From the Archives

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Sexist attitudes abundant in past decades

March 21, 2013

Second in a two-part series By SIERRA J. RUSSELL The roles of women have changed considerably within the past 50 years. In a 1977 Aztec Press interview, a young woman shared her experiences as a biker, a stripper and a prostitute. She joined a local biker gang at age 17 and left the group after […]

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Aztec Press distributes condoms in 1988

February 19, 2013

BY SIERRA J. RUSSELL In early issues of the Aztec Press, readers were more likely to see an illustration of a topless woman than an article about contraception. Gradually, however, safe-sex awareness emerged. In a 1975 article, a county health educator said venereal diseases do not always have noticeable symptoms, allowing them to spread from […]

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Remembering our roots

February 7, 2013

BY SIERRA J. RUSSELL Black history month was established in the ‘70s and is upheld today as a time of reflection. A variety of articles from early issues of the Aztec Press featured key speakers at cultural events in the region. Alex Haley, the author of “Roots,” spoke in Phoenix in 1977. He discussed the […]

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Arizona MLK Day resistance spurs boycott

January 24, 2013

By SIERRA J. RUSSELL   The holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. has been in place as long as most young students can remember. Yet others may recall the controversy that accompanied its origins. Months after the civil rights activist was assassinated in 1968, Congress introduced legislation to make King’s Jan. 15 birthday a federal […]

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FROM THE ARCHIVES Ongoing efforts promote student interest in politics

November 8, 2012

By SIERRA J. RUSSELL   Student interest in politics has waxed and waned over the years at Pima Community College.   Numerous articles from previous issues of the Aztec Press focused on apathy toward student government.   Students generally expressed greater interest in national or city elections, especially in close races or when political scandals […]

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From the archives

September 27, 2012

FROM THE ARCHIVES Series explores state prison system   First in a two-part series   By SIERRA J. RUSSELL   In 1975, Aztec Press writers participated in an investigative journalism project that focused on Arizona’s prison system.   Under the direction of advanced reporting instructor Bill Waters, students interviewed inmates, ex-convicts, wardens and instructors.   […]

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: 1970s comics reflect era’s culture, trends

March 8, 2012

By SIERRA RUSSELL Aztec Press comics and illustrators have sparked imaginations, added humor and flair, created controversy and helped to reflect the times over the years. Contributors were rarely granted much recognition. Typically, the most a reader saw of an illustrator’s identity were tiny initials scrawled in a corner. However, the virtually anonymous artists captured […]

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Pg 5 – From the Archives, w/ sidebar Articles spotlight exemplary instructors

February 21, 2012

By SIERRA RUSSELL   Notable instructors have been featured in the Aztec Press since its earliest issues. Many talked about how they were inspired to teach, often through the help of other teachers and students.   Math instructor Norbert Pittner and Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith, who taught history and sociology, received creative teaching awards from the Pima […]

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FROM THE ARCHIVES 1970s saw influx of Vietnam vets

November 10, 2011

By SIERRA RUSSELL In 1975, Pima Community College officially observed its first Veterans Day celebration. Festivities included live music, guest speakers, a flag raising ceremony and a shrine to honor Col. Gutterson, a former POW. The Rincon Exchange Program donated the Freedom Shrine, which featured a variety of commemorative plaques including 28 documents ranging from […]

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From the archives: Satanic rituals common in 1990s

October 27, 2011

By SIERRA RUSSELL   Satanism and witchcraft were popular topics in the pages of the Aztec Press 20 years ago. Areas such as Greasewood Park near Pima Community College West Campus, Peppersauce Canyon and Picacho Peak were notorious for occult activity. Many satanic ritual sites were found around Halloween, according to officials. “We’re in the […]

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Groups seek alternative to Columbus Day

October 13, 2011

By SIERRA RUSSELL In the early issues of the Aztec Press, Columbus Day was mentioned almost as rarely as the observance of Halloween. In the decades that followed, Halloween gained popularity and eventually earned annual recognition. This is not the case with Columbus Day, which is featured only a handful of times in the pages […]

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Costume winners display creativity

September 29, 2011

By SIERRA RUSSELL Over the past 40 years, Pima Community College students newspaper have chosen Halloween costumes ranging from Strawberry Shortcake to Morticia Addams. Costumes were rarely featured in early issues of the school paper. The only mention of the Halloween holiday was found in occasional cartoons, one of which featured President Richard Nixon as […]

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Features spotlight fall fashion trends

September 15, 2011

By SIERRA RUSSELL Fall fashion trends have been a common subject in many September issues of Aztec Press. In 1983, Georgeanne Fimbres of Pima Community College’s fashion design and clothing department predicted a nonromantic or practical trend. “The computer age, math and high technology will all affect fashion trends,” she said. Almost three decades later, […]

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’80s reporter covered Mexico City earthquake

March 24, 2011

By CHELO GRUBB Almost all equipment needed to produce a newspaper has changed over the last 30 years. Newsrooms used to be littered with pica rulers, proportion wheels and Exacto knives. Nowadays, all that is really needed is an Associated Press stylebook and a computer equipped with word processing and page design software. However, […]

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From the Archives: 1981 editorial called for stricter gun laws

March 10, 2011

By CHELO GRUBB Over the past 40 years, the Aztec Press has published many articles and editorials regarding state and national gun laws. In April 1981, staff writer Kate Faggella wrote an editorial listing then-recent gun-related deaths or accidents. She wrote: Last July in Tucson, a father accidently shot and killed his 14-year-old son. […]

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