Faculty and students allege censorship in photography competition

Share: After only one year, a photography competition along with a scholarship opportunity was taken away from PCC students due to the allegations of censorship of students’ creative freedom within the competition as well as the complete exclusion of the photography department faculty on how the competition would be run. After the success of The William G. Ericson Photography Competition and Scholarship in 2023, the PCC Foundation and The Ericson Foundation decided they wanted to solely run the show this year. It came as a …

Swim team’s newest member makes waves in state competition

Share: First-year PCC student Michael Petersen has dedicated his life to swimming, often spending many early mornings and late nights doing breaststrokes and backstrokes, regardless of rain or shine. His ten years of hard work and perseverance finally culminated on May 2, when Petersen competed at the 3C2A State Swimming and Diving Championships in Costa Mesa. Petersen competed for PCC in the statewide swimming competition, placing 12th in breaststroke, as well as breaking older records as he completed the second fastest time for a male …

Dynamic Duo: Two players, one unstoppable force!!

Share: In a season defined by being undefeated, the 2024 badminton team will be remembered for working relentlessly and playing hard in every match. Two players in particular sustained their victories through outstanding performances in their triumphs that led them to their state championship on May 10. In her final year of high school, No. 1 player Rhea Zou took up badminton after being introduced to the game by a friend who played on the varsity team. Inspired by competitive games, she started learning from …

PCC alum Reyna Grande writes her way through imposter syndrome

Share: Students and faculty members quickly piled into the Writing Success Center (WSC) in support of PCC alum turned published author Reyna Grande’s panel. They were handed a box of catered food from Stonefire Grill, a notecard to jot down questions to ask the guest speaker and were given the opportunity to purchase one of Grande’s books for $15. The WSC was a packed house as PCC’s Puente club spotlighted Grande in a discussion-based event on May 7. Grande shared stories reflecting on her journey …

Culture week cookin’: Try an Italian professor’s veggie meatballs

Share: As part of International Week at PCC, Italian professor Laura Godio prepared two different recipes for her students, a classic Italian meatball dish and a zucchini-based “meatball” inspired by her vegetarian students. International Week aims to expand students’ knowledge of foreign cultures and to celebrate the arts of different nations. “I enjoy doing this for my students,” Godio said, referencing the meatball dishes she crafts for her students, “It helps them better understand vocabulary when they’re participating in something physical like cooking. My students …

No coach, no problem! PCC’s track throwers prove that ‘Pasadena is it’

Share: For the 2024 Track and Field season, the throwers on the track team didn’t have an official coach. This certainly presented some obstacles, but the resilient Lancers still excelled this season. Three throwers, in particular, performed extremely well all season, all of whom managed to perform well enough in their events at the South Coast Conference on May 7 to move on to the State Championships. Before the season officially began, the throwers were informed that they would likely not have a permanent coach …

‘A winner never quits and a quitter never wins’

Share: Growing up as an athlete that aspires to compete in a sport at the highest level possible isn’t an easy feat. It takes time, dedication, hard work and so much more to keep yourself motivated and to keep improving. PCC freshman track and field runner Jaylin Morgan, has first hand experience with the competitiveness of running and the dedication that comes with achieving the opportunity to be racing at the collegiate level. Morgan has been involved in the track and field world ever since …

Coding prodigy scared coyotes away, but fears the AI drones he created

Share: Coding is a tool used to build bridges in programs that ultimately create a form of digital life. These computer programs are traditionally used for hosting websites and applications. PCC student, Mohammad Shirmohammadi, instead uses coding as an instrument to leave a beneficial social impact on the people around him. Shirmohammadi is a first-year data science student pursuing a career in machine learning engineering, melded with social entrepreneurship. He began his social impact journey when he was in high school with his early work …

Free Comic Day carnival caters to Pasadena’s comic collectors

Share: A long line formed all around the block, every comic book fan excited to make their way to the festival and multiple of any free comic they wanted. And once the doors opened, the Comic Factory was flooded with people like on Black Friday aiming to get the comic of their choice. On May the 4th, the 22nd annual Free Comic Book Day was celebrated worldwide and featured various activities attendees were able to do to earn coins to exchange for free comics at …

Clickbait: Get hooked on PCC’s fishing club treading into new water

Share: If you’re angling to spend more time with like-minded piscary participants, hone in your knot tying skills, or just really want a new hobby, the PCC Fishing club is ready to reel you in. Established in late 2018, the club has functioned as a space where fishing aficionados meet weekly to learn about the various species of aquatic life they typically find, whether that’s in fresh or saltwater. “Really, the fishing club is for anyone, if you’re just a weekend warrior and want to …