Racism and rebuke: An email reveals ‘all lives matter’ faculty

This story has been updated to include a statement from Marc Angelucci on his status as an honoree from the Southern Poverty Law Center. PCC found a moment of unity in the midst of troubling times when college leadership unanimously passed the resolution denouncing the killing of unarmed Black individuals, but responses to an internal email quickly drew outrage at two professors for their views, according to a partial thread obtained by the Courier.

PCC’s Black community mobilizes support, demands reform after killing of Black individuals

As evident with the thousands of protests that have ignited around the world, emotions such as anger, sadness, frustration, grief and fear only briefly touch upon what millions are experiencing as a result of the recent killing of Black individuals. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery lived across the country, but even PCC’s Black community feels the shared loss of their brothers and sisters. With the deaths of Floyd, Taylor and Ahmaud spanning within months of each other, it became apparent to many that …

Black students and staff call for PCC to take action

Feeling overlooked and unsupported by PCC, living in fear and getting harassed by police are just some of the experiences Black students and staff shared on the “Our Black Lives Matter – Listening Forum” that occurred on Thursday, June 4. As each panel member shared and read a portion of the resolution presented to the Academic Senate for them to denounce the killings of Black people, things simultaneously grew very emotional and heated. Frustrated by the lack of action and Black student and staff support …

Radio host targets student-working class

It is almost 7 p.m. on Sunday, Emily Bonilla’s nerves increase as she prepares all of her cameras and microphones and makes sure the live-stream is all set before her radio show starts. She takes a deep breath and reminds herself that the conversation she is about to have will raise awareness in the young community, which helps her to control her nerves. Now she is ready to address the issue of femicides. 20-year-old Bonilla along with Sofia Alvarado, both PCC students, host the podcast …

PCC professor charts new course for online teaching

Being a pioneer of the Distance Education Department (DED), currently one of the most essential departments for student success at PCC during the pandemic, is one of many accomplishments for Assistant Geography Professor Dr. Rhea Presiado. Just like students, the majority of faculty were suddenly forced into the online transition without prior training and proper equipment. Presiado, along with her 14 colleagues from the DED, has been mentoring and supporting other faculty who need help with remote instruction. This department has coordinated training on how …

Courier editor-in-chief swaps scrubs for news stories

It was time for the proposal. Everyone gathered around and the long-awaited moment finally came. He looked into her eyes, dropped down on one knee and said the four magic words: “Will you marry me?” Then—snap! Photojournalist Victoria Ivie captured the perfect moment when her cousin proposed to his current wife. It is like second nature for Ivie to always have a camera around, ready to shoot. She has always been into photography and everyone around her knows it too.

Millennial Mija: Podcast host turns past pain into power

“I knew this was something,” said feminist artist, author, teacher and performer Angela Aguirre. “I didn’t know what it was gonna be but … I surprised myself because the only time I’m confident is when I’m doing a poem or speaking some type of message like that or being empowering towards other people but in my regular daily life, you know, I’m pretty insecure about a lot of things and so I think it gave me kind of this super power that I didn’t know …

Associated Students outreach teams lend a virtual hand

“I feel you! It’s no fun being stuck at home. It’s ok to be sad, but if you’re feeling happy, spread it around!” That is the message that Associated Students of Pasadena City College (ASPCC) President Dionne Shelton wants to communicate to all PCC students. The ASPCC Executive Board is responsible for many things, including advocating for over 25,000 students and the oversight of more than 80 clubs and organizations on campus. The board serves as a liaison between the students, faculty and administration regarding …

Balancing fandom, fatherhood and full-time education

Student Kevin Seavers grew up with a great passion for sports. He remembers a childhood filled with memories of himself playing baseball, basketball and football. His love for sports always filled his days, which included waking up to watch ESPN and re-runs that involved Pete Rose, a baseball player who he admired and could also relate to. “I liked him because he wasn’t as big as some of the other players, but he was tough and gritty,” said Seavers. “That’s how I felt about myself. …