Aggies rout ENMU for tenth straight win

By: Derek E. Gonzales

 

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Eli Chuha defends the basketball against ENMU Tuesday night at the Pan American Center. NMSU won its 18th straight home game 84-50. 

Hosting New Mexico State’s first ever Canada Night, Toronto native and NMSU head coach Paul Weir and his Aggies made the most of the occasion, routing D-II Eastern New Mexico by the score of 84-50 Tuesday night at the Pan American Center.

The NMSU roster features four Canadians (Jermaine Haley, Matt Taylor, Jalyn Pennie, and Tanveer Bhullar) and have had a pipeline to Canadian prep players that have included Hernst Laroche, Sim Bhullar, and Daniel Mullings since Marvin Menzies hired Weir into the program in 2007.

The Canadian National Anthem was played pre-game, and Canadian and former NMSU and Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Roy Gerela was in attendance to watch the Aggies lead by as many as 21 in the first half. Weir and the team were glad they could show gratitude towards former Canadian Aggies.

“This is my tenth year here now, and we’ve had several (Canadian) players, so it was a cool night for me and the guys who have come here to just give back our appreciation,” Weir said about the theme of the night. “It was a neat deal and I’m glad everybody did it.”

NMSU (12-2) shot 48.5 percent from the field in the first half, but turned the ball over ten times against the overmatched Greyhounds. ENMU (5-9) was able to turn those turnovers into 12 points, but the Aggies still lead 45-28 at the half.

“Our defensive rebounding and our turnovers were just not where they were supposed to be and they have to improve drastically if we are going to win on Friday night,” Weir said. “Eastern probably played harder than we did, and it is unacceptable. We need to make sure we have our effort every night.”

Despite not playing a crisp game, the Aggies had another impressive defensive showing, allowing ENMU to shoot just 24 percent in the game and conceding just 50 points, 17 points below their average (67.5) this season. The full-court pressure caused ENMU to turn the ball over 17 times, though NMSU had 18 turnovers of their own. After an eight-day layoff, it was encouraging to see a solid defensive effort, even with a sparse Pan American Center crowd of 3,912.

The 18th straight win on the Pan American parquet floor was by the second-largest margin during the home winning streak (NMSU beat Arizona Christian by 48 to begin the season) and saw the Aggies reel off an 18-0 second half run to extend a 19-point lead to 37 (largest lead of the game).

NMSU shot 47.4 percent for the game and made nine three-pointers, led by Ian Baker, who had 18 points in just 27 minutes of action. Eli Chuha was just one rebound short of a double-double, scoring 16 points and bringing down 9 rebounds, while Huggins continued his strong performance from behind the arc, shooting 3-of-5 from deep en route to 15 points.

The struggling UTEP Miners come into Las Cruces Friday night at 7 p.m. for NMSU’s final non-conference game before the Aggies start WAC play January 5 at UMKC.

A Slow Kind of Fast

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By: Albert Luna

Have you ever heard the saying “time flies while you’re having fun”? As if time itself will give us the courtesy of changing speeds based on how we are feeling in a particular situation. According to a 2005 report out of the University of Munich, which surveyed many people towards their later years in life (75 and above), the time period that went by the “fastest” was between the ages of 18-24. It’s ironic that during a time when virtually everyone across campus is pegged with an uncertain future after leaving this campus, which could bring with it worry and stress, that college aged students are essentially the happiest of the aged groups. For the first time in all of my semesters in college, this is the first time I, and many other people here on The Round Up staff, can say” Where did the time go.” One thing that I hope is for certain for you, the readers, is that your time did not go to waste. This semester at The Round Up brought with it 13 issues in all, covering anything from sports, money, to, of course, the Presidential Election. We worked hard, since our full staff reported on August 1st, to give a once dying college publication the revival it properly deserved. The Round Up has been around since 1907, think about that for a minute, it really does carry some significant weight. As an entity, we have taken our fair share of adversity this semester but I am proud to say that we never missed what really mattered, the reader and getting out relevant NMSU related content. Sometimes, when you are trying to build from scratch, these things take time to perfect, and we recognize that. If you have been a recurring reader of us at any point this semester, just know that I deeply would like to thank you and your support. We really would not be lucky enough to have these jobs if it wasn’t for the readers. Finally, to all first-time readers and people still on the fence if they ever want to pick up an issue again, I urge you to check us out next semester, you never know what you might find. Yes, time is moving fast, and it is our job to report, journal, analyze and produce all of these memories, good or bad, that are being made. Merry Christmas to you all and we will see you for issue fourteen of The Round Up.

A Little Work Goes a Long Way

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By: Katie Kilbane

Internships are the best way to curb that adventurous appetite. The classroom can seem duel at certain times during a college career and nearly all places of employment want people to have real world experience. So why not pack your bags and head to the happiest place on earth.

The Walt Disney World Company started the Disney College Program in 1981 and had only 200 students that participated. Now, the program hosts nearly 8,000 students every year for universities all over the nation, they even host international students from around the globe.

Being a ‘DCP’ is an incredible experience. I went for my program during the 2014 fall semester. This particular internship is considered a Co-op at NMSU and I was able to continue on with you studies after it was completed. I lived only miles away from Disney Springs and visited the Disney Parks over 30 times in a four month period. The perks were incredible, ranging from free park access, holiday discounts on merchandise and food, discounts on resort stay and a weekly paycheck.

I worked at a resort in a recreation role and my fellow cast members made my experience all the better. The training for my role was in-depth and being able to make guests have a magical experience on their vacations is heartwarming.

If you’re wanting to have a fun, yet educational internship to include on your resume check out the Disney College Program. Information on the program can be found online at http://cp.disneycareers.com/en/default/. Live in a new city, learn from passionate cast members and earn not only a paycheck, but valuable work experience.

Aggies Volleyball Season Recap

By: Joseph Fullbright

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The New Mexico State women’s volleyball team officially closed out the 2016 season with a 3-2 victory over UTEP [25-20, 18-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-12] in the Battle of I-10 at Memorial Gym in El Paso.

The Aggies jumped out early taking set one before struggling mightily in the second. The second set saw NMSU hit a rough -.024 and commit 11 attack errors. UTEP would go on to take the third set as well and was looking to close out the match.

Facing a 2-1 deficit, the Aggies knew they had to step it up if they wanted to end the season on a high note. They won the fourth set thanks to successful offensive attacking, which forced the decisive fifth set. The two teams were tied at 12 before the Aggies ended the match on a 3-point scoring streak to secure the 15-12 victory.

“Glad we were able to come back from down 2-1 and overcome all of our attack errors,” Aggie head coach Mike Jordan said. “Fortunately our block came alive and score for us in the fifth set.”

With the victory, the Aggies improved to and will finish the season with a 24-7 record, including a 13-1 mark in WAC play. It is the 14th time in 19 seasons that a Jordan-coached team finished with 20 or more wins in a season.

Aggies Take Home Plenty of Accolades

Following the regular season, the Western Athletic Conference honored the season’s top performers with accolades and honors.

Aggie outside-hitters Jordan Abalos and Tatyana Battle were named to the All-WAC First Team thanks to stellar seasons. Abalos, a junior, led the team with 426 kills on the year (3.70 per set) and finished with 17 double-doubles. Battle really made a name for herself in only her sophomore year finishing second on the team with 389 kills, including a season-high 28 at UTRGV back on November 5.

The Aggies were also represented well on the All-WAC Second Team with outside-hitter Sasha-Lee Thomas and libero Ariadnne Sierra taking home the honors. Thomas, who was selected as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year prior to the year, had a very solid junior campaign leading the Aggies with 92 blocks on the defensive end while finishing 3rd with 316 kills. Sierra finished the season with 548 digs (4.68 per set). She recorded double-digit digs in 27 of the team’s 31 season games.

In addition to being named to the All-WAC Second Team, Sierra was also named the WAC Libero of the Year.

Rounding out the accolades for the Aggies was setter Crash Parker, who was named to the All-WAC Freshman Team. She finished her freshman season with 548 assists- good for second on the team.

Looking Ahead to 2017

It was not the ending to the season that Mike Jordan and his volleyball team were looking for. After jumping out to a dominant 20-5 start, they began to struggle down the stretch dropping two of their final six matches. They barely squeaked by with three of those four victories coming by way of fifth set battles.

The rough late-season stretch was capped with a defeat to UT-Rio Grande Valley in the WAC Tournament Semifinals by way of a 3-1 score. The Aggies entered the tournament as the #1 seed and, thanks to it being hosted in Las Cruces, were the heavy favorites to win it and clinch an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Sure the 2016 season may leave a sour taste in coach Jordan and the team’s mouths, but there is a lot to look forward to as far as 2017 is concerned.

Let’s start off with the obvious: head coach Mike Jordan will be back for his 20th season at the helm of the team. His 421 career victories speak for themselves when looking at his success here in Las Cruces. He has also won at least 20 games in 14 of his 19 seasons. Jordan will also hopefully retain assistant coaches Keith Rubio and Ben Wallis- two guys who are very underrated as far as the teams’ success is concerned. We know that the coaches will most likely be there, so what about the roster?

This 2016 Aggie team really overachieved on the court this season. They came into the year coming off of one of the best seasons in program history (28-6) in 2015 and had to face the challenge of replacing five very important lost seniors. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year, yet coach Jordan got his players to exceed all expectations and finish the year with great success.

The best thing to look forward to? There were ZERO seniors on the roster in 2016. Barring any transfers, the Aggies will return almost everybody in 2017. Offensive attackers Jordan Abalos, Sasha-Lee Thomas, and Kassandra Tohm, along with WAC Libero of the Year Ariadnne Sierra will be seniors. Tatyana Battle and Brianna Ainsworth, who were both huge this past season and were starters, will also just be juniors. Crash Parker, Megan Hart, and Brigette Lowe will be among those who will be sophomores. Next year’s team could very well go down as one of the most talented rosters that Las Cruces has ever seen on the court.

The future is definitely bright for the New Mexico State volleyball team.

NMSU Football Finishes Off Disappointing Year

By: Derek Gonzales

Season Started Off on the Wrong Foot

There was a ton of anticipation heading into the UTEP game on September 3 after NMSU was in charge of last year’s game before blowing a 14-point head in the final four minutes of the game and losing in overtime. The week before the game, Tyler Rogers was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge (which was later dropped), but the cloud hanging over him might have distracted him and the team going into week one. Graduate-transfer Tyler Matthews quit the team the day Rogers’ situation came out to the public, citing how “he did not agree how things had been handled inside the program.” 24 hours later, news broke that AP All-American Larry Rose III and linebacker Derek Ibekwe would both miss the game due to sports hernia injuries. The team lost a competitive 38-22 game, but it is fair to wonder how the outcome would change if Rose and Ibekwe had been able to play.

Tough Scheduling

This 2016 slate of opponents were the toughest NMSU has faced since the 2013 Independent season. Martin said that he would prefer to open the season against an FCS school, like New Mexico did with their season opener against South Dakota. After UTEP beat NMSU, they struggled to a 4-8 record. If NMSU had been able to schedule a game against an FCS school week one, and went ahead and beat UNM, that would have put the team at 2-0. Of course, there is the issue that NMSU has two rivals, neither of which are in their conference. Both games take up slots that would most likely being filled with an FCS opponent otherwise, while two money games are a necessity to boost the budget. Sun Belt wise, to play every school in the conference at least twice during their four-year contractual agreement with the conference, off the schedule went Georgia State (3-8 thus far) and UL Monroe (4-7) and on came Appalachian State (9-3) and South Alabama (6-6). This made the schedule a lot tougher for the Aggies, who could potentially have played nine bowls teams this season. Next year, the Aggies will switch home-and-away with each team they faced in conference play this year, and the non-conference opponents will be UTEP (at home), UNM (on road), a season-opener against in Tempe Arizona State, and a road game against the Arkansas Razorbacks. That slate will do next year’s team no favors.

Offense Underperformed

Injuries to the offensive line and down the stretch hampered an offense that came into 2016 believing it could average 30 points a game. Rose was not himself after the injury until the Louisiana-Lafayette win, but the offense has a unit did not meet expectations for a majority of the year. After a fantastic performance against Kentucky where the Aggies hung 42 points on an SEC defense, the team gained the services of Rose against Troy, but only scored six points in the 46-point loss. After scoring 37 points against ULL, the team had two weeks to prepare for an Idaho team that they beat the year before, went to Moscow still playing for something and lost 55-23. The defense could have been better at times, but defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani put an improved product on the field defensively. The 50-plus point games were due to an offense incapable of sustaining drives and turning the ball over. To go from 28.6 points per game in 2015 to 24.5 this season, even though they returned most key players it tough. The injury bug bit the team, and as Martin’s recruiting classes take shape, injuries hopefully will not be as hampering to the team as they go forward.

Most do not realize how tough it is for Martin and his staff to recruit quality athletes to Las Cruces with the budget restrictions and history that New Mexico State has on the field. 3-9 should leave folks disappointed, but the return of 19 starters and another full recruiting class keeps Aggie football trending upwards, for now.

 

 

Equality for all Aggies

By: Jianna Vasquez

Aggies for feminism is not only an organization that focuses on equality for women, but serves to promote equality among the whole NMSU student body.

A-F-F focuses on topics such as sexual violence, female sexuality, gender inequality in work and social environments, media representations of women and more.

The organization has events coming up during the spring semester, which will bring awareness to rape and gender equality

“We should all be treated equal because we are all human,” said A-F-F Vice President and creative writing major, Sarah Luna.

A-F-F will host its 5th annual “Slutwalk” this spring. This event is used to bring sexual violence awareness not only to the NMSU campus, but also to the Las Cruces community. The main intent of it is to shatter common myths about sexual violence and to educate the community about victim blaming.

A-F-F hopes to get across a message to the community that “yes means yes, and no means no.”

“Everyone deserves to dress the way they want to and it doesn’t mean that it’s an open invitation for someone to approach them in a sexual way,” said Luna

Members said that this event is not only aimed at educating people about sexual violence, but it is also aimed at teaching people that it is okay to be who they are, and to wear what you want without having to worry about being assaulted.

President of A-F-F, Anely Marrufo who has been pursuing two degrees in Anthropology and Criminal Justice, expressed the organizations importance to her.

“Aggies for feminism helps me realize what I stand for when it comes to equality, it also helps me learn new things from different people,” said Marrufo.

Marrufo grew up with a single mother who had to play the roles of both mom and dad. This played a big part in her becoming a feminist. Growing up she saw her mom do things like work on cars and then still go home and cook dinner.  More than anything, seeing this made her open her eyes to feminism and gender equality. Because of her upbringing she realizes how important the organization, and really are the values that A-F-F stand for.

Much like Marrufo, many of the other members share the same values, which is what brings these individuals together.

“We’re about complete equality between the sexes because one sex isn’t greater than the other,” said International business major, Rachel Traczyk.

Traczyk and fellow A-F-F member and Engineering major, Gabriel Hamilton, stress the importance about gender equality in the work field.

“We should all get paid the same,”

Hamilton says that he strongly agrees with her because everyone works just as hard to become successful. This is just one of the many issues that A-F-F discusses in their weekly meetings.

A-F-F hopes to add more individuals to their organization next semester. Aggies for Feminism meets every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Garcia hall in room 241B.

“Our goal is to share information that will help benefit one another and to be aware of what’s going on in the world,” said Marrufo.

Aggies for Feminism strives to create an inclusive environment. Their goal is to welcome people of all walks of life or political views into their community.

“We welcome a lot of perspectives and diversity of thinking because it helps us understand more, “said Marrufo. “Everyone is welcome with open arms.”

For more information about Aggies for Feminism you can contact the organization at AggiesForFeminism@gmail.com.

The End of a Journey for a New Zealand Aggie

By: Jianna Vasquez

NMSU will have hundreds of graduating students this December, and among those students will be a New Zealand native, Andrea Tauai.

Tauai was only 18-years-old when she made the decision to study and play college volleyball 7,000 miles away from her home.

“It was a big step, but I was super excited about the experience,” she said.

Tauai only had a 50-pound bag with all her belongings, as she was about to start a new journey in a new country. Boarding the plane and saying bye to her family wasn’t easy. She recalls not being able to breathe because she was balling her eyes out, but that soon changed.

“I walked through the gate and then I saw Justin Bieber,” said Tauai. “I immediately stopped crying and called my mom.”

Tauai took this as a good sign and she knew she was on the right path.  She boarded the plane for her long 12-hour flight to the United States to play college volleyball in Tampa, Florida at Hillsborough Community College.

During her freshman year she said that she often thought about going back home to New Zealand. She explained that American volleyball was far different from New Zealand volleyball. She went from practicing twice a week, to practicing six days a week for almost six hours when she was in Florida.

“At the time I didn’t realize that it’s just the culture of American Volleyball, but I look back at it and I’m so glad I didn’t quit because I wouldn’t have met the people that I’ve met and I wouldn’t have grown, not only as a person, but also as an athlete,” she said.

Tauai appreciated her two years at Hillsborough because she says it helped her become stronger when it came to being away from her family. Being alone forced her to make new friends and to try new things.

She often had to remind herself of why she made the decision to come to the United States.

“Andrea is a self driven young lady and when she sets her mind to doing something she’ll follow it through,” said Andrea’s mother, Tao Tauai.

Tauai finished her two years at Hillsborough where she earned her associates degree in Liberal arts, but her journey was far from over. She was offered a full ride scholarship to play volleyball and to continue her education at New Mexico State University.

Tauai, much like many people her age, didn’t know what career she wanted to pursue her bachelor’s degree in, but she knew she would have to eventually decide.

She remembers picking up a catalogue and seeing journalism as a degree choice. When she read further into what journalism had to offer she came upon broadcasting.

“When I came to New Mexico and took a few journalism classes, I loved it,” she said. Tauai said she never really enjoyed science or math classes, but once she took journalism classes, she knew that’s what she wanted to do.

Tauai’s journey as a college student will come to an end when she walks across the graduation stage on December 10.  But walking across that stage means so much more to her than just a degree.

The road to graduation has been anything, but easy, not only for Tauai, but also for her family. Months before she embarked on this journey for the United States her older sister, Amanda had passed away. Although, it was a hard time for her mother, father and older sister Irene, Tauai says that they were always behind her and any decision she made.

“The most difficult thing as a mother is having your children all leave at the same time, but we are so proud of her,” said Tauai’s mother, Tao.

Leaving her parents at a time like this was one of the hardest obstacles to overcome for her, but she now knows that she did the right thing.

“I felt like my sister would have wanted me to come over here and get a college degree, play volleyball and do what I love,” said Tauai.

Her mom explained that the loss of her sister motivated Tauai to pursue her dreams.

“Her sister would have been so proud,” said Tao.

Tauai will be the first in her family to obtain a degree and she couldn’t be prouder of herself. Her four-year journey to graduation will be over in a week.

“I’m super excited to see my hard work pay off and their hard work too, because they have supported me throughout my whole college career,” she said.

Tauai’s parents will be traveling from New Zealand to see their youngest daughter not only graduate, but accomplish the first of many dreams she had made for herself.

“She has grown to be an independent young lady and more responsible,” said Tauai’s mother. “We are so proud of how she’s worked really hard to succeed at what she was trying to achieve and proud of how she’s managed to stay away from our family for four years.”

NMSU’s commencement ceremony will be held December 10, 2016. For any further information about graduation contact the Educational Service Building at 575-646-7382.

Greeks Reaching New Peaks

By: Isaiah Silva

Of the many activities and organizations to choose from on NMSU’s campus, Greek Life is a popular choice  – this semester is no exception.

Joining Greek Life at NMSU is an easy way to get involved and make long-lasting relationships. This semester, the campus population involved in Greek Life grew from four percent to eight percent.

“Greek life has forever changed my life. The amount of amazing people that I have befriended the past three and a half years has been incredible. Being apart of Lambda Chi Alpha has developed me into the man I am today,” Armando Rodriguez, a senior at NMSU said. “I have learned so much, and acquired a brotherhood that I am so thankful for. Greek life gives you the opportunity to build amazing friendships, and gather real life knowledge which can better prepare you for the future.”

The organizations put a lot of time and effort to help give back to their campus and their community. They like to help create a better environment for everyone. This could go from helping out on campus, within the community, and to even set good examples for those around them.

“Throughout the course of the semester Lambda Chi has raised $2,800 and donated over 4000 pounds of food for our philanthropy Feeding America.” Rodriguez said.

Philanthropies are projects and/or events that groups organize in order to benefit the surrounding community. These can involve any sorority or fraternity and all members of Greek Life.  The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity has donated nearly $1000 while helping other philanthropies. In addition, the other organizations on campus have also donated good amounts of money in order to help others.

There is also a big focus on schoolwork in Greek Life as well. Examples on how members strive toward academic excellence would be upperclassmen counseling, peer tutoring, and chapter study hours. All of these help new students with their transition into college and introduce them to the devotion that college requires.

Nationally, just over 50 percent of college students go onto graduate, but the U.S Department of Education shows that Greek Life members graduate at a rate of approximately 70 percent.

On average, members of Greek Life are above male and female GPA averages.

Greek Life leaves a lasting impression on its members. When I asked Armando Rodriguez how going Greek has affected him, he had this to say, “To be quite honest I have learned more being apart of Lambda Chi than any class that I have taken. Greek life gives you the opportunity to build amazing friendships, and gather real life knowledge which can better prepare you for the future.”

I also asked Armando Rodriguez what event has been his favorite from this semester.

“My favorite memory from this year would have to be Delta Gamma’s Anchor Splash. Their event is a week long full of festivities, which consist of Mr. Anchor Splash, Penny Wars, and the main event Anchor Splash. It was really great to see Greek Life, as a whole, come together to support one another.”

Another accomplishment that the Lambda Chi chapters can enjoy is they won the Bruce McIntosh Out Chapter Operations award and the Warren A. Cole Recruitment award both which are only given to three deserving chapters in the country.

For information on the 17 Greek organizations on New Mexico State’s campus, you can visit greeklife.nmsu.edu.

What’s Next?

The Next Chapter in Life

By: Luis “Luigi” Finston

Seniors at NMSU are preparing for one of the biggest days of their lives as College Graduation inches closer every day. On December 10, scores of young men and women will take the stage and walk at the Pan Am American Center and handed the degree that they have been working on for the past several years.

College graduation is a milestone that lives on in people’s lives forever. It is a day when hard work pays off. After years of taking core classes, prerequisite courses, and making new friends in various communities and student organizations, students are prepared to take the next big step in life in the what we call “REAL WORLD”.

Some graduating Senior are not one hundred percent sure what they want to do after they graduate. But others have an agenda and a game plan already set into place. Several seniors look to have promising career opportunities because of previous internships, work experience, leadership roles, and college involvement.

Julian Martinez is senior majoring in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Martinez said that while others in his commencement class may be anxious to move away and leave right away, his plan is to stick around for a temporary time. “I’m going to stay in the area for a little”, he said. “I just want to save up a little more money rather than making a big transition right off the bat.”

“My plan after graduation is to settle into a nice job and work for a bit and build up my resume slightly more. Hopefully in the next few years I can move up to an upper management position in the Hotel Industry.”

Martinez described his “Dream Job” as having obtained the position of a General Manager of a Hotel in a larger city such as Phoenix or a significantly populated city in Texas such as Houston or Dallas. He stated that any of those options or a corporate type of job would be most fitting.

“Those are goals that many in the Hotel and Management industry strive for”, he said.

“I do want to stay within the Southwestern part of the U.S., unless an offer comes my way that blows my mind. I’m not a very big fan of cold weather”, he laughs.

Martinez has been in school for four and a half years. In that time period, it has been nothing short of an experience and rewarding.

“I’ve really been one to keep myself busy”, he said.

“I severed as the President of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and I was a senator for the College of ACES this past academic year. At one point I was a co-founder for the NMSU Campus Lions Club and served as the Treasurer, and was a co-founder and president of DECA at NMSU. I’ve been Treasurer of the College of Business; on the Business Council and for a brief time, I was a sports writer for the NMSU RoundUp. I also took the opportunity to work as an intern for the Wood Spring Suites here in Las Cruces.”

Martinez’s accomplishments go without saying and the NMSU Senior is excited to begin a new chapter in his life. When asked how he made it to graduation through all the work and hardships, Martinez said one of the key things is to find something that motivates you besides a degree.

“I think that having something bigger whether the motivation be your family or anything is always crucial”, he said.

“For me, it was being in the student organizations that I was in and not wanting to let others down in those organizations. Be sure to find something that drives you to want to get things done.”

But the main statement that Martinez posed is one that all college students should ponder about at one point or another, and that is: “Don’t forget why you are here.”

“We’re here to get a better education and put ourselves above others”, Martinez said.

“With hard work and dedication, you are placing yourself in a much higher tier of level and demand, and you have to take it seriously. Don’t lose your motivation and just keep moving forward.”

“Be sure to get involved in the time that you are in college. It goes by much more rapidly than you think and if you’re not a part of some type of community or organization, you won’t get the full experience or benefits that college has to offer you.”

As for the others who are partaking in the Winter Commencement the outlook of Graduation is slightly different. Darron Cook is a Communication Studies major and upon graduating will be moving back home and living with his parents in Albuquerque for a few months. But this move back home will only be a temporary one.

“The reason why I wish to return back home to my family is because I’m planning on moving away” he said.

“I want to leave New Mexico because I’ve spent most of my life here and I desire to see and do something different and new. I’ve applied to a place in Texas and a place in North Carolina. I’m really looking all over the place, and before I leave I want to spend some quality time with my family.”

Cook said that he wanted to finish school strong and not worry too much about applying for jobs for the time being.

“One of the main things that I’ll be doing once I return is applying for jobs non-stop and applying several times a week. My fall back plan is a place in New Hampshire that I used to work at, and if I ever needed a job they would hire me.” Cook described himself as a person who is very open to where he is located and will be going wherever the job takes him.

In terms of the forth coming future, Cook envisions himself working at a summer camp full time and being either a group director or a section director.

“I would love to have my own place and have that stable job and building my life around that. Hopefully in ten years I would have found someone who I can settle down with, which would be great.”

Cook started College four and half years ago in the Fall of 2012. He described it as a long and hard journey which had many ups and downs but worth it in the end. However, he doesn’t see himself returning to school anytime soon.

“I don’t foresee myself going into graduate school because I’m tired of school, and burnt out”, he laughs.

“However, that may change in the future. If I find a job that I’m super hyped about but it needs a graduate degree and some type of a masters, then of course I’ll go back.”

Cook’s plan is to use apply his degree with interpersonal relations with parents of children, children themselves, staff members, and other co-workers in a working environment. His overall goal is to make a setting a better workplace and make it more suitable for everyone.

“I definitely wouldn’t mind being in an educational environment and I’ve thought about becoming a teacher”, he said.

“Teenagers are my favorite age group to work with and I think being a high school teacher would be really cool. I love how you can really talk about deep and personal issues and topics in the communications field, since we’re so close to Psychology and Anthropology. We can talk about who we are as a culture and what we value as people. I believe that would make a great impact on kids.”

In his time spent as NMSU as an Undergraduate, Cook obtained the position of Grand Master of Ceremonies in Kappa Sigma Fraternity, worked for the Alumni Association as a student delegate and for their front desk, worked as a referee for the Intramural Department, and was a part of Aggie Thon 2015.

“One of the biggest pieces of advice that I have to give to anybody during school and especially in college is to never neglect your family and your friends back home”, he said.

“I myself personally have grown distant from a friends that I had in High School, and I kind of wish I hadn’t, but it has played out that way. There are times when I don’t call my mom back for nearly a month or two and she gets furious at me. So don’t do it. Make sure to keep up to date with them and talk to them. I’m very fortunate that my parents are involved and support me so much. Your parents deserve to be a part of your life. Even though we are adults living our own lives they deserve that.”

Social Media Takeover

By: Salina Madrid

Social media is becoming a drug and society is getting addicted.

What started Out as simple as email has now evolved into huge network giants such as including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Though it is a fun way to communicate, it is effecting our social skills tremendously.

“There has been a shift in the way we communicate; rather than face-to-face interaction, we’re tending to prefer mediated communication. We’d rather email than meet; we’d rather text than talk on the phone,” said Paul Booth, the assistant professor of media and cinema studies in the College of Communication at DePaul University.

Technology has made it easy to communicate with someone virtually, that we have forgotten how to talk with someone directly. We are slowly beginning to rely on it and making it a necessity in our everyday lives.

“I believe that social media is limiting our communication skills and we are starting to rely on it.  Think about it, these days it is a lot easier for us to text someone than it is to talk to them in person,” said Cynthia Nunez, a former student at New Mexico State University. “We are so absorbed in the media that we can’t even ask someone for a cup of coffee or even directions.”

The media is also starting to be enforced in the youth.

Elementary school kids, and sometimes even younger, are being supplied with phones and other different types of electronics, which is causing their communication skills to weaken at a very young age.

“I think we are starting to become socially erupt because we are starting to feel more comfortable with interacting online than interacting in real life,” said Marcos Martinez, a student at New Mexico State University. “It is scary seeing younger kids with technology and how it has become a big part of their life.”

Will the future be focused on technology and will our communication skills become extinct? Will we lose the social skill to be able to interact with one another?

“Face to face interaction is vital for society to function, as not everything can be done behind a screen and a keyboard. We need physical and social interaction to live. With the increasing amount of users and number of addictive-hours we spend on social media, face to face interaction is spiraling down,” said Rodrigo Campodonico on his blog post, Social Media’s Negative Impact On Society.

Society is beginning to give more credit to the virtual world than we are to the real world. Instead of going to the park to play with friends, we would rather play with them through a computer screen.

Technology was made to communicate with people, not replace them.

Social media can be a positive and negative thing. It is great that we can communicate with people all around the world, but we cant’ forget how to interact with each other in person. Our social skills are an important skill in life and we should strive to maintain that.