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Accreditor releases Pima from notice

Accreditor releases Pima from notice


After five years of being on probation and notice, the Higher Learning Commission has recognized Pima Community College’s improvement and has removed the college from “notice.”

PCC began facing scrutiny after the summer of 2012 when allegations of sexual misconduct against ex-Chancellor Ray Flores became public.

The college was first placed on probation in January of 2013 after an HLC visit found Pima was not in compliance with standards of function in financial, academic and personnel integrity and other issues according to the HLC website.

More frequent visits from the HLC to inspect Pima followed, with a peer review team visiting Pima campuses in September 2016.

After that visits, the HLC Executive Board met on Feb. 23 and notified PCC March 9 of its decision to lift the “notice” sanction.

“The Board determined that the removal of the sanction was warranted based on evidence provided by the College, including the Notice Report,” wrote HLC President Gellman-Danley.

Removal from sanctions means PCC is fully accredited and is meeting the standards of the HLC, including in “student outcome assessment,” an issue that had kept the college back for quite some time.

Chancellor Lee Lambert put out an email to all PCC staff and students. “Removal from “notice” is a crystal-clear indication that we are operating and will continue to operate at a high level,” he said.

Vice Chancellor of Accreditation Bruce Moses made sure to thank the HLC for recognizing the college’s hard work. “I am very appreciative of…their recognition of the efforts undertaken by everyone at PCC to satisfactorily resolve all concerns identified in March 2015,” Moses said.

Pima Community College will now prepare for the next HLC visit in 2018 or 2019. That visit will be part of a 10-year accreditation cycle.

To read the HLC’s full report on Pima’s removal of notice, visit

AZTEC CALENDAR: March 23 - April 5

AZTEC CALENDAR: March 23 – April 5


April 5: Poetry literary slam, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, D-201, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Stop by the Student Center to show off your poetry skills and share them with other students.

Details: Student Life, 206-2121

April 5: Traciana Graves, “Don’t Call Me a Bitch,” 11:25 a.m.-noon, East Campus center courtyard. Interactive event for men and women will advocate for equality on campus and in the world. Details: Student Life, 206-7616

April 5: Traciana Graves, “Understanding What Yes means in Sex,” 2-3 p.m., East Campus student mall. Interactive program in recognition of sexual assault awareness month. Attendees can engage in activities and discussions that encourage awareness of the effect of words and actions. Details: Student Life, 206-7616



March 23: Baseball vs. Toros de Tijuana, Kino Memorial Stadium, 11 a.m.

March 23: Men’s tennis vs. Paradise Valley CC, West Campus tennis courts, 1:30 p.m.

March 25: Softball vs. Mesa CC, West Campus, doubleheader – noon, 2 p.m.

March 28: Women’s tennis vs. Eastern Arizona, West Campus tennis courts, 1:30 p.m.

March 28: Baseball vs. Eastern Arizona, West Campus, doubleheader – noon, 2:30 p.m.

April 3-4: Women’s golf, Pima Community College Invitational, Randolph Golf Course, noon start each day

April 4: Baseball vs. Central Arizona, Kino Memorial Stadium, doubleheader – 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m.



Through March 26: Tucson Cine Mexico festival showcasing contemporary Mexican movies at varied venues. Free, but reserve seats at Details:

Through April 1: Tucson Invitational Games: college baseball, Kino Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way, game times and days vary. Single day tickets: adults $6, kids 12 and under free; weekly pass: $25. Details:

March 24-26: Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair, 10 a.m.-dusk each day, free to public. Details:

March 25: Marana Founders’ Day Festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Ora Mae Horn Park, 13250 N. Lon Adams Road. Live entertainment, vintage tractor-car show, heritage village. Free. Parade along Marana Main Street begins at 10 a.m. Details:, calendar tab

March 25-26: Africa Night Dance Fusion live music and dance performances, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. each day. $20 in advance, $25 at door. Details:

April 1: Cruise, BBQ & Blues Festival and Car Show, Oro Valley Marketplace, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5. Details:

April 2: Cyclovia Tucson car-free neighborhood stroll, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free. Details:



March 23: Kate Mo$$, 191 Toole, 191 E. Toole Ave., 7 p.m., $5. Details:

March 25: Gabriel Ayala, Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., 7 p.m., $10-$15. Details:

March 25: Joey Fatts, D Savage: At Your Neck Tour, 191 Toole, 7 p.m., $15-$17. Details:

March 25: Zeparella, Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., 7 p.m., $10-$17. Details:

March 26: LIE, Club Congress, 21+, 8 p.m. Free. Details:

March 26: KFMA Day, Kino Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way, noon-10 p.m. $40. Details:

April 1: Why?, 191 Toole, 7 p.m., $15-$18. Details:

April 1: Miranda Sings with Special Guest Colleen Ballinger, Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., 8 p.m. $39.50. Details:



Theater releases

March 24


“Power Rangers”


March 31

“The Boss Baby”

“Ghost in the Shell”

“The Zookeeper’s Wife”


DVD releases

March 28

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

“Why Him?”

“Patriots Day”

“A Monster Calls”

“A Tale of Love and Darkness”

April 4

“Office Christmas Party”

“Rogue One”

Get in touch with nature

Get in touch with nature


Tucson is one of many cities within the Sonoran Desert, a desert shared with Mexico. The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, displays the ecosystem within 21 acres with 230 animal species and 1,200 plant species.

The museum’s goal, according to its website, “is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.”

ASDM is open March through September from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. In June and August, it closes a half-hour early Sunday-Friday and stays open on Saturdays until 10 p.m. to let patrons view creatures of the night.

The museum primarily offers outdoor exhibits with walking trails that sometimes include dirt paths. It takes about two hours to view the entire facility.

Temperatures rise quickly, so arrive early in the morning. Bring sunblock and water.

General admission is $20.50, with discounts available to seniors, military and residents of Arizona and Sonora. For an additional $3, you can touch and feed stingrays under a cool ramada.

For more information, call 883-2702 or visit

Docent Helen Vogel demonstrates how a stingray eats before visitors get the chance to pet and feed them in the stingray exhibit. Not native to Arizona, stingrays are found in the Gulf of California near Rocky Point.

Photo: Melina Casillas

SPRING BREAK: Getaways close to home

SPRING BREAK: Getaways close to home


Spring Break offers a time for fun and taking a week to forget about school.

If you’re a typically broke college student, you probably can’t even afford to look at top destinations such as Cabo or Miami.

Never fear. If you want a good time without spending too much, you’re reading the right article.


The park is located in Santa Cruz County about an hour and a half south of Tucson. Options include visiting for the day or camping near its namesake Patagonia Lake.

Enjoy scenic water views from a boat, with rentals available. You can also fish, swim or take a half-mile hike to Sonoita Creek.

The park is open for day use from 4 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission costs $15- $20 per vehicle for up to four people, and $3 for individual walk-ins or bicyclists.

Tips for day visitors:

• Arrive early, like at 6 a.m., to maximize fun and to nab a spot that includes a picnic table and great view.

• If you get tired, take a nap in the sun. Just make sure to layer on the SPF.

• Pack a picnic. Fast food and restaurants are not readily available.

• Compile a playlist and make sure you’re able to use offline mode, because service is spotty.

• Take a sweater. It can be chilly in the morning and is often windy.

Make reservations for tent or RV camping at 877-MY-PARKS from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or reserve online.

For more information, visit https://azstateparks. com/patagonia-lake.


The Mexican beach resort is roughly three hours south of Tucson. Bring your passport or birth certificate.

Most hotels require a person over 25 years old to make the reservation but some allow guests under age 25 to stay at their properties. Many also offer Spring Break deals.

A sampling includes Las Palmas, Princesa Penasco, Casa Blanca, Bella Sirena, Playa Bonita, Laos Mar and Peñasco del Sol.

Daytime activities can be just as fun as the nightlife. Options include day bars, ATV and jet ski rentals, horseriding on the beach, golf, fishing, sunset cruises and banana boats. You’ll see banana boat rides available all over Rocky Point’s beaches.

Rides usually cost $5-$20, depending on how long you ride and how far you go. The boats normally carry six to eight people per trip.

For more information, visit sites such as


Visit Arizona’s west “coast” if you’re looking to get out of town but not out of state. Havasu is located along the Colorado River, four and a half hours from Tucson.

Known for its year-round sunshine and huge Spring Break crowds, Havasu offers tubing, boating hiking, cycling, fishing, offroading and much more. You won’t run out of things to do.

For additional details, visit the Spring Break Section of


Tucson offers fun, touristy and scenic spots that won’t hurt your wallet too much.

It’s free to hike Tumamoc Hill, located off West Anklam Road. Just follow the three rules: no pets, no hiking between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and don’t mess with the wildlife and plants. Carpool with friends and then go for brunch.

For an overview of Tucson’s many other hiking trails, see visittucson. org/things-to-do/hiking.

If you want an adrenaline rush, consider Get Air, Rocks and Ropes or Autobahn Indoor Speedway.

Get Air trampoline park, 330 S. Toole Ave., costs $12 for one hour and $18 for two hours. You’ll pay an extra $3 for jump socks. Hours are Monday-Thursday, noon-10 p.m.; Friday, noon-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, visit

Rocks and Ropes, also located at 330 S. Toole Ave., offers indoor rock climbing. Admission costs $15 for adults, $10 for ages 12 and under. Other options: pay $12 for a first-time lesson with orientation, $6 for equipment rental or $30 for a full firsttime package. Hours are Monday-Friday, 3-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, visit https://rocksandropes. com/downtown.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway, 300 S. Toole Ave., lets the kid in you live out your Mario Kart dreams. Prices vary from $19.99 to $100. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information, visit autobahnspeed. com/locations/tucson-arizona-indoor-gokarts.

If you prefer a calmer pace, consider one of the 10-plus museums located in Tucson area. One example: the Tucson Museum of Art, 166 W. Alameda St. For more information, visit

Daniella Campuzano and Ashley Muñoz contributed to this article.

BLURRED LINES: student-staff dating

BLURRED LINES: student-staff dating


Aztec Press Illustration by Katelyn Roberts.

There’s a fitness class at a community college with about 20 people. The setting is like many classrooms in a community college: varying age groups, from a 19-year-old to a 40-something who also happens to be a counselor at the college.

The 14-week course takes its usual route as students learn new skills in a class with strangers. Students eventually make acquaintances, and exchange phone numbers for class purposes.

But when one text exchange goes awry, a younger student can’t help but ask, “Where’s the line?”


Older Guy: What’s your name?

Younger Girl: Who is this?

OG: *** from class…lol.

YG: oh lol, it’s ******.

OG: Is it weird I kept your number?

OG: If so, I’ll delete it if you want…

YG: No, it’s fine, I just didn’t save yours, ha ha.

OG: Ouch, lol.

OG: I’m trying to flirt, but I don’t know if it’s working, ha ha.

YG: Wait what? Lol.”

OG: I’m trying to flirt … Is it working 😉 lol.”

OG: Just thought you’re really cute and kinda sexy.

OG: But if I’m out of bounds, I apologize…

YG: (does not respond)

(1 hour later)

OG: I guess that’s a yes, lol.


Harassment comes in different forms. Many perceive harassment when they read or hear the word “sexual” spoken in conjunction.

But harassment can be more than obscene remarks. Any unwanted, persistent attention can be classified as harassment if it makes the person receiving it uncomfortable.

The remarks made by the older school-employed student could be classified as obscene and were definitely unwanted, based on the woman’s replies.

It is up to the young woman to decide whether she will report the interaction to school authorities. Her decision likely depends on how safe she felt after the exchange.

Everyone who believes they are being harassed by Pima Community College personnel or by their peers should immediately file a report.

The college will take action whether it is an employee or a student doing the harassment, according to the Personnel Policy Statement for College Employees.

PCC’s accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, required all college employees to take sexual harassment training after a former chancellor resigned amid numerous allegations of sexual harassment.


Pima’s personnel policy defines consensual relationships as “amorous, romantic and/or sexual relationships entered into by mutual consent between employees or between employees and students.”

The policy says a consensual relationship must be reported, whether it is between two employees or between an employee and student.

The wording reads: “An employee who may have a conflict of interest situation must disclose that interest in writing to the chief human resources officer or designee.”

The consequence for an unreported relationship can be employee termination.

College spokeswoman Libby Howell isn’t sure how common instances of faulty-student relationships are but said, “We are not aware of disciplinary actions specifically related to faculty-student romantic or sexual relationships, at least in recent years.”

The college reserves the right to establish guidelines and determine whether a relationship presents a conflict of interest.

If the relationship is deemed a conflict of interest, it must immediately be reported to the head of human resources.

Another policy says employees who have relationships may not be involved in their partner’s work, whether they’re employees or students.


Most people have moral compasses, so it’s baffling the older student thought it was OK to hit on a teen half his age.

However, a consensual relationship would not have violated PCC policy as long as it was reported.
Bottom line: Maybe there isn’t an ethical or moral line in a handbook, but there is one in your head.

Listen to your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t pursue it.

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Compiled by Melina Casillas



Percentage of students who plan trips to locations such as Las Vegas, Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana.



Number of top spring break locations located in Florida: Miami, Daytona Beach, Fort Myers, Panama City Beach and Cocoa Beach.



Percentage of college students who share hotel rooms with friends.



Typical number of students who stay in one hotel room.



Percentage of students who plan to spend less than $1,000.



Percentage of extra drinking that females say takes place during Spring Break.



Percentage of men who said they drank every night until they passed out.



Percentage of unplanned and “random” sexual encounters that are unprotected.



Percentage of college females who said being promiscuous is a way to fit in.





SPEAKERS' SERIES: Female Mexican directors topic of 'Behind the Lens'

SPEAKERS’ SERIES: Female Mexican directors topic of ‘Behind the Lens’



Pima Community College will host its first Speakers Series of the Spring semester on Feb. 7.

Speakers Series brings in Pima faculty members who share knowledge within their respective field.

Languages instructor Liz Rangel Arriola will present “Behind the Lens: Women Directors in Mexico.” Her talk will discuss the traditional social constructions they had to overcome, such as the vixens, harlots or damsels in need of male help.

“Mexican female directors are rewriting the answer to the question, “What is a Mexican woman?” in the cinematic medium which is more accessible to the masses,” Arriola said.

“Mexican cinema is actually flourishing,” she added. “The work done by women tells us a lot of the continuous struggles that women face in Latin America.”

The presentation is free and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Community Board Room (Building C) of the PCC District Office, 4095 E. Broadway Blvd. Light refreshments will be available.


The series will be followed by two more spring lectures:

  • March 7: “Cultural Awareness/ Consciousness” by Dorothy Brown-Smith.
  • April 4: “Going Global Without Leaving Town: Strategies for Internationalizing the General Education Curriculum” by Maureen Salzer.


For more information, call 206-4500.


Languages instructor Liz Rangel Arriola will speak on Feb. 7. Photo courtesy of PCC


East Campus to host Capoeira demonstration

Movement Culture studio will visit Pima Community College’s East Campus on Feb. 6 to present the history and culture surrounding the Brazilian dance-martial art of Capoeira.

Demonstrations of the Malandragen style will take place in the courtyard from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Student Life Center at 206-7616.

-By Dale Villeburn Old Coyote

Chisholm subject of Black History Month talk

In celebration of Black History Month, Northwest Campus will host a presentation about Shirley Chisholm on Feb. 8 from 11-11:35 a.m. in the Student Life Center.

Bobby Burns, a student services advanced specialist, will highlight Chisholm’s life and legacy as the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the first black candidate to run for the presidency.

Burns has presented themed Black History Month talks on prominent people and events for seven years. He says he desires to “let people know about the richness in the lives of African Americans.”

For more information, call the Student Life Center at 206-2121.

-By Elise Stahl


Desert Vista to hold Career Café Feb. 8 

Desert Vista Campus will host a Career Café on Feb. 8 from noon to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria. All PCC students are invited to attend the free event.

February’s “special brew” topic is “To Commit or Quit?”

Café stations will provide tips on resume writing, cover letters and interviewing. Free coffee will be available.

Two more Career Cafés will be held on March 8 and April 12. The March topic will be “Changing Careers” and the April topic will be “Small Talk for a Big Career.”

For more information, call 206-4500.

-By Rene Escobar

Love is in the air at Downtown Campus

Downtown Campus will host a Love Fest on Feb. 14 to celebrate a combination of Black History Month, Valentine’s Day and Arizona statehood.

Events taking place throughout the campus include Afrikana dancers, an expression table, snacks, a photo booth and giveaways.

Afrikana dancers led by troop leader Barbea Williams will perform on the RV Lawn from 11 a.m. to noon. An expression table in the atrium area will allow students to convey valentine love messages.

For more information, call the Student Life Center at 206-7258.

-By Dakota Fincher

Don’t fear ongoing, inevitable change

Don’t fear ongoing, inevitable change


New year. New semester. New Aztec Press.

Change has happened here at the Aztec Press. We’ve handed over the editorship to someone new and once again changed our flag and layout. Our goal, however, will always be the same: to deliver Pima news to our readers.

We’ve also welcomed new staffers to our team. They’ve been taken under the wings of our senior reporters and editors to learn the ropes of publication.

We’re all adjusting to the change of a new year, a new government and personal changes we may have faced within the weeks we were gone from Pima. While some of these changes feel like new slates, others feel scary. We must embrace what we cannot control.

Here at the Aztec Press, we’ll be covering how the changes within our local and national government affect us at Pima. Topics include the rise of minimum wage, an accreditation update and how Tucson reacted to the Jan. 20 inauguration.

The changes we write about and experience throughout the semester in the newsroom feel symbolic to the changes that happen around us at the Pima campuses at the beginning of every semester: different but with a feeling of similarity.

You, our reader, may be a returning employee or student, or a newcomer to the Pima campuses. Either way, we’re all experiencing some type of newness whether it be classes, instructors, friendships or challenges.

While it seems scary or overwhelming, we eventually adapt. We’ll get our schedules down and we won’t get lost trying to find our classrooms. We’ll finally figure out after two year that coming to campus at 10 a.m. guarantees a crappy parking spot.

Welcome back to Pima and to the new-ish Aztec Press. Not much has changed, so don’t be scared and enjoy our first issue of Spring 2017.

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

Pima Community College student Andie Bessette writes in the remembrance journal at Desert Vista Campus to honor her loved ones who have died. Multiple PCC campuses built Día de los Muertos altars and planned other activities for traditional Day of the Dead remembrances. Many people in Mexico celebrate the holiday, particularly those living in central and southern regions, as do people of Mexican ancestry living in the United States. Many other cultures across the globe acknowledge Day of the Dead as well.

Decorated skulls sit with fruit offerings on the Desert Vista altar.

Aztec Press photos by Melina Casillas






Nov. 10-20: “Dracula,” West Campus Black Box Theatre, Thu.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $18, with discounts available. Box office: 206-6986.

Nov. 14: Native American traditional blessing ceremony, East Campus courtyard, 10-11:15 a.m. Free, open to public. Details: 206-7616.

Through Nov. 30: Native American Heritage Month, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, D-201, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details: 206-2121.

Nov. 23: Thanksgiving cultural celebration, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, D-201, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Details: 206-2121.

Through Dec. 9: “Louis Carlos Bernal – Arizona Unseen, Color Photographs 1978-1988” exhibit, Bernal Gallery, West Campus Center for the Arts, free. Details: 206-6942.




Nov. 12: Football vs. Mesa CC, Kino North Stadium, 1 p.m.

Nov. 13: Men’s basketball vs. Utah State JC, West Campus gym, 2 p.m.

Nov. 17: Men’s basketball vs. New Mexico JC, West Campus gym, 4 p.m.

Nov. 17: Women’s basketball vs. Illinois Central College, West Campus gym, 8 p.m.

Nov. 18: Women’s basketball vs. Arizona Christian University JV, West Campus gym, 5 p.m.

Nov. 18: Men’s basketball vs. Salt Lake JC, West Campus gym, 6 p.m.

Nov. 19: Women’s basketball vs. Gillette College, West Campus gym, 11 a.m.

Nov. 19: Men’s basketball vs. Pascua Yaqui College, West Campus gym, 9 p.m.

Nov. 22: Women’s basketball vs. Tohono O’Odham CC, West Campus gym, 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 22: Men’s basketball vs. Tohono O’Odham CC, West Campus gym, 7:30 p.m.





Nov. 9-13: Loft Film Fest, Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Times vary. $10 general admission, $8 Loft members. Details:

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Parade, downtown Tucson, starts 11 a.m. at Granada Avenue and Alameda Street. Free. Details:

Nov. 12: Tucson’s Military History: A Veteran’s Weekend Celebration, 196 N. Court Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $3. Details:

Nov. 12: Harvest Heritage Festival at Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Details:

Nov. 12: Sahuarita Pecan Festival, 1625 E. Sahuarita Road, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 on-site parking. Details:

Nov. 13: VintagePalooza!, Cat Mountain Station, 2740 S. Kinney Road, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Free. Details:

Nov. 18-20: Holiday Artisans Market, Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Details:

Through Dec. 31: Plaza Palmino Saturday Mercado, 2960 N. Swan Road. Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Details:

Through May 31, 2017: “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life,” Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Daily 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Adults $9-$13, senior/military $8-$12, children 4-17 $5-$7.50. Details:

Through May 31, 2017: Butterfly Magic at the Gardens, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Mon-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat-Sun 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Adults $13, students/senior/military $12, children 4-17. $7.50. Details:




Nov. 11: Lindsey Sterling, Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., 7 p.m. $29.40-$59.50. Details:

Nov. 11: Lil Uzi Vert, Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., 7 p.m. $37-$46. Details:

Nov. 12: Futuristic–As Seen on the Internet Tour, The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave., 7 p.m. $15-$20. Details:

Nov. 13: Lil Yatchy, Rialto Theatre, 7 p.m. $22 – $25. Details:

Nov. 15: Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine Tour, Rialto Theatre, 7 p.m. $33-$36. Details:

Nov. 20: Jesse y Joy, Rialto Theatre, 7 p.m. $35-$150. Details:

Nov. 22: Switchfoot & Relient K–Looking for America Tour, Rialto Theatre, 6:30 p.m. $33.50-$36. Details:

Nov. 23: Radkey, 191 Toole, 191 E. Toole Ave., 7 p.m. $10-$12. Details:




Theater releases



“Sleepless Night”

“Almost Christmas”



“Shut In”

Nov. 18:

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

“Bleed for This”

“Life on the Line”

“The Edge of Seventeen”

“Nocturnal Animals”

“Manchester by the Sea”

Nov. 23”

“Bad Santa 2”

“Rules Don’t Apply”




DVD releases/ Blu-Ray

Nov. 15:

“Army of One”

“Coffee & Cigarettes”

“Pimpernel Smith”

“Mia Madre”

“Cardboard Boxer”

“Finding Dory”

Nov. 22:

“Hell or High Water

“War Dogs”

“Kubo and the Two Strings”

“Hands of Stone”

“The Wild Life”

The All Soul's Procession 2016

The All Soul’s Procession 2016


Tucson’s All Souls Procession began in 1990 when local artist Susan Johnson was mourning her father’s death and found comfort in the way death is celebrated during the traditional Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos.

“From the beginning, it was different people’s ethnic groups, different cultures, but also it was all these different art forms put together,” Johnson writes on the All Souls Procession website.

The procession has grown to have more than 150,000 participants and stretches for two miles down Tucson’s downtown streets beginning at Sixth Avenue and ending at Mercado San Agustin.

This event is completely volunteer-based and participants are encouraged to donate to the local nonprofit organization Many Mouths One Stomach.

There is a ceremonial burning of an urn at the end of the procession that is filled with hopes, offerings and wishes for loved ones who have died.


Evangelina Dominguez has been coming to the All Souls Procession for more than 20 years, memorializing someone each year. “This year I thank God I don’t have to,” she said. Dominguez came with her daughter, Natalie Islas, who was memorializing her brother-in-law who died earlier this year. Dominguez has been a widow for 25 years. “Every time somebody passed away, like my husband, I mourned them for two years and wore black.” She said the All Souls Procession is about closure. “Even though I’m crying, it makes me feel good because I think about them all the time and this helps.”

Evangelina Dominguez has been coming to the All Souls Procession for more than 20 years, memorializing someone each year.
“This year I thank God I don’t have to,” she said.
Dominguez came with her daughter, Natalie Islas, who was memorializing her brother-in-law who died earlier this year.
Dominguez has been a widow for 25 years. “Every time somebody passed away, like my husband, I mourned them for two years and wore black.”
She said the All Souls Procession is about closure. “Even though I’m crying, it makes me feel good because I think about them all the time and this helps.”

Participants gather at an urn filled with messages for loved ones before the burning.

Participants gather at an urn filled with messages for loved ones before the burning.

Representation of social issues is present during the procession Sunday evening.

Representation of social issues is present during the procession Sunday evening.

Locals bring their best outfits to the annual event All Souls Procession.

Locals bring their best outfits to the annual event All Souls Procession.

This year was the third year coming to the All Souls Procession for Kessa Burke and her mother, Mia Burke. They were joined by Kessa Burke’s friend, Bri Rodriguez. Kessa and Mia Burke were at the All Souls Procession to remember Saskia Burke, their sister and daughter. She was murdered at age 18 in 2012. “This is a very honest and respectful procession that we get to celebrate in every year that we can,” Kessa Burke said “It’s full of nice people who respect everything that has happened. It means a lot to us.”

This year was the third year coming to the All Souls Procession for Kessa Burke and her mother, Mia Burke. They were joined by Kessa Burke’s friend, Bri Rodriguez.
Kessa and Mia Burke were at the All Souls Procession to remember Saskia Burke, their sister and daughter. She was murdered at age 18 in 2012.
“This is a very honest and respectful procession that we get to celebrate in every year that we can,” Kessa Burke said “It’s full of nice people who respect everything that has happened. It means a lot to us.”

Local artist PaulaCatherine Valencia looks haunting in a traditional Dia de los Muertos costume at Tucson’s annual All Souls Procession. Valencia is part of a local band, Crystal Radio. She can be found on YouTube and can be supported on Kickstarter.

Local artist Paula Catherine Valencia looks haunting in a traditional Dia de los Muertos costume at Tucson’s annual All Souls Procession. Valencia is part of a local band, Crystal Radio. She can be found on YouTube and can be supported on Kickstarter.

The All Souls Procession brings together a mother and daughter in remembrance of a family member.

The All Souls Procession brings together a mother and daughter in remembrance of a family member.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Pima ranks No. 1 in national preseason poll

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Pima ranks No. 1 in national preseason poll


The Pima Community College women’s basketball team starts the pre-season ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Division II national poll.

Last season, the Aztecs scored an upset playoff win against No. 1 Monroe Community College (74-73) in the national third-place game.

“Traditionally, we’re one of the better teams in the conference,” head woman’s basketball coach Todd Holthaus said. “Last year we finished third in the country and got a few pieces back from that same team.”

During Holthaus’ nine-year-reign, Pima has won four regional championships. In national tournaments, the Aztecs finished in the top five four times, in the top three twice and were the runner-up once.

Holthaus attributes success to his team and the players he’s picked.

“What we look for predominantly is skill kids with a high IQ,” he said. “Obviously we want to take the student side of them into consideration too, because we don’t want eligibility to become a concern.”

Players like 5-foot-5-inch guard Sydni Stallworth, who shot 84 percent at the free throw line last year, has high hopes for this season’s team.

“It’s very different but I think we have aspects that we didn’t have last year,” she said. “Like more shooters and more speed. I think it makes up a bit for the lack of height we have.”

Stallworth earned 576 points last season while averaging five rebounds, two steals and three assists per game.

Holthaus likes to keep in check the different elements that go into making a top-tier team.

“We really stress the defensive end as well as chemistry,” Holthaus said. “I think the big thing has probably been recruiting kids that are more about ‘we’ and less about ‘me.’”

The Aztecs open home play in the Native American Classic tournament at the West Campus gym Nov. 17-19.



Nov. 17: Illinois Central College, West Campus gym, 8 p.m.

Nov. 18: Arizona Christian University JV, West Campus gym, 5 p.m.

Nov. 19: Gillette College, West Campus gym, 11 a.m.

Nov. 22: Tohono O’Odham CC, West Campus gym, 5:30 p.m.

Stalking knows no boundaries

Stalking knows no boundaries


It’s over. A relationship that held high hopes has ended. There’s only one problem. One partner won’t let go. Sometimes, that partner begins to stalk the other.

Stalking is part of a pattern of domestic violence. Some 7.5 million people are stalked each year in the United States, with women in the 18-24 age range at greatest risk.

Stalking on college campuses is an increasing problem. “The rates of stalking on college campuses are higher than in the general population; similar to the rates of sexual assault,” Michelle Garcia, director for the National Center for Victims of Crime’s Stalking Resource Center, said.

Pima Community College had seven cases of stalking in 2014 and six cases in 2015, across all campuses, according to the 2016 annual Clery report.

Domestic or relationship situations accounted for an increase in stalking seen on the University of Arizona campus from three cases in 2014 to 10 cases in 2015, according to UA Chief of Police Brian Seastone.

Although just four cases of stalking have been reported to the UA police department so far in 2016, Seastone expects that number to increase. Reports made to non-campus, public property and residential facilities are reported separately.

Seastone believes stalking is on the increase in society as a whole.

“In today’s world, you have the internet and social media and so many different ways that people can now follow people where they didn’t in the past,” he said.

Although females report most of the cases at UA, a few past cases have involved male victims being stalked by female partners.


No boundaries


Stalking and domestic violence know no boundaries in terms of sex, age, socio-economic groups or cultures, according to Ed Mercurio-Sakwa, the CEO at Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse.

“Stalking is a tactic which can be completely outside of a domestic relationship,” Mercurio-Sakwa said. “It’s a tactic for controlling or isolating the person.”

Oftentimes, leaving a relationship doesn’t stop the controlling behavior and may cause the abuser to use any means possible to keep his/her partner in a fearful state. The relationship won’t end until the abuser says it’s over, Mercurio-Sakwa said.

The idea is to continue to exert power and control over the victim in order to instill fear of what could happen next. Sometimes, an abuser will escalate to physical violence, but may also try to manipulate the victim by such means as stalking or harassment.

Emerge! recommends calling its hotline so counselors can help the victim reduce risk by forming a safety plan.

The agency’s mandate is to assist victims and to work toward a culture shift to change what is acceptable and normal.

Emerge! mostly sees males abusing women in domestic violence situations.

This is because the norm in American culture is that men are in charge and women are weak. Even if other males witness the abuse, there is an unwritten rule that “you don’t break the bro’ code,” Mercurio-Sakwa said

In its work with abusers through a Men’s Education Program, Emerge! has found that learned behavior can be unlearned and that belief systems held by abusers can be changed.

In situations where men are the victims, others often don’t intervene because of the perception that men who are being abused are weak. Again we need a shift in our culture, which allows the weak to be preyed on by the strong, Mercurio-Sakwa said.

Emerge! held an awareness day on Oct. 20 called “Paint Pima Purple.” Participants came, wearing purple, to the Emerge! Center on 22nd Street and painted positive messages on T-shirts as a way of supporting families that have been affected by domestic violence.


Enforcement increasing


“Enforcement of domestic violence cases is increasing,” criminal defense attorney Steve Sherick said.

Although he has taken some cases of stalking, he said it’s more common to see cases of domestic violence prosecuted. Even college roommates have been charged in situations where an argument resulted in a call to the police.

In fact, the victim can be your child’s parent, your girlfriend or boyfriend, your grandparent, parent, grandchild, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, step parent or step child.

Charges can be filed under several sections of the law, according to Sherick. (See sidebar). In some cases, multiple charges may be applied, resulting in more serious punishment for the offender.


Clothesline Project


Nicole Hayes of PCC East Campus Student Life recently attended a Title IX conference, where she collaborated with other colleges conducting projects to raise awareness and show support for all victims of domestic violence – men, women and children.

Hayes learned about the Clothesline Project, which has been very successful at other campuses, and organized a Clothesline Project at East Campus on Oct. 24-27.

The project involved creating a display of T-shirts decorated by participants. In the same vein as “Paint Pima Purple,” positive messages provide a voice for those overcoming the negative messages of verbal, mental, physical and sexual abuse.

“The goal is empowerment and inspiration for people who have survived this experience,” Hayes said.


Resources available


There are resources and shelters available in Tucson for those escaping stalking and domestic violence. (See sidebar).

Although family members and friends can provide support, they don’t always understand the complex nature of domestic abuse.

“People ask, ‘Why doesn’t she leave?’” Mercurio-Sakwa said. “That’s the wrong question. The right question is, ‘Why doesn’t he stop?’”

Tucson resources


Stalking Resource Center: (202) 467-8700

Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse: 795-8001; hotline 795-4266

Salvation Army Hospitality House: 622-5411

Gospel Rescue Mission Women and Children’s Center: 740-1501

New Beginnings Shelter: 323-1708

Administration of Resources and Choices: 623-9383

Pasqua Yaqui Domestic Violence Program: 883-5190


Legal definitions of domestic violence in Arizona

ARS13-2921: “Harassment” occurs when a person, with the intent to harass another person, causes a communication with another person (verbal, electronic, telephonic, or otherwise) which would cause a reasonable person to be seriously alarmed, annoyed, or harassed.

ARS13-2923: Harassment is considered “stalking” when the behavior is more predatory in nature. Victims experience fear for their safety, or the safety of their family or pets. Victims may even fear death.

ARS13-360: “Domestic violence” can include several laws. The main stipulation is that there is a qualifying victim. The following can all be considered domestic violence: criminal trespass, kidnapping, threatening, disorderly conduct, assault, criminal damage, harassment.



Top 10: Worst native American depictions

Top 10: Worst native American depictions


Native Americans don’t resemble their caricature-like, often racist, media portrayals. We compiled our least favorite depictions of Native American culture.

We couldn’t limit our selections to just 10, so added four dishonorable mentions: “Pan” (2015), the “Twilight” series (Taylor Lautner is not Native American), “The Ridiculous Six” from 2015 (Adam Sandler sucks) and “Jungle 2 Jungle” (1997).

  1. “The New World” (New Line Cinema, 2005)

The 2005 epic film is a Pocahontas story with No. Native. Americans.

  1. Old Indian, “Natural Born Killers” (Warner Bros., 1994)

A small, but noticeable part of the film includes the protagonist, Mickey, dreaming of an “Old Indian” as he dies from gunshot wounds. The Native tells a snake story, and that’s about it.

  1. Weird Naked Indian, “Wayne’s World 2” (Paramount Pictures, 1993)

Naked Indian, who brings Wayne to Jim Morrison, is a face-painted caricature of some high white guy’s dreams. He also cries when trash is dumped all over a park, which is understandable but plays into his nature-loving stereotype.

  1. Sacagawea, “Night at the Museum” (1492 Pictures, 2006)

The predominantly white cast leaves the roles of minorities like Sacagawea to a couple of lines at best. Sacagawea carries a quiver of arrows throughout the flick but never uses them, and probably never used a bow and arrow on her trek with Lewis and Clark.

  1. “Last of the Mohicans” (20th Century Fox, 1992)

Despite the beautiful soundtrack, the movie plays up the savage, bloodthirsty warrior.

  1. “Looking Hot,” Gwen Stefani music video (2012)

Stefani is a sexy Native American princess tied up by cowboys. Native American author Sherman Alexie tweeted the video turned “500 years of colonialism into a silly dance song and fashion show.” Enough said.

  1. Tonto, “The Lone Ranger” (Disney, 2013)

The remake of the 1974 flick features Johnny Depp as Tonto. The one-type Depp was a bad actor choice. He should have stuck to “Rango.”

  1. Sports teams

Professional sports teams that ethnically stereotype Native culture include the Washington Redskins (NFL), Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), Atlanta Braves (MLB), Cleveland Indians (MLB) and Chicago Blackhawks (NHL). More than 115 civil rights, educational, athletic and scientific organizations have labeled use of Native American names by non-Native teams as a form of ethnic stereotyping.

  1. Tiger Lily, “Peter Pan” (Disney, 1953)

After Peter rescues the chief’s daughter, Tiger Lily, from Captain Hook, they celebrate by singing a pleasant song called “What makes the red man red?” Lyrics include “Why does he ask you, ‘How?’”

  1. Pocahontas, “Pocahontas” (Disney, 1995)

Some white guys want some gold on someone else’s land. Big surprise. Pocahontas saves one of their lives. They fall in love. Here’s another racist song about Natives: “What can you expect, from filthy little heathens? Here’s what you get when races are diverse. Their skins are hellish red. They’re only good when dead, they’re vermin as I said and worse.”


© Disney, 1995