February 2009


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EDITORIAL | Mission unaccomplished

As our students and families deal with the current economic crisis, community colleges deal with budget cuts. With the state of California currently facing a $42 billion shortfall, Los Rios Community College District is forced to cut money everywhere possible.


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EDITOR’S NOTE | End of the line

This is my last semester of higher education. I graduate in May and I won’t be transferring to a university for another two years of studying, commuting and practically starving. Actually, given the cost of a four-year school these days the starving would become less of a cute euphemism and more of a reality. I don’t have to worry about that though because I am not moving up to the Big School.



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CALENDAR

Feb. 26 Gospel Choir performs in Quad at noon. Austin Texas filmmaker Patrice Millard will discuss her new work Post Katrina in the Cultural Awareness…


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Mysterious Philanthropy

Nursing students will benefit from the Lorrie Morris scholarship. Here nursing students work on a dummy patient. Photo by Allison Valenzuela
The City College Foundation recently received an anonymous donation of $10,000 in the name of a former student, Lorrie Morris. The money will endow a new nursing scholarship to help students with the extra costs of the program.


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Students R.I.S.E. to the occasion

Students receive free tutoring, textbook lending and free computer access in room AJ7, through the R.I.S.E. program. Photo by Jana Hendler.
During this time of economic stress, many people, especially students, find themselves in need of extra financial help. Fortunately, City College provides assistance to those in need.

OK, so luck has little to do with it but through the R.I.S.E. program many students benefit from free tutoring, textbook lending and free computer access.


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Black History

Cosumnes River College director of College Advancement Kenneth Cooper reads from "Goodnight Bush" Feb. 6 at City College about his trip to see President Barack Obama's inauguration. Photo by Allison Valenzuela.
Emotions ran high when staff and faculty from throughout the Los Rios Community College District recently discussed their thoughts and impressions on President Obama’s inauguration. Many of the speakers relayed the sense of excitement they had experienced firsthand at the presidential inauguration.


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Green program takes root

City College Renewable/Sustainable Energy System is the official name for the solar panels on the roof of Rodda North. “These panels have enough power to run all the lights in this building,” says electronic technology professor Melvin Duvall. “Any energy that we don’t use is sorted with SMUD, and it is held for us until we need it.” Photo by Windee Dawson
As the world steadily depletes its reserves of oil and as the public debate over Global warming heats up, the need to go green is becoming more and more essential.
In response to the growing demand for clean industry, City College plans to soon develop new courses in the green technology field.


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North Gym Dedication

“It’s different in almost every aspect. The floors are better, the seating is better and the extra facilities really make good add-ons,” Astrid Lord, Business major.