Music professor Matthew Grasso knew since he first held a guitar that playing the instrument was something he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
Feeling creatively suffocated during his music education Grasso mediated to remove the unnecessary from his music which lead to the creation of guitars that went beyond the parameters of a regular six-string guitar.
“I think for over the past 10 years I’ve worked rather extensively on the design of these guitars, refining them [and] understanding what they’re about and I feel that this has set the tone for what I have to accomplish for the rest of my life,” say Grasso.
Photography professor Autumn Payne’s favorite subject to capture with her camera are human interest stories. She believes her natural curiosity helps tie human emotion from picture or video to her want to learn about people.
In addition to teaching photojournalism at City College, Payne is a writer and photographer for a weekly column in the Sacramento Bee called, “I CARE”, where volunteers in the community are celebrated for doing good things.
A self described introvert, Frank Gallardo believes music has layers of meanings to self expression.
Gallardo plays a variety of instruments from guitar, keyboards, to a bass he inherited from a church that nobody played. He learned how to play keyboards from taking music theory where he had to play basic chords.
Gallardo is currently taking intermediate guitar for the fourth time, refining his ability to play classical playing styles, how to read music, and how to play scales.
“It’s been a fascinating class because we do a little recital at the end of every semester,” says Gallardo. “It kind of pushes you to do your best and play well.”
Gallardo’s dream is to play in a band that plays a variety of music and continues his education in City College looking to make connections that will help him follow his dream.
Angelica Garcia is a City College student who practices Aztec dance that has been passed down from generation to generation. Garcia became interested in Aztec dance at six-years-old, introduced by her older sister as they danced in La Guadalupe in south side park.
“When I dance, I feel so much energy in me with the beat of the drum,” says Garcia.
Garcia says that dancing has taught her respect, especially for her elders, which she believes her generation is losing respect for.
“We need to be happy from where we come from, [and] who we come from.” says Garcia.
While students are away this summer the foundations for a new path to their education is underway.
The long awaited pedestrian bridge is set to begin construction around June 1, according to the Sacramento Bee. This pedestrian bridge will start at the City College light rail station and reach over the train tracks to the new, soon-to-be developed 72- acre Curtis Park Village where students and neighboring families can take a short walk to the retail stores and restaurants. It will provide a walkway for light rail riders and easy access to the new neighborhood from the City College.
Another semester of students also means another semester of athletes. The spring brought with it a fresh start via a new batch of players to City College teams.
After a tough rebuilding season in 2012 ended with an 11-26-1 record, the school’s softball team’s season has done a complete 180. The team started with a 9-0 record before suffering its first defeat of the season.
The team continued to pick up wins and finished the regular season with a 31-5 record. With another Big 8 Conference title under their belts, the 27th in school history, the team’s members say they are hopeful about heading to the State Championship to possibly earn a fifth state title.
“We had goals before we started the season,” says head coach Tim Kiernan, “[Get] an opportunity to win a state championship. That hasn’t changed.” The Panthers won their first playoff series against De Anza College and now prepare to go up against Sierra College. Sophomores Molly Ryan and Heather Oakley, who were both named as All-Northern California selections, led the team at the plate and freshman Ashten Welch did the same on the pitcher’s mound. Welch, finished the regular season with a 25-3 record for…» Read More
Sacramento City College’s Graphic Communication department will host its Year End Showcase themed “Heroes and Villains” Monday, May 20, according to department professor Don Button.
“This is a chance for graphic communication students to showcase their best work from the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semester,” Button said.
According to graphic communication professor Robyn Waxman, Y.E.S. is not a showcase of general submissions but is specific to the talents of graphic communication students.
“This is not a contest, and only work from the graphic communication department will be accepted,” Waxman said. “There will, however, be a ‘Best in Show’ award.”
While the show is open to the public, Waxman said invitations do go out to specific individuals whose attendance could mean jobs for graphic communication students.
“We have an advisory board, and we invite them,” Waxman said. “They are working professionals in Sacramento and sometimes shop for employees.”
Accordingly, graphic communication major Casey Bagozzi said she is looking forward to Y.E.S. as an opportunity to network with potential employers.
“This show is a celebration of the year,” Bagozzi said. “It’s a chance for all of us to get together and reflect on the past year. It also gives the…» Read More
For many City College athletes, the decision to attend this campus is because it’s close to home, but for others, the travel is a little longer: About 2,000-plus miles farther, to be exact.
Dan Sayles, 21, was born in Milwaukee, Wis., and raised a Brewers fan. He recalls his earliest memories of playing baseball in kindergarten.
“We were always at the local playground playing baseball,” says Sayles. “[We’d] stay there until it got dark.”
Sayles ended up in Sacramento, after meeting former City College baseball coach Andy McKay, who now works with the Colorado Rockies organization, at a baseball camp. Sayles, who attended Wauwatosa East High School in Wisconsin, says he decided to come to City College for the school’s “winning tradition.”
Sayles made a visit in 2010 and says he felt comfortable at the school. “I came out here and watched a game and knew I was going to come [to City College],” recalls Sayles.
Sayles, whose major is undecided, arrived as an outfielder, but once the coaches saw his strong arm, they decided to transition him into the role of pitcher; Sayles has a 90 mile-per-hour-fastball to go along with his secondary pitches: changeup and slider. Sayles says…» Read More
One of the best things about living in Sacramento is there is always something to do. But if all your friends are going away for the summer and you are stumped for things to do, here are some suggestions to keep things light, fun and not too expensive.
• Go see a blockbuster movie Summer blockbusters already started with “Iron Man 3,” and they are going to keep on coming. Get out of the heat and sit in an air-conditioned movie theater. Along with explosion-happy “Iron Man 3” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” a slew of apocalyptic films are trending such as “After Earth,” “This is the End” and “World War Z.” In the mood for some laughs? Catch “The Hangover Part III” (is it over yet?) or “The Internship.”
• Pick up the Sacramento News & Review
SN&R is free and it’s always has a working calendar of museums, classes, concerts and arts and culture events that could be fun any day of the week. Grab one from one of the multi-colored newsstands or check out the paper online.
• Spend some time floating on the river
Booze is prohibited on the American River, so…» Read More