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.


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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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.

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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

“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.

Fit-Cats: CNM participates in Healthier Campus Initiative

By Stephanie Stuckey, Staff Reporter

CNM is the only community college so far that has been an active partner with Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America by participating in the Healthier Campus Initiative, said Dean of Students Dr. Rudy Garcia.

Partnership for a Healthier America reached out to Dr. Garcia about a year and a half ago after being referred by the American Association of Community Colleges to see if CNM would like to be the first community college to participate in such an initiative, said Dr. Garcia.

The Healthier Campus Initiative is the first-of-its-kind, making commitments with colleges and universities to make their campuses healthier by adopting guidelines around food, nutrition, physical activity, and programming.

Dr. Garcia said he wanted a little more information before jumping into the project because the Healthier Campus Initiative had only been working with four year institutions.

Four year institutions are different from two year community colleges in the way they house and have meal plans for students, Dr. Garcia said.

CNM does not have that type of community and there are no dorms or meal plans to choose from, he said.

“Our students are very transitory – they come and they go; this is very different from a four year university where the student spends most of their time on campus,” said Dr. Garcia.

One of the advantages of CNM participating in the Healthier Campus Initiative is that the community at CNM is everyday America, he said.

Our students are very busy dealing with life that often times health and the choice to make healthier choices are often neglected, he said.

Changing behaviors and habits are the most important when it comes to trying to be healthier, he said.

The Healthier Campus Initiative officially began at CNM this fall term, said Dr. Garcia.

Albuquerque has an estimated 352 days of sunshine per year and he wants students to engage in physical activity such as riding their bikes more, he said.

CNM offers a free bike valet, so that students will want to ride their bikes and feel confident that their bikes will be there when they get out of class, said Dr. Garcia.

The wellness path is currently under construction and should be completed in about a year; that should allow for more space for students to walk, jog or bike, he said.

CNM agreed to participate in about 12-15 guidelines from the Healthier Campus Initiative and those guidelines are things like creating opportunities for students to be more active, having more pedestrian friendly walkways, and having signs for pedestrian awareness around campus, said Dr. Garcia.

Switching the vending machines to healthier options is something that CNM may consider, but the main focus for CNM and this initiative right now is to change the habits and behaviors of the college’s population – students, faculty, and staff, he said.

Even the smallest of changes are worth the effort, such as parking farther away from the building and getting a little exercise by walking to class rather than circling the parking lot to get the spot in front of the building, he said.

Dr. Garcia said he is working with the school of Health, Wellness, & Public Safety to help with the Healthier Campus Initiative and they will be having Fun Fridays out on the lawn of the SRC where students can participate in different physical activities such as yoga and volleyball.

He is also going to be meeting with Lisa Gurule from the nutrition department as well as the culinary school to discuss the possibility of coming up with culture oriented, nutritious recipes.

“We have three different schools working together to create opportunities that students as well as faculty and staff can take advantage of,” said Dr. Garcia.

He is also speaking with the finance operations department about the possibility of building volleyball and basketball courts on campus.

Dr. Garcia also said he is a firm believer in mental health as well as physical health.

“I believe if a person is fit mentally then the rest seems to come a little easier,” he said.

Some of the benefits offered for mental health are going to be yoga, stress awareness and reducers, creating a relaxing environment around campus by planting indigenous plants to New Mexico, and having Curandero workshops, said Dr. Garcia.

Another great benefit toward mental health awareness is that there is training available for a three-year-certification in mental health first-aid on how to recognize mental health issues and learning how to help, he said.

Dr. Garcia said that this initiative is a three year project and he thinks that they will accomplish the bulk of the guidelines.

“We live in a society where we do not choose to be healthy until something serious happens and it leaves us no other choice,” he said.

CNM is honored to be participating in the Healthier Campus Initiative where healthier habits and behaviors are formed that will hopefully follow the student throughout life, he said.