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The Word: DACA

The Word: DACA

The Word: What do you think about the president rescinding DACA? Interview and photos by René Escobar   Nathan Taylor Undecided “DACA was the best option for immigrants to live in this country, terrible decision by Trump”   Luis Ancunez Undecided “Unfair.”   Anthony Lopez Law Enforcement “President made a budget cut like any other […]

Making the list

Making the list

PCC 1 of 3 schools in Arizona chosen By JUSTINA ZIEGLER The Manufacturing Institute has recognized Pima Community College as its newest member of its M-list, because of what it calls PCC’s “outstanding” courses in building and construction, machine tool technology, mechatronics, and welding programs. PCC is one of only three institutions in Arizona chosen […]

Womens soccer: Sophomore squad showcase strength

Womens soccer: Sophomore squad showcase strength

By CHRISTIAN MORTENSEN Coming off a successful year in 2016, in which the Aztecs finished with a record of 16-6-1 and reached the NJCAA Region 1 Final, 16-year Pima Community College head coach Kendra Veliz has high expectations heading into the new season. “Considering how we finished last year, losing in the regional final to […]

Stomping Grounds: Sweet Escape at Sweetwater Wetlands

Stomping Grounds: Sweet Escape at Sweetwater Wetlands

By MICHELA WILSON As you cross the bridge from the parking lot into Sweetwater Wetlands, the feeling of being in a desert quickly disappears. Ponds, surrounded by cattails, are alive with ducks, dragonflies and frogs. You may see a falcon or a heron fly overhead, or a family of bobcats wandering down the path. This […]

Center for the Arts fall preview

Center for the Arts fall preview

By MICHELA WILSON PCC Theatre Arts Inspired by an astronaut named José Hernández, the plays centers on the chal- lenges Pepito endures in school as the son of farmworkers. However dif cult the challenges are, Pepito remains committed to school, which helped him achieve his dreams. And after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing, it […]

Giving adult education a voice

Giving adult education a voice

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ   When 34-year-old Ana Chavarin found out she was pregnant at 15, her hope of furthering her education came to a halt. With the weight of a baby on the way, Chavarin dropped out of high school. “I always wanted to return, but I was busy being a mom,” Chavarin said. In 2009, […]

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 […]