Pierce Pioneer

Late Nite Take Out – CPTSD Symptoms + Treatment Story

Episode Description:

This episode covers how the symptoms of CPTSD have affected me over the years. For much of my life, I have gone un-diagnosed, many of the symptoms of CPTSD can fly by under your radar. I hope to share my journey in a way that can helpfully inform or relate to the struggles many of us go through with our emotions and anxieties. Many of the symptoms of CPTSD align with the everyday struggles of life. After much deliberation, I found a therapist and began analyzing and making sense of some of my traumas throughout my life. It can be surprising to learn how interconnected our memories, experiences and emotions are. The process of healing can be a daunting one, but worthwhile in its returns. I share my steps through therapy to help destigmatize the help we need sometimes. Therapy can be a powerful tool to self-discovery and healing, with the will to use it. Peace, and much love to everyone out there, especially now. Each other and the feelings we share is all we can hold onto sometimes.

Littering in Local Wetland

Covid-19 for International students from Asia at Pierce College

Description: These days, Coronavirus is spreading out all over the world. Pierce College has a lot of international students from Asia. Today, I am going to interview them about Covid-19 of their home countries.


Videographer: Jesus Contreras

Editor: Haein (Joy) Kim


Music provided by YouTube Audio Library

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 Music used: Marigold by Quincas Moreira: https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music?nv=1


Washington State death tolls continue to rise amidst Coronavirus panic

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An intensive care unit treating coronavirus patients in a hospital in Wuhan, China, the virus’s epicenter.

On Mar. 8, between 102 – 136 Coronavirus cases have been made in King County, with death tolls being between 16 – 19 and rising. Of the 136 cases reported, 86 of those affected were of the ages of 50 and older. Authorities request that citizens 60 and older, as well as pregnant women, avoid populated places and remain home for their own safety. 

Kiro7 stated, “Sixteen of those who died in King County were residents of Life Care Center, a nursing home in Kirkland, according to Public Health – Seattle & King County. Researchers say the virus may have been circulating undetected for weeks.”

Although there were no confirmed cases in King and Pierce County schools, some have taken safety measures to prevent the spread of germs. Clover Park Technical College took safety measures and have closed down their campus for a deep clean.

Due to being closer to the outbreak, The University of Washington in Seattle cancelled classes until the end of winter quarter. This is to try and prevent those from getting the virus.

“Friday morning, the University of Washington said though its campuses would remain open, classes would no longer be meeting in person starting Monday, Mar. 9 through the end of winter quarter on Mar. 20,” Kiro7 said. “The university’s president said that remote learning will be utilized when possible, but also notified staff that in some cases, they may need to submit grades based on work.”

While Pierce College Fort Steilacoom hasn’t taken those measures, Choi Halladay, vice president of administrations, announced in an email that Pierce is closely monitoring the Coronavirus. “Currently, leadership is working closely with public health officials to keep up to date regarding the virus and potential impacts to the college, and we are developing additional plans to mitigate those impacts,” Halladay stated.

Faculty has existing plans for emergency management specific for responding to a pandemic outbreak. Pierce is providing fact sheets in all languages from the Washington State Department of health for the Coronavirus online on their websites.

The amount of cases coming in for testing has made it harder to detect those with the virus; this makes it important to be aware and take all measures to protect oneself from getting sick. 

Public Health for Seattle & King County states, “If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider. Isolate yourself and wear a mask before leaving the house. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.”

Updated March 13th, 2020 at 2:04pm

As of Mar. 12, Washington State governor Jay Inslee has ordered all private and public K-12 schools to close from Mar. 17 to April 24.

As reported by the Seattle Times, Chris Reykdal, state school’s chief states, “Our [school] systems need to be prepared for a potentially longer closure in the near term, and [without a vaccine] we have to be prepared that this is back in the fall or still with us in the fall.”

In response, Pierce College emailed early morning on Mar. 13 that all campuses will be moving to teaching classes online. 

“As Pierce College moves to limit face-to-face instruction starting Tuesday, Mar. 17, we also need to reduce the number of staff on campus to implement social distancing guidelines, while still providing services to students and opportunities for employees to work,” the email states.

Campus Safety, IT, Facilities, Finances, Center for Global Scholars, and Payroll will remain on campus during these closures. However, students and professors are not required to be on campus during this time.

More updates will be available as the weeks pass.

Coronavirus – What You Need to Know

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A new virus has emerged in Wuhan, China and is spreading rapidly. The Coronavirus, a disease most often found in animals such as birds, has been traced to a public seafood market and has infected over 600 people and killed 20 since emerging late December, according to The New York Times.

One individual has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus in the Snohomish County of Washington State, making them the first case in the United States. However, they are currently in good condition as they’re being monitored by doctors.

While much isn’t known about the virus, doctors are currently researching everything they can about it. A cure however, has yet to be announced. 

The fatality rate is currently at 3 percent, with a wide range of mild to severe symptoms similar to pneumonia, such as coughing, fever, and sore throat. As of now, researchers are inferring that it spreads the same way as other respiratory viruses; through coughing and sneezing, according to The Washington Post.

The virus poses the highest risk to those in China, making the likelihood of it becoming severe in the States slim. Even in China, the disease seems to be most negatively affecting people who already had adverse health issues such as respiratory problems, or a weakened immune system, according to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Additionally, China is taking cautionary measures to limit the spreading of this virus. According to The Verge, all Lunar New Year celebrations have been cancelled in Wuhan, Macau, Zhejiang, and Beijing. Health screening at major airports in the United States and China are being done. In China, all transportation has been cancelled in the city of Wuhan.

The World Health Organization decided that as of now this disease is not a public health emergency, after meeting on Jan. 22. However, the organization is consolidating again on Jan. 29 to reconsider their previous stance, as they hope to re-evaluate how contained the virus is.

Construction underway for students in the medical field

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The first floor of the Cascade building currently houses the EMS, Veterinarian (on the right), and Dental hygiene (on the left) programs.

Space for students will be expanded and be

completed by Fall of 2021

Many students may know of Pierce College’s ever-growing dental hygiene, veterinary technology, and EMS programs. Students who are part of these departments are often seen walking around campus in their scrubs after a long day of class. These are three important departments that require lots of space and updated technology for students to be successful in their studies and workplace. 

To combat the growing population of people joining these programs, a new building on Pierce College’s Fort Steilacoom campus is in the early stages of planning. With a proposed completion date of Fall of 2021, this building will provide much more room for opportunities with the advanced technology it will provide.

Choi Halladay, vice president of administrative services at Pierce College, emphasizes the needs of students who are part of these programs, and how this construction will benefit them. “This will expand the amount of space that they have by a lot,” says Halladay. “It will make it all state of the art, and a space that represents the kinds of work environments that most of the students would actually go to work in.” 

In fact, for the veterinarian department, it’s not only the students who need the extra space. According to Salvador Hurtado, the Veterinary Technology Program Director, this expansion will provide an opportunity for different animals’ environment to be taken care of as well. 

As veterinary students, Hurtado states that it’s important to have access to animals that can be worked with. This need is something that this development will focus on. In addition to larger areas for animals to roam and exercise, there will also be external windows for them to see outside.

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Anyone part of an intensive educational program is likely to understand the importance of this simulated experience; it is necessary to be successful in whatever field one is going into. It’s also important to have enough room to work comfortably in, in contrast to a smaller space that restricts a student’s productivity. 

“This building will have more student-dedicated space,” adds Hurtado. “There will be more study areas, and places for students to hang out in. This way, there won’t be as much time spent walking from building to building to eat lunch or find a quiet place to work.”

As the construction of this building is still in the beginning stages, it’s too soon to determine any specific unique features. However, Halladay has a main idea of what staff are looking for in this new building. “We are trying to create layouts where it’s really efficient. Where an instructor can move from place to place and help a lot of different students doing different things simultaneously.” 

Halladay continues in saying that this way, students are able to multitask with working on a project, while getting the help they need from professors. Forming a space where students have this access is valuable as it gives everyone a chance to learn the most that they can, even while working outside the classroom.

Upon hearing about these new renovations, some students may be worried about how this may affect their time at Pierce in ways such as tuition and parking. However, Halladay assures that there will be no increases in tuition or fees as a result of the new building. Parking will not pose an issue once construction is complete. Halladay confirms that a few additional spots are likely to be added, but there should be an appropriate amount of spaces now for more students to park in.

This expansion of dental hygiene, EMS, and veterinary technology is something that students can look forward to in the future. With these new facilities, it will provide help with getting closer to their goals while at Pierce College.

The Scoop #12 – Dental Hygiene


Khuong “Finn” Quoc Ho and Candee Bell talk about events happening Monday, May 28th through Saturday, June 1st. This episode features a talk with the dental hygiene program director, Monica Hospenthal.

Special guest: Monica Hospenthal

Hosted by: Khuong “Finn” Ho and Candee Bell

Edited by: Khuong “Finn” Ho

Measles outbreak reported in Pierce County

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Check with your provider to make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date.

In February, a measles outbreak was reported in the King County area, and now it has moved to Pierce County, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

There are no confirmed cases within the Pierce College District but students and staff should still monitor how sick they get and watch for the following symptoms: fever, red eyes, runny nose and cough.

Three days after these symptoms arise, a rash will start forming on the face and then start spreading to the rest of the body. Keep in mind the virus will stay airborne for two hours once the infected person leaves a area.  

Please stay home if you have the symptoms listed above.  Please check with your family physician to make sure everyone is up-to-date on vaccines. The Washington State Department of Health also provides a way to check your vaccination status online: https://wa.myir.net.

Some clinics will provide free shots for children and low cost shots for adults without insurance.

Measles are very contagious and severely dangerous if children catch it. Please contact your children’s health professionals if your child has the measles virus or you have been in or near an infected area.

All this information and more can be found on the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department at https://www.tpchd.org/home. You can also call the department at 253-798-6500.

Flu Shot Frenzy

Getting Vaccinated Against the Flu


Ah, fall. The time of Thanksgiving, Halloween, cold weather, and of course, the flu season. As we all know, getting the flu is not fun, especially since college isn’t free, so flu shots are a must. When asked, a lot of students replied that “yeah, they’d already gotten their shots.” What a lot of them didn’t know, however, is that the beginning of school isn't always the best time to get inoculated.

            According to Lisa Murray, one of the Health teachers at our school, it takes about two weeks after an injection for your body to build up immunity to the virus. Then you’ll be good to go; at least until it wears off. That’s right, folks. Flu shots are only effective for so long, and once they’ve worn off, your body is susceptible to illness. The problem with this is that public places like gyms, schools, and dorms are breeding hotspots for all sorts of nasty bugs that can affect anyone, especially young children, older adults, and anyone who has a weak immune system.

            Thankfully, flu shots are available during every season, so you don’t have to wait for your next annual doctor’s appointment. The vaccines also don’t actually give you the flu. You might experience flu-like symptoms, but that’s just your body’s way of training itself for the chance that you might catch a bug. So this season, don’t forget to get your flu shot so both you and your classmates can avoid missing out on collecting candy and carving pumpkins.

health and fitness are unmasked in a series of classes

Lloyd Shisler
Staff Writer

Food and fitness are everywhere, telling us what we should eat and how we should look. The media advertises food that is delicious and unhealthy. Magazines and pictures advertise how someone should look in our society.

Kim Field is a teacher here at Pierce College. She has been well educated in the field of health and fitness.

She is teaching three current classes that will be on the subject of health and fitness. This three-part series provides classes to teach you the do’s and don’ts when it comes to health and fitness.

All three series are centered around individual awareness.

The classes will also be covering image and disorder issues. Classes will begin on, May 2, 2013. Second class will be on, May 16 2013. The final class is on, May 18, 2013.

There will be a lot of topics that hit upon the struggles of many people. These are topics such as; eating disorders and how anorexia and bulimia can destroy someone’s body and mind.

How we see ourselves as individuals will be addressed. This information coincides with how guys influence women and how women influence men. It also covers how the media impacts and influences someone with fashion.

Stereotypes are other issues that will be addressed. The second class will be addressing international students and visitors.  They will explain how being away from home can affect someone.

Culture shock is a huge thing to overcome when initially coming to a new country, and it’s difficult trying to learn and understand the culture around you.

On May 16, 2013, there are going to be guest speakers talking about nutrition. These speakers will talk about supplementations such as hydroxycut, protein shakes, vitamins, and more.

The classes will talk about your energy balance and when your body burns more then it intakes.

Field had this to say to Pierce students; “It’s not about being perfect, it’s about progress. It’s about being comfortable when you’re uncomfortable. “

There is a western disease that has hit Americans. There is always a struggle with image, peer pressure, media, weight and many other things.

Even if you feel like you know how to stay healthy, there is always something more you can learn.

There is a lot of information that is being shared in these classes.

So if you’re seeking the knowledge to further expand your mind and body, then come out to the classes at the HEC building in room 302. Classes will be held at noon.

There are many reasons and ways to improve yourself. However, there are certain aspects of a body that are universal to many people and yourself.

Remember to take care of your self mentally and physically, because your body and mind are what take you through life.

A smoking conversation

Tamara Kelly
Staff Writer

While it can be argued that spouting statistics is a waste of time for smokers, it’s difficult to argue with science and statistics, especially when we know they are true. Smoking is bad for health. I question whether smokers really understand the constraints they are placing upon their body.

Trading a lifetime of tomorrows for a five minute break from reality, appears to be a narrow minded choice that may eventually shorten their life. I understand it’s difficult to stop smoking for some people. Although, continuing to smoke and endangering others in the process for the selfish purpose of enjoyment seems to be even worse.

Several colleges around the country have started a smoke free environment for their students and the debate has made its way to our campus. Discussions of how small the designated smoking areas are and the fact that there are only two specific places on campus they are allowed to go also frustrates smokers on campus.

A study implemented in New York during 2004 found enforcing a smoke-free environment reduced second hand smoke air quality by 84 percent. Another statistic from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] is non-smokers that were exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25–30 percent.

The needs of the majority should out way the needs the minority when it comes to health. Making the campus a smoke free environment would be giving back the right to non-smoking students for a healthy campus, especially when secondhand smoke contains about 70 cancer-causing chemicals.

Even if the designated smoking areas are 25 feet away from the buildings it seems that many smokers either choose to defiantly ignore the signs or can’t see them, which I have to admit are difficult to find when looking around the campus.

I’ve noticed that the main entrance by the busses had turned into an un-designated smoking area and having to pass by the billows of nicotine as I walk up the stairs has become a significant problem for non-smoking students. And even smokers have complained about students breaking the school policy and smoking anywhere they wish to go.

If all smokers would abide by the rules, then there wouldn’t be a need for a smoke free campus. Typically when rules continue to be ignored, it can leave the school with no other choice, but to make the entire school a non-smoking campus.

Giving all students’ the right to breath smoke-free air and not have to worry about coming into contact with passive smokers who don’t care enough about their own health or anyone else’s should be the top priority.

Relief for delayed onset muscle soreness

Six easy tips to help get rid of pesky after workout pain

Tamara Kelly
Staff Writer

After a big workout the fluid retention may be the cause of all that pain and stiffness from sore muscles.

Here are few tips that can help alleviate the pain and get you back on the treadmill.

Drink some orange juice after a tough workout. Orange juice can help flush out the lactic acid that builds up in the body.

Orange juice contains high levels of potassium, which in return prevents the buildup of lactic acid.

Gatorade and Chocolate milk are other recommended options to help with the prevention of lactic acid build up.

Taking a long hot shower or a soak in a hot tub can make the muscles feel better, however some studies have found that a cold ice tub tend to be more effective, because it restricts the inflammation in sore muscles.

But one can decide for themselves what works best.

Relax and get a massage. Rubbing the soreness out of the muscles can help ease some of the tenderness.

If hiring a professional masseuse isn’t an option on a college budget, bribing a loved one may be a possibility.

Light stretching can also help. Making sure to keep moving the muscles past the soreness is important.

It allows the muscles to break up the lactic acid that’s causing all that pain.

Take some Ibuprofen. One doesn’t have to be tough and suffer through. Anti-inflammatories like Motrin or Advil can help take the edge off and relieve some of the discomfort.

Last, is rest. Muscles need time to heal and rejuvenate themselves.

Allowing a brake in between strenuous workouts is also part of the cycle when building muscles.

These six tips can help the body and reduce the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

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