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Tucson Meet Yourself 2012

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Pima's season ends at Scottsdale

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Pima’s season ends at Scottsdale


The Pima Community College women’s soccer team lost 4-2 against Scottsdale Community College on Oct. 24 in the NJCAA Region 1 semifinals, ending the Aztecs’ season. The road defeat put Pima’s final record at 12-7-1.

“I’m proud of what this team accomplished this year,” head coach Kendra Veliz said. “We have a quality group to build on for next season.”

PCC won its first playoff game, defeating Chandler-Gilbert Community College 4-1 in a home quarterfinals match on Oct. 22.

Against Chandler-Gilbert, freshman Kathy Fisher broke open a tight affair in the 33rd minute with an unassisted corner-kick goal.

“We have great finishers on the team, so I was just trying to get it to the far post,” Fisher said. “I bent it enough to where – I don’t know if the wind caught it or what – but I just got a nice bend on it, and it went in the back post.”

Freshman Camie Barbera tallied two goals for Pima, and fellow freshman Ashley Cardenas also scored. Sophomore goalkeeper Erika Heredia made seven stops in net.

On Oct. 20, the Aztecs finished their regular season against Scottsdale, fighting to a 1-1 draw at home.

PCC downed Mesa Community College 4-1 at home on Oct. 18. Barbera scored twice for Pima, while Fisher had a goal and an assist.

The Aztecs outshot Mesa 18-7 in the match, with Heredia making five stops. Freshman Rebecca Lamanda subbed in for Heredia late in the second half, finishing with a save.

On Oct. 11, PCC blanked Phoenix College 3-0 on the road.

Sophomore midfielder Robyn Tolin had a goal for Pima, as did Cardenas and Barbera.

Four Aztecs were named all-ACCAC performers on Oct. 22. Fisher and Heredia made the first team, while Barbera received second-team accolades.

Tolin garnered honorable mention recognition.

Press releases were used to contribute to this article.


FOOTBALL: Aztecs lose sixth straight

FOOTBALL: Aztecs lose sixth straight


The Pima Community College football team was unable to make a comeback in a 35-17 contest against Glendale Community College on Oct. 20.

Freshman quarterback Max Shepard got the start over sophomore Quinn Rollerson.

“He did a good job last week in the early going,” head coach Patrick Nugent said of Shepard. “Plus it’s nice to be able to go to Rollerson if we have to.”

Sophomore wide receiver Alex Hanover had a 67-yard reception for a touchdown, freshman running back Joe Pizzuto had a 20-yard touchdown run and sophomore kicker Adam Valenzuela made a 25-yard field goal.

Pima cut Glendale’s lead to 11 with 10:34 left in the game. However, the Gauchos reached Pima’s end zone with five minutes remaining, closing the door for the Aztecs.

It was the sixth loss in a row. The team’s season record is 1-8.

In an Oct. 13 game, the Aztecs were unable to collect a victory against the Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes. The final score was 44-21.

“Hands down to the defense, they play lights out every game,” Rollerson said.

The Aztecs never led, but tied the score at 7-7 in the first quarter when freshman running back James Colbert had an 11-yard touchdown run.

Colbert also had a 40-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to get Pima within seven points of Scottsdale.

“We’re a strong team first half,” Rollerson said. “One mistake happens and the team collapses.”

The Aztecs got back on the board in the fourth quarter when Shepard scored on a 22-yard run.

“Offense, we are not one unit yet,” Rollerson said. “We haven’t executed that well.”

Valenzuela converted all three of his extra-point attempts.

“We played hard the last couple of weeks,” Nugent said. “If we keep working, maybe good things might happen.”

Pima will have its bye week Oct. 27, then head to Thatcher to take on the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters on Nov. 3.

The team will have two light days of practice and then get the weekend off.

Nugent thinks the time off will be good, as some players need to recover from injuries.

“The players just need to deal with life for a while,” he said.


Nov. 3:  @ Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, 6 p.m.

Nov. 10:  New Mexico Military Institute, Kino Stadium, 1:30 p.m.


CROSS-COUNTRY: Harriers place in top eight at Calif. meet

CROSS-COUNTRY: Harriers place in top eight at Calif. meet


The Pima Community College men’s and women’s cross-country teams competed in the Mount Sac Invitational in Walnut, Calif., on Oct. 12.

In the women’s three-mile race, PCC came in sixth place out of 26 teams, scoring 164 points. Cerritos College (Calif.) won the women’s division.

Freshman Nikki Regalado was the top Pima finisher, placing 12th out of 200 runners. She completed the course in 19 minutes, two seconds.

Other Aztec competitors were sophomore Jamie Shrader, who placed 18th in 19:11, sophomore Esther Estrada, 31st in 19:36, freshman Lucia Hernandez, 55th in 20:28, freshman Jackie Valencia, 57th in 20:31, sophomore Shelby Slocum, 71st in 20:57, freshman Ashley Dorado, 105th in 22:03 and freshman Alanna Canez, 145th in 23:29.

The Aztec men placed seventh out of 21 teams, with a total of 202 points. Cerritos also won the men’s team competition.

PCC’s top male finisher was freshman Tyler Stamp, who placed 18th out of 207 runners. He clocked 21 minutes, 40 seconds over the four-mile course.

Other Aztec finishers were freshman Cruz Rodriguez, who placed 27th in 21:49, sophomore Aren Maxwell, 35th in 22:02, sophomore John Prillaman, 55th in 22:24, sophomore Arcenio Trujillo, 77th in 22:52 and freshman Jose Rojas, 110th in 23:29.

Next up for both teams will be the NJCAA Region 1 championship meet on Nov. 1 in Gilbert.


Nov. 1:  NJCAA Region 1 Championships, Gilbert, 10 a.m.

Event plugs solar power

Event plugs solar power


More than 50 organizations and community groups took part in Earth Science Day at Northwest Campus on Oct. 17.

An event that runs once a semester, Earth Science Day promotes education for the geosciences through presentations and displays.

Numerous hands-on science and engineering activities helped spark students interest in the natural world, according to Michael Tulino, vice president for student development at the Northwest Campus.

Participants were able to taste cookies baked in a solar oven and enjoy topics in the climatology, astronomy and geology fields.

Pima Air and Space Museum, Titan Missile Museum and Society of Women Engineers were a few of the many organizations that attended the event.

For more information, contact Northwest Campus’ Student Life at 206-2131, room D- 201.

Behind the scenes at ‘Nightfall’

Behind the scenes at ‘Nightfall’


The dark magic of Old Tucson Studios’ Nightfall begins with actors in a dressing room applying garish clown makeup as they prepare for the park to open.

Most notable among them is Rob Jensen, who played a serial-killing, junkyard-owning clown named Pappy in last year’s special effects show.

Though he appeared to be killed off last year, Jensen said audience response was so positive that Old Tucson brought him back this year as the comedy show protagonist.

Nightfall’s streets seem oddly empty 10 minutes before opening, as the actors get into their places, techs direct what goes where and rear-projected scenes in windows flicker to life one by one.

When the clock strikes 6, crowds of visitors file in. After an introductory show of gunpowder-blanks and dueling evil-circus-stereotypes ends, the streets come alive with the sounds of chainless-chainsaws wielded by evil clowns.

Roaming creeps include a butler with a face wedged in the deep end of the uncanny valley, a fat vampire and an inexplicable killer bunny.

Some characters sit motionless as mannequins on the park’s many benches, moving whenever poor schmucks try to take pictures with them.

“Carnival Caverns” works well as one of the park’s more harrowing experiences, building a creepy atmosphere with garish colors, 3D visuals, creepy music and constantly blaring electronic horns.

Features such as a clown-monster head popping out above a pit of bodies and a horrifyingly ludicrous clown-spider succeed as creepy visuals.

Sadly, other walkthrough attractions aren’t too scary, though at least the lines were relatively short and fast moving.

“The Aftermath” and “Iron Door Mine” rely on jump-scares and lots of rubbery, obviously-fake animatronics rather than mood and mystery.

However, “The Aftermath” gets points for its creative post-nuclear/zombie apocalypse setting and the giant spider animatronic in “Iron Door Mine” is neat.

The comedy show, featuring Pappy testing inventions on asylum inmates, just did not work well.

There were numerous special effects failures, such as an oral enema in which viewers could clearly see the tube spraying green “puke.”

The humor was either juvenile or clumsily topical. The show also included a cringe-worthy gay stereotype that would likely make Dan Savage spontaneously combust with rage if he was in the audience.

Jensen, the show’s creator and main writer, said he let cast members add their input to the show.

The main special-effects show, “Death By Dawn,” was also written by Jensen with cast input, but it worked far better.

The plot involves two ghost hunters and a rich Texan stumbling across the ghost of an evil ringmaster who haunts the ruins of his old amusement park.

The show’s finale can be summarized as, “Everybody died! And then everything exploded! The end!” It was hokey, but the compelling kind of goofy that makes people watch B-movies.

Jacob Pattison’s ghoulish and physical performance as the Ringmaster provided a show highlight.

Pattison said that most of the costumes, animatronics and special effects for both the show and the rest of the park were designed in-house.

Propmaster Bryan Remaley, who worked in Hollywood for 10 years, handles mechanical aspects while propmaster Andrew Kinworthy handles the art design.

Remaley said about 80 percent of Nightfall’s props are made entirely in-house and another 10 percent are built mostly in-house but use off-the-shelf parts.

Construction of “The Aftermath” required heavy machinery to transport some parts, such as the wrecked freeway area.

Most Nightfall construction begins in June every year, though work on a barrel mutant started in April this year.

Ramaley said Old Tucson ropes off construction areas so visitors can’t sneak a peek. Secrecy has gotten easier, however, now that the park closes for the summer.

In addition to building sets, Ramaley and his crew handle maintenance. He estimates the electronic and pneumatic props get triggered at least 1,000 times a night, so they require lots of upkeep to keep from turning into piles of twisted steel and melting latex.

Ramaley willingly admitted to technical problems in the attractions, but said his crews work hard to constantly tweak and improve the exhibits.

Overall, Nightfall is a corny, yet endearing event that is as fundamentally Tucsonan as saguaros and an underfunded school system. Behind-the-scenes crews put lots of love into every animatronic skeleton and rubber murderclown face.

Self-respecting citizens owe themselves at least one visit.



Nightfall at Old Tucson Studios

When: Thursday-Sunday, through Oct. 28

Where: Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road

Admission: $25, with discounts available


Rob Jensen carefully applies his makeup to play the crude killer clown “Pappy” in Old Tucson Studio’s Nightfall comedy/horror show. Nightfall continues through Oct. 28. Photo by Thomas F. Johnson.

ATHLETIC VOICE: Fanatic yes, violent no

ATHLETIC VOICE: Fanatic yes, violent no


Just because sports can be violent at times, doesn’t mean that fans need to be.

On Oct. 14, a man was stabbed just outside of San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on his way to watch the 49ers take on the New York Giants.

All of the people involved were 49er fans. They apparently got into an argument and had to solve their problem with violence.

This not the first occurrence of violence around a sports stadium in California. On March 31 in Los Angeles, a San Francisco Giants fan was attacked by Dodger fans outside of Dodger Stadium.

The man remained in a coma for several weeks and needed emergency surgery to release fluids in his head that had caused a seizure.

Now, California is not the only place where fans have attacked each other. Philadelphia, for example, has some of the most ridiculous fans in the whole country.

It is an insult to any sport when these types of people call themselves fans. They are assholes and have no respect for anything, including the game.

We all know that sports fans can take their teams really seriously. I’m no exception. As a die-hard Minnesota Twins fan, I have extreme disdain for the Chicago White Sox and their fans.

Now, having said that, I don’t wish any harm to White Sox fans or players (except maybe A.J. Pierzynski), nor would I try to hurt them, no matter how badly we disagree.

I understand rooting for your team and supporting them through just about any means. Even some trash talk can be acceptable.

However, it is getting to the point where sporting venues may have to stop serving alcohol. People get inebriated and then are also pumped up by the game itself. They become excited by a victory and want to taunt fans on the losing side, or seek revenge after a devastating loss.

So that may be an answer. However, it is not one I want, as I do enjoy having some drinks while watching a game.

Another option would be for stadiums to increase security. It would need to include metal detectors and more security guards.

Since neither option will happen anytime soon, we will have to continue putting up with people assaulting each other around sports parks.


Lights out for ‘Wait Until Dark’

Lights out for ‘Wait Until Dark’


Hope you’re not afraid of the dark.


 The Pima Community College theater department will present the thriller “Wait Until Dark” Nov. 8-18 at the West Campus Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre.

“I hope the audience has a fun time,” director Frank Pickard said. “I hope they gasp a few times, and maybe scream.”

In the script by Frederick Knott, a blind woman unknowingly receives a doll filled with heroin. She becomes the target of a sinister, psychotic killer and two ex-convicts.

The character’s dilemma, and her courage in the face of danger, makes the role a stage classic.

“When faced with adversity, people very often find within themselves strength that they didn’t know they possessed,” Pickard said.

The intimate Black Box Theatre will put the audience inches from the action as suspenseful scenes move swiftly toward a terrifying finish.

Pickard has updated some aspects of the original 1966 Broadway production, such as casting a female as the lead con.

The production remains every bit as terrifying, Pickard adds, and is not appropriate for young children.

Set designer Todd Poelstra’s intricate three-room set uses hazy lighting for a film-noir effect. Shafts of light piercing the darkness emphasize a contrasting study of blind and sighted.

Edgy music and sound effects will heighten the feeling of dread.

Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $15, with discounts available. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon-5 p.m. and one hour before performances.

For further information, call 206-6986 or visit


“Wait Until Dark”

When: Nov. 8-18

Where: Black Box Theatre, West Campus CFA

Tickets: $15

Box office: 206-6986

FOODIE FINDS: Get excidered for fall

FOODIE FINDS: Get excidered for fall


October is when Tucson’s autumn flavors become available. Breads, desserts, hot chocolate and even alcoholic drinks are tailored for the season. For those who drink, ciders are a wonderful way to get fall taste with a seasonal bite.



California Cider Company’s Ace pumpkin cider is a great drink during the cooler months. It has a nice tartness paired with the warm, bold taste of pumpkin. Ace ciders come in six flavors, including apple, apple-honey and pear, all of which are great drinks for fall.

Flavors: apple, apple-honey, pear, berry, pumpkin, joker



Angry Orchard has two great apple flavors: plain apple and apple ginger. They’re not overwhelmingly sweet, and are smooth and easy to gulp down. The ginger variety adds a nice zing, although the apple on its own is great, too.

Flavors: apple, apple ginger, traditional dry, iceman, strawman



It’s not quite as popular as pumpkin and apple, but pear makes for a great autumn flavor. Fox Barrel has many varieties of pear ciders combined with other flavors, including blackberry, pomegranate and apricot. These are all made with pure pear juice.

Flavors: apricot pear, blackberry pear, ginger & black currant, Pacific pear, rhubarb & elderberry, wit pear


These ciders and more can be found around town at various liquor stores, including:


6228 E. Broadway, Suite 100



4646 N. Oracle Road



Plaza Liquors & Fine Wines

2642 N. Campbell Ave.



The Rumrunner

3131 E. First St.


An assortment of fall ciders. Photo by Miki Jennings.

Proposition uses sale tax to fund education

Proposition uses sale tax to fund education

Election Day is Nov. 6

This year’s general election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6

Two seats of Pima Community College’s governing board are up for a vote. To learn about the candidates and to see if you live in one of the voting districts, visit this link.

For information about voting in Arizona, including where to vote on election day, visit

-By Chelo Grubb


Proposition uses sale tax to fund education



 A proposition on the Nov. 6 ballot asks voters to retain a 1-cent state sales tax to fund education, including scholarships for community college and university students.

Proposition 204, also known as the Quality Education and Jobs Citizens Initiative, gives voters a chance to make the temporary tax permanent. If passed, the state sales tax rate would remain at 6.6 percent.

The 1-cent increase took effect after the November 2010 election, when voters passed Proposition 100 to fund state education and infrastructure. The increase expires in 2013.

Supporters say the proposition is necessary to properly fund education and other critical state needs.

The tax would raise $1 billion in the first year, with 80 percent going toward education.

In addition to college aid, funds are earmarked for K-12 education, vocational education and adult GED programs.

Remaining funds would be spent on road, rail and public transit programs, and help low-income families with healthcare. More grants would be made available to state agencies and nonprofits that provide child care or reduce hunger, homelessness and family violence.

The proposition restricts the state legislature from raiding the fund to balance the budget.

Some state officials have opposed putting Proposition 204 on the ballot.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett and others filed “friend of the court” briefs before the state Supreme Court to keep the measure off the ballot. After hearing 25 minutes of arguments, the justices ruled against Bennett.

State Treasurer Doug Ducey is leading an ongoing anti-204 campaign.

State Republicans who formed an opposition group last year received a $500,000 donation from Americans for Responsible Leadership.

Opponents have also received $25,000 from Americans for Limited Government and from John Dawson, owner of the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.

Critics believe Proposition 204 would make the state sales tax too high, and argue that it prevents the state legislature from deciding how the money will be spent.

They call television ads misleading, saying the ads don’t mention that funds will also pay for new transportation projects and social programs.


Nine propositions fill state ballot



Election Day is right around the corner. Early voting is already under way, and in-person voting takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 6.


The complicated state propositions on the ballot can be confusing and overwhelming, but a proposition booklet mailed to registered voters attempts to simplify the political jargon.


The following information was taken from its pages and from other sources.



Crime Victim Protection Act

What it does: Protects crime victims from liability for damages suffered by a person injured while committing or attempting to commit a crime.

Pros: Prevents criminals from suing the victim for damages they may have suffered while committing a crime.

Cons: Restricts the constitutional “right to sue” that presently exists.

Supporters: Russell Pearce, former president of the Arizona State Senate, and Dave Kopp, president of the Arizona Citizens Defense League.

Opponents: Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. No arguments against the proposition have been officially submitted.

Summary: Voting “yes” will protect crime victims from having to pay damages to a criminal who robbed, raped or assaulted them. A “no” vote will keep the current law in place.



Judicial Selection Amendment

What it does: Extends the terms of Arizona Supreme Court justices, increases the retirement age of justices and judges, requires courts to publish decisions online, changes the procedures for appointing judges.

Pros: Allows more applicants the opportunity to be considered for a justice’s seat, prevents premature forced retirement of experienced judges, and allows more transparency of court decisions by publishing them online.

Cons: Judges would be appointed by the governor, which could lead to partisan influence. With more applicants eligible, fewer qualified judges could be appointed.

Supporters: Gov. Jan Brewer, State Bar of Arizona President Amelia Cramer, Arizona Judges Association President Kyle Bryson.

Opponents: Arizona Save the Family Foundation, Phoenix Law Enforcement Association President Joe Clure, Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association President Gaetano Testini.

Summary: Voting “yes” will amend the current legislation. A “no” vote will keep the current law in place.



Small Business Creation Act

What it does: Allows tax exemptions for equipment and machinery used in agriculture or business.

Pros: The tax incentive would help businesses upgrade old machinery and allow them to expand and hire more workers.

Cons: No arguments against the proposition have been officially submitted. Critics say lower business taxes will require others, especially homeowners, to make up the difference.

Supporters: Arizona Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Rogers, Water Resource Institute of Phoenix, Arizona Cattle Feeders Association President Norman Hintz.

Opponents: None listed.

Summary: Voting “yes” will amend the current legislation. A “no” vote will keep the current law in place.



Property Tax Valuation Amendment

What it does: Limits the taxation of property.

Pros: Amendment aims to prevent dramatic increases in property taxes and provides stability to property owners and taxing jurisdictions.

Cons: Due to a loophole in the legislation, the majority of the tax burden could be shifted from large land owners and developers to owners of houses in medium to low income housing.

Supporters: Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Glenn Hammer, Commercial Real Estate Development Association President Tim Lawless, Arizona Tax Research Association President David Minard.

Opponents: Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Lea Marquez Peterson, Prop 13 Arizona Chairman Lynne Weaver, former Chief Tax Administrative Law Judge Daniel Garrett.

Summary: Voting “yes” will amend the current legislation. A “no” vote will keep the current law in place.



Permanent Funds Amendment

What it does: Allows state land trust funds to be entrusted to public institutions such as schools and prisons.

Pros: Provides reliable and consistent education funding without implementing any new taxes.

Cons: No arguments against the proposition have been officially submitted.

Supporters: Friends of Arizona School Boards Association President Dee Navarro, Gov.  Jan Brewer, Superintendent of Public Institution John Huppenthal.

Opponents: None listed.

Summary: Voting “yes” will amend the current legislation. A “no” vote will keep the current law in place.



State Trust Land Amendment

What it does: Allows the state to exchange state trust land for other public land if certain requirements are met.

Pros: Helps to protect space buffers around military facilities, keeping noise and traffic from interfering with neighboring communities. It also ensures that voters provide a final screening for each land exchange.

Cons: No arguments against the proposition have been officially submitted. Critics say it creates an exception to the constitutional requirement that lands must be sold to the highest bidder.

Supporters: League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Arizona Education Association, The Wilderness Society, Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Trust.

Opponents: None listed.

Summary: Voting “yes” will amend the current legislation. A “no” vote will keep the current law in place.



State Sovereignty Act

What it does: Provides the state with exclusive authority over the air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the state.

Pros: When the federal government mismanages forestlands, the state is unable to intervene. This gives the state more power in managing lands currently under federal care.

Cons: Federal laws that serve to protect the environment such as the Clean Air and Water Acts and the Endangered Species Act could be undermined by local interests.

Supporters: Arizona Farm Bureau Federation, Arizona Cattle Feeders Association, State Sen. Sylvia Allen.

Opponents: Arizona Wilderness Coalition, Tucson Audubon Society, League of Conservation Voters, Grand Canyon Trust.

Summary: Voting “yes” grants the state sovereignty over all public lands, excluding Indian reservations. A “no” vote keeps the lands in the hands of the federal government.



Open Government Initiative

What it does: Calls for an open primary election, allowing voters to choose a candidate regardless of political affiliation. The two candidates who receive the most votes proceed to the general election.

Pros: This could encourage candidates to appeal to a more diverse group of voters rather than just the ones in a certain political party.

Cons: Since candidates are not required to declare their political preferences, this may lead to confusion among voters. Only the candidates who receive the most votes move on to the general election, so voters may have to decide between candidates of the same political party. There is little chance that independent candidates will appear on the general election ballot.

Supporters: Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona, Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Chicanos Por La Causa.

Opponents: League of Women Voters, Gov. Jan Brewer, Arizona Teacher’s Association, Arizona Libertarian Party, Center for Arizona Policy.

Summary: Voting “yes” will replace the current party primary election with a “top two” primary election in which the top two winners proceed to the general election regardless of party affiliation. Voting “no” will keep the current election process in place.



Sales Tax Renewal Amendment

What it does: Transforms a temporary 1 cent per dollar sales tax into a permanent tax to allow more funding to go toward education and transportation.

Pros: Helps to provide stable, permanent funding for education and transportation systems.

Cons: Extends a sales tax that was supposed to be temporary.

Supporters: Arizona Education Association, Arizona Students Association, League of Women Voters, Associated General Contractors, National Association of Social Workers Arizona Chapter, members of the Navajo Nation, Maricopa County Community College District.

Opponents: Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gov. Jan Brewer, Hope Builders Association, Goldwater Institute, Arizonans for a Responsible Budget, League of Arizona Cities and Towns.

Summary: Voting “yes” will permanently increase the state sales tax by 1 cent per dollar. Voting “no” will abolish the temporary sales tax beginning June 1, 2013.


E-dating is such a waste

E-dating is such a waste


It has come to my attention that a very large number of my friends have online dating profiles.

After a previous breakup, I dabbled in different ways to meet people, and came across way too many friends on dating websites. It was hard not to judge.

Online-based relationships are not real or valid. I liken them to imitation crabmeat. It has the slightest hint of crab taste, but lacks the richness of the real thing.

When I recently became single again fairly abruptly, I freaked out a bit and acted in ways I normally wouldn’t.

For about two seconds, I thought maybe an online dating site wasn’t a terrible way to go. I realized pretty quickly how mistaken I was.

My friends tell countless stories about failed attempts and awful first dates: crazy people, needy people, overly religious people and constant disappointment.

Sure, there are success stories as well, but those aren’t the majority of experiences people have on OkCupid and

Even if you meet a cool person who likes you, a computer or text message can’t determine chemistry (or whether he is actually a middle-aged man living in his mother’s basement).

Part of the appeal of online dating is that it makes meeting people seem so much easier. The pool becomes larger when all of these potential dates get consolidated into one big, virtual space.

A better way to expand that pool is to go out and do things. New surroundings lead to new people — new people you could potentially take an interest in, and possibly connect with.

And with experience comes more perspective, which helps you feel like you don’t have to resort to online dating.

Go find real people to interact with in the real world, not through e-flirts and winky faces. Find a real person to date.

Jennings, a journalism senior, likes to look at cat pictures on the Internet, not potential mates.

Cello, art combine for Nov. 8 recital

Cello, art combine for Nov. 8 recital

Music with art is the theme for a Pima Community College interdisciplinary faculty concert on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

Theodore Buchholz will perform cello selections including:

  • “Suite 1” by J.S. Bach featuring the photography of Kate Breakey
  • “Fantasy on Two Klee Studies” by Augusta Read Thomas
  • “Gallery” by Robert Muczynski featuring the paintings of Charles E. Burchfield

“Visual art and music are manifestations of human expression beyond language,” Bucholz said in a news release. “This recital was conceived out of a desire to create a unique experience for the eyes and ears of the audience.”

Tickets cost $6, with discounts available. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon-5 p.m. and one hour before performances.

For more information, call 206-6986 or visit

-By Bruce Hardt

Music faculty member Theodore Buchholz with his cello. Photo courtesy of PCC Center for the Arts.

THINGS I DON’T GIVE A S&*! ABOUT: Here’s the truth: Voting doesn’t matter

THINGS I DON’T GIVE A S&*! ABOUT: Here’s the truth: Voting doesn’t matter


I find it extremely hard to get jazzed about politics. I honestly couldn’t care less about what happens during an election.

Granted, the election affects us, but I still have a hard time getting into it.

I just don’t care. To me, politicians are nothing but a bunch of liars. They tell the public whatever it wants to hear just so they can get elected.

They make all kinds of promises about how they will improve our lives. As soon as they are in office, they forget all the promises they made.

Politicians only remember the favors they owe to people or companies that contribute absurd amounts of money to their campaigns.

The only time I care about what politicians have to say is when they say something stupid and look like idiots. Then it’s fun to watch.

That’s not the only thing that irritates me about politics. I also get tired of seeing all of the dumb-ass signs that politicians stick around town.

People don’t vote for a candidate just because there are thousands of signs with either the candidate’s face or name on it.

It makes me want to knock the signs over or rip them up, but I refrain because it is against the law to do so.

Yeah, people need to know your name — but not that much, you moron.

Another part of the election process that irks me is the Electoral College system for presidential elections.

They always tell you that every vote counts. However, that isn’t true with the electoral vote system.

For example, the state of Arizona always goes to the Republican side. All of the state’s electoral votes go to the Republican candidate.

Now, there are states out there that do the opposite, but it still makes it seem like there is no point to voting. It doesn’t matter since the state always goes to the same party every four years.

There is no point of politics that I can get excited about because I don’t trust any part of it.

Our electoral system was a great idea in the beginning, but quickly became nothing more than a money race. Each party brings forth the best liar it can offer every four years.

The only way things will change is when we as a society decide to go against the grain and make a change for ourselves.

I know that will never happen, because people like to go with the flow and have a hard time dealing with change. So I’ll just stick to my guns and continue to not give a shit.


Catch bluegrass, highland games, All Souls

Catch bluegrass, highland games, All Souls


Compiled by Jennifer Coulter


Desert Bluegrass Music Festival

Concerts, a band contest and music workshops will be on tap Oct. 26-28 at the Desert Bluegrass Music Festival at AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road.

Headliner bands include Sierra Hull and Highway 111, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, and Mark Phillips and 111rd generation.

Anyone who can play a guitar or banjo is welcome to join Friday’s band contest from 7-9 p.m. for cash prizes of $1,000. Admission is free. Bring canned goods for the Community Food Bank.

Admission costs $20 for Saturday performances from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. After a dinner break, Saturday concerts will continue from 7-9:30 p.m. for a $15 admission price.

A gospel segment will open the festival on Sunday at 10 a.m., with additional performances scheduled until 4 p.m. Admission is $15.

A weekend pass is $30. Children under 16 are admitted free.

Workshops will be held for guitar, songwriting, mandolin, banjo, autoharp and bass.

RV parking is free.



Celtic Festival/Scottish Highland Games

Music, dancing and food await Nov. 2-4 at the 26th annual Tucson Celtic Festival/Scottish Highland Games at Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. First Ave.

The festival features ongoing musical and dance performances, bagpipe competitions, clan tents, heritage and cultural booths, storytelling, a petting zoo. Athletic contests will include races and hammer throws.

Festivities start Nov. 2 with a Festival Pub from 5:30-10 p.m. Admission is $8.

Saturday will feature a headliner Celtic rock band, the Killdares, from 6-10 p.m. Fire dancers with Elemental Artistry will perform at 7 p.m.

One-day tickets for Saturday and Sunday cost $15 for adults, or $13 with a donation for the Community Food Bank.

Two-day tickets cost $20, or $10 for anyone age 65 and over or with military I.D.

Admission is $5 for ages 6-15, and children 5 and under are free.

Parking costs $3 a day.

The old country will be display throughout the festival, with shops selling Celtic merchandise.  Food will be served at the Village Eateries.

The Village Pub will feature many brands of beer, wine, mead and an assortment of single malt scotch from the old country.



All Souls Procession

Children can enjoy free All Souls events on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Armory Park on South Sixth Avenue between 12th and 13th streets.

Workshops starting at 3 p.m. include wing-making and decorating, face painting, sugar skull decorating, storytelling and theater.

Angels on stilts will lead the 6 p.m. procession of Little Angels to remember loved ones from the perspective of a child.

The All Souls Procession starts Sunday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. at Toole Avenue and Congress Street. It ends on West Congress at Mercado San Agustin. Anyone is welcome to walk or ride their bike on the route.

Musical guests including SORIAH, Richard Noel from Sticks and Fingers, David Galleheri and Danza Azteca Calpulli Tonantzin will perform after the procession at Mercado San Agustin.

The Rialto Theatre will host a Dance of the Dead concert with Ozomatli at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at


WEIRD VISIONS ‘Tokyo Gore Police’ is bloody hilarious


Many people see Japanese genre films as moody, atmospheric pieces about stringy-haired ghost girls that are inevitably, terribly remade for American audiences.

That is true for some. But for others, “restraint” is a four-letter-word.

They dive head-first into crazy town with maniacal, cackling glee that would even make “Evil Dead” director Sam Rami blush.

“Tokyo Gore Police” is one of those movies.

The main character, Ruka (Eihi Shiina of “Audition” infamy), is an officer in Tokyo’s  dystopian near-future privatized police force. She has a cutting problem due to a traumatic past involving her dead father.

The police force hunts down Engineers, psychopaths with a key-shaped tumor in their bodies who grow horrible monster limbs when parts of their bodies are severed.

A deadly game of cat and mouse begins when the force learns that the Engineer’s creator may have a link to Ruka’s past.

The creator, known only as the Key Man, puts his plans into motion. Ruka works to stop them, while revealing sinister secrets about her police department.

The actors do a good job. Watch the subtitled version for the performances alone.

The film is well shot and lit, with excellent use of Dutch angles to convey unease. Director Yoshihiro Nishimura’s use of sped-up footage is less successful.

Both the creature and gore effects are gorgeous and unrestrained. The gore spills in buckets and looks unrealistic, but in a fun, comical way.

Designers feature creative characters, including a man with an organic chainsaw for a hand and a man with a prehensile rifle for a dong.

Nishimura is a prolific special effects guru, and made “Tokyo Gore Police” in two weeks.

He is adept at cramming in crazy scenes, such as a guy eating roaches on the subway or a peeing woman-chair in the Engineer-based fetish club. The fetish club is also the reason for the dong-rifle guy’s condition, via a scene too gloriously insane to spoil.

The gore and creature effects are played more for comedy than horror, complete with fake ads for personalized wrist-cutters and anti-seppuku PSAs. Laughs abound even in the film’s darkest scene of mass-slaughter.

The main characters are just as outlandish. Ruka’s boss dresses in samurai armor and keeps a pet amputee-gimp. Even Ruka’s relatively restrained bartender friend cookie-cutters a guy’s face off near the film’s end.

The movie does have a few moments of tenderness, especially dealing with Ruka’s past and her relationship with her bartender friend. That makes the friend’s fate even more gut-wrenching.

The director ends the film with two blatant sequel hooks. It will make me very sad if a sequel never gets made.

If you want an over-the-top action/ sci-fi/ horror film chock-full of utter madness, check out “Tokyo Gore Police.”


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