Dipped in plastic

By Diana Ramos/El Inde One small straw is more than a thin tube of plastic: It can make a huge difference on the planet. At the University of Arizona Student Union, many students stop to get coffee, but is it worth spending around $5 for a couple of ice cubes, coffee and cream in a plastic…

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Out of a dream, onto the screen

By Jesse Tellez/El Inde Alexandra Cerna was eager to pack her 16mm film camera and venture from her home in Tucson to the rolling fields of yellow grass and cottonwood trees that surround the 144 year-old Empire Ranch near Sonoita, Arizona. The historic ranch off State Route 83, with its rusted tin-roofed barns and old-fashioned…

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Teaching physical education through the computer

By Rosa Garcia/El Inde On a Monday, at approximately 6:15 in the morning, an iPhone alarm goes off. After a minute of the loud sound echoing in the small-squared room with blue walls, the alarm is finally turned off at 6:20. That’s when 29 year-old physical education teacher Francisco Ochoa begins his morning routine.  Instead…

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Old Tucson Studios memories

By Julianna Flores/El Inde It’s been 26 years since Tim Bentley started working at Old Tucson Studios. He still remembers how fun it was working there and he still holds on to both of his name badges. He also still has an Old Tucson sheriff’s badge that reads “Sheriff Tim” and an old pass to…

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Tucson, an international food hub

By Trevor Williamson/El Inde On December 15, 2016, the city of Tucson became the first city — and is still one of only two cities — in the United States to receive the designation as a City of Gastronomy from UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). This meant that UNESCO’s Creative Cities…

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