A Troubled Soul

A Troubled Soul
By Amanda Cartigiano

 

Being in trouble was what she loved

Even if it meant hurting others or herself

Trouble with her mother, never with her father

Destroying valuables and ruining relationships

But this is the life she chooses to live

Nobody really helps her, they just watch

Nobody realizes her problem, it just isn’t enough

 

Her friend was no help, she only made it worse

Her life was a witches spell or curse

She fooled everyone she knew

For there was nothing she can do

 

She was ten, she was alone, and she was trouble

Repetitive actions led her to nowhere but happiness

Why was she doing this, how was she doing this

she didn’t have an answer

 

Misunderstood and very confused was what she was

Only in the moment of her deviant actions made her happy

Danger in the streets and danger in her home

She is Elena, a girl all alone

Ten students receive All USA All-State scholarship

By Dan Chavez, Staff Reporter | Photo by Dan Chavez

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Ten students and recent graduates from CNM were honored with substantial schol­arships toward a bach­elor’s degree in a cer­emony recognizing their leadership, involvement with the CNM com­munity, commitment to community service, and high academic per­formance, Director of Service Learning Sharon Gordon-Moffett said.

Students received their awards at The New Mexico State Capitol Building in Santa Fe at 491 Old Santa Fe Trail on January 29, and after­wards all recipients got to have a free lunch with CNM Vice President Philip Bustos.

The All USA, All-State Academic Scholarship awards stu­dents from community colleges and university branch campuses across the state, who have dem­onstrated leadership, service to the community and academic excellence, Gordon-Moffett said.

Students have to be nominated by the college president and they should prepare a track record of service to the com­munity. This year there were some students who had worked on it for two or three years, she said.

Gordon-Moffett said students must complete a substantial applica­tion including official transcripts and letters of recommendation in regards to leadership and academic success and they must be graduating CNM with a minimum 3.5 GPA to receive this scholarship.

Student Activities Supervisor, Brandon Seber said that community ser­vice is really important to get the proper letters of recommendation for this scholarship.

“ Denonstrating leader abilities and creat­ing a good rapport with faculty, so that students can obtain essential academic recommenda­tion letters,” Seber said.

Gordon-Moffett said that although member­ship in the CNM Phi Theta Kappa honor soci­ety is beneficial, stu­dents do not need to be involved in any campus organization to apply and be considered for this scholarship.

“The focus is really on service within their community, leadership, and involvement on the college campus,” she said.

The scholoarship pays complete tuition for an additional two years at a university within New Mexico, which will vary depending on the school, but it averages at about $15,000, Gordon- Moffett said.

This award goes directly to the university and the funding will be adjusted to the particular school’s tuition costs, so students will not directly receive any funds from this scholarship, she said.

Go r d o n -Mo f f e t t said that with the aca­demic credits earned at the community college level, a student could use the All USA, All-State Scholarship all the way to a bachelor’s degree with­out having to pay tuition.

“This is a substantial scholarship for students to graduate from a two year college with the goal of completing a four year bachelor’s degree at a New Mexico university,” she said.

Gordon-Moffett said that each award for this scholarship is a

one-of-a-kind original that must be held in a safe place because no other copies can be accepted, so this single piece of paper is worth about $15,000. for this scholarship is a

While Gordon- Moffett has helped organize the All-State Academic Scholarship on main campus, she said she has seen almost $1 million in scholarships awarded to CNM students.

Student body Vice President of the Executive Council of Students (ECOS), Carrie Ratkevch was awarded in this year’s ceremony, and is a CNM graduate with an associates degree of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.

Ratkevch said that it was exceptional to have this recognition because it means that others are supporting her in her aca­demic aspirations.

“It means that people are behind me and saying ‘you can do it, you can finish, you can graduate, and you can do more than you ever thought possible.’ If it weren’t for CNM really showing me what I was capable of, I don’t think I would’ve gone beyond an associates,” she said.

Another award recipi­ent and Business major, Jennifer Weber said she emphasized her degree in finance and accounting and that she will use her scholarship to continue business and finance stud­ies at UNM.

“It feels wonderful; this was all a big surprise to read the letter and find out I’m getting a scholarship for four semesters to a uni­versity. I’m just over the top excited. It’s so pleasant to have that kind of recog­nition,” Weber said.

Robert Maler, a CNM graduate pursuing a mechani­cal engineering major at UNM, said that this scholar­ship is a fantastic opportunity and he would not have been able to continue toward a bachelor’s degree without this prestigious scholarship award.

He said he credits his parents with setting high standards for him to achieve.

“My father is my inspi­ration for continuing to go to school. He fell ill sev­eral years ago and now he’s doing much better. He’s here in New Mexico, in Las Cruces,” he said.

Iran Rodriguez, a CNM student majoring in nursing, will likely use this scholarship to study at UNM and complete his bachelor’s of science in nursing, he said.

“I feel very honored and very happy to receive this scholarship. It is truly a blessing and I’m very thankful for CNM and everyone who’s helped make this happen.” he said.

Gordon-Moffett said there are several levels for this award. The students who are awarded at the state level will be consid­ered for recognition at the national level.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society has a scoring pro­cess that is used to select a national group for the All USA award, she said.

Gordon-Moffett said PTK International also awards a few of these stu­dents as Century Scholars and CNM had a student chosen for this honor in the past.

“So it may not be done yet for some of these stu­dents,” she said.

The All-USA schol­arship is sponsored in part by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the American Association of Community Colleges at the national level.

At the state level, the New Mexico All-State Academic Scholarship is sponsored and endorsed by the New Mexico Independent Community Colleges and the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges, Gordon-Moffett said.

Direct deposit keeps disbursment lines short

By Nick Stern, Managing Editor | Photo by Nick Stern

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In the past, disburse­ment day had previously been somewhat of a nightmare for both the students and faculty, but in the past few semes­ters the Financial Aid Department has made it much easier for most stu­dents to get through the lines easily, with students having the choice to get direct deposit, which has been making a world of difference, said Senior Director of Financial Aid, Lee Carrillo.

This semester was Business major Codi Battershell’s very first time receiving the Pell Grant which she received by walking up to the line that corresponded with her last name, at the Main Campus’ cashier’s desk, she said.

Battershell said she showed up at 2 p.m. and was able to grab her check within seconds flat, which left her quite impressed with how easy the system was for all the students who were picking up their checks, whether at the cashier’s desk or in the cafeteria nearby.

“I was able to walk right up to the desk and pick up my check because there was nobody in line. There were a couple of people that walked up right next to me and I realized that the way the lines are sepa­rated according to the first letter of your last name is very efficient,” Battershell said.

This being the first time Battershell ever received Pell Grants, said she was hesitant at first but once she started asking ques­tions, she was pointed in the right direction and was able to apply without any trouble.

Any student who received financial assis­tance should be very thankful, Battershell said.

Carrillo said that as of the first disburse­ment date this semes­ter, students were paid $18,027,255.65 in total.

Carrillo also got into the specific amounts like the Pell Grants which were at $11,281,798, the loans at $5,052,973, and the scholarships which were at $1,692,484.65, he said.

All of the financial assistance has gone to 10,106 students so far and the number will keep on growing throughout the semester because there are still checks given out throughout the semester, Carrillo said.

“We disburse throughout the term, so that number is going to increase exponentially by the end of the term. By the end of the term we will have probably paid out $26 million to stu­dents,” he said.

For how much money was given out to students on Friday, things went very smoothly and that has definitely been something the Financial Aid office has been working very hard to do, Carrillo said.

Carrillo said there are almost always new Federal regulations that change the way that finan­cial aid can disburse, but they have gotten better at it every term, thanks to great staff, setting up lines alphabetically, and direct deposit.

Now that many stu­dents are on direct deposit the disbursement process is even faster, he said.

Carrillo said that about 40 percent of stu­dents receiving aid are on direct deposit which is impressive because 50 percent of the student population at CNM have bank accounts.

Students signed up for mostly Late-start classes who did not get their money during the first disbursement date will have to wait until 10 to 14 days after their classes start, Carrillo said.

Even despite the ease of picking up a check this past disbursement date, the financial aid office still received angry stu­dents in late-start classes who expected checks along with everyone else, Carrillo said.

All students have many tools at their disposal that should have made it clear when they were supposed to get their checks, such as the student resources on the CNM website, Carrillo said.

“The CNM website has a list of when all late-start students receive their disbursement checks. It is up to the students to go up there to look and see where they are at. That way they can be on top of things,” he said.

The financial aid department also sends a lot of information to students upfront and before disburse­ment dates via email, including, reminders of late-start classes, repeat courses, and even reminders to fill out FAFSA applications, Carrillo said.

All students in late-start classes, who did not get a check, were sent emails that explained how their checks would come two weeks after their classes have started, Carrillo said.

Students need to read their emails if they want to stay on top of their dis­bursement situation and that shouldn’t be hard, because financial aid sends students emails a couple weeks before disburse­ment occurs, Carrillo said.

Financial aid is also always willing to receive emails from students who have questions or con­cerns, Carrillo said.

There are always people dedicated to read­ing student emails and responding promptly on the same day as they are received, which can get tough on days when disbursement happens, Carrillo said.

“We have people who personally read the stu­dents’ emails and answer their questions. So if stu­dents have any questions about their financial aid, they should not hesitate to send an email. We try to answer all questions within an hour or two of being asked,” Carrillo said.

Carrillo would also like to remind stu­dents that above all, the Financial Aid department is there to help students, he said.

Students are always able to come in and ask questions about their dis­bursement, their files being incomplete, or any­thing else that financial aid can help with, he said.

They are there to help students and Carrillo even remembers being stressed out as a student himself, he said, so he generally knows how most of the students feel when they are worried about not get­ting their financial aid.

“I used to be a stu­dent so I know what it is like to be strapped, have no money, and not know when the money is going to come in,” Carrillo said.

Lets acknowlege cancer awareness

Editorial, by the Chronicle Editorial Board

Tuesday, Feb. 4 is World Cancer Awareness Day, and students as well as faculty should take the time today to think about how cancer has affected their lives and the lives of people they care for who are affected by the devastation that cancer can bring into one’s life.

Knowing the myths, how symptoms can be detected and the resources out there that are available to test for cancers is crucial to keeping one’s body cancer free and healthy, because early prevention and detection can be the difference in living and beating the odds.

Not only is Cancer Awareness Day all about learning to care for oneself, but to also remember the loved ones that many of us have lost or have had to watch go through the process of chemotherapy.

Some of us have been fortunate enough to have had loved ones survive this disease, but many still pass away, and is why aware­ness of this issue is vital to prevention and early detection for all the additional loved ones we all care about in our lives.

According to worldcancerday.org the goals declared for this year are to strengthen health systems for effective cancer control, measure cancer burden and impact of cancer plans in all countries, reduce exposure to cancer risk factors, universal coverage of HPV and HBV vaccination, reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer, universal access to screening and early detection for cancer, improve access to services across the cancer care continuum, universal availability of pain control and distress management and improve education and training of healthcare professionals, with the ultimate goal of major reductions in premature deaths from cancer.

For people who want to help, but do not know how to get started; there are many resources one can become a part of to help people that suffer from cancer or to even help with the goals of this year’s cancer awareness day.

People can do anything from just wearing a cancer awareness ribbon, sharing information via social networking, or even volunteering.

Resources to volunteer can be found at volunteerlearning.cancer.org/,

testicularcancerawarenessfoundation. org/volunteer/, and at nationalbreastcan­cer.org/breast-cancer-volunteer.

Also for information on early detection readers can go to earlydetectionplan. org/