Author: Costa B. Pappas

When foreign becomes domestic  

May 2, 2019

By COSTA B. PAPPAS With Pima Community College being such a culturally inclusive school, it has brought in a wide variety of students with different nationalities from all types of cultural backgrounds. Some of these students speak fluent English, but for some English is not their first language. Many would believe that to go to […]

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Upcoming sabbaticals for Pima staff

May 2, 2019

By COSTA B. PAPPAS   Pima Community College has a way to give back to the hardworking staff through sabbaticals. A sabbatical is a paid leave granted by a university for the staff member to study as well as travel. The subjects of study range as do the locations necessary to complete them. Pima faculty […]

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An Ode to Tucson

May 2, 2019

By COSTA B. PAPPAS As my last few weeks at Pima Community College dwindle to an end, I have been reflecting on my semester living in Tucson. Every time I tell someone that I moved to Tucson from California they always gasp, having this shocked and slightly horrified look in their eyes that someone could […]

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Dance Fusion

April 18, 2019

By COSTA B. PAPPAS Pima Community College’s dance program kicks off their spring dance fusion show on April 26 and 27. With Nolan Kubota as their director, the performance combines contemporary styles with ballet, modern jazz, and other styles. The event will be open to anyone who wishes to come for a cost of $10. […]

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Giving prisoners a second chance at Pima

April 4, 2019

By COSTA B. PAPPAS Inmates can spend years inside county jails. When they are released into the world with their freedom returned, they often have little to no job experience or the necessary education. This is often compounded by the fact returning home can be a battle of its own. After all, spending time inside […]

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Three ways you can break that first-date ice next time

April 4, 2019

By COSTA B. PAPPAS In the age of online dating, with relationships beginning on screens, it’s clear that someone can appear slick and clever over the phone, but then prove to be  completely awkward in person.  On a first date you can’t hide awkward pauses with the repetitive “LOL” or laughing emoji, so many don’t […]

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My big fat Greek dance off in California

March 26, 2019

Most Pima Community College students spend their Valentine’s Day doing one of either two things: They can be on a lovely date with their significant other or deep into a Ben and Jerry’s tub of ice cream as they binge watch Gossip Girl for the third time. For members of the Greek Orthodox Church, however, […]

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Desperation or the pursuit of love?

March 14, 2019

By COSTA B. PAPPAS A few decades ago, online dating was nonexistent.  Sure, some people met through sketchy chat rooms back in the late ’90s, but online dating was nowhere near what it is today.  A few years back, people were forced to form solid connections through face-to-face interactions or risk being single. The world […]

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Clouded judgment: raising the vaping age

February 28, 2019

By COSTA B. PAPPAS With the Food and Drug Agencies crackdown on Juus to lower the amount of underage vapers in late 2018, many were shocked to find that their beloved mango-, fruit- and crembrulet-flavored pods were no longer sold in stores. The motive behind this decision was to eliminate young audiences from being attracted […]

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Let’s get metaphysical: a look beyond

February 28, 2019

By COSTA B. PAPPAS   The Ninth House is tucked away in Downtown Tucson on South Scott Avenue. A white minimalistic-styled room filled with spiritual objects ranging from crystals to essential oils is filled with the smell incense as soon as you enter. You’ll be met by Melisa Cole, a young woman with a calming […]

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