SUPER BLOTTER: Person found unconscious in classroom after huffing laughing gas

Monday, November 20, 2023 2:37p.m.: School staff reported a male that was lying on the ground unresponsive near the tennis courts. The person left the when officer arrived. 10:39p.m.: Pasadena Police requested assistance from PCC to check the main campus for a missing person who was last seen on campus at approximately 1:30p.m. that day. Tuesday, November 21, 2023 12:25p.m.: School staff reported an individual fainted inside of C-345, possibly due to huffing. Paramedics were contacted, and the subject refused transport to the hospital. Subject …

Do campus attempts to stifle protest violate the 1st Amendment?

Colleges around the country have been dealing with increasing risks for students due to the ongoing war in the Middle East, while some have banned protesting altogether citing students safety, PCC vowed to protect free speech as it is staying vigilant. “PCC safety personnel are aware of the need for increased awareness during this time of international conflict,” PCC spokesperson Alex Boekelhide said in an email. “There have been no changes to PCC Police policies or procedures, and the college will adapt its approach if …

PCC students join national walk-out to protest the Israel-Hamas war

Recent escalation in violence in the Middle East spilled over to U.S. campuses, including PCC, as students and faculty address the long and brutal conflict between Israel and Hamas. On Wednesday PCC’s Anti-War Club put up a demonstration, part of a national walk-out calling for Israel to cease fire, repel the occupation, and stop U.S. funding of the jewish state. “We’re calling for an immediate ceasefire,” Colin Montoya, a PCC anti-war club member said.“Of course, this won’t solve the conflict but at least for now, …

PCC set to create first responder training facility in Fall 2024

Pasadena City College is planning a first responder’s hub that will house the new wildland firefighter program, fire technology classes, EMT program, and a paramedic program. “I think it’s a good thing,” said EMT instructor, Joseph Kalilikani. “I think that the opportunity to put students closer to their goals, because most of our students are in the Fire Department route, so being in the neighborhood of the Pasadena training grounds, and the fire science stuff, and if the paramedic program gets off the ground then …

After 3 dormant years, we’re still asking: What happened to the Aquatic Center at PCC?

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, as Swim and Water Polo Coach Terry Stoddard ended another class at PCC’s Aquatic Center and the last students cleared the pool, none of them would’ve known that 3 and a half years later they wouldn’t be allowed back in at all. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and that fateful Thursday the Pasadena City College Aquatic Center has been closed to the public and PCC students. Due to needed repairs and discussions about whether or not the pool …

Kinesiology dean terminated after investigation into misconduct

On August 23rd, 2023 PCC’s board of trustees unanimously voted to terminate the employment of the school’s Kinesiology, Health & Athletics dean Dyan Miller. As previously reported by The Courier, Miller was placed on administrative leave in the beginning of the year following allegations of misconduct from fellow faculty members within the KHA division. During that time, PCC’s human resources department hired a third party to conduct an investigation into the allegations. The firm then reported its findings to the board of trustees which ultimately …

Students still watch the debates, but seek out other sources too

The GOP presidential primary was kicked off last week with the first debate of the 2024 presidential election race. Fox, who hosted the event, reported 12.8 million views, which is approximately half of the views the network received in 2015 when Trump participated. The former president instead chose to have a 1 on 1 interview with former Fox commentator, Tucker Carlson. He later ridiculed the debate on social media claiming his interview drew 257 million views, statistics no one was able to confirm.  With declining …

Mysterious phone booths serve new purpose for studying students

If you have ever taken a class in PCC’s C building, you may have noticed the odd, phone-less telephone booths on the first floor right across from Sexson Auditorium. At a first glance, they look like an old relic from a time when cellphones did not exist, but brilliantly, students have repurposed these artifacts and given them a new life. Richard Laret, PCC’s executive director of facilities services and construction, could not determine exactly how old those telephone booths are. “At a minimum 60 yrs …

Israeli politics looks a lot like American politics if you’re paying attention

The conflict between Israel and its neighbors will enter its 75th year next month. That is roughly the average lifespan of the American male. Like many people around the world, and in Israel, I too grew numb to the repetitive cycles of fighting and ceasefire that have broken out every other summer for as long as I can remember. I grew fatigued by the endless bloodshed caused by greedy leaders and extremists. Nonetheless, the current exchange of fire has my attention because it is undeniable …

PCC athletics dean on leave during ongoing investigation

PCC Kinesiology, Health, and Athletics (KHA) Dean Dyan Miller was placed on administrative leave in January after a leaked email allegedly exposed a violation of the school’s hiring policies. On Dec. 14, 2022 eight KHA faculty members presented a vote of no confidence for Miller in a public comment delivered during the Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting by KHA professor and coach William Moore. “Dean Miller facilitates divisiveness and disunity in the division where good, productive and close relations used to exist,” Moore said during …