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Caring isn't sharing

Caring isn’t sharing

By DANIELLA CAMPUZANO

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

By RENE ESCOBAR

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

By RENE ESCOBAR

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.

FROM THE EDITOR: With great title, comes great responsibility

FROM THE EDITOR: With great title, comes great responsibility

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

Web editor Nicholas Trujillo.

This year I dropped the ball as the web editor. I didn’t make daily updates. I didn’t change the website. I didn’t inspire people to, either.

What I did was just take a title that had a lot responsibility and throw it down the drain. However, next year will be different.

Next year I will be the co-editor in chief with my home slice Katelyn Roberts. With two people at the helm of one of the best college publications in Southern Arizona, I am confident a lot of what we say we will do, will get done.

Instead of making empty promises.

For instance, I’ve been making arrangements with students who I have a strong feeling will help with the social media aspect. I’m not putting all of my faith in them, but after strong mentorship it will all work out in the long run.

Having a stable calendar of what to publish, when to publish it and what app to use will help to make it easier in the long run as well. Because if we rely on just one person updating whatever they want whenever they want, it’s a recipe for laziness.

This year I was in charge of the Twitter account, and I only updated when I was at a sporting event and whenever I could remember. But not everyone wants to read about sports, and similarly not everyone has a twitter.

Some want to read about our provost on Facebook, or the struggles of slut shaming on Twitter, or see one of our many award winning instructors on Instagram. And that’s just to name a few topics and platforms we cover.

As for the online website, it’ll have to wait until we have a keen sense of where we stand as a publication. Because why should we stop our award winning publication from printing?

Eventually, someone will come to us with a more profound understand of websites and coding, but until then we’ll just focus on the social media platforms on your phone first.

It was instilled in us, by all-knowing adviser Cynthia Lancaster, that the paper should always come first. Even if she is leaving after this semester, it’s something that I will continue to believe in until the day they stop printing newspapers.

 

TENNIS: Avalos and Ton take the doubles title

TENNIS: Avalos and Ton take the doubles title

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

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.

MEN’S TEAM

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.

 

WOMEN’S TEAM

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.

Tuition on the rise (again)

Tuition on the rise (again)

By EDDIE CELAYA

The Pima Community College Board of Governors voted to raise tuition for the upcoming school year by $3, bringing the rate to $81.50 per credit hour. The board also voted to add a $75 per semester fee for all out-of-state and international students.

Before the vote, board members laid out their reasoning and rationales. Board President Mark Hannah led the discussion.

“There is nothing we do that impacts more people than our vote on tuition,” he said. “I know that every single dollar change in tuition impacts those students. I see it in real time and the affect it has on students.”

However, as he continued he explained why he would be voting for the $3 increase.

“I know in order for our college to be financially sound and for us to reward our employees in a proper manner, that we have to balance that decision,” he said.

Chancellor Lee Lambert echoed Hanna.

“I’m a first-generation college student, I know how hard it is to come up with tuition and fees and books and all of that,” he said. “But I also knew when I was a student I wanted quality faculty, quality staff.”

The discussion ended and District 5 representative Luis Gonzales called for a roll-call vote, a departure from the board’s usual policy of a voice vote. PCC General Counsel Jeff Silvyn called the board members’ names.

The vote was 4-1 in favor of the tuition increase, with Gonzales as the only dissenting vote. Before casting his vote, Gonzales launched into a response to the other board members and the chancellor’s arguments.

He attacked the budget process first.

“I’ve been involved in a lot of processes building budgets,” he said. “This is the first time I have had the experience of doing it backwards. I don’t feel comfortable with it and I don’t think we should build budgets piecemeal like we are doing here.”

Gonzales then took the student’s perspective.

“I don’t agree with all the arguments that have been made here as to the reasoning and rationale as to why we want to balance a budget on the backs of students,” he said. “And for that reason, I vote no.”

Tuition rates, which had been on the docket to be voted on at the March meeting, are usually set before registration opens for Summer and Fall sessions. That did not happen this year.

Because of that, tuition rates for the upcoming summer sessions will fall under the previous tuition schedule of $78.50.

Conversely, according to college spokeswoman Libby Howell, any student who signed up early for fall semester classes will be seeing an additional billing charge.

“If a student has already registered and paid any amount for a term beginning after June 30, the student will be notified via email that they have an outstanding balance on their account for the difference between what was paid, and the new higher amount,” she said.

Eddie Celaya

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 ajessee@pima.edu or Raymond Suarez at rmsuareaz1@pima.edu by May 3.

Margarita Corona

Courtney Brown

Deion James

Sydni Stallworth

TOP 10: Spring cleaning ideas for changing things up

By ERIK MEDINA

In with the new, out with the old. We like to change things up. Springtime isn’t only about cleaning, it’s also about reinventing ourselves. Here are my top 10 ideas for spring cleaning.

  1. Actually clean

We claim to clean our house or room all year long. But do we, really? Try actually cleaning. Get into crevices. Mop, sweep, dust, scrub, wash. Clean like you’ve never cleaned before.

  1. Buy fragrances

Invest, if you haven’t already, in things that give your home a pleasant smell. Try candles, air fresheners or fragrant incense. You and your guests will appreciate the pleasant scent that greets you when you walk into your home.

  1. Become a decor guru

Learn a few things about home decor, what goes with what. It’s not hard. Pinterest is very helpful and a good place to start. That way, when you decide to make changes to your home, it won’t look like a whole lot of nonsense.

  1. Paint walls

If you’ve never painted your walls, they are likely one of four colors: cream, beige, white or brown. These are very basic colors and, for the most part, a bit boring. Change it up. Paint the walls your favorite color or something unique, but remember to make it match the furniture so it has some feng shui.

  1. Find new wall art

Whether you have random paintings or family photos, it’s time for them to go. OK fine, you can keep the family photos but buy some art or create your own. Make the room pop.

  1. Buy new dishes

Admit it, we care about what we eat on and what we eat with. Buy new plates, silverware or cups. You can play it safe and choose neutral colors, or be brave and select vibrant hues.

  1. Learn house maintenance

It might seem like a long shot or impossible but that’s why we have YouTube. Watch a few videos on how to fix a pipe or clean a backed-up drain. It can be pricey to pay others to do it for us. Save a few bucks by learning how to do it yourself.

  1. Take out the trash

Go around your house or room and pick up all of the things that you classify as “what if.” We all have things we don’t throw away because we think they’ll have use in the future. But in reality, you’re becoming a hoarder. Throw them away.

  1. Choose carpet vs. tile

Now this one might be the most expensive, but you have to decide whether you are a tile person or a carpet person. Everyone has a preference, learn yours. Take some time to figure it out, and save up some money. That way, you can make the change if needed.

  1. Change your wardrobe

Many people don’t like to change their wardrobe because they’re comfortable in it and have had it for while. Get rid of the things you haven’t worn in months. Take some friends, or someone whose opinion you trust, and go shopping. Buy new clothes and reinvent yourself. Make people do a double-take when you walk by.

Pima Briefs

Pima Briefs

Feeling stressed? Try therapeutic petting zoo

East Campus Student Life will help students deal with end-of-semester stress by providing furry friends to play with.

Stop by the Therapeutic Petting Zoo on April 26 from 10 a.m.-noon in the East Campus courtyard.

For details, call Student Life at 206-7616.

-By Dale Villeburn Old Coyote

 

East Campus talk April 26 will explore transcendence

Pima Community College instructors will examine three modern philosophers during a talk entitled “Transcendence Anyone?” on April 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the East Campus community room, L-101.

Instructor Jerry H. Gill will discuss the works of Søren Kierkegaard, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Nikos Kazantzakis, and their perspective on the transcendent nature of the universe.

Gill will then join a panel discussion with instructors Gerald Peters and Suzanne Morrison.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. For additional information, call 206-7000.

-By Dale Villeburn Old Coyote

 

Desert Vista Campus hosts Student Showcase April 27

Community resident Belgica Macias, left, listens as surgical tech student Yasmin Espinoza de Mendoza shows how to properly handle surgical tools during the 2016 Desert Vista Student Showcase. (Melina Casillas/Aztec Press 2016)

Desert Vista Campus will hold a Student Showcase on April 27 from 4-7 p.m. to spotlight the academic achievements of Pima students. The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors can learn about PCC programs including culinary arts, medical assisting, surgical technology, English as a Second Language and aviation.

Desert Vista has hosted the showcase annually since 2015. Campus Vice President Ted A. Roush called the event “a great opportunity for PCC and its students to connect with the community, showing them the amazing things students have mastered over the last academic year.”

For more information, call 206-5135.

-By Rene Escobar

 

Himmel Park ceremony honors Pima volunteers

Tucson Clean and Beautiful honored PCC students during a March 18 ceremony at Himmel Park marking the city’s 330th Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas project.

The initial project started in 1984 to address problems with litter in Tucson parks, streets and washes. In 2016, students from the Pima Honors Club and the Alpha Beta Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa joined with other volunteer groups and contributed 20,000 hours of service.

Pima students adopted the eastern portion of Himmel Park. Their service hours included removing litter and communicating conservation issues.

Karen Kuciver, Alpha Beta Chi treasurer, participated in the ceremony.

For more information on Tucson Clean and Beautiful, visit tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org or call 791-3109.

-By Robyn Zelickson

Chekov’s ‘Three Sisters’ offers subtle message

Chekov’s ‘Three Sisters’ offers subtle message

By ROBYN ZELICKSON

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 pima.edu/cfa or email centerforthearts@pima.edu.


FYI

“Three Sisters”

Where: Black Box Theatre, West Campus CFA

When: April 20-30

Tickets: $18, with discounts available

Box office: 206-6986


CAST

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

CREW

Nikki Martinez: Director

Maddie Hricik: Stage Manager

Carol Carder: Marketing

PCC prevention program aims to educate

PCC prevention program aims to educate

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ

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

By ERIK MEDINA

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

REALIZATION

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.

FEAR OR WORRIES

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.

ACCEPTANCE

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.

COMING OUT

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.

SUPPORT

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.

TAKING THE STEP

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.

Veterinary program: paws to refresh

Veterinary program: paws to refresh

Stories By DALE VILLEBURN OLD COYOTE

Kathryn Norris and Kaitlin Mumford work on Fitz, a three-and-a-half year old Queensland Heeler mix.
Dale Villeburn Old Coyote / Aztec Press

Caretakers gather their tools, carefully monitoring the vitals of the unconscious patient on the examination table. They spread the patient’s jaws open and a procedure begins.

Fitz, a 3-year-old Queensland Heeler mix, is undergoing a dental checkup at Pima Community College’s East Campus veterinary center. It’s a non-invasive procedure that, thanks to sedation, he likely won’t remember.

Even though he’s sleeping, Fitz is playing a vital role in the education of PCC veterinary students as they experience what it’s like to perform a procedure on a live animal.

“It’s a great program,” veterinary technician, Luz Arriaga, said. “I am already working in a clinic, so I know it really prepares you for everything you actually do.”

PCC offers two options for students with a desire to join animal health fields. The first is a 16-week introductory course to the field that is open to anyone and provides a certificate upon completion.

There is currently no national certification for that program.

The second option is a two-year veterinary nurse or technician program.

It follows similar course requirements to other health care programs, according to program director Dr. Timothy Krone.

Benefits of the two-year program include receiving an associate degree of applied science and being qualified to take a test to receive national and state certification to practice as a veterinary nurse or technician.

Students who undertake the two-year program should be prepared to dedicate themselves fully to their goal. Classes can be more than three hours long as often as four times a week.

On top of their studies, students are also responsible for the wellbeing of animals who are in the care of PCC.

Veterinary students interviewed said the program is difficult but worthwhile.

The intensity of their studies leads most students to trust in their classmates for support.

Many consider the in-class breaks as their favorite times. They appreciate the chance to breathe easy and bond with their equally exhausted companions.

“Our completion rate is probably around 60 percent,” Krone said. That completion rate is considered high for a technical field.

A study by the National Center of Educational Statistics found that 69 percent of students pursuing a two-year associate degree either leave higher education or switch majors.

PCC does not offer a transfer program for students seeking a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine.

Dale Villeburn Old Coyote/Aztec Press

Interested students need to enroll in a university program.

Animals used in the East Campus veterinary program come from Pinal County Animal Control in Coolidge.

PCC follows strict federal oversight for selecting and caring for the animals in their charge.

“Chronic conditions are more difficult from the standpoint of making sure that there be adequate continuity of daily treatments as well as adoption afterwards,” Krone said.

Veterinarians perform a health assessment on each animal to determine preexisting conditions and whether they can be treated.

Animals up for adoption at the end of the semester have been screened for diseases, and have had the necessary treatments.

In addition to being healthy, all of the animals within the care of PCC are socialized and comfortable with people.

That means anyone thinking of adopting one of the dogs or cats looking for homes can rest assured that they’ll be bringing home a happy, healthy friend.


Furry friend needs family

Amelia, a dog in the PCC Veterinary program,
waits to be adopted into a loving family.
Dale Villeburn Old Coyote/Aztec Press

Pima Community College is looking for a responsible caretaker to take in Amelia, a 2-yearold Catahoula, at the end of this semester. Amelia has been offering her services in the instruction of East Campus’ veterinary students.

Amelia is current on her shots and comfortable around people.

Adoption costs $35 for licensing and microchip activation. There is a pre-adoption screening process to ensure that you and your new friend will be happy together.

Any interested individuals should call Joyce at 206-7877 to start the adoption process.


Veterinary Assistants: By the numbers

$24,360 *

Average salary of a veterinary assistant in 2014

9 *

Percentage of expected job growth from 2014-2024

6,600 *

Number of jobs to be added by 2024

10,600 ***

Number of existing jobs in 2015

$11.71 *

Average hourly rate with no prior experience

$27,000 **

Salary with three years of experience

$31,000**

Salary with 5-10 years of experience

$36,000 **

Salary with over 20 years of experience

40.2 ***

Average hours worked by a full-time veterinary nurse

33 ***

Percentage of workforce comprised of 25-34 year olds

90 ***

Percentage of the workforce comprised of women

 

Sources:

*bls.gov

** Payscale.com

***Joboutlook.gov.au

It's all about how you rebound

It’s all about how you rebound

By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO

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.”

FAKE GUN

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.”

BASKETBALL

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.

MOTIVATION

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.”

#ActualLivingScientists

#ActualLivingScientists

By KATELYN ROBERTS

“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.”