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New law neglects old problem

A two-tier system that allows California community college officials to charge more than $200 per unit for additional high-demand classes will do little to affect the imbalance between the number of classes offered to the thousands of students enrolled. The so-called two-tier legislation, AB-955 Community colleges: intersession extension programs, was signed into law by Gov. Jerry […]

Counseling Pierce Students

Counseling Pierce Students

With the number of students attending Pierce College, it is not surprising that counseling time is difficult to attain, but the process of booking appointments could be improved. Career Center Director Joanna Zimring-Towne said that 10 full-time counselors averaged 193 appointments per week last semester to address the needs of a student body of more […]

Can’t we all just get along

Can’t we all just get along

Over the last month two qualified woman, Vice President of Academic Policy Kathy Oborn and Vice President of Curriculum Margarita Pillado, placed senators and students in an awkward positions as they each claimed to be the rightful Academic Senate president. While students crashed classes and continued to deal with unfinished construction and no cafeteria, the […]

Volume 119 Issue 4 – corrections

Volume 119 Issue 2 Page 2: Comic artist Lauren Vellvé name is misspelled Page 3:  “Campus assault suspect arraigned,”  Branden Saighe is currently charged with making criminal threats and simple battery; Van Nuys Municipal Court is properly named Los Angeles Superior Court, Van Nuys; Photo caption, Omar Barillas’ name is misspelled Page 4: Photo caption, […]

News reporting isn’t a crime

News reporting isn’t a crime

Many Pierce students may face fears while in the classroom such as social anxiety, performance anxiety and uncertain employment, but campus safety should be their biggest concern—and Pierce College’s top priority. There have been three assaults within 100 yards of the Pierce College sheriff’s station within the last six months — two of them involved […]

Policies need to change when crimes go underreported

Many Pierce students may face fears while in the classroom such as social anxiety, performance anxiety and uncertain employment, campus safety should be their biggest concern — and Pierce College’s top priority. There have been three assaults within 100 yards of the Pierce College Sheriff’s Station within the last six months – two of them […]

A little farm in the big city

A little farm in the big city

Agricultural students at Pierce College have witnessed the dwindling of the school’s resources, from farm animals to the civil war reenactment. Could the Farm Center be next? Since the establishment of Pierce College in 1947, the school has stood out from the rest of the colleges in the San Fernando Valley. Year round activities such […]

College Council inconsistent

College Council inconsistent

The Ralph M. Brown Act of 1953 was passed in California to guarantee the public’s right to the access and notice of meetings held by any legislative body. This includes any legislative or advisory body that is involved in Pierce’s shared governance system such as the Academic Senate, Associated Students Organization and the Pierce College […]

Pistol course, no problem

Pierce College offers a one-day basic pistol course as part of their non-credit program, Pierce Extension, and has since 2008 but members of a local neighborhood council want it removed from the campus. Considering that nothing has happened in the five years that the course has been held on campus, there doesn’t seem to be […]

Horrendous heat needs hurried solution

With summer right around the corner, temperatures are rising as quickly as the semester is coming to an end. Woodland Hills has been known to experience some of the highest, ands record-breaking, temperatures during summer months. This scorching weather is not the best for students who are walking through campus or hanging around while they […]

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