Balancing fandom, fatherhood and full-time education

Student Kevin Seavers grew up with a great passion for sports. He remembers a childhood filled with memories of himself playing baseball, basketball and football. His love for sports always filled his days, which included waking up to watch ESPN and re-runs that involved Pete Rose, a baseball player who he admired and could also relate to. “I liked him because he wasn’t as big as some of the other players, but he was tough and gritty,” said Seavers. “That’s how I felt about myself. …

Beauty and journalism: The makeup for a dream career

When it comes to fusing her two biggest interests—beauty and journalism—student Isabella Lujan has set her sights high and is on the right track to land her dream job: a “The Devil Wears Prada” reality as a beauty editor What once began as an ordinary hobby of playing around with colors, following the steps of beauty bloggers and adding cosmetic tools to her collection, makeup became the creative outlet to Lujan’s life from a young age. This unintentionally revealed a long term vision for herself. …

Fantasy becomes reality for Courier lifestyle editor

A passion for fantasy and imagination has driven PCC student Haley Risch to a love of writing. Whether it be writing short stories as a child or her reverence for nature as an adult, these interests have culminated into her current position as the lifestyle editor at the Courier. Her aspiration is to write intriguing and enjoyable things that people can learn from. At the newspaper she has written how-to pieces on yoga and reviews on things such as alcohol delivery and museums.

How a journalist found the major of her dreams

As a part-time volunteer in pulmonary research at USC Keck Centers, full-time journalist, photojournalist and most proudly a teen adviser at the Pasadena Public Library (PPL), Haneen Eltaib leads a very busy life. Eltaib began to give back to her community about eight years ago by volunteering as a teen adviser at the PPL Central Branch as a way to fulfill community service hours for high school. What started off as a school requirement quickly turned into a long-lasting relationship due to her devotion to …

COVID-19 can’t stop PCC’s journalistic triple threat

Now that she’s cooped in her house due to the quarantine, Caitlin Hernandez has to keep busy so she won’t catch a case of the quarantine blues. Whether she’s updating the COVID-19 landing page, researching for her journalism internship or photographing with her girlfriend, everything she’s currently doing has a purpose. Hernandez is the managing editor of the Courier, as well as a writer and a photographer. She covers a variety of stories, from features to breaking news. On top of all that, she is …

Student’s love for school stifled by campus closure

She snoozes her alarm yet again, and now she’s definitely late for school. There is no time left for student Zoe Ives to plan an outfit. She rushes out her door as quickly as she possibly can. Ives hops into her 1988 Toyota Camry named Butterfly. The morning breeze hits her face as the sound of the music blasting through the speakers wakes her up. Ives moves through the campus as fast as she can. She’s almost out of breath by the time she gets …

Second generation immigrant pens own American Dream

“A writer. I want to be a writer.” I’m met with shocked silence, hesitant smiles, nervous laughs. They asked me questions and delicately danced around the topic. No, I’m not joking. Yes, I’m sure that this is what I want to do. No, I don’t think I’ll change my mind. Of course I’m not trying to disappoint you—that’s the last thing I want to do. Their pained expressions stayed plastered on their faces.

Avenatti crashes, but grifters still flourish

There are few presidents who have duped the American people as thoroughly as President Donald Trump. A son of a famous, powerful dynasty built on inherited wealth and dubious tax schemes managed to convince nearly half of American voters that he is a self-made billionaire businessman who is eager to look after the interests of everyday Americans. Befittingly, the media in the Age of Trump has provided a platform for a parade of similarly shameless grifters seeking to emulate the President’s political and financial success, …