New PCC foster youth housing program begins in early 2024

At the November Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees approved a five-year contract to rent out a six-unit housing complex near PCC’s Foothill campus, a first of its kind for the college to support its foster youth who face significant challenges obtaining secure and clean housing while in school.  Because foster youth face some of the highest rates of housing insecurity and homelessness at PCC, their needs were prioritized for PCC’s first ever housing project that directly provided free housing to those in need and …

Local snobs roast your favorite coffee

There is nothing hinting that you may have entered suburbia than when you check how many coffee shops are in your surrounding area. Pasadena may call itself a city, but a good espresso shot may be a misspour unless you know where to look for it. Coffee snobbery might come across like this fish, but that fish is probably the type to recommend you try Republik for its awful TJ-Maxx-art-esque interior. Copa Vida Okay, Copa Vida and its fanbase take it too seriously. But you …

PCC answers the question of art-ificial intelligence

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has been left deep inside all creativity and our ability to be inventive with our own hands and as such artists have been replaced by “prompt artists” or websites.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 department …

PCC students advocate for zero carbon by 2030

Several PCC Students have joined the grassroots efforts to align Pasadena City College’s policies with Pasadena’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030. On Nov 14, several PCC students attended the Pasadena City Council meeting of the Municipal Services Committee to ensure that the city’s new water and power plan is true to its Zero Carbon by 2030 resolution. This goal puts Pasadena 15 years ahead of the state’s goal of a zero-carbon 2045. Also in attendance were representatives from several local climate organizations, many …

Biden is biding his time with Palestine

Remember when all the young liberals and progressives desperately voted for Biden because voting for a senile old puppet no one wanted to vote for in the first place was supposed to “save democracy” from the orange, steroid-powered old narcissist? If by “democracy” we mean keeping the pricey and performative two-party system and inhumane status quo intact, then yes, we saved democracy. And it continues to spread around the world like a virus that jumped from a Dulles brother’s body in a Wuhan lab. Now, …

Mental health on campus: Professors need help too

As the United States grapples with a continuing mental health crisis, especially among college aged adults and teens, many professors are feeling the brunt of having to console and act as mental health providers to their students as mental health has worsened and outside care has become more expensive and harder to access. Fear and isolation caused by the pandemic, along with the surfacing of social issues and economic instability, are said to have exacerbated a national struggle with mental health and substance abuse especially …

Faculty Association survives ouster from state union

In the second decertification attempt in a year, the Pasadena City College Faculty Association (PCCFA) won a majority over the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) to remain as the on-campus faculty union representative.  The vote to remain with the FA was at approximately 52%, according to Political Science Professor and PCCFA Director Marcus Green. Just above the 50% needed to remain as the on-campus faculty representative. The CFT does not plan to contest the vote at this time or challenge the results.  “I’m hoping that …

New community college diversity rules sparks political fire

As of mid-October, California Community Colleges are instructed to implement diversity, equity, and accessibility (DEIA) policies that were first introduced in 2020, though professors across California are pointing to how their free speech may be impeded by the implementation of these policies in their tenured reviews.    Several California community college professors recently filed lawsuits against local leaders in response to their districts’ implementation of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) on campus. California community college districts had until Oct. 13 to incorporate the rules into …

Low crime continues at PCC, yet fear persists

The Clery Act federally requires all colleges and universities to record and publicize specific campus crime statistics and safety policies. PCC’s Annual Campus Safety Report covers crimes reported on the main, Foothill, Rosemead, and PCC’s Northwest campuses. This year’s Annual Campus Safety Report shows nearly the same rate of low crime since 2020, a trend consistent since 2016 even considering the recent decrease in enrollment due to the pandemic.  Of reportable crimes, the largest numbers are mostly property theft. In 2022 across all four campuses, …

Men’s soccer left out to dry in 1-0 loss against LA College

Under the heat of the sweltering sun, the men’s Soccer team prepared and fought against LA College. Unfortunately for the Lancers, they lost in a very tight game against the Los Angeles Cubs 0-1.  Despite having good control of the ball in the first half, the team lost its balance leading to the Cubs one goal. After that, the Lancers just couldn’t get their footing back. The game opened with a strong start from PCC, with a ton of aggressive offense on top of an …