A Recent History of The Bridge

By Juan Lacayo|January 25, 2018Archive, Student Writing|

A Recent History of The Bridge
Juan Lacayo

PCC’s student newspaper, The Bridge, has a dramatic history that runs the gamut of critical acclaim, controversy, defunding, shutdown, and a subsequent revival:

Following budget cuts that occurred in 2005, The Bridge lost its administrative funding from the college’s general funds. As a result, that same year saw its shutdown. In 2011 the Committee on Student Leadership, an off-shoot of ASPCC/DSC, convened to examine four questions posed by then-President Preston Pulliams. The question that brought The Bridge back into the thoughts and conversations of students and administrators alike was “How might ASPCC also provide greater opportunities for students at large to participate and express their views in their forums and other venues?”

A 2011 survey circulated including questions regarding students’ opinions about: the importance of communication between the four campuses, and between the ASPCC/DSC and the students (84.5% ‘Strongly Agreed’ or ‘Agreed’); how likely they would use a student newspaper to keep up with college news (66%); and how likely they would use a [news]paper to “participate and express their views” (60%). This survey was created by ASPCC representatives with the assistance of Dr. David Rule, Dean Narcedalia Rodriguez, Dr. Ron Smith, and Dr. Michael Sonnleitner. PCC sociologist and instructor Ricci Franks, with the assistance of the college’s Department of Institutional Effectiveness, vetted the survey methodology and analyzed the 973 responses.

Student Doug Taylor used part of his Honors Capstone to set the groundwork for an online version of The Bridge. After seven years without a student newspaper, PCC seemed on the brink of reestablishing, and consequently supporting, a forum for students’ voices to be heard.

With just $7,000 from the DSC (a fraction of the budget from 1981, which received $26,000 just in ad revenues), The Bridge was set to host its articles on a WordPress website and hire one student editor from each campus. The money was enough to grant each editor 5 hours of work per week, cover the $600 annual subscription fee for the site, and to run the paper for the Fall-Spring terms. Tony Greiner, a Cascade campus librarian, was the sole volunteer for the faculty advisor position.

 

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About Juan Lacayo

Storytelling is the province of which I am a denizen. Within this realm, in a busy part of town where many pass by and few enter, audiences can find me spinning yarns, weaving tapestries, and stitching together the fabrics of everyday reality. Sometimes those cloths are used for shelter and security, other times they are meant to dazzle and delight those who don them, still other times they are meant for their practical uses in life. However, they are always crafted to specification. Cut to form. Stitched to fit. Carefully considered for the form the fabrics will hug so that each form will glide effortlessly and gracefully, as one. The important thing for those who peruse my collections to remember is that many cuts will fit and complement your form, while others will seem tailored for another figure. You may feel uncomfortable, out of place, yet incongruously drawn to the form that could fill that space. It might be thoughtful consideration of the threads binding together the whole; or how the piece traces the curves a form, leaving room for only a breath of excitement; or possibly the revelation of unconsidered possibilities that coax you into my shop. Whatever your inspiration, know that through these doors lie awesome possibilities that, once beheld, cannot be unseen and should not be forgotten.