A Trike Unlike Any Other

By: Isaiah Silva

One Aggie is literally, building his dream from the ground up. James Owen, a Mechanical Engineering Technology student, is building a prototype for his own invention. Owen wants to bring something new to the table in the sport known as, “trike drifting.”

“They’re essentially oversized tricycles. The sport itself started in Auckland, New Zealand, made its way to Australia, and then really as of recently has come over to the United States. It’s really up-and-coming; I think there are still a lot of people who don’t know about it,” Owen said.

Owen got his start with Aggie Shark Tank in the spring of 2016. Aggie Shark Take models itself like the television show, Shark Tank. Entrepreneurs present their inventions to investors in hopes that they will get a chance to take their dreams to the next level.

“I essentially saw an advertisement for Aggie Shark Tank and I thought, ‘Well, why not make this passion a business,’ and that was really actually when it got started,” Owen said.

It was through Aggie Shark Tank that Owen met the CEO of Mesilla Valley Transportation, Royal Jones. Jones was one of five investors in the Shark Tank.

“He said, ‘Look, you can use our labor, you can use our components, and hey, we got one of the best paint booths in town, so I’ll even paint it for you too,’” Owen said. “He saw an interest in it and he really wanted to see it go somewhere, so he gave me that opportunity.”

When Owen started, he designed the initial frame on the computer, using 3D modeling. What is special is that although the frame followed some drift trikes before, it was completely custom to Owen. He didn’t do it alone though, Owen has had some people join him on his journey.

“I would say, kind of along this venture, I’ve had a lot of guidance from various friends and such. But, I brought on a buddy of mine, Michael Rogers, who is also in the Engineering Department with me. I brought him on as the cofounder, so he played a role in helping me get this trike developed,” Owen said.

The trike was completed around October/November 2016. Owen has made a lot of progress and modifications to the trike, so it is a lot different than how it was back in March 2016.

“The plan for this year is to essentially wrap up the prototype, set our sights on a new prototype. Something that is, I want to do something along the lines of a collapsible trike, so something really mobile, something that customers can fit in the back of their car,” Owen said.

Before Owen devotes himself to the drift trike business, he wants to get a feel for the market and see if there is a demand. If so, he will start the process of pushing out units. One of Owen’s ideas to get drift trikes more exposure is to have what he calls, “Drift Trike Days.” This will showcase the drift trikes and allow people to ride them.

“That’s the biggest struggle we’ve encountered right now is just informing everyone of what a drift trike is. That’s the vision,” Owen said. “The mission statement, if you will, is to give everyone the experience, the thrill of a drift trike. You really don’t know what it’s like until you ride it.”

Owen has many goals as to where he wants his drift trikes to go. They include the possibility of doing made-to-order trikes and going into full production, not mass production, but doing a small number at a time. Owen expects to go back on Aggie Shark Tank with his prototype. Aggie Shark Tank is held every semester.

Here to Help

By: Isaiah Silva

In college, one in five women are sexually assaulted and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted. Unfortunately, these statistics are only based on the incidents that are reported. Doña Ana County ranked second in the state for reported sexual assault cases. La Piñon Sexual Assault Recovery Services of Southern New Mexico is a resource available to victims of sexual assault.

La Piñon is the only center of its kind in southern New Mexico. They provide services not only to the Las Cruces community, but also to cities such as: Anthony, Chaparral, Deming, Hatch, and Silver City.

“My goal is to be able to help as many people out there,” Amanda Carreras, Campus Advocate for La Piñon said, “Like I said, it’s very underreported and I’m not sure people just don’t know where to go on campus because not only is it, as far as reporting, and this just isn’t at NMSU, but this is in general that a lot of people they fear reporting and what that looks like.”

Sexual assault is any type of sexual behavior or contact that is not consensual. Some of the conducts that NMSU prohibits include: rape, groping, stalking, fondling, and forced kissing.

“Campus sexual assault is much more common than people imagine. There was a survey conducted that approximately up to 15 percent of male college students reported that they actually were the offender or perpetrator to a sexual assault within that past year,” Carreras said.

According to Carreras, when they do their outreach on NMSU’s campus, they do anonymous surveys in order to get insight as to what students think of sexual assault and whether or not they know how and where to report an incident.

“All those results are useful for me to be able to know where I need to target populations on campus,” Carreras said, “For example, in 2013 the NMSU Police Department had reported only two sexual assaults and then in 2014 they had four. There’s no way of telling whether or not these statistics are the same for everyone, however you can see that the number is very underreported.”

There are some myths about sexual assault that indeed are not true. The first thing that comes into play when defining sexual assault or rape is consent.

“Consent is an actual, affirmative agreement and verbal yes, or no. However, just because somebody consented to it once doesn’t mean that it’s continuous. We can’t just assume that, ‘Okay this person, we had sexual intimacy or whatever, and now it’s okay every time,” Carreras said.

There are limitations, or boundaries even if someone consents to intimate behavior. While someone may consent to one thing, they could say no to another.

Another thing that comes into play is alcohol.

With alcohol being such a big part of the “college experience,” it makes the chances of sexual assault occurring greater. Anyone under the influence cannot give consent.

There are other myths as far as reporting a sexual assault.

“A lot of times people don’t report because they believe no one is going to believe their story is true. They’re going to say, ‘Well why did you go to the party? Why were you so drunk you couldn’t get yourself home and you had to get a ride from someone?’” Carreras said,

“So, that goes into little bit more victim blaming where that overrides their ability and their strength to report, or to get the help that they need.”

Many times cases go unreported because the survivor is already weakened by the incident and it is difficult to share the details of what happened to a complete stranger. Since La Piñon provides services to many different communities and the university, some clients are from out of town and come alone.

“A lot of our students in the cases I’ve received, they’re not from here, and so they feel alone already because their families are out of state or out of town, and they don’t want their parents or their families knowing what happened here because then they’re going to cause worry to their family,” Carreras said, “A lot of those factors come into play of why people feel like they’re not going to report because people think that maybe they don’t believe them.”

Other myths could be that people don’t think the person who assaulted them is going to get convicted, which is hard to determine since it is determined case by case. People also don’t report because they feel as if they need to report the assault. Through La Piñon, one has the right to not report the assault to the police.

If one does decide to seek help through La Piñon specifically, there are a multitude of services they offer to help the survivor cope with being sexually assaulted. One thing they help with is the survivor’s school. They work with administration to help extend deadlines and help get extra time on assignments. La Piñon will also help if the survivor needs to move schools, or just move back home because they feel like they cannot be at school anymore.

“They’re already experiencing a significant amount of either guilt, or pain, or sadness that now their goals that they once had are no longer there,” Carreras said.

They will also work with housing to get room changes if they see it will benefit the survivor. They will also help the survivor’s parent as well if the parent has to take time off of work to be with their child. They could recover lost wages, similar to workman’s compensation.

“We want to be able to assist them in a way where they are still able to do those things that they would’ve done had this not happened.” Carreras said.

Carreras wanted survivors to know that what happened is not your fault. There will always be someone there to help. La Piñon does instructing of staff and faculty at NMSU, so help is easily accessible.

For more information, you can contact La Piñon at 575-526-3437, the 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 1-888-595-7273, or the NMSU Police Department at 575-646-3311

Bro Code Spring Break 2017

1. What do you do if your friend is hooking up with someone who is a 4 on a scale of 10?

I let them. It’s not my business.

2. What do you do if your friend needs a wingman?

I try my best to help them out, as long as I know they will do the same for me.

3. How do you avoid a creeper in the club?

Just make sure you’re with your squad. The more, the better. And keep your eyes peeled. Never know when someone will try something.

4. How do you keep your squad at their best? i.e looking good, feeling good (hydrated), having fun?

We just have to, you know? Stay the course together and be open and trust the process that we as a group can move forward towards achieving our goals and making ourselves better individuals.

5. What is the rule on doing something crazy? (getting a tattoo or piercing)

I would say that for a tattoo, it has to in a place that you can’t see. Unless the person is in the right state of mind then they can do whatever they want. I would say piercing are a no! They’re too risky.

#SpringBreak2017 Mottos

* Don’t die

* Work hard, play harder.

* We made it back. I don’t know how, but we did.

* Have as much fun as possible because this will be your last break until summer!

* Don’t do anything I would do.

Is Spring Break Really a big Deal?

By: Luis “Luigi” Finston

Spring Break isn’t fun and games, especially for some NMSU students.

Simon Polakoff is a junior in mechanical engineering who says that the main thing he wants to do is focus on work.

“I’m staying in town primarily for financial reasons”, he said.

Polakoff takes the opportunity to train and hone in on his skills. Spring Break is no time to take a break and get lazy, but to improve without the worry of a deadline for an assignment.

“I would rather save my money up for a different occasion then spend it right now. I’ll be working the entire time. I’ll want to relax and rest as much as I can. I don’t want to do anything strenuous, because my degree is strenuous enough. I’ll also be catching up on lost sleep and making the most of it.”

Kayla Rodriguez is a freshman studying biology and is a member of the NMSU cheer team. She said that while she usually tends to travel with her family during Spring Break, this break will be for training and keeping things simple.

“I won’t be doing much besides going to practice and probably just watching Netflix”, said Rodriguez.

She also says that she doesn’t think Spring Break is that big of a deal, but will miss the family time during the week.

“Usually my family and I go out of town to somewhere that involves the beach or something related, but this is the first year I won’t be doing anything so I’m pretty sad about that.”

For those staying in town, the Blink-182 and Naked and Famous concert will be taking place March 25 and students staying in town can potentially have a little bit of fun even though they aren’t going anywhere.

Locations that appeal to students at NMSU for Spring Break are South Padre Island, Corpus Christi, San Diego, Panama City, Daytona Beach, and Cancun. This year several members from Greek Life and various other organizations will be going to Lake Havasu City in Arizona.

According to Valeria Gomez, a freshman who is studying business management, describes Spring Break as a time to relax, but to not lose focus.

“Spring Break, for me at least, is a time when there should be a pause from school work, and a time to relax”, she said, “I will be staying in Las Cruces and taking my pause from school, and focusing on work, and taking every opportunity to go to the gym.”

Whatever students at NMSU may be doing this Spring Break, the main thing is to enjoy yourself, be safe, and make sure to make the most of it. After a week of doing what you want, it’s back to the books and preparing for finals!

Girl Code Spring Break 2017

1. What do you do if your friend is hooking up with someone who is a 4 on a scale of 10?

Let them! If they’re happy then cool.

2. What do you do if your friend needs a wingman?

I would totally do it, I would pretend to think that my friend is hot, but does not like me to make them seem more desirable to the person they are interested in.

3. How do you avoid a creeper in the club?

Move around to different places until the creeper can’t figure out where you’re at. Then as soon as you can lose them leave, or just keep moving so that they can’t figure out where you are.

4. How do you keep your squad at their best? i.e looking good, feeling good (hydrated), having fun?

Open communication and honest opinion. If my friend isn’t looking her best, I will tell her. If we are doing activities like being in the sun or drinking, water is a must.

5. What is the rule on doing something crazy? (getting a tattoo or piercing)

I would say that for a tattoo, it has to in a place that you can’t see. Unless the person is in the right state of mind then they can do whatever they want. I would say piercing are a no! They’re too risky.

#SpringBreak2017 Mottos

* You can never go back

* What happens at South Padre, stays at South Padre

* Yolo

* If you’re not drinking, you’re not playing

* Have fun and forget all responsibilities for the week.

Making Loans Great Again

By: Isaiah Silva

Many people may disagree with President Trump’s policies, but his view on student loans is similar to what a lot of students are feeling.

President Trump wants to change the way a person pays back their loan in order to get it done faster, so that person can move on with their life. The plan is to cap loan payments at 12.5 percent of your income. Then, after 15 years or monthly payments, any remaining student loan debt would be forgiven.

“Students should not be asked to pay more on the debt than they can afford, and the debt should not be an albatross around their necks for the rest of their lives,” Trump said during a campaign event in Ohio.

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s 2016 Quarter 4 “Report on Household Debt and Credit,” student loan balances were at approximately $1.3 trillion. Last year, 11 percent of the loan debt at that time was more than 90 days late.

Paying back student loans can take a long time and can halt people from making big purchases like a home, car or even having a child.

“It’s not fair and we are going to fix it.” Trump said.

As of now, the cap for payments that are based on income is at 10 percent. The payment plans go for 20 years, after that loans are forgiven. Trump’s plan will increase the amount one pays, but they will finish their payments up to 10 years faster. These plans are called PAYE, or Pay As Your Earn and REPAYE, Revised Pay As You Earn.

According to time.com, around 4 million people are enrolled in the income-based payment plan.

Some may wonder, how does allocating more of my income to student loans save me money. It saves money because the amount of time you’re paying is shorter than the current payment plan.

Taking out loans does can be scary, but there are a few benefits to taking out loans.

One of the biggest benefit to loans is that they provide financial relief when a student needs it. Using loans for school and education are the best ways to use the money.

A con to taking out loans is having to pay them back and with interest.

“Make sure you know what your balances, interest rates, and monthly payments are, and when your grace period ends,” Adam Minsky, Boston Student Lawyer said.

Staying on top of all these elements of repayment will help keep one out of financial trouble. Minsky also went on to say that you should make sure that the lender has updated contact information for you. Just because they cannot find you does not mean that your debt will disappear.

It is also helpful to find a payment plan that fits your budget.

“As your financial situation changes so can your repayment plan, and it can be changed up to once a year.” Liz Stapleton, finance blogger, said.

Student loans are a blessing and a curse. They provide students with relief, but repayment causes a lot of stress for many. It is comforting to know that we have a president that is working to help students get rid of their debt in a shorter amount of time, so they can continue with their lives.

AGGIE ALUMNI TO BE FEATURED IN FILM FESTIVAL

By: Luis “Luigi” Finston

The Las Cruces International Film Festival that runs March 8-12 will be featuring an NMSU alumni’s film.

Alfonso Loya graduated in fall 2016. He majored in CMI and is now getting to experience being included in a film festival. He exclaimed his excited for the opportunity and is ready for people to see his documentary film “Thomas.”

“For people to see it is truly wonderful and to share it is an amazing feeling. This story was originally filmed and shot in Las Cruces, and now the people of Las Cruces are going to see it. For them to feature my film is a true blessing. And filmmakers and actors from all over will be viewing it.”

Loya’s film is about a homeless man who lives on the streets and decides to search for his adult daughter.

Throughout the film there are recollections and flashbacks of when the two were younger. When he finally finds her, his daughter is both angry and hurt and displays negative responses to him.

Loya said that the father’s character committed a murder and was sent to prison for some time. With that consequence, his daughter grew up never really knowing him or truly getting to know him.

Loya explained that in high school he met the man while working at Burger Kind that gave him the idea for the film.

“This man told me about his daughter that he hadn’t seen in many years. I found his personality very interesting and began to imagine how homeless people have a story. They weren’t born homeless. They are people just like you and me and they are human beings.”

The fundamental themes of the film are love, forgiveness, and hope for the future. The man tires to redeem himself with his daughter and reconcile from his past actions.

“As filmmakers, we should aspire and try to tell stories as much as we can,” said Loya.

At the end of the film the father attempts to reconnect with his daughter by making one last sacrifice for her. Loya didn’t want to give everything away and said one must watch to find out what happens.

“As filmmakers, we should aspire and try to tell stories as much as we can”

Loya’s experience with filmmaking goes back to when he was a teenager. He would create music videos and lip sync to them. Since then he has had a passion to create unique films for people to see.

Loya didn’t start learning the fundamental skills on creating a film until he came to the NMSU CMI Department in 2012.

“I loved the idea of making films, and all four years that I was at NMSU, I enriched my knowledge about producing, creating, and directing them.”

With the successful of Loya’s film “Thomas,” he doesn’t plan to slow down and says he wants to start his own production company. The company Cadance Films will be located in El Paso, Texas and he is currently working on a musical.

“The musical is based off the idea of what making films is like and what it takes to created them and the process. In other words: It is a celebration of making films.”

Loya explains how grateful he is to the community and university. He said he was honored to have the chance to be featured in a film festival and is excited to create more films and tell people’s stories.

“Everybody has a story but not everyone has the voice to tell it.”

The Las Cruces International Film Festival runs March 8-12. You can purchase tickets through the festivals website: http://www.lciffest.com/tickets. Or you can purchase tickets over the phone at (575) 514 – 2444.

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.

New Mexico and the Parkinson’s Dilemma

By: Isaiah Silva

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder, which leads to progressive deterioration of motor function. This is caused by a loss of dopamine producing brain cells. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and most common movement disorder.

In the brain, there is a substance called dopamine, which acts like a messenger between two brain areas, the substantia nigra and the corpus striatum. This process and these areas produce smooth and controlled movements. When there is a lack of dopamine, movements start to become affected. The greater the loss of dopamine, the worse the movements become.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include: tremors, slowness, stiffness, and impaired balance. These symptoms can also lead to anxiety, depression, and dementia.

John Hamilton is a part of the Parkinson’s Registry Coalition for New Mexico. He believes that chemicals that are used in pesticides locally, are contributing to people being affected by Parkinson’s.

“Here in our area, the most popular pesticide active ingredient is called glyphosate.” Hamilton said.

Glyphosate is used where pecans, alfalfa, and cotton are grown. Those three crops cover the largest percent of plant area in Dona Ana County. Collectively, in 2010, they covered roughly 67 percent of plant area. Also in 2010, approximately 24,942 kg of glyphosate was used across the county.

Determining these numbers is hard because there are inconsistencies with usage data at the county level and through the NCFAP.

Since our community is surrounded by a lot of farmland, it is important to know how far these pesticides and ingredients can travel.

“In California, they did a study using GIS information where people were located next to a farm, within 500 meters of a farm where they’re using pesticides. So, I would judge by that fact it would be something like 500 meters.” Hamilton said.

Hamilton would like New Mexico to have a Parkinson’s registry. What a disease registry does is it basically gives a count of how many people have certain diseases.

“I was engaged with a group of people from what we call a support group for Parkinson’s, locally. We organized ourselves into a little body of advocates, this was back in 2012, and we went to our state legislature, at the time was Dr. Terry McMillian. We sought to have some further understanding of what was causing our disease.” Hamilton said.

“We are organized, in a matter of speaking, to achieve a disease registry.

Registries are important because they help people identify themselves. It helps them become a way for people to get more information and even participate in longitudinal studies.

“We found out that there have only been four registries in the United States. Only four. There was Washington, there was Nebraska, there was Utah, all three of those are still current, and there was California,” Hamilton said, “California had its registry for about six years.”

In Nebraska, their Department of Health and Human Services takes different measures in order to get information on new cases of Parkinson’s disease in the state. They require doctors to report certain information about people who have been diagnosed with PD within 60 days of diagnosis. They also require pharmacies to report twice a year about patients who have received one ore more medicine to prevent Parkinson’s disease.

Most people get diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when they are 60 or older. However, early onset Parkinson’s disease can also occur at anytime. With the proper treatment, people with Parkinson’s disease can lead long, and somewhat normal lives. Hamilton has a family history with Parkinson’s disease, which is affecting his children as well.

“I have a boy who’s a senior here at this campus and he has to think about Parkinson’s disease because my grandfather had it, my older son has something similar called, essential tremors, and I’ve got the trifecta,” Hamilton said, “I’ve got Parkinson’s, essential tremors, and the last one they call, cognitive impairment.”

Since life expectancy is slowly rising, the amounts of people with Parkinson’s disease will likely increase as well.

“Back in 2012, we wrote a letter to the then Secretary of the Department of Health of the state of New Mexico. Her name is Dr. Torres. Dr. Torres is a pediatrician. Our question to Dr. Torres was, ‘How many people in Dona Ana County have Parkinson’s?’” Hamilton said.

Dr. Torres replied that she did not know. She gave an estimation based off of averages from other states and estimated around 4000 people in Dona Ana County had Parkinson’s disease.

“Now, start calculating that. Four thousand people with Parkinson’s disease, we frankly think it’s more, but also think in the context of, we’re not just talking about Parkinson’s. We’re talking about Alzheimer’s, which is even a bigger population generally,” Hamilton said, “We’re talking about MS, were talking about ALS, and we don’t know how many.”

Without a disease registry, it is difficult to know exactly how many people suffer from different types of diseases.

“How can you devise good public policy without the knowledge of how many? And what kinds of demographic characteristics do they have? We know male, we know age, but we don’t know as much as we need to about the other risk factors, such as te pesticides that are in use in our community,” Hamilton said.

Parkinson’s effects many people every day. Just learning about the disease and its causes & symptoms really help out everyone.

Not Too Cool For Summer School

By: Isaiah Silva

There is still a lot of time before summer arrives. However, colleges are already planning which courses will be offered during the summer. Due to budget cuts, the amount of classes offered could be affected.

Colleges are still in the beginning stages of planning summer classes.

“We have now drafted the schedule for this coming summer and it looks to me like, well we have put together a draft that probably has about as many courses as we’ve offered previously,” Kathy Brook, Academic Associate Dean in the College of Business, said.

Most of the courses that will be offered in the seven undergraduate colleges will be core classes; for the College of Business, classes to fulfill the Viewing a Wider World requirement will also be offered.

“We are trying to identify whether we have the resources to teach those courses. In our case, we have some faculty lines that have become vacant and that has provided us with some funding” Brook said, “We have some courses that where we have alternative revenues, we have some special course fees that we are going to use to fund those courses.”

In the College of Education, it sounds like similar plans will be carried out. They are planning to have all of their core classes for the Masters program offered and one undergraduate course.

Many students rely on Summer School schedule releases to assist them in determining what courses to take not just in the summer, but in the Spring Semester as well, with the deadline to add the Spring classes closing soon.

“Most of our incoming students start off with the core classes that is why we offer them. And the undergrad course, that one makes it because we offer it online and we offer it to other students like off campus. We accommodate Carlsbad, Farmington and Alamogordo,” Grace Martinez, Administrative Assistant in the College of Education said.

Students can expect a good mixture of online and in-class courses available in the summer. Both have benefits that each college takes into consideration.

“The University has had some incentives to offer online classes, but they’ve also had incentives to offering classes in the summer, so those are places where depending on if the college increases its share of courses overall that are offered online, it gets some extra funding,” Brook said.

Many students take advantage of the summer courses that are held at NMSU. For many students, they are a great way to catch up on requirements and are helpful if a student wishes to graduate early.

“I need two more courses to be able to student teach in August and I have two history classes left, so I’m going to be taking history this summer.” Desiree Duarte, a senior studying Elementary Education said.

Generally, students and faculty have a positive feeling towards summer classes. By not taking a full course load, it becomes easier to focus on one subject and process the material better. A lot of the time the classes are smaller, so that is another benefit too.

“I am excited to take courses in the summer, but I will be taking them online, so I don’t think I’ll be getting an actual summer experience because it’ll just be from my computer. It would be cool to take summer courses actually in class and get to experience it that way.” Duarte said.

A common word of advice among faculty is to stay informed about summer courses if one plans to take one. Many things can change in a short amount of time, so make sure to check for information.

“I think students at this point should just try to monitor what’s happening in their colleges, and the offerings that they need. Just try to stay informed and adjust your thinking as you get more information.” Brook said.

Martinez says that utilizing the Summer can serve as a benefit to students, “ I think that they [students] should take advantage of what we have to offer in the summer. It will help them to finish quicker and I think they need to enroll right away. The key is enrolling right away because what happens is a lot of students register at the very end and they want to get in and I can’t help them.”

As mentioned, NMSU is still in the beginning stages of planning and scheduling summer courses. Dean Brook said that she thinks other colleges are still waiting to see what kind of budget changes will occur. Once those are figured out, more information will be released to students so they can see which classes their college will offer.

“The budget uncertainty is, I think, probably the biggest issue” Brook said, “But I think we are also trying to make sure students get through expeditiously and summer school is part of that.”

More information on summer courses will be released as the semester goes on. The Dean’s Office of your college could most easily answer any questions regarding summer courses.