Major: Dental Assistant Education
Major: Veterinary Science
Photos and interviews by Nate Kezer
“I’m gonna go with education. I Like Bernie Sander’s proposal of universal college education.”
“I would say gay marriage, because everyone deserves to be happy”
Major: Dental Hygiene
“I would say probably immigration laws, because lots of people want to immigrate to the US and that can have an effect on jobs and the economy”
Major: Digital Arts
“Homelessness rates and how they are treated. We need more of a way to get them assistance.”
Major: General Education
“I would say gun control because of all the recent shootings.”
Major: Digital and Film Animation
Photos and interviews by Steven Fowler
“People are going to express their opinion whether there’s a dislike button or not.”
Major: Fire Science
“I think there’s going to be more drama.”
Major: Criminal Justice
“It would be cool to see celebrities like the Kardashians get dislikes.”
“It allows people to express themselves more freely.”
“I think it’s a good idea to have because if you don’t like a post, it will give them a clear idea.”
Photos and interviews by Micheal Romero
“A burger. It’s cheap and satisfying.”
“Make-up, because I wear it and I like it.”
“Hot Cheetos, they’re always a quick good snack.”
“Clothes. If you find something and it’s cheap, of course you want it.”
Major: Behavior Health Technician
“If there’s a cheap ass shirt, I’m like ‘Yo, I need this, it’s fresh as fuck.’”
Major: Civil Engineering
Photos and interviews by Jessica Gonzales at West Campus
By KIT B. FASSLER
Sex trafficking is happening in Tucson.
Educating the public about that fact was the key purpose of a gathering held on March 24 at West Campus co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Studies Club and the Social Services Student Organization.
After showing a documentary film, the groups hosted a community discussion. Most attendees were Pima Community College students.
The documentary, titled “A Path Appears,” was produced by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Panel moderators were Dianna Repp, faculty advisor, Sheena Hokanson, ISC president, and Genesis Mora Delhayo, SSSO president.
The panel highlighted circumstances surrounding girls who have been taken into sex trafficking.
Some of their main points included:
• Sex trafficking is a form of slavery.
• Sex trafficking is a tough criminal enterprise.
• Many girls disappear permanently and their names are changed.
• A girl on the run can be taken by a manipulative pimp.
• Runaways ages 10-18, both poor and middle class, fall prey to traffickers.
• Victims are forced into prostitution and there are threats involved.
• Victims are not bad people.
Students participating in the discussion gave suggestions to help girls in this situation. Some of their ideas included:
• Expand education and community involvement.
• Make parents and girls aware that sex trafficking happens in our community.
• Emphasize that young girls need consistent support from their parents.
• Make young girls aware not to trust strangers.
• Teach young girls that pimps can approach them after school or at parties, and in places like shopping malls or public parking lots.
Every dark tunnel has a bright ending. The film documented how Illinois’ Cook County pioneered “National John’s Day” with a theme of “Shaming John.” On the day spotlighted, several men were arrested after attempting sex with young girls.
Nonprofit organizations such as the Mary Magdalene Project, FAIR Girls, Fairfund and GEMS: Girl Education and Mentoring Services have stepped up to transform the lives of the victims.
Their goals include providing housing and jobs to restore hope for victims, and to help them find their own new path.
For more information, visit pbs.org/independentlens/path-appears.
Photos and interviews by Pablo Espinosa at Downtown Campus
“It’s an act of oppression.They cut the funding for the lower income people.”
“I’m very against it. I don’t think we need more prisons. We should use the money from prisons and give it to education.”
“That sucks. That’s not fair. I think the students need the money more. Why should we build more prisons when we’ve got to focus on education?”
“I don’t think that is fair because we actually need it. I thought the prisons were getting enough money. It makes no sense.”
“It’s a bad idea to take away from education, which is our future. If he wanted to make more money, he should invest in education so people can get better jobs.”
Photos and interviews by Alfred Dicochea III at East Campus
“I would work for Live Nations. They work with concerts, and that is my passion. I go to concerts all the time.”
Major: Chemical engineering
“Water treatment. I want to do something that helps. I want to take messes and fix them.”
Major: General studies
“What I’m doing now. I’m a missionary for a club on campus. It’s just what I love.”
Major: Associate of Science
“Astrobiologist. I’m fascinated by it. You stop and look up, and you can’t see what’s out there with your eyes.”
Major: Veterinary assistant
“To be a veterinarian, because I love animals. If there is an animal in my house, it is because of me.”
By DANYELLE KHMARA
The Pima Community College International Student Club is a place where international students can get to know each other and participate in fundraisers, class trips and community service.
Club president Alejandra Fraijo moved from Sonora, Mexico, to Tucson six months ago for a better education and because Pima is close to her hometown.
She is in her second semester at Pima as a nutritional science major and says living in Tucson is a new life for her.
Club vice president Alma Gonzales, a psychology major, is also originally from Sonora. She moved to the United States when she was 5 years old.
Gonzales and Fraijo hope to transfer to the University of Arizona after Pima.
Both women are personable and well-spoken, each with a unique air of inviting confidence.
Students are drawn to the International Student Club for a sense of community.
“They want to get to know people, have a better experience and feel welcome,” Gonzales says.
Fraijo adds that international students want to talk to people who can empathize with what they’re feeling.
“They want to feel at home,” she says.
When Fraijo started at Pima, she went to the international student orientation.
“They told me about this club, and I was so interested,” she says.
She joined the club last semester and has made many friends.
Last semester she went to Disneyland on a club trip, and says the trip was a great experience. They traveled in four vans with around 43 students. Many of them were at Pima from Aguascalientes, Mexico, through the Bécalos student-exchange program.
“It was my first time going there,” she says. “I felt like a little kid.”
Gonzales got involved in the club last year, during her first semester at Pima.
“The past president was a really good friend of mine,” she says.
Her friend told her being involved in the club was a great way to get to know people, be more involved in the community and do community service.
Gonzales also went on the Disneyland trip last fall. Before the trip, she knew the Bécalos students a little but during the trip got to know them really well.
“I feel that we bonded,” she says. “It was a good time to actually get to know people.”
Gonzales and Fraijo really got to know each other for the first time on that trip as well.
The club looks for projects to help the community.
Gonzales says this helps club members have a resume that’s well-rounded and to be considered for scholarships.
“And it’s good for them to go out and experience,” she adds.
She has noticed that many community college students get into a routine where they go to class and then just go home—watch a movie, maybe. “In the club, we’re guiding them to do a little bit more,” she says.
Getting more involved in the community helps them form good habits, Gonzales says. Many of the club’s members find it rewarding, and some continue to do community service on their own, outside of the club.
Currently, 22 club members meet every Wednesday afternoon. There is a student from Germany, one from Puerto Rico, one from Japan and one from Argentina. Most of the other club members are from Mexico.
Some are first-generation born in the United States, raised in families with various cultural traditions. One student who was born in the U.S. has parents from Argentina and has lived there. Another grew up in a military family and traveled a lot as a child.
During meetings, club members discuss future projects, plan club fundraisers and discuss the community service projects they’re interested in taking on.
Last semester club members conducted a sock drive for Casa de los Niños and Casa de los Inmigrantes, and they hope to volunteer at a local food bank soon.
Because not all the club members are from Spanish-speaking countries, they mostly speak English during meetings.
“We try,” Gonzales says, laughing. “But sometimes it slips out—we speak in Spanish.” She adds that it helps non-Spanish-speaking club members learn Spanish.
Club members are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon this semester and are holding lots of fundraisers to attain that goal. They already have seven fundraisers planned before mid-April.
On March 5, the club sold nachos and quesadillas outside the West Campus bookstore. Joking and chatting happily with customers, club members took turns making sales, cooking quesadillas and stirring melted cheese.
Earlier this semester, club members went on an outing to Buffalo Wild Wings to get to know each other better.
Fraijo and Gonzales agree it was a great experience for everyone. “Taking it outside of school—so again, you get to know more people, more deeply,” Gonzales says.
Amy Copler, 20
“I would like two things: more social events that take place on campus, and more tutors available to assist students.”
Eduardo Lujan, 21
Major: Administration of Justice
“I’d like to see more diverse student clubs, like a political science club or a criminal justice debate club.”
Joshua McLean, 19
“I’d like to see better customer service in the bookstore and in the new cafeteria.”
Kari Mattias, 20
“I would like to see the tutoring center more accessible on Saturdays. Basically, more tutors, longer hours.”
Monique Carillo, 26
Major: Computer Science
“I would like better communication between students and advisors. I’d also like to see better communication between advisors and between advisors and administration. Sometimes you get totally different information from each one.”
Photos and interviews by Emery Nicoletti on East Campus.
“I’m off to New Mexico to relax and visit friends and family.”
Jared Phillips, 25
“My friend and I are going to Rocky Point, Mexico. Jet skiing, horseback riding and a sunset cruise are all on the agenda.”
Alexandra Miller, 19
“I’m going boating with family and friends at Lake Pleasant and Lake Roosevelt. We’re going to get some wakeboard time in.”
Andrew McGlaughlin, 20
“I’m taking my dogs to San Diego so we can run on the beach.”
Amerillis “Emmy” Beager, 19
Major: Liberal Arts
“Some friends have a cabin in Idaho, so I’m joining them to go snowboarding.”
Allen Ganuelas, 19
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Photos and interviews by Emery Nicoletti on Northwest Campus
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BY KIT B. FASSLER and JACK KEERS
Host families assembled at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus on March 2, eager to welcome an Up With People cast of 100 students from 20 countries. Rain that day surprised visitors expecting dry, warm weather in the desert.
The group came to perform, do community service and hold workshops for a week. One group volunteered at the Community Food Bank while others visited schools and conducted cultural workshops. The highlight of their visit was performing at the Fox Theatre downtown.
Up With People returned to Tucson to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its formation in the Old Pueblo. J. Blanton Belk founded the organization in 1965.
“I had a vision that it would be really good to harness the vibrancy of young students from all over the world,” Belk said. “Young people from different cultural background could bring the message of peace.”
Belk turned 90 this year and still lives in Tucson with his wife. He could hardly imagine that the group still performs around the world, including in Cuba in 2014.
“The show goes on,” he said. “As long as young people are there, there is hope for peace in this world.”
During the group’s Downtown Campus visit, a young, tall woman named Fia Binford chatted with peers while placing balloons on stage.
When approached by a reporter, she sat down and started telling stories about why she decided to join UWP.
“My parents met in the program 33 years ago,” Binford said. “At that time, the training center was still based in Tucson. The group traveled to Puerto Rico.”
Binford, who was born in Detroit but has a strong Irish heritage, holds dual citizenship in the United Kingdom and United States. She usually spends summers in Belfast.
This semester she is taking 12 credit hours on the road through Florida Southern College. Binford is studying a degree in music business with a minor in communication.
Her focus is on international communication and small group community service, including leadership and management skills.
“I learned to say ‘I love you’ in seven languages,” she said. “You always feel being a part of something greater than yourself.”
Binford likes to sing, and enjoys jazz music and rhythm.
“When you work with the group, you don’t think as an individual,” she said. “It’s about the cast, the message as a cast.”
Binford and other cast members said there are many stereotypes involving different countries and cultures.
Binford likes to talk about her joyful experiences with host families, and said the families are most welcoming.
“Being able to stay with host families in the local community is the most emotional and personal impact for me,” she said. The bonding that develops during the stay is incredible, she added, while the departure is sad.
On March 4, half of the cast returned to Downtown Campus for a cultural fair. They set up information tables and talked to students interested in joining UWP.
Cast member Rafael Schneider strummed a Brazilian tune on his ukulele with a welcoming smile while staffing a table. People couldn’t resist stopping by, and he happily posed for photos with the ukulele.
Schneider didn’t hesitate to talk about his country and his life while growing up in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. He was 13 and his youngest sister was only 1 when his parents were separated. At that time, he was more worried about his baby sister than himself.
Eventually, he realized he had to do something better for his own life.
“The lessons learned made me become stronger,” he said. “I chose to be positive to get ahead of my life.”
Schneider decided to learn English in the U.S., and attended Maclay High School in Tallahassee, Fla. After he graduated, he returned to Brazil to attend college.
“When I heard about UWP I decided to join,” he said. “I like its mission and was also eager to meet students from all over the world.”
UWP taught him the importance of team building and how to appreciate other people’s cultures. In his spare time, he likes to sing and play ukulele, Brazilian style.
In the afternoon, the staff conducted a two-hour workshop on leadership, culture and understanding differences.
The activities led to discussion about interpersonal communication, cultural differences and how those differences affect interaction among individuals.
Yira Brimage, vice president of student development for Downtown Campus, said PCC is positioning itself for globalization and the visit by international students could build bridges of global friendship.
“The UWP cast doesn’t only perform,” she said. “The component part of it is community service that brings the message of peace. These international students visit our community full of vibrancy, enthusiasm and energy. I hosted a student from Switzerland who speaks five languages.”
UWP’s theme for its March 6 performance integrated music and dance from the ‘60s to the present. It featured colorful dances from South Africa, Hawaii, Japan, Cuba and the U.S.
During the emotional finale, the audience joined in singing the group’s theme song, “Up Up with People.”
Editor’s note: Pima Community College has replaced cafeteria meals with food trucks. Aztec Press is investigating the new options with fork in hand.
By ALEX FRUECHTENICHT
Jozarelli’s Italian Street Food is one of the sharpest looking food trucks parked out front of Pima Community College campuses.
While the concept is nothing new, Jozarelli’s separates itself from other food trucks by offering Italian cuisine ranging from pizza and calzones to pasta bowls and sandwich wraps.
When you order one of the many $6 to $9 dishes, you’ll be greeted with a smile and questions to ensure your selection arrives just how you want it.
Your food is made fresh when you order, which is great, but it may pose a problem if you are in a rush to grab a bite before class. Each dish takes around 10 minutes to make.
If you aren’t in a hurry, the truck has an outside television you can watch while your food is being prepared. Thankfully, if you have the time, the food is well worth it.
The dish I ordered, a spicy Italian sausage calzone for $7, was large enough to warrant the price.
The calzone was stuffed to the brim with cheese, basil, red peppers and, of course, sausage. The ingredients were fresh and still full of flavor, not old or bland, which was a worry for me going in.
The combination of friendly staff, a large menu, entertainment and quality of dishes really make Jozarelli’s a standout food truck at Pima.
Just don’t expect them to rush your order.