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THE WORD: How are you helping the environment?

THE WORD: How are you helping the environment?

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Photos and interviews by Andres Chavira at East Campus

“Recently they put a recycling bin in my building and I also compost as much as I can.” Brandt Birkholm Major: Business

“Recently they put a recycling bin in my building and I also compost as much as I can.”
Brandt Birkholm
Major: Business

“I throw things into a recycling bin, I try not to use plastic as often and I also reuse a lot of it to make art projects.” Angelica Valenzuela Major: Fine Arts

“I throw things into a recycling bin, I try not to use plastic as often and I also reuse a lot of it to make art projects.”
Angelica Valenzuela
Major: Fine Arts

“I stay green by unplugging all electrical devices that I don’t need when I leave the house to conserve energy.” Max Bracamonte Major: Film and Media Production

“I stay green by unplugging all electrical devices that I don’t need when I leave the house to conserve energy.”
Max Bracamonte
Major: Film and Media Production

“I use a lot of old plastic containers again; my grandmother taught me to do that. I also do a lot of recycled material DIYs.” Naya Cordova Major: Nursing

“I use a lot of old plastic containers again; my grandmother taught me to do that. I also do a lot of recycled material DIYs.”
Naya Cordova
Major: Nursing

“When it comes to recycling, I usually reuse plastic containers and attend sustainability conventions in Tempe every year.” Arturo Noriega Major: Business Management

“When it comes to recycling,
I usually reuse plastic
containers and attend sustainability conventions
in Tempe every year.”
Arturo Noriega
Major: Business Management

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THE WORD: How do you choose an instructor?

THE WORD: How do you choose an instructor?

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“Go to ratemyprofessors.com and based off willingness to work with students.” Margaret Eubanks Major: Medical assistant

“Go to ratemyprofessors.com and based off willingness
to work with students.”
Margaret Eubanks
Major: Medical assistant

 

“I choose according to my schedule.” Nathan Carreno Major: Undecided

“I choose according
to my schedule.”
Nathan Carreno
Major: Undecided

 

“Word of mouth I find is the best advertisement so I would seek out other students and get their feedback.”  Marsha Greenwood-Schotz Major: Nursing

“Word of mouth I find is the
best advertisement so I would seek out other students
and get their feedback.”
Marsha Greenwood-Schotz
Major: Nursing

 

“Typically I might ask friends and go off of their suggestions. Other than that, I usually use ratemyprofessors.com.” Luis Morales Major: Mining engineer

“Typically I might ask friends and go off of their suggestions. Other than that, I usually use ratemyprofessors.com.”
Luis Morales
Major: Mining engineer

“First I eliminate campus locations and times that are not convenient. Then I look for the class that is filling up the fastest.” Gary Brostek Major: Accounting

“First I eliminate campus locations and times that
are not convenient. Then I look for the class that is filling
up the fastest.”
Gary Brostek
Major: Accounting

 

 

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THE WORD: What was your worst spring break experience?

THE WORD: What was your worst spring break experience?

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Photos and interviews by S. Paul Bryan

 

“I got really sick and was unable to go on spring break with my friends.” Ashley Alexander Major: Nursing

“I got really sick and was
unable to go on spring break with my friends.”
Ashley Alexander
Major: Nursing

Pg03-Word-Ethan D'Urso-sprigg

“My girlfriend and I broke up in the middle of spring break. That was definitely my worst spring break experience.” Ethan D’Urso-Sprigg Major: Undecided

Pg03-Word-Rachel Mothershed

“One spring break I had tons of homework. I was not able to enjoy the break to the fullest.” Rachel Mothershed Major: Dental assistant

Pg03-Word-Sofia Fuentes

“I had to work every day of spring break, eight hours a day. The worst is, I was working at Taco ‘Hell.’” Sofia Fuentes Major: Liberal arts

Pg03-Word-Victoria Villa

“I was forced to go to work and then go straight home and study for exams that I had to take as soon as spring break was over.” Victoria Villa Major: Radiology

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THE WORD: What is your ideal Valentine’s Day?

THE WORD: What is your ideal Valentine’s Day?

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photos and interviews by Melina Casillas on Desert Vista Campus

Pg03-Word-Mariah Zavala

“Spending time with loved ones and eating a lot of junk food.”

Mariah Zavala

Major: Associate of Science

Pg03-Word-David Fernandez

“A beach setup at sunset

with candles, a blanket.”

David Fernandez

Major: Business administration

Pg03-Word-Kelsey Ribbeck

“Something spontaneous,

as long as it’s not

‘Netflix’ and chilling.”

Kelsey Ribbeck

Major: Veterinary science

Pg03-Word-JuanPedro Ahumada

“Hiking up to Ramiro pools,

and then having a picnic.”

JuanPedro Ahumada

Major: Nanotechnology

Pg03-Word-Kari Fort

“A nice dinner where I’m able

to dress up, and then a movie.”

Kari Fort

Major: X-ray technician

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THE WORD: Have you ever littered and why?

THE WORD: Have you ever littered and why?

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Photos and interviews by D.R Williams on West Campus

 

Pg03-Word-Ashitari Perez

“When I was younger. I just never gave it a second thought.”

Ashitari Perez 

Major: Photography

 

Pg03-Word-Charles Loy

“I don’t litter. I pick up trash when I go hiking if I see it. “

Charles Loy

Major: Arts and Entertainment

 

Pg03-Word-Jacqueline Garcia

“Never. I’ve always tried to pick trash up when I see it.”

Jacqueline Garcia

Major: Marine Biology

 

Pg03-Word-Lucia Hernandez

“I only throw out biodegradable things to help the soil.”

Lucia Hernandez

Major: Science

 

Pg03-Word-Todd McBride.

“Laziness. I didn’t want trash in the car and I wasn’t stopping

Todd McBride

Major: Web Design

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Top 10: Streetwear

Top 10: Streetwear

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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.

4. Off-White

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.

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Leftover Crack’s triumphant return

Leftover Crack’s triumphant return

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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.

Chris Mann, Brad Logan, Scott Sturgeon, Donny Morris and Alec Crack of Leftover Crack pose for a photo. (Photo courtesy of Leftover Crack)

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THE WORD: Which music genre motivates you the most?

THE WORD: Which music genre motivates you the most?

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Pg03-Anmol

“When I’m studying, I listen to symphonies by Schubert because they have no lyrics in them.”

Anmol Jain

Major: Computer Science

Pg03-Ariela

“I grew up listening to jazz. It helps me focus and relax myself.”

Ariela Edelman

Major: Medical Lab Tech

Pg03-Jonathan

“Anything hardcore or heavy, like hip-hop or metal.” 

Jonathan Vasquez

Major: Dental Hygiene

Pg03-Kaity

“It varies. Whatever fits my mood that day.”

Kaity Lopiccolo

Major: Nursing

Pg03-Tyler

“While I work out, I generally listen to something uptempo that I can sing along with to keep me going.”

Tyler Mercer

Major: Undecided

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THE WORD: What are you most ungrateful for this semester?

THE WORD: What are you most ungrateful for this semester?

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Tabby McCarty

“The fact that I still can’t make a career choice after three years of school.”

Tabby McCarty

Major: Undecided

"This cold weather lately. I'm not a fan cold, that's why I'm in Arizona"

“This cold weather lately. I’m not a fan cold, that’s why I’m in Arizona”

Luke Smith

Major: Business

 

Isabella Gomez

“The 29 exams I will have taken or still have to take this semester.”

Isabella Lopez

Major: Dental Assistant Education

Bakarie Wilks

“The chemistry class I have this semester, because I never took chemistry before and the class is online. So it’s a challenge.”

Bakarie Wilks

Major: Veterinary Science

Quinn Hoenig

“Guests who come over and use a dish and they don’t wash it. Washing a dish is just an easy thing to do.”

Quinn Hoenig

Major: Hydrology

 

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The Word: If you went to Comic-Con, what or who would go as and why?

The Word: If you went to Comic-Con, what or who would go as and why?

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“I actually do cosplay. I would go as Ninja Brian from Ninja Sex Party because it’s the only costume where people laugh and applaud you flipping them off.” Adam Metzger Major: Art Education

“I actually do cosplay. I would go as Ninja Brian from Ninja Sex Party because it’s the only costume where people laugh and applaud you flipping them off.”
Adam Metzger
Major: Art Education

“Last year I went as Meiko from Vocaloid. I will probably just go wearing my Star Wars shirt. I hope the guy that makes the Friday the 13th comics comes.” Mireya Piña Major: Animatio

“Last year I went as Meiko from Vocaloid. I will probably just go wearing my Star Wars shirt. I hope the guy that makes the Friday the 13th comics comes.”
Mireya Piña
Major: Animatio

“I’m probably going to do something really casual because it’s not as big of a convention. I may just go in my normal clothes.” Erika Kendall Major: Digital Art

“I’m probably going to do something really casual because it’s not as big of a convention. I may just go in my normal clothes.”
Erika Kendall
Major: Digital Art

“[I would be] a character named Ioriya-gami from the game King of Fighters because ever since I was a kid I thought he was a really cool character.” Eli Peskin Major: Digital Art

“[I would be] a character named Ioriya-gami from the game King of Fighters because ever since I was a kid I thought he was a really cool character.”
Eli Peskin
Major: Digital Art

“I would cosplay Wonder Woman because she was one of the first ones to be a super-hero. She was really iconic.” Vanessa Reynaga Major: Digital Arts and Film

“I would cosplay Wonder Woman because she was one of the first ones to be a super-hero. She was really iconic.”
Vanessa Reynaga
Major: Digital Arts and Film

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THE WORD: What is the greatest issue facing America today?

THE WORD: What is the greatest issue facing America today?

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Photos and interviews by Nate Kezer

Pg03-Tobias Hodges

“I’m gonna go with education. I Like Bernie Sander’s proposal of universal college education.”

Tobias Hodges

Major: Undecided

Pg03-Marisa Cannon

“I would say gay marriage, because everyone deserves to be happy”

Marisa Cannon

Major: Dental Hygiene

Pg03-Micheal Laforge

“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”

Michael Laforge

Major: Digital Arts

Pg03-Tara Wright

“Homelessness rates and how they are treated. We need more of a way to get them assistance.”

Tara Wright

Major: General Education

Pg03-Gregory Siow

“I would say gun control because of all the recent shootings.”

Gregory Siow

Major: Digital and Film Animation

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THE WORD: What advice would you give college-bound high-schoolers?

THE WORD: What advice would you give college-bound high-schoolers?

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Photos and interviews by Steven Fowler

“Have a good idea of what you are going to do for the future so you don’t waste your time.” Marcus Molina Major: Pharmacy Tech

“Have a good idea of what you are going to do for the future so you don’t waste your time.”
Marcus Molina
Major: Pharmacy Tech

"Keep your dreams in front of you, study hard and stay true to yourself.” Christian Silva Major: Journalism

“Keep your dreams in front of you, study hard and stay true to yourself.”
Christian Silva
Major: Journalism

“Your grades. It’s really hard to try and get into a college with a low GPA.” Amanda Giannelli Major: Broadcast Journalism

“Your grades. It’s really hard to try and get into a college with a low GPA.”
Amanda Giannelli
Major: Broadcast Journalism

“Be prepared to do a lot more work. This is your time to search for what you want to do in life.” Julia Mona Major: Nursing

“Be prepared to do a lot more work. This is your time to search for what you want to do in life.”
Julia Mona
Major: Nursing

 “Make sure to take advantage of the time you have to do homework.” Kendra Curnett Major: Visual Arts


“Make sure to take advantage of the time you have to do homework.”
Kendra Curnett
Major: Visual Arts

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THE WORD: What do you think about Facebook having a ‘dislike’ option?

THE WORD: What do you think about Facebook having a ‘dislike’ option?

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Pg03-Word 01

“People are going to express their opinion whether there’s a dislike button or not.”

Josue Segura
Major: Fire Science

 

Pg03-Word 02

“I think there’s going to be more drama.”

Bianca Sahagun
Major: Criminal Justice

 

Pg03-Word 03

“It would be cool to see celebrities like the Kardashians get dislikes.”

Rachael Martinez
Major: Undecided

 

Pg03-Word 04

“It allows people to express themselves more freely.”

Karen Padron
Major: Nursing

Pg03-Word 05

“I think it’s a good idea to have because if you don’t like a post, it will give them a clear idea.”

Gustavo Rios
Major: Undecided

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The Word:What is something you buy cheap with no hesitation?

The Word:What is something you buy cheap with no hesitation?

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Photos and interviews by Micheal Romero

Pg03-AyliceVelasco

“A burger. It’s cheap and satisfying.”

AYLICE VELASCO

Major: EMT

Pg03-Maria Escalante

“Make-up, because I wear it and I like it.”

MARIA ESCANLANTE

Major: Education

Pg03-Melissa Gonzalez

“Hot Cheetos, they’re always a quick good snack.”

MELISSA GONZALEZ

Major: Biology

Pg03-Nallhely Martinez

“Clothes. If you find something and it’s cheap, of course you want it.”

NALLHELY MARTINEZ

Major: Behavior Health Technician

Pg03-Pancho Moreno

“If there’s a cheap ass shirt, I’m like ‘Yo, I need this, it’s fresh as fuck.’”

PANCHO MORENO

Major: Civil Engineering

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THE WORD: How would you feel if your spouse was on Ashley Madison?

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Photos and interviews by Jessica Gonzales at West Campus

 “I’d feel betrayed.” ROSA MARIA QUINTANA Major: Social Science

“I’d feel betrayed.”
ROSA MARIA QUINTANA
Major: Social Science

“I don’t have a spouse but if I did, it would probably end.” JOSE DANIEL CAMPA Major: Undecided

“I don’t have a spouse but if I did, it would probably end.”
JOSE DANIEL CAMPA
Major: Undecided

“I would have a conversation to figure out what happened with our relationship, why they felt that they had to go see someone else to get it taken care of.” JESSICA DEMER Major: Fashion Design

“I would have a conversation to figure out what happened with our relationship, why they felt that they had to go see someone else to get it taken care of.”
JESSICA DEMER
Major: Fashion Design

“I would kinda feel a little betrayed, since the sole purpose is to have an affair with other couples.” MICHAEL CUTSHALL Major: Computer Science

“I would kinda feel a little betrayed, since the sole purpose is to have an affair with other couples.”
MICHAEL CUTSHALL
Major: Computer Science

“I’d probably feel betrayed, let down.” ANNA FIGUEROA Major: Physiology

“I’d probably feel betrayed, let down.”
ANNA FIGUEROA
Major: Physiology

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