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Tuition on the rise (again)

Tuition on the rise (again)

By EDDIE CELAYA The Pima Community College Board of Governors voted to raise tuition for the upcoming school year by $3, bringing the rate to $81.50 per credit hour. The board also voted to add a $75 per semester fee for all out-of-state and international students. Before the vote, board members laid out their reasoning […]

OPINION: Republicans prove inept in first test

OPINION: Republicans prove inept in first test

The month of March marked a seminal defeat for the Trump White House and congressional Republicans. The American Health Care Act, the long-awaited Republican answer to “Obamacare,” went down without a vote as House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the un popular bill. From the moment the “Obamacare” Af fordable Care Act passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law by then President […]

TRACK AND FIELD: A long (jump) and winding road

TRACK AND FIELD: A long (jump) and winding road

By EDDIE CELAYA Standing nearly 6 feet tall with stunning red hair, sophomore Hannah Bartz is used to standing out in a crowd. Put her on the track and she doesn’t just stand out; she races to the front of the pack. “We were always pretty fast in elementary school,” Bartz said of herself and her equally fast, just as brightly […]

Trump's political suicide

Trump’s political suicide

By Eddie Celaya Donald Trump is back at it with the spying. Kellyanne Conway is worried about your microwaves Go-Go-Gadgeting into G-men. And all the while, Vladimir Putin has done a decent job infiltrating and running the country. Let’s recap the month. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned for lying about meetings with Russian Ambassador […]

Monthly board meeting goes long, gets personal

Monthly board meeting goes long, gets personal

By EDDIE CELAYA The March 8 Pima Community College Governing Board meeting will be remembered for two reasons: its nearly intolerable length and its bombshell accusations. A scheduled vote on the college’s most important issue, tuition rates, was postponed. The nearly five and a half hour long meeting tested the patience of the board members, […]

Chancellor’s letter causes board uproar

Chancellor’s letter causes board uproar

By EDDIE CELAYA  A Pima Community College board member suggested Chancellor Lee Lambert may have abused his authority when Lambert sent an envoy to represent the college and governing board at a Tucson Unified School District meeting. MESSAGE DELIVERED The affair was set in motion by a Feb. 27 email sent by TUSD Governing Board […]

Rillito Park gets back on track

Rillito Park gets back on track

By EDDIE CELAYA Odds are if you tell a Tucsonan you plan to watch some horseracing, the response will be, “have fun in California.” If you tell the person, no, you’ll be enjoying the sport of kings in the Old Pueblo, you’ll probably get a “Where? At the dog track?” Such is the battle for […]

SUNDAY SPECIAL: The Obama admin. may have tapped Trump (But it’s a good thing)

SUNDAY SPECIAL: The Obama admin. may have tapped Trump (But it’s a good thing)

By EDDIE CELAYA Donald Trump may not be all wrong this time. But he just may be shooting himself in the foot. Actually, we may have the beginnings of a farewell-letter to the greatest American political suicide since Richard Nixon. Let’s recap. After a month that saw National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resign for lying […]

Athletics audit suggests changes in record-keeping

Athletics audit suggests changes in record-keeping

By EDDIE CELAYA An internal audit of Pima Community College athletics department business practices found late deposits, lax internal controls and improperly stored athletes’ documents. The audit said current studentathlete’s files are properly secured at the Downtown Campus, but older records dating to the 1980s are kept in two separate broom closets in the West […]

Former PCC Instructor faces protest charges

Former PCC Instructor faces protest charges

By EDDIE CELAYA No one can accuse former Pima Community College journalism instructor Jenni Monet of staying on the sidelines. Monet, a native of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo tribe, recently added a new line to her resume: misdemeanor riot charges. The charges came while Monet was covering environmental/native-rights protests in Standing Rock, North Dakota, at […]

HOWS THAT MINIMUM WAGE LAW WORKING?: Spike may actually limit number of jobs

HOWS THAT MINIMUM WAGE LAW WORKING?: Spike may actually limit number of jobs

By DAVID W. SKINNER The minimum wage rate in Arizona has risen from $8.50 to $10 since Jan. 1 and will continue to rise 50 cents each year until the minimum wage reaches $12 by the year 2020. This isn’t going to work. Raising the minimum wage will put people out of work. Before voters […]

Potential tuition hike on governing board agenda

Potential tuition hike on governing board agenda

By EDDIE CELAYA The Pima Community College Board of Governors will consider raising in-state tuition and cutting employee benefits at its next meeting. The March 8 meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Community Board Room (Building C) at the District Office complex, 4095 E. Broadway Blvd. TUITION DISCUSSION The governing board might decide […]

FROM THE EDDIE-TOR: We promise indepth news coverage

FROM THE EDDIE-TOR: We promise indepth news coverage

By EDDIE CELAYA Let me start off by saying it’s good to be back in my old Eddie-tor spot. For that, a big thanks is in order to current editor-in-chief Melina Casillas. The content of the paper will only get better under her leadership. Thank co-photo editor Kate Roberts for the paper’s clean, hip new […]

Ex-Pima student can ‘sea’ opportunities

Ex-Pima student can ‘sea’ opportunities

By EDDIE CELAYA   If the late-1980s smash hit “The Little Mermaid” is to be believed, “flapping your fins, you don’t get too far.” Tell that to former Pima Community College student Emy Higdon. Higdon holds an associate of applied science in business, with a concentration in marketing. Odette holds court over the dry rivers […]

Chancellor must add constituent empathy to his ledger approach

Chancellor must add constituent empathy to his ledger approach

By EDDIE CELAYA I recently had an opportunity to sit down for wide-ranging interviews with numerous Pima Community College decision makers, including Chancellor Lee Lambert. You can find portions of my interviews in our reporting throughout this issue. A page 7 story by Brianna Hernandez focuses on college budget woes. It details three possible budget […]