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Pima volunteers ‘RISE’ for homeless

Pima volunteers ‘RISE’ for homeless

 By ROBYN ZELICKSON Homelessness remains a pervasive problem in America. The Tucson/Pima Coalition to End Homelessness reported 1,762 homeless people in January 2016. Of those, 281 were veterans. The 2017 count has just been completed and results are being tabulated. We may ask, what can we do to help end homelessness? Pima Community College student […]

Rillito Park gets back on track

Rillito Park gets back on track

By EDDIE CELAYA Odds are if you tell a Tucsonan you plan to watch some horseracing, the response will be, “have fun in California.” If you tell the person, no, you’ll be enjoying the sport of kings in the Old Pueblo, you’ll probably get a “Where? At the dog track?” Such is the battle for […]

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Aztecs earn win at nationals, wrap up great season

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Aztecs earn win at nationals, wrap up great season

By CASEY MUSE JR. The Pima Community College men’s basketball team cruised into the NJCAA national tournament after a great season at the conference level. The Aztecs played each of their opponents close and did everything they could to make the Pima community proud. The team finished with a record of 22-13, and brought home […]

DACA: New administration brings uncertainty

DACA: New administration brings uncertainty

By MELINA CASILLAS and NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Ana, a student at Pima Community College and the University of Arizona, came to the United States when she was 2. She came with her parents and brother, because her parents thought it was the best thing to do for their children. “It’s not like Mexico had a bad […]

SPRING BREAK: Getaways close to home

SPRING BREAK: Getaways close to home

By MELINA CASILLAS 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 […]

Artist’s difficult life won’t define her

Artist’s difficult life won’t define her

By ERIK MEDINA Call Pima Community College student Montessa White an artistic Cinderella. “I’m a creative, ambitious person — I like to think at least,” White said. “I think I’m pretty smart and I want to do what I want to do. I have a lot of dreams and passions and I’m trying to pursue that. I’m a dreamer.” White was born […]

STOMPING GROUNDS: Old West awaits, practically in your backyard

STOMPING GROUNDS: Old West awaits, practically in your backyard

By DALE VILLEBURN OLD COYOTE Polish your boots, straighten your bolo and bust out those Wranglers, because this is Trail Dust Town and you’re re-entering the wild west. Well, about as close as you can get without leaving the Tucson metropolitan area. Trail Dust Town is located on Tucson’s east side at 6541 E. Tanque […]

BASEBALL: Aztecs move above .500 for the season

BASEBALL: Aztecs move above .500 for the season

By RENE ESCOBAR As the Pima Community College baseball team digs through the opening season schedule they face a 0.028 lower batting average than last year. The Aztecs have 37 more games till their post season, after the Chandler-Gilbert game. Feb. 18: PCC 5, Mesa 8 Manny Ramirez home runs as the Aztecs fall to […]

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Pima to host Scottsdale in playoffs

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Pima to host Scottsdale in playoffs

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO The Pima Community College women’s team will be the No. 2 seed for the NJCAA Region I, Division II tournament, and will host No. 3 Scottsdale Community College on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. Pima finished the regular season with a 22-7 overall record and a 17-5 record in conference play. Feb. […]

BASEBALL: Aztecs go even in four-game series

BASEBALL: Aztecs go even in four-game series

By: RENE ESCOBAR The Pima Community College baseball team trounced its way into the season, picking up three straight wins against the University of Arizona Club team.   Feb. 3: PCC 2, El Paso 5 / PCC 14, El Paso 8 In the first game, the Aztecs scored their only two runs in the second […]

Ex-Pima student can ‘sea’ opportunities

Ex-Pima student can ‘sea’ opportunities

By EDDIE CELAYA   If the late-1980s smash hit “The Little Mermaid” is to be believed, “flapping your fins, you don’t get too far.” Tell that to former Pima Community College student Emy Higdon. Higdon holds an associate of applied science in business, with a concentration in marketing. Odette holds court over the dry rivers […]

Pro hockey finds home in Old Pueblo

Pro hockey finds home in Old Pueblo

By CASEY MUSE JR. Ice hockey surely is not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of things to do in Tucson. Average temperatures regularly reach the 70s during winter months and snow is pretty much a foreign object. Despite all that, the National Hockey League Arizona Coyotes agreed in April 2016 […]

Funding cuts, enrollment drops equal massive PCC budget woes

Funding cuts, enrollment drops equal massive PCC budget woes

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ Elimination of state funding and continuing drops in enrollment have left Pima Community College officials facing tough budget decisions. Proposed solutions have generated talk of possible tuition hikes, layoffs, campus closings, spending cuts and elimination of programs. “As you look at the impacts of no state support, declining enrollment, you have to […]

‘IN THE HEIGHTS:’ Musical features all-Latin student cast

‘IN THE HEIGHTS:’ Musical features all-Latin student cast

By ROBYN ZELICKSON   Costumed actors mill around, waiting for rehearsal to begin. Todd Poelstra, the director for “In the Heights,” stands at a lighting station on the Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre stage. Choreographer Mickey Nugent arrives to work with his singer/dancers. Although he’s choreographed hundreds of shows, he’s excited about working for […]

College in stretch run with accreditor

College in stretch run with accreditor

By EDDIE CELAYA After nearly five years of sanctions, Pima Community College is waiting on its accrediting body to decide its fate. That ruling is expected when the Higher Learning Commission’s board of trustees meets Feb. 23-24. The saga began in the summer of 2012 with numerous complaints, including allegations of sexual misconduct against then-Chancellor […]