Portales’ Hidden Treasure – La Paz

By: Samantha Smith

Years before I ever came to school at ENMU, I had to listen to my older sister, Taylor, our best friend, Gina, Taylor’s boyfriend/Gina’s brother Tel, and Gina’s oldest brother, Tyrel, rave about the greatest fajita burrito on earth. Growing up in Canada, you acquire a likability for bland foods with little flavor, and suddenly you move to New Mexico where the flavors run wild.

When I decided to join Taylor at ENMU, I hadn’t thought of how different the food options would be. Where I come from, Taco Bell is about as Mexican as food gets, and the only chili we have is snow or made of beef, tomatoes and beans which is unfortunate because if I have discovered one thing in my time here, it is that green chile is life.

The first time my sister took me to La Paz I wasn’t sure what to think as I walked into a building that is a tire shop in one half and a restaurant in the other. Not having the slightest clue what to order, my sister ordered for me what she thought would be the safest option for my taste – green chile chicken enchiladas. Of course, she ordered herself the legendary fajita burrito, a popular choice among so many. Much to my surprise, I was highly impressed with the meal I ate that day, and I have never turned away from an opportunity to eat at La Paz. Not only is the food delicious, but it is also affordable on a college budget.

To sum things up, if you haven’t been to La Paz yet, I highly suggest you make time to take in the excellence. Portales has many hidden treasures; this just happens to be my favorite food-related one!


Review: Vines Italian Restaurant

I recently had the opportunity of dining at Vines Italian Restaurant, located at 107 W. 2nd Street here in Portales. If you have not had the pleasure of attending this elegant eatery, you are in luck! This was my first time and I was pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere is quiet, the tables comfortable and well maintained, and the service is the best I have ever seen in Portales.

Vines is the only restaurant to serve Italian food in Portales, and looks more like an eatery from a romance film than a small-town pasta joint. I was greeted by a host who insisted on cleaning the table before he sat me down. Once seated, I was presented with a menu, and two minutes later a waitress took my order. I only waited five minutes before my chicken curry soup was before me. The chunks of white chicken were savory next to the celery and curry broth. One word: yum!
My main dish was eggplant stuffed with ricotta served in a creamy rosemary sauce. The eggplant was cut into thin slices and wonderful with this dish. The total wait time for both courses was ten minutes. There are not many fine eateries in Portales that can match the professional and friendly service coupled with the short wait at Vines. They make a customer feel like royalty. Their prices are not unreasonable either, and even if you are a poor college student, $20 can make for a fun and affordable night there.

Vines also hosts an open-mic night once a month. It was sold out when I went, so if you plan to attend, I would suggest going early. This event is held upstairs, and will only seat 100 for comfortable enjoyment. I recommend this establishment to anyone looking to take a break from studying and put a little sophistication back into their lives.

Review by Melissa Arguello.


27th Special Operations Wing
Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.
                                                                       PRESS RELEASE
                                                                                                                                                                 May 7, 2014
Contact:  Capt. Anastasia Wasem
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – “Gravedigger,” a stately AC-130H Spectre gunship, stands sentinel May 6 near the main gate of Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., as tales of its extensive list of achievements echo across scores of spectators.
Characteristic New Mexico winds whip through Cannon’s Air Park and briefly, Gravedigger twitches to life, its rudder, flaps and ailerons shuddering as if with the memory of the multitude of sorties it has flown.
Rattles and rumbles emit from the aircraft, echoing the generations of crew who have supported missions stretching from the Vietnam era to the present. After more than 40 years of providing close air support, air interdiction and force protection for special operations forces, it is finally time for Gravedigger and its seven surviving peers to officially retire.
A crowd, including veterans from nearly every stage of the Spectre’s life, cheered as a plaque detailing the history of the aircraft was unveiled at the air park.
Stories akin to legends of the airframe’s long combat history were traded among the event’s distinguished guests, including many past and present members of Cannon’s 16th Special Operations Squadron, operators of the AC-130H.
The venerable Gravedigger has seen action in Vietnam, supported Operations Bield Kirk and Blinking Light in El Salvador, provided armed reconnaissance during Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, aided in the evacuation of U.S. Embassy employees in Somalia, made gravity-defying dives to defeat missile fire during Operation Desert Storm, supported the NATO mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and fired the first and last shots of the 16 SOS’s successful 12.5-year contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
“Special operations is a team sport,” said Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, “and the H-model is a key player on the special ops team. From what we can tell, the 16 SOS is the most deployed squadron in the Air Force.”
The aircraft, which Fiel and others call “the most feared weapons system on the planet,” has an impressive history that will not be forgotten even as the 16 SOS transitions to a new era of operations with the AC-130J Ghostrider.
As the retirement ceremony came to a close, the gravity of the gunship’s long history was lost on no one as the eldest Spectre veteran in attendance approached the aircraft and laid a loving hand on Gravedigger’s flank. The Johnny Cash music that accompanied the official party’s exit was drowned out by the roar of another AC-130H’s engines overhead, heralding the end of an era and the start of new traditions in special operations aviation.
To view and download images from Gravedigger’s dedication ceremony on Cannon’s website, click here.
Air Commandos
DSN: 681-7213  Comm: 575-784-4131

Spring at ENMU

Spring is here and ENMU students are excited about it. It is warm outside and summer is right around the corner.  Students are contemplating what they are going to do with their summer break.

“I can’t wait to go the park with all of my friends. We love being silly. We dance around and sing like crazy, but it’s so fun,” said freshman Leesha Smith.

Sophomore Britney Wood will be saying local. “I’m gonna stay in Portales, relax, soak up some sun, and get a tan!”

Students like Wade Sultemeier will not be having quite the same fun as Smith and Wood. “All I get to do this summer is work, work, work, and work some more to save up for fall’s tuition,” said Sultemeier.

Some ENMU students are giving back in service for their summer. Sophomore Kaitlin Kirkpatrick will be in Africa this summer on a mission trip with 10 other ENMU students. “I cannot wait to get there. I have been praying for each heart we will encounter while there,” said Kirkpatrick, “I am most excited to invest into the communities we will be in, we will be in many villages who have never been heard the name of Jesus. It will be an honor to bring the good news.” The ENMU team has been meeting to pray and prepare for the adventure they will be facing.

ENMU students will be doing many things this summer; the events range a large spectrum. Whether big or small, they are important and a step to being ready to return to classes in the fall of 2014.

Irvyng Urquijo

By J.T. Keith


The toughest part of bull riding is to hang on for exactly eight seconds.

Eight seconds to have the ride of a lifetime, to feel what most human beings live their whole lives trying to feel. Most never get to know that feeling of exhilaration and freedom in doing the thing you love and would die for.

However, it only takes one second for things to go wrong. Last week, that second happened.

Urquijo, 20, a bull rider for the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, died April 8 at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales after being stepped on by a bull at Lewis Cooper Arena during rodeo practice. Urquijo, a 2011 graduate of Springer High School in Springer, N.M., was a sophomore Animal and Dairy Science major.

Riding bulls took Urquijo to places only a cowboy can imagine and gave him a sense of purpose and being. It is what gave him joy. Now that he is gone, what still remains is the joy he left behind in his teammates and coach, and the lives he touched and affected for good.

“Eastern New Mexico University is saddened by the tragic accident that took the life of Irvyng Urquijo,” President Steven Gamble said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with this wonderful young man’s family and friends. Our counselors are reaching out to those affected by his loss and need support. The entire ENMU family shares their grief and will be there for them.”

“Our focus should be on the Urquijo family,” said Athletic Director Jeff Geiser. “Many of us are going to the funeral to offer our support. I will be there to represent Athletics. We would like to get the Urquijo family’s permission to do a memorial service here on campus. We don’t want to do anything against their wishes. We want to give the Urquijo family time to grieve, and then take up these issues at the appropriate time.”

Accidents happen without rhyme or reason, and things don’t always go as planned.

Sometimes the good guys don’t win, the guy doesn’t always get the girl in the end. Sometimes an athlete gives his best effort, and he just flat out gets beat. No one said that if you always do the right thing, good things will happen to you and for you, life does not work that way.

“There is always going to be an opportunity in any sport, or driving a car where things can go horribly wrong,” Gamble said. “We will review everything we do to see if there is a way we can possibly make our student-athletes safer. No matter what we do, however, there is always going to be that chance that something unanticipated happens for which there is no way to prepare.”

Urquijo is not the first athlete to die doing something he loves. Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman died after being hit by a pitch in 1920. NASCAR racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a car crash during the last lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001. The Flying Wallendas walked the tight rope above the vastness of space without a net; some of them fell to their deaths, yet the remaining son, Nick, keeps walking without a net.

Urquijo’s death is a tragedy, and the wailing heard around the Eastern New Mexico University community is real. Urquijo lived his life by sitting on top of a bull, tightening the rope around his hand, and hanging on to a bull for all that it was worth. In eight seconds, he lived a lifetime.


A modest proposal

The ENMU community is mourning the loss of Urquijo. Unfortunately for ENMU, Urquijo is not the first rodeo athlete to die. Roland Ellsworth was only 18 when he died after being thrown from and stepped on by a bull during a rodeo competition at Sul Ross State University in 2003.

Students, athletes, faculty, and staff should insist that ENMU establishes an Ellsworth-Urquijo Memorial Scholarship honoring these two young men who gave their lives for the university. The university should establish a rodeo fundraiser dinner, a 5K benefit run, and a scholarship to help a deserving rodeo athlete.

The 38th Annual Williamson Lectureship Events

The 38th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship takes place next week April 3-5. The event is an annual tradition here at Eastern, honoring Jack Williamson alum, professor and science fiction author.  “Dr. Williamson endowed ENMU’s literary magazine El Portal (still being published), and many scholarships for students.  He also set up an endowed chair (in Science and Humanities) which allows the college to invite guest lecturers on campus,” said Patrice Caldwell.

The series is a benefit to the university said Caldwell, “the event brings authors from across the nation and New Mexico to this lectureship to talk about a genre that certainly dominates media (film, graphic novel, television, etc.), the genre of science fiction and fantasy.”

The theme for this year’s lectureship is The Wide World of Speculation Fiction. NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling author Darynda Jones will be the guest of honor this year. She will be accompanied by Arthur Dula an eastern alum and space lawyer.

All events for the three day series are free (excluding the Friday Luncheon). The public is invited and encouraged to attend! “The Friday afternoon panels are particularly popular. Writers who are coming from around the state will provide their insights about a variety of topics,” said Caldwell. Some Topics that will be discussed are: The Art of Science Fiction/Fantasy Illustration, Science in Heinlein and Early Science Fiction, Short-Attention Span Panel (writers have one minute to answer questions), Advice for Beginning Writers, Young Adult Speculative Fiction, New Media Directions in SF/Fantasy (gaming, film, TV, fiction, graphic novels, etc.)

A full list of the events can be found below.

The 38th Annual Williamson Lectureship Events

Wednesday, April 2, Sandia Room, 6 PM “You Don’t Know Jack” — Readings from the Works of  Jack Williamson
Thursday, April 3, Sandia Room, 6 PM A Reading with Guest of Honor Darynda Jones
Friday, April 4, Sandia Room, 9:30 – 11:30 AM Readings by Visiting Authors
Friday, April 4, Zia Room, 11:45 AM Lectureship Luncheon, book sales, signings, and keynote addresses by the GOH and Special Guest. This event is hosted by author Connie Willis.
Friday, April 4, 3:00-6:00 PM, Golden Library Special Collections SF/Fantasy panels, including YA Literature, SF/Fantasy Illustration, the ever-popular “Short Attention Span” panel and more. Refreshments served.
Saturday, April 5, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Portales Public Library

For reservations, call Rosemary at the Library for reservations. 356-3940.

Beginning Writers’ Workshop.  With Connie WIllis and Steven Gould. Designed for beginning writers under the age of 18.




March 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Information:

Roger Gatchet, Hound Waves faculty advisor

Office (575) 562-2841

E-mail: Roger.Gatchet@enmu.edu




PORTALES, NM— Hound Waves is runnin’ against the pack once again. DJs from Eastern New Mexico University’s student-run radio station will be at the Portales Art Council’s Sidewalk Chalk event on the square in downtown Portales on Saturday, April 5.

The station will have a table set up where they will be selling stickers, lemonade, and raffle tickets to help raise funds for equipment, licensing fees, and other essential operational expenses. The public will also have the opportunity to meet student DJs and learn more about the station’s eclectic programs.

Hound Waves is a noncommercial, educational, Web-based radio station that serves the students, faculty, and staff at Eastern New Mexico University and the surrounding communities. All proceeds from this fundraiser go directly toward supporting student radio at ENMU. Hound Waves streams its live programming 24/7 at www.enmu.edu/radio.

For more information or for interview requests, contact the station’s faculty advisor, Roger Gatchet, at 575-562-2841 or Roger.Gatchet@enmu.edu.

Calendar March 25th-31st

Tuesday, March 25

Diaper and Wipes Drive. Help young expecting mothers at the nonprofit Pregnancy Resource Center by donating at the Hispanic Affairs Office of the Child Development Center. Thru April 17.


Fifth Annual K thru ENMU Community Youth Art Exhibition. Runnels Gallery, Golden Library. Thru March 28.


Radio Drama Auditions, 5-7 p.m. Open auditions for voice actors for a live radio drama production that will take place this semester. No previous acting or radio experience required. Department of Communication, room 127.


Student Senate Meeting, 7 p.m. Senate Chambers, Campus Union.


Wednesday, March 26

An Evening with Arlen Schumer, 7:30 p.m. Presentation by author, illustrator, and comic book historian. Buchanan Hall, Music Building.


Diaper and Wipes Drive. Help young expecting mothers at the nonprofit Pregnancy Resource Center by donating at the Hispanic Affairs Office of the Child Development Center. Thru April 17.


Fifth Annual K thru ENMU Community Youth Art Exhibition. Runnels Gallery, Golden Library. Thru March 28.


Junk 2 Funk, 11 a.m. Students can enter their best up-cycled craft to win a special prize. Contestants should use found materials to create a work of art or functional item. Entries utilizing the most recycled goods and exhibiting the most originality and creativity will be scored highest. Campus Union Cross Roads Café.


Jonathan Sprinkles, 7 p.m. Motivational and leadership expert. Campus Union Ballroom.


Superheroes in the ‘60s, 4:30 p.m. A visualecture by comics historian Arlen Schumer. Art and Anthropology, Room 110.


Thursday, March 27

Club Night, 8 p.m. Dance the night away with a live DJ, laser lights, and fog. Campus Union Ground Zero.


Dead Man’s Cell Phone, 7 p.m. Play directed by Anne Beck. Studio Theatre, University Theatre Center. Thru March 30.


Diaper and Wipes Drive. Help young expecting mothers at the nonprofit Pregnancy Resource Center by donating at the Hispanic Affairs Office of the Child Development Center. Thru April 17.


Fifth Annual K thru ENMU Community Youth Art Exhibition. Runnels Gallery, Golden Library. Thru March 28.


Jazz Fest, 7 p.m. Buchanan Hall, Music Building. Thru March 28.


Who Are the Middle Eastern Women in Black?, 2 p.m. Artist Kathleen Ferguson-Huntington will share her experiences living and working with women of the Persian Gulf States from 2000-2012. The lecture will unveil misconceptions Westerners have about these women. Ferguson-Huntington will discuss many funny, crazy, and outlandish stories from the view of an American living overseas. Campus Union Sandia Room.


Friday, March 28

Dead Man’s Cell Phone, 7 p.m. Play directed by Anne Beck. Studio Theatre, University Theatre Center. Thru March 30.


Diaper and Wipes Drive. Help young expecting mothers at the nonprofit Pregnancy Resource Center by donating at the Hispanic Affairs Office of the Child Development Center. Thru April 17.


Fifth Annual K thru ENMU Community Youth Art Exhibition. Runnels Gallery, Golden Library. Thru March 28.


Jazz Fest, 7 p.m. Buchanan Hall, Music Building. Thru March 28.


La Mesa de Conversacion, 12-1 p.m. Practice your Spanish with the ENMU Spanish Club. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome. Campus Union Pecos Room.


Zia Softball vs. Texas Woman’s University, 1 and 3 p.m. Zia Field.


Saturday, March 29

Dead Man’s Cell Phone, 7 p.m. Play directed by Anne Beck. Studio Theatre, University Theatre Center. Thru March 30.


Diaper and Wipes Drive. Help young expecting mothers at the nonprofit Pregnancy Resource Center by donating at the Hispanic Affairs Office of the Child Development Center. Thru April 17.


Zia Softball vs. Texas Woman’s University, 12 and 2 p.m. Zia Field.


Sunday, March 30

Dead Man’s Cell Phone, 2 p.m. Play directed by Anne Beck. Studio Theatre, University Theatre Center. Thru March 30.


Diaper and Wipes Drive. Help young expecting mothers at the nonprofit Pregnancy Resource Center by donating at the Hispanic Affairs Office of the Child Development Center. Thru April 17.


Monday, March 31

Cesar Chavez Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Campus Union Ballroom.


Diaper and Wipes Drive. Help young expecting mothers at the nonprofit Pregnancy Resource Center by donating at the Hispanic Affairs Office of the Child Development Center. Thru April 17.


How Can Women Today Create Success in a Lopsided Business World?, 11:30 a.m. Luncheon featuring Pam Atherton, the creator of the Business CPR workshops a 17-time award-winning radio and television personality. Atherton is the creator of the Business CPR workshops.


“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”

By Cody Artalejo


Most people have heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”

However, most people do not understand how true this statement is and how much not eating breakfast could affect the average student at Eastern New Mexico University.

Breakfast is very important, and, at the same time, it is very easy to skip. It’s natural for us to see 20 minutes of extra sleep being more appealing then eating, but the meal will help us much more in the long run.

Without nutrients and calories in the morning, it is normal for your body to wear down more quickly and for you to feel fatigued.

How often are you in class and feeling exhausted? A simple meal to start your day could prevent this.

As college students, we constantly are learning, and our brains are very active.

Skipping breakfast with a growing brain can result in physical, intellectual, and behavioral problems.

The most common excuse for skipping breakfast is, “I didn’t have time.”

Studies have shown this excuse to be bunk. Results show that students who skip breakfast are much more likely to be tardy to school.

By recharging your body and brain in the morning, you will be a lot sharper in the classroom and feel better overall physically throughout the day.

Skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight.

Not eating meals makes weight control very difficult. Skipping a meal often will cause you to eat more during your next meal.

Remember, having a little something in the morning can be the difference between being the student you are compared to the student you want to be.

What is the greatest American comedy ensemble in 2014?

By Doc Elder


What is the greatest American comedy ensemble in 2014?

Do you go with the cast of Saturday Night Live? Are you more partial to the group that puts out The Daily Show? Or is there some other team that I’m forgetting?

Whatever your pick is, that assemblage owes a huge debt to the originators of the genre: The Marx Brothers. Those guys were just incredibly funny in every movie they ever made. Here a sample of dialogue from the movie Animal Crackers:

Groucho Marx: One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas.

Chico Marx: How did an elephant get in your pajamas?

Groucho Marx: That’s irelephant.

Pretty good stuff, huh?

But what, you might ask, does that have to do with the world of sports? Here’s what: I promised you a look at how my NCAA basketball tournament brackets are doing so far, so let’s see if my predictions were spot on or if they were irelephant.



Boy, I was sweating bullets in the first round when Florida got off to the slow start against Albany. I would have committed ritual Hari-kari if that trend had continued because I picked the Gators to win it all. Fortunately for my bracket, they prevailed. With their win over Pitt, they are off to the Sweet 16. Whew.



Well, don’t say I didn’t tell you so. I didn’t think that Wichita State could go through the tournament undefeated, and they couldn’t. As I also had suspected, Louisville has played really well. With two wins, the Cardinals are in the Sweet 16, so after Saturday I was two-for-two with my picks.



Could my streak of prognostications keep going? The University of Virginia has never had a very good track record in the NCAA tournament—Ralph Sampson was the best player of his era, and he never won a single title there—but the Cavaliers just freaking blew out Memphis Sunday night. I’m not sure if they can play that well from here on out, but they certainly validated my confidence in them so far.



Last but not least, could Arizona make me a perfect 4-0 in the prediction department? The Gonzaga squad would have made their famous alumni—notably Bing Crosby and John Stockton—proud with their effort against the Wildcats, but the guys from Tucson proved to be just too much to handle for the Bulldogs. So Arizona is off to the Sweet 16, and my predictions still have the possibility of being perfect. So continue to enjoy March Madness, and I’ll check back with you next week to see if I’m bragging or gagging.