April 18, 2012
Students come from near and far to compete as athletes at City College. Although a majority of City College students are from Sacramento and the surrounding areas, many athletes come from as far north as Redding and as far south as Los Angeles.
“I think they hear about our program and what we’ve done both academically and athletically,” said head wrestling coach David Pacheco.
Efren Rodriguez said he moved to Sacramento last August from his hometown of Chico because there were no wrestling programs in or around Chico. Rodriguez, who said he plans to transfer to Simpson University in Redding, added that ultimately he wants to compete as an All-American athlete.
“I wanted to try something different. I like what they had to offer, especially after meeting coach Pacheco,” said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said the adjustment to a new and larger city has gone well.
“I’ve been around the city enough now, so I’m comfortable, but I still have a lot to see,” said Rodriguez.
Jimmy Luscombe moved to Sacramento in June 2011 for the sole purpose of joining City College’s wrestling team.
“It’s been amazing,” said Luscombe. “I live with three other wrestlers. All of us are from different cities,…» Read More
March 14, 2012
The City College men’s basketball team finished its season Feb. 22, ranking No. 15 in Northern California. It’s the team’s highest ranking since 2005, according to head men’s basketball coach Andrew Jones.
City College hosted the playoff game against Coalinga’s West Hills, losing 66-60 in overtime and ending the season with a 16-10 record. “We had a similar record last year, but qualifying for the playoffs was huge,” said Jones.
Jones said the team overcame many obstacles last season.
“Six games ago we lost two of our main players, after losing to American River College, who ranked last in our conference,” said Jones. Jones said one player quit and the other was ineligible after being dropped from a class.
Although the team lost two of its best players, Jones said, the team still won three of its last fi ve games and beat Cosumnes River College and Sierra College to qualify for the playoffs.
The team’s members attribute much of this season’s success to their coach.
“Andrews is a great coach,” said business major and shooting guard Xavier Williford.
“He’s been coaching for a while now, so he definitely knows what he’s doing.”
The team seemed to be playing under the radar this season and was not expected to do well, said Williford.
“We may have done better if the…» Read More
Feb. 15, 2012
It’s Valentine’s Day, and students all around campus are asking each other the usual questions: Who will be their valentines? How do they expect to spend the day? What will they buy that special person? OK, maybe not all students have romance on their minds.
“I haven’t really thought about it that much. I have Valentine’s Day every day with my love,” says 28-year-old business major Deanta Cannady. “Love should be something we share every day.”
For many, however, Feb. 14 is a day on which it seems that only those with a significant other are given gifts or chocolates.
Many students remember when Valentine’s Day was a day where all of the kids in school brought cards to class decorated with anything from glitter to comic book characters.
“I remember trying to give or receive the most cards,” says business major Clotee Johnson, 25.
In those days there wasn’t much stress over what to buy for a significant other, how much to spend, or how to outdo each others romantic gestures, Johnson says.
“It went from being about spending the day with your loved one, to how much can I spend or what can I purchase to show…» Read More
Feb. 3, 2012
In order to expose information to new students and those unaware of campus resources, City College launched “SCC’s 411 for Success” website as a resource for students providing them with strategies for success.
In 2011 the counseling department enlisted City College counselor Maristella Bacod to create a reliable resource guide for students. Bacod, who has a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies and a master’s degree in counseling, is also an alumna of the Los Rios Community College District, attending both City College and ARC.
“Actually it was my first website,” says Bacod. “I have no experience in web design.”
Although she had no prior knowledge in web design, Bacod opted to create a website with faster and simpler ways of updating information.
Last February Bacod was asked by Michael Poindexter, vice president of Student Services, to undergo a sabbatical from July to December 2011. Bacod began working on the website as early as April.
“I started working on it at night and weekends just trying to teach myself how to build…» Read More
Dec. 6, 2011
Following the passage of California’s smoking law in 1994, which restricted the smoking of tobacco products in all enclosed places of employment, I remember avid smokers complaining that they could no longer smoke while eating in a restaurant or working in the office.
Although the smoking law was passed to restrict smoking indoors, a number of cities have passed restrictions on smoking in public areas outdoors. Elk Grove is the latest city to increase smoking limits outdoor. According to The Sacramento Bee, the Elk Grove City Council recently approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking within 300 feet of playgrounds, schools, day care centers, or other places where children gather.
Smoking inside any public building was no longer optional and new restrictions can only have a positive effect both on health wise and environmentally.
According to the 1994 law, AB-13, smokers are restricted from smoking within 25 feet of parks and playground. 25 feet is not far enough away from playgrounds and other public areas. Places like public parks and playgrounds are obviously outdoors, which means that when the wind blows in the direction of play areas, so does secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoking, for one, is the leading cause to our…» Read More