Author Archives: Juan Lacayo

Juan Lacayo

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.

PCC’s New Branding Scheme at Odds With Student-Made Sign

By Juan Lacayo|December 6, 2018

An announcement and input request were quietly lodged with PCC faculty on the evening of December 2 regarding a new sign to be installed at PCC Rock Creek. An announcement entitled “INPUT NEEDED” was disseminated by Rock Creek Dean of

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Technology Fee Increase

By Juan Lacayo|November 20, 2018

PCC students are facing another fee increase for the upcoming 2019-21 biennium. The Technology Fee covers what are known as “student facing” expenses incurred by the college that include Online Learning resources, Student Support services, accessibility technology and services, and

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Humans of PCC: C, A Soldier’s Perspective

By Juan Lacayo|November 6, 2018

What do you think was your call to service? I’m going to say the biggest one [was]: I always wanted to do it […] as a kid […] I was not that strong. I was not that tough. I wasn’t

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Secularist of PCC: Mpagi Kiramura

By Juan Lacayo|November 6, 2018

Secularism is the view that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element. As of November 6, 2018, PCC has officially recognized Secular PCC, a student group headed by Mpagi

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Student Activity Fee Increase

By Juan Lacayo|October 23, 2018

Portland Community College students are facing another increase in the cost of getting an education over the next biennium. The Student Activity Fee (SAF) is currently set at $3.15 per credit, which translates to a per-term cost of $37.80 for

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Library: Reading is Sexy

By Juan Lacayo|October 9, 2018

The library is no longer only for pocket protector-wearing poindexters pursuing periodicals from days past. Books are officially cool (again) and the librarians at PCC are here to help you find your A-game in Information Literacy. Students seeking more effective

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The Rules of Engagement

By Juan Lacayo|June 5, 2018

According to ORS 341.290 (4), PCC (and any other public college or university) has the legal right and obligation to “control use of and access to the grounds, buildings, books, equipment and other property of the district.” To this end,

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Institutional Slut Shaming

By Juan Lacayo|June 4, 2018

With the passing of recent federal legislation – [Allow States and Victims to] Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) and Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act (SESTA) – a once lucrative profession that was steadily becoming safer and more legitimized through

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Stand Tall, If You Hate Hate *** OPINION

By Juan Lacayo|May 22, 2018

Recent years have seen action by marginalized groups taking a stand against injustice, be it: racism, xenophobia, harassment, corruption, etc. Across a multitude of issues, if people feel they are being wronged because of who they are, other groups of

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Uncle Tom’s Senator

By Juan Lacayo|May 22, 2018

According to the Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet, John Verbeek believes that the Declaration of Independence along with the Constitution was “decisive progress on the fair way of individual political rights under limited government.” He isn’t wrong about that notion, though his

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Humans of PCC – Artist Spotlight: Belle Miranda

By Juan Lacayo|May 22, 2018

Belle Miranda aka BelleM has been busy honing her craft and expanding her skills in the PCC Multimedia program. She became seriously interested in art about 6 years ago, despite nurturing a passion for art since she could remember, when

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Fancy Shoestring Allows PCC to Walk the Broadband Walk

By Juan Lacayo|April 24, 2018

Portland City Council and PCC have partnered to tackle the issue of community broadband. Telecom and engineering researchers have discovered a new low-cost, high tech solution to make high-speed internet available to all communities regardless of their population density or

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PCC Ratchets Up Student Transportation Costs

By Juan Lacayo|April 24, 2018

The influx of bicycle commuters has had a profoundly negative impact on the financial stability of several PCC campuses including: Cascade campus and Southeast campus, as well as the CLIMB, downtown, and Metro Workforce centers. Parking enforcement employees have swept

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Red and Black is Back

By Juan Lacayo|April 24, 2018

Three years after closing for business, the Red and Black Café will reopen this year with a May Day potluck. Fans of the Red and Black Café should know that the new location and its actual first day of business

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APB: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

By Juan Lacayo|March 21, 2018

A midday panel discussion about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women was in the Cascade Student Union on March 7. Speakers included Marita Growing Thunder representing Save Our Sisters: #MMIW Awareness; Luhui Whitebear, doctoral student of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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