Aggies Against Violence

By: Jianna Vasquez

WAVE will host its annual Aggies against violence week April 24 – 26.

The annual event originally started as “Take back the night” which focuses on eliminating sexual violence in all forms. Colleges, Universities, women’s centers and rape-crisis centers around the country sponsor this event.

NMSU’s WAVE has expanded “Take back the night” to a three-day event. These days will be full of events that will aim to educate and bring awareness to the NMSU community about sexual abuse, sexual assault, domestic abuse, domestic assault and other related topics.

“The idea is to take back the ability to feel comfortable, to feel safe and secure in your own community,” said the Program Specialist for WAVE, Meg Long.

According to the National Sexual Violence Resources Center 1 in 4 college women have a chance of becoming a victim of sexual assault.

WAVE wants to raise awareness and let the NMSU community know that sexual violence is an issue that occurs everywhere, even on the NMSU campus.

“When we do the student lifestyle surveys we ask the students if they have ever been sexually assaulted as a student at NMSU, and 6.5 percent of students report that they had,” said Long.

A part from bringing awareness to the community, WAVE also want the community to become educated on sexual assault so they can take action against these issues.

“We want students to start realizing that it’s their place and it’s their responsibility to make sure our community is safe,” said Long. Students can play their part against Violence by staying active, seeing things and saying something or simply sticking up for a friend when situations like this occur.

Aggies against Violence week will include motivational speakers, a photo booth, a screening of documentary that focuses on sexual assault on college campuses, NMSU campus sexual assault and prevention response panel, and will close off on Wednesday with “Take back the night.”

There will be different events so each student can find an activity that will spark their interest.

WAVE not only hopes to raise awareness to the issue, but they also want victims of sexual assault to know that they are not alone, and that there are resources around the community for them to use.

Broadcasters Club

By: Isaiah Silva

NMSU has a lot to offer. It is a unique university where many determine what they want to do with their lives. There is one thing that NMSU offers that many universities don’t – a student-run, live newscast.

News 22 is a legitimate news broadcast that is completely student-ran. There are some professionals that help with the functions for the newscast, but for the most part, students run it. There are students running everything from the production to the cameras, and the on-screen talent.

The students involved and more gather into what is called the Broadcasters Club.

“Really, we’re just kind of a loose group of students that try to meet with professionals in broadcast news, so; radio, television, multimedia, and stuff like that,” Rebekah Baca, Broadcasters Club President said.

A big thing that the Broadcasters Club does is bringing in guest speakers that share their experiences in broadcast journalism with students and provide an opportunity for networking.

“We really just want to prepare ourselves for when we get ready to graduate and meet new people, It’s really great because our professors that are involved in the club, they have a really good network of past students that have done a lot with their careers and that’s mainly where we get our guests from,” Baca said. “So, it’s really great to see people that have gone through this program, been a part of Broadcasters Club and News 22 and have gotten really far.”

In addition to networking, the club also has a lot of fun together. They, like many other organizations, do philanthropy events and take trips to conferences. Earlier this year, the club took a trip to Salt Lake City, Utah.

“We went to Salt Lake City this year to the Society of Professional Journalists regional conference. They got to meet professionals from around the country, they got to tour a television station in Salt Lake City, and some students had their resumes and portfolios reviewed by professionals,” Dr. Roger Mellen, advisor for the Broadcasters Club, said.

Above everything else, being in the club brings friendships. Many of the students are studying the same thing, so they all have a lot in common.

“I know for a fact, a lot of the people, a lot of the students that I’m currently working with are people that I’m going to be able to count on for a long time, even after I graduate,” Baca said.

If you’re considering Journalism as a career field, the Broadcasters Club highly encourages you to join. They are welcoming to all facets of journalism.

“Even if you’re mainly photography, or print, or whatever, just the people you meet here, even just the students are really great,” Baca said.

Dr. Mellen also echoed what Rebekah had to say.

“Anybody interested in broadcast should come and meet some of the interesting guests we have,” Mellen said.

This coming year Nick Miller and Hugo Perez will advise the Broadcaster’s Club. The club meets every other Tuesday at 7:15 in Milton Hall.

Religious Organizations Hold Special Place Students

By: Luis “Luigi” Finston

Religions groups on NMSU campus are growing every semester. Students unite for one common reason and gain friendships with people who have similar interests.

There are several religious student organizations on campus: Christian Challenge, RUF, and Alpha Chi. Each unique and offering a place to worship for their particular religious beliefs.

Jake Barnett is an Engineering major and member of AFC (Aggies for Christ). He describes AFC as a place where he feels welcomed and where the enthusiasm for meeting new people never ceases. “In college, we are all here to grow and mature into better people”, he says.

“It encourages you to become intellectually better and spiritually better. It’s a group of people that is striving towards God and invites others to join.”

Barnett explains that every Wednesday night AFC has a worship night. The organization makes every effort to put together retreats for students as well as game nights. Earlier this year AFC hosted a food truck fiesta and at the end of the year they will be hosting a Luau for the students.

“AFC, for me, is about involvement”, he said.

“For me, AFC is an organization that brings you with like-minded people. I know I can call anyone at AFC and I know they have my back and we’ll make time for each other, no matter how busy we are”.

Barnett firmly believes that if he wasn’t involved in AFC he wouldn’t have as many engagements with other people.

“Being with AFC was the first time that I felt a “fire” for God”, he said.

“It took me from a passive stance with religion to having the ability and the drive to bring others to God, and shine a light upon things.”

Evan Connor describes his experience in a similar fashion. Connor is a member of CRU. He has been a member since his first semester of freshman year.

“I would describe CRU has a community of students that really care about the spiritual being of the campus”, he said.

“Throughout the week we have different bible studies which we call “live groups”. There is one that is specifically designed for freshman and there are separate ones for men and women. Our weekly meetings commence on Thursday’s and after we usually go out as a group to eat somewhere and socialize and connect with each other.”

Like Barnett in AFC, Connor says that if he hadn’t joined some type of religious organization, his college experience would have been drastically different.

“I don’t think I would have a solid understanding of the Gospel. I probably also would not be active in my faith without CRU.”

Several religious organizations have been a part of the NMSU campus for many years. The St. Albert Newman Center, or as it’s known today; NMSU Catholic, has been a part of the university since 1930. It is one of the oldest religious student organizations on campus.

Anissa Wright is a ministry team servant leader who has been a part of the servant leadership council at NMSU Catholic for the past year.

“I believe that the community at NMSU Catholic quite is welcoming”, she said.

“For a lack of better words, it’s a very “judgment free zone”. The community strives to get people to be a part of the organization regardless if they are catholic or not, which makes it unique.”

“It’s given me something bigger than myself. When I first got to college I was looking for something to be a part of and kind of give me life and give me motivation. I wanted to find a group of people whom I could call a family. I joined Greek Life and I realized it wasn’t for me. Once I went to Aggie Awakening, which is NMSU Catholic’s primary retreat, I knew I had found everything I had been searching for since my freshman year.”

Wright said that for her, having a religious student community behind her has not only made her a stronger and more confident individual, but has helped her find her place in a busy and hectic college environment.

“I think I’d be following societies culture, and doing more of what our generation thinks is the “cool thing” to do. With NMSU Catholic I’ve learned a lot of my morals and beliefs and being surrounded by people who have a similar mentality.”

AggiePalooza

By: Jianna Vasquez

Aggies activity council will host the third annual AggiePalooza on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

AggiePalooza is an event for students, faculty, staff and the community to come together and lift up the Aggie spirit on campus.

With many changes happening to NMSU, Aggies Activity council wants to remind the community that NMSU still has a lot to be proud of.

Organizations across campus will also be collaborating with Aggies Activity Council to bring a night of music, food, fun and good vibes at AggiePalooza.

SAE will have Monster Energy products that they will be giving away at the event and the fraternity Pike will be giving away Rockstar Energy merchandise.

Aggies Activity Council will be giving away special edition “Chug mugs” that will only be given away at AggiePalooza along with free shirts and other merchandise.

Aggies Activity Council Director of Marketing and Social Media, Andrew Monedero started off AggiePalooza so Aggies can come and blow off some steam.

“This event is right before finals and summer start so we want everyone to come and destress,” said Monedero.

“We want to provide a fun, carefree atmosphere for the students to come and have a good time,” said Aggies Activity Council program director, Michaela Van Wormer.

Aggies Activity Council wants the NMSU community to come and destress, enjoy AggiePalooza and most importantly come to have a good time!

AggiePalooza will take place Saturday, April 22, from 4-8 P.M at the NMSU horseshoe and is an event that is free and open to the public.

For any question about AggiePalooza contact Aggies Activity Council at 575-646-4957

Wave

By: Jianna Vasquez

It’s no secret that students gain more than an education in college. Along the way you probably learned how to play more than one drinking game and you probably know how many beers you can have before you are over your limit, or have you? According to CollegeDrinkingPrevention.Gov, about 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.

The Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education Program (WAVE) an organization on the NMSU campus has continued to educate students on Wellness, Alcohol and Violence. The harm reduction program has been working towards creating a safer environment for the NMSU community since 2006.

“We are promoting a safer campus by telling students about binge drinking, alcohol poisoning, domestic violence and suicide,” said WAVE staff member and NMSU graduate, Tiffany Tyson. Tyson has been working with the organization since 2013 and says that WAVE educates on issues that are important for students to know about like safety when drinking and physical fitness.

WAVE, tables around campus about two to three times a week with different topics at each table. They also offer presentations upon request that range from responsible alcohol usage to sexual assault. The organization can also tailor any presentation to meet the needs upon request.

“The more people know about it, the less danger people are in,” said 19-year-old, Visual Arts Major, Shaunia Grant. WAVE uses strategies that have been proven effective through research in order to provide the community with the best strategies they can. WAVE uses verbal and written sources for information on the strategies they share with students because they recognize that only having one source may not be as efficient as having multiple sources.

WAVE also offers the Steven David Judd Scholarship each year in memory of Stephen David Judd who died of alcohol poisoning in November of 2005 one day following his twenty-first birthday. Steven was a junior Crimson Scholar at NMSU majoring in Computer Science and President of the Delta Chi Fraternity. Steven’s parents, Steven and Karen Judd, established a scholarship to be awarded to the NMSU student who “has made the greatest contribution toward alcohol prevention and the reduction of high-risk drinking at NMSU.” The scholarship is a reminder of why WAVE continues to educate students on these issues.

WAVE not only strives to share knowledge with students about these issues, but they also want students to go beyond understanding the information and strategies provided to them. WAVE encourages students to apply the information and strategies to their lives.

“WAVE is a great program even if you’re just volunteering,” said English Major, Cherokee Sullinger. “You’re going to help people whether you know it or not.”

The organization hires students every semester, but if any student wants to volunteer with the organization they can visit the WAVE office in room 106 in the Aggie Lounge located in Corbett Center.

WAVE provides services and support to students regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or national origin. The purpose of the organization is to provide programming that will positively impact the behavior of the student population.

For any information on WAVE you can contact the organization at 575-646-2813

NMSU’s Chicano Programs

By: Jianna Vasquez

The Chicano Programs and other “ethnic” programs were established simultaneously at NMSU in the 1970s as a result of student protest happening on campus. Students felt the need to have faculty who not only understood their background, but also the issues they were facing. Administration responded by establishing different ethnic programs on the NMSU campus.

The NMSU campus is made up of almost 50 percent Hispanic students and the Chicano program is intended to help first-generation/low income college students in navigating the university environment.

Dr. Laura Gutierrez-Spencer has been the Chicanos Program Director since 1996. This is her twenty-first year serving as the director.

“It’s a privilege to come back to Las Cruces and help our state by not only getting students in school, but by getting our students to graduate and become professionals,” said Dr. Gutierrez-Spencer.

Chicano programs provide guidance to first-generation college students whose parents may not always understand how the school system works by offering informal advising, help with economic issues, financial aid questions, scholarship information and overall providing the students a home away from home.

“A lot of students don’t come to college because no one in their family has so they’re scared and they think they can’t afford it,” said Dr. Gutierrez-Spencer. Chicanos Programs honors NMSU Land-Grant Mission of serving the working class of the state of New Mexico by not only advocating for students at NMSU, but also for high-school students in the Las Cruces community as well.

Chicano Programs provides the community with “preparing for college” workshop usually at churches or schools where they can provide information to students on financial aid and other resources available to students

Dr. Gutierrez-Spencer says that parents of first-generation students are very supportive, but often don’t know how to be supportive or what advice to give them because they themselves have not gone to college. But Chicanos Programs want to ensure that students have the tools that they need in order to succeed here at NMSU and sometimes that simply means giving students some support.

President of the Hispanic Council, and Aerospace Engineering Major, Esai Lopez, says that the Chicanos Program has had a significant impact on his college experience. Like many members of the Chicano Programs, Lopez is the first in his family to attended a university.

“Chicano programs has impacted me a lot,” said Lopez. “They taught me how to speak properly and become more professional.” Lopez, thanks Dr. Gutierrez-Spencer for guiding him and teaching him how the college system works.

Lopez received a scholarship of $1,100 through the Hispanic council. Chicano programs offer a variety of scholarships available to those who are members of the programs. All students have to do is apply through Scholar Dollar$.

Apart from offering scholarships and guidance, Chicano Programs has multiple student organizations under the Hispanic Council that anyone can join. Student organizations include:

College Assistant Migrant Programs (CAMP), Latinos For Exito, Mexican American Engineers and Scientist. (MAES), Mujeres y Hombres Activas Revolucionarias (MHAR) and Society of Hispanic Proffesional Engineers (SHPE). Chicano Programs provides leadership development for the student organizations.

To join any Chicano program’s student organizations, students may sign-up in the Chicano programs office in Garcia Annex, located in room 138. “Chicano” is intended to also include students who identify as Hispanic, Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Latino, etc. However, the Program is open to all students regardless of ethnic background.

Chicano Programs at NMSU is a support service that promotes and empowers all student success through education, advocacy and development of cultural literacy.

For more information on Chicano Programs you can call 575-646-4206 or contact Dr. Laura Gutierrez-Spencer at lgutzspc@nmsu.edu

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.

Aggies in the Big Apple

By: Jianna Vasquez

NMSU’s Model United Nations will take on the Big Apple this spring.

Model United Nations (M-U-N) is raising money by selling Christmas ornaments for their trip this spring.

The organization will partake in a four-day simulation, which partially takes place in the United Nation’s building in New York.

“It’s an amazing opportunity where you get to meet incredible people,” said Government major and first year member, Cody McCarty.

Model United Nations is an academic simulation that aims to educate members about current events, topics in international relations, effective communications, and multilateral diplomacy. As many as 400,00 collegiate students take part annually in the M-U-N conferences around the world.

In previous years NMSU’s M-U-N has ranked in the top 15 percent of participants in the four-day simulation conference.

“There’s a lot of pressure on this year’s officers to maintain the ongoing track record, but it’s very rewarding,” said graduate student and president of NMSU’s Model of United Nations, Prasamsa Dhakal.

Members of M-U-N prepare themselves for their trip to New York by having mini simulations. In these simulations all members are assigned an individual country that they represent.

Members of the organization write position papers on the country they are assigned. In this paper they study the country’s views on certain points. Committees, which are a group of members who use parliamentary procedures to make decisions, are also assigned to groups to study this as a team.

“You study everything about that committee and how that country reflects on that committee, and how it represents in Model United Nations,” said McCarty. “You’re pretty much acting on behalf of that country in the simulation.”

This year NMSU’s Model United Nations is representing the country of Greece at the conference in New York.

“This team provides a mechanism by which NMSU can get its name known on an international scale, there are people at this conference from Germany, Japan and Italy. So for them to see NMSU year after year compete at such a high level is very good for this institution,” said Government major, DeLorean Forbes.

“We’ve been trying different avenues to raise money,” said Dhakal.

M-U-N will be having three fundraisers this semester, where they will be selling NMSU themed ornaments and will host giveback nights at both Jason’s Deli and Texas Roadhouse.

Junior, Government and economics major, Wilderness Castillo-Dobson hopes to continue the success of the organization this year.

“Every year we come home with awards and we’re hoping to continue that tradition,” said Castillo-Dobson.

This program is open to all students regardless of their field of study. For more information and how to get involved, contact the Department of Government at (575)-646-4935.