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ONLINE EXTRA: PLAYOFF UPDATE: Men's soccer heads to championship after historic win

ONLINE EXTRA: PLAYOFF UPDATE: Men’s soccer heads to championship after historic win

Story and Video by James Kelley
Photo by Ed Adams

On Wednesday night, the Pima Community College men’s soccer team scored a win for the ages.

The third-seeded Aztecs (17-5) upset the second-seeded and No. 10 ranked Yavapai College 4-1 in the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 1 Tournament at Yavapai.

No. 12 Pima will travel to top-seeded Arizona Western College (17-3-1) on Saturday at 6 p.m. for the Region championship game. No. 9 Western beat fifth-seeded Phoenix College on penalty kicks in the semifinals.

Freshman forward Yaya Kane scored Pima’s first goal off of an assist by sophomore forward Minh Vu. Freshman forward Donny Toia scored the Aztecs’ second goal. Both PCC goals were late in the second half.

After Yavapai cut the Pima lead to one, Toia answered with a goal assisted by Vu. In the 82nd minute, Kane scored PCC’s fourth goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Miko Gastelum played the full 90 minutes in goal, making two saves.

Yavapai’s loss is their first in the playoffs this century. YC had knocked Pima out of the playoffs in Prescott the last five years.

Yavapai has won seven National championships and 19 Region championships. The Roughriders’ only other loss in the playoffs was to Pima in 1999.

Before the 1999 win, Pima’s last Region title was in 1988. That was the year before Yavapai started.

During the regular season, Arizona Western swept Pima. They won 3-2 in Tucson on Sept. 11, as the Aztecs collapsed late in the second half, and won 4-1 in Yuma on Oct. 9.

The winner of Regionals hosts the West District Playoffs on Nov. 5-6, welcoming the champions of Region 9 and 18 to Arizona to play for the right to go to Nationals.

Otero (Colo.) Junior College (15-1-1) won the Region 9 Tournament and North Idaho College is the only team in Region 18. Both are unranked.

ONLINE EXTRA: Young women's basketball ranked in top 10

ONLINE EXTRA: Young women’s basketball ranked in top 10

By Eric Townsend
Photo and Videos by James Kelley

As the regular season opener approaches, the Pima Community College women’s basketball team is hoping to build on recent successes, including back-to-back Region titles and consecutive appearances at Nationals.

Head coach Todd Holthaus enters his fourth season with the Aztecs, this time as a full-time coach. Selected as No. 10 in the preseason rankings, the Aztecs are expected to be good again.

“We want to carry on the tradition that we’ve started here,” Holthaus said.

Last spring, Holthaus was named Pima’s second full-time coach, after football head coach Patrick Nugent in 2009.

His players will have their work cut out for them this year after losing sophomore talents like Tia Morrison, Abyee Maracigan, LeAndra Lucas and Jessica Jones.

Morrison was the 15th player ever to be named first team All-American during both of her two years at Pima. Maracigan was a third team All-American for two years, and Jones was Most Valuable Player of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 1 Tournament.

“We lost some players,” Holthaus said. “But, we’ll be all right. We just want to always play hard and get our freshmen to where they need to be.”

PCC return a solid core of players, and are bringing in talent via college transfers. They expect to contend for another region title.

“We’re a different team this year,” sophomore guard Sara Nicholson said. “We are a lot bigger and a lot faster.”

The Aztecs will still have to play good basketball in a very competitive conference in order to advance. No. 2 Central Arizona College, No. 8 Mesa Community College and No. 25 Arizona Western College are other Arizona Community College Athletic Conference teams ranked in the preseason polls.

“This is a very smart and hard working group,” Holthaus said. “They’re physically tough and they won’t back down.”

Gaby Ayon and Shaysea Alba

The season starts for PCC on Nov. 5, when they travel to Cedar City, Utah, to take on Salt Lake City Community College and the College of Eastern Utah in the Southern Utah University Invitational.

“That’s when the real test begins,” Holthaus said.

On Dec. 4 at 2 p.m., the Aztecs host Central, the ACCAC’s dominant team. On Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m., Pima hosts rival Mesa.

Nicholson has expectations of her own. “We want to do something productive this year,” she said. “We want to get back to the tournament and do better.”

Pima has 10 freshmen on the roster and three sophomores who didn’t play for PCC last year.

“We’re still a work in progress,” Holthaus said. “I think we’re deeper than we’ve ever been. The team speed overall is much better and the potential to be good is there.”

Last year the Aztecs finished fifth at Nationals after Maracigan injured her knee at the Big Dance. Maracigan tore her ACL at the beginning of the tourney.

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ONLINE EXTRA: New faces all around for men's basketball

ONLINE EXTRA: New faces all around for men’s basketball

By Ricky Gonzales
Photo by Ed Adams
Videos by James Kelley

The Pima Community College men’s basketball team starts from scratch, welcoming newly hired head coach Roderick Gary.

Fresh off their first-ever appearance at Nationals, everything seems new for the Aztecs. In addition to a new coach, the team has a slew of new players.

Daniel Conorque

Former head coach Karl Pieroway led Pima to seventh place at the National Junior College Association tournament last spring. After the tournament, Pieroway resigned, then agreed to come back, then resigned again.

Gary declined comment about Pieroway, but complimented the previous staff’s recruiting.

“The previous coaches did a nice job of finding kids that wanted to play,” he said.

The Aztecs roster currently has 21, including eight freshmen.

Central Arizona College transfer C.J. Crockom, a small forward and shooting guard, has also joined the team.

“I was recruited by Pima out of high school,” Crockom said. “I’m excited to play here this season.”

The Aztecs have lost lots of talent, headlined by former national player of the week Travares Peterson. The forward is a preseason all-conference selection for his new school, Eastern Oregon University.

Other key departures include guards Warren Baker and Coree Aten, who were both top Arizona Community College Athletic Conference three-point shooters, and point guards JaMier Morris and Jeremy Harden.

Peterson, Baker, Morris and Harden ran out of eligibility while Aten left for personal reasons.

Aten is a “a great guy, a shooter,” Gary said. “We could really light it up with him on the wing, which is our loss.”

Aztec recruiting was nearly non-existent because Gary was hired two months after Pieroway left in May. However, the coach has a recruiting plan.

“We want this program to be about Pima County,” Gary said. “We want it to be about Arizona athletes.”

Pima will wrap up the exhibition season Oct. 30 by hosting Westwind Preparatory Academy at 4 p.m. in the West Campus gym. Admission is free.

The Aztecs may also add a scrimmage against a team put together by Pieroway, but Gary said it might be “a distraction.” Follow for updates on Pima sports news and scores.

PCC will open the season in a tournament in New Mexico.

Pima’s first home game will be Nov. 20 against Scottsdale Community College.

Other key dates include Jan. 5, when the Aztecs host preseason No. 13 Cochise College.

On Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. they’ll host revenge-minded No. 6 Phoenix College, the team that Pima beat in Phoenix’s gym to advance to Nationals. On Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m., the Aztecs host No. 16 Arizona Western College.

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Women's soccer knocked out of playoffs in first round

Women’s soccer knocked out of playoffs in first round

Photos by Ed Adams

The Pima Community College women’s soccer season came to an end Oct. 26 with a 4-1 loss to Chandler-Gilbert Community College on the playoffs’ first day.

Third-seeded Chandler-Gilbert beat sixth-seeded Pima in Chandler in the quarterfinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 1 tournament.

“The score doesn’t affect how well we played,” head coach Kendra Veliz said. “We got extremely unlucky at one point in the game and the breaks didn’t go our way. So I don’t think the score reflects how competitive the game actually was.”

Jade Carr

The Aztecs’ final record was 7-10-1, including their only playoff game.

“I would have liked to have a winning season, but making the playoffs was one of our goals,” Veliz said. “Things just didn’t go our way and now we need to look towards next year.”

Freshman defender Dionae Avendano scored the lone goal for Pima, which came in the second half.

The Aztecs defeated Phoenix College 3-2 on Oct. 23 in a key victory that clinched the final spot in the Region I playoffs.

Freshmen Celeste Carrera, Trinity Houk and Sarah Hansen were the goal scorers for Pima in the critically important win.

Pima lost a close one to Glendale Community College, 1-0, on Oct. 20 on the road.

On Oct. 18, the Aztecs were shut out, 1-0, by No. 2 Paradise Valley Community College. The game was rain-delayed from Oct. 2 with Pima leading 1-0.

It was a back-and-forth match with both goalkeepers making saves. The Pumas escaped Tucson with a late goal in the second half to seal the victory.

On Oct. 16, Pima was defeated, 2-1, by No. 14 Scottsdale Community College.

The Aztecs’ only goal came from sophomore Amber Bender, but it wasn’t enough to hold on for the victory. The Fighting Artichokes scored two goals after the Pima goal to decide the game.

Despite a first round playoff exit, for the second year in a row, Veliz is confident for the future. PCC had 15 freshmen.

Paula Arroyave

“We had a lot of freshman so I hope that they learned what it is to compete in this league and they can be ready for next year,” Veliz said about the possibilities for next season.

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MEN'S SOCCER: PCC sweeps awards, wins opener

MEN’S SOCCER: PCC sweeps awards, wins opener

Story, Photo and Video by James Kelley

A few hours after winning big when conference awards were announced on Oct. 25, the Pima Community College men’s soccer team certainly showed they deserve the accolades.

The third-seeded Aztecs (16-5) routed sixth-seeded Scottsdale Community College 3-0 on Oct. 25 in the quarterfinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 1 tournament.

Pima head coach Dave Cosgrove, who won Region 1 Coach of the Year, said the Aztecs settled down in the second half after struggling in the first. They also had to deal with substantial wind.

“For a while there it looked like we never were going to score, but once we got the first one, it came a little bit easier,” Cosgrove said. “I think it was, especially with the second half, a fair result.”

Freshman forward Donny Toia broke the deadlock in the 60th minute off an assist by Region 1 Player of the year and sophomore forward Minh Vu. Freshman defender Kolby Jacobson scored the second goal off a throw-in by sophomore defender Matt Kappas a few minutes later.

Freshman forward Yaya Kane scored the third goal on a SportsCenter type play where he dribbled right through the SCC defense. Freshman goalkeeper Miko Gastelum scored the shutout with five saves.

Kane said the goal that was scored by Toia served to “help us to open the game.”

The Aztecs now face a rough road to the championship though. They’ll face community college soccer super power No. 12 Yavapai College (15-4-1) on the road in the semifinals.

The game was Oct. 27, but the results were unavailable at press time. For playoff updates, go to and

Second-seeded Yavapai has won seven national championships and boasts an almost perfect record at home in the postseason.

“It’s a great environment, they got a great home field advantage and a very good team,” Cosgrove said. “In 20 years they have lost one time in the playoffs up there, so it’s a monumental task, but I think if we play well and our kids take their chances and finish well, we can play with anybody in our conference and in the country.”

During the regular season, the Aztecs and Roughriders split, with Pima winning 1-0 in Tucson on Sept. 6 and Yavapai winning 4-2 in Prescott on Oct. 18. Pima’s last five seasons have ended with losses at Yavapai in the playoffs.

“I feel very confident, because we beat them at home and we lost to them over there, but I think we dominated over there,” Vu said. “I feel confident about playing them again.”

Vu was also named first team All-ACCAC and All-Region 1 first team, joined by Kane on both of the squads. Toia and freshman defender Eric Glad were named second team All-ACCAC.

Minh Vu

Vu also won the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference scoring title with 39 points, 15 goals and nine assists. Vu, a second team All-American last year, said winning player of the year was “exciting.”

“I think it’s the body of work, not only this year but over the last two years he’s been just dynamic like for us,” Cosgrove said. “He scores big goals, he steps up in the biggest environments. So I think it is well deserved and to be honest I wasn’t surprised.”

The Aztecs closed out the regular season Oct. 23 with a 2-0 win at Phoenix College. Toia and freshman forward Donny Blake Brennen scored Pima’s goals. Freshman forward Alex Anderson got the assist on both goals.

Vu credits winning the Phoenix game with helping PCC beat Scottsdale two days later.

“As a team we felt very confident coming in,” Vu said. “We got the big win against Phoenix and we wanted to play at home, and we got the big win. We are taking it one game at a time.”

The game against Phoenix was Toia’s third in a row with a goal. Gastelum made two saves in earning the shutout.

Pima snapped its brief two-game losing streak on Oct. 20 in dominant fashion with a 6-2 win at Glendale Community College. Toia led the way for the Aztecs with two goals and an assist.

The Aztecs’ loss to Yavapai came on Oct. 18 by a margin of 4-2. Toia scored a goal, giving him a point in six straight games. Kane had the assist. Freshman defender Bryce Parker scored Pima’s other goal.

On Oct. 16, the last time Pima played Scottsdale, they lost 2-1 at West Campus. Kane scored the Aztec goal off an assist by Anderson. Kane’s goal was his eighth in the last five games.

“I think we took our chances in the second half,” Cosgrove said Oct. 25. “The last time we played them, we had the same amount of quality chances and we didn’t make them.

“This is the time of year if you do that then you are going to lose, but today we got that first one. Then once we got the second one, it got very comfortable for us and obviously the third one just put the icing on the cake.”

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Football drops fifth straight

Football drops fifth straight

By Narciso Thomas Villarreal                                                                                                                                                                                     
Photo by Ed Adams

The Pima Community College football team hung around with New Mexico Military Institute in the first half but was eventually blown away.

The Broncos from Roswell, N.M., handed the Aztecs their fifth consecutive loss overall with their 35-7 victory on a chilly Saturday night at Tucson Electric Park on Oct. 23.

“We’re not a very good football team right now,” head coach Patrick Nugent said. “We just got to figure out a way to try to keep playing.”

With the loss, the Aztecs remain winless against opponents in the Western States Football League since 2004. The Aztecs’ last winning record against conference opponents was also in 2004 when they finished 6-3.

This year, Pima trailed 21-7 at halftime, but the deficit would increase after NMMI scored 14 more points in the third quarter.

Pima finished the game with 219 total yards of offense.

The Aztecs’ only score of the game came when sophomore running back Auburá Taylor returned a kickoff from the Broncos for 85 yards for a touchdown.

Auburá Taylor

The Broncos had 371 yards in the game.

“We just didn’t really execute on offense or defense side of the ball,” sophomore defensive middle linebacker Brent Lush said after the game. “It’s another heartbreaker. I didn’t really feel that they were a better team than us, that’s for sure.”

After the loss, Pima fell to 2-6, 0-5 WSFL. The Broncos forfeited two games, this season, one non-conference and one WSFL game, due to using an ineligible player, so their record is a deceiving 3-6.

On Oct. 16, the worst team in the WSFL, Mesa Community College defeated Pima 22-21.

“Mistakes came back and cost us,” Nugent said. “It was a tough defeat. We played well, put up a lot of numbers offensively, and the defense really played a great game.”

Pima had two back-breaking misplayed snaps that both times went over the punter’s head and led to points for Mesa.

One of the bad snaps put Mesa on the Pima 10-yard line, and the Thunderbirds capitalized with a touchdown. The other bad snap resulted in a safety, giving MCC two points in the fourth quarter.

The Aztecs also fumbled the ball five times but mostly recovered it, lost it only once.

Pima freshman quarterback Zach Schira was intercepted before the first half came to an end. The ball was taken back 96 yards for a Thunderbirds’ touchdown.

“We outplayed them the whole game,” Nugent said. “We were a better football team than them. If you take away our miscues, we would’ve won that game easily.”

Pima had 359 total offensive yards, with 131 passing yards and 228 rushing yards.

Freshman quarterback Zander McKean started the game and finished 7-18 for 126 passing yards.

McKean’s sole touchdown pass was completed to Taylor.

Schira completed one pass in three attempts for five passing yards and was intercepted once.

Pima had 228 total rushing yards in 41 total rushing attempts.

Taylor earned both of Pima’s rushing touchdowns in the game as he ran for 81 yards in four carries. He finished with 268 all-purpose yards on the night.

The Thunderbirds gained 201 total offensive yards against the Aztecs’ defense.

Freshman defensive back Adrian Brahler had an interception.

“In reality, the defense only gave up three points all night,” Nugent said. “The defense gave the offense plenty of opportunities to score.”

Pima will head north to Ephraim, Utah, to face No. 17 Snow College on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 1:30 p.m. The Aztecs will leave for the 700-mile, 12 hour bus trip on Friday, Oct. 29.

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ATHLETIC VOICE: Men's basketball head coaching situation botched by both sides

ATHLETIC VOICE: Men’s basketball head coaching situation botched by both sides

By James Kelley

Last spring was the best of times for Pima Community College men’s basketball and then the worst of times.

After nearly winning a national championship, the program was sucker-punched by its own head coach when Karl Pieroway unexpectedly quit. Pieroway then returned, but quit again.

Pieroway went from school hero to lower than the scary liquid that always seems to be on the floors of West Campus men’s rooms even though they are constantly cleaning it.

Now, Pieroway is a nice guy but his actions were atrocious.

People hate basketball superstar LeBron James, but James didn’t leave after calling the Cleveland Cavaliers to tell them he was coming back.

Pieroway did.

Nick Saban is the poster boy for coaching disloyalty in college and pro sports, but not even Saban didn’t leave after Louisiana State University and the Miami Dolphins fired people to get more money for his salary.

Pieroway did.

There may have been more people fired that they didn’t mention in a press release, but at least assistant athletic director Jerry Stitt was fired and athletic director Edgar Soto had to resign as baseball coach.

We don’t know for sure that the athletic department’s extreme makeover was to get more money for Pieroway. Coaches weren’t allowed to talk to us. One, who a few weeks earlier said he owed me a favor, wouldn’t even call me back on it in May.

But, it is pretty obvious. Sure the baseball team slumped the last couple of years, but why would Soto fire himself?

There may have been issues with the administration but, because Pieroway declined a chance to tell his story, I just have to assume the worst.

Speaking of Pima’s administration, they just plain mishandled the coaching search.

Never mind that the obvious choice, former University of Arizona and PCC assistant basketball coach Jim Rosborough wasn’t hired. The process used to hire new head coach Roderick Gary is what really grinds my gears.

In lots of ways, Gary seems like a great fit. He used to be an assistant coach for the Aztecs and still works at PCC. He wants Pima to be the county’s basketball team.

That clearly makes him a “Pima man,” especially important after Pima’s last coach went all runaway bride on the school.

Sounds great, but why did it take so long to hire him? Remember when the University of Arizona took maybe two weeks to hire Sean Miller and everyone freaked? Didn’t it take the University of Kentucky about a day to hire John Calipari?

Both the chancellor and Gary work in Pima’s district office complex. So then why was it so hard to find him?

Gary wasn’t hired until two months after Pieroway quit for the second time, losing precious recruiting time and momentum from the Aztecs’ great playoff run. That was in the summer too.

Worse yet, nobody told the players or kept them remotely in the loop. Even the college coaches with the least integrity tell their players they are leaving.

Players didn’t know when Pieroway was coming or going. One player asked me in July, “Um, what’s going on, do we have a coach yet?”

I had no idea, but sent him a published story that said Rosborough was interested in the job. We both assumed Rosborough would be hired.

Gary could very well return Pima to Nationals, maybe even this year, but it’s unfair to essentially make him start the game with a couple of fouls.

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Exhibit highlights 40-year art career

Exhibit highlights 40-year art career

By Marie Rodriguez

George Welch has traveled extensively through Europe, Africa and Indonesia studying art, and it shows in his work.

His connection to the color and cycles of nature also shows in his paintings.

The public can view Welch’s work when PCC’s Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery presents “Retrospective: George Welch,” Nov. 8 through Jan. 28 at the Center for the Arts on West Campus.

The free exhibit showcases 20 pieces highlighting the development of Welch’s work throughout his 40-year career as an artist and full-time faculty member in PCC’s visual arts department.

Welch will give a gallery talk Thursday, Nov. 18, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. A gallery reception will be held the same day from 5-7 p.m., and independent curator Joanne Stuhr will lecture at 6 p.m. in the CFA Recital Hall.

A second reception will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20, at Raices Taller 222 Gallery, 218 E. Sixth St. That gallery is also exhibiting Welch’s work.

Welch began working at PCC in 1971, when he moved to Tucson from Manhattan. His artistry started, though, when he began painting at the age of 11.

He has studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and at Central State University in Ohio. He earned a master’s degree in art education from Bank Street College in New York.

His overseas travels “developed rich resources for new and energized visions, which have been essential to creating new works of art,” he said. “I have felt that encouragement, also, through the academic structure of professional growth.”

Welch remains committed to the development of community arts as an artist and instructor.

In 2006, he was awarded the PCC Board of Governor’s Award. In 2005, he received both the Congressional Recognition Art Award and the Tucson Pima Arts Council Art Educator Award.

A catalog of Welch’s work, produced by PCC, will be available at the Bernal Gallery for $20.

For more information, call the gallery at 206-6942.


What: “Retrospective: George Welch”

When: Nov. 8- Jan. 28

Where: Bernal Gallery, PCC Center for the Arts

Mural creation

Mural creation

Artist volunteer Stevie Kitts puts finishing touches on a mural she created for the West Campus Learning Center with help from her friend, Angela Kimbell. Photo by Ana Ramirez.

‘Voice of an Angel’ concert features marimba

‘Voice of an Angel’ concert features marimba

By Zacchary Watson

Pima Community College percussion instructor Homero Cerón will present a concert of Latin American music on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 3 p.m. in the West Campus Recital Hall.

“The Voice of an Angel” program features Cerón on marimba, with Amilcar Guevera on piano and Geoffrey Hamilton on string bass.

“The title comes from an old Mexican hand-made marimba that I have which has some inlaid woodwork,” Cerón said. “The front of the instrument has ‘la voz de un angel’ in small letters made from hard woods.”

People in Southern Mexico and Central America refer to the marimba sound as “the woods that sing with the voices of women or angels,” Cerón noted.

The PCC program will incorporate that sound into baroque, neo-romantic and tango music.

Cerón, principal percussionist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, is a multi-talented musician who has played professionally since age 12. The Monterrey, Mexico, native received his master’s degree in music from the University of Arizona.

Guevara was born in El Salvador into a family immersed in traditional Latin music. After moving to Tucson, he directed salsa and charanga bands. He also plays Latin jazz with his own quartet.

Hamilton, a 27-year-performer with TSO, plays classical, jazz and pop music.

Tickets to “Voice of an Angel” cost $6, with discounts available. For further details, call the box office at 206-6986 or visit

From left, Geoffrey Hamilton, Homero Cerón and Amilcar Guevera.

All Souls Procession celebrates life, death

All Souls Procession celebrates life, death

Story by Stephanie Missouri

Photo by Gabi Piña

Since 1990, the All Souls Procession has provided Tucsonans with a unique opportunity to mourn the loss of loved ones while celebrating life.

The procession is inspired by Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) but has a vibe all its own.

Everyone is invited to share in the celebration on Sunday, Nov. 7. Participants are encouraged to wear a costume that expresses the spirit and culture surrounding Dia De Los Muertos.

To join, gather at 5 p.m. at the Epic Café on Fourth Avenue at University Boulevard. The procession leaves at about 6 p.m. on a two-mile route through downtown.

The Grand Finale, in which an urn is set on fire, takes place at about 9 p.m. The urn is filled with slips of paper on which people write the names of deceased loved ones.

Tucsonan Susan Johnson started the procession after going through a period of mourning for her deceased father. Many Mouths One Stomach, a non-profit arts collective, organizes the procession now.

The event attracts more than 20,000 local residents in costume, street performers, stilt walkers, fire dancers, aerialists and other creative individuals.

Additional information can be found on the procession’s website,

2009 Procession - Aztec Press photo by Gabi Pina

Upcoming events honor ‘All Souls’

A variety of events are planned  in advance of the All Souls Procession on Nov. 7. A sampling:

All Souls Procession Costume Fashion Show

Thursday, Oct. 28

7-10 p.m.

415 and 417 N. Fourth Ave.

Show Your Soul Epic Café Art Show

Through Monday, Nov. 1

6 a.m. to midnight daily

745 N. Fourth Ave.

Procession of Little Angels

Saturday, Nov. 6

3 p.m. – Kids art activities

5 p.m. – Kids finale workshops

6 p.m. – Procession begins

6:45 p.m. – Little Angels Finale

Armory Park at Sixth Avenue between 12th and 13th streets

Little Angels is a family event acknowledging and celebrating deceased loved ones from the perspective of the child.

All Souls Photo Exhibit – “Rebirth”

Saturday, Nov. 6

7-10 p.m.

Studio 455, 455 N. Ferro Ave.

Regionals a vital meet for men's Cross Country

Regionals a vital meet for men’s Cross Country

By Daniel Gaona
Photo by Ed Adams

While the Pima Community College women’s cross country team already has secured a trip to Nationals, the men’s squad needs a huge finish to qualify.

Both teams will travel to Riverview Park in Mesa on Nov. 2 for the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 1 Championship meet.

The women are currently ranked No. 10 and have already booked a trip to Spartanburg, N.C. The men’s team, however, needs to beat Mesa Community College at the Nov. 2 meet in order to join the women.

“It’s never been more make-or-break for our guys team,” head coach Greg Wenneborg said. “We’ve taken a guys team every year and they’ve always finished in the top 15 for the last five years.”

Wenneborg said the men are ranked No. 20 but he feels they are better. The Aztecs have to move up five spots in order to go.

“Their upside potential is still very big but it comes down to beating a top 15 team and that is Mesa,” he said. “I’ve always believed we have the ability to beat Mesa on a good day but we haven’t put it all together.”

Injuries have been a factor for the men. Both Nate Corsi and Andy Lacy are dealing with foot issues but Wenneborg expects them to be ready.

“I think our top seven will line up healthy at the Region championship and take their best shot at Mesa,” Wenneborg said. “I know that when all our guys are on board, we are better than them.”

Paradise Valley Community College and Central Arizona College should finish first and second on the men’s side. Wenneborg said both of those teams will also place in the top four at Nationals. Pima would need to finish third.

Humberto Bravo

“We have proven before that our late-season heroics are better than Mesa’s,” Wenneborg said. “I believe we are a finishing team and we have a pretty good shot at beating them on their home course.”

Last season, the women’s team never beat Mesa. However, the Aztecs placed three spots higher than the Thunderbirds at Nationals. This year’s women’s squad has been dominant from the start.

“Even though the women are ranked 10th, there are only three teams in the country who have a faster fifth runner than Pima does,” Wenneborg said. “I think they are not ranked correctly and on a great day they can be a top five team and potentially a top three team.”

He said the key to the women’s success is the team’s depth. It will also be essential for Pima’s success at Nationals.

“We have seven full-fledged weapons there,” Wenneborg added. “All of them can run under 19:30 and if you get five girls who run under that you’re going to be in the top four easily.”

The women are also dealing with minor injuries. Annalisa Loevenguth and Julia Peerenboom have foot injuries but are expected to be ready for both races.

Freshman Heidi Lopez has given the women a solid boost with her performance. Lopez led the Aztecs with a third-place finish in 19:43.5 at the Mesa Thunderbird Classic Oct. 21, which was hosted by MCC. Pima edged Central by five points to win the meet.

“We’ve done very well in the past few races so we don’t need to change anything,” Lopez said about preparing for Regionals and Nationals. “I go into every race prepared to run well. I don’t know who I have to beat or who I can stay with. I just run.”

Wenneborg said Lopez is a big reason for the women’s success so far. He expects her to finish in the top five of the region and top 20 at Nationals.

The men struggled at the Mesa meet and placed fourth. The host, the Thunderbirds, won the race meanwhile. Mario Portillo placed ninth in 27:05.3.

Portillo also feels that Mesa is beatable. He said endurance will be a big factor because the team has been struggling after the first three miles of its races.

“Something has been happening in the fourth mile and we all mess up,” he said.

Additionally, he said things haven’t been coming together at the right time but he feels that will change on Nov. 2.

“We just have to be mentally strong,” Portillo said. “We know how fast we are because we’ve been having awesome workouts. So I think it’s just getting the guys mentally prepared and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

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Pima students’ prints on display at gallery

Pima students’ prints on display at gallery

Linocuts by PCC students fill Lulubell Toy Bodega.

Story and photos by Stephanie Missouri

In a nod to local traditions that observe the celebration of Dia De Los Muertos and the All Souls Procession, a Tucson gallery collaborated with Pima Community College printmaking students to showcase their linocut prints.

The artwork is part of a Dia De Los Muertos on display at Lulubell Toy Bodega, 35 E. Toole Ave. A closing reception will be held on Sunday, Nov. 7, during the All Souls Procession.

The students’ works contain images ranging from Hello Kitty with a belt of dynamite around her waist and a triggering device in her hand to a pair of bull-riding skeletons who raise their pistols together with the sun nestled between their mirror images.

Lulubell Toy Bodega was created as an outlet for co-founders Luke Rook and Amy Delcastillo to showcase unique works of art and handmade toys. The store recently moved to an old plumbing warehouse that had been vacant for 10 years.

Delcastillo said the store supports local talent.

“This has really been a labor of love,” Rook added.

PCC revises Student Code of Conduct

By Astrid Verdugo

Pima Community College has updated its Student Code of Conduct to detail specific standards of expected conduct.

The changes are the first updates in more than eight years.

“It was time,” Student Services Vice President Lorraine Morales said. “Every three years it was looked at and said, ‘yeah, it’s good,’ but this time we decided to really delve into it.”

The Student Code of Conduct is posted on the PCC website, It is also printed in the Student Handbook.

Morales said one crucial update clarifies rules about computer use.

“That was not in there before, so that is one of the examples of updating,” Morales said.

“The biggest thing is that it provides a very clear purpose,” Morales said. “The new code includes definitions and it provides a really solid guideline for ensuring that the student gets due process anytime there’s a code situation.”

The Student Code of Conduct is designed to educate and guide students so they understand their responsibilities for appropriate behavior.

The previous code merely listed possible violations. The revised code divides potential violations into sections.

“The sections are like ‘disruption,’” Morales. “There are other sections on assault, drugs and weapons. It even includes a section on ‘miscellaneous.’”

An Ad Hoc committee began reviewing the code in October 2009 and continued its work through June 2010.

“We reviewed the existing code,” Morales said. “We made revision suggestions, then the chair of the Ad Hoc group would meet with the college attorneys and they would make the changes.”

The document was presented to the Chancellor’s cabinet in July. It was then sent to Police Chief Stella Bay and other administrators for review. The final version was approved on Aug. 12 by the Chancellor’s cabinet.

The provost’s office retains records of Student Code of Conduct violations. In 2008-09, there were 82 violations recorded. The total rose to 110 reported violations in 2009-10.

The reported violators received consequences including probation, warnings and suspensions, Morales said.

AZTEC FICTION, PART 3: Adventures of a College Drama Queen: ‘Cast Dynamics’

AZTEC FICTION, PART 3: Adventures of a College Drama Queen: ‘Cast Dynamics’

By April George

As weeks passed, the cast drifted into cliques. The director, James, could preach cast equality but the groups became painfully obvious.

Lucy, Doug and Eddie were the career theater kids. They had been in plays since they could walk, were majoring in theater and didn’t really like the college policy of allowing non-theater kids to do anything harder than sing in the chorus.

They liked to hang out on the theater docks, listening to show tunes and debating whether Patti LuPone had ruined Broadway.

Other cliques included theater wannabes (they smoked French-style, wore all black and tried to hang around with the career theaters), the smart but creative kids (psychology majors who desperately needed to fill a hole in their souls) and the “I’m just doing this to make my parents happy” group.

Phoebe was a career theater kid, but was only grudgingly accepted into their group (and only because she and Eddie had dated the semester before).

Onstage, she and Lucy were dating. Offstage, they didn’t get along but Phoebe decided it was easier not to rock the boat. The only actor she really got along with was David, the tiny red-haired dancer playing Angel.

About two weeks before opening, as they began technical rehearsals, Phoebe found herself on the docks, running lines with Doug, Lucy and David.

As Phoebe coached Doug on his lyrics, she noticed Lucy tormenting David mercilessly for the millionth time. Poor David looked like he was about to burst into tears. Something snapped inside Phoebe.

Standing up calmly, Phoebe set her script aside and walked to Lucy. The brunette looked up as she saw a shadow over herself, and met Phoebe’s eyes. “What’s the matter? You want to help torment the little loser too?”

Phoebe locked a smooth smile on her face. “I’ll leave the tormenting to you, Lucy. But I’ve wanted to do this since the show began.” She turned to leave, then spun and punched the girl in the face. Blood poured from Lucy’s nose as she screamed.

Satisfied, Phoebe put an arm around David and began to walk into the theater. However, she was intercepted by James, who had seen the entire incident. His face was drawn. “Phoebe, my office, now. We’ll have to discuss your future in this show.”

Phoebe’s heart sank. She had just been defending her friend. Would that act of friendship cost her her dream role?

See next issue for Part 4.