Sunday, June 20, 2021

Rufio the Warrior

Jose Juan Vasquez, also known as Rufio, is 26-year-old former Marine who came back from war and found himself inspired by the freedom of motorcycle culture. Inspired by bikers, Rufio plans on creating a motorcycle museum. Video by Giuliana Orlandoni

Aaron Chan

For those that have been forced to sit through a three hour summer course with a broken air-conditioner, Aaron Chan was one of the ones responsible for quickly rescuing the class from a near heatstroke. He has been the sr. secretary to the dean of academic affairs, Barbara Anderson, for the last four years and before that he worked...

Bronson Oliveira

There is a new face in the coaching department at Los Angeles Pierce College. Bronson Oliveira, from Culver City, has arrived at Pierce. He will be the Assistant Coach for the Men’s Volleyball program. He played volleyball at Ohio State University and played the libero position. Oliverira coached volleyball at Calabasa High School for both the boys and girls program,...

Phyllis Schneider

With a soft smile on her face and a welcoming energy, it is easy to see why Phyllis Schneider is the director of the Child Development Center at Los Angeles Pierce College. The child development program has been around for 35-years, but has only been in its current location for about four years. The CDC does not look like an average kindergarten or pre-school....

Leland S. Shapiro

A busy man on the go, Leland Shapiro, chair of the Agriculture Department and director of the Pre-Veterinary Program at Los Angeles Pierce College, does not appear to have been slowed down by two brain surgeries, the second one only two months ago. He is teaching several classes including anatomy, physiology and nutrition and has taught 35 different classes...

Deborah Hefter

The Los Angeles Pierce College swimming pool has been the home for Brahmas swimmers for more than three decades. The pool system runs day and night, seven days a week. However, keeping the pool running at its full potential requires a trained individual who can handle both pool and student issues. Deborah Hefter, a tan, fit, and always cheerful individual...

Leonard Ramirez

It's 11:15 a.m. and Los Angeles Pierce College student athletes are trickling into the office where senior athletic trainer Leonard Ramirez, or Lenny as he is known, reminds those waiting that treatments won't begin for another 15 minutes. There is a casual nature in the exchange between Ramirez and the students. It's comfortable, like Ramirez’s grey Nike shirt that reads in...

Bob Lofrano

Athletic Director Bob Lofrano, 64 is a Brahma through and through. Starting as a student in 1968 at Los Angeles Pierce College, Lofrano has a long history and close ties to the campus. “I’ve probably spent half my life at Pierce or close to it,” Lofrano says. His sun aged skin and white hair belies his love for the outdoors. He can almost...

Joseph Eisenlauer

Professor Joseph Eisenlauer lingers inside an empty anthropology classroom, jotting down some last minute notes for his next lecture. Nicknamed “Noble” in middle school for his patrician heritage, the silver-haired 64 year old is the remaining senior member of the anthropology department. Yet, even after teaching at  Los Angeles Pierce College for 18 years, Eisenlauer continues to enjoy the...

Greek Organizations: Lost In Translation

Decorum. Courtesy. Togetherness. Students have used these standards as the foundation to build the Greek system that is prevelent across U.S. colleges and universities. But as fraternities and sororities have blossomed, these ideals have been lost on many campuses due to hazing, vandalism and drug abuse. On Oct. 24, 2014, California State University, Northridge, shut down all activities that relate to Greek...