To say that the Pierce College football team had a tough season would be an understatement. With only one win (the rest losses), the players have been plagued with a number of problems off the field, which likely contributed to their performance on it. The Brahmas began this past season with 0 wins and 10 losses in 2005-punctuating a 38-143 record dating back to 1988.
Why is it so hard for students to leave Pierce College? At a recent meeting of the Pierce Academic Senate, President Robert Garber said that roughly 70 percent of those students who enter Pierce with intentions of transferring to a four-year university are unable to realize that goal.
The Nov. 7 elections proved that our country is hungry for change. As young voters, we increased our role in the electoral process and played a significant part in shifting the congressional balance of power. The majority of college students do not yet have to worry about the cost of prescription drugs or if they will have adequate Social Security when they reach retirement.
It's been a long time coming, but the decrepit and time-worn marquees that for so many years have stood at the three entrances of our campus are getting a much-needed makeover. Gone are the signs of old, with their faded and cracked white backgrounds and announcements with missing letters because the characters wouldn't stick.
Pierce College needs to establish friendly community to unite its students and staff. That might have helped make the 2006 homecoming more successful than it was. "Getting more students to support our college athlete department is something worthwhile," Robert Garber, Pierce College president, commented on 2006 homecoming.
While national surveys demonstate a continued discrepancy in the male to female gender ratio among college faculty, Pierce College is changing that trend. Thank you to an administration that has hired for the educational value of their instructors rather than for the traditional gender and ethnic stereotypes.
When Darroch "Rocky" Young announced his impending retirement last week, it stunned many people in the L.A. Community College District who had looked to Rocky to end the revolving door of high-level administrators that have constantly kept the district, and this campus, in flux.
As we enter the month of turkeys, relatives and elections, it's easy to forget how much we take for granted. From our mouthfuls of gobbler, to our time spent with family and our freedom to choose our own representatives we forget what we have. We forget what so many gave their lives for and put themselves at risk to protect.
1919: Women, too long forgotten, face alienation and oppression just to say, "I too, count." 1944: "The White Primary" laws, excluding Blacks from voting, are declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. 1965: People from all walks of life demand equality allowing everyone to have their say.
"In 2000, the Sexual Victimization of College Women survey estimated that a college with 10,000 students could expect more than 350 rapes per year to occur on that campus." This alarming statistic did not come from our research, but rather from the Pierce College Web site, where it informs students about sexual violence and their options should an attack occur.