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 …

Slammed PCC students struggle to find the fun in reading

Required reading dredges up dark thoughts of stress-induced headaches, avoidable all-nighters, and hard-earned grades for PCC students, but leisure reading is something different entirely. Extracurricular reading is an aspiration, a fantasy in which homework, jobs, and every other thing that fills up Google Calendars doesn’t exist, in which anticipated books don’t have to be things that will be finished when “someday” comes, and yet some students are still trying to make it a reality. One of these students is Bridget Perez, a third-year child development …

A colonialist legacy and the oxymoron of a monarchy in the modern world

On Sep 8, 2022 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor died. At 70 years and 214 days, her rule is the longest in British history. She took the throne at the age of 25 and presided over 32 sovereign states in her lifetime including 15 at the time of her death. She is survived by 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 corgis. The world was alerted of the Queen’s passing within minutes. I found out about the Queen’s death via Apple …

‘Tune out all the noise’: PCC students set study habits to music

During an end-of-summer afternoon, the sun reflects off the shiny Center for the Arts building as PCC Freshman Alex Peña sits on the grass in front. While enjoying their lunch, they tell the story about their finicky process of finding peace through Rock and K-Pop music while studying for their Public Health Science degree. “Well, I have ADHD, so if I’m not listening to music, I’m listening to everything else,” says Peña. “So when I listen to music, it just helps me tune out the …

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 …

Lancers trounce LA Valley College to end skid

After losing the past four games and only having one win under their belt, the women’s soccer team has come out victorious once again with a 6-2 final score against LA Valley College. The win did more than boost just their status, it brought confidence to the team who have had a rocky start to their season. Being on the road the last two weeks in a hundred degree weather has had an affect on the team as well as their fans. In particular Kristin …

Stiffer water laws needed to hold irresponsible Californians accountable

Los Angeles is one of the most popular destinations in the world. But how do attractions from Hollywood Boulevard to Disneyland impact water usage and waste? In 2014, Disneyland spent 3.35 million dollars on water alone. The exact amount of water being used is unknown because water usage figures are largely private in the state. California is wasting trillions of gallons of water every year. In a dangerous drought exacerbated by global warming, we need to enact tougher water restriction laws. Governor Gavin Newsom has …

Inflation deflates PCC students’ wallets

As prices increase due to rising inflation across the country, PCC students are learning how to manage their budgets as well as cut back on their spending habits in their lives. Inflation has had an historic rise over the last year, reaching an 8.6% increase in June 2022, as noted by an article by AP News, which has led to the costs of everything from gasoline to groceries rising an incredible amount. Every sector’s prices have gone up considerably making it harder and harder for …