Senate debates no confidence vote for Board of Trustees

The Academic Senate debated holding a vote of no confidence for the Board of Trustees at Monday’s meeting. Many senators voiced their dissatisfaction with how the Board handled many issues this year. “I think some really bad decisions have been made, and I think that they should be held accountable,” said Academic Senate Treasurer Pat Rose. New Academic Senate Vice President Kris Pilon agreed. “I feel that the board members are the real gate keepers for policy and what happens at the college,” she said. …

OP-ED: Hosting the World Cup, the right choice

When FIFA confirmed Brazil as the site of the 2014 World Cup in 2007, the BBC reported that celebrations broke out throughout the country. Now with the current protests in Brazil, some are questioning the wisdom of allowing certain countries to host the World Cup based on economic factors. Are these critics claiming that GDP should be a qualifying factor to host the World Cup? If so, Brazil’s GDP is the seventh largest in the world according to the World Bank. How does Brazil not …

iPad app enhances learning at PCC

PCC Instructor James Maloney posts a question to his Calculus class using the Su-Kam Intelligent Education System (SKIES) on his iPad. His students post their answers anonymously on electronic cards through the app. Maloney reviews his answer with the class, then reviews the cards submitted by the students as they follow along on classroom-provided iPads. PCC has gone digital. “When I saw the [SKIES] app, I realized it could have a huge impact on teaching,” Maloney said. “Here is a really awesome format that is …

Zankou’s: chicken, shawerma, and secret garlic sauce

On a recent Wednesday, Zankou’s Chicken was filled with students, professionals and a mother with three children enjoying a variety of Mediterranean foods. This is not a place for quiet contemplation, but a hive of activity as patrons come and go, laugh at jokes or talk business over meals of meat, garlic sauce and pita bread while world music plays in the background.