Day: November 22, 2016

Employee groups criticize chancellor proposal

November 22, 2016

By EDDIE CELAYA Pima Community College employee groups chastised Chancellor Lee Lambert during a governing board meeting Nov. 16. Members representing a faculty group and an exempt staff group rebuked Lambert for suggesting limitations on a “meet and confer” process. Two board members, Demion Clinco and Martha Durkin, were physically absent but followed the proceedings […]

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Unscrewed Theater lets actors cut loose

November 22, 2016

By ROBYN ZELICKSON They say laughter is the best medicine. One of the best places in Tucson to find family-friendly laughter is at “Unscrewed Theater,” 3244 E. Speedway Blvd. Tickets are $5, so the cost is minimal and the laughs plentiful. Unscrewed Theater does short-form improv comedy and, yes, there is long-form improv comedy as […]

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Cops make campus safety top priority

November 22, 2016

 By STEPHEN MOORE  “Are you ready to fight crime?” Pima Community College Police Officer Anthony French asks in an enthusiastic voice. Visions of high-speed chases and taser deployments disappear from my head when I turn and see a big grin on the officer’s face. I’m on what’s known as a ride-along. Most police departments allow […]

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THE WORD: Thoughts on Trump becoming president?

November 22, 2016

Photos and interviews by Nicholas Trujillo at Desert Vista Campus “Either way, no one was going to be happy. People shouldn’t judge everyone else, because everyone has a different opinion.” Paul Silva Major: Mechanical engineering “It caused a lot of hate between everyone. We have to learn to connect with each other and just deal […]

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International studies gain high priority

November 22, 2016

By MARIA ANGULO  Pima Community College has implemented a variety of programs in recent years that place an increasing emphasis on international students. Future engineers from Mexico utilize the Becalos program, while students from countries as diverse as Germany and Korea come to learn English as a second language. Americans are joining the action through […]

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Sophomore guard toughing it out

November 22, 2016

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO  Willpower. The power to overcome and defy odds. The power to push yourself past limits to a place you never imagined. The power you get from the fire within you. Sophomore guard Denesia Smith has hardened her will through life experiences, but she doesn’t let them hold back her smile. “Everyone has […]

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Tear gas a new version of infamous Trail of Tears

November 22, 2016

By D.R. WILLIAMS When you think about the United States government persecuting the first Americans, maybe a movie or a one-sided battle from long ago comes to mind. Perhaps you remember the Indian Removal Act and the long “Trail of Tears” walk that ensued. Unfortunately, persecution continues today in North Dakota with the Standing Rock […]

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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Aztecs ready selves for conference play

November 22, 2016

By CASEY MUSE JR   The Pima Community College men’s basketball team faced quality competition in preconference games that offered opportunities for the Aztecs to test themselves before conference play began Nov. 22. The first conference game, against Tohono O’Odham Community College, took place after Aztec Press went to the printer.   Nov. 9: PCC […]

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PCC students exploring China

November 22, 2016

By MARIA ANGULO Thanks to a new relationship with Zhuhai City Polytechnic College in China, studying abroad has become more accessible for Pima Community College students. Leandra Bailey is one of the six Pima students in the program’s inaugural semester. “It was an exciting idea to be able to be part of the first round […]

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Bécalos program changes students lives

November 22, 2016

By ARLAETH RAMIREZ and ADRIAN FORD Jonathan Lerma, 19, has settled into apartment-style housing for his semester at Pima Community College but misses family aspects of his home in Durango, Mexico. “I can only eat frozen food so much,” he said. “I really miss home-cooked food.” Lerma’s friend Irving Gonzalez, 20, of Chihuahua, Mexico, also […]

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Vet office clears audit backlog

November 22, 2016

By MICHEAL ROMERO When Pima Community College appointed Hector Acosta as acting director of military and veteran services in June, he set his sights on one goal: repairing service for the sake of the students. “My No. 1 priority was fixing the audit issues and perceptions that were in the community,” Acosta said. “All the […]

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International vice president brings world to students

November 22, 2016

By ARLAETH RAMIREZ More than 340 international students from 44 different countries are attending Pima Community College this semester. The highest numbers come from China, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan and India. As vice president for international development, Ricardo Castro-Salazar helps make those students feel at home. “Not only do we want to […]

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Former PCC student writes bestselling novel

November 22, 2016

By TRAVIS BRAASCH Former Pima Community College student Kathleen Glasgow reached the New York Times bestseller list this fall with her debut book, a young adult novel titled “Girl in Pieces.” “I’m so grateful for the response that ‘Girl in Pieces’ has received from readers,” Glasgow said via email while on a publicity tour. “I […]

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Stomping Grounds: Games and Gadgets draw loyal fans

November 22, 2016

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO When a former stuntman/producer wanted to settle down two and a half years ago, he opened Tucson Games and Gadgets. “I’ve traveled the world, lived in 14 different countries and then I had an opportunity to come back to Tucson, where I grew up, and try something else,” store owner Mark Kadow […]

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Alt-rock band honors genre

November 22, 2016

Alternative rock has been stuck in a rut, falling more into the mainstream radio world and less into the “I want to write something that means something to someone” sphere. It’s been quite some time since an alternative rock band made me feel hopeful for the genre. Beware of Darkness is different. “Rock is so […]

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