Associated Students increase satellite campus engagement

This year, the Associated Students (AS) has made a focused effort to include the college’s satellite campuses, such as the Foothill and Rosemead sites, in all the activities occurring on the main campus. Efforts to keep the inclusion going are already in effect, with AS President Kiely Lam instructing the newly elected student body about the importance of keeping the sites involved. “One of the things we try to do with our more traditional events [Relaxation Week, homecoming, etc] … is try to focus our …

PCC Eco fair: Change starts with the individual

PCC’s Associated Students (AS) hosted their first eco fair, Hippy Hop, at the mirror pools this past Thursday, consisting of educational workshops and informative booths by a vegan outreach group, an international humanitarian organization and members of the AS sustainability committee. The purpose behind the event was to educate people about the severity in which the planet is being destroyed. Event coordinator Samantha Salomon explained this further in her presentation about plastic and pollution. Salomon discussed the rapidly growing “trash islands” which are phenomenons in …

Associated Students candidates campaign for change

Hopeful student candidates lined up and presented their electoral speeches about student affairs on Tuesday afternoon at the campus quad, conveying to the audience why they should be elected for next year’s Associated Students (AS) executive board. Carrie Afuso, a student life advisor at PCC, spearheaded the student forum by introducing the candidates. In the electoral campaign, 12 students are running for a legislative or executive branch, some office positions remaining uncontested. Board positions that remain uncontested are VP for Academic Affairs, VP for Executive …

Campus efforts bring student health to the forefront of discussion

Last week, various campus organizations hosted events that promoted awareness in the name of student health and safety. Student Health Services brought Health and Wellness Week to the quad with booths and vendors ready to educate students. It drew representation from various programs on campus including personal counseling that offered meditation, as well as athletic trainers and nursing students with physical health tips. Beyond conventional notions of health, the fair also featured booths for the Lancer Pantry and Veterans Resource Center. “It’s a way to …

Sustainability committee tackles food insecurity on campus

The Associated Students’ sustainability committee hosted a food drive Thursday afternoon in the quad to collect supplies for the Lancer Pantry, a food bank on campus. The committee is a subsection of the Associated Students (AS) and their most recent focus has been addressing food insecurity amongst the student community. “In a typical meeting, we plan events, figure out the logistics and brainstorm,” said Ilianna Talamentes, a member of the committee. AS vice president for sustainability Tara Agahi explained how food insecurity is more common …

Starbucks locations arriving on campus within the year

In the coming year, PCC’s campus caterer I-8 Food Services is set to bring Starbucks to food vendors on campus. I-8 is a catering company that exclusively provides food for all events on campus, as reported by The Courier. In an email, I-8 production manager Tana Lim confirmed the news, though she declined to comment on the specifics of the project. “Yes, we will have Starbucks full service units on this campus, within this Academic year,” Lim said. Executive Vice President of Associated Students (AS), …

Water you doing Tuesday night? Attend new student-prof workshops

In hopes of fostering a more welcoming environment on campus, Associated Students (AS) will begin hosting “Community Night,” a newly-established social event directed towards promoting an interactive dialogue between professors and students every Tuesday night at the Circadian lounge. Revolving around the theme of water, the event will run for six nights and consist of two segments, according to AS Vice President for Business Affairs Alejandro Chavez. Featuring a wide range of speakers from each department, the central aim of the event is to create …

International students’ tuition increases yet resources remain scarce

International students are in pursuit of better resources as a result of the Board of Trustees’ decision in January to raise their tuition cost-per-unit. At their Jan. 26 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a raise in international students’ tuition cost-per-unit from $234 to $266. This price would be in combination with the standard enrollment fee of $46 per unit. International students must take a minimum of 12 units per semester in order to keep their student status at PCC. Taking this into consideration, international …