If it’s yellow, let it mellow Yellow herbicides are harmless, says school

By Carol Woodland, Staff Reporter | Photo By Carol Woodland


Mysterious yellow stains hail the oncoming spring on Main Campus at CNM, and some students are wondering just what is this yellow chemi­cal being seen all over campus since the President’s Day break on Feb. 17.

Wisdom Reyes, Fine Arts major, said that when he goes to sit on the grass outside the Student Resources Center he wondered what exactly had been sprayed on the grounds.

“I want to know if the area is chemical free and that it’s not harming all of us; that we’re not ingesting it, smelling it, and it affecting us down the line in the future.”

Anthony Rael, Director of Maintenance and Operations said that fortunately for all the students and staff who enjoy playing Frisbee and relaxing in the sun on the lush green expanse between the SRC and JS buildings, that grass is 100 percent chemical-free.

“That turf is safe to lounge on and is a very durable ath­letic turf blend. It is intended for heavy use being that it is a central gathering point for stu­dents and CNM functions and events,” Rael said.

As for the yellow stains, Rael said they are from an herbicide called Pendulum which is applied to rock mulch and low maintenance areas to kill invasive plant material. According to the Environmental Protection Agency website at epa.gov, “it is practically non-toxic” to the touch, “unless this chemical is ingested there are no real con­cerns other than mild skin or eye irritation.”

For students want­ing more information, Material Safety Data Sheets for the Pendulum and any other chemicals used by Maintenance and Operations can be found at the Physical Plant Building, Rael said.

“We try to avoid using chemicals as much as pos­sible. Our groundskeepers pull weeds by hand in high traffic and gathering areas in order to avoid over spray and to reduce the chance of someone coming in contact with the chemical,” Rael said.

According to epa. gov the active ingredient in Pendulum is a chemi­cal called “Pendimethalin,” which is approved and used for weed killing use, not only in the United States, but also in the European Union, Canada, Japan and across the globe.

And because of the chemical’s low toxicity, it is used extensively on plants for consumption including cere­als, corn, sunflowers, car­rots, tobacco, salad greens and strawberries, which works by inhibiting root and shoot growth on weeds.

According to epa.gov Pendimethalin is generally applied before weeds sprout or progress into very young weeds, and specifically stops microtubule forma­tion within the cells of the plants, which makes the cells become disoriented and expand to a rounded shape.

The cells are then not able to divide, and the plant is unable to grow.

According to epa.gov, “Pendimethalin dissipates in the environment by bind­ing to soil; it is essentially immobile in soil,” which means that after Pendulum is applied it stays in place pre­venting weeds from growing in that area for a long period of time. Sticking to the soil or rocks where it is applied also makes it extremely resistant to contaminating ground water.

According to epa.gov exposure to the chemical “would not represent a high acute risk to birds or a high

Acute or chronic risk to mammals,” so there is little if any danger for CNM’s stray cat population, or any other animals that come through the grounds.

Rael said that Main campus sits on 84 acres of which 13 are landscaped by a crew of six full-time and one part-time groundskeepers, “about one groundskeeper for every two acres of land.”

The grounds main­tenance crew starts work each day at 6 a.m. and at this time of year is hard at work getting ready for the changing of the seasons.

“Our crew usually starts preparing for springtime now by aerating, seeding and prep­ping turf areas,” Rael said.

With the hard work from Maintenance and Operations’ groundskeeping crew, and a little help from the unseason­ably warm weather, CNM’s Main campus is getting greener day by day.

School celebrates International Women’s Day for first time

By Nick Stern, Senior Reporter | Photo By Nick Stern

For the first time ever New Mexico has celebrated International Women’s Day, a day that govern­ments and institutions set up around the world to celebrate the achievements of women in society, and CNM had the privilege to host the celebration, part-time Political Science Instructor for CHSS, Fatima Tannagda said.

Tannagda organized the event which was held in the Richard Barr Boardroom on Thursday, March 6 in the Student Resource Center, so that students and faculty alike could celebrate the con­tribution of women in the community and all over the world, in addition to talking about women’s issues, she said.

“It is going to be the first time we celebrate International Women’s Day in New Mexico and CNM is celebrating it, and our focus is to talk about the issues of our women,” Tannagda said.

The celebration was organized to include five different female speakers from around the commu­nity with different back­grounds, she said.

The first topic was the success and challenges of female students at CNM, which was led by Ann Lyn Hall, the Executive Director of CNM Connect, Tannagda said.

Lieutenant Claire McCarthy from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department spoke about women’s contribution to the New Mexico Police Force and how valuable it is, she said.

Health challenges of women in New Mexico, the socioeconomic roles of Native American women in the Zuni com­munity, and the political contribution of women in Latin America were all topics that were spoken about by the many speak­ers that helped host the International Women’s Day Celebration, and it was of great benefit to all the people who were pres­ent, Tannagda said.

“It benefits people in so many ways in the sense that women contribute a lot to communities from raising children to eco­nomic development and political contribution. So by celebrating that, I think we are recognizing what women have contributed to every society and also looking at the challenges that women face, what are the current challenges and what future challenges might be,” Tannagda said.

Tannagda said that it was tough to organize the celebration because International Women’s Day is unrecognized by local and national government within the United States and it was ultimately up to her and other women involved to do it themselves.

Despite being unrec­ognized and unsupported by the state, Tannagda was able to round up a number of businesses from around the community that were willing to generously donate food and refresh­ments which ended up being more than enough for everyone that showed up and these businesses that helped were restaurants like Sahara, Quarter’s, Dion’s, Big Chow, and even refreshments provided by Tri-H gas station and M&M gas station, she said.

Criminal Justice major Maggie Gonzales was asked by Tannagda to introduce each of the speakers involved in the celebration and she also managed the Power Point presentations that went with each speaker’s pre­sentation, and she was honored to do so because she believes recognizing the importance of women is extremely important, Gonzales said.

“It is important because it is about celebrating every woman in the world, every profession they are in, everything they do, and everything they can do. They need to know that they can fulfill their dreams, and it is inspiring for me because it is cool to hear all kinds of other sto­ries from different women that are entirely different people,” she said.

Director of the Trio Department and Chapter President of CNM’s American Association for Women in Community Colleges Magda Martinez- Baca also helped Tannagda organize the Women’s Day celebration and believes this year’s celebration was a huge stepping stone for CNM, because it is the first time the college has ever celebrated International Women’s Day and she thinks it is the start of a new and important tradi­tion here in New Mexico, Martinez-Baca said.

“We will be celebrat­ing again. I think with CHSS taking the lead with the Dean’s support and with faculty and employ­ees it will happen and our partnerships within the community will grow,” she said.

The celebration was a very good reminder of how important women are internationally but also a reminder of what can be done to make the world a better place in the terms of equality, because women with children are statistically the poor­est people and with more recognition among New Mexico and the country as a whole, people can come together and work to make life better for all people, especially women and children, Martinez- Baca said.

At First Glance; Student art show draws a crowd

By Jonathan Baca, Copy Editor | Photos courtesy of Danielle Rae Miller and By Jonathan Baca

Photos by Jonathan Baca (Left to right) Students Jennifer Skirvin, Emily Snell, and Candice Chavez stand with their art.
Photos by Jonathan Baca
(Left to right) Students Jennifer Skirvin, Emily Snell, and Candice Chavez stand with their art.
Photos courtesy of Danielle Rae Miller “@ First Glance” featured art from 24 different students.
Photos courtesy of Danielle
Rae Miller
“@ First Glance” featured art from 24 different students.

On Friday, March 7, a crowd of students, friends, family and local art lovers crowded into the Freestyle Gallery in downtown Albuquerque for the opening night reception of “@ First Glance,” an art show fea­turing the best works from some of CNM’s art students.

The show will be running until March 19 at the Freestyle Gallery on 1114 Central Avenue SW, and each piece is for sale.

The walls of the gallery were filled with 24 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, each created by a differ­ent student from the Art Career Concerns class, a course that deals with the realities of making a living as an artist, said the Art instructor, Danielle Rae Miller.

“I think it’s really exciting, because most of the students here have not had a gallery show and it’s something that they’ve probably dreamed about. So tonight is the first moment where it’s like the fulfillment of that dream,” Miller said.

The show was one of the main focal points of the Art Career Concerns class, where Miller moves the focus from the techniques and skills of making art to the skills needed to make it in the competitive world of pro­fessional artists, she said.

“I usually start the class by telling them I don’t feel, for most of us, that it is a choice. It’s just like we have to do it, so you’ve got to figure out how you’re going to make a life like that. Because art does not necessarily sell, so how are you going to make it work?” Miller said.

In the class, which is only offered once a year in the spring, students present Miller with the best work they have produced in their life. Miller then selects one work from each student for the show, she said.

Then she hands the work off to the students, who break up into dif­ferent committees and begin the work of plan­ning and executing a real gallery show, something that most of them have little or no experience in, she said.

Studio Arts major, Sara Cooney was in charge of promoting the event, writing the press media outlets, and said that the skills she learned in the process will definitely help her in her dream of becomrelease, and contacting ing a comic book artist. ­

“We’ve learned how to be confident in selling yourself, building com­munity and relationships with other artists, organi­zation, and really getting into the mindset that my art can really be a lifestyle and I can make a living,” Cooney said.

In the process of put­ting on the show, students had to learn the logistics of the art business, like getting their work matted and framed, professionally photographed, and making promotional materials like business cards, Miller said.

Students were forced to solve real-world prob­lems on the spot, learning how to hang up the pieces on the gallery walls, where to put them, and the reali­ties of working with a gal­lery space, like lighting and organization, she said.

“They learn how to have a show, and then they actually put one on. It’s a great learning experience for them,” Miller said.

Aside from the real-world knowledge students get from putting the show on, Miller said that the opening is valuable for another reason exposing the students to Albuquerque’s larger art community, and also exposing that commu­nity to CNM’s art program.

“We’re producing some really amazing graduates, I think the students are stellar, the faculty is great. I think what we’re doing is actually really amaz­ing, and I think this is an opportunity to go out into the community and show it off,” Miller said.

Computer labs shutdown in Main campus Student Resource Center

By Nick Stern, Senior Reporter | Photo By Nick Stern


Beginning in the cur­rent spring semester, all of the computer labs that were in the down­stairs area of the Student Resource Center (SRC) at Main Campus have been removed, and now stu­dents can only access the second floor computer labs or the Assistance Center for Education (ACE) com­puter lab, ACE Learning Center Supervisor, Randolph Crandall said.

Crandall said that the downstairs computer labs were removed in order to turn the space into strictly computer classrooms, because of the influx of com­puter related classes being registered for by students.

“The change has been made to accommodate an increase in computer related classes,” Crandall said.

There are no other plans for the original downstairs lab space, except to remain as computer classrooms for the foreseeable future, Crandall said.

Though there are no plans for the original space, the now exclusive upstairs computer labs have been subject to a simple but effective change, and there are also online tools to make computer accessibility and availability an easier pro­cess, he said.

There have been addi­tional computers added to both the library computer lab and the ACE computer lab, which is an obvious move to make now that students who want to use a computer are required to go to a more condensed area, Crandall said.

Computer Center Supervisor, Gary Woodworth said there is also a fantastic new tool that can be used by students with smart phones and other por­table devices with internet access called Lab Maps.

Lab Maps can be accessed online by visit­ing labmaps.cnm.edu, and is a tool that was created by CNM to help students look at a diagram of every single open computer lab at every single CNM campus, he said.

Each diagram displays each computer and its loca­tion in the lab and is color-coded based on whether the computer is available, unavailable, or turned off, Woodworth said.

“Gray is off, green is open, and red is being used. It is straightforward you get out of class and you want to go to a lab and it can help you deter­mine which lab to go to. And when you go to the lab it can help you determine where there is an open spot,” he said.

The Lab Maps tool is of great benefit to many students and that benefit increases as the size of the computer lab increases, because with Lab Maps students can walk into a crowded computer lab and with their mobile device they can pinpoint exactly where an open computer is without having to scour the entire building, he said.

Thus far Crandall has observed that the labs, espe­cially the ACE computer lab, have many people in them, but are not full to the point of chaos and he also noticed a smaller number of stu­dents waiting for a chance to use one the computers, because there are fewer labs open, he said.

“I have noticed fewer stu­dents standing around waiting for an open machine. There are more people using the labs, but I would not categorize it (ACE lab) as overcrowded,” Crandall said.

One important thing for students who are seek­ing alternatives to using the open labs is that those alter­natives do exist in the sense that different devices can be checked out from the library including laptops and iPads, Crandall said.

The use of the new Lab Maps program came about because CNM previously used a program called Lab Stats to track the overall amount of usage of the computers at CNM which in the fall semes­ter of 2013 equaled 200,000 individual logins, he said.

Mobile unit provides free STD testing

By Angela Le Quieu , Staff Reporter | Photo By Angela Le Quieu


The Know Now mobile medical unit will be coming to the CNM area and will offer free tests for two of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in New Mexico, and the unit will also provide free pregnancy tests, Mobile Unit Director Joan Douglas said.

Starting March 17 the mobile medical unit will be parked in various places around the city from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., but mostly in the area around the CNM and UNM campuses near Yale Boulevard to provide access to STD test­ing and pregnancy tests to low income families and stu­dents, Douglas said.

“Being able to offer it for free and being able to pay the minimal fee that we have to pay to do that is a huge service and benefit to the students, and I hope they will take advantage of it,” Douglas said.

For more information on the Know Now mobile medical unit or to find a location where the unit with be, students can call 720-5537.

The Center for Disease Detection out of San Antonio, Texas pro­vides STD tests to orga­nizations such as Know Now to make the tests more affordable and so that people can get results quickly, Douglas said.

The mobile unit will be testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea, which are the two fastest growing STDs and have been a major concern in the state of New Mexico, Douglas said.

The unit will be spending the majority of its time in the campus area in the afternoon and early evening in order to be more accessible to stu­dents, because their studies and research have shown the

STDs to be in people around college age and near CNM or UNM, Douglas said. highest concentration of these

“It’s really scary, I would be afraid to be a college or early career person and dating multiple people at this time in our culture,” Douglas said.

Another reason that this unit will focus only on the two STDs mentioned, is because they are the ones most likely to lead to reproductive health issues in the future if remained untreated, Douglas said.

The test that they will be using for the STD screening is a urine test and one of the most accurate, and because they use a urine test, they can also test for pregnancy at the same time and with the same sample, Douglas said.

If a student’s test results come back posi­tive for an STD, the Know Now unit will send students to UNMH Student Health and Counseling and the New Mexico Department of Health for treatment refer­rals, Douglas said.

“With it becoming of epi­demic proportions, we feel that the responsible thing to do is to go in and offer test­ing and then treatment refer­rals, also it’s an opportunity to educate on those needs and why it is so important that they receive treatment,” Douglas said.

For positive preg­nancy results Know Now will offer free limited ultrasounds that can help determine the normal pro­gression of a pregnancy, Douglas said.

Although the mobile medical unit is providing preg­nancy tests the service is not just for women, as STD testing will also be available for men, Douglas said.

“If a woman’s test comes back positive, we would not be doing our job if we didn’t encourage her to bring her partner in to be tested also, both are going to need treatment,” Douglas said.

According to NMDH in their STD Surveillance Report for 2012, chlamydia rates in NM were well above the national rate, and gonor­rhea rates were below the national average but have risen rapidly.

The report states that there were 575 cases per 100,000 population of chlamydia and 90 cases per 100,000 popula­tion of gonorrhea in New Mexico for 2012, and that Bernalillo County had some of the highest instances of both STDs.

The Know Now unit will be working with the NMDH to help them to understand where some of the concentra­tions are and where the spread of STDs happen the most, so that in the future NMDH can direct their resources in an efficient way, Douglas said.

Even though they will help the state with a number of cases, the tests will be con­fidential, and there is a number that is needed to obtain the results, or Know Now will ask students to return to the unit to get their results in person and get a referral if needed, Douglas said.

There are other services providing STD testing in the campus area according to UNM SHAC’s website at shac.unm.edu, and the Sexual Health Resource Guide for STD testing in Albuquerque lists other places where stu­dents can have access to free or cheaper testing.

The guide details where and when testing services are available and what the cost may be.

Unlike sources for testing like Planned Parenthood and the UNM SHAC, the Know Now unit will be offering the tests for free, and because of the overnight courier system used, students will have access to their results quickly, Douglas said.

“So that’s going to be huge for some of these kids especially if they have sus­pected that they have an STD, but haven’t done anything about it because of money, or not wanting people to know, or not knowing what to do. I think that’s going to make a huge difference,” Douglas said.

The websites for Planned Parenthood and UNM SHAC at plannedparenthood.org and shac.unm.edu do not list the pricing schedule for STD test­ing or the rate at which the results return, but they do take Medicaid and other insurance.

Until the mobile medi­cal unit knows how many tests will be used in a week, the samples will be sent out on Thursday nights, and the results will be available on Friday morning before noon, Douglas said.

The Know Now medi­cal unit will be in the CNM and UNM area on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and on Wednesdays it will be at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial near Louisiana and Gibson, as well as on Fridays, when the mobile unit will be north of UNM at Lomas and Edith, Douglas said.

“It’s a smart move (to get tested) in today’s culture and it’s going to become a necessary one in the not too distant future, I think,” Douglas said.

The vanishing taboo of tattoos

By The Chronicle Editorial Board

Tattoos and body modifications are making a steady climb from the fringe, outlaw statement to a socially acceptable creative expression, and it is about time.

According to the Pew Research Center, around 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo, and in the age group between 18 and 40, roughly 40 percent have been permanently inked.

It is becoming clear that this is not a trend or a passing fad, and all signs are showing that the number of people deciding to modify their bodies will only increase.

In past decades, tattoos were reserved for freewheel­ing sailors, hardened criminals and outlaw bikers, but today, soccer moms get butterflies on their ankles and youth pastors have “Jesus Rocks” permanently stamped across their chests. These human canvases are everywhere, and a tattoo is no longer the rebel statement it once was.

During the recent tattoo industry boom, modern tat­tooists have taken the old sparrows and anchors and made them into a bona-fide art form, and people everywhere are lining up and spending record amounts of money to get these works of art inscribed on their bodies one pinprick at a time.

The modern age has made tattoos, piercings and other modifications as clean and safe as a trip to the dentist, and as employers are getting used to the change, there are fewer and fewer reasons not to get inked today.

Our society has always celebrated diversity and indi­viduality, and tattoos and body modifications are the new form of self-expression.

Hopefully in the next few decades, anyone with full sleeves or a pierced septum could be a doctor, a lawyer or even the President in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Suncat Chit Chat

By Carol Woodland, Staff Reporter | Photos By Carol Woodland

Do people judge your body modification? If you don’t have one, do you judge people by their body mods?

Lucky Armijo, Special Education major “I think the only way I've ever been judged or treated differently is in a positive light because of my tattoos. The kids that I work with at the elementary school love the tattoos, especially the Aquaman one.”
Lucky Armijo,
Special Education major
“I think the only way I’ve ever been
judged or treated differently is in
a positive light because of my tattoos.
The kids that I work with at
the elementary school love the tattoos,
especially the Aquaman one.”
Justin Nolen, History major “I think that tattoos that are able to be covered easily are fine, but if you're going in to any professional environment at all, getting a tattoo on your face or neck is basically going 'Yeah, don't hire me because I can't make good decisions.’ If you're going to get tattoos make them tasteful and able to be covered.”
Justin Nolen,
History major
“I think that tattoos that
are able to be covered easily are
fine, but if you’re going in to any
professional environment at all, getting
a tattoo on your face or neck is
basically going ‘Yeah, don’t hire me
because I can’t make good decisions.’
If you’re going to get tattoos make
them tasteful and able to be covered.”
Brienna Prudencio, Nursing major “Yeah, that's why I don't have anything below my elbows. It changes the way people see me, they don't see me how I really am.”
Nursing major
“Yeah, that’s why
I don’t have anything
below my elbows. It
changes the way people
see me, they don’t see
me how I really am.”
Alexander Gonzalez, Cosmetology major “Maybe a little, but I'm always smiling.”
Alexander Gonzalez,
Cosmetology major
“Maybe a little, but I’m always smiling.”

Hard work pays off

By The Chronicle Editorial Board

The Chronicle is a place where students can learn about journalism at a school that does not have a jour­nalism program, so it is truly amaz­ing that we have won fourth place in the Best of Show Competition at the National Associated Collegiate Press Convention in San Diego this last week on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

It is such a great experience for stu­dents to be able to go on trips and enter into competitions to see how CNM students measure up to other schools on a national level, and it is great that the school allows students to be able to learn from workshops taught from advisers throughout the country.

The Chronicle thanks the school, Student Allocation Board, and people who make advertisements in our paper, because if it was not for them, we would not have the opportunity to go to these eye-opening conventions that help us see how other schools operate their papers, and how we can learn how to improve the student run newspaper with each semester.

The Chronicle gets much criticism, sometimes it’s constructive and some­times it is not, so we feel that these competitions validate what it is that we are striving to accomplish, which is to consistently produce a quality newspa­per for our student and faculty readers.

We just hope that the school can recognize our achievements and give us improved support in our endeavors to better the paper, as well as to help us achieve the