Working together

By Daniel Johnson, Investigative Reporter

Inaugural CNMunity day attracts many students, orgs

The Executive Council of Students is trying to create a semi-annual CNMunity Day, since the first event received so much support, Stephen Martos, Criminal Justice major and president of ECOS, said.

The event gathered about two dozen student volunteers from student organizations to help at four local non-profit organizations: Contact Tree New Mexico, Rio Grande Community Farms, Restore and Mandy’s Farm, he said.

“Our new goal is to make it a bigger and better event and hopefully have it held twice a year,” he said.

Some of the participat­ing student organizations were Anthropology club, Phi Theta Kappa-Alpha Upsilon Chi, Chemistry Society, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Art Club, TRiO Achievement Group and Math League, Martos said.

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CNM Remembers: David Twomey

By Jamison Wagner, Staff Reporter

David Twomey, the Associate Director for Enrollment Services, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013 after he collapsed while walking his dog. He was 52.

The CNM Chronicle spoke with those who knew Twomey about his life and the loss to the community.

Twomey worked at CNM for 10 years. He was very thorough at his job, worked things to a ‘T’ and had a sense of humor and was a very nice guy, Linda Garcia, adminis­trative coordinator for Enrollment Services, said.

“He touched every­one’s life just by taking the time to talk to you about your day, or say a little joke and that’s what I will miss about him. He made my day so much better and now that he’s gone, things are sad,” she said.

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Shooting Club: Allow student to carry

By Shaya Rogers, Features Reporter

 The CNM Shooting Club believes that carry­ing firearms should be legal on campus, Mitchell Jackson, CNM Shooting Club president, said.

Illegal weapons are brought on campus, and the issue has not been addressed, he said.

“The law-abiding, licensed individuals that could make a difference in the event of a school shooting are following the law. We know they don’t have a weapon, but there are weapons at the school,” he said.

To protest the ban of firearms on campus, the shooting club is hold­ing an Empty Holster Protest, which began on April 8 and runs through April 12, Jackson said.

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A pretty dress does not mean yes

By Shaya Rogers, Features Reporter

SlutWalk protest comes to Albuquerque

More than 300 people are expected to attend this month’s SlutWalk to raise awareness about rape culture and sexual vio­lence, Bianca Villani, Prevention Education Coordinator for the Rape Crisis Center, said.

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the free event, sponsored by the Rape Crisis Center and UNM Women’s Resource Center, will be on Saturday, April 13. Protestors will begin at The Pit arena, at 1414 University Blvd. SE, then march along University Boulevard to Central Avenue and wrap back around. A community fair will follow the event from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., she said.

“Part of this march is raising awareness about this ugly culture we have, which we call rape cul­ture, that says somebody, based on what they’re wearing, how they’re walking, how they’re flirting, what they’re drinking; they deserve to get raped,” she said.

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Student counseling needs increase, Health Center staff size does not

By Rene Thompson, Staff Reporter

There has been a steady increase of students seek­ing out counseling services on campus, and it is caus­ing some problems, Merry Guild, licensed therapist and Student Health Center employee, said.

About 250 students visited the center last semester, even though only about three out of 10 students know about the services, she said.

“I think CNM does a terrific job with support services, and the students that do know about these services express a lot of positive feedback for what we provide. Unfortunately though, we seem to be expanding more than the services provided right now,” she said.

The Student Health Center, located in room 206 in the Student Services Center on Main campus, has taken on two interns from UNM to help with the load, Guild, who counsels up to six students per day, said.

“If we didn’t have UNM interns, there would be at least a month waiting list, so they really help with the volume of students seeking help,” she said.

The center offers a free, one-time, eight-week counseling session and referrals for low-cost or free long-term counseling, she said.

Guild believes that the increase comes from a wider acceptance of coun­seling and those who seek it, she said.

As many males as female request services from many different social and cultural backgrounds, she said.

“Times are changing; it is more acceptable and less of a stigma to go to coun­seling these days to seek help,” she said.

For more informa­tion, visit CNM Mental Health Services web­site at cnm.edu/depts/ health-center/counseling.

Editorial: One staff to help them all

By The CNM Chronicle Editorial Board

It is not surprising that most students do not know about the many services offered at CNM, as mentioned in the front page article “Student counseling needs increase, Health Center staff size does not.”

There is but one counselor on Main campus to serve a population of 30,000 people and even that service is not well advertised.

It is not a viable solution to the alarming number of students that have diagnosable and treatable issues, such as depression or anxiety.

One out of four college students suf­fers from some form of diagnosable mental illness and 44 percent of American col­lege students reported feeling symptoms of depression at some point in their college careers, according to psychcentral.com.

Measures need to be taken to expand the mental health services pro­vided on campus.

CNM should expand its services and aim to put a counselor on each of its cam­puses, so that students can get the help they need without a long wait or overtaxing a lone therapist.

Letter to the Editor: In Response to Vol. 18 Iss. 26

Angelika Schwamberger, Sage English Instructor

Having seen issue 26 of the CNM Chronicle, I would like to add my view on this topic. First, while I’m not a journalist or journalism teacher, my thought was that a newspaper is supposed to report news, not create it.
Issue 26 seized on a sensational¬ized topic (SEX) and created news, but also discussion, more readership, and a reaction from students, faculty (myself included), and administration.
Further, by broaching this topic, the Chronicle brought to the fore¬front the problem that while we have or have had sex, we don’t want to talk about sex.
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Nom nom nom

By Jamison Wagner, Staff Reporter

Instructor hopes to teach students about science behind food

A new nutrition class could be added to the catalog soon, said Lisa Gurule, Nutrition instructor, said.

Intro to Food and Science would go beyond what is taught in the Culinary Arts classes and focus on the science behind the food, said Gurule.

“I remember when I took this class at NMSU and it was my favorite, favorite, favorite course ever,” she said.

While this class teaches the basics of low-level chemistry, it is something the students can connect to because it relates to structure in food, she said.

“Culinary students do know how to cook beau­tifully, but now they will know some of the sci­ence behind it,” she said.

The difference between this class and the Culinary Arts class is that Culinary is about preparing the food, while Food and Science is about the nature, deterioration, food processing and the development of new products, said Gurule.

“People will tell you not to over-mix a muffin mix, but they will not tell you why you cannot do that. We will experiment by over-mixing muffins and see what happens to the muffins,” she said.

Students will learn how to measure the thickness of different sauces, she said. This is important for certain dishes that require a sauce that may need to be heavier according to the recipe and students will learn how to set this up, she said.

“The starches you use can change viscosity and we will go over why this is important,” she said.

This course will not be required for the associate degree in Nutrition, but will possibly be offered as part of the transfer agreement to NMSU’s Bachelors of Science in Human Nutrition and Diabetic Sciences degree, she said.

To find out more about the class, and when it will become available, contact Donna Diller, Dean of Business and Information Technology at ddiller@cnm.edu.

Going for the gold

By Daniel Johnson, Investigative Reporter

SkillsUSA winners head for nationals

The CNM chapter of SkillsUSA will send 19 students on to the national SkillsUSA competition this summer, Alain Archuleta, State Coordinator for SkillsUSA and part-time Electrical instructor, said.

The 19 students earned theirs spots in the nationals, which will be held in Kansas City, Mo. from June 24 to 28, by placing first in the state championship held April 4 through 6, he said.

CNM students took 19 gold medals, 19 silver medals and 15 bronze medals for a total of 53 medals during the state championships.

“The students that par­ticipated and represented their respective trades were awesome, but if they thought they were in a pressure cooker while compet­ing at state, wait until they are on that national stage represent­ing New Mexico instead of just CNM,” Archuleta said.

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