Job Hunting After Graduation

By: Sharna Johnson Training – “Check!” Parachute – “Check!” Possibility you’ll freeze up, the parachute won’t open and the ground will rush up to meet you, or worse yet, you will get stuck in a tree, lost and suspended helplessly forever – “…gulp…check…” Celebratory as it may be to move past your formal education, achieving a college degree is not really the end, it’s the beginning and the challenges of stepping into the next phase of life can feel a little like jumping out of an airplane. You probably didn’t…

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Graduation- Facing the Unknown

By: Rae Arnett With graduation rapidly approaching, my family has been full of advice on what my next steps need to be. My oldest brother believes you should find a job, make it your career, and stay with it. My mother is an adamant believer in being in a place you want to be. Don’t like New Mexico? Then move to another state you like better. Maybe you would just rather be in a different town? Look for jobs there! But my father has the best advice. “Your 20’s are…

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Who Needs Public Education Anyways?

By: Rae Arnett What does less funding for the public universities in New Mexico mean? Budget cuts and higher tuition costs are two things that immediately come to mind. But no matter what the actual cost might be, it will be you, the students, paying for it. In a standoff with the New Mexico Legislature earlier this month, Governor Susana Martinez vetoed all of the funding for higher education. This standoff started over proposed raised taxes in the state budget. I do not want to pay more taxes, but we…

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Netflix Series: 13 Reasons Why, Brings Awareness to ENMU

  By: Cale Bloskas The new Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why,” has recently started a national controversy on the responsibility the media should take on what they show, and how their viewers react. Many fear that the Netflix series has overstepped the line of what is appropriate to show on television, but others feel it has started a conversation that was long overdue. “13 Reasons Why” is based off a book with the same name that tells the story of a high school student, Hannah Baker, who commits suicide. Before…

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One More Chance

By: Samantha Smith This year has proved to be my hardest year yet competing in college rodeo. Throughout my years of school, I have been fairly successful in rodeo, but this year has been different. As a freshman, things seemed to come extremely easy for me. At my very first college rodeo I made the short round of competition which is something many people never get to experience. I then went on to win a college rodeo that year and compete in several other short rounds. Fast-forward to sophomore year, I…

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ENMU Student and USA Today College Intern – The Balancing Act of a College Journalist

By: Cale Bloskas Leaving their hometown for college is often a significant milestone in a student’s life that allows them to break out of the “bubble” they grew up in and redefine themselves. In Eastern New Mexico, it is often an opportunity to experience the world and have opportunities that they would not usually have here. However, as senior journalism student at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), Chelsie Arnold learned you do not have to travel far to connect with people all over the nation and be successful. Arnold, a…

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A hole, a small town, and the US government

By: Rae Arnett My hometown of Nara Visa has been in the news lately, which is an odd occurrence all on its own. There are no gas stations, grocery stores, or police stations. The population of the town isn’t much, if I had to wager, I would bet there are more abandoned buildings in Nara Visa than occupied ones. So what has caused such a stir in this sleepy community? A proposed test bore site done by the company Enercon is what has everyone interested in my little town. The…

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Snyder Short Round

By: Samantha Smith Last weekend the ENMU Rodeo Team attended their eighth rodeo of the season and third rodeo of the spring semester at Western Texas College in Snyder, TX. After a less than great performance at the Ranger College Rodeo in Brownwood, TX two weekends ago, both the women’s and men’s teams bounced back strong, qualifying 12 team members to the short round of competition. The women’s team had a strong performance, with eight girls qualifying for the short round in three events. ENMU Rodeo has a well-known reputation…

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“So do you ride bulls?” Struggles of a Rodeo Athlete

By: Samantha Smith People always ask me, “What it’s like to college rodeo? How do you prepare? Does the school supply your horses or do you have your own? Is rodeo expensive?” Truth is, though it is the most decorated sports team at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), not many people even know we have a rodeo team. Because of this, I’ve taken it upon myself to help educate those who honestly have no idea (shoutout to the kid that didn’t believe I was a cowgirl because I, “didn’t look the part,” since…

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Sometimes Spring Semester Just Blows

By: Sharna Johnson It’s hard to say which is worse: waking up to the windows shaking and dark, dirt-filled skies, or a day that starts out beautiful only to have your hair blown backward when you step outside. Life-long resident, living in Eastern New Mexico for the first time, or just passing through, there is one thing pretty much everybody in the area detests – the wind.  It’s pushy, blows dirt in your eyes, moves things around and makes being outdoors generally unbearable. And there’s a whole season of the…

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