Photos and interviews by Nicholas Trujillo at Desert Vista Campus
“I feel like I am really connected to the community but I attribute that to my job. I’m a tutor and I’m always talking with students that are coming and going.”
“I feel like I’ve had a nice foundation and I’m building on that foundation. There are so many clubs here that people can get connected with.”
“I feel very connected. When I came here on my first day, I was already signed up for Student Life so it’s a very welcoming community.”
“Really connected. I started with Student Life and that’s like the gateway to everything in the community. Plus I joined TRIO, and that really helps as well.”
Photos and interviews by D.R. Williams on East Campus
Photos and interviews by Andres Chavira at East Campus
Photos and interviews by S. Paul Bryan
photos and interviews by Melina Casillas on Desert Vista Campus
“Spending time with loved ones and eating a lot of junk food.”
Major: Associate of Science
“A beach setup at sunset
with candles, a blanket.”
Major: Business administration
as long as it’s not
‘Netflix’ and chilling.”
Major: Veterinary science
“Hiking up to Ramiro pools,
and then having a picnic.”
“A nice dinner where I’m able
to dress up, and then a movie.”
Major: X-ray technician
Photos and interviews by D.R Williams on West Campus
“When I was younger. I just never gave it a second thought.”
“I don’t litter. I pick up trash when I go hiking if I see it. “
Major: Arts and Entertainment
“Never. I’ve always tried to pick trash up when I see it.”
Major: Marine Biology
“I only throw out biodegradable things to help the soil.”
“Laziness. I didn’t want trash in the car and I wasn’t stopping“
Major: Web Design
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.”