Hiding in the shadow of PCC’s Aspen Top 10 ranking is a dark problem affecting its students; food insecurity is the ghost haunting community college campuses, and Pasadena City College is no exception.
American gun culture is unique in its glorification of toxic masculinity. That in addition to the stigmatization of mental health and the almost ubiquitous access to military grade weapons is an amalgam that gives rise to constant instances of gun violence all over the country. As these egregious acts of violence increasingly move into classrooms, legislative inaction is branded with debates about arming teachers.
Former Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur said that the schools we go to are reflections of the society that created them. If this is the case, then it’s no wonder that the black PCC community feels unappreciated, unrecognized and invisible.
It’s been more than a year since Superintendent-President Vurdien replaced the former president Rocha and a cloud of legal trouble settled over campus, yet it seems PCC still has more trouble in the forecast, not only following the law, but also being transparent to its students and faculty.
PCC has one of the best collegiate reputations in the state including state of the art facilities, great teachers and a challenging curriculum. But none of this means anything if its students don’t feel they can trust their administration.
This past weekend the Courier staff attended the Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Conference in Burbank where we not only attended panels and workshops but also competed in State Publication contests and On-the-Spot contests. We did extremely well individually and as a whole, winning a total of 19 awards including the Pacesetter Award, which is given to the top four student publications in the state.
While the average person can logically determine that the case made by a transgender girl and her family against a high school in Illinois for not being allowed to use the girl’s locker room has nothing to do with prejudice, it did not change how ostracized the unidentified student felt.
In her book “The Beauty Myth,” Naomi Wolf famously said, “Beauty provokes harassment, the law says, but it looks through men’s eyes when deciding what provokes it.” Clothes, alcohol, drugs and circumstances are not responsible for rape. However, our patriarchal culture frequently puts the responsibility for rape and assault on the victim.