Traveling Student: Tips on traveling safely in pandemic

2020 was a year of unsureness and distress, it had some great outcomes for many people especially those who are young like me! Despite suffocating in a mask and suffering the embarrassment from the eyes purging at you as you either coughed or sneezed in public, the pandemic invited virtual learning as a requirement on PCC’s campus which allowed many students like me to stay home and obtain a degree. But why just stay home when there is a whole world out there and plane …

PCC star point guard bounces from France to Cal Poly Pomona

PCC point guard Cosette Balmy’s journey from the small French island of Martinique, to Cal Poly Pomona has been anything but typical. She has managed to navigate a new country, high school and now a global pandemic for the opportunity to play basketball the game she loves At the age of 14, French speaking Balmy left the comfort of her family home to come to California. “When I came, I didn’t speak any english,” Balmy said as she recalls arriving in Gardena, California to play …

The dead speak: ‘Ofrenda’s 2020’ exhibit

A black and white photo of Skylar Herbert clipped to a marigold hangs from a woody vine. Her ear to ear smile shows a little girl full of happiness. “The Roots of Our Resistance,” a piece by Consuelo Flores, displays, according to Flores, photos of those most impacted by COVID-19; the Latino and the black community. At the forefront of her piece is the photo of Skylar Herbert. Skylar was five years old when she contracted COVID-19 from her parents. Her mother, LaVondria Herbert, a …

How-To: Easy yoga to do at home

There are many ways to workout at home during this pandemic, one of which is yoga. Yoga can be done at home with a mat and some calming music. Yoga is relaxing and it can help you feel at ease after a long day of work. You can do it by yourself, with a family member or a friend, whether it’s in person or virtually. Yoga is a good way of letting go and relieving stress. There are a few yoga stretches that can be …

Winter session removed from 2021-2022 academic calendar

The Pasadena City College board of trustees voted to approve a significant change to the academic calendar, against the wishes of the PCC Faculty Association. During their Oct. 21 meeting, trustees unanimously agreed to eliminate the winter intersession and add a second summer session beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year. The 2022 spring semester will begin Jan. 10 and end May 8. The first session of summer 2022 will begin May 12, followed by the second summer session June 27. This alteration of the academic …

Local Armenian-Americans call for recognition of disputed territory

The conflict in the Artsakh region continues despite a Russia-negotiated cease-fire, and the local Armenian community is organizing to raise awareness of the dangerous escalation. On Sept. 27, the territorial dispute over the region of Artsakh, also known as Nagorno-Karabakh, ignited again when it was attacked by the military forces of Azerbaijan. Within the borders of Azerbaijan and adjacent to Armenia, Artsakh is an area of Indigenous Armenians that declared independence from Azerbaijan in December 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Azerbaijan has …

BLM: PCC athletes join the pros in push for equality

On Mar. 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in Louisville, Kentucky, when police officers enacted a no-knock warrant on her apartment. Her death was only brought to light with the murder of George Floyd, and while the officers involved in Floyd’s death were arrested, no officers have been arrested for shooting and killing Taylor. Both deaths have sparked a worldwide Black Lives Matter movement, with many calling for the arrests of the officers involved in Taylor’s shooting, Brett Hankinson, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles …

Eddie Van Halen, Pasadena rock legend and PCC alum, dead at 65

Hometown guitar hero and Pasadena City College Class of ’74 distinguished alum Eddie Van Halen has died at the age of 65 after a lengthy battle with cancer. News of the rock giant’s death broke early Tuesday afternoon in a social media announcement from Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang. “I can’t believe I’m having to write this,” Wolfgang Van Halen said, “but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning.” Van Halen was diagnosed with tongue cancer …