‘Coexisting with the Cougars’ webinar advises humans on adapting to wildlife

Southern California harbors refuge for nearly 10 million people, yet we must not forget about the countless animal species who consider it their home too. California Cougars are a majestic breed of mountain lion that has made their home in the California foothills for centuries. They continue to dwell amongst us and coexist despite the occupation of their territory. Unfortunately there are times when coexisting does not guarantee a harmonious liaison and there have been reports of unpleasant encounters between the two. A non-profit organization …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson puts ego into cosmic perspective

On a cold fall night in Pasadena, the audience inside the Ambassador Auditorium was engrossed within the concepts of the cosmic perspective. Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson strolled across the stage with a candor that felt more like a sit-down with a friend, rather than a lecture on science and its importance with how we function in basically…everything. The cosmic perspective is a method that is intended to knock down our egos and as Neil puts it, “feel more deeply connected to this world.” Using the …

Musk’s reckless Twitter reign a major turnoff for PCC students

Despite being online, PCC freshman Hayden Cole explains their lack of interest in Twitter and how their relationship to the platform is becoming strained due to one changed factor—its ownership. “Personally I don’t use Twitter especially with everything going on,” Cole said. “It definitely doesn’t encourage me to use the platform. It just looks like a platform that doesn’t suit my interests.” The “everything” Cole is referring to is the increasingly dark days of Twitter and its anticipated self-immolation by users and outsiders alike since …

Foraging experts create space for women in the fungi field

Bat Vardeh, the founder of the group ‘Foraging and Mushroom Hunting Women of Socal’ got her start as a foraging expert in childhood, collecting mulberries and figs nearby–spreading the fruitful news to the rest of the kids in the neighborhood. “For me, it started when I was really, really young. When I was elementary age, my favorite fruits were figs and mulberries–and you cannot always find them at the store. So, naturally, for some reason, I knew what a fig tree and what a mulberry …

Pasadena’s Measure H reins in greedy landlords, limits rent hikes

On the ballot this year is Measure H, an attempt to help rent control and tenants in Pasadena continue living without fear of ridiculous rent increases. Weighing on the measure is Bee Rooney, a member of Pasadena For Rent Control, a group in favor of Measure H, who explained the group’s goals. “It’s all for the intention of keeping people housed,” Rooney said. “We want to allow people to stay at a place for a year or two or even three at a time. Or, …

How fear feeds authoritarianism and corrupts democracy

The political climate in American politics has been challenging how our democracy functions and if it will continue to function as a democracy at all. With the Republican Party using misinformation to appeal to the biases in its voting base, it has seemingly groomed them to accept dictatorial leaders as well as a draconian government. Lisa Pringle, a professor of political science at PCC, discussed how the authoritarian mentality can take over a large swath of the political spectrum and what makes an individual ascribe …

Trawling the treasure trove of estate sales

On a brisk Saturday morning, a smorgasbord of treasure troves can be found throughout numerous SoCal cities. Estate sales are a common attraction that often draw hundreds, if not thousands, of curious enthusiasts seeking vintage finds and ready to partake in the fine art of rummaging through the possessions of a stranger. There are an abundance of estate sale companies in operation with each operating slightly different from one another, yet the fundamentals are almost universal. The agency or proprietor will be contracted by the …

Punk rock public defender fights the system as PCC’s writer in residence

Through her career as a public defender, Juanita Mantz has been able to articulate the flaws in our legal system with a sharp understanding on how it perpetuates trauma through talents that span across the judicial and artistic spectrum. Feeling pangs for social change during the pandemic, she sharpened the literary tools that she gained from her English Literature degree along with a passion for storytelling and published two books, “Tales of an Inland Empire Girl” and “Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender (or how …

Aliens visit earth in ‘Nope,’ Keke Palmer visits PCC to talk about it

Keke Palmer, a well known actor, admitted that even though she wasn’t going to be using the same elaborate language that the students in PCC’s Critical Theory Club used, she was going to tell her story and engage in a meaningful conversation. “I started to reach a point where I said ‘I don’t care about none of this shit, all I care about is what makes me happy and having real conversations with real people.’” She did just that. The Critical Theory Club is a …

Want to have a hoppy time? Check out The Bunny Museum

Los Angeles is home to a myriad of places to explore in your free time, especially museums. A sight to see with friends and family has to be The Bunny Museum! It is filled with all types of rabbit related items from iconic characters to generic rabbit mementos. There’s several different rabbit-related rooms–including some real-life bunnies. The Bunny Museum is located in Altadena and has been open for 27 years–it holds the largest collection of bunny artifacts up to 45,000. A couple, Candace Frazee and …