Many smokers are brooding about the new smoking regulations being put into effect this semester. Some non-smokers are complaining that the lack of sternness exercised by the new regulation makes it no more than an elaborate “please.” Look at the bright side of it all, though; now, everyone knows where it’s alright to smoke and where it may bother someone.
Budget cuts tighten deadlines
A further attempt to cut spending in community colleges has resulted in a district-wide push-back of department purchasing deadlines. A memo from the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) gave schools until Feb. 28 to make any last-minute department purchases for the 2007-08 fiscal year, which ends on June 30.
Profiling leaves black mark on record
An investigation report relating to allegations of racial profiling at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC) was released in January, stating that the “saturation patrol” used by L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies on Oct. 17, 2007, was indeed a form of discrimination.
Education board veteran wins Assembly seat
Democrat Warren T. Furutani, a former board member of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), won a special election on Feb. 5 with major approval to the 55th Assembly District. Winning with an overwhelming 69.84 percent of the votes, Furutani ran against Libertarian Herb Peters, who earned 14.
Massive budget cuts forecasted for K-14
In what has been declared a time of fiscal emergency, the California Community Colleges System (CCC) stands to suffer a forecasted $525 million budget cut, according to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2008-09 budget. Schwarzenegger proposed a $40 million cut to the CCC for the remainder of this fiscal year; with the new fiscal year starting July 1, another $480 million is forecasted to be cut.
Super Tuesday breaks voting record
People crowded around TV screens. A record number of voters voiced their opinion. Results were slowly tallied and the viewers were kept on edge. And it wasn’t even American Idol. Super Tuesday 2008 was the biggest day of voting in presidential primary history and the race has only just begun on the Democratic side.
Primaries dominated by allegiance
Voting is traditionally supposed to be the vehicle for change. It seems like more than ever now is the time, as for the first time ever both a black candidate and a female candidate have a very good shot at becoming a “first” in terms of the presidency of the United States.
Pierce succeeds at accommodating, attracting growth
With a head count slightly more than 20,000 for the Spring 2008 semester, Pierce College has continued to expand and maintain a growing campus. Pierce enrollment has increased about 8.5 percent in enrollment compared to Spring 2007. In a few ways, Pierce has already begun to adjust to this growth by adding 250 new parking spaces, a new cafeteria and new ideas for the future.
Cafeteria name and food revamped
What was once called the Pierce College Cafeteria is now called the Pierce Country Café, with changes including a new head chef, Jose Cruz, former personal chef to hockey celebrity Wayne Gretzky. The name changed because, “we want a new face and want people to try us and try us again,” said Café Manager Linda Brown.
Total eclipse of the moon
After a rainy day at Pierce College, clouds seemed to part ways for students to enjoy the last lunar eclipse until 2010 tonight, just before night classes began. While teachers began preparing for the night’s lecture and students walked to class from crowded parking lots, everyone seemed to be looking up at the phenomenon.