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COVID-19 impact on mental health
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COVID-19 impact on mental health

By TROY HUTCHISONPima Post  Since the start of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the virus has affected lives not only by people getting sick, death and restrictions, but also has affected mental health. Mental health is one of those topics that many don’t like to discuss and overlook to avoid an uncomfortable conversation. However, it is one we must talk about, one that we need to illuminate.  When we started to live with restrictions, that meant that in-person classes and meetings we were accustomed to went to being taught online or done in some form of a virtual meeting through companies like Zoom.  At first, kids and people loved the idea of staying in and doing their work from the comfort of their own homes without having to go anywhere to get thi...
Beetles take over the grounds at Pima
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Beetles take over the grounds at Pima

One of hundreds caterpillar hunter beetle that have taken over Pima Community College campuses. Story and photo by Carlos Miranda If you live in Tucson, you have to have seen these ugly-looking beetles a lot recently and wondered what kind of beetle it was. According to pest control company Truly Nolen, this bug is called a caterpillar hunter beetle. The beetle can be either black or a very dark green. The length of this beetle is about 38.1 mm, or 1.5 inches. It has six legs and two antennas. This beetle contains two wings with a rigged design-looking wing.  The caterpillar hunter eats edible insects. Its lifespan is about two to three years. The amount of rain that Tucson has experienced in the past couple of months has attracted the caterpillar hunter to come...
Electric avenue: Two events showcase electric vehicles
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Electric avenue: Two events showcase electric vehicles

You'll be able to check out a variety of electric vehicles such as this Tesla Model 3, at 2 electric vehicles events this week in Tucson. Story and photo by Josh Bailey Have you ever wanted to drive a Tesla? This Saturday, you might be able to do just that. In honor of National Drive Electric Week, two upcoming events in Tucson will be hosted by the Tucson Electric Auto Association.  From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, the association will be hosting the event to give a peek into the future of the automobile industry.  A wide range of electric cars will be showcased by independent owners, including those mentioned above. Electric vehicle owners will be on hand to answer questions. The event will be held downtown at Jacome Plaza, 101 N. Stone Ave., which is near...
Catalytic converter thefts cost drivers
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Catalytic converter thefts cost drivers

By Joshua Bailey Wikimedia Commons: Ballista (license) You would think your car is safe when you’re out and about doing your daily activities.  Recently, that hasn’t been the case. Drivers in Pima County have been subject to a string of catalytic converter thefts that could put drivers at risk of receiving an up to $1,000 ticket.  The high ticket is because your catalytic converter, which corrals toxic fumes emitted by your car, is an important component in reducing pollution. If your catalytic converter is stolen, you’ll notice your engine roaring and screaming when you start your car, even in its lowest gear. Upon taking it to a mechanic, you’ll likely get the unfortunate news and have to pay up to $1,000 to replace it.  According to Gary Kasser, a m...
Germ warfare: Synexis purifies Pima
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Germ warfare: Synexis purifies Pima

Story and photo by Carlos Miranda The Synexis Sphere can be found mounted in classrooms at Pima Community College campuses. Perhaps you’ve seen the gray round contraption hanging from every Pima Community College classroom and wondered what the heck it is?   These humming machines are called Synexis Spheres. Synexis is a biodefense company based out of Lenexa, Kansas. “The units have been scientifically proven to kill and reduce a wide variety of viruses and bacteria, to include COVID-19 and influenza,” said Tom Davis, chief of staff of Pima Community College. Davis said Pima bought 556 Synexis Spheres at about $2,500 each — for a total price of over $1.4 million — with the intent to install one in every classroom and lab.  “We realized that there are many more ...
Is STU 100 worth it?
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Is STU 100 worth it?

By TROY HUTCHISONPima Post   Most Pima Community College students looking to earn their associate degrees must take a one-credit class called “College Success/Career Planning," better known as STU 100. What is STU 100? It is a class that prepares new incoming students for what to expect during their college experience and helps them understand how to prepare for their classes and get help in those classes if needed. Depending on several factors, the class could be a valuable experience or a waste of time. From my experience, it is a good class for new students going to college. It makes the transition from high school to college a smoother one and will provide the student a better understanding of the expectations and what is needed to succeed at Pima.  “This clas...
Cryptocurrency: not so cryptic
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Cryptocurrency: not so cryptic

By Alex Jimenez  Courtesy Creative Commons Cryptocurrency has grown to be one of the biggest financial phenomenons across the globe, and people are making (or losing) money, yet not many people know what it is. Simply put, crypto is a digital currency. It can be traded online and often used as a form of payment.  How it works Crypto uses a technology called blockchain, which is essentially a network of computers around the world that is recording the transactions. Each block contains records in code, and together all the blocks create the blockchain.  As quoted in a Forbes article: “Imagine a book where you write down everything you spend money on each day,” said Buchi Okoro, CEO and co-founder of African cryptocurrency exchange Quidax. “Each page is simila...
Check out free Pima art exhibit ‘Egress’
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Check out free Pima art exhibit ‘Egress’

By Alex Jimenez Pima Community College will host Egress - an art exhibit with work from three London-based artists.  Admission to the exhibit is free and is being held at the Louis Carlos Bernal Art Exhibit on PCC’s West Campus through Oct. 8. The art displayed is all made on paper and was completed during the COVID lockdown by Alice Browne, Anthony Banks and George Little.  All three of the artists attended the Royal College of Art in London. “Each artist explores abstracted themes about London from ‘Leftovers’ left on tables to the surrounding English environments to imagined ideas about San Sebastian to Orbits,” said gallery director David Andres in the exhibit introduction. “‘Egress’ is but a snapshot of what was produced.” George Little’s art uses restaura...
Rivalry Rematch To Kick Off Soccer Season
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Rivalry Rematch To Kick Off Soccer Season

By Alex Jimenez The Pima Community College men’s soccer team is set to take on Phoenix College in its opening game of the 2021-2022 season at 8 p.m. Saturday at Kino North Grandstand.  The rivalry is a must-watch game every season and a rematch of last season’s Region I Championship game.  “The biggest obstacle every year is Phoenix College,” said Pima’s men’s soccer coach David Cosgrove. “They are a really difficult opponent to come out on.  “Phoenix College has the ability to change our style and change our tactics, they’re very organized and work extremely hard... They have very good individual players, athletic and technical. We need to be disciplined defensively and organized in transition.” Both schools have cemented themselves as two of the top soccer ...
Mujer Latinoamericana, Exdirectora de la Xompañía Planned Parenthood, Gana Juicio en USA por 3 Millones de Dólares
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Mujer Latinoamericana, Exdirectora de la Xompañía Planned Parenthood, Gana Juicio en USA por 3 Millones de Dólares

Mayra Rodriguez By Mara Duran Vivir en Estados Unidos de manera legal es una meta que desean alcanzar muchísimas personas, las promesas del sueño americano son apetecibles para millones de inmigrantes que huyen de sus países por diversas circunstancias. Este no era el sueño de Mayra Rodríguez, ella relata que su infancia y adolescencia transcurrió en su país natal México, en donde terminó la carrera de laboratorista. Sorpresivamente, cuando iniciaba la de Medicina, su madre la obligó a emigrar a Estados Unidos, dejando atrás sus lazos familiares, sus amigos, sus estudios en la universidad y el futuro que construía en su mente imaginándose que sería doctora y salvaría la vida de los demás. Su hermano, víctima de un secuestro exprés, regresó con vida a su hogar, este lamentable hecho ...