Creating safety in an inherently unsafe space—the skatepark

Every Wednesday night, a group of queer and transgender skaters gather outside of a local skatepark in Glendale. Near handball courts and on flat ground, beginning skaters are allowed a safe space where they can practice balancing on their skateboards, learn to land tricks or meet other queer skaters. This group goes by the name Boos Cruise and describes themselves as “a collective representing queer, BIPOC, non-binary, trans, skaters, and aspiring skaters.” Julian Chavez serves as the community leader of Boos Cruise, and shares that …

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 …

PCC’s outdoor program inspires students to connect with nature

In Butano State Park near Santa Cruz, artist and former PCC student, Elexis Padrón, works as a Senior Park Aide-Interpreter, guiding hiking tours and facilitating nature-based art workshops. A science illustration class at UC Santa Cruz helped ignite a realization that maybe she hadn’t chosen the right major–although she values her humanities background now, looking back. Shortly after graduating with a degree in art and community studies (a social-justice focused major), Padrón began the UC Naturalist Program at PCC, earning a certificate that set her …