by John de Dios
Sergio Mendoza of "Mendoza Y La Orkesta" talks about the future of his band, his sound and his love for music.
The University of Arizona School of Journalism produces four student-run publications ranging from community newspapers to online magazines to 15 and 30-minutes TV-news magazine shows for KUAT and the Web.
Among them: BorderBeat.net, an online student-run magazine that focuses on border-community news and issues, ranging from stories from the migrant trail to profiles of local artists and musicians, such as mambo sensation Sergio Mendoza.
Border Beat reporter Nicky Hamila tell us:
Although Mendoza was raised by his family in Nogales in both Sonora and Arizona, he has walked the line between the roots of his culture and the environment of rock music in the United States. With that, he managed to infuse both influences of rock and indie mambo to create his sound. For the last two months, Mendoza Y La Orkesta has been touring all around Europe, from Italy to France, and are now back in Tucson gearing up for a new year of performances in the spring at the Rialto Theatre.
This semester's staff includes former Tucson Weekly intern Amanda Portillo who serves as one of the leadership crew of the student publication. The publication is advised by Jay Rochlin, a UA assistant professor of practice a the School of Journalism.
Visit the site now to get a good range of feature stories about the people and the culture of a being a border-town.