Music, dancing and food were just some of the things that many people enjoyed at the Persian cultural Mehregan 2006 festival in Pierce College's Swisher Park Sunday. "This is a day everyone can see each other and smile," said festival organizer Roberto Soofiani, 55.
Pierce College hasn't always been the thriving, successful and economically established school that it is today. Recently honored with the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Service to the Los Angeles Community College District, Vice President of Economic Development Tom Oliver, former interim president from 2004 to 2006, helped raise the school's decreasing student enrollment numbers and formulated an educated master plan to assist in the million-dollar deficit hole into which Pierce had fallen.
History Professor Richard McMillan was recently honored by former student Mario Corona, 29, at the San Fernando Valley Faith Committee's annual community summit. McMillan and several other teachers who helped inspire Corona, received a certificate of appreciation.
New Leash on Life, a non-profit animal rescue organization, held its Nuts for Mutts 5K dog walk fundraiser at Shepard Stadium Sunday. Founded in 1997 by Bobby Dorafshar, the idea came while working as a volunteer for the City of Los Angeles Animal Services.
Latinos with a Purpose, an Associated Students Organization club at Pierce College, recently changed its name to Refuge. With a mission statement, "to promote our Latino culture and share our Christian faith," they have decided to rename themselves to include everyone at Pierce.
A differnent take on US and Terrorism The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates but the great teacher inspires. And according to many of his students Professor Chuck O'Connell is the type to inspire. This is the fifth semester O'Connell, sociology professor at Pierce college, is teaching his US and Terrorism class.
"I'm a Barbie girl, in the Barbie world," sang Richard McMillan, history professor, remembering an incident when a student's cell phone started ringing in the middle of the class. "I always try to make a laugh out of it," said McMillan. "The moment passes and then we can go on.
One of the recent additions to the Pierce College student clubs is the Gay-Straight Alliance club, also referred to as the "Rainbow Army." The club meets every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room Math 1412, and food and drinks are provided. "Do you: Think stereotypes are wrong? Hate discrimination? Want to be in a comfortable environment? Want to meet new people? Think it's time for a change? Want to make a difference? Come check us out!" reads the club flyer.
"In everybody's life there is an 'it' and there is your life before 'it' and your life after 'it'." -Tony Stark Iron Man: The Amazing Spider-Man: Issue 532 What drives a man to create his own 'it'? What gives the man the power to do something so heinous that he is willing to change the lives of thousands of people with his decision?