‘The Book Club Play’ cast and crew write their own chapter in PCC’s theater department

Share: On the opening night of the theater arts department’s spring main stage show, “The Book Club Play,” actors of varying backgrounds and experiences were surrounded by an audience in PCC’s CA Theatre. The audience wrapped around the disk-shaped seating area, on the stage was a carefully constructed set modeled after a modern home, further immersing the actors into the private world of a tight-knit group of friends.  A little over a month before working together, all six main cast members waited in line for …

Overbearing landlords leave tenants feeling ‘isolated, alone, harassed’

Share: With an increase in housing issues like higher rent prices, residents in Los Angeles County are facing the possibility of being unhoused. The Pasadena Tenants Union (PTU), was formed the same year a real-estate tycoon was elected president. Funded entirely by members’ dues, this grassroots organization protects Pasadenans from controlling landlords and other issues that pose a threat to people potentially losing their homes. The union strives in many ways to protect residents by providing a sense of community in Pasadena. The PTU notably …

‘Invincible’ suffers from overcrowded, anti-climactic second season

Share: Soaring to the skies of a bloody start from its previous season, the animated superhero show “Invincible” adapts the comic book series of the same name, picking up on its devastating note with even more gory and thrilling moments of a passionately told story. With new characters introduced and old characters refurbished to become fan favorites, this new installation of the series showcases a new direction that can feel too bloated while still highlighting the captivating draws of the series, like the conflict of …

8-Bit comes to life in PCC orchestra’s video game concert

Share: As the lights dimmed in the Sexson Auditorium, the bright opening titles of “The Legend of Zelda” played on an overhead screen and the dazzled audience then looked to the PCC Orchestra, walking through some of the most beloved music scores in video games. The event, held on Mar. 23, was the group’s first concert of the 2024 spring semester and focused entirely on an idea presented by students, video games. Conductor and Orchestra professor Henry Shin wanted to act on this idea for …

Latinx author guides students through generational trauma

Share: As the boisterous crowd began to quiet down and the jazz music heard outside the PCC gymnasium grew louder on Thursday, March 21, author Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez prefaced to the packed room by saying she was not looking to lecture or sugarcoat her words, which included more than a few instances of cursing. “I think it’s important to remind people that cussing doesn’t make someone dumb, that you could be highly successful and still cuss all the time and as much as you …

Episode 2: Oscars 2024

Share: After The Courier took home awards this past Saturday, host David is joined by co-video editor Dante and staff writer Gabriel to discuss this year’s Oscars ceremony. Topics include Oppenheimer sweeping with a whopping seven wins, Jonathan Glazer’s speech, and why Crash is one of the worst Best Picture winners in history. The audio version will be published soon.   YouTube:   Follow:

‘The Iron Claw’ delivers a takedown that pulls on your heartstrings

Share: In a time when celebrities were normally found in Hollywood, a particularly famous wrestling family thrived in Texas as world champions of the ring. Even when they were on top of the world, the Von Erich family were believed to have been cursed. Their “curse” is rooted in the entrapments of toxic masculinity that the Von Erich brothers inevitably faced. “The Iron Claw,” the recent film directed by Sean Durkin tells the tragic true story of the Von Erich brothers who climbed to success …

PCC’s Anti-War Club takes to the streets, demands ceasefire

Share: As conflict continues between Israel and Palestine, causing PCC students, led by the Anti-War Club, to take action to the streets of Pasadena City Hall. On Saturday, December 9th, PCC’s Anti-War Club worked in conjunction with Tempest Collective, an organization aimed to educate those unaware of global issues. Members from Tempest Collective began their teach-in by remarking that their objective is to aid this movement, not perceiving opinions.  PCC Geography professor Hector Agredano commented on the significance of speaking out and hosting the teach-in. …

PCC answers the question of art-ificial intelligence

Share: A hole has been left deep inside all creativity and our ability to be inventive with our own hands and as such artists have been replaced by “prompt artists” or websites. Hence, they spread like poison which drains any potential of authentic work from being shared with the world. This poison is artificial intelligence and for the past year, it has been expanding itself across all mediums such as tampering in artwork and the entertainment industry.  Pasadena City College’s Visual Arts and Media Studies …

Do campus attempts to stifle protest violate the 1st Amendment?

Share: Colleges around the country have been dealing with increasing risks for students due to the ongoing war in the Middle East, while some have banned protesting altogether citing students safety, PCC vowed to protect free speech as it is staying vigilant. “PCC safety personnel are aware of the need for increased awareness during this time of international conflict,” PCC spokesperson Alex Boekelhide said in an email. “There have been no changes to PCC Police policies or procedures, and the college will adapt its approach …