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Seeing Pierce through Varozian-colored glasses

It’s been said that some of the hardest workers one will ever find in a production are the ones working behind the scenes. The saying couldn’t be truer of Shant Varozian, who works as an administrative aide in Pierce College’s office of Academic Affairs. Varozian first came to Pierce in 2004 as a student. He was taking general education courses...

Knowledge lights the way

Perhaps you missed his office because it was obscured behind a brick wall with a sign reading Platform 9 3/4. Maybe you weren’t looking for a train station leading to a magical institution, but the entrance to English instructor Mickey Harrison’s office bears an uncanny resemblance to the place. Harrison has only been a full-time instructor at Pierce College for...

Pascal Patisserie and Cafe

The pleasant aroma of sugary sweets are accompanied by the friendly smiles by staff members behind the counter ready to help customers. With a vast amount of pastries, coffees and hot sandwiches paired with a glass of water infused with mint and citrus, completes a meal at Pascal Patisserie and Cafe. The cafe opened in July of 2016, this cafe...

Review: Flame Pizzeria

A “Margherita” style pizza from Flame Pizzeria in Reseda, Calif., taken on April 14, 2020. “The Margherita” is one of six pizza options at this local pizza spot. Photo by: Nathan George While there is quite the competition among various pizzerias that have set up shop in the San Fernando Valley, situated within...

The Man Behind the Magic

Draped over the crushed red velvet chair with a soft smile playing across his lips, Michael Sande unwinds inside the Pierce Performing Arts Mainstage theater after a chaotic afternoon. As the managing director for the Performing Arts Department at Los Angeles Pierce College, it is his job to make sure that shows goes on without a hitch. The Seattle native...

Bringing culture to the classroom

Many Americans, including Angelita Rovero, have had their identities centered around a generic stereotypical label—one often including a hyphen. African-American. Asian-American. The names have become too general to describe someone’s culture. Rovero, who is both Mexican and Jewish, felt like...

REVIEW: Aroma Coffee and Tea Co

Aroma Coffee and Tea Co is located at 4360 Tujunga Ave. in Studio City. The cafe is open six days a week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. It opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at the same time on Sundays. Aroma Coffee and Tea Co is a cafe that reminds you of...

Review: Sage Plant-Based Bistro & Brewery

The entrance into Sage Plant Based Bistro and Brewery in Culver City, Calif. is lined with plants to fill the ambiance of a vegan setting. Photo by Adam Baron.A 100% vegan Pulled "Pork" sandwich paired with fresh cut fries at Sage Plant Based bistro and brewery in Culver City, Calif. Shot on a macro lens to...

Master of the Copytech Tango

The whirling bands of copy machines, swooshing of papers hot off the printer, and the clicking of a camera are sounds familiar to the workers in CopyTech. The noise of machinery and the brisk melodic rhythms of salsa music drift into the background, and a woman in a jade T-shirt and jungle patterned skirt steps out.   Lead Support Services...

REVIEW: Mambo International Kitchen

Hong Kong Rice Bowl at Mambo International Kitchen in Northridge, Calif. on March 17, 2019. The bowl consists on deep fried pork spare ribs served with a side of garlic rice. Photo by Chris Torres.Korean tacos at Mambo International Kitchen in Northridge, Calif. on March 17, 2019.The Banana Nutella Eggroll with Vanilla ice cream at Mambo International...