‘Pain in the ass’: PCC exasperated by federal stimulus rules

At their April 22 meeting, multiple members of PCC’s College Council expressed their frustration with new guidelines from the federal Department of Education (ED) regarding the disbursement of federal stimulus money. “Let me just go on record: Betsy DeVos is a pain in the ass,” said Dr. Michael Bush, assistant superintendent and vice president of business and college services. “The legislature passed this really neat thing for higher education and then the Department of Education got a hold of it.” PCC has received $15.2 million …

PCC’s Queer Alliance zooms into the Spring semester

Had the semester remained in person, PCC’s Queer Alliance (QA) club would be hosting weekly meetings every Thursday afternoon. The new reality of remote learning and social distancing led QA to come together virtually on April 25, where members talked about their favorite latest Netflix shows, share their thoughts on remote learning and keep up with each other while in quarantine. QA is PCC’s club for LGBTQ+ students and faculty on campus. Since PCC’s campus is closed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, QA members …

Haircuts can kill: America not ready to reopen

Is getting a haircut, or a few hours of fun in an amusement park, really more important than saving lives? Protests against the COVID-19 ‘safer at home’ orders have spread across the nation, and the concerns expressed couldn’t be more disingenuous and outrageous. These protestors claim they are exercising their First Amendment right, which allows them to voice their demands like reopening amusement parks and other superficial places like hair salons. This is a terrible move on the part of the protestors. The only thing …

Fantasy becomes reality for Courier lifestyle editor

A passion for fantasy and imagination has driven PCC student Haley Risch to a love of writing. Whether it be writing short stories as a child or her reverence for nature as an adult, these interests have culminated into her current position as the lifestyle editor at the Courier. Her aspiration is to write intriguing and enjoyable things that people can learn from. At the newspaper she has written how-to pieces on yoga and reviews on things such as alcohol delivery and museums.

Health center delivers virtual yoga to tense students

With the gentle chime of a meditation bowl and the encouragement to practice some mindful meditation, PCC Kinesiologist and yoga instructor Patty Bellali began her first virtual grounding and calming yoga sequence. She calmly led her audience from pose to pose—from mountain to down dog, through every inhale and exhale. She aims to connect new to advanced yogis to their beginner’s lens. The four-part yoga series commenced on Apr. 8 and was advertised by the PCC Health and Wellness department as a part of their …

‘Animal Crossing’: A relaxing addiction

Are you currently bored at home? Well grab your Nintendo Switch and a copy of the newly released “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” where anyone can enjoy nature from the comfort of their own home. A game where the player can design their own dream getaway island alongside quirky and colorful animal villagers as well as real life friends. “New Horizons” is the latest and most exciting installment of the series. The player’s character buys a deserted island getaway package from a family of racoons. Players …

Lovestruck Lipa will get you into your feels

Who knew Dua Lipa would be the saving grace of quarantine? Her new album “Future Nostalgia,” which was released in Mar. 2020, definitely lives up to its name. It feels like she’s taking the listener on a blissful, lovesick journey through space on the way back to the 1980s. This album can make anyone dance 15 pounds off. Dua Lipa exudes femininity, and she does it so flawlessly. She’s definitely not afraid to be vulnerable with her feelings and share them with the world. Lipa …

Blotter: Hit-and-run at Rosemead campus

Monday, April 13 An officer located a hit and run vehicle from the Rosemead campus. The driver was determined to possibly be under the influence. The Temple City Sheriffs responded to the scene. A fire alarm was activated in the Science Village. An officer reset the fire alarm and checked the area; and no there was a sign of fire. The Pasadena Police requested assistance in locating a male who was accused of battering a female at Pollo Loco. The subject was located and detained …

PCC loans 275 laptops to students so far during shutdown

PCC’s Information Technology Services (ITS) department is providing laptops for technology insecure students and faculty to loan amidst the campus’ closure, which began on March 19. During this period of remote instruction, access to technology is critical for students and faculty to resume their classes online. Students without it are faced with the possibility of having to drop their courses or revert to pass/no pass credit for the spring semester. “I was pretty stressed out at first knowing that we were moving online and I …