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Caring isn't sharing

Caring isn’t sharing


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fortunately, I’m living with friends.

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

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

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

I’m stoked but also very nervous.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don't cut EPA funds

Don’t cut EPA funds


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rene Escobar

BASEBALL: Inconsistency plaguing Pima at end of season

BASEBALL: Inconsistency plaguing Pima at end of season


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

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

April 8: PCC 5, AWC 11/ PCC 4, AWC 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TENNIS: Avalos and Ton take the doubles title

TENNIS: Avalos and Ton take the doubles title


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


April 6: PCC 9, Glendale CC 0

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

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

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


April 11: PCC 5, Paradise Valley 4

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

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

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

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

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


April 18: Regional I Tournament

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

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



April 6: PCC 7, Glendale CC 2

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

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

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

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

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

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


April 11: PCC 7, Paradise Valley 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


April 18: Region I Tournament

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


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

Sports briefs

Sports briefs

Compiled by Nicholas Trujillo

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


Stallworth earns top rank for second time

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

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

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

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

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


James, Aztec MVP, first-team All-American

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sophomore duo sign with Stephen F. Austin

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ruiz signs to West Texas A&M

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

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

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


Hong takes ACCAC POTY for second year in a row

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

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

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

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


PCC to celebrate athletes at West Campus

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

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

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

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

Margarita Corona

Courtney Brown

Deion James

Sydni Stallworth

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.

‘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.”




Aries (March 21-April 19)

It’s your month! Make things go your way. Don’t rely too much on faith, it’s up to you to form your future. Keep yourself engaged and get as much done as possible. Persistence is key.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You keep telling yourself it’s time for change, yet the only thing changing for you is the balance on your bank account and not in a good way. It’s OK, we’ve all been there.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You’re at a point where you have a lot of free time on your hands. Reality check, that’s you procrastinating on your responsibilities.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

So you realized 2017 isn’t your year. That’s OK, there’s always 2018. Or 2019. Maybe even 2020.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You can’t decide whether to have a social life or to keep up with your schooling. Learn to balance both. It may be tough but you can do it. For example, study sessions and Starbucks.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

All work and no play is not good for the soul. You’ve been a busy bee lately. Just know it’s OK to relax every now and then. It won’t be the end of the world.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

If tomorrow isn’t the due date, then today isn’t the do-date.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

At this point in the semester you must admit that 2007 Britney Spears is making a lot of sense. Shaving your head is the least of your concerns.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You’re in your prime. There is nothing you can’t do, what can go wrong? Take advantage of this time. Do the impossible because you don’t know how long it will last.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You might be thinking “Bill Gates dropped out of college, why can’t I?” Remember, he dropped out of Harvard. Stay in school.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You’re slacking off, going with the flow and seeing how things end up. Don’t get too comfortable. If you start now and have determination, you can get back on track and accomplish your goals.

Pisces (Feb.19-March 20)

Enjoy the little things, such as stargazing when you’re stressed. Don’t think so much about the things you can’t control. For example, pay no attention to the black hole that’s light years away.

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

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

Photos and interviews by Dale Villeburn Old Coyote on East Campus

Marina Larson


“I got my break, on Spring Break.”

Marina Larson

Major: Veterinary assistant


Ian Long

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

Ian Long

Major: Engineering


Sarah Musich

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

Sarah Musich

Major: Nursing


Artran Bela

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

Artan Bela

Major: Networking administration


Sarah Childs

“Definitely buckling down.”

Sarah Childs

Major: Science

FIVE QUESTIONS: A quick conversation with Elyssia Chavarria

FIVE QUESTIONS: A quick conversation with Elyssia Chavarria

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

Compiled by Erik Medina

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

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

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


Question 2: What color socks are you wearing?

Elyssia: Nude.


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

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


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

Elyssia: “Galway Girl” by Ed Sheeran.


Question 5: What did you eat for breakfast?

Elyssia: Orange Hibiscus tea.

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

Arts Briefs

Arts Briefs

Piano recital features American pop

Pima Community College music instructor Alexander Cardieri will perform in a piano recital on Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m. in the West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

The program includes standards from the American Popular Music Repository, including compositions by Marvin Hamlisch. There will also be choices from “Les Misérables,” the Carpenters and John Denver.

In addition to teaching part time at PCC, Cardieri teaches full time at Sunnyside Unified School District. He performs at Tucson’s Verona Italian Restaurant on alternate weekends.

He attended the Manhattan School of Music, earning a bachelor’s of music in piano and a master’s of music in music theory. The Arizona Music Educators Association gave Cardieri the O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music award in 2003.

Recital tickets cost $8, with discounts available. For tickets and information, call 206-6986, visit or email

-By Robyn Zelickson


Bernal student exhibit opens April 10

Finalists for PCC’s Juried Student Art Exhibition have been selected. The annual exhibition gives student artists from all six campuses an opportunity to submit original artwork that will be showcased in a professional venue.

Selected works can be seen in the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery at West Campus’s Center for the Arts from April 10-May 5, and at PCC’s Tucson International Airport Gallery from April 1-Sept. 12.

An awards ceremony and reception will be held Thursday, April 13, from 2-4 p.m. at the Bernal Gallery. Nearly $4,000 in scholarships, gift certificates and prizes will be awarded to student artists. The ceremony and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Bernal Gallery at 206-6942 or visit

-By Elise Stahl


Nelson recital highlights tuba stylings

PCC instructor Mark Nelson will present his annual tuba recital on Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at the West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

PCC instructor Mark Nelson displays a plaque
and commendation letter from the International Tuba Euphonium Association executive board.
Photo courtesy of PCC Center for the Arts

The program will feature diverse pieces and spotlight different types of tubas, including the new Cool Winds BBb plastic tuba.

Nelson will perform musical numbers ranging from G.E. Holmes’ 1937 “Carnival of Venice Fantasy” to a three-movement suite from “Hexagon” by Arizona composer Anne McGinty. “Hexagon” premiered at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2016.

In addition to his duties as chair of performing arts and director of bands at PCC, Nelson plays with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra (principal tuba), Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Tucson Pops Orchestra.

Nelson received a plaque and commendation letter March 17 from the executive board of the International Tuba Euphonium Association in recognition of his work for the “ITEA Journal.”

Recital tickets cost $8, with discounts available. For tickets and information, call 206-6986, visit or email

-By Robyn Zelickson

TOP 10: Ways to handle stress

TOP 10: Ways to handle stress


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

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


  1. Prep for tomorrow.

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


  1. Do what you love.

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


  1. Manage your time.

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


  1. Turn some tunes.

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


  1. Give your thumb a rest.

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


  1. Talk to your best friend.

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


  1. Sleep it off.

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

  1. Focus on yourself.

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


  1. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

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



‘RISE UP’ seeks to empower women

Forty Pima Community College students can attend a free women’s empowerment conference on April 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the West Campus community room, JG-05. Lunch will be provided.

“RISE UP” embraces themes of radiate, innovate, service, empowerment, unify and purpose. Guest speakers and sessions will help participants gain leadership and planning experience.

To reserve a spot, register at

For more information, call 206-4500 or email or

-By Melina Casillas


West Campus to show ‘The Rebound’

PCC student Mario Moran will be on hand for a free screening of the award-winning documentary “The Rebound” on April 11 at 7 p.m. in the West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.

“The Rebound” tracks the journey of Moran and his Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team during their quest for a national title.

A wheelchair basketball demonstration at 6:30 p.m. will precede the screening. Moran will conduct a question-and-answer session following the film.

To RSVP, visit 

-By Elise Stahl

Desert Vista helps build resumes

Desert Vista Campus will hold a career café on April 12 from noon-2 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Activities will include resume tips, cover letter tips, interview skills and online job connections. April’s “specialty brew” topic is Small Talk for a Big Career. Free coffee will be available.

This event is free and open to all PCC students. For more information, contact career café coordinator Gustavo Miranda at 206-5235.

-By Rene Escobar


Visiting Scholar to give two lectures

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Gabriela Abramac, Ph.D., will give lectures on April 13 at two PCC campuses.

The first lecture, “The Holocaust in the Balkans: Narratives of Loss and Survival,” will take place at West Campus in A-G19 at noon. The second lecture, “Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe: Lessons for the U.S.,” will be at Downtown Campus in LB-153 at 4 p.m.

Abramac, a Croatia native, is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

She has worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Abramac founded Sokrat Language Institute in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2000 and is currently researching language use, acquisition and maintenance in New York’s multilingual Haredi society.

Registration is open until April 11. To RSVP, contact Yvonne Perez at

-By Elise Stahl


RSVP for graduation multicultural convocation

Spring 2017 graduates who plan to attend PCC’s multicultural convocation must register by April 21.

The May 12 convocation is a smaller, more intimate event than the formal graduation ceremony. It celebrates graduates’ achievements and diversity with food, music and student testimonials. It is open to all graduates and their families.

Festivities take place at West Campus. The free program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Aztec gymnasium and continue with a reception at 7 p.m. in the Palm Courtyard, which is located just south of the gym.

The reception includes a diversity celebration in which graduates and their guests can sample a variety of cultural foods.

Student participants will receive a sash they can wear to the graduation ceremony, which takes place May 18 at the Tucson Convention Center Arena, 260 S. Church Ave.

RSVP for the convocation by emailing Include the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Number of guests (no limit)

For more information, visit

-By Melina Casillas




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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



Theater releases

April 7

“Smurfs: The Lost Village”


“Their Finest”

“The Assignment”

April 14

“The Fate of the Furious”


DVD releases 

April 11

“Hidden Figures”

“The Bye Bye Man”

April 18

“The Founder”