Day: December 8, 2016

Hospitality boasts strong career outlook

December 8, 2016

By BRITTNEY YOUNG  Alejandra Aldeoa has been in the restaurant industry since she was 14 years old, working her way up from dishwasher to hostess. She currently works at the Omni Tucson National Hotel Resort. When she first hired in, she had no idea what she wanted as a career, until her manager recommended the […]

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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Aztecs win two conference games in a row

December 8, 2016

By CASEY MUSE JR The Pima Community College men’s basketball team (7-3, 2-1 in ACCAS) won two important conference games on Nov. 30 and Dec. 3, continuing to make strides toward improvement after losing its conference opener on Nov. 22. Every game is critical for the Aztecs as they prepare for some time off during […]

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College class a good fit for 11-year-old

December 8, 2016

By ADRIAN FORD Most 11-year-olds are just starting middle school. A few are thinking about college, and even fewer are actually in college. Brooklynn Bluto is one of those select few. Bluto is currently enrolled in Japanese 101 at Pima Community College Downtown Campus. The sixth grader also attends Sahuarita Middle School. “I chose Japanese […]

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Sudanese-born student helps a world in need

December 8, 2016

By DAVID PUJOL Ibrahim Younis, a 44-year-old Sudanese-born Tucsonan, has worked as a coordinator for Doctors Without Borders since 1997. “To save a life, to feed people, to be able to make this change, it’s addictive,” Younis said during a Pima Community College presentation that drew students, faculty and community members. “When you’re back home, […]

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Campus club lets veterans help other veterans

December 8, 2016

By MICHEAL ROMERO When Pima Community College student Selah Hadi wrote his name on a sign-in sheet for the Student Veterans Organization, it wasn’t clear to him that he was actually signing up to become president of the club. “There was a staple that went through the word ‘president,’ so a lot of us didn’t […]

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Cameroon refugee hopes to someday return

December 8, 2016

By RENE ESCOBAR Elialie, a 23-year-old Pima Community College student from Cameroon, was born into a civil war. In her hometown of Edea, people lived in the rubble of demolished buildings. Many children were orphaned, unclothed and starving. “I hated where I lived,” she said. “I wanted to leave every day I was there, but […]

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State budget harms community colleges

December 8, 2016

By BRITTNEY YOUNG The more time spent looking at Gov. Doug Ducey’s educational funding budget, the more it sucks. Kindergarten through 12th grade spending isn’t the only thing that has been reworked in the governor’s new plan to redefine educational spending. Community colleges have endured the most in Arizona’s “redefined” state funding. Rather than rework […]

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‘Broken’ student-vet makes makes most of life

December 8, 2016

By ALLIE HOLLER If you walk into Tucson’s Isle of Games on a Sunday, you’ll find Pima Community College student Ron Cover. Cover (pronounced like over) will be in the back of the store with spiders, demons, the occasional elf and a large collection of paints and brushes. He spends his Sundays painting miniatures for […]

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Believing in the power, not the institution

December 8, 2016

By MARIA ANGULO I am a person of faith. I believe in a higher power. I believe in God. But I disagree with most of what the church has to say. Sunday has been church day ever since I was a little kid. I grew up with a Christian mom who came from a very […]

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Certified chef has own show on Telemex

December 8, 2016

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Growing up, Chef Mario Diaz De Sandy Jr. wanted to be an actor. He didn’t find his current passion for cooking until later. He now pursues both passions. The certified executive chef has his own cooking show.  “Originally I went to school for acting, back in the day, like early ‘80s,” De […]

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GUEST COLUMN: Lyft, Uber prime time a rip-off

December 8, 2016

By ISABEL FORSMAN Things that should be illegal: stealing, murder, drug use and prime time on Lyft and Uber rides. As a college student, I use Lyft and/or Uber when I don’t want to drive on the weekends. Ergo, I always use it. Prime time happens when potential customers request an excessive number of Lyft […]

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Dancers show off beautiful moves

December 8, 2016

By ROBYN ZELICKSON Afternoon sun pours into the Pima Community College dance studio, reflecting off a wall of mirrors. Music flows through the air and dancers move gracefully to its rhythm. Dance instructor Nolan Kubota sits quietly on a chair in the corner of the studio, studying the scene as choreographer Kyle Reza works with […]

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Police chief calls previous firing ‘a test of character’

December 8, 2016

By STEPHEN MOORE  Pima Community College Chief of Police Christopher Albers was fired while serving as chief of police at Georgia Perimeter College, and later filed a whistleblower lawsuit. “I was fired for upholding the law,” he said. His current supervisor, Vice Chancellor for Facilities Bill Ward, confirmed PCC was aware of the incident before […]

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Dedicated students endure long commutes

December 8, 2016

BY ARLAETH RAMIREZ Whether it’s from the north, west, south or east, many Pima Community College students make long commutes to attend classes. Mia Rodriguez, 22, drives from Sahuarita to Desert Vista Campus. “It gets tiring after a while,” Rodriguez said. “I will move up there soon, hopefully.” Rodriguez has been driving for years because […]

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Mendez proud to spotlight Chicano culture

December 8, 2016

                By TRAVIS BRAASCH Matt Mendez, a former Pima Community College student and University of Arizona graduate, has grown into a successful writer. His first book, a 2012 collection of stories about working-class barrio characters titled “Twitching Heart,” received widespread praise. Author Manuel Muñoz wrote, “This is exactly […]

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