#Piercewire, May 13

Chancellor explains withdrawal of district offer from president

Francisco Rodriguez, chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, had requested that Pierce College president Kathleen Burke accept the position of vice chancellor of educational services with the district.

But Rodriguez withdrew the offer and sent a letter to Pierce faculty and staff on May 4 to explain the withdrawal.

In the letter, Rodriguez said he nixed the offer “in the interest of maintaining stable leadership at Pierce College.”

Rodriguez’ letter is available to read here.

Student Trustee candidate contests election results

East Los Angeles College’s Ryan Navarette defeated Pierce College’s Milo Anderson by three votes, 1,880 to 1,877, for the Student Trustee seat on the L.A. Community College District’s Board of Trustees.

But the election is not final, according to Anderson. The full story can be read here.

East Coast coffee chain films autumn-themed commercial

Massachusetts-based coffee chain Dunkin’ Donuts opened its first Los Angeles-area stores in September, 2014.

The company with the pink and orange logo shot a fall-themed commercial at Pierce College in the grass field adjacent to the North Gym on Thursday, May 7.

The commercial will air in the second half of the year.

-Reporting by Scott Aaronson

Tournament offers Speech 101 students cash prizes, extra credit

The Speech Communications Department and the Associated Students Organization will host Pierce College’s third annual speech tournament Friday, May 15, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Great Gall.

The tournament is open to students enrolled in Speech 101.

First, second and third place finishers will earn prizes of $200, $100 and $75 respectively. All participants will receive extra credit.

Speech 101 students can talk to their professors to participate.

#PierceSpeech

Veterans Club hosts barbecue, raffle

The Veterans Club will host a barbecue and raffle Wednesday, May 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Mall.

Tickets are $5 and include either a hot dog or a burger with chips and a soda.

Are you a military veteran? If so, let us know on Facebook and Twitter with #PierceVeterans.