Pierce Pioneer

Pierce County enters phase 1 for a new trail in Tacoma

A breath of fresh air is being given to nearby residents of Tacoma and South Hill, with a newly planned trail being headed by Trails Coordinator Brianne Blackburn. Designs have been completed for the current pipeline trail in Tacoma to be extended to reach South Hill, with projections to start construction in 2022.

The Pierce County website stated their intent for the trail is to provide residents with expanded non-motorized commuting and recreational opportunities, while supporting healthy, active living.

“The long-term connection has long been a vision of Regional Trail advocates with the “Tahoma to Tacoma” vision connecting communities from Commencement Bay to Mt. Rainier National Park,” Pierce County website stated.

Pierce County’s pipeline trail will be a paved trail running along the Tacoma water pipeline between 72nd St E and 94th Ave E. This will connect Chapman Memorial Trail in South Hill with the newly constructed trail in Tacoma.

The project schedule started with analysis in Nov. 2019, and will have 3 public meetings in between the process being held as virtual open houses on the Pierce County website due to COVID-19 restrictions. The plan for the trail is currently in Phase 1, which will construct 1.6 miles from 72nd St E and Waller Rd E through Orangegate Park.

A grant application has been submitted for Phase 1 funding and the project is seeking $2.2 million from state or federal aid. All future phases will be planned as resources are available.

In the meantime, residents have opportunities for input and to receive updates on the project by signing up for email updates.

Sacrificing rights is tradition

Nick Nelson / Staff Photo Illustration

International Women’s Day is not celebrated the same way in every country

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a holiday that is meant to be celebrated worldwide, yet some countries still have not guaranteed women their basic rights. 

IWD celebrates women and how much they have achieved over the years. The topic of women’s rights cannot be discussed without addressing the rights they are deprived of.

Having a day that celebrates women’s rights does not mean that all of them have been achieved. There are still many that women lack. Educating both men and women on how much women have achieved is essential to bridging the gap between genders and creating an equal standard. Not only is IWD about remembering the rights women have achieved, it is also a day to continue empowering women all over the world.

Pierce College exchange student Linh Tin explained that in Asia, they view women as inferior to men and treat them poorly because they have traditional values. “They think that men are the most important in the family who can decide everything, and I think we should change that.”

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Mina Wong shares her perspective from China.

Mina Wong, an exchange student from Hong Kong, said,“I feel like International Women’s Day is not that important in Hong Kong. I feel like Hong Kong cannot do gender equality.”

“We always think that (an) adult woman is a housewife; we won’t think that she has a job or anything, but all the time we think that men are the ones who work. The ones who earn money to support the family,” she said.

Wong said that based on her experience, Pierce gives women more rights than her school in Hong Kong because they were still in the process of improving gender equality.

Even students who were born in America but have immigrant parents also view IWD in a different way. Although they grew up in America and were influenced by the society, it was not enough to break down the traditions passed down from older generations.

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Miriam Dzyk shares her perspective from Russia.

“The men in the house take over the woman’s responsibilities of doing things and they just see how it is from a woman’s perspective  of what they do on the daily,” Mariam Dzyk said when asked how her family celebrates IWD. Dzyk is a Pierce student with immigrant parents who moved from Russia 26 years ago. Despite the years, the tradition of a woman being solely responsible for the household still stands.

The perspective of men on IWD is just as important as women’s. They also play a role in the sense that for a long time, men have had the rights that women are fighting for. Along with women fighting for their basic rights, men are also bringing attention to themselves.

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David Karcha shares his perspective from America.

“It’s always been about men, so it’s now shifting that focus equally to both men and women,” said David Karcha, a Pierce student working toward his engineering degree. “It’s changing, with the ‘Me Too’ movement for example. Men can’t get their way with everything now, it’s like to show that they’re limited.” 

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Sammy Tang shares his perspective from America.

Another student, Sammy Tang, said, “They (women) don’t have the same things as we (men) do, like equal pay, birth control – and it’s weird that men have a say in everything.” 

To empower women, Tang said, “Ensure that they can have their rights. It’s weird to say this, but I want them to have basic rights.” The goal is not to surpass men, but rather to create an equal playing field.

Students given opportunity to “Fight like a girl”

Self-defense class empowers women

“Fight Like a Girl” is a phrase commonly associated with females being weak and inferior, making them easy targets. Student Life is using that phrase to change that. On March 8, the Lakewood police Department will be bringing their Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) self-defense class to Pierce College.

March 8

Noon - 3 p.m.

Fort Steilacoom Campus

Cascade Building
Performance Lounge

Aidan Helt

[email protected]

Pierce students enjoy a tulip festival


Sabina Imbragimova
Staff Writer

Tulip FestivalOn April 20, Pierce College International students had a great opportunity to experience the beauty of Mt. Vernon by taking a ride to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  Over 29 years, the Skagit Valley has stunned many visitors with its remarkable view to the colorful fields of tulips. Indeed, the beauty of those fields could hardly be compared with anything in Tacoma or Lakewood, it could be seen as a landmark of the Washington state.

The Festival was held the entire month of April, to celebrate charming jewels of the valley with the array of various tulip events and the tulip-viewing opportunities. The festival has become one of the main and biggest events throughout the Washington state, and has attracted over 300,000 and 400,000 visitors from across the country. Once they arrive, they are treated to between 400 and 700 acres of tulips of all colors and varieties, based on the skagitvisitor.com.

Many international students who had a chance to see this wonderful excursion first hand, found this activity pretty exciting for both college and family trips. Throughout the trip 33 students along with two officers from the International Office: Bebhinn Horrigan and Chiharu Hariya were involved. The roundtrip towards the Tulip Festival took in general four hours, plus students visited the Outlet Mall to buy some snacks and just hang out.

When students and officers arrived on a school bus to the Tulip Festival, they were stunned by the beauty of the red, yellow, white, purple, pink, orange and various kinds of fields. It was amazing how everyone was spread to different parts of the fields, once they stepped outside of the bus. “I was shocked by the flood of people occupying the Festival.” Andre Ren, student from Russia says. Adding that the Hindu culture was well respresented.

While some students were spread around various fields of tulips, and took pictures of those wonderful flowers, some of them visited souvenir stores and flower booths. Students got a very good deal on the bouquets of tulip flowers, buy 4 get one free. Thus, mostly everyone got at least one bouquet when they were back to the bus.

Souvenir stores were able to sell postcards picturing Mt. Vernon and tulips, mugs and candles with the scent of tulips. Many noticed various creative things made out of dry tulip flowers.

Moreover for many people it was hard to find food, thus many booths of lunch were placed around the Festival. It was very handy having everything in one place, however turned out to be pricey.

When it was time to get back to the bus, students were heading towards the Outlet Mall to shop for one hour. It was indeed a long way to the Mt. Vernon, however the trip turned out to be amazing! It has given to many positive mood and while back students were still discussing the beauty of the Tulip Festival.

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