PCC’s Black community mobilizes support, demands reform after killing of Black individuals

As evident with the thousands of protests that have ignited around the world, emotions such as anger, sadness, frustration, grief and fear only briefly touch upon what millions are experiencing as a result of the recent killing of Black individuals. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery lived across the country, but even PCC’s Black community feels the shared loss of their brothers and sisters. With the deaths of Floyd, Taylor and Ahmaud spanning within months of each other, it became apparent to many that …

Flyovers: Common sense flies out the window

On May 15, the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds honored health care workers, first responders and essential employees by conducting flyovers over Los Angeles and San Diego. The flyovers were part of Operation America Strong, a collaborative effort announced by President Donald Trump to display solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though they should be appreciated as a positive effort to raise the country’s morale amidst such a challenging time, they unknowingly encouraged irresponsible behavior that threatened public safety. Concerns were raised about …

PCC’s Personal Counseling embraces next phase of student support

This story has been updated to accurately reflect statements made by Jason Vasquez. Zoom fatigue—it’s the idea that the sudden shift to virtual conferences has a more taxing toll on one’s mental health than in-person meetings. Home offices and bedrooms have been converted to makeshift workspaces, blurring the boundaries between work and personal life. As California moves into its ninth week in quarantine, the shock of the transitional period is weaning off for some. However, PCC’s Personal Counseling department is prepared for the emotional effects …

PCC loans 275 laptops to students so far during shutdown

PCC’s Information Technology Services (ITS) department is providing laptops for technology insecure students and faculty to loan amidst the campus’ closure, which began on March 19. During this period of remote instruction, access to technology is critical for students and faculty to resume their classes online. Students without it are faced with the possibility of having to drop their courses or revert to pass/no pass credit for the spring semester. “I was pretty stressed out at first knowing that we were moving online and I …

Yang’s statements about being American are wrong

A man threw punches and kicks at a pet owner and her dog as they were walking in L.A. Teenage girls hurled racial slurs and physically harassed a 51-year-old woman in the Bronx. An Instagram page threatened a mass shooting in New York’s Chinatown and claimed to kill any Asian person on sight. The President of the U.S. called COVID-19 the “Chinese Virus.” As Asian-Americans, we are often seen as the “model minority,” immigrants in the U.S. who have broken the socioeconomic barriers held traditionally …

‘Adrenaline rush’ fuels Courier’s dynamic duo

James Membreno and Michael Watkins, photo editors for the Courier, began their two hour drive on a Wednesday afternoon. Membreno was feeling particularly nervous, which only worsened when he saw Watkins pull out a bulletproof vest upon reaching their destination. It probably did not help that Membreno’s expired passport later led to his temporary detainment by customs agents. For them, this was just another spur-of-the-moment adventure that they had decided to embark on. Their plan was to photograph the migrant caravan that had arrived in …

Henry Diltz’s ‘little masterpieces’ commemorate rock and roll icons

Four men sat around a clubhouse office in Los Angeles, deep in thought. American rock band The Doors were in need of an album cover. Photographer and musician Henry Diltz and his partner, graphic artist Gary Burden, were tasked with bringing the group’s vision to life. However, if the band’s unnamed album was any indication, The Doors were stumped as to what that concept would even be.

Victoria’s Secret must diversify or die

It looks like this year we won’t be graced with models strutting down the Victoria’s Secret fashion show (VSFS) runway clad in some of the most impractical and ridiculous “lingerie” pieces. On Nov. 21, the retailer’s parent company L Brands announced that the 2019 VSFS would be canceled. This marks the first year without an hour-long special since 1995. L Brands’ decision was influenced by the desire to “evolve the marketing of Victoria’s Secret” in light of a “decline in performance,” as stated in L …

PCC Rosemead Club: ‘Small but mighty’

Two years ago, PCC’s Rosemead campus was devoid of any clubs at all. The campus usually consists of a little more than 2,000 students, all of whom are only there for about one to two years to take general and introductory courses. Student Christopher Theung felt that something was missing from campus life, that the student experience was lacking. Social and school events were constantly being held at the main campus, but event outreach to Rosemead was minimal.