Theatre located at Popejoy Hall on UNM campus opened on Saturday July13 at 7:30 p.m. had high and low points to this rendition of a classic play directed by Laurie Finnegan and sponsored by Landmark Musicals.

Although the basics were good, this play mixed too many ingredients into their clambake and it gave me a stomach ache. There were few pieces of the play that were not underdone or over seasoned but was not enough to keep me entertained through­out the performance.

The performers and crew members were probably too nervous to function properly or they just needed more time to rehearse, so the crew seemed as they absolutely needed more time to rehearse to make sure the robotics of the dances were oiled and all of the bugs were taken care of before opening night.

The pieces of the play that were crucial to its survival were its fantastic singing and the on cue 23 piece orchestra. It would be better to just get the soundtrack because the great singing and the awesome orches­tra were just about the only things that kept the play on a high note.

The dancers could not dance; their move­ments were mechani­cal and it seemed they were programmed to hop to one spot where the invisible tape marker was every single time. Also, I felt like I watched the actors after they picked up acting tips from ‘70s movies. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were known to write melodramatic plays but this one took the double-layer cake.

During the per­formance stage hands and actors could not keep a handle on the props. In scene three, a fisherman dropped his bucket of clams when he was trying to hand it over to another crew mate. The spot­light operator could not get a grip, and the spotlight kept slip­ping off the actors, that seemed like they were having trouble with how big the spot­light should have been. Throughout the per­formance there was numerous times that the spotlight’s area was changed and it did not look good at all. By the end of it my head was spinning, and I felt like I was a cat chas­ing a flashlight. And where was the light going, exactly where it should not have been.

During the open­ing scene there was a particular juggler who could not juggle. At any circus if the jug­gler could not get a hold of the balls he or she would be replaced with a second acrobat.

Carousel takes place in a small New England town in the 1880s during the summer. A no-good carousel barker named Billy Bigelow and an innocent young girl named Julie Jordan get married with little motivation, while getting to know each other during a 15 minute scene. Sounds reasonable enough after Bigelow, played by Michael M. Finnegan, threatens to beat up Jordan, played by Alexandra Martinez.

Julie cannot leave her good for nothing abusing husband, and he keeps abusing her, which is apparently fine for him to do so. Where are the morals and life lessons there? I do not understand fully why I sat through the entire perfor­mance other than for the music and singing.

In New England it may be okay to put on a performance of Carousel because of its setting and numer­ous shout-outs to the regional culture, but out here in Albuquerque, there is no real connec­tion to this play. There are no good morals or lessons to be learned from this play and the cultural references are lost among Burqueños so I’m completely unsure why Landmark Musicals chose to stage this play here in Albuquerque.

I must compliment the set design as it was fantastic. Dahl Delu, has designed sets, light­ing, costumes and scen­ery for numerous presti­gious theaters including Broadway, and this is his first time working with Landmark. His wonderfully painted Maine coastline sets are beyond the ability of the actors. Delu’s beau­tiful stage design sur­passes this production.

Carousel is the epitome of a wonder­ful exterior but an unsatisfying center.

One of the most confusing parts about the play was the cos­tumes. But the time frame became clear to me during the last scene at gradu­ation, where the banner read class of 1898. The play is sup­posed to be from1883 through 1898, not 1873 through 1888. The printing company for the plays handouts, Starline Printing, got a crucial difference of time wrong and con­fused a few members of the audience. The timeline did not make sense at all and my attention was drawn more to the choice of clothing rather than the plot, which was still not very good.

The design crew got the timeline cor­rect, but Starline Printing had several printing errors.

Although the play itself was unappealing and a few actors here and there were off point in their performances, a few stood out of the remains.

Courtney Giannini, Louise daughter of Billy and Julie, had a great performance. Her dancing was elegant and poise. The play should have ended after the death of Billy Bigelow but I am glad it did not because I would not have had the opportu­nity to enjoy Giannini’s wonderful performance.

All of the per­formers, who had the chance to sing, really sang wonderfully, and the actors’ ability to sing kept the play afloat along with the other recognized factors.

Carousel was suc­cessful with a great set design, wonder­ful singing and great music, but that is barely enough to keep the acting and dancing from a flop. For more informa­tion on this play run­ning until Sunday July 28, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:00 p.m., go to abqtheatre.org/index. php/per forma nces/ carousel/

Culinary program to cook with new fire, New building opening in Fall semester

By Daniel Montaño, Staff Reporter | Photo by Daniel Montaño

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The Culinary Arts program is getting served up four extra-large-labs with all the fixings.

Starting in the fall 2013 semester, Culinary Arts stu­dents will be cooking and baking in a brand new build­ing filled with state-of-the-art equipment, said Peter Witter, culinary lab manager.

The new building located at 725 University Blvd. features four labs capable of holding 24 stu­dents each; one for baking, one for cooking, a multi-purpose lab that will have advanced baking and cook­ing classes and a full service restaurant that will serve as a lab for advanced cooking students, Witter said.

The culinary arts pro­gram currently uses two labs in Smith Brasher hall, which can only fit 20 stu­dents, and have been doing so since the early 1990’s, he said.

“It’s a world of difference between here and there, because when you come in here you see stainless steel and everything is new and looks modern. Over in smith brasher, everything is clean and works well, but it’s old equipment because the building itself is older,” Witter said.

The current labs in SB don’t have a separate area for instructors and students to work, but the new labs are designed to make the learning process easier for students, he said.

The new instructional labs have student worksta­tions and storage racks for the students’ equipment, and instructors will have their own demonstration area complete with a sink, a stove, a grill, and a video system that will display what the instructor is doing on a large television screen that will hang over the dem­onstration area, Witter said.

“So the students out there at their worksta­tions look at the screen and everything the instructor does will be televised for them,” he said.

The new restaurant lab features a full line-kitchen, which is set up similarly to most restaurants and includes a stone-fired pizza oven and a large rational combo-oven, Witter said.

The rational oven, of which there are smaller ver­sions in the other new labs, is a technologically advanced, computer controlled oven capable of baking, searing, roasting and cooking several different items at once, and even has the capability to speak to students, Witter said.

“That rational oven is probably the most sophisti­cated oven that exists right now. It’ll literally speak to you and tell you, ‘Your bis­cuits are done, but your steak is still cooking’. Plus, it’s really simple to use. You just follow the instructions and you can’t go wrong,” he said.

The restaurant lab will be open twice a week to anyone in the public who makes reservations, and will host the advanced cooking students’ final class, which teaches the students how to cook in a real restaurant environ­ment, Witter said.

Students in the restau­rant lab will also get expe­rience as servers for half of the course, he said.

“Half of the class will be cooking for the first four weeks while the other half is in the front of the house, then they’ll switch. That way everybody gets a taste of how everything works for when they get out there,” he said.

Although the building is finishing up this month, the culinary arts program will not be moving into the new labs until after the summer term because they are reus­ing some of the older equip­ment, such as the 20 burner stove in the current bake lab.

Even though the new labs aren’t completely set-up, Witter said that the stu­dents are ready for the move.

“We got to do a few things and we got to move a few more things, but it’s almost ready. The stu­dents that are graduating are a little jealous but the new students that come in here are going to love it. This building has the same design and equipment as all the new culinary schools that you see on TV,” he said.

Misuk Rankin, Culinary Arts major, and Denise Terrazas, culinary arts tutor for ACE took a tour of the new facilities with Witter, and both said they were excited to work in the new labs.

“I’m just so grateful I got in and that I get to bake and cook in a brand new kitchen. It’s so beautiful. I’m overwhelmed. It makes me want to bake right now,” Rankin said.

Terrazas said she thinks the ability to fit more stu­dents comfortably in the new labs will make it easier for students to learn and help to get more people into the culinary arts program.

“I think it’s awesome! I think it gives the students an opportunity to spread out because it can be really hard to work when you’re on top of each other. Plus, there’s always a list of people trying to get into the culinary program and hopefully this will ease the burden in the department,” Terrazas said.

Witter also said the new labs larger size will help to lessen the amount of stu­dents on the waitlist for the culinary arts program.