Author: Joe Giddens

Chancellor spends $20.5K+ on Spring travel

May 2, 2019

By AMARIS ENCINAS and JOE GIDDENS  During the April 3 governors board meeting, Chancellor Lee Lambert made an announcement about his travels for Pima Community College. “And then I know there was concerns about my travel,” he said. “So as a result, we’re going to enhance the current board’s travel policy. So we will be bringing […]

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Letter from the Editor

May 2, 2019

By JOE GIDDENS Years ago, I was wandering the deserts of Central Utah. It’s a stretch of country that more closely resembles Mars or the cover art off a ’70s prog-rock band than it does anything terrestrial.  It’s a beautiful and weird stretch of country such as the small town off a state highway where […]

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Some administrators get salary hikes

May 2, 2019

By JOE GIDDENS Since summer 2015, the average Pima Community College administrator salary has increased 3.5%, while the average faculty salary has dropped 0.5%, according to a report released by the Pima Community College Education Association, the group that represents the college’s full-time faculty.   Budget woes have been brought on by declining enrollment, yet […]

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Northwest Campus placed on lockdown

April 4, 2019

By JOE GIDDENS The Northwest Campus was placed on lockdown March 7 after Pima Community College Police was informed by the Tucson Police Department that someone was making threats to the college by live video on social media. The Tucson Police Department took the suspect, Christopher Ramirez, into custody about 9 p.m. March 7.  Normal […]

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Pima offers inspiration toward graduation

March 14, 2019

By JOE GIDDENS Pima Community College Communications Department will stir your spirits to graduate by hosting the inaugural “Day of Inspiration” April 3.  Staff that teach all of Pima’s writing courses, foreign language and English as a Second Language will be donning graduation caps and gowns to raise awareness of the importance of finishing your […]

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR- The Mystery of Shatner

March 14, 2019

By JOE GIDDENS William Shatner. One of Canada’s finest exports turns out to have as many careers as he has had wives. You’ve seen him fight men in rubber monster suits, helm the Enterprise and sell you on travel websites. Now it’s time to allow the man to grace your playlists as well.  Shatner released […]

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Gov. Doug Ducey won’t say “climate change.” “Drier future” is his preferred phrase

February 28, 2019

Gov. Ducey visits Pima College Story and photo by JOE GIDDENS Gov. Doug Ducey has repeatedly refrained from referring to climate change in his pitch to get the Drought Contingency Plan passed, instead branding less water in the Colorado River as part of a “drier future.”  This rhetorical device also was used by Budget Director Matthew […]

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Ducey submits a water and flight plan

February 15, 2019

Potential return of state funds to Pima Community College   Story and photos by JOE GIDDENS   Doug Ducey won his second term for governor in November over Democrat challenger David Garcia by nearly 15 points.  Ducey was inaugurated for his second term on Jan. 7 and presented with the State of the State Address […]

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR- Once more

February 14, 2019

 By JOE GIDDENS Welcome to a New Year and a new semester. The start of a New Year is often viewed as a blank slate of endless possibility, the chance for rebirth and self improvement with New Year’s resolutions.  Or you could decide to forego all of that and double down on your previous choices.  […]

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All sports programs to be kept through 2019-2020

December 6, 2018

By JOE GIDDENS Pima Community College’s Acting Athletics Director Jim Monaco announced on Dec. 3 that no more sports programs will be terminated.   Tennis and golf were discussed as possible cuts by Pima administration.   Some coaching positions will not be filled and others will have their duties consolidated to save funds.  “We know […]

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