Friends In Deed lends a helping hand to Pasadena neighbors

Share: At the Hastings Ranch Vroman’s, at 9pm, 2 weeks before Christmas, a single snowflake remains on their Giving Tree. The snowflake bears the Christmas wish of a 4-year-old named Matthew who wants a gift card for clothes, shoes, lego sets, or a bicycle. For 20% off, a customer can buy Matthew his gift card to be delivered by local non-profit interfaith organization, Friends In Deed. Since 1894, Friends In Deed has operated out of Pasadena, and their main goal is to provide services to …

4-year universities and community colleges swap degree programs

Share: Amid transfer season, higher education alternatives are beginning to materialize for students who struggle with paying high tuition. While community colleges typically offer associate’s degrees and four-year universities with bachelor’s degrees, the opposite may soon be true. In other states, four-year universities such as Butler University in Indianapolis and the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis have either implemented or are preparing to implement new, two-year colleges after Chicago’s Loyola University started the model in 2015. The effort comes in response to rising college …

Teachers: Decorate for all holidays or don’t decorate at all

Share: Although we have moved on from saying “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” in schools to be more inclusive of all celebrations, some teachers still focus on one holiday more than others. Students are still being excluded in their classrooms if they don’t celebrate Christmas, and then little effort is put into fixing that after. One teacher posted a TikTok, surprising her one Jewish student with a plush latke because she had decorated the entire classroom in Christmas decorations and thought this would make up …

PCC aims to modernize campus as tech rapidly advances

Share: With the amount of technology used at schools now, PCC has taken that into consideration and thought of implementing more modern features throughout the campus, such as accessible outlets and charging ports, and remodeling older buildings into future projects.  Students noticed a lack of accessible outlets in classrooms and academic buildings to charge their devices, which are crucial to their learning. This is mainly due to the year in which most of PCC’s academic buildings were built, in the 1920s.  “Building standards and student …

Pumpkins galore: Explore SoCal’s most unique pumpkin patches

Share: October is the month of all things pumpkin. And there’s no better way to celebrate the autumn season than going to a pumpkin patch! Whether you plan to participate in hands-on activities or just capture the perfect fall photo, we’ve gathered five of SoCal’s best pumpkin patches that you don’t want to miss. Note that these are not in any specific order. Cal Poly Pomona’s Pumpkin Festival delivers not only photo-worthy sights, but also multiple attractions for a busy, yet fun day. Apart from …

Anti-feminist TikTok trend disrespects years of progress

Share: A recent surge of women complaining about their right to go to work and go to school is concerning. On TikTok, some women have started making statements and jokes about being upset that women in the past fought for their right to work and get an education. “I would’ve voted against women working. Let me stay home and rot,” said TikTok user esthermadelinelow in her caption. Even more women in her comment section agree. This kind of behavior is disgusting and is doing nothing …

Pouring rain puts the madness in March Madness

Share: During the month of March rain poured down on us nearly everyday, though this was great for flowers, it was seemingly not so great for our athletes.  Throughout the month many games were getting delayed left and right. Leading to softball and baseball to go on stretches of playing 3-4 games back to back due to the delays. For track athletes however, most had to power through the competition. Liz Ghazanchian, the Captain of PCC’s Track and Field team, spoke of her experience competing …

An ode to poetry, PCC students get personal

Share: No matter your background, everyone has read their fair share of poetry, whether that be in the classroom or out of their own interest. Poetry’s impact on some people’s lives is evident, however, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.  Poems have been a form of self-expression since the dawn of time, from romance to activism, it has served as a way for people to spread their beliefs and share a piece of themselves with the world.  “Poetry is so significant to society,” …

Hair products and hairstyles are in a constant trend cycle, is this harmful?

Share: In recent years, people have been taking more risks with their hair. From perms to dyes, almost everyone has experimented a little. However, with the recent surge of trendy hair products such as olaplex, many people have been lured into using products not made for their hair.  “I think there’s too much different chemicals for your hair,” said PCC student Anita Carachure, “I don’t think that a lot of people should be using all that.” Hair care looks different on everyone, considering no one …

Beam me up: AlienCon attendees encounter otherworldly experiences

Share: Dressed up as little green men and stormtroopers, humans ages 0 to 100 gathered in the Pasadena Convention Center to share a collective fascination for all things extraterrestrial. There are several people who claim to have seen aliens up in the sky or theorize how these creatures could potentially look like. AlienCon is for those with an interest beyond fictional space conflicts.  Held in the Pasadena Convention Center, AlienCon opened its doors to thousands of fans on March 4 and 5. Many discussions were …