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School disconnects with students over email

The Los Angeles Community College District requires all official class communication to be done through their student email account, an account that is run on an antiquated system. The system LACCD uses for student accounts, Microsoft Office 365, is not widely used by many on campus for their personal email accounts. So those students, along […]

Obama’s rating system is death spiral for Calif. community colleges

The well-intentioned rating system and College Scorecard that President Obama espouses will highlight those colleges that condition their program to meet the federal guidelines but schools that are unable will lose funding. The weight of the world is on the shoulders of California community colleges these days.  CCCs must increase the number of class sections, […]

Obama’s rating system for colleges helps students

In a country with a combined total of more than 4,000 two-year and four-year colleges and an economy that has made strides to benefit low-income households, the idea to establish a sure path to middle class through education is critical. The College Scorecard rating system proposed by President Barack Obama will widen opportunities for students […]

Brothers highlight Persian culture with concert

Brothers Misaq and Matin Eshaghi delivered a riveting performance Nov. 14 during Pierce College’s free weekly Thursday concert series, playing four different settings with the traditional Persian tar, tonbak, kamancheh, and daf. Both Misaq and Matin are well established in the Persian performance arts, playing internationally and producing three CDs with their mother and father, […]

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 […]

Dance show fills theater seats

Dancers entertained a packed-out audience with many different styles of dance that ended in a standing ovation at the opening of the 2013 Fall Dance Concert “Signatures” Friday night in the Performing Arts Complex at Pierce College. The show contained choreography from six student and five faculty choreographers and featured a wide range of genres, […]

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 […]

Letter to the Editor: Response to Obamacare rep issue

Re:  Pam Brown Letter to the Editor, Oct. 30, 2013 I was surprised to find Dr. Pam Brown’s “Letter to the Editor” in the October 30, 2013 Roundup in which she bemoaned the lack of an Obamacare debate at the Day of Politics. Everyone who attended our Q&A regarding Obamacare knew that our guest speaker […]

Speaking on behalf of battered country

When I first heard through social media about Typhoon Haiyan striking the Philippines, I didn’t even bat an eyelash. After all, my homeland has a tendency of attracting natural disasters left and right. And then, the numbers started showing up: hundreds of bodies washed up in the aftermath, thousands more feared dead from the devastating […]


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