Letter from the editor

By: Albert Luna

I love this publication. The past 11 months at the Round Up have been some of the best times as Editor.

Not only did we put life into a publication that had inarguably lost its identity, but we (hopefully) changed the outlook for this great institution in what I genuinely hope is the most positive way possible.

Last summer, when looking ahead to what has now been the past year, there was so much uncertainty from every angle: media advisor, a budget, a leader, a sense of direction as a whole.

The Round Up, and student media altogether, seems to now finally be able to be back on its feet. On our side, it only took a constant rotation of hiring’s, firings, and resignations alike, all within months, to finally be able to come to terms that these things are not easy by any measure and they take time.

However, at least for a year, we brought The Round Up back; we were able to cover clubs, events, sports, and the news for the first time in far too long for what should be a constant watch dog of the University. That alone should be chalked up as improvement – exit stage right. However, we simply do not see it in the same light.

With all of that said, we missed the mark this year. We recognize it. We own it. We missed opportunities, we missed tips, we missed where the students are.

Additionally, from an internal standpoint, we came up short as well. The very years’ worth of work we are trying to distance our self from —the previous cast preceding us— has inevitably crept back in from a managerial, financial, and content standpoint.

We need to reach students at a quicker pace, we need to become a viable presence as we once were on campus, and we need to get back to being a publication that students can not only be aware of, but proud of by the same token.

Therefore, it has come down to this: we cannot afford to print The Round Up.

Afford not only in the sense that the University’s money supply is drying up at an alarming rate for services that have been mainstays for years— which can affect the budget that is allocated to The Round Up and its expenditures— but also afford to be moving away from the students and the mediums in which they receive news.

The limited budget we have makes for a limited amount of staff which results in a limited amount of content – all of which is dedicated to filling the pages on a weekly basis of The Round Up.

For every story written, unless it is sports, is not posted online until the day the Round Up comes out in print to give the reader incentive to pick up the physical copy, of which we can go to advertisers and charge a certain amount depending on our readership. The print demanded the staff to devote all of their limited amount of work hours to the print, further neglecting the powerhouse of our online platform.

The easy answer is to simply have the staff focus on the digital aspect– yet NMSU Human Resources will not allow students to work more than their budgeted hours. The next logical step is to have people simply contribute for free— much like the majority of other college newspapers— however, NMSU HR also states that everyone must be paid, regardless. I suppose the majority of college publications in this country should be expecting a heavy fine for labor violations, as this University clearly has very questionable ways of interpreting almost anything.

Also, simply put, millennials don’t read print anymore. We see this as a perfect way to evolve into a more current and relative news entity – we see ourselves as an online platform going forward. Not only is the staff behind this, but we can justifiably say the community is as well. The process that led to this conclusion will be documented in greater length at a later time.

This decision has not and likely years from now in hindsight will still not be easy. The Round Up has always been in print. It is what we are. It is what we could hang our hat on at the end of the day but we must move forward with how quickly the journalism field is changing.

Next year will look drastically different, instead of being outside in bins when you are getting out of class, ideally, we will be that story on your Twitter feed that you click on while you are still in class doing the inevitable scroll down your timeline. The time to evolve is now, and we cannot miss this “opportunity” the University has given us.

We can promise one more printed Round Up for everyone that will be returning to school in the fall, as well as being (hopefully) an active part in input and comments about the change in the meantime.

We can also, however, promise timelier news, holding our University officials accountable for their decisions to a higher degree, and more coverage than NMSU has seen in a long time. At the very least, we can offer to you, the reader, an opportunity to watch next year’s unrelenting staff try to push this establishment to a higher level – and live with the results.

In the meantime, during this summer break, I would urge everyone with input to reach out to us – after all, this is the students’ voice.

Most of all during this time, as I have said all year, keep your ears to the ground for news, give us feedback, and most importantly, continue to write your own story.

Albert Luna is the Editor-in-Chief for The Round Up and may be reached at truprint@nmsu.edu or (575) 646-3743.

Round Up Exclusive: Interview with President Kevin Prieto

By: Albert Luna

The Round Up recently sat down with ASNMSU President-Elect Kevin Prieto, just days after his narrow victory in the run-off election for the Presidency. Prieto, the outgoing Vice President, was sworn into office on Thursday, April 27, during ASNMSU’s Senate Session. However, for University payroll purposes, he technically does not assume office from a budget standpoint until May 16. The Round Up asked President-Elect Prieto how he thinks his term will go, what is first objectives will be, and where he sees student media going as a whole headed towards next year. Here are his responses.

What was your initial reaction when you found out you had won the Presidency?

“First thing was a sigh of relief since I didn’t have to campaign anymore. Then I reached out and thanked my opponent on a great race. Then almost immediately started to think about hiring people and just start getting to work and making sure that we will be ready to go. It’s basically a break for a couple of minute’s then right back to work”

Although your basic agenda was laid out during campaigning, once you assume office, what are the main points you want to act on? Where do you want to start?

“I want to start with introductions and being able to go out and meet all of the people and positions that I will be working with and building up those relationships as quick as possible. I want people to know who I am so they feel comfortable in me as a leader and also so they can come talk to me. The second thing is just to hire a great staff and make sure that we get a good pool of applicants”

Once you hire a new staff, what will be the main message you give them initially in terms of what you all want to accomplish in your time here?

“I think it starts with positive energy and a positive culture. I want a positive office so that the results can show to students to show that we are happy doing our job and we love our job. We also need to make sure that we are efficient with people’s time and people’s money and also that we are open and people know what we are doing as well as listening to the people. I think reminding people [the staff] who they work for is the biggest thing and that is the students”

How has transition with outgoing President Matt Bose been?

“I wished we would have talked a lot more during our terms [2016-2017 school year] but our schedules were always so different, but he’s been great he congratulated me [via text] right away after he found out I won. He took me the next day and we synched up calendars to where I am going to all of his meetings he is going to and he has been introducing me to everyone, he has really made it effortless. It helps that we are really good friends and so it is almost like we are having just another normal conversation when we are talking about it [the transition].”

While you are transitioning to the Presidency, you are also helping the new Vice President, Emerson Morrow, transition to what will now be your old office. Along with helping him transition into his seat, how do you see yourself now working beside him as your Vice President?

“I think it is just getting comfortable and building those communications. Both of us are from Las Cruces which is a benefit, although we did go to rival high schools; I think that really helps, we will be here during the summer most of the time working together. Our goals are already set and I think that we are ahead of schedule and I am excited”

How do you see this summer playing out with the forthcoming budget cuts as well as more than likely tuition increase with just the economics of the University and ASNMSU?

“I think we have to be ready for anything. We should have an open mindset and say ‘what can we do and how can we work within our means’. Yes we can fight and complain about what we are going to get, but ultimately we don’t have enough time to complain we just have to keep the work on. A big issue we see is a lack of creativity, we need to work within the budget and get creative. I will be expecting to hope for the best but be preparing for the worst”

How do you see the Department of Student Media [Both the Round Up and KRUX 91.5 FM] and their welfare going forward during your time?

“I think it’s just collaboration and communication. I would more than love to do a partnership deal with you all [Student Media] such as doing a tabling event and just combining forces and let people know ‘we [ASNMSU] are your Student Government and this is your Student Media’. We are separate entities which is a great thing to have but we also work with each other and support each other and ultimately achieve the goal of both of us letting the students know we are there for them. That’s the goal.”

One thing you want to tell any students that will be either incoming or perhaps did not vote for you coming into this next school year?

“I would like to say thank you to everyone that went out to go vote. It’s not about supporting me but the fact that you went out and voted, we had a record turnout for voting for this year which is more than ever before. If we can keep that excitement up from the campaign, we can do amazing things, let’s get the engagement back up and make sure we are passionate about the school that we are going to. I want to be the means and the voice for students to enjoy their four years here”

ASNMSU Presidency Run-off Coming Down to Wire

By: Albert Luna

The next President of ASNMSU should have been decided almost a week ago now. Instead, the Association does not yet have a leader for the 2017-2018 school year as a run-off race nears its end.

Kevin Prieto and Corey Stevens, both Juniors in the College of Business are the two candidates left standing after the original general election produced no clear winner after no one received at least 51 percent of the vote.

“Let’s do it again” Prieto told The Round Up on Wednesday about the run-off, “It lights a fire underneath you, now it is the homestretch.”

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Kevin Prieto 

Prieto, the current Vice President of ASNMSU, was just under 140 votes shy of winning the Presidency outright in the general election last week, ending up with 1,046 total votes initially out of 2,347 votes that were cast.

Stevens, on the other hand, finished nearly 220 votes behind Prieto, collecting 829 in all.

“Going into the General Election, we knew we were the underdogs and I knew that our goal would be to force a runoff” Stevens said, “When the results posted, me and my campaign staff were excited that we forced the election into a runoff; one step at a time.”

Manuel Ordoque received 368 but was eliminated from contention as he did not place in the top two of the voting results.

The run-off, which by ASNMSU election guidelines must occur over at least 5 full school days, will not conclude until Monday, April 17at 5 P.M.

The reason for this is that the University will be closed on Friday, April 14, in observance of Good Friday, thereby having to push voting, and the results of the fate of the presidency into the weekend.

“I expressed my concerns about voting being open during the weekend; about my issue with monitoring it over a Holiday. But, we will just have to fight until it’s over and hope for the best” Stevens said.

Prieto echoed similar remarks in the way that the voting schedule has been altered to accommodate the holiday, “I feel it kills the momentum that we’ve picked up” he says, “That Monday [April 17] is a little weird because you have to remind people that it is not over. I am not planning on doing too much campaigning during the weekend, I think people, including myself, should spend time with their family, that’s family time.”

Despite already campaigning for the two weeks preceding the week of the run-offs, Prieto says that he is still has found this extra week of campaigning to be beneficial and productive.

“The support and all of the people that I’ve met is truly revitalizing in a way that I get to meet new people almost again and again that come up to me on a personal basis and show their support” Prieto said.

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Corey Stevens 

With this week, Stevens says he is focusing on reinforcing some of the previous platforms points that he talked about during the campaign, “This week has been about ground campaigning and closing the margin with the supporters of the third candidate, Manny Ordoque” he said, “We have been focusing on creating conversations with students all throughout campus to solidify our message and increase our support.”

Prieto, for his strategy with the extra time, says he is trying to focus more on some of the voting sections he feels he could improve from the first go-around, particularly with the engineering college, “I’ve been able to reach out to a lot more engineering students this week, I have been able to go down there and speak with them more” he says.

“It’s amazing when a student knows what the run-off is and how important it can be” Prieto added.

Stevens says that despite the results next Monday, he has put together a past few weeks to be proud of, “Many individuals have poured their time and energy into this campaign and I am honored to represent so many students” he says, “My supporters have kept me going and I am honestly just so passionate about giving back to NMSU and our students.”

The election concludes at 5 P.M. on Monday. For full results and analysis, log on to http://www.nmsuroundup.net

This Has to Be as Bad As It Gets For New Mexico

By: Albert Luna

The past several weeks for the legislature of the state have been ugly, to say the least. Many of the issues that arose during the 60-day legislature for the State had to deal with financial funding from a variety of standpoints. There’s simply no way around the overwhelming evidence that the State is in some of the hardest of times in recent history. Budgets are continuing to be slashed at virtually every corner for consecutive years now, all while taxes still do not go up for state citizens.

Perhaps being on a college campus, we are able to see this dilemma first hand with faculty and staff already being plagued with cuts and students now looking like they will be shouldering some of the burden in the form of tuition hikes. Many can point the blame in a number of directions, however, one point that many may not realize is that this situation figures to be temporary given that the state expects the oil and gas industry within its borders to very soon have an uptick in business which will in turn provide the state with some much-needed cash funds.

In addition, NMSU has also been seeing its enrollment numbers not be as bad as they had initially expected, according to the Board of Regents. If you have to think of it as a storm, the next 6 months (until a budget it passed and appropriations are in place) it will likely be the worst of the worst. The good news, however, is the only place to go from there, as a state, is up. So, before you start worrying if your degree will even be worth anything in a few years, just know that, even though it seems that everything surrounding the University (financially) is on the downswing, just know that it cannot get much worse.

At least, we hope.

Regents Delay Tuition Vote – Approve Housing and Meal Plan Increases

By: Albert Luna

The New Mexico State Board of Regents met on Monday, April 3, in what was supposed to be a meeting centered mainly on a tuition increase, but the action item was ultimately tabled instead.

The Board, which had not met in an open action meeting since March 6, was originally scheduled to vote on four different action items, each having to do with a request for new rates.

However, before the Agenda for the meeting could be approved, which would have put the tuition vote on the action-required-platform, Regent Kari Mitchell requested to push back any voting.

“We received a request from the administration late Friday, which was to table [The Tuition Increase Proposition]” Mitchell said, “The reason for that is that there is a great deal of uncertainty in terms of what is going to happen with the state budget.”

This development comes off the heels of an apparent standoff between Governor Susana Martinez and the State Legislature after they approved a budget that would bring cuts to state supported schools like NMSU, which the Governor has said she would not sign. The Senate could use a special session to get the budget through this week in the likely case of a pocket veto by the Governor.

The cuts from the State for NMSU are expected to be anywhere from 1.1 percent to 5.7 percent in reduction of appropriations overall for the University.

“There’s rumored new discussions regarding tuition credit and I think it’s prudent of us to wait until the state brings more certainty to our budgetary situation” Mitchell said.

The change in tuition, when voted on, can range from no change at all, to as high as roughly $200 more per semester for a full-time student at the University.

With the tuition change tabled for at least roughly one month, the Board voted on three other action items, all of which were approved which included raising the price for on-campus housing rates from next school year through 2021, raising on-campus meal plan rates for at least next school year and keeping the same parking rates for on-campus parking for at least next school year.

Senior Vice President Angela Thorneberry and Associate Vice President D’Anne Stuart presented a proposal for all of the action items. Stuart initially talked about the new projects that have been in development from a housing standpoint. Among other financial goals that office of Administration and Finance has set, there are also plans underway for a new residence hall on the site of the old Monagle hall that was demolished in late 2016.

“The residential hall facility will be the Monagle Hall replacement and be built on that site” Stuart said.

The new facility, which is expected to be ready by the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, will have an estimated 300 beds and, as Stuart said, it will focus more on interior amenities in order to attract a new market of students to on-campus living.

The new hall, which will cost roughly $21.5 million, will be solely funded from the net proceeds of the 2017 Bonds.

In addition, Stuart said that there will also be facility renovations, which aside from basic maintenance improvement projects, also includes facility renovations to Rhodes-Garrett-Hamiel, Pinon and Garcia Halls, along with Chamisa and Vista Del Monte Villages.

“We have $11 million going to facility renovations” Stuart said, “Those key facilities [3 Residential halls and 2 Apartments] that we’ve identified need to remain online [in use].”

In order to keep up with current market movements among college campus living nationwide, the department ultimately proposed to set housing rates at an increasing rate per year through the end of the 2021 school year.

The housing rate request would affect all campus housing. The proposition would increase housing rates the primarily the most next school year, with a Pinon Double Suit (4.8 percent) and a Chamisa 2-bedroom apartment (3.4 percent) seeing some of the notable jumps.

By the end of the 2021 school year, most housing rates will have risen from anywhere between 5 and 8 percent, meaning around a $750 increase per year by the 2021 school year for most housing.

“Rhodes-Garrett-Hamiel, even with our increase, is below our peer’s [similar sized Universities] average low [price] for double suites, which is our most common type of facility” Stewart said.

In regards to the meal plan increase, the Board approved a plan that would increase all prices by 2.9 percent for only the 2017-18 school year. The Aggie Choice 230 plan, which is one of more popular plans on campus, would be raised from $1,796 to $1,848 per semester, a $104 increase over the course of a school year, excluding the summer.

The Board also voted on a proposition that would not increase parking permit costs for next school year as well, but acknowledged an increase would have to be looked at in the near future.

If and when a state budget is passed, Board Chair Debra Hicks said she will call a special meeting to discuss tuition for next year. However, if a budget does not get approved relatively soon (at the latest by the start of the fiscal year on July 1), the state would go into a furlough, which Chancellor Garrey Carruthers says would be catastrophic.

“We have I think a 90-day reserve [after July 1] that could hold us over, but the Governor and the Legislature have to get together and give us something to work with” Carruthers said, “We have to have a resolution to the budget [from the state] by July 1 or we cannot operate this University.”

History is All Around Us

By: Albert Luna

The other day I had a gentleman come into my office inquiring about a story idea he had in mind. The man, in his 60’s, attended NMSU during the early 1970’s.

“I can’t believe how much this place has changed” he told me. I used that as a transition point into asking him just how different the school once was.

Suddenly, for the next 20 minutes in the middle of an early March Wednesday in 2017, I felt as if I had been taken back in time to an NMSU none of us would recognize. Whether it was the man telling of how he once lived in an all-boys dorm in what is now currently Breland Hall, or of the times that Milton Hall was seen as the center of campus and housed not only places to eat, but a book store as well.

In addition, the man, who graduated with a journalism degree, also mentioned student media, of how he was the first Sports Anchor on what is now known as News 22 with KRWG, working for $50 a month. He also recalled the time his sophomore year he, along with most of the students on campus, began to protest a Board of Regents decision that there could not be any boys in girls’ dorms or vice versa at any time of the day, a decision later reversed in 1976.

This kind of history  that we now occupy (both physical locations and job titles) have an enormous legacy in and of themselves that come with them. Odds are, problems both good and bad are not the first (or the last) of its kind that will be seen at this University. However, it can be beneficial to sometimes remind yourself to look up and realize that not only is history around us in every sense of the word, but also living through us as well.

3 Takeaway’s from Trump’s Address to Congress

By: Albert Luna

President Donald Trump addressed the United States Congress for the first time since taking office just over a month ago on Tuesday, February 28, in a joint session between the House and Senate. The address, which was watched by an estimated 48 million people, showed a side of The President most Americans were unaccustomed to seeing or hearing about. President Trump talked for a little over an hour, touching on most topics that are of concern for many Americans, including foreign relations, the economy, and the armed services. Here are my 3 takeaways from Tuesday night:

1) Increasing the Military

-Under the Obama administration, military funding was held down for the majority of his second term. Trump made it clear that this kind of trend would not be the case going forward. The President, as had been initially reported earlier in the week, is seeking a $54 billion increase in Military spending from Congress and on Tuesday he made his best sales pitch, “To keep America safe, we must provide the men and women of the United States Military with the tools they need, to prevent war, and, if they must, to fight and to win.” A major part of his requested increase also comes in the form of helping out veterans, a cornerstone of the demographic that hot him elected last November.

2) The Wall Is Still Happening

President Trump made it clear that Americans should make no mistake about it: the wall is going up. Trump doubled down on his proposition that he has made to his supporters since the day he announced he was running for the office and continued with his call to build the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In addition, The President also alluded to the ongoing crackdown of unauthorized illegal immigrants in the country. Moreover, one interesting twist in The Presidents stance was still leaving the door open to perhaps less deportation and more reform on the part of Congress, introducing a Merit-Based system of having immigrants take part in the workforce as opposed to low skilled jobs.

3) Trump Can Soothe the Nation

For as dividing the November election has proven to be, Trump, to his credit, has been able to step up and serve as a reasonable voice when it matters. In most overnight polls conducted, the vast majority of nation was encouraged by the comments and demeanor that Trump showcased (according to CBS, New York Post and Washington Post polls, amongst others). Trump, in contrast to his Twitter rants on occasion, seemed calm, cool, and genuine in his interactions with the crowd, on a few occasions honoring some of his guests such as the widow of slain navy seal William “Ryan” Owens and the widow of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Overall, the Trump we saw on Tuesday is not only an encouraging sign for both political parties, but one I think we will be seeing more often as he transitions into his first elected position ever held. Sure, he will still be attacking his opponents if he feels it is necessary (specifically the mainstream media) but I believe he will also begin to show much of the elegance and genuine care for the American people his supporters have seen in him at times on a larger scale. Even at 70 years old, Trump still has a learning curve for the office, the question is, how much more is there to figure out?

Albert Luna may be reached at truprint@nmsu.edu or (575) 646-5434.

‘Love Trumps Hate’ Rally Held on Campus

By: Albert Luna

Valentine’s Day at New Mexico State University featured a group of students and community members partaking in a protest march across campus.

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New Art Building Now in Development

By: Albert Luna

The New Mexico State University Department of Art and University Art Gallery will be getting a drastic face lift in the form of a new two story building.

The project, which was able to get a kick start in the design phase due to some major local fundraising efforts, is being primarily funded through the General Obligation Bond C (GoBondC) that was passed by the state in November.

An update on the development of the project was given at the January 20 Board of Regents meeting by Heather Watenpaugh, University Architect, and Andrea Tawney, Senior Vice President for University Advancement.

“It is a really nice compliment to be able to infuse private dollars into a capital project on our campus” Tawney said, regarding the fundraising efforts, at the meeting, “Construction dollars always stretch thin whenever we’re building; things tend to fall short at the end of this process.”

The building will take the place of the current D.W. Williams Hall, which was initially the first gymnasium that was used for Aggie Basketball up until 1957.

  The new building is expected to have new state-of-the-art equipment including labs offices. The second floor will be mainly dedicated to course-specific studios including some for Drawing/Painting, Photography, and Graphic Design.

“The architecture is consistent with the preferred style here [at the University], with the Spanish Renaissance theme” Watenpaugh said.

In addition, the first floor of the building will feature a  sizable art gallery as well as additional studios for ceramics, sculpture, and other exterior works, along with the administration.

“We expect a lot of activity from the Art Gallery at night, bringing the community into this building” Watenpaugh said.

The gallery will have an open space design with a main ceremonial staircase featured in the middle. Main architectural designs were formally presented to the Board of Regents at the meeting.

Watenpaugh says that the project is now in the design development phase and, if all documents are in order, construction is expected to begin in January, 2018.

“I would say we expect completion/move-in the Fall of 2019.” The official expected completion is in July of 2019.

Another point that was brought up was the distribution of costs amongst in-state and out of state contract dollars. Watenpaugh reported that over 84 percent of Architectural/Engineering and Construction dollars will be staying within the state.

“The voters [that approved GoBondC] for the state of New Mexico really gives back to the state contract dollars and the state 84 percent of architecture, engineering and construction dollars are staying within the state” Watenpaugh said.

Although GoBondC was only recently approved in November of 2016, allocating over $22 .5 million solely to

the building project, the project is widely ahead of schedule in terms of having schematics already drawn up, in large part to donors.

Tawney says she credits patron Ammu Devasthali who, along with her husband, Ramakrishna, are one of the University’s biggest donors, for leading a group that is raising financial support for the project, having garnered around $800,000 so far.

“We are really hitting the streets now and trying to encourage our business community [to donate], we have a small fundraising committee with the college of Arts and Sciences led by the Dean and their Dean’s Counsel Chair, that will be getting out and really trying to activate the community to participate” Tawney said.

Despite the money that has already been raised from private donations and the bond, Tawney says that there is still roughly $1 million that is still needed, mainly to furnish the building. “Our goal is to raise another $1 million to really outfit it with the appropriate furnishing needs and lab needs that look a little bit different than our typical facilities and labs on campus.”

Tawney said she encourages the community to consider giving towards the project, “We would like to spread the word and if you know anybody interested please share with them the opportunities [that can come from giving to the project].”

To see the presentation in its entirety, visit the Meeting Webcasts tab on the NMSU Board of Regents website.

Legal Editor Yesenia Luna contributed to this report.

Photo by: University Art Gallery

Life Will Go On

By: Albert Luna

We covered the Presidential Election at length last semester from the first issue until the last, it was our job to journal the climate of the campus in regards to the historically polarizing event. In the time between November 8 and January 20, however, we saw reactions to the election that simply were never seen before. Despite all of the protests, outcry, and attempted over-turnings, the results have held up over the past few weeks.

Not only in the results, but in essentially every step of the transition process, the Trump team has been essentially road-blocked my scores of people. Whether it is the recent Senate confirmation hearings for President Trump’s cabinet picks or even if it is simply trying to wish America a safe and happy Thanksgiving, everything was seen somehow sour in taste for the then President-Elect. A recent “Public Policy Polling” survey revealed that in most urban cities, a fraction (32%) of Americans believe the election of Trump is a part of a bigger government conspiracy.

Think about that statistic for a moment, a widely unpopular [in some circles] candidate wins an election and the people are essentially saying the very fabric of government in this country is rigged. This is basically the result of a very emotionally invested election and the many ugly faces that America showed in its aftermath.

The biggest thing we can take away is, no matter how hard of a pushback, Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States, and life as we know it will continue to go on. After all, the only thing that is the end of the world, is, well, the end of the world.