Monday, December 16, 2019

Stripping Off Debt

Story by: Natalee Ayala Photo Illustrations by: Lynn Levitt, Todd Rosenblatt, Jose Romero, UD Balancing student life and exotic dancing Inside a Sepulveda Boulevard club, a purple light beams toward a revolving disco ball, glittering the long catwalk with a rainbow of colors. Seated at the end of the stage, a man sporting a thick, black ponytail slouches in his armchair...

The Road to the Show

Story by: Robert Knox Photos by: Kristen Aslanian Additional reporting: Tyler McGee Bounce back players and their struggle to go pro The dream of making it to the big leagues, aka “the show,” has been the aspiration of many baseball players that have come through Pierce College. One of these dreamers is Nick Murphy. Murphy, who came after graduating from Royal High School in...

The Law of Attraction

Story by: Sonja Dumass Illustration by: Maria Salvador Can we make our dreams come true with our thoughts? Even though David Rosenblatt and Stephen Humphries were born and raised in different parts of the world, they have something in common. They both believe in the power of their thoughts; and that with that power they can manifest things in their life. Rosenblatt and...

Charity in Chains

Story by Samantha Williams Photos by Joe Kukuczka Rockstar Mike Inez continues to give back to the community   Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez poses with one of his bass guitars in one of their practice studios in Arleta, Calif. April 4, 2012. Photo: Joe Kukuczka   Rock stars are adored across the globe for their fame, riches and ability to entertain. Alice in...

Going Beyond the Call of Duty

Story by Michaia Hernandez Photos by Joe Kukuczka LAPD officers focus on the youth of a community through programs   Officer Edison Vistar pushes Alicia Ontiveros for one more pushup outside the West Valley Community Police Station in Reseda,Calif. April 18, 2012. Elementary and middle school students attend the biweekly workouts.Photos by Joe Kukuczka    It is an unusual sight, even for a police station....

Dying to Live

Robert Hernandez was standing in front of the White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles. His friend wanted to wait for the bus, but he wanted to get a taxi instead. Hernandez was smoking a cigarette with his friend when they saw a car pass by and a man lowered the window to yell out his gang’s name.

SO, Who you gonna Call? PIERCE COLLEGE!

As she lay in the middle of a church, trying to relax and figure out what was going on in the main alter, Kirsten Thorne, 46, began to feel her necklace move. The chain with a heavy metal skull gripped tight around her throat and left marks as it crawled up her neck. She felt as if “it” was...

Tied & Bound in Los Angeles

Red, blue and yellow lights illuminate a 10-square-foot linoleum dance floor in the center of the main room, as the audience watches a petite young woman wrapping rope around a tall, hard-bodied man. With each layer of rope she wraps around his torso she explains to the audience how important it is to avoid “huge owies.”

Ancestors Come Alive: The Art of RAH

His fingers were covered in smudged hues of blue paint with a tangible intensity emanating from his molasses colored eyes. Ramiro Alejandro Hernandez, a.k.a. RAH, puts the finishing touches on an Aztec inspired painting inside the 11:11 temporary art gallery in Canoga Park, Calif. The streets buzz with live music and food trucks as the last of the summertime...

Seasoned Songbird

A petite woman with peach-colored skin and pearly white hair closes her eyes as she practices singing Christmas carols. Her passion for performing shines bright in her eyes while the ENCORE Singers rehearse in Room 3400 of the Pierce College music building. Eileen Guliasi, 81, is back in school for the first time since she graduated Theodore Roosevelt High School...