Author: Elliana Koput

Letter from the Editor: Put your mind and your grind to it

February 27, 2020

By ELLIANA KOPUT In 2017, an Instagram motivational speaker by the name of Amber Wagner, or “justlbby,” posted a video.  The dialogue has haunted my reality ever since.  “You!” Wagner smacks her lips. “You are the motherfucking shit! You are great! You are magnificent! You can do whatever you wanna do in this world!”  This […]

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Gem and Jam Festival returns to Tucson, welcoming Tucson-born artist Thriftworks

January 27, 2020

Thriftworks performs on stage at Gem and Jam 2018. Photo courtesy Peter Speyer.  By ELLIANA KOPUT After their 2019 hiatus, Gem and Jam Festival returns to the Pima County Fairgrounds Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2020. Encapsulating a collective experience of music, visual arts, gemstones, camping and workshops, this festival is a grassroots staple in the Southwest.  […]

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Gem and Jam Festival Returns to Pima Fairgrounds Jan. 2020

January 7, 2020

  By ELLIANA KOPUT  After their 2019 hiatus, Gem and Jam Festival returns to the Pima County Fairgrounds Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2020. Encapsulating a collective experience of music, visual arts, gemstones, camping and workshops, this festival is a grassroots staple in the Southwest.  The festival takes place during the Tucson Gem and Mineral show, which […]

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Chomsky has a conversation at Pima CC

November 21, 2019

By ELLIANA KOPUT Noam Chomsky had a conversation with David Barsamian at Pima Community College’s Proscenium Theatre on Nov. 4.  “Conversation on a Progressive Future” was a benefit for the magazine “Progressive.”  Chomsky is a political activist, cognitive scientist and renowned scholar. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Chomsky was a member […]

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Kombucha’s health claims overhyped

November 21, 2019

By ELLIANA KOPUT As the ecological well-being of the earth we know and love continues to suffer, so inversely grows our individual will to start living mindfully.  In considering the implications of poor environmental health, many are taking rides in the bandwagon down food trend lane.  On this issue’s analysis of current food fads, let […]

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Dusk Music Festival 2019 rocks out Tucson

November 21, 2019

  Story and photos  by ELLIANA KOPUT Dusk Music Festival 2019 took place Nov. 9 and 10 at Armory Park in Downtown Tucson.  The festival assembled a crowd of college kids, millennials, Gen X-ers, children and elderly folks, all of whom expressed killer dance moves.  “Dusk was super cool because it had a great vibe […]

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University bears ridicule for creating UArizona

November 7, 2019

By ELLIANA KOPUT The University of Arizona has been referred to by an array of nicknames since the dawn of time … or at least since it was founded in 1885.  Among those, “UofA” and “UA” have reigned most popular.  However, the UA recently has sought a change in nicknames in hopes to increase search […]

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Immerse yourself with art and music at Dusk Music Festival

November 7, 2019

  By ELLIANA KOPUT Dusk Music Festival will return Nov. 10 and 11 to Tucson at Armory Park.  The gates will open at 2 p.m. both days, and the event will end at 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 p.m. Sunday. The eclectic music lineup is primarily a combination of electronic, indie and pop music.  General […]

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Spiritual puzzle creator and student publishes book

October 24, 2019

Story and photo  By ELLIANA KOPUT Shelly Emerson, a Pima Community College student, offers the gift of spiritual reminder through optimism, critical thinking, and creativity. As Emerson put it: Romans 12:6 tells us, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Her book “Spiritual Mazes & Puzzles” was released in […]

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Veteran writing instructor was born to teach

October 17, 2019

Story and photo by ELLIANA KOPUT Mic Denfeld is a writing instructor at Pima Community College’s West Campus.  She’s one of the oldest, most experienced, most lively and compassionate faculty members. She is held near and dear to the hearts of many.  Denfeld leads her classes through a series of assignments that aim to encourage […]

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