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Shaking down safety protocols and procedures

Shaking down safety protocols and procedures

Protocols for emergency situations are important for college campuses, and having a campus in a geologically active state like California means being prepared for an earthquake is a major concern. Experiencing an earthquake is rarely an easy ordeal. The one that hit the Los Angeles area the morning of Monday, March 17, rattled the nerves […]

Less preaching more teaching

Less preaching more teaching

When a professor’s  personal beliefs outside the coursework influence the curriculum, it is damaging to the students. Teachers who use their lecture time to shrew political or religious ideas which are deviant from the subject matter in their courses are in the wrong. Classes where teachers are willfully lenient in grading and in turn use […]

Prejudice isn’t pretty

Prejudice isn’t pretty

At a college campus, people are expected to carry themselves with a certain level of professionalism, but at Pierce College there seems to be a trend of deteriorating social standards. This is clear in the lack of respect with which students acknowledge themselves and one another. Deviation from mutually respectful social dialogue is giving rise […]

Growing toward a degree, career

Growing toward a degree, career

Community colleges are a great way for anyone undecided on a career to discover themselves and their educational goals, but a growing trend in government is to rush students through this process. In the Spring 2012 District Student Survey, prepared by Pierce College research analyst Kate Astor, it shows that while almost three quarters of […]

Who you gonna call?

Who you gonna call?

An institution of higher learning requires the flow of information from all levels of the administration and faculty so that students’ basic questions can have immediate answers. With that in mind, administrators should be more accessible and responsive to student inquiries and concerns regarding a wide range of issues. The Roundup sent three basic questions […]

Cultivate community on campus

Cultivate community on campus

Pierce College is an integral part of the San Fernando Valley, but the current administration should steward more events that encourage the community to enjoy the school grounds similar to predecessors. During the early days of Pierce, folksy events such as rodeos brought people onto campus from all around the Valley. Decades later, events like […]

E-cigarettes have no place on campus

Students who smoke have been shunned at Pierce, yet a whole new wave of smoke has risen over the campus: water vapor. Cigarette smokers have been pushed to puff in the parking lots while e-cigarette users can freely inhale around campus without rules or regulations. If a smoker is caught inhaling their nicotine fix on […]

Blue lights illuminate safety issues

Blue lights illuminate safety issues

One should always feel safe walking through campus with the knowledge an emergency blue phone is near by, but they might as well not exist since most of them sit broken behind construction tape or under out of order signs. These blue phones, also know as “blue lights,” are meant to provide a quick method […]

Trash talk for those on campus

Trash talk for those on campus

It’s easy to place blame on the custodians for lack of cleanliness on campus and in classrooms, but too often we neglect our own responsibilities as students, or simply even as adults. The secret is out: our campus is filthy. While students and faculty look to the custodial staff for help, it’s important to remember […]

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 […]

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