Author: Erik Medina

Journey to commencement

May 2, 2019

    Story and photo by ERIK MEDINA On May 23, Pima Community College will host its annual graduation ceremony at the Tucson Convention Center Arena.  At each graduation, one student is chosen to speak to the student body at the beginning of the ceremony, this student is known as the the commencement speaker.  This […]

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Take a moment to look around and breathe

April 18, 2019

By ERIK MEDINA Being a first-gen college student, the pressure of succeeding and doing something with my future is at an all-time high.  Family members and peers look up to you and expect so much. Of course, this isn’t the case for every first-gen student. Not everyone has the same story.  There comes a time […]

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From confusion to clarity at Pima Community College

April 18, 2019

Story and photos by ERIK MEDINA From Feb. 10 through 13, the annual Community College Legislative Summit took place in Washington, D.C.  This is a summit that Pima Community College has participated in for several years. This year, Pima attended the summit with two student representatives.  This issue, we’re focusing on Pima student Matthew Gowan, […]

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Pima’s CC geology teacher is the schist

April 4, 2019

Story and photo by ERIK MEDINA For 16 years, John Reynolds has been teaching geology and geography at Pima Community College.  Reynolds came to Tucson because of his wife’s job at Texas Instruments transferred her. This was around the time Reynolds was retiring, so they took advantage of that.  Q: Did you always see yourself […]

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Breaking norms and achieving more

April 4, 2019

Story and photo by ERIK MEDINA From Feb. 10 through 13, the annual Community College Legislative Summit took place in Washington, D.C.  This is a summit that Pima Community College has participated in for several years. This year, Pima attended the summit with two student representatives.  Fatuma Salat is a first-generation college student who plans […]

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Out of the closet, not on TV

February 14, 2019

By ERIK MEDINA  I believe that representation allows us to move toward equality, and it is what I feel most minority groups desire.  The year 2018 was great for representation for many minority groups. “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Black Panther” broke boundaries. Both films have most, if not all, actors of minority descent.  “CRA” was […]

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Creating resources, not walls

February 14, 2019

Photo by JOE GIDDENS Story by ERIK MEDINA Since last fall, there have been plans to open up a resource center for students attending Pima Community College, specifically those who are not from the United States whether they’re immigrants or refugees.  “I think the immigrant and refugee student resource center has been an idea in […]

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The depressing reality of life with depression

December 6, 2018

By ERIK MEDINA There are various misconceptions of depression, the most common and my personal favorite is that you’re just sad. Depression isn’t just something you wake up with, it’s something that lingers with you until it becomes crippling.  Everyone experiences depression differently. There isn’t a code of conduct that tells you how to live […]

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Auditions for ‘Mamma Mia!’

November 15, 2018

By ERIK MEDINA “Mamma Mia!” is a musical about a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and a trip down the aisle.  Pima Community College Center for the Arts will perform “Mamma Mia!” in the Proscenium Theatre in the spring, with tickets already on sale. The cast still needs to be determined, however. The Center […]

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All that jazz

November 15, 2018

By ERIK MEDINA Under the direction of Mike Kuhn and presented by Pima Community College Music, the Jazz Ensemble concert will spotlight a variety of styles in an upcoming performance. Featured pieces will include “The Heat’s On” by Sammy Nestico and the Quincy Jones arrangement of “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”  Trombonist Roger Wallace will […]

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