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Latino holiday recipes

Latino holiday recipes


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are two traditional Latino recipes that are favorites in my family. These dishes are perfect for any holiday meal.




1 medium-size ham

1 32-ounce can of pineapple juice

3 ounces tequila

1 orange

Brown sugar

Fresh pineapple slices

Salt to taste

Cooking bag

Maraschino cherries



  1. Measure four ounces of the pineapple juice into a cup. Add the tequila and juice squeezed from the orange.
  2. With a cooking syringe, insert fruit-tequila liquid into different sections of the ham. Sprinkle brown sugar over the ham.
  3. Place the ham in a cooking bag. Add about four pineapple slices on top and pour the rest of the pineapple juice into the bag. Add salt to taste. Tie the bag closed and place it into a baking pan.
  4. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 45-60 minutes.
  5. To serve, cut slices. Top each ham slice with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry.




1-2 pounds of cooked, salted pinto beans

1 package bacon

2-3 whole, canned jalapeños

1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk

2-4 ounces red chili powder

3 ounces shredded cheddar-jack cheese


  1. Use a potato masher to mash the cooked beans.
  2. Cut the bacon into medium squares and the jalapeños into small squares.
  3. In a large pot, cook the bacon until well done.
  4. Add the mashed beans to the pot. Add the jalapeños. Slowly add half of the evaporated milk. Stir in the chili powder. Add the cheese.
  5. Add the rest of the milk. Using a spoon, keep stirring the bean mixture until it starts to boil.
STRANGE VISIONS: ‘Dead Leaves’ offers manic, fast-paced fun

STRANGE VISIONS: ‘Dead Leaves’ offers manic, fast-paced fun


No, I am not going to discuss “Thankskilling.” Yes, it’s on Hulu and suited to the season, but that’s a bit too predictable. Instead we’ll look at a movie called “Dead Leaves.

Hiroyuki Imaishi directed this anime film. He also directed such series as “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann,” “Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt” and episode five of “Fooly Cooly.” Each is infamous for being bat-feces insane.

So how does “Dead Leaves” rate on the crazy-o-meter?

Well, the plot involves two amnesiac weirdos named “Pandy” and “Retro” who’ve been sent to a prison on the moon with “cloned genetic garbage” as inmates. They escape via the power of hardcore schtupping, then lead a prison break.

So, pretty high.

The art resembles the manic, jagged-edged style of the director’s other works. Though the animation isn’t the smoothest, the bizarrely compelling style and energy make it work.

The prison inmates are especially neat design-wise, as no two look remotely alike. They include an especially bizarre inmate called Chinko with a giant drill wang.

Yes, it does get used and not just in that way. During several action scenes, Chinko saves everyone in ways you would not believe. One of the ways just happens to include that way.

Each action scene, from a police chase at the start to a vengeful duel-to-the-death at the end, is manic, fast-paced, incredibly fun and well animated.

The dub dialogue available online is over-the-top. According to TvTropes, the original Japanese script was far less goofy, making this a sort of “gag dub.” But it works with all the crazy flying about and the strange animation style. The voice actors are wonderfully hammy to boot.

The prison-break plot mostly keeps going throughout the film. The incredibly off-the-wall action scenes keep it manically awesome, but the end becomes very weird.

I won’t spoil it, but it involves a giant space caterpillar, a baby that shoots someone before leaving the womb and the strangest use of a recurring motif I’ve seen in a while.

Overall, “Dead Leaves” has the same strange, otherworldly, over-the-top quality as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Forbidden Zone.” It is surprising that it hasn’t become a midnight-movie phenomenon like those two.

The problem may be that the movie is just 52 minutes long, below feature length. That’s because it originated as a straight-to-video film, known as an OVA in anime circles.

It could work as a double bill with another Japanese import. “Tokyo Gore Police,” perhaps?

Watch “Dead Leaves” online at

BEST BETS Donate time, goods this holiday season

BEST BETS Donate time, goods this holiday season

Compiled by Miki Jennings

As winter approaches, many people in need miss out on traditional holiday experiences due to lack of funds.

Food and clothing bins become more common around campuses and other public spaces, and are a great way to help those in need.

Another way to help your community is through direct contact with an organization of your choice. The nonprofits listed below accept donated money and goods, and volunteered time.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson

At-risk youngsters between the ages of 6 and 18 have benefited from Big Brothers Big Sisters for almost 50 years.

The organization matches youth with mentors, and annually serves more than 450 Tucson youth.

Big Brothers Big Sisters offers sports and military-related programs, and a couples’ mentoring program to teach children the dynamics of healthy relationships.

The group also accepts gently used clothing and furniture donations to sell, with proceeds benefitting the program.

For more information, call 624-7039 or visit


Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

The Community Food Bank has been fighting hunger since 1976, and depends on volunteers to keep the organization running smoothly.

Volunteers can help by sorting, packing and distributing food and by doing office, computer or maintenance work.

They can also work at one of the Food Bank’s farms, at the Caridad Community Kitchen or at the Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center.

Interested persons can apply to be a one-time, short-term or recurring volunteer.

For more information, email or call 882-3292.




Wingspan is the center for Southern Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The organization offers goods and services to LGBT people in need, including peer support groups, anti-violence programs, crisis hotlines, youth and family programs and a free lending library and computer center.

Wingspan’s Homeless Youth Project provides support and crisis intervention, and essential items such as food, clothing and hygiene supplies to homeless and near-homeless youth.

Wingspan welcomes both volunteers and tax-deductible donations.

For more information, visit, email or call 624-1779.



Five ways to spend Thanksgiving break

Compiled by Jennifer Coulter

If you can’t go home for your mother’s cooking or want to entertain family members visiting you, here are five fun activities to fill your Thanksgiving break:


Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic

Runners will also hurdle hay bales and water jumps during the Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic Nov. 22 at Reid Park, on Country Club Road immediately north of 22nd Street. Separate races will be held for men, women and children, beginning at 8 a.m. Prizes include turkeys and pumpkin pies. The races benefit Toys for Tots. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the donation box. Call 326-9383 or visit for more details.


Tohono Chul Park celebration

Walk through gardens decorated with 750,000 lights during celebrations at Tohono Chul Park gardens, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, on Nov. 23-24 and Nov. 30-Dec. 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Visitors can start their holiday shopping and enjoy live stage performances. An ornament sale and silent auction will be held. The garden bistro will be open for dinner each night. Tickets are $15, and $2 for children 12 and under. Call 742-6455 or visit


Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

Buy original work from local artists at the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on Nov. 24-25 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Reid Park, west of DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center. You can also sample food from local vendors. Admission and parking is free. Call 791-4877 or visit for more details.


Native American Heritage

Celebrate Native American culture with dancing and drumming performances, art and craft exhibits, children’s activities and traditional foods during the Native American Heritage Social & Indian Craft Market on Nov. 23-25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road. Admission is free. Call 622-4900 or visit for details.


Pima Air & Space Museum

Santa will arrive by helicopter Dec. 1 at the Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road. The museum opens at 9 a.m., and  Santa will land at 10 a.m. Children can enjoy holiday arts and crafts. The Flight Grill will be open for breakfast. Admission is $15.50 for adults, $12.75 for seniors and military, $9 for ages 7-12. Kids 6 and under are free. For more information, call 574-0462 or visit

THINGS I DON'T GIVE A S&*! ABOUT News flash: Car people are nerds

THINGS I DON’T GIVE A S&*! ABOUT News flash: Car people are nerds


One thing I get tired of hearing is, “What kind of car you drive, bro?”

Now I’m flattered you’re showing interest in what I bring to the table, but that is one thing I truly do not care about.

I don’t give a damn about cars. As long as the thing can get me from point A to point B, that is good enough for me.

If someone is going to judge me based on the type of car I drive, to hell with them.

When I hear people talk about their cars, they may as well be speaking a foreign language.

I know that cars are supposed to be a guy thing. If you are a true man, you at least have an interest.

That wasn’t the case with me. My memories of trying to work on cars with my dad involved cursing and beer.

One time I had to drive my dad to the store to pick up another six-pack of beer just so he could finish working on his car.

Another thing that gets to me is that car people don’t consider themselves nerds.

I’ll inform you guys now: You are, and will always be, nerds, geeks or dweebs — whichever term you prefer.

Let’s examine the similarities between car people and gamers.

Gamers have guide and instruction books, car people have instruction manuals and guide books. Games and cars both have collectors’ editions, and they both have expansions.

Obsession with cars just doesn’t make sense to me. People try to make their car look awesome, but for months they leave it that beautiful primer color.

Or they add the exhaust that makes their car sound like a little motorcycle. Don’t get me started on those sporty motorcycles. They are nothing but overpriced vibrators.

Back to the main subject: I understand that different hobbies exist because people like different things. I just can’t stand that most car people think they are better than the other nerd classifications.

Just own up to it and let your geek flag fly.


Compiled by Thomas F. Johnson



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Five student music concerts on tap


Pima Community College will present five musical concerts in nine days from Nov. 27 to Dec. 5.

Student groups performing at the Center for the Arts complex on West Campus include the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, College and Chorale Singers and Music Theatre Workshop.

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

For more information, call 206-6986 or visit


Jazz Ensemble

Nov. 27 – 7:30 p.m.

The Jazz Ensemble will perform Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.

Under the direction of Mike Kuhn, the 18-piece big band will perform jazz favorites spanning decades.

Selections include “Tiger of San Pedro” by John LaBarbera, “Harlem Nocturne” by Earle Hagen, “Filthy McNasty” by Horace Silver and “Birks Works” by Dizzy Gillespie.

The concert will showcase soloists in improvisational roles, with vocals by Rachel Ezonnaebi and arrangements by lead trombonist Roger Wallace.


Wind Ensemble

Nov. 29 – 7:30 p.m.

The PCC Wind Ensemble will perform with the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre.

The program’s first half will feature the PCC Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mark Nelson.

PCC selections include “Flourish for Wind Ensemble” and “Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Siciliano” and “Rondo” by Malcolm Arnold” and an arrangement of “Amazing Grace” by Frank Ticheli.

During the second half, the UA Wind Ensemble will perform under the direction of Gregg Hanson.

UA selections include “Four Scottish Dances” by Malcolm Arnold and “Suite of Old American Dances” by Robert Russell Bennett.

The finale will combine both ensembles for “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.



Dec. 1 – 3 p.m.

The Orchestra will perform on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre.

Under the orchestration of Alexander Tentser, the concert will feature W.A. Mozart’s “Symphony No. 34” and the “Overture” to “The Marriage of Figaro” opera.

Other program selections include J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg Sinfonia” and Arcangelo Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso No. 8,” also known as the “Christmas Concerto.”

The concert will end with “South American Overture,” arranged by Merle Isaak.

Both college students and community adults perform in the PCC Orchestra.


Chorale and College Singers

Dec. 2 – 3 p.m.

The Chorale and College Singers will perform their winter concert under the direction of Jonathan Ng on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in the West Campus Proscenium Theatre.

The Chorale ensemble will sing “If Music Be the Food of Love” by David C. Dickau, “Six Folk Songs” by Johannes Brahms and “Four Slovak Folk Songs” by Béla Bartók.

The College Singers will perform “Adieu, Sweet Amaryllis” by John Wilbye, “Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting All Alone” by John Farmer, “Cantate Domino” by Z. Randall Stroope, “The Blue Bird” by C.V. Standford, “My Spirit Sang All Day” by Gerald Finzi and “Alles hat seine Zeit” by Joseph Haydn.

The two choruses will join to perform “Locus iste” by Anton Bruckner, along with several holiday pieces.


Musical Theatre Workshop

Dec. 5 – 7 p.m.

Students enrolled in the Musical Theatre Workshop will perform “Friends & Lovers” on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in the West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

Under the direction of Nancy Davis Booth, the performance will give the audience a glimpse of the rehearsal process while celebrating the challenges of successful student performances.

Program selections include scenes from “Oklahoma,” “Damn Yankees,” “The Fantasticks,” “Company,” “A Chorus Line,” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The workshop helps students explore singing, acting and stage movement by studying musical theater scenes. Part of the semester is devoted to solo audition techniques, with mock auditions before professionals.

Sessions also prepared students to audition for PCC’s spring musical, “All Shook Up.”

TOP 10 YouTube channels



10. Jack Vale Films

Everybody likes poop jokes. Or maybe that’s just me? Jack Vale’s most popular prank consists of Vale walking through public places, farting in strangers’ faces with a farting tool.


9. Six Pack Shortcuts

Sometimes you need just a little motivation to leave the computer and go work out. Mike Chang’s channel has numerous in-house and gym workouts.


8. Timeflies4850

Cal Shapiro is one of the industry’s most talented freestyle rappers. Follow him and his producer through their rise to stardom.


7. Jenna Marbles

Her most popular video, “How to Convince People You’re Good Looking,” was Marbles’ first hit. Her vlogs range in content and will leave the viewer wanting more.


6. Epic Rap Battle

This channel does a great job impersonating all sorts of celebrities and characters. But that’s just the start. They also have them rap battle, which is truly entertaining.


5. KassemG

Kassem is a hilarious vlogger. Whether he is interviewing porn stars or walking down the Santa Monica boardwalk asking strangers questions, his vlogs always leave you laughing.


4. Internet Killed Television

Charles Trippy and his wife, Ali, have accomplished something special (or crazy). For the last four years, they have vlogged every day of their lives. That alone deserves a view.


3.The Laugh Factory

Based in Los Angeles, this channel has up-and-coming as well as star comedians doing what they do best: making us laugh.


2. Dom Mazzetti

Mazzetti takes the “Jersey Shore” image to a whole new level. This college Guido enjoys taking relevant topics and sharing his opinion in a comical way.


1. Life According to Jimmy

The University of Arizona’s own Jimmy Tatro first entered the YouTube spotlight with his “Frat Life” video. His once-a-week video uploads range in topics, usually consisting of college life, awkward situations and over-the-top hilarious sketches.




Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You’re always on a high horse, Sagittarius. You tend to be a freedom fighter, launching flaming arrows of vengeance upon totalitarian powers, igniting hope in all who see you.


Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You do the devil’s work with such practical methods of ritual sacrifice, Capricorn. You’re the life of the party when you dress like a Thuggee cult member and chant “Baahh-ram-ewe.”


Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You always throw the best pool parties, Aquarius, complete with an indulgent number of kegs. You are the champion of beer pong, using your ability to manipulate water-based substances. Others call it cheating; you call it being the boss.


Pisces (Feb.19-March 20)

You love the ocean and often pretend you’re a fish-human hybrid, Pisces. You call yourself an “Atlantian” and wrestle sharks for fun. Understandably, you’re also an ecoterrorist who pickets oil rigs.


Aries (March 21-April 19)

Like gruff warriors of yore, Aries, you are fond of ale. You must be separated from your sword when drinking, lest the party be dampened by the blood of a drunken decapitation.


Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Those who call you bullheaded are incapable of understanding your mysterious, awesome and sexy ways, Taurus. Ignore your detractors. The world is yours to bullshit.


Gemini (May 21-June 21)

You are a fount of conversation, a master of confusing babble. You find yourself caught in a maelstrom of schizophrenia when you talk of who is more beautiful: Gemini or Gemini?


Cancer (June 22- July 22)

You’re the highlight of summer, Cancer. Unfortunately and ironically, you are not welcome at beach parties. Your tendency to pop volleyballs with your pincers puts a damper on the game.


Leo (July 23- Aug. 22)

Loyalty is your strong point, Leo, but you’re also the paragon of indulgence and pride. You often describe “The Lion King” as the cinematic adaptation of your life. The weird thing is, you’re not really a lion.


Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22)

You resemble a foul ice queen, Virgo, cruel to your subjects like a vampiric baroness bent on destroying poor villagers. Deep down, though, you’re simply a tiny dancer seeking someone to hold you close.


Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You tip the scale in favor of madness or genius, Libra. You took the “Alien” concept of flying face-huggers and flew into strangers, forcing grocery eggs down their throats. Weirdest assault charge ever.


Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You have a fetish for stinging animals and possess assorted venomous critters, including your Zodiac namesake. You also like to pinch.

New board member has ‘strong opinions’ on college needs

New board member has ‘strong opinions’ on college needs


Before the 2012 election, Pima Community College’s governing board hadn’t seen competition for any seat in 12 years. This year, both seats on the ballot were contested.

Sylvia Lee is the only new member of the board.

“That’s too bad,” Lee said.

Lee ousted District 3 incumbent Sherryn Marshall with about 60 percent of the vote. In District 5, Marty Cortez kept the seat she has held since 1995.

When her six-year term begins in January, Lee hopes to work collaboratively with fellow board members. That doesn’t mean she plans to join quietly.

“I have very strong opinions on things that I think need to happen at the college,” Lee said. “I believe every individual can have an impact. I believe I will have a big impact.”

Community ties

Lee is no stranger to the community. Lee’s mother emigrated from the Philippines and raised her as a single mother in Tucson.

In the ‘70s, after graduating from Catalina High School, Lee started college at the University of Arizona. It wasn’t a smooth semester.

“I kind of bombed out,” Lee said with a smile. “I thought that I wasn’t college material, that I’d have to go to work.”

A cousin told Lee about PCC, which opened in 1969. She enrolled, and earned her associate degree two years later.

“I was treated exceptionally well,” she said. “The faculty were excellent and I felt like I fit in.”

Lee went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s in counseling and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies.

She also married, had a daughter and moved to Minnesota.

After she divorced and started life as a single mother, she knew it was time to move back to Tucson and be close to her family.

Lee was hired at PCC in 1996 and worked at each of the six campuses over 15 years. She was a part-time instructor, and served as a dean of student development, dean of instruction and campus president. She retired in June 2011.

She now serves on the executive boards for Literacy Connects and Goodwill of Southern Arizona. She was appointed to the UA president’s Asian American Advisory Board and is a member of DM50, a group that supports the Davis-Monthan community.

Open admissions

Lee cites last year’s admissions changes as one of the reasons she decided to run for the board.

Pima’s current policy bars students from enrolling in credit classes if they test below seventh-grade level on their entrance exams.

Students who test poorly are referred to the college’s Prep Academy, which allows students to brush up on skills before enrolling in credit classes.

Lee wants a more extensive study of students who test into developmental programs.

She thinks there are lots of benefits to having a program like the Prep Academy, but says it shouldn’t be the only available path.

“What is missing is, it isn’t for everybody,” Lee said. “I’m not saying, ‘let’s do it like it was,’ I’m saying, ‘let’s do it better.’”

Tough times for the college

Pima has endured controversies over the last year, most recently when a community group contacted the Higher Learning Commission, the group that accredits the college.

The group, C-FAIRR, asked the commission to conduct a review of the college or even suspend its accreditation.

Lee thinks that could be avoided with a little help from the community.

“The college would serve the community well if they agreed to an external commission coming in — not the Higher Learning Commission — but an external commission of community members who are experts in certain areas such as human resources and finance,” Lee said.

The group would “look at processes and practices to make sure those processes are working well,” she said.

New board member Sylvia Lee.     Aztec Press photo by Chelo Grubb.


Lee said things will get better for PCC.

“I will use my facts,” she said. “I will be asking lots of questions, asking for reports, research studies. I also want to be open to the employees and understand some of the issues they’re going through.”

Lee said her goal is to be there for the community.

“I’m only one of five votes, but I’ll do everything I can do make things better.”

Board cancels comment plan, says goodbye to Marshall

Board cancels comment plan, says goodbye to Marshall


A proposal to change the format for public comments during Pima Community College governing board meetings was cancelled without ever being tested.

Days before the November meeting, Chairman Scott Stewart announced a plan to split public comments between agenda items and non-agenda items.

People wishing to speak about items on the agenda would have had an opportunity to speak for five minutes before the board voted on any action items.

Audience members wishing to discuss items not on the agenda would have been given three minutes each just before the meeting adjourned.

Stewart said the change would offer citizens an opportunity to hear about things going on at the college before they spoke.

However, Stewart announced at the beginning of the Nov. 14 meeting that he had decided not to make the change, saying “a lot of greenhouse gas has been expended” over the issue.

Stewart did allow time for end-of-meeting comments for anyone who was expecting a later comment portion, but no one came forward.

The November meeting was the last scheduled for 2012.

The board usually switches leadership in January. If the board stays with the rotation it has been following, District 1 representative Brenda Even will be the 2013 chairwoman.

Stewart said board members would discuss changes to meeting format when they reconvene in January with new District 3 member Sylvia Lee.

Sherryn Marshall had held the District 3 seat since 2000, but did not win re-election in the Nov. 6 election. District 5 incumbent Marty Cortez defeated two opponents to keep the seat she has occupied since 1995.

Board members and interim chancellor Suzanne Miles thanked Marshall for the time she served on the board.

Stewart said he was “genuinely sorry” Marshall was leaving.

He offered a wrapped pen and pencil set as a gift on behalf of the board, and placed a kiss atop Marshall’s head.

“You have been the strongest voice for employees,” Stewart said.

CROSS-COUNTRY: Runners bask in glow of nationals success

CROSS-COUNTRY: Runners bask in glow of nationals success


The Pima Community College cross-country teams finished their seasons with a strong performance at the NJCAA National Championships in Ina, Ill., on Nov. 10.

The women’s team came in seventh with 238 points. The Aztecs finished just behind sixth-place Mesa Community College, who scored 236.

The men also capped off their year impressively, turning in a 10th-place showing at nationals.

“We’re very happy with the results, and I’m very proud of both squads,” head coach Greg Wenneborg said. “We’ve always had the goal of having both teams finish in the top 10 at the national championships, and this is the first year we’ve accomplished that since I’ve been here.”

Wenneborg was also very gratified by the dramatic jump each squad made from its ranking going into the meet.

The women’s team was ranked 12th going in, while the men occupied the 20th spot.

Sophomore Jamie Shrader paced the Aztec women, placing 17th out of 295 competitors. She finished the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, six seconds.

Next for Pima was freshman Nikki Regalado, who clocked 19:34 to take 30th.

Other Aztec finishers by place and time were sophomore Lucia Hernandez, 58th in 20:05, sophomore Esther Estrada, 78th in 20:27, freshman Jackie Valencia, 107th in 20:56, sophomore Shelby Slocum, 122nd in 21:07 and freshman Ashley Dorado, 150th in 21:30.

Freshman Tyler Stamp was Pima’s top placer on the men’s side. Stamp covered the 8-kilometer circuit in 26:51, good for 21st out of 280 runners.

The next Aztec finisher was sophomore John Prillaman, whose 27:57 put him in 66th position.

Also crossing the line for PCC were sophomore Aren Maxwell, 77th in 28:02, freshman Cruz Rodriguez, 84th in 28:09, freshman Jose Rojas, 103rd in 28:27 and sophomore Arcenio Trujillo, 138th in 29:06.

Wenneborg and his squads had been wary of the late fall weather in Illinois, where temps had been consistently chilly leading up to the meet.

But the weather gods smiled on Pima on race day, as the mercury soared about 15 degrees above normal.

Illinois native Prillaman was especially appreciative of the climatic good fortune.

“I’m from there, so I was expecting the coldest weather possible,” he said. “It was windy, but it wasn’t one of those winds that’s just unbearable to run in.

“I was tracking the temps up until the day we left, and it was stuck in like the 40 to 50 degree range. Then we get there, and it’s like 70 degrees or something. It was amazing.”

Hernandez called the weather “perfect, just like a miracle.”

Following the meet, she had yet another reason to be happy.

“We rewarded ourselves by getting burgers afterwards,” she said. “I haven’t had that in such a long time. After the race, having that option was just the icing on the cake.”

Speaker will involve audience to explore Platonic philosophy

Speaker will involve audience to explore Platonic philosophy


Pima Community College philosophy instructor Stewart Barr will discuss ethical relativism in the final Speakers’ Series talk for the Fall Semester.

The free lecture will be Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Community Board Room of the PCC District Office, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd. Light refreshments will be served.

Barr’s talk will explore Platonic philosophy by using a series of exercises to get audience members to question what they know.

“We’re going to do philosophy, not just talk about it,” he said.

His goal is helping people to question assumptions.

“Sometimes I’ve been told that I’m controversial in presentations,” Barr said. “If controversy gets people to think, then I got my job done.”

Barr has taught humanities, philosophy and religion at PCC since 1986.

When he was a student at Pima, Barr was inspired by faculty members Larry McHalland, Ron Crabtree and Tony Pitucco.

He said he went into teaching because he likes working with students.

“My primary goal is to have students not only understand the material at the level I teach but, more importantly, prepare them to go to the next level,” he said.

Instructor Stewart Barr.
Photo courtesy of PCC.


FROM THE ARCHIVES: Students complete first Pima movie project in 1991

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Students complete first Pima movie project in 1991


Early issues of the Aztec Press frequently featured movie reviews. During the 1980s, coverage shifted to in-depth exploration of the filmmaking process.

By the ‘90s, Pima Community College students and faculty were writing, directing, producing and editing experimental movies.

Students in the advanced cinematography class created the first project, “The Sun Again,” in 1991.

The movie was well received at the University of Arizona Film Festival and, like the annual films that followed, was made possible by funding from students, instructors and local businesses.

In 1992, media communication student Sean Sandefur was working on a film that would cost approximately $1,000 to complete.

“The financial commitment is at times overwhelming, but not an obstacle,” Sandefur said. “Donations of time from serious people interested in production would be great.”

The following year, students from the advanced cinematography class worked on “Something’s Eating Me,” written by media arts major and actor Anthony Reid.

Each student involved was required to work on the project for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Producer Lisa Greenwood said, “During the actual shooting, the entire crew worked from 8 a.m. until midnight for four days straight.”

Filming took place at a variety of locations, including the Red Garter Saloon on Speedway Boulevard and an area of West Campus that was set up to look like a hospital waiting room.

“It took about 10 days and 300 labor hours to construct the bare walls,” Greenwood said, “and an additional 120 labor hours to prop the sets at the Red Garter.”

Patricia Patton, a media arts student who had experience applying makeup for pageants and talent shows, was photographed in a 1992 issue as she “aged” an actor by graying his hair.

“Hours were spent making up the actors,” Patton said. “Even down to combing the female lead’s hair in a particular manner, and applying eye makeup to ensure that it would reflect the mood she was expected to convey.”

By the 2000 fall semester, nine films had been produced under the direction of advanced cinematography instructor David Wing and post-production film instructor Cyndee Wing.

They estimated the accumulated cost of the movies was $63,000, which was not even half of what most Hollywood films of the time cost.

“In these two classes you can learn every step in making a movie,” Cyndee Wing said. “And make it cheap.”

Erin Benzenhoefer, student director of the film department’s 10th movie, “Scavengers,” said that no matter how much a film crew prepared, there would always be unexpected obstacles.

“We have nine actors, 161 shots, 18 crew members and chaos,” Benzenhoefer said. “Despite the problems, we’re having a good time.”