PCC community gathers to mourn the 11 lives lost in the Monterey Park shooting

On Jan 24, four days after the deadliest mass shooting in LA county history and three days after the start of Lunar New Year celebrations, PCC students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Circadian Lounge to honor the 11 lives lost in the shooting at the Star Ballroom Dance Hall.  The event, organized and hosted by CAPE – the Coalition of Asian Pacific Employees, a collaborative group of current and former Asian and Pacific Islander PCC employees – aimed to provide people with a safe …

Mike White’s ‘White Lotus’ is fabulously disappointing

The second installment in Mike White’s anthology series about wealthy residents vacationing at the eponymous White Lotus resort is as stunning and painful as the first.  There is much to praise in season 2 of “The White Lotus”. The incredible soundtrack composed by Cristobal Tapia de Veer springs readily to mind. Then, there is the show’s powerhouse cast who manage to make even the most infuriating characters lovable by merit of their humanity. The three-act structure of each episode that follows its players from morning …

Sustainability trumps aesthetics in restoring PCC’s Mirror Pools

For PCC students, faculty and staff, concerns about sustainability and water conservation trump aesthetics in the upcoming redesign of the campus’s reflecting pool.  On November 30, 2022 PCC’s Board of Facilities met to discuss plans for the rehabilitation of PCC’s reflecting pools. Thirty five years after the pools were last restored—some 50 years after they were originally built in 1937—they now require maintenance to the foundation to prevent further leaks and for repairs to be made to the pool’s pumping system. The plans, debuted at …

Yes on 30: For clean air in California, the time to act was yesterday

California is in its megadrought era and it’s not a great look. 2000-2021 have been the driest years on record in California for the last 1,000 years. This megadrought has also been accompanied by some other alarming record-breaking incidences like the highest rate of tree die offs in the last 100 years, the hottest years on record, and 2020’s astounding August Complex gigafire, that ravaged a million acres of land.  It is more obvious than ever that the time to act was yesterday, but reading …

BLOTTER: Campus stalking and disturbing the peace

Monday, October 17, 2022 A student reported that a man was stalking her around campus. Information was taken and a report was filed.  Staff reported a man sleeping in the grass on Lot 1. He was escorted off campus.  Pasadena Police dispatch reported that they received a call about a verbal dispute between students in Lot 5. The suspects could not be located by the time an officer responded.  Paramedics responded to a call from a student in Lot 4 regarding severe chest pains they …

‘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 …

Men’s soccer team continues no-loss streak, ties against Palomar on Friday

On Friday, September 4, 2022, the Lancers men’s soccer team took to the field at Robinson Stadium to play their third game of the season and tie the Palomar College Comets 2-2.  The Lancers went into the second period trailing the Comets 2-0. But, in the second half, enduring the punishing afternoon sun, the team rallied. “We started off kinda slow. But as the game progressed we played pretty well. Got more aggressive, and we got two goals,” said Michael Sampson, left-forward and first year …