Robert Slevin

Senior Reporter

The Executive Council of Students (ECOS) is a form of student body government at CNM and they meet every Monday at 5:00 pm, via Microsoft Teams to discuss issues and interests students may have while also trying to offer possible solutions.

In addition, ECOS determines what amount of allocation funds all other student groups, clubs, and committees receive while also offering other monetary stipends and fundraising ideas for clubs with extra needs.

            “ECOS hopes to change the environment so that students come to us as a body with their questions and issues,” said ECOS Outreach Officer, Angela Lechuga.

ECOS plans on making this change by fully participating and trying to be more visible to students on CNM campuses.

As the group continues to grow and the student body becomes more aware of who they are the council plans to make changes by welcoming people with different mindsets and from different backgrounds, Lechuga said.

Students can present issues or interests to ECOS by filling out a request form from the ECOS website. Those requests will then be looked over and the ECOS executive committee will then decide on what makes the agenda, Lechuga said.

Meetings are open to all students and if the student body would like to request membership, they must attend 3 consecutive meetings, submit an application, and acquire a letter of recommendation from a CNM faculty member, Lechuga.

If students would like to attend a meeting they can use this Microsoft Teams link:

International Women’s Day Panel Discussion

March 14, 2017.  By Hilary Broman

Senior Staff Reporter

Photos courtesy of Ari Rosner-Salazar

CNM held a panel discussion in honor of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8th at Main campus.

The event was sponsored by the CNM chapter of the American Association of Women in the Community College (AAWCC), said Paula Smith-Hawkins, Associate dean for CHSS and president of the AAWCC CNM chapter.

The event started with a presentation by Dr. Rinita Mazumdar, a philosophy instructor, about globalization and trans national issues for women, said Hawkins.

Following the presentation there was a panel discussion with Sherifah, a UNM student and global education office employee; Linda Melville, senior operations manager of the global education office at UNM; and Huong Nyguen, who represents the Asian Family Community Center in Albuquerque, said Hawkins.

The International Women’s Day panel answers questions about women’s issues all around the world.

The audience watches as the panel discusses women and globalization.

Kathy Hoppe, a Disability Resource Center employee, was the panel discussion moderator, Hawkins said.

“The panel talked about Islamic women, Asian women, Indian women and issues like the veil and driving,” Hawkins said, “The kinds of issues that we have about women and globalization.”

After the panel discussion, there was a networking event hosted by the American Association of Women in the Community College, Hawkins said.

The networking event was led by Achievement Coach, Sharon Ipes, she said.

“A networking event is very good because it helps connect, especially in this case, women and men across the college who are interested in women’s justice,” Hawkins said.

CNM Community Requests a Sanctuary Statement

January 30, 2017.  By Hilary Broman

Senior Staff Reporter

Many CNM staff, faculty and students have signed a petition requesting a statement from CNM that clarifies how CNM intends to protect students, faculty and staff from threats, discrimination and harassment that they may face due to the most recent president-elect, as stated in the request.

Seamus O’Sullivan, CNM political science and sociology instructor, drafted the request, he said.

“Our primary interest is, if we see some rapid change in immigration policies, how might it affect our students,” O’Sullivan said.

O’Sullivan and other faculty and staff want to create a safe space, a sanctuary, for students who are vulnerable, he said.

“We are concerned that members of our community are at heightened risk of harassment and discrimination,” the request says.

The request for sanctuary agrees with a quote from an email that CNM President Katherine Winograd sent on November 18th, “CNM’s longstanding tradition of being a welcoming place for all” as well as its history of being “a safe haven for students of all backgrounds – including students who have been previously disenfranchised with education and their place in the world,” and then the request expresses concern for the safety of undocumented students.

“We believe a clear and emphatic statement that pledges specific supports and protections for vulnerable students is warranted,” the request states.

O’Sullivan is optimistic about the outcome of the petition, he said.

“Even though I expect opposition, I expect a lot more support than I do opposition,” he said, “Administration’s concern is the students, just like ours.”

Also, the fact that we are in New Mexico adds to O’Sullivan’s optimism, he said

Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico also have similar efforts underway, O’Sullivan said.

Brandon Morgan, a History instructor at CNM, signed the petition because he believes that it is important for CNM as an institution to make a clear declaration in support of undocumented students, he said.

“In the current political and social climate, it is imperative for us to directly and publicly side with the undocumented members of our community who we have welcomed, and who have given so much to make CNM and Albuquerque a wonderful place to live,” he said.

Morgan stated that several of his students have expressed concerns about the ability to continue taking classes or working if legal protections from deportations are removed.

“These students are hard workers who contribute to our classes, and who volunteer their time for the community,” he said.

“I love living and working in the CNM community,” he said, “I believe that as a community we espouse the stated CNM values, so I have high hopes that undocumented students will not face intensified harassment and discrimination here. Let us remember that no human being is illegal.”

125 people have already signed the petition.

Although O’Sullivan did not have a specific goal for the number of signatures obtained, he plans to turn the petition in soon, he said.


Read the request for sanctuary and sign the petition here.

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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: