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This professor deserves an award

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By Ned Cantwell

The New Mexico State Aggies are trailing 56-zip with five minutes to go and the stadium is as quiet as a church pew the day after Christmas. Except for one guy.That’s Mac on the 50-yard line, waving his arms and yelling. “Still plenty of time left, guys!” This is not a “glass is half full” kind of guy. This is a “glass is brimming with expensive French wine and they are still pouring” kind of guy. Ask him if every cloud has a silver lining and Mac will say, “what cloud?”So who is this Mac guy anyway? Probably sells time shares. Who better to convince you to fork over thousands of bucks for vacations you might not take in an investment that is sure to depreciate?Or a preacher. Yeah, that’s it. Anyone this cheerful and enthusiastic must be all right with God.None of the above, although Dr. Sean McCleneghan, a journalism professor at New Mexico State University, radiates evangelical fervor when he corners an editor and pitches some kid for a job.Mac launched the student summer intern program in 1983, a year after joining the staff. A quarter century later he is still whipping it home like a jockey with two furlongs left at the Kentucky Derby. He just doesn’t teach kids, he promotes them for jobs in New Mexico newsrooms as summer interns. I was reminded of all this when I watched Dr.


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