Work-study qualified

By Daniel Johnson, Investigative Reporter

Students can go through the MyCNM website and access the financial aid page to locate the information needed to start the process of a loan, federal or state funded aid, or to qualify for work-study posi­tions within the school, said Lee Carrillo, Senior Director of Financial Aid, Scholarships and Veteran Services.

All students need to fill out the FASFA form to qualify for financial aid, he said, but once the FASFA form is filed elec­tronically it will be submitted and reviewed by the financial aid department.

And once reviewed a stu­dent will be informed of what they qualify for, he said.

“Almost anyone who comes into the school can qualify for loans, aid, or some form of work-study,” Carrillo said.

There are currently two different types of financial aid assistance, he said.

The first is need based he said, which allows a student that qualifies the opportunity to collect assistance from state and federal funds, as well as becoming work-study qualified.

The second is no need work-study, which means that a student that may not qualify for assistance but they could still qualify to work on campus as a student work-study, he said.

“Most no need work-stud­ies can still receive loans as well as working for a paycheck,” he said.

Work-study allows stu­dents an opportunity to get a job at one of the seven CNM campuses, he said.

A work-study employee can work up to twenty hours a week and earn from $8.50 to $9.50 an hour, he said.

The rate of pay all depends on what the job duties are and what position a student would be in at the current job, he said.

“There are few jobs that pay $9.50 an hour but they do exist,” Carrillo said.

If a student is work-study qualified they will again need to access the MyCNM page to look for work-study jobs, he said.

Some paper work will need to be filled out in the financial aid office at main campus if a student is hired as work-study, he said.

If a student is under the age of 24, then they will need their parents tax information as well as their own, if they are over 24 and had a job in the past they will need their own tax information, he said.

“Most of the filing process can be done on-line but if a student ever has any questions they can feel free to visit us in the financial aid office with any questions they may have,” Carrillo said.

Everybody that comes to CNM has a financial advisor available to them he said and they are always willing to help students that need it as well.

At this point in the year it is essential that a student sub­mits their paperwork as quick as possible to get qualified because as of right now it is late in the season, he said.

“If a student wants to get it going they should start now and come in to get on the right path to succeed,” Carillo, said.

For more information on what is offered to students via financial aid, go to cnm.edu/ depts/financial-aid or make an appointment with a financial aid advisor at 224-3090 .

(Summer) break the monotony

By the Chronicle Editorial Board

Before students get to binge watching on Netflix or catching up on video games and napping, students should take the time to get out in the world and seek something beyond their computer screens this coming break.

There really is so much one can do to subside the boredom that comes with having a couple weeks off, such as getting out into nature, and New Mexico has much of that to offer including the Sandia Mountains that are right in all of our backyards, to Cochiti Lake that is only 50 minutes away.

New Mexico has many breath-taking landscapes and surre­alistic camping sites far off the grid to choose from as well, that are all within an afternoon’s drive, so if this is the route you might want to take over the break, newmexico.org has a com­prehensive list of great places to choose from on their explore New Mexico page.

There are also an array things to do in the city, and taking the time to pamper oneself can do wonders when coming back for a grueling semester, such getting an inexpensive mani/pedi or massage, or just relaxing with family and friends at a bar-b-que.

Albuquerque is truly diverse when it comes to culture as well, and one could even have an art scavenger hunt with friends, go to the muse­ums in Burque, or go on a brewery and/or winery tour (with designated driver of course), as Albuquerque has a large assortment of home-brewed beers and wines accessible at an array of locations.

For more information on any of these suggestions, check out visital­buquerque.org/things-to-do.

Either way, find something that you can enjoy doing over the break besides catching up on what the internet or boob-tube has to offer, and seek out what New Mexico has to offer instead, which will help in actu­ally getting something out of having the time off, and will feel like your weeks off were not wasted away with trivial time suckers.

Sometimes it just takes someone saying we need to get out of here and do something in order for it to happen, so get out this break and have an adventure all your own, and gain some great memories with the people you love, so you can come back, hunker down, and be ready to get back to the grind of pursuing your dreams of a better education.

The Chronicle hopes everyone has a great break and relishes the rest of the summer season.

Financial aid, a three-ring circus

By the Chronicle Editorial Board

Getting through the FASFA process and attempting to get Financial Aid can be somewhat of a circus for some students.

What students have to understand is that the Financial Aid Department deals with close to 30,000 students, and many are having the same issues as you are right now.

So if you are having issues with Financial Aid and it is frustrat­ing the hell out of you, seek advice from other students in their experiences and dealings with the financial aid department and see how other students dealt with their issues, because chances are it is not as bad as it seems.

Sometimes it can just be a form missed during filing or information that was overlooked, and can be remedied with a quick appointment with a financial aid advisor.

Also, many students do not actually know that they can qual­ify for grants and scholarships without applying for student loans, and can even become work-study qualified without getting all that financial aid has to offer.

Right now there are more than 100 student work-study positions offered throughout all the seven CNM campuses, which offer an array of positions, including here at The CNM Chronicle.

Due to the firing freeze we are hiring for more than 10 positions in an assortment of positions, including staff reporter, ad sales, and distribu­tion (Please see our hiring ad on Page 2).

There are many opportunities to thrive here at CNM, and it may take some patience to get through the process, but there are many ways of acquiring funds here and the school knows we need those extra funds and will help students in getting them, you just have to know who will actually help.

So, to the people wondering if you qualify for financial aid or work-study, make an appointment with a Financial Aid Adviser at 224-3090.

Universal Design Project helps with accreditation

By Daniel Johnson, Investigative Reporter

The Universal Design Project is one of the Academic Quality Improvement Programs (AQIP) projects of CNM, which is part of the accreditation pathways with the Higher Learning Commission, said Associate Dean of CHSS, Paula Smith-Hawkins.

UNM, NMSU, and CNM all have accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, she said.

Smith-Hawkins said the Universal Design Action Project Team was formed in the Fall of 2013 and has an international movement, which is now prominently fea­tured in Higher Education.

“Few community colleges have been part of this conversation, CNM is a leader in this effort so go Suncats,” Smith-Hawkins said.

The program infuses the principles and benefits of continuous improvement of the culture of colleges and universities by providing different choices through which an already-accredited institution can maintain its accreditation, according to ncahlc.org.

A college needs to demonstrate how it meets the accreditation standards and expectations through the events and activ­ities it uses to improve its performance, according to the website.

This concept has been important for architects and developers seek­ing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act since the 1970’s, Smith- Hawkins said.

Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler of the University of Washington is considered the national leader for Universal Design in Higher Education, she said.

“Our Team was able to meet with her by video conference back in April of 2014 to discuss the next steps for the Universal Design Project,” Smith-Hawkins said.

The CNM team is review­ing Dr. Burgstahler’s work, which is titled Universal Design in Higher Education over the summer semester, she said.

Concepts like flexible use can prove useful in designing curriculum, just as much as they can when designing build­ings, she said.

“Required reading doesn’t go away once you graduate, because we are still doing it on the daily,” Smith-Hawkins said.

The universal Design team wants to be able to introduce and apply the prin­ciples of universal design into CNM’s cul­ture by 2015, she said.

The process, developed by a previous CNM AQIP team will involve assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and integration, she said.

The past year was spent in the assess­ment or research phase, she said.

“We’ve spent a lot of time researching, reading and meeting with campus leaders with expertise,” Smith-Hawkins said.

As most Business majors know, there are a lot of processes that go into the for­mation of a team, but even more for a team like the Universal Design Project Team, she said.

“The process is forming, norming, storming and on to performing, so we meet regularly to accomplish the goals that we have set forth for ourselves,” Smith-Hawkins said.

Most projects that are set in motion by a team like Universal Design take three years to be completed from begin­ning to end, she said.

According to the higher learn­ing commission website at ncahlc. org, the Academic Quality Improvement Programs is one of several pathways leading to con­firmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission for different colleges.

AQIP differs from the other pathways because it is based on principles of continuous quality improvements, along with confirm­ing the institution’s accredited status with the Commission once every cycle, according to the website.

Many colleges have reported trans­forming the quality of time spent at an institution for disabled students since taking on the AQIP Pathway and CNM is one of them.

Colleges in the United States seek accreditation through two types of agen­cies, institutional and specialized.

National accreditation associations focus on certain types of colleges such as trade and technical institutions like CNM, or religious colleges such as seminaries and bible schools.

Regional accreditation agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit degree granting colleges and universities.

Regional accreditation proves the quality of a college as a whole and evalu­ates things like academic offerings, gov­ernance and administration, mission, finances, and resources.

The accreditation process is based on a system of peer reviews, according to the website.

1,300 educators from different col­leges serve as peer reviewers and conduct accreditation evaluations for other college.

Peer reviewers also serve on committees that make up the elements of the accredita­tion process, according to the website.

Don’t be that guy, because nobody likes that guy

By Rene Thompson, Editor-in-Chief

Most women that walk around the city by themselves tend to get cat-calls from men, and most of these women just deal with it because they have been conditioned to think that this behavior is tolerable, and that dealing with it is just part of their daily routine and lives, but that does not have to be the case— not anymore.

Women can actually empower themselves to stop these men by telling them why they do not appreciate being harassed on the street by complete strangers, and explain to these men or even other women sometimes that being harassed for simply being a woman walking down the street makes them uncomfortable.

Some women and even men at times actually do appreci­ate this type of courting, and maybe they get some kind of validation out of people complimenting them on the streets, but most women actually find it majorly offensive, and are even sometimes treated like or called prostitutes just because they are trying to get from point A to point B.

And if you think that it ends there with cat-calling you are dead wrong, because this type of behavior can take a turn for the worse in a matter of seconds and scar a woman for the rest of her life.

Some also may think that cat-calling at women is harm­less, but it can progress into groping or even rape in some cases, and that type of behavior is not exclusive to places such as India or Egypt where sexual assault is rampant.

Sexual harassment and assault happens right here in Albuquerque every day and needs to be stopped, not only by the women it happens to, but also the men who portray and perpetuate this type of behavior.

An example of this is when someone I know was walking down Columbia Drive SE just a few blocks east of CNM’s main campus a couple of years ago, and she had her headphones on while commuting to work on a sunny afternoon.

She saw a man trying to get her attention, and she just passed him by; ignoring his advances as many women are forced to do, but then this man thought it was okay to sneak up on her and sexually assault her.

He came up behind her to grope at all of her private parts before she even had a chance to realize what was going on, or to react to the situation, and then he just ran away like a coward.

The women ran after him screaming and yelling in shock that someone would do this to her in the light of day, and she lost sight of him after he turned past a wall into an alleyway.

But she then realized that he entered an apartment build­ing only a few feet away from where she lives.

She called the police and made a report, and of course nothing came from it, so from that point on she was afraid to walk down her own street for fear of being sexually assaulted once again by this man.

She started walking a different path and even feared leav­ing her own home at times but was then utterly relieved when she could finally be able to afford a car, so she would not have to be approached by strange men or fear being assaulted while attempting to get to work.

A woman should never have to be relieved at the thought that she does not have to walk down her own street because she fears what might happen.

This was not the first time in this women’s life that some­thing like this had happened to her, nor was it the last.

The reason I know this is because all of this happened to me, and in fact, sexual assault happens to women on a daily basis without any provocation what so ever.

It does not matter what I was wearing, (which was a pair of sweats and a T-shirt) or what I looked like that day.

This assault happened to me solely because I am a woman who was walking down the street alone.

Now, when men cat-call or stare at me like a piece of meat, I call them out on it now; not only for myself, but for the women that they might take it too far with in the future.

Most women want these types of men to realize how alarming, terrifying, infuriating or even annoying it can be to have a complete stranger come up to them and harass them merely because of their appearance.

This type of behavior is unacceptable— plain and simple, and men as well as some women need to become educated that most women hate to be troubled this way and deserve to be able to walk down the street without fear of being harassed or assaulted.

Cat calling, whistling, or gawking perversely at women will not change, that is unless all of us take the time to call out people who act this way toward women, and to help change this behavior at its source.

So women, I urge you to speak up when you are forced to feel uncomfortable by cat calls or perverted stares, and let these types of men know that it is not okay to treat you with such disrespect, because all women deserve better than this type of behavior.

And to the men who are guilty of cat-calling, whistling or staring at women with a gross and perverted look written all over their faces, I urge them to have more respect for the women around them, and don’t be that guy, because, really, nobody likes that guy.

Enter the Dojo’s Master Ken

By Rene Thompson, Editor-in-Chief

PHOTO COURTESY OF MATT PAGE The cast of Enter the Dojo exaggerates the Americanization of martial arts through Ameri-Do-Te.

 

The web based show Enter the Dojo has brought many viral videos to social network feeds, including ‘100 Ways to Attack the Groin,’ or ‘How to Block a Bitch Slap,’ but there is actually an entire series of Enter the Dojo in its third season, which is filmed right here in Albuquerque.

Creator of the show and owner of Riff Raff New Media, Matt Page sat down with the Chronicle to explain what this show is all about, as well as how he envisioned and brought to life the character Master Ken, who he plays on the YouTube series, he said.

“I felt like there wasn’t a lot out there for this type of thing, and I feel like it addresses what’s funny about the martial arts world,” he said.

Page said that the show is mostly scripted, but at times, especially during the character interviews, that the actors sometimes go completely improv, which he said really adds to each of the characters identities.

The best formula for the show Page said is to write each episode and have them carefully scripted, and then the day they are filming the crew do as many scripted takes as possible.

“Most of the time when we are doing the inter­views in the show, we try to see if we can make the crew laugh, then we know we got what was needed,” Page said.

Page, who created Master Ken and Ameri-Do-Te; the fictional martial arts style in the series, said that he has been training in martial arts since he was 17-years-old.

He has also learned many styles, from Okinawan Kenpo and Kobudo, to Brazilian Jujitsu and American Kenpo as well.

In regards to his favorite martial artists he said “Ed Parker was very influential to me, and Bruce Lee’s book ‘Tao of Jeet Kune Do’ was a very important book that I have studied— both of their philosophical views of martial arts and how to apply it to real life helped me in many ways. I was probably the biggest fan of John Claude Van Dam as well at the height of his popu­larity, and his movies really made me want to learn martial arts, so it’s cool to see that he’s still around doing stuff.”

Page said he was able to create Master Ken because he had traveled a lot and went to many different types of dojos that were for a better term ‘Americanized,’ with instructors that made up their own styles of mar­tial arts from previous trainings.

“After years and years of having trained with people like Master Ken, I wanted to do a web-series because it was becoming popular and I didn’t know what subject matter to do it on, so I thought since I had been training in martial arts off and on for so long, why not just kind of sample my experiences from that,” he said.

Page’s favorite episode of the series so far is from season two titled ‘Thrust of Freedom,’ because he said that particular episode represents what they are striving to do with every episode they produce.

The techniques that are made-up in the show he said the fans seem to really latch onto, and that some actually make their own videos mimicking the fic­tional Ameri-Do-Te techniques.

“So the ‘Thrust of Freedom’ has been one of most popular techniques to mimic so far. It’s really encouraging when an episode resonates with all of the fans— it’s one we’re really are proud of, and when we see people are actually quoting the show, we are so thrilled,” he said.

Page has been in many other productions as well, including Breaking Bad, In Plain Sight, and The Lone Ranger, as well as many other locally made movies and television shows.

“I’ve had a good year and it’s been fun— I’ve met a lot of really cool people and worked on some big things. Since coming out with Enter the Dojo, people have taken notice of the actors, and we all seem to be going into auditions more often; it might have been happenstance, but it seems more like it’s because of the show,” Page said.

Page is a transplant to New Mexico since 2001 where he graduated from the College of Santa Fe, and said he loves living and working here in Albuquerque because of the great filming commu­nity that exists here.

Including on the movie Odd Thomas that Page said is being offered on Netflix this summer, where he plays a corky bad guy in the opening scenes of the movie.

“I got to do some really fun stunts on that one. When people message me and say ‘I just saw you in this film,’ that’s really exciting for me, and the thing that I would say is the coolest realization about it though, is that no matter how big or small a movie is, that ultimately the process is exactly the same, which is kind of reassuring,” he said.

Page said that there really are so many things that he loves about New Mexico, such as the landscape, food, and hiking in the Sandia mountains, but what he loves most is that there is a real filming community that is flourishing here in Albuquerque, which he is grateful for in many ways.

He said he likes the fact that he can work behind and in front of the camera here and that there are jobs available in the city for filming opportunities, which are not really anywhere else besides Los Angeles.

“The fact that I can live here and be able to do all of that is amazing. The timing was really fortuitous, because I graduated in 2005, and that was when things were really just gearing up; ever since I graduated I’ve had work in the industry and been able to enjoy living in a smaller place,” he said.

His advice to students out there that are trying to get in the same field is simple, as he said it is all about following your dreams and creativity right away, and to not wait one more second, but to just go for it.

Page also said that sometimes what a person thinks may give them a break, ends up being noth­ing, and that experiences that did not seem like much at the time for him, actually shaped the person he is today and changed his life in so many positive ways, so going all into whatever projects are going to make a person happy is what the work should be all about.

“I used to think the most important thing was preparation, but the longer I waited, the more it seemed like I just needed to do more, so my advice would be to not wait in expressing your creativity, because the only way you are going to get better at this stuff is to just to do it; do it often, and to not be afraid to fail,” Page said.

To check out the seasons of the Enter the Dojo local web series, go to youtube.com/enterthedojoshow.

CNM Cosmetology classes offer free services to students at South Valley Campus

By Daniel Johnson, Investigative Reporter | Photos By Daniel Johnson

Students use exotic inspirations for their midterm projects.
Valerie Archibeque utilizes her manicure skills during her cosmetology midterm.

Learning in an environment that actually allows a student the ability to gauge their own progress on real clients for school credit is something that is distinctive to the Cosmetology program at the South Valley CNM campus, said Cosmetology major, Valerie Archibeque.

Archibeque said stu­dents learn to do all kinds of cool stuff at the campus on 5816 Isleta Blvd. SE, such as manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails, haircuts, and hair coloring, but being able to do those things on real people is what makes the learning process easier.

“It is awesome, because coming to this class is not like coming to school at all—I get to do what I love all day, every day,” Archibeque said.

The instructors provide the students with information about the industry but there are also guest speakers who come and educate the stu­dents as well, she said.

“We invite the public to come to the salon and receive any of the treatments that are offered,” Archibeque said.

The process is first come first serve and offered to any­body that shows up, she said.

If a person has a student who they prefer they can request that student to per­form the services, she said.

Some services require a test for possible allergic reac­tions, but if a person is cleared then they can choose from a wide variety of what they have to offer, she said.

The program has been around for a long time Archibeque said, but that not a lot of people know about the services that they provide on the campus.

“Everybody here is good at what they do and enjoy being able to interact with people, so everyone should come down and try us out at least once,” Archibeque said.

Cosmetology Instructional Technician, Yolanda Santos said all of the students deal with clients one-on-one, so they are able to build their communica­tion skills, as well as work­ing on the business side of their learning.

Santos said the salon is fully equipped for 17 clients for hair, and 17 clients for nails, but the amount of stu­dents doing these procedures differs depending on the time of day.

All of the equipment that is used is up to date and sani­tary, she said.

Prices for services can range anywhere from free for a manicure, $5 deep con­ditioning, or $40 for all over hair coloring lightener and tone being the most expen­sive, she said.

“Even though $40 seems like a lot, it is actually the cheapest price for that ser­vice you will find anywhere in town,” Santos said.

All products used in the salon are professional grade style items, and the salon also has a fully operational facial room that students can utilize to provide client services, she said.

Customer service is another aspect that stu­dents learn, but is a skill that is mostly learned with hands on experience, she said.

Students need to learn to deal with all kinds of people because there is always a chance that they will get someone who is rude or difficult to deal with sometime in their careers, she said.

“Thankfully in the years that I have worked here, we have only had to throw out one client for being rude and mean,” Santos said.

Cosmetology Instructional Technician, Babette Harmon said stu­dents come in with an idea of wanting to create; but with the help of instruc­tors, as well as the cur­riculum, students learn to visualize and determine what is needed to make these creations possible.

Learning basic skills is what allows students the ability to pass the state board test, but she said by the time they graduate the program she would like to see students be equipped with advanced skills that are better than what the state requires.

“The cosmetology pro­gram might seem short because it is separated in to just four terms, but students have to work their butts off and be dedicated to do well in these classes,” she said.

Harmon said the cos­metology students have a rigorous class schedule in that time where they attend class four days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., so that students can also get used to being on their feet and working for an eight hour workday.

The first term is almost all bookwork and basic skills, and these newer students only work on mannequins and one another in the begin­ning, she said.

Second term students start to work on clients and by the fourth term stu­dents should have repeat clients that they have established a working rela­tionship with over those three terms, she said.

Twice a year the begin­ning class opens to 16 stu­dents for a total of 32 new students a year, but when the class goes to graduation about 98 percent of those students graduate, she said.

Since the class size is so small the program can be dif­ficult to get into sometimes, she said.

“We fill up fast every semester— it seems like as soon as registration starts, we have our classes full on the first day,” Harmon said.

Prerequisites for cosme­tology are general education classes, but upon entering the first term the students study safety and sanitation extensively, she said.

“Our safety and sanita­tion is all based on running a clean and healthy salon,” Harmon said.

When the students start the first term; they go for five weeks of safety and sanitation, five weeks of hair cutting, five weeks of color, and so on until graduation, she said.

The mid-term for the class consists of students having to take a mannequin and make it blend with nature in all aspects of hair and makeup, she said.

“We are very proud of the students and the work that they do,” Harmon said.

For more information on the services provided by cosmetology students at 5816 Isleta Blvd. SE, call 224-5034.

Monsanto to run for President in 2020

This article is satirical in nature, and is in no way factual, but is for humouristic purposes only.


By Carrie Ratkevich , Guest writer

In a press conference Tuesday, Monsanto announced that it would seek the presiden­tial nomination for the Democratic Party in 2020, said Sherry Sanderson, public relations representative.

The decision came after last month’s court decision, McCutcheon Et Al. VS. Federal Election Commission, that cleared the way for unlimited campaign contributions, she said.

“Instead of having to donate to the most likely candidate, we can simply put our money behind our own campaign,” Sanderson said.

According to the Supreme Court, corpora­tions have the same natural rights as any other person. This has been decided upon numerous times since 1819 and the Trustees of Dartmouth College VS. Woodward which created the precedent.

“This will be a huge step forward in the area of corporate rights which have been largely ignored compared to other minorities,” said Sanderson.

Activist Al Sharpton called the announce­ment a farce and a travesty of justice.

“Having a corporation as a president is just another group of old white men doing what one used to do,” he said.

Critics on the republican side expressed concerns also.

Sean Hannity of Hannity’s America said that he was unsure America was ready for such a ground breaking move because it would be a chance for both white and black men to sit and lead the country at the same time.

“Monsanto’s company is made up of hun­dreds of employees and investors. More people will have a direct say in the government,” he said.

The government would be run directly by the Board of Directors, so cabinet posts would not be necessary; thus saving the American people millions in salaries.

The Board will be splitting the presidential salary, said Sanderson.

“The burden on the average American would actually be smaller,” she said.

This morning Wal-Mart announced it was also considering the idea of running on the Republican ticket with Walgreens as a potential Vice President, but was still working out the details, said Matthew Mars, Executive President of Wal-Mart.

“2020 promises to be an interesting election year,” he said.

Marie’s Last Words

This article is satirical in nature, and is in no way factual, but is for humoristic purposes only.


By Carrie Ratkevich, Guest writer

As the prisoner cart creaks slowly through the stone-cobbled streets of Paris, I think back on all that has been stolen from me.

I was beautiful once; the queen of the most pow­erful country in the world. My king lost his head eight months ago.

My children were ripped from me and my oldest son tortured.

Even my dignity was stolen with a charge of incest. I have reached the square.

The metallic smell of blood is as thick as the crowd that cheers at my disgrace. I dismount my shameful carriage into a barrage of insults and rotten fruit.

They would love to see me hang my head in dis­honor but I will not. I will die as I was born, with my head held high.

As I ascend the platform, slick with the blood of traitors both real and imagined, I am almost relieved because I will soon join my beloved in eternity.

While they strap me to the National Razor, I smile and whisper softly, “Let them eat their own.”

We all might be living in a bubble in the future

By the Chronicle Editorial Board

Dubai officials have now proposed a $7 billion project to make the world’s first climate controlled community under a dome like covering, which will be a 50 million square foot community that will be sheltered from the harsh elements in the Arabian oasis, according to weburbanist.com.

This is the first concept of its kind that is actually being considered as a real project, and other countries could possibly take cue, as climate change is not going anywhere anytime soon, and is projected to get to the tipping point by 2020, according to huffingtonpost.com.

The massive structure will have 100 apartment buildings, dozens of hotels, medical facilities, a shopping mall, observation decks, the world’s tallest skyscraper and the world’s largest indoor amusement park; because that is how Dubai rolls, with epic and extravagant structures to show off to the rest of the world.

But what if there will come to a time when most large cities might require to have an area such as this for refuge from the ever-changing unpredictability that will come with the extreme weather of climate change, because it seems that the coming generations will have to do something in order to keep on surviving in the impending futuristic wasteland that is predicted to come.

Either way, this new idea for self-sufficient cities may become a huge power sucker, but could potentially save folks in the future from ever having to step foot outside in the elements again, and people could in fact start living under the dome, far from nature or the environment that is being destroyed in front of all our very own eyes.

At least there will be observation decks to watch the crumble of our environment in comfort of our climate con­trolled bubble, and never again will we have to care about the silly old environment that sustains the world and all our lives.