Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Eating out in the Valley

If you're sick of going to the same old fast food chain restaurants that you've been going to since you were in high school, I can sympathize with you completely. That's the main reason why I decided to try something new. The ate18 café was the perfect adjustment to the boring and repetitive places in the valley to eat.

SWAM keeps pool in year-round use

Few students know that Pierce has a short-course meter swimming pool where adults of all ages who love to swim gather for a splash of fun. Everyday you can find the Southwest Aquatic Masters swim team practicing in rain or shine with coach, Fred Shaw, a three-time NCAA Division I Championship Team member for USC, with 20 years experience in Masters Swimming.

Avoiding the ‘easy left,’ she takes the hard right

When Bea Ramos was seven years old she picked up her first volleyball in her hometown of Davao in the Philippines and fell in love with the game. What she didn't know was that 12 years later she would be playing as a defensive specialist for the Pierce College Brahmas and would place second in Western State Conference Championship, the highest finish in Pierce's history of women's volleyball.

Campus technology program aids environment

You probably wouldn't know it just by passing through the bustling hallways as often as you do, but not only is Pierce a renowned agricultural school, but a science school as well. Another thing you may find surprising is that Pierce has their own laboratory that is used to assist in crucial environmental problems, thanks to the Center for Environmental Technology, which works with the government to test new technologies that aid in treating such issues.

Study focuses on Hispanic students

A study considering different goals to prepare Hispanic students for higher education was released Dec. 4 by Excelencia in Education, the Tomas Rivera Institute and the California Policy Research center. In 2005, Excelencia found that only nine percent of Hispanics in California held a bachelor's degree or higher.

Walking in a (warm) Winter Wonderland

It all happened over night. No more monsters crept out after dark and rather than generating screams, the former haunted house, now a Christmas tree lot, inspires joyous Christmas jingles. From scary to merry, The Foundation for Pierce College converted the corner of De Soto and Victory avenues, once an empty lot that sat on weeds three feet deep, into a functionally active place for families.

Tales from the farm:

How many of us can claim that we had a sow run after us all the way around the Pierce College farm because we stole her piglet? That was one of the most memorable incidents Marilyn Feldman,58, had about her college life at Pierce in 1957. "My friend and I were walking past the pig barn after class one day and saw that a sow was surrounded by her piglets," said Feldman.

Oliver plans new job, trip to Paris, time with family

To most people, retirement means the end to a career but to a few, like Timothy "Tim" Oliver, vice president of administrative services, retirement means the beginning of a career. Oliver, who joined Pierce College in November 1999, recently announced his retirement effective December, to spend more time with his family and work part-time.

Text building program aids deaf students

Since its founding in 1947, Pierce College has become an institution for nearly 19,000 students a year who are enrolled in over 100 different disciplines. Among Pierce's many courses, departments, professors and services from which to choose are a small but excelling number of deaf students eagerly striving for the same opportunities as any other student on campus.

Library to get face lift:

During the winter break, contractors will bring the Pierce College Library into the 21st century when they install new carpet and furniture, including approximately 400 matching chairs that were last replaced when Jimmy Carter was president. Currently, when students enter the library, they are relegated to a golden carpet and mismatched wooden and plastic chairs that haven't been replaced since 1978.