Neil DeGrasse Tyson puts ego into cosmic perspective

On a cold fall night in Pasadena, the audience inside the Ambassador Auditorium was engrossed within the concepts of the cosmic perspective. Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson strolled across the stage with a candor that felt more like a sit-down with a friend, rather than a lecture on science and its importance with how we function in basically…everything. The cosmic perspective is a method that is intended to knock down our egos and as Neil puts it, “feel more deeply connected to this world.” Using the …

Voter Guide: The Courier’s endorsements for the 2022 midterms

Prop 1 sets out to codify a woman’s right to abortion to the California state consitution. This would ensure that women across the state would have the right to choose for themselves. The Courier staff fully endorses Prop 1. Prop 26 gives expanded betting opportunities at casinos on Native American land. The revenue generated by this would benefit Native Americans greatly. The Courier had a 70/30 split, with 70% in favor of Prop 26 because of the revenue generated for Native Americans. While 30% were …

How fear feeds authoritarianism and corrupts democracy

The political climate in American politics has been challenging how our democracy functions and if it will continue to function as a democracy at all. With the Republican Party using misinformation to appeal to the biases in its voting base, it has seemingly groomed them to accept dictatorial leaders as well as a draconian government. Lisa Pringle, a professor of political science at PCC, discussed how the authoritarian mentality can take over a large swath of the political spectrum and what makes an individual ascribe …

Early voting open at PCC’s Creveling lounge daily for Pasadena residents

  The Creveling Lounge at Pasadena City College has been open for in-person voting and ballot drop-off since Saturday, October 29, 2022 up until election day on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Their hours of operation every day are 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, except on Nov. 8 when the hours change to 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. The Pasadena community has come out due to proximity, access, and the sanitary conditions that PCC provides. You can park in Lot 1 or Lot 3 which are …

Pasadena Gobbler event seeks to feed 300 local families for Thanksgiving

The 38th annual Operation Gobbler fundraiser and food drive is being held by the Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) and Friends in Deed on Sunday November 20, offering free thanksgiving themed meals to Pasadena locals. Students can contact Friends in Deed for information on signing up and on whether or not they qualify for the thanksgiving meal, according to the executive vice president and secretary of the Jaycees Justine Gray. The food that will be distributed by the group will consist of turkeys, pies …

‘Literature of Horror’ class picks the creepiest books to read for spooky season

Deep in conversation over the gothic novel and its place in our current society, the Literature of Horror class gathers to discuss the gothic traits that have been reconstructed into what we now call horror. Professor Tim Melnairk leads the discussion that delves into what scares us before both he and the class divulge their top book picks they find the most haunting. Freshman Quinn Hurd said when she was a young girl she read Dean Koontz’s “Door to December” and that this story still …

PCC Pantry: How to get free groceries on campus

On Tuesday Nov. 1, the Mobile Food Pantry will distribute groceries to staff and students at no cost for all who apply. Xavier DuBose, the advisor at Lancer Pantry, stated that the truck parks in front of Lancer’s Pass, in the center of campus, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and forms to receive the food are filled out on site. “We have volunteers and staff members there to set up and help people sign in,” DuBose said. “For the mobile pantry they don’t even …

Punk rock public defender fights the system as PCC’s writer in residence

Through her career as a public defender, Juanita Mantz has been able to articulate the flaws in our legal system with a sharp understanding on how it perpetuates trauma through talents that span across the judicial and artistic spectrum. Feeling pangs for social change during the pandemic, she sharpened the literary tools that she gained from her English Literature degree along with a passion for storytelling and published two books, “Tales of an Inland Empire Girl” and “Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender (or how …

PCC faculty union under threat of being decertified by its own members

Members of PCC’s Faculty Association (PCCFA) filed to decertify the union on July 5th of this year with the Public Employment Relations Board because of their grievances with transparency and a desire for better bargaining power. The PCCFA has represented both full time and part time employees, over the last 15 years. The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) believes it has enough adjunct and full-time faculty support to challenge the PCCFA, because PCC faculty was able to trigger a secret ballot election to determine whether …

Check your dipstick! and other advice from PCC’s Auto department

Students gather at every corner in the sizable garage of the automotive department at PCC. Cars are raised up on various lifts while each hub gathers to inspect the bowels like doctors primed to operate on their massive metal patients. Solid rear axles sit on table tops for students to master and inspect. Both students and instructors flood in to detail the mechanics behind our cars longevity. Jake Younger, a junior at PCC, always had an interest in cars since he was a small boy. …