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Food Review: Tacos y Hot Dogs El Giro
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Food Review: Tacos y Hot Dogs El Giro

By Lanissa Patterson It is not always easy to find cuisine cooked with passion and knowledge at an affordable price, but in Tucson there is Tacos y Hot Dogs El Giro. Tacos y Hot Dogs El Giro is a food truck located on the corner of Golf Links and Harrison, right in front of Walgreens. According to cashier Daisy Palacios, it originates from the local restaurant chain Taco Giro, which serves the Tucson and Sierra Vista area. The food truck is open from 7am-8pm Tuesday through Sunday, and closes early at 4pm on Monday. Working in a food truck is not easy work according to Palacios. “It’s very different from other jobs,” she said. “On special days [when we serve specific items] it is very stressful”. Tacos y Hot Dogs el Giro offers Taco Tuesdays, when you can get tacos for only 99 cents ea...
Arts & Entertainment, Features

Peanut Butter & Jazz Podcast #1: interview and announcements

The first episode of the Peanut Butter & Jazz Podcast, created by Pima students Max Luevanos and Juan Lizarraga, is out now on Youtube. This week's guest is Elizabeth "Frankie" Rollins, an author, professor, Pima honor's coordinator, and faculty advisor to SandScript, the annual student-run art and literary magazine of Pima College. Click here to watch the interview. Click here for the announcements, which goes over important events, club meetings, and information concerning Pima Community College and its students.
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Local artist participates in national painting project

By Joe Giddens Posted with permission from Tucson Weekly. Original story can be found at: https://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2020/10/22/local-artist-participates-in-national-painting-project As the drums ring out the Chinese New Year in a Singapore market, two young women wearing face masks watch the celebration. It's a scene characteristic of local artist Jacqueline Chanda’s work, which often allows the viewer to construct their own narrative of a scene. “I like to catch these those kind of scenes where people can say ‘I wonder what they were thinking?’ or ‘I wonder where was this guy is going?’,” Chanda said. “Did he have intent or was he was he simply taking a stroll?” Chanda’s painting, “Girl with a Turquoise Face Mask,” is based on a photograph she took while on vacatio...
Pima Animal Care Center: saving one animal life at a time
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Pima Animal Care Center: saving one animal life at a time

This article has been edited to clarify and correct some facts. By Mylene Roberts Mahatma Gandhi once said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”  Homeless animals have always and will always be an issue that society faces. There are many people in the world that are making a difference in animals’ lives whether it is working or volunteering at a shelter, adopting an animal or just donating to an animal shelter.  Nikki Reck, spokeswoman for the Pima Animal Care Center, one of the animal shelters in Tucson, offered information regarding the programs that PACC has, how to volunteer and their process of adopting animals. According to Reck, the biggest difference between adopting an animal now and before the pandemic occurred is ...
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Q&A with ‘Vote Here’ filmmaker Steve Waxman

By Joe Giddens This Q&A was originally made for a Tucson Weekly Story available here: https://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2020/10/02/tucson-filmmakers-highlight-the-history-of-voting-in-new-documentary Filmmaker Steve Waxman has released his new documentary, "Vote Here", to inspire voter turnout this year and provide some historical insights into political movements wanting to engage the youth vote. What was the inspiration for this project?  I just felt that voting is the essence of democracy and I've always been big on voting. I felt that this country, if it had a little bit more of a civic background on the evolution of voting, might understand the sacrifices other people made and realize that the more people who participate, the more people who decide. What was the p...
And I learned how to get along (with Covid)
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And I learned how to get along (with Covid)

By Nate Martinez Fall is right around the corner, and you know exactly what that means: it’s time to bust out those new shoes, strap on that overpriced JanSport backpack and make your way from your bed straight to the couch to log on to your zoom class. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no face-to-face classes at Pima for the rest of the year. Many of us will miss seeing our old friends to study with and the face to face time with instructors that many students utilize to ensure they get the best grade possible. But is the absence of face to face classes at Pima Community College such a bad thing?  A survey was given by the Aztec Press to three randomly selected students. They were asked if the transition to fully virtual learning was either positive of negative and w...
Q&A With Pima Athletic Director Jim Monaco
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Q&A With Pima Athletic Director Jim Monaco

By NATE MARTINEZ We’ve had to adapt to a lot in the six months since COVID hit the USA: wearing masks in public, going to school virtually, maintaining a six feet between ourselves and our friends and not being able to catch a quick ball game to ease the stress of our day to day lives.Yet, at what felt like the absolute perfect time, sports returned. There is still a lot of work to be done obviously, but the way that organizations like the UFC, NBA and NHL have utilized the bubble (an area like the NBA’s temporary home at Orlando Sports Complex where only players, coaches and staff can stay), it would seem as though we are headed in the right direction. Other associations like the NFL and MLB still have a lot of work to do but are up and running for the time being.  With so many professi...
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Black & Proud: a conversation with Mon-ty

By KYLE KERSEY Midway through our discussion, Mon-ty delivers a verse from Notorious B.I.G.’s posthumous release, “Come on.” He matches the beloved Biggie’s flow perfectly, slicing through the line “I got seven Mac-11's, about eight .38's / Nine 9's, ten Mac-10's, the shits never end / You can't touch my riches / Even if you had MC Hammer and them 357 bitches” “I’m a Biggie guy because I love the way he played with words,” he says. “I heard that and said to myself, ‘okay yeah, this is what I want to do.’” It’s been a busy year for Monty Gantt, who goes by Mon-ty on streaming platforms. It began with his first ever live performance, the penultimate act of a February concert at a Tucson staple, The Rock. “The rock is more known for playing rock or big band performances,” he says. “But whe...
Letter from the editor: join the Aztec Press!
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Letter from the editor: join the Aztec Press!

By ELLIANA KOPUT   Since 1970, the Aztec Press has kept readers of Pima Community College informed on all grounds. With PCC-focused content, the goal has remained to provide a variety of insights and information regarding a diverse range of topics, from academics and sports to entertainment and local news.    Now, 50 years later, the publication has seen its first-ever global pandemic, revoking the chance for print issues until students and staff are permitted to return to the newsroom. Still, the team has worked diligently (and remotely) to deliver relevant online content.    Journalism is potentially the most experiential out of all writing-centric courses offered. Students on the Aztec Press have worked around the clock to attend events, interview members of the PC...