150 feet underground in the San Xavier Mine

By Sara Richards / El Inde “Would you like to set off the blast?” Nicholas Carouso, site manager and engineer of the San Xavier mine asks me with a large grin on his face, clearly humored by the confusion on mine. The San Xavier Mine, located 20 minutes from the University of Arizona, is nestled…

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Hands on history

By Patricia Schwartz / El Inde Long before I met Alexander Soto in person, I knew him by his onstage persona: MC Liazon of the Phoenix-based hip hop group Shining Soul. I remembered seeing him rapping in a music video with the U.S.-Mexico border wall as a backdrop. In the video for the single “All…

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University life, since the ’60s

By Ashley Hamett/El Inde As a freshman at the University of Arizona in the fall semester of 1961-1962, my grandfather, Richard Rice, quickly realized that his life would never be the same again. At the freshman orientation, he noted how his freshman class had a larger population than his entire hometown of Morenci, Arizona. He…

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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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