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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.

Vegetarian meals can be creative

Vegetarian meals can be creative


My first time dining at Tasteful Kitchen was by chance. A group of friends and myself were planning to dine out, but we were tired of the usual chain restaurants.

Someone had the idea of eating vegetarian. Unsure at first, we decided to look up local restaurants.

Tasteful Kitchen popped up. The website said it offered a twist to the vegetarian menu while still maintaining awareness of people’s dietary needs. So we gave it a chance.

The restaurant, co-owned by sisters Sigret and Keanne Thompson, is located between University Boulevard and Fourth Street at 722 N. Stone Ave. The menu offers a wide variety of vegan and gluten-free options.

The Thompson sisters opened Tasteful Kitchen in early 2011 after noticing there weren’t many vegetarian restaurants in Tucson.

The restaurant is housed in a building from the 1930s. It was built with 13-inch solid adobe walls and is very rustic, giving it a cozy feeling. Once inside, you will find two small dining rooms.

The rooms are decorated with warm colors and paintings from local artists. The art is for sale, so the art displays change from time to time.

My first experience at the restaurant was fabulous. The environment was soothing and the lighting was just right. Service was spectacular and the food was delicious.

Keanne Thompson guided my party by letting us know what was what, and recommending some dishes.

I recommend the decadent carrot cake. It’s not too sweet and not too bland. It’s just right.

Starters and small plates range from $6 to $10, main courses are $18, desserts are $7 and drinks cost $3 to $4.

Tasteful Kitchen isn’t like your average restaurant. Dining there is like eating at home, and reminded me of a family gathering.

The Thompsons prefer quality over quantity. The dining experience may take a little longer than usual but that’s because everything is made fresh for the customer.

Sigret Thompson taught herself to cook by recreating food from London and Sydney, places she used to live. She is a chef at the restaurant, working alongside sous chef Laura Clawson. They both enjoy the freedom to offer classic vegetarian specials.

“We enjoy working with seasonal fruits and vegetables with a strong emphasis on organic and locally grown produce,” Sigret Thompson said. “We offer farm-to-table specials frequently and local ingredients are intermingled throughout our menu.”

The owners keep their ingredients as close to their natural state as possible with a minimal amount of processed foods. They also avoid hydrogenated fats, artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, sweeteners and GMOs.


The Tasteful Kitchen also offers educational events to sharpen kitchen skills. Classes and events are listed on the website.


The Tasteful Kitchen

Address: 722 N. Stone Ave.

Phone: 250-9600

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9 p.m.


Tasteful Kitchen co-owners Keanne Thompson, left, and Sigret Thompson offer diners vegan and gluten-free dining options. The sisters opened their Stone Avenue restaurant in early 2011. (Erik Medina/Aztec Press)

BEST BETS: Bike buffs, tequila lovers, folk freaks unite


With spring’s 80-degree days, it couldn’t be a finer time in Tucson to celebrate what makes the city so quirky, cultural and fun.

Pima County Fair: April 20-30

Pima County’s annual fair takes place at the Pima County Fairgrounds,11300 S. Houghton Road. Activities include a stock auction, carnival rides and more than 40 food vendors.

Performers will include T-Pain and the Village People. For those who prefer more entertainment than T-Pain and the Village People (what’s wrong with you?), Tyzen Hypnotist Extraordinaire and For KING & COUNTRY will also perform.

Main gate hours are 1-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Carnival hours are 3-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

General admission tickets are $8. Tickets for ages 6-10 are $4, and ages 5 and under are admitted for free. Parking costs $5.


Bike Fest 2017: Through April 30

Tucson’s Living Street Alliance brings the city 14 days of bike-related events including group rides and something to do in every part of Tucson on two wheels.


Arizona International Film Festival: Through April 30

The charming Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., is at it again. It will host the Arizona International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 26th anniversary.

The festival will screen six feature-length films and 70 short films from 19 countries using a theme of Bridging Cultures. 2017 marks the highest number of films submitted to the selection committee.

 Single viewing tickets cost $6, and premiere screenings are $8. A Saver Pass, $25, allows attendance at any five screenings. An All Access Pass, $100, provides access to priority seating to all screenings and special events. Saver and All Access passes are available for purchase online.


Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival: April 22-23

Kief-Joshua Vineyards plays host to the 33rd Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival in Sonoita-Elgin. Twenty Arizona wineries will participate. Expect tastings, food, a two-day chili cook-off and live music. The festival runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days at 370 Elgin Road in Elgin.


Tucson International Mariachi Conference: April 26-29

Two concerts with ballet folkloric dancing will take place during the Mariachi Conference at AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road. Admission costs $10.

Registration to participate is open and costs $110-$160. The Tucson International Mariachi Conference is accepting volunteers.


Agave Heritage Festival: April 28-May 7

Native to Mexico, the fleshy spikes of the agave azul plant produce one of Tucson’s favorite hard liquors: tequila. Tucson’s Agave Heritage Festival will explore the agave plant and its uses in the Arizona-Mexico border area.

The festival will feature talks, tours, tastings and dinners at a variety of Tucson locations. Daily tours range from free to $25 admission.

May 6’s Agave Heritage Fest at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., runs from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $30-$35, for ages 21 and up.

The Carriage House, 125 S. Arizona Ave., will host an end-of-celebration brunch with agave-inspired mimosa flights. Brunch tickets are $55 plus gratuity.

Details:, events tab

Tucson Folk Festival: May 6-7

Known for its popularity and size, the Tucson Folk Festival is one of the largest free folk-music festivals in the United States. It takes place in historic sections of downtown Tucson and is based at El Presidio Park, 160 W. Alameda St.

Folk fans can enjoy more than 20 hours of live acoustic music with workshops, kid’s activities, food stations, beer gardens and more—all broadcast live from El Presidio Park downtown by Tucson’s community radio KXCI 91.3 FM.

Headliners include The Black Lillies on Saturday, May 6, at 9 p.m. at El Presidio Park. Local headliner Ryanhood will play Sunday, May 7, at 8 p.m.






 Aries (March 21-April 19)

Taking risks is your specialty. Go ahead and do what you’ve been wanting. Just don’t get too cocky with it. No one likes a showoff.

 Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you’re exactly it. Take that skill with you always, because not a lot of people have it. It’s a good look for you.

 Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You’re quick to say the first word and last, nice. Go ahead and continue being the life of the party, and don’t think too much. That’ll destroy your good time.

 Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Understandably, you don’t open up easily. We get it. Try. It might be your biggest challenge yet. But there could be some unexpected beauty behind those doors.

 Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Now. The time is now. Do what you want and never look back. The only thing in the way is you. Yes, curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back.

 Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22)

You know exactly what you’re doing and that in itself deserves applause. Don’t get lost in that fact. Let your hair down, literally or not. Sorry if you’re bald.

 Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Being the kind, gentle sweetheart you are, you constantly put others before you. Stop. Right. There. It is your turn to have the talking stick. Just make sure it’s worth the time.

 Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov.21)

You’ve got heart, kid. I’ll give you that among other things. The word “greatness” was named after you. Don’t let us down. We know what you’re capable of.

 Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec.21)

Take your curious energy and do what you please with it. There is an entire world out there waiting for you. Are you ready?

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)

Stop. You’re doing it again, constantly being the man (or woman) with a plan. As Taylor Swift once said, “The best people in life are free.”

 Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

What’s supposed to be negative about you is how unpredictable you can be. BS. That can be used to beautiful advantages. Yes, that is a challenge.

 Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You selfless person, you. Take a minute and look at the big picture. Don’t forget about yourself. You’re more important than you know.

Concerts spotlight musical ensembles

Concerts spotlight musical ensembles

Compiled by Robyn Zelickson

Pima Community College will present four spring concerts in the Center for the Arts on West Campus between April 25 and April 30. Tickets are $6 for each concert, with discounts available.

For more information, call 206-6986, visit or email

Jazz Ensemble spotlights student solos

The Jazz Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Mike Kuhn. Many students will be spotlighted in solo improvisational roles.

The program of big-band pieces in different styles will include jazz standards such as “Car Cherokee,” “Take The ‘A’ Train,” “Limehouse Blues,” “Sack Of Woe,” “Back Alley Shuffle” and “Harlem Nocturne.”

Vocalist Philip Harvey will sing Bobby Darin’s “Mack The Knife,” Dion and the Belmont’s “The Wanderer” and the bossa nova standard “Besame Mucho” arranged by PCC trombonist Roger Wallace.

Wind Ensemble selections tell story

The Wind Ensemble’s concert on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. will feature pieces that tell a story.

Directed by Mark Nelson, the Ensemble will open with “Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna” by Franz von Suppé. Jim Curnow’s “Canticle of the Creatures” will follow.

Ivan Duran will be the clarinet soloist for “Fantasia and Rondo” by Carl Maria von Weber. Selections from “The Sound of Music” by Rogers and Hammerstein will transport listeners to Austria. The program will conclude with John Philip Sousa’s march “Fairest of the Fair.”

Audience members will also hear the woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles.

Orchestra dedicates concert to Beethoven

The PCC Orchestra concert on Saturday, April 29, at 3 p.m. will feature the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and other classic composers.

Director Alexander Tentser will highlight Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica.” The epic symphony changed the progress of music history.

Another program highlight will be “Egmont Overture,” written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1788. Based on a Shakespearean tragedy, it represents the Dutch warrior Count Egmont’s battle against Spanish despot Duke of Alba. The overture was subsequently used in many works, including the 1965 Academy Award-nominated short film “Overture” by János Vadász.

Claude Debussy’s “Suite Bergamasque” is also included in the program. It was originally composed for piano, but has been arranged for orchestra and many other instruments.

Chorale, College Singers perform April 30

Jonathan Ng will direct the PCC Chorale and College Singers in a program of mixed-voice chorale on Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m.

Selections include Elliot Schenck’s arrangement of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Parting Blessing” by Jerome Williams.

The Chorale will continue with three canons by Henry Purcell: “Fie, Nay, Prithee, John,” “Under This Stone” and “Once, Twice, Thrice.” They will conclude with “Choral Selections from Dido & Aeneas” by Henry Purcell.

The select mixed-voice a cappella College Singers will open with composer Elizabeth Poston’s “Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree,” and continue with three English madrigals: “Fryer, Fryer!” by Thomas Morley, “Weep, O Mine Eyes” by John Bennet and “Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting All Alone” by John Farmer.

The Singers will end their portion of the program with two Tudor anthems: “If Ye Love Me” by Thomas Tallis and “Sing Joyfully” by William Bryd.

The evening will conclude with both the Chorale and the College Singers performing together, accompanied by pianist Susan Simpson, Ivan Duran on clarinet and percussionist Tony Martin.

Their performance will include “Duo Seraphim” by Jacob Handl, “Os Justi” by Anton Bruckner and excerpts from “Requiem” by John Rutter.

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

Chekov’s ‘Three Sisters’ offers subtle message

Chekov’s ‘Three Sisters’ offers subtle message


From left: Emily Fuchs (Masha) comforts Clarrissa Rodriguez (Irina) while Rosa Meronek (Olga) looks on. The play opens April 20.
Robyn Zelickson/Aztec Press

Anton Chekov is a Russian writer and dramatist best known for ‘The Cherry Orchard,” “Uncle Vanya” and “The Seagull.” But another work, “Three Sisters,” may be his best.

Chekov wrote “Three Sisters” in 1900, and the play debuted in 1901 at the Moscow Art Theatre.

The Pima Community College theater arts department will stage “Three Sisters” April 20-30 in the West Campus Black Box Theatre with a cast led by director Nikki Martinez.

Performances will be Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. American Sign Language interpreters will be available April 27.

Martinez said she has always loved Chekov. She was introduced to his work by Mladen Kiselov, a Bulgarian director and professor, when Kiselov taught at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

“Kiselov broke open the work of Chekov for me,” Martinez said. “Chekov is very passionate and fun and also very dark. It’s cold there, so they have lots of time for brooding and thinking. But, Chekov has a delightful sense of humor.”

Martinez is completing her fifth semester as an instructor at Pima. Previously, she directed her own company in New York City and spent two years as a member of the Williamstown Theater Festival Non- Equity Company.

She finds the student-actors in her cast to be “committed and hard-working.” Her definition of student success is for them to have an experience and to find a sense of ensemble and family.

“Often in a play, the cast becomes an extended family and that does come through,” Martinez said.

Emily Fuchs, who plays Masha, talked about the challenges of acting in this play, as opposed to some of the others that she has done previously, such as “Dracula.”

“It’s interesting, balancing the dialogue with making sure that my reactions and the way I’m saying the dialogue is genuine,” Fuchs said. “The words are very poetic in this translation.”

Chekov was one of the first sources of realism in theater, as opposed to romanticism.

He used a lot of symbolism and in this play, a lot of emotional conflict that the audience may find very relatable.

“This show is dramatic but in more of a subtle way than ‘Dracula,’” Fuchs said. “Since it’s so relatable, it could be hardhitting for an audience member, so it’s difficult to be right in the personal space of that audience member, as we can be in this theater.”

Unlike Fuchs, Chris Farnsworth is new to Pima’s theater arts program, although he took acting classes with Martinez last year. He agrees with Fuchs that “Three Sisters” is a difficult play.

“Each character has their hopes, their dreams, their failures, and they get caught up in the same sort of things that we can, regretting the past and at the same time looking forward to the future and kind of forgetting about what’s now,” he said.

Farnsworth plays Andrey, the brother in the family. His character, like the others, looks forward to the future without being very connected to the present and is overall quite discontented with life.

“When they do get those moments when they are in the present, it’s really kind of beautiful,” Farnsworth said. “We see that moment of just taking in what’s here and now and real. And then, all too soon, you’re back into thinking about how things could have been.”

The play reflects life in Russia in the early twentieth century. The minimal plot provides a look at the Prozorov family: sisters Olga, Masha and Irina, and brother Andrey. Their mother is dead and their father died exactly one year ago.

The siblings live in a provincial Russian town that is home to a garrison of soldiers. Irina and Andrey long to return to their former home in Moscow, where they lived before their father moved the family in order to take command of the garrison.

Garrison soldiers are often at the Prozorov home. Chebutykin had been in love with their mother and another soldier, Aleksandr Ignatyevich Vershinin, knew their father from their days in Moscow.

Chekhov’s play reflects his own life. His parents ran a grocery store and were very poor. His mother was a wonderful storyteller who entertained her six children with anecdotes from her journeys. Chekhov attributed his talent to his father, but his soul to his mother.

A co-founder of the Moscow Art Theatre, Konstantin Stanislavski, was the first director of “Three Sisters.” Although the piece was a success with audiences, Chekov’s opinion of Stanislavski’s direction was less positive. Chekov believed the play’s intangibility had been lost.

Many productions of the work have followed. It has been staged in New York, Chicago, Dublin, Prague and several cities in England.

“‘Three Sisters’ has an elusive message,” Martinez said. “It’s about love, loss, longing and despair intertwined. And, it’s about being human.”

Tickets cost $18, with discounts available. For further information, call the box office at 206-6986, visit or email


“Three Sisters”

Where: Black Box Theatre, West Campus CFA

When: April 20-30

Tickets: $18, with discounts available

Box office: 206-6986


Chris Farnsworth: Andrey

Zuriel Lloyd: Natasha

Rosa Menorek: Olga

Emily Fuchs: Masha

Clarrissa Rodriguez: Irina

Hernán Gonzalez: Kulygin

Rafael Acuña: Vershinin

Cole Potwardowski: Tusenbach

Raul Pompa: Solyony

Kyler Weeks: Chebutykin

Nikolas Busarow: Fedotik

Chris Maida: Rode

Drew Frieders: Ferapont

Jessica Palmer: Anfisa

Molly Carrillo: Maid

Taylor Hernandez: Maid


Nikki Martinez: Director

Maddie Hricik: Stage Manager

Carol Carder: Marketing

PCC prevention program aims to educate

PCC prevention program aims to educate


Joscelyn Luque and Paula Grijalva, Pima Community College students at Desert Vista Campus, began looking into the Aztec Proactive Prevention Program after they saw flyers at their campus.

AP3 was developed for PCC students in an effort to prevent substance abuse and to decrease the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases.

The program is based at Desert Vista Campus but also focuses on PCC’s West and Downtown campuses.

The federally funded program collaborates with Amistades Inc., Behavioral Assessments Inc. and the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.

Two SAAF staff members, Remy Ruiz and Marcos Trujillo, conduct outreach and training sessions.

Trujillo said the program is designed to meet the specific needs of Latino and other young adults of ethnic minorities.

“This is incredibly important because we see that health disparities and rates of HIV infection are higher in Latino, black and indigenous communities than among whites,” Trujillo said.

“By aiming to meet the needs of these students, we are actually able to provide services to all students and provide programming that can still be relevant and helpful to students regardless of how they identify,” he added.

The AP3 grant program’s two components are HIV testing and an evidencebased intervention training program called “Say it Straight.”

“I had a lot of fun attending the ‘Say it Straight’ workshop,” Luque said. “They explained and talked about everything so confident and with such great understanding which made things that are usually uncomfortable or hard to follow easy to understand and follow.”

The training program can adapt to whatever the participant needs, whether it be a discussion on safer sex or substance abuse.

“It’s like a HIV 101 and a substance abuse 101,” spokeswoman Elva De La Torre said. “Then we take that information and we do different scenarios with the students using their real life experience.”

The evidence-based intervention is designed to help students through different communication styles. It gives them the opportunity to say no in situations that may put them at risk whether with substance abuse or sexually, De La Torre added.

AP3 outreach coordinator Marcos Trujillo staffs an informational table at Desert Vista.
Photo courtesy of AP3 program

The goal of the AP3 is to create a comfortable environment for students.

“I would recommend taking a friend so you wouldn’t go alone,” Grijalva said. “I was scared too, but we got to step out of that fear and learn how to be safe. It’s an environment where nobody judges.”

The workshops include a peer-to-peer component.

Students who have undergone the trainings are able to establish themselves as leaders since they’re able to attend outreach efforts.

“We are still developing this because we need students who have gone through the program in order to have them do this peer kind of health advocate component,” De La Torre said.

AP3 conducted a comprehensive needs assessment last year that allowed the program to pinpoint gaps in services for students.

“One of the things that continually came up is the fact that students don’t have a place to get this kind of information or to really get the supplies that they might need,” De La Torre said.

The trainings have been built on a foundation of respect and open-mindedness.

“We’re here to provide education on how to be safe and how to effectively communicate your needs, no matter what a person is or isn’t engaging in,” Ruiz said.

In the past year, AP3 has strived to establish itself on PCC campuses through outreach efforts.

Efforts have included frequent table displays, a practice in which two staff members hand out information and safe sex supplies.

“Outreach has really been our focus over the last year,” Trujillo said. “One of the things we are learning about our students is that many of them don’t have much information about HIV, sexual health and substance abuse.”

Creating a stable social media presence on Facebook has also helped to increase program awareness.

They’ve also increased communications with PCC student life in order to find out about upcoming events, where they may be able to provide information and free confidential HIV testing.

Trujillo said the AP3 program is currently developing electronic and print materials that will be available at all campuses and on digital bulletin boards.

“We really want students to start prioritizing their own health and fight stigma about learning how to keep themselves healthy and safe,” Trujillo said.

Les-bi honest, coming out is hard

Les-bi honest, coming out is hard


Imagine a boy named John. He’s gay and until recently, didn’t want anyone to know because he feared abuse, neglect and even abandonment.

He waited for the right time and finally decided to come out. Surprisingly, John’s parents embraced his announcement while offering hugs and kisses.

This is a dream for many members of the LGBTQ+ community but realistically, coming out remains a daunting goal.

It isn’t something that just happens. We don’t ritually chant at a full moon, “I’m gay,” “I’m bisexual” or “I’m trans,” expecting everyone we know to be OK with it.

Like grief, coming out has stages. Take it from Cindy Fragozo and Ricardo Serventi, students at Pima Community College who are openly LGBTQ.

Aztec Press illustration by Katelyn Roberts


Serventi: I thought, ‘I can’t be that.’ I knew other people were; it didn’t bother me. I just thought I couldn’t be that. It felt surreal. It felt strange to think that I was, but it also felt right at the same time.

Fragozo: I never really had a realization that I was bi. I didn’t feel attraction to just one specific gender.

I didn’t think much of it until around middle school, where I noticed that some people thought it was weird to not be straight. That’s when I started to feel a bit self-conscious about myself and uncomfortable whenever someone brought up if they liked someone.


Serventi: I had no worries whatsoever, although, I did not see the point of labeling myself as LGBTQ because I was still the same person as before. It was just that who I would see myself with changed, so what should I fear?

Fragozo: There was this certain fear that I can’t fully explain that I thought about. I felt like the people I was closest to would look at me differently for my sexuality.


Serventi: I first saw myself as openminded to both genders. But as I grew older, I saw that I couldn’t be with females. Only males. I felt at peace with myself when I realized it, but again, it was surreal when I was listening to myself say it.

Fragozo: When I first started to be more open about myself, it felt oddly freeing. It was nice because I finally started to feel like I was being myself.

While there are always going to be jerks that try to ruin it, that feeling of freedom is really nice. I felt more open and confident and wanted to actually share parts of my bi self with people.

To go from acting like I totally didn’t think that girl was cute to actually saying it out loud was nice, and not even saying it in a gay way. I remember trying to not comment on a girl’s appearance at all because I didn’t want to come off as gay, which is funny for me to look back at it now.


Serventi: I didn’t believe myself, on my identity, until I told someone. Hearing myself say it to another person was kind of the seal. The people that I first told were my friends. I was met with acceptance from them.

My family still doesn’t know. But I came out to everyone else a few months ago, I think. Honestly, school has been keeping me too busy to really keep track.

Fragozo: I didn’t really ever have a distinct moment where I came out. I’m just always sharing my praise of women. Luckily, I have a family that isn’t against LGBTQ people so it wasn’t too nerve-racking. Everyone I told was very supportive and I’m lucky to have that.

I don’t have a moment where I outright told them. I think we all knew and accepted it. I’ve been out since freshmen year of high school, so five years out of my 20 years. It’s such a small chunk of my life. I never really looked at it that way until now.


Serventi: My two best friends are Cindy and Erik. They both are LGBTQ as well. So, they were incredibly helpful when I came out.

Fragozo: I have my best friends Erik and Ricky that I can express my full bisexual feelings to and they’re really supportive. It helps that they both aren’t straight, which is nice. We all just share our gay feelings together.


We can’t just say coming out happens one way, because it doesn’t.

The thing to remember when coming out is to surround yourself with people you care for and who care for you.

Serventi and Fragozo are best friends. That Erik person they’re talking about, well that’s me.

When I finally decided to come out, I wasn’t met with hugs and kisses, but I was accepted. My family and friends supported me and that was what really mattered.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment,” that’s what I intend to do.

It's all about how you rebound

It’s all about how you rebound


After the showing, Mario Moran holds a Q&A for members of the
audience. He was asked about his life before and after being paralyzed.
Nicholas Trujillo/Aztec Press

Being scouted by the University of Arizona, becoming a motivational speaker and holding a championship trophy. Those aren’t things anyone expects to happen to them, especially a former juvenile delinquent.

After being in and out of juvenile detention, Mario Moran started that climb after 11:33 p.m. May 27, 2005.

“As a teen I was involved with the wrong activities, gang activities,” Moran said. “I lost myself as a youngster.”

Being involved in gang activities is what lead Moran to be shot in his spine, leaving his lower half paralyzed.

Now, the former wheelchair basketball champion holds himself up by giving motivational speeches across the world and being the center of the documentary “The Rebound.”


It was prom night and Moran was not allowed to go because he didn’t show up to his classes.

After grabbing a couple of beers that night, Moran waited a couple of streets from his New Jersey home, for his friends to go to post-prom parties.

That’s when Moran met Nestor Lopez, who was known as Sancocho. Moran thought himself to be the “don of the hood,” so he wore flashy jewelry to look the part. However, Sancocho liked the way his jewelry looked as well.

“The way he gave the comment wasn’t a nice comment,” Moran said. “He was kind of telling me, he liked what I had on and he wanted to take it.”

After an exchange of words, Sancocho pulled a gun on Moran. In New Jersey, according to Moran, people would often “carry fake guns and rob people.”

After Sancocho shot into the ground and then up in the air, Moran realized that it wasn’t a fake.

“I wasn’t scared,” he said. “I smacked my chest, and I told him, ‘I’m not on the ground. If you’re going to shoot me, shoot me.’”

The instant after Moran smacked his chest for a second time, he went in to throw a punch and knocked Sancocho down. However, as Sancocho hit the ground, the impact made the gun go off. It hit Moran three millimeters below his left nipple at an angle.

“Once the bullet made contact with my spine is when I started losing my legs and started collapsing,” he said.

As it was happening in real time in a matter of seconds, to Moran it felt like 30 to 45 minutes. Luckily, he had his phone clipped to his side and immediately dialed 911.

“All I could feel is my body starting to get tight,” he said. “Every breath I took, it was like flashbacks.”

The life or death struggle forced Moran to realize two things. He had to take shorter breaths to stay alive, and he had to keep fighting. “Because, if you believe in yourself, you can do anything,” he said.

After being rushed to the hospital, it was determined only one doctor had the ability to save Morans’ life. That doctor was on his way to Spain. However, the doctor was notified in time and told Moran’s caregivers to meet him halfway at Newark University.

“They opened me up like a pig on New Years Eve, to reconstruct everything inside,” Moran said.

The next day, Moran made the headlines in the New Jersey Journal: “Teen shot, thought was a fake gun.”


PCC students strap themselves in with Tucson Lobos wheelchair basketball players, to emulate wheelchair basketball, before the showing of a film.
Nicholas Trujillo/Aztec Press

Three years after that night, Moran attended Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. He was stopped by a regular and was told about wheelchair basketball.

Although not excited about the opportunity at first, Moran realized this was his ticket out of Miami for a different life.

“I made a decision because I found out with basketball you can go to college and play for a league overseas,” he said. “But just the people in the community made me want to be a part of it.”

Before his life on the streets, Moran played baseball. It was easy to get back into the training regime, with his vision in mind at all times.

After playing recreational basketball for a time, he was able to travel the country to different camps, like one in Arlington, Texas.

“My game started to elevate more, and some of the guys on the team didn’t appreciate the fact that this guy came in and he is doing better than us,” Moran said.

Moran played for the Miami Heat Wheels for four years. “The Rebound,” a documentary shown at Pima Community College on April 11, depicted his run with the Miami Heat Wheels.

“They go a little deeper on my story, because I wasn’t scared of opening,” he said.

Moran and his team won the league championship trophy in 2013. After the championship, Moran was eventually scouted by the UA.


In the off-season, Moran can be seen around the United States, and soon the world, being a motivational speaker. He started this career officially three years ago.

“There’s a great quote, I forgot who said it, but it says ‘egos trip, but the humble never stumble,’” Moran said. “It’s always good to stay humble but I finally realized that I can help others and be that spark in their lives.”

While speaking, Moran opens up and is able to relate with any background because he believes that “if I went through it, you can do it, anybody can do it.”

At the showing of “The Rebound,” Moran talked to the audience and answered questions about his life and his time playing for UA wheelchair basketball.

“He was loud and aggressive,” Chuck Nyquist, a fellow player on the UA team, said. “But to be honest I needed someone like that to light the spark in me. He’s been like my mentor so far.”

Moran is now attending PCC as the UA has let him continue to be on the team if he is taking any sort of educational courses in Tucson.

While in Tucson, he is also planning to give talks for different companies or schools.

“In my words, I give them the ‘Moran shot of espresso,’” he said. “Let me give you a great start to your day, let me be your voice, your pain.”

‘Poor communication’ in financial aid process leaves student upset

‘Poor communication’ in financial aid process leaves student upset


Like many Pima Community College students, Mathew Merriman relies on the PCC financial aid department to provide reassurance and assistance for his financial aid disbursement.

Merriman had ongoing issues with his financial aid since January. The problems were resolved in late March.

He began contacting the PCC financial aid department in January to request help because he was worried about receiving his money.

“I emailed them directly through their ‘Contact Us’ forum,” he said. “Then eventually, when I wasn’t getting answers, I’d call directly.”

Despite having open communication with the department via emails and phone calls, Merriman felt flustered and confused.

“It’s almost like I’d leave the phone thinking it was resolved and then something else would change.” He said. “I wouldn’t get any type of notification, so basically I’d start the process all over again.”

Merriman was later told that part of his problem stemmed from charges on his account from the previous semester, which led to his aid being revoked. He had not previously been informed about the problem.

“It was like pulling teeth to figure that out because I couldn’t get through to anyone, or no one knew what was wrong,” he said.

Merriman was reassured that his issue was nearly resolved, but he had doubts. “It’s a manual process, so basically it’s in their hands whether or not it gets done,” he said.

He received the news he had been waiting for on March 27.

“I just checked MyPima, and it showed the funds had been disbursed,” he said.

Merriman called the resolution “very relieving,” noting “I’m happy that they kept up with their end.”

If Merriman’s aid hadn’t been disbursed, he would have been responsible for paying $1,244 in tuition.

PCC Financial Aid Coordinator Edgardo Cornejo said financial aid issues must often be treated on a case-by-case basis.

Many times, the information may not relate to the financial aid department, Cornejo said. Other times, some pieces of information may be left out, which makes it hard for department employees to assist students.

“I would say that the majority of the cases, it could potentially be a communication issue,” Cornejo said.

“I’m not putting the blame on the student nor on us,” he said. “Sometimes a student may think that they are providing us with everything or we aren’t capturing everything the student is trying to provide.”

Both Cornejo and Melissa Moser, PCC executive director of financial aid, said PCC staffers have vastly improved the methods they use to relay and communicate financial aid information to students.

“Without having the specifics regarding the student, the processes that we have in place do notify the student of all issues with their financial aid,” Moser said.

Moser said she is unaware of any communication issues with regard to financial aid.

“All students receive emails and alerts in MyPima regarding their financial aid,” she said. “The student may not have been checking their Pima email address; this is the official email communication that the college uses for financial aid.”

The methods in which information is communicated has expanded greatly, according to Cornejo

“I know for a fact that we have been making sure that we stay in communication in various ways with all our students, either sending them messages through their MyPima account or to their Pima emails,” he said.

In other cases, the department will give students a call or send notifications through their personal email, he added.

Moser said she personally offered her assistance to Merriman.

As part of the effort to continue to improve the methods in which financial aid information is relayed, the department has updated the icons that students see in MyPima regarding their aid status.

For example, a green check mark indicates that the financial aid requirement is satisfied. A purple thumbs-up represents recommended action a student should take.

Moser said financial aid workshops and presentations are in the planning stages. The workshops will focus on helping students understand the processes and requirements on financial aid.

“I am hopeful that in Fall 2017, we can convene a focus group of students to review the financial aid website and emails, and offer suggestions as to what this office can do to facilitate understanding and completion of the financial aid application,” Moser said.

Despite the communication efforts noted by both financial aid staffers, Merriman said Pima must work on improving how they communicate financial aid changes.

“The only real complaint is that there is no communication when changes are made, charges are posted, funds are disbursed, etcetera,” he said. “All I’m asking is just an email.”

The experience left Merriman with a sour taste in his mouth.

“The effect it had was that I definitely lost a lot of respect for Pima,” he said.

“When you’re dealing with people’s school money, you should be running a tighter ship,” he added. “There are definitely a lot of employees in the financial aid department who are very resourceful and helpful. They just need to improve.”

Mathew Merriman




“Tucson was not party central in geology terms until about 50 million years ago,” Assistant Vice Chancellor Nic Richmond said in a STEM discussion at Pima Community College on March 30.

Richmond, who also instructs geology classes at PCC, was one of three “#ActualLivingScientists” on the bill to speak during the steam panel and roundtable discussion hosted by PCC Women in Technology, PCC Media, and Community and Government Relations.

In attendance, and helping emcee the event, were Community and Government Relations Advanced Analyst Michael Peel, along with Media, Community and Government Relations Executive Director Libby Howell.

The other two guest speakers at “Why Science is Important: How Science affects our Daily Lives” were Guadalupe Manriquez and Gary Mechler.

Mechler, the astronomy lead faculty at Pima’s West Campus, touched on scientific advancements, the urge to explore, along with its costs.

Mechler explained the mental and philosophical impacts and the physical impacts of science.

“There has been more learned about our world in the past half century than ever before that,” he said.

Nic Richmond focused on the presence of science in Arizona, touching on science, chemistry and computer programming in her brief 20-minute lecture.

Richmond’s talk started at quantum mechanics, “the really small stuff,” she said, to geology, “the really, really big stuff.”

After the panel and after the audience count had decreased to about half its size, guests were instructed by Peel to fill the back two round tables for discussion.

The event explored where science is headed and what Pima can do to be apart of it.

As Mechler put it, “science is not just for scientists.”