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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 NMjustice.net, 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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Free wheelchair Mission

By Marketta A. Davis

The Office of Hispanic Affairs held a tabling last Thursday, Sept. 22 in the CUB Lobby for the Free Wheelchair Mission, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing wheelchairs to the physically disabled in poor developing countries around the world.  The tabling included information pamphlets, a 5 gallon donation water bottle, and a wheelchair prototype.

Free Wheelchair Mission was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Irvine, Calif.  They work in coordination with other humanitarian, government, and faith-based groups to assemble wheelchairs with low cost comfortable items.  The wheelchair’s main frame is constructed from a lawn chair, a footrest for the front, and a steel frame.  Other parts include a set of mountain bike wheels and brakes, the caster wheels (the smaller wheels in front), and even a bicycle pump and patch kit.  The organization has one main factory in Shanghai, China where all the parts are manufactured and shipped—unassembled—to their designated locations.  Before the local workers and volunteers unload and assemble the wheelchairs, they are distributed individually at ceremonies.

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Rey y Reina Competition

By Marketta A. Davis

The ENMU Office of Hispanic Affairs will be holding their annual Rey y Reina competition on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the CUB Ballroom.  The event will be open and free to the general public.  Contestants must be full-time Eastern students, able to meet the time commitments and job responsibilities as set forth by being crowned, and be knowledgeable of Hispanic culture.  The king and queen will receive the official title, a crown, and a $100 scholarship.

In being committed to the above-mentioned job responsibilities, the Hispanic Rey y Reina will be expected to participate in all Hispanic Affairs events as well major campus events such as Dawg Days and Homecoming activities.  Rey y Reina should also be dedicated to public service and will be representative of Hispanic culture.

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ENMU Sets Record Enrollment

By Marketta A. Davis

Eastern has set yet another enrollment record with a total of 5,574 students, a 9.7 percent increase from last year’s record.  This number includes both undergraduates and graduates comprised of 689 incoming freshmen, an increase of 12 percent from last year’s freshmen figures.  Alongside the enrollment and first-time freshmen records, student credit hours have grown by 6 percent and the freshman retention rate—how many students returned to ENMU—has gone from 62 to 64 percent.

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We’ll Never Forget…

9/11 rememberance ceremony at ENMU

By Marketta A. Davis

“Ten years ago a complacent nation got a wakeup call.  Even as a world superpower, we aren’t invincible.  But united as a nation under God, we boldly responded by declaring war on terrorism.  Have we forgotten why we fight and what we are fighting for?  Have we forgotten those who gave all for our freedoms?  I know at moments I have, but their blood, sweat, and tears have paid the price for liberty just as Christ paid for our eternal freedom.  Remember America.  We are more than what we’ve become.”

These beautiful and compelling words were written by Lance Cpl. Robert Wayne Nave Jr. of the United States Marine Corps.  He is currently stationed in San Diego, Calif.  He enlisted eight years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks but the events of that day still played a major role in his enlistment decision. 

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Get Involved!!!

By Marketta A. Davis

With the beginning of the 2011 fall semester starting off strong, the Associated Student Activities Board has been working hard to organize all of the various campus organizations that Eastern has to offer.  Many organizations have already held their first meetings readying the activities they have planned for the semester, but they are still open to new members seeking to get involved on campus and in their community.  The Eastern Student Activities and Organizations website, which can be found under the  Current Students on the main ENMU website, has a list of all the clubs, groups, and societies that make up this area of our student life.  These organizations include but are not limited to recreational activities, academic societies, and special interest groups.

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