In our own words |CNM Chronicle staff speak about transition from print to digital

By Guadalupe Santos-Sanchez, Managing Editor

The CNM Chronicle has printed its last issue and in the future will be providing news solely online.

News will be up to date and easier to access online.

“From a production point of view I think it’s easier to maintain it online. We can upload stories as we get them and it will be more convenient,” said Melissa Shepard, liberal arts major and CNM Chronicle Production Manager.

Fewer people will read it because CNM is not known for having an online news presence, she said.

It will be good to see where The Chronicle goes as a digital newspaper, said Jacob Perea, fine arts studio major and CNM Chronicle Cartoonist and Distribution Manager.

“But I think less people will read the paper now and if the paper is not sitting there in stands, I feel that some students, staff and faculty won’t remember to check us out online,” he said.

But it could be good to be digital because some people also would not get a chance to read the paper because copies would run out, he said.

“There is no such thing as running out of copies when you are online,” he said.

It is sad to see print going out of style now a days, said Lucy Honorato, early childhood multicultural education major and CNM Chronicle Senior Layout Designer.

The idea of going on line is good though since that seems to be the way everybody is getting there news now, she said.

“I think print journalism is in a weird place right now and I don’t like seeing another print newspaper going down,” Shepard said.

It will also be an uphill struggle to get an online readership, she said.

Seeing another paper stop printing is hard, said Jack Ehn, CNM Chronicle Faculty Advisor.

“I grow up with the print newspaper and some people expect me to be bothered by going digital but I’m really not, I actually think it is an interesting thing to experiment with,” he said.

Being able to figure out all the different things that a paper can do with online journalism is an important thing for students to figure out, he said.

Especially since it seem that all media is now transferring to digital and moving towards all the different online mediums, he said.

Shepard said that from a production standpoint going online makes things a little easier.

The ability to upload stories whenever they come in makes the availability of breaking news better for the students, she said.

Honorato said, “For me personally, because I do design, I guess it is going to be nice because I will get to work on the website and get that extra experience.”

Getting to work on different styles of journalism will help to build a better resume, she said.

Perea said, “I guess because I am distribution it will be the easiest for me to switch since I will just stop delivering the paper.”

It does allow the opportunity to try other things though like cartooning and other responsibilities around the office, he said.

CNM Student Perspectives:

By Edgar Gonzalez, Staff Reporter


How do you feel about the CNM Chronicle switching from a printed publication to a fully electronic publication?


“I think that having the paper be fully online will not be a very smart move for the chronicle,” said Zoe Soto Criminology major.

“I have seen the online version of the paper like a sort of pdf and that version combined with the printed version was okay,” she said.

“I don’t see any reason for the paper to take away the paper version from the readers,” she said.


“I like this idea of the chronicle going fully digital,” said Carlos Martines Computer Information Systems major.

“This gives people a better way to check for the current news updates and information that is needed for students that attend CNM,” he said.

“I am very busy with work and school so I never have time to go anywhere so picking up a copy of the paper is very difficult,” he said.

“The only thing is that the chronicle would need to make it very clear on how to get the news the new way,” he said.

“This is also a very good way to save trees and be friendlier towards the environment,” he said.

“I am glad that the chronicle is reducing its harm on the environment,” he said.


“I don’t really think that the change in the paper will impact students at all,” said Diego Flores engineering major.

“I think most students are indifferent to the change since most of the people in today’s generation really do not care about the news, and if they do I think they just look at Facebook or something like that,” he said.

“The paper is smart though, it is nice to see a change once in a while, this way students have more access and it keeps their attention,” he said.

“I really do not follow the news, but this way at least it makes it easier for me if I want to find something interesting to do,” he said.

“I can see how this can affect students in a really bad way,” he said.

“Students that do not have any internet access will not be able to get the news,” he said.

“I think that students should be able to get the news even if they are not able to connect to the internet every day, so that is one way that the paper might be making a mistake,” he said.


“It’s very cool that the chronicle is doing this change,” said Joseph Crowder fire science major.

“Students will be able to know what is going on all the time at the school,” he said.

“Having fast and reliable news is extremely important for everyone attending college,” he said.

“Distractions like the activities the paper covers are a great way to keep students active and safe while they are attending college,” he said.

“Going out and doing activities that the paper suggests are much better than going out and doing dangerous and unproductive things like drinking or partying all the time,” he said.

Give Blood | Blood drive scheduled to help victims of Zika virus


By Edgar Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

There is a blood drive scheduled to take place on CNM Main Campus March 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in order to help people that have been affected by the Zika virus in the southern states of the U.S. as well as those who suffer from other ailments, said Patricio Jimenez Biology Major

The blood is sent to forty-two different hospitals all around New Mexico, although recently there has been a problem in the southern states along the Rio Grande with the Zika virus so there is a high demand for blood, he said.

The blood might get transported to these different states in order to help with the Zika virus, he said.

If someone is unable to attend the scheduled blood drive on CNM main campus, there are different places where blood is always happily accepted all over the state that are part of the United Blood Services, he said.

There is no profit being made, only donations are acceptable and the buying of plasma will not be taking place during this event, he said.

“It is always good to help in the community and give something back to your fellow human beings,” he said.

A lot of people are just not informed about what a necessity blood is at any time so getting the word out is extremely important, he said.

The necessity today for blood is enormous and United Blood Services needs as many people as possible in order to save lives, he said.

There is a shocking statistic that says that out of the thirty percent of Americans that can donate blood only ten percent ever do, in fact there is a need for blood every two seconds in America alone, he said.

“There is nothing that a person is required to bring to the event, but medical history would definitely be a plus if someone decides to bring it,” he said.

There are some restrictions with people that can donate blood, these include people with diseases, people that are taking several prescription drugs, people with cancer, or people with infections, he said.

People who are underweight will also be unable to donate blood, as well as pregnant women, he said.

There will be certified individuals that will be taking blood from people who decide to donate, he said.

When a person first arrives there will be some people there that will ask them some questions like what type of blood they have, if they have been out of the country during the past few months, etc, the process normally takes up to forty five minutes, he said.

The process of taking blood will take about fifteen minutes, he said.

There are certain kinds of blood that are preferred like blood type O.

They will ask if that person is interested in giving a second dose of blood after there has been some time for recovery from the first extraction, he said.

In order to recover from the extraction the people at the event will be offering snacks and water which will be given to everyone after the blood is taken out, he said.

Volunteers and the people doing the extractions will always make sure that the person donating blood is always in a condition of health after the process is complete especially if people are giving double doses, he said.

The way this works is volunteers will go all around the place where the event is happening and ask people if they would be interested in donating blood, he said.

The people who come will be shown the way by volunteers, he said.

“There in never really a line to donate blood, so there is not really a wait that people have to go through,” he said.

After the blood is taken the individual performing the extractions will take the blood and test it in a lab in order to make sure that they are able to use it, he said.

If there is a situation where people have some sort of problem with their blood, they will be advised immediately and told that it would be a good idea to go for a checkup, he said.


Photo and art by Patricio Jimenes and Brianna

Chicano One Man Show

Edgar Gonzalez,Staff Reporter

Patricio Tlacaelel Trujillo y Fuentes, a student and artist who attends CNM, is scheduled to host the one man performance of the epic poem “Yo Soy Joaquin,” by Rodolfo Gonzales about some hard truths that the Latino culture must face today and the way he feels they should be as a race from March 31 through April 3 and April 7 through April 10 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, he said.

Tickets will cost fifteen dollars for students and eighteen dollars for adults except on Thursdays when tickets cost ten dollars, he said.

This is a one man show and there is a child actress who will appear as a protestor for a small amount of time, aside from her there are many staff that help with the show with lights, costumes, etc., he said.

It is very hard to carry a one man show and keep the audience engaged in the performance, he said.

‘This show will include many types of artistic expression such as poems, dance, and music, which I will be doing in both Spanish and in English,” he said.

The show is all about raising awareness and sharing this poem since many people do not know about it, he said.

It gives the history of the Chicano, from the Aztecs to today, he said.

“One sad truth is that Mexicans and Chicanos normally do not get along, so I would like to see that change since we are all the same people,” he said.

The other part of this poem is talking about slavery, and how people are taught that slavery had ended in America when Abraham Lincoln stepped into power even though that is not true because it just changed form, he said.

Today, slave owners come with economic power over the Hispanic population who is forced to work for companies that do not even meet human necessities, he said.

People who work for organizations like Walmart, McDonald’s, Arbys, etc. do not make a living wage so this forces them to work even more for the bare necessities, he said.

What this poem does is it reminds us that the struggle to be equal is not over and that it is very much alive today, he said.

Migrant Farm workers get it the worst with inhumane working conditions that no person should ever go through, he said.

Most Migrant Farm Workers have to work from sun rise to sun set for a fraction of what they should be getting paid, while they get sprayed with pesticides, have no decent place to go to the bathroom, and have no breaks or water in order to replenish themselves jut to put food on their families tables, he said.

There was actually a big move to boycott Wendy’s since they are using tomatoes picked by migrant workers who have very bad health problems thanks to the chemicals and are exposed to inhumane working conditions, he said.

“I am currently trying to include some footage of the horrific working conditions that many migrant workers are exposed to every day,” he said.

There is also small children working on these fields while they are subjected to the injustice of inhumane working conditions as well as child labor and being mocked by their bosses who come with ice cream, beverages, and do activities such as swimming meanwhile the workers cannot get a five minute break to go in the shade, he said.

The poem reminds people of the injustice and the inhumanity that immigrants are placed through daily, he said.

The Hispanic Cultural Center is actually called the National Hispanic Cultural Center because its mission is to represent who we are as a Latino people all over the country,

“Everyone who is working with us are representing the show not only at a local level but at a national level as well which gives the local artists some exposure,” he said.

The future plans for the show is to take it on tour all over the country and spread awareness, he said.

“I would like to thank the Hispanic Cultural Center because they are creating careers at the national level,” he said.

When someone wants to do a show it is very expensive running into the thousands and very minimal personal expenditures have been made thanks to the Hispanic Cultural Center, because they have covered everything in an effort to pay for publicity, location, and staff pay, he said.


Cuts, Scrapes, & Bruises | President Winograd discusses plans to handle upcoming budget cuts


By Edgar Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

CNM will cut 100 jobs from vacant positions and retirees in order to save some jobs for the members of our staff, said CNM President, Dr. Katharine W. Winograd.

CNM will not stop hiring and CNM will protect staff as much as possible, she said.

Although, right now CNM is not hiring much, she said.

CNM cannot just stop hiring because it will have negative results for everyone at the school, she said.

No reduction or cut of pay will be established for the staff that remains at CNM, she said.

There might be a small increase in tuition for CNM students, Winograd said.

CNM is experiencing budget cuts made by the state, so CNM is coming up with new and innovative ideas to help students and protect staff to the best of CNM’s ability, she said.

CNM has already been implementing ideas like using a centralized network for heating on its buildings, she said.

Budgeting is very complicated so it will take some time in order to fix the troubles facing CNM right now, she said.

Unfortunately, when gas prices drop it is good for students but bad for the schools as a whole by bringing less money to the states, she said.

It is volatile that CNM make decisions for this year and the next year in order to improve the economic situation of CNM, she said.

CNM is doing everything possible to save a many jobs as possible, she said.

Cutting people from their work is very hard, she said.

Since there was a cut in the budget there are some things that CNM has in mind in order to save money, Winograd said.

This budget problem is much more difficult than the ones CNM has had in the past, she said.

In 2008, the budget had dropped but admissions for CNM where rising so the extra income helped soften the blow, she said.

Part of the bond election that recently passed could also be used in order to help get the budget adjusted accordingly, she said.

CNM is a very big institute so there is no one magical fix or one simple answer in order to fix the budget problems CNM is facing, she said.

CNM is in the midst of starting a global program which will increase student admission and attendance from all over the world, she said.

Energy reduction and better use of resources will help CNM save some money like the way CNM goes about printing, she said.

CNM will also try to utilize students in a better way, she said.

Take tutoring for example, CNM has the ability to use students as tutors and maybe even train them to be professional tutors, she said.

Montoya campus has already implemented the change of having student tutoring, she said.

One thing that will change is when a position opens up, a student cannot just fill it, CNM is working on utilizing its resources such as students in a more efficient manner, she said.

CNM will protect services for students but will utilize technology available in order to help the fluidity of work that is done, she said.

CNM wants to continue increasing opportunities for all students, she said.

Using the cafeteria to gain profit failed since it was losing revenue and in order to receive some kind of profit, the quality of the food was getting into a bad place which is a common trend for most restaurants and other food establishments, she said.

Also, CNM cannot simply use the students in the culinary program to run the cafeteria for profit given state laws and how they are enforced, she said.

One of our ideas is to utilize technology on all in order to help students and help CNM on its budget troubles, Winograd said.

By utilizing more tech, there will be less people but that has its advantages, she said.

Online classes come to mind when saving money, but they happen to be just as expensive as having a regular class located on a campus, she said.

Online classes do offer a luxury with out of state students since they must pay the out of state tuition which helps CNM during this budget crisis, she said.

Moving classes is not probable since the only time CNM has done this is to improve parking on the campuses, she said.

The one thing that CNM is taking under consideration is to limit the amount of classes on certain campuses for certain programs, instead of having two classes for one program on two different campuses, it will only be on one campus, she said.

Opening times might get rearranged since some campuses lack student activity during some days such as Saturdays or late classes, she said.

CNM is not planning to completely cut any extracurricular classes out, she said.

CNM agreed on adding some new programs like the new brewing program coming this fall in order to increase opportunities for students and make their collegiate experience a good one, she said.

Advertisement is also chosen very carefully in order to increase awareness without wasting too much money, she said.

CNM might have to do a lot of switching around during the next 5 years, she said.

“One thing that makes me uncomfortable is when leaders say that something will stop completely because it is not plausible. We will face the challenge head on and move into the storm because CNM will come out better on the other side,” she said.

Arts Fandango

By Edgar Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

The Fine Arts Department will be hosting a silent auction for art made by students and staff of CNM as well as local artists.

On April 2 from 6p.m. to 8p.m., tickets at the door will be $10 and $5 for students at 1910 Broadway NE Albuquerque New Mexico 87102, said Andy Tibble faculty member in the school of adult and general education.

It is an event to raise money for a scholarship that they have created, the Ernest Garcia Emergent Artist scholarship, he said.

Ernest Garcia, who the scholarship was named after, was a founding member of their union and he also was the secretary of the union for many years, he said.

“It was very sad since he died within a year after his retirement,” he said.

The fundraiser raised the needed funds for the first scholarship that was offered so they decided to centralize the event and the scholarship under the name Ernest Garcia, Tibble said.

This is a silent auction, which means that people who decide to buy a piece that is available for bid will remain anonymous, he said.

“Most of the pieces in the gallery are of very good quality and I have even bought some of the pieces for myself, sometimes I cannot believe I am getting this level of art with only 20- 50 dollars,” he said.

There are many levels of art at different price ranges, some will go for $20 while others might go for hundreds of dollars depending on the quality of the piece and the interest of people on it, he said.

The types of art include but are not limited to drawings, paintings, and sculptures, he said.

They have several rooms depending on the type of art work and there is a room which will be filled with drawings which are very reasonably priced from five to twenty dollars, he said.

For the drawings there is no silent auction, it works as a first come first serve situation, he said.

The more money collected the more the scholarship will be worth, he said.

There is a lot of money collected at the end of the night, in fact the last time the scholarship raised well over five thousand dollars, he said.

All the work will be donated by artists which have been found through connections from the fine arts department, he said.

“The department is always looking for donations, for various kinds of art work from the event although they are very picky,” Tibble said.

They also donate pieces of their own work, he said.

Some students and ex-students donate their art works as well, he said.

There is a process for people who want their pieces to be auctioned off in the gallery, he said.

When they get pieces of art because of the scholarship there must be a tax form filled in for every single thing since it is a donation and it is maintained by the CNM foundation, he said.

There will also be an assortment of food, drinks and live entertainment for the people who show, he said

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers| CNM participates in AMATYC competition


By Edgar Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

American Math Association of two year colleges (AMATYC) which is a nationwide organization that sponsors a math competition twice a year, said full time math instructor Judy Lalani.

New Mexico Math Association for two year colleges (NMMATYC) sponsors the regional circuit of it and they have in the past had a price for the top scores in the state, she said.

Professors from across the country come together in order to write the problems for the test and send them to NMMATYC, she said.

CNM tries to host this event twice a year once in the spring and again in the fall around the same time on Fridays since most students are not in class, she said

Usually the dates for this event in the fall are in the last week of October or the first week of November, while the dates for the spring are the last week of February or the first week of March, she said.

CNM is scheduled to administer the spring test on March 4, 2016 in MS 315 at 12:00 noon, she said.

All of the two year schools in the state are able to participate in the exam, she said.

CNM has done this every semester for the last 14 years, she said.

There are topics in the exam that CNM does not offer, she said.

CNM has reserved four rooms for all students who decide they want to participate in the exam, she said.

There is a sign in sheet along with a form that says that you do not have a degree and your instructors’ information since some instructors offer extra credit for taking the exam, she said.

The test is a 20 question multiple choice exam, she said.

Students get one hour to take the exam which is multiple choice, said Lalani.

For the test, students are welcome to use a non-computer algebra system calculator and scratch paper, she said.

Given that this test is for two year colleges, the questions on the test go up to but do not include calculus, she said.

The test includes Geometry, Number Theory, and Advanced Algebra, she said.

Calculus students might have an advantage since they have more experience in calculus problem solving and doing those types of problems, she said.

Any person who is registered in CNM courses is welcome to try the exam no matter what the skill level of math the student might be in, she said.

This exam has a cash prize so during the test there will be instructors that monitor the students, she said.

To be eligible for the prize students cannot have a degree of any kind, she said.

The students get a prize of $25 for third place a $50 for second place and $100 for first place, she said.

The school receives a certificate showing that their school had the first place winner, she said.

The top three students of the school will then face off against the top three students from the other community colleges in New Mexico that are participating, she said.


On Tap! | CNM to offer brewing courses


By Edgar Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

The breweries of New Mexico have expressed an interest in having a pool of well trained people that they can hire from since the brewing industry seems to be in a boom right now, said full time CNM Brewing instructor Nick Jones.

And CNM has answered that call with the courses it will be offering in brewing for students in the school of Business and Information Technology, he said.

The focus is on more of the practical aspect like how the equipment works and how to safely operate these machines in breweries which are basically large manufacturing plants, he said.

The training as it is set out right now will take place in local breweries here in Albuquerque and perhaps other places in New Mexico given that CNM does not have its own brewing facility, he said.

CNM is not sure which breweries will take part in the program given that it is a very long process and CNM still is trying to figure out what will be the demand of the students; how long they will have to shut down their brewery, type of insurance students need, and other details, Jones said.

The long term plan is for CNM to construct their own brewing facility where students can get training in commercial brewing, he said.

“CNM will be installing exactly the same equipment that you would find in a commercial brewery so that we can teach and train our students on the appropriate equipment in order to send them out into the workforce”, he said.

These will be very difficult classes which are meant to train people to enter the brewing work force which is not as glamorous as it might seem from the outside because it is a lot of hard work and requires a lot of knowledge, he said.

The first classes will be offered in the fall and they will be posted in the fall catalogue, he said.

CNM will be offering five classes which are four credit hours each, he said.

One of them will be Beer Production and Styles, which will be the introductory class, he said.

There will be Brewing Equipment and Maintenance, he said

“Drought Systems like drought beers which is a very important subject in my opinion since it gets overlooked a lot,” he said.

Then they are going to offer two beer production classes, he said.

One which focuses on the sort of hot side of brewing where everything is cooked and the other side which focuses more on the fermentation and packaging like putting it in kegs or cans, he said.

For the first beer production and style there are three prerequisites IRW 0980, Math 0970, and a brewing equipment and maintenance equivalent which can be taken as a co requisite, he said.

The drought systems class has the brewing equipment and maintenance class as a pre or co requisite class, he said.

For the associates in brewing and beverage management there are some other courses that must be taken such as Biology, Chemistry, Hospitality, Tourism and English.

Students will be able to put these classes on their financial aid, he said.

Since these classes are co requisites they are offering a brewing certificate of achievement that could theoretically be completed in a single term, Jones said.

“This is a very technical field and I would like to emphasize that although we will be tasting beer, this will not be a fun party class,” he said.

Students will need textbooks, right now instructors are receiving samples of textbooks for brewing and there will be a committee to decide on the textbook that will be used, he said.

Brewing is a food science even though you can get deep into the chemistry and the biology aspect of it, he said.

“This is a very serious, challenging and dangerous program so it is extremely important that students take these classes seriously,” he said.

There are hot corrosive chemicals that people must handle all the time and machinery which is very dangerous, so this is no joke and students must realize that it is a very serious thing, he said.

They will be looking into internships possibilities and the breweries have shown interest but they would have to formalize all of these things, he said.

The goal is to have students graduate from this program and be highly desirable to be hired at breweries, Jones said.

CNM was asked to fill some industry needs so it was our advisory committee who in response created this program, said Victoria Martinez, academic affairs director for Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management in CNM’s School of Business & Information Technology.

For the lab classes which are under development at the moment; there are some special requirements which include standing for the duration of the class and the ability to lift a minimum of 30 pounds, she said.

“It is very exciting for our students and I believe it is an excellent opportunity and the breweries are looking forward to our first graduating classes whether it be for the certificate or the degree program,” Martinez said.

For the classes that are starting now in the fall those classes are truly in response to preparing students to work in breweries and brew pubs, but they are preparing them for industry, she said.

Students Inspiring Change: A Look Back on Student Activism

By Edgar Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

CNM is hosting “Students Inspiring Change: A Look Back on Student Activism” on Feb. 25 2016 from 3-5pm in SRC 204 (Barr Boardroom).

It will be sponsored by the Executive Council of Students who are funding the refreshments and the publicity, said Ari Rosner-Salazar, Center for Student Success Team Leader.

“There have been a lot of things happening this past year like the situation in the University of Missouri and the Black Lives Matter movement and we are trying to explore a connection between them and the 1960s civil rights movement,” Rosner-Salazar said.

This event is open to CNM students, faculty and staff, and community members, he said.

We are estimating a large group and we believe that will help us to do a similar application next year, Rosner-Salazar said.

When people first get in the event there will be a check-in section, he said.

Check-in is important to show the Executive Council of Students how many CNM students participated and that the money was well spent, he said.

“We will introduce the event, the moderator and the panel,” he said.

There will be a moderated conversation that shows part of a clip followed by a reaction and discussion about it, he said.

The moderator is Mable Orndorff-Plunkett, a community member who graciously volunteered and has a lot of experience moderating, he said.

There will also be an African dance performance by UNM faculty member Rujeko Dumbutshena, who teaches African dance, for about ten minutes after the conversation, he said.

“At some point we will probably ask people who participated in the 1960’s civil rights movement to stand and be recognized,” he said.

Some of these conversations can be a little difficult and at the very least emotional, Rosner-Salazar said.

“We are also going to make sure that we keep this a safe conversation, so people will not be yelling at each other or doing any other similar actions,” he said.

If anyone needs to talk or process things more, they will have the contact information for CNM’s licensed counselor Mary Guild as well, he said.

If there are any students out there interested in starting a black history month club or a black student union or a black issues discussion forum the staff who are in the black history month committee will be more than happy to help folks do paper work and get that started, he said.

“We would really like students to take part in this event and take the lead in selecting the topics for future events,” he said.


Black History Month Events:

The Black Pacific: Music, Race, and Indigeneity in Australia and Papua New Guinea

Feb 18, 2016

2:30 p.m.

UNM Keller Hall

“The UNM Musicology Colloquium presents a public guest lecture by Dr. Gabriel Solis, professor of Music, African American studies, and Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagn.”

Cost: FREE


Contact: Dr. Ana-Alonso-Minutti ; Email:


Beginning African Dance With Rujeko + Live Drumming

Feb 21, 2016 and Feb 28, 2016

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Feb 19, 2016 and Feb 26, 2016

5:30 p.m.

Studio Way

“An aerobic dance class to introduce participants to African dance technique while developing knowledge and appreciation of its movement and music.”

Cost: $10

Ages: 18+

Contact: Ashley ; Email: ; Phone: 5057105096


Black Lives Matter

Feb 27, 2016

12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dennis Chavez Community Center

“Any and all are invited to this powerful event. It is a celebration of life, love. Food and entertainment will be available.”

Cost: FREE, donations suggested


Contact: Krishawn Sullivin ; Email: ; Phone: 5059031688



By Edgar Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

The Career Enrichment Center is a school where students are able to gain college credit and experience the college atmosphere while attending high school, said Carlos Corona, Phlebotomy major.

The teachers are better at their jobs than what is often found at a conventional public school  when it comes to the way they teach, he said.

“I like my high school very much, I find it very useful to take college classes while in high school,” he said.

The teachers are also much better at explaining important details to students than at conventional public schools, he said.

Having a small class can also contribute to this process since the teachers get more of a one-on-one experience with each student, he said.

The CNM CEC offers students access to achievement coaches that can help them handle their classes, Corona said.

“What makes this school better than the other high schools is that we get to schedule our classes to our liking just like we were only going to college,” he said.

What made it very convenient was that the registration process is very similar to that of a regular high school, he said.

“With taking some college classes it is possible to skip classes in high school, for example right now I am excited to be taking algebra two and math 1310,” he said.

Depending on how many college classes a student is taking, this will make the schedules and homework different, he said.

Being around college students -does not really affect how people at this school behave but people do seem to be more mature, Corona said.

“Another thing that makes this high school so great is that you are treated with more respect and counselors trust you if you meet the requirements for a high school course,” he said.

“The only thing you could count as a special perk would be getting our associates faster which is kind of the goal for the school and usually college students pay for their textbooks but we get ours for free,” he said.


Sun Catfe open for business

By Edgar Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

The Suncatfe which is now open is a new place that will offer students more resource to get food on main campus said Norma Cervantes, Suncatfe department manager.

It is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm and Fridays from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm and is located between the SSC and MS building,

“What we sell here is pretty basic but we do have a lot more variety than the SRC building café and we are still bringing in new food,” she said.

Some of the new food choices that will be offered in the Suncatfe include hot dogs, corn dogs, and pizza, she said.

They do not cook any food but the food comes in freshly pre-made, Cervantes said.

“Dion’s for example brings us food daily and they are made fresh in the Dion’s down the street and brought to us fresh every day,” she said.

Most of the variety of snacks offered at the SRC café will be served at the Suncatfe but there are some exceptions such as the Starbucks specialty drinks which are exclusively sold there, she said.

“I would encourage students to come and check it out and keep visiting since they are bringing in new products on a regular basis,” Cervantes said.

The style of this building is very nice and it is much more accessible to many students in MS, KC, and the rest of the buildings located around this area, she said.

“We are also hoping to get more frizzy drinks which is similar to an ICEE I would say with different flavors,” she said.

The Suncatfe’s opening date was delayed since some of the machines and equipment did not arrive on time, Cervantes said.

“The new store makes it very convenient for students who have classes on this side of campus to get things to eat and I like that a lot since summer is coming up,” said Pre-Health Science major Jose Rascon.

The nearest restaurant is very far and it is a little inconvenient for students to walk there, he said.

“I’m planning to go to the Suncatfe very often now that the summer is about to start, especially for the drinks,” said Abraham Gonzalez Business Administration major.