Saturday, February 24, 2024

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...

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...

The upkeep of the Pierce College aquatic center

Many students on campus may not know this but there are classes that start before 7 a.m. If you think that’s way too early to be on a school campus consider this. The swimming pool on campus opens at 5:30 a.m. Deborah Hefter, 28, has been the swimming pool supervisor at Pierce College for past five years and those early...

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...

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...

Discovering geography, from Australia to California

Professor Adrian Youhanna, who teaches Geography and GIS (Geographic Information System), displays a multitude of maps in her office at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Photo by Ginina Pulcinella. Wide-eyed with fascination and a Pacific Ocean away from her home in...

From the punk show to the classroom

Pierce College English Professor standing in his office in Woodland Hills Calif., holding some memorabilia from his time as lead singer and guitarist for punk band Still Life. Photo by Cameron Kern Blue dyed hair, skin-tight jeans, ear piercings, skull tattoos and fast-paced strumming of guitar strings- these are just some...

Finding the micro in the macro

Shannon DeVaney poses with a dissected frog model outside the Center for Sciences building at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2020. Photo by: Chelsea Westman While many scientific observations happen in a laboratory, the most fascinating discovery for Shannon DeVaney is a few inches long, neon orange and lurks within...

From cooperative to classroom

Screenshot by Ariel Gil Feeling the dewdrop-covered grass tickle the small patch of bare skin on her ankle, she walks through the field toward the chicken coup to gather eggs for her morning breakfast. Her and her family cook them in a pan over a wood burning stove. They eat.

Kids, school and work: a balancing act

Distance Education Coordinator Wendy Bass sits with her laptop in her backyard in Valley Glen, Calif., on Oct. 15, 2020. Photo by Benjamin Hanson. Many would consider raising three boys to be a full-time job. Many would also consider getting a Ph.D to be a full-time job.
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