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Caring isn't sharing

Caring isn’t sharing


For next fall, I have committed to move into a house with five other people. To complicate this, I am an only child.

Whenever I tell people I’m an only child, most look me up and down, roll their eyes and assume I get everything I want.

Stuck with the small shower? Aztec Press illustration by Katelyn Roberts

Being an only child, I have been blessed with amazing parents who have always given me what I need. I normally don’t have to share with anyone, and most of the time I have everything to myself. Spoiled much, Daniella?

And yes, that is thoroughly correct but let’s not forget there are pros and cons to being an only child.

Like I said, the pro to being an only child is being my parents’ baby girl.

The con is that living with five new people, instead of Mom and Dad, is going to give me culture shock.

Fortunately, I’m living with friends.

Unfortunately, I’m going to have to start thinking of five other people more often.

Let me repeat myself, five. Yes, that is correct. Now I’m sure you’re thinking that’s a lot of people for one house.

Do I know these people, do I trust them, and how well do I get along with everyone? We all know and trust each other, and we all get along.

I’m stoked but also very nervous.


Why? I now have to share a bathroom, and I hate sharing a bathroom. I don’t want to be frugal with water usage and I can’t take my 30-minute showers the way I would like to.

On top of everything, my bathroom is the smallest in the entire house. Since it’s a four-bedroom, two-bath house, of course I get the smallest bathroom.

Maybe I’ll take a caddy because apparently I’m back in the dorms. The point is, I really don’t like sharing anything, but I’m sure you understand that by now.

My problem with five people in one household is, what happens when I get home and I have homework, need to study or just want some quiet time?

Who knows if one of the roomies will decide to have a party with a few friends in the living room, and make a late-night snack at 2 a.m.?

I can already hear the microwave slamming shut throughout the night. What if I wake up to one of them playing Alicia Keys, screaming along at the top of their lungs?

Maybe they’ll even watch “Game Of Thrones” with the TV so loud I can’t hear myself think.

I’m excited to be living with five friends, but at the same time I can’t wait to set some rules and regulations. Otherwise, come August, I might just rip their heads off.

Think long and hard about your decision whenever you want to move out and live with friends. Of course, it’s fun, but make yourself No. 1 and don’t wait until the last minute like I did to look for a house. Good luck.

Daniella Campuzano currently lives with two roommates, Mom and Dad.

Don't cut EPA funds

Don’t cut EPA funds


Since his presidency began, President Donald Trump has signed 19 executive orders for varied reasons. One stands out to me as the destroyer of former president Barrack Obama’s legacy.

That action came March 28, when Trump signed an order to cut Environmental Protection Agency funds by one fourth. He would trim roughly 24 percent from an $8.1 billion budget.

“We’re ending the theft of American prosperity and rebuilding our beloved country,” Trump said during the signing ceremony.

Many jobs would be cut under the budget plan Trump has proposed. If Congress approves the budget, American resources will be hurt.

The EPA not only combats climate change but also helps the country protect its natural resources from harmful contamination.

I recently had an opportunity to talk with hydrologist Gregory Olsen from Tucson Water. His job is to make sure city tap water is as clean as possible for consumption.

Olsen develops ways to keep our drinking water clean. His work helps prevent disasters like the one in Flint, Michigan, where insufficient water treatment exposed residents to high levels of lead.

Although Olsen is not directly employed by the EPA, he works alongside the federal government to preserve the cleanliness of Tucson tap water. And yes, the EPA does play a role in our water treatment center.

“The EPA is like a big brother to what we’re doing at Tucson Water,” Olsen said.

The federal role is to conduct inspections every six to eight months, to make sure the city is doing its job right.

“I fear the inspectors will not show up anymore and force us to deal with a, god forbid, Flint-like problem, under-supervised and under-equipped,” Olsen said.

The EPA is not an organization where all employees are tree-huggers. They’re people who play a vital role in our society and help make modern life more livable. To remain a sustainable country, we need agencies like the EPA. 

Rene Escobar is a journalism major who has aspirations to be a voice of reason in a confused world. He is one who wants to be heard.

Rene Escobar

BASEBALL: Inconsistency plaguing Pima at end of season

BASEBALL: Inconsistency plaguing Pima at end of season


The Pima Community College baseball team (18-28, 9-25 ACCAC) has seen better days this  season.

In their game against Paradise Valley CC, April 18, both sophomore Miguel Figueroa and head coach James Hisey were ejected after arguing with the umpires about a call.

April 8: PCC 5, AWC 11/ PCC 4, AWC 9

The Aztecs faced an early deficit at West Campus in game one of a doubleheader against Arizona Western College.

Down 6-0 after the first inning, sophomore Erick Migueles hit a leadoff two-run home run to cut the deficit. Sophomore Shawn Bracamontes later dinged another two-run home run, bringing another Aztec in.

“We just need to make adjustments,” assistant coach Ernie Durazno said of the 11-5 loss. “We’ll get them next game.”

In game two, the Aztec offense came out hot, grabbing a quick early lead, but had no answers when the Matadors brought in six runs.

Migueles tried to spark his teammates for a comeback, hitting another two-run home run. However, the Matadors continued to bring in runs and pushed the score out of reach.

April 15: PCC 3, Mesa CC 2 / PCC 3, Mesa CC 4

Sophomore Anthony Felix got the ball rolling in the first game of the series with a two-run RBI in the top of the second inning.

Migueles locked up the win with a moon-shot home run in the seventh.

Freshman Jose Contreras was on the mound for the win, going for six and one-third innings while forfeiting one earned run, off seven hits, with five strikeouts.

In the second game, it took extra innings to declare a winner.

Down 0-3, the Aztec’s rally began with Felix getting another two-run RBI, the game was tied off a wild pitch.

The Aztecs rally was shut down as the game was won off an error committed by the Aztecs in the bottom of the 11.

April 18: PCC 3, Paradise Valley CC 7 / PCC 3, Paradise Valley CC 7

After the Paradise Valley Pumas got an early lead, the Aztecs tied the game in the bottom of the first inning, but the Pumas bounced back with two home runs in the third and fourth.

Freshman Austin Treadwell attempted  a rally, but was halted by the Pumas. Figueroa took the loss, only pitching two and one-third innings. He had one strikeout and a walk.

The second game started with the Aztecs getting an early lead, but the game ultimately fell to the same score as game one.

Sophomore Andres Hackman took the loss, giving up five runs on four hits, with four strike outs and three walks.

TENNIS: Avalos and Ton take the doubles title

TENNIS: Avalos and Ton take the doubles title


After both of Pima Community College teams closed out regular season play, they then went to play in the regional tournament at the Paseo Rcquet Center in Glendale.


April 6: PCC 9, Glendale CC 0

In the final regular season home match, the men’s tennis team (4-3, 3-3 ACCAC) dominated its opponents.

Sophomores Marc Avalos and Francisco Ton swept both singles and doubles matches, 6-0, 6-0 for the singles match and 8-0 for the doubles match.

Sophomore Dalton Reisig also earned a shutout victory against the Gaucho’s, 6-0, 6-0. With the help of freshman Francisco Sotelo, he took another sweep victory in the No. 2 doubles,  8-0.


April 11: PCC 5, Paradise Valley 4

On the road for one more regular season game, the Aztecs come back home with a final win.

Avalos, slotted as the No.1 singles player, beat his opponent in a tight first set 7-5, 6-3.

Sotelo earned his win after losing his first set, but would come back to clinch the match in the tiebreaker and second set 7-6 (8-6), 7-5.

In No. 6 singles, Kaila earned his win after a dominating first set, 6-0, 6-2.

For doubles, Resieg and Sotelo earned a win over the No. 2 doubles opponent, 8-6.


April 18: Regional I Tournament

The men’s team had a strong start to their post-season play. Avalos and Ton took the No. 1 doubles title. They lost the first game but rallied back to take the win against Mesa Community College, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Avalos however dropped his No. 1 singles match, 6-3, 6-2. Sotelo fell in his No. 4 singles 6-1, 6-2. Kaila also lost his match in a sweep at the No. 6 singles slot, 0-6, 0-6.



April 6: PCC 7, Glendale CC 2

With their final home matches approaching, the Aztecs (5-4, 4-4 ACCAC) are on the road for one last time against the Glendale Guacho’s.

Freshman Emma Oropeza, had the No. 1 singles slot, but lost to her opponent 6-2, 6-4.

In No. 2 and No. 3 singles, freshmen Janine Fernando and Lien Nguyen respectively, both won their matches 6-0, 6-1.

Freshman Jayme Shafer shut out her No. 5 singles match, 6-0, 6-0.

In the doubles matches, Oropeza and Fernando took dominated the No. 1 match, 8-1.

No. 2 doubles, Nguyen and sophomore Dana Pride lost their match, 8-3.


April 11: PCC 7, Paradise Valley 2

In their final game of the home season, the women’s team stays at home to take a dominating win over the Puma’s.

In the No. 1 slot, Oropeza dominated with a score of 6-1, 6-1.

Fernando, taking the No. 2 singles match, also showed poise as she won her sets 6-2, 6-0.

Nguyen earned her win in her No. 3 singles match with a score of 6-0, 6-2.

Shafer also beat out her competition in the No. 5 singles slot, 6-3, 7-5.

Oropeza and Fernando continued winning when they took the No. 2 win as well with a 8-2 victory.

Ngyuen and Ochoa would also take away a win in their doubles matches, 8-6.


April 18: Region I Tournament

All PCC women’s tennis members did not make it to a finals spot.


Marc Avalos and Francisco Ton won the No. 1 doubles title at the Region I Tournament.

Sports briefs

Sports briefs

Compiled by Nicholas Trujillo

With the winter season ending and the spring seasons already well underway, Pima Community College has had many student-athletes earn awards for their efforts in the season. Others have accepted offers from universities.


Stallworth earns top rank for second time

This year marks the second year in a row that sophomore basketball star Sydni Stallworth was named first-team NJCAA Division II All-American. She is one of only three PCC women to receive the honor.

She also received, and accepted an offer to play at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

In the past two years, the university had win-loss records that mirrored PCC’s team. The 2014-’15 season was 29-2, and the 2015-’16 team had a  38-3 record.

Stallworth was a major player on the PCC court, leading the Aztecs to a second-place finish in the Region I Division II tournament. She averaged 17 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while also shooting  81 percent at the free throw line.

Additionally, she was also named the ACCAC Division II Player of the Year for the second year in a row, as well as ACCAC Division II player of the week seven times during the season. She ends her career at PCC with a record of 51-16.


James, Aztec MVP, first-team All-American

Men’s basketball sophomore standout Deion James also received his share of glory. He was named first-team NJCAA All-American. He is the fifth Pima player to earn the honor, and the second to receiving it under head coach Brian Peabody.

Jame was also named Spalding NJCAA Division II Player of the Year and ACCAC Co-Player of the Year.

During the season, James was the powerhouse who got the Aztecs to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. He was named Region I, Divison II Championship game MVP.

He also led the Aztecs to a 22-win season, PCC’s best since the 1989-90 team.

While averaging 20.6 points per game, James also picked up 20 double-doubles in points and rebounds.

In his first year of college basketball, James played at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. As of now, James has not decided where he will go to continue his career.


Sophomore duo sign with Stephen F. Austin

Pima Community College women’s softball team sophomore duo Margarita Corona and Courtney Brown have signed to play at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

The Lumberjacks are in Division I for the NCAA and are sporting a 15-26 record so far this season.

Corona, a 5-foot-3-inch catcher, played in all 51 games this season. She has a .487 batting average and has 14 home runs and 77 RBIs. She also leads the team with 76 hits and 20 doubles.

Brown, who plays outfielder and is a lead-off hitter, bats with a .426 batting average. She has hit four home runs and 25 RBIs.

Brown also leads the team with 20 stolen bases, eight triples and 63 runs scored.

The two signed their letters of intent to the university on April 13. They will also be honored at the celebration that PCC is holding at the West Campus.


Ruiz signs to West Texas A&M

Sophomore Mari Ruiz will mark PCC softball team’s third player to get signed to a university. The Aztec outfield will further her career at West Texas A&M, a NCAA Division II school in Canyon, Texas.

The school held the national title in 2014 when a former Pima player was on their roster. This season they also hold former PCC pitcher Alexis Alfonso.

Ruiz took part in 35 games this season, she has 11 RBIs, 29 runs scored while batting and a .258 batting average. She transferred to Pima after playing for Phoenix College for one year.


Hong takes ACCAC POTY for second year in a row

Sophomore Desiree Hong has earned herself the ACCAC Player of the Year title for her second year in a row. She was also select as first team All-ACCAC conference and first Team All-Region.

Hong averaged a 74.8 per round played, she also shot a 71 or under for seven of her 12 rounds played.

She also was able to finish at least second place in all tournaments she participated in. She has also verbally committed to the University of Arizona next fall.

Fellow Sophomore Samantha Hacker was named second team All-ACCAC for her second straight year. Freshman Abby Miller also took second team All-Region.


PCC to celebrate athletes at West Campus

PCC will celebrate its athletes, and many others, on May 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the West Campus Arts Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road.

Both coaches and representatives from the winter and spring season teams will talk about team and individual accomplishments.

Basketball players Jacob Anastasi and Erin Peterson are set to receive the Lawrence R. Toledo Leadership Award.

To RSVP or for more info about the celebration, email April Jessee at or Raymond Suarez at by May 3.

Margarita Corona

Courtney Brown

Deion James

Sydni Stallworth

Task force seeks ways to lower cost of textbooks

Task force seeks ways to lower cost of textbooks


As college costs continue to rise, some students spend more on textbooks than they pay for tuition.

Pima Community College student Sasha Brown wants to help students succeed by providing cheaper ways to get textbooks.

Brown is a member of Pima’s InterCampus Council and Textbook Task Force. She is also part of Pierson Insiders, a group that focuses on textbook challenges by working with publishers directly.

“Book cost should not match your tuition,” Brown said.

Brown puts a strong emphasis on not buying books without talking to the teacher first, noting that students sometimes buy textbooks without ever needing to use them.

The task force was founded by Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Academic Team scholarship winner Liz Pennington. She is a history and secondary education major who will graduate from PCC this spring.

Pennington created the task force because she knew students who avoided taking certain classes because of the price of textbooks.

“We knew the reason for choosing a course should be the learning experience that the class offers, not the cost of the textbooks,” she said.

In a survey conducted by the InterCampus Council, 41 percent of students chose not to buy a required textbook due to high price. Seventy-three percent of students thought a fair price for a textbook would be less than $100.

Task force members are sorting out details for a proposed “Achieving the Dream” grant provided by Hewlett-Packard.

The grant would help students earn an associate of arts degree. Students would still pay tuition but could use open-source digital textbooks free of charge. Curriculum is still under discussion.

Grant funds would be used to pay instructors who are interested in less expensive textbook options.

“We can’t have these men and women work for nothing,” Brown said.

Student spending at a campus bookstore averages $100 to $200, according to the task force. While the bookstore does buy books back, it pays less than the purchase price. Sometimes, students are credited with a gift card in lieu of cash.

Task force members say there are ways around expensive textbooks., for instance, offers buybacks of up to 80 percent. Other well-known resources include Amazon and Chegg.

Textbook Exchange, an online bulletin board, provides another option. Students leave information about textbooks, with contact information to trade or sell textbooks on campus.

Pennington is optimistic.

“The Textbook Task Force’s continued efforts will be to make textbooks more affordable for students, with the belief that every student should have the opportunity at an affordable education,” she said.

For more information on the Textbook Task Force, contact Sasha Brown at

Sasha Brown

THE WORD: Are you taking it easy or buckling down?

THE WORD: Are you taking it easy or buckling down?

Photos and interviews by Dale Villeburn Old Coyote on East Campus

Marina Larson


“I got my break, on Spring Break.”

Marina Larson

Major: Veterinary assistant


Ian Long

As you go through the semester, the material only gets harder. If you start relaxing after midterms, its not gonna get better.”

Ian Long

Major: Engineering


Sarah Musich

“I’ve been buckling down. The works just been getting harder and harder and harder.”

Sarah Musich

Major: Nursing


Artran Bela

“I’m getting ready, every night studying hard. As a foreign student, I have to work hard to get straight As.”

Artan Bela

Major: Networking administration


Sarah Childs

“Definitely buckling down.”

Sarah Childs

Major: Science

FIVE QUESTIONS: A quick conversation with Elyssia Chavarria

FIVE QUESTIONS: A quick conversation with Elyssia Chavarria

Editor’s note: In this ongoing feature, we ask a Pima Community College student some not-so-serious questions.

Compiled by Erik Medina

Elyssia Chavarria takes classes at Northwest Campus and works as a student aide at the West Campus Library. She plans on transferring to the University of Arizona to become an American Sign Language interpreter. She is also a big fan of Harry Potter.

Question 1: What classes are you enjoying the most and why?

Elyssia: My favorite class is Sign Language 202, because I aspire to be a sign language interpreter.


Question 2: What color socks are you wearing?

Elyssia: Nude.


Question 3: What’s your favorite movie and why?

Elyssia: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” I don’t know why, but that’s my favorite book in the series. The tri-wizard tournament and the yule ball are my favorite parts.


Question 4: What is the last song you listened to?

Elyssia: “Galway Girl” by Ed Sheeran.


Question 5: What did you eat for breakfast?

Elyssia: Orange Hibiscus tea.

Elyssia Chavarria, who hopes to become a sign language interpreter, works as a student aide at the West Campus Library. (Erik Medina/Aztec Press)

TOP 10: Ways to handle stress

TOP 10: Ways to handle stress


We all experience stress. It walks in and out of our daily lives, and can easily take over if we don’t take action. There are many ways to manage stress, but here are my top 10 easy ways to ease your worries.

  1. Figure out what is stressing you. Sometimes, we are overwhelmed with our everyday routine, and we don’t know where to start. Narrow down each little thing and start from there.


  1. Prep for tomorrow.

Nothing is worse than being unprepared and unorganized. Make a journal a few minutes before you leave to start your day. I guarantee you’ll feel less stressed.


  1. Do what you love.

Nothing is better than doing your favorite hobby. On your day off, sit back, relax and do what makes you happy, even if that means sleeping.


  1. Manage your time.

Time management is key to a healthy life. One of the many stressors for people is lack of time. Time seems to go by faster, and you’re wishing you had more hours in the day but you have more time than you think.


  1. Turn some tunes.

You’ve had an exhausting day from school and work. Go home, change, get that aux out and jam to your girl Rihanna.


  1. Give your thumb a rest.

Along with school and work, those emails and text just won’t stop. Put your phone aside for a minute. It won’t hurt, y’all.


  1. Talk to your best friend.

No one gets you like your bestie. Venting to your bff will help you put things in better perspective.


  1. Sleep it off.

We all know that we all need eight hours of sleep, but let’s get real. Most of us get like five, if that. So go home and take that.

  1. Focus on yourself.

Take a few minutes out of your day and focus on the present. Try taking a walk, or take a break from work. Pay attention to your senses. This can improve the way you think and feel.


  1. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

Think about what you’ve accomplished throughout your life. Make that money and get that education. You’re doing great!




April 9: Faculty piano recital, West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall, 3 p.m. Tickets $8, discounts available. Box office: 206-6986.

April 11: Free screening of award-winning documentary, “The Rebound,” featuring PCC student Mario Moran, West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theater. Wheelchair basketball demonstration at 6:30 p.m., documentary screening at 7 p.m., followed by question-and-answer time. Details: 206-6986.
April 12: Spring book sale, West Campus Santa Catalina Building east patio, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Books priced $1 each, with $5 book bag bargain – all you can fit in a library tote. Proceeds support West Campus Library. Details: 206-6821.

April 12: Desert Vista Career Café, Desert Vista cafeteria, noon-2 p.m. Free. Topic: Small Talk for Big Careers. Free coffee available. Details: Gustavo Miranda, 206-5235.

 April 13: Award ceremony and reception for Student Juried Art Exhibition, West Campus Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, 2-4 p.m. Exhibits on display April 10-May 5. Details: 206-6942.

April 13: Faculty tuba recital, West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall, 7 p.m., Tickets $8, discounts available. Box office: 206-6986.



April 3-4: Women’s golf, Pima Community College Invitational, Randolph Golf Course, noon start time each day.

April 6: Men’s tennis vs. Glendale, West Campus tennis courts, 1:30 p.m.

April 8: Track and field, Aztec Classic Invitational, West Campus, 10 a.m.

April 9-10: Men’s golf, Pima Community College Invitational, Fred Enke Golf Course, 11 a.m start time each day.

April 11: Women’s tennis vs. Paradise Valley, West Campus tennis courts, 1:30 p.m.

April 15: Softball vs. Chandler-Gilbert CC, West Campus, doubleheader, noon, 2 p.m.

April 18: Softball vs. Phoenix College, West Campus, doubleheader, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

April 18: Baseball vs. Paradise Valley CC, Kino Memorial Stadium, doubleheader, 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m.



April 7-9: Spring Fling, University of Arizona east mall. Hours: 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $5. Details:

April 7: Wine Gone Wild 2017, Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court, 6-8:30 p.m., $65 general admission, $55 members. Details:

April 8, International Wildlife Museum: Eggstravaganza, 10 a.m.-noon, 4800 W. Gates Pass Blvd. Free with paid admission. Details:

April 9: U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Championship 2017, Oro Valley Aquatic Center, 23 W. Calle Concordia, free admission. Details:

April 1-22: Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & OOOH La La!, 5-10 p.m., reoccurring weekly on Saturdays. Details:



April 8: 21 Savage, Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., 7 p.m., $35-$42. Details:

April 9: Of Montreal, Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., 7 p.m., $14-$17. Details:

April 11: The Maine, 191 Toole, 191 E. Toole Ave, 6:30 p.m., $22-$25. Details:

April 13: Chicano Batman, 191 Toole, 191 E. Toole Ave, 7 p.m., $13-$15. Details:

April 19: Kehlani, Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., 7 p.m., $26-$36. Details:



Theater releases

April 7

“Smurfs: The Lost Village”


“Their Finest”

“The Assignment”

April 14

“The Fate of the Furious”


DVD releases 

April 11

“Hidden Figures”

“The Bye Bye Man”

April 18

“The Founder”



OPINION: Word to misogynists: Stop the slut-shaming

OPINION: Word to misogynists: Stop the slut-shaming

Hello, my name is Dakota Fincher and I’m a slut.

I am a slut because most times I forego wearing a bra.

My shorts may show a little too much skin on a 110-degree day in sunny Arizona.  Because of my sex appeal, my body count must be through the roof.  I’m sorry, let me explain. It is time to shame slut-shaming.

What is slut-shaming? Per Bing, it is “the action or fact of stigmatizing a woman for engaging in behavior judged to be promiscuous or sexually provocative.”

Belly buttons? Cancelled. Short skirts? Forget it and cover up.

Lewd conversation may ensue if a woman’s shoulders are showing. It could lead to speculation on how many sexual partners she has had.

Does this matter? It does not. It is too much to be slutty but being a prude is worse. There is no winning, so women might as well wear what they want and be who they prefer.

My words of advice to misogynists: Do not give two cents where two cents are not  due. I don’t care what  comments you make about my body turning you on. And BTW, talking about “that ass” is not going to get you that ass. I promise.

Why even waste your time? It’s disrespectful and does not have anything to do with a woman’s character.

There are characteristics to describe women beyond their cup size. Try smart, bold and strong. The women who are being whistled at have chosen to live their life in comfort. They know why they wore a particular out fit when they left the house, and it was not to get male attention.

I’m not saying every guy out there participates in slut-shaming, but the word “slut” came into existence somehow. Personally, I don’t believe it originated from females.

Along those lines, however, women need to stop calling other women sluts. It is hard enough with men putting women  down. It shouldn’t be done by people who know what it is like.

To my female readers: Be promiscuous, or not. Show some skin, or don’t. Shake what your mama gave you, or sit down. Do not listen to anyone other than yourself. Never let anyone tell you there is anything wrong with being comfortable in your own skin.

Don’t’ let someone make you feel bad for being who you are.  Support other people’s choices. Come together instead of apart.

Dakota Fincher is a slut-supporting feminist. She believes anyone can be who they want to be, and assholes should keep their mouths shut. Also, Rhianna should have won a Grammy for ANTI. Don’t @ me.

Dakota Fincher

OPINION: Republicans prove inept in first test

OPINION: Republicans prove inept in first test

The month of March marked a seminal defeat for the Trump White House and congressional Republicans. The American Health Care Act, the long-awaited Republican answer to “Obamacare,” went down without a vote

as House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the un popular bill.

From the moment the “Obamacare” Af fordable Care Act passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law by then President Barack Obama, Republicans have promised to get rid of the damn thing.

But a funny thing happened. After a disastrous roll-out, people got a taste of  Obamacare. And they liked it. So for seven years, Republicans found themselves like the Grinch on Mount Krumpet, looking down on the insured Demo-Whos’ celebrating Obama carving up the roast beast.

They decided to dispense with subtleties and nominated an actual Grinch to lead  their party.

“My first day in office, I am going to ask Congress to put a bill on my desk getting rid of this disastrous law and replacing it with reforms that expand choice, freedom, affordability,” Donald Trump said in 2016  while running for president.

This should have been a red flag to low income Americans who find themselves on state assistance for health care, whether through Medicare or Medicaid. You know,  Trump’s base. They were warned. Nevertheless, they  persisted.

Trump is in office. Republicans, who grew so adept at saying “no” for a decade,  realized they had to govern. They are now realizing they preferred opposing Obama. Unfortunately for Ryan, that didn’t get  his poop-burger health care legislation through the House.

Trumpcare (or Ryancare if you prefer)  was unpopular among Democrats and Republicans for its cuts to Medicaid and  elimination of the individual mandate.The House Freedom Caucus, the Elmer Fudd-Yosemite Sam wing of the Republican Party, rejected and ultimately sealed the bill’s fate because it didn’t go far enough.

Trump lashed out at them specifically.  “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!” Trump tweeted on March 26.

Democrats were celebrating, and rightfully so. “You may be a great negotiator,” Nancy Pelosi said to The Donald. “Rookie’s error for bringing this up on a day you clearly are not ready.”

Really, this error falls on Ryan. Mr. PolicyWonk had been promising a plan for “repeal and replace” for the better part of  a decade. When it was shown the light of day, everyone hated it and he couldn’t even rally his majority party to pass it.

The president has a word for this. Sad.

Eddie Celaya, the Aztec Press news editor, follows politics closely.

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OPINION: Drug cartel will always find a way

OPINION: Drug cartel will always find a way

Who or what can stop the drug flow into our country? President Donald Trump? Border Patrol agents? A wall? The answer is simple: nothing.

Trump has vowed to “destroy criminal cartels.” How is he going to accomplish such a feat? Hell, I don’t even know how any country can.

Cartels are an intricate and complex infrastructure with multiple leaders supervising numerous aspects of their trade.

A basic business plan for any cartel is  drugs go in, money and guns come out. At the peak of his reign, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was worth $3 billion and made $8 million per day, according to Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel supplied 25 percent of all illegal drugs in the United States.

Trump wants to dismantle a multi-billion-dollar industry, but how? A border fence is useless and upping the number of Border Patrol agents won’t work either. The drug flow cannot be stopped when the Border Patrol is getting tricked into al lowing drugs to flow through checkpoints.

I met a man from Nogales, Arizona, who once packed for an associate of the cartel.  He knows first-hand how cartels get drugs into the U.S. Using a tactic called “pick and roll,” the cartel recruits some poor person from the

street and offers $100. Cartel members fill a van with unconcealed marijuana and tell the driver to cross the border.

While the Border Patrol is unloading  100 kilos of cheap, renewable marijuana and celebrating the “biggest bust of the century,” the cartels are driving by in four more vans filled with meth, heroin and cocaine. Will a war on drugs work? Not likely. Just ask former Mexican President Felipe Caldron.

Caldron sent 6,500 soldiers to Michoacán in 2011. The action didn’t end cartels. Instead, 1,400 soldiers, cartel members and civilians died in April alone, according to PBS.

Trump wants to expand the border wall. That may slow the drug flow, but it won’t stop it. Cartels use a variety of inventive ways to get drugs into the U.S., including ramps, underground tunnels and catapults.

No matter what anyone does, they can’t stop cartels. As long as there’s money to be  made, there will always be drug trafficking.

Rene Escobar is a journalism major. This is his first semester at the Aztec Press and  his fourth semester at Pima.

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FROM THE EDITOR(S): Friendship begins in newsroom

FROM THE EDITOR(S): Friendship begins in newsroom


Roberts: Maybe you’re just starting with the Press. Maybe you’ve followed Pima Community College’s student newspaper since its inception in 1970. No matter when you picked up your first issue, my co-editor and I would

like to thank you. Ashley Muñoz and I are the photo editors for this very newspaper you cradle in your hands, unless you’re reading it online. That’s cool too. Your device probably doesn’t have the same fresh newsprint smell though.

Muñoz: When I’m not crying over the finale of “The Office,” I spend my time keeping the photo aspects of the Aztec Press in order with my good friend, Kate Roberts.

Roberts: I met Ashley at our pre-semester meeting, and her cat-eye glasses and black tights told me one thing: Be friends with this gal at all costs. I used my wit and charm (awkward meme references) to bribe her into partner- ing as co-editors, and we’re having the time of our lives.

Muñoz: When Kate first approached me, it was love at first sight. We took the photo section of the Aztec Press under our wing and try our absolute best to produce nothing but great content for ourselves and for our readers. I’m so lucky to have had Kate bribe me. It’s the best decision she’s ever made for me.

Roberts: As far as photography goes, I was pretty much born with a camera in my hand. My parents were photographers and journalists, and my godfather taught me how to use my first film SLR. My first camera was a seethru plastic little guy, and I took it everywhere. Not much has changed, except now I carry my iPhone and a Nikon.

Muñoz: Photography hasn’t always been my thing. I had mastered the art of “selfies” but that was about the extent of my knowledge up until my first year at Pima Community College. Our adviser, Cynthia Lancaster, was my first photojournalism instructor. She taught me to see life and people through a lens and it changed my world forever. I never saw myself as a potential photojournalist, but now that’s all I want to be.

Roberts: Working on the newspaper and learning the entire process has made a career in photography and multimedia journalism seem much more realistic.

Muñoz: I’m finishing my third and final year at PCC and moving on to Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I’m a bit heartbroken, but excited for what’s to come.

Roberts: She is mostly heartbroken because she is leaving me in Tucson to die.

Muñoz: I didn’t know what the hell I was doingprior to the Aztec Press, much like most college students. I am grateful for this experience, the people I’ve met and all I’ve learned throughout my years. Like the iconic band Journey once said, “Don’t Stop Believing.” Hold on to that feeling of college.

Roberts: Journey lyrics? That was a terrible way to end this column. Thanks for reading, and join the paper!

TRACK AND FIELD: A long (jump) and winding road

TRACK AND FIELD: A long (jump) and winding road


Standing nearly 6 feet tall with stunning red hair, sophomore Hannah Bartz is used to standing out in a crowd. Put her on the track and she doesn’t just stand out; she races to the front of the pack.

“We were always pretty fast in elementary school,” Bartz said of herself and her equally fast, just as brightly redheaded sisters. “We were always the fastest girls in the school.”

Thus began the story for Bartz, the third of four daughters. Her mother, a middle-distance runner, and her father, a football lineman, met in college at Utah State. As children, the Bartz girls showed early athletic promise.

They played “almost every sport,” Bartz said. “We all played soccer for a long time. We got into running and track and stuff in middle school and high school.”

Her first track meet in middle school hinted at her prodigious talent. It also made for great laughs.

“The one thing I remember most, it was really embarrassing,” Bartz said. “They put me in the 200 meter and I had never run it. I thought you could switch lanes, and so I did. I almost got disqualified but it didn’t matter because I was so far ahead of everyone.”

Hijinks aside, Bartz continued to run sprints and picked up jumping events in high school at Marana Mountain View.

Unlike some of her peers, Bartz took the sport seriously. She finished her senior year with silver medals in the  long jump and 100-meter dash at the Arizona 4A state championship. In both events, the eventual champion went on to break state records.

“It was actually more encouraging,” she said of the defeats. “I was really excited. I knew I could do more and more great things.”

At first, Bartz hoped to attend a four-year university out of high school. Because there was limited interest from big Division I schools, she considered giving up the sport.

“Pima was the only college that offered me anything and really wanted me to come to compete,” she said. “So I was like, ‘all right.’”

Attending Pima Community College brought Bartz in contact with her current jumps coach and PCC’s recruiting coordinator, Chad Harrison.

She credits Harrison with bringing her times down and her jump up.

“We have never had an athlete like Hannah before,” Harrison said during a recent practice. “We’ve never had an athlete as strong as Hannah, as fast as Hannah, who can jump like Hannah.”

Harrison “has actually helped me get a lot stronger and get more of the technique that I really need to get those distances in long jump,” Bartz said.

Bartz says coaching helped her win silver at the National Junior College Athletics Association Indoor Nationals

meet in March.

“The fourth, third and second positions were all bunched at like mid-18 feet,”Bartz said.

It came down to her last jump. “All I needed was to pop a 19-footer, and I was golden,” she said.

She jumped 19 feet, 1.25 inches. While her specialty is in jumps, Bartz has made a splash in sprints this season. At

the Aztec Indoor Invitational, she won the 60-meter dash in a school record time of 7.79 seconds.

A week later, Pima sophomore Amber McCroskey lowered Bartz’s mark to 7.78 seconds.

At the NJCAA Indoor Nationals, Bartz ran a 7.73. McCroskey ran a 7.72. The rivalry between the two isn’t exactly

Carl Lewis versus Ben Johnson, but it’s there.

“We are really good friends,” Bartz said, before adding, “Having Amber to push me is really nice.”

With NJCAA Outdoor Nationals scheduled for May 18 in Hutchinson, Kansas, Bartz finds herself practicing and lifting more.

“On the jumps end we are up, we go and do our jump technique stuff and that takes a couple hours,” she said.

All of that preparation can make for late nights. “We usually go home on Mondays and Tuesdays around 9:30 or 10 p.m.,” she said.

Still, Bartz knows the hard work is paying off. She recently visited Idaho State University for a recruiting trip.

“The offer is on the table for a full ride, so it’s a very big option,” she said. “But I still have some other schools I’m looking at right now.”

Harrison sees Bartz more than holding her own at the next level.

“Because of the way it works for meets now, we already compete against four-year schools,” he said. “She is still getting stronger, and her technique is improving.”

Before her time at Pima is up, Bartz still has a few goals she wants to accomplish. Her major, elementary education, is helping set her up for life off the track.

“I already know I want to be an elementary school teacher,” she said.

Eddie Celaya/Aztec Press Sophomore Hannah Bartz shows her form for sprints during practice at West Campus.

Her goals for the track seem just as certain. “I know I can break the outdoor 200-meter record for here, and I think it’s 24.8,” she said. “I think I got that.”