Associated Students unanimously passes divestment resolution

Share: In a unanimous vote, the Associated Students at Pasadena City College passed a resolution that pressures PCC and the school’s foundation to divest from major polluters and defense contractors by July 2025.   The vote comes a week after around 300 students demonstrated on campus calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and an end to the foundation’s investments in companies linked to Israel’s military and profiting off war. “The Associated Students of Pasadena City College calls on Pasadena City College Foundation to refrain from making …

Planned demolition of W building leaves uncertain future for dance program

Share: Pasadena City College’s (PCC) Facilities Master Plan, endorsed by voters in 2022, is facing a wave of apprehension from students and faculty in the dance department as the college gears up to demolish the W and L buildings. The W building, which houses the dance department, has become a point of particular contention.  At a recent Board of Trustees meeting in April, students enrolled in the dance program voiced their concerns about the impending demolition, citing worries over the lack of suitable replacement facilities. …

Traditional music meets modern beats at Getty College Night

Share: Against panoramic city views and the stunning architecture of the Getty Center, thousands of students mingled as a symphony of electronic Cherokee and Muscogee music filled the air. This was no ordinary night at the museum; it was Getty College Night, a night for students from colleges and universities across the region to come together in celebration of art, culture, and creativity with a plethora of activities, live performances, and art exhibitions. The event alternates between the Getty Villa and Center each year, this …

In attempts to censor press, LA City Attorney puts police before the public

Share: In a democracy, the government serves the people. But in Los Angeles, City Attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto seems to have a different idea. For Feldstein Soto, police interests come first and the public interest comes last. The City of Los Angeles has found itself embroiled in two lawsuits against Ben Camacho, a reporter for local news website Knock LA. His supposed crime? Obtaining over 9,000 LAPD personnel headshots through a lawful request under the California Public Records Act (CPRA).  These headshots were provided by …

McDaniel is out at NBC, but corporate media is all-in on killing democracy

Share: NBC News’s decision to sever ties with Ronna McDaniel, the former chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, might seem like a step towards journalistic integrity, but the truth is that corporate media remains as complicit in MAGA attacks on American democracy as ever. The hiring and sudden firing highlight the inherent tension between journalistic objectivity and the pursuit of profit. In an era marked by intense polarization and heightened political scrutiny, corporate media organizations often find themselves walking a tightrope between serving the public …

Bonds to bombs: A quaint community college’s global impact

Share: The PCC Foundation, a non-profit that raises funds for Pasadena City College (PCC), holds investments in several major polluters and weapons manufacturers including ExxonMobil and RTX Corp (formerly Raytheon), a Courier analysis of the foundation’s financial disclosures found. The findings come at a time when students across the nation, including PCC, are urging their institutions to divest from companies implicated in climate degradation and Israel’s ongoing bombardment of the Gaza Strip. Since the escalation of violence in Israel and Palestine on Oct. 7, 2023, …

Fired kinesiology dean files discrimination claim against PCC

Share: The Board of Trustees is set to name a new permanent dean of kinesiology, health and athletics (KHA) at their March meeting after former dean Dyan Miller was terminated in August 2023 following a months-long investigation into Miller’s conduct at Pasadena City College (PCC).  In a claim for damages served to PCC’s Office of Risk Management Services in mid-February, Miller accused the college, members of the KHA department and the Assistant Superintendent and Human Resources Vice President Robert Blizinski for creating a hostile work …

Softball losing streak continues but shows promise against Compton

Share: In a hard-fought game, the Lancers squared off against Compton in a game filled with highs, lows, and plenty of action on the field. Despite their best efforts, the Lancers ultimately fell short, but not without showcasing their improvement as a team. “I think our team played a lot better together. We had a little curse going on in the third inning, but we were able to get out of it,” second baseman Leiana Rodriguez said. “I feel like my team had my back …

BLOTTER: Dude, where’s my car? Oh there it is

Share: Monday, February 26, 2024 12:53 a.m.: A female in a vehicle at the CEC campus in Lot C was seeking a place to stay for the night. An officer advised her of the no overnight parking policy and she left. 3:16 a.m.: A vehicle occupant in Lot 3 was looking for a place to sleep. An officer advised the driver of the policy and the person left the premises.  3:37 a.m.: An officer informed two females in a vehicle in Lot 5 that the …

‘Boycott fatigue’ misses the point of boycotting Israel

Share: As the number of Palestinians killed in Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip exceeds one in one hundred, calls to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement are gaining new traction. Amidst this renewed interest, a contrasting sentiment has emerged—the concept of “boycott fatigue.” It is a position rooted in a place of privilege that devalues the power of boycotts and largely misunderstands what Palestinian civil society is asking of its allies. Despite common misconceptions, the BDS movement does not advocate for a …