Hiring Freeze; Funding limits available work study positions at CNM

By Guadalupe Santos-Sanchez, Staff Reporter
There is a hiring freeze at CNM because the funding limit of 300 work positions that are offered were filled at the end of August, said Senior Director of Financial Aid, Lee Carrillo.
“Unfortunately, the allocations have gotten a little bit smaller and the pay has gone up, if you’re paying students more but you’re getting less money then things are going to get tighter as far as positions are concerned, and that’s kind of what we’ve ran into right now,” said Associate Director of Financial Aid, Joseph Ryan.
Students get paid the minimum wage in Albuquerque, which is $8.60, he said.
The hiring limit is because there is a certain amount of money that can be spent, Ryan said.
The award given to CNM is divided into an amount that allows for roughly 300 students to be hired as work studies, he said.
“I think we have a little bit higher than what the calculation might actually kick out, because we know some students don’t work all 40 hours every single two weeks, some students take a week off or only work 10 hours a week,” Ryan said.
There are funds coming in from the federal government, from the state government, and from CNM, Ryan said.
The specific amounts from each are 1.312 million from state, 690 thousand from federal, and 600 thousand from CNM for the 2014-2015 school year, Ryan said.
“The total state and federal funding includes a match that CNM has to make for those funds, 20% for state and 25% for federal,” he said.
In the totals above 20% of the state total is comprised of CNM funds and 25% of the federal total is comprised of CNM funds, he said.
New positions will not be available until the spring but for this term there is no waiting list, Carrillo said.
“There is no one waiting to be hired, we’re glad that we were able to provide these work-study positions to 300 of our students,” he said.
Eloy Chavez, Student Employee at Job Connection Services said that students constantly go into the office to ask for work study employment.
Some students get upset and do not understand, he said, but most realize that just like with jobs outside the school, jobs at CNM are hard to get.
“I continue to help them get their resume started and their application, everything, and when December 11 starts, hit the pavement,” he said.
This is because December 11 is when employment is going to open up again, he said.
Job postings will be available December 1, he said.
However, the employers will not be hiring until next semester, said Amanda Rubio, Supervisor of the Student Employees for Job Connection Services.
“For individuals without a job that’s a long time not to be working so it’s really hard on me to have to turn people down but also hard on me being where I can’t hire a student employee, I do have an open position and I’m not able to hire,” she said.
At Job Connection Services, they assist students and graduates with applying for jobs, Rubio said, and currently they have to turn down a lot of people primarily looking for student employment jobs.
She tells the students that there might still be something outside of CNM, she said, but they are not having any of it.
“They’re looking for a job here on campus for the convenience. They know a lot of employers out there won’t work with the school schedule, so they’re looking for the flexibility that you’re pretty much guaranteed to have with a student employee position,” she said.
Her colleagues and other employers also find themselves with job openings and inability to hire anybody, she said, they are dependent on student employees to get things done, and without them it hinders their job.
Most people think it is Job Connection Services who control student employment because they are the ones having to turn students down but it is dependent on the funds that financial aid has, she said.
“It’s all government funded, and there’s only so much funds to go around, so the students that do qualify for student employment should start looking right away to find a job, because if they procrastinate then their chances of finding a job will go down,” Chavez said.
FAFSA bases its work study qualifying methods largely on low-income criteria and that helps CNM identify who is eligible for work study, Carrillo said.
“Being qualified for work-study allows students to become eligible for work-study positions. Students are selected based largely on who has the greatest needs based on the low-income criteria,” Carrillo said.
Qualifying them does not mean that there is funds to pay them, he said.
“CNM needs to make sure there are enough students eligible for the positions in order to fill the maximum number of positions within the funding limits,” he said.
Work-study is a form of financial aid and it is a part-time job for students on campus, Ryan said, to help them cover the expenses that come with being a student.
Students work up to 20 hours a week and no more than 40 hours every two weeks, he said.

“The Voice of Slavery”

By Donald Seals
I once was a slave, but I’ll never be one again,
because ive learned how to think, and be proud of the
color of my skin.
I can remember the times when I walked with my
head towards the ground,
and I jumped with fear at every little sound
You never really knew me, so you
didn’t know I had a brain inside
and now you wonder why I’m so successful,
it’s because of the 400 years of thinking I
always had to hide.
I can’t even explain to you what
400 years of pain has done to me,
but I can tell you a million stories
of how good it feels to be free.
I don’t feel hate towards you, because
you were a slave inside of yourself,
So all the times you beat me was
because you didn’t know how to ask me for
I always use to wonder if I would
be better off inside of a grave,
Because I suffered the pains of
death everyday that I was a slave.
But I never gave up, and I continued
to help build this land,
and now everyone calls me Mr. President, and exslave,
and a Black Man.

“My Sorrows, My Pain”

By Donald Seals
I’m tired of felling sorry for
myself, because it causes me nothing but pain,
and even when the sun is shining
all I feel is the cold chills of the rain.
The emptiness inside me has become
like the darkened skies of the night
because I had given up on myself,
and I couldn’t see any Hope in sight.
I walked around with the pain of
failure living deep inside me,
and even when help came my way
it was almost impossible for me to see.
My life had created its own
pain and sorrow,
and the emptiness inside me hurt
so bad I diddn’t care about my tomorrows.
But those times are now gone, and hope
has come my way,
because I’ve found faith in myself
that helps me to Succeed Day after Day

Rocky Horror New Mexico

By Guadalupe Santos-Sanchez, Staff Reporter | Photos Courtesy of Facebook.com

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is about two newly engaged college age people, Janet Weiss and Brad Majors who go to a nearby castle to ask for help after their car breaks down, said Rocky Horror New Mexico Director, Tim Coggins.
“They get sucked into a bit of a whirlwind of sexual promiscuity, aliens, and it really tests the two main characters Brad and Janet’s resolve as normal people,” he said.
Janet is an innocent girl, who while staying at the castle experiences weird things, said Melanie Gruber.
“She ends up turning into a slut for many different reasons. She was a virgin when she got there and she ended up sleeping with two people in that castle in one night,” she said.
Rocky Horror is a creation by the transvestite and he is very illiterate, she said.
According to imdb.com, the transvestite is a mad scientist named Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who creates the perfect life form for himself to have as a sexual toy. Other characters in the castle are servants Riff Raff and Magenta, a groupie named Columbia, the ex-delivery boy Eddie, a rival scientist Dr. Everett V. Scott, and an expert and narrator The Criminologist.
The night of each production starts with a pre-show where the rules are introduced and they kind of play around with the audience, said Coggins.
Those who have never seen the show before are called virgins and they are all gathered up right before the show, he said.
“They are basically mocked or made to do some sort of uncomfortable task like eating a cup of cereal out of someone else’s pants or sometimes they are forced to eat bananas since they are sexual innuendo,” he said.
This is called the virgin sacrifice and it is just a way to loosen up the audience and be a little raunchy, he said.
They are a shadow cast, which means they act out the entire movie on a stage while the film plays on a screen behind them, Coggins said.
“We also have a group referred to as the Trannys and they are the party goers, they interact with the audience, they do the call backs that have become classic over the 40 years that Rocky Horror has been a film,” he said.
“We pride ourselves in being extremely screen accurate, we try and make our costumes as close to the film as possible, we do actually sing and recite all the lines, we do all the dancing, we perform a full floor show, and there is multiple costume changes,” he said.
Rocky Horror New Mexico was started in 2010 by Teresa Ewers and Rocky Horror New Mexico producer Dustin Martinez, to bring Rocky Horror back to New Mexico, Coggins said.
It had been ten years since the last performance of the show anywhere in the state, he said.
Their official name is Rocky Horror New Mexico, but they are more commonly known as The Hotdogs, he said.
“It’s a reference to the movie, there’s a line in the movie where the main character Dr. Frank-N-Furter is called a hotdog by supporting cast members as an offensive term and we thought it was kind of funny and fitting,” he said.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is presented once a month, every fourth Saturday of the month, Coggins said.
September’s show will be of Guest Performer theme, he said. It will be at the Aux Dog Theatre on Sept. 27 and will start at 10:00 pm.
Other themes have included Back to School Night and in the Gender Bender themed show that they do every June or July, men play female roles and women play male roles, he said.
“But in October we’ll have multiple shows, two up in Santa Fe and two in town at the Guild Cinema,” he said.
These will be on Oct. 24, 25, and 31 and will include a Nov. 1 show.
Tickets are only $10 except for the Halloween shows, those are $15, Coggins said, and they ask that the audience be of an appropriate age to watch an R rated film.
“We always sell prop bags which allow our audience to interact with the show by utilizing the props like cards, and rubber gloves, we have noise makers for you to use, we have all kinds of different props, those are for $3 – $5,” he said.
As a tradition, everyone at Rocky Horror New Mexico usually walks around Nob Hill on the Friday before the show to advertise, he said.
Their next audition will be the first Tuesday in December, and they usually have auditions to join the cast the Tuesday after the performance, he said, and they do not allow anyone bellow the age of 18 to join the cast.

Locked out: Another inconvenience for the pedestrian

This story was submitted by a CNM student expressing their opinions on the situation with the gates by oosevelt Park, and those of the individual writer and do not necessarily represent the beliefs of The CNM Chronicle or its staff.
If you want to submit a short story, poem, cartoon, or other works, send them to djohnsonchronicle@gmail.com – Subject to editing for space.


By Addrienne Webb, Guest Writer | Photos By Addrienne Webb


Across the board, let’s all agree that Albuquerque is not a walkable city. Finding benches on sidewalks is as uncom­mon as a vehicle yielding to a pedestrian. Additionally, entry-ways to supermarkets and shops are specifically designed for vehicles, though, this is not the case for Albuquerque. Unlike the state of California and others, New Mexico does not have a law called “The Pedestrian Right-of-Way;” this law states that as soon as a pedestrian steps into a crosswalk, all cars must yield to the person walking. Additionally, this law can also pro­tects those pedestrians crossing roadways without crosswalks.

In contrast to the city of Albuquerque, it can often be expected that junior colleges and universities are designed for people on foot. Unfortunately, CNM is not in this category and anyone who has walked the very dim lit area between the TC trailers and SSC parking lot know exactly what this means. The gate access between Roosevelt Park and Smith Brasher Hall is no longer accessible.

I am invested in this issue because the gate eased my walking commute to and from campus and my apartment. After noticing the gate being locked for a couple of days straight, I rang the Security Office on Main Campus to inquire. After being transferred a couple of times, I was finally able to talk to the person respon­sible for making the decision to close the gate: William Duran, the Chief of Security at Main Campus. Through our discussion, I was informed that other fac­ulty/students had contacted him about the issue. Furthermore, he informed me that the idea of lock­ing the gate has been a topic of discussion for years now and he took it upon himself to close the gate indefinitely. I inquired about why suddenly the gate is being locked and he stated that it’s due to “regulations.” The specifics of why the gate was being closed was not divulged to me. In suggesting an alternative route, Mr. Duran said I could walk on Hazeldine, the road that is parallel to SB and adjacent to Coal Avenue. Unfortunately, the right side of Hazeldine rd. has no sidewalk and is usually crowded with parked cars.

Would you like to inquire about the gate closure and voice your opin­ion? Please contact the Chief of Security, William Duran at (505) 224-4639.


Letter to the editor; Mid-Eastern Foreign Policy Flaws

This letter was submitted by a CNM student expressing their opinions on foriegn policy in the Middle East are those of the individual writer and do not necessarily represent the beliefs of the CNM Chronicle or its staff.

Dear Editor:

I am sure we all are concerned about the crises that are occurring in the Ukraine and in the Middle East as these seem to be our major flash-points for a future major war unless we can defuse them ASAP.

This letter deals primarily with Israel vs. the Palestinians and, to a lesser extent the rift between secular Arabs and moderate Muslims vs. the religious fanatical brand.

A well-thought out article in the latest PROGRESSIVE magazine (Author un-named; September, 2008) sets forth how the growth of religious fanaticism on all sides: the new ISIS (Iraq and Syria); orthodox hardline Jews in Israeli who have taken over that country’s armed forces and government; hardline Christian Neo-Conservative fun­damentalists in the U.S.; etc. increases the danger of the current conflict spilling over into outright world war.

One of the biggest ironies in this story is that Israel, despite its stronger demo­cratic values for Israeli citizens, has had foreign policy relationships since 1948 that contradict its once cosmopolitan progres­sive Judaic western values. It supported Apartheid South Africa that also came to power in May or June of 1948 despite the fact that several whites in South Africa still had the same pathological hatred against Jews as they did against non-white people. Several white South Africans before and during the Second World War openly sup­ported Hitler despite South Africa’s alli­ance with the British. Israel also supported the violently anti-Semitic Galitieri regime in Argentina prior to its 1982 overthrow following the Falklands War. Indeed, one of the Argentine dictatorship’s chief victims, a Jewish person named Jacob Timmerman who described his ordeal in PRISONER WITHOUT A NAME; CELL WITHOUT A NUMBER, came down very harshly on Israel’s practice of siding with anti-Semitic and other repressive rulers over the world. The hardliners in Israel falsely accused Timmerman of being anti- Israeli, a charge that Timmerman indig­nantly denied. In addition, Israel along with some other western powers, helped mass Ugandan murder Idi Amin come to power when they trained him and his army how to kill and torture their enemies more effectively. As long as Amin confined his victims to black leftists, Israel never pro­tested. Not until Amin made the mistake during the 1972 Olympics in Munich of killing several Israeli athletes did Israel and the rest of the West started yelling, “bloody murder,” against Amin.

Israeli soldiers are divided among them­selves about whether or not to serve in Gaza instead of only inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders. Several have risked courts-martial and prison for their refusal to serve in Gaza. Also, alle­gations that Israeli soldiers may have received orders to use Palestinian civilians (including children of both genders) and unarmed POW’s as human shields is very disturbing. Additional allegations that the Israeli military command is killing its own Israeli combat soldiers to prevent them from being taken alive by the Palestinians is also very troubling. Apparently, Israel’s command fears that any Israeli soldier taken prisoner by the Palestinians might make embarrassing political statements that could damage Israel’s international standing.

The West, who depends on Middle Eastern oil, has chosen since the 1940’s to align itself with violently anti-Semitic and anti-western regimes like Saudi Arabia (before 9/11) instead of with progressive more leftist regimes like General Nasser in Egypt (pre-1970) or with Iran’s Mossadegh (pre-1953). The West allowed its over-dependency on oil to cause it to support rulers who, despite their previous alliances with us, despised our democratic way of life in the West. Osama Bin Laden may have developed his anti-western hatred as a result of our supporting anti-democratic elements in Saudi Arabia like the Saud Royal Family. This country also once supported Saddam Hussein prior to his August, 1990, decision to invade Kuwait. Hussein was just as bad before, as he was after August, 1990.

The point is that religious fanatics often pose a greater threat than secular nationalist fanatics in that the religious group is gener­ally more irrational than the secular group.

Those of us who believe in a sensible foreign policy that protects our people WITHOUT entangling us into any reckless warfare (especially one involving ground troops) need to assert ourselves now!

William R. Delzell

Reader-Writer (DRC).


From Knife to Stage; CNM culinary arts student takes on a new role

By Guadalupe Santos-Sanchez, Staff Reporter

Melanie Gruber is a Culinary Arts major at CNM who regularly performs in the Albuquerque production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

A few years ago she went to her first Rocky Horror Show and won a costume contest dressed as Janet, Gruber said, then in November 2013 she found out through Facebook that they were holding auditions, so she auditioned and made it.

She had no acting experience before she auditioned for the show, she said.

“The audition was very nerve-wracking we had a scene that we had to read, and then we had to do the same scene while they were yelling the call backs at us, and we had to do a Q&A,” she said.

The cast does not discriminate if you do not have any skill, if you cannot sing they are not going to turn you away because it is a fun show, she said.

If you do not have any acting experience they will try to train you, if not you can be part of the crew or a Tranny, which is mostly singing and dancing, she said.

“They just work with everybody they don’t like to turn people down unless they have a bad personality, if you’re going to cause problems then they won’t let you on the cast,” Gruber said.

She initially auditioned for Janet Weiss, but everyone who makes it automatically becomes a Transylvanian, or a Tranny, before becoming main cast, she said.

“A Tranny is a Transylvanian, they’re like the party guest/ chorus, so if you’ve ever seen the film they’re the people in the tail coats and fun hats that were weird looking,” Gruber said.

She has been in every perfor­mance since she started and she has played a Tranny, Janet, and Rocky Horror, she said.

When she is not playing Janet she plays a Tranny, she said.

“I like playing Janet the most, because I like to be on the stage, I like to be the person that everybody likes to look at,” Gruber said.

Having to dance around in a corset, under­wear, fishnet, and high heels is very nerve-rack­ing, however, because she is shy, she said.

“The first time it was really bad because my mom’s boyfriend was in the audience and I was like oh gosh… before the show I did a lot of hyperventilating ‘cause I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to feel about it and when I got out there I just blocked everything out, I was like, I’m doing this by myself nobody else is here, nobody’s watching,” Gruber said.

Her first performance as Rocky was for their Gender Bender show, Gruber said.

“He makes weird noises, so it’s really hard to get comfortable with him, because you don’t say anything really, you just make grunting noises,” she said, “it was difficult at first because you have to grunt the right way, or else you just sound awful.”

“When I was doing the gender bender show and I was playing Rocky for one of the scenes Rocky has to be touching Janet seductively, and the guy who was playing Janet decided to motor­boat me into his fake boobs and put me under his slip,” she said.

Usually it is just touching or rubbing the chest area but he took it to a whole new level, she said.

To prepare for the show she watches the movie a lot and practices to ensure that she does not mess up, she said.

Before the show, she does vocal exercises because she has to do a lot of singing, she said.

For the show, the movie is projected onto a screen and the cast are on stage performing the exact same thing that the characters are doing in the film, at the same time, she said.

“We kind of block it out, we block out the movie and we block out the call backs- because the audi­ence is scream­ing obscenities as part of the show,” she said.

“I put a lot of acting into it, actually for a show I become that character not just somebody in a costume saying lines, I pretend that I actually am that character,” Gruber said.

Her performance is a lot better than when she started, she said, she knows her lines and dance moves more and she does not get as ner­vous as she used to.

This is just a side thing and she never thought she would do theatre until she saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show, she said.

She first watched the movie when she was 6 years old, her whole family used to sit and watch the movie together all the time, she said.

“I just fell in love with the movie, and I was like I have to do this I can’t not act in this movie, I have to do it… you have to be a pretty big fan to run around in your underwear,” she said.