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Breaking the Stigma

Breaking the Stigma

Mental illness remains the taboo of our society. When someone says they have a mental illness, many people automatically believe the individual is crazy or unstable. As a society and as a community, we must understand that mental illnesses are not as bad as they’re made out to be. Some people live their daily lives […]

Trump's political suicide

Trump’s political suicide

By Eddie Celaya Donald Trump is back at it with the spying. Kellyanne Conway is worried about your microwaves Go-Go-Gadgeting into G-men. And all the while, Vladimir Putin has done a decent job infiltrating and running the country. Let’s recap the month. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned for lying about meetings with Russian Ambassador […]

SUNDAY SPECIAL: The Obama admin. may have tapped Trump (But it’s a good thing)

SUNDAY SPECIAL: The Obama admin. may have tapped Trump (But it’s a good thing)

By EDDIE CELAYA Donald Trump may not be all wrong this time. But he just may be shooting himself in the foot. Actually, we may have the beginnings of a farewell-letter to the greatest American political suicide since Richard Nixon. Let’s recap. After a month that saw National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resign for lying […]

BLURRED LINES: student-staff dating

BLURRED LINES: student-staff dating

By MELINA CASILLAS There’s a fitness class at a community college with about 20 people. The setting is like many classrooms in a community college: varying age groups, from a 19-year-old to a 40-something who also happens to be a counselor at the college. The 14-week course takes its usual route as students learn new […]

Former PCC Instructor faces protest charges

Former PCC Instructor faces protest charges

By EDDIE CELAYA No one can accuse former Pima Community College journalism instructor Jenni Monet of staying on the sidelines. Monet, a native of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo tribe, recently added a new line to her resume: misdemeanor riot charges. The charges came while Monet was covering environmental/native-rights protests in Standing Rock, North Dakota, at […]

HOWS THAT MINIMUM WAGE LAW WORKING?: Spike may actually limit number of jobs

HOWS THAT MINIMUM WAGE LAW WORKING?: Spike may actually limit number of jobs

By DAVID W. SKINNER The minimum wage rate in Arizona has risen from $8.50 to $10 since Jan. 1 and will continue to rise 50 cents each year until the minimum wage reaches $12 by the year 2020. This isn’t going to work. Raising the minimum wage will put people out of work. Before voters […]

HOWS THAT MINIMUM WAGE LAW WORKING?: Increase sets social Darwinism in motion

HOWS THAT MINIMUM WAGE LAW WORKING?: Increase sets social Darwinism in motion

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO For minimum-wage earners who’ve had a taste of the $1.95 per hour pay raise, I can relate if you are feeling both happy and scared by the change. My eyes light up when I see the significant increase in my paychecks. However, my face turns gray when I hear that another store […]

FROM THE EDITOR: College encourages arts' excellence

FROM THE EDITOR: College encourages arts’ excellence

By ROBYN ZELICKSON Music. Art. Theater. Dance. Before I worked on the Aztec Press, I was oblivious to these programs at Pima Community College. Because I’ve been interested in the arts from a young age, however, I was naturally drawn to writing about arts and entertainment. When I take a trip down memory lane, I […]

FROM THE EDDIE-TOR: We promise indepth news coverage

FROM THE EDDIE-TOR: We promise indepth news coverage

By EDDIE CELAYA Let me start off by saying it’s good to be back in my old Eddie-tor spot. For that, a big thanks is in order to current editor-in-chief Melina Casillas. The content of the paper will only get better under her leadership. Thank co-photo editor Kate Roberts for the paper’s clean, hip new […]

Chancellor must add constituent empathy to his ledger approach

Chancellor must add constituent empathy to his ledger approach

By EDDIE CELAYA I recently had an opportunity to sit down for wide-ranging interviews with numerous Pima Community College decision makers, including Chancellor Lee Lambert. You can find portions of my interviews in our reporting throughout this issue. A page 7 story by Brianna Hernandez focuses on college budget woes. It details three possible budget […]

Find ways to challenge yourself

Find ways to challenge yourself

By ELISE STAHL In August 2016, I decided to try the Whole30 diet. For 30 days, I ate no gluten, dairy, legumes, sugar or additives. I had never done something like that and, as wimpy as it sounds to say, it was one of the scariest challenges of my life. But I made myself do […]

Hello! Hola! Ni Hao! Salut! Hujambo!

Hello! Hola! Ni Hao! Salut! Hujambo!

By ERIK MEDINA For some reason, many residents of the United States think it’s “un-American” to speak a language other than English. In reality, the U.S. does not have a national language. Many of our citizens use the excuse of “it’s freedom of speech” when speaking their mind, but harass individuals who are speaking another […]

Here's a tip

Here’s a tip

By DAKOTA FINCHER Tip. Your. Server. It’s discouraging to find a table left filthy and penniless after the patrons ran you ragged for extra ranch dressing and fourth refills of Dr Pepper. I understand the minimum wage has gone up along with prices at certain restaurants, with minimum wage for servers going from $5.05 to […]

Don’t fear ongoing, inevitable change

Don’t fear ongoing, inevitable change

By MELINA CASILLAS New year. New semester. New Aztec Press. Change has happened here at the Aztec Press. We’ve handed over the editorship to someone new and once again changed our flag and layout. Our goal, however, will always be the same: to deliver Pima news to our readers. We’ve also welcomed new staffers to […]

Sudanese-born student helps a world in need

Sudanese-born student helps a world in need

By DAVID PUJOL Ibrahim Younis, a 44-year-old Sudanese-born Tucsonan, has worked as a coordinator for Doctors Without Borders since 1997. “To save a life, to feed people, to be able to make this change, it’s addictive,” Younis said during a Pima Community College presentation that drew students, faculty and community members. “When you’re back home, […]