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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

By EDDIE CELAYA Pima County Community College Board of Governors meetings are generally dull as dirt. It’s just short of a rule. Watching paint dry is a cinematic experience compared to your average board meeting. Which is why, at the Board of Governors first meeting on Jan. 11, I was so surprised to see a […]

Writing instructor connects with students

Writing instructor connects with students

By ELISE STAHL Scores of unusual objects line the tops of Kenneth Vorndran’s office cabinets. One object appears to be a miniature brain sitting in a pan. Another is a dog toy with an Icelandic address written on it. Still another is a stuffed canine being skewered by a small nail. And there are dozens […]

Women's March: Hope sprouts during show of solidarity

Women’s March: Hope sprouts during show of solidarity

By ASHLEY MUÑOZ I was lucky enough to be a part of Tucson’s Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21. People marched for women’s rights on the first full day of President Donald Trump’s term. On a cold and rainy day, not common for Tucson, our community came together to protest the new administration and […]

TOP 10: Broke Valentine's Day options

TOP 10: Broke Valentine’s Day options

  By ELISE STAHL Ah, Valentine’s Day. The day of chocolate, roses and fine wine … all of which can be a drain on your savings account. The average amount of money spent by an individual on Valentine’s Day in 2016 was $146.84, according to Time.com. Not surprising for a nearly $20-billion-per-annum holiday, but not […]

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Winter break provides no slack for the Aztecs

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Winter break provides no slack for the Aztecs

  By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO While many students finally got a good night’s sleep, the Pima Community College women’s basketball team took no breaks over the winter holiday. “The whole concern is that we need to beat the teams in our divisions,” assistant coach Jim Rosborough said. “We need to be sure that we’re top seed […]

Minimalists gives minimalism a bad name

Minimalists gives minimalism a bad name

By KATELYN ROBERTS With New Year’s resolutions devised, put into place and maybe even already abandoned, January and February produce all kinds of hip lifestyle buzzwords. As a vegan, I already chant the antioxidant-rich language of organic superfoods and probiotics. Recently, however, the “minimalism” trend caught my attention. Minimalists live efficient lives, and sometimes strive […]

Hospitality boasts strong career outlook

Hospitality boasts strong career outlook

By BRITTNEY YOUNG  Alejandra Aldeoa has been in the restaurant industry since she was 14 years old, working her way up from dishwasher to hostess. She currently works at the Omni Tucson National Hotel Resort. When she first hired in, she had no idea what she wanted as a career, until her manager recommended the […]

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Aztecs win two conference games in a row

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Aztecs win two conference games in a row

By CASEY MUSE JR The Pima Community College men’s basketball team (7-3, 2-1 in ACCAS) won two important conference games on Nov. 30 and Dec. 3, continuing to make strides toward improvement after losing its conference opener on Nov. 22. Every game is critical for the Aztecs as they prepare for some time off during […]

College class a good fit for 11-year-old

College class a good fit for 11-year-old

By ADRIAN FORD Most 11-year-olds are just starting middle school. A few are thinking about college, and even fewer are actually in college. Brooklynn Bluto is one of those select few. Bluto is currently enrolled in Japanese 101 at Pima Community College Downtown Campus. The sixth grader also attends Sahuarita Middle School. “I chose Japanese […]