Sunday, October 21, 2018

Bob Lofrano

Story By: Lynn Levitt Classes are in session at Pierce College and inside the structure of the South Gym, the sound of footsteps echo in the hallway.  A tall, rail thin, but physically fit man heads out of his office to a shaded area near the soccer field. You wonder why he is headed for shade, as his skin is...

Setting the Abara

Dr. Jose Abara sits in his office on Feb. 28, 2018. Photo by Martin MoranHuddled in a cabin-snug office in the ELM building, Dr. Jose Abara of the Psychology department is surrounded by posters of monumental American figures and pieces of Pierce memorabilia. An alumni of CSUN and the University at Buffalo, the doctor of behavioral neuroscience has learned...

Zarrin Paidor

Story by: Jonathan Pineda Sitting in her comfortable black desk chair with her arms out in front of her as she types away at the front desk of the Center for Academic Success, Zarrin Paidor, an educational counseling senior office assistant at Pierce College, is focused on her computer, booking students for their tutoring sessions for later on in the...

Home is where the art is

The afternoon sun is high, the breeze strong, creating a scenic and relaxing atmosphere in the Fine Arts Plaza at Pierce College. Art history professor, Ramela Abbamontian, sits at a bench  in the middle of native Californian plants and metal sculptures, a mauve puffer jacket protecting her from the wind. Her eyes are bright, glancing around the plaza that...

Witchcraft adapts to modern times

Witchcraft. It has been around for centuries, yet it’s still one of the least understood fringe cultures. Shrouded by myth and mystery, witchcraft has been subject of speculation since the lifestyle was first created. The truth is modern day witchcraft is a lot more practical than one might think. To dive deeper into the differences between witchcraft and works of fiction, Pierce...

Teaching students on what they can do as welders

Photo by: Diego Barajas As he stands tall wearing Celtic wristbands laid under his skin, grey facial hair, and brown leather work boots, he has returned to the campus with familiarity. Teaching on the Pierce College campus for nine years, Gary Wheeler, certified in L.A. city structural steel, L.A. city reinforcing steel, and California State certification, is a welding instructor teaching his class how...

A Nurses Life for Me

The maze of doors, desks and filing cabinets filled to the brim with paperwork that make up the Student Health Center, creates a cramped environment for the average person to wade through. However, Director of the Student Health Center Beth Benne, who stands above the clutter, finds the space easy to navigate to her office. Once at her desk, she...

Tracie Savage

  Wedged between a newsroom and an administrative office, on the Pierce College campus, survives the Media Arts room. Nebulous on the outside and unwelcoming on the inside, a gray cubicle a quarter of the way down stands out from all other surroundings. Professor Tracie Savage, former actress and journalist, is seated on a typical rolling desk chair, wrapped in...

Dig in, let your voice be heard with Loy

As professor Robert Loy’s students trickle into his small group communication class, they are greeted with upbeat and colorful music playing from his laptop speaker. The eclectic playlist includes music from diverse genres which he uses in his regular karaoke performances. As a new full-time faculty member, Loy is the assistant director and advisor of the Pierce College Communications...

Language Professor Wears Many Hats

  His casual faded black T-shirt is well fitted to his lean build. Charcoal silver hair falls down to his shoulders shaping his tan face with so few lines. He is a modest looking man, down-to-earth and approachable and while interacting with students or co-workers he is attentive and knowledgeable. It is clear that Fernando Oleas’ passion lies in teaching...