Author Archives: Mountain.Barber

Summer Pell Returns

Usually the government doing something that affects students is news to dread, but for once there’s some good news on that front. On Monday, May 8, Congress passed a piece of bipartisan legislation to refund the summer Pell Grant Program starting with the 2017-2018 school year. This means that starting this

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Dual-Enrollment Advice for PCC Students

Most students attending PCC for a four-year degree prefer to transfer entirely away to their new school, but sometimes circumstances call for students to dual-enroll at PCC and another school, like myself. It’s definitely more difficult than attending a single school, but there are often excellent reasons to dual-enroll. A few

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Mountain’s Book Recommendations:

The Monkey Wrench Gang, By Edward Abbey Edward Abbey is often referred to as the “Henry David Thoreau of the Desert.” There’s a lot of truth in this comparison, though Edward Abbey was significantly more likely to get in a fight or fart in polite company. Published in 1975, The Monkey

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Scientist Profiles

Here are three of the scientists that attended the Portland March for Science. These are just a few of the many scientists I spoke to there, who also included geologists, physicists, various social scientists, and more. Amelia Nestler, PhD. Doctor Nestler attended the event as a representative of Northwest Green Chemistry,

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PCC’s Language Exchange Program

The Language Exchange Program is a program to help students improve their language skills through mutual assistance. Students are paired up with other students to help both learn new languages. When students sign up for the program, they enter their native and fluent languages and any languages they’re learning. They’re then

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Mountain’s Book Recommendations

The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of the World’s Greatest Invention, by Alexander Munro The first thing that occurs in a conversation about this book is an immediate argument about whether paper is actually the most important invention in the history of the world. “What about fire?” “We didn’t invent fire,

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PCC’s Annual Job Fair Gets Even Bigger

PCC’s 20th annual Job Fair is being held on Cascade Campus on Tuesday, April 25th from 11:00 AM–3:00 PM at the Cascade PEB Gymnasium on North Killingsworth. Last year’s Job Fair had over ninety employers attending, and this year the number has increased to over a hundred. Participating organizations this year

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Italian Film Festival This Weekend

The Portland Italian Film Festival is being held this weekend on Portland State University’s campus at the Fifth Avenue Cinema. Admission is free and open to the public. Nine subtitled Italian feature-length films are being shown, as well as a selection of short films. This is the 13th year of the

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