PCC’s screen report: What apps are we using?

On a busy Wednesday afternoon students fill PCCs Piazza, a dining hall made to look like an Italian city square. Some students are socializing and eating, but most are working at their computers with earphones in and a notepad to the side. The rest are relaxing with nothing to do but gaze at their phones, but what exactly are they gazing at? PCC students are using social media to fill in the empty moments in their days, spending one to five hours of screen time …

Forget shareholders, Patagonia makes earth its beneficiary

Capitalism prioritizes growth in capital. By definition, it cares about nothing else. So how are we going to go green in an economy that is beholden to accelerating its exploitation of resources? The answer lies partly in more businesses prioritizing environmental sustainability while also remaining profitable. This may sound optimistic, but if we are to thrive in the future this kind of business needs to become more common. Patagonia is a company that specializes in outdoor recreational clothing. The company’s founder, Yvan Chouinard, is demonstrating …

Board of Trustees takes unprecedented interest in Black Family Reunion

In last week’s Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting, PCC faculty reprimanded the BOT for requesting the project proposal of the Black Family Reunion, an event that is meant to recruit students of color, instead of reaching out directly to the event organizers. In July’s meeting, trustee Steve Gibson suggested removing an item from the consent calendar. A consent calendar is a list of items up for approval by the board so that the items can be approved all at once instead of one item at …

PCC volleyball perseveres against Moorpark, preserves 4-game win streak

The PCC women’s volleyball team defeated the higher ranked Moorpark Raiders 3-1 last week to secure a four win streak by sticking together and remaining mission driven throughout the match, according to head coach Mike Terrill. The players wore matching ribbons in their hair, and after each rally—whether or not they got a point—the players on the court would do a quick huddle for support. “We came from behind in those last couple sets, and we just showed a stick-to-itiveness,” Terrill said. “I think we …

Preparing for launch: PCC prof tests space missions here on Earth

Up in the foothills of Pasadena, Dr. Christopher Matthes and his team begin the procedure to launch a probe to asteroid Psyche. Dr. Matthes does the countdown, and his team members report that Psyche is on its way to the asteroid. Although Matthes and his team did everything required to launch the Psyche probe, in reality, no probe was launched. The probe was never perched on a rocket ship but instead was laid out flat across a tabletop at JPL. The Psyche mission is set …