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Boo Bash!

by: Marketta Davis

ENMU held various activities across campus this Halloween season to get students and faculty in the spirit of costuming and trick-or-treating.  There were arts and crafts, decoration assemblies, Halloween-themed foods and potlucks, and dances.

The ASAB held their annual Halloween Boo Bash last Thursday, Oct. 27 in the CUB Ballroom.  The theme for this year’s party was Harry Potter, complete with the various movie characters, glowing wands, and a repeating projection of the box office hit Harry Potter movie series.  Students, faculty, and staff who participated in the event were welcomed to “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” (the CUB) in the “Hogwarts Castle Great Hall” (the Ballroom) with Halloween decorated tables, balloons, snacks, and a DJ.

ENMU sophomore and ASAB Music Coordinator Timothy McCoy headed the Boo Bash committee this year.  He credited his and his committee’s choice in themes to their being such avid Harry Potter fans.  McCoy decided to coordinate the Halloween party because he wanted to make it fun, memorable, and different.  “It’s one of the biggest events during the fall semester for ASAB,” he said.  He and most of the active members of the campus organization were dressed as different variations of the chief movie character Harry Potter.

Other familiar Halloween characters in attendance at the party included various ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and witches.  There were also fairies, brides, dolls, and puppets.  Even Mario from Mario Brothers made an appearance.  ENMU freshman Caroline Shaw from China attended Boo Bash for the first time with her friends and was excited to dress up for the occasion.  When asked why she chose to dress as Mario she said, “It [was] so simple!”

ENMU junior and 2011 Homecoming King Michael Neurauter’s costume included a long silk-like cape, studded brooch, wand, and a nametag that read “Slytherin’ Student.”  Neurauter also came with friends and was very enthusiastic about one particular element of the party.  “I can’t wait to dance!” he said.

Alongside the decorations, costumes, and snacks, the Boo Bash also included a local DJ to complete the themed Halloween party.  The music ranged from Hip-Hop to Country and hit every genre in between.  Most students enjoyed the variety of music and lined-danced to Cupid’s “Cupid Shuffle”, Cali Swag District’s “Teach Me How to Dougie”, and V.I.C.’s “Wobble”.  Another student favorite included LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and two students dressed up as Party Rock robots entertained the crowd with a robot dance-off.

The party was a success for the ASAB and all those involved in preparing for the event.  Students enjoyed all aspects of the dance from the music and food.

Project Linus

By Marketta A. Davis

The Eastern Associated Study Activities Board (ASAB) hosted their first Project Linus community service event last Wednesday night in the CUB.  The event goal was to make blankets for children in need that will be collected, sent to the project headquarters, and distributed nationwide.  ASAB provided cookies, brownies, and other refreshments to the volunteers, as well two sewing machines.  Although bringing your own material was encouraged and preferred, ASAB did provide various fleece materials for the blankets.

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Protecting you Protecting Me

By Marketta A. Davis

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Hispanic Affairs held “Protecting You/Protecting Me,” presented by David Garcia of Hobbs, N.M.  The presentation was about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention; and the program itself teaches the consequences of drug use and its effects on communities and families.

Garcia is the executive director of the Teen Court in Hobbs, N.M.  He is also a senior certified prevention specialist and the “Shattered Lives” program director.  According to, the Lea County Teen Court is an alternative court system for first time offenders in the charge of substance abuse.  This system allows for the alternate and less severe sentencing procedure.  The “Shattered Lives” program presents real-time real life situations that can occur as a result of drinking and driving and allows students the opportunity to learn about the consequences of such actions.

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ENMU Receives STEM Grant

ENMU science building

PORTALES—Eastern New Mexico University in Portales has received a five-year grant for $3,077,575 for Engaging Students in STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering) Careers.  The U.S. Department of Education Title V appropriation will be $615,226 per year.

According to project director Kenwyn Cradock, associate professor of biology, “The project will increase enrollment, retention, academic success, and graduation in STEM programs, and to improve opportunities for students to participate and succeed in STEM programs by extending access and developing instruction and service improvements.”

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Minute to Win It

Students competing for the prize.

By Kara Brachter

On Friday, September 23, the CUB Ballroom was filled with “Oohs!”, “Ahhs!”, laughter, and encouragement as one by one students tried to perform tasks in under a minute, competing for prizes and the right to be called the “Minute to Win It” champion of ENMU. ASAB provided tasks that seemed impossible to accomplish to the naked eye. The game show night challenges relied upon simple tasks by using some household materials such as soda cans, tissues, rubber bands, yo-yos, cotton balls, ping-pong balls, water bottles and chairs.

The night’s games came directly from the famed television programof the same name; the key to winning was just a matter of having a strategy for some people. In fact, no one could really argue that the games were outrageously simple. The students who played couldn’t help but have a blast playing them because the contest  didn’t require much physical effort.

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Hollywood Hounds

By Tiffany Boyd

On September 20th-21st, ASENMU Homecoming committee held the annual Homecoming King and Queen sign-ups for the 2011 Hollywood Hounds Homecoming celebration.

The Director of Elections, Justin Aguilar, said, “On average we usually have around 10 people sign up for king and 10 for queen.”

For each interested candidate, a witness was required to be present, and sign by the name of the potential King or Queen.

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The Man Behind the Mic

Doc Elder

By Cameron Cox

Since 1921, we have welcomed play by play sports broadcasters into our homes and at times they have felt like family. The Chicago Cubs had Harry Carey, NBC had Bob Costas, and Eastern New Mexico University has Donald “Doc” Elder. Since busting out on the airwaves in 1996, Doc Elder has keep fans excited from kick-off, to the final whistle.

“If it all comes to an end tomorrow, I have been blessed and this has been the time of my life. Giving the community the best sports coverage possible is something that’s extremely important to me, that’s my goal”, said Doc.

This radio personality brings more than just sports knowledge to the mic, Doc fills your speakers with constant jokes and fun facts that will allow everyone to relate to the game.

When asked how comes up with all this stuff and he replied, “It’s the product of a random and very interesting mind. I guess I feel the need to add my random collection of knowledge, and I really hope it adds something to the broadcast. Hopefully it has entertained fans over the years, and if I can throw in a Lady Gaga or history reference every now and then, everyone can relate.”

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