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

Obama’s Clemency Initiative Is a Positive

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By Aaron Stiles

 

On August 3rd, President Obama announced that 214 Federal prisoners would have their sentences commuted. This means that those inmates will either begin being processed out of the penitentiary system immediately, or will soon be able to begin processing in a few months.

The Administration explained that their selection process of these individuals were based off “People who we think were overcharged and who we do not believe have a propensity towards violence” the White House explained in their press release.

The Washington Times reported that 67 of the inmates having their sentences altered had been sentenced to life imprisonment. These inmates were also all non-violent convicts.

The idea of a President commuting sentences or full pardons is not an uncommon one, many outgoings Presidents give their signature Presidential Pardons in their last day in office.

However, in the case of Obama, his commutation not only come almost half a year early, but they also served as the biggest sentence reductions in the history of the country and the Presidency.

So, why such a deviation from the standard? This is mainly rooted in The Clemency Initiative, which is a program laid out in 2014 by the Obama administration. According to the Department of Justice, this is an initiative to encourage qualified federal inmates to petition to have their sentences commuted, or reduced, by the President.

Under the new initiative, the Department will prioritize clemency applications from inmates who meet all of the following factors:

“They are currently serving a federal sentence in prison and, by operation of law, likely would have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted of the same offense(s) today;

They are non-violent, low-level offenders without significant ties to large scale criminal organizations, gangs or cartels;

They have served at least 10 years of their prison sentence;

They do not have a significant criminal history;

They have demonstrated good conduct in prison; and

They have no history of violence prior to or during their current term of imprisonment.”

President Obama has stated that he is attempting to “send a clear message” to Congress about the importance of criminal justice reform.

Whether you like Obama or not, this is a positive step in the right direction for those (thousands) of people who have been given harsh sentences for non-violent crimes since the beginning of Richard Nixon’s war on drugs.

The majority of these prison sentences are under Mandatory Minimum sentencing that requires binding prison terms of a particular length for people convicted of certain federal and state crimes.

These mandatory minimum sentences are controversial for many reasons. Some believe that victimless crimes like using drugs or soliciting prostitutes should have lesser punishments due to the fact that it does not cause harm to those who choose not to participate.

Additionally, many point out that these sentences can be on the same level as serious crimes such as murder. This has resulted in thousands of Americans becoming imprisoned over the last few decades. The current number of inmates serving prison time for drug offenses is 84,746.

As a result, this has spurred a growth in prison systems around the country, which is profitable for many parties such as the contractors who build them. This evidently has been a serious problem for years now, with the current number of inmates serving prison time for drug offenses at 84,746; but thanks to Obama’s Clemency Initiative and his follow through of commuted sentences, we are seeing true acknowledgement of the problems in our justice system and the problems of the War on Drugs from the leaders of our Country.

While this is a step in the right direction, the only real way to fix our justice system’s handling of drug offenses is for Congress to pass legislation to create more appropriate drug laws and to end Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for non-violent crimes.

 

 

 

Aggie offense leads to series-opening win

The Aggies baseball team won the first in a three-game series against Sacramento State.

 

Photo by Derek Gonzales.

By Derek Gonzales

Staff Writer

With the New Mexico State baseball team trailing WAC foe Sacramento State by two games in the conference standings, it made this weekend’s series all the more important. The Aggies were able to take the first game of the three-game series 14-4 in eight innings on Friday night at Presley Askew Field.

NM State (23-18, 11-5 WAC) pounded out six hits in just the first two innings off of Sacramento State starter Sam Long and the visiting Hornets (25-16, 12-4 WAC).

The Aggies came out in the bottom of the first and got things started with a Daniel Johnson (4 for 5, three RBI’s, HR) single. Outfielder Greg Popylisen (2 for 5, two doubles, RBI) followed suit with a double in the alley to put himself and Johnson in scoring position with no outs. Dan Hetzel (1 for 5, RBI) was able to connect on the first pitch he saw from Long and he brought in Johnson to push the Aggies out to a 1-0 lead.

Sacramento State came back in at the top of the second inning with a Brandon Hunley home-run to right field off of Aggie starter Marcel Renteria. It knotted the score at one, but the the Aggies would take control after that.

In the bottom of the second inning, third-baseman Trey Stine went up to the plate after Long struck out Aggie catcher Mason Fishback. Stine wasted no time, and he sent the first pitch over the right-field fence for a solo home-run. It was his fourth of the season and it sent the Aggies back into the lead at 2-1. Popylisen was back up at the plate two batters later, and he doubled to right-center on an 0-2 pitch to score the speedy Johnson from first to extend the lead to 3-1.

After Sacramento State tacked on a run in the top of the third inning, the Aggies went to the bottom of the inning and blew the game open. Austin Botello (1 for 4, two runs) began the inning with a walk.

Shortstop L.J. Hatch then doubled to put runners in scoring position for Fishback. Fishback redeemed himself after the strikeout earlier and took Long deep to right-field for a three-run home-run. Stine and Brent Sakurai were able to reach base following the home-run, and Johnson crushed a three-run home-run of his own to right-field to put NM State comfortably ahead at 9-2.

Renteria was outstanding on Friday night and got his fourth win of the year. He went 7.2 innings, striking out seven batters on a whopping 121 pitches. He threw 71 pitches for strikes, and did not let Sacramento State threaten after the Aggies had the six-run third inning.

NM State was firing on all cylinders throughout the game, as they scored at least one run in six different innings. They hit .462 as a team and hit 6 for 15 when runners were in scoring position. The 14 runs were the most they’ve scored in the month of April and it came at a great time, as the Aggies came into the series having lost six out of their last seven.

The Aggies look to win the series tomorrow as they will host the Hornets at one p.m. at Presley Askew Field. The series finale will be Sunday at noon.

Derek Gonzales can be reached at gordooo5@nmsu.edu

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LC farmers market promotes collective individualism

By Nicholas Bylotas
Volunteer Writer
Come to the farmers market, friends! It is a wonderful place where your fellow citizens walk about for the splendid reason of having nothing better to do on a Saturday morning in Las Cruces.
Don’t mistake me, there are plenty of things you could do other than go to the farmers market, but few that are better choices. At the market you can exercise your right to be an individual in the team of our community. You never know who you are going to run into out there. Perhaps it’s the career opportunity you have been waiting for, or could it be the love of your life? 
The fact of the matter is, the farmers market in Las Cruces is an example of what it means to be an American. The people come together and bare their passions before the world through their art, and at no cost for you to see. The music, the paintings, the crafters, the food – the farmers market is an exhibition.
Whether you’ve seen it before, or you’ve not been yet, the farmers market is the place to be on Saturday mornings. Artists, grab your tools and bring your creative selves to the community and show us what you’re about!
Come on down to the farmers market on Main Street every Saturday at 7 a.m., where you can feel good about contributing to the local economy and to people’s unique artistry. See you there.

The Round Up investigates: Fake job on Aggie Career Manager

The Round Up/Oncore Magazine recently uncovered a fake job posting on NMSU’s Aggie Career Manager attempting to scam students.

By Billy Huntsman

Managing Editor

The Round Up/Oncore Magazine recently uncovered a fake job posting on NMSU’s Aggie Career Manager attempting to scam students.

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Conestoga’s listing on Aggie Career Manager.  Photo by Billy Huntsman.

The position was ‘store keeper assistant’ with Conestoga Cold Storage, “a temperature controlled warehousing and transportation company based in Canada and United State, and is considered one of the pioneers of the modern commercialized temperature-controlled warehouse for the storage of perishable goods,” the job listing said.

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Job description for Conestoga.  Photo by Billy Huntsman.

The job’s listed contact, Dwane Arnott, explained in a series of emails that Conestoga was looking to expand into the United States from Canada.

The job paid $300 a week to an individual working two to five hours a day ‘in a small stockroom. Maintains receipts, records, and withdrawals. Checks materials and supplies and reports when stock is low. Receives and unpacks materials and supplies. Reports damages and discrepancies for accounting, reimbursement and record-keeping purposes.”

The store keeper’s weekly payment would have arrived with a certified cashier’s check along with the money needed in order to pay the supplier for stock. The store keeper, ‘Arnott’s’ emails (and later texts) said, would have deposited this cashier’s check into his or her bank account and paid the supplier once the funds were released.

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An exchange of texts between TRU/OM and ‘Arnott’.  Photo by Billy Huntsman.

The business’ listed address was 1420 W. Amador Ave.

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1420 W. Amador Ave. If this were a cold storage facility, it wouldn’t be out of place in the area.  Photo by Billy Huntsman.

“I am glad to let you know that by the end of today,agreement would have been finalized with the Realtor leasing the space so we want our supplier to start bringing goods so we can commence stocking,” ‘Arnott’ wrote in an email to TRU/OM on April 23.

Yet driving by the property on April 27, the location is still available for lease by Steinborn Commercial Real Estate.

“It’s still showing as available (on the computer),” said an associate of the real estate company. “It says, ‘For sale or lease.’”

TRU/OM contacted the New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department to see if at least the business had a tax identification number.

“(Conestoga Cold Storage) is not coming up in the system,” an employee of the department told TRU/OM. “More than likely they probably are not registered with New Mexico.”

The Office of the Secretary of State confirmed to TRU/OM that the ‘business’ was not registered in the state.

“1420 W. Amador I have a Milagro Construction & Repair, an Autoglass Solutions & More, and those are the only two registered businesses I have at that location,” said an employee with the City of Las Cruces’ Building and Development Services.

Conestoga Cold Storage is, however, a real company, with five offices in Canada, and Dwane Arnott is an employee in their Kitchener, Ontario, office. Though TRU/OM and ‘Arnott’ had been exchanging emails and texts for several days, when TRU/OM called him on April 27, he did not recognize our name.

“I just talked to another gentleman in your neck of the woods this morning, as well,” the real Arnott told TRU/OM.

Arnott said he believed the other individual he talked to was from Fullerton College in California.

“(The scam has) been going on for a couple weeks actually,” Arnott said. “A person from our HR Department came across it first and then I see some postings mostly at colleges.”

TRU/OM found similar postings at Greenville College in Illinois, James Madison University in Virginia (where the contact was listed as a ‘Marc Smernoff’,) the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Austin Community College, Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina, Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington (though this posting seems to have been taken down), and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in Missouri (where again ‘Smernoff’ has been listed).

If you put “Works in a small stockroom. Maintains receipts, records, and withdrawals. Checks materials and supplies and reports when stock is low. Receives and unpacks materials and supplies. Reports damages and discrepancies for accounting, reimbursement and record-keeping purposes” in Google, several results for Nigerian jobs come up as well.

TRU/OM attempted to contact the Arnott impostor. His office number has a Tennessee area code, which a woman picked up denying any knowledge of who Arnott is.

The cell phone number ‘Arnott’ provided has a Georgia area code.

“Hello, I know you are not Dwane Arnott and this is a scam,” we wrote.

“will you shut up your mouth idiot,” ‘Arnott’ replied.

TRU/OM contacted NMSU’s Career Services to alert them to remove the listing, and they additionally have sent out notice of the scam to any student who may have applied for the position.  This information will be given to Campus Police, who will then distribute it to other colleges, said Roseanne Bensley, associate director of Career Services.

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The email sent out by Bensley to applicants for the fake job.  Photo by Billy Huntsman.

Anyone concerned about the legitimacy of a job posted on Aggie Career Manager should contact Career Services immediately at (575) 646-1631.

 

Local essay contest asks, What is the greatest good you can do?

Essay contest offers 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes of $500, $250, and $125 respectively. The prompt: what is the greatest good you can do in your life?

By Billy Huntsman

Managing Editor

Members of Doña Ana County, ages 18 to 30, are invited to write and submit 300-word essays in order to be considered for cash prizes.

The Windsor-Hermsmeier Gifting Fund is offering prizes of $500, $250, and $125 for the best essays concerning the prompt: what is the great good I can do in my life?

The contest is “in honor of Miguel Gabriel Silva, former Las Cruces city councilor (who died earlier this year) who helped enrich the soul of Las Cruces and Mesilla by promoting community well-being,” says a flyer promoting the contest.

The rules for the contest are: 300 words maximum, must be written by hand, describing your idea of “the greatest good” you can do in your life and how it can benefit the world, and what three actions will help you achieve your “greatest good.”

Also, on a second piece of paper, participants are asked to list their top three “bucket list” experiences/goals—what three things must you do before you die?

“Judging is based on neatness, legibility, grammar, content, sincerity, and reasonableness of ideas,” the flyer says.

Essays must be postmarked by May 15, 2016, to:

The Windsor-Hermsmeier Gifting Fund

P.O. Box 121, Las Cruces, NM 88004

Further inquiries can be made at jkwindsor@yahoo.com.

The Windsor-Hermsmeier Gifting Fund is managed by a Dr. and Mr. Windsor and Hermsmeier based out of Susanville, California, according to Susanville’s Lassen County Times, where in May 2014 a similar essay contest took place.

Windsor and Hermsmeier “are interested in promoting community well being in the honor of their parents. Harold and Varonika Windsor, Walter and Dorothy Hermsmeier were dedicated to American societal values of hard work, education, dedication to family and also art as values of a community,” the newspaper placement reads.

The current Windsor is a doctor at High Desert State Prison, while the current Hermsmeier is a retired machine operator and property manager, the newspaper says.

Their fathers were World War II veterans, while their mothers were “dedicated homemakers,” the newspaper says.

Aggies take doubleheader vs. Bakersfield in home finale

Aggies win a doubleheader against CSU – Bakersfield.

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Aggie Emma Adams in her last appearance on the NMSU softball field.  Photo by Derek Gonzales.

By Derek Gonzales

Staff Writer

The New Mexico State softball team appears to have found their groove as they inch closer to defending their WAC Championship in Seattle, Washington, in the 2016 WAC Softball Tournament in two weeks. They completed the sweep of Cal-State Bakersfield, winning both games of the doubleheader 12-1 and 4-2 Saturday afternoon at the New Mexico State softball complex.

The first game saw senior Karysta Donisthorpe take the mound for the Aggies. In her last start of her career at the New Mexico State softball complex, she was outstanding. She went all five innings in the run-ruled game, striking out four and giving up only one run.

“It was amazing. The fact that hitters were putting up runs was a great feeling,” says Donisthorpe, who capped off her illustrious four-year career with her ninth win of the year.

NM State (32-19, 11-1 WAC) jumped out to an early lead when Kelsey Horton hit a three-run home-run to push the Aggies out to a 3-0 lead. It was her team-leading 14th home run of the year. NM State as a team is first in the conference in home-runs, batting average, scoring, slugging percentage, and triples. A prolific offense is a Coach Kathy Rodolph staple, as she has put together powerful offenses in her 12 seasons in Las Cruces, and this year’s squad has been no different.

After scoring another run in the bottom of the second to extend to 4-0, CSUB (13-30, 5-7 WAC) scored a run in the top of the third inning with a Chris Hipa single that forced two Aggie errors and led to Alex Simmons scoring on the play. With the score 4-1, the Aggie offense exploded in the bottom half of the inning.

Tatum Reedy began the inning with a three-run home run of her own off of CSUB pitcher Alyssa Stockton to put the score at 7-1. It was her eighth of the season. That was only the beginning of the scoring for the inning. Emma Adams hit a double three batters later and it scored Rodriguez and Brennalyn Nakamura to extend the lead to 9-1.

Pinch-hitter Kennedy Johnson smashed a three-run homer later in the inning that scored Fiana Finau and Adams. That capped off an eight-run inning for the Aggies and put them in control of the game and Donisthorpe coasted from that point forward. The win gave coach Rodolph her 400th victory at New Mexico State.

“To be able to capture my 400th win here at home on senior weekend makes it all that much more special,” says Rodolph. “I remember that first season here (when NM State went 14-49) like it was yesterday, and we’ve come a long way with phenomenal young ladies that believed in the vision we had here. Without phenomenal kids, we wouldn’t have been able to turn this around.”

Senior Makayla McAdams (13-8) started at pitcher for the Aggies in the second game, and followed Donisthorpe’s solid performance with one of her own. She allowed one run and three hits on 53 pitches.

“When we started this season, we graduated roughly 60 home-runs, so we knew that the most experienced piece of our team was our pitching, and they needed to anchor down while our offense was getting their feet under them, and they’ve done just that,” says Rodolph.

Victoria Castro (1 for 4, RBI) tripled in the home half of the second inning that brought in pitch-runner Jovanni Felix to score. Nakamura (1 for 3, run scored) then hit a rare bunt double and Castro reached third on the play. Castro then scored on a wild pitch that advanced Nakamura to third, and Amy Bergeson (0 for 2, RBI) brought in Nakamura on a groundout a few pitches later to put the score at 3-0 through two innings. CSUB answered in the next half inning with a run on a Julea Cavazos single up the middle that scored Kaylynn Burt.

Freshman pitcher Kayla Green came on in a relief appearance for the second day in a row, and did a great job, despite getting herself in trouble in the top of the seventh inning trying to close the game. She allowed a two-out triple to Burt that scored Jo Larios for the ‘Runners, and with Burt on third and the tying run at the plate, Rodolph brought in Donisthorpe to try to get the one-out save and did just that to cap off the 4-2 win.

Saturday marked the last time seniors Fiana Finau, Tatum Reedy, Makayla McAdams, Karysta Donisthorpe, Brennalyn Nakamura, and Emma Adams took the field at the New Mexico State softball complex. Looking ahead, NM State will face UMKC in a three-game series next weekend in Kansas City and travel to Albuquerque to face the University of New Mexico on May 3.

Derek Gonzales can be reached at gordooo5@nmsu.edu

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Aggies win vs. CSU-Bakersfield

The Aggie softball team won the first of three games against CSU-Bakersfield this weekend.

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Photo by Derek Gonzales.

By Derek Gonzales

Staff Writer

The New Mexico State softball team started off their last home series of the season with a 6-5 win over Cal-State Bakersfield on Friday evening at the New Mexico State softball complex.

The ‘Runners (13-27, 5-5 WAC) scored at the top of the first with a Chris Hipa single that scored Julea Cavazos. The game went into a lightning delay midway through the bottom of the first, and the game didn’t resume for an hour and 20 minutes.

When play resumed, it didn’t take long for NM State (30-19, 9-1 WAC) to take the lead back. In the bottom of the second inning, Corrin Green (0 for 2, walk) reached first base by way of a walk that was issued by CSU-Bakersfield starting pitcher Amber Mills (6-12). Victoria Castro (1 for 2, RBI) followed that with a single, and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for senior Tatum Reedy. Playing in her last collegiate series in Las Cruces, she smashed a Mills pitch to straight center-field for a grand slam.

That gave NM State a 4-1 lead. From there, Aggie starting pitcher Makayla McAdams (12-8) didn’t allow CSU-Bakersfield to take the lead, but she did give up five runs in 4.1 innings pitched. CSU-Bakersfield scored a couple of runs in the top of the third inning to trim the Aggie lead to one at 4-3, but NM State answered with a couple of runs of their own at the bottom of the inning to stretch the lead back out to 6-3.

In the top of the fifth, CSU-Bakersfield struck again twice. ‘Runner short-shop Alex Simmons hit a triple into the a right-center field alley, scoring Cavazos. That was all for McAdams, as she was relieved by freshman Kayla Green. After throwing two changeups to Hipa, Green tried to blow a fastball by her, but Hipa was able to hit a blooper past Aggie short-shop Haley Nakamura and it scored Simmons to put the score at 6-5.

After that, neither team posed a scoring threat for the rest of the game, as Green was excellent in her relief appearance, only allowing two hits, and she was able to pick up for first career save in the process.

NM State will play CSU-Bakersfield in a doubleheader tomorrow at the New Mexico State softball complex with the first game beginning at four p.m., with the second game beginning approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Derek Gonzales can be reached at gordooo5@nmsu.edu

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NM State Football Concludes Spring with Annual Crimson and White Game

Annual spring game gives Aggie fans reason to hope in the fall.

 

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The game on Saturday afternoon.  Photo by Derek Gonzales.

By Derek Gonzales

Staff Writer

The New Mexico State football team concluded spring practices on Saturday afternoon with the annual Crimson and White game at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

The defense won the game, 68-18. For the defense, the point system included six points for a turnover, four points for a sack, three points for a three-and-out, and a point for a tackle for loss. The Aggie offense, which was in the crimson home jerseys, were given six points for a touchdown, three points for a field goal, and two points for a two-point conversion and a point for a point-after-touchdown.

The defense imposed their will upfront for most of the day, much to the pleasure of first-year defensive coordinator Frank Spaniani. Spaziani has tried to implement creative blitzes, and it seemed to baffle back-up quarterbacks Conner Cramer and Nick Jeanty.

Another encouraging sign was that linebackers Terrill Hanks and Javahn Ferguson did not play Saturday. Those two were key contributors as freshmen and will help bolster the defense along with some incoming recruits beginning in fall camp.

Junior Dalton Herrington led the Aggie defense with 11 tackles, including a tackle-for-loss. Defensive end Dalton Rocha was able to record two sacks and defensive tackle Kourtland Busby pitched in a sack of his own. The three turnovers were another encouraging sign defensively as defensive backs Christian Gibson and Noah Brown each intercepted a pass and a fumble was recovered by the defense also.

The Aggie offense did show signs of growth with Cramer and Jeanty getting a majority of the snaps. Cramer went 22-28 on the day for 173 yards. His ability to throw the ball downfield and escape pressure with his legs should make him the back-up to Tyler Rogers going into fall camp, but graduate transfer Tyler Matthews will be in the mix for the starting job once he graduates from Southern Mississippi and enrolls at NMSU.

“We have everyone buying in and we have capable backups too,” says junior safety Jaden Wright.

He, along with Jacob Nwangwa and Brown, lead an experienced Aggie secondary into the fall and if they can make some leaps forward as a unit, they should have NMSU vying for a bowl-bid.

Derek Gonzales can be reached at gordooo5@nmsu.edu

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Opinion: Could Marvin Menzies still leave for UNLV?

Staff writer Derek Gonzales examines recent updates in the Marvin Menzies shakeup at NMSU.

By Derek Gonzales

Staff Writer

Just as we thought the dust had settled and the coaching carousel had run its course through Las Cruces as it comes to rumors around NMSU head basketball coach Marvin Menzies, another situation has surfaced and it appears this one poses the biggest threat to the Aggie Basketball program losing its head coach since Menzies arrived on campus in 2007.

Menzies has been linked to jobs in the past at schools such as Arizona State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UNLV, and Washington State. Though he has not left to this point, his sustained success at NMSU has made him a commodity to high-profile programs.  He is 198-111 in nine seasons, and has led NMSU to the postseason six times. His teams have been highly unimpressive against quality competition, going 3-15 against New Mexico and 0-16 against Power 5 Schools. His best win outside of beating New Mexico or UTEP while he’s been in Las Cruces was against Pacific in 2013.

It is being reported that since Texas Tech lost head coach Tubby Smith to the University of Memphis, the Red Raiders are looking at Chris Beard (though he has only been at UNLV six days) to be their next head coach. Beard was able to get the job after a 28-5 season at Arkansas-Little Rock, which was his first at the school. UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy chose Beard over Menzies, but now it appears UNLV might lose Beard.

Beard was an assistant coach at Texas Tech for 10 seasons (2001-2011). He coached under Bobby Knight, and was a part of the coaching staff that led Tech to four NCAA Tournament appearances during that time. As of Thursday night, Beard had met with Texas Tech officials about the opening and Kunzer-Murphy issued a statement confirming the meeting and adding that she looks to have the situation resolved in the next 24 hours, according to Mark Anderson of the Las VegasReview Journal.

If Beard were to bolt for Lubbock, UNLV would be sure to give Marvin Menzies another call to see if he is still interested in UNLV. Menzies was an assistant under Lon Kruger for the Runnin’ Rebels during the 2004-2005 season, and has familiarity facing Mountain West schools. His 1-11 in 12 games against Mountain West opponents would cause Rebel fans to cringe, but the upgrades in facilities and a larger recruiting budget would help Menzies bring in players that will help him build a sustainable program.

It is a real uncertain time for the Aggie basketball program. With Pascal Siakam entering the national scene, testing the NBA waters, and the team bringing back all of the key contributors from a year ago, it looks to be only a matter of time until a program with more money, more fan support, and stability in a conference comes knocking on Menzies’ door. If it happens this weekend, Aggie fans can only be grateful we were able to keep him almost a decade and can look forward to turning the page after an amazing chapter in Aggie basketball history.

Derek Gonzales can be reached at gordooo@nmsu.edu

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