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TOP 10: Spring cleaning ideas for changing things up

TOP 10: Spring cleaning ideas for changing things up

By ERIK MEDINA In with the new, out with the old. We like to change things up. Springtime isn’t only about cleaning, it’s also about reinventing ourselves. Here are my top 10 ideas for spring cleaning. Actually clean We claim to clean our house or room all year long. But do we, really? Try actually […]

TOP 10: Ways to stay safe over Spring Break

TOP 10: Ways to stay safe over Spring Break

By DAKOTA FINCHER Spring Break is right around the corner and I cannot wait to be sitting on the beach sippin’ something strong. But with great power comes great responsibility, and we still have another half of the semester to finish. Watch your drinks. My mother taught me to never accept a drink from anyone […]

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SPRING BREAK BY THE NUMBERS

Compiled by Melina Casillas   50+* Percentage of students who plan trips to locations such as Las Vegas, Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana.   5* Number of top spring break locations located in Florida: Miami, Daytona Beach, Fort Myers, Panama City Beach and Cocoa Beach.   95* Percentage of college students who share hotel rooms […]

THE WORD: What are your plans for Spring Break?

THE WORD: What are your plans for Spring Break?

Interviews and photos by Erik Medina at Desert Vista Campus “I am spending time with my brothers and sleeping in.” Bella Caballero Major: Equine veterinarian “I am going to spend time with family and friends. I’ll probably go see the latest movie and will definitely sleep in.” Chantia Kinsey Major: Hospitality “I will be studying […]

THE WORD: What do you want from Donald Trump?

THE WORD: What do you want from Donald Trump?

Photos and interviews by Dakota Fincher at Downtown Campus “I guess I’d like to see less homelessness because that’d be really great for us homeless people. I’d like to see more people going to school or work, or both.” Piper Dawn Major: Business   “Personally, me being a foreigner, a better view of the world. […]

Part-time instructor, full-time rocker

Part-time instructor, full-time rocker

  By ERIK MEDINA    In the desert and concrete beyond Interstate 10 on the south side of Tucson, you’ll find a punk rock historian at Pima Community College’s Desert Vista Campus. Alisha Maria Vasquez, born in Tucson on Nov. 5, 1984, has lived in the city her entire life. “I’m a bubbly, punk, Chicana krip,” […]

PCC student carves path to possibilities

PCC student carves path to possibilities

By BRITTANY MATTOX The smell of roasted coffee beans infuses the air of a local Starbucks, on a gorgeous Tucson morning. Behind an HP laptop, sits one Pima Community College student who’s unlike the rest. Luis Ateca, 28, may seem like an ordinary student, but his journey to PCC has been different from most of […]

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BY THE NUMBERS – Relationships

Compiled by Elise Stahl 40 million Number of Americans who use dating sites. 53 Percentage of people who think a smile is the most attractive feature. 44 Percentage of Americans who are single (as of 2015). 43 Percentage of people who have Googled a potential partner before their first date. 40 Percentage of single people […]

College class a good fit for 11-year-old

College class a good fit for 11-year-old

By ADRIAN FORD Most 11-year-olds are just starting middle school. A few are thinking about college, and even fewer are actually in college. Brooklynn Bluto is one of those select few. Bluto is currently enrolled in Japanese 101 at Pima Community College Downtown Campus. The sixth grader also attends Sahuarita Middle School. “I chose Japanese […]

Cameroon refugee hopes to someday return

Cameroon refugee hopes to someday return

By RENE ESCOBAR Elialie, a 23-year-old Pima Community College student from Cameroon, was born into a civil war. In her hometown of Edea, people lived in the rubble of demolished buildings. Many children were orphaned, unclothed and starving. “I hated where I lived,” she said. “I wanted to leave every day I was there, but […]

'Broken' student-vet makes makes most of life

‘Broken’ student-vet makes makes most of life

By ALLIE HOLLER If you walk into Tucson’s Isle of Games on a Sunday, you’ll find Pima Community College student Ron Cover. Cover (pronounced like over) will be in the back of the store with spiders, demons, the occasional elf and a large collection of paints and brushes. He spends his Sundays painting miniatures for […]

Certified chef has own show on Telemex

Certified chef has own show on Telemex

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Growing up, Chef Mario Diaz De Sandy Jr. wanted to be an actor. He didn’t find his current passion for cooking until later. He now pursues both passions. The certified executive chef has his own cooking show.  “Originally I went to school for acting, back in the day, like early ‘80s,” De […]

THE WORD: What's the nation's greatest challenge?

THE WORD: What’s the nation’s greatest challenge?

Photos and interviews by Bryan Orozco at West Campus     “I’d say the economy for sure. I think our future president has some good ideas, but I’m not sure he knows how to work them out.” Dulce Clark Major: Pre-medical   “Probably unity between the people.” Charles Perkins Major: Electrical engineering   “Financial aid. […]

THE WORD: Thoughts on Trump becoming president?

THE WORD: Thoughts on Trump becoming president?

Photos and interviews by Nicholas Trujillo at Desert Vista Campus “Either way, no one was going to be happy. People shouldn’t judge everyone else, because everyone has a different opinion.” Paul Silva Major: Mechanical engineering “It caused a lot of hate between everyone. We have to learn to connect with each other and just deal […]

THE WORD: What's your favorite Thanksgiving food?

THE WORD: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?

Photos and interviews by Arlaeth Ramirez at Downtown Campus   “Sweet potatoes. It’s like desert while eating dinner.” Logan Slater Major: Liberal arts   “Mashed potatoes have to be my favorite, just because of the gravy.” Jasmine Ballesteros Major: Physiology   “My mom puts good stuff in the mashed potatoes. I’m not sure what I […]