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Freshman students join together through reading

Freshmen entering New Mexico State University this fall have the opportunity to participate in a new reading program offered by the Honors College to help incoming students meet new friends, share interests and start their college career with thought-provoking reading.

l Orientation Reading Program begins this week during Aggie Welcome Week (AWW) and will continue throughout the fall semester. Students who do not attend AWW will still have the opportunity to join the program when school starts.

The first book students will be reading is "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich, which deals with the social and economic issues facing the working class in America. For her book, Ehrenreich joined the work force to find out how people survive in minimum wage jobs, finding that often people need to work two or three jobs to survive.

Jason Ackleson, associate dean of the NMSU Honors College, said the book will help prepare students for many of the social and political issues they will face in college courses and in their lives.
"It is important to explore these issues so that students develop social consciousness," Ackleson said. "A lot of these issues are present right here in Las Cruces."

For more information about the program, call the Honors College at (505) 646-2005 or visit http://honors.nmsu.edu.