Author: Joe Giddens

Pima celebrates its students

May 9, 2018

This year’s Multicultural Convocation will be celebrated on May 4, starting at 6 p.m. in the Aztecs Gymnasium at the West Campus. The convocation, is a more intimate celebration honoring PIma Community College graduate’s academic achievements and the entire makeup of its student body. There will be a free reception with a variety of food […]

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New partnership blooms at the East Campus

May 5, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS There’s a population boom on the far east side, but that hasn’t translated to reversing declining enrollment. However, Pima Community College and the Vail School District have recently entered into an intergovernmental agreement that will serve to help address both of those challenges. Over the last 30 years, the Vail School District […]

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Question: How can we make our schools safer from gun violence?

April 18, 2018

Interviews AND Photos By Eric Teel At West Campus          

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PCC acquires lobby firm services

April 18, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS Pima Community College has entered into a three year contract with the lobbying firm of Bracy Tucker Brown and Valanzano for an annual sum of $84,000. The cost is a flat monthly retainer of $7000 for the services of a six person team at BTBV. “PCC has used contract lobbyists for a […]

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Smash ‘N’ Grab: The new land policy

April 13, 2018

By: JOE GIDDENS   I visited an unmarked grave off U.S Route 18 in South Dakota. Had to cross a few cattle guards and hop some barbed wire, but I made my pilgrimage in October 2016. I could only think of the urban legend of someone ending up in a bathtub missing their kidneys.   […]

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Top Ten Ice Age Mammals of Southern Arizona

April 12, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS The San Pedro Valley, local caves and public lands are excellent sources of the remains of extinct large mammals.  Giant Bison – The national mammal, the bison, has a long history in this country. They experienced near extinction from over exploitation by European settlers followed by recovery.  Though many may not know […]

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The lives behind the PCC All-Arizona Scholars

April 12, 2018

By CONNOR BROWN The All Arizona Academic Scholarship gives students two years of paid tuition to their choice of an Arizona university. Eleven Pima Community College students were chosen this year to receive the scholarship. These are five of the winners and their stories on what pushed them to achieve this prestigious honor. Lauren Easter […]

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Arizona Dino Fight Club: Sonorasaurus vs Dilophosaurus

April 12, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS Fundamental forces are on display in the state dinosaur of Arizona. Squabbling regionalism, inability to compromise and screwing Native people.  In an Aztec Press first, let’s start a scientific debate with the state of Delaware. Somewhere along Interstate 20 several months back, I was driving through West Texas going down both the […]

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Ms. Fisher Goes to Washington

April 12, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS “I didn’t know that I loved politics or was so interested in politics until I really started reflecting on what I actually enjoy. It’s going to sound so ridiculous, but I really realized it through the tv shows that I was watching.’ said Michele Fisher “I was watching Scandal and The Good […]

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Students begin plans for a student immigrant center

April 12, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS Deferred Action Childhood Arrival and immigration matters continue to be at the forefront of all levels of government.  The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear Arizona’s state government appeal to deny DACA recipients’ driver licenses. As a result, the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision stands, which ruled who has the right to […]

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Where the wild things remain

March 8, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS There’s always has been an air of mystery to French Joe Canyon. Located about 40 miles southeast of Tucson, take Arizona State Highway south toward Kartchner Caverns State and Sierra Vista. The canyon is just under 1.5 miles after Kartchner Caverns State Park. The turnout is hard to spot approaching but it’s […]

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The death of coal rolls Westward

March 8, 2018

In these divided times, take comfort that libertarians, environmentalists, the natural gas industry and renewable resource energy companies all can agree on something. Arizona is home to the largest coal power plants in the West, the Navajo Generating Station outside of Page. That may change at the end of next year as the Salt River […]

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PCC celebrates Black History Month

February 24, 2018

Story and Photos by JOE GIDDENS Black History Month became official by then-President Gerald Ford in 1976 as part of the U.S. bicentennial. Since then, every president has followed suit, with President Donald Trump proclaiming it as National African-American History Month. This year’s theme, “African-Americans in Times of War,” calls our attention to the heroic contributions […]

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PCC Diversity Club lends community a hand

February 21, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS A senseless whisper or a suspicious eye was cast as he went about his day. “He felt a lot of stereotypes if he walked down the hall, the way people looked at him different or if he went into the bookstore … that people would think that he would steal …,” Sharon […]

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Japanese Festival returns to Pima

February 21, 2018

Photos and story by JOE GIDDENS There was a big fight feel hanging in the air at the Pima Community College Downtown Campus, as the crowd cheered and the young squealed with delight as people used traditional Japanese wooden mallets to pulverize the rice in mortar to make mochi. Working quickly and bringing the hammers down […]

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