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Parley is a commonwealth of academic and creative works that symbolize the excellence and diversity of PPCC's student body.

PPCC Voice
Featured Essays

Folks

Bruce Kooken

This poem won second place in the Parley/SMEAP (Service Members Expressive Arts Project) “Tell Us about Your Service” poetry and visual art contest.

Artist Voices

Nature Serving Man: Man Serving Nature

Jacob Ady

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My inspiration for the piece was how electronics serve man, and man serves nature, and vice-versa. But again, its how we came from nature, and in turn we help nature, like how a tree grows and gives us oxygen, and we prune the branches to make it stronger. It was a shout out, really, of appreciation for the simple things that are taken for granted.

Point/Counter Point

Drops in the Bucket

Suzanne Calvin-Yim

I see a soldier who was brave and strong when others were tearing apart who she was as if it would impact what she offered. Her story is the story of hundreds of soldiers, and countless others who have stories that are different from hers, but are stories nonetheless. Soldiers who joined the military when society still referred to them as “kids.” Soldiers who have left their families, their homes, and their ways of life. Soldiers who marry and forego honeymoons for overseas assignments or miss the births of their first children. Soldiers who hold their two year old children on their laps, then do not see those children again until they are a year or two older. Soldiers who kiss the people they love good bye one last time without really knowing it. Soldiers who are fighting for what I, a civilian, stand for.

Point/Counter Point

Lovin' It

Julie Berogan

Unlike Mr. Squarepants who sees his work as the best job ever, and happily prepares the krabby patties, most fast food employees aren’t exuberant or striving to attain the golden spatula. In fact, they don’t even want to be there. Watching the clock becomes an activity. The minutes melt away like the grease on the patties. Attitudes reflect that minimum wage loosely translates to minimum effort.

PPCC Voice
Featured Essays

Folks

Bruce Kooken

This poem won second place in the Parley/SMEAP (Service Members Expressive Arts Project) “Tell Us about Your Service” poetry and visual art contest.

PPCC Voice

PPCC and the Delano Grape Strike: A Social Change Interview

Analiese Schulzki

The Delano Grape Strike, led by Cesar Chavez, to put it simply, was a boycott and 300 mile march from Delano to Sacramento determined to achieve a living wage for migrant workers in the United States. Jan went down to Delano for a weekend to join in the heart of the strike to show her support and learn more about the people who were fighting for their civil rights and the lives that they had to live in order to provide for their families while still being used and exploited in their only option for work.

Happenings

Parley “Global Voices” Writing and Art Contest

Parley

It's here! Spread the word far and wide. Parley's first contest of 2015-16 is the “Global Voices” Writing and Art Contest. Submit by November 1. What is your global perspective? Share from your experiences. Categories: Essay, Literary, Visual Arts. $50 first prize in each category. www.ppcc.edu/parley/submissions or parley@ppcc.edu