Mesa Legend

MARCH 27, 2018 NEWSROOM (480) 461-7333 V OLUMe 56, I SSUe 11 C OPYRIgHT @ M eSa C OMMUNITY C OLLege Chris Keiu hiking with class. MCC makes survival the only option Rob Steiner MesaCC Legend One class at Mesa Community College (MCC) Outdoor Adventure Skills class helps students gain outdoor survival skills and develops personal inner growth. Outdoor Adventure Skills is taught by Greg Guthrie with co- instructors Lori Guthrie and Sal Cucuzzo. They teach students to use the natural resources around them to build fires, make shelters, and use medicinal plants as healing remedies while in the wilderness. “There’s a big philosophical component.” It’s very Native American themed. That is because the people that trained us,” Guthrie said. “We were all trained by the Navajo, Totonac Indians. That’s our approach to the wilderness.” “Regardless of where they are at in terms of physical conditioning or emotional stuff or intellectual development,” Guthrie explained, “experience tends to customize itself to each person which is really an interesting thing.” (See MCC, pg. 11) Fourth place in NJCAA Tournament MCC Lady T-Birds could not beat the Highland Scotties for third place Stephen Peck MesaCC Legend The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women’s Basketball Division II tournament did not end with a championship for the Mesa Community College (MCC) Lady T-Birds. The women made the tournament by winning the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) Tournament in mid-March against the Aztecs of Pima Community College. After the playoff win, the women had a week of practice at home before they headed off to Harrison, Arkansas, host of the NJCAAWomen’s Basketball Tournament. The championship was a victory away for the Lady T-Birds. The victory would not be easy, as they faced No. 1 ranked team, Monroe Community College of New York. The Monroe Lady Tribunes moved on to the championship after defeating the Lady T-Birds, and Mesa headed down to third place game against the Highland Scotties from Iowa, who were undefeated until their semifinal game against the Kirkwood Lady Eagles from Kansas. Jaynelle Robinson, 6-foot-3 center, clogged up the paint, with 16 rebounds and 16 points, while guard Sierra Green attacked from beyond the arc, making 7-11 3-pointers and 25 points for the game. Guard Torrie Cash was another threat who put 16 points on the board. Commentators Kamarri Darrington and Chuck Sebastian, during the Mesa vs. Monroe game, talked about whichever team-faced Highland (See LADY T-BIRDS, pg. 13) Teammates help Deja Dagons up after being fouled during the ACCAC Championship game. (P hoto : S tePhen P eck / MesaCC Legend ) MCC students become National Academic Champions Two selected into the All-USAAcademic Team, winning thousands in scholarship funds Sydney Ritter MesaCC Legend Two Mesa Community College (MCC) students were awarded more than $7,000 each in scholarship toward attending a four-year university. The award is part of the Phi Theta Kappa honors program that recognizes high achieving students in two- year colleges. Johnathan Speakman studying Business Entrepreneurship and Jacob Riddle working toward an Associate of Science degree at MCC were selected from among thousands of submissions nationally. Speakman and Riddle also received a $5,000 scholarship each from the National Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society for being named as a member of the All-USAAcademic Team. They were among the more than 150 students in the state who applied for the award. “I think that it just shows the caliber of our students and the caliber of our faculty and college,” Phi Theta Kappa advisor Duane Oakes said. Speakman was also selected as the New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar for the state of Arizona, receiving $2,500 from that organization. The award is given to only one student from each state. He also received another $5,000 scholarship after being selected as a 2018 Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite Scholar. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honors program for two-year colleges and academic institutions. Unlike a club, PTK focuses on providing students opportunities for scholarships, it also supports and encourages the participation of public service. Through PTK, (See ALL-USA, pg. 9) Check us out on social media Newspaper Men’s baseball devastating defeat pg. 14 News Apple Inc.’s iPhone battery failure debacle pg. 2 Sports Features MCC Jazz Ensemble entertains, still pg. 9