TMZ is wrong again: Kim isn’t dead

2020 has been TMZ’s year when it comes to breaking news. Unfortunately, it’s not the good kind as one of their biggest stories of this year has been proven false. They were the first to report on the tragic helicopter crash that led to the sudden death of nine individuals, including Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his 14 year old daughter, Gigi, which led to TMZ catching flack for their hasty publishing of the piece. The tabloid agency broke news again on Mar. …

COVID-19 can’t stop PCC’s journalistic triple threat

Now that she’s cooped in her house due to the quarantine, Caitlin Hernandez has to keep busy so she won’t catch a case of the quarantine blues. Whether she’s updating the COVID-19 landing page, researching for her journalism internship or photographing with her girlfriend, everything she’s currently doing has a purpose. Hernandez is the managing editor of the Courier, as well as a writer and a photographer. She covers a variety of stories, from features to breaking news. On top of all that, she is …

Discord server brings harmony to online class

Now that the quarantine has closed the PCC campuses for almost a month, students have been itching to find ways to communicate with each other outside of online conference classes. A group of students have found a solution, through the form of Discord. Discord is a social networking app that was originally designed for gamers, where members can chat through audio, video, and text. Over 60 students have congregated within the Center for the Arts Simulator (CAS), originally set up by student Justin Gonzales, which …

Work study students still have a paycheck

Pasadena City College has received permission to pay Federal Work Study (FWS) students who work on campus, even while the campus is closed to prevent further transmission of COVID-19. In addition, 8,000 PCC students will have their Pell Grants and all other financial aid funds available by March 27, according to Mathematics, Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) and More Math and Science (MAS2 ) representatives. Financial Aid payments have also been moved up. According to Alex Boekelheide, special assistant to the superintendent/president, the second wave of …

The QUEST to support underrepresented students

A vivid rainbow ring with a mariposa butterfly spreads its wings to display the dotted pattern. This is the first thing visitors see when they visit this all-inclusive center. The rainbow colors represent alliance with the LGBTQ community and the butterfly fitted on top portrays the beauty in migration. Combining these two symbols signifies acceptance and activism, especially in a diverse community in PCC. The PCC Queer and Undocumented Empowerment Support to Thrive (QUEST) center, which opened this fall in R-422, is a safe space …

Local gallery showcases the voices of black artists

The Alkebulan Cultural Center, a small and beige building with miniature palm trees and trimmed grass located in Pasadena, seems unassuming from the outside. But the inside tells a different story with its displays of portraits, paintings and enamel pieces created from the hearts and hands of black artists. The walls are covered with African masks and black-made art from the hands of this month’s displayed artists. African pop music plays in the corner of the small room, forming a playful feeling as visitors gaze …

Andrew Yang lets down his gang

In a New Hampshire rally held on February 11, Andrew Yang made the announcement that he was dropping out of the 2020 Presidential race, to the devastation of hundreds of his attending supporters— the Yang Gang. In the beginning of Yang’s run, he was seen as a joke. It’s hard to take him seriously as a candidate when his presence in politics is nonexistent. The idea of handing out billions of dollars to every American seemed absurd, and it’s unlikely he would have won with …