Finals week no more

By Edgar Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

Finals week has been where all instructors would present the finals that students must take.

The change of this policy has had some effects on a few students, state the students of CNM.

No longer having a finals week might harm students in a variety of ways, said Liberal Arts major Jessica Morales.

Some students might already have things planned for the way it usually was and it might hurt them by preparing the wrong way, she said.

“Some negative sides to this is that some students might have conflicting schedules to the final exams,” said Architecture major Orlando Sparsa.

Some students might not be ready for some exams depending on when the instructors have them scheduled, he said.

On the other side, this would make it fairer for students, since people who do not show up to class will have a harder time passing, said Criminology major Soraida Soto.

“This could affect the way some students look at CNM and might make them go somewhere else for school,” she said.

This will actually harm students by contributing to test anxiety and stress making them have lower test scores than they would regularly have, said Biology major Daniel Morales.

Although it might affect the students, the school itself will not have a big change on its part, he said.

This is still an excellent decision by CNM because it might be less pressure on the student since there could be less problems, Morales said.

This would give more leniency toward everybody, Sparsa said.                                                            Other than this I believe that everything else will stay the same, he said.

“I believe this change is better, I remember last semester I had a conflicting schedule with another class at the Montoya campus and this change could help students that face the same situation that I had,” said Integrated Studies major Tatianna Perlinsky.

Other than affecting the students who do not study there is no way that this change can affect anyone else; the instructors still have to do everything the same way so there really is no change on their part, she said.

If students are prepared this change should cause little to no problems, she said.

It can be very helpful but maybe more confusing depending on the class and the instructor, said Jessica Morales.

“I only see this change making it easier on instructor so they can maintain their regular schedule and that is it,” said Morales.

As for the rest of the CNM staff there are not many things that will change for them with no more finals week, he said.

Working Together | How instructor office hours are viewed on campus

By Edgar Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

Instructors can help students during offices hours, not only with school problems, but with other kinds of problems a student may face on a daily basis, said English major Todd Rodie.

The first time a student goes to get help from an instructor the process can be a little awkward but it gets easier as the student meets with the instructor more often, he said

“Once you are there they may talk about other random things, instructors are pretty cool,” he said.

All students would benefit from going to office hours which are offered by CNM instructors for students if they need extra help, said Nursing major Carlos Corona.

That is exactly why I think people should go to office hours, just to build a better relationship with their instructors, he said.

Although it can be very helpful to visit instructors it is also very intimidating, Rodie said.

People mostly go and do their own work and try to do things themselves, said Welding major Robert Quesada.

“There are a lot of reasons why students do not come, they are shy, or the office hours come in conflict with their schedules, said John Rogers, full-time instructor.

At first students seem a little shy but they tend to relax after a while, he said.

Some students do not attend office hours because they do not need the extra help, or they have other resources they can use to find what they are looking for, said Criminology major Danielle Romero.

“My instructors have told me about office hours but I think most instructors help people in the class better,” Quesada said.

Most of the material is covered in class, but most students would benefit from attending office hours for a little extra help, Rogers said.

Some students might email their instructors when they have questions, Romero said.

Rogers gets some emails from students but they are mostly for makeup exams not really for help on any particular subject, he said.

“There is another reason why I do not receive many students at office hours, most of the time it is because they catch me and ask questions before or after class,” he said.

Some students are just too lazy to go out of their way and go to the instructors’ office hours, Corona said.

Some students might be too scared to visit office hours as well and some instructors might even discourage students from getting help, he said.

Since office hours might interfere with some of the students’ schedules, they probably look for other help, like their friends, Quesada said.

Students do not take full advantage of office hours, Rogers said.

There are some things that can be changed in order to increase student attendance in office hours but it is still up to the student to go, Romero said.

Most students who decide to attend office hours will gain something from the experience, Rodie said.

Let’s study abroad

By Whitney Oliphant, Staff Reporter

CNM is partnering with UNM and the Global Education Office to bring study abroad to students, said Dr. Paula Smith-Hawkins, associate dean for administration.

“Global Education is coming,” Hawkins said.

The first trip will take place in July 2016, and will be held in Limerick, Ireland, she said.

Smith-Hawkins said that students will actually be staying in the dorms at the Mary Immaculate University in Limerick while they do their studies.

During the Limerick trip students will earn 6 transferable credits in history and service learning, Smith-Hawkins said.

Smith-Hawkins said that it will be a month’s worth of work put into two weeks but that it will be a great experience for those involved.

There will also be a week of prep work that students will do on Blackboard the week before they leave for the Limerick trip, she said.

“Students may not be aware that they can use their financial aid to help cover the cost of the trip,” Smith-Hawkins said.

Students think that they cannot afford to do study abroad because of financial reasons but there are scholarships, savings plans, and financial aid to help students with the costs, she said.

She said that even though students may be able to use their financial aid toward the trip it is important that students plan in advance so that they can get their financial aid set up for studying abroad.

For more information on getting financial aid for studying abroad contact the financial aid office at (505) 224-3000 prompt (2,0).

Students should start the planning process at least two semesters in advance, Smith-Hawkins said.

The fall semester should be the time that students make the decision about studying abroad, then spend the spring planning while getting their financial aid in order and ultimately leaving over the summer, Smith-Hawkins said.

Smith-Hawkins said that although studying abroad is brand new to CNM, it is actually much more common in community colleges than most think.

CNM opening the door to studying abroad also allows foreign students to come and attend CNM as well as CNM students to attend various schools overseas, she said.

The Limerick trip is sort of like a test run for CNM because this will be the very first study abroad trip, she said.

CNM hopes to eventually narrow their focus on Latin America for their study abroad experiences, she said.

Places such as Cuba and Colombia could be in the works as soon as 2017, she said.

“CNM is joining the rest of the world,” she said.

Latin America studies

UNM Global Education Office

SNAP to it! | Food benefits for students


By Whitney Oliphant, Staff Reporter

“Students who are enrolled in a Career Technical program do not have to be working in order to qualify for SNAP benefits now,” said Sally Moore Achievement Coach at CNM.

For a list of the Career Technical Programs that qualify students for benefits please visit:

Students who are looking to apply for SNAP benefits can go into any local Income Support Division office (ISD) or go online at , Moore said.

There is a form that students will need to complete that is called an FSP 420 form and they can get this form from Financial Aid, CNM Connect, or an achievement coach, she said.

Students will need to fill out the top part of the form and then they will need to drop off the form with Financial Aid for them to complete, she said.

They will usually have the form ready for students to pick back up within 48 hours, she said.

If there are any issues with the application or if students are denied benefits, students should contact 505-255-2840 and get help, Moore said.

There are between 4 and 5 thousand students at CNM who qualify for SNAP benefits now that those who are enrolled in a Career Technical program do not need to be working, Moore said.

Those who are not enrolled in a Career Technical Program and need help with food may still qualify for benefits.

It only needs to be one of the qualifications to qualify for SNAP benefits, Moore said.

She said that if students have less than 150 dollars in cash then they have to receive snap benefits within 7 days.

Moore said that if students go into the ISD office to apply then someone has to meet with them that same day.

ISD has to process the application within 30 days and if that doesn’t happen then students should call as ISD is required to get it done right away, Moore said.

She said that there is no guaranteed eligibility and that students need to refer to the ISD office for issues or questions that come up with their benefits after they have submitted their application.

For any questions regarding SNAP benefits please visit the CNM Connect office or call CNM Connect at (505) 224-3186.

There are many different options available for students who need food such as Vets for Success who is teaming up with RoadRunner food bank to offer food boxes to students, Moore said.

For more options on how to get food please visit

For questions please call (505) 224-3186.



Places that those who need help with food can receive help:


Career Technical Programs that qualify students for benefits:


Qualifications include any one of the following, Moore said:

  • Students who are enrolled in a career technical education program (See the Career Technical Link)


  • Students that have a temporary or permanent physical or mental impairment


  • Students who just turned 50 or who are over 50 years of age


  • Students who are working at least 20 hours a week on average


  • Students who are enrolled less than half time


  • Students who are approved for and anticipating participation in a Work Study program


  • Students who receive TANF benefits;


  • Students who are responsible for a child under 6 years of age, OR are responsible for a child between the ages of 6 and 12 and cannot obtain childcare;


  • Students who are a full time student and a single parent with a child under 12


  • Students who are enrolled in a GED, ESL, or remedial program


By Stephanie Stuckey, Staff Reporter

CNM is assigning more security officers to bike and foot patrols to increase the security presence on all parts of CNM campuses, said Brad Moore, director of C & M Relations.

“Keeping students and employees safe on all campuses is CNM’s highest priority at all times, and our biggest concern,” he said.

CNM security and the Dean of Students office are planning to develop new safety and security trainings based on the feedback received during the recent security forums that were held for students, faculty, and staff, Moore said.

Currently in development, there are a few different 2-3 minute training videos that individuals can watch that pertain to campus safety protocols.

CNM is also developing College Emergency Response Teams (CERT) that will be trained on safety protocol, assist with situations when necessary and share safety information with students, faculty, and staff on their respective campuses, he said.

Individuals can also visit the website at and

The emergency procedures website provides individuals information on what to do in case of an active shooter being present, what to expect from responding officers, how to keep updated during an emergency, lockdown procedures, what to do during a lockdown, and training for CNM faculty and staff.

There is also information on what to do if a student is the victim of a crime, personal safety, and increasing personal safety.

Safety procedures and protocol are typically reviewed annually, Moore said.

There was a transition from a previous security chief to the current security chief about a year ago – the pages were last updated under the previous chief and the information has been reviewed in the last year and there has been no need for changes, he said.

As of September, CNM has remote building lockdown capabilities for thirteen buildings; they are at Main Campus: JS, KC, LSA, MS, RPM, SRC, and SSC; at Montoya: G, H, and TW; at the Westside Campus: MJG and WSI; and Rio Rancho Campus.

CNM security can lock down any of these buildings from its headquarters at Main Campus, and plans to have all of the branch campus buildings completed by December 2016 and the remaining Main Campus buildings by December 2017, Moore said.

According to Moore, there is also a safety workshop for students currently in development.

CNM is expecting to start offering the workshop after Thanksgiving week; it will be communicated to students in the Suncat Times, social media, and other venues, he said.

When students go on new student orientation tours, the orientation leaders (who are students) inform them about the presence of security officers, they encourage new students to sign-up for emergency text alerts and to be aware of their surroundings at all times, he said.

The tour leaders also inform new students that they can call security at any time if they feel the need for an escort to their vehicle especially at night, he said.

Leslie Katel, a CNM student for about two years, said that she does not recall being informed of safety procedures on campus and suggests that the information be made available to students in other ways besides through the myCNM website.

“I don’t feel safe in the evening.  I feel okay during the day, but I have evening classes and have to park farther away – if there is someone suspicious looking around, I become hyperaware.  I also think there should be more visible security in the evening especially now that it is getting darker earlier,” said Anna Fedele, a student employee.

CNM employees are also trained in safety and security at CNM, Moore said.

In addition to the exposure received in the first day, all new employees are required to take six core mandatory online courses, which include safety and security, he said.

Some of the points covered are weapons and firearms, fire alarms, CNM emergency alerts, security and safety.

CNM also works closely in partnership with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), which does regular patrols of CNM campuses, Moore said.

APD is the official law enforcement agency at CNM, since CNM does not have a police force, only a security force, he said.

According to Moore, another point worth noting in addition to CNM’s emergency text alert and email system, is that CNM has recently installed public-address systems inside all of the CNM buildings to provide important communications in the case of emergencies.

CNM has adjusted the schedules of the parking ambassadors so they are available in the evening to help monitor activity in parking lots and to help students in need.

CNM is also in the process of scheduling mental health first aid trainings and self-defense trainings, Moore said.

“For the size of CNM, it has a relatively low level of crime incidents compared with other urban colleges,” Moore said.

Editorial | Cultivando Consciousness marches in remembrance of 43 missing students

By The Chronicle Editorial Board

The South Valley Dia de Los Muertos Parade that occurred on November 1 this year included

the graduate student collective Cultivando Consciousness consisting of UNM students marching

with family and friends in representation of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa College.

As students, we at CNM should also be aware of and more involved with situations concerning

our peers all over the world.

This demonstration should serve as a reminder to not take things for granted. To speak up when

something is on our minds and especially when others are trying to shut us down. For our

brothers who had to die to be noticed.

In the parade, the collective walked to remind the community that the issue is still present.

September 26 of this year was the one year anniversary of the mass kidnapping of students from

Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. It has been a year and Mexican officials have yet to account for 43 of

those students.

The 43 missing students were from a public college specifically for training teachers. Students at

the college were mostly from lower income families and on the day that they disappeared along

with about 60 other students they were on their way to protest their government favoring funds

for urban colleges over rural ones.

The students had acquired buses for their trip to Iguala and were reportedly stopped on their way

by police in an attempt to prevent them from carrying out the protest. The students attempted to

drive away and in the car chase police opened fire on them killing two students and prompting

many others to flee. A majority of the students were arrested and supposedly handed over to a

gang to be executed.

Many people still hope that the students are alive and in fact demand the Mexican government to

return them alive because they were taken alive.

Cultivando Consciousness like many other groups refuse to let the missing students go forgotten

because they represent those of us that get overlooked for being small. They represent the

problems that are often times rooted in the governments. And the levels of violence that these

governments are willing to reach to avoid confrontation and to instill fear in anybody else

looking to speak up.

We owe the missing students our attention and support. We must not let their intentions be

forgotten. We must not let them die in vain. We can continue what they started by being aware of

our situations here with our own governments.

Water in the Desert

By Whitney Oliphant, Staff Reporter

Water in the Desert is a project designed to raise awareness of water resource issues, said Sandra Rourke, English professor at CNM.

The Water In the Desert Project is a term-long, campus-wide, hands-on learning project centered on western water issues.

The project consists of service field trips, activities, film and speaker presentations, according to CNM.

The project is an eight week education series that has been hosted by the CNM sustainability curriculum committee, according to CNM.

Water in the Desert started on September 23 and will last until November 11, according to CNM.

The final event, a student conference and expo, will be held Wednesday Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the L Building on Main Campus, Rourke said.

The student conference and expo will feature the works and findings of students over the last eight weeks of the project, Rourke said.

Week 5 focused on institutional conservation and students have been encouraged to report water leaks that they may find or see around campus, according to the CNM webpage.

“We need to have a focus on water in the desert just given our environment and where we live and all the different ways that we don’t use water to its fullest potential and a lot of those are hidden so becoming aware of that is one way to stop the waste,” Rourke said.

Week 7, which was hosted by Rourke, focused on a water smart future which included seminars about raising backyard chickens, home composting, and a film on global food waste.

The film, Taste the Waste, was screened for students at the Montoya Campus last week but for those who were unable to make it, the film can be viewed for free by going to films on demand, Rourke said.

To report a water leak please follow the directions below:

  1. Visit the CNM Maintenance webpage:
  2. Click on the “Maintenance work order form” under “Non-Emergency Requests” on the right side of the page.
  3. Log in using CNM ID and Password.
  4. On the top of the page, select “PPD Service Desk.”
  5. Click on “New Work Order.”
  6. Select the “Issue Information” tab on the left side of the page.
  7. In the subject line, write “water leak.”
  8. Select the “Water Project” box.
  9. Choose the Campus.
  10. Choose the building.
  11. Write in room # or location of leak.
  12. In “Type” field, choose “Maintenance” for leaks in buildings or “Grounds” for sprinkler leaks or other exterior leaks.
  13. In “Service Type” field, choose “Fix Pipe Leakage” for leaks in buildings or “Repair Sprinklers” for exterior leaks.
  14. Select the “Description” tab on the left side of the page.
  15. Write a description of where you saw the leak and what was leaking (i.e. “third stall from the left is running” or “sprinkler head damaged near the southwest corner of the parking lot,” etc.).
  16. Click “save” at the bottom right side of the page.

To watch Taste the Waste follow the directions below:

  1. Go to the library homepage at CNM:
  2. Scroll down on this page and look under the subheading ‘resources’ until you get to DATABASES. Click on this term.
  3. On the database page, scroll down until you see the ‘Database by Subject’ region and then look for the term FILMS AND MEDIA. Click on this link.
  4. Under ‘Films and Media’ click on FILMS ON DEMAND.
  5. Enter the movie title of choice (Taste the Waste) into the search box.

Recycling Made Easy

By Whitney Oliphant, Staff Reporter

Single-stream recycling has made its way to CNM and is a way to streamline the recycling process so that all recyclable materials can be placed into the same bin, according to CNM.

This means that only one recycling bin is needed, instead of multiple ones, for the different type of materials, according to CNM Sustainability.

CNM has blue recycling bins located next to the trash cans in each classroom and there are large green cardboard recycling bins in most common areas across all of the CNM campuses, according to the CNM webpage.

Students can also use the large green cardboard to recycle normal recyclables as well as cardboard, according to CNM.

All of the recycling bins contain signs on the sides to indicate what can and cannot be recycled.

According to the EPA, recycling helps conserve natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals as well as save energy.

The average person generates over four pounds of trash every day and about one and a half tons of solid waste per year, according to the CNM webpage.

Students can help to recycle properly by following the guidelines above which makes it easier for school maintenance to dispose of the items left in the recycling bins, according to CNM.

Things that CAN be placed in the recycling bins at CNM include the following:

  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Aluminum cans and foil
  • Copy paper
  • Lids from coffee cups
  • Cardboard
  • Paper envelopes
  • Newspapers
  • Tin or steel cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Milk jugs

Things that SHOULD NOT be placed in the recycling bins include the following:

  • Food wrappers
  • Candy wrappers
  • Bags from chips or snacks
  • Full or partially full plastic bottles
  • Cardboard or paper containing food
  • Styrofoam containers
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Glass bottles or jars

Find more information here:

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