Hulk SMASHES the Albuquerque Comic Expo

Hulk SMASHES the Albuquerque Comic Expo

By Daniel Johnson, Investigative Reporter

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Lou Ferrigno as The Incredible Hulk in 1978.                                                                                                                     Photo courtesy of wikipedia.com

Louis Ferrigno, known for his role as The Incredible Hulk, is visiting Albuquerque to make an appearance at the Albuquerque Comic Expo (ACE) from June 27 to 29, and expo goers will have a chance to meet and greet with the iconic actor this weekend.

Ace is scheduled to be at the Albuquerque Convention Center located at 401 Second Street NW in the east complex, and passes vary from $20 for a daily pass to $40 for a three-day pass.

Ferrigno, who was born in 1951, said that by the time he was three that he had lost more than 75 percent of his hearing to ear infections which he suffered as a small child.

“Being a person with a disability does not mean that you have to take a second seat to anyone, you have to take action for yourself because others will only respect you as much as you respect yourself,” he said.

A person who has a disability has to be able to give 110 percent, because they have to work harder then others to succeed, he said.

Ferrigno said that has also he suffered from a speech impediment since he was a child and that it had to be overcome by learning to speak with the feeling of how his tongue moved when saying words.

“I am not asking anyone to pat me on the back, because it is all about taking action for yourself and maximizing your own personal power to be the best that you can be,” he said.

Ferrigno said that dealing with people was not the easiest of things for him to do because he was rejected a lot when he was younger.

Everybody has some form of a disability be it physically, mentally, spiritually or emotionally, but there is something that all people have that affects the way they perform in life, he said.

“I overcame all of that by body building and building a physique that gave me admiration and respect from others,” Ferrigno said. It is all about individuals taking action for themselves, he said.

In regards to students who struggle with disabilities Ferrigno said being scared to take action is not an option for any student of any age, but especially for students that suffer from a disability.

All students need to embrace their educations and if there is something that they are passionate about, that by all means they need to show that passion for their educations, he said.

Ferrigno’s advice for students with disabilities like him he said is to “not listen to negativity from anyone and always continue to be passionate, because that can be your platform for the future.”

Being in more than 40 films and five different television series has allowed Ferrigno to have the development of a strong fan base and given him opportunities to see the world, to which he said he never let his disability get in the way of these dreams of accomplishing his goals.

Everything from acting to being a Deputy Sheriff in Los Angeles County has allowed Ferrigno the opportunity to gain wisdom and experiences that can never be replaced, he said.

“I decided to go through the Sheriff’s academy because I have always been fascinated with law enforcement, since my dad was a Lieutenant in the NYPD and I wanted to be able to give back to the community,” Ferrigno said.

Going through the academy was not easy for him he said because there were multiple different styles of tests besides just physical fitness.

There was a lot of studying, test taking, shooting, driving and high-speed pursuits that he said he had to learn to do somewhat differently with his disability. “It is not something you can just speed through or try to rush,” Ferrigno said.

In regards to Albuquerque he said it is a quit town, and seems to have a nice calm before the storm of the convention this weekend. He said the last time he was in the city was about 20 years ago for a body building competition.

“I love the dry weather here, because back in New York when I was growing up I hated the stickiness of humidity and having to take two showers a day,” he said. A big convention like ACE is something he has never done in New Mexico, he said.

Ferrigno said that he is also excited about this show because there is a great culture in this city, and he trusts he has a huge fan base here. “I am basically here to have a good time and support the ACE Convention and myself,” he said.

It is very exhilarating for him he said because the expo has got comic books, Q & A sessions, as well as expo goers being able to meet with the celebrities, and that this will be a great show for people of all ages.

For more information on the Hulk, the expo’s activities or other celebrity guests attending ACE, go to abqcomicexpo.com.

Days and times Lou Ferrigno will be at the ACE Convention:

Friday, June 27 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 28 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 29 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Autographed photos and posters will be available for purchase and autographs on personal memorabilia will very in cost.

Chemistry instructor makes new tools for disabled students to learn also

By Daniel Johnson, Investigative Reporter

Chemistry instructor Carol Martinez has taken on quite a chal­lenging task, which is to make science classes and labs more accessible and practical for students with disabilities with the Universal Design Project cre­ated by Martinez.

In the summer of 2013, Martinez said she was approached by the Disabilities Resource Center on behalf of a student who was classi­fied as being disabled with complete blindness, and wanted to take a sci­ence class that was needed to com­plete his Associate degree.

On behalf of the student’s request the DRC encouraged an adaptation to the curriculum for Chemistry 1410 and 1492, so the Math Science and Engineering department began work­ing on a process to achieve that goal, Martinez said.

One of the main things that the chemistry class focuses on is called peri­odic trends of the periodic table and the books have many figures that address that, but there is no way for a person who is not sighted to figure out what those trends are, she said

“I made a couple of three dimen­sional charts to show what those trends are,” Martinez said.When the subject matter was discussed in the classroom the visually impaired student was able to use the tactical learning tools to feel out what was being discussed, she said.

The tactile tools used were able to help the other students in class, as well as assisting the student who the tools were intended for, so everyone is ben­efiting from this new project, she said.

“With me purchasing a few items, as well as using some of my creative ingenuity, I was able to make other tools that proved to be useful to the student,” she said.A lot of the tools that were used to benefit this student were used for the first time, so it took a lot of work on behalf of the student and the supporting staff to help achieve the goals that were set, she said.

Many tools were purchased to accommodate the student by the MSE department, such as an atomic tactile model set to differentiate between pro­tons and electrons, as well as a talking scale, talking thermometer and talking colorimeter, she said.

“It was great to be able to see the student use all of these items to achieve the same level of learning and participa­tion as all the other students in the class,” Martinez said.

Tutor at Montoya campus Maria Stevens said the student had been a reg­ular visitor to the tutoring center, and it was already known that he benefited from tactile learning tools, but that online work was tough for him.

However, with the challenges set fourth though, the student still showed a level of dedication that is rarely seen, she said.

“The idea of coming up with new ways to help students that have different needs than most was a challenge that we at the tutoring center had fun taking on,” she said.

If the student had something set up to remind himself physically of what he was trying to remember mentally it made the learning process easier for him, she said.

Stevens said that the reading and writing portions of the class were tough for him, but that giving him a support­ive foundation of extra curriculum helped him to succeed.

“I believe that we were helpful because he would not have been able to achieve his goals without the use of the tactile tools, and different tutors and teachers being there to support him,” Stevens said.

Martinez said there are materials available for students with disabilities, but are not designed to reach the spe­cific needs of each individual with dif­ferent incapacities.

The student in question was recently affected with blindness Martinez said, so his ability to read in brail was not that great and buying a book in brail would have been no better than giving the book to someone who could not read English.

Stevens said the idea of being able to provide enough equipment to anybody that wants an education is some­thing that the school would like to see as a whole even if it is not financially possible.

This experience is why it is nice to see teachers and tutors working together to

provide different forms of learning materials to help out students, she said.

“We are going to try to meet the needs of all indi­viduals that need assistance, be it hearing impaired, blind or any other kind of disability in any subject that they may be taking,” she said.

Stevens said that Martinez has helped to develop the working relationship between this student’s class and the tutoring center and that makes her a truly standup kind of individual.

Now, if any other students need special assistance similar to this case or with new challenges it will be the responsibility of the Universal Design Project to try and create or provide the needed equipment, she said.

“I am more then willing to take what I have cre­ated and use it to teach any and all students with spe­cial needs that need chemistry classes for their degrees. Since everybody has different learning styles, it only seems right to try and find a way to teach everybody in any way that is needed,” she said.

In August, all of the tools that were made to help the particular disabled student last spring, will be presented at the bi-annual conference on chemical education in Grand Rapids Michigan Martinez said, where hopefully these new tools created can be used to teach disabled students at all levels of science and chemistry education.

Theater department gets new digs

By Nick Stern, Copy Editor

Acting students at CNM can now look for­ward to a brand new stage and a whole new building dedicated to the theater department for the first time in the school’s his­tory, Theater Instructor Joe Damour said.

And as the new stage is being built this summer so will a new associate’s degree pro­gram be offered, which will specialize in theater, beginning in the fall 2014 semester, Damour said.

Damour said classes that are offered in the new major will include acting I and II, improvisa­tion, screenwriting, and camera acting, as well as a few others, which will all be transferable to UNM. “The purpose of the pro­gram is that we get people into jobs, and that it gives us a chance to express ourselves in an incredible way,” he said.

Early Childhood Multicultural Education major, Avery Miller said she was not aware of the new theater or the Associate’s in theater until recently, but was greatly impressed by the new changes and what they could mean for the students and surrounding community.

“Personally I could benefit from it construc­tively for my students when I begin to teach. I would know a little bit more about theater, how it goes and how to be more dramatic, and maybe be more of a char­acter myself,” she said.

The construction for the new stage began in March of the spring semester and is antici­pated to be up and ready to go by the middle of August; just in time for the fall 2014 semester, Damour said.

Different types of theater classes are expected to be able to take full advantage of the space when the semester rolls around, he said.

Damour said the building being renovated for the theater used to be a document storage build­ing, and will include an outdoor mini-amphithe­ater as well.

“The whole program is roaring and getting underway and it is because —well, it’s because we worked on it, but the theater is part of what we asked for a long time ago. I mean, how can you have a the­ater program without a the­ater? Everything takes time — this is a huge institution,” Damour said.

The new stage is intended to seat 60 to 80 people, and much of the work has already been completed, he said.

The stage and the­ater style seats are univer­sal, and can be moved or morphed to accommo­date each show for space, need and audience size, he said.

The new theater area will have the latest in what is to offer for auditorium spaces, which Damour said includes sound-proof paneling throughout the staging area, a lighting and sound system, a dressing room, prop making and clean-up areas, as well as a new sound proof venti­lation system installed and designed to eliminate any noise while shows go on.

“It is going to be all the latest stuff,” Damour said.

Once the new the­ater is complete, it is planned to hold two large productions a year, which students of any major can audition for and can receive credit for participating in the play, Damour said.

“We hope to have a show go up toward the end of the fall term,” he said.The new stage and theater major will go hand-in-hand, as the stage will be completed and ready for use while the option to major in theater should become available, Damour said.

The renovated space is intended to not only serve the community with different types of the­atrical productions, but to help the theater program grow and develop in to something bigger and better than it was before, which Damour said was only a couple classes just a few years ago.

“All there was really was intro to theater— there was an academic course on musical theater, but I believe that was it,” he said.

One possibility Damour said he sees for the future is the chance for experienced actors in the community to work with CNM students on differ­ent productions, which could provide invaluable experience and insight for students hoping to enter the field of acting.

Damour said it is very common for actors to come speak and teach students, but that there was no outlet for it until the new upgrades to the program, he said.

“Being able to act with somebody who’s got a ton of experi­ence —students will be able to benefit immensely,” he said.

For more informa­tion on theater classes and the new theater major curriculum, students can inquire with the CHSS department at the Max Salazar building in the fourth floor office.

An exploration of the flora on Main Campus

By Carol Woodland, Guest Writer

CNM’s Main campus has a commitment to using native, drought tolerant plants in their landscaping, said Anthony Rael head of Maintenance and Operations.

Rael said the landscape was designed to con­serve water by using only enough to establish new plants and to water only when and where it is needed as plants grow.

Some of that water used comes from building runoff which flows directly into planters, he said.

Biology professor Deborah Muldavin and avid gardener, said she takes notice of the land­scaping at CNM.

“I wanted to point out to you that a lot of these things that we’re calling native plants, if you look carefully at the distributions, you’ll find some that are real generalists that are all over, and then you’ll find that some plants that are used actually would not naturally grow here, but they’re still called native,” Muldavin said.

A lot of the plants we are seeing on campus could be better described as “regional”, and might not be able to survive without the inter­vention of humans, she said.

Muldavin said that when growing native plants; putting plants together that have the same needs in terms of soil, moisture and sun­light is essential, and that she watches the plants at Main to see how the landscape planning works out.

The right plants grown together will do a better job taking care of themselves better than people could ever do, and that this concept is called ‘preservation,’ she said.

“Preservation is something different than landscaping, we’re not doing any preservation here at all,” Muldavin said.

Rael said that the mission of the Grounds Department is to make sustainability one of the key decision making components for grounds design and management, which includes consid­ering all inputs to grounds relative to their cost and benefits to the earth and local ecosystem.

“Our directive is to increase biodiversity and self-sustaining systems while reducing depen­dence on fossil fuels and other extracted miner­als,” he said.

Muldavin said that some of the diversity can unfortunately be damaging to native plants and ecosystems explaining that non-native plants compete with native ones, especially in “dis­turbed” locations.

These plants can be disturbed by over graz­ing animals or digging up the earth to try to plant something else, she said.

“When we landscape our yards and around buildings the initial thing we do is create distur­bance,” she said.

One invasive tree grown on Main and all throughout Albuquerque and beyond is the Tamarisk, which was originally planted all over New Mexico to control soil erosion, she said.

In some areas, such as the Bosque del Apache, ecologists have been using efforts for decades to try to remove the Tamarisk; including fire, bulldozers and introducing a new insect to the environment, Muldavin said.

When the Tamarisks are able to grow freely, they take over extensive areas, and almost noth­ing else can grow there, nor do the trees sup­port very many animals because they are not edible, she said.

“They plant them intentionally because they’re really drought tolerant, but some stud­ies suggest when you’ve got thickets of Tamarisk along the acequias that it literally draws the water down, but that’s controversial– some people say yes, some people say no,” she said.

One interesting tree found on campus is the Chitalpa, which is a hybrid between a desert willow and the Catalpa tree, she said.

“I think it’s lovely, I really like it,” Muldavin said.

Another plant Muldavin likes is a rose variety sometimes called the “near-wild rose,” because though it isn’t wild it retains the look of a wild rose, and is planted in a few different areas on Main around the TC building and in the court­yard of KC and grows well here, she said.

Of the native plants on campus, one called rabbit brush or Chrysothamnus is growing all over and is used as medicinal plant for a lot of people and can be identified by its pungent smell, Muldavin said.

In the planter to the west side of the JS building, a native tree called the New Mexico Olive is thriving, and though the fruits it bears are not edible for humans, they are a favorite of birds, she said.

Muldavin said she thinks it would be won­derful if CNM was able to get someone who was a really good botanist to come in to do a semi­nar for the grounds people to teach them more about native plants.

She said she likes seeing the effort to bring new plants in, but thinks the way the plants are maintained could be made simpler by allowing the plants to assume a more natural appearance.

“What frustrates me with the way that they are managed; I don’t think that the maintenance people who go out and do this are responsible for these decisions. But it’s odd to see native plants put in and somebody somewhere decides that these plants need to be tidied up and pruned into globe shapes when the natural form allows for more circulation of air. Being an ecologist, I really like the natural form, and I would think that it would be less labor intensive if they would just accommodate that— just leave it,” she said.

Exemplary instruction gives disabled students a fighting chance

By the Chronicle Editorial Board

It is tough as it is to have a disability that prevents mobility, use of hands or feet, and causes speech, vision or hearing dif­ficulties or impairment that can truly devastate what a person is able to do on a day to day basis.

More than 18 percent of Americans have some type of dis­ability that precludes them from the smallest activities that many of us out there take for granted every day, and more than 12 percent have a severe debilitat­ing impairment that limits these people’s activities and at times their quality of life, according to ctb.ku.edu.

So, it is extremely reas­suring to see that instructors at CNM are taking disabled stu­dents into consideration when it comes to these instructors’ classes, curriculum, the way they teach students, and how they can help students with dis­abilities to learn and succeed at this school, such as in the front page article ‘Chemistry instruc­tor makes new tools for disabled students to learn too.’

Science classes and labs can be challenging as it is, but could be almost impossible to learn from when a student has a disability that prevents them from learning the curriculum in a class.

It is commendable that Carol Martinez and the Disability Resource Center saw that there is a need for special­ized curriculum and created new tools for disabled students to be able to learn with hands on mate­rials, instead of having to opt out because of their inaccessibility.

All students deserve the same quality of instruction when paying the same amount to get their educations, including dis­abled students, and sometimes they are left out in the wind when there is no means or outlet for them to learn from, espe­cially in math and sciences.

Disabled people are forced to wait much longer to become employed, and are sometimes treated as if they are a burden, but most importantly people do not take the time to consider what disabled individuals must go through just to finish out the day, and it is truly admirable that this instructor and department took the time to consider what some disabled students need to get by or learn, and helped at least one student so far to suc­ceed in doing so here at CNM.

Culinary makes it on Kasa

By Rene Thompson, Editor in Chief

Culinary instructors Kerry Logan and Amanda Scott got to share some of their favorite reci­pes for homemade ice cream and sorbet treats in the wee hours of the morning on a segment for 2 Kasa This Morning.

Wednesday, June 11 these chefs, as well as Culinary major and reporter for the Chronicle Daniel Johnson educated early bird audiences on easy to make frozen treats.

It was the first time a stu­dent joined instructors on a local segment, which Scott and Logan said they do for the culinary pro­gram from time to time to pro­mote what culinary has to offer to prospective students.

“A lot of people don’t know we exist, so it’s nice to get on there,” Logan said.

The instructors made coco­nut lime sorbet and vanilla bean ice cream, which students will be learning about in the coming weeks, Scott said.

“It was pretty neat; it was a challenge to work in some­what of a fake kitchen, so you kind of have to (adapt),” she said.

Logan said that there are many different types of frozen desserts and that the classifi­cations are usually based on where they originated, the type of ingredients, and the process that they go through when being made.

“It depends on where it comes from in the world, like gelato, Italian (ice), and granitase, so it just depends on where you are at,” adding, “Americans— we love our ice cream!”

Logan said the trio did two different segments with recipes and explained the vari­ances of some frozen desserts.

“We talked about the differ­ences first between sorbet and sherbet, and then the second segment was on ice cream and gelato,” Logan said.

Scott said they would love to keep doing different seg­ments as long as they are invited back, and that she hopes to get the Street Food Institute food truck on the show, as 2 Kasa This Morning has a food truck Fridays segment where they showcase local food trucks on the program.

Scott is also a supervi­sor and shift manager on the food truck, she said.

“It’s to get more CNM culi­nary exposure, and that we have a culinary school here. I like that the food truck is consistent work experience for our students and it’s a paid internship,” Scott said.

The experience that stu­dents get from the food truck is much like real restaurant expe­rience, so that students learn how fast-paced it really can be serving people and that chefs really have to think on their feet, she said.

The truck also changes the menu, sometimes even day to day, depending on if a student’s new recipes are being incorpo­rated, or if there are leftover supplies not used by students in culinary classes, she said.

“We are trying to be sus­tainable, so if we have a whole bunch of berries left­over, we might just do a smoothie day and the students are making new menu items that we are slowly putting on the truck,” Scott said.

Logan said that even Johnson’s can­died bacon recipe was in the segment as a topping for the vanilla bean ice cream, which she said that the group­ing of sweet and salty is a dynamite combination.

For more infor­mation on these recipes or to watch the 2 Kasa This Morning clips, go here

AWS Student Chapter Welding club builds stronger frame for students

By Daniel Johnson, Investigative Reporter

The American Welding Society sets the national standards for all things welding and is a highly respectable origination throughout many of the careers that are available to students in the applied technolo­gies program at CNM, said Welding major and President of the AWS Student Chapter, Henno Van Arkel.

Students must be enrolled in welding classes and pay a $15 fee to be members of the CNM AWS chapter, he said.

“Fifteen dollars is a small price for someone like me to pay to receive all the knowledge and oppor­tunities that come with being a member of this group,” Van Arkel said.

Being a member offers many benefits, such as an emailed version of the monthly AWS pub­lication, as well as schol­arships and networking opportunities, along with many other prospects for welding students, he said.

Welding major and Communications Coordinator of the AWS, Genevieve Brechtel said the club participates in field trips, as well as presen­tations by guest speak­ers and different types of special projects.

“We as stu­dents and members of the AWS helped with the construction of the smoking shelters that are going to be placed at different locations throughout the CNM main campus,” she said.

The group is also involved with com­munity service projects, she said.

One of the proj­ects that AWS will host is going to have eighth graders come to CNM and learn about the basics of welding and how to read blueprints, Brechtel said.

Metals Technology major and Secretary of AWS, Zach Lopezsaid members of the club helped out with the state Skills USA com­petition this past spring.

“I was able to make sure the machines that were being used stayed operational throughout the competition, as well as making sure the stu­dents had all the stuff they needed to com­pete,” he said.

The AWS Student Chapter will also be help­ing with the Applied Technologies Boot Camps that CNM will be offer­ing in June and July for local high school students, Lopez said.

Metals Technology major and Historian of AWS, Elliot Reddinger said the club also ran the welding simulators for the high school stu­dents that came to CNM main campus for Career Technical Education Day.

“The welding simu­lators are pretty cool because they are like 3-D games that are scored based on how well a person welds,” he said.

Trying to get welding students to come together and participate as a whole is another objective of the club, he said.

Reddinger said weld­ing can be really competi­tive but that the club wants the students to know that while they are here they are like a family.

A fellow student might be somebody’s main competition for a job after they leave school, but while students are in school they should be able to learn and feed off of each other to become the best welders that they can be, he said.

“We have raffles and get togethers, like barbeques for the weld­ing program as a whole, so students can have an opportunity to get to know their peers,” Reddinger said.

Van Arkel said the club allows students an opportunity to net­work with local and state employers.

“It’s nice because you don’t only get the opportunity to know what job opportunities are out there you actually get to meet the people that hire employees on a one-to-one basis,” he said.

If a student is moti­vated then this club can help to make the roll over to the real world easier, he said.

Reddinger said a person has to be involved with other things outside of just working hard in the classroom.

“Employers don’t just want to see good grades anymore, they want to be able to see that a stu­dent is committed to their trade and involved with it,” he said.

When students grad­uate they want to be on top and a student needs to be able to have the ability to say that they did some­thing extra— this club will allow a student to do that, he said.

It is a really great opportunity for anyone who wishes to do more with his or her life then just have a possible job after graduation, he said.

Brechtel said the AWS student chapter has seen its up and downs due to the turnover rate, because of students gradu­ating and moving on.

“We would love to see more students come in and participate on a regular basis, so that the club does not see big one year (of participation), then little the next, we want a more consistent flow of students through the club,” she said.

Lopez said the club has meetings every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in the W building on Main campus and every­one is invited to come check it out.

“Even if you are not in the applied technologies program you can come and check us out to see if it is something you might want to get into,” he said.

Albuquerque Trolley Company shares its love for Burque

By Nick Stern, Copy Editor

The Albuquerque Trolley Company has taken on the respon­sibility of being the first tourist attraction that many visitors see or participate when they arrive in the city of Albuquerque, said Jesse Herron, Co-owner of the Albuquerque Trolley Company.

The Trolley Company gives everyone in the community and tourists a chance to see the different and interesting locations and activi­ties that Albuquerque has hidden throughout the city, which helps people to get a general understand­ing of the city’s layout by touring the Best of Albuquerque City Tour, Herron said.

“It is a pretty big responsibil­ity and we are kind of like the wel­come wagon, so we feel like we are doing good for the city and we are representing Albuquerque as ambas­sadors,” Herron said.

The company has its box office location where tickets can also be purchased, located inside the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town, at 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, he said.

All ticket prices for special tours, such as the (Breaking) Bad tour, the Albucreepy Halloween tour and Microbrew tours, are $40 to $65, with general admission city tour at $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under, Herron said.

The Albuquerque Trolley Company is co-owned by Jesse Herron and Mike Silva who said they run their company with pride and confidence, having chosen to reflect those feelings in the way that they market themselves.

“We realize that we are often a visitor’s first impression of Albuquerque. We market our­selves as the best first thing to do in Albuquerque, so we take it very seri­ously,” he said.

Jesse Herron said that ABQtrolley.com is the best place to get tickets beforehand and can also be used to get all the up-to-date times, dates and even news­letters that come out every couple of weeks for people who choose to sign up.

The city tours do a great job of giving people an understanding of what is where in Albuquerque and why it is interesting, Herron said.

The tours educate visitors about the city and have also taught many folks how much fun can actually be had which has led to people’s views switching from negative opinions to positive ones, Herron said.

“Hop on board with us for like an hour and a half for the City Tour and we will give you the lay of the land and a lot of times people are saying ‘wow, we had no idea there was so much to do here. We’re definitely going to spend more days here,’” he said.

Herron said he cannot keep track of how many visitors have altered their vacation plans to spend more time in Albuquerque, after going on one of the tours.

Herron also stressed the fact that the tours offered by the trolley company are by no means limited to tourists and visitors, He said.

Many locals have gone on the tour and were flabbergasted by how much there is to do in their city, which they considered boring before then, he said.

“A lot of people just assume that we are only for tourists and for visitors and that is definitely a misconception. We get locals who are not bringing visi­tors, they are just coming themselves because they want to learn more about Albuquerque and they are always after­wards like ‘ wow, we had no idea about all of this stuff in our own city,’” he said.

Many people believe that Albuquerque is a town with abso­lutely nothing to do and that Santa Fe is a better place to be, and this misconception is one of the reasons that motivated Herron and Silva to create the Albuquerque Trolley Company, Herron said.

Herron believes that people need to step outside of their limited perspec­tives towards the city, and that the tours give people a chance to do just that, Herron said.

“A lot of locals have this mentality that we are in the shadow of Santa Fe and there is nothing to do here and they just need to step outside of that perspec­tive. That is partly the reason we started the company because we were tired of people badmouthing Albuquerque and saying there is nothing to do here,” Herron said.

There is a plethora of different tours that are offered by the trolley company, but the current season, which lasts from April to October, consists of the Best of Albuquerque City Tour, the Bad Tour, and the soon-to-be Bad Tour 2.0, he said.

The Bad Tour is literally the most popular tour the company has to offer and has been a huge success, Herron said.

“The demand for the Bad Tour is just ridiculous. Honestly nine out of 10 emails are about that tour and same with the phone calls. We are getting emails and phone calls from people in England and Germany— just all over the world, who are just trying to plan their vaca­tion based around the Bad Tour dates, or whether or not they can get tickets,” Herron said.

Architectural and Engineering Drafting major Matthias Lopez, had been on the Bad Tour which he said is easily one of the best tours he has ever experienced and believes it to be the best attraction the city has to offer to tourists and locals alike, he said.

Lopez said the tour is much more than just a chance to take pictures of different locations from the show.

“The tour guides, who are also the owners of the trolley company, obviously put all their hearts into making the tours as interesting and enjoyable as possible, and it defi­nitely shows,” he said.

Lopez said that during the tour, when guides were not sharing their immense knowledge of the show, they were either holding trivia con­tests with prizes or directing the attention to the television screens that showed behind-the-scenes Breaking Bad footage, which Lopez had never even seen before.

Herron said he has a back­ground in hospitality and tourism and eventually reconnected with the idea that Albuquerque is missing the one thing that most big cities had— an actual city tour.

“We were both there for a couple years and we met there and then we kind of reconnected back in 2007 and were tired of working for the man so to speak, and wanted to do our own thing. One of the things that were kind of missing from the Albuquerque visitor experience was a city tour which most major cities have,” Herron said.

For more information on the Albuquerque Trolley Company, or its tours go to abqtrolley.com.

Trust when something is too good to be true

By the Chronicle Editorial Board

The Know Now Mobile Medical Clinic coming to CNM campuses, which is offering free STD and preg­nancy testing, as well as ultrasounds, may just be too good to be true.

The chronicle covered in the Mobile Medical Clinic story ‘Mobile unit provides free STD testing,’ in Issue 35 of Volume 19, but it has come to light exactly what kind of company is offering these services and why.

It is great there is a service that provides these benefits to struggling students for free, but there may be a catch when students go for preg­nancy tests, as the organization that provides these services called Care Net is in fact an Evangelical Christian crisis pregnancy center.

According to care-net.org, Care Net is an anti-abortion organization that seeks to persuade women not to terminate their pregnancies, hence the free ultrasounds.

The organization was founded in 1975 in Northern Virginia, and is the nation’s largest network of preg­nancy centers with 1,100 throughout the country, according to the site.

In addition to advising customers against abortions and free STD test­ing, Care Net does provide a slew of other resources such as baby supplies, temporary shelters, employment and debt guidance, as well as Bible study sessions that fit with the company’s values, the site stated.

Women that believe in the right to choose what happens to their bodies, might get offended by the Care Net service provider while get­ting a pregnancy test, because Care Net has been known to attempt to dictate what women plan to do with the rest of their lives and their unborn child, or women with pro-life values might just find it refreshing.

Care Net’s mission statement on their website at care-net.org said “With the support of Care Net and its network of pregnancy centers, people facing unplanned pregnancies are choosing life and hope every day.”

Care Net has also been known to speak out against abortion clin­ics and set up near clinics such as Planned Parenthood that provide abortion services.

Care Net protests both out front of Planned Parenthood, and have signs in front of their clinics that say “Pregnant? Considering abor­tion? Free services,” according to the Care Net Wikipedia page.

The Planned Parenthood website states that whether clients want to keep or abort their fetuses, the clinic pro­vides women with the resource choices they would have for either scenario, without any influence on the client’s decision and just counsels women on what is out there for them to utilize.

According to vermontcynic.com, “Once inside the facility, women are subject to manipulative tactics, such as required ultrasounds and readings of religious literature that instill guilt and shame in those who may consider abortion. These types of centers seek to undercut the law and restrict a woman’s right to choose.”

So, if some women students out there want to utilize Care Net’s free pregnancy or ultrasound, be warned that the unit volunteers may try to persuade you under the guise of caring, but when it comes down to it the only person you need to listen to is yourself.

For those female students that would rather skip the judgments and religious/ethical debate, or the belittling of your own pro-choice beliefs; you may just want to pay the $10 pregnancy test fee at Planned Parenthood or the $65 for an ultrasound.

Not only for peace of mind, but also so that you will avoid being made to feel like an asshole or slut shamed for doing what millions of women did before you and will do for years to come, which is to get pregnant and not know what to do.

Pride and equality for all

By the Chronicle Editorial Board

It is such a sad occasion that after a great event such as the Pride parade mentioned in the front page article called Pride and Equality for all, that parade goers are still advised by event coordinators to be aware of one’s environment and to take appropriate precautions after a day at Pride, according to abqpride.com.

People of any creed, race or sexual orientation should not have to be advised to look over their shoulders when gathering anywhere for any reason, and are just reminded of how far our society must still go in order to achieve true equality.

What was great about this year’s event though was that there were less protesters and they did not end up walking in the parade which had been the case in previous years, as only two people were protesting the parade’s beginning point at Girard Boulevard and Central Avenue.

No one should be forced to hear gay slurs or be told that god hates them, because everyone deserves to live their lives the way they want to, without judgment or ridicule for just being who they are in life.

Hopefully in the coming years of the parade there will be no one protesting the equality of LGBTQ individuals, because everyone is entitled to have the same rights as every other indi­vidual and should not be told how to live one’s life or who they should love.

It is also a brilliant idea that the CNM community recognizes that there is a need for help in the LGBTQ community with the new LGBTQ plus group, and that students here have a foundation and are supported by the school.