Return to campus complicated by long testing lines

A car broke down this weekend in the Covid-19 testing car line and required a tow-truck service to remove the vehicle. This first week back to school was a classic case of trial and error. As of Jan. 24, Pasadena City College now requires all students and staff to receive a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to coming to class or entering the buildings. PCC has over 26,000 students currently enrolled this spring semester, many of whom are taking in-person classes. There …

PCC confirms return to campus, sparking protest among faculty

Faculty at PCC are set to protest the college’s plan for a return to campus, which includes requiring students and staff to wear masks and take mandatory weekly COVID-19 tests at designated testing sites around the school when they return on Monday, Jan. 24. The PCC Faculty Association proposed an extension to the district in order to continue remote learning until Feb. 12. However, the school district has not signed off on the proposal, prompting concerned faculty and students to respond by organizing a protest …

PCC temporarily postpones in person classes amid omicron surge

Due to LA counties positive Covid cases being at an all time high, PCC has decided to adhere to the suggestion made by the California Community college chancellor’s office’s suggestion to delay in person classes for the first two weeks of the Spring 2022 semester, with plans to resume face-to-face instruction starting on Jan. 24. “The decision to have our face-to-face classes move to synchronous online will be revisited each week,” Superintendent-President Dr. Erika Endrijonas said. “We are monitoring infection rates and local and statewide …

Reopening theme parks is a necessary step towards normalcy

Since COVID cases are slowly starting to decrease and more people are getting vaccinated, theme parks in California are opening up. With theme parks reopening, California residents, specifically families, have more opportunities to spend time together in a public setting. This gives families a new routine and that is different from what they have been doing since the start of the pandemic. Theme parks during the pandemic will have fewer crowds unlike before and will be required to keep social distance on rides. Fewer crowds …

‘LA is not ready to reopen’ says PCC pre-med club

Children’s laughter, screams of joy, light music, fluffy cotton candy, and exciting rides are what people imagine when they talk about an amusement park – a place where good memories are created. There are more than 20 amusement parks located in California, and 4 in Los Angeles. These parks have attracted tons of tourists and visitors in the past, helping the economy of California. Unfortunately, amusement parks were forced to close during the pandemic. However, as the cases in California continue to drop, Governor Gavin …

Vaccine fears phase out with more Lancers willing to give it a shot

It’s been a little over one year since the CDC announced the coronavirus as a global pandemic, and life as we know it was put on hold. Over 2.8 million lives have been lost worldwide due to this pandemic. Millions of people around the world have been trying for months to find a solution to the issue. But now there is finally hope in the form of three new vaccines. For the first time in a long time, the light might finally be showing at …

Pasadena restaurants fight for their place at the table

Pie and Burger is a charming small restaurant in Pasadena that has been serving since 1963. The restaurant specializes in its classic California hamburgers and top-rated pies, and has received various awards in the past years. Due to the pandemic, however, the restaurant has been having to deal with constant changes in regulations. Local restaurants are facing uncertainty and anguish during COVID times and have been impacted dramatically.