Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Mitra Hoshiar

Sunset at the Malibu Beach shore is a dance of color and light. Birds fly in coordination with ocean waves like a window to paradise. The wind conquers the weak waves of late winter and the sun sinks to the ocean. Playful children run away from their parents while trying to reach out to the waves. Seagulls fly freely,...

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...

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...

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...

Living a life of music

James Elza Domine is a San Fernando Valley born conductor and well-established musician. He teaches a number of string and guitar courses at Pierce while also playing a large selection of instruments including piano, guitar, violin and viola. “Most people’s lives, where you end up, is a combination of where your parents are to start with and where your education...

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...

Computer science, let’s talk about IT

  Eyes fixed to a monitor, mind in total focus, Alex Chen works attentively tapping away with all 10 fingers on a keyboard. Chen, an instructional assistant for Information Technology (IA-IT), has worked at Pierce College since 2001. He has about six-to-eight different duties in his current position which he says he enjoys. Chen has converted old Novell network technology within the...

More than just an anthropology professor

Anthropology professor Brian Pierson stands with his posse of skeletons in the Anthropology building at Pierce College. Photo by: David Paz   His office is a small cubicle, simple, organized and grey space. Three things stand out, two frames that display a Neanderthal and the Menino Lepedo child, and him. He wears an eggplant purple shirt with beaded necklaces to celebrate the...

In Focus: Las Fotos Project

Story By: Monica Salazar A young woman’s voice floated through the screen door of a Boyle Heights house, grabbing the attention of several young girls, cameras in hand. “What do you think of this photograph?” asked Claudia Marquez, a 23 year-old California State University, Fullerton student. “How do you think it was shot?“ The girls looked at the photographs in-depth, and silence...

Communications professor helps students overcome fears

Being 10,000 feet in the air, to the sight of a hairy, eight legged tarantula to speaking in front of a crowd of  people, these ideas define some of peoples greatest fears. Helping students overcome the fear of public speaking, Communications Professor Bill Buchynski, has worked on LACCD campuses for 12 years, teaching for  20. Wearing a plaid shirt, khaki pants...