From the Editor

FROM THE EDITOR: Involvement enriches college life

November 13, 2014

By ANDREW PAXTON During my time at Pima Community College, I have been privileged to be involved with several dynamic groups that have enriched my educational experience and helped me advance as a leader and an individual. After my first full semester at Pima, my GPA made me eligible for an invitation from the Phi […]

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FROM THE EDITOR: Your vote matters this election

October 30, 2014

By ANDREW PAXTON Another election is here, and most of us probably just want it to be over so those annoying campaign ads will finally stop. This election is admittedly less exciting than recent contests, with no presidential race on the ballot, but fewer people than usual are paying attention to what are actually some […]

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FROM THE EDITOR: Shining a light in dark places

October 16, 2014

By ANDREW PAXTON This semester, Aztec Press has embarked on several in-depth investigative reporting adventures in an attempt to take you, the reader, to places you may have never been or to help you see things differently than you did before. From the VIP rooms of well-known adult establishments to the struggle adjunct faculty members […]

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FROM THE EDITOR: Awards put work in perspective

April 10, 2014

By ANDREW PAXTON During the day-to-day grind involved in writing, editing and producing a college newspaper, it can sometimes be hard to keep the work we do in proper perspective. The frenzy to keep up with breaking news, meet deadlines and succeed in other aspects of life can sometimes blur our judgment about what exactly […]

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FROM THE EDITOR: It’s time to stop and smell the roses

March 27, 2014

By ANDREW PAXTON During the course of the semester, it can be difficult not to get burned out, to quit, to throw your hands in the air and say, “Enough!”   A grueling class schedule, long hours of reading and studying, plus jobs and families can take a mental toll on all of us.   […]

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FROM THE EDITOR: Journalists need federal shield law

February 27, 2014

By ANDREW PAXTON The United States is becoming a more dangerous place for journalists to practice their trade, according to a recent report that blasts America for its treatment of reporters and their sources. The World Press Freedom Index, compiled by the international group Reporters Without Borders, “spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom […]

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From the editor: Adult ad finds spot in Aztec Press

February 13, 2014

By ANDREW PAXTON The debut issue of Aztec Press this semester featured an advertisement for an adult establishment. It was the first time such an ad has run in Pima Community College’s student newspaper in recent memory. The advertisement, for Eden’s Cabaret and Café, has generated quite a bit of buzz, both positive and negative, […]

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FROM THE EDITOR: Aztec Press wants your feedback

January 30, 2014

By ANDREW PAXTON Students and faculty at Pima Community College’s West Campus may have seen me during the recent “Welcome Week” and wondered why I was staffing an information table and handing out business cards. There is a very good reason why I spent the better part of my morning trying to get the word […]

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FROM THE EDITOR: Remember true meaning of holidays

November 26, 2013

By ANDREW PAXTON As we prepare for the holiday season with thoughts of big meals and expensive new gadgets, few of us take the time to consider what we are supposed to be celebrating in the first place. Most people don’t understand the history of the rituals they engage in year after year, and those […]

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From the Editor: Consider joining Aztec Press Staff

November 14, 2013

By ANDREW PAXTON Registration for spring classes opened Nov. 11, and I hope some of you are contemplating joining the staff of the Aztec Press. You may be wondering if you have what it takes to write for the paper. Perhaps you wonder if the chance to see your name in print is worth the […]

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From the Editor: Don’t take freedoms for granted

September 19, 2013

By ANDREW PAXTON The liberties that Americans typically enjoy under the First Amendment are often taken for granted in this country, a part of life as common as rising taxes or hot Tucson summers. But the rights of free speech, assembly, and press are being increasingly suppressed around the world, something that should make us […]

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FROM THE EDITOR: An unexpected dose of breaking news

April 4, 2013

By CHELO GRUBB If there’s one thing biweekly newspapers aren’t known for, it’s breaking news. It isn’t easy to scoop major publications with a 14-day production schedule. This is my fifth semester working for the Aztec Press. During my first three semesters, deadlines worked like this: I spent a week researching and talking to sources. […]

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FROM THE EDITOR: Aztec Press ‘best all-around’ finalist

March 21, 2013

By CHELO GRUBB It’s award season in the collegiate journalism world. The Aztec Press is competing for 2012’s best all-around non-daily student newspaper at a large institution in our region. Being a finalist means we have won either first, second or third place in the Society of Professional Journalists’ prestigious Mark of Excellence category. The […]

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FROM THE EDITOR: Stay engaged in the college’s future

February 19, 2013

By CHELO GRUBB Pima Community College is on the hunt for a new chancellor. It’s no secret that members of the community have been troubled by recent news coming from PCC’s District Office. The headlines have not been positive: sexual harassment claims against the former chancellor, overlooking a $21,000 legal mistake, questions about the validity […]

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FROM THE EDITOR: Make campus safety, communication a priority

February 7, 2013

By CHELO GRUBB The most stressful parts of college usually happen inside the classroom. We call them “finals.” However, once in a while something happens to remind students there are bigger bullies than math exams out there. Late in the afternoon of Jan. 18 at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus, a female student was robbed […]

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