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I want to emphasize that I love Pima Community College. I’ve always felt so lucky to work in higher education. Not everyone has the opportunity to make a living doing something that they love and feel passionately about. I love our mission of “providing educational pathways that ensure student success and enhance the academic, economic […]

Scholarship student goes for the gold

Scholarship student goes for the gold

By JAMIE VERWYS In college, completing assignments and making it to class are hard enough. When students manage all of that and end up receiving praise for their work, it is an example of how hard work can pay off. Pima Community College student, Andrew Paxton, will be remembered as an involved, passionate academic who […]

Students positive about new Tech Corner

Students positive about new Tech Corner

By NICK MEYERS This semester, Pima Community College rolled out a new Information Technology help desk to assist Pima students facing software troubles. The Tech Corner, located in the Downtown Campus Learning Commons, helps students with issues on their personal computers ranging from software to web assignments to phone apps. Chris Williams, a PCC IT […]

DOGPATCH- Angels doing hell work

DOGPATCH- Angels doing hell work

By DANYELLE KHMARA When you pull into Summit View Estates, the area dubbed “Dogpatch,” you pass a sign that reads “No dumping.” It’s riddled with bullet holes. Going down the dirt road, there’s scattered, run-down trailers, piles of worn-out tires, trash bags and miles of desert. Not far in, there’s a small clearing that contains […]

Struggling to balance work, class

Struggling to balance work, class

By TANISHA KNUTZEN From classes to hours of homework and balancing a social life, the college experience is a demanding time in many students’ lives. Throw a work schedule into the mix and responsibilities reach a maximum stress level. Although the demands for working students are high, the motivation to keep moving through the long […]

The writer behind Writing 101

The writer behind Writing 101

By JACK KEERS He sits in a darkened room, fingers hovering over a keyboard while sweat drips down shadowed cheeks, concentration enhanced by gentle Italian techno music. Shell shocked and numb, he realizes his book is finished. Writing 101 instructor Andrew Foster, 34, has worked part time at Pima Community College for eight years. He […]

The high cost of DUIs

The high cost of DUIs

By TANISHA KNUTZEN Making mistakes is a part of life but some mistakes cost more than just a lesson learned. A promising future for “Joe Smith” changed dramatically after he was convicted twice for driving under the influence of alcohol. “Pretty much, it’s a life sentence,” he said. “One poor decision changed my life, to […]

WAITING TO EXHALE! Some student desks a tight fit

WAITING TO EXHALE! Some student desks a tight fit

By EMERY NICOLETTI Returning to school late in life was a monumental move for me. I actually drove to my first class the night before and turned on the lights because I wanted a feel for the room. I planned to pick my desk, then arrive about 30 minutes early the next morning to make […]

HEALTH CARE SIGN-UP Feb. 15 deadline nears

HEALTH CARE SIGN-UP Feb. 15 deadline nears

By EMERY NICOLETTI Connor Tate, a 22-year-old dual Pima Community College and University of Arizona student, has “Obamacare” figured out — well, depending on your point of view. Despite the Feb. 15, enrollment deadline for President Barack Obama’s health care reform legislation, also known officially as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Tate has […]

Tucson, U.S. need the A-10

Tucson, U.S. need the A-10

By MICHAEL ANDERSON We’ve all seen them in the sky: pairs of fighter planes orbiting Tucson’s airspace. They are A-10 Thunderbolts, also known as “Warthogs.” They will be gone soon if some in the military have their way. The Pentagon is trying to retire the A-10 and replace it with the ultra-modern F-35 Lightning. Retirement […]

Blame the shooter, not weapon

Blame the shooter, not weapon

By KATIE STEWART People have a tendency to blame an inanimate object for tragic killings such as the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings or the 2011 Tucson massacre in by Jared Loughner. We are taught that guns are dangerous to us and everybody around. Some government officials are fighting to get guns under control. […]

Cannabis shows economic, medicinal promise

Cannabis shows economic, medicinal promise

By SEBASTIAN BARAJAS Green is the color of progress, but it’s marijuana not money that is ushering in change. Marijuana may provide tomorrow’s medicine of choice for those with chronic illness, and the economic change that Arizona needs to turn a new leaf. America has a sordid past with cannabis. When the United States was […]

Just how much is a degree worth?

Just how much is a degree worth?

By KATIE STEWART Census data analysis shows the growing value of a college education despite rising tuition costs, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. The earnings gap between young college graduates and those with a high school diploma is at its highest level in 50 years, according to the report. College […]

Freedom fights from Kiev to Caracas

Freedom fights from Kiev to Caracas

By SEBASTIAN BARAJAS I woke up today feeling aware of the world, and I noticed that it has begun to spin more and more erratically while we stand at the precipice of unease with revolutions and conquest. Fires light city squares, barricades line the streets as men with guns march steadily towards those who believe […]

Local pizzeria takes a stand

Local pizzeria takes a stand

By JAY BECKER-NORMAN Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria, on East Broadway Boulevard at Sawtelle Avenue, showed its opposition to SB 1062 with a sign. The now-famous poster reads “We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to Arizona Legislators.” It mocks SB 1062 by claiming a right to refuse service to Arizona lawmakers, such as bill sponsor […]