APD protests spark controversy among community

By Rene Thompson, Editor in Chief | Photos by Rene Thompson



Demonstrators took to the streets on Tuesday, March 25 and Sunday, March 30 to protest against the Albuquerque Police Department’s use of force and killing of Albuquerque citizens.

Specifically James Boyd, who was shot and killed while squatting in the Northeast Heights Foot Hills at Copper Trailhead, on March 16, and protests eventually ended in people being dispersed by tear gas at Girard Blvd and Central Avenue and at APD head­quarters twelve hours after protests began on Sunday.

Since the first protest on Tuesday that brought more than 1,000 people to the event, there has been a massive media frenzy online and many took to the internet on social media sites to voice their concerns, whether people were in support of APD or against APD’s use of force.

Former student and Activist with the ANSWER Coalition, Joel Gallegos said that this whole situation had blown up because it had been a long time coming and that the city should not be surprised by the blowback that occurred in the pro­test event on Sunday.

ANSWER stands for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, but also helps with organizing many protest events through­out Albuquerque, and Gallegos said that is why the ANSWER coalition is around, to give people the opportunity to participate in a safe way that is organized.

“The police were wrong to escalate the situation with a paramilitary response,” Gallegos said.

Gallegos said that whether it is direct action, civil disobedience, or politi­cal action, that the coalition wants to encourage folks to get involved.

History major, Zachary Case, who was at the Sunday event earlier in the day to observe protesters, said that he never saw protesting as a real way to change anything.

Case said that there were many touching stories at the event from people who had lost loved ones to police violence.

“I love freedom of speech and freedom of assembly; it’s just not exactly certain what will happen from all this,” he said.

Former President of ECOs, Stephen Martos said he believes people should be supporting APD instead of protesting them, because the police force is an essen­tial part of the community.

Martos said that APD is necessary to serve and pro­tect, but that there are times when that does not always ring true, as in the recent officer involved shooting.

“You cannot improve the situations by creating enemies, but instead by making partners. We are partners with our police force and are responsible for bringing our community together,” Martos said.

The Department of Justice has had an ongoing investigation of APD since Nov. 2012, after numerous misconduct lawsuits had cost Albuquerque taxpayers more than 24 million dollars in 2010 alone, according to a justice.gov D.O.J. press release and the Albuquerque Journal.

APD has been dealing with threats and personal infor­mation of officers being leaked from the activist and hacking group Anonymous, as APD’s website was attacked on Sunday which kept their site down for most of the day, Police Spokesman, Simon Drobik said in a statement.

Gallegos said that politicians do not start talking about prob­lems until the people make it a problem.

He also said there is a city ordinance that allows protesters to march in the streets without a specific permit.

“We can’t control what others do, and we might not agree with the tactics used Sunday night but we fully support and stand with the people involved,” he said.

Case said that police should not be militarized— period, and that the city is just trying to control the population instead of pro­tecting them.

Case said that he believes that if a cop is going to assault someone, then that person should have the right to defend themselves.

“This has been going on in Albuquerque since I was a little kid, and I remember there being issues of police brutality in our city since then,” he said.

Martos said that he believes that there are two camps of people protesting, with those that are truly interested in improving the APD, and those who are only interested in stirring the waters, because they are only focused on negativity.

It is necessary to alert our lawmakers and those administering training in order to improve in the ways we are failing, but Martos said that some of these pro­testers have lost sight of what the real issue is, which is the excessive force of APD.

“What is sad is they have done this in the name of James Boyd whom nobody worried about before he died. If the community cared so much, then they would have been out there helping him with food, water, shelter and healthcare,” Martos said.

According to justice.org, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 prohibits state and local governments from engaging in a pattern or practice of misconduct by law enforce­ment officers that deprives individuals of federally-pro­tected rights.

Arts shindig supports scholarship fund

By Jonathan Baca, Copy Editor | Photos by Jonathan Baca


On Saturday, April 5, the Art department and the CNM Employee’s Union will be put­ting on the second annual Arts Fandango, where dozens of artworks donated by students, instructors, and alumni will be auctioned off to raise money for the Ernest Garcia Emerging Artist Scholarship, said Union President and SAGE instructor, Andrew Tibble.

The event is scheduled to be held at SCA Contemporary gallery at 524 Haines Avenue NW. Doors open at 6 p.m., with tickets at $5 for students and $10 for the general public, which will include free food, drinks and music by instructor Patrick Houlihan’s classic rock band The Great Blue Whales.

“We’re really excited to be doing this event again, it’s a lot of fun and it’s for a great cause. You get to see a lot of really cool art. Most of the artists are there for you to talk to and the guys in the band are great,” Tibble said.

All the art will be sold the night of the event through a silent auction, and Tibble said there will be some great deals on lots of professional quality paintings, prints and ceramics, so he suggested that attendees bring cash or checks and bid on some pieces.

The matting, framing and setup is being done by volun­teers from the Art department, and the food and music is being provided by the Employee’s Union, so all of the proceeds will be donated to the scholar­ship fund, Tibble said.

“If you come to the event, you can be sure that if you bid on some art, your ticket cost, every penny goes into the scholarship fund,” Tibble said.

The scholarship, which was created by the Art department and the CNM Foundation, is in its second year, and was named after Ernest Garcia, the school’s very first studio art instructor, and a founding member of the Employee’s Union, who died in 2012, only a few years after retiring, Tibble said. suddenly of prostate cancer

Full-time Art instruc­tor Lynn Johnson, who was the school’s second studio instructor and helped to create the scholarship, said that the Art department as it is today was created by Garcia, who started as an Art History instructor and went on to create nearly all the curriculum for the studio art program.

“He was just instrumen­tal in starting the studio side of the department. He really started a legacy, and I feel like without him we wouldn’t have the Art department. We really miss him dearly,” Johnson said.

Garcia, Johnson, and several others in the Art department had been trying to create a scholarship for art students for years, and when Garcia passed away, the school, with the help of the Employee’s Union, saw fit to name the new scholarship after him, Johnson said.

The scholarship has awarded around $400 a year to an art major, and with another successful fundraising event, they hope to increase that amount significantly and possibly begin giving out schol­arships to several different stu­dents a year, Tibble said.

Full-time Art instructor Harley McDaniel said that in addition to raising money for the scholarship, the event is also the largest group show­case for the Art department, and helps to shine a bright spotlight on the work of the students and instructors.

“It allows people in the community to come and see the work that we make, that our students and faculty are making, and also to see the syn­ergy between faculty, students and community. Everybody is coming together, and it just brings a great amount of exposure to the department,” McDaniel said.

Johnson agreed that the event was an important opportunity for the Art department to show off the quality of work that is being produced, and hopefully will lead to increasing the respect, profile, and even­tually the funding of the Art department.

Johnson said that several pieces have been donated by alumni who have gone on to have successful art careers after graduating, and that last year collectors came out to the event, knowing that they could get some great deals on high quality works from up-and-coming artists.

“We really have incredible students coming out of the pro­gram. There is kind of a new respect that CNM is benefit­ting from based on the quality of the students’ art, and I really appreciate that,” Johnson said.

In addition to all the good that it does in raising money for the scholarship and showcasing the Art department, Johnson said the most important thing is that the event is a chance for everyone to get together and have a lot of fun.

“It was so much work, but it was also so much fun. We were all dancing and doing things we shouldn’t, I’m sure, but it was just a really great time. Everybody was really excited to be there, it was a blast,” Johnson said.

Making fire; Prehistoric skills workshops offered

By Angela Le Quieu, Staff Reporter | Photos by Angela Le Quieu

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The Anthropology Club and their faculty advi­sor, Anthropology instruc­tor Dr. Sue Ruth, hosted workshops focusing on ancient technologies used by prehistoric Homo sapiens at the Westside campus on Thursday, March 27.

Students gathered at one of the amphitheaters outside of Westside where Ruth demonstrated how to make fire with a technique known as bow and drill.

“It gives a chance for people to play with this tech­nology that we have had for thousands of years, and most of the time they find out that it’s a little bit harder than they expected, although we made a lot of fire today,” Ruth said.

The first student that was able to produce fire was Jaxon Sorby, Psychology major, but he used flint and steel to ignite the tender.

Sorby has had experi­ence making fire from when he worked as a docent for El Rancho de las Golondrinas living history museum and joined the museum after attending a fire starting class that was held, he said.

The flint and steel kit that he used to start the fire was his own and he practices making fire often in his own backyard, and has even used the fire to cook things like eggs in cast iron cookware Sorby said.

“It was really fun, I was glad I could make this one, last year I wasn’t able to,” Sorby said.

After the initial fire was made students were given marshmallows to roast which were part of the snacks that the Anthropology Club provided for students who attended the event.

Chandra Germain, Anthropology major and Vice President of the Anthropology Club helped supply the snacks, she said.

Germain said that these events give students the opportunity to see the sort of hands-on work that students who pursue anthropology do in order to better understand what they are studying.

“We did it last year and I really enjoyed it. A group of us actually managed to make fire, but that was like the only time. It’s actually exciting to see a lot more people are making fire,” Germain said.

Introducing applied anthropology, such as repli­cating how hunter-gatherers built fire, is the reason that the Anthropology Club organizes events like this one, said Jamie Fowler-Diaz, Anthropology major and Club Treasurer.

An event like this gets people involved in what anthropology is as well as being something that is fun, Fowler-Diaz said.

“I think they are awesome, so this is a really cool way to get a lot of people involved— people are having fun, they are chatting, they are talking, they are enjoying themselves, and we have food,” Fowler- Diaz said.

Fire making was not the only event planned by the Anthropology Club this spring, and on Monday, March 24 the club had an atlatl throw­ing event, that are devices which use a stick to propel a dart with greater force than if it had just been thrown by hand, which is a technique that has been around for tens of thou­sands of years, Ruth said.

The club will also have an event on April 9 that will show students how to make pinch pots, Ruth said.

Pinch pots are another way to demonstrate how experiential archeology and applied anthropology work, Ruth said.

“So basically we are going to be playing with clay and look at a very simple way to make a pot. It’s essentially the kindergarten ashtray, but again people find out is not quite as easy as they remem­bered it back in kindergarten,” Ruth said.

These events on the Westside are not the only things that the Anthropology club does; they also go on field trips to places like the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, and the Petroglyph National Monument, Ruth said.

In the fall, the club will also host a meet and greet for club members, anthropology majors, and faculty to show­case the program and to dis­cuss what they will do in the future; this upcoming fall term will be the third year that they will have this event, Ruth said.

“We have just a great group of people and we’re really active,” Ruth said.

More information about the Anthropology Club and their events can be found on their Facebook page CNM Anthropology, which is a closed group, but the club does accept requests to join.

Native American club hosts fun run

By Carol Woodland, Staff Reporter | Photo by Carol Woodland


In partnership with the Native American Task Team, CNM’s chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society plans to hold a 5k fun run and one mile walk on Sunday April 6, said Teresa Billy, Academic Adviser and member of the NATT.

Billy said the groups have been planning the “Honor Your Heritage” 5k since last November which was Native American Heritage month, but bad weather prevented the event from being held at that time.

Nabahe Abeita, Vice President of AISES and Engineering major, said he is very happy to see the event come to fruition is looking forward to volunteering during the race.

“I’m excited about the fun run first of all because we had to postpone it before and now we actually get to have the event occur, I’m excited to have the event to have other Native American members volunteer to help make it successful,” Abeita said.

Billy said that the groups wanted to host the run to promote unity, health and wellness for the CNM community.

Members of the NATT and AISES  met with the Dean of Students, Student Activities, Security, and the Communications office as part of the event planning, Billy said.

“This was something that students really wanted to have here on campus. It’s the first time ever a 5k and 1 mile fun run will be held on campus,” Billy said.

Volunteers will be needed to help the event run smoothly and there will be training for volunteers on Friday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Services Center, room 205, she said.

Students who are interested can contact Academic Adviser and AISES  Adviser Dee Bluehorse (dbluehorse@ cnm.edu) if interested in volunteering, she said.

The race will be held on Sunday, April 6, and those interested in running or walking should arrive in front of the Student Services Building at 8 a.m. to register, as the event will kick off shortly thereafter, Billy said.

During spring break, five students from the AISES  attended the third national AISES  Leadership Conference at Santa Ana Pueblo said Dee Bluehorse, AISES  adviser and academic adviser.

In addition to all of the AISES  chapters present there were professional speakers from local New Mexico businesses, as well as some from out of state companies who gave presentations and workshops, Bluehorse said.

Jasmine Casiquito, Liberal Arts major, said she had not been to the conference before, but found it to be deeply enriching.

Students could attend sessions; in financial planning, social media, resume building, public speaking and interviewing, among other leadership development activities, Bluehorse said.

“One of the things I learned at the leadership is that there are so many obstacles, but you just have to find a way to get through them, there’s always a way, no matter how difficult it may be,” Casiquito said.

The club’s advisers took part in professional training sessions in which they were able to share some of the things they do to help students be suc­cessful, Bluehorse said.

She had expected to receive a lot of input from other group advisers, but in fact it was CNM’s AISES  chapter that was giving out much of the input, and Bluehorse said “We were on top, I found myself giving ideas out to them.”

Bluehorse said that the CNM students were also very influential communicators and a dignified group who made quite an impression on the other attendees during the conference.

“One thing that was men­tioned to me by other chapter advisors, is that CNM is really shining at this conference,” Bluehorse said.

Bluehorse said she attri­butes some of that positive attention to the efforts of Jana Dunow who is incred­ibly dedicated to the AISES students’ success.

“She was a very influential person regarding this, she even held a previous workshop for our AISES officers to attend,” Bluehorse said.

Jana Dunow, academic advisor and AISES  co-advisor said that though the group is rooted in promoting Science and Technology fields, their view on what falls under the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math umbrella is much more diverse than other groups on campus such as STEM Up.

Dunow said AISES  covers everything from health sciences to psychology to heating and refrigeration technology, and Bluehorse added that even business could be included.

“Business is included as well too because we’re finding out that a lot of the programs that deal with STEM need those other disciplines in those areas too,” Bluehorse said.

Dunow said that the group provides valuable backing to students to help them become successful in their careers.

“They have great resources, they have internships during the summer, and they also have peer mentors which can be huge for students figuring out where they want to go,” Dunow said.

AISES  is also involved in a variety of volunteer projects in the greater community including the New Mexico Mesa STEM conference in February where Jasmine Casiquito volunteered, Bluehorse said.

Other AISES  students have volunteered in the community through partnerships with Habitat for Humanity and Project Feed the Hood, Bluehorse said.

“All students can experience the same things that Jasmine (Casiquito) was able to because it’s going to help them as they go through their college career,” Dunow said.


Editing Correction:

Native American club hosts fun run should have been dated on April 6, as the dates for the race and volunteer session were printed as March 4 and 6.  American Indian Science and Engineering Society members will be volunteering, but AISES is not the host as it is stated in the headline.  Throughout the article, AISES was referred to as THEATER.

APD protests went from peaceful to just ridiculous in only one week.

By Rene Thompson, Editor in Chief

The Tuesday, March 25 protest of APD officers’ excessive use of force had a massive turnout of more 1,000 people, and was really a very peaceful event that went as smoothly as it could have when ending at APD headquarters.

Unfortunately though, the other protest on Sunday, March 30 seemed to have an eerie and anxious feel in the crowd right from the get go.

I got the impression that there were instigators and troublemakers throughout the mass from the beginning; getting people riled up to walk the streets, and not to really show solidarity, but to wreak havoc on central and antagonize police officers, who seemed to have no other choice but to try to shut down the event that lasted from noon to 12 a.m. throughout sections of Downtown and Nob Hill areas.

The weird vibes in the crowd seemed to start when organizers tried to speak on behalf of family members who have lost loved ones, and were booed and interrupted by the crowd.

From that moment on the protest seemed unorganized and the march stopped sporadically, with people not knowing where they were going next, and eventually ended up circling Central Avenue from Downtown to Nob Hill and back again.

While doing so, entire groups stopped completely in the middle of Central, blocking traffic, provoking cops while screaming and yelling at officers on Girard, attempting to tear down the Central street sign at Yale Boulevard, and standing in the middle of the I-25 freeway, as well as attempting to block the I-25 on-ramp at Central.

Police were forced to stop protesters with an officer barricade while in riot gear, after demonstrators started getting even more out of hand when reaching Fourth Street and Roma Avenue, and again at Carlisle and Central where police had to finally tear gas protesters to get people to disperse, as well as arresting six people.

It seems that activists and protesters were intentionally provoking the police to do something and ruining what great work, effort, and results had been made from the Tuesday protest event.

People were aggressive from the beginning of this protest and seemed to intentionally want this event to get out of hand by acting out throughout the city in order to try and make people aware of the city’s issues, but it only takes a few bad apples to ruin a cause; like people prepped with weapons and gas masks, and this is exactly what happened at the protest on Sunday.

This issue has divided the community in our city, including some people who are supporting APD as well and even had a “wave or thank your local officers” event on the same day.

Some protesters acted hastily and without regard for others on Sunday, while losing much of the local support for this cause in the process of making citizens in Albuquerque look like fools.

This issue of APD violence has gotten to a boiling point that seriously needs to be addressed by city officials before anything worse occurs, because the community of Albuquerque deserves to feel somewhat safe and to have the peace of mind in knowing that ensuing chaos (like hundreds of people blocking city traffic for hours) and poor leadership will not be the city’s eventual downfall.

Letter to the Editor regarding APD protests

What we are seeing is the chickens coming home to roost. In political science we call this a blowback. What we are seeing here is the murder of defenseless and troubled people by the APD and is what we do with our military and economic forces in countries around the world.

On the global level, the U.S. needs to step up the extraction of resources from abroad using economic sanctions, outright war and terroristic assassination with drones to bring about regime changes that will allow our corporations freedom to run the economies of the world.

Many of the APD it seems have been tools of this policy in our military service and are here carrying out the same shoot to kill methods. Like abroad, here they claim they are the victim and just had to defend themselves. Their killings are always justified in their eyes.

This is just what our national leaders have established on the larger level with the policy of pre-emptive war. We don’t see the cops shooting white collar, politicians and corporate CEO criminals up in the heights who have bankrupted the state and global economy do we? No. We are seeing state terrorism being unleaded to intimidate the poor and troubled people in the grassroots because at some point this has the potential to unite with the middle class in a large revolution. New Mexico and Albuquerque are full of military bases and research universities that live off quiet support for the principle that massive violence to support our corporations abroad is legitimate. It is no big jump for it to be accepted for domestic control too. Plus it keeps taxes low for the rich.

That is why we don’t see any institutional responses to APD terrorism. All the resistance is coming from people who are just one paycheck away from a job or in need of social services themselves that would require raising taxes on the corporations and wealthy. We are experiencing a real paradigm shift right now too. Domestically civilian policing methods are no longer able to cope with the growing unrest due to cutbacks of jobs, wages, and services.

Again, this is just like our corporations and military abroad who have not been able to meet the demands of the Arab Spring movement and the growing Asia countries for justice and equality, a fair economy. As a result there we are now involved in a large series of wars to suppress it. With the government’s recent suppression of our Occupy movement here at home there is a growing class consciousness growing.

A war between the haves and the have-nots is brewing everywhere and the rich know it and are preparing with agencies like the APD and the military. We need to be aware and fight for justice and equality even more.

Bob Anderson

Political Science Instructor

English department offers more classes plus online degree

By Carol Woodland, Staff Reporter

An exciting change is coming for students pursuing an Associate of Arts in English degree from CNM said Stephen Mathewson, chair of the English department.

Starting in fall of 2014 students will be able to pursue an AA in English completely online, he said.

“So you can take all of the core require­ments within English but also within CHSS ( Communication , Humanities and Social Sciences) for the AA in English online,” Mathewson said.

Online courses will offer classes that include British, English and World Literature, as well as a class on literature analysis, Mathewson said.

The AA degree in English is also undergoing a revision to make transferring to the University of New Mexico a clearer process by synchroniz­ing CNM with UNM require­ments, he said.

“If students check UNM’s degree requirements online, they will see what ours will be. It’s a much more stream­lined process especially at the sophomore level, and in the fall of 2015 our degree will match UNM’s revisions,” Mathewson said.

Currently students can choose from numerous dif­ferent literatures and writing classes that include special topics course, such as Science Fiction Literature that will be offered at the West Side campus, a script writing class offered through the Theater department, and Film as Literature class which is already offered every semester, Mathewson said.

Despite the selection of course offerings, there has been low enrollment for some of the classes, English Professor, Rebecca Aronson said.

“This semester we didn’t have a poetry class on the Main campus because there was a dip in enroll­ment,” she said.

Aronson said she thinks that there are many great reasons why students should take Poetry or Creative Writing classes ranging from practical reasons to more expressive purposes.

“I think that on the imag­ination side, it’s a chance for people to express them­selves, or sometimes just vent, follow their imaginative paths and do a freer kind of writing than academic writ­ing,” she said.

In addition, students can gain a deeper connec­tion to their lives and ideas when students write down their thoughts and aspirations, Aronson said.

Examining literature in English class can be an unex­pected way to learn about cul­ture by looking at literature from other countries or from the past, Aronson said.

“I think that poetry really is a good reflector of culture, time and place. You’re going to learn things about culture and what’s happening, and what that part of the world is like,” she said.

Reading literature from other countries can also help to get students informed about things they might not necessarily be learning from the news, Aronson said.

Mathewson said he thinks the skills students take away from English classes are essential in any professional environment.

“Not just writing emails, I think students don’t realize how much writing happens at work: proposals, grants, annual reports, revenue state­ments, those types of skills are universal,” he said.

Good writing skills, criti­cal thinking, and analysis of all types of texts are all valuable skills developed in English classes, Mathewson said.

Writing for digital media, creative non-fiction, and professional writing are some of the biggest markets for English majors to start careers in right now Mathewson said, he also said he thinks that technology has been a cata­lyst to this growth.

“There’s sort of this misconception that texting is going to destroy writing, where actually the opposite is true,” he said.

Professional writing, which most people think of as technical writing, is not neces­sarily writing technical manu­als and medical or government documents, Mathewson said.

From writing grants and proposals to critical analysis of nontraditional nonfiction, there are many interesting niches within professional writing, he said.

Though the field may be growing quickly writers still need to develop strong English skills in order to succeed in any field, Mathewson said.

“Digital media sort of exploded in a lot of ways, but within that explosion you still need to punctuate correctly and make sure subjects and verbs agree,” Mathewson said.

One way students can dig a little deeper into English is by taking 2240, a class in traditional English grammar, Mathewson said.

“In the last year or so Erin Lebacqz has revived 2240, which is a class that a lot of folks in education curriculums take but a lot of English majors take as well. It’s not really a writing improvement class, but sort of the theories behind gram­mar,” Mathewson said.

The track that students are taking to earn an English degree is evolving and chang­ing to meet the needs of today’s workforce, Mathewson said.

“I think that it’s cer­tainly changed from when I was a student. It’s become much more expansive and the traditional arrangements of English departments are no longer what they were,” Mathewson said.

For students still unsure of whether or not to pursue English as a degree, the English department has put together a video at the CNM YouTube website (youtube.com/users/ CNMonline) called “Why is Writing Important?,” and shows people from all differ­ent walks of life talking about how to use the skills students have developed in English classes, Mathewson said.

Aronson said that stu­dents sometimes avoid or fear taking English classes and should not have to feel that way because learning English is just like any other subject and that with practice people can learn to be great writers.

Suncat Chit Chat : What's your best April Fools' Day story

By Jonathan Baca, Copy Editor

Chris Barrios, Nursing Major and Desiree Garcia, GED certificate “We’re going to tell everybody that my girlfriend here is two months pregnant. We’ll tell everyone the truth at the end of the day.”
Chris Barrios, Nursing Major and
Desiree Garcia, GED certificate
“We’re going to tell everybody that my
girlfriend here is two months pregnant.
We’ll tell everyone the truth at the end of
the day.”
that was actually meat loaf, frosted with mashed potatoes.” William Walker, Veterinary Tech major “To my friend Josh, I unscrewed the cap on the shower head and then I put blue hair dye in it, and then when he took a shower in the morning it dyed his skin blue. I turned him into a smurf.”
William Walker,
Veterinary Tech major
“To my friend Josh, I
unscrewed the cap on
the shower head and
then I put blue hair dye
in it, and then when he
took a shower in the
morning it dyed his
skin blue. I turned him
into a smurf.”
Thomas Richardson, Engineering major “In grade school my mom switched our alarm clocks to say it was the time for the bus and woke us up at 2 o’clock in the morning, and we got up frantically to catch the bus. And we stood there waiting for it until she said ‘April Fools’ Day!’”
Thomas Richardson, Engineering major
“In grade school my mom switched our
alarm clocks to say it was the time for the
bus and woke us up at 2 o’clock in the
morning, and we got up frantically to catch
the bus. And we stood there waiting for it
until she said ‘April Fools’ Day!’”
1 3/24/14 3:19 PM Michelle Abbott, Veterinary Tech major “My aunt Cathie’s doctors April Fooled her and made her think that she had two baby girls, and wrapped her newborn son into a pink blanket, and didn’t tell her until she changed him. It was a good joke.
Michelle Abbott, Veterinary Tech major
My aunt Cathie’s doctors April Fooled her
and made her think that she had two baby
girls, and wrapped her newborn son into a
pink blanket, and didn’t tell her until she
changed him. It was a good joke.
Katie Thompson, Undecided major “We served our kids a dinner that looked like dessert and a dessert that looked like dinner. So we got some ice cream and made it look like a baked potato, with sour cream that was actually whipped cream and coconut akes that looked like chives. And then for dinner we had a cake that was actually meat loaf, frosted with mashed potatoes.”
Katie Thompson,
Undecided major
“We served our kids a
dinner that looked like
dessert and a dessert that
looked like dinner. So
we got some ice cream
and made it look like
a baked potato, with
sour cream that was
actually whipped cream
and coconut akes that
looked like chives. And
then for dinner we had
a cake that was actually
meat loaf, frosted with
mashed potatoes.”

Draw donuts and eat them too; Donut themed art benefits UNM Children’s Hospital

By Nick Stern, Senior Reporter |Photo courtesy of Rachel Popowcer

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During the month of March, a student art silent auction at Rebel Donut on 2435 Wyoming Blvd NE was all for a great cause, and Art Instructor, Rachel Popowcer said that students had noble and selfless reasons for donating all proceeds to children in need.

The auction was meant to serve as a fundraiser in which every penny earned is donated to the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital, which is a charity that was chosen by the students in Popowcer’s Drawing II class, who also produced all the pieces on sale, she said.

“All the money goes to the UNM Children’s Hospital. I just asked them who they wanted to benefit and that is what they decided. The Children’s Hospital is always a good thing to give money to, I think,” she said.

The auction is at the Rebel Donut’s Wyoming location, and should last until the end of the first or second week of April, she said.

For more information, people can call 293-0553 or go facebook. com/RebelDonut.

Every piece of art that was hung at the auction was strictly depicting donuts, and all the donuts that were modeled for the student artists were donated by Rebel Donut and eaten by the students afterwards, she said.

Anyone who is interested in bid­ding on any of the donut art can do so for a minimum of $5, and does not have to be a part of the CNM com­munity, she said.

“It is awesome! They make really good donut art and the minimum bid for each piece is $5, so if someone needs art for their kitchen or their house it is really cool,” Popowcer said.

The auction did not consist of any opening premiere so there was no big event held at Rebel Donut with crowds of people walking around and looking at art, but every cus­tomer who has gone for donuts since the hanging has gotten a chance to shop for donut art to go with their donut food, she said.

Popowcer said that there were between 12 and 15 students from her class who contributed to the auction gallery and between 20 and 25 dif­ferent pieces of art that were done in a variety of different mediums like graphic pencil, colored pencil, paint, and chalk pastel, she said.

Even though the auction was put on to benefit the Children’s Hospital, Popowcer said the experi­ence itself benefitted the artists and the community.

The students benefitted greatly from the experience because they got a chance to show their work in public which is a large part of being an artist and they were also given a chance to engage in the community with their art and this made the auc­tion an all-around beneficial experi­ence, she said.

“Part of being an artist can be interacting with the community and this fulfills a lot of things. They get to show their work themselves and they get to feel pride in their work but they are engaging with their community, and then they are also giving back to the community by having this be a fundraiser, so there is a lot of good things about it,” she said.

Previous auctions Popowcer has put on with her University of New Mexico class and her CNM Drawing I class have been chari­table events held at either Rebel Donuts or Cake Fetish and have gone towards the Children’s Hospital and also towards the Animal Humane Society, she said.

Any art students who may be interested in becoming great art­ists and possibly being a part of future auctions should con­sider taking Popowcer’s art studio classes and always work hard at their art, show some pride, and most impor­tantly be willing to learn, she said.

Learning and working is what Popowcer considers to be the most important part of being an artist, she said, and she believes that without the challenge that goes with the two, there is no progress within an artist, she said.

“The more you work, the better you get. As an artist I am constantly learn­ing and working because I can only get better that way. You have to challenge yourself and to challenge yourself you have to be open to failure,” she said.

Popowcer also said that anyone who decides to stop by Rebel Donut to bid on one of the pieces should also consider getting an apple frit­ter because they are her favorite, but if she ate bacon she would get the bacon bars all the time.

Rebel Donut has won the 2013 Golden Fork Award, The Alibi’s Best of Burque 2012 and 2013, and also obtained the Albuquerque Magazine’s 2012 Best of the City Award.