Aggies Sweep Brown Invitational Before Start of WAC Play

By: Joseph Fullbright

NM State def. Central Connecticut State 3-0

After a very tough home stand that pitted them against three very solid opponents, the Aggies had to travel 2,334 miles this past weekend to Providence, Rhode Island for the Brown Invitational Tournament. NMSU won its opening match on Friday vs. Central Connecticut State in straight sets [25-20, 25-21, 25-21].

Jordan Abalos led the way with a career-high 22 kills. She also recorded her eighth double-double of the season with an addition of 13 digs in the match. Kassandra Tohm also added nine kills of her own. The three sets were all very contested as the Aggies used late pushes in each to secure the victories.

NM State def. Binghamton 3-1

In what would prove to me the toughest of the three matches over the weekend, NMSU defeated Binghamton 3-1 [23-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-21] on Saturday morning.

“We got pushed today,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “They were pretty good at exposing some of our weaknesses, and it took us too long to adjust.”

The Aggies saw their big 11-2 lead evaporate quickly as Binghampton stormed back to tie the set at 20 before eventually winning their lone one of the match. The Bearcats were one point away from taking set two as they held a 24-22 lead before the Aggies rallied and ended up winning 27-25. The set itself featured 16 ties.

The third set was just like the first two-very tight and competitive. “We played well at the end of sets and managed to score points, which is a big point of emphasis for us,” said Jordan. The fourth was an easier one as the Aggies ‘cruised’- compared to the other sets, winning 25-21 for the match win. Jordan Abalos continued her stellar play with 21 kills and 17 digs. Tatyana Battle joined her in double figure kills with 14.

NM State def. Brown 3-0

In the final match of the weekend, the Aggies swept host Brown 3-0 [25-15, 25-15, 25-9]. Thanks to an undefeated weekend, they were named the Brown Invitational Champions. Brown did not put up as strong of a fight as Binghamton and that allowed NMSU to coast to a victory.

“[We] gave ourselves some easy chances and converted. I liked our floor defense,” Jordan added. “Most of all, I liked how efficient we were. It was definitely our best match of the weekend.”

Jordan Abalos capped off a stellar weekend with 13 kills in the match en route to being named Tournament MVP. She finished with a total of 55 kills, 38 digs, and two blocks. Brianna Ainsworth was also selected to the All-Tournament team finishing with 72 assists and 26 digs. The Aggies improved to 9-4 on the season as they are now beginning conference play.

abalosAbalos Named WAC Player of the Week

Thanks to an outstanding week at the Brown Invitational, junior outside hitter Jordan Abalos was named the WAC Player of the Week for the week of September 12 – September 18. It was the first time she has received the award in her career. This past weekend at the Brown Invitational tournament, Abalos totaled 56 kills (5.6 per set), 38 digs (3.8 per set), and hit an outstanding .431 hitting percentage. Abalos recorded a career-high 22 kills with 13 digs in the first match vs. Central Connecticut.

In a very competitive second match vs. Binghamton, she put up 20 kills with 17 digs- good for her ninth double-double of the year. To close out the weekend, she managed 13 kills against host Brown. Named a preseason First Team All-WAC selection, Abalos is seriously making a case for WAC Player of the Year: something to keep an eye on.

Why the Aggies are still in position to go bowling

Opinionated Editorial

By: Derek Gonzales

We are four weeks into the college football season and there is still hope in Las Cruces for a bowl game. Yeah, it’s been awhile since we’ve turned to the calendar to October with the Aggies still having a shot, but believe it or not, NMSU is in as good as a position to turn to the corner as they’ve given themselves in recent memory. Here’s how the Aggies could be on their way to ending their 56-year bowl drought.

Beating UNM without Rose

Can you imagine LSU without Leonard Fournette, or Stanford without Christian McCaffrey? What about Florida State without Dalvin Cook? Those teams would be in a world of trouble without their all-world running backs, but the Aggies more than weathered the storm without AP All-American Larry Rose III. NMSU could not afford to begin the season 0-2, and somehow beat the better of their two rivals with a 32-31 win over New Mexico. UNM went 7-6 a year ago and returned most starters this season, so the importance of the win cannot be understated. As UNM coach Bob Davie said, “Our team has nothing to be ashamed about. That team [NMSU] is going to win some games this season.” Through three games, the team’s leading rusher is senior Xavier Hall with 163 yards, but Tyler Rogers leads with team with 63 carries. With Rose back, the same offense that hung 42 points on an SEC defense without their All-American will gain his services back. Watch out.

The schedule isn’t as daunting as we thought

With the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns coming into town for homecoming Saturday, it is another chance for the team to pick up a conference win against a traditional Sun Belt power that they were able to beat on the road last season. The Aggies, with Rose, should be able to beat ULL at home. With a bye week before playing FCS-bound Idaho, the Aggies will be rested and confident and should beat a Vandal team that will not have more than two wins on the season at that point. At worst, NMSU will be 3-3 at that point. With Georgia Southern coming in the following week, it will be a tough game for NMSU. But with the team stopping a triple option offense early in the season [UNM], the Aggies will be prepared and if they struggle defensively, this team can win a shootout against any team in the Sun Belt, and will beat the Eagles, pushing the team to 4-3. A money game against Texas A&M on October 29 will act as a bye week for coach Martin and Co., as he should hold out key guys and go into the game with the goal being to not get anybody injured. Arkansas State will be the first game of the last quarter of the season, and the Aggies will lose a game on the road against a team that will be fighting for the conference crown. At 4-5, the Aggies will come home for two straight, needing to win two of three to be bowl eligible. They will beat Texas State; another team they beat a year ago. Rose has said that he tries to have his best game against Texas State, and with the threat of Rogers being able to throw the deep ball efficiently, the offense will continue to light up Sun Belt defenses. Appalachian State will roll into Las Cruces and will spoil senior day unfortunately. The Mountaineers are the best team in the conference, and the task will be too tough for NMSU to overcome. For the last game of the regular season, the team heads to Mobile, Alabama for a matchup with South Alabama. South Alabama is only averaging 17.6 points-per-game through three games, so the Aggies will throw everything they have at the Jaguars, and will find a way to win the game with their offense. 6-6 record and bowl bound.

Special teams are a strength of the team

In 50/50 games, the deciding factor almost always comes down to special teams. The Aggies have five 50/50 games [Troy, ULL, GSU, Tex. St., USA], but the reason I am confident in them winning most of these is because of how well freshman punter Peyton Theisler and sophomore kicker Parker Davidson have played. NMSU doesn’t beat UNM without Theisler’s amazing play to chase a bad snap into the end zone and manage to punt it off before the defense blocked it or recovered the loose ball. It saved the Aggies two points, and the Aggies ended up winning by one. Thus far, Theisler is averaging an outstanding 46.6 yards per punt. Davidson has been a perfect 5-for-5 on field goals, including a 4-of-4 performance against UNM that earned him the Sun Belt Special Teamer of the Week award. If these two can keep making winning plays, the Aggies will find themselves winning close games they didn’t win in Martin’s first three years.

So you heard it here first. The New Mexico State football team WILL go to a bowl game this year. Start saving money for the road trip to whichever city hosts the Aggies in their first bowl game since 1960.

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NMSU’s Foreign Exchange Students Break Barriers

By: Salina Madrid

Exchange students from all over the world are taking in the most of their experience here at New Mexico State University.

“I love the Freedom here and I love the laws,” said Nawaf Almajed, a senior at NMSU from Kuwait. “The American dream to me, being a foreigner, is being able to be free.”

Making study abroad apart of education allows students to gain skills that will help benefit their future.

“The primary focus of an exchange is the academic side of it,” said Kari Rankin, an international education advisor at NMSU. “But they are allowed to join any student organization, allowed to take any classes they want, as long as the have the pre-requisites for them. They also live on campus and are able to get that campus life experience.”

Learning how to interact with people from different countries and cultures is useful for college students.

It allows them to become more diverse in various areas.

“The Asian schools seem to be a lot more difficult,” said Rankin, “So when the Korean students come here, it is like a break for them from intense studying. Being here is a chance for them to be involved in more social activities.”

Research shows that experience in other countries makes people more creative, flexible, and complex thinkers.

NMSU last spring had 49 exchange students; last fall had 66 and currently has 36 attending the university.

“They love it here. It’s not uncommon for them to come back for grad school. We have a few that love it so much that they withdraw from their home university and come here,” said Rankin.

NMSU’s goal is to provide a unique, memorable, life changing experience to foreign exchange students.

Many people describe the United States as the land of opportunity and the American dream.

For exchange student Nawaf Almajed, it is just that.

“The American Dream to me, being a foreigner, is being able to be free,” said Almajed.

He is from Kuwait, and came to the United States when he started college and hasn’t turned back since.

Almajed is graduating in May and is grateful he was able to be here, in America.

“I can be whatever I want to be in America, when over there I can’t. The people over there expect you to be like them,” said Almajed.

Last year, 12 students at New Mexico State University received a total of 38,000 dollars in scholarships to study abroad for the summer and fall.

In addition to that, NMSU has been ranked a top 10 American University for the number of recipients who receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which offers grants for U.S. undergraduate students of limited financial means to do academic studies or internships abroad.

The university strongly encourages students to grasp this experience.

For more information on Study Abroad at NMSU, go to

There’s No Place Like Homecoming

By: Salina Madrid

New Mexico State University will come together to celebrate years of Aggie tradition the last week of September through October for homecoming.

“This year we are trying to do everything bigger. We want to have better events so that we have more people, more participation, more school spirit, which helps our football team and all in all it just makes it a better overall campus experience,” said Collin Luschei, the Assistant Director of Activities for ASNMSU.

The 2016 theme is “There’s No Place Like Home.” ASNMSU hopes that it will bring back wonderful memories, generate open interpretation, and provide many great showcases.

They have been working closely with the Alumni Association of NMSU to plan traditional homecoming events and are hoping to make every event, just as meaningful for them.

“The alumni really like to come back for homecoming, so we are trying to make each event as enjoyable and authentic as possible,” said Luschei.

Activities will include reunions for the graduating classes of 1956 and 1966, along with many others.

The alumni are encouraged to be involved in all the events for the week. On September 29th there will be an event dedicated strictly to alumni, where they will be able to come back to the school and converse with students about their lives and time at NMSU.

You can still register for this event online at ASNMSU’s Homecoming page.

ASNMSU hopes that everyone including, students, faculty, alumni, and the community will get involved for these events.

“I think that it is really important for students to realize that Homecoming is put on by ASNMSU, which is completely separate from the university,” said Ismael Torres, the Chief of Staff for ASNMSU. “NMSU is very helpful within allowing us to put on our events, but in many ways we coordinate this all on our own for the students and to benefit them. We make alumni a priority, but ultimately the events that we put on are for the students.”

Homecoming week is put on primarily by students, who have positions directed towards campus activities.

“Being students, it helps us to know what students like and what their interests are. If we were older people trying to put on these events, we wouldn’t be in the loop. We aren’t afraid to ask students what they want to see and we try our best to give those things to them because our goal is to mostly benefit them,” said Luschei.

All proceeds this year are going straight to Cowboys for Cancer Research in Las Cruces.

“We’re trying to keep the funds on campus as well as donating to a good cause,” said Luschei.

During the 2015 homecoming week, ASNMSU raised around 750 dollars.

This year there goal is to raise more money by having higher participation at all events.

“We’re trying to reach a few thousand dollars because some of our silent auction gifts are worth a lot of money. And the more money we donate, the better it is for the cause,” said Luschei.

On Wednesday, September 28, a silent auction will be held, which is the newest event to homecoming week.

They chose to add this event in hopes to raise more money.

“It is going to be really big,” said Luschei. “We’ve been doing pretty well and are going to have close to 50 items including stuff like gift cards, gift baskets, and even diamonds. Everyone will be able to come have a bidding war.”

A lot of preparation goes into these events, especially the parade, which takes place on Saturday October 1.

“We’re just trying to get as many participants as possible, trying to make it bigger and better than last year,” said Luschei.

Putting together a homecoming float, directed towards the theme, takes a lot of time and effort. But for Greek Life, it is something that they have done for years.

“We work together to include everyone and to get the job done,” said Talia Sacco, the Homecoming Chair of Chi Omega at NMSU. “We all have the same goal in mind, which helps to complete it all.”

The process of homecoming entails a sorority partnering up with a fraternity to combine their efforts and build a float together.

“What I like most about it is that it’s a time where you can see people, you might not always get the chance to see because of crazy schedules. Also, being paired up with another chapter gives us the opportunity to meet new people,” said Sacco. “Homecoming is one of the most fun experiences I’ve had at NMSU.”

ASNMSU understands that these events can be time consuming, but the more effort that people put into them, will only increase the awareness and strength of being an Aggie.

This is one of NMSU’s longest standing traditions that the university gets to put on for the community.

“I think our hope is that we provide students with some fun events while inspiring student spirit on campus,” said Matt Bose, the President of ASNMSU. “Events like car smash have been around for so long and it’s just so great to see students get involved.”

Also, don’t forget about the football game on Saturday, October 1, where the Aggies will take on the Louisiana Raging Cajuns.

Clear your schedule for a week full of festivities.

For more information or further questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact ASNMSU’s Director of Activities, Thomas Douglas at (575)-646-4415 or by email at

Homecoming- What it Means For Students

By: Luigi “Luigi” Finston

Homecoming has been a tradition at NMSU since 1926 and allows for alumni and current students to show their school spirit and pride.

Student organizations are in the process of building their floats for the Homecoming parade and spending afternoons and late nights constructing them.

The school itself takes a considerable amount of time to prepare and get ready as well. With departments and colleges, such as the College of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and the College of Business wanting to be represented at homecoming, it is a school effort to get everyone in the mood and spirit for the homecoming feeling.

Greek Life historically has stolen the show during homecoming with their float ideas and skit performances. Every fraternity and sorority is required to put in time to produce float.

By adding chants, songs, acts and dances to their float, the goal is to come up with something original and memorable.

The term homecoming speaks for itself, by implementing that graduates and alumni returning back “home” to the university from which they graduated from.

It provides them with the opportunity to reconnect with some of their old classmates and friends as well as catch up after potentially many years of separation.

“Homecoming is in the name” said Steven Garcia, senior at NMSU and past participants in the homecoming parade float with the Newman Center in previous years.

“It’s aimed towards alumni who are returning to the school” Garcia said, “To re-experience their college days and see how things have changed.”

With homecoming, there is of course the prime event: the football game.

“The event itself I feel is targeted more toward alumni then the current student body. But I think it’s great that the student body gets involved with events … it shows the alumni that there still is life at this University.”

Additionally, “Keep State Great” is an annual community service event that takes place before the week of homecoming.

Students, alumni, faculty and staff commit their time to cleaning up and keeping the NMSU Campus a clean and safe environment. Some of the projects include, cleaning, painting, and picking up trash on the NMSU campus.

However, there are also some students that often times do not participate in the homecoming week and everything it entails. One student is Dante Avalos, a junior at NMSU studying Biochemistry, who says he has rarely participated in the festivities, “The only thing I’ve ever done pertaining to homecoming, was attend a parade two years ago” he says. “Other than that, I don’t hear much about it.”

Yet Avalos believes that this could be a bad misrepresentation, particularly due to the fact his department does not emphasis the event as much.

“Then again I could be looking in the wrong places, but when it comes to the chemistry and biochemistry department, one doesn’t really see an emphasis on it.”



Homecoming is Just Days Away: What the Health and Social Services Team is Doing

By Courtney Beck

Homecoming Parade: October 1, 2016 at 10:00am, University Ave.

With October being just around the corner, NMSU students are preparing for the annual Homecoming Parade. The parade is a popular event that is held on the day of homecoming, which this year is Saturday, October 1, 2016 on University street.

The street is closed off in the morning for homecoming floats, organizations, cheerleader, and the Aggie pride Band to show their NMSU pride to all how attend the parade.

NMSU fraternities and sororities make floats every for the parade, and organizations throughout the college are also involved the displaying what they love and work so hard for on a float of their own.

One organization that is making a statement in the parade are the CHSS Council & Student Ambassadors. Erika Talamantes, Treasurer for the Student Ambassadors, is excited and ready to take on the Homecoming festivities and hard work.

When asked about how she and her team are feeling about their float progress, Talamantes reported, “The float is coming along great! We are all very excited to be working on it. There are so many creative ideas we have and can not wait to see the finish product. ”

Participants of the parade are all incorporating and taking to heart the theme of Homecoming this year, “There’s No Place Like Home”.

Talamante’s response to the theme was, “We absolutely love the theme! It allows us to display different perspectives of what it means to us. We all see NMSU as our home thus we incorporated a lot of it into our float. ”

” As a group we all loved the idea because the theme means different things to all of us. This theme allows us to express different perspectives of “There is no Place Like Home.” Overall our group focused on and incorporated themes of New Mexico, the University, and the College of Health and Social Services into the float, as for us these are some of the things that represents home.”

The Homecoming Parade is great fun and an opportunity for clubs ad organizations to get their name out to the public. However, the clubs and organizations participating in the parade are in a competition to see who can win for building and designing the best float. “In the past the Student Ambassadors have always made an effort to participate in the float. I am very proud to say that last year we won our category. We look forward to being a competitive group again this year. This year we are also collaborating the CHSS Council on the float. They are part of our group at the college and what better way to represent the theme than to be working as a family. ”

What does it mean for CHSS Council & Student Ambassadors organization to be this years Homecoming Parade?

“Being in the parade helps our organizations (CHSS Council & Student Ambassadors) in many ways. It especially allows us to be active members of the NMSU family. Our college focuses, promotes, and provides services related to health. For us being in the float helps us get our organizations’ recognition to allows us to further provide services to our community. For instance, as I mentioned earlier last year we won our category and were awarded with funds for our organization. This has allowed us to participate and offer our services to many more individuals in our community. ”

What are you looking forward to in this years Homecoming Parade?

“I am very excited to see our end results on the float! We are all working hard to best display what “There is No Place Like Home” means to us. This year we were very excited to be able to patriciate in many different homecoming events. We were able to donate items for the Silent Auction, The Council is working hard on decorating our door, and we all are looking forward to participating in the Car Chalking event. Many of us are using our personal vehicles to spread the word on upcoming homecoming events. ”

Events like the Homecoming Parade, provide the opportunity for students of all walks of life to come together and be apart of something bigger than just attending the college.

There are great opportunities all over campus to join and become part of something bigger than just attending classes and doing the same routine everyday.

Organizations and clubs like CHSS Council & Student Ambassadors, are always looking for more students to join and become part of the family.

To get involved with the CHSS Council & Student Ambassadors, you can contact Sarah Baker at or Erika Talamantes at

School of Medicine Offers New Opportunities

By: Luis “Luigi” Fintston

NMSU has helped usher in the new addition of The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Located on the outskirts of campus on the Southern part of the campus by the NMSU Football stadium, the architecture of the building itself, makes it stand out.

It is one of the newest medical colleges in the state of New Mexico along with the United States.

The school’s focus is to provide healthcare in the Southwest region and the New Mexico area.

The school itself is a private and free standing college. However, since it was built and constructed so close to the NMSU campus, it also has close affiliations with the University and students who attend the school participate in student life, among other ammentities.

Burrell offers new residency programs in medical fields such as family medicine, internal medicine, anesthesiology, urology, surgery, sports medicine, and OB/GYN. Being so close to the border region, the school has clinical affiliations with medical centers in Chihuahua, Mexico.

According to the Burrell College website, this provides students wanting experience south of the border elective experience which includes residency components and clerkships.

One of the main missions of the school, is to provide effective physician help to people living on the border and Hispanic and Native American people.

The curriculum at Burrell is very similar to the NMSU is set up. Students who attend the school participate in lectures, labs, team based learning, and meeting in large and small group sessions. However, students are also exposed to clinical case presentations.

The variety of learning formats that are offered at the school helps to “promote application of knowledge, develop clinical skills, and stimulate critical thinking and problem solving skills” as stressed on the school’s fact sheet.

Students are expected to finish a student project prior to graduation that will be either published or presented.

The estimated tuition cost for the 2016 and 2017 Academic year at Burrell College is $46,650. There are opportunities with financial aid however.

Burrell College is an exciting new addition to the city of Las Cruces and to the campus life area. With student from around the state and country attending the new medical school, new possibilities for the city and region spring up. As mentioned in the mission for the school, “For the People and the Future”.


BAC in Town

By: Will VanOrder

Several weeks ago, The Round Up offered students a brief overview of the $12.1 million in budget cuts occurring across the campus of New Mexico State University. These budget cuts affected nearly every facet of the university, with the colleges themselves being hit the hardest in some cases. After the latest meeting of the Business Advisory Council, the College of Business feels prepared to take on the task at hand. This is a report on how one college is utilizing its resources to help protect the future of their students, and of the university as a whole.

James Hoffman Photo Credit: NMSU

The Business Advisory Council- or B.A.C- is a community of NMSU college of business alumni or partners who are both financially and personally making an investment in the College of Business. According to the College of Business website, “Members are asked to contribute a minimum of $500.00 per year…” This is the lowest level of sponsorship that a member can attain, with corporate levels in the thousands. The B.A.C is also heavily involved with Jim Hoffman, Dean of the College of Business. They serve as a panel to help discuss the issues and opportunities facing the college. According to their mission statement, they serve a variety of purposes as internal resources. The most relevant of these as of late is the act of advising the college on marketplace and educational needs.

Hoffman described the B.A.C as, “Alumni and people from the business community whose function is to serve in an advisory capacity for myself on a number of relevant topics…” However, in his short time as Dean, Hoffman has worked to make the Council more inviting for students to input their opinions on these very matters. “One of the primary focuses of that group is to interact with students… We have a student town hall meeting where we (the B.A.C) meet with students to discuss issues in the college and try to come up with solutions to those issues.” These students are generally all from an upper division course, and the town hall will last anywhere between one to two hours.

The most recent town hall meeting took place on Wednesday, Sep. 15. During the meeting, Hoffman revealed that the primary focus was on the topic of recruitment and retention, with a special emphasis on retention. One of the Dean’s primary initiatives has been the mentorship program for freshman through the student ambassadors of the College of Business. “We’ve been working a lot on retention through decreasing class size and having our ambassadors mentor groups of five students… Retention of freshman aids the enrollment at New Mexico State University, and when we retain more students, that means we’re simultaneously helping the current financial situation.” Hoffman said that the college had worked vigorously to lower the class sizes of all entry-level BUSA and BCIS classes to an average of 40 students, compared to upwards of a hundred in previous semesters. “Minimizing the number of students in each class not only allows for more personal interaction, but it creates the opportunities for BCIS classes to spend more time in computer labs developing and practicing the skills they are being taught,” Hoffman explained.

“We’re also working on developing the programs we currently offer students, as well as focusing on getting our students to graduate on time,” Hoffman stated. The program he referred to is, as he described it, a cohort MBA program. The goal of this program is to offer additional programs which will generate tuition, which would then mean additional revenue. “We’re also simultaneously reducing the costs associated with these programs, which aids in the long term value of the college.” These programs are still being perfected according to Hoffman, who seemed very excited as he spoke about their potential revenue increase for the college. The

Long term value is something that NMSU could definitely use more of. With attendance of New Mexico higher education institutions down across the board, universities across the state have been struggling to come up with solutions to the problem. According to the Albuquerque Journal, between 2014 and 2015 New Mexico led the nation in university attendance decline with an 8.3% drop in just one year. With a lower attendance and budget cuts due to state funding facing NMSU simultaneously, the B.A.C is working hard to ensure that their college can remain a profitable one for both students and the university as a whole

“The administration and the faculty care deeply for the students. We want to do everything in our power to make them successful. Talk is cheap, and I feel that our faculty are backing up that statement on a daily basis… It truly is a caring community.” The Business Advisory Council is only one of several alumni-based organizations that work for the betterment of the university. Based on the effort they are putting forth to ensure the long-term success of the college. Many of the colleges at New Mexico State University have similar organizations, but do not have the creative and student-integrative setup that the B.A.C provides. According to the NMSU factbook for the fall of 2015, the College of Business is currently the third largest college on campus for undergraduate students, but has the most developed strategies for involving their students in the happenings of the college.

The next B.A.C meeting is set to take place on April 27 & 28 of 2017, and Dean Hoffman is hopeful that the initiatives being put in action this semester will have tangible results by then. His goals are to not only deal with the current economic stresses of the college, but to emerge on the other side with long-term improvements for faculty and students alike. “We are trying to increase revenue through tuition while also giving students a great college experience,” Hoffman stated. “We’re trying to help students see how successful they can be with a degree from New Mexico State University.”

While only time will tell if the initiatives and programs the B.A.C is pushing for will be successful, Hoffman continues his personal fight to retain as many students as possible. He has made several visits to introduction classes, offering his personal phone number as a point of contact. The task of overcoming their portion of the budget cuts is intense, but the B.A.C seems to be trying to serve as a flagship for the other colleges, with dean Hoffman putting his best foot forward to keep the value of his College as high as possible.

An Economic Update

By: Will VanOrder

New Mexico is currently ranked 47 on Forbes’ list for best states for business, and right now it is extremely evident why that is. The state is struggling financially, and for several reasons. Oil and gas prices drive a large portion of public funding for the state of New Mexico, and things are not looking good. Several news sources have recently announced that New Mexico is in the middle of overcoming a $325 million deficit for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which could potentially worsen. Things have been rocky for New Mexico State University, but the state of New Mexico is in a downright bleak place.

According to a report by the New Mexico Tribune, “The projected $325 million deficit for the current year’s budget comes  in part because state revenue projections from January were off by more than half a billion dollars.” Budgets were originally based on the circumstances of increased prices for oil/gas, which have so far heavily disappointed the state. According to Senate Finance Committee chairman John Arthur Smith, the state is relying heavily on tobacco settlement money from previous years to help accommodate for the severe lack of accuracy in budgeting by New Mexico.

Not only is the state facing budget cuts, but they are also struggling to collect close to $200 million in unpaid taxes from insurance companies across the state, which accounts for roughly 25% of all premium taxes paid to the state by companies. While these funds can still be collected in the future, these numbers have been growing over the past five years according to the Las Cruces Sun-News. Several reports from different news sources paint a picture of a convoluted process to recover these funds from the insurance companies, with Insurance Superintendent John Frachini going as far as to confirm that his fraud bureau is still in the midst of an investigation which began in Dec. of last year (Las Cruces Sun-News).

How does this affect students at New Mexico State University? Any time the state faces a lack of funding, public education can expect to be dealt a lower budget than they would like. NMSU is already working with heavy budget cuts, and with these latest fiscal reports there is enough evidence to predict more cuts will be coming with the future. If New Mexico is forced to follow through with their current plans, then the State’s reserves would be cut to only two percent, according to NM Political Report.

One proposed solution is to implement a rotation-style funding, where older projects with stagnation lose funding in favor of newer projects with higher potentials within the state. These cuts would be determined “project by project” according to Legislative Finance Committee Director David Abbey. Ideally, these project funding initiatives would be able to cover close to $100 million of the shortcoming.

The shining city on a hill for New Mexico right now is that FaceBook recently announced their intentions to build a database center in Los Lunas in the year 2018. While this is still far off in the distance, its confirmation could help to spur local economic growth in the area. It will be FaceBook’s fifth data center in the United States, offering New Mexico the unique opportunity to place itself at the forefront of a global company. According to the Albuquerque Journal, “Los Lunas has promised Facebook up to $30 billion in industrial revenue bonds, a gross receipts tax reimbursement of up to $1.6 million and $10 million in Local Development Act funding. The state also will offer the company access to $3 million in Job Training Incentive Program money.” The project is expected to produce anywhere from 300-500 jobs for the construction phase, and 50 fulltime positions. This will be the largest capital investment New Mexico has participated in since the turn of the millennium. Governor Susana Martinez is hoping that this will help stimulate the economic development of New Mexico, something that is evidently needed.