Friday, February 22, 2019

Six schools take on new superintendent

A new superintendent of instruction for the mayor's Partnership for Los Angeles Schools has been recently appointed. Angela Bass, a top administrator in the San Diego Unified School District, was chosen by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to oversee the six campuses included in his partnership.

Academic Senate Meeting

The college will add $2.4 million to its budget by the end of the year as a result of overall growth, according to an announcement by Pierce College President Robert Garber at Monday's Academic Senate meeting. However, Garber said the budget is "looking grim," explaining that recent cuts made by the state in K-12 education spending will ultimately affect the community colleges as well.

Pierce meat supply

The mistreatment of cows by the Hallmark Meat Packing Co., of Chino, may have had the public worried - but there is nothing wrong with Pierce College's meat supply, according to college officials. A video released by the Humane Society of the United States early this year raised many concerns regarding school meat supply.

Moodle takes the edge off class

Say goodbye to sprinting to class after a long night of procrastination - for many students, handing in assignments will be just a tap of the keyboard and a click of the mouse away. In almost 275 courses, more than 60 instructors at Pierce College are using Moodle to display course materials for students, according to the Moodle site for Pierce.

An encore for wisdom

The topic of discussion for the ENCORE/Oasis lecture series for the week of March 6 was on a very controversial subject: "Should We Be Allowed to Sell Our Organs: Ethical Ramifications." The lecture program hosts a meeting every week in the Campus Center to discuss issues that pertain to everyday life.

Hateful murder revives peace action

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.

ASO candidates announced

The spring elections for positions in the Associated Students Organization have been scheduled for April 14 and 15, with a debate forum scheduled for April 8. The official list of candidates was released early last week. There are four candidates for the position of president: Skyler Grant, Sallay Manah, Christian Marfil and Adam Wade.

Giving Pierce a fresh face

When the Los Angeles Community College District did not get enough money for construction under Proposition A in 2001, they sought out for more. The district went out to the voters with Proposition AA in 2003 and received another $980 million for the bond construction program.

Farm Market to re-open in April

The Farm Market at Pierce College will be reopening April 1, providing fresh produce for Pierce and the local community every day. The market, which has been closed since September, is stocked mostly with produce grown at Pierce; however, some items such as strawberries are imported from other local growers, according to market manager Linda Carberry.

The Weekly Blotter

Feb. 19 1:30 p.m. Someone reported graffiti on the walls of the North Gym restrooms. 5:30 p.m. Sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., a vehicle was stolen from Parking Lot 4. The victim left the keys in the vehicle. Feb. 20 1:20 p.m. In the Horticulture parking lot, a vehicle was damaged by an unknown object.