ENMU Hosted Commencement Ceremony and Presidential Inauguration

By: Marissa Tijerina and Abigail Pino There were 491 candidates for graduation at the fall commencement ceremony held Saturday, Dec. 16. The candidates included 387 undergraduates and 104 graduate students. Celebrating the graduating class of 2017, ENMU was also celebrating the inauguration of its tenth president during the ceremony. According to Board of Regents President, Dan Patterson, 77 applications were reviewed for the presidency position before the board unanimously selected Dr. Jeff Elwell. The Board of Regents chose Elwell because of his leadership, communication, and listening skills. During his inauguration…

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ENMU Named ‘Military Friendly School’

By: John Houser Military Friendly, a division of Victory Media — a service-disabled, veteran-owned business — has named Eastern New Mexico University in Portales as a Silver Level “Military Friendly School” for 2018. This distinction makes ENMU among the top 30 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide in assisting the military community. The list was determined through research into thousands of higher education institutions on the services, benefits and special attention offered to the military community. In order to receive the designation, ENMU had to first be recognized…

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ENMU Sports RoundUp: Week of Nov. 1-4, 2017

By: Penny Ortega Men’s Basketball: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017: Played Arizona @ Tucson, AZ *Exhibition game Lost 63-91 Women’s Basketball: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017: Played University of New Mexico @ Albuquerque, NM *Exhibition game Lost 66-80 Women’s Soccer: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017: Played Midwestern State @ Wichita Falls, TX Won 4-1 Friday, Nov. 3, 2017: Played Angelo State @ San Angelo, TX Lost 0-1 Football: Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017: Played West Liberty @ West Liberty, WV Won 45-24 Rodeo: Thursday, Nov. 2 – 4, 2017: Participated in Sul Ross State…

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Someone Whose Inspiration Runs True and Deep

By: Jena Slater When I think of an inspirational person many things come to mind: strong-willed, hardworking, and overcoming obstacles. A picture comes to mind of a strong woman who always encourages everyone else and who may not get enough recognition for all the challenges she has overcome throughout the years. For me, Rebecka Holman is an inspirational person since no matter what the given circumstances are, she always finds the strength within to surpass the struggles. Holman plans on graduating in December of 2017 with her Bachelor’s Degree in…

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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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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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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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