Black History Month celebrations flourish despite pandemic

Students sit in a Zoom waiting room, anticipating the Show Your Grit event to begin. They arrive little by little, each entrance announced with a pleasant jingle on their computer screens, instead of the greetings of hello that they might be accustomed to. Although the occasion was shared through computer screens, the triumph of black heritage between the students and staff shone through.

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 …

Top 10: Lancer women killed it this year

Winning matters! Does your individual production lead to team success? It’s not enough to be a regular starter or be a good role player. To be on this list, you have to be one of the best at PCC, one of best in the South Coast Conference (SCC), and damn near one of the best in the state. And it’s only fair to separate the best into three separate categories. The MVPs, the game changers, and the leaders in descending order. We’re also listing the …

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. …

From Lakers to Lancers: Career Center announces new director

Before being named the public address announcer for the South Bay Lakers and the Los Angeles Football Club, filling in for long time Lakers PA announcer Lawrence Tanter and before being hired as the Director of PCC’s Robert G. Freeman Center for Career and Completion, Jason Barquero failed to convince the San Diego Padres he was the voice for the job. Ever since he was nine or 10-years old, Barquero wanted to get into radio. He aspired to be like his idol Vin Scully, who …

‘Adrenaline rush’ fuels Courier’s dynamic duo

James Membreno and Michael Watkins, photo editors for the Courier, began their two hour drive on a Wednesday afternoon. Membreno was feeling particularly nervous, which only worsened when he saw Watkins pull out a bulletproof vest upon reaching their destination. It probably did not help that Membreno’s expired passport later led to his temporary detainment by customs agents. For them, this was just another spur-of-the-moment adventure that they had decided to embark on. Their plan was to photograph the migrant caravan that had arrived in …

After 10 years away, PCC swimmer jumps back in the pool

Swim cap—on. Swimsuit—fitted. Water polo ball—at hand. Goggles—snug. Oh, and don’t forget to keep the swim parka close for those 6 a.m. practices. Ready, set, deep breath, whistle blown—go! Anna Herrin, PCC sophomore water polo and swim team competitor, never imagined how her life back in the water after a 10 year dry spell, would feel as good as it does now. What seemed like a distant dream to return to the poolside became Herrin’s new reality, as the rookie swimmer was given the opportunity …