Increasing food prices force students to make culinary compromises

For most, grocery shopping is part of a household’s weekly routine. Walking the aisles of the local Ralphs grabbing milk, eggs, and cereal becomes a mindless activity, but what happens when the price tag on the products causes you to do a double take?  According to Time, grocery prices have increased by nearly 11.8% in the last year. This price increase affects staple items, spanning from bread to milk to chicken. While the exact cause of the increase in price is unknown, it is speculated …

Activists get up to speed in eliminating bike deaths in Los Angeles

As cycling becomes more popular, as both a form of transport and exercise, the planet and especially the United States has faced a massive increase in cycling injuries and fatalities. Even though cities across the globe are becoming more progressive and making it easier to safely ride a bike, the United States lags behind, leading the world in preventable cycling deaths.  Some progress has been made across the country, in cities like New York and Minneapolis, though, Los Angeles falls far behind. Only implementing haphazard …

Local initiative helps unhoused individuals during winter weather

Following the intense storms of the last few weeks, many people without homes in Pasadena were left with nowhere to go. But thanks to Pasadena For All, they are working to change that. The group has only been around since 2020 but has been able to achieve some incredible things according to one of its members, Andrew Good, who has been a resident of Pasadena for eight years. “This latest meeting was probably our biggest accomplishment, otherwise, I’d say our accomplishments have been providing a …

Octavia E. Butler Magnet school honors innovative sci-fi writer

In the world of writers of the 21st century, there aren’t many who stand out as beautifully as Octavia E. Butler. The acclaimed science fiction author created a legacy that has impacted millions of people from all walks of life. Her pursuit of incorporating black life across the diaspora into sci-fi stories completely changed the game of storytelling. In November of 2022, Pasadena Unified School district approved to have the formerly known Washington Middle School name changed to the Octavia E. Butler Magnet.  The Octavia …

Professor Potter brings back bees to PCC

Professor Charlene Potter teaches linguistics at PCC while also being a professional beekeeper who has recently been the recipient of the Community Excellence Grant (CEG). The CEG is a grant given to those in the PCC faculty who show innovative and creative ideas that help advance PCC’s mission, vision, and values. Potter was awarded this grant because of her initiative to make PCC’s campus more eco-friendly. “I got a community excellence grant last year in the spring to start a bee club and that grant …

Local artists offer insight on disability justice and ableism

And just like that, PCC is humming with students and instructors again as the start of a new year hits campus. While COVID-19 continues to mutate, masks are available for everyone around campus yet only a fraction of students are seen using them as they walk into their morning lecture. “Ableism now relates to the pandemic…masks are an issue for the disabled and chronically ill community. I have disabled friends who got COVID and it’s making their chronic illness worse. That’s ableism,” explained Sasha, co-creator …

Free transportation for PCC students makes life easier

For his first time attending PCC, freshman Jagger Freedberg faced some complications before he walked into his first class. On top of a part-time job and not owning a car he could use when needed, his only option for commuting back and forth between home and campus was the Metro. But when public transit is the only form of transportation, bus fares could quickly build up within a few short weeks and become another burden for full-time students. To ease transportation expenses, Freedberg felt that …

‘Coexisting with the Cougars’ webinar advises humans on adapting to wildlife

Southern California harbors refuge for nearly 10 million people, yet we must not forget about the countless animal species who consider it their home too.  California Cougars are a majestic breed of mountain lion that has made their home in the California foothills for centuries. They continue to dwell amongst us and coexist despite the occupation of their territory. Unfortunately there are times when coexisting does not guarantee a harmonious liaison and there have been reports of unpleasant encounters between the two.  A non-profit organization …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson puts ego into cosmic perspective

On a cold fall night in Pasadena, the audience inside the Ambassador Auditorium was engrossed within the concepts of the cosmic perspective. Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson strolled across the stage with a candor that felt more like a sit-down with a friend, rather than a lecture on science and its importance with how we function in basically…everything. The cosmic perspective is a method that is intended to knock down our egos and as Neil puts it, “feel more deeply connected to this world.” Using the …