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Grad speaker leads, inspires others

Grad speaker leads, inspires others

“What I’m passionate about is people making the most of their potential.” – Daniel McLean, graduation speaker By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Pima Community College’s graduation speaker, the middle child of 10 children, will discuss three topics at the May 18 ceremony. Sophomore Daniel McLean is a sibling to seven brothers and two sisters, so growing up […]

‘Get Out’ and wake up to subtle racism

‘Get Out’ and wake up to subtle racism

Editor’s note: Two staff members, photo editor Ashley Munoz and sports editor Casey Muse Jr., discuss the movie “Get Out” and the larger societal implications of racism. By ASHLEY MUÑOZ and CASEY MUSE Muñoz: The combination of horror, suspense and racism in the post-Obama era earned “Get Out” a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes […]

GOLF: Men’s golf takes third straight NJCAA Region I Championship title

GOLF: Men’s golf takes third straight NJCAA Region I Championship title

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO As the season winds down for the Pima Community College golf team’s, sophomore Desiree Hong captured her second ACCAC Player of the Year award. The men’s team took home their third straight Region I Division I Championship, despite having finished third or worse in all of their meets. MEN’S April 17-18: Paradise […]

EMT instructor sees program as force for good

EMT instructor sees program as force for good

Stories and photos by ALEX de LEÓN Laura Pieslewicz is a busy woman. “I don’t really know how to sit still,” she said. “I think I thrive on organized chaos.” Pieslewicz, 39, works as an emergency medical technician, teaches hospital-related courses at Banner University Medical Center and has taught full time for Pima Community College’s EMT […]

Taking care of an ill parent

Taking care of an ill parent

BY ASHLEY MUÑOZ My initial goal for this piece was to have students with stories similar to mine come forward and feel comfortable being interviewed about their personal experiences. Although that didn’t happen, I still want this story to be told. Growing up with an ill parent, or having a newly ill parent, is something […]

Farewell: From Texas to Tucson, a legacy of excellence

Farewell: From Texas to Tucson, a legacy of excellence

By EDDIE CELAYA Pima Community College journalism instructor Cynthia Lancaster will retire on May 18. In her time at PCC, she has guided scores of students toward careers in journalism and media. Born Cynthia Ann Brunstein on Sept. 19, 1953 in Cottonwood, Arizona, she was the second child of five, the only daughter. Her father, […]

Chekov’s ‘Three Sisters’ offers subtle message

Chekov’s ‘Three Sisters’ offers subtle message

By ROBYN ZELICKSON Anton Chekov is a Russian writer and dramatist best known for ‘The Cherry Orchard,” “Uncle Vanya” and “The Seagull.” But another work, “Three Sisters,” may be his best. Chekov wrote “Three Sisters” in 1900, and the play debuted in 1901 at the Moscow Art Theatre. The Pima Community College theater arts department […]

PCC prevention program aims to educate

PCC prevention program aims to educate

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ Joscelyn Luque and Paula Grijalva, Pima Community College students at Desert Vista Campus, began looking into the Aztec Proactive Prevention Program after they saw flyers at their campus. AP3 was developed for PCC students in an effort to prevent substance abuse and to decrease the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases. […]

Les-bi honest, coming out is hard

Les-bi honest, coming out is hard

By ERIK MEDINA Imagine a boy named John. He’s gay and until recently, didn’t want anyone to know because he feared abuse, neglect and even abandonment. He waited for the right time and finally decided to come out. Surprisingly, John’s parents embraced his announcement while offering hugs and kisses. This is a dream for many […]

Veterinary program: paws to refresh

Veterinary program: paws to refresh

Stories By DALE VILLEBURN OLD COYOTE Caretakers gather their tools, carefully monitoring the vitals of the unconscious patient on the examination table. They spread the patient’s jaws open and a procedure begins. Fitz, a 3-year-old Queensland Heeler mix, is undergoing a dental checkup at Pima Community College’s East Campus veterinary center. It’s a non-invasive procedure […]

It's all about how you rebound

It’s all about how you rebound

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Being scouted by the University of Arizona, becoming a motivational speaker and holding a championship trophy. Those aren’t things anyone expects to happen to them, especially a former juvenile delinquent. After being in and out of juvenile detention, Mario Moran started that climb after 11:33 p.m. May 27, 2005. “As a teen […]

SOFTBALL: Aztecs drop their five-game win streak

SOFTBALL: Aztecs drop their five-game win streak

By CASEY MUSE JR.  The Pima Community College softball team (34-19, 28-16 ACCAC) managed to scrape together some key wins during the back half of the regular season. The bullpen has remained consistent all season and the bats are finding their stoke at the right time of year. April 8: PCC 14, EAC 6/ PCC […]

Sonoran Glass art studios preserve ancient traditions

Sonoran Glass art studios preserve ancient traditions

By ROBYN ZELICKSON Glassblowing is an ancient art. Historians believe shipwrecked Phoenicians accidentally discovered glassmaking around 50 B.C. when they built cooking fires on a sandy beach. Fast forward to Tucson in 2001. Tom Philabaum and Dave Klein transformed an old tire-changing station near Interstate 10 into a home for glass artists. Over the years, […]

SOFTBALL: PCC proving dominant with 11 win streak

SOFTBALL: PCC proving dominant with 11 win streak

By CASEY MUSE JR.  The Pima Community College softball team (29-16, 23-13 ACCAC) has seen success with sophomore ace Bailey Critchlow and freshman Mandy Lorenson going on a tear lately, earning five and six wins in a row, respectively. March 25: PCC 5, Mesa 4/ PCC 5, Mesa 2 The first game was a thriller […]

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Acedo sets sight on Division II

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Acedo sets sight on Division II

By ZACH SMITH Emilio Acedo’s lifelong dream of achieving college basketball success came to a halt two years after his high school graduation. Acedo left Salpointe Catholic High School in 2011 as the Southern Arizona Player of the Year. Following a standout senior year, he’d garnered interest from several Division II and a few Division […]