Lancers basketball looks to bounce back with tournament win

PCC’s basketball team will host the 5th annual Skip Robinson basketball tournament this week from Thu to Sat at 7 p.m. in Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. The Lancers (1-3) will play three back to back games against Barstow, Glendale and LA Pierce, respectively, giving the head coach Ryan Frazer a chance to live up to the tournament’s namesake and to celebrate the former athletic director Skip Robinson. This is Frazer’s “first semester, first year, first everything” as PCC’s 16th head coach in the school basketball team’s 99-year …

Black hole mergers, gravitational waves and computer simulations with Dr. Maria Okounkova

A PCC professor, Dr. Maria Okounkova, explains her research on gravitational waves! What is Astronomy? What are gravitational waves and how do we detect them? How do simulations aid science? Where is the edge of our understanding in physics? Curious? Check out these links: Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell Simulating Extreme Spacetimes Masha’s Git Hub Astronomy Club James Webb Photos Music by JD Alibrando: Intro to Green

PCC’s Latin Jazz Ensemble serenades Lancers in live concert

PCC’s Latin Jazz Ensemble serenaded Lancer’s Pass last week, collecting passing students who were entranced by the genre’s infectious rhythms. The ensemble, led by Dave Tull, played classics from the Latin jazz repertoire, such as Mama Guela, Como Fué, Llegó La Banda and Mambo Diablo, and swing songs redone in the Latin style. Cantaloupe Island is a jazz standard that the ensemble played as a samba and There Will Never Be Another You was played as a mambo. The ensemble played the jazz standard Mr. …

Salsa club está rico: Students learn the bachata and more every Tuesday

In a dance studio at PCC, two groups of students stand separated at each end of a room. The leaders are on one side and the followers are on the other, and each leader walks across the divide to ask a follower to a dance. The newly formed couples say hello and take each other by the hand. They are instructed to dance together in a sequence of steps and spins taught by the instructors, Salma Alvarez and Edwin Colmenares. As the partners rotate, dancers …

Blotter: Fraudulent check from imposter PCC rep

Monday, Sept 26, 2022: Officer found someone sleeping in the grass by the CC building. The officer escorted them off of the compass. Tuesday, Sept 27, 2022: Officer escorted a person lying in the bathroom of the R building off of the campus. A student went to the Huntington Hospital for a mental health evaluation after a student found them screaming in a classroom in the D building. A student’s car was scratched while parked in Lot 5. Surveillance footage did not capture the incident. …

PCC’s screen report: What apps are we using?

On a busy Wednesday afternoon students fill PCCs Piazza, a dining hall made to look like an Italian city square. Some students are socializing and eating, but most are working at their computers with earphones in and a notepad to the side. The rest are relaxing with nothing to do but gaze at their phones, but what exactly are they gazing at? PCC students are using social media to fill in the empty moments in their days, spending one to five hours of screen time …

Forget shareholders, Patagonia makes earth its beneficiary

Capitalism prioritizes growth in capital. By definition, it cares about nothing else. So how are we going to go green in an economy that is beholden to accelerating its exploitation of resources? The answer lies partly in more businesses prioritizing environmental sustainability while also remaining profitable. This may sound optimistic, but if we are to thrive in the future this kind of business needs to become more common. Patagonia is a company that specializes in outdoor recreational clothing. The company’s founder, Yvan Chouinard, is demonstrating …

Board of Trustees takes unprecedented interest in Black Family Reunion

In last week’s Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting, PCC faculty reprimanded the BOT for requesting the project proposal of the Black Family Reunion, an event that is meant to recruit students of color, instead of reaching out directly to the event organizers. In July’s meeting, trustee Steve Gibson suggested removing an item from the consent calendar. A consent calendar is a list of items up for approval by the board so that the items can be approved all at once instead of one item at …

PCC volleyball perseveres against Moorpark, preserves 4-game win streak

The PCC women’s volleyball team defeated the higher ranked Moorpark Raiders 3-1 last week to secure a four win streak by sticking together and remaining mission driven throughout the match, according to head coach Mike Terrill. The players wore matching ribbons in their hair, and after each rally—whether or not they got a point—the players on the court would do a quick huddle for support. “We came from behind in those last couple sets, and we just showed a stick-to-itiveness,” Terrill said. “I think we …

Preparing for launch: PCC prof tests space missions here on Earth

Up in the foothills of Pasadena, Dr. Christopher Matthes and his team begin the procedure to launch a probe to asteroid Psyche. Dr. Matthes does the countdown, and his team members report that Psyche is on its way to the asteroid. Although Matthes and his team did everything required to launch the Psyche probe, in reality, no probe was launched. The probe was never perched on a rocket ship but instead was laid out flat across a tabletop at JPL. The Psyche mission is set …