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THE WORD: What inspired you to return to school?

THE WORD: What inspired you to return to school?

Interviews and photos at Downtown Campus by Emery Nicoletti

“I’ve had a desire to learn how to weld for a while. I’m a metal artist. I can now mark this off of my bucket list.” Leonard Castro, 63 Retired, City of Tucson admin. Welding student

“I’ve had a desire to learn how to weld for a while. I’m a metal artist. I can now mark this off of my bucket list.”
Leonard Castro, 63
Retired, City of Tucson administrator
Welding student

“I was given a paid semester to Pima Community College from the VA, which encouraged me to enroll here. I have made many friends and connections.” Nick Christensen, 48 Military veteran Paralegal major

“I was given a paid semester
to Pima Community College
from the VA, which encouraged me to enroll here. I have made many friends and connections. I love Pima, but hate the elementary school sized desks. ”
Nick Christensen, 48
Military veteran
Paralegal major

“I moved here from Sonora, Mexico, two years ago. I speak Spanish and French, and am here to improve my English-speaking skills. I love studying and continuing my education.” Carmen Martinez, 60 Language/translation major

“I moved here from Sonora, Mexico, two years ago. I speak Spanish and French, and am here to improve my English-speaking skills. I love studying and continuing my education.”
Carmen Martinez, 60
Language/translation major

“I’m taking electrical classes here at the Downtown Campus. I’m working on expanding my opportunities in a field I currently work in.” Mandarke Florez, 42 University of Arizona employee Electrical student

“I’m taking electrical classes here at the Downtown Campus. I’m working onexpanding my opportunities in a field I currently work in.”
Mandarke Florez, 42
University of Arizona employee
Electrical student

“I’ve always wanted my degree. I’m semi-retired and now I’ve got the time.” Robert Leon, 62 Semi-retired, sales Undeclared major

“I’ve always wanted my degree. I’m semi-retired and now I’ve got the time.”
Robert Leon, 62
Semi-retired, sales
Undeclared major

 

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THE WORD: What happened to Ebola?

THE WORD: What happened to Ebola?

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It was a scam from the American government. I think that the G7  Summit got together and decided to spread fear.”

Ruben Dario Cervantes 

Major: Political Science

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“People forgot about it. People didn’t care until it came to America, then they stopped caring again.”

Jovany Pallanes

Major: Engineering

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“I think the biggest thing was people were panicking. It never really spread in the United States. It stayed in the hospitals.”

Asheley Costello

Major: Biochemistry

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“I think they found a cure and people got a vaccine. I heard some people say that you could change into a zombie, like you get zombie-like side effects.”

Georimar Soza

Major: Education

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I don’t think it really existed. I just think they put it out there to scare. I think if it really existed, they would of found a vaccine.”

Evelyn Veloz

Major: Education

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THE WORD: Have you been in love? How did you know?

THE WORD: Have you been in love? How did you know?

Pg03-Word-Melissa Dormady

“I’ve been in love a few times. I thought that person was amazing, with flaws and everything. I just needed to be with them and didn’t really care about being with anybody else.”

Melissa Dormady
Major: Nursing

Pg03-Word-Yancey Goines

Yes I have. I just think you just kind of do. It’s almost hard to put into words when you’re in love. When you can’t stop yourself from saying it to the other person.”

Yancey Goines
Major: Music

Pg03-Word-Melinda Hill

“I’m engaged to be married, so I am in love. You know how people say that you know, like you have a gut instinct? You have that. Once you meet someone that is just for you, you know.”

Melinda Hill
Major: Nursing

Pg03-Word-Philip Wetherbee

“Yes. I would say when you’re willing to put the well-being of that other person above your own well-being, no matter how much it inconveniences you.”
Philip Wetherbee
Major: Environmental science

Pg03-Word-Stephanie Loreto

“Yes. I know I am in love, because I want to marry this person. I’m engaged to him and I’m gonna move to another country for him. I want to share my life with this person.”

Stephanie Loreto
Major: Fitness

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THE WORD: Who would you gay marry?

THE WORD: Who would you gay marry?

BY MARIANA CEJA

 

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“If I was gay, I would marry a celebrity. I would say Shakira. She has a nice body, she is toned and she is pretty attractive.”

Savannah Thomas

Major: Veterinarian assistant

 

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“I would marry my best friend because we get along awesomely and that is one of the things I would prefer to have in a relationship with somebody, a personality I can get along with, and she is pretty.” 

Taylor McIntyre

Major: Respiratory therapy

 

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“To marry somebody requires a lot of time and thinking and I just don’t want to marry somebody out of the wind. I could tell you who I would go after, James Franco, Channing Tatum, all the usuals, but there is also Larry David, whom I find very intriguing.”

Michael Rivera

Major: Abnormal psychiatry

 

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“I don’t know if you are into YouTube or not but there is this guy, Markiplier. He does a lot of charity stuff and he is just a sweetheart. He is super adorable.” 

Charly Groff

Major: Undecided

 

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“Jack Black, porque él es chignon (because he is majestic.)” 

Wilder Black

Major: Undecided

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The Word: If you could accomplish your biggest dream tomorrow, what would you do?

The Word: If you could accomplish your biggest dream tomorrow, what would you do?

Photos and interviews by Mariana Ceja on Downtown Campus

Pg03-Word-Sabrina Serrano

“I would take action on a book I’m trying to write, and get a job where it’s almost guaranteed I would make something of myself, in case my book fails miserably”

Sabrina Serrano

Major: Computer science

Pg03-Word-Francise Acing

“Learn English well, because right now I am not speaking good English, and also learn computers.”

Francise Acing

Major: English

Pg03-Word-Katelyn Landwelen

 

“I would be playing on the USA female softball team. Probably partying after.”

Katelyn Landwerlen 

Major: Early childhood education

 

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“One of my biggest dreams is to get my four-year degree, my bachelor’s degree in accounting, so I would be celebrating and reminiscing with family.”

Carlos Medina

Major: Accounting

Pg03-Word-Daisy Torres

“My goal is to be a pediatrician, so I guess I would just get right to it — accomplish my dreams, actually start working.”

Daisy Torres

Major: Pre-med

 

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The Word: What new movie do you want to see?

The Word: What new movie do you want to see?

Photos and interviews by Alex Fruechtenicht on East Campus

Pg03-Word-Samuel Perez

“Deadpool”

Samuel Perez
Major: Aeronautical
engineering

Pg03-Word-April Harlow

“As Above, So Below”

April Harlow
Major: Liberal arts

Pg03-Word-Rodolfo Canales

“The Hobbit: The Battle
of The Five Armies”

Rodolfo Canales
Major: Mechanical
engineering

Pg03-Word-Bridgette Montano

“The Book of Life”

Bridgette Montano
Major: Liberal arts

Pg03-Word-Ben Paric

“Interstellar”

Ben Paric
Major: Science
associate degree

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THE WORD: Where’s your dream vacation?

THE WORD: Where’s your dream vacation?

 

Interviews and photos by Ebony Stoglin at Desert Vista Campus

 Pg03-Word-Alejandra Flores

“Brazil. I think the culture is really beautiful.”

Alejandra Flores

Major: Nursing

Pg03-Word-Michael Larson

“Probably Germany. I grew up there and I haven’t been there in a while.”

Michael Larsen

Major: Nursing

Pg03-Word-Marissa Amezcua

“I’d go to Hawaii. I have a cousin that lives over there and I haven’t seen him since we were kids. I also love the beach!”

Marissa Amezcua

Major: Dental Assistant

Pg03-Word-Andy Recinos

“Rome. It has a lot of cool sights and the architecture is amazing.”

Andy Recinos

Major: Biology

Pg03-Word-Daver Salazar

“Probably to the Himalayas. I’ve never been there and I like nature.”

Daver Salazar

Major: Aviation Management

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THE WORD: Favorite Tucson activity?

THE WORD: Favorite Tucson activity?

Photos and interviews by Jennifer Graham on West Campus

 

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“Tucson Meet Yourself, and the biking trails are always nice.”

Alex Romo
Major: Pre-med

 

 

Pg03-Word-Antonia Morado

 

“I like to go down Fourth Avenue, just like to walk
up and down.”

Antonia Morado
Major: Education

 

 

Pg03-Word-Derrick Helton

 

“Play sports, wheelchair rugby. It’s stress relief and fun to hang out with the crew.”

Derrick Helton
Major: Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering

 

 

Pg03-Word-Richard Larkin

 

“Save up to leave Tucson, probably California or Colorado. Somewhere with a good
art school.”

Richard Larkin
Major: Game Design

 

 

Pg03-Word-Chantel Romero

 

“Go to Starbucks to chat with friends and drink coffee.”

Chantel Romero
Major: Nursing

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THE WORD: What would you pick for a last meal?

THE WORD: What would you pick for a last meal?

Azalea Morha

 

“Menudo. It has a lot of fatand stuff but it wouldn’t matter anymore.”

Azalea Morhaim

 

 

Scott Rebeck

 

“I’m just a steak and potatoes guy. It’s my all-time favorite meal.”

Scott Rebeck

 

Andria Pellesh

 

“Linguini and clams with a glass of pinot grigio wine.”

Andria Pelleshia

 

Patrick Brock

 

“Just a cheeseburger for me. I could probably eat one for every meal.”

Patrick Brock

 

Sam Mulla

 

“Gumbo! Mardi Gras is my favorite holiday and it just kind of reminds me of that.”

Sam Mulla

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THE WORD: What was your best April Fools prank?

THE WORD: What was your best April Fools prank?

Pg03-Word-Gabriel Gudenkauf

 

“My friends and I in high school got to school really early and painted a fake crime scene.

We splattered a bunch of fake blood around a body outline and freaked everyone out.”

Gabriel Gudenkauf
Major: Science

 

Pg03-Word-Gertrude Donovan

 

“My boyfriend and I told his parents I was pregnant.We printed a fake sonogram and everything.

When we told them it was a joke, they started crying.”

Gertrude Donovan
Major: Public health

 

Pg03-Word-Rodney Haywood

 

“My little brother put syrup on the toilet seat. I woke up at seven in the morning to use the bathroom and didn’t even notice it.

I then wondered why my ass was stuck to the seat.”

Rodney Haywood
Major: Visual Performing Arts

 

Pg03-Word-Karson Krieg

 

“My best friend in high school told me she was transferring schools to join an elite choir program.

I found it strange since the school was in Marana and we went to Sahuaro High School.”

Karson Krieg
Major: Music education

 

Pg03-Word-George Smith

 

“This girl told me she was pregnant after I only smashed her once.

She even showed me some other girl’s pregnancy test that was positive.”

George Smith
Major: Chemistry

Photos and interviews by Robert Hernandez on West Campus

 

 

 

 

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The Word: What are your plans for spring break?

The Word: What are your plans for spring break?

Christopher Corrington

“I’m going to Disneyland with friends.”

Christopher Corrington

Major: Business

Christina Andrews

“I will be studying for my veterinary tech exam.”

Christina Andrews

Major: Veterinary Technician

Eric Mcneely

“I will probably spend some time with my girlfriend.”

Eric McNeely

Major: Anthropology

Tyrene Daoey

“I’m going to SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park.”

Tyrene Daoey

Major: Nursing

Steve Smith

“Calculus and chemistry homework, then I might see the movie ‘Divergent.’”

Steve Smith

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Interviews and photos by Will Willcoxson at Northwest Campus

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The Word: What kind of candy would you be?

The Word: What kind of candy would you be?

 

The word Sarah Bravard

“I’d be a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup because they’re addicting, like me.”

Sarah Bravard

Major: Undeclared

The Word Hunter young

 

“I would be M&Ms because they have variety.”

Hunter Young

Major: Undeclared

The Word Jennie Gonnsen

 

“I would be a toffee bar because I’m sweet.”

Jennie Gonnsen

Major: Undeclared

The Word Ben Diaz

 

“A Butterfinger because they’re tasty and I’m always dropping things.”

Ben Diaz

Major: Science

Angie Jackson The Word

 

“I would be a Snickers because I’m sometimes sweet, sometimes nutty.”

Angie Jackson

Major: Undeclared

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THE WORD: What was your worst Valentine’s date?

THE WORD: What was your worst Valentine’s date?

Photos and interviews by Ebony Stoglin on Desert Vista Campus

 Leah Olsen

“He ended up taking me to a mutual friend’s house. He was playing video games and I got to watch him on the couch.”

Leah Olsen

Major: Nursing

Antonio Luna

“We were walking around and talking, and all of a sudden it started raining.”

Antonio Luna

Major: Culinary Arts

Richard Lopez

“We went out to eat Sonoran hot dogs and I was already full. I threw up and that was the last time I went on a date with her.”

Richard Lopez

Major: Liberal Arts

Zimar Dupree

“My friend is a horrible wing man. He told me he was bringing a girl for me to go on a date with and she wasn’t my type at all.”

Zimar Dupree

Major: Undecided

Shelly Bowen

“Me and my boyfriend got into a huge fight. I didn’t know he had already planned a trip to Vegas for us. I felt so stupid after he told me.”

Shelly Bowen

Major: Dental Hygiene

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THE WORD: What happened over winter break?

THE WORD: What happened over winter break?

Photos and interviews by Jamie Verwys at Downtown and West campuses

Pg03-Word-Loralei Gordan

I got to meet some of my favorite Suicide Girls.”
Loralei Gordon
Major: Undecided

Pg03-Word-Gabe Aragon

Job searching.”
Gabe Aragon
Major: Dance

Pg03-Word-Derrick Espadas

I was able to turn a parking ticket into a charge against the city for conspiracy for extortion.”
Derrick Espadas
Major: Accounting

Pg03-Word-Tiffani Bowers

I learned how to skateboard.”
Tiffani Bowers
Major: Digital Arts

Pg03-Word-Jordan Romero

I started work on my EP.”
Jordan Romero
Major: Liberal Arts

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THE WORD: What super power would you choose?

THE WORD: What super power would you choose?

Photos and interviews by Sebastian Barajas at Downtown Campus

Pg03-Word-Adam Alfrey

“Instant memory recall, because school would be easier.”

Adam Alfrey

Major: Psychology

Pg03-Word-Tanya Streich

“Invisibility so I can hear people and be where I shouldn’t.”

Tanya Streich

Major: Undecided

Pg03-Word-Dylan Tobia

“Teleportation, because it eliminates the need to travel.”

Dylan Tobia

Major: Programming

Pg03-Word-Quace Enriquez

“Super speed, so I would never get to class late.”

Quace Enriquez

Major: Automotive

Pg03-Word-Amber Hodges

“Super sight, because I use glasses.”

Amber Hodges

Major: Special education

 

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