West Side Owls


By Wade Faast, Staff Reporter

On May 15, CNM security officers and employees of Hawks Aloft worked to help a fallen great horned owlet at the CNM Westside campus.

The owlet fell from its nest in a nearby tree, since the owlet remained on the ground in a high traffic area CNM contacted Hawks Aloft, said CNM security officer Ben Encinias.

Hawks Aloft, sent out volunteer Sophia Borowsky to check on the bird and check the situation. Borowsky gave the owlet a physical exam and determined it to be in good health with no obvious injuries, she said.

Shortly after placing the owlet in a tree to keep it out of harms way, Hawks Aloft raptor rescue coordinator Lisa Morgan arrived with the necessary supplies to build the owlet a new nest in a nearby tree.

Morgan explained that the nest the owlet had been living in was too small and inadequate for a bird of its size, which likely explains why it fell to the ground.

The great horned owl adults had taken over a roadrunner nest, Encinias said.

After deeming the owlet was indeed undersized, and was not receiving enough nutrients an amino acid solution was given to help hydrate and provide nutrition for the young owl, Morgan said.

The new nest was built in a tree located in the northwest corner of the campus courtyard and marked off with caution tape and warning signs.

When the great horned owl adults first moved into the courtyard about 2 months ago CNM security taped off a 30 foot perimeter around the tree they were inhabiting, said CNM security Lieutenant Michael Kerr.

“After the baby owl hatched we increased that perimeter to approximately 100 feet because our primary goal is protecting students, faculty and the wildlife,” he said.

Lt. Kerr advises that all students and staff respect the warning signs and caution tape, and give the owls the space they need.

The owls are protected by federal law, Morgan said.

“You can’t harass, you can’t take, and you can’t pet the owls,” she said.

Three people have been attacked by the adult owls, two employees and one student, none suffered serious injury though, said Lt. Kerr.







Codes | CNM students participate in art exhibition

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By Whitney Browneller. Staff Reporter

CNM Art Career Concerns class will present an art exhibition “Codes” from April 8 through April 22 at the Freestyle Gallery located at 1114 Central Ave SW, said Megan Salazar, artist, Fine Arts student at CNM, and press release manager for the exhibition.

The grand opening reception for the exhibit is scheduled to take place on April 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Freestyle Gallery, she said.

Codes is an exhibition that will feature a dynamic group of CNM students who are about to graduate from the Fine Arts AA Degree program, she said.

This exhibition will feature works such as oil and acrylic paintings, woodcut prints, drawings, wood burnings, and ceramics, she said.

“There’s not one set style as it is a group of students with different things presented, but it shows off the skills we have learned here at CNM,” she said.

The Art Career Concerns class holds an exhibition every year but only in the spring semester as that is when the class is offered, she said.

The class is responsible for titling the exhibition and no two exhibitions are ever the same, she said.

The CNM Arts Careers Concerns class is a class that focuses on what to do after students, as artists, graduate.

The class teaches students how to professionally deal with galleries, how to put their work out there, how to be professional and prepare them by having students create their resumes and artist statements.

The class helps students prepare for the “art world,” she said.

The class is only offered in the spring semester and is taken after the students have learned their craft and is there to help further their career and really helps give insight to how an artist can make a living or at least helps artists get their work out there the right way, she said.

Students graduating from the fine arts program can expect it to be like working at any program but students must be willing to put in time and dedication and passion, she said.

“I pushed through to finish this degree because art is a passion of mine and it is something I want to do with my life,” Salazar said.

Those who choose to go through the Fine Arts program not only need to be on top of the academic aspect of it but they must have the time and dedication to put into learning the craft whether it be painting or drawing, she said.

Salazar said that a lot of time is spent going into one piece of work and it can be anywhere from four to ten or more hours depending on what the artist is trying to accomplish or make.

Fine arts combine visual elements with the creative process, she said.

It is the practice of making art from various materials, methods, and styles, she said.

Fine art can include but is not limited to painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, it can be any other type of handmade artwork that requires skills and technical training to do, she said.

“The arts are important because it is an outlet for creativity and expression. It’s a way to be a part of something bigger,” she said.

Salazar said there are so many different types of art and each one of them are important.

Jobs for those who choose to take the Fine Arts path could look into doing commissions or they could try to get into group and solo exhibitions at various galleries either around town or even nationally, she said.

There are always opportunities for artists to submit their works to an array of different galleries that cater to all styles, she said.

“This exhibition (“Codes”) is the first of shows on many of our art resumes but it only opens the door on much more, and being a part of it encourages each one of us to try to submit other works into different exhibitions,” she said.

Salazar encourages students who want to go the exhibition but have never attended one to expect a professional atmosphere, casual dress is appropriate, and behavior should be the same, she said.

“It’s going to be a fun time though and a great way to talk to all the artists, so if anyone had questions about the program or art they can probably get some answers from us,” she said.

If anyone has questions about the show they can email the program director, Danielle Miller, at drmiller@cnm.edu.

Again, the grand opening reception for the exhibition should be held on April 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Freestyle Gallery located at 1114 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 but the exhibition will be there for public viewing until April 22.

Salazar encourages everyone to attend the exhibition.

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

Student Submissions: Poetry

Young lady

By Dolores Newkirk

hold your head

don’t fret

it is ok

don’t be afraid

for fear

holds you in chains

and taking steps

may be hard

stand up

let the inner

strength shine

keeping you strong

even while weak

sing a song

for there lies

golden dreams

roads unseen


as bright sunlight

to be exposed

at the morning dawn


Looking Out

By Dolores Newkirk


Rest on the ledge

Listen to the sound

Find the quiet

Hear your heart

Violin rhythm

Tones abound

Soaring words

Show moments

Open your ears

Take it all in

For today is gone

Tomorrow will come






Living Words

By Dolores Newkirk


Like a whirling wind throwing about everything

Scattered thoughts are lost

Just as the clouds darken

All is here and there

Gone tomorrow





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.

Book Review: Cash Your Investmen

By Guadalupe Santos-Sanchez, Managing Editor

No matter what stage of education a student is at, they will undoubtedly need to start looking for a job after graduation.

So, it is never too early to go about learning how to do that, and with S.A. Eberwein’s novel, Cash Your Investment: How to Leverage Your College Degree into a Great First Job, students can get a nice head start.

Cash Your Investment sets out advice on preparing for and securing a dream job in five chapters filled with many pointers and many real life experiences.

Eberwein makes sure to start off the first chapter on advising the reader to “master their mind.”

In fact, Eberwein said he hopes that readers realize how much control of their futures they actually have.

“Sure, a great résumé certainly doesn’t hurt, but belief in yourself can go a long way,” he said.

The rest of the chapter is a briefing of the content of the following chapters.

Second chapter of the book breaks down the importance of having a mentor and the qualities that a mentor is preferable with.

The largest portion of the book is the third chapter, which itself is broken down into seven subsections about searching for a job, which resources to use, and how to capitalize on opportunities that the student does get.

And the last two chapters go more into detail about interviewing and résumés, with chapter five including Eberwein’s progress on his résumés.

The writing style and many of the terms used by the author may get excessive at times, but a reader can see that as emphasis or look past it to find that the book really does contain a lot of good advice and practically outlines a plan for job hunting and finding.

Eberwein said he wanted to create a job search resource with advice that is supplemented with real life examples, and he appears to have achieved that.

Cash Your Investment could have been an easier read with an informal style or different vocabulary, but it is worth it for the reader to endure reading a more formal writing style in order to receive such advice.

Although Eberwein writes throughout the book a bit more specifically about corporate jobs, his advice can be applied to other areas.

Cash Your Investment: How to Leverage Your College Degree into a Great First Job was released January 25, 2016 by Brown Books Publishing and is available on Amazon and some bookstores for an average price of $19.95.