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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 and enjoying time at home. I will also spend time with friends, and work.”

Pablo Medina

Major: Pre-med

“A team of friends and I are going to be bike riding at Gates Pass. Party! Chill! Enjoy life!”

Francisco Flowers

Major: Mechanical and nuclear engineering

“I will most likely be playing video games, hanging out with friends, sleeping and definitely eating food.”

Cindy Fragozo

Major: Liberal arts

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. A Muslim does bad, all Islam is blamed. Those are his reasons to hate all Muslims.”

Mohamed Adan

Major: Science

 

“He needs to be more open to the people. He’s the POTUS. He needs to help, he can’t do everything alone.”

Brayant Gracia

Major: Education

 

“Maybe a better person. He’s a bad person, the problem of the United States is ‘immigrants.’ I don’t like him.”

Michael Beltran

Major: Finance

 

“Free health care, ‘cause we’re the only country that charges for general checkups. Here, our super power is our insurance companies. It’s wrong.”

William Camp

Major: Film and Art Design

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. We have to wait almost a month after school has started.”

Keanna Curtis

Major: Fashion

 

“The economy and President Trump. I think that will be the most challenging task.”

Angel Sandoval

Major: Metrology engineering

 

 

“Oh dang. I really don’t know.”

Steve Beltran

Major: Education

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.”

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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 with it for four years.”

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Emily Rivera

Major: Veterinarian

“Both of them had too many of the bad things, so it was kind of a hard choice. I didn’t vote because those two weren’t the right ones for this country.”

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Kenneth Gonzalez

Major: Computer engineering

“Disappointed. He doesn’t have the experience to run this country and I feel like he’s just going to run it into the ground.”

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Yvette Robles

Major: Athletic training

“Hopefully he does a good job. I think we’ll be OK. Hopefully we don’t go downhill real fast.”

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Jennifer Weisbrod

Major: Pharmacy

 

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

 

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“Sweet potatoes. It’s like desert while eating dinner.”

Logan Slater

Major: Liberal arts

 

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“Mashed potatoes have to be my favorite, just because of the gravy.”

Jasmine Ballesteros

Major: Physiology

 

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“My mom puts good stuff in the mashed potatoes. I’m not sure what I like, the mashed potatoes or the good stuff.”

Alfarouq Azat

Major: Electrical engineer

 

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“I like turkey because that’s what Thanksgiving is for, to eats lots of turkey.”

Edna Morales

Major: English

 

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“Turkey. It tastes good.”

Cris Sesteaga

Major: Business administration

THE WORD: Do you feel involved with Desert Vista?

THE WORD: Do you feel involved with Desert Vista?

Photos and interviews by Nicholas Trujillo at Desert Vista Campus

pg03-word-elias-lopez“The campus is really small and that’s what I like about it. It feels safe here. It feels like everyone here is more serious with what they want to do.”

Elias Lopez

Major: Welding

 

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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.”

Edwin Renck

Major: Psychology

 

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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.”

Victoria Valencia

Major: Orthondontics

 

 

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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.”

Noah Spencer

Major: Film/acting

 

 

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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.”

Ruben Meza

Major: Engineering

THE WORD: What are your craziest summer plans?

THE WORD: What are your craziest summer plans?

Photos and interviews by D.R. Williams on East Campus

“I’m going to spend the whole summer catching up on credits in math.” Celine Mickelson-Begic  Major: Digital arts

“I’m going to spend the whole summer catching up on credits
in math.”
Celine Mickelson-Begic
Major: Digital arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m going to Disneyland.” Eriq Ganshert  Major: Undecided

“I’m going to Disneyland.”
Eriq Ganshert
Major: Undecided

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m going skydiving in the Grand Canyon.” Esperanza Calderon Major: Nursing

“I’m going skydiving in the Grand Canyon.”
Esperanza Calderon
Major: Nursing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My crazy days are over, I’ll just be teaching summer school.” Luis Leon PCC math instructor

“My crazy days are over, I’ll just be teaching summer school.”
Luis Leon
PCC math instructor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m going to San Diego and going to the beach.” Rachel Simpson Major: Nursing

“I’m going to San Diego and going to the beach.”
Rachel Simpson
Major: Nursing

 

THE WORD: How are you helping the environment?

THE WORD: How are you helping the environment?

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

THE WORD: How do you choose an instructor?

THE WORD: How do you choose an instructor?

“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

 

 

THE WORD: What was your worst spring break experience?

THE WORD: What was your worst spring break experience?

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

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“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

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

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“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

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“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

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

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

photos and interviews by Melina Casillas on Desert Vista Campus

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

Mariah Zavala

Major: Associate of Science

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“A beach setup at sunset

with candles, a blanket.”

David Fernandez

Major: Business administration

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“Something spontaneous,

as long as it’s not

‘Netflix’ and chilling.”

Kelsey Ribbeck

Major: Veterinary science

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“Hiking up to Ramiro pools,

and then having a picnic.”

JuanPedro Ahumada

Major: Nanotechnology

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“A nice dinner where I’m able

to dress up, and then a movie.”

Kari Fort

Major: X-ray technician

THE WORD: Have you ever littered and why?

THE WORD: Have you ever littered and why?

Photos and interviews by D.R Williams on West Campus

 

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

Ashitari Perez 

Major: Photography

 

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

Charles Loy

Major: Arts and Entertainment

 

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

Jacqueline Garcia

Major: Marine Biology

 

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

Lucia Hernandez

Major: Science

 

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

Todd McBride

Major: Web Design

THE WORD: Which music genre motivates you the most?

THE WORD: Which music genre motivates you the most?

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

Anmol Jain

Major: Computer Science

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

Ariela Edelman

Major: Medical Lab Tech

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

Jonathan Vasquez

Major: Dental Hygiene

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

Kaity Lopiccolo

Major: Nursing

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

Tyler Mercer

Major: Undecided

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

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

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

 

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?

“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