Does your vote matter? PCC students say yes. And no.

Enthusiasm towards voting varied while asking, “does your vote matter?” to students and staff across campus. This group included first-timers to non-voters as well. One student was caught on her way out of the poll place on campus at Creveling Lounge. When asked about what compelled her to vote early–or vote at all, Amelie Shelton credited her parents. “It’s more so just the fact that my parents always made it out to be something that is important. And that always kind of stuck with me. …

PCC voters hit the polls for the first time

Election day in the U.S. midterms is coming up fast and as such a brand new wave of voters are present and ready for their voices to be heard, some for the first time. Voting is an integral piece of our nation’s legislative process, which is completely reliant on people’s willingness to get out to the polls and make choices they think will benefit them. Whether it’s by visiting polling stations or voting by mail, the people’s voice is what decides how our elected leaders …

Fate of Measure PCC, LA mayor and CA governor to be decided in November

PCC students and millions of other California citizens will be voting in the upcoming California Midterm Election on Nov. 8. They will be making decisions on propositions that could affect their daily lives as well as voting in candidates who will be in charge of representing their interests. For some, this election is their first time making these decisions, as in the case of freshman Maki Chen. “I’ve seen nothing for the upcoming election,” Chen said. “I probably need to learn more about it. I’m …

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ still persists in politics

Andrew Gillum, former mayor of Tallahassee and gubernatorial candidate, was considered a rising star in the Democratic party. In March, several media outlets reported that Gillum was one of three men who was found inebriated with crystal meth in a Miami hotel room. One of the men was a known gay male escort. Gillum’s critics casted judgments on his sexuality, which raised questions about the acceptance of the LGBTQ community in politics. So while America alleges to be this open, inclusive and diverse society, in …

Student trustee candidates advocate for equity and diverse representation

In a forum Tuesday afternoon in the quad, candidates for student trustee explained their qualifications, motivations for running and how they will advocate for students’ interests if elected. The student trustee serves as a liaison between the Board of Trustees and PCC’s Associated Students. At Board of Trustees meetings, they represent the student body, holding the power to make and second motions, participate in discussion and have an advisory vote. The Student Trustee also sits on the Associated Students executive board in an advisory capacity. …