Bullying won’t get Limbaugh’s message across

Clovis Media Inc. The language wasn’t the worst part about Rush Limbaugh’s tirade last week, in which he called a Georgetown University law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” because she wants contraception to be a requirement of health insurance. Limbaugh’s decision to target a private citizen, rather than, say, President Obama who has championed […]

My turn: Language still barrier

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When I was growing up, I thought everyone in Lubbock spoke Spanish. We went to the tienda down the street from my grandparents’ house; they spoke Spanish. At the park; Spanish. The music was Ramon Ayala. At Mass and cursillos (religious retreats) it was pure Spanish, with joyful shouts of “De Colores!” But then we […]

July 20 — ENMU briefs

Students visiting Guatemala Students from multiple Eastern New Mexico campuses are participating in a Spanish language immersion trip to Guatemala this summer. Seventeen people went on the trip, which began July 3 and will end July 28. Participant Mackenzie Morris, a pre-physical therapy major with a Spanish minor, said the school participates in many such […]

Nothing derogatory about animal sayings

Common language on fauna betrays an anthropocentric bias… “Words such as ‘pets’, ‘wildlife’, and ‘vermin’ are derogatory…” says the director of the Oxford Center for Animal Ethics. I imagine there are people in England who take the director seriously. But, as we watch this once-powerful nation disintegrate before our eyes, it may be observed that […]

ENMU briefs — April 6

Grad students offering speech therapy services With a collaboration between the Eastern New Mexico University Child Development Center and Communicative Disorders Program, graduate practicum students have started providing speech-language therapy services to pre-school students at the CDC. The center serves 3-, 4- and 5-year olds and is located on campus. Each week, the CDIS practicum […]

Program implements language improvement initiatives

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USAF: Andy Morataya Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz speaks at the Department of Defense Language and Culture Summit on Jan. 26 in Alexandria, Va. Schwartz told the audience that the best way the U.S. armed forces will achieve the necessary level of language skills and cultural competencies is through a holistic joint […]

Land committee tackles language

Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Group Commander Col. Steven Kimball talks about the need for two-way communication as a component of the Joint Land Use Study during Monday’s meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Kevin Wilson Four-plus hours of meeting for the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land […]

In Search of Ponies: Animal language simple

Sharna Johnson I think many of us find within different social settings we adopt alternate vernaculars to our own. For instance, when I visit my grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains, I develop a twang and blend words like “Ain’t” and “Y’all” into my vocabulary. If I spend time with British friends, I inexplicably develop a […]

Military mama: Learning language part of military life

Looking back on my first few months (and probably years) as a military wife I will admit I was often confused. If you saw me with that happy but oh-so-puzzled look on my face, it was likely because you were speaking “military.” The abbreviations and acronyms are truly a language of their own and tossed […]

Officials launch language program for airmen

By 1st Lt. Gina Vaccaro McKeen: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Officials at the Air Force Culture and Language Center here recently launched a program designed to identify airmen with foreign language abilities and foster those skills throughout their careers. The Language Enabled Airmen Program is the first […]

Foreign language bonus provides incentive

By Kathryn Gustafson: Language and Culture Program WASHINGTON — Air Force officials have recently updated the Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus policy. All airmen, regardless of career field, are now eligible for FLPB in a broad range of languages including those identified as “dominant in the force” such as Spanish, Tagalog, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Korean […]

City council opposes pledge proposal

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Without exception, members of the Portales City Council and those in the audience for a regular meeting Tuesday night stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The councillors present, as well as Portales mayor Orlando Ortega, later made it clear in an agenda item that they hope the tradition […]

Portales has issues with Ute authority language

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico MELROSE — The Ute Water Project trickled closer to reality Thursday with local entities reaching agreement on several key issues. But representatives of communities planning to be part of the $432 million project want at least one more study session to iron out their differences on proposed state legislation […]

Swine flu impacts Spanish Immersion Program

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Spanish-language students at Eastern New Mexico University typically get the chance one month out of the year — if they can drum up the money and find time — to absorb the culture of a place that uses Spanish almost exclusively. This year, thanks to concerns over the swine […]

Dora School News Dec. 7

Testing all week Principal David Bass has scheduled Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments for grades K-11 this week.The tests measure academic growth over time in math, reading and language usage. Students should come to school each day well-rested and ready to do their best. Sports • Monday — Junior high (boys red & white, […]

Brazilian baller leads Hound offense

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By Mickey Winfield, Freedom New Mexico Native Brazilian Emerson Rodrigues has overcome an intimidating language barrier during his college education in the United States. On the soccer pitch, however, those barriers don’t seem to be so stubbornly rigid. Rodrigues, in his first season for the Greyhounds, has taken advantage of the opportunity soccer has afforded […]

Roosevelt General Hospital expands services offered

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital has entered into a contract with the Speech and Language Clinic at Eastern New Mexico University in an effort to provide diagnostic and rehabilitative services for inpatient and outpatients. “They approached us with a very, very positive program,” Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said during Tuesday’s RGH […]

Volunteer dedicates time to helping others learn language

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Nancy Foley’s reading students don’t report to a classroom Monday through Friday. Instead many are struggling to make a living or raise a family. They all have one thing in common — the knowledge reading English will help them out in life through increased earning or citizenship. Foley is […]

Portales educator retires after 30 years

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By Helena Rodriguez, Freedom Newspapers After three decades of educating children in New Mexico and Texas classrooms, Ida Villanueva is now worried about flunking — flunking retirement that is. Villanueva, of Portales, recently retired from a teaching career that has spanned 30 years and taken her from her first position as a teacher aide in […]

Upward Bound helps students prepare for college life

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By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers Members of the baking club were stirring the s’mores brownie batter when the smell of something burning rose from the oven. Natasha Sharp opened the oven door to find the graham cracker crust burnt. Sharp and her fellow club members are part of Upward Bound, a federally funded program designed […]