‘Sanctuary’ not guaranteed for those living in America’s margins in ‘Sanctuary City’

Pasadena Playhouse’s ‘Sanctuary City’ unflinchingly examines the devastation wrought by unkept promises. In 2001, in Newark, New Jersey a high school girl, known only to the audience as G bangs desperately on the window of her best friend, B, begging to be let in. Something happened at home, something that’s happened a hundred times before and is going to happen a hundred times again. But, in spite of the late hour, his Mother sleeping in the other room, B lets G in where she seeks …

Blotter: heat exhaustion and shattered window on campus

Monday, September 5 Nothing to report. Tuesday, September 6 A student fainted and then was transported to the health center where they were treated by a nurse for heat exhaustion. Pasadena Police Department was called after someone wielding a stick attempted to hit an MTA bus driver on Colorado Blvd. There was a welfare check on a transient laying on the sidewalk, north of Lot 1. Wednesday, September 7 A female student reported that she had been struck in the abdomen while walking westbound on …

‘Tune out all the noise’: PCC students set study habits to music

During an end-of-summer afternoon, the sun reflects off the shiny Center for the Arts building as PCC Freshman Alex Peña sits on the grass in front. While enjoying their lunch, they tell the story about their finicky process of finding peace through Rock and K-Pop music while studying for their Public Health Science degree. “Well, I have ADHD, so if I’m not listening to music, I’m listening to everything else,” says Peña. “So when I listen to music, it just helps me tune out the …

Board of Trustees takes unprecedented interest in Black Family Reunion

In last week’s Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting, PCC faculty reprimanded the BOT for requesting the project proposal of the Black Family Reunion, an event that is meant to recruit students of color, instead of reaching out directly to the event organizers. In July’s meeting, trustee Steve Gibson suggested removing an item from the consent calendar. A consent calendar is a list of items up for approval by the board so that the items can be approved all at once instead of one item at …

Lancers trounce LA Valley College to end skid

After losing the past four games and only having one win under their belt, the women’s soccer team has come out victorious once again with a 6-2 final score against LA Valley College. The win did more than boost just their status, it brought confidence to the team who have had a rocky start to their season. Being on the road the last two weeks in a hundred degree weather has had an affect on the team as well as their fans. In particular Kristin …

PCC lags in response to historic drought

During the ongoing extreme drought in the Western United States, Pasadena City College has taken little concrete action to mitigate the impact their lawns have on the current drought, insisting the school’s character is more important than adapting to a changing environment. “When it comes specifically to the green spaces on campus, that’s a major part of what makes PCC who we are,” School Spokesperson Alex Boekelheide said. Despite the one day a week watering restrictions and a growing movement for sustainable watering and the …

Stiffer water laws needed to hold irresponsible Californians accountable

Los Angeles is one of the most popular destinations in the world. But how do attractions from Hollywood Boulevard to Disneyland impact water usage and waste? In 2014, Disneyland spent 3.35 million dollars on water alone. The exact amount of water being used is unknown because water usage figures are largely private in the state. California is wasting trillions of gallons of water every year. In a dangerous drought exacerbated by global warming, we need to enact tougher water restriction laws. Governor Gavin Newsom has …

PCC students rely on their devices for better or worse

Laying in bed at 10 pm listening to the latest, greatest hits before drifting into slumber is a novel treat that many of us take for granted. In a day and age where humankind is afforded such luxuries at the tip of a finger, one can almost forget that it was not so long ago when such instant gratification was nearly nonexistent. During the course of the last 20 years or perhaps more exclusively the last decade, an entire new platform of electronics has unveiled …