Grad speaker leads, inspires others

“What I’m passionate about is people making the most of their potential.” – Daniel McLean, graduation speaker By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Pima Community College’s graduation speaker, the middle child of 10 children, will discuss three topics at the May 18 ceremony. Sophomore Daniel McLean is a sibling to seven brothers and two sisters, so growing up […]

‘Get Out’ and wake up to subtle racism

Editor’s note: Two staff members, photo editor Ashley Munoz and sports editor Casey Muse Jr., discuss the movie “Get Out” and the larger societal implications of racism. By ASHLEY MUÑOZ and CASEY MUSE Muñoz: The combination of horror, suspense and racism in the post-Obama era earned “Get Out” a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes […]

GOLF: Men’s golf takes third straight NJCAA Region I Championship title

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO As the season winds down for the Pima Community College golf team’s, sophomore Desiree Hong captured her second ACCAC Player of the Year award. The men’s team took home their third straight Region I Division I Championship, despite having finished third or worse in all of their meets. MEN’S April 17-18: Paradise […]

EMT instructor sees program as force for good

Stories and photos by ALEX de LEÓN Laura Pieslewicz is a busy woman. “I don’t really know how to sit still,” she said. “I think I thrive on organized chaos.” Pieslewicz, 39, works as an emergency medical technician, teaches hospital-related courses at Banner University Medical Center and has taught full time for Pima Community College’s EMT […]

Taking care of an ill parent

BY ASHLEY MUÑOZ My initial goal for this piece was to have students with stories similar to mine come forward and feel comfortable being interviewed about their personal experiences. Although that didn’t happen, I still want this story to be told. Growing up with an ill parent, or having a newly ill parent, is something […]

Farewell: From Texas to Tucson, a legacy of excellence

By EDDIE CELAYA Pima Community College journalism instructor Cynthia Lancaster will retire on May 18. In her time at PCC, she has guided scores of students toward careers in journalism and media. Born Cynthia Ann Brunstein on Sept. 19, 1953 in Cottonwood, Arizona, she was the second child of five, the only daughter. Her father, […]

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