This story has been updated to include a statement from Marc Angelucci on his status as an honoree from the Southern Poverty Law Center. PCC found a moment of unity in the midst of troubling times when college leadership unanimously passed the resolution denouncing the killing of unarmed Black individuals, but responses to an internal email quickly drew outrage at two professors for their views, according to a partial thread obtained by the Courier.
Editorial: PCC has a problem with responding to anti-Blackness
The coronavirus already exposed many missteps of the college, but with the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement against systemic racism, it’s evident once again that PCC’s leadership hasn’t prioritized relevant issues. On a campus that is only 4% Black, it’s easy to exist on the margins. By failing to address their students’ needs for racism prevention and resource support, PCC’s vice presidents and superintendent/president Erika Endrijonas have let their students down. The course of events leading up to PCC’s response …
PCC work-study student tests positive for COVID-19
A part-time PCC employee has become the campus’s first connection to the novel coronavirus after testing positive, according to an email from officials on Tuesday afternoon.
PCC extends excused withdrawals and refunds deadline
After the Chancellor’s Office temporarily suspended student withdrawal regulations due to the global pandemic, PCC students can now drop classes through excused withdrawals (EW) and have their enrollment fees refunded through June 14, according to the campus website. Prior to the novel coronavirus shutting down campus life, students only had until the second week of the semester to drop with a refund. With this temporary change, refunds will be automatically allowed for each student that drops a course. Currently, classes can only be processed through …
PCC’s new triage teletherapy: ‘You don’t need to be in crisis’
Amid PCC’s coronavirus closure, the Personal Counseling department has shifted gears to help students cope through triage teletherapy appointments until the campus reopens. During normal times, students may access the department’s in-person therapy sessions up to eight times during the regular term and six during intersession. “These telephone triage appointments don’t count towards people’s session limits,” said Jason Vasquez, a counseling psychologist for the department in a zoom call. “We know that people need extra support right now. So that’s why we wanted to provide …
‘Woke witch’ Starchild is incessantly waiting for his big break
Living with your head in the clouds may sound like a pipe dream out of some Hollywood flick to some, but for Marcus Alvarado and his Lana Del Rey scarf, the sky is never the limit. While on his way up to stardom, Alvarado has managed to collect L.A. stereotypes for himself like stars on the Walk of Fame in the humblest of ways. Need a singer? He’s performed at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go. Need an actor? He’s credited on IMDb. Need a spell? He’s studied witchcraft. …
PCC to close campus access amid coronavirus concerns
After Los Angeles County saw an increase of COVID-19 cases, Pasadena City College is restricting student and public access to the college effective March 18 to 29, according to an email sent to staff on Saturday afternoon.
Throw the caucus away
In a crowded gym in Iowa, three people huddle up to decide a game of chance. An object is tossed in the air and all eyes are on it. Knowing that their team needs to win this, the object is caught, and the game begins. Believe it or not, this is not a basketball game at your local gym, but a part of Iowa’s democratic process—an actual coin toss for delegates. Iowa, the first major contest holder of the presidential primary season, is one of …
Pasadena’s COVID-19 response prompts PCC plans
While Pasadena does not yet have reported cases of the novel coronavirus, the city’s public health officer declared a state of emergency as a precautionary measure to aid response efforts in the event of a COVID-19 case, according to a press release on Wednesday.