Higher education reporter for Lookout Santa Cruz, in partnership with Open Campus.
From groundskeeper to graduate: Katharina Pierini is finishing a degree she first started on 27 years ago
Katharina Pierini first enrolled at UC Santa Cruz in 1994 before life drew her away from her studies. Now a groundskeeper at the university, she is earning her bachelor's degree.
June 12, 2021
As registration lags further behind, Cabrillo College pivots to a mostly in-person fall
Cabrillo is revamping its fall course schedule to more than double its offering of in-person courses. It also will require vaccinations for students and staff on campus.
June 9, 2021
Wistful over the lost year, this U. of California senior is on a graduation serenade mission
Ross Piscitello is graduating next week. But first he's making a final tour of the campus, performing at each residential college in the order in which they were built.
June 3, 2021
‘The Empty Year’: Oral historians document a year of crises at UC Santa Cruz
Their project preserves the first-hand accounts of 22 students and staff at UC Santa Cruz who — from near or far — navigated the successive crises the campus faced in 2020.
June 2, 2021
A milestone in equity: For the first time, Cabrillo College’s graduating class is 50% Latinx
Latinx representation among Cabrillo College graduates has been on an upward trend for most of the past two decades — more than doubling since 2005.
May 21, 2021
Cabrillo College reinstates football with promise of more oversight, local players
A report found soaring rates of out-of-area recruitment had led to housing and food insecurity for athletes, as well as subpar transfer and academic completion rates. But former athletes also spoke glowingly of the doors it had opened.
May 11, 2021
Town-gown tension: In Santa Cruz, another sign of community wariness about university growth
A task force led by the Santa Cruz city and county governments is calling on UC Santa Cruz to make five binding commitments restricting how — and where — it builds.
April 26, 2021
New rounds of complaints challenge a university’s student housing plans
Advocacy groups fighting the University of California at Santa Cruz's plans are raising concerns about costs and the campus commitment to affordable housing.
April 23, 2021
What to know about UCSC’s plans for a mostly in-person fall
While plans remain tentative, campus leaders are looking at reopening on-campus housing to nearly full capacity and holding the majority of courses in person.
April 7, 2021
Will football return to Cabrillo College?
A year after the community college suspended its football program following violations, trustees are set to decide in May whether to bring the Seahawks back to the field.
April 7, 2021