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ScholarshipsA-Z
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ScholarshipsA-Z

By JOE GIDDENS Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients are a diverse group of young people. “People think that DACA recipients ares solely Mexican or Latinx identity are from Hispanic back grounds, which is mostly true here in Arizona, but actually nationwide that’s far from true,” said Mira Patel of ScholarshipsA-Z. Patel herself is an embodiment of that. She was born and raised in London by her Indian parents and moved to Northern Arizona at a young age. DACA recipients come from all different backgrounds, nations and languages. However, 80 percent of DACA recipients were born in Mexico, according to U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Services. “A great thing about ScholarshipsA-Z is we also combat that, that narrative of who an emergent is or who undocumented immigrant is,” P...
There’s gold in them there skies
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There’s gold in them there skies

By HANK ROBICHAUD New student apartments in Tucson: A statement that will thrill some and dismay others. In recent years, an influx of student apartments have been built around Downtown Tucson, including on the University of Arizona campus. The UA, however, is not expecting an increase in enrollment, because it capped the acceptance to the university. The university is attempting to have off-campus housing but still have the college environment that are essentially off-campus apartment-style dorms. This could be taking away from some of the Fourth Avenue culture that Tucson is known for. Some of the skyscraper apartment buildings that have gone up over recent years have taken away from the view of the mountains that have been able to see over the top of the stores on Fourth Aven...
Network outages and outrage
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Network outages and outrage

By NORA THOMPSON Just about everyone was experiencing problems with the computer network recently at Pima Community College West Campus.  According to an email that was sent out Oct. 11, the network is back up. Raj Murthy, the Assistant Vice Chancellor to Information Technology at Pima, “A part of a core router started malfunctioning and subsequently failed.” Chris Bonhorst, the director of technical services explains the problem as  “The issues impacting the wired network at West Campus have been resolved by modifying some configurations and moving important network routes from one piece of hardware to another. A replacement for the primary router at West Campus was ordered prior to these issues and will be put into service as a part of a larger redesign and hardware refresh strategy...
Debi Chess Mabie running for District 5
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Debi Chess Mabie running for District 5

BY: NORA THOMPSON and JOE GIDDENS Debbi Chess Mabie came to Tucson 8 years ago, in those 8 years she worked at the Loft Cinema, was the director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council and then received a fellowship from the University of Arizona School of Social and Behavior Sciences.  She has a list of other achievements that came before her move to Tucson,  “30 years of experience in nonprofit and organizational development.” Mabie said, “but now I'm ready for the Pima Community College, Governing Board.” Mabie found her love of education at a young age. “My father taught at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. And I would go with him after school. He taught there for years and I would go with him and sit in the back of the classroom and I would do my own stuff.  But I was always impr...
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Finding yourself in Spanish translation

By AMARIS ENCINAS The Translation and Interpretation Studies program remains a hidden gem at Pima Community College. The program is centered at the Desert Vista Campus with Susan Kuenzler, program adviser with the Division of Communication, and Jeffrey Gabbitas, Ph.D. and lead faculty for the Translation and Interpretation studies program. The program has 90 students. Its lone prerequisite is to score above 601 on the WebCape placement test to assess the student’s language proficiency. Next, there’s an hourlong consultation with Kuenzler and Gabbitas to understand what the program is about and how it can work with the student’s career goals. From there, students will pick classes based on whether they would like to be translators or interpreters. The program’s mission is to have stude...
Luis Gonzalez, District 5 candidate
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Luis Gonzalez, District 5 candidate

By NORA THOMPSON If elected, Luis Gonzalez will be taking the seat of Luis Gonzalez, who will be retiring this year. No, that’s not a mistake: Both men share the same names. In fact, the two are even friends. Gonzalez said that he was urged to run by the other Luis Gonzalez. “Luis Gonzalez is a friend of mine, and we were talking and he said he would be retiring soon, so it became an opportunity that was available to me,” Gonzalez said. The other Gonzalez, the one currently on the board, gave a quote about his friend,  “I support Luis Gonzalez because he is eminently qualified and well prepared to serve on the Pima College Board of Governors,” he said. “He has dedicated his entire career to the education of young people. Luis is a person of integrity, has a high moral compass and c...
PCC gets makeover for its 50th anniversary
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PCC gets makeover for its 50th anniversary

By AMARIS ENCINAS Pima Community College has decided to take the next step in revitalizing its brand as its 50th anniversary approaches. To aid in this endeavor, in January Pima hired Stamats Communications Incorporated, a higher education marketing company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Stamats Inc. is in charge developing the “creative” in Pima’s new brand. This is what the new brand would look like, feel like and have its targeted audience receive the message in a way that was still authentic to Pima.  Vice President for Client Services at Stamats, Beatrice Szalas says, “I am just so excited to be getting a chance to work with Pima you know, since I live here in Tucson,  my company is nationwide so I have had a chance to work with other colleges and universities across the country, and...
Board of Governors’ candidates face off
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Board of Governors’ candidates face off

By JOE GIDDENS Maria Garcia and Sherryn “Vikki” Marshall are running on the midterm ballot to fill the seat of Sylvia Lee’s District 3 seat on the Pima Community College Board of Governors.  Lee served one term for six years after winning the seat from Marshall in 2012.  Maria Garcia Garcia’s connection to Pima Community College goes back to the early ’70s.  Then a new transplant to Tucson, she took up residence near St. Mary’s Road and Grande Avenue with her husband, Jorge Garcia, who relocated to Tucson because of the University of Arizona.  “I found Pima to be very enlightening,” she said. “I have used Pima … not only in my professional career but also in my personal life in learning how to raise my child by taking child development courses.”  Garcia started working at Raytheon...
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Seek these speakers

By AMARIS ENCINAS On Oct. 6, Pima Community College will continue its second annual Speaker Series. Seven the upcoming free talks will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at PCC District Office Community Board Room (Building C) on 4905 E. Broadway Blvd. Light refreshments will be available at each event. The series is a monthly forum where Pima instructors speak on a topic they’re knowledgeable about and is important to them. The Speaker Series kicked off Oct. 2 with “Morphing a Grant into a Program: The Successes and Challenges of the National Endowment for the Humanities funded Border Culture Project.” The speakers were Alisha Vasquez, Border Culture studies instructor and co-coordinator for the NEH Border Culture grant; Sandra Shattuck, Ph.D., Border Culture Studies instructor and co-coordinator...
Et tu Pima: Student-senate connection
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Et tu Pima: Student-senate connection

By ANGEL CANEZ   When you hear the word “senate,” you probably think of the approaching midterm elections or Washington, D.C.   However, there’s another senate that exists under your nose: the Pima Community College Student Senate.   The Senate consists of 14 elected Pima students. Their goal is to act as a voice for the people and to maximize Pima students’ learning experiences. They act as a bridge from the student body to the school administration to help keep tabs on campus problems.   “We represent the student population, and we always have to keep that in mind when making choices with the board,” said Pima East Student Senator Caitlin Encinas by email.   However, not everybody can run for the Senate. Requirements include attending at least 85 ...