Mental health on campus: Professors need help too

Share: 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 …

Faculty Association survives ouster from state union

Share: 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 …

New community college diversity rules sparks political fire

Share: 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 …

Low crime continues at PCC, yet fear persists

Share: 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 …

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

Share: 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 …

Courier Cookin’: Galbijjim is an alternate take on braised beef short ribs

Share: In this week’s recipe submitted by staff writer Machu Suh, fellow writer Lucca Camillieri makes Galbijjim, a Korean short rib. Detailed in the video is the process to make the dish and all the ingredients needed!  Ingredients: Stock: 3 pounds meaty beef short ribs  1/2 onion 3 – 4 thin ginger slices (about 1-inch rounds) 5 garlic cloves white parts of 1 bunch scallions Braising Liquid: 1/2 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons sugar (adjust to taste) 2 tablespoons honey 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1/2 …

Fractured faculty: Group tries again to decertify and replace teacher union

Share: For the second time in a year the Pasadena City College Faculty Association (PCCFA) faces the threat of decertification by a group of faculty demanding better working conditions for part-time faculty, greater access to resources and improved advocacy at both the state and federal level. Their goal is to establish a local chapter aligned with the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) in place of the PCCFA. The group of faculty claim being affiliated with a larger organization for their union will be more effective …

COVID’s still here, but emergency funding dwindles

Share: As Covid-era funding from the state of California trickles away, PCC is pressured to adjust its budget and increase enrollment before the ‘24-’25 school year to secure state funding that supports faculty and staff salaries in an uncertain post-Covid economy.  During the pandemic, community colleges across the state took a hit in enrollment. Since the Student Centered Funding Formula (SCFF) was implemented in 2018, attendance determines 60% of funding from the state. The other 40% is centered on equity in support for low-income students …

Board of Trustees begins search for permanent Superintendent-President

Share: After former Superintendent-President Dr. Erika Endrijonas left PCC in July, following months of uncertainty over a possible contract extension; the Board of Trustees has started the process of finding a new permanent Superintendent, a proceeding that is expected to take at least six months and possibly up to an entire year.  In prior reporting by The Courier, there was clear divisions on the Board of Trustees over Endrijonas’s contract, and how that entire process was handled, but it is not expected to have an …