Expressive Arts Project Facilitators Share Activities

The Expressive Arts Project (EAP) at Pikes Peak Community College is dedicated to community building and student success through shared creative experiences. The community anticipates EAP’s seasonal events like the ART Seedlings Festival, typically held in the spring but canceled this year due to campus-wide coronavirus safety measures.  Professor Laura BenAmots is an ART faculty […]

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PPCC & UCCS Professor Translates Russian Book into English

By Devon Martinez | Staff Writer Pavel Kozhevnikov has been teaching a combined Russian Language class with PPCC and UCCS students since 1992. He is also the author of four books written in Russian. Last year, he translated his 2007 release, A Fist Full of Earth, to English after his students, friends, and family requested […]

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Higher Ed Funding Depends on Census Count

By: Tara Alexander | News Editor Students can have a significant impact to their schools and communities by completing the 2020 Census.  This nationwide survey helps determine government funding for the next decade. The Quad Innovation Partnership has invited PPCC to join other Colorado colleges in taking part in the 2020 US Census at My2020Census.gov.  […]

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Virtual Commencement: Call for Videos

We are living through history. Our struggles, frustrations and triumphs may feel small and personal as we struggle to just get through another Monday. But in time, these moments will be seen through a different lens, and we’ll see the import, humor, the pathos and the courage more clearly. We ask you to take out […]

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Instructor Spotlight: Carina Bissett, on writing

By: Camille Liptak | Staff Writer English Instructor Carina Bissett is a hidden diamond at PPCC. In between teaching CCR 094 and ENG 121, Bissett has forged herself a path in the world of publishing. As a member of Codex, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Science Fiction Poetry Association, and the Horror Writers […]

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Stories Wanted! for The QuaranZine

We want to hear from our PPCC community as we navigate this tumultuous spring semester (and beyond?). Our blog aims to document our shared experiences through this time of uncertainty and great change. Please email your blog posts, stories, poetry, visual art, whatever to The QuaranZine editor, Tara Alexander, talexander63@student.cccs.edu or through our arts and […]

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Stay Healthy with These At-Home Workouts and Home Gym Tips

By: Tara Alexander— Staff Writer In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, staying healthy is a top priority, yet gyms are closed which restricts the actions that people may do and disrupts routines that people may have developed. Thankfully, many popular and effective workout alternatives are available at home.  Additionally, lots of exercise pros and […]

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Trash Art Creates Climate Change Call-to-Action

By: Tara Alexander— Staff Writer The Office of Sustainability’s Annual Trash Art Competition is now open! This year’s virtual event asks for climate change solutions and a fresh perspective at yesterday’s throw-aways.  Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to create artwork from reusable materials and raise awareness to climate concerns. Students who participate can win […]

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In 2020, Banned Books Lists Still Exist

–A reflection on PPCC’s February events surrounding Toni Morrison by Stewart Ricker, Staff Writer PPCC’s English department honored Black History Month and Women’s History Month with a week-long commemoration to American author Toni Morrison. Her work transformed American Literature through her unapologetic examinations of racial identity and the African-American experience.  And like most work that […]

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Ain’t No Party Like a Netflix Party

By Vivien Jerez | Editor-in-Chief Missing friends and family while being self-quarantined? You’re not alone, and Netflix has you covered. Netflix recently launched a new Chrome extension called “Netflix Party” that allows you to watch shows while talking to your friends via a chat on the right-hand side of your screen. To install it, simply […]

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Top Stops for Your Colorado Springs Stay-In-The-Car-Cation

By Tara Alexander | Staff Writer Can’t stand the concept of spending Spring Break sprawled on the couch… but also nagged by the notion that traveling could spread coronavirus and other illnesses? You canceled your vacation, and now you’re an expert in the stay-cation by choosing to “social distance.” As long as you’re not feeling […]

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Gorton’s Fisherman Sets Sail for the White House

By Buster Bogtrotter — Political Correspondent Fish stick fans are reeling this week after 170-year-old brand ambassador of Gorton’s Seafood, the Gorton’s Fisherman, announced that he is running for President in 2020.   Since Fisherman’s announcement, detractors have come to the shore, attacking him and his lack of political experience, along with a personal life that […]

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Parley Staff Questions Own Existence

By Ocean Polly Randall, sometimes staff writer When individuals question the purpose & value of their existence, they experience what is known as an existential crisis. Staff members at Parley Publishing, the publishing house at PPCC, announced on Wednesday they are collectively experiencing an existential crisis. “Nobody here at PPCC knows what Parley is, so I’m beginning to […]

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An Interview with Rye Curtis

Credit: This article was originally published in US Represented — writer, Eric Stephenson Rye Curtis will read from his novel Kingdomtide at the Pikes Peak Community College Downtown Studio Art Gallery on Wednesday, February 19th, at 7:00 p.m. Kingdomtide was named one of the best books of January 2020 by O, The Oprah Magazine. In the novel, 72-year-old Cloris Waldrip survives a devastating plane crash only […]

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Reflections on Police Shootings and Race

PPCC supports courageous conversations about these powerful topics. STUDENTS & EMPLOYEES: Join the Black Student Union and the Colorado Springs Police Department for a conversation: “De’Von Bailey: Where Do We Go From Here?” Wednesday, February 19 2:00 pm — 4:00 pm Centennial Campus Atrium by Joe Barton, PPCC Alumni NOTE: This article originally appeared in […]

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Global Village Spring 2020

by Vivien Jerez, Editor in Chief Global Village is an event PPCC hosts every week allowing students to talk about a wide range of topics focusing on getting the students’ opinions on various issues. Topics of discussion include Black History Month, technology and scientific advances, and The American Dream (to name a few).   Global Village intends to open a meaningful discussion about what matters to the students here at PPCC […]

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ENG dept. celebrates Toni Morrison

PPCC English Department celebrates Toni Morrison February 24-28: Monday, February 24 Rampart Second-Floor Lounge Area: Literary Circles Theme: Sweetness 12:30 pm — 3:15 pm Centennial Atrium: An Introduction to Toni Morrison Selected readings from students and faculty 10:00 am — 3:00 pm Tuesday, February 25 Rampart Second-Floor Common: Creative Writing Workshop Theme: TBD Downtown Studio […]

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“Welcome! Everything is Fine.” — The Good Place Review

by Lacey Berig, news editor “I swear I’m worth it,” proclaims Kristen Bell’s character Eleanor Shellstrop, a sentiment that rings true for the character as well as the show itself in NBC’s “The Good Place.” Eleanor and her group of misfits lead the audience through an unexpected, ever-changing afterlife that will keep them on their […]

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Combat Paper Resonates

By Camille Liptak – Student Reporter Catharsis. Respect. Art. Protest. For PPCC veterans and family members of the military, Combat Paper was all those things simultaneously. Combat Paper, a paper-making workshop that repurposes the uniforms of veterans and active duty military, invited students, faculty, and community members to participate in a week-long observance of Veteran’s […]

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Opinion: A Veterans Day Tale of Diversity and Struggle

By Devon Martinez – Student Editor Andrew Stuckey is a black American veteran/hero who served his country through three wars. He wrote a book about his life called, Of a Black American Born. His wife, Marcelle Stuckey was captured by Nazis during World War II because of her connection with the French Resistance.  They are my […]

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Rampart has Parking Problems

By Reid Hollingsworth – Student Contributor and Devon Martinez – Student Editor Over the years, the number of the students and faculty at Pikes Peak Community College has grown, but it is specifically noticeable at the Rampart Range campus this fall semester. Students’ perceptions on the parking situation might be different than the college’s point […]

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Opinion – Mac Demarco’s recent Red Rocks Performance showcased his talents

By Brian Ruminski – Student Reporter A night filled with connectivity, bliss, and laid-back vibes is the best way to describe Mac Demarco’s recent performance on October 6th at Red Rocks amphitheater this month. Demarco, a 29-year old from Canada released his first album in 2012, titled Rock and Roll Nightclub. That same year he […]

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All Pikes Peak Reads Presents: Transatlantic

By the editors The book, Transatlantic by Colum McCann has been selected for this year’s All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) contest. Submissions are due November 1st to appr@ppcc.edu. Sarah McMahon, the faculty member in charge said, “Our APPR event on Oct 7th was a success. Author Colum McCann participated with the instructors, Kathy Sturdevant and […]

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“The Wolves” comes to PPCC

By Camille Liptak – Staff Writer Female warriors, unite! PPCC’s Theatre Department is holding auditions for its fall semester production of “The Wolves.” Navigating the big questions of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness through the lens of nine adolescent soccer players, “The Wolves” by Sarah DeLappe was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer […]

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Your Vote Matters: Local Reps Visit PPCC

By Devon Martinez – Student Editor Representative Tony Exum of House District 17, Council-member Yolanda Avila of District 4, a PPCC graduate, and Colorado State Senator Pete Lee spoke to our own Journalism students from Parley on Wednesday and provided a clear argument on why they believe voting is so important. According to some of […]

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Global Village: Ty Zazueta Invites You to Talk

By Ty Zazueta, Student Contributor My name is Ty Zazueta. I’m an Army Veteran, and an aspiring physicist. I started at PPCC last semester after serving four years as a medic, two of which I lived in Germany. I spend my free time volunteering at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, sharing my […]

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Combat Paper is for Everyone

By Camille Liptak, reporter Through a week-long art-making workshop at PPCC campuses, nearly 340 members of the community re-purposed donated military uniforms into creative works of self-expression. When I initially walked into the Rampart Range atrium on the first day of the Combat Paper workshop, I was uncertain. Combat Paper is a decade-old program that […]

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