Aggies drop first conference home game since 2012

By: Derek E. Gonzales

 

 

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team has officially hit a major bump in the road. For the first time since Jan. 12, 2012, the Aggies lost a Western Athletic Conference basketball game on the Pan American Center parquet floor.

The Aggies fell victim to another second-half scoring drought, this one lasting 6:21, while the Wolverines hit shot after shot to embark on a game-clinching 19-0 run to beat NMSU 84-72 Thursday night.

NMSU (23-5, 9-3 WAC) continue to show signs of fatigue, and whether it’s physical or mental, the team right now looks vulnerable with 14 days left until the WAC Tournament.

The Aggies shot 2 of 20 from 3-point territory in the second half and 27.8 percent from the field while being outscored 41-29. It didn’t help the cause that NMSU shot 7 of 16 from the line as well. After guard Jermaine Haley made a free throw to put the Aggies ahead 52-50, UVU hit three 3-pointers in the barrage and capped it off with a Kenneth Ogbe 3-pointer on the right thing to force Weir into a timeout.

By then, the life appeared to be taken out of not only the Pan American Center crowd, but out of a team that had a 22-game winning streak that now seems so far ago.

“We just got outplayed the whole game,” senior guard Ian Baker said, who led the Aggies with 21 points on the night. “It was just a poor defensive effort. I don’t know where our defense has been the last four or five games, but we need to find it quick if we plan on winning anything because if we don’t, we are going to have an early spring break.”

Utah Valley (12-15, 4-8 WAC) shot 55.1 percent from the field in the game and had four players score at least 14 points. The Wolverines have an impressive win against BYU (114-101), but also have a head-scratching loss to Chicago State in Orem. Nonetheless, NMSU Head Coach Paul Weir acknowledged that UVU played well.

“If it was just one thing, I would have hoped by now that we would have fixed it, but this has been a month in the making, and we have squeaked by in some games, but there is no way to sugarcoat it-we have been awful for a month,” a visibly upset Weir said post-game. “It’s unfortunate that this is the way the season’s gone given how it started with all the life and optimism.”

The chances of NMSU winning the conference regular season championship took a huge hit with the loss. The Aggies needed Cal-State Bakersfield to lose once in their final three games, while NMSU needed to win out. With the loss and the Bakersfield win tonight, NMSU will need to win their final two games of the regular season (vs. Seattle, vs. UTRGV), while Bakersfield needs to lose both games (vs. Grand Canyon, vs. Chicago State) for the tiebreaker to be the RPI, in which NMSU would most likely have the edge in.

For now, the Aggies will look to rebound on Saturday night, as they welcome in the Redhawks of Seattle for a 7 p.m. affair inside the Pan American Center.

Issue #17

Dear Dusty: 

Why do women go to the restroom together?

A: If you’re not with someone you are thought to believe you are alone. And creepy dudes hang around the bathroom.

Women are strange, except for Dixie of course. We love them but sometimes they do things that make us all scratch our heads. I’ve noticed they gather like cattle to go freshen up in the ladies room and I know I’ve wondered why it takes three or more of them to do it. This is my guess: these ladies don’t want to be thought of as “alone.” This means they don’t want to give the impression they aren’t with people in a social setting. Plus, y’all, let’s be honest so people are creepy and pray on women who are alone. They seem to feel more secure and turn it into a social gathering to gussy up and gossip. Men will never know the full truth as to why this is a social norm and like anything else we will forget that we even notice they do this.

Dear Dixie:

How do you deal with loneliness in a large group of people?

A: It can be hard to tell others that ya are struggling with somethin’ like loneliness. Ya might think that no one will understand how ya feel but darlin’ don’t let feel control you. Your first step is to let people know how you’re feelin’. Y’all might connect and find that some of your friends have felt the same. Talk about what you feel instead of bottlin’ it up. If ya still feel like that isn’t enough, maybe try to kick back with a smaller group of people where the settin’ is more comfortable, you can express how you feel and those around you will help you to come out of the melancholy. Admitting loneliness to yourself isn’t a weakness one bit. It is a strength that ya have self-awareness and want to change that mindset. Don’t feel ashamed to admit how you feel because we are all more alike than we think and that thought is something to reflect on to build the courage to tell others how ya feel.

The Importance of Friends and Community

By: Kelsey Gentile

College provides many opportunities and a chance to learn new things and try out something new. It’s pretty likely in pursuit of a degree or a new hobby it will involve other people. Having a group of friends and a group or club you meet with regularly is an awesome way to get to know people while doing something you enjoy.

There are several groups and clubs on campus that meet regularly, and that fit everyone’s needs and interests. Tuesdays are my favorite days because I get to meet up with my friends at RUF (Reformed University Fellowship). This group has provided some great opportunities for me to get to know more people, learn more spiritually and also try fun things, like learning how to ice skate. This group and other groups are fun to be part of because you get to just live life together. The best part of RUF is you get to come as you are and who you are.

Being a part of a group or club can provide something for you to look forward to in the week, especially if you hate that one class and need something to look forward to in the week. There are groups focusing in governing, cultural interests, religious, sports, greek life, and much more. There’s almost always a group or organization in front of Corbett if you ever want to learn more them.

Another plus to getting involved with a group is you can gain experience and knowledge about your interests. Often groups while have fun trips or workshops you might not otherwise get to be a part of, or get to experience.

   If you want to check out a list of NMSU student groups you can check out their website. http://upc.nmsu.edu/charter/list.php

“DJ’ING: THE NEXT GENERATION OF MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT”

By: Luis “Luigi” Finston

DJ’ing has grown from something that you do in your garage; to cope stress, family issues, or breaking up with your girlfriend, to a major occupation in the music industry that only beggars the imagination.

Thanks to Music Festivals; the Genre of Techno / Hard Style / Trance and EDM has become one of the fastest growing genres ever in the last decade. Being a professional DJ myself, it’s been inspiring to see how the music industry has grown so rapidly.

So what does it take to make it as a DJ? Commitment. Being a DJ has it’s perks. But at times, is not all fun and games.

There’s a fundamental difference between mixing music and composing and creating your own music. One takes a mixer with turntables. The other takes software and a synthesizer or music pad. Creating music is something that isn’t easy.

Music to me is more than art. It’s a therapy. It’s a way for me to escape the negativity of the world, and create something that I can truly say is mine.

While other musicians master reading sheet music, DJ’s must master 5 things. Timing, Tempo, Software, Composition and Developing a Good Ear. But most importantly: DJ’s have to find “THEIR” sound. Because their sound, is their VOICE.

Professional DJ’s got where they are, because they did something different. They took an idea and made it their own. In a world full of copycats, it’s hard to find your “voice” in the music industry. But if you set your mind to it armed with creativity, anything is possible.

Delta Gamma presents Anchor Slam

By: Jianna Vasquez

NMSU’s Delta Gamma held their twelfth annual anchor slam on Saturday, February 18. The sorority hosts the event each year to raise awareness for the visually impaired. Anchor Slam, is a three on three basketball tournament hosted at the NMSU Activity Center.

The foundation reaches out to members of the community to participate in Anchor Slam, which is their biggest event of the spring semester. The sorority tabled all week to raise donations and sign-up NMSU students for the basketball tournament.

The half-court basketball game was played by two teams of three players each and the first team to score twenty points or the team that scored the most points in the 15 minutes won the game. The clock ran continuously for all games.

The event lasts the whole day and is equipped with a Dj.

“We keep the good vibes going throughout the tournament,” said Vice President, Molly Olson. The cost to participate in the Anchor Slam is $10 per player and $20 if the player wants a shirt. All proceeds from this tournament will go to Delta Gamma’s philanthropy: Service for Sight and The New Mexico school for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Alamogordo. (NMSBVI)

Service for sight has been the sorority’s philanthropic mission since 1936. Delta Gamma has given over $2,800,000 in Service for sight grants to organizations and schools that share the foundations mission: to promote sight preservation and assistance to children and adults who are blind or visually impaired.

“Through service for sight we are able to provide blind and visually impaired children and adults with opportunities and skills to lead a full life,” said Olson.

Service for Sight is the direct support system for four schools that were founded by Delta Gamma for the visually impaired which includes NMSBV.

Delta Gamma visits NMSBV in Alamogordo, New Mexico often.

“It’s cool that it’s so close to home because we get to go and work hands on with them,” said Delta Gammas Director of fundraising, Marin Macedo.

The foundation visit NMSBV to help them with several events during the school year including an annual Halloween carnival and helping the students get ready for their prom.

“It’s nice to be a part of an organization that helps people,” said Macedo.

In addition to Service for Sight, Delta Gamma also supports “Service for Sight: Joining Forces.” Delta Gamma has partnered up with the Department of Defense, Veteran Administration, and other non-profits that work to help visually impaired men and women who served or are serving in the Armed Forces.

According to Delta Gamma, 13-20 percent of Armed Force members who are wounded in battle experience eye trauma or vision impairment. The foundation works to provide aid through their philanthropic mission of Service for Sight.

Members of Delta Gamma will continue to live by the foundations motto, “Do good.”

“The Delta Gamma foundation fosters lifetime enrichment for members, promotes Service for Sight and partners with the Fraternity to endure the future of our sisterhood.”

For any information on Delta Gamma or Service for Sight you can contact NMSU’s chapter at deltagammaetalambda@gmail.com

Survival Tips to Get You to Spring Break

By: Isaiah Silva

Now that we are about a month into the semester, it is easy to say that the motivation from the new semester is long gone for most students. Everyone is counting the days until spring break. Unfortunately, there is still over a month until break, but don’t lose focus! There is still a lot of work to do.

There are many ways to fight the procrastination that seems to be floating through the air.

Don’t listen to music while you’re studying!

According to a 2010 Applied Cognitive Psychology study, students who study with music have the poorest recall ability.

Cramming isn’t a bad thing.

UCLA conducted a study and found that cramming for an exam places information into your short-term memory rather than long-term which makes it easier to recall.

Be Creative.

In order to remember large amounts of information, create a song, rhyme, or funny way to remember what you’re studying. One could even relate the material to a certain experience they’ve had.

Go to your professor’s office hours!

Even if you only want to see your professor for the times you are supposed to each week, it only benefits you to visit their office hours. Cultivating a good relationship with your professor could bring your grade up. Also, you may become actual friends with your professor and they could be willing to write you letters of recommendation that could help you land a job in the future.

Sleep!

Now, this may be hard to carry out because there just never seems like there is enough time to study, do homework, and fit meals in between. However, getting the right amount of sleep helps information sink in. The average person needs 6-8 hours of sleep a night.

Study in a comfortable place.

For some, their studying can only be done in a library, or in a coffee shop surrounded by people. Try out different environments to see which works best for you.

As hard as the semester may seem, just remember the bigger picture. College isn’t easy, but it is worth it. The feeling of accomplishment when you receive your degree outweighs any feelings of sadness or despair you may be feeling right about now.

MAES Uses Valentine’s to Raise Support

By: Katherine Longoria

The Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) organization brought love and romance to NMSU students with Valentine’s Day Grams with their fundraising efforts for an upcoming trip.

The organization’s goal is to fundraise $1,000 through this and additional fundraisers in the future.

MAES sold chocolate-covered strawberries and macarons as well as delivered to people around campus.

The organization, which has more than 40 members, is planning to send four people chosen by the president and executive board of the chapter to a leadership conference.

The conference, MAES Leadership Academy, or MLA, is a national conference for leaders of each chapter and is held in Dallas, Texas. This year the conference will be from March 8-12.

Jessica Gonzalez, president of the MAES chapter at NMSU who is a Civil Engineering major, attended the academy last year and was the only student from NMSU to go.

“I joined MAES and was elected president and I was new to engineering, so I didn’t know what to expect” Gonzalez said.

The conference has many activities, including work-outs such as Zumba. The conference also includes a mock project team competition that separates people into groups and gives them a project to finish in 24 hours.

“You don’t get to choose your groups, so you are definitely out of pushed out of your comfort zone” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez’s group was given the task to figure out a transportation problem using their engineering skills. They had to come up with a proposal, build their model, budget their project and present it to a panel.

The goal is to convince the panel that their proposal is worth being funded by the government. If the panel thinks it is worthy of being funded, the group goes to the next round to compete with others, until only one group is declared the winner.

The local NMSU chapter offers its members opportunities to not only attend the MLA Leadership Conference but also other national conferences and events throughout the year.

One of the biggest conferences they get to attend is the MAES Symposium which is held in Pasadena, California in the fall.

“Think of it as a career fair on steroids” Gonzalez said. “There are so many companies there, big companies, like Google, Exxon Mobile, NASA, and Boeing.”

The event brings together hundreds of MAES students from across the country that are seeking employment or advancement opportunities and helps them network with many potential employers.

The event also hosts a college decathlon that has chapters do 10 different activities in 24 hours. The NMSU chapter has won this decathlon two years in a row.

The MAES chapter at NMSU has been reaching out to not only Latino-Americans, but to other ethnic groups on campus.

“Anyone of any ethnicity can join. You don’t have to be a Latino, you don’t even have to speak Spanish” Gonzalez said.

MAES holds bi-weekly meetings on Thursdays at 5:15 p.m., at the Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center in room 230.

There is a $25 yearly fee to become part of the organization. For more information, contact Chapter President Jessica Gonzalez at either jgonza05@nmsu.edu or maes@nmsu.edu.

Constructing

By: Isaiah Silva

The Las Cruces Rotary Club recently gave NMSU’s College of Engineering a gift of nearly $128,000.

The donation was made to benefit the Alec and Margaret Hood Memorial Scholarship. The Las Cruces Rotary Club has now given NMSU more than $2 million.

During the men’s basketball game on February 4, 2017, Rotary President Christopher Dulany, former president Alex Keatts and Bill Harty presented a check to the NMSU Foundation and Chancellor, Garrey Carruthers.

“We are extremely grateful to receive such a generous gift from the Rotary Club of Las Cruces to support our students,” Lakshmi Reddi, College of Engineering Dean, said.

The Alec and Margaret Hood Memorial Scholarship was created in 1980. The scholarship awards and recognizes engineering students at New Mexico State with a GPA higher than 3.0. According to Bill Hardy, Rotary Club Treasurer, Alec Hood had an interest in mechanics and engineering. Through his will, he established the scholarship that has helped and will help engineering students.

“The Alec and Margaret Hood Scholarship has already benefited the lives of numerous students since 1985 and will now support more deserving students for many years to come,” Dean Reddi said.

A rotary club is a group of volunteers that want to help the community. According to lascrucesrotary.org, they “build, support, and organize. We save lives. We work locally and globally.” Thus, keeping true to their slogan, “Service before Self.” They devote a lot of their time being selfless and helping those in need. There are more than 1.2 million Rotarians around the world.

Rotarians get involved with their communities, connect with other professionals, share time and experiences with young people, support global causes, and use their skills to help others.

The Las Cruces Rotary Club was founded in 1923. Since then, it has kept its relationship with NMSU tight. Many of the buildings on campus are named after club members.

Alec Hood was a World War I veteran, owned a business in Las Cruces, and was a long time member of the Las Cruces Rotary Club. His wife, Margaret Hood was a journalist. She was also wrote mystery novels.

“We are exceptionally pleased to be able to increase our support of university students in honor of Alec C. Hood’s long and dedicated service to Rotary and our community,” Bill Harty said.

It is thanks to the selflessness of others that many students will get to further their education. For information on the Las Cruces Rotary Club, visit lascrucesrotary.org.

Geology Rocks

By: Isaiah Silva

A majority of faculty in the Geological Sciences Department at NMSU has been awarded National Science Foundation grants within the last year and a half, which adds up to more than $250,000.

Continue reading “Geology Rocks”

Aggie Women’s Basketball Remain Undefeated in WAC Play

By: David A. Gest

NM State 69    Cal-State Bakersfield 55

The New Mexico State women’s basketball team continued to roll as they won their 10th straight game with a 69-55 win over the Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners inside the Pan American Center to improve to 17-6 on the season and a perfect 9-0 in conference play.

To start the game, the Aggies came out hot, scoring the first seven points of the first quarter. Momentum was undoubtedly in NMSU’s favor, as they enjoyed a 16-0 run between the end of the first frame and beginning of the second quarter. At the half, there were four Aggies with six points or more, though none had been to the free throw line.

Perhaps the best first half performance belonged to CSU-Bakersfield’s center Jazmyne Bartee, who demanded attention with 10 rebounds and four blocks. Bartee’s performance down low and the Roadrunner’s 9-of-10 showing from the charity stripe was still not good enough to be down less than nine at the half as the score was 35-26.

The third quarter belonged to the home team as the Aggies outscored CSUB 18-6 run, beginning with a 13-0 run right out of the halftime break.

Coming into the fourth, NMSU was enjoying a comfortable lead before allowing a 14-2 run by the Roadrunners that cut the game to within nine points. Just past the seven-minute mark, the Aggies answered the call with back-to-back three pointers from Moriah Mack and Zaire Williams. If those 3-pointers weren’t enough to put a cap on the game, Brooke Salas hit a three from long-range as she stumbled backwards to get a round of applause from the crowd.

For the Roadrunners, Jazmyne Bartee enjoyed a double-double with 11 points and 17 rebounds. Brianna Freeman of the Aggies enjoyed her own double-double scoring 10 points to go along with her 12 rebounds and three blocks. There were three more scorers in double digits on the winning team, Moriah Mack (14 points, 7 assists), Zaire Williams (15 points, 4-5 from behind the arc) and Salas, who led the team with 16 points.

NM State 67    Grand Canyon 60

Originally slated for a 2 p.m. Saturday tip-off, the game was moved to Sunday to accommodate the WWE coming to Las Cruces. The extra day of preparation for both teams made for a well-played game. NMSU trailed until Tamera William nailed a 3-pointer with 2:05 left in the quarter and never trailed again in the 67-60 victory over the Lopes.

The win for NMSU keeps the team in sole possession of first place in the WAC standings after the weekend’s games. Seattle U is in second place at 8-1, but NMSU beat the Redhawks 73-69 (OT) on Jan. 26, and will visit Key Arena for the rematch on Feb. 25. The Aggies struggled offensively in the first half, trailing by nine at the half. Leading scorer Brooke Salas was 1-of-7 from the field in the first half, and as a team, NMSU shot just 36.4 percent from the field, while GCU was shooting 45 percent. Marina Laramie scored 26 points for GCU, but was held to just 10 points in the second half after her 16-point first half explosion.

The Aggies are now 18-6 overall and 10-0 in WAC play with four games left, and have a 36-2 record against conference opponents the last two and a half seasons.

NMSU will finish up their regular season on the road, as the team will begin a three-game road trip at Utah Valley on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Aggies will venture up to the Great Northwest to Seattle for what could decide who will be the conference’s top-seed in the WAC Tournament. The team will take a week off and close out the season at UTRGV on Mar. 4.