Did Jesus walk the earth?

City College hosts debate over Christ’s existence

A Christian mother and her atheist daughter, a street preacher, and a philosophy student looking for some extra credit…walk into a bar. Well, in this case, they walk into a debate.

The “Jesus Debate” between Christian writer and filmmaker John Christy and atheist author Dave Fitzgerald March 25 in the City College Student Center focused on sources that claimed whether or not Jesus Christ existed. David Smalley of Dogma Debate acted as moderator, and occasional comic relief, during the debate, sponsored as a collaboration between the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Secular Student Alliance.

One of the listeners who happened upon the debate was Alin Patania, who was on campus to return somebody’s phone before the debate began.

“I saw the flier in the library,” said Patania a Christian, “and it drew me. I just had to be here.”

But Patania was not the only Christian at the debate. Moderator Smalley took a quick poll of the audience with almost half identifying themselves as Christians and the other half as athiests. More than 200 people attended the event.

During the debate, Christy and Fitzgerald were given time for an opening statement. Both men presented evidence to prove their points, mentioning…» Read More

See the world; study abroad

Program participants explain the value of a semester overseas for students

Encyclopedia Britannica Editor William Robertson Smith once defined Florence, Italy as the city where the Renaissance originated. Between the 15th and 17th centuries, it served as the center for new experiences and enlightenment.

This semester, 16 students from City College and American River College will get their own chance at enlightenment in the popular tourist town by attending classes there weekly. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in trips to nearby cities and other cultural activities.

The Study Abroad program works with other institutions to give students an international experience, according to Los Rios Study Abroad Assistant Director Lizzy Lynch.

“We work for a company, the American Institute for Foreign Study, and we have been going to Florence every spring for many years,” said Lynch.

“By far, the most popular program has been Florence,” said Los Rios Study Abroad Director Jesus Frank Malaret. “And that’s not just since it’s been here, but also in the history of the program.”

Los Rios has participated in the Study Abroad program for approximately 10 years, according to Lynch.

Each year, one professor represents the Los Rios district…» Read More

New dean breathes life into West Sac Center

From humble beginnings, Art Pimentel rises to first run a city, now an outreach center

The 2014-2015 school year at City College’s West Sacramento Center started off with a new dean.

Art Pimentel’s long list of previous titles includes director of TRIO programs at Woodland City College, executive dean of the Yuba Community College District and even mayor of Woodland.

But Pimentel, who is still a resident of Woodland, says he enjoys working in higher education.

“I love my job,” says Pimentel. “I enjoy going to work and working with many committed staff, faculty members and students. And I’m not just saying that. I really love West Sacramento.”

Pimentel’s rich life had humble beginnings. “I was the first in my family to graduate from college,” he says.

His parents still work as seasonal farm workers.

“They work here in Woodland in agriculture,” says Pimentel. “My dad’s worked for the same company for 37 years. And my mother works for the local tomato processing plant. She’s worked there for maybe 27 or 28 years.”

Pimentel and his three siblings — two older brothers and a younger sister — grew up taking frequent and lengthy trips to Mexico to visit their grandfather.

“The person who really instilled that political bug in me was my grandfather,” says Pimentel.

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City College baseball loses Game 2 to Sierra

Effective pitching not enough to save Panthers

City College was unable to hold off the Sierra College Wolverines March 26 and lost Game 2 of a three-game series, 2-1.

The Wolverines scored on a Bret Sundberg RBI single in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. The Panthers answered back in the second inning after Anthony Fellman reached home on a Brian Ingram RBI ground out.

The Panthers allowed the go-ahead run in the fifth inning. Starting pitcher Zach Smart pitched effectively in five innings, but was pulled in the sixth for Travis Magness.

“Smart loaded the bases with one out and did not have the command,” said Panthers’ head coach Derek Sullivan. “He was good through five, and in that sixth inning he just kind of lost it a little bit.”

Magness allowed no runs on two hits in his time on the mound..

“We had given him some rest because we kind of tired him out, and he has pitched in a lot of games for us,” said Sullivan. “He did outstanding.”

The Panthers had opportunities in the game and got in scoring position, but couldn’t respond. In the eighth, Boston Romero fell short of a home run in right field but managed…» Read More


Photo 392 class takes a tour through the new building. City College photography student Reginald Ento, explores the new student services/photo building March 24, 2015. Vhonn Ryan Encarnacion | Staff photographer | ryanvhonn@gmail.com
City College students recently dropped off by Light Rail use a variety of transportation to get to their classes. Photo by Penelope Kahn | Staff Photographer | penelopekahn@yahoo.com
Partial solar eclipse captured Oct. 23 through City College telescope. Emily Foley // Photo Editor // emmajfoley@gmail.com
Capoeire Club (Foke Lore & Dance), Ross Mele playing a traditional "lead" instrument during City College club day event. Bill Mahon| Staff Photographer| billmahonphoto@gmail.com


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