One of the recent additions to the Pierce College student clubs is the Gay-Straight Alliance club, also referred to as the "Rainbow Army." The club meets every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room Math 1412, and food and drinks are provided. "Do you: Think stereotypes are wrong? Hate discrimination? Want to be in a comfortable environment? Want to meet new people? Think it's time for a change? Want to make a difference? Come check us out!" reads the club flyer.
It's Wednesday evening at Pierce College and a crowd shuffles in. Students coming to take Kathy Oborn's criminal justice class Wednesday night fill the auditorium-style classroom with talk and laughter as a bubbling energetic teacher walks in.
Kathy Oborn, the chair of the political science/economics/criminal justice/Latino studies department, is a legend at Pierce College.
The professor who built the criminal justice program caters to all of her students.
Oborn made it possible to easily transfer to a California State University and earn an AA degree. She was instrumental in bringing in a judge, a deputy district attorney and a retired police lieutenant to teach criminal justice classes.
"We're not a police program," she said. "We focus on the justice system as a whole. We're an academic track."
A cup of joe and tip or two for you. Last week was the start of a semi-new walk-up counseling program at the Pierce College Freudian Sip. Students can find a counselor at a designated table at The Sip every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon and every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.