Sunday, January 20, 2019

Budget mystery causes hiring freeze

With the state withholding information about the budget for the nine community colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District, Pierce College has to hold off on hiring any new teachers. The number of positions is limited based on retirement numbers dropping, according to Pierce College President Robert Garber.

Pierce aims for higher state graduation rate

While recent research reveals that roughly half of all high school seniors in the 50 largest cities in the U.S. don't graduate, Pierce College continues to try to persuade students who may have left their education early to return to school. A study released April 1 by America's Promise Alliance found that in the 2003-2004 school year, the graduation rate in Los Angeles was at 43.

UC’s accommodate transfers

University of California admissions are more competitive than ever, with high school graduates in California at record high numbers - but will a decrease in high school graduates in the coming years mean an easier transfer into a UC? Not necessarily, said Elizabeth Atondo, transfer director at Pierce College.

ASO Open Mic Night

Despite a low student turnout, the recent Open Mic event sponsored by the Associated Students Organization had those who did attend nearly falling out of their seats. With its "paint your own theme" theme, the night began a bit haphazardly, as hosts going by the aliases Stylus and Mathematic goaded audience members into working up the courage to share anything with the crowd.

Bill adds to part-time teacher workloads

A bill that would allow part-time professors to teach one more unit within California community college districts has been passed in the California state Assembly and is presently being discussed in the state Senate Committee on Education. Assembly Bill 591 was authored and introduced by Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, who was unable to be reached for comment.

Clubs for campus unity

Most students must have heard of the Associated Students Organization. The ASO Web site calls it a "student government [that] supports the growth of the Pierce Campus through active involvement with students, faculty and staff. Our goal is to create a better environment for an overall academic experience through leadership.

One out of four teen females has an STD

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed a fact about teenage girls today: One out of four have a sexually transmitted disease. Chlamydia, a bacterial infection and the most common type of STD in the United States, is also the most common among women at Pierce College.

Is more security worth less freedom?

The Pierce College ENCORE/Oasis program continued its lecture series March 13 with Professor Norm Levy's talk entitled, "Freedom vs. Security post 9/11." ENCORE students accounted for the vast majority of the participants, but other students joined in as well.

Armenian Genocide

"Who remembers the Armenians?" When Adolf Hitler asked his subordinates during World War II whether any of them recall the killings of more than 1 million Armenians in the early 1900s, there was no response. Today, Pierce College is taking the first steps in spreading awareness of the Armenian Genocide through the medium of art, with the opening of the "Power of the Poster" exhibition in April - the month of commemoration of the genocide.

Hate crime fuels bill for peace

Lawrence King's death has inspired many reactions - from feelings of utter sadness, to plain indifference, to total dismay. However, the prevailing reaction is hope for a change, which Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) is trying to bring to life by passing a bill that teaches tolerance and acceptance of other people's sexuality.