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Student artist creates mural for Creative Writing Center

Student artist creates mural for Creative Writing Center



Tucson is known for its vibrant artistic community and Pima Community College is no exception.

Cindy Banh is a Tucson native who has attended PCC part time since 2011 after completing high school at Flowing Wells. She finished her undergraduate prerequisites last spring.

Her mural design won first place last spring in a contest held by the West Campus Creative Writing Center and she completed the mural over the summer.

“I was very grateful,” Banh said. “Being able to do this project was very validating.”

To some, art seems like a leisurely way to spend a Sunday afternoon but in reality a project like a mural takes hours of planning even before picking up a paint brush. There’s also a level of stress that comes with taking your art to a public venue.

Meg Files, chair of the West Campus English and Journalism department, sponsored the mural contest.

“It can be a little scary to submit our art, our stories, our poems to contests and journals such as SandScript,” Files said. “But I encourage students to take the risks of showing and sharing their creative work.”

Banh estimated she spent 50-plus hours on the mural, working two to six hours a week due to time constraints.

“It took the whole summer to complete, right up to the week before school actually,” Banh said. “It’s a little embarrassing, but at least it is done now.”

Files praised Banh’s effort.

“She worked very hard—and in the intense heat,” Files said. “She’s a dedicated, talented artist.”

Banh comes from an artistic family. Her brother received an arts degree from PCC and focuses on digital design for video games. Her younger sister dabbles in traditional art. Her cousin also focuses on art and is an architect.

Her parents have been supportive of her choice to become an art major.

Banh is no stranger to recognition for her work.

“I started back in third grade when I won my first grand-prize ribbon at the Pima Community Fair,” she said.

While Banh has been interested in art from a young age, working with paint is relatively new.

“Painting was never a real skill set until college,” she said. “That is the time I fell in love with watercolor. Acrylic is hard to master and translate onto canvas for me.”

An observer will notice the level of depth that Banh’s mural reaches.

“I get inspired when I do big scenes that actually mean something for the character being depicted,” she said. “There has to be a story derived from the image.”

Banh has her sights set on another medium she wishes to explore.

“I seek to tell stories in the form of graphic novels,” she said. “That has always been where my heart lies. I doubt this dream will ever change even as I get into this new chapter of my life.”

She offers advice for those considering an art degree.

“I’d want to make sure they are serious about their decision,” she said. “There are a lot of consequences and a lot of difficult obstacles in the road ahead.”

Banh is still struggling to become a graphic novelist, but considers that OK.

“Growing into an artist takes time and it takes perseverance and heart,” she said. “As long as you can keep your chin up, do it. If it’s where your blood and grit is, do it.”

Manage sacrifices, forge ahead and remember why you started the journey in the first place, she urged.

“Strengthen and grow with your art,” she said. “Your style is yours, so own it. Don’t give up and don’t stop doing better than the day before.”

Top 10: Scariest movies ever made

Top 10: Scariest movies ever made


Beginning with fan-favorite Hollywood flicks and ending with indie favorites, these films will make you wish you never saw them in the first place. Because there are many different types of horror, I chose movies that leave a lasting impression. Grab some popcorn and get ready to scream. Warning: If you scare easily or suffer from asthma, joint pain, a rash, a cough or even a small mosquito bite, think twice before reading this list.


© Bloody Good Horror | Gruesome “It Follows”offers paranoia at its finest.


  1. “Halloween” (1978)

In my humble opinion, the original version with Jamie Lee Curtis is the only one worth watching. If you’re looking for gore, you’ll be disappointed but if you’re looking for something that keeps you on the edge of your seat, check out this suspenseful cat-and-mouse game.


  1. “Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)

Huge fan favorite for an obvious reason: *coughs* Johnny Depp in a crop top. Just kidding.
The cute and lovable Freddy Krueger makes his debut in this literal nightmare of a film. Sure you can just fall asleep and hope Krueger will be gone when you wake up. Oh wait, sleeping won’t save you. One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.


  1. “The Shining” (1980)

Author Stephen King hated the way Stanley Kubrick adapted his novel, but fans love the terrifying film. Is the main character, played by Jack Nicholson, a loving father and husband? No, he’s clearly filled with rage and going insane. When will he crack?


  1. “The Hills Have Eyes” (1977)

What could possibly go wrong on a family road trip? Oh yeah, getting terrorized in the middle of Who the Hell Knows, Nevada, by homicidal mutants. Duh.


  1. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)

Ever hear of serial killer Ed Gein? He was an American body snatcher who provided the inspiration for, you guessed it, your man-crush Leatherface. This movie will make you think twice about picking up a hitchhiker.


  1. “The Descent” (2006 U.S. release)

The film was scary enough without the homicidal monsters hidden within caves. Spelunking? Pitiless deaths? Jump scares? This movie’s got it all. As the characters continuously descend deeper into the unknown, you’ll find yourself fearing what may lie beneath the ground you walk on.


  1. “House of 1000 Corpses” (2003)

Yup, another hitchhiker horror. Have we learned nothing? In this movie, teens take a road trip to gather information about roadside attractions for a novel. Little do they know they’ll become part of the attractions. Despite its basic premise, thank the brilliant mind of Rob Zombie for a most original approach.


  1. “The Cabin in the Woods” (2012 U.S. release)

The flick’s ability to bring clichés to life is pretty damn scary. It’s sometimes funny and sometimes threatens to make you cry. Have you ever thought about what all your terrors would look like in one room?


  1. “The Witch” (2015)

This beautiful, haunting nightmare, one of my all-time favorites, will spook you for days after. The indie movie centers on a 1630s New England family that is torn apart by evil forces of black magic, witchcraft and a possessed goat.


  1. “It Follows” (2014)

Enjoy paranoia at its finest. You’ll catch yourself screaming, “Is that really happening?” Although gruesome, elements such as the cinematography and color scheme provide beautiful horror.
The story follows 19-year-old Jay, who is haunted by strange visions and an unexplainable feeling that someone is following her. Jay and her friends embark on a terrifying adventure to escape the horrors that seem just a few steps behind them.

One more thing: if you see a girl in a yellow dress, RUN.


What’s your favorite scary movie? Leave a comment!



Best Bets: October festivals offer fall fun

Best Bets: October festivals offer fall fun

Compiled by Maria Angulo

Once the calendar hits October, thoughts turn to Halloween. Fall’s arrival also brings outdoor activities with nice weather. Here are some activities to consider:

Tucson TerrorFest
Oct. 13-15

If you’re a fan of scary indie movies, Tucson TerrorFest is the place for you.

TerrorFest, which bills itself as Southern Arizona’s only horror film festival, showcases premieres and exclusives at the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.

Highlights include question-and-answer sessions with actors, filmmakers and special guests.

The festival will also present awards for best horror feature, best horror short, best director, best actress and best actor.

Tickets for individual screenings are $7. Festivals passes cost $25 and include a horror grab bag filled with gory delights.

Tickets are available online and at the box office.


Blues Heritage Festival
Oct. 16

The Southern Arizona Blues and Heritage Foundation, a local nonprofit, hosts the festival each year with help from numerous volunteers.
This year’s lineup includes Missy Anderson, Tom Walbank, Los Lobos, and Heather “Lil Mama” Hardy with Ed Delucia.
Performances will take place at the Reid Park DeMeester Bandshell, 900 S. Randolph Way, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for adults cost $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. Ages 18 and under are admitted free.



KFMA Fall Ball Music Festival
Oct. 16

The lineup for Tucson’s annual rock festival includes artists such as Panic! At the Disco, the Struts, Weezer, Holy White Hounds and Iration.
The festival takes place at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road, from noon to 10 p.m.
Tickets are available online or at area Pizza Huts. They cost $40 cash, with an additional $2 fee for credit card payment.



Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze

Oct. 15-16, 22-23, 29-30

The Buckelew Farm 28th annual Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze, 17000 W. Ajo Way, continues on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festival includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride into a pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins costing 50 cents a pound. Once you choose a pumpkin, the tractor will transport you to a tent and workers will assist you in weighing the pumpkin and transporting it to your car.
Three different corn mazes with new designs cover four miles of trails that wind through 11 acres of corn.
Other activities include scavenger hunts, a petting zoo, inflatable slides and obstacles courses, pedals carts, duck races and sand mountains.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. Children under age 5 are free. Admission is $14 for groups of 10.

Details:, 822-2041


Photo by Robyn Zelickson


Buckelew Farm’s Terror in the Corn

Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 31

Get scared in Buckelew’s haunted cornfield every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 29 and on Oct. 31.
Terror in the Corn is opens after dark, from 6:30 p.m. until midnight. Children under age 12 are not allowed without an adult.
General admission is $25 for all ages, while a fast pass costs $30. You can bring your own flashlight or buy one for $5.

Details:, 822-2277


Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival

Through Oct. 30

The Marana festival at 1401 N. Wentz Road costs $12 on weekends and $10 on Monday-Thursday.
The Pumpkin Patch is open Monday-Thursday from 3-7 p.m. and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.




Oct. 13-16, 20-23, 27-31

If you’re looking for a big scare, visit Tucson’s haunted town on any Thursday through Sunday in October, or on Halloween night.
Old Tucson, west of Gates Pass at 201 S. Kinney Road, houses Nightfall’s live shows, disturbing haunts and outrageous characters.
Nightfall warns it is not appropriate for younger people or people with medical conditions such as heart conditions, digestive disorders and phobias.
Tickets are sold at the gate. They cost $28 plus tax for ages 12 and up and $22 plus tax for ages from 9-11. Tickets are discounted to $22 plus tax for groups of 10 or more.

Details:, 883-0100


Slaughter House

Thursday-Sundays through Nov. 5

Tucson’s famous haunted houses at 1102 W. Grant Road are back and better than ever.
Slaughter House includes four haunts: the Boiler Room, Cirque du Slay, City Meats and a new demented Voodoo Bayou. There’s also a separate Zombie Apocalypse.
Ticket prices depend on the number of attractions, and can be purchased online. They cost $23 for the Zombie Apocalypse experience, $23 for the four haunted houses or $35 for all five, not including service fees.
There are no refunds. All ticket buyers must sign a liability waiver before entering.

Details:, 784-2501


Pretty Tied Up: Pondering love (OK, sex) dilemmas

Pretty Tied Up: Pondering love (OK, sex) dilemmas


Dear Mr. Bryan:

Is it OK to sleep with your ex-girlfriend’s best friend?

Dear Raheem:

The obvious, short answer is NO. I believe most people feel this way, and I’ll tell you why.

For such a scenario to be successful, everyone involved (you, your ex and the best friend) would have to be 100 percent emotionally healthy.

How many people do you know like that? That’s right, none. They don’t exist.

The decision therefore becomes a moral one. You may want to take into account the level of peace you require in your life.

Ask yourself: Do I want to hurt my ex’s feelings? Is it right to possibly break up a friendship because you want to get laid, and don’t want to look too far to achieve that goal?

Do you want to have two women, each of whom seem to be in your inner circle, hating your guts and spreading the news of your lack of morality to other friends?

If you answered “yes” or “I don’t care” to any of those questions, you’re an asshole. Or a sociopath. Or a sex addict. Or, quite possibly, all of the above.

If you answered “no,” good for you. Keep considering other people’s feelings when making decisions related to matters of the heart.

Ultimately, there are plenty of fish in the sea. Go out there and hook yourself a fish that doesn’t have a close personal relationship with your ex.

(On a side note, if the ex’s best friend is the ever-elusive White Buffalo, scrap everything you’ve just read and definitely sleep with the best friend.)

Do the right thing.


Dear Mr. Bryan:
Girlys be crazy, pushing on ya even though they got a man!?!? What should I do, playa?

Dear Leroy:

This is an easy one. The answer to your question comes down to this: Do you want to find yourself in a situation where another man (or woman) can walk up to you and say, “Tell me how my girl tastes?”

Seriously, there are plenty of “girlys” out there who didn’t sleep with her man in the morning just to turn around and kiss you in the mouth that same day.

Is that really what you want in your life? Let me help you: the answer is no.

If you don’t mind sharing a woman and her man’s germs, then, in the wise words of Cheech Marin, “If you can find it cheaper anywhere else, f**k it.”

Resist those crazy girlys.


Dear Mr. Bryan:
With a large percentage of the population having herpes, should I disclose I have “the herp” when hooking up for a one-night stand?
Not Sure

Dear Not Sure:

I’m not sure you have a brain. First, it’s illegal (as in against the law) to knowingly spread sexually transmitted diseases.

About one in six people age 14 to 49 have genital herpes, according to That’s less than 17 percent of people you may be sleeping with. I don’t believe that to be a “large percentage” of the population.

Knowingly spreading any STD simply because you don’t want to talk about it with a fling is criminal, morally bankrupt and about as low as it gets. Don’t do it.

Steering clear of you.


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Arts Briefs

Arts Briefs

East Campus to unveil seven new sculptures

East Campus will host a Sculpture-on-Campus installation reception on Oct. 20 from 2-4 p.m. in the Courtyard. The event is free and open to the public.

Seven sculptures will be added to other works that have been installed since 2004. The new artwork will feature creations by artists Kevin Caron, Barbara Jo McLaughlin, Hector Ortega, Brain Painter, Andrew Turley and Joan Waters.

Attendees can meet the artists, take tours to see all campus sculptures and enjoy refreshments.

For more information, contact 206-7619.

 -By Francisco Zapata


Chorale, College Singers plan concert Oct. 23

The Chorale and College Singers will perform a fall concert on Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. in the

West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.

Music instructor Jonathan Ng directs both mixed-voice singing groups. The Chorale is a larger chorus and the College Singers are a more select a capella choir.

The Chorale program will include:

  • “Barbara Allen” by Linda Spevacek
  • “Locus iste” by Anton Bruckner
  • Three choruses from “Le nozze di Figaro” (“The Marriage of Figaro”) by W.A. Mozart
  • “The Music of the Night” from “The Phantom of the Opera” (arranged by Ed Lojeski)
  • “This Little Light of Mine” spiritual (arranged by Mark Hayes)

The College Singers will perform:

  • “Ach, Weh des Leiden” and “Tanzen und springen” by Hans Leo Hassler
  • “The Boatman’s Dance” by Aaron Copland
  • “My Spirit Sang All Day” by Gerald Finzi
  • “I Want God’s Heaven to be Mine” spiritual (arranged by Betty Jackson King)
  • “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” (arranged by Bob Chilcott, former member of King’s Singers)

The evening will conclude with both groups performing together, accompanied on piano by Susan Simpson and on percussion by Tony Martin.

Their selections will feature:

  • “Vive L’Amour” male chorus (arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw)
  • “Polly-Wolly-Doodle” choral scherzo (arranged by Gail Kubik)
  • “Geographical Fugue” by Ernst Toch
  • “Thanks Be To God” from “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn

Tickets are $6, with discounts available for students, seniors, military, PCC employees and groups.

For more information, call the box office at 206-6986 or email

-By Robyn Zelickson




 Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

“It is certain.”

That’s right Libra, the world is yours. The Magic 8-Ball says you’ll certainly have all you want and more. Enjoy!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

“Outlook not so good.”

Hey, Scorpio, guess what you and Libra have in common? That’s right, nothing. Do yourself and those around you a favor and stay home. Don’t take on anything new, don’t even get out of bed. All matters in your life are headed for a downward spiral.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec 21)

“Reply hazy, try again.”

Not even the Magic 8-Ball knows what’s in store for you right now. You’re going to have to put the bong down and try again. I wouldn’t roll those dice until your head clears a bit.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan 19)

“Don’t count on it.”

Sure Capricorn, it’s just a Magic 8-Ball. It could be wrong. But then again …

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

“Signs point to yes.”

That’s right Aquarius, this is your moment. All signs point to “yes” so get out there and take what’s yours.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

“Very doubtful.”

Sorry Pisces, this isn’t your month. Prepare yourself for the bad side of life. Are you going to get that new job, car, boyfriend/girlfriend, an A on the test or anything else? Very doubtful.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Better not tell you now.”

Aries, you must take a look around and realize that you are f**ked. Better luck next time … if there is a next time.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

“Yes, definitely.”

Wow, Taurus, it’s your time. Go take advantage of life giving you a definitive “yes.”

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

“It is decidedly so.”

It’s a miracle, Gemini. All matters in your life are usually a confusing mixed bag, but the Magic 8-Ball has decided things for you. Take a load off and rest easy knowing the decisions have already been made.

Cancer (June 21- July 22)

“Cannot predict now.”

Sorry, Cancer, you’re just going to have to wing it this go-around. Be careful out there. As the saying goes, “If the 8-Ball don’t know, don’t nobody know.”

Leo (July 23- Aug. 22)

“My sources say no.”

You’ve found yourself in that all too familiar tight spot. I don’t know who you’ve pissed off this time but let’s just say the 8-Ball’s sources all reign from the evil, demonic, satanic realm. You should be saying “oh shit” right about now.

Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22)

“Concentrate and ask again.”

We all know you just had a birthday, but you’re not that old. Take your gingko biloba and concentrate. You do NOT want to anger the 8-Ball.

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By the numbers: Halloween

Compiled by Casey Muse Jr.


Halloween’s ranking as a commercial holiday in the U.S.
Only Christmas surpasses it in sales.


Percentage of Americans who celebrate Halloween.


Average dollar amount an adult spends on candy, costumes and decor.


Year in which the Herman Goelitz Confectionary Company invented candy corn.


Year in which “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” first aired as TV special.


Length in feet of the world’s longest haunted house, located 80 feet below ground in an abandoned mine in Lewisburg, Ohio.

41 million

Estimated number of trick-or-treaters ages 5 to 14 in the United States.

90 million

Estimated number of pounds of chocolate sold during Halloween week.

1.9 billion

Estimated number of dollars spent on Halloween candy each year.

2.8 billion

Estimated number of dollars that party-goers spend on costumes.

131 billion

Pounds of pumpkins produced in 2014 by the top pumpkin-producing states: Illinois, California, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan.



Photo by Robyn Zelickson/Aztec Press

Pow Wow friendship dance

Pow Wow friendship dance

Native American dancer Kelvin Yazziz leads a friendship dance with volunteers in the West Campus cafeteria during a presentation on Oct. 10.

Photos by Nicholas Trujillo



Creating a knockin’ boots playlist, conquering intimacy avoidance

Creating a knockin’ boots playlist, conquering intimacy avoidance


Dear Mr. Bryan:

Music has ALWAYS been a driving point to my life. Many songs act as a time capsule to certain events in my life. 

Having said that, who doesn’t enjoy making love to good music? The problem is “shuffle” on the phone can get you into trouble or quite frankly ruin the mood of you or your partner. Example: music from Eazy-E.

Anyway, are there songs you would recommend that would make a sexual experience that much better?

Tone deaf reader,

“Dylan Cash Brown”

Dear DCB:

Music plays an instrumental part in my life as well. (That was way too easy/cheesy, but my Eddie-tor loves puns). You’ve written to the right man, DCB. You’ll be happy to hear the answer to your question is a highly confident YES, I can help you.

Not only do I have songs I can recommend but, barring some catastrophic failure on your part, this list will work for you and your partner(s) for years to come. Years to cum.

Without further adieu, I present to you and my other naughty followers: Pretty Tied Up’s “Knockin’ boots’ playlist.” You’re welcome.

1.) Rihanna – “Yeah I Said It”

2.) Fiona Apple – “Criminal”

3.) Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Sir Psycho Sexy”

4.) Candyman – “Knockin’ Boots”

5.) Isley Brothers – “Between the Sheets”

6.) Muddy Waters – “Tom Cat”

7.) Nine Inch Nails – “Closer”

8.) Sam Cooke – “That’s Where It’s At”

9.) Otis Redding – “That’s How Strong My Love Is”

10.) Mazzy Starr – “Fade in to You”


Dear Mr. Bryan:

I’m a 24-year-old U of A student. I have found that, although I’m comfortable doing anything while in the act of having sex, I’m not comfortable with intimacy before or after sex. I run from non-sexual intimacy as fast as I can. I haven’t had any sexual trauma in my life. Why am I having trouble with intimacy outside of sexual interactions? 

Distantly yours,

Laid then confused

Dear LTC:

Your desire to avoid intimacy is quite possibly caused by early childhood trauma. That doesn’t have to mean sexual abuse or sexual trauma.

Unfortunately, any kind of childhood trauma will do. Your intimacy issues can come from neglect, emotional abandonment or other forms of childhood crap that we’re all left to deal with in adulthood.

Sadly, we learn that getting close to someone equals getting hurt by someone. Therefore, we tend to run from any significant emotional connections.

Adults like yourself decide that their relationships will simply never work, thinking they are better off having short-term, meaningless relationships.

I’m willing to bet you tend to gravitate toward emotionally unavailable partners.

Those relationships are (usually) doomed from the start. You’re both emotionally challenged people who struggle to connect in a worthwhile way.

The good news? Our attachment styles are formed in childhood, but they are not permanent. Through therapy, or through the process of establishing other healthy and healing relationships, people with intimacy problems can develop healthy, intimate relationships.

Lack of true intimacy has a deep-seated impact on your quality of life. With self-awareness and hard work, you can reach your true emotional and physical intimacy potential.

I hope this helps.

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Fashion student designs journey to success

Fashion student designs journey to success


Patricia Ferrer is getting lots of attention for creating an apparel accessory that protects skin from the sun.

Originally from Dallas, Ferrer settled in Tucson and enrolled at Pima Community College to pursue a certification in fashion design.

At the end of her first course, she took home small pieces of scrap knit fabric. She manipulated a piece to cover the back of her hand, accidently creating a palm-free glove.

“This is when the ‘aha’ moment came, that I could create a palm-less glove,” she said.

Now, after the strike of serendipity, Ferrer is being honored with a Member of the Month award by Fashion Business Inc. in Los Angeles.

The FBI is a nonprofit organization that provides educational courses, training, networking and consulting to help apparel entrepreneur build their businesses.

“They help by providing tools and resources to build a successful business,” Ferrer said.

Ferrer will show her PalmFree Sunwear line in the FBI’s annual fashion show at Union Railway Stations in LA on Oct.18.

“It will be fun, educational and interesting to see other members and their designs,” she said. “I’ve never been to a function like this before, so it will be exciting.”

Fashion instructor Nancy Spaulding will also attend.

“I am going as her ‘assistant’ and, of course, mentor/instructor,” she said.

Spaulding recommended that Ferrer join FBI after coming across the group’s website and watching some of their videos.

“I recommend to Pat that she become involved in a nonprofit organization in LA that specifically caters to people starting their own apparel businesses,” Spaulding said.

“Through the consultancy of the FBI and the experienced fashion professionals who work with the FBI, Pat will gain further knowledge about the ins-and-outs of the trade,” Spaulding added.

Ferrer found out about the award from an FBI staffer who told her she was September member of the month.

Ferrer is also nominated as FBI member of the year, but remains modest. “I’m sure it will be tight competition,” she said.

Her instructor is rooting for her.

“She is the perfect example of a non-traditional student who came into our program to learn the things she needed to learn in order to start her apparel business,” Spaulding said.

Spaulding thinks Ferrer’s success sends a larger message. “It is never too late to learn new skills,” Spaulding said. “She inspires many people in our area, our community and college.”

Ferrer has been focusing on creating a line of sun protective apparel accessories, such as hats, sleeves and lightweight shrugs.

“Once this line is in place, I would like to expand on colors and focus on marketing,” she said.

Ferrer earned a bachelor of science degree as a physician assistant from the University of Texas Medical Branch and a master of physician assistant degree with a specialization in dermatology.

As a physician assistant, she treats skin cancer and pre-cancers daily in the clinic where she works. She has seen the damage that intense sun can inflict on the skin on the back of hands.

Her love for tennis also inspired her invention. Using sunscreen to protect her hands affected her playing because the grip on her racket was slippery.

“In an effort to protect the skin on my hands, I’ve always wanted a palm-less sun protective glove,” she said. “I tried the ones available but they are ‘one size fits all,’ either too big, too cumbersome or they have Velcro that snags everything and eventually no longer works.”

Ferrer has an active lifestyle that extends beyond designing.

In 2008, she and her partner Bruce decided to leave Tacoma, Washington. They sold their house and 95 percent of their possessions, and hopped into a van.

“We camped our way through the Northwest passage, Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia, the western U.S. states and ended up spending eight months south of the border in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize,” she said.

While driving through Mexico, they stopped in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. Ferrer asked around for a medical volunteer opportunity.

She was told about Sergio Castro, who provides wound care to patients for free since Chiapas has no burn clinics or wound care facilities.

“The time I spent with him had a profound effect on me,” Ferrer said. “Since then, I have returned to help him annually, two weeks at a time.”

Ferrer did not know if she wanted to invest extensive work in her palm-less glove idea but  thought about creating a small business.

After one of her trips to Chiapas, she decided to move forward with the business. She donates her profits to Castro’s foundation, Yok Chij.

Ferrer is proud that her PalmFree Sunwear company has the Sunglove as a signature product.

“As a dermatology clinician, I see that many outdoor enthusiasts can benefit from this product to reduce their risks of skin cancers and photodamage,” Ferrer said. “This was created for tennis players, golfers and hikers, and can be worn when driving or cycling.”

The gloves are made with UPF50 fabric that can block up to 98 percent of solar radiation, according to Ferrer.

Meanwhile PCC’s Fashion Club is growing.

Members have numerous events planned for the year, including fashion shows, guest speakers, bake sales and field trips. On Oct. 29, a body scanning group from Washington D.C. will scan people to create custom dress forms.

“Exciting technology,” Spaulding said.

The fashion department is working closely with Arizona State University for transfer opportunities to a new bachelor’s degree in fashion design.

The department is also working to add at least one more certification, in event planning and styling.

To learn more about Pat Ferrer’s clothing business, visit

Information about the fashion club is posted at

For more information about the fashion program, visit

BEST BETS: Get ready for some fall-worthy events

BEST BETS: Get ready for some fall-worthy events

Compiled by Ashley Munoz

With temperatures finally cooling down, Tucson is ready to jump into fall season with a gaming convention, music concert, film festival and, uh, did we mention the pumpkin patch? Nightfall? Slaughterhouse?

Rincon Gaming Convention

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2

RinCon 16 welcomes new, casual and master gamers to participate in this major national convention at the Sheraton Hotel, 5151 E. Grant Road. It offers games of all sorts, including role-playing, board games, mini-card games and Artemis.

Players can sample a wide range of games by signing up for a scheduled event or by checking out games from the game library.

Pre registration for this event is sold out, but tickets for single and weekend passes will be available for purchase at the door.



Tucson Pride Parade and Pride in the Park

Sept. 30, Oct. 1

The hour-long Pride on Parade procession will wind down North Fourth Avenue, starting at East Second Street at 7 p.m. and ending at Ninth Street. If you want to participate, download an application off the website.

The 39th annual Tucson Pride in the Park at Reid Park will begin at noon and last until 9:00 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided by hosts Lucinda Holliday and Tempest DuJour, and a lineup of Tucson and national artists. Food trucks and vendors will be selling beer, wine and cocktails. Jumping castle for children.

Tickets cost $10 online and $12 at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free.

If you would like to save some money, donate six cans of food and get in for free or donate four cans of food for a half-priced ticket.

Details:, 602-793-2337


Oro Valley Music Festival

Oct. 1-2

Prepare to enjoy 97.1 The Bull’s country extravaganza on Saturday with artists David Nail, Chris Janson, Dan + Shay, Cassadee Pope and Brett Young.

My 92.9 will kick things off on Sunday with pop and rock artists Daughtry, Phillip Phillips, Colbie Caillat, Simple Plan, Ben Rector and Howie Day.

Doors open at 1 p.m., shows begin at 2 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. on both days. The golf club at Vistoso, 955 W. Vistoso Highlands Drive, Oro Valley, will host the event.

General tickets cost $59 on Saturday and $45 on Sunday, while VIP tickets will set you back $150 on Saturday and $125 on Sunday. Two-day passes start at $85 for general admission and $225 for VIP status.



Tucson Meet Yourself

Oct. 7-9

Tucson Eat Yourself, er Meet Yourself, offers music, food and live performances. This festival is known for showcasing Tucson’s diverse cultures including Mexican, Native American, Jamaican and more.

The downtown festival spreads across locations including El Presido Park, Church Street and Jacombe Plaza at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Friday and Saturday hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday events take place 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Admission is free, but bring a few bucks and wear loose clothing because there is no way you can leave this event without stopping for some type of food.



Tucson Film and Music Festival

Oct. 7-9

If you’re into independent film and music, check out this festival, now in it’s 12th year. It invites musicians, filmmakers and their fans to come together and enjoy the arts. Check their website for a full list of movie information and show times.




Oct. 8

Get ready for the 29th annual NamJam. Held at Reid Parks Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, located on South Country Club Road at East 22nd Street. It will run from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Bands and other artists perform throughout the day. There will be vendors, and military displays. Free admission.



Buckelew Farm

Last four weekends in October

Journey south to 17000 W. Ajo Way for the pumpkin-picking fall festival or start looking for a date to run with through the Terror in the Corn, because it’s that time of year again.

Fall festival activities including pumpkin painting and unlimited wagon rides get underway at 10 a.m. The pumpkin festival will be open the last four weekends in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

General admission is $10, but a child in diapers gets in for free. Admission for seniors age 55+ with ID costs $8.

Details:, 822-2041

Terror in the Corn at Buckelew Farm has been around for 10 years and keeps getting scarier. A haunting trail through the corn maze with the scariest Halloween creatures running after you, is the best way to kick off this spooky season.

The maze opens at 6:30 p.m. and closes at midnight. Be sure you arrive early enough to complete the maze and not get stuck in the underworld.

Participants age 21 and over can enjoy a cold beer from Tucson breweries, and everyone can sample treats from favorite local eateries.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

Admission is $25.00 all ages

Fast Pass: $30.00 (no wait in line)

Details:, 822-2277


Nightfall 2016

Sept. 29-Oct. 31

Prepare for your favorite time of the year by dodging clowns with chainsaws, zombies and even skeletons.

Interested yet? Well wait, there’s more. You can enjoy complimentary freak shows and get your Criss Angel on with magic shows.

Get your ticket to Tucson’s own haunted town at the Old Tucson grounds just west of Gates Pass, 201 S. Kinney Road.

Tickets cost $28 plus tax for ages 12 and up, and $21 plus tax for children ages 9-11.

On opening weekend, Sept 29-Oct 2, you’ll be able to get a discount from Wendy’s. You can get a coupon of $5 off adult and $5 off child admission at Tucson-area Wendy’s locations.

Details:, 883-0100


Slaughter House

Sept. 24-Nov. 5

Bring a change of underwear when you make your way to the Slaughterhouse and prepare for five heart-pounding haunted houses full of evil clowns and zombies, including an infested boiler room and an all-new Voodoo Bayou.

Be warned that you can and will be grabbed once you enter at least one of these spook houses, and all ticket buyers sign a liability waiver before entering. There is something to terrify even the bravest.

Tickets can be purchased online. They cost $23 for the zombie apocalypse experience, $23 for the four haunted houses or $35 for all five, not including service fees.

Details:, 784-2501


Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival

Oct. 1-30

The Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival, 1401 N. Wentz Road, will hold its opening weekend on Oct. 1-2 with admission costing $10. Following weekends will cost $12. Monday-Thursday tickets are at $10.

There will be a showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

The pumpkin patch is open Monday-Thursday from 3-7 p.m. and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Details:, 305-548

Arts Briefs

Arts Briefs

Compiled by Melina Casillas

Wind Ensemble performs Oct. 11

The Pima Community College Wind Ensemble will perform its first concert of the fall semester on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall on West Campus.

Tickets cost $6, with discounts available.

The program will include a mix of new and traditional arrangements including “Galop” from the “Dance of the Hours” by Amilcare Ponchielli—made famous by Walt Disney’s “Fantasia.”

The performance will end with pieces performed by smaller wind and percussion ensembles.

For more information, call the box office at 206-6986.


Writing workshop set for Oct. 14-16

Pima Community College and professional writer Annie Guthrie will present a weekend writing workshop Oct. 14-16.

The workshop will focus on immersive reading and writing techniques.

Readings will include essays, writings and poetry from contemporary writers including Hiromi Ito, Kamau Brathwaite and G.C. Waldrep.

Sessions will be held at the Downtown Campus in Building AH, Room 140, on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Participants will also work independently on Saturday night.

Students can earn two credits. Current Pima students can enroll for WRT 298T4 through MyPima, using CRN 14536. Non-students can fill out an online college admission form at Cost for Arizona residents is $183.

For more information, contact Josie Milliken at 206-7156 or or Brooke Anderson at 206-7350 or


Events near final run

Two college arts events will end in early October.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” enters its final weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Call the box office at 206-6986 for information.

A free faculty art exhibit at the West Campus Bernal Gallery will close on Oct. 7. Call the gallery at 206-6942 for details.




Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

To all the tree huggers: we just cut down about 1,000 trees to make this paper you’re holding. “Print some money and give it to us for the rain forests.”-Vivienne Westwood

Scorpio: (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Scorpio, you’re driven and dedicated but it’s how you make the Capricorns look that will define you this week. “I was never the ‘babe,’ so I knew I’d never get those big roles. I’d always be the best friend or the quirky sidekick.”-John Cusack

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You’re not a centaur so your week is already in the stables. If you believe hard enough, you can grow that extra le-PAIR of legs. “Aim high kid, but don’t aim for the impossible.”-Rainbow Dash

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

If you see a man with a hat, beard, pants and Nike free runs, he’s most likely a Capricorn and he has the answers you seek. Seeing this man anywhere will give you a commendable day. “What? A great man? I only ever see the ape of his own ideal.”-Friedrich Nietzsche

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Stop Googling “characteristics” about each sign and come up with your own jokes. They’re stale and predictable. “Sometimes you need those bad days, because it helps you truly appreciate the good ones.”-Pinterest Writer 13

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Your week will be full of fun surprises. You may even receive gifts from your friends even though your birthday is months away. “Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.”-Brian Tracy

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Legend says Aries only choose truth when they play Truth or Dare. But not you. You’ll choose dare and kiss the kid next to you no matter how bad he smells. “The word impossible is not in my dictionary.”-Napoleon Bonaparte

Taurus (April 20-May.20)

Don’t be lazy, Taurus. Farmers kill lazy oxen for meat.“You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You find yourself not being as witty as usual. Fear not. Others will take your place and soon you’ll have no friends to be witty with, other than yourself and your pets. “Welcome to the Twilight Zone.”-Rod Serling

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Speaking of bad karma, get ready for two and half weeks of it because you watched that episode of “Two and a Half Men” and made your family watch too. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”-Galatians 6:7

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Major key alert: you should be having a key of fun. Look to the future, because that’s when you’ll say, “I got the keys, keys, key.” “The key is to enjoy life, because they don’t want you to enjoy life.”-Dj Khaled

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This week you are destined to be amazing. You already know how and you already know why, so don’t let a Capricorn or the security guard stop you from what you want to do. “Just do it.”-Shia LaBeouf

Best Bets

Best Bets

Fall in love with these September events

Compiled by Katelyn Roberts

With the anticipation of crisper air and lower temperatures, September offers a selection of cultural festivals and special events sure to please everyone from beer connoisseurs to theater buffs.


Arizona Underground Film Festival
Sept. 16-24


Image courtesy of AZUFF

Arizona Underground Film Festival will screen international and local independent movies for its ninth straight year at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress.

A pass for every movie is $45. Admission for an individual screening costs $8.

Founder and festival director David Pike says he’s particularly excited about a documentary on UFO abductee Travis Walton. After the documentary screens on Sept. 17 at 1 p.m., Walton will conduct a question-and-answer session and a book signing.



Tucson Beer Cup
Sept. 17

Ten local breweries will compete for Best Flagship Beer at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Competition begins at 6 p.m. among 1055, 1912, Barrio, Borderlands, Catalina, Dragoon, Iron Johns, Nimbus, Pueblo Vida and Sentinel Peak.

Participants must be age 21 and up. General admission tickets costing $25 provide tastes of every beer and tasty snacks. If you spring for $50 VIP tickets, you’ll get more beer and can enjoy an expanded VIP buffet.

Tickets are $15 for selfless and sober designated drivers.

Details:, 622-8848


Tucson Greek Festival
Sept. 22-25

The Tucson Greek Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary with dance performances, live music, special guests and, heaps of Greek food and beverages for sale. The festival takes place at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road.

Admission is $3. Admission and raffle tickets can be purchased online.

Details:, 888-0505


Through Sept. 25

Playgoers have an opportunity to take a visual journey through border culture as Borderlands Theater hosts Richard Montoya’s “Nogales” at the Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theatre, 330 S. Scott Ave.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Weekday tickets cost $12 for general admission and $7 for students, while weekend tickets are $26 for general admission and $14 for students. Senior discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 882-7406.

Details:, 882-7406


Mount Lemmon Oktoberfest
Sept. 17-Oct. 9

Beginning on Sept. 17, and continuing every weekend through Oct. 9, Mount Lemmon Ski Valley will host “Tucson’s most authentic Oktoberfest.” Expect traditional German eats, live German music and, of course, German beer!

Admission is free, with food and beverages available for purchase. Ski lift rides will also be available.

Keep your pet at home unless it’s a service animal.


Punk band evolves but holds onto DIY ethic

Punk band evolves but holds onto DIY ethic


While many musicians and bands continue to create music in the same vein as when they first started, Ceremony has broken free from the constraints of hardcore punk and continues to evolve with each new release.

Ceremony started in Rohnert Park, California, in the early 2000s.

The group released its first EP, titled “Ruined,” in 2005. The EP showcased a faster style of hardcore music often labeled as power-violence.

Shortly after, Ceremony released its first full-length album, “Violence Violence,” through the hardcore label Deathwish Inc.

Band members have known each other as far back as middle school and many members have played together in bands since their teens.

Guitarist Anthony Anzaldo’s interest in playing music goes back to his childhood, when his father worked for MCA and Elektra records as a record promoter.

“His job was to get songs played on the radio,” Anzaldo said. “Before becoming a record promoter he worked as a radio DJ, so music has always been a major part of my family. I was exposed to various types of music since birth.”


Photo courtesy of Ceremony

For many musicians, an artist or band sparks an interest in creating music themselves. For Anzaldo, Prince made a lasting impression.

“I discovered Prince when I was 8 years old and it opened up a whole new world of music for me as far as the way I would listen to and enjoy music,” Anzaldo said. “He was the one who first inspired me to play music myself.”

While Ceremony found success within the hardcore and punk community with a blend of fast tempos, noisy guitar blasts and rapid-fire lyric delivery, band members found themselves growing and evolving as musicians.

“With fast hardcore music like “Ruined” or “Violence Violence,” it’s only done well when you’re young,” Anzaldo said. “That youthful angst is what makes hardcore and punk music great.”

Ceremony released two records under the well-known punk label Bridge Nine that showed a change in style.

The album “Still Nothing Moves You” reflected interest in textures and layers of sound. “Rohnert Park” began to sneak in spoken word passages and vocalist Ross Farrar used a more traditional singing style.

“It was definitely a natural progression for us to move away from hardcore music,” Anzaldo said. “We all grow up, change and evolve, and our records reflect this. It’s worked out for the best.”

Fan Eli Hernandez said Ceremony’s lyrics are still punk.

“Punk lyrics are personal and are usually from the singer’s life experiences, and they still have that on their newer records,” Hernandez said.

“I never really notice what label a band is on first,” he added. “If a band is good, then I’ll listen to them.”

Ceremony’s progression in sound included signing with the larger Matador record label, which is known for having a roster of bands that play various styles of music rather than focusing on any specific genre.

The group’s move to a larger label garnered criticism from hardcore fans who embrace smaller labels and a DIY aesthetic. Anzaldo said jumping to labels like Bridge Nine and Matador can seem like a big jump, but it’s really not.

“Labels don’t really matter the same way they did in the ’70s and ’80s,” he said. “People don’t listen to a band or musicians just because of the label.”

After joining Matador Records, Ceremony released the album “Zoo” in 2012 and “The L-Shaped Man” last year.

The albums show a giant shift in the group’s style, embracing the sparse style known as post-punk that originated in the ’80s.

“We know a portion of our fan base is made up of hardcore kids who loved our first records but we know that “The L-Shaped Man” is not a hardcore album,” Anzaldo said.

“We make music for us and if you like it then that’s wonderful but we aren’t going to pander to our fan base to just go on tour,” he added.

While the group has scaled back its blast beats and edgy lyrics, “The L-Shaped Man” sounds like a record made by a band knowing exactly what it wants to do.

It calls up memories of a band like Joy Division and The Fall, which paved the way for post-punk music. The lyrics remain personal, however, and the album still sounds very much like a Ceremony record.

“I feel like the album is definitely post-punk but we have always played music that didn’t necessarily fall into one scene or another,” Anzaldo said.

“People who listen to Ceremony cannot be grouped into one niche or scene, and getting to tour with a band like Bloc Party has shown we can play in front of different audiences and people will dig our music,” he added.

Being in an active band for a decade has given band members time to grow as people and as musicians, and their latest album reflects this. Ceremony is functioning better than ever and has no plans of letting up.

“We used to tour a lot more,” Anzaldo said. “When we put out a record, we will do an American tour and a little European run but we actually aren’t on the road anymore.”

Ceremony finished its American tour with Touche Amore last month. The band always has plans to record new music, so fans should keep an ear to the ground for news of an upcoming release within the next year.

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