Author: Kyle Kersey

Maddy Jeans: fighting for a seat at the table

May 2, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY A Pima Community College student was honored by the college for her pivotal role in changing the graduation policy of Tucson Unified School District, allowing Native American students to wear culturally significant attire at their graduation ceremonies. Maddy Jeans, a 2017 graduate of Pueblo High School and current Pima student, was instrumental […]

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A tale of two debuts: Kanye’s faith and Weezer’s anomaly

May 2, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY Hello reader, it is I, Kyle: the apotheosis of music-writing, casting judgement from atop my throne of Talking Heads vinyl and the tears of Imagine Dragons fans.  I have come to bid you farewell to the school year (unless you are one of the fools who choose to sit in an air-conditioned […]

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Some more rap songs

April 18, 2019

Czarface & Ghostface Killah – “Czarface Meets Ghostface” (Hip-hop) Sci-fi B movie camp is the setting for a Wu-Tang reunion of Inspectah Deck (the most underrated MC of the Wu) and Ghostface Killah (responsible for the Wu’s best solo material). 7L and Esoteric join Mr. Deck to complete the supergroup CZARFACE, adding equally goofy production […]

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Two distracted driving bills vie for passage

April 18, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY There are two competing measures passing through the Arizona legislature aimed at curbing distracted driving on a statewide level. The first is Senate Bill 1165, which would make it illegal to hold a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Hands-free voice-based communication would be exempt from the law, but it would […]

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A Sentient Roomba’s Guide to Music: Little Simz and Solange drop the first great albums of 2019

March 30, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY The Beat Report is a bi-weekly music report on some of my favorite new stuff music has to offer, as well as some great albums celebrating anniversaries.   Little Simz – GREY Area (Hip-Hop) “I’m Jay Z on a bad day, Shakespeare on my worst days” is a bold statement for anyone […]

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A Sentient Roomba’s Guide to Music: How I learned to stop worrying and love The Roots

March 14, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY In case you didn’t know by now (or haven’t been paying attention, which, I mean, fair enough), The Beat Report is a bi-weekly music report on some of my favorite new stuff music has to offer. It will also will feature retrospectives on great albums celebrating anniversaries this year. No genre is […]

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The sound of the woodwinds comes to Pima

February 28, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY Mark Nelson isn’t just the acting dean of Arts at Pima Community College, he’s also an accomplished tuba player, teacher, band director and musical historian. Nelson’s office, located near the entrance of the Center for the Arts building at West Campus, is adorned with stacks of CDs, old recording equipment and assorted […]

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Five great albums snubbed at the Grammys

February 28, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY February’s no fun. Football season is over. Arizona has yet to reach peak surfing weather. There isn’t much new music. Oh, and the Grammys happened. That’s bad, too.  1. Pusha T – “Daytona” (Hip-hop) Boomers will deride it as everything that’s wrong with hip-hop culture. I’ll praise it as a pugnacious poem […]

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The Designated Hitter is dumb and stupid and I hate it

February 28, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY For the uninitiated, here’s scripture: “The designated hitter rule allows teams to use another player to bat in place of the pitcher. Because the pitcher is still part of the team’s nine defensive players, the designated hitter — or “DH” — does not take the field on defense.” This is the official […]

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Bonds away, PCC pays for expansion

February 19, 2019

By KYLE KERSEY Coming on the heels of exceptional credit ratings from Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service, two of the big three credit rating agencies in the country, Pima Community College issued revenue bonds for the funding of the Centers of Excellence Projects on Jan. 16. Fitch awarded Pima the default rating of AA […]

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