In an empty room, replete with chairs, is a music professor preparing to go on stage and perform. Except he isn’t performing music. He is passionately teaching students about the history of rock music but does it with such dedication and precision, it feels as if it is a lively music performance happening right before the students’ eyes.
He dresses in a formal business attire and dawns a black dress shoe, while carrying a bag filled with his planners and notebooks. Inside his planner consists of day-to-day activities that range from grading class assignments to business-related duties. His demeanor, likewise, is a caricature of other professors who dress professional by society’s view of an authoritative figure.
When asked why she pursued art, Claudia Carballada, a former student and current art professor at PCC, responded, “I just followed my heart.”
Usually professors dress to impress. Some go even as far as to don the entire suit and tie. But when a moustached man wearing a blue hoodie and sweat pants walks into room 420 and sets his bag down at the teacher’s desk, he draws more than one odd look from confused students.
Young adult novelist, poet, former professor, and PEN award winner Ron Koertge graced eager listeners with a reading of his new book “Sex World” at Vroman’s Bookstore on September 16.
With his hands folded on the desk reflecting a friendly and welcoming demeanor, Kyle Luck, the director of bands at PCC, describes his position as a dream come true.
Sitting in a cramped, dimly lit office with two grand tattoo pieces peeking out of his sleeves and several gauged ear piercings, Shane Underwood looks like he could be anybody waiting around for someone.