By ANDRES CHAVIRA
Fall/Winter 2015 was filled with a multitude of different clothing releases ranging in price, quality and style. With the recent increase in the amount of fashion conscious youth around the world it’s only fair that we look at the most memorable clothing drops of the last season.
10. Midnight Studios
Shane Gonzales, 20, teamed up with punk era photographer Steve Emberton to release his latest line. As always, Gonzales focused heavily on the quality, giving us a more contemporary oversized aesthetic.
9. Gosha Rubchinskiy
Designer Gosha Rubchinskiy has brought yet another new face to the ever-changing world of fashion. Strongly influenced by 90s era Russia, as well as the modern day skating subculture, Rubchinskiy brings a unique and refreshing look to the youth of today, and this release was no exception.
8. Palace Skateboards
London based skateboarding brand Palace has successfully planted both feet firmly in the skater subculture, as well as the streetwear scene. Palace continues to mature as a clothing brand moving from only displaying its “Tri-Ferg” logo to a much larger variety of well-executed designs.
7. Fear of God x Pacsun
Jerry Lorenzo’s first ever collaboration touched down this season with Pacsun. This collaboration offers the great quality and look of Lorenzo’s project, Fear of God, but made it more openly available for people since the prices were lower.
6. BAPE x PUMA
Classic sportswear brand PUMA collaborated with A Bathing Ape, one of the most iconic and influential streetwear brands to ever exist, and gave us yet another memorable collection.
5. Supreme x The North Face
Legendary skateboarding brand Supreme is known for its iconic collaborations, and this season was no different. Supreme and The North Face teamed up once again to give us yet another set of killer pieces that were sought after by hype beasts throughout the world.
Designer Virgil Abloh released his third season with the brand Off-White, a truly eye-catching collection. This release gave off a very nostalgic and rural vibe. Although different from his past work, it fit well together.
3. H&M x Balmain
High fashion house Balmain and H&M joined forces to give us one of the greatest collaborations in recent times. The collaboration gave us all the amazing quality offered by the house while giving people an opportunity to purchase them at much lower prices.
2. YEEZY Season 1
Rapper and designer Kanye West joined forces with Adidas to release his first and highly anticipated collection named YEEZY Season 1. This collection was a very contemporary take on basics as well as a pair of athletic shoes and duck boots.
1. Raf Simons
Raf Simons’ most recent collection was one that instantly caught the attention of many. Simons took the beauty of our youth and subtly incorporated it into our adulthood creating a beautiful contrast.
By TRAVIS BRAASCH
Leftover Crack formed in 1998 after the breakup of political punk band Choking Victim. They’ve always played a style that fuses punk, ska, and hardcore together in a way that flows to create an urgent backdrop to the radically leftist nature of the lyrics.
Releasing their first full length record titled “Mediocre Generica” in 2001, followed by the well accepted “Fuck World Trade” in 2004, LOC continued to gain a stronger following with each release, despite the constant cloud surrounding the group due to their radical lifestyle of squatting.
Squatters are individuals who choose to occupy abandoned buildings or land and are stereotyped as substance abusers. Many also hold extreme leftist political views and practice an anarchist lifestyle. This is a group frequently overlooked by most of society, even though the New Internationalist social justice magazine reported in 2006 that there are an estimated 1 billion squatters worldwide.
“There’s a stigma with our band because of our politics, lifestyles and personalities,” said vocalist Scott “Stza” Sturgeon. “It boils down to the fact that people don’t like squatters.”
With twelve years since their last full-length release, LOC has had more time than some bands to work on a follow-up to a successful album. It immediately shows when listening to “Constructs Of The State,” released in 2015.
“It wasn’t like we took 11 years off, we were active the entire time,” said Brad Logan, guitarist and vocalist. “We released a split with Citizen Fish and toured in other bands, Rats In The Walls and Star Fucking Hipsters.”
Like many bands, LOC was under pressure after the success of “Fuck World Trade” to quickly put together a follow up album. Rather than rush into another project, the band toured and released an EP, taking time to put together new songs over the course of years instead of months.
“Everyone got to contribute within the band and we worked with people we admire, which has been great,” Logan said.
“Constructs Of The State” features several guest appearances, such as Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy and Common Rider Fame, who also directed the music video for the song “System Fucked” off of “Constructs Of The State.” The album also has songs featuring members of the Bouncing Souls, The Dead Milkmen and REIVERS.
“Because it was recorded in the Bay Area, a lot of our friends’ bands came to town,” Stza said. “I think it is a great way to work. It couldn’t have happened if we recorded this album in a month.”
While the music is as diverse as ever, fans of the band will devour the lyrics covering the band’s typical topics like police brutality, racism, homophobia, religion and living the squatter lifestyle. While many artists may talk about the lifestyle of punks and squatters, LOC speaks from experience.
“The topics I like to talk about won’t go away anytime soon, I shed light on them,” Stza said. “I don’t like to date the music or talk about current events. Hip-hop dates itself a lot, and songs can become irrelevant within a year.”
Due to the nature of the topics they choose to speak about, LOC have been in almost constant conflict with the police since their inception, especially in their hometown of New York City.
“The police are aware of our band and it can make it hard in places like New York where we have had trouble with the police constantly and promoters don’t want to deal with it and won’t book us,” Stza said.
Despite having trouble finding promoters and venues willing to book them, LOC have a constantly growing base of fans, many of whom are getting into punk music and politics for the first time. Though criticized for being a “gateway punk band,” LOC doesn’t see this as a bad thing.
“I’m proud to be called a gateway punk band,” said Stza. “We have a lot of young fans or people who got into our band at an early age. You shouldn’t hold important messages back because of fashion or who’s cool or isn’t.”
“It should be open to everybody,” said Logan. “We could provide a gateway into people checking us out and moving on to the bands that influenced us which we feel are far superior to our own band. Those ideas need to be out there.”
Besides living the lifestyle that they talk about in their music, the members of LOC are involved in politics, often playing for benefits or organizations that they support including No More Deaths, who work to stop the deaths of immigrants in the desert.
“I love Tucson. I’ve worked with No More Deaths for a few years now,” Stza said. “There was a no borders camp they had eight years ago that I went to and played for the US and Mexico sides of the border, as well as a small tour with No More Deaths.”
As active as they are, the members of LOC show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. They have a batch of songs that didn’t quite fit on “Constructs Of The State” that will be released as an EP later this year, as well as a busy tour schedule.
“We want to go to Japan, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia,” Stza said. “I want to hit anywhere that will have us.”
For more information on LOC, visit leftovercrack.rocks.
“When I’m studying, I listen to symphonies by Schubert because they have no lyrics in them.”
Major: Computer Science
“I grew up listening to jazz. It helps me focus and relax myself.”
Major: Medical Lab Tech
“Anything hardcore or heavy, like hip-hop or metal.”
Major: Dental Hygiene
“It varies. Whatever fits my mood that day.”
“While I work out, I generally listen to something uptempo that I can sing along with to keep me going.”
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.