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ATHLETIC VOICE: PAC-12 on the rise

ATHLETIC VOICE: PAC-12 on the rise


The PAC-12 came out ready to play. I guess their opponents did not get the message. Apparently just because you are ranked higher than someone else does not mean you are better.

Arizona, UCLA, Utah and Oregon State are just a few examples of conference members who have walked away with some pretty impressive and unexpected wins this season.

With those unexpected wins, the Wildcats and Bruins made it into the Top 25. The Wildcats topped out at No. 22 in the Associated Press poll before losing at Oregon on Sept. 22. It marked their first appearance in the polls since Nov. 21, 2010.

The Bruins made it to No. 19 before falling at home to Oregon State the same day. That was their first appearance in the rankings since Sept. 2, 2008.

The Beavers now stand at No. 18 in the AP after their impressive showing at the Rose Bowl.

The last time five conference teams appeared in the same poll was Sept. 19, 2010 with No. 5 Oregon, No. 14 Arizona, No. 16 Stanford No. 20 USC, and No. 24 Oregon State.

The Wildcats now stand at 3-1 after their first loss of the season, a resounding 49-0 defeat at the hands of the Ducks.

Both teams have two of the fastest and highest-scoring offenses in the NCAA, but UA was no match for the Ducks defense. The Wildcats made it to the red zone six times without scoring, and the Ducks forced four turnovers.

The Wildcats had defeated Toledo 24-17 and then-No. 18 Oklahoma State 59-38 to reach the polls. They also pounded Football Championship Series foe South Carolina State 56-0 on Sept. 15.

The biggest UA win of the season, without a doubt, was against Oklahoma State.

The victory was sweet revenge, after the Wildcats were blown out by OSU in the 2010 Alamo Bowl and in Stillwater last year.

The beginning of the game was starting to look familiar, but it turned around for the Wildcats. Oklahoma State racked up a ton of penalties, and had a fumble and an interception.

The Wildcats next play Oregon State on Sept. 29.

The dangerous Beavers upset then-No.13 Wisconsin with a 10-7 victory on Sept. 8, ending the Badgers’ 33-game regular season non-conference winning streak.

It just goes to show that just because you think someone is lesser than you does not mean you shouldn’t play as hard against them.

MEN'S SOCCER: Aztecs getting defensive with opponents

MEN’S SOCCER: Aztecs getting defensive with opponents


Though the Pima Community College men’s soccer team hasn’t put together long winning streaks this season, its defense has consistently shut down opposing teams.

The Aztecs sit at 5-4-2 on the year after a 2-1 overtime loss to Glendale Community College on Sept. 25. In those 11 matches, PCC has surrendered a scant 13 goals.

“I think our defense is the backbone of our team,” said sophomore goalkeeper Ben Eyde. “They pretty much hold the line for us.”

As tough as the Aztec defenders have been, it was the offense that had a little fun during a 7-1 drubbing of Scottsdale Community College on Sept. 22.

Sophomore J.C. Henson scored twice on the day, while fellow sophomores Kyle Cornell and Declan Fulton each had a goal of their own, along with freshmen Fabian Romero and Tyler Terrell.

Sophomore Yahya Kane saw his first action of the year for Pima, also putting one in net. The Mauritania native is recovering from knee surgery.

PCC’s offense was also on display against Mesa Community College on Sept. 20, as the Aztecs exploded for a 5-1 road win.

Terrell scored a pair for Pima, while Fulton and Romero had a goal apiece. Sophomore Enrique Alvarez added a goal as well.

Freshman netminder Tyler Wilson made four stops on the day.

The Aztecs showed some stingy defense when No. 2 Yavapai College came to town on Sept. 15, but it wasn’t enough. The Roughriders scored twice for a 2-0 shutout.

On Sept. 13, PCC and Phoenix College played to a 1-1 tie. Fulton scored Pima’s only goal, and freshman Gabe Gauna had an assist.

Despite the up-and-down campaign, the Aztecs still hope for a return trip to the postseason, and their stellar defense may be just the ticket to get them there.

“Since I’ve been on the team, the defense has always been very strong and very organized,” Cornell said. “It’s consistently a strong aspect of our team.

“We transition well and we communicate well. We keep track of our marks, as well as keep our eyes on the ball at the same time. We just have a great understanding of each other and what we need to do.”

Pima returns to action on Sept. 27 at West Campus against Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The game will begin at 1 p.m.


On Deck

Sept. 27:  Chandler-Gilbert CC, West Campus, 1 p.m.

Sept. 29:  Arizona Western College, West Campus, noon

Oct. 2:  @ South Mountain CC, Phoenix, 1 p.m.

Oct. 6:  GateWay CC, West Campus, noon

Oct. 9:  Paradise Valley CC, West Campus, 1 p.m.



Jacob Bannon creates dark, emotive works

Jacob Bannon creates dark, emotive works


Jacob Bannon has been making a name for himself in the underground music scene for more than 20 years.

His prominent endeavor is his work with Converge, a Salem, Mass., metallic hardcore punk band. In addition to his musical work, he is also famous for his work as a visual artist.

“I simply strive to make the most successful art and music that I can,” Bannon said via email. “For me, that is work that communicates and evokes the intended emotion, and leaves a psychological component of myself fulfilled.”

Bannon graduated from the Art Institute of Boston in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts for design. He has created memorable pieces for countless bands, including handling the artwork for Converge and many of the releases on his self-founded record label, Deathwish Inc.


As a whole, his artwork is dark and intersperses somber moods with aggressive bursts of color. Because most of Bannon’s art is used on record covers, his work often reflects the sound contained within.

Bannon usually creates elaborate prints by using cuts of various papers, then completes the work with paints and inks. The visual aesthetic varies, generating a unique and surprising gallery.

“Jane Doe,” the cover for Converge’s groundbreaking fourth album, is one of Bannon’s most famous works. The picture illustrates a starkly shaded woman, expressionless except for the wrathful gaze she bears on the looker while she is outlined by a sky of bleak autumn colors.

In keeping with the ferocity of the record it represents, “Jane Doe” is an image universally associated with Converge. It has grown into a household name in the metal and punk community.

Bannon’s piece for hardcore punk band Integrity’s 2003 album “To Die For” is equally bright and thematically dark.

Its prominent reds are painted to appear simultaneously as fire, sun and blood, forming a halo of bright chaos around its centerpiece. In line with the multifaceted use of red, the figure shows a skull with flesh from the neck down, marrying aspects of death and life.

Almost as famous as “Jane Doe” is Bannon’s art for Converge’s fifth album, 2004’s sorrowful and hopeful “You Fail Me.” This minimalist piece is awash in deep black, its focus and detail demonstrated through intricate webs of subtle gray and red.

The ache and rage that the record invokes go hand in hand with this scarred and moving piece.

Bannon’s visual art can be viewed and bought at, which boasts a complete gallery of his work.

His work as a musician can be heard on releases from Converge in addition to the atmospheric experimental bands Supermachiner and Irons.

Punk band Integrity used “To Die For” on its 2003 album. Photo courtesy of Jacob Bannon.

“Jane Doe” is the cover artwork for Converge’s fourth album. Courtesy of Jacob Bannon.

Foodie Finds: Healthy Snacks

Foodie Finds: Healthy Snacks


Juggling work, school and a social life can be difficult enough. Taking the time to plan balanced lunches from home can prove quite the challenge. All too often, college students resort to fast food or unhealthy snacks because it’s easier than planning ahead.
Healthier snacks are getting more and more common in the market. Here are some healthy alternative snacks to supplement your lunch while you’re on the go.


Halfpops are a partially popped popcorn snack from Seattle, Wash. They recently came to Tucson’s AJ’s Fine Foods and are $3.69 for a 7-ounce bag. They are small, crunchy bites with a toastier popcorn taste.
Their website boasts “less fluff, more flavor” and all natural ingredients that are free of gluten, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, preservatives or artificial flavors.
They come in two flavors: butter and salt, and aged cheddar. These flavors are great, but they really need a sweet addition, like kettle corn or caramel. Until that happens though, the salty flavors provide a great snack.
AJ’s Fine Foods is located in La Encantada, 2805 E. Skyline Drive.


It may be candy, but the great thing about Unreal’s Unjunked candy is just that — no junk. The candy has no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors or flavoring, and no preservatives.
So while the sugar rush might not be great for you, it’s probably better for you than all the extra ingredients in regular candy. They make “unjunked” versions of many candy classics: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, plain and peanut M&M’s, and Milky Way candy bars.
The thing about Unreal candy is that if you expect it to be exactly like its highly-processed counterpart, you will be disappointed. The “unjunked” peanut M&Ms are duller in color and misshapen, but packed with a more natural nutty, chocolate taste.
In Tucson, Unreal products can be purchased at CVS for about $1.19 a bag. Check out for more stores.

Unreal Candy. Photo by Miki Jennings


THINGS I DON’T GIVE A S%*! ABOUT Fashion faux pas hoopla

THINGS I DON’T GIVE A S%*! ABOUT Fashion faux pas hoopla



Fashion has never made sense to me, as I like to dress comfortably in my typical T-shirt and shorts.


That’s how it should be: Wear what’s comfortable and makes you feel good. Don’t wear clothes just because they have a high price tag or were designed by someone whose name you can’t even pronounce.


Extravagant fashion shows always display some ridiculous clothing line that I have never seen anybody wear.


This may be because I’m not on the high end of society, but I don’t want to be if I have to wear bullshit like that.


Granted I’m a guy (arguably), and most fashion for men is pretty standard. Designers come up with some truly hideous outfits for women.


Fashion marks a third reason I’m glad to be a guy. The other two are not having to give birth and being able to piss where I want to with ease.


Checking out “fashion” magazines online, I noticed tons of outfits that should never see the light of day. One example: a blue pantsuit with purple circles all over it. The outfit had both a maroon collar and a white polka-dotted tie tucked into the model’s pants to accent the bland brown belt.


The outfit was tailored by someone called Miu Miu. Sorry, I’m not up to date on my fashion artists.


If I was in the position of hiring employees and some young lady walked into my office wearing this pantsuit, I would have to reschedule her interview. I would tell her to wear something different so I could take her seriously.


A quick click away was an outfit called “Night Vision” by Gareth Pugh. Surprisingly, that’s someone else I haven’t heard of.


The outfit is clearly for stalkers. The black leather or faux leather jacket extends up to cover the bottom half of your face, making it hard to identify you. It looks like something that notorious murderer/body snatcher Ed Gein would create.


Oh yeah, it also had matching black pants. That makes it easy to see you crossing the street at night.


A quick side question: Why does every model have that blank stare? You know, the look that lets you know there is absolutely nothing going on behind her eyes.


Anyway, back to my point: People should wear what makes them feel comfortable. They should not worry whether it has a designer name on it or was endorsed by some celebrity who’s getting paid to wear it.


But hey, people do what they want and honestly I don’t give a shit. I’m just tired of having it pushed down my throat.

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RinCon 2012 plays its own game


RinCon, Arizona’s premier gaming convention, will be returning to Tucson this year after a hiatus in 2011.

Several prominent game designers will be attending, most notably James Ernest, owner of Cheapass Games and creator of “Kill Doctor Lucky,” and John Wick, who has done prominent work on the “Legend of the Five Rings” role-playing game and created the critically acclaimed RPG “7th Sea.”

The con will have many events, such as a cosplay-themed fashion show, a flea market for old gaming paraphernalia, and panels on everything from funding RPGs via Kickstarter to making gaming more inclusive.

Below is an interview with Seth Jaffee, a con coordinator.


How did you start RinCon?

I was around when RinCon first started five years ago, but I wasn’t directly involved. In its first three years, the convention grew and grew, and was very popular. However, the board of the Southern Arizona Gamers Association, the organization that started up to run events such as RinCon and monthly board game days and role-playing days, dispersed. Some members got busy; others moved out of town.


As a result, in 2011 RinCon did not happen. Some local gamers rallied and put on a charity gaming event called Not-A-Con in its place, but there were some that wanted to see RinCon back. I was one of those people, so I stepped up to be President of SAGA, and I recruited some people to help me put on RinCon again.


I’ve never run an event like this before, but I’ve been to a lot of them. I just gathered all the information I could, and jumped right in! Fortunately I wasn’t alone – SAGA has a whole new board, and they’ve been very helpful in resurrecting RinCon.

What’s in the future of RinCon?

Well, in the immediate future is RinCon’s triumphant return! Down the road, who knows? I hope that we will see the growth and popularity reminiscent of the first couple of years so we can do some of the more ambitious things we would like to do at the con.

What is the most promising new board game to appear at the convention?

Well, there are so many, it’s hard to answer that question! As Head of Development for local game publisher Tasty Minstrel Games, I’m incredibly biased. TMG will be demoing several upcoming games such as “Ground Floor” and “Skyline”, “Captains of Industry” and an expansion to my own game “Eminent Domain” – as well as popular titles “Belfort,” “Homesteaders” and “Village.”

Do you have any advice for newbies to tabletop role-playing?

My advice would be to worry less about the rules and more about the story. Let the GM worry about the rules – you are there to play the game. If everybody does that, then in my opinion everybody’ll have more fun!

What are the best board games that you don’t think receive enough attention?

The obvious answer is my first published board game “Terra Prime.” Due to production issues it didn’t really get much exposure. But soon it may be available on an online portal, and I hope to one-day do a second edition with the completed expansion included.

What do you think are the next big innovations coming soon in the board game market and tabletop RPG market?

If I knew what the next big innovation was, I’d be working on a game using it.




When: Friday, Sept. 28 at 12:00 p.m. to Sunday Sept. 30 at 6 p.m.

Where: Tucson Airport Holiday Inn, 4550 S. Palo Verde Road

Hotel phone: 746-1161

Costs: Friday and Saturday only, $20, Sunday only, $10, whole event, $40


Roughing it out with “Roughnecks”


The series “Roughnecks: Starship Trooper Chronicles” was based on the Paul Verhoeven science-fiction film in 1997.
It was kept from getting an audience because new episodes were shown in the wee hours of the morning, run out of order or constantly rerun.
But it is a hidden gem, and well worth a watch for anyone who has the time to sit down and take it in.
The first thing I must say about the series is that the animation hasn’t aged all that poorly for 1999 computer-generated imagery, even though a lot of the human characters do run face first into the uncanny valley when they’re not in their suits and there are several times where the CGI shows its flaws.
I can honestly say the show would’ve looked a lot better had they done it in 2D. They actually were going to do that until they changed to CGI at the last minute, and they would suffer the consequences dearly for it.
But the excellent animator Fil Barlow did produce the art design, which is especially evident given the wonderfully creative designs of the bugs.
The series is about a group of soldiers called Razack’s Roughnecks during a war between humanity and a species of cruel, arthropodal aliens called the Bugs and their allies. (Well, it’s more complicated than that, but saying more would spoil it.)
It shows the progression of the war as we learn more and more about both the bugs and the characters.
This was one of the first in the wave of ‘90s action shows written to be light enough for kids and smart enough for adults, and it really does show.
The series hews closer to the original Robert A. Heinlein novel in tone, being a straight military science-fiction piece rather than the tongue-in-cheek satire of fascism in Verhoeven’s movie.
Though the writing can get a bit formulaic at times (Seriously, how many rescue missions can they do?), the story remains compelling throughout.
As one learns more and more about the bugs, one gets more and more fascinated. The characterization is consistent and good, helped by excellent voice acting, as we get to know characters like hotshot Johnny Rico, the impulsive and brash Dizzy, and the sensitive psychic Jenkins.
And the action itself is exciting fun, especially due to Barlow’s excellent designs for the bugs.
Unfortunately, in what will likely become a running theme for this column, the huge battle of the last four episodes that the series was building toward never happened due to production problems, instead replacing them with crummy clip shows.
Barlow said it was due to them budgeting for 2D animation instead of CGI and Sony not wanting to take a chance on the show.
But if you want a smart, adult, military sci-fi cartoon, check it out at
And if you want a bit more behind the scenes info, check out Barlow’s Deviantart at


TOP 10 Movies that need to be remade


Remakes. We’re all sick of how they mangle the message of the movies they copy, such as turning Klaatu from “The Day The Earth Stood Still” from Space Jesus into a space asshole.
Here are 10 films that deserve a second chance.

10. “Demoni”

The original “Demoni” was an OK zombie film with zombies possessed by demons. The premise and setup is excellent, but I’d love to see a remake with more diverse and creative creature designs.

9. “The Thief and the Cobbler”

This labor of love for animator Roger Williams was sadly snatched from his arms at the last second by the Weinsteins and recut into a sub-par Aladdin ripoff. Just hire a new crew to re-finish this, and you’ve got a classic on your hands for very little money.

8. “Damnation Alley”

This movie was a cheesy road trip/post-apocalypse movie. Though it flopped, it was based on a far more interesting and ambitious book. Since CGI has advanced well beyond the point needed to deliver the book’s garbage-filled winds and enormous mutated monsters, why not give it a second chance?

7. “Felix The Cat: The Movie”

This early ‘90s film was a confusing representation of one of animation’s first iconic heroes. He deserves another shot at film stardom.

6. “Neon Maniacs”

A movie with 12 unique slashers in one? Cool! This movie using that premise? Not so much. This concept deserves to be made with a better budget, a script that uses the premise well and a coherent explanation as to what the hell those monsters were.

5. “Shock Treatment”

This little-known, little-liked sequel to “Rocky Horror Picture Show” was severely compromised due to budget issues. Why not remake the film right, using the original script? Better yet, make a true Rocky Horror sequel, “Rocky Horror Shows His Heels.”

4. “Cool World”

What was going to be a dark, disturbing animated horror/live-action hybrid film by Ralph Bakshi instead turned into a watered-down, smutty Roger Rabbit clone. We rarely see animated horror films, and this one could be profitable. Why not a remake in accordance with Bakshi’s original vision?

3. “Last Action Hero”

This movie couldn’t decide whether it was a parody or a deconstruction of its own subject matter. That is a real shame, as the idea of a film set in the world of film is a great idea, enough so to warrant a new and improved remake

2. “Howard The Duck”

While this movie is indeed awful, it has little to nothing to do with the excellent source material. The comic written by the late Steve Gerber was a lot more satirical, smart and funny. The Marvel cinematic universe could use a comedy.

1. “Super Mario Bros.”

A shoe-in for the top spot, the original film was decent on its own merits but a horrible adaptation of videogaming’s greatest hero. It could become a big franchise in the hands of somebody like Spielberg or DelToro. Nintendo should give it a second shot. We need at least one good videogame move.

Pima’s Northwest Campus builds science facility

Pima’s Northwest Campus builds science facility


For the first time in eight years, a new building will be added to Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus.

Construction of the tentatively named Science Lab and Chemistry Building is scheduled to begin in October at PCC’s newest and fastest growing campus. Classes will begin at the facility in spring 2014.

The building at the south end of campus will house seven classrooms, a lecture hall, nine science labs, lab prep space, a math emporium, the hotel restaurant management program and 11 faculty offices.


The project is expected to cost between $8.8 million and $10.1 million.


The construction mirrors a “national effort to boost students in science, technology and mathematics,” said C.J. Karamargin, vice chancellor for government relations and public information for PCC.


Karamargin said the college hopes the building’s cutting-edge technologies will lead students into careers in those fields, and prepare students for transfer to universities such as the University of Arizona.


The construction occurs during a period in which PCC enrollment has slowed. However, Karamargin thinks that is a temporary situation and said the building will help with the college’s long-term goals.


“Numbers are part of a cyclical thing,” he said.
Since opening in 2003, Northwest Campus has seen enrollment increase 40 percent, largely due to the rapid growth of the northwest side of Tucson. The number of students studying science has doubled from 1,694 to 3,232, according to a press release.


The building will take into account special challenges posed by Tucson’s hot climate, utilizing simple solutions such as outside awnings and sun shields.


Burns Wald-Hopkins Shambach Architects, who have extensive experience building in Tucson, will oversee construction.

The last building constructed at any PCC campus was the Fitness Center at Desert Vista Campus in 2004, according to college officials.

This artist’s rendering shows what the new Northwest Campus science building will look like complete. Artist rendering courtesy of PCC.

Protesters urge accreditation suspension of Pima Community College

Protesters urge accreditation suspension of Pima Community College


The Coalition for Accountability, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility has sent a letter recommending that Pima Community College be placed on probation by the organization that accredits the college.

C-FAIRR, a local organization formed in February 2012, claims the college inadequately handled multiple situations, including claims of sexual harassment against former Chancellor Roy Flores.


C-FAIRR’s requests


C-FAIRR expressed “great regret” about the need to make the following four recommendations to the organization:

1. Pima Community College should immediately be placed on probation.

2. Members of the current governing board who have said they knew about the sexual harassment claims before the formal complaint was made should be dismissed from their positions.

3. Interim Chancellor Suzanne Miles should tender her resignation or be removed from her position at the college.

4. The current members of the board should not select the new chancellor.

“Our request to suspend accreditation to Pima Community College is based upon the documented failure of its governance obligations to students, employees, administrators, and the taxpayers of Pima County,” C-FAIRR’s letter states.




The letter, dated Aug. 31, is 17 pages long and has 77 pages of attachments.

The attachments include a list of C-FAIRR members, three articles from local publications, PCC’s harassment policy, invoices for “misconduct reviews” from a law firm, Flores’ resignation letter and pages taken from board meeting packets.

The letter also says C-FAIRR is looking into other cases of misconduct at PCC.

“We are in the process of gathering evidence on two particular egregious cases: one involves providing students with sub-standard instruction, which negatively impacted their career paths.

“The second involves defamation of an employee by a senior administrator,” the letter states.


Sexual harassment claims


In March, a group of eight women lodged allegations of misconduct against Flores. Pima then launched an investigation.

A leaked email from governing board member Sherryn “Vikki” Marshall said the board was “not blindsided” by the claims.

The email said the board had previously heard “gossip” about Flores’ behavior, but everything lacked details.



“Even people who were no longer working at Pima refused to tell me what they knew firsthand,” Marshall wrote. “I would have jumped on ‘facts’ like a tick on a dog – but NO ONE would give me any facts or data.”

C-FAIRR quoted the board’s sexual harassment policy in their letter, drawing attention to the expectation to investigate harassment claims immediately.

Flores denies any wrongdoing.


Pima’s response


The Higher Learning Commission, the accreditation organization associated with the college, received two complaints about PCC over the summer, one of which was from C-FAIRR. The HLC forwarded the complaints to Miles and asked her to respond.

“In my mind, both [letters] were totally unjustified, especially because we have been working to correct problems and do our due diligence,” Miles said, referring to recent changes the college has made such as opening up a third party phone line for employees to make complaints anonymously.

In their most recent letter, C-FAIRR called Miles’ response reprehensible, incomplete and “beneath contempt and not factually based.”

“We are saddened that the College has continued to characterize anyone who criticizes its policies or actions as disgruntled employees from the tenure of Dr. Flores or political agitators,” C-FAIRR’s letter reads.

Miles’ letter talked about Sylvia Lee, a former PCC administrator. The letter indicated Lee might have been working with C-FAIRR and a local journalist to cast the college in a negative light.

Lee, who is referred to in Miles’ letter as “Former Administrator A” is running for a seat on the College’s governing board.

“I do not believe that an individual who can derive political benefit from casting the college in a negative light can be considered unbiased,” Miles wrote.

C-FAIRR, however, is denying a close relationship with Lee.

“We also categorically state that ‘Administrator A’ has no influence within our organization although she and several other former administrators have met with us; moreover, our group has not endorsed her bid for a seat on the governing board.”

The HLC has not contacted Pima since receiving Miles’ letter in July.

C-FAIRR and the HLC did not respond to interview requests by press time.

C-FAIRR calls for PCC accreditation suspension
Suzanne Miles letter to Higher Learning Commission




Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This is the time of year when the Arizona summer finally goes away and it starts to get nice outside. However, I like to stay inside watching horror movies. Don’t judge me.


Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Let’s go out and grab a scorpion bowl. It might sting, but I’m sure you’ve done that yourself a few times, you clumsy arachnid, you.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Hanging out with a Sagittarius tends to be very fun. We practice archery, run through the forest and saddle up for a good time. It really centaurs me.


Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

The end of the holidays are often spent butting heads with family members, but this year I’ll be worshipping the devil by sacrificing a Capricorn … that still counts as a goat, right?


Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Aquarius, are you up for a swim in the middle of winter? No? I understand. That is a fishy activity, plus nipple frost is the worst.


Pisces (Feb.19-March 20)

While fishing, I discovered a mermaid-leprechaun hybrid. It’s called a mermachaun. When you kiss it for good luck, it explodes into a rainbow of sea foam, flesh and bad skin. Avoid.


Aries (March 21-April 19)

According to Aristotle, Aries are awesome at attending to angry acts of arrogant audacity augmented by acting against apple-eating alligators that attack actual artists applying for an afternoon of ah-literation.


Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Those born under the sign of Taurus are the peaks of human existence, the paragons of progressive thought, the lords paramount of sexy, the standard by which all men and women are measured. The writer of this column is a Taurus.


Gemini (May 21-June 21)

I double-dare you to sing a duet of “It Takes Two” with those twins dressed up as the Dynamic Duo who duel injustice two-fold, doubly dealing pairs of 1-2 … punches.


Cancer (June 22-July 22)

I strongly recommend never taking a Cancer out to dinner at a seafood restaurant. My date got real crabby and yelled at me about not being into cannibalism.


Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Your Majesty, how we all bow before your radiance, basking in your resplendent glow, bearing witness to the grandiosity of all the fluff that this sentence contains.


Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Victorious Virgo verges on vengeance, a vampiric vandal vanishing behind violent veils, vexing video vendors venting on the variable viewings this writer visits upon “V for Vendetta.”

Fall festivals abound

Compiled by Liam McInerney

Oktoberfest atop Mount Lemmon

Oktoberfest hits Mount Lemmon for German food, drinks and entertainment.

The weekend fun began Sept. 22 and runs through Oct. 14 at 10300 Ski Run Road.

Parking costs $5. No pets are allowed.

For more information, visit


Nightfall returns to Old Tucson

Nightfall at Old Tucson Studios offers more than haunted house attractions.

Spooky town characters include serial killers and circus freaks.

A live performance filled with stunts, pyrotechnics and special effects portrays paranormal researchers investigating an abandoned amusement park.

Terror Square showcases walking dead who are set loose to terrorize visitors.

Nightfall is open Thursdays through Sundays between Sept. 28 and Oct. 28. Hours vary. Old Tucson Studios is located at 201 S. Kinney Road.

Standard ticket prices are $25 for adults and $20 for children.

Visit for more information.


Let the slaughter begin

Slaughterhouse Tucson opens its gates Sept. 29 through Oct. 31.

With names like Twisted Tree Mortuary, Carnevil and The Boiler Room, the haunted houses have scariness factors ranging from mild to extreme. Ultimate terror-seekers can visit the City Meats attraction.

Slaughterhouse Tucson is located at 1102 W. Grant Road. Tickets start at $7.

For more information, visit


KFMA Fall Ball hits center stage

Kickstart your fall with a bang at KFMA’s Fall Ball on Sept. 30 at Tucson’s Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way.

Bands will include The Offspring, Everlast and Switchfoot. Gates open at noon, and the event is open to all ages.

Tickets can be purchased at Domino’s Pizza locations in the Tucson area and online at


Buckelew: a-mazing corn patch

The Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival is back for its 24th year. The farm, located at 17000 W. Ajo Way, will be open every weekend in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tractor rides take visitors into a pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins and gourds. The $4 admission fee also includes a wagon ride. Pumpkins selected will be priced at 50 cents per pound.

An 11-acre corn maze offers more than four miles of trails, with punch cards to help guide the way. After dark, the maze adopts a horror motif as Terror in the Corn comes alive.

No pets are allowed. For details, visit


Crawl the clubs on Oct. 6

More than 90 local and out-of-state bands will perform live at various downtown locations during Tucson’s Fall Club Crawl on Oct. 6.

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Bottoms up for Beer Festival

Great Tucson Beer Festival will hold its 26th annual beer-sampling event on Oct. 6 at Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way, for ages 21 and up.

Beers brewed in the Southwest and from around the world will be available for sampling, along with local snacks and food.

General admission starts at $45, or $30 for designated drivers.

The festival offers free parking. For details, visit


Festival showcases film, music

The Tucson Film and Music Festival will be held Oct. 6-10 at venues around the city.

Local filmmakers and musicians will be showcased at locations such as the Loft Cinema, Rialto Theatre and Century 20 El Con Mall.

Tickets can be purchased at

From the archives

From the archives


Series explores state prison system


First in a two-part series




In 1975, Aztec Press writers participated in an investigative journalism project that focused on Arizona’s prison system.


Under the direction of advanced reporting instructor Bill Waters, students interviewed inmates, ex-convicts, wardens and instructors.


Convicted killer Charles Schmid Jr., the “Pied Piper of Tucson,” was stabbed to death in 1975 by fellow inmates at the state prison in Florence. Ten years earlier, Schmid had been found guilty of triple homicide in a case that sparked four films and a book by Joyce Carol Oates.


David A. Williams taught classes to Schmid and fellow inmates in Florence.


“We put prisoners in and forget about them,” Williams said.


He said it was essential that inmates stay in touch with the world outside prison walls. He feared isolation could ultimately cause inmates to feel more comfortable behind bars, a home away from home and a place to which they could easily return.


The 1975 series voiced concern about inmate idleness: “Keeping from being bored is difficult, especially when there’s over 2,000 bored all at the same time.”


In the 1970s, the state prison housed approximately 2,000 inmates. The medical staff consisted of two physicians, nine medical technicians, two dentists and five psychologists.


An inmate referred to as A.V. told of difficulties involved with seeking treatment, especially from a dentist or psychologist.


“You’re considered very lucky if you get to see the psychos because it takes over four and a half weeks just to make an appointment,” A.V. said.


At the time, he was in his third week of being on a waiting list.


Corrections official Greg Goggins explained that many educational and therapeutic programs were filled to capacity, preventing the majority of inmates from receiving help and treatment.


“If you send a true sociopath or psychopath to the prison, chances are he will not get the in-depth care he needs,” Goggins said.


Aztec Press reporter Oscar Saenz conducted some of the interviews for the investigative project. He was admitted into the prison as a guest of a rock band Black Horizon.


The band gave three performances for minimum, medium and maximum-security inmates. The show was videotaped for those who could not attend, including female prisoners and convicts in solitary confinement.


Almost everyone who was imprisoned wanted to hear the concert, but not everyone was allowed to.


Most also wanted to be involved in sports, work and educational programs, but there was only enough room for a certain number.


A select few were featured in the pages of the Aztec Press. The patient majority is still waiting to have its say.


Next issue: Education and rehabilitation of convicts.




Sidebar poem


Men are Found


in the crust and calcium


the bone tunnels

where pain stumbles down

like a hobo warming his fingers


in the pitch and resonance

the thick vowels

where the tongues of murder are formed;


in the hospitals

where needles tear out their eyes

when they see the bruised lips

of our children;


in the parade of the dirty,

the lost and the unlucky

in the shudder of a delicate


who fell down

the stairs without a parachute;


in the salt and resin

of a woman who is the last

of a sacred culture

all of us remember

but have never been able to find


-Charles Schmid Jr.

Cross Country 2011

CROSS-COUNTRY: Pima runners compete in Dave Murray Invitational


The Pima Community College women’s cross-country team finished in 4th place at the Dell Urich Golf Course in Tucson on Friday, Sept. 14. The men’s team came in 7th in their 4.25-mile race.

The women totaled 107 points, behind third-place finisher Mesa Community College. The University of Arizona placed first in the women’s division with 15 points.

Freshman Nikki Regalado was the Aztecs’ top runner. She crossed the finish line in 19 minutes, 27 seconds and finished in 14th place out of 52 competitors. Sophomore Esther Estrada came in next for Pima, taking 20th with a time of 20:09.

Other Pima competitors were sophomore Lucia Hernandez, in 25th, freshman Jackie Valencia, who placed 37th, sophomore Shelby Slocum, in 43rd, freshman Ashley Dorado, the 46th-place finisher and freshman Alanna Canez, in 51st.

The Aztec men scored 179 points, placing last in the seven-team field.

Freshman Tyler Stamp was the top Pima finisher. He completed the race in 23:23, good enough for 30th place out of 81 runners.

Other Pima runners were sophomore Aren Maxwell, who finished 42nd, sophomore Arcenio Trujillo, in 49th, freshman Cruz Rodriguez, the 55th-place finisher and sophomore John Prillaman, in 59th.

Both teams will compete in the ACCAC Championship in Glendale on Friday, Sept. 21. The women’s race will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the men at 8:45.


On Deck


Sept. 28:  ACCAC Championships, Glendale, 8 a.m.

Oct. 6:  Grand Canyon University Invitational, Estrella Mountain Regional Park, Goodyear, 8 a.m.


Cross Country 2011

Cross Country 2011


By the Numbers: Drunk Driving

Compiled by
Clynisha Stevens


Percentage of
drunk drivers with
suspended licenses
who keep driving. **


Americans killed
in 2007 due to
drunk driving. *


Average number
of minutes that pass before someone
is killed by a
drunk driver. **


Blood alcohol level
at which someone
is considered
legally drunk. ***


Weight of a man
who will be
considered drunk after drinking four drinks in an hour. *

Weight of a woman
who will be
considered drunk
after drinking three drinks in an hour. *


Average number of times a driver drives drunk before getting pulled over. *


Number of children who died in
accidents in 2009. **


Percentage of fatalities in Arizona that are alcohol related. ***


Estimated cost in
billions to the public for alcohol-related crashes in 2000. **

Sources *
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