Winter session removed from 2021-2022 academic calendar

The Pasadena City College board of trustees voted to approve a significant change to the academic calendar, against the wishes of the PCC Faculty Association. During their Oct. 21 meeting, trustees unanimously agreed to eliminate the winter intersession and add a second summer session beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year. The 2022 spring semester will begin Jan. 10 and end May 8. The first session of summer 2022 will begin May 12, followed by the second summer session June 27. This alteration of the academic …

Eddie Van Halen, Pasadena rock legend and PCC alum, dead at 65

Hometown guitar hero and Pasadena City College Class of ’74 distinguished alum Eddie Van Halen has died at the age of 65 after a lengthy battle with cancer. News of the rock giant’s death broke early Tuesday afternoon in a social media announcement from Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang. “I can’t believe I’m having to write this,” Wolfgang Van Halen said, “but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning.” Van Halen was diagnosed with tongue cancer …

PCC honored with state award for student success

On Sept. 30, a virtual ceremony was held to celebrate Pasadena City College receiving the Dr. John W. Rice Student Success Award. Mrs. Clara Rice, Dr. Rice’s widow and Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and Dr. Rice’s only child, spoke at the ceremony which honored Dr. Rice’s legacy and detailed the origin of the award. During the ceremony, Mackenzie Rivera, president of Associated Students, accepted the award on behalf of PCC. “I am proud to say that PCC has always put students first,” said …

‘Mulan’ live-action remake leaves audiences confused and alienated

A live-action remake of Disney’s 1998 animated film “Mulan” premiered on Disney+ on September 4, and will be available for standard Disney+ subscribers on December 4. The main message from “Mulan” is to embrace oneself and to not be what others want you to become. However, the live action film manages to make the audience feel even more confused and alienated than before.

Blackademia enlightens students amid America’s racist reckoning

Prior to the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor that sparked worldwide outrage in recent months, the Blackademia program at PCC held meetings discussing police brutality. A few months ago, they discussed how the lives of Black people aren’t taken seriously. Some students believe they don’t get the same opportunities to work, go to school and speak as freely as others because of the color of their skin. They expressed their anger, sadness and concern for equality for all Black people. “One of our …