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Student spotlight: he will never quit

February 16, 2012

Filed under Campus, Feature

Paul Garcia wrestles with complicated academic schedule in Running Start Paul Garcia is a senior at Steilacoom High School, sophomore at Pierce College, and is currently enrolled in the Running Start Program. He’s in the process of graduating high school and getting his associates degree. Garcia has should have 75 credits ...

Travel the world inside school walls

February 15, 2012

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Students from around the world gather together in the halls of Pierce to depict the cultures of their homes during International Education Week. This event is celebrated across the United States as a way for American students to recognize and learn about the different nationalities represented in their schools. Pierce College...

Lake Pollution Happening in Own Backyard

February 15, 2012

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The toxic blue-green algae in Lake Waughop is dangerous and potentially deadly to people and their pets Written by Eileen Quackenbush After going for a swim in the lake behind the college, a dog groomed itself and ingested toxic water; now the dog is dead. The 33-acre Waughop Lake at Fort Steilacoom Park contains ...

Phi Theta Kappa welcome new students into society

February 7, 2012

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As students prepare for graduation and transferring to four-year universities, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society offers their members scholarship opportunities and assists them to become job ready. According to the Phi Theta Kappa website, the eligibility for membership are: students must be enrolled in a regionally accredited...

Professor by day, dancer by night

February 7, 2012

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Steve Crain coordinates the health science wellness and physical education department. He has worked here for about 18 years.  Before he came here, he worked on his doctoral degree at a university. Something that stands out with this teacher is he competes in dance competitions. Where did you work before you came here? ...

Students given second chance

February 7, 2012

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For over 16 years, the parking appeals committee have gathered to listen to students voice their opposition on their parking fines and promote freedom of speech. According to the Pierce College website, the College Parking Appeals Committee may impose a lesser fine, void the ticket or it may grant extension of time within...

Bringing light to a decade of Darkness

January 24, 2012

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After ten years of near constant renovation Pierce College is still under construction. Formed in 1973, this community college merely consisted of the Cascade Building and what is known today as the Health Education Center (HEC). With many additions built since then, Pierce may be nearing the end of its' expansion. Major...

Fort Steillacoom Features Faculty Artists

January 13, 2012

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Through Feb. 17, the winter exhibition at the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Art Gallery showcases the work of Pierce College art faculty. Featured artists include Daniel Meuse, David J. Roholt, and Danella Sydow. To celebrate the opening of the show, an artists’ reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan....

Appreciating our warriors

December 27, 2011

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There have been many occasions where some Americans have mistakenly thought that Veterans Day is a day set aside by America to celebrate those lost in battle defending our country or those who became missing in action. This definition fits Memorial Day, the day to honor our country’s war dead. Veterans Day on the other...

Born with fists to beat any obstacle

December 27, 2011

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Leah Henson’s life experiences led her to the decision of becoming a social worker By Eileen Quackenbush/Staff Writer   Leah Henson Henson writes in a journal to help her cope with the deformities in her hands, the death of her daughter, and a battle with breast cancer. Henson’s mother worked in electronics and b...

“Almost, Maine” Steps on the Stage

December 27, 2011

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Audiences applauded the new Pierce College production “Almost, Maine” featured at the Black Box Theatre on campus at 7pm on Nov. 11 12, 18, and 19. In the town of Almost is an array of interesting characters all living their lives while unexpectedly finding love in this comedic play. Playwright John Cariani interlaced...

Budget cuts hit childcare

December 27, 2011

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As budget cuts swept the nation like a hurricane, the campus daycare was no exception to the economic turmoil. The Milgard Child Development Center (MCDC) had to let go of part-time employees to avoid going over budget once again. Last year, MCDC went over their budget for part-time staff by $45,000. With the decrease...

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