March 2014

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SCC website redesigned for efficiency

City College launched its fully redesigned more user-friendly website March 31 at http://www.scc.losrios.edu.

City College unveiled its new modern site Monday, thanks to thoughtful collaboration amongst the website’s redevelopment team whose work received critical attention. According to City College Confidential Public Information Officer Amanda Davis, the team remained focused on its goal of satisfying the expectations and needs of site visitors.

“Student success and building (an) user-friendly site has been at the heart of this project,” said Davis earlier.

The redevelopment team diligently combined efforts to unbury hard-to-find content and end no-result search returns typical of the old site. Site visitors were greeted Monday with an expanded database of up-to-date information more easily found.

Although the new site is designed for a more user-friendly experience, there may be a learning period before some users are fully comfortable using the sites features. City College’s upcoming website familiarizations sessions are free for the taking and will provide training specific to successful outcomes while navigating the website—keep on the lookout for session dates.



Former City College student Cathy Speck speaks to professor Joanne Moylan-Aube's Psychology 390 class inside Temporary 6 March 10 about her struggles with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and how she copes with death within her family. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, according to alas.org. Elizabeth Ramirez | staff photographer | elizabethramirezexpress@gmail.com

Learning to love life

Legendary Yankees player Lou Gehrig is not only known for his triumphs as an all-time great first baseman, but also as a pioneer in raising awareness for the terminal disease that killed him in 1941.

“I might have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for,” said Lou Gehrig in 1939 during his goodbye speech at Yankees Stadium, explaining that even though his disease stopped him from playing baseball, he didn’t let it stop his love for life.

Lou Gehrig’s disease—amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)–is a disease that gradually kills the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, which control the muscles all over the body, eventually making it hard or impossible to walk, talk, eat, swallow or breathe. Most people diagnosed with the disease die within 3-5 years after the onset of symptoms, but in rare cases, people can live for much longer.


City College freshman first-baseman Taylor Martinez connects for a base hit during the first game of a double-header against San Joaquin Delta College March 22 at The Yard. The Panthers won the game with a triple play in the seventh inning. Photo by Dianne Rose | Staff Photographer | dianne.rose.express@gmail.com

SCC softball sweeps day

City College’s softball team swept Big 8 Conference opponent San Joaquin Delta College in a double header at home March 22 in The Yard for final scores of 10-9 and 3-2 respectively.

Game one began with a monstrous first inning for the Panthers. The team totaled nine runs and nine hits in the inning.

Shortstop Mickey Loveridge started the game with a three-run home run to deep center field and added one more RBI before the inning ended. Catcher Allie Cheetham and Outfielder Megan Winton both had RBIs in the inning, and second baseman Stephanie Bagwell scored a run after getting on base from a fielding error.

In the bottom of the second inning, Delta began to mount a comeback, getting three runs on four hits. The team ended the inning with three runners left on base.




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City Scene

The average age of today’s live theater patron is over 50 years old—at least given the amount of gray hair I see in Sacramento audiences. With baby boomers retiring, the local theater scene enjoys steady patronage. But theater directors need to find ways to engage younger audiences.

With hundreds of TV channels, video games, and multi-million dollar blockbusters on screens everywhere and eyes glued to smartphones, how do theaters stand a chance? How do we spark new interest while maintaining established theatergoers’ support?

One exciting way to do this is fusing multiple artistic forms of media—think radio, visual arts, projection, live theater, music and special effects mashed up with traditional works.


JAKE ON SPORTS

Last month attorney Jeffrey Kessler filed a lawsuit on behalf of four NCAA student athletes, challenging rules that prevent student athletes from receiving financial compensation for their efforts on the field. They want to get paid.

The argument made is that college coaches, administrators and the colleges themselves make millions of dollars each season, yet the players get nothing.

An athletics scholarship at a private institution includes tuition costs, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous expenses.

University of Southern California offers 85 scholarships each year to its athletes, but annual tuition averages at $42,162. Room and board expenses amount to $12,078.


From left to right, Victor Sr., Victor Jr., and Gilbert Lagunas exercise in City College’s North Gym

Fitness: a family affair

Drops of sweat collect on the rubber-padded floors of the City College gym as Victor Lagunas Sr. approaches the 10-mile mark in his workout riding one of the schools stationary bicycles. Lagunas biked 13 miles on this day, one more than his usual 12.

At the 13-mile mark Lagunas stops. Momentum from the turning wheels carries his legs through a few more pedals until he comes to a rest. He takes the white gym towel draped around his neck and wipes the sweat from his thinning gray hair and forehead. His two sons, Victor Jr. and Gilbert—also wrapping up their workouts, come over to meet their 90-year-old father, as they have after every workout for more than a decade.

The Lagunas family’s tenure at City College spans over 50 years. Lagunas’ oldest son Victor Jr. attended classes in the mid-1960s, graduating with an associate’s degree. Lagunas’ three other children followed suit, each spending time at City College before transferring to four-year institutions.


City College alumnus Jeremy Briggs joined Team Shakira on the NBC singing competition show ‘The Voice.’ Photo Courtesy of NBC

Former Panther rocked on ‘The Voice’

At City College, the baseball diamond is a place where hard-working students become devoted athletes. It is also where an athlete named Jeremy Briggs stepped off home plate and into his music career. After joining a local Sacramento band as its vocalist, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to further his career by auditioning for NBC’s “The Voice.”

Although Briggs qualified for the show and appeared in the first few episodes, he was eliminated on the first “battle duet” March 18. He may not have hit a home run on “The Voice,” but Briggs remains a star in many City College memories.