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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 […]

Downtown Tucson takes a free ride

Downtown Tucson takes a free ride

Story by KATELYN ROBERTS Photos by DAVID JOSEPH DEL GRANDE A “cyclovia,” Spanish for a temporary blockade from cars, allows locals to do anything but drive among a community’s car-free streets. As one of the most bike-friendly cities in the United States, ranked 23rd by Bicycling.com, Tucson’s spring Cyclovia on April 2 was a showcase […]

LIVING WITH TOURETTE'S: A story of tics, tantrums, and take-aways

LIVING WITH TOURETTE’S: A story of tics, tantrums, and take-aways

By ELISE STAHL Just because I’m nodding my head does not mean I agree with you. It’s just a tic, and it isn’t my only one. It isn’t uncommon for people to develop individual tics, twitches or spasms, especially when they are stressed or anxious. These are generally referred to as “nervous tics.” But some […]

Veterans want more 'safe spaces'

Veterans want more ‘safe spaces’

“It’s important for every employee at Pima to have an awareness and understanding of the veterans ” Jorge Camarillo, veterans center coordinator By ROBYN ZELICKSON Will Wood was a 26-year-old Army sergeant when he deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. He was responsible for six or seven soldiers, many of them just 19 years old. “It’s not […]

Chancellor’s letter causes board uproar

Chancellor’s letter causes board uproar

By EDDIE CELAYA  A Pima Community College board member suggested Chancellor Lee Lambert may have abused his authority when Lambert sent an envoy to represent the college and governing board at a Tucson Unified School District meeting. MESSAGE DELIVERED The affair was set in motion by a Feb. 27 email sent by TUSD Governing Board […]

No curtain call for 'Matt Finish'

No curtain call for ‘Matt Finish’

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Nolan “Matt Finish” Kubota is a short, well-built, flamboyant man from northwestern California. His journey to Tucson has led him all over the world. His roles at Pima Community College include director of productions for dance. He teaches advanced ballet and jazz, and runs the student dance ensemble. On top of all […]

Congo activist seeks U.S. asylum

Congo activist seeks U.S. asylum

By KATELYN ROBERTS In Central Africa, Arnaud Davy Mambanza Mboungou had two full-time jobs: working as an oil engineer for Haliburton and taking care of his deceased older brother’s children. Fleeing his home in 2016 to seek asylum was not part of the plan. Mambanza Mboungou, 36, left Pointe- Noire, a city in the Republic […]

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 […]