The Courier presents: Our 2023 predictions

Fashion: From different patterns to brand new aesthetics, the future of fashion as predicted by the Courier Prediction: Pattern Pandemonium Description: For a while gen Z has been delving into experimental fashion fusions. Much of the trends have been upcycled from prior generations and reworked into their own versions of what’s already been done. What will set this generation apart from the rest is the complete disregard for pairing patterns with like patterns. Outfits will scream for attention, not for the skin that’s being exposed but …

Post-COVID enrollment ticks up compared to spring ’22

Stalling enrollment rates at PCC are showing signs of a slight increase in Spring 2023 as more students make their way back to campus following the impacts of COVID-19 and successive declines in enrollment. In a Board of Trustees meeting on Jan 18, admissions data was presented by the Dean for Enrollment Services Dr. Myriam Altounji, and the Assistant Superintendent-Vice President of Instruction Dr. Laura Ramirez, which showed a jump in student count from last Spring, and Fall 2022. Although the Spring 2023 semester continues …

ChatGPT: The beginning of the end of creativity

The new A.I. chatbot ChatGPT has taken the technophile world by storm. However, this new technology poses a great threat of deception to both students and institutions.  ChatGPT was launched to the public by the artificial intelligence company OpenAI this past November. Since then, we’ve seen how far we’ve come in terms of technological advances. We have also seen how quickly students have used these programs to enable laziness instead of as an educational tool. Users can give the bot all kinds of prompts, even …

Hop into the year of the rabbit in PCC’s Lunar New Year celebrations

Save the date for Tuesday, Jan 31. PCC’s Lunar New Year celebration will be taking place from 12-1pm. The event will be held in the quad and hosted by PCC Professor Cathy Wei and educational advisor Cathy Chen. “This event has been at PCC for 4 years. Every year has different things based on resources. We started planning this at the beginning of December. At the 2022 festival, everyone had masks. We once even had an online Chinese New Year celebration,” Wei says when discussing …

From California bottom feeders to conference contenders

The Pasadena City College Men’s Basketball team is coming off an abysmal 2021-2022 season, finishing at an historic low record of 1-26. The whole season was filled with confusion at the coaching spots, constant lineup changes, and almost no consistency.  However, looking at the new and improved coaching staff and lineup fans would never know how things went down last year. The Lancers are currently on an impressive 8 game win streak which is the longest in over 23 years.  For this recent success we …

Courier Cookin’: Spice up leftovers with kimchi fried rice

A hungry mind can create an appetite for students putting in the time, and energy at school. PCC is a diverse ecosystem of culinary cultural backgrounds, and when hunger hits, there are certain dishes that are the unequivocal comfort food that have one’s unique spin on an otherwise common recipe. The recipe below was submitted by Ken Juan, a biology major and student in HOSP 015 – Industry Culinary Foundations 1 with professor Chef Colleen Nanno, he plans to transfer to UC Davis, with hopes …

New spring mask policies divide PCC students

PCC recently announced that its indoor mask mandate will no longer be in effect for the Spring 2023 semester in a Nov. 28 email. These policies will instead be relaxed by having masking be strongly recommended rather than required in crowded indoor public spaces.  This announcement comes at a pivotal time as Covid-19 cases, hospital admissions, and deaths are trending upwards as a part of a winter surge across the United States in conjunction with the regular flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) seasons.  PCC …

Electrical damage in Lot 5 forces top floor closures until spring

Pasadena City College’s parking lot five is currently undergoing renovations due to electrical issues uncovered during a rainstorm in early November.  A rainstorm caused a brief power outage on a couple floors in lot five, exposing some deeper electrical issues on level four and five. The power outage led to the PCC officials’ decision to close the levels off for electrical renovation.  “There was a power outage that basically took a couple of floors offline. It came on all of a sudden during a rainstorm, …

‘Andor’ shines bright in a galaxy far, far away

Despite being announced in 2018, “Andor” was finally released on Disney+ on Sep. 21, 2022. The show follows Diego Luna’s character Cassian Andor in the years leading up to the film that originally introduced him, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. To put it simply, this show kicks ass and is the best offering on Disney+. It’s enthralling, complex, and most of all, exciting. It’s the space political thriller I didn’t know I needed or wanted for that matter. Between its 12 episodes, the show …