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International student goes to great lengths for achievement

International student goes to great lengths for achievement

By MELINA CASILLAS Sergey Harutyunyants, 25, was born in Russia but lived most of his life in the small country of Armenia, located just north of Iran. He moved to the United States in 2014, when he was 22, to live with his father in San Francisco. Five months later, they found themselves in Tucson, […]

Faculty, administration at odds over Meet & Confer, new department realignment

Faculty, administration at odds over Meet & Confer, new department realignment

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ Tensions are running high between the Pima Community College Education Association and the college’s administration, with PCCEA claiming the administration fell through on promises to move forward with a new department chair reorganization structure in the midst of Meet and Confer. During each fall semester, PCCEA issues a survey to faculty in […]

Veteran finds life work as counselor

Veteran finds life work as counselor

By NATHAN PETERSON Transitions between military and civilian life can be difficult, as those two worlds are polar opposites. Pima Community College student and retired Navy sailor Baudelio “Rudy” Alegria knows the transition all too well. Before military life, Alegria was a student at Tucson High School. He played three sports, including baseball. The baseball […]

THE WORD: What did you learn this semester?

THE WORD: What did you learn this semester?

Interviews and photos by Erik Medina at West Campus “I learned that calculus is really hard for me. But more importantly I found out that I wanted to go into geography while taking a physical geography class. I’m really excited that I was just accepted into U of A for a BS in geography for […]

FIVE QUESTIONS: A quick conversation with Andrea Lizarraga

FIVE QUESTIONS: A quick conversation with Andrea Lizarraga

Editor’s note: In this ongoing feature, we ask a Pima Community College student some not-so-serious questions. Compiled by Daniella Campuzano Andrea Lizarraga, 21, takes classes at West Campus. She hopes to graduate from the respiratory care program next year. Question 1: What classes are you enjoying the most and why?  Andrea: Since I’m in the […]

Sensory Lesson

Sensory Lesson

Artwork on East Campus includes this 2016 welded, oxidized steel camera sculpture by Joan Waters titled “the single lens reflex.” An accompanying plaque reads: We experience the world through our five senses—taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight. This sculpture asks us to examine what happens when we limit our perception to one sensory lens—the visual. […]

Board member asks for review of legal counsel

Board member asks for review of legal counsel

By EDDIE CELAYA Pima Community College Board of Governors District 5 representative Luis Gonzales called the college’s legal services model into question in a letter issued to his fellow board members, Chancellor Lee Lambert and General Counsel Jeff Silvyn. “I have concluded that the college’s current legal services model was not formally adopted by the […]

Can you dig it? Desert Vista plants trees for Earth Day

Can you dig it? Desert Vista plants trees for Earth Day

Pima Community College’s Desert Vista Campus was feeling an Earth Day vibe April 21 as volunteers from Tucson Trees and Tucson Community Food Bank planted trees in the campus’s community garden. Thirty-five volunteers spent their morning planting 27 trees and three grapevines. The planting represents phase two of a complete garden resurrection, Community Food Bank […]

R.I.S.E. – Resources. Information. Services. Education.

R.I.S.E. – Resources. Information. Services. Education.

By ROBYN ZELICKSON A common misconception about homelessness is that people choose to live on the streets. But, it’s not always a choice. Most often, it’s unfortunate and uncontrollable circumstances of one sort or another. To try and alleviate some of those circumstances, Pima Community College students held an event at Downtown Campus on April […]

Counting down the days until summer

Counting down the days until summer

BEST BETS: Hot weather in Tucson, hotter events

BEST BETS: Hot weather in Tucson, hotter events

Compiled by Dale Villeburn Old Coyote The temperature is on the rise in Tucson, but there are plenty of activities to help you deal with the heat. Movies in the Park: May 5- Sept. 1 A movie will be screened at Reid Park on the first Friday of each summer month. The free screenings will […]

Grad speaker leads, inspires others

Grad speaker leads, inspires others

“What I’m passionate about is people making the most of their potential.” – Daniel McLean, graduation speaker By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Pima Community College’s graduation speaker, the middle child of 10 children, will discuss three topics at the May 18 ceremony. Sophomore Daniel McLean is a sibling to seven brothers and two sisters, so growing up […]

Gonzales issues letter, challenges PCC counsel

Gonzales issues letter, challenges PCC counsel

By EDDIE CELAYA The Pima Community College Board of Governors voted during the April 12 meeting to limit debate for the sake of time and efficiency, spurring another round of contentious motions and requests. The action followed an epic five-and-a-half-hour long board meeting on March 8. During the meeting, District 5 Representative Luis Gonzales clashed […]

Pima Briefs

Pima Briefs

Northwest Campus hosting Cram Jam Northwest Campus will hold its annual Cram Jam on May 8-9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Student Life Center. NWC Student Life partners with the Tutoring Center each year to create a communal finals-studying environment. Students have the option to join a study group, or meet one-on-one with a […]

AZTEC CALENDAR: May 4-18

AZTEC CALENDAR: May 4-18

CAMPUS EVENTS May 4: Stress relief session, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, D-201, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Stop by to learn new ways to relieve stress before finals week. Details: Student Life, 206-2121. May 8 and 9: CRAM JAM, Northwest Campus Student Life Center, D-201, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Join a large study group or have a […]