Our Hearts Are with You Orlando

Attendees of the vigil, including the members of ECOS. Photo credit: Alexis Tappan

By Hilary Broman

Staff Reporter

A Candlelight Vigil was held to honor the victims of the Orlando Massacre on Friday, June 17 on Main Campus.

The event was set up and organized by the Executive Council of Students.

Outreach officer, Albert Montoya, stated that the council’s motivation for holding the vigil was to let the families who were affected by the shooting know that they are not alone and that they have support all the way in New Mexico, he said.

“It shows that America is still what it used to be. There is still a big sense of community and everyone still looks out for each other,” he said.

The Orlando Massacre has left a sense of fear across America but Montoya is hopeful that it will also have a positive effect, he said.

“I think a lot more people are going to be scared now, but I think it is also going to empower a lot of people to stay strong,” he said.

The Orlando shooting has once again raised concerns about gun violence, LGBTQ protection laws and terrorist threats in America.

Omar Colòn, ECOS Montoya Satellite Representative, realizes that there is not one simple resolution but he believes that the key to preventing violent events such as the Orlando Massacre is kindness, he said.

“I think the thing people need to take from this is an understanding that less of this will happen the better you treat the people around you,” Colòn said.

Colòn spoke out about how upsetting it is to have to hold events like the candlelight vigil.

“I was distraught thinking about how unnecessary it is for us to meet on this Friday because it never should have happened in the first place,” Colòn said.

The student council encourages CNM students who were affected by the Orlando Massacre to stay strong, said Wesley Berry, ECOS Finance Officer.

“Be careful, be mindful, don’t let this get you down, move forward in life,” Berry said.

Philip Lister, faculty advisor for the LGBTQ support group at CNM, recognizes the effect the shooting had on the LGBTQ community, he said.

“It is hard not to be shaken by the tragedy in Orlando, and those events are a tough reminder that the LGBTQ community still has a long journey towards acceptance and equality,” Lister said.

Lister communicated the importance of community in times like these.

“There are far too many that feel alone and without support, and it is at times like this that we need to reach out to them and show them they aren’t alone in their journey,” Lister said.

Colòn wants to encourage students who are struggling to cope with the recent tragedy, coming out, or with school in general to reach out, he said.

“School is a stressful place. If someone is at that level of stress I implore that they go out and speak to someone, use the resources, that’s what we’re here for. Utilize those, don’t be afraid,” he said.

The resources that are available to CNM students can be found on the CNM.edu home page under the student resources tab.

Students who are interested in getting involved with the LGBTQ support group are advised to contact Philip Lister, LGBTQ support group advisor, at plister@cnm.edu.

The support group was disbanded last year due to key members leaving CNM, but Lister is hopeful that there will be enough interest generated to start the group again in the fall term, he said.

“I would love to see the LGBTQ student group restart and thrive, as it can serve such an important role in supporting the LGBTQ community at CNM and helping students that are struggling with coming out, discrimination, and events like Orlando,” Lister said.


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Holding a candle is Omar Colòn, ECOS Montoya Satellite Representative. Photo credit: Wade Faast

ECOS President Returns

By Hilary Broman, Staff Reporter

Tisha Hudetz, president of the Executive Council of Students returns to the council after being on maternity leave for 8 weeks.

In her absence, vice president, Shaun Patterson served as interim president.

“Being back has been an honor. I am so proud of the incredible work that was done in my absence by a truly dedicated team,” she said.

Hudetz is thankful to the Executive Council of Students for their support during her leave, she said.

“If not for the consistency of the council deliberations and efforts as well as the continued support of the Office of the Dean of students, I would not have had the opportunity to truly share time with my new son and family,” she said.

Shaun Patterson has resumed his duty as the Council Vice President.

“As a full time working woman, a mother of 2 now, a wife, a student here, and a passionate advocate for women’s rights, I honestly don’t know where she finds the time and energy!” he said.

Shaun feels blessed and honored to be able to serve as Tisha Hudetz’s vice president, he said.

Hudetz is glad to be back and looking forward to the future of ECOS, she said.

Diving Deep Into Code

By Wade Faast, Staff Reporter

Students from CNM’s Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp presented their projects that included a New Mexico focused craft beer recommendation website and a site that relates information about NASA’s Curiosity Probe.

According to CNM Career Coach Karen Grandinetti, the students have been laboring and learning for 10 weeks and each of the four teams produced websites with coding skills learned at the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp.

The Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp is an intense 10 week, 60+ hour course offered through the STEMulus Center that teaches students the fundamentals of modern web development and prepares them for jobs as coders and web designers, she said.

Each student builds their own project website and works with a group to build a capstone project website.

This term’s projects are:

Real Time Scout: A website designed to collect data from coaches and scouts on players for possible Major League Baseball recruitment.

Craft Brew Compass: A website that makes recommendations on New Mexico craft beers.

Red Rover: A website that collects information regarding the NASA Curiosity Probe and makes it east to access.

ROMuless: A website for buying and selling classic video games.

Kate McGaughey with Craft Brew Compass said they wanted to build a website that would focus on New Mexico’s large selection of craft brewers and help people find the right local beer for them.

“My only previous experience with coding was HTML on MySpace,” she said.

While few of the capstone projects will go onto become a live website, McGauhey said the Craft Brew Compass team is dedicated to launching their program and are currently working on their business plan and logistics.

Grandinetti works with all of the students to help them find employment utilizing their new skills.

Some students will go to work for local companies or even work for themselves as freelance designers, she said.

Alonso Indacochea, president of Hermes Development and a former student of the Deep Dive Bootcamp said “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done” but it gave him the skills and opportunity to build his own career.

After Indacochea completed the boot camp, he teamed up with two other graduates and founded Hermes Development and within 2 months they were turning a profit, he said.

Hermes Development is constantly acquiring new business and growing, including just hiring an intern who recently completed the Deep Dive Bootcamp, he said.

John Mierzwa, director of STEMulus initiates, founded Deep Dive Bootcamp as an independent company and eventually sold the program to CNM in May of 2014.

A new boot camp starts every 4 months in January, April, July and October, he said.

Mierzwa stated that so far they have conducted 18 boot camps averaging between fourteen and eighteen students per class.

The cost of the boot camp is about $6,000, according to Karen Grandinetti.

The program is not covered by financial aid but is eligible for coverage under the G.I. Bill.

Members of Craft Brew Compass from left to right, Kate McGaughey, Merri Zibert, Arlene Graha, and Alicia Broadhurst answer questions from the audience.

More Information:

Program Website: Deepdivecoding.com 

Website for Hermes Development:hermesdev.io

Healthy Food & Healthy Choices


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By Wade Faast, Reporter

CNM has partnered with Presbyterian Healthcare Services and Adelante Wellness Referral Center to offer healthy cooking and food choice classes.

Vanessa LaGrange, the program coordinator with the School of Business and Information Technology, said that throughout the summer CNM is hosting the classes which are available to staff and students free of charge.

The next class, Quick and Healthy Weeknight Meals, is scheduled for July 9, she said.

It is near full capacity but spots are still available, she said.

Chef Julian Griego is the instructor for the hands on cooking portion of the class.

One of the best ways to eat healthier is to cook your own food, he said.

The June 11 cooking class covered making healthy pasta from start to finish including making dough, using a pasta machine and cooking it properly.

Lysa Martinez, an instructional tech with HWPS, attended with her daughter Jordan Martinez.

“We are always looking for mother daughter activties and this looked like fun,” she said.

After cooking and eating the pasta, students moved upstairs for the second portion of the class, a healthy food choices class taught by Sharon Himmelstein, who works for MSE the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services pays for the classes, LaGrange said, making them free to anyone that wants to attend.

The next class is scheduled for July 9 and will cover healthy weeknight meals, followed by a class on August 13 covering low sodium heart healthy soups, she said.

Anyone that has other questions or is interested in attending classes can reach Vanessa LaGrange at vlagrange1@cnm.edu.


Students Respond to Cuts, Scrapes, & Bruises


By Whitney Browneller, Staff Reporter

CNM students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program respond to the article “Cuts, Scrapes, & Bruises”, which addresses CNM President, Dr. Katharine W. Winograd’s plan to handle upcoming budget cuts.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Academic Transfer courses will go from $50 per credit hour to $51 per credit hour, and Career Technical Education along with Developmental Education courses for in-district residents will raise from $18 per credit hour to $25.50.

When asked how she felt about the budget cuts, CNM Diagnostic Medical Sonography student, Jenny Koyama stated, “the South Valley campus is in need of dire improvements and is currently undergoing construction which will reduce the number of classrooms and also bring the building up to date.”

She proposed that instead of spending such a large amount of money modernizing the South Valley campus, move the classes to more utilized campuses and close the South Valley campus.

Koyama also said the she understands the schools desire to have a presence in the South Valley but spoke on the idea of potentially using the funds on advertising alternative transportation for students to other campuses from the South Valley.

She also agreed that the tuition rate of $25.50 per credit for specific courses is extremely low in comparison to other colleges in the nation and that increasing the tuition rate will bring more funds for the college.

Melanie Lovato, a CNM Diagnostic Medical Sonography student, said that she thinks that raising the tuition is reasonable and also thinks that CNM could charge a small fee for general parking permits to help with the budget.

The Albuquerque Journal noted that President Winograd stated that CNM will hold a local bond election early next year and wrote that unless and until voters approve the added funding needed for capital projects, the eight master plan projects will remain in uncertainty.

The eight projects listed were the following:

  • Phase two renovation of the J Building.
  • Wayfinding improvements on several CNM campuses.
  • A broadcast and display system.
  • Renovation of the E Building.
  • Grading and drainage improvements at Trades, Max Salazar Hall, and the Student Services Center.
  • CNM Connect technology.
  • Retro-Commissioning – HVAC of Max Salazar Hall, Smith Brasher Hall, the Student Services Center, the Workforce Training Center, K Building and J Building.
  • Building information modeling for all campuses.

For more information about the budget cuts please visit the CNM home webpage at www.cnm.edu or call 505-224-3000.


Bernie Sanders Coming to Abq.

By Whitney Browneller, Staff Reporter

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will lead “The Future to Believe In” Rally this Friday, May 20 and doors open at 5 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center located at 401 2nd St NW Albuquerque NM 87102, according to the official Bernie Sanders campaign site.

According to Sanders official press release, the event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and is on a first come first serve basis.

Sanders officials recommend that citizens RSVP to the event but reminds them that it does not reserve your seat and that it is still on a first come first serve basis.

For security purposes those who attend the event should know that bags, weapons, sharp objects, chairs, signs, and banners will not be allowed through security, according to Sanders officials.

They also encourage attendees to limit what they bring to small, personal items such as keys and cell phones.

According to the official Bernie Sanders site, the presidential candidate would like to make college tuition free and debt free for everyone.

The Bernie Sanders’ campaign officially opened an office in Albuquerque this Monday, according to local new sources.

The campaign office is located at 2112 Central Ave. S.E across from the UNM campus according to the campaign headquarters.

The office is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until June 8.

For more information visit:


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