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Not Just a Man’s World Anymore


“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform,” author Diane Mariechild once stated, and her words could not be truer. Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) celebrated Women’s History Month on March, 2014 I decided to interview two women in two different fields, one in nursing and the other one in film editing.

Fitness Trends among College Students


The transition from high school to college brings about vast changes and challenges for many college students. One major challenge many students face when entering college is staying fit.

The hectic college life often leads students to become more sedentary and make poorer meal choices. Doing so contributes to students becoming unhealthy. Obesity rates continue to rise yearly among the college crowd. Fortunately, there are ways to halt the ongoing trend, including joining a fitness program here at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) and local gyms.

Last Election’s Impact on Education

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In November, new officials were elected to represent the voters of District 19. Why should students care about this? Because these are the officials who will be making decisions that affect education.

Anna Tovar, a Democrat and former school teacher, won 97 percent of the vote in District 19 as state Senator. Tovar had previously been a state Representative for District 13. The new state Senator is a mother of two and believes that the quality of education is vital for the children of Arizona. Anna Tovar views education as key to the economic recovery in Arizona.

Tuition Costs in Arizona

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Melinda Sanchez was very relieved to hear that tuition rates will not increase for the fiscal year 2012-13. She is a mother of three who, along with her daughter, came to Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) to finish her education. “Tuition costs and the cost of the books are a huge decision factor in our family,” she said.

Breathing Easy Thanks to BreatheEasy

BreatheEasy Campaign

When given the choice between healthy or unhealthy, the choice should be obvious. Most people know that smoking cigarettes causes many diseases, including cancer, emphysema, and heart disease to name a few. In an effort to promote healthy living, the Maricopa Community Colleges created the BreatheEasy Initiative. BreatheEasy requires all Maricopa Community College campuses to be 100 percent smoke and tobacco free. This initiative came into effect July 1, 2012.


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