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: https://www.cnm.edu/depts/physical-plant/miantenance.
  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: http://www.cnm.edu/depts/libraries/.
  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

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A Change in Perspective


CNM’s Fall Fesival

By Stephanie Stuckey

Staff Reporter

CNM’s first fall festival was held at three different CNM campuses: Main, Montoya, and the Westside from October 26-28.

Student events and program manager Libby Fatta said that the festival was made possible through the efforts of the Engagement Task Team which is composed of students, staff, and faculty.

CNM was represented well at the festival with many information tables such as CNM Connect Services, the Fitness Department, Math, Science & Engineering, ACE, the Disability Resource Center, the Student Nursing Association, and achievement coaches.

This gave CNM students the opportunity to speak with representatives right then and there, face-to-face.

Ruby Encinias, achievement coach, was informing students that the school of Communications, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CHSS) is providing flash advisement periodically throughout each term at Main Campus.

Flash advisement is reaching out to students and evaluating their degree process, Encinias said.

Barbara Garcia, a work study in the ACE department, was letting students know that tutoring is free on every campus.

The fall festival was also a great way to give students an opportunity to get involved in student clubs and organizations.

Matthew McPheeters, the vice president of the Math League of CNM, wants to inform students that the Math League meets every Saturday at JS303 for study sessions.

“Student government is basically taking temperatures around campus about issues like smoking,” said Phillip Cox, the president of student government.

To get involved or to receive email updates about these clubs and organizations students could sign-up at the tables and in most cases received a sweet or savory treat such as candy or pizza for doing so.

There were also opportunities for students who are veterans and their spouses, ESL, GED, and developmental education students, and the unemployed or underemployed to apply for the SUN PATH Program at CNM.

The SUN PATH Program at CNM will prepare students for careers in healthcare by teaching students the necessary skills to do their job while preparing them for the workforce.

Mavrina Sanchez, a job development coach at CNM for the SUN PATH Program, said there are workshops on campus and one-on-one meetings.

Among the many CNM representatives, were many representatives from around the community as well.

Nusenda Credit Union, N.M. Primary Care Association, Lobo Village, Verizon, Wells Fargo, PopeJoy, N.M. Rail Runner, and the Bernalillo County Clerk were some that were there.

Patricia Pacheco who does voter outreach for the Bernalillo Co. Clerk’s office said “your vote is your voice as an American citizen; it is your opportunity for your voice to be heard.”

She was there registering students to vote.

Nicole Trujillo from N.M. Rail Runner wants students to know that they will receive a student discount with their student I.D., there is a monthly discount offered which works well for out-of-town students, and if students purchase their pass online, they will receive an additional $10 off the student discount.

PopeJoy of UNM was there giving students the opportunity to enter their names for a drawing to win tickets to a show.

There is also an offer of up to 40% off for CNM students for specified shows.

Visit popejoypresents.com/cnm for more information.

Minerva Valenzuela, the manager at Lobo Village, wants CNM students to know that they are welcome and encouraged to live at Lobo Village, it is not just for UNM students.

“Lobo Village is a great networking connection,” she said.

Fatta said this was a repeat of summer fest which was held at CNM and went well.

The Engagement Task team decided on doing a fall festival when there would be more students and more traffic, she said.

The location for the fall festival was changed from where it was held in the summer; fall fest at Main Campus was held in the courtyard.

“The plan for the fall festival was to have more vendors and more entertainment,” Fatta said.

Calling all creative cats | Leonardo Magazine 2016

By Stephanie Stuckey, Staff Reporter

Leonardo magazine is a student run magazine featuring creative works by CNM students, said Carly Harschlip faculty advisory for Leonardo magazine.

Leonardo is taking submissions in poetry (maximum of 3 poems, no more than 5 pages), fiction & creative nonfiction (maximum of 2 pieces, no more than 10 pages), art, and photography, Harschlip said.

Submissions are open to all students and must be submitted by February 1, she said.

The best way to submit work is through email at Leonardo@cnm.edu.

“If a student is working on something creatively, Leonardo wants to see it,” she said, but wanted to stress that submissions do not ensure that a student’s work will be published in the magazine.

Due to limited space not every submission will be published, unfortunately, Harschlip said.

The students who run Leonardo are the people who pick what gets published in the annual printed magazine that is released every April, she said.

Harschlip said that Leonardo is hoping to take the magazine somewhat more digital, as well as transition into something more blog-like that would allow for monthly submissions rather than just the one printed issue in spring.

She said the annual printed issue would still be released, but it would entail the best of the best submissions throughout the year.

The staff at Leonardo magazine want to make Leonardo available to as many students as possible, Harschlip said.

Harschlip and Erin Adair-Hodges, another faculty advisor for Leonardo, have been trying to work in conjunction with instructors who teach art, photography, and writing classes to expand what is available to students in terms of creative writing and art, she said.

“We live increasingly in a world where creative work is not always valued as much as it should be; we want students to know their work has worth, it has value, and CNM as a whole values that,” she said.