Time and time again, PCC boasts about our “impressive transfer practices” and high outcomes in student success, and while our consistency to remain an important, recognized community college is impressive, we must also recognize that there is a consistent lack of communication from the administration, specifically when it comes to profound changes on campus such as the implementation of AB 705.
Every semester, the Courier comes away from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) conference with numerous awards for our talents in writing and photography. However, unless our publication is able to acquire the necessary funding from Pasadena City College (PCC), we risk losing vital access to this important conference which allows us to further our skills and journalistic integrity by creating journalists ready to document stories for our campus and beyond.
Currently at Pasadena City College (PCC), there are multiple grants given to projects such as Zero-Textbook Cost and the Pathways program to tackle different barriers students often deal with in academics. While it is necessary to fund for these projects as it aids students in achieving higher education, the failure to fund the Journalism department, a rather small but very important department on campus, counteracts the idea of providing resources. In fact, it proves that there are areas on campus that aren’t being prioritized as …
Though Pasadena City College (PCC) is an institution that likes to think of itself as a campus that seeks to meet the needs of its students, it continues to fall short of that premise by bringing unneeded corporations such as Starbucks and Follett to campus rather than working to improve upon certain student services.
Pasadena City College (PCC) is not perfect. Yet, rather than acknowledging the flaws within its system and community, PCC glamorizes itself by impressing the public with its diverse student body and faculty and news of being one of Aspen’s Top 10 college winners. In contrast to the impeccable image PCC intends to portray, this academic year alone, there has been a failed presidential search, outrage among minority groups on campus, and recent investigative reporting by the Courier uncovering Tychicus Yu, vice president and corporate chef of …
Pasadena City College’s (PCC) mission statement claims they strive “to provide a high quality, academically robust learning environment that encourages, supports and facilitates student learning and success.” Yet, as the search for the college’s new superintendent-president comes to a halt, the Board of Trustees (BOT) have yet again illustrated how out of touch they are with the campus community.
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.
I once sat in my grandfather’s office, sinking into the tanned-leather cushion, my naked feet dangling inches above crème-and-sugar carpeting. My blonde hair up in a ponytail resembling a whale spout, I used my fingers to trace the teal paisley pattern in the wallpaper while my grandfather hummed to Andrea Bocelli.
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.
Relentless with their brash yet divisive decision-making, the Board of Trustees went ahead and voted in Dr. Rajen Vurdien as president of the college, a move that has sparked outcry from faculty, including a vote of No Confidence from the Academic Senate.